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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/14/20)

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Who rises up in NXT to challenge the champions?

Io Shirai knows Rhea Ripley, Ember Moon and even Toni Storm want her NXT Women’s Championship, but how will a contender be determined? Plus, the Archer of Infamy will be a fighting champion as he takes on the Tortured Artist with the title on the line!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: The Undisputed Era VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; The Undisputed Era wins and will challenge Breezango for the titles next week.
  • Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
  • Johnny Gargano VS Austin Theory; Gargano wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contenders match: Candice LeRae VS Shotzi Blackheart; LeRae wins and will challenge Io Shirai for the title at Halloween Havoc.
  • Toni Storm VS Aliyah w/ Robert Stone; Storm wins.
  • Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Damian Priest VS Dexter Lumis; Priest wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.

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NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: The Undisputed Era VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!

Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish have Kyle O’Reilly by their side, but not Adam Cole after what Ridge Holland did to him. But in a weird way, they should thank the BritAm Bruisers for what Lorcan did to Holland last week. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker and the Infamous One “thank” the One Two Combo by taking the tag title opportunity away?

Before the match, Kyle has the mic to say, “There’s a lot of people around here who look at the Undisputed Era and think we’re done for.” Kyle will be cleared next week, but Cole still has broken ribs. Kyle and the boys never got to go after Holland, but if they had, they would’ve put him in the same hospital bed he’s in right now! And whoever paid Holland to attack Cole, the Era boys will find you! “And we will hurt them.” Kyle tells the boys that the Second Coming begins tonight! Bobby and Roddy are literally going to become contenders, and then next week they will become champions again! The UE is going to run the business for a long time! And if you know that line, sing along at home: That is Undisputed! But Oney and Burch head out so that this fight can begin!

The teams sort out, Oney starts with Strong. They tie up, go around, and Strong headlocks to a takeover. Oney moves around, gets up, and wrenches free to get a wristlock and takedown to headscissors hold! Strong moves around, gets out and then gets a headlock. Oney powers out, Strong runs him over, then things speed up for Strong to run Oney over. Oney ducks, Strong hurdles but Oney gets another takedown to headscissors! Strong bridges up, moves around, headstands to pop out, but Oney gets the arm. Oney wrenches, tags Burch, and the One Two double wrench and CHOP! Burch wrenches to an elbow breaker then cranks on the arm! Strong endures, Burch keeps twisting but Strong gets up.

Burch shifts to a hammerlock but Fish tags in. The UE wrench back but Burch throws forearms! Fish knees low, throws heavy hands then snapmares Burch for a slingshot senton, but Burch moves! Burch enziguris back then hurries in for European Uppercuts! Burch wrenches and throws more EuroUppers! Burch wrenches, hits an elbow breaker then drags Fish to the corner. Burch stomps the arm then brings him back to slam the arm down! Burch has a keylock, stands Fish up to wrench and tags in Oney. Oney and Burch get an arm each, for a double Russian Leg Sweep! Strong runs in but the One Two stop him, to suplex him onto Fish! Cover, ONE, but Oney keeps on Fish with a high wristlock.

Oney drags Fish down but Fish throws palm strikes. Oney cranks on the arm, Fish moves around but Oney shifts to a different armlock. Fish throws body shots, Oney wrenches to an elbow breaker! Fish fights up, throws forearms but Oney throws EuroUppers! Oney drags Fish up for more, then wrenches the arm for an uppercut to the arm! Oney wrenches again, snapmares Fish down and clamps back on with the high wristlock. Fish fights up, fights back and is free, but Oney throws more EuroUppers! Oney powers Fish back but Strong tags in! Fish reverses the whip, but Oney breaks free and CHOPS back! Strong gets in but Oney CHOPS him, too! Oney CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then runs, DOUBLE BACK DROP from the UE! Fans are fired up and Breezango is watching from a spot by the LED screens as NXT goes picture in picture.

Strong stomps Oney, drags him up and around to put in the corner. Strong CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return, then stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Strong of but Strong comes back to throw in knees! Tag to Fish. the UE CHOPS and KICK Oney in the corner but Strong backs off. Fish throws forearms, drags Oney up for more strikes and he KICKS a leg out! Fish drags Oney back up, throws more forearms, then rams a knee in! Tag to Strong, Strong stomps Oney again. Strong brings Oney up but Oney fights back with big haymakers! Strong shoves and dropkicks Oney down! Strong rains down angry rights and even some stomps! Strong shouts at Breezango while Oney bails out. Strong goes out after Oney and puts him back in the ring.

Strong stomps Oney, goes after a leg, tags in Fish and they bring Oney up. Double back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish is annoyed but he keeps on Oney. Oney throws body shots, Fish throws forearms and backs Oney down with kicks! Fish stomps Oney over and over, digs a foot in, but lets off at the ref’s count. Strong taunts Oney while Fish drags Oney back up. Fish back kicks Oney to the corner, then snapmares him down. Fish hits the slingshot senton this time, then covers, ROPEBREAK! Oney clings to the rope but Fish drags him back up. Fish snapmares Oney into a high wristlock and leans on Oney as NXT returns to single picture. Fish keeps Oney from his corner with a throw and some knees. Fish throws more fast hands, tags in Strong, but Oney fights back!

Oney sends Fish out, throws forearms on Strong but Strong shoves him back. Oney BOOTS Strong and hurries, but Strong trips him up to a BOSTON CRAB! Oney rolls, kicks Strong away, but Fish is up top! Fish LEAPS but the headbutt FLOPS! Hot tag to Burch! The Gov’nah DECKS Fish, clothesline and enziguris Strong then throws Strong into Fish! Strong comes back into EuroUppers! Burch whips, pops Strong up for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up for Burch but Kyle coaches Strong. Burch brings Strong up but Fish anchors Strong’s feet. Burch kicks at Fish but Strong CLOBBERS Burch! Tag to Fish, but Burch throws EuroUppers! Fish gets around to fireman’s carry and SAMOAN DROP Burch! Cover, TWO!

Fish tags Strong and they go after Burch again. Strong fireman’s carries and Fish runs but Burch fights out! Burch clubs Strong, boots Fish, then hops up top. Burch leaps, double missile dropkick! Fans fire up, hot tag to Oney! Oney BLASTS Strong with the EuroUpper! And then back elbows in the corner! Oney runs again, another back elbow! Oney dodges Fish, comes back, DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER for the UE! The Fury fires up and he tags in Burch! They drag Strong up but Fish saves him! The UE swing on the One Two but get tripped up, HALF CRAB and CROSSFACE in stereo! Fish turns over, kicks Oney away and Strong turns the crossface into a cover, TOW! Oney TACKLES Fish out of the ring! Strong and Burch brawl! Strong throws elbows from all sides but Burch BLINDSIDE HEADBUTTS! Burch runs and LARIATS Strong!!

Oney returns, tags in, and they have Strong! They get him up, LONDON TOWER! Cover, but Fish drags Oney off! Burch goes after Fish but gets dumped out! Fish gets Oney, shoves him into Burch, then Strong KNEES Oney down! Cover, the Undisputed Era wins!!

Winners: The Undisputed Era, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships)

Strong and Fish win, and they warn Breezango that they’re coming for the gold! Will Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance be able to thwart the Second Coming?

 

NXT has a medical update on Finn Balor!

The NXT Champion has a broken jaw in two places, and it turned out he did need surgery. NXT wishes Balor the best in his recovery, but what does that mean for the NXT Championship? William Regal is going to wait and see how Balor’s recovery goes over the next few weeks. Will the Prince be able to return and defend his title?

 

NXT hears from Ember Moon.

“It’s no secret that 2019 was a terrible year for Ember Moon.” A ruptured and torn Achilles forced her to spend that year away, and all that time made her realize that she can’t let others define who she is. She also figured out who she needed Ember Moon to be. When the doctors said, “You are cleared,” she heard, “You are NXT.” Ember Moon knew she was going to be drafted to either Raw or SmackDown, but took herself out of the equation to “come home.” Home is where Ember feels alive! The passion, drive and desire are all back, in her body and her heart. She wanted to be in the BEST women’s division in all of wrestling! And on her first night back, “damn right I stared down Io.”

When Ember left NXT, she was on top. But that was then, and this is now. She doesn’t get a title shot off her accolades or who she knows, and she knows that. It’s what you’ve done lately. So to get back to the title, Ember will go through the who’s who of great athletes. Shotzi Blackheart and Candice LeRae have their own shot tonight, but there’s also Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley, Dakota Kai, and Raquel Gonzalez. It doesn’t matter who she has to beat down or who she has to prove herself against, “all roads led me back to NXT.” Ember’s Law will lead her back to the title. Who will Moon Eclipse next to once again shine with the gold?

 

Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!

The superstar formerly known as Tehuti Miles finally got a big win on 205 Live against THE Brian Kendrick, and is looking to take everything he’s learned to the top of the Cruiserweight Division. But everyone is aiming for Santos Escobar and the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Can Adonis get past Atlas on the road to the top?

The bell rings, they tie up right away and go around. Adonis puts Atlas on the ropes but lets up at the ref’s count. Adonis then whips Atlas but Atlas reverses but Adonis sunset flips! Atlas stays up, goes around but Adonis ducks the kick and dodges the moonsault! Atlas cartwheels over the sweep and the fans fire up! Adonis smooths his hair but Atlas dropkicks him down! Atlas CHOPS Adonis then whips him corner to corner but Adonis reverses hard! Adonis blocks the boot but Atlas dodges the clothesline! Atlas runs in but Adonis dodges and goes up! Adonis leaps but Atlas gets under! Adonis rolls and comes back with a dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Adonis talks some smack on Atlas as he says his swagger’s better. Atlas pushes Adonis, Adonis pushes back. Adonis counter punches Atlas, they throw haymakers back and forth, but Atlas gets around to a waistlock. Atlas brings Adonis to the ropes but El Legado del Fantasma’s Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza are storming down the ramp! They have business with Adonis after he helped Swerve during TakeOver. Adonis elbows Atlas away, he spots Legado and talks some smack. Adonis grabs Atlas but Atlas cradle counters, Atlas wins!!

Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall

Legado attacks Adonis! Atlas DIVES out to take them down! Atlas and Adonis fight Legado off together! So here comes the boss! Santos Escobar stands with his men, and they all go to the ring together! But here comes SWERVE, with some chairs! The numbers are even and Legado doesn’t like that. They leave, and this new Cruiserweight war looks ready to explode! Will Swerve’s House finally get even with Escobar and his crew?

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano.

Mrs. Wrestling has a big night as she faces Shotzi for a title opportunity at Shirai at Halloween Havoc. Opportunity? That’s what you just said, right? Candice is the UNCROWNED NXT Women’s Champion! She won that match at TakeOver! And for that matter, Johnny technically won his match at TakeOver, too! Thank you for saying that, Candice. What has Lumis down to earn a title match? Draw pictures and stare at people! And kidnap people, too! Lumis should be locked up, not rewarded! But Mr. Regal wants to stack the odds? Fine! It is DESTINY for Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling to become champions together! And destiny overcomes all else.

But isn’t Gargano looking past his opponent tonight in Austin Theory? Theory is young and immature, and his BIG MOUTH is about to get him the wrestling lesson of a lifetime! Husband and wife head out as Gargano VS Theory is after the break.

 

Johnny Gargano VS Austin Theory!

The Wednesday Knight and his Poison Pixie aren’t living their happily ever after, and Gargano blames #TheRealSuperstar for that. Theory didn’t soften Damian Priest up enough for Gargano to win at TakeOver, but Theory won’t let Gargano dump all of that on him. Will Theory prove he can go #AllDay against NXT’s original Triple Crown?

The bell rings and Theory talks trash as he circles with Gargano. Gargano rolls, gets a leg, and drags Theory down to a standing toehold. Theory turns over but Gargano goes right after a facelock. Gargano holds on as Theory rolls around and Gargano grinds Theory down. Theory fights up, Gargano wrenches to a hammerlock, but Theory reaches back to get a headlock. Theory grinds and talks more trash, but Gargano powers out. Theory runs Gargano over, and takes a moment to ask, “Where’d you go? Oh there you are.” Theory goes to run but Gargano trips Theory up and then arm-drags him! Theory comes back into a dropkick and then a CHOP! Gargano tells Theory to stop being stupid, and he CHOPS Theory again!

Gargano digs forearms into Theory’s face in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Theory goes up but Gargano avoids him going over to CHOP and arm-drag Theory again! Gargano has the arm, Theory endures as Gargano digs a knee into his face. Theory fights up, Gargano wrenches through but Theory breaks free. Theory waistlocks, Gargano switches but Theory bucks him off. Gargano comes back to trip Theory up, but Theory resists the crossface to get the ropebreak! Gargano lets go at the ref’s count of 4, but he comes back to bring Theory up. Gargano ducks the haymaker but that ELBOW rocks him! Theory suplexes, Gargano slips out but Theory blocks the chop and then the clothesline to CLOBBER Gargano! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!

Theory keeps his cool while fans rally up. He stalks Gargano to ropes but Gargano throws forearms. Theory kicks low and clubs Gargano, then talks smack as he stalks Gargano. Theory bumps Gargano off buckles, digs him in but Gargano pushes him away. Gargano ducks the punch, rams shoulders into Theory over and over, then lets up as the ref counts. Gargano stalks Theory, Theory kicks back but Gargano dodges the chop, only for Theory to drop toehold Gargano into buckles! Theory goes out, slingshots in for the somersault shotgun dropkick! Gargano is down and Theory stands on him. Gargano pushes Theory away but Theory comes back to bring Gargano up. Theory throws forearms but Gargano gives them back! Theory hits Gargano more and brings him up to a fireman’s carry.

Gargano gets out to the apron but Theory blocks the enziguri. Theory talks trash again, Gargano ducks the punch to enziguri! Slingshot SPEAR! Fans fire up as Gargano catches his breath and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Gargano has Theory in a cobra twist. Theory endures, fans rally and Gargano cranks on the twist. Theory powers out but Gargano throws an elbow and puts Theory on the ropes! Gargano runs to KNEE Theory in the back! Theory flounders, Gargano keeps moving, but Theory scoops, for a tilt-o-whirl TOSS! Gargano crawls to a corner, Theory runs in to hit a forearm! Theory shoves Gargano down to slingshot STOMP him! And dead lift suplex! Theory seethes as he stalks Gargano. Theory drags Gargano up, Gargano blocks the suplex so Theory clubs him. Theory laces up the legs in the fisherman but Gargano fights out! Gargano puts Theory on the apron, Theory slingshots in and blocks Gargano’s superkick!

Theory spins Gargano, waistlocks but Gargano switches. Theory bucks Gargano off to SUPERKICK! Theory gets the legs, fisherman USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives but Theory keeps his cool. Theory reminds Gargano #AllDay, but Gargano throws body shots! Theory throws haymakers and the two brawl. Theory clubs Gargano down, but Gargano punches from below! Theory SUPERKICKS again! Then he drags Gargano up, fireman’s carries, but Gargano fights out! Gargano is in a corner, he boots Theory away then hops up top. Gargano leaps, crossbodies, but Theory rolls through! Theory powers Gargano up to the fireman’s carry but Gargano sunset flips! Theory sits on it, TWO!! Gargano escapes and shocks Theory! Theory grows frustrated as Gargano crawls to a corner.

Theory brings Gargano up, CHOPS him, and then follows Gargano as he goes to another corner. Fans rally as Theory CHOPS again! Theory says hi to “Mrs. Gargano,” but Gargano ROCKS Theory! And again! Gargano ROCKS Theory a third time but Theory ROCKS Gargano back! Gargano ROCKS Theory again but Theory keeps throwing forearm sin return! Theory superkicks but it’s blocked! Gargano spins Theory to SUPERKICK him! Theory flounders but Gargano keeps him standing up. Gargano brings Theory up, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS him! Gargano wants Theory to get up, and he gives him a BLINDSIDE FOREARM! Gargano is toying with Theory now as he drags Theory to a corner. Gargano waits for Theory to rise, then slingshots, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano wins!

Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall

Gargano is All Heart, No Soul, but can’t help but admit Theory had a lot of fight in him. Did Theory at least win the respect of Johnny Wrestling?

 

Raquel Gonzalez speaks.

“Rhea Ripley walks around here like she owns the place. Rhea, you’re looking at the biggest and the baddest woman in this industry!” Halloween Havoc is coming, so maybe Rhea shows up and they see how bad Rhea really is. Wait, Rhea storms over! They can go right now! Security and officials stop this from happening now, but it’s definitely coming! Will these alpha females be able to wait until Halloween Havoc?

 

Tommaso Ciampa studies film.

It’s his match with Kushida last week, that was interrupted by The Velveteen Dream. Dream kept it from being settled, even if the record book says Ciampa won. “Well he’s dead.” Dream was in retreat from Kushida, but now he must fear the Psycho Killer! Who gets their hands on The Experience first?

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contenders match: Candice LeRae VS Shotzi Blackheart!

Speaking of Halloween Havoc, the Evil Genius has a match scheduled, now we see who gets their shot! Will the Poison Pixie get a second chance after failing to take over at TakeOver? Or is the wild child not only going to host the party, but have a shiny new accessory to add to her tank?

As she makes her entrance, Candice disrespects Shotzi’s helmet by slapping it off the post! The bell rings and Shotzi circles with Candice. They tie up, go around, Candice gets the arm but Shotzi steps in to get Candice’s arm for an elbow breaker and arm-drag! Shotzi holts on, rolls and throws Candice again. Shotzi dodges Candice’s clothesline to come back with an enziguri! Candice ends up on ropes but avoids the ball pit cannonball! Shotzi holds onto ropes to deny the neckbreaker, then she goes to the apron. Candice shoulders into a kick but comes back with another shoulder! Candice runs and slides but Shotzi slides in! Shotzi runs to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Candice! Fans fire up as Shotzi puts Candice in and covers, ONE!

Shotzi drags Candice up, Candice jawbreakers! Candice whips, Shotzi reverses to reel Candice in for a snapmare knee smash! Shotzi fireman’s carries Candice for a swinging knee smash! Candice is down, Shotzi covers, ONE! Candice gets to a corner, Shotzi runs in but is sent into buckles! Candice runs in to stomp a mudhole in but she lets off at the ref’s count. Candice runs to back body block, snapmare and NECK SNAP! Jackknife cover, TWO! Candice is already annoyed as she drags Shotzi away from ropes to cover again. ONE, but Candice gets an arm for the high wristlock. Shotzi endures, fans rally up but Candice leans on the hold. Shotzi gets up, Candice knees her down, then has her on the ropes for another snapmare. Candice wrenches the neck but Shotzi still endures.

Fans rally up, Shotzi fights up but Candice knees low and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Candice grows frustrated with Shotzi as she has her on the ropes. Candice scrapes Shotzi’s face on the ropes, but lets off at the ref’s count. Shotzi gets to a corner, and she throws forearms back! Candice clubs Shotzi, throws her across the way, they stalks her to the corner. Candice digs her heel into Shotzi but lets off at the ref’s count. Shotzi sputters but Candice drags her out to cover, TWO! Shotzi gets up but Candice is on her right away. Candice goes to suplex but Shotzi blocks! Shotzi suplexes back! Candice gets to a corner, Shotzi runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Shotzi stays up, Candice goes out to the apron but Shotzi follows!

Shotzi runs and ROUNDHOUSES Candice down! Shotzi brings Candice back up but Sliced Bread is denied as Candice POSTS Shotzi! Candice runs in to APRON COMPLETE SHOT!! Shotzi is down and out as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns as Candice has an arm. Shotzi throws haymakers to free herself but Candice knees low and shoves Shotzi to a corner. Candice runs in but Shotzi BOOTS her! Candice wobbles, runs back in but Shotzi goes up and over to dropkick Candice down! Shotzi corner splashes then rolls Candice for the SLING DOG! Fans fire up as Shotzi KNEES Candice, then ROLLING ELBOWS and QUESTION MARK KICKS! Candice wobbles, ends up on the ropes and Shotzi runs to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Shotzi grows frustrated but she drags Candice to a drop zone. Shotzi goes up top, leaps, but onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives and Candice is furious! Candice gets up and goes to the top rope now. Shotzi trips her up and climbs up to join her. Candice slips under and trips Shotzi up in return! Candice SUPER GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!?!

The fans are thunderous as Candice drags Shotzi around by the legs. Candice stomps Shotzi in the stomach over an dover, then steps through to lace up the legs. Shotzi kicks Candice away and blocks a kick to spin Candice, to a TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Candice survives and the fans keep rallying! Shotzi drags Candice back up, fireman’s carries, but Candice fights out to BACKSTABBER! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives and Candice is losing her mind! The fans are rallying as Shotzi stirs. Candice drags Shotzi up, but Shotzi rolls Candice, TWO! MODIFIED CATTLE MUTILATION!! Candice is stuck underneath Shotzi but she moves around, ROPEBREAK!

Shotzi lets go and is frustrated, but she drags Candice up. Candice puts her on the apron but Shotzi ROUNDHOUSES back! Shotzi goes to the ropes, Candice is up and throws haymakers! Candice climbs up, she and Shotzi brawl, and Shotzi headbutts Candice down! Shotzi adjusts, leaps, FLYING SEATED SENTON! Candice is down, Shotzi goes back up top, but Candice rolls far, far away! Shotzi hops down, builds speed but has to stop as Candice runs out of the way. Wait, is that Indi Hartwell!? And she just slipped Candice brass knuckles!! Candice hides that, Shotzi hurries over, BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCH!! Cover, Candice wins!!

Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)

The assist goes to Indi, she’s learned how to do things #TJGW rather quickly! But now it’ll be a rematch from TakeOver as Candice again goes for gold! Will Indi help Candice with more tricks to get that golden treat away from Shirai?

 

Drake Maverick and Killian Dain meet backstage.

Maverick wants Dain to know just how serious Maverick is about making them a real tag team! He has some rough ideas for what their team name can be, as well as the merchandise! Branding is everything! They will wear these tank tops to the ring. That doodle is supposed to be him? Yes! Now, do you want red or gold? How about fishnets? Fishnets are in for Halloween. Maybe not. But the name! “The Furry and the Fury!” Maverick’s the fury and Dain’s the… Uh… Well, Maverick will find a way to make it fit with their music, in time for their match with Imperium. They have another match tonight!? Yes! With Imperium! Dain grumbles and storms off. Maverick defends he never said these were the best ideas… Will Dain and Maverick be able to work together to stand a chance against former NXT Tag Team Champions?

 

Toni Storm VS Aliyah w/ Robert Stone!

NXT returns with the Robert Stone Brand and his one remaining client already in the ring. Stone has the mic to say, “There is a lot of top talent in NXT, and none of ’em seem to want to connect with Suit Man Stone, or the Robert Stone Brand.” But it’s all good. Moving forward, their loss is going to be someone else’s gain. But now the Lightning From Down Under makes her entrance! Will Storm strike and make Aliyah’s loss her gain?

The bell rings, Storm and Aliyah circle but Aliyah gets around to SLAP Storm! Storm CHOPS and BOOTS Aliyah down! Storm whips Aliyah, Aliyah reverses but Storm redirects and basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE, but Storm keeps her cool as she runs corner to corner at Aliyah. Aliyah dodges, runs in and BOOTS back! Aliyah ends up on the apron and tells Storm to “Kiss this” before she snapmares to a cover! ONE, and Aliyah is upset. Storm gets to a corner, Aliyah runs in and throws a forearm! Aliyah throws more forearms then an uppercut! Aliyah is fired up as she whips, but Storm reverses. Aliyah slides to a stop, comes back and spins Storm for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!

Aliyah keeps on Storm with chicken wings. Fans rally as Storm fights up, breaks free and arm-drags Aliyah away. Aliyah comes back into a roll up with bridge, TWO! Aliyah mule kicks then runs, but Storm pops her up for an atomic drop and CHOP! And repeat! Storm whips, Aliyah reverses but Storm dodges and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Aliyah flounders to a corner, Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK! Storm drags Aliyah out to BASEMENT LARIAT! And then, STORM ZERO! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

It’s #ToniTime once again! Will the lightning strike and bring Toni a new #ShinyShiny?

 

Backstage interview with William Regal.

What are his thoughts on the ending to Candice LeRae VS Shotzi Blackheart? Well, he’s not very happy with it. But the referee’s decision is final, so in two weeks, Halloween Havoc will have Shirai VS LeRae for the title. But he’ll up the stakes, just not sure how yet. Additionally, it seems Raquel and Rhea are ready for a fight, so yes! Halloween Havoc will have those two 1v1! Will Rhea and Raquel wreak a little havoc of their own?

Xia Li and Boa walk over and ask to speak to Regal. Xia wants a match. She really needs a match for next week. Boa says something in Chinese, and Xia adds that she HAS to compete to turn things around. Regal will take that into consideration. No, he doesn’t understand. This is very important for her. Please give her a match. He again says he will take it into consideration, and it seems satisfactory for Boa and Xia. Regal excuses himself to get back to business. Who will Xia face next week in what seems to be a very desperate situation?

 

Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium!

The Belfast Beast is NOT furry, but he is furious with Rockstar Spud for dragging him along into a match with the Pride of Italy and the Impeccable German. Will Dain be able to take out that frustration against Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel?

Dain cuts the music short, makes Maverick stop skipping, and then insists he starts the match. Aichner starts against him at the bell and fans rally up. Aichner waistlocks and lifts but Dain elbows free. Dain scoops Aichner and SLAMS him down! Dain tags Maverick, then hip toss SENTONS Maverick onto Aichner! Maverick wants to double whip but Dain takes care of that himself, and the same for the shoulder tackle! Maverick wants a high five but nope. Cover, ONE and with force! Maverick brings Aichner up but Aichner CLOBBERS him! Aichner drags Maverick up, scoops and slams him down! Tag to Barthel and Imperium drags Maverick up to mug him! Barthel wrenches Maverick’s neck and drives elbows into his head!

Barthel drags Maverick up and clubs away with haymakers! Maverick sits up in a daze, Barthel stomps him and grinds him down in the corner! The ref counts, Barthel lets up and tags in Aichner. Aichner taunts Dain then runs in, but Maverick boots him down! Maverick hurries, but Barthel tags in! Maverick dumps Barthel out! Aichner goes after Maverick, misses, and Maverick hot tags Dain! Dain rallies on Imperium with big body check sand clotheslines! Dain reels them both in but they fight back. Barthel shoves Dain but Dain barrels through the clothesline! Aichner still gets Dain up for a SPINE BUSTER! Barthel PENALTY KICKS! Aichner talks trash, drags Dain up and reels him in, but Dain suplexes Aichner!

Fans fire up, Maverick wants in, and Dain reluctantly tags in him! Maverick dodges Barthel to calf kick him! Maverick fires off kicks and fast hands! Maverick whips, Aichner reverses but Maverick drop toeholds Aichner into buckles! Maverick runs in to KICK Aichner! Maverick climbs up, but Barthel trips Dain and throws him into steel steps! Aichner goes after Maverick but Maverick boots him away. Maverick leaps, into Aichner’s arms! Aichner pops Maverick up to BRAIN BUSTER! Tag to Barthel, for the EUROBOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The #ImperialImplosion destroys Rockstar Spud, but Dain is seething! But then Ever-Rise comes in to pick on the “little twerp!” Matt Martel and Chase Parker ask where the big guy is, but here he comes! Dain CLOBBERS Ever-Rise with double clotheslines! Maverick wants Dain to spare him, but Dain says, “Nobody hits you but me!” Is Dain starting to be a friend? Well, an odd friend, that’s for sure. But seriously, do something about the song.

 

NXT North American Championship: Damian Priest VS Dexter Lumis!

The Archer of Infamy wants to fight, win, party and #LiveForever. But the Tortured Artist is not one for boasting, posturing, saying catchphrases, or much of anything, really. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but will silence truly be golden after tonight?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this clash of polar opposite personalities begins!

Priest and Lumis slowly circle as fans rally up already. They tie up, Priest and Lumis power each other around, but Priest puts Lumis in a corner. Lumis powers out, they go around more, and Priest again puts Lumis on ropes. Lumis again turns things around and the ref counts. The two end up in the ropes before they break at 4. Priest backs off first but eggs Lumis on. The two circle again, tie up and Lumis headlocks. Priest pushes and powers out but Lumis bumps shoulders. Priest stays up to rebound and run Lumis over! But Lumis kips right up! The bad ankle isn’t bad anymore! Priest is a bit impressed, but he headlocks right away. Lumis throws body shots, pulls hair and powers out. Things speed up, Lumis leaps over but Priest arm-drags!

Priest is after the arm, Lumis kicks and gets up. Fans rally as Lumis puts Priest in a corner. The ref counts, Lumis lets off to whip, but Priest reverses. Priest runs in but Lumis puts him on the apron! Priest goes after the arm and wrenches before climbing up! Priest goes Old School for a crossbody! Lumis gets up but Priest arm-drags him down again! Priest has the armlock again but Lumis again gets up. Lumis pushes Priest but Priest knees low. Priest whips, Lumis goes up and over but Priest elbows him back! Lumis stays up and Priest eggs him on. Lumis swings, Priest dodges and runs but Lumis THESZ PRESS! Lumis rains down fast hands but Priest gets away. Lumis goes after Priest with more fists, but Priest stomps the bad leg! Lumis just throws uppercuts!

Priest again kicks the bad leg, then fires off more kicks, and a rolling elbow! Lumis returns into the LEAPING ROUNDHOUSE! Down goes Lumis! Lumis gets up fast and Priest runs corner to corner, LEAPING ELBOW! Priest brings Lumis up, BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Lumis survives but Priest keeps his cool as NXT goes picture in picture.

Lumis bails out and Priest pursues. Priest drags Lumis up, brings him around and goes to bump off steel steps, but Lumis blocks! Lumis elbows and bumps Priest off the steps, then stalks him around the way. Lumis bump Priest off more steel steps, then kicks him into barriers. Lumis slides in to stop the ring count, and fans rally up as Lumis goes back out. Priest ROCKS Lumis with a right hand! Priest stalks Lumis now and scoops him. Snake eyes on the apron! Lumis flounders, Priest drags him up and puts him in the ring. Priest climbs the ropes to springboard and PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Priest keeps his cool as he stomps the bad leg!

Priest has a standing toehold and he twists the ankle! Lumis endures, but Priest twists harder with a heel hook. Lumis kicks with his free leg but Priest rains down fists! Priest drags Lumis around, steps through, but Lumis kicks Priest out of the ring! Priest comes back but Lumis meets him at the ropes. Priest dodges the ax handle to ROUNDHOUSE Lumis away! Priest goes up the ropes, but leaps into Lumis’ uppercut! NXT returns to single picture as Lumis throws haymakers on Priest! Lumis uppercuts then runs, corner clothesline to BULLDOG! Priest flounders to a corner, Lumis somersaults and leaps, into a choke grip! Priest lifts, Lumis slips out to shove, duck and SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Priest survives but Lumis adjusts his gloves. Fans rally up as Priest rises. Lumis stalks behind Priest, Priest urns around into the clinch! Priest elbows free but not for long! Priest hurries to RAM Lumis into a corner and fires off elbow after elbow after elbow! Priest arm-drags Lumis, CYLCONE KICK! LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lumis lives but Priest gets the ANKLE LOCK!! Lumis endures, powers up but Priest twists as hard as he can! Lumis is red in the face but reaches! Priest drags him from the ropes and leans on the hold! Lumis curses but refuses to give in! Lumis turns over and kicks Priest away! Priest comes back, avoids the haymaker and BELL CLAPS Lusmi! ROUNDHOUSE and reel in, powerbomb lift but Lumis slips out! Lumis BACK SUPLEXES Priest down! And drops the leg!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are fired up as Lumis hobbles to a corner. Lumis manages to climb with the bad ankle, leaps, but the Swanton FLOPS! Priest gets up, Lumis hobbles into the LARIAT! Priest fires up, fans rally as Lumis rises. Priest takes aim, spins, but Lumis ducks! Lumis gets Priest in the clinch, for the URENAGE! THE SILENCE!! Priest flails in the clutch and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Lumis holds on until 4 and he almost had Priest out just from that! Priest rolls out of the ring but Lumis slithers after him. Lumis RAMS Priest into the steel fencing! And then back into the ring! Lumis hurries, the ref checks on Priest, CAMERON GRIMES hits a CAVE-IN on the apron to Lumis!! The Technical Savage gets away, top hat included! Lumis flounders up into Priest’s choke grip! SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Carolina Caveman just screwed over Lumis! Will Lumis find a way to get revenge? But Priest spots Grimes getting into the ring and talking trash on Lumis. Grimes spots Priest is still in the ring and takes a swing, but Priest gets him for a dragon sleeper and THE RECKONING! One way or another, Priest’s reign lives on! And he invites cameras to watch him take aim at the titantron. But SMACK!! Johnny Gargano hits Priest with a chair!! Johnny Wrestling then tosses the chair to Priest to SUPERKICK it into his face! Candice joins Johnny on stage as Gargano points to the belt.

But here comes William Regal! “You two must be very proud of yourselves. At Halloween Havoc, Candice LeRae, you will face Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship. And you, Johnny Gargano, will face Damian Priest for the North American Championship. But the stakes are going to be higher.” Don’t just take it from Regal, take it from the host of Halloween Havoc. Shotzi Blackheart rises from the extra stage on the far side of the Capitol Wrestling Center! Shotzi tells Johnny and Candice that BOTH title matches will be determined by… SPIN THE WHEEL, MAKE A DEAL! Shotzi laughs as the wheel of stipulations starts spinning! Shotzi howls to the moon and laughs at the cruel fate the Garganos have brought upon themselves! What horrors will Johnny and Candice have to endure if they want to make destiny a reality?


My Thoughts:

A great episode with a lot of great set-up for Halloween Havoc, and even next week. As expected, the Undisputed Era managed to use promo to keep the story with Ridge Holland going, even though Holland is out of action. The match with Oney and Burch was great stuff, almost a title match in itself. And while Oney and Burch are still a great team, the UE wins because surely this can feed into the story of “Who Hired Holland?” Breezango can get some of the ol’ Fashion Force going again as they investigate things. Adonis VS Atlas being a way to propel the story with El Legado was an interesting move. I suppose with Kushida and Maverick having moved on to other things, it makes sense the other Cruiserweight Round Robin A Block finalist stepping up to help Swerve and Adonis works out. Still wish it was THE Brian Kendrick, though. It’d at least give people a reason to watch 205 Live again.

Speaking of Kushida, Ciampa gets things rolling in that story by simply watching footage and making sure it was Velveteen Dream that hit him. Ciampa, Dream and Kushida in a triple threat feud would be great stuff to propel Kushida or Ciampa to the NXT Championship. And I like that both in kayfabe and reality, they’re waiting to see how bad Finn Balor’s jaw injury really is before vacating the title again. NXT behind the scenes may need to reconsider how they do matches if high profile stars are getting hurt. And speaking of Maverick, he and Dain had great progress tonight as now Dain has gone from being reluctant partners to being reluctant friends with Maverick. And the would-be name of “Furry and Fury” is hilarious for how bad it is. I’m hoping for Big Damo & Lil’ Spud, myself, as references to past ring names.

Toni Storm got a good win over Aliyah, and Ember had a really good promo that helps us understand why she wasn’t in the contender’s match tonight. Ember isn’t going to be spoiled and insist on a title match, she’s going to fight for it. And that way, she can go on a string of great match-ups with the current roster, which includes Storm. Rhea VS Raquel is going to be great, too, and is probably going to have Raquel go over to establish herself as a threat to the title. Candice VS Shotzi was really good, and it was clever for Indi to be there to help Candice out. I’m surprised Regal didn’t briefly hit on the brass knuckles being his thing. Xia Li adamantly asking for a match is an interesting detail to her story. Was the letter Boa gave her some kind of warning that if she doesn’t start winning, something bad happens? Hopefully HHH isn’t getting a bit of the Vince weirdness and tries to make this like a Chinese triad angle or something.

Gargano VS Theory was also a great match, and Theory again looked great even in losing. Gargano’s look at the end there makes me think that with Indi helping Candice, Gargano might try to recruit Theory to the TJGW. Leading faction would be a great next phase in Gargano’s and Candice’s NXT careers. Priest VS Lumis was great, but I should’ve known Grimes would interfere. Priest VS Gargano and Shirai VS LeRae being TakeOver rematches is an interesting move, normally something Raw/SmackDown would do, but I suppose if the stipulation roulette is added in, that does make things a lot more fun. Especially with possibilities like the Blindfold match, Casket Match, Chamber of Horrors, Buried Alive match, something called the Devil’s Playground, and even “Shotzi’s Choice,” which will probably be Devil’s Playground or Chamber of Horrors.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/15/24)

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

Tonight on Raw, Sami Zayn returns home to Montreal as NEW Intercontinental Champion, but will he lose that title already to Chad Gable?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sheamus VS Ivar; Sheamus wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers; DIY wins and will challenge The Awesome Truth for the titles.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri; Candice & Indi win.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo; Andrade wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Chelsea & Piper win.
  • Jey Uso VS Finn Balor; Jey wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable; Sami wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

Montreal fires up for Mami as she makes her way out to the ring, but her arm’s in a sling! She holds up the Women’s World Championship with her good arm before going to the ring, clearly not in a good mood. Adam Pearce is waiting in the ring, and Rhea gets a mic. The fans cheer “MAMI! MAMI!” but Rhea says, “So… Obviously, you guys know what’s going on right now, yeah? After the attack last week from Liv Morgan… I’ve now been told that I’m stuck on the bench for quite a few months.” Fans are upset but Rhea says she’s also been informed, told, whatever, she’s pissed! Y’know why? Because she has to vacate the one thing that means the most to her, her world title!

The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but there’s no getting around this. Rhea takes a long look at the belt and the fans call BS. Rhea says it sure is BS. This title right here, this means the most to her in her entire life! And that’s why this is so painful. Rhea sets the belt down on the mat, and gives it one last look. Rhea pulls at her hair in frustration, but the fans chant, “Thank You, Mami!” Rhea says, “Revenge tour? This is all because your stupid little revenge tour, Liv! Are you kidding me?” Rhea could’ve actually had respect for Liv, if she’d done this face to face! Instead, she blindsides Rhea like the coward Rhea knows Liv is!

And Rhea knows why Liv did it! It’s because Rhea would’ve dropped Liv right where she stood! So this is a warning to whoever wins her Women’s World Championship. When Rhea comes back, she’s coming back for BLOOD! And not just because of injury, but because when she finds Liv back there, they’ll have to lock her up in Montreal jail! But speaking of, here comes Liv! Pearce already goes to the ropes and security is there to keep Liv back. Liv is laughing, Rhea storms out after her! Security stays between them both, Liv dares Rhea to try something with one arm! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but Pearce says nope!

Pearce ushers Liv away, Liv laughing all the way. Rhea is frustrated, so she HEADBUTTS a guard! The fans cheer, but when and where will Rhea’s revenge tour come looking for Liv?

 

Rhea returns backstage.

Judgment Day is there to see her off with a group hug. Damian Priest says they know when she comes back, she’ll make Liv regret ever messing with her, and even more badass than she is right now! Cuz she is Rhea Bloody Ripley, and they love her. She thanks them, and tells them to keep Judgment Day on top. Rhea heads out, will the boys be able to keep things together without Mami?

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

After months away with his own injury, the Celtic Warrior is back! And that means Monday Night Raw is now Fight Night, fellas! He’s never felt better, but will the Viking Raider make him feel awful already?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and welcome Sheamus back. Sheamus smiles and ties up with Ivar. They go around, break, then tie up again. Sheamus headlocks, Ivar powers up and out, but Sheamus RAMS him! Ivar rebounds, RAMS Sheamus, but Sheamus steadies himself. The fans chant “Let’s Go, Sheamus!” and the forearms start flying! Sheamus gets the edge, whips, but Ivar reverses. Sheamus ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Ivar! The fans fire up while Ivar goes to the apron! Sheamus storms up and grabs the arms, but Ivar HOTSHOTS Sheamus away! Ivar goes up, but Sheamus ROCKS him first!

Sheamus fires haymakers, then climbs up after Ivar to fire more! The fans fire up as Sheamus fireman’s carries Ivar, into the SUPER WHITE NOISE! Sheamus fires up and the fans are with him as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar has Sheamus in a chinlock. The fans rally, Sheamus fights up, and Sheamus throws body shots. But Ivar UPPERCUTS back! Ivar runs, but Sheamus scoops to POWERSLAM! The fans fire up and Ivar goes back to the apron. Sheamus storms up, brings Ivar up, and hooks him in the ropes! The fans fire up as we get BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And Sheamus goes all the way to TEN! Ivar slumps down, flops into the ring, and Sheamus hauls him up. Fireman’s carry, but Ivar elbows free! Ivar BOOTS Sheamus, then HEEL KICKS! Sheamus falls, Ivar goes up! VIKING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Sheamus survives and Ivar pulls at his hair in frustration! Sheamus goes to a corner, but he eggs Ivar on! Ivar storms up on Sheamus to rain down fists! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Ivar lets off. Sheamus still eggs Ivar on! Ivar and Sheamus throw hands and Sheamus gets the edge! Ivar shoves, cartwheels, and knees low! Ivar runs, springboards, but into a KNEE! Ivar staggers around, Sheamus brings the kneepad down, for the KNEE CAP! Ivar falls, the fans are thunderous as Sheamus beats his chest. Ivar stands up, into the BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior is back, as is his classic theme song! He feels better than ever, looks better than ever, is he going to make one more run at the top of the mountain?

 

Triple H is here!

Montreal fires up as The Game walks out to the ring! He joins Adam Pearce in the ring, and there’s a podium with a cover on it. HHH gets a mic to say, “You guys are on fire tonight, I gotta tell you that.” The fans cheer again, and HHH continues by saying it is hard to believe that only eight days ago, we were in the midst of the biggest WrestleMania of ALL time. “WrestleMania 40, kingdoms fell, nightmares began, and a whole knew era started.” The fans cheer that, too! Pearce says the new era certainly started for the Tag Division. It has never been bigger, better, or deeper. WWE walked in with one set of champs, and walked out with two.

That is why Raw and SmackDown deserve titles they can be proud of going into the new era. So what does the boss say? Should we bring the champs out? Then please welcome The Awesome Truth! Fans fire up as Miz & R-Truth make their way, carrying the red tag team titles. Miz & Truth get mics, and the fans chant “You Deserve It!” Miz pats Truth on the shoulder cuz he really does. The fans cheer as Miz raises Truth’s hand, and Truth lets Miz hold on to the belt so he can do the splits! He’s still got it, too! HHH then says he wants to be the first to say, what’s up? Also, congratulations. HHH shakes their hands as he says they won probably the biggest tag match in history.

And Truth, HHH has to say from a certain perspective, seeing Truth have that Mania moment, to quote The Miz, it was awesome. But the thing is, this is a new era. So if they are going to represent this brand and those titles, then they need to do it in a way that represents an all new era. So going forward, they will now be the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! And as such, they will be carrying THESE! Brand new belts that look like miniature World Heavyweight Championships! Truth is losing his mind! Now, now, he has seen a rabbit come out of a hat, and birds come out of a hat. Even a lady got cut in half and walked away from it. But he’s never seen a trick like that!

What? Truth says he knows good magicians, and HHH just made titles appear outta thin oxygen! That boy good! Right? The fans cheer, but only Truth is the one confused here. HHH asks Miz to explain. HHH is not a magician. That’s what a magician wants you to think. But Truth doesn’t really trust magicians. Not after Lil’ Jimmy. Everyone used to be able to see Lil’ Jimmy. So what else is HHH hiding? Miz says this is what they wanted. This is one of the most important times in WWE history! This is their chance to elevate the Tag Division! Their chance to take these new belts to new heights! That is why Pearce and HHH-

HHH!? WHERE?! Truth, that’s this guy! Man, Houdini’s got Miz fooled, too? He’s one crafty little genie. But Truth sees right through you, Tommaso Ciampa! Miz sighs and says he’ll try one more thing. Because we are in Montreal! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Miz is pretty sure they’re ready for Sami Zayn. But Miz tells Truth in French, that they’re getting new belts. OMG really!? “OUI! OUI! OUI!” So they can take ’em? Oui! OUI! As in yes, but anyway, HHH speaks up. Can he just go? He takes the old belts, then hands over the new belts. HHH wishes Pearce luck on handling it from here.

HHH leaves, Awesome Truth hold up the awesome new belts, and Pearce asks why Truth made the boss leave. Who? HHH. He just left. That wasn’t HHH! Pearce says while we still have brain cells that function, the only thing left is to figure out some new challengers! Time for a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Tag Match! And that’s right now!

WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers!

Speaking of Ciampa, the REAL Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are still in that title hunt, but so are Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, and so are Julius & Brutus! Which team defies the odds to head for an awesome showdown with Miz & Truth?

Raw returns and the Creeds make their entrance, followed by The New Day. There’s a QR code that flashes on screen… Then the teams sort out and one man starts for each. Brutus steps to Woods and Gargano, and Montreal rallies with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods says “O~ CANADA~!” The three approach, feel out, then Brutus DECKS Gargano! Woods CLUBS Brutus, has him in a corner and rains down fists! Brutus shoves Woods away before five but Gargano runs up to add on! Gargano gets five, Brutus shoves him away then ROCKS Woods! Brutus ROCKS Gargano, scoops Woods, but Woods rolls him up!

Gargano rolls Woods! Brutus rolls Gargano! Then deadlifts to BOMB him into Woods! Brutus breaks through their double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT back! Tag to Julius, the Creeds get one each, and they suplex! Kofi and Ciampa save their tag partners, then they all DROPKICK the Creeds! The fans fire up as DIY and New Day brawl! DIY get the edge, they whip, but New Day dodge to BLAST the Creeds! DIY then TOSS New Day out, and they BLAST the Creeds! DOUBLE PLANCHAS, but the Creeds catch DIY! But then New Day both FLY out! Down goes everyone, Awesome Truth applaud New Day, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and there’s a collision in the ring! The fans fire up as Ciampa, Julius and Kofi all slowly sit up. Kofi CHOPS Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, Kofi ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS Julius, Kofi mule kicks Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, BOOTS Kofi, then brawls with Julius! The fans rally up as the forearms go faster and faster! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! But theN Julius JUMP KNEES! Kofi returns, TROUBLE IN- NO, Julius blocks the kick to an ANKLE LOCK! Ciampa KNEES Julius down! Brutus CLOBBERS Ciampa, Woods MISSILE DROPKICKS Brutus!

Woods turns around, SLINGSHOT SPEAR from Gargano! Kofi JUMP KNEES Gargano! Julius clinches Kofi for an EXPLODER! Julius kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT, onto knees! Gargano SUPERKICKS Julius, Kofi rolls Gargano! Gargano slips out to BUZZSAW! Gargano goes up and out to the apron, he and Ciampa meet to ENZIGIRI KNEE COMBO in the corner! Then Gargano CANNONBALLS onto everyone else! Ciampa hauls Kofi up for PROJECT CIAMPA!! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi survives and even Miz & Truth are surprised. The fans cheer for “TRIPLE H!” to keep Truth’s illusion going. Ciampa tells Kofi “SUCK IT!”

Ciampa gets Kofi up, Kofi wrenches out to dodge and hot tag Woods! Woods GAMANGIRS then TORNADO DDTS! Gargano shoves Woods to a corner, but Woods BOOTS! HONOR ROLL! Brutus gets in but Woods BELL CLAPS! Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges, slides under, ROLLING ELBOW! Woods calls to Kofi, tags him in, but Ciampa BOOTS Woods! Kofi uses Woods to POMMEL HORSE KICK! New Day POSTS Ciampa, then WHEELBARROW FAMOUSER!! Cover, Julius drags Kofi right up! OVERHEAD SUPLEX! But Woods is back up top! Woods leaps, into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Gargano runs up, Julius blocks a kick! OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Julius kips up but into Ciampa’s waistlock! Julius switches, to GERMAN SUPLEX! The straps come down, Brutus tags in, and the Creeds get a team each! Brutus SPLASHES DIY to then O’Conner Roll! Gargano runs up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Julius DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS New Day!! Quadruple cover, TWO!!! All four other men kick out, Julius tags back in! Brutus goes up, Julius Electric Chair Lifts Ciampa! “This is Awesome!” and then Kofi SHOVES Brutus off the corner, into Woods’ SUPERKICK! Kofi goes up, Julius fights Ciampa off. Julius goes up but Woods sneaks a tag! SUPERPLEX for Julius, but LIMIT BREAKER from Woods!

MEET IN THE MIDDLE by DIY!! Cover, DIY WINS!!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the World Tag Team Champions)

Awesome Truth loved every minute of that match, but now they’ve got to face their friends in #RegenerationX. Will Miz & Truth be able to hold on to their newly minted titles? Or will Ciampa & Gargano prove when it comes to becoming World Tag Team Champions, you gotta do it yourself?

 

Drew McIntyre watches the highlight reel of last week’s main event.

And he’s smiling? Maybe even chuckling? Jackie Redmond says that after watching it back, she was not expecting this reaction. McIntyre laughs, as he BOOTS the TV screen in! Jackie understands now as McIntyre storms off. CM Punk got the better of McIntyre last time, but will it be no laughing matter when the Scottish Terminator gets his hands on him?

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri!

The first time around, the Poison Pixie bullied Maxxine the Alpha Queen into such a state that winning was easy. But then The Diamond Pitbull helped Maxxine get even with Candice, though it was Indi Wrestling that took the hit. Who finds the way to win this tense tiebreaker?

The teams sort out and Indi starts against Ivy. They tie up, Ivy waistlocks then headlocks, but Indi rolls to a cover. ONE, Ivy holds on, and they go around. Ivy facelocks, floats around to then flip Indi to a cover, ONE! Ivy’s right back on the headlock, but Indi fights up. Indi powers out, Ivy sunset flips, TWO! Indi scrambles up but Ivy DROPKICKS her! Ivy kicks, Indi blocks but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Tag to Maxxine and she climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Maxxine eggs Indi on, kicks low and facelocks, then talks trash on Candice. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, but Maxxine dares Candice to make a move.

The ref reprimands, Candice stands down, but Indi short arm LARIATS! Indi then tags Candice, Candice CLOBBERS Maxxine and hammers away! The fans boo but Candice SMACKS Maxxine off the mat. Candice soaks up the heat, then digs her boots into Maxxine. The ref counts, Candice lets off, and then Candice smiles as she drags Maxxine up. Candice whips Maxxine into the corner, taunts Ivy, then runs up to SLAP Maxxine! Candice fires off hands, the ref counts, and Candice lets off. Tag to Indi, she keeps Maxxine from Ivy, but Maxxine BOOTS her away! Candice tags back in, runs up and drags Maxxine back again.

Maxxine hops up, ENZIGIRI misses as Candice ducks! Candice swipes at Ivy, but Ivy dodges! Maxxine knees low and DDTS! The fans fire up while both women are down! Maxxine and Candice crawl, their partners reach out, but then Indi rushes in! The ref stops Indi, but that means he misses seeing the hot tag! The fans boo as Indi gets sneaky like Candice as she BOOTS Maxxine down! Indi puts Candice on top for the cover! The ref sees that, counts, Candice & Indi win!

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

What in the world is going on here? Is Candice’s toxicity poisoning Indi’s mind? Or are these Indi’s true colors? Either way, are Candice & Indi going to find the way to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

WWE takes a look at Damian Priest’s rise to the top.

2019, Orlando, Florida, the Performance Center. What did Priest want out of life? One thing: his name to live forever. From Punisher to homeless to NXT to main roster, Priest has proven if you bust your ass and never give up, anything is possible, even your dreams. The first Puerto Rican world champion in literal decades, he desired championships, and he knew championships would come. Legacy and infamy wait for no man, you have go grab them for yourself. He became Senor Money in the Bank, bided his time, suffered losses, and struck when the moment was right! HE had the biggest moment at the biggest WrestleMania ever, ALL RISE for the NEW World Heavyweight Champion!

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

The others sulk, but Priest tells them to snap out of it. They’re The Judgment Day, right? Right. And they still run Raw, right? Dom is gonna teach Andrade a lesson about messing with their group! And JD McDonagh, you have his back so they can get this done! The Irish Ace is fired up, he heads out with Dirty Dom, but Finn stays behind to talk with Priest. Finn feels their focus should be getting the tag titles back, but now Finn’s in this match with Jey? What’s up with that? Priest says Finn’s focus needs to be on what’s happening tonight. Priest needs The Prince to teach Jey Uso the meaning of the word “loss.” And then at Backlash, Priest teaches Jey the meaning of the word “pain!”

Is Finn good with that? Finn smiles and nods. Of course he’s good with that! They fist bump and Finn goes to warm up. So far, the group looks solid, will Mami have nothing to worry about?

 

Raw shares an interview from before the show.

Jackie Redmond was ringside as Chad Gable got some training in with the Creed Brothers to prepare for his title match with Sami Zayn. Jackie says it looks like Gable is ready. A huge opportunity tonight, the biggest match perhaps of his entire career. How much would winning the title mean to him? Gable says it is everything. Validation, vindication for all the training, his 10+ years here in the WWE, and proving it to himself. His mood is high, it’ll be a good night. But then Jackie would be remised if she didn’t ask about the crowd factoring in. They’ll be in support of Sami, how has Gable prepared for that?

Gable says when he was on the Olympic team in 2012, he was a Minnesotan in Iowa. That means not one person in Iowa wanted him to win, but he did. So he’ll do the same time. Sami’s one of the best WWE has, but Gable training Sami helped Gable find the weakness. Tonight, Gable exposes those weaknesses. Gable goes back to grappling with the Creeds, will Gable be razor sharp for his golden opportunity?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

The Prodigal Son thought he was getting The Idol of Lucha to join Judgment Day, or at least was united with him against Rey Mysterio. Neither of those things turned out to be true, and now Andrade has found himself in Judgment Day’s crosshairs. Will El Idolo make Raw tranquilo? Or will he pay for pulling one over on Dirty Dom?

Raw returns as Dom makes his entrance and Montreal boos. The bell rings, Dom and Andrade circle, and Dom wants a handshake? Andrade refuses so Dom CHOPS! Andrade rushes Dom but Dom runs away to the corner. Dom then gets a cheap shot, a headlock, but Andrade powers up and out. Dom pulls on Andrade’s hair to get him back in the headlock. Andrade powers out more thoroughly this time, and he runs Dom over! The fans cheer, Andrade storms up and he CHOPS Dom to a corner. Andrade whips corner to corner, Dom reverses, but Andrade goes up and out then ROCKS Dom! Andrade goes up the corner, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as Andrade brings Dom up and snap suplexes! Uno Amigo and the fans cheer! Dos Amigos and the fans cheer more! Andrade gives Latino Heat, but Dom suplexes! Dom has Uno Amigo, then Dos Amigos! Fans boo this time, but then Andrade hits his THIRD AMIGO! The fans cheer as Andrade puts Dom in the drop zone. Andrade climbs again, but JD gets on the apron! The ref stops JD but that lets Dom trip Andrade! The fans boo but Dom drags Andrade off the corner to stomp him! Dom then soaks up the heat and flexes, Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Andrade fights up while in a chinlock. Andrade throws body shots, then ROCKS Dom! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him! Dom shoves, kicks, but Andrade blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And DRAGON SCREW again! Dom swings a lariat but Andrade dodges to CLOBBER Dom! Andrade kips up, the fans fire up and Dom is in the corner. Fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” as Andrade goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Dom survives but Andrade puts him in the drop zone. Andrade climbs, SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT FLOPS as Dom moves! Dom goes to the apron, drags Andrade up, but Andrade fights the suplex!

Andrade throws body shots, CHOPS, and Dom flops back! Andrade goes out to the apron but Dom KICKS the ropes! That jams Andrade up, Dom reels him in! APRON DESTROYER!! Andrade flops to the floor, JD coaches Dom to hurry! Dom gets Andrade back in, covers, TWO!! Andrade survives and the fans fire up! Dom is frustrated, as is JD, but Dom wants Andrade to rise. Andrade stands, Dom DROPKICKS him onto ropes! Fans boo but Dom talks trash before he dials it up. But Andrade gets up, boot feint to ELBOW! JD gets up but Andrade DECKS him! Then the underooks, for THE MESSAGE! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

But JD attacks now! No celebrating for El Idolo, the fans boo as JD and Dom get Andrade to his feet. The mugging continues, but here comes Ricochet! Ricochet also has beef with Judgment Day and he sends Dom & JD running! Will the King of Flight help The Idol put Judgment Day in their place once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Cathy Kelley is with Main Event Jey and knows that he’s preparing for Finn Balor, but she was hoping for any comments on Tama Tonga joining The Bloodline to attack Jimmy Uso last Friday. Yeah, messing with The Bloodline, you go down a deep, dark and dangerous road. They adding members Jey didn’t even know about. As far as Jimmy goes… Well, Jey told him to come with Jey. But hey, Jey’s gotta focus on Finn. Finn about to catch a YEETDOWN here on Monday Night Raw. YEET! Jey is ready for The Prince, but will he make it through to face The Punisher?

 

Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The Hot Mess and “Lil Miss P” wanted a match and got a match on Friday, but it didn’t go their way when it turned out they were facing Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill. Management is getting an earful over and over, but will the complaints stop if Chelsea & Piper win? Or will KC Squared only add to Chelsea’s bad mood?

The teams sort out and Piper starts against Kayden. They tie up, Piper shoves Kayden down, then dares Katana to try. Katana tags in, runs up and dodges, then KC Squared pinball Piper around. They both run, but into DOUBLE LARIATS! Piper fires up, then she drags Katana up. Piper clamps on a COBRA CLUTCH and she thrashes Katana around! Chelsea tags in, RIPCORD FOREARM, then short arm LARIAT! Chelsea covers, TWO! Chelsea says this is easy work, but she runs into a BOOT! Katana then drop toeholds Chelsea into buckles! Tag to Kayden, and they meet at the corner, MULE KICK METEORA COMBO! Kayden covers, TWO!

Kayden drags Chelsea up, but Chelsea SLAPS her! Then she panics and reaches for Piper! Kayden reels her in, hammerlock and clinch, to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP, then Kayden FLATLINERS! Kayden fireman’s carries Chelsea, Katana goes up and leaps over to go after Piper! But Piper catches her! FALL AWAY SLAM! Kayden hits a SWINGING LEG DROP SLAM! Cover, but Piper SPLASHES Kayden! Chelsea covers Kayden, she and Piper win!

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

Chelsea celebrates like she did something, btu we know it was all Piper. But a win is a win, will this team find their way back to the tag titles? Will Chelsea never stop bugging management until they do?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

Cathy Kelley is with Liv to ask about Rhea Ripley vacating her title. Is this the conclusion of the revenge tour? Liv can’t even lie, she is confused by the reactions. They’re all mad at her, but for what? She isn’t the villain here. Where was the sympathy for Liv when Rhea literally ripped Liv’s shoulder out of its socket? Oh, there wasn’t any. So eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, arm for an arm. This is karma at its finest, Rhea got what she deserved. But the best part is that this isn’t the end of the revenge tour. This is just the beginning, because the end will be Liv crowned as the NEW Women’s World Champion. #WatchMe. Then when and where will this revenge tour go on the road to a new champion?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Montreal fires up for the American Nightmare, aka the NEW Undisputed WWE Champion! They sing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” and Cody gets his pyro. Cody high-fives the front row as he makes his way down the ramp, then he steps into the ring for “WHOA~ OH~!” and more pyro. Cody gets the mic while the fans chant his name, and he revels in the cheers a moment. They sing “CODY~ CODY CODY CODY~!” and he smiles. Cody then asks, “De quoi voulez-vous parler?” The fans cheer his French, and Cody says he has to thank Adam Pearce allowing Cody to still hang out on Raw even though now he’s a SmackDown superstar.

But don’t worry, Cody ain’t going nowhere. We cannot reflect on WrestleMania 40 forever, especially with a pending challenge. The first Premium Live event of the new “season,” Backlash, is going to Lyon, France, where Cody faces for this title either the fastest rising star, LA Knight, or The Phenomenal AJ Styles. But we can certainly reflect just a little. There’s a man he could talk about for hours but will keep it brief. There was a man who said he’d be Cody’s Shield… The fans sing “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for The Visionary, and Cody says that man certainly kept his word. That man is watching at home, so thank you, Seth Freakin’ Rollins.

The fans cheer and chant, “Thank You, Seth!” Cody continues by saying another “friend” that did reflecting was The Rock. The fans boo and chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Cody says it was news to him that Rock did a ten week training program, that he flew in the best talent of different skillsets and the greatest conditioning team money could by. Rock doesn’t have one more match left in him, he’s got many more. And in typical manic Rock fashion, Rock said that he’d make Cody bleed again. Cody says Rock’s probably right. Maybe Cody will bleed. But no amount of training and preparation, nothing Rock does can stop the fact that if Cody’s gonna bleed, Rock bleeds with him.

The fans cheer and Cody says when we talk Rock, we gotta talk Bloodline. The fans boo again, but Cody says he’s confused. The introduction of Tama Tonga “by order of The Tribal Chief,” yet Roman Reigns was nowhere to be found? More questions than answers, so one more bit of reflection. Cody wants to bring out a former member of the Bloodline, a man who is a friend of Cody’s, and a man whose energy you can feel from your head to your yeet. Well, thanks for laughing at the dad joke, but here is Main Event Jey Uso! Jey makes his way out and Montreal bounces with him! Even Pat gets on the desk to join in!

Jey hugs it out with Cody, then the bouncing continues. Cody tells Jey that he is the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Monday Night Raw is about to be his, and no one has earned it or deserves it more than Main Event Jey! “YEET!” Cody says Jey helped him #FinishTheStory, and Cody knows when one member of Judgment Day is present, the others aren’t far behind. Cody would love to have Jey’s back like Jey had his. The fans like the sound of that, and the two hug it out. Jey appreciates that, Uce, for sure. YEET! But hey, Jey’s gotta do this on his own, gotta just be him, The YEET Master! Mr. YEETDOWN!

Oh, how about this for a name? The NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Main Event Jey UUUUSO~! So then he doesn’t need Cody out here? Cody gets that. Good luck, friend. They hug it out one more time, the fans cheer, and Cody moves on. But oh, one other thing. Cody looks over and says, “Until we yeet again.” Jey responds with “YEET!” Will Jey be able to handle things when it’s just him? Or will The Prince be bringing backup to stack the deck against him?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Cathy Kelley is now with the Irresistible Force and hopes for her initial reactions to Rhea Ripley giving up the title. Nia says there are two types of people in this world: those who care about Rhea and those who want to see her get her revenge. Nia’s neither. She doesn’t give a damn about Rhea, and last time she saw Rhea, Nia had her. Now, Nia looks at the Women’s World Championship and wonders, who is gonna stop her from taking it? Liv Morgan? Last time they met, Nia had Liv, too. Becky Lynch? Nia had her, too.

In two weeks, there is the Draft. Nia might face someone she’s never seen before, and to them she says there are two types of people in this world: Those who fear Nia Jax, and those who learn to fear Nia Jax. No one on this planet is taking that title from her, because that is hers! Nia storms off, is she going to make everyone fear her then, now and forever?

 

Jey Uso VS Finn Balor!

Raw returns and The Prince makes his entrance. FROM BEHIND! He CLOBBERS Jey, stomps away, and the fans boo! The ref reprimands, Finn HAMMERs away on Jey, then lets off to throw off the jacket. The bell rings, Finn BOOTS Jey and fires off body shots in the corner! Finn RAMS into Jey, whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS him again! Finn flexes, the fans boo, but Finn stalks Jey to ropes. Finn CHOKES Jey, the ref counts, but Finn lets off at 4. Finn brings Jey up, but Jey ROCKS him first! And again! And again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey whips, Finn reverses but Jey sunset flips! Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Finn drags Jey up to ELBOW him in the head, then he clamps on a chinlock. Priest watches as Finn squeezes the air out of Jey. The fans rally, Jey fights up and he throws body shots. But Finn knees low! Finn ROCKS Jey, RAMS into him, then CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Jey sputters. Finn CHOPS Jey again, taunts the fans, “This your boy? This the guy you all like?” Finn RAMS into Jey again and again, then CHOPS again! Finn whips corner to corner, Jey reveres, then runs up, but Finn puts him on the apron! Jey ROCKS Finn first, goes up, but Finn anchors Jey! Jey throws hands, but Finn YANKS Jey down!

The fans boo as Finn fires off hands in the corner. The ref counts, Finn lets off at 4, but runs up to SHOTGUN Jey outta the ring! Jey flounders on the floor while Finn mocks the bounce, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn RAMS into Jey at the corner again and again, then CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner, runs up to CHOP, and then he whips the other way. Finn runs in again but into BOOTS! Jey storms up, headlocks, but Finn powers up. Jey switches sides, Finn headlocks, but Jey powers out. Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges, blocks the kick but the DRAGON WHIP hits! The fans fire up while both men are down! The fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as jey and Finn rise. Jey counter punches again, and again, and again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops ‘n’ locks and puts some stank on the HAYMAKER! Finn staggers into a mule kick!

Jey fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Finn flounders to a corner, Priest is upset so he moves on from the clubhouse. Jey says “UCE! OH!” and runs in, but Finn dodges! Hip attack hits buckles, Finn runs up, but into another fireman’s carry! Finn CLAWS eyes, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jey goes to ropes but Finn stomps away! Finn stomps and stomps and stomps, but the ref counts. Finn lets off, but comes back to SLINGBLADE Jey down! Finn aims from the corner while fans boo, but Jey SUPERKICKS first! Jey goes up top and the fans fire up, for the USO- NO, Jey has to roll through as Finn moves!

Finn SHOTGUNS Jey down! Finn hurries up top, COUP- NO, Jey dodges the double stomps! And SPEARS! Jey hurries back up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, Jey wins!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

Montreal bounces for Jey as he bounces back to win this one. But then Priest storms out here and stares down his challenger. They get face to face, the fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” but Priest holds up the world title. Jey looks at the belt, but then JD & Dom ATTACK! Priest is upset, he didn’t want that, but Finn says this is what Judgment Day does, right? They all start mugging Jey, the fans boo and chant for Cody, but Dom kicks Jey out of the ring. Dom then leaps off the apron, but Jey SUPERKICKS him! JD chases Jey down, but Jey sends JD into Finn! Jey goes up into the crowd and the fans cheer. Priest stares Jey down from afar, will Jey YEET that title right off Priest?

The cameras follow Jey backstage tot he pavilion where he high-fives fans and makes his way through to the back exit. The fans all “YEET! YEET!” as he says deuces, uces! Jey goes right outside, and he finds Sami Zayn looking up at the marquee. What’s he doing out here? Sami says over 25 years ago, the first show he ever saw in his life was right here. And now Sami is back here as the champion! Tonight, he walks in the same way he did those 25 years ago: through the front door! The fans cheer and Jey wishes Sami good luck. Sami tells the world if they wanna see the best wrestling city in the world, just follow him.

Sami now walks through the pavilion and he throws stuff around in excitement! The fans are fired up with him, they all high-five and get pictures, and he goes down the same bleachers Jey just came from. Sami is ready to give Montreal the champion they deserve, and even all of Canada by extension! Will Sami create a moment everyone will remember for the rest of their lives? Or will Chad Gable SHOOOOSH them all with a major upset?

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable!

Raw returns and Gable is at gorilla. Bronson Reed steps to him and wants to let him know that whoever wins tonight, whether it’s Gable or Sami, they won’t be champion for long. Because then the winner will have to answer to Big Bronson Reed! The theme song says it for Gable, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable makes his entrance, not sweating what comes after, only what’s happening right now. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins this massive main event in Montreal!

The fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Sami and Gable take a moment to soak it all in, then Sami fires up again. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Sami wrenches to wristlock. Gable rolls, spins, wrenches, headlocks, drop toeholds, then headlocks. Sami fights up, powers out, then drops down to hurdle. Sami arm-drags Gable, Gable arm-drags back! Sami slips around, arm-drags again, and Gable bails out. The fans cheer as Sami builds speed, but Gable gets in! Sami dodges, then he dumps Gable out! Gable stumbles from the apron, Sami builds speed, but he fakes Gable out to Arabian Press!

The fans cheer this chess game, but Gable storms in to get in Sami’s face. The fans again sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Gable fires hands on Sami in a corner, but Sami fires back! Sami headlocks, Gable powers out and he runs Sami over! Cover, TWO! Gable stalks Sami, waistlocks, but Sami fights the lift. Sami throws elbows, then knuckle locks, CHOPS, then goes up and up, but Gable trips him up! Sami gets caught up on the ropes, gets loose and goes to the floor, but Gable goes up! SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and Sami’s wife is worried. Gable puts Sami in the ring, he climbs back up, and DIVING HEADBUTTS! Direct hit again and Gable covers, TWO! Gable is frustrated that Sami survives, and Sami hobbles his way to a corner.

Gable is on Sami and the bad legs! Gable puts one in the ropes, then DRAPING DRAGON SCREWS the other! Gable drags Sami to then step over and drop toehold! And then he YANKS the leg! Gable steps through, leans on the toehold, but the fans rally as Sami endures. Sami keeps his shoulders up, kicks Gable away, and Gable lets go. Gable hurries to whip Sami to ropes and CLOBBER him! But Sami’s right up to LARIAT Gable! The fans fire up as Sami goes to a corner. Gable runs up, but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, and FLYING ELBOWS! Sami hobbles again, but he goes to a corner. Gable runs in, into a clinch!

But Gable turns exploder into victory roll, TWO! Gable gets Sami’s leg for an ANKLE LOCK! The fans rally as Sami endures, and he rolls! Gable gets sent out of the ring, and Sami takes aim! But Gable hurries back up to grab the bad leg and drag Sami down! ANKLE LOCK on the apron! Sami kicks free and stands on the apron, to ARABIAN PRESS SAULT! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous! The ref checks Sami given his leg, but Sami says he’s good, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns once again and Gable has Sami up top! Sami resists, but Gable throws body shots. Gable brings Sami up for a SUPER OLYMPIC SLAM!! Both men are down and the fans are going nuts! Gable stirs, as does Sami, and Gable finds Sami first. Gable waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEXES, but holds on! GERMAN SUPLEX again! Montreal is becoming Suplex City, but Sami throws elbows! Sami switches, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES! Sami holds on, GERMAN SUPLEXES again, and still brings Gable up. Gable throws elbows now, switches back, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Sami switches, to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Gable throws more elbows, switches again, but Sami throws elbows to switch! They switch and switch and switch, then Sami GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Gable flops over from his head and shoulders, but both men are down on the mat! The ref checks, Gable is conscious so the match continues. The fans rally up as both men rise, and Sami fires a haymaker! Gable fires one, Sami fires back, they keep going! Gable ROLLING KICKS! Sami flops and ends up in a corner. Gable runs up but Sami clinches! CORNER EXPLODER! The fans fire up with Sami, he runs corner to corner, but Gable rolls to pick the leg! ANKLE LOCK!!

The fans boo Gable and rally for Sami as he endures! Gable leans on the leg, he says this is his moment that Sami took from him! Sami still fights up, rolls and throws Gable away again! But Gable’s right up tot he top rope! MISSILE- POWERBOMB!! Sami’s antiair works, and now he gets Gable’s legs, to step through and tie up! The fans go wild for the SHARPSHOOTER!! But Sami’s own leg gives up! Sami couldn’t hold the hold, but now he clutches his ankle area. Gable’s game plan is working out better than expected! Sami hobbles to a corner, Gable goes to the other. Sami grits his teeth, runs corner to corner, but Gable shoots around! CORNER GERMAN!!

Gable has Sami in the drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT into BOOTS! But Gable blocks to have the ANKLE LOCK!! Gable has Sami caught, but Sami endures and reaches out! The fans rally as hard as they can, but Gable drags Sami away!! Gable leans on that Ankle Lock, but Sami rolls to a victory roll, TWO!! Both men stand, Gable runs in, into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami hurries to the far corner, the fans are thunderous as he powers through the pain, HELLUVA KICK!! Sami crawls to the cover, SAMI WINS!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Montreal rejoices as Sami has une victoire incroyable! Sami sets the belt down so that he can look to Gable. Gable is emotional but Sami wants to tell him he’s got nothing to be ashamed about. Sami offers Gable a hand, and Gable takes it. The two stand, Sami raises Gable’s hand, but then Gable raises Sami’s hand. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, but Gable still has to go back to the drawing board. What will it take for Gable to finally have his first singles title in WWE?

Sami celebrates with his family at ringside, but then GABLE GERMAN SUPLEXES SAMI TO THE FLOOR!! Gable has snapped!! He POSTS Sami, shoves him around, and then TOSSES him over the desk! The fans boo as Gable drags Sami back into the ring, then storms his way up. Gable POSTS Sami again, then has the ANKLE LOCK in the ropes!! The fans boo but Gable wants Sami’s family to watch him suffer!! Sami flails, referees rush out, but Gable lets go when he feels like it! Gable is affreux, méprisable and horriblé, but is he serving Sami up on a silver platter for the Colossal Aussie?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw, but with a real shame about Rhea Ripley. Proof that doing things live, no stunt doubles, adrenaline running high has its moments where things backfire, as many believe the injury happened during last week’s episode with Liv’s attack. It does work towards story, though, so that Rhea can have heat with Liv, and a new world champion to be crowned next week in some big kind of match. Good promos from Liv and Nia, those two are definitely the top choices for new champion. And then after The Draft happens, possibilities are endless for who the new champion faces for Backlash, if they want to have this title on that event so quickly after all this.

Good stuff out of Judgment Day even as they have to say see-ya-later to Mami. Priest is of course stepping up as leader since he’s the World Heavyweight Champion, but nothing really went their way tonight. Andrade beat Dom and then of course Ricochet shows up to back him up against Dom & JD, there’s a tag match there. Jey beats Finn and then escapes the beating, we might even get a Six Man Tag to hype everything up. Great video package to look back at Priest’s career, and then Priest being reluctant in Judgment Day beating Jey down, is something gonna give where Priest retains the world title, but then gets kicked out of the group even after all this time?

Great promo from Cody to hype up a lot of stuff all in one go. He got us fired up about Styles VS Knight this Friday, the Undisputed WWE Championship match at Backlash, he kept the hype going for his far future feud with The Rock, he thanked Rollins and Jey while also plugging this new form of Bloodline that’s happening. Cody also had a great moment with Jey before Jey’s match with Priest. Jey also had a really good promo before that to relate his feelings about new Bloodline, it would be awesome if somehow the Usos reunited for the sake of saving the family from this new age of tyranny, but that probably happens closer to Survivor Series so it can be done in WarGames.

Really good stuff for the tag divisions, men’s and women’s. I figured after splitting the Undisputed titles that the show-branded titles were going away. And while the modern World Tag Team Championships look great, they really are just smaller, rounder World Heavyweight Championship belts. I was hoping for truly original designs here, but you can bet right now that Friday, the new WWE Tag Team Championships are gonna be akin to the Universal title. But great promo bit from Awesome Truth with HHH and Pearce to show off these new belts, and then give us an awesome tag team triple threat. DIY winning makes sense on many levels, such as Truth mistaking them for DX and the friendship with them, to DIY being HHHBK Guys.

Really good story stuff in the Women’s Tag Division, though the matches could’ve each been a bit better. But we got the point of each story: Indi is starting to turn Heel like Candice has, because she’d rather win than look like a dummy; and Piper does all the real work in her team, as always, but she and Chelsea are also getting their way back up. I’m still betting on Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill as the next WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but they’ll get quite the fight out of all these Heel teams on top of Kabuki Warriors.

Great return match for Sheamus. If we’re talking title feuds for him, I’d really love if Sheamus got back in on the Intercontinental Championship scene. That’s still the missing piece to his ultimate WWE accomplishments list, and if he’s built up strongly through the next couple months, he could get that title at Clash at the Castle in June or some other point over the Summer. That is, unless Gunther comes back for Bash in Berlin. Well again, the Draft is coming, we still have to hope and pray Sheamus is on the brand that ends up with the Intercontinental Championship.

Speaking of, awesome main event from Sami and Gable, and Sami of course retained, but I had a feeling Gable was gonna snap. Gable was shouting during the match that Sami stole his moment, this was secretly personal for Gable the whole time, and this is was the last straw. Bronson Reed also wants next, so the walls are already closing in on Sami. Sami could put on a great series of matches through the Summer to build to a rematch with Gunther at Bash in Berlin and that moment in and of itself would be amazing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

Kazuchika Okada’s leaving NJPW meant vacating the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles. Now a tournament will be held in one go to crown new champions! Who NEVER stops until they make it reign?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – Puzzle Presents: Touyuu VS Axe Wang; Touyuu wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and advance to tonight’s main event.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins and advances to tonight’s main event.
  • Tiger Mask & Satoshi Kojima VS El Desperado & Shoma Kato; Tiger Mask & Kojima win.
  • HANAKO VS Starlight Kid; Starlight Kid wins.
  • DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita; Douki wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura; Bishamon wins and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and are the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire!

The Ace may also be President of NJPW, but that doesn’t mean he’s retired! He wants to get these Six Man titles back, will the Clown Prince and the Hulking Kazakh help him do that? Or will Great-O-Khan, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman conquer the Six Man Division?

The fans rally for “SACHOU! SACHOU!” as he shows off the abs. Then the trios sort out, and while Oleg gets in Khan’s face, we start with Callum and Tanahashi. The fans cheer, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tanahashi finds a point of leverage and powers Callum onto ropes. The ref counts, Tanahashi lets off cleanly, and the fans applaud. Callum and Tanahashi reset, tie up again, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes and grinds the hold but Callum pulls hair! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Callum lets slowly. But then Callum kicks low! Callum whips Tanahashi hard into a corner!

Callum runs corner to corner but into an ELBOW! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! The fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars, but Callum gets to his feet in a huff. Yano and Oleg both reach out, but Tanahashi tags Yano. The fans fire up for Yano but Akira tags in. Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Akira protests but he lets Yano have his fun. Akira then shadows Yano as he turns around. Yano is confused, turns around but Akira stays behind him. Akira then shoves Yano into the corner! Yano loses the pad and Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira runs, rolls and basement dropkicks! Crowns up and the fans cheer.

Akira drags Yano over, tags in Khan, and Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! The Empire double whip but Yano holds ropes and tags Oleg! The fans fire up but The Empire mugs Oleg first! They double whip but Oleg holds ropes, to then come in and DOUBLE SHOUDLER TACKLE! Khan gets up but Oleg throws him with a fireman’s carry takeover! Callum runs in to BOOT Oleg, then runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS Callum and sends him flying! The fans fire up as Oleg hauls Khan up, but Khan CLAPS at him, twists an ear and CLUBS it, then clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Khan then BLASTS Tanahashi and Yano off the corner!

Khan stomps away on Oleg, drags him back up, then Mongolian CHOPS! Oleg staggers, Khan Mongolian CHOPS again! And again! Oleg falls, Khan cocky covers, ONE! The fans rally as Khan hauls Oleg up in a facelock. Khan brings Oleg to the corner, tags Callum, and the Empire mugs him. Callum CHOPS, then tags Akira. Callum bumps Oleg off buckles, Akira CHOPS, then they double whip. Callum runs in to forearm SMASH! Akira runs in to clothesline! Feed to the DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Akira as he and Callum coordinate, back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Akira drags Oleg up and around to facelock, but Oleg throws body shots.

Khan tags in, he and Akira mug Oleg, and Khan CLUBS Oleg down. Khan drags Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Oleg whips, Khan reverses to NORTHERN- NO, Oleg fights the suplex, so Khan RAMS him into the corner! Khan turns Oleg around, CLUBS him, and then climbs up. The fans cheer as Khan sits on his throne! Oleg flails, the ref reprimands but Khan hops down. Khan then HIP TOSSES Oleg down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Khan kicks Oleg around then whips. Oleg reverses and lifts, but Khan claws the ear! Oleg lets Khan down but avoids the lariat to DROPKICK Khan down!

The fans fire up while both men are down. Hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as Sachou rallies on Khan with FLYING FOREARMS! Then he BLASTS Callum and Akira off the apron! Tanahashi runs in at the corner, but blocks Khan’s boot! DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up as Akira runs in, and gets a DRAGON SCREW! Callum steps in, but Tanahashi gets his leg! Tanahashi waves bye before the DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up with Tanahashi and he waits on Khan. Khan rises, Tanahashi runs in, but Khan sidesteps and TOSSES Tanahashi! But Tanahashi skins the cat! Only for Khan to waistlock!

Tanahashi fires elbows, but Khan ducks the shotei to HITSUJIGOROSHI into MARINE! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Khan and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Callum! Callum runs up to whip Tanahashi, but Tanahashi reverses. Callum stops himself, comes back, but into a spin, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans rally as Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up with Yano, he whips Callum at the bare corner! Callum stops himself, Yano runs in, but Callum dodges so Yano hits bare buckles! Callum runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and BOOTS Yano down! The Prince of Speed shows why that’s the case!

The fans fire up with Callum as he goes Around the World for a DROPKICK! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives, but Akira DROPKICKS Oleg down! Khan joins in, The Empire gets Yano up. They mug Yano in the corner, whip him corner to corner, then Khan runs in. Khan clotheslines, Akira clotheslines, and Callum runs to trip and STOMP Yano down! Cover, TWO!! Yano stays in this and the fans rally up again. Callum scowls and drags Yano to a drop zone. The Empire brawls with Tanahashi and Oleg while Callum climbs. The fans fire up as Callum aims, SHOOTING STAR, but he has to land out as Yano moves!

Tanahashi returns to dropkick Callum’s legs out! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi! Oleg scoops and SLAMS Khan! Akira dodges Oleg to ENZIGIR! The fans fire up, Akira runs and RANAS, but Oleg blocks it! Oleg swings Akira around to Shake, Rattle and- SUPERKICK from Callum! Tanahashi returns again, Callum ducks the shotei but then Tanahashi ducks the heel kick! SHOTEI! Yano rolls Callum up, Yano’s team wins!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

The Ace, the Joker and the Rook snatch the win and are now in the title match! Will this hot hand take the pot? Or will they be trumped by the winner of the next match?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Shingo Takagi is once again NEVER Openweight Champion, but he, Yota Tsuji & Bushi are looking to add to the LIJ trophy case. But Evil, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho want to make up for their losses, will they find redemption through this tournament? Or will everything be tranquilo in Taiwan?

Sho gets the mic to say he hates being here in Taiwan, so he wants to win, get the titles, and get outta here as fast as he can! The fans boo but Sho just taunts them all. He tells LIJ to get out here already, so LIJ makes their entrance. Takagi shows off that he cleaned up that NEVER Openweight belt from all the black spray paint Evil defaced it with! The fans cheer Takagi, Yota and Bushi in turn, and LIJ fist bump. But the House attacks! The fans boo but the bell rings, and Kanemaru has Yota in the ring. Evil KNEES Takagi, then steps on the NEVER Openweight title! Sho DECKS Bushi, Kanemaru whips Yota, but Yota comes back to run Kanemaru over!

Yota runs to SPLASH, cover, TWO! Yota keeps cool and he brings Kanemaru up. Yota reels Kanemaru in, suplexes, but Kanemaru fights it! Yota ROCKS Kanemaru, ROCKS him again, and then again! Yota runs but Sho is there! The fans boo but Kanemaru CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Kanemaru whips Yota to the corner, and surprise! Evil takes the blue buckle pad away! Yota hits bare steel, then the House BLASTS Bushi and Yota! The fans boo but Kanemaru drags Yota up. Sho SMACKS Bushi off apron, Kanemaru TOSSES Yota, and then Sho and Kanemaru stomp away. The fans boo more, but then Evil whips Takagi at the edge of the stage!

Takagi stops himself by flailing and wobbling! The fans are relieved he stays safe, but then Evil CLAWS Takagi’s back! Sho puts Yota in the ring, Kanemaru covers, TWO! Kanemaru tags Sho, Sho scuffs Yota around and taunts him. Yota rises up, fires a forearm, but Sho eggs him on! Yota fires another forearm so Sho CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Sho throws Yota out then gets in the ref’s face, Evil JAMS Yota with a chair! The fans boo but Evil taunts them. The ref has to keep LIJ from going after The House, and Evil puts Yota in for Sho to cover. ROPEBREAK! Sho is upset but he steps on Yota’s arm. Tag to Kanemaru, he and Sho DOUBLE KNEE DROP!

Kanemaru drags Yota up, whips him to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Gene Blast stays in this for his team but Kanemaru stomps away. Kanemaru then scuffs Yota, taunts him, but Yota just gets mad! The fans rally for Yota as Kanemaru gives him more kicks. Yota stands to ROCK Kanemaru, ROCK him again, and ROCK him again! But Kanemaru CLAWS eyes! Tag to Evil, the ref is again told to stop LIJ, and Evil CHOKES Yota with a House of Torture shirt! Evil shoves Yota down, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but Yota’s tougher than all that.

Evil stands Yota up, wrenches and whips Yota to a neutral corner. Evil runs in, blocks a boot, but Yota reels him in for the STOMP! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Yota and Evil crawl, hot tag to Takagi! The Rampaging Dragon runs up but Sho & Kanemaru drop away. So Takagi runs Evil over, scoops him and SLAMS him, but Evil avoids the senton! Sho & Kanemaru get in to stomp Takagi, double whip, but he holds ropes! Then DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBERS! But Evil CLAWS Takagi’s eyes! Evil runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up as Takagi gets Evil back up.

Takagi suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Evil is tougher than that, but Takagi then says in Taiwanese, he’s not done! But Takagi still uses Japanese for “TOKI GA KITA! <THE TIME HAS COME!>” The fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Then he fires down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Evil! Takagi runs, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Takagi moves the ref aside, but Evil blocks the kick, gives it to the ref, and mule kicks Takagi down! The standard formula works out, and Evil tags Sho. Sho laughs as he runs up in the corner, clothesline! Then he brings Takagi around, wrenches, kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks the superkick!

Takagi JABS, then YUKON feints to DDT! The fans fire up again and Takagi encourages them to get louder. Takagi hurries over, tag to Bushi! Bushi fires forearms on Sho, runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Bushi falls, Kanemaru steps in, he and Sho double whip Bushi to ropes. Bushi gets under the double elbows and shoves Kanemaru into Sho! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS! The fans fire up, and Bushi BLASTS Evil for good measure! Sho swings, Bushi spins him, DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this for the House but the fans rally behind Bushi. Bushi brings Sho to a corner, whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses.

Sho runs up, Bushi dodges, Yota STINGER SPLASHES! Takagi clotheslines, then feeds Sho to Yota’s V-TRIGGER! Sho wobbles, Bushi BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives the onslaught but the fans rally for Bushi. Bushi drags Sho up, but Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Bushi down! Takagi JUMP KNEES Kanemaru! Evil whips Takagi into bare buckles! Evil mule kicks Yota, whips him, and Yota also hits bare buckles! Bushi dropkicks Evil’s legs out! Bushi drags Sho up, reels him in, but Sho breaks free and CLAWS the eyes! Sho runs, into a dropkick to the legs! Bushi SMASHES the knee, then ties the legs up! RIVERA!!

Sho endures, flails, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Evil distracts, Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS! Sho is free, he has his Torture Tool! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho drags Bushi up, reels him in and tucks the arms, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

Like always, The House finds a way to cheat their way to success! Will The King of Darkness and his pawns find a way to trump Team Go Ace? Or will Sachou get to personally punish this faction for all their nefarious deeds?

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

Japones Del Mal and the Ichiban Young Punk each staked their claim to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, to the point that Douki left with the belt! If possession is nine-tenths of the law, then who will be the de factor champion after tonight?

The moment Douki’s on the apron, Fujita dropkicks him down! Fujita then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Douki and the fans fire up! Fujita drags Douki up, puts him in the ring, then springboards to SWANTON BOMB! The bell rings, Fujita covers, TWO! Fujita runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Douki, but Douki throws elbows. Fujita ducks to CHOP, then he runs, only for Douki to do the splits! Fujita tumbles out, Douki builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit in return and the fans fire up again! The ref checks both men, they’re both okay to continue.

Douki sits up first, the ring count starts and Douki POSTS Fujita! Fujita falls over, Douki drags him up, and then DDTs to the floor! Douki slides in at 10 of 20, leaving Fujita to the count. The count reaches 15 before Fujita sits back up! Fujita flounders around at 17, 18, but springs in at 19! Douki drags Fujita up, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Douki CLUBS Fujita again, drags him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Douki keeps on Fujita with a chinlock. Fujita endures the knee digging into his back, reaches out, and kicks around. The fans rally more as Fujita keeps moving forward, to the ROPEBREAK!

Douki lets off in frustration, then drags Fujita back up. Fujita fires forearms but Douki eggs him on. Douki then knees low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fujita is still in this and the fans cheer again. Douki whips Fujita but Fujita holds ropes to block! Douki tries again, knees low, then whips. Fujita reverses, CHOPS, but Douki HELL STABS! Douki runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! It was only a grazing blow but enough to knock Douki down! The fans rally up and Fujita hurries after Douki. Fujita fires a forearm, an UPPERCUT and a CHOP! Fujita whips corner to corner then runs in, to CHOP! Fujita snapmares Douki, then goes up, out and waits.

Douki slowly rises, Fujita springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Douki shakes his head, he’s tougher than that. Fujita drags him up, reels him in, and suplexes high and hard! Fujita keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fujita grows frustrated but he drags Douki up. Fujita waistlocks, goes to ropes, but Douki bucks the O’Conner. Fujita CLUBS Douki, brings him back, but Douki fights the lift. Douki switches, spins Fujita around and drops down, ITALIAN STRETCH 32! Fujita scrambles, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Fujita escapes by a literal foot! Douki lets go in frustration and the fans rally.

Douki turns Fujita to Gory Especial, but Fujita fights free! Fujita arm-drags Douki away, then runs up, but into a BOOTS! Douki goes to the apron, RAMS into Fujita, then slingshots for DAY- NO, Fujita stays up, pops Douki around, but Douki sunset flips! Fujita rolls through, rolls Douki and hooks the legs up, REGAL STRETCH! Douki endures and the fans rally up! Douki claws at the mat but Fujita has those legs trapped! Douki still fights but Fujita pulls way back! Douki doesn’t give in, he gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while Fujita lets off in frustration. Fujita drags Douki up, spin him, but Douki fights the lift!

Douki throws elbows, runs, but Fujita reels him in! Douki kicks free but then Fujita ducks the enzigiri! Fujita waistlocks to deadlift, but Douki wheelbarrows! Victory roll, TWO! Douki goes for the full nelson! Fujita fights, so Douki shifts for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Douki spins and spins, REINEDA! And then ghost pin, TWO!! Fujita escapes, but ends up in the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls and Fujita is already red in the face! Fujita reaches out, Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Fujtia is fading! The ref checks, but Fujita gets a second wind! Fujita kicks around, reaches out, but Douki pulls!

Fujita’s fading again! The fans rally harder as Fujita gives one last kick, to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and the fans cheer! Douki rises, goes to the apron, and takes aim for DAYBREAKER!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and Douki is furious! The fans rally, Douki gets the legs and turns Fujita over. Wheelbarrow, lift, but Fujita fights the rest! Fujita fires elbows, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Douki tumbles away and the fans fire up while both men are down. Fujita rises, the fans rally, and Fujita brings Douki up. Douki ENZIGIRIS, but Fujita ENZIGIRIS! Fujita runs, but Douki ELBOWS! Douki runs but Fujita BOOTS then HEEL KICKS!

But Douki stays up! Douki runs up to LARIAT! But then Fujita rises!! Both men run, and Fujita LEG LARIATS! Douki crawls to ropes, Fujita runs in, STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita roars, the fans fire up, and Fujita deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Douki survives but Fujita stays on him! Suplex, but Douki fights free, wrenches, hammerlocks, rolls, then drags Fujita up into Gory Especial! DODON NO JUTSU! Backslide cover, TWO! Douki just hops over Fujita to hook him up again! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!! Bridging cover, Douki wins!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

And “still” IWPG Junior Heavyweight Champion, at that! If Douki can put on a match like that and pull off the victory, will nothing stop him from becoming the Best of the Super Juniors?

Oh no, Sho attacks! He wants his belt back! The fans boo as he stomps away on Douki then picks up the belt. To be fair, Sho is still the actual champion, but he takes aim with the belt! Douki dodges to ENZIGIRI! Then he reels Sho in for the torture rack, and swings for the SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up as Douki takes the belt back! The Murder Machine tried and failed to take the belt back, will he also fail to stay a champion through the Spring?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi only just got these title back, but they’re fighting champions so they’re already putting them on the line! Will it be lights out in Taiwan? Or will the Cold Skull & Heat Storm bring gold back to Just5Guys?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Chaos still reigns!

The teams sort out and Hashi starts against Yuya. The bell rings and the fans rally for Yuya as the two circle. They tie up, Yuya wrenches to a wristlock, but Hashi spins, wrenches back, and then hammerlocks. Yuya switches that onto Hashi, but Hashi drop toeholds. Hashi floats to a headlock but Yuya pops out the back to hammerlock again. Hashi rolls, headscissors, but Yuya fights that off to keep the headlock. Hashi keeps his shoulders up, fights to his feet, then rolls Yuya to get his own headlock. Yuya headscissors, Hashi kips free and the fans cheer! Hashi and Yuya circle again, feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Yuya shoots around to headlock.

Yuya grinds the hold, Hashi powers up but can’t power out as Yuya holds tight! Yuya grinds Hashi to the mat but Hashi endures and fights back up. Hashi throws body shots, powers up and out, but Yuya RAMS shoulders! The fans cheer as the two stare down. Yuya runs, RAMS Hashi again, but Hashi gets in Yuya’s face. Yuya shoves, runs, but Hashi ELBOWS! Hashi runs, but into a hip toss! And arm-drag! Yuya DROPKICKS Hashi, then BLASTS Goto for good measure! The fans fire up and Yuya goes back for Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again. Yuya whips, Hashi holds ropes, then BOOTS back!

Goto gets in, he and Hashi run Yuya over! Bishamon coordinate, ZANMAI! Sanada storms in but Goto kicks low! “SE NO!” and they DRUM away on Sanada’s back! The fans fire up with Bishamon, and Goto stomps Sanada to a corner. Hashi has Yuya in the opposite, then they whip. Sanada & Yuya reverse to send Goto and Hashi into each other! DROPKICKS send Bishamon out, then STEREO PLANCHAS take them down! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada brings Goto up. Yuya brings Hashi up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hashi fires a foraerm, but Yuya eggs him on.

Hashi fires more forearms, then CHOPs! Yuya CHOPS Hashi down! The fans fire up, but the ref says to get this in the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up and puts him in. The fans applaud and Yuya storms in after Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Yuya CHOPS Hashi in the corner, CHOPS him again, but Hashi CHOPS back! Yuya knees low, then CHOPS Hashi down! Tag to Sanada and the fans rally up. Sanada drags Hashi up, reels him in, and Sanada CLUBS Hashi on the neck. Sanada CLUBS Hashi again, but Hashi throws body shots! Sanada CLUBS Hashi down, then stomps him at the ropes.

The ref reprimands and counts, Sanada stops, then drags Hashi back up. Sanada knees Hashi into the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but blocks a boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and ties him up for Paradise! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans cheer Sanada on as he then runs to DROPKICK Hashi out of Paradise! Sanada then drags Hashi up and around, reels him in, but Hashi fights the suplex! The fans rally as Sanada powers up, but Hashi still fights it! Hashi goes to suplex but Sanada slips free! Sanada blocks the superkick to CLUB the leg! Snada runs, Hashi dodges, BLOCKBUSTER!

Sanada flounders and Hashi crawls, but Yuya jumps in! Yuya drags Hashi up but Hashi SPIN BACK KICKS! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs in at a corner to clothesline Sanada! Then he runs corner to corner to clothesline Yuya! Sanada kicks and whips, then he sends Yuya in. Goto dodges Yuya, CLOBBERS Sanada, then kicks Yuya! Goto snap suplexes Yuya onto Sanada! The fans fire up and Goto brings Sanada up. Fireman’s carry, but Sanada flails free! Goto elbows free of the waistlock, then kicks and whips. Goto runs in, but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada QUEBRADAS, but Goto gets under!

Goto runs up but into a fireman’s carry! Goto slips free, Sanada throws more elbows! Sanada runs, Goto follows, but Sanada ELBOWS! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Sanada lands on his feet as Goto moves! Then Sanada basement dropkicks! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada and Goto stir, and Sanada crawls for his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya storms up on Goto, brings him up and reels him in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Goto stays in this but Yuya stays calm. Yuya drags Goto up, underhooks the arms, but Goto fights the lift! Yuya still tries, but Goto lifts Yuya to back drop him! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Yuya goes to a corner, Goto crawls to ropes. Goto stands, runs up, but Yuya ELBOWS him! Yuya runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Both men are down again and the fans rally! Goto crawls his way over, hot tag to Hashi! The fans cheer as Hashi fires off a forearm, body shot and CHOP! Yuya falls, the fans fire up, and Yuya goes to a corner. Hashi runs up to CHOP! Hashi whips to CHOP! Then he mule kicks, turns Yuya, but Yuya fights the neckbreaker! Yuya whips, Hashi reverses but Yuya CLOBBERS him! The fans fire up as Yuya kips up, and Sanada jumps in. They get Hashi up in a corner, and whip corner to corner.

Yuya runs in to CHOP! Sanada runs in to ELBOW! Sanada feeds Hashi to Yuya’s arm-drag! And then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Hashi roars as he rises, but then a DOUBLE BOOT takes him down! Cover off #Just2Boots, TWO! Yuya is a little annoyed but Sanada keeps Goto out of the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up, underhooks, but Hashi fights the lift! Hashi wrenches out, Yuya ducks the lariat and waistlocks, but Hashi RAMS him into buckles! Goto runs in to clothesline Yuya! The fans fire up as Goto BLASTS Sanada off the apron! Bishamon fires up, they bring Yuya around, feed to the fireman’s carry, and FIERCE FLASH!

The fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for the finish! Goto dragon sleepers, Hashi grabs the legs, but Sanada CLUBS Hashi! Goto pushes Yuya aside but Sanada kicks him to whip him. But Goto reverses to fireman’s carry! But Sanada slips free! Only to run into HIDDEN GAP! And then they get Sanada up! But Sanada kicks free of Hashi! Goto fights Sanada’s suplex, Hashi gets the legs, but Sanada kicks free of Magic Killer! Sanada then puts Goto up for MAGIC SCREW! The fans fire up again as Hashi runs in! Sanada ducks, feed to Yuya’s UPPERCUT! DOUBLE CHOP! ENZIGIRI! Cold Skull & Heat Storm watch Hashi rise, SHINING WIZARD!

The fans fire up as Yuya brings Hashi back up, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY BOMBS! Cover, Goto breaks it! Sanada TOSSES Goto out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya roars, goes to a corner and climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Yuya grits his teeth and roars! Yuya drags Hashi up, reels him in. Yuya traps the arms, but Hashi fights the Deadbolt! Yuya CLUBS away on Hashi, then tries again. But Hashi CHOPS! Yuya PELES! Yuya gets Hashi back up, swings him around, but Hashi LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans rally even harder! Hashi and Yuya stir, and head for each other.

Yuya gets in Hashi’s face, but Hashi fires a forearm! Yuya fires back! Hashi fires another, so Yuya HAYMAKERS! Hashi throws another forearm, Yuya fires another haymaker, repeat! They go back and forth, pick up speed, and the fans rally harder and harder! Hashi gets the edge, then CHOPS! Yuya roars, but Hashi DOUBLE CHOPS! Hashi roars, runs, but into a DOUBLE CHOP from Yuya! Goto returns but Yuya dodges! Feed to Sanada’s DROPKICK! Sanada & Yuya double whip Hashi to a corner, then Yuya runs in. Hashi dodges, dropkicks Sanada’s leg, then he sends Yuya into Sanada! SUPERKICK!

Yuya staggers, Hashi brings him around, and Hashi fires forearm, body shot and CHOP! Hashi runs, but Yuya spins him around! DEAD- NO, Hashi fights the suplex and Goto LARIATS at the ropes! Then spin and tuck, KARMA ROLL! Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Yuya can’t believe he got caught, but he did! Goto & Hashi

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture!

Ace-sachou and the Clown Prince bring back the high school “Yankee” bad boy look as they prepare to face some real punks! Will they and big bad Boltin tear down the House? Or will the King of Darkness make sure Everything is Evil again?

The introductions are made, but then the House attacks! They TOSS Tanahashi aside, then TOSS Yano, and Evil CLAWS Oleg’s face! Sho digs a chair into Tanahashi’s leg! Red Shoes is so busy with Sho that he misses Kanemaru’s WHISKEY BOTTLE SHOT on Oleg! The fans boo but the match hasn’t started, there’s nothing Red Shoes can do about any of this! Kanemaru & Evil then mug Yano on the outside, and use spare wrist tape to hogtie him! The bell finally rings as Sho puts Tanahashi in the ring, and Sho CHOKES Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho steps off, but Kanemaru stomps away on Yano!

Yano calls for help but Oleg is down and the House mugs Tanahashi! The fans boo but the House soaks up the heat. They stomp Tanahashi more, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil and Kanemaru split the wishbone, and then Kanemaru CLUBS Tanahashi. But Tanahashi fights back with forearms! The House mugs Tanahashi again! Red Shoes reprimands, there has to be a 1v1! Kanemaru stays the legal man as he drops elbow after elbow on the bad knee! Tanahashi endures the toehold, so Kanemaru shifts to drag him over. Tag to Evil, he and Kanemaru split the wishbone again! Tanahashi writhes but Evil drags him around.

Evil stomps away on the bad leg while Sho keeps Yano and Oleg down on the outside. Evil has Tanahashi on ropes but the fans boo. Evil CHOKES Tanahashi, Kanemaru and Sho join in, and then Evil covers. Red Shoes refuses because of all the shenanigans. Evil stomps Tanahashi drags him from ropes to cover, TWO! Wait, who rings the bell? That’s Sho of course, and the fans boo. Red Shoes and Sho argue, and Sho acts like that was all Abe-san. Red Shoes knows better than that, so the match continues. Evil tags Sho, Sho stomps Tanahashi around, then Sho drags Tanahashi by the leg to DDT the foot!

Tanahashi writhes, Sho tags Kanemaru, and Kanemaru storms up to get the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru eggs Tanahashi on, stomps the bad leg, but Tanahashi glares at him defiantly! The fans fire up as Tanahashi rises, and he fires off forearms! But Kanemaru claws the eyes! Kanemaru runs, Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up, Tanahashi crawls, and Yano’s free of the tape! Hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up as Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Shiro is free and Yano throws him to Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands Kanemaru, Kanemaru defends his innocence, but Yano SLAPS Kanemaru on the head!

Yano whips Kanemaru but Kanemaru reverses! Yano stops from hitting bare buckles, Kanemaru runs in, but Yano sends him into the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano stays fired up and the fans join in. Yano gets Kanemaru up but Kanemaru body shots, elbows and runs! But Yano atomic- NO, Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes! So Yano CLAWS the eyes! Yano runs, but Evil trips him! Sho stomps Oleg down, Evil drags Yano out, and Evil CLAWS Yano’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil and Kanemaru distract him so Sho can CHOKE Yano with a chair! Sho then drags Yano up, puts him in the ring, and Evil takes off his shirt.

Red Shoes says no, he doesn’t trust Evil with the shirt. Red Shoes confiscates the shirt, but Evil has a tag rope! Evil CHOKES Yano with the tag rope! The fans boo as Evil gets away with that one! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and Evil is upset with Red Shoes! Evil drags Yano up, wrenches, and YANKS the arm, to then CLUB it! Tag to Sho and he runs up to wrench Yano’s arm and bend the fingers! Sho wrenches again to ELBOW BREAKER! Yano falls but Sho tags Kanemaru. Sho pulls on the bad arm while Kanemaru goes up, and Kanemaru AX HANDLES the arm! Kanemaru wrenches the arm, YANKS and YANKS and wrangles Yano!

Kanemaru isolates the arm with atop wristlock, and STOMPS it! Then Kanemaru hits an ARM WRINGER! Kanemaru stomps Yano, BLASTS Tanahashi, then tags Sho. They get Yano up, Kanemaru wrenches the arm and Sho climbs, to AX HANDLE! Sho grins while Yano writhes, and Sho stomps Yano around. Sho bends the fingers, twists the wrist, then gets Yano up to wrap his arm around ropes. Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Sho lets off but distracts Red Shoes so Kanemaru can bend the arm! Evil tags in, he storms over, and he bumps Yano off buckles. Evil then TOSSES Yano out, and gets in Red Shoes’ face again!

Sho CHOKES Yano with the chair, then Kanemaru drags Yano up. Kanemaru wrenches and hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Sho then puts Yano in while Tanahashi protests. Red Shoes tells Sachou to stand down, and Evil covers. Red Shoes is late to the count, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this and Evil is furious! The fans cheer, though, and Evil drags Yano up. Yano pulls hair! Evil kicks low, whips, but Yano reverses for the hair-pull takedown! The fans rally up, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg CLOBBERS Evil, BLASTS the House, then scoops Evil to SLAM him! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Oleg stays cool and he deadlifts Evil! Sho & Kanemaru attack, they reel him in, but Oleg fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX them! The fans fire up as Oleg deadlift GUT WRENCH PLEXES Sho! Then he deadlifts Kanemaru for Shake, Rattle and THROW! The fans fire up as Oleg fires forearms on Evil, then gut wrenches. But Evil CLAWS the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil reels Oleg in. Oleg fights the fisherman to clinch and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Oleg hauls him back up! Fireman’s carry, but Evil slips free! Evil shoves Oleg at Red shoes, then LOW BLOWS!

Fans boo but The House BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! The House then gets Oleg up, whips him to a corner, Sho forearm SMASHES! Kanemaru ELBOWS! Evil clotheslines! Snapmare and the set-up! Yano gets in but Red Shoes is distracted! Kanemaru DICK CHOPS! Cover, TWO!! Oleg survives and the fans fire up! Evil is shocked, but he vows to end this now! The fans boo but Evil drags Oleg up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Oleg fights free! Evil knees low, runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS him! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg crawls his way over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as The President BLASTS the House!

Tanahashi keeps going to CLOBBER Evil! Tanahashi fires forearms and body shots, then he scoop SLAMS Evil into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool as the fans fire up. Evil wants mercy but Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Evil ducks it, and whips Tanahashi into bare buckles! Tag to Sho and Kanemaru BLASTS Yano! Sho & Kanemaru double whip, Sho runs up to forearm smash! Feed to Kanemaru’s basement dropkick! They DOUBLE SMASH the knees! Sho clamps on the KNEEBAR!! Tanahashi endures, the fans rally, but Yano stomps Sho!

Kanemaru CLAWS Yano’s eyes and TOSSES him out! Evil gets in with the chair! Red Shoes stops Evil but Sho sneaks his Torture Tool! The Murder Machine wants to do this like he did to LIJ! Sho lines up the shot, but Tanahashi ducks! But WHISKEY MIST is there! Roll up, OLEG BREAKS IT!! The fans fire up as the House goes after Oleg! They TOSS Oleg, then they intercept Yano! They double whip, Yano holds ropes to taunt them! Yano ducks Kanemaru, shoves him into Evil, then shoves Red Shoes aside so he can DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Sho staggers up, winds up with the wrench, but Yano dodges!

SHOTEI from Tanahashi, then he SLINGBLADES Sho down! Oleg returns and he hauls Sho up! Oleg fireman’s carries Sho, and hits the ROLLING SENTON! Tanahashi is up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Team Go Ace wins!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

A huge victory for The Ace of the Universe, for the Producer, and for the Young Lion! Oleg goes right from new kid on the block to a champion alongside two living legends! The House regroups, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for the new champs, Yano presents Oleg with his own high schooler blazer! It might be a couple sizes too small, but Yano still helps Oleg get it on! Oleg smiles as he is presented one of the belts, and is truly part of the club! Yano gets Shiro the buckle pad to join in on the photo op! And of course, they do the squat! Tanahashi-sachou then gets the mic so that he may speak. “Long time no see, Taiwan! Thank you very much, xièxiè.” Fans applaud his use of Mandarin! Tanahashi continues to say that NJPW hasn’t been able to visit Taiwan in some time, “but we’ll be back a lot from now on!” The fans love the sound of that!

Tanahashi vows to “keep NJPW fired up in Taiwan,” and that they’ll see them again very soon. “And finally… Taiwan, ASHITEMAAASU~!” The fans cheer and once again, the bad boy champs squat for the photo op. Will this unique trio lead the way into a brighter future for not just NJPW, but for the entire Wrestling World?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW’s return to Taiwan, though things went about how you’d expect as far as results. Great stuff in the non-title matches, and really great win for Douki over Fujita. Douki giving Sho a taste of his own medicine with the theft of the belt is great, I hope Douki literally holds onto the belt until the final round of the Best of Super Juniors. Great tag title match from Bishamon VS Sanada & Yuya, with a great win for Bishamon. I figured Yuya was taking that pin, but he and Sanada make a pretty good team, maybe they’ll try again.

And great stuff in the NEVER Openweight Six Man tournament, but I had a feeling it was going to be Tanahashi’s team winning in the end. At least, once it was them against House of Torture, it was certainly clear. It wasn’t even that Tanahashi is President of NJPW. Evil wasn’t gonna just get a belt to replace the NEVER Openweight title, and Takagi wasn’t gonna be Mr. NEVER right away, so why not put these belts back on Tanahashi and a team he now leads. Great honor for Oleg as he hasn’t even gone from Young Lion to established guy with a gimmick. Oleg’s shown he can have fun and goof around, I think he’ll be a great third man to Tanahashi & Yano.

My Score: 8.7/10


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