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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/2/20)

Whose tag division is this, really?



WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw is only escalating things towards Survivor Series!

Before #TheBestoftheBest battle for brand supremacy, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and Raw Tag Team Champions take on their hopeful challengers in non-title action!


  • Guitar on a Pole Match: Elias VS Jeff Hardy; Hardy wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
  • R-Truth VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Mighty Bad Decisions: R-Truth VS Drew Gulak VS Bobby Lashley; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Survivor Series Team Raw Qualifier Triple Threat: Braun Strowman VS Keith Lee VS Sheamus; Strowman wins and joins Team Raw.
  • Lana VS Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler; Jax wins.
  • The New Day VS Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander w/ The Hurt Business; The Hurt Business wins.
  • Ricochet VS Tucker; Ricochet wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap: The Miz & John Morrison VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.


Randy Orton is here!

The Apex Predator is looking more like prey with all the contenders after his title. But the Viper is keeping his head on a swivel as he and his WWE World Championship stand in the ring in front of the ThunderDome screens. “Eight days ago, I became WWE Champion. Eight days ago, I became a 14-time world champion.” Eight days ago, Orton proved he is the best of the best. But no. That doesn’t do him any justice. Orton isn’t just the best of the best, he proved he is THE BEST, period. “I am better than Edge. I am better than The Undertaker. I am better than Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, John Cena and most certainly I am better than Drew McIntyre.”

Orton proved he is better than everyone in the locker room who have been lying to themselves year after year after year, saying that the only reason Orton is where he is is because he grew up in the business. He is a third generation wrestler, that HHH protected him and “management” chose him. No! Those superstars are mistaken. The reason Orton is where he is is because Orton is… The Best. Eight days ago, Orton showed the world that he isn’t the Legend Killer. “I am now simply… A legend.” And with this championship comes great responsibility and a great big target. He welcomes being a target! He dares anyone in the back to come and try to take the title from him! It doesn’t matter if it’s McIntyre, The Miz, Roman Reigns or The Fiend, Bray Wyatt! Orton will be right here so come and get him!

But it’s Alexa Bliss that walks out instead! She walks down to the ramp and joins Orton in the ring with another mischievous smile on her face. Orton paces around her and asks where “he” is. She has gloves of her own! “Play” and “Pain!” And the one that stays up is… pain. “He. Could. Be. Here!” And the lights turn red! The Fiend has taken over the ThunderDome, but where is he?! Orton demands he show himself but Bray isn’t playing by Orton’s rules. MCINTYRE IS HERE, THOUGH! WITH A CLAYMORE!! Orton is down, and McIntyre grabs the belt. “If you dare me, I dare you to give me my rematch. Until then, I’m going to make your life a living hell!” Orton tried to goad The Fiend into something, but he got the Scottish Psychopath instead!

Wait, wait! The Miz and Morrison are making their move!! Mr. Money in the Bank and his best friend are here, shouting for a referee! The ref is here, the contract is handed off, but McIntyre is attacking first! He throws Miz out, then scoops Morrison to TOSS him onto Miz! No cash-in tonight! McIntyre says Miz won’t be the one to take the title from Orton, McIntyre is! And if they try again, he’ll knock them on their asses! Orton was both attacked and saved by McIntyre, will he give McIntyre that rematch?


Backstage interview with The Miz and John Morrison.

But they are in no mood! Firstly, the bell did NOT ring, so Miz is still Mr. MITB. FACT! Secondly, McIntyre had NO business sticking “his ugly nose” into their business! FACT! Does McIntyre know who he is? He’s The Miz! FACT! He’s Mr. MITB! FACT! And he was THAT close to being WWE World Champion again! FACT!! Miz says McIntyre is a selfish child who won’t let anyone else get their way if he can’t get his! He couldn’t let Miz have his moment! Just because McIntyre’s 19 year dream is over doesn’t mean he can ruin everyone else’s dream! FACT! McIntyre lost, he has to get over it! FACT!! It’s time for someone else to step in and be the star of Raw. FACT!!

Morrison says McIntyre has no idea what he just did, ruining a “twice in a lifetime” opportunity. He just pissed off the two guys in this company that you don’t want to anger. They challenge McIntyre to a handicap match for tonight! If he has the stones to accept it.


Guitar on a Pole Match: Elias VS Jeff Hardy!

“Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.” The Drifter is already in the ring with one guitar while another is on the pole. He introduces himself and says there comes a time in every man’s life when he must admit the truth to himself. Elias says Hardy did that in trying to run him over. In an instant, Hardy realized Elias had surpassed him. That is proven by how Elias’ album, Universal Truth, went to #1 on the charts in a night. Someone asked him about this match stipulation, and Elias’ initial reaction was, “Are you crazy?” You’re going to take one of his guitars and put it on a pole?! Elias is making hit after hit, he’s number one in the world!

But then he had a moment of clarity. Elias could do something special and make beautiful art in a different way. Elias will climb the pole, retrieve one of his beautiful Fenders, and then SMASH it on Hardy’s back. That could be his greatest hit ever! But his greatest hit now is Amen, off the new album, available to the world right now. Here is an acoustic cover of that right now. But Hardy interrupts just as the first verse gets started! Will Hardy be the one rocking and rolling as he smashes Elias to pieces?

The bell rings and they both go for the pole! Elias keeps Hardy from it but Hardy does the same. They brawl, Elias headlocks but Hardy powers out. Elias runs Hardy over, keeps moving but Hardy comes back to hip toss, only for Elias to counter! Elias scoops and tosses Hardy into ropes! Hardy goes out, Elias goes up, but Hardy drags him out! Hardy bumps Elias off barriers and steel steps, then goes around the way to build speed. Hardy LEAPS off the steps and Elias is sent into barriers! Elias scrambles away and Hardy goes up to the corner. Hardy climbs, but Elias throws his stool at Hardy! Direct hit and Hardy goes down as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns as Elias stomps a mudhole into Hardy! Elias whips and runs Hardy over with an elbow! Hardy is in a daze but Elias drags him up. Elias suplexes but Hardy slips out to run for the pole! Elias clubs him first, brings him around but Hardy spinning back kicks Elias away! Hardy is right at the corner again, but he’s slow to getting up. Elias clubs Hardy, brings him around to throw forearms, then CHOPS him! Hardy staggers, Elias CHOPS him again! Elias chokes Hardy on the ropes, and clubs him down! Elias whips, Hardy ducks and kicks back, but no Twist yet! Hardy runs but into Elias’ KNEE! Both men are down, fans clap and rally up. Elias crawls and fans give thumbs down. Elias is climbing, Hardy is right behind him and trips him up! Elias hits buckles and is down again!

Fans rally, Elias and Hardy stand and brawl with haymakers! Hardy counter punches and Elias is punch drunk! Hardy fires off and whips, Elias reverses but Hardy runs him over! Hardy atomic drops, trips Elias up and hits the leg splitter leg drop! Basement dropkick and elbow drop, too! Fans clap as Hardy heads up to the pole! Elias CLUBS Hardy, has the Electric Chair and spin, but Hardy huricanranas! Kick and TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws his shirt off, goes up to the top rope and grabs the guitar! But Elias is there to grab at him! Hardy kicks Elias away, and he gets the guitar! FLYING GUITAR SMASH!! Cover, Hardy wins!!

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall

Now that was a smash hit! And then Hardy finishes the guitar off by SMASHING it against the pole! Will Hardy finally move past Elias’ grudge to get himself back on track towards gold?


WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke!

Naturally, the champions of the Women’s Tag Division should be seen as the leaders of that division. Therefore, the leaders of Team Raw should be the champions. But will the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades still be the champions and leaders in this match against, as Asuka put it, The Sexy Muscle Friends?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this battle for supremacy begins!

But wait, the fifth member of Team Raw appears! Lana wants to watch her team face off. Nia and Dana start and Nia shoves Dan adown. Nia scoops but Dana gets around to sleeper hold! Nia rams Dana into buckles until she’s free, then she brings Dana up, only for Dana to hit a jawbreaker! Dana tags Mandy, Mandy dropkicks and whips but Nia reverses! Mandy tilt-o-whirls to an OCOTPUS! Nia stays standing, powers out but Mandy fires off forearms! Dana tags in, Nia scoops Mandy and lifts her up, but Dana chop blocks Nia! Mandy hits KNEE FROM A ROSE! Dana hits a HANDSPRING SPLASH! Cover, Shayna breaks it! Tag to Shayna and she goes after Dana.

Dana kicks a leg out, tags Mandy in, and the Sexy Muscle Friends double suplex! Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy keeps close with a rear bearhug but Shayna switches to an armlock suplex! Shayna tells Lana to just shut up and stay away. Lana doesn’t appreciate that, and Mandy hits Shayna with a forearm! Dana tags in, dodges and rallies with clotheslines! Dana rocks Shayna with an enziguri! Shayna goes to a corner, Dana fires off with fast hands! The ref counts, Shayna shoves but Dana whips. Dana handsprings in for the back elbow, then a BULLDOG! Cover, Mandy intercepts Nia but TWO!! Shayna survives and Nia CLOBBERS Mandy in return! Shayna drags Dana in but Dana drops down to victory roll! TWO!

Shayna gets up, Dana knees her low! Dana whips Shayna but Shayna slides out. Lana is hiding for some reason so Shayna goes after her! But Dana baseball slides Shayna down! Lana seems to be helping Dana out! Dana hits another handspring, but into a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Lana distracts everyone so Shayna drags her in! Dana O’Conner rolls but now the ref is distracted! TWO and Dana bumps into Lana! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Dana taps, the champs win!!

Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The Ravishing Russian tried but failed to be the deciding factor against the dominant duo, and now Team Raw’s chemistry may be worse than before!


Backstage interview with Randy Orton.

He clearly has a target on his back, does he think it’ll be hard to hold onto the title? Orton finds it amusing that so many people forget how easy it is for the hunter to become the hunted. Orton thinks McIntyre needs a reminder of that, and that will come sooner than later, in the form of an R… K… O. But Ramblin’ Rabbit is watching! Is Orton forgetting a certain someone in this title hunt?


R-Truth is here!

The FORTY-TWO TIME 24/7 Champion goes to the ring and is about to face Bobby Lashley in non-title competition. But why would he accept a match against the All Mighty? Uh, no, you’re mistaken. Truth isn’t facing Bobby Lashley, the one who wants to put people in the Nelson from the Simpsons. Truth is here to meet the Water Boy, Bobby Bouche. Um… No, this is Truth VS Lashley. Good luck. But who’s gonna sign his favorite water bottle?

R-Truth VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

Uh oh. Will the Rocky Mountain Machine simply bulldoze his way through Truth as he heads for his match against the Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn?

The bell rings, Truth says they’re both champions, but this is a non-title match so this match shouldn’t even happen. Truth lies down for Lashley! Unless this is about that Instagram post. Lashley grabs Truth but Truth kicks him away! And throws forearms! Lashley shoves, Truth kicks low and runs, but misses the scissor kick! Lashley SPEARS! And then the HURT LOCK!! Truth is OUT, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

The United States Champion isn’t done with the 24/7 Champion as he puts the Hurt Lock BACK ON! Truth is already a rag doll but Lashley thrashes him about more! Lashley throws Truth down and surely Sami Zayn is watching. Will “The Champion of the People” be more careful with what he says and does against The All Mighty?

Wait, Drew Gulak runs in, he wants that 24/7 Championship! But Lashley drags Gulak off the cover to gut wrench and DOMINATOR! And then the HURT LOCK! The GuLock ain’t got nothing on the Hurt Lock! Gulak is OUT, and Lashley then puts Gulak on top of Truth? Gulak still wins?!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Lashley just made an example of the entire 24/7 Championship Division! But he isn’t satisfied?! Gulak is still out cold on top of Truth, Lashley stands over them both. He leaves it at this, surprisingly. Will Sami wish he’d let someone else be Intercontinental Champion after all?


Lucha House Party meets up backstage.

Lince Dorado tells Gran Metalik that Gulak won the 24/7 title and they can still go get him. But they almost run into Jordan Omogbehin. AJ Styles asks if there’s a problem. No, not at all. They were going to go the other way anyhow. Styles and the “big man” are headed for gorilla, and we’ll find out why, after the break.


Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Tonight, Lana- Do NOT say that name in her presence. Don’t even think about Lana in her presence. Lana somehow gets on Nia’s team and then thinks it’s okay to put Nia’s title in jeopardy? All because she’s a little “butt hurt” over being smashed through the table? Well, she did that to Lana six- Didn’t she just say NOT to say her name?! Lana thinks she’s a fighter, that she picks herself up again. Let’s see if Lana can do that again. Because by the end of tonight, Lana will either not be on the team, or not be on the show. In fact, Nia might just end Lana’s career! What will happen when the Irresistible Force gets her hands on the Ravishing Russian?


AJ Styles heads to the ring!

The Phenomenal One is already Team Raw for Survivor Series, with Keith Lee and Sheamus following, but Styles and Jordan are here so Styles can speak. Jordan keeps watch on the outside while Styles says, “This past Friday night, we learned that SmackDown isn’t playing around at Survivor Series.” Jey Uso and Kevin Owens are on the team, and the other three will surely be just as talented. But not to worry, Raw already has the advantage. One advantage is, in Styles’ opinion, what SmackDown lacks someone with the intangibles of a leader. “Someone who has that it factor. Someone who can take a team, mold them together, and dominate! Someone like… me!” Yes, Captain Styles is reporting for duty! But is there really any other option? He has intangibles for days! His intangibles have intangibles! Why would you not a captain of #TheBestoftheBest who is THE very best?

So with his first order as team captain, Styles wants to get a rally cry going to introduce HIS team! Starting with: The Celtic Warrior, SHEAMUS! Sheamus does head out to join Styles in the ring, and then is the powerhouse, KEITH LEE! The Limitless One does join Styles and Sheamus but he’s a bit perplexed as to why they need to do this. But Styles wants them to listen and understand the reason he’s brought them out here. “Because you’re the best of the best.” And their success is Styles’ success. It doesn’t matter who they’ll face from SmackDown. Whether it’s Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, Rey Mysterio, Dominik, who cares? It could even be Angie Mysterio!

Keith wants Styles to hold on. Styles insist he be addressed as captain. Keith doesn’t believe anyone agreed to that. And he reminds Styles that if he thinks his “sizeable friend” is enough to intimidate them, think twice. Styles says this is inexperience talking. The veterans should show Keith the way. Sheamus actually agrees with Keith here. Before Styles stepped up from the “minor leagues,” Sheamus was running rampant in the WWE for years. And Styles may have “Lurch” here, and he’s feeling all brave, but the truth is, Sheamus will NEVER take orders from Styles. That’s CAPTAIN Styles! No it’s not! This is so disrespectful! Don’t they realize what’s at stake?! If they beat Team SmackDown, imagine what it will do for his legacy!

But BRAUN storms out!? The Monster sees everyone in the ring and says he’ll settle this for them. The only thing this team needs is Strowman. It doesn’t matter from SmackDown, Raw has the monster on its team. No, they all had to qualify, so Mr. Monster will have to do the same. Strowman lists his qualifications: He eliminated the single most talent in a Survivor Series match, he was on a winning team about 12 times! And maybe Keith forgot, but Strowman beat him clean. So clearly, his qualifications should have him be THE CAPTAIN! Now Styles gets upset! Everyone is arguing but Adam Pearce comes out. As much as Pearce would love to put Strowman on Team Raw, he hasn’t found a good enough qualification match for him. Mostly because no one is willing to face him.

Keith wants everyone to “hold the hell on.” Keith wanted to let things pass, but who do you think you’re lying to, Braun? CLEAN!? Keith doesn’t know about Styles or Sheamus, but if Strowman gets in the ring with him- Sheamus wants Keith to hold on now. Keith’s been here what? Five minutes? And Keith is acting like he’s calling the shots? The truth is, fella, there’s an order of things, and Sheamus is a senior member. Step behind him, and let the man who has made a career of slaying giants like Braun handle this. If anyone’s kicking Braun’s teeth down his throat, it’s him. Styles has an idea for everyone here! Pearce, check this. Braun needs a match, right? Then how about a TRIPLE THREAT match? Braun VS Keith VS Sheamus! If Braun wins, he joins the team!

Pearce likes that idea! Any objections? Sheamus loves a good fight so he’s in! Braun isn’t getting paid to talk, he’s in. And Keith doesn’t say anything, so it’s official! That match is happening after the break!


Survivor Series Team Raw Qualifier Triple Threat: Braun Strowman VS Keith Lee VS Sheamus!

Raw returns and Styles has joined commentary to watch this. The bell rings, Sheamus and Keith shove each other to step to Strowman, but Keith won’t let the Fella get ahead. They brawl, Braun watches as Keith headbutts Sheamus! Then Braun clotheslines Sheamus out! Braun goes after Keith and whips. Braun SCOOPS Keith but Keith slips out to dodge and POUNCE Braun out of the ring! Sheamus is back, he clubs and knees Keith then throws forearms! Sheamus whips, Keith reverses and he runs Sheamus over! Keith seethes and drags Sheamus up. Keith whips Sheamus but Sheamus kicks back! Sheamus runs but Braun drags him out! Those two brawl, Keith FLIES?! Not the best, either, but it still wipes the other two out!

Styles is SHOCKED as Keith survives his own rough landing! Keith is walking it off as he stalks and stomps Braun. Sheamus clubs and clobbers Keith then brings him tot he apron. Keith blocks the bump, but Sheamus digs him in all the same! Sheamus uses a sleeper hold and fish hooks but Keith still hits back. They brawl around the way towards the desk, only for the STROWMAN EXPRESS to derail them! Braun clears off the desk and Jordan shields Styles. Braun watches his two opponents and brings Sheamus up first. Then Keith, but they both hit back! Sheamus and Keith work together to whip Braun into steel steps! The steps go flying! Braun is down, Keith and Sheamus still work together to bring part of the steps over, and RAM Braun across the desk!

Sheamus throws the steps aside, to then POST Keith! Sheamus puts Keith in the ring, stalks him to an apron, and brings him up for Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus gives Keith all 10, and lets Keith flop down. Sheamus drags Keith back up but Keith grabs the arm! Keith is furious as he drags Sheamus out and TOSSES him into barriers! Keith stalks Sheamus, CLUBS him down, then brings him around the way. Keith scoops Sheamus but Sheamus fights and gets the sleeper! Keith fades, Braun returns to RAM them both through the barriers!! Once again, the Monster and the Limitless One are wrecking the ThunderDome! All three men are down as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Sheamus has Keith down with an armlock and chinbar. Keith endures, fans clap and rally and Styles hopes they down break the arm. Sheamus digs his knee into Keith’s head but Keith still fights his way up. Keith gets to his feet, throws big body shots, but Sheamus cranks on the chinbar. Keith still throws hands, and then GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS! Sheamus goes to a corner, Braun DERAILS Keith and runs Sheamus over! And then corner splashes! And TOSSES! Sheamus gets up to get another corner splash! And another TOSS! Braun keeps moving but he hits only buckles this time! Sheamus manages to give Braun WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!! Braun survives and Styles can’t believe it!

Sheamus catches his breath while he gets to his feet. Sheamus kicks Keith at the apron to keep him down, then climbs up top. Braun stirs, Sheamus aims, but Keith intercepts with a choke grip! Keith brings Sheamus around but Sheamus fights him down! Keith just grabs with the other hand, only for Sheamus to rake eyes! Sheamus punches Keith down but Braun ROCKS Sheamus with an uppercut! Braun climbs up, fights with Sheamus, but Keith joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! The Electric Chair Superplex was supersized and yet the ring stays up! All three men are down and Styles tells Byron Saxton to shut up about needing new teammates. Braun gets up, but Keith blocks the low blow! And throws haymakers all around! Keith kicks low, runs and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!!

Styles is loving this now as Keith slowly gets up. Keith drags Braun up, reels him in and scoops, but Braun slips off! Sheamus dumps Braun out then hotshots Keith away! Sheamus slingshots for a BATTERING RAM! Keith stays on one knee but Sheamus runs, into a BELLY2BELLY!? Keith is impressing Styles, but Sheamus headbutts and KNEES Keith back! Cover, TWO!! “Sheamus is no slacker, by the way.” Styles wants people to understand Sheamus is great and is great for Team Raw. Keith gets up but Sheamus calls for the finish! But Braun drags Sheamus out with force! And then runs into Keith’s BOOTS! Keith roars and LARIATS Braun!! Cover, TWO!! Keith drags Braun up, Sheamus BROGUES Keith! But Braun scoops Sheamus for the MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Braun wins!!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall (joins Team Raw)

Styles is excited! Even though this took a lot out of all three men, they’re three BIG men, and Styles is confident they’ll all be able to destroy SmackDown! Styles gets in the ring to celebrate and says this is going to be a great team. But he wants them to shake hands as a team, and none of them are for that. Braun doesn’t like Keith, Keith doesn’t Braun, but they’ll put their differences aside for Survivor Series. They shake hands! Styles says this is all thanks to him, the captain! Sheamus, c’mon now. You’re teammates, too. Sheamus is upset that Braun sniped the win from him. That’s what you have to do for the team! Anything to win! Styles wants them to shake hands, Braun says to shake his hand like a man.

Sheamus slaps the hand away, to HUG him! That’s even better for Styles! But then Sheamus BROGUES Braun!? And Keith POUNCES Sheamus! So Styles dropkicks Keith! “Why can’t you just get alone?! Why?! We’re the perfect team!! What’s wrong with you!?” Captain Styles might already be on a sinking ship. Is there any way to salvage this before Survivor Series?


Angel Garza speaks.

“To that special someone out there in the WWE Universe, we might seem far apart. But I promise, what you feel every time you see me is real.” Your heart beating, your cheeks flushing, your butterflies in your stomach? Do not be embarrassed, because Garza feels the same way every time he thinks of you. While they cannot share each other’s company, they can share the same feelings. He knows you’re out there, with those brilliant eyes and an irresistible smile. His rose is for you.


Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Charly Caruso addresses McIntyre telling Miz he’s the one to win the title. But there are others that could get in his way. Well what was it she asked Orton earlier? Is he worried about all the superstars gunning for him and the title? McIntyre says his shot is going to be just fine. Orton has a “6′ 5″, dangerous, attractive guardian angle,” in McIntyre. The actions were pretty clear: the only one taking the title from Orton will be McIntyre. McIntyre will force Orton’s hand with a smile on his face week after week. The Fiend can just back off. If McIntyre gets his way, Survivor Series will be Roman Reigns VS McIntyre! What a match!

But before that, what about The Miz and Morrison tonight? Oh right, forgot about them. How fun is it to beat those two up? It makes McIntyre happy and makes the fans happy. That’s what McIntyre is about. Tonight’s menu is a 2 for 1 special, Claymores for all! Will Miz and Morrison take that deal whether they like it or not?


Raw presents a new Firefly Fun House!

Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss are together already and welcome us back! Tonight’s very special because it is dedicated to the three most important letters in sports entertainment today! P I G? Hehehe, no silly Huskis! It’s R, K, O! YAY~! After what he did, Abby the Witch says Orton can go bleep himself. Whoa, Abby! There’s no foul language allowed here. That’s 10 cents in the swear, miss! Um, excuse me? Alexa, go bleep yourself, too. Gasp! Yowie wowie, Abby! That’s 25 cents now. But she does have a point. Once upon a time, Orton was a very, very bad boy. But the past is the past! And with those ashes, Bray was able to create a new world where the fun never… But wait, the memories of Orton burning down Sister Abigail’s home… “Unfortunately, it can’t be that simple. He never forgets.”

Alexa says that before they go, she wants to show us all a nifty little trick. She asks Bray for his help. He uses the heal glove and… Alexa’s eyes change again! And she spits out… blood? “Oh sh**!” Well, while the censors figure this one out, will Alexa become even more twisted as the plot thickens?


Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce have a message?

“Welcome back to Monday Night Raw!” They knew Lana would be a problem for Team Raw, but there’s no way Lana’s making it out of her match with Nia in one piece. There’s no way the announce desk will make it out of there in one piece! They high-five, suddenly more buddy buddy than before. Will they be right about that one?


Lana VS Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler!

The dysfunction of Team Raw grows stronger as the Ravishing Russian will face the consequences of her actions. And Shayna is already clearing off the announce desk! Is it going to be not so lucky number seven tonight?

The bell rings, Nia grabs Lana and RAMS her into the corner! And then runs, but Lana gets out! Lana kicks and throws hands but Nia throws her! Nia says Lana is a “pathetic piece of crap” and she pushes her around. Lana tries to hit back but Nia just throws her again! Nia talks more trash and tells Lana to just give up. Then she hits a corner splash! Nia slaps Lana around and pie faces her. Lana throws hands but Nia whips her away. Nia runs in but Lana dodges and Nia only gets buckles! Nia pushes Lana again, brings her up but Lana throws forearms! Nia shoves, Lana kicks and ROUNDHOUSES! She gets Nia with that one then ROUNBDHOUSES again! But Nia is still up and she CLOBBERS Lana!

Nia covers, but lets off on purpose! Nia drags Lana around to toy with her, and tells her to give up. Lana keeps hitting back so Nia headbutts her down! Shayna tells Lana to quit or she’s going to get beat up more. Nia thrashes Lana around by her hair then headbutts her again! “This is what you wanted!” Cover, but Nia lets up again! “This is what you wanted!” Nia drags Lana up, scoops and SLAMS her down! Lana flounders but Nia kicks her around. Lana refuses to quit, gets to a corner, and Nia “respects” that. But she’s done now! SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

Lana paid for what she tried to do, but this was also a message to both Team SmackDown, and to Team Raw. As is Shayna and Nia dragging Lana out of the ring! They bring her to the table, Lana keeps trying to fight, but Nia throws her into barriers! “You’re pathetic, Lana! You don’t deserve to be in the ring with us!” Nia scoops Lana for NUMBER SEVEN! Another Samoan Drop through the announce desk!! Has Nia finally broken Lana’s spirit?


R-Truth is hurting backstage.

He doesn’t have his water bottle, his baby, and his neck hurts. But the Hurt Business finds him. Oh he went the wrong way. MVP signed the bottle, though. The Hurt Business laughs at Truth’s pain, and have a visit to the VIP Lounge planned, for after the break.


Raw presents the VIP Lounge!

The Hurt Business heads to the ring, and MVP gives us another “official announcement.” It is fitting that they’re here in the VIP Lounge, because you must be the best of the best to enter. And that is what Survivor Series is about: beating the best. Speaking of, we already saw the CEO, the United States Champion, Bobby Lashley, “absolutely decimate” R-Truth. Cedric Alexander says if Sami is still champion by Survivor Series, he’ll find first hand that Lashley IS the best of the best. In fact, Lashley has a message for Sami after Sami ran his mouth. Sami thinks he’s better because he represents many over one. But that’s funny, because Sami always has so much to say but Lashley only has one: No more games, no more talking, no more playing. Lashley VS Sami, Lashley puts Sami to sleep.

So that brings us to tonight! The Hurt Business have lived up to the business arrangement they made with the WWE. They took care of Retribution, now it is time for payment. And they’ve decided they will collect payment in the form of the Raw Tag Team Championships. Shelton Benjamin promises he and Alexander will bring the hurt to the New Day, and show why THEY are the best of the best. Lashley says New Day had their time. But speaking of, here comes the New Day! Xavier Woods says to “Bob” that if he wants to talk time, it’s been his time for quite awhile and to be honest, big fans. They’re big fans of their current US Champion. So much so, that Woods got in trouble staying up to watch Lashley’s matches.

Wait, why? How? Because at the time, the next day was the big test to jump from sixth grade to seven, and Woods should’ve studied instead. Oh right, because it was so long ago and Woods would’ve been a kid! Lashley looks great for that much time. He has looked great for a long time! Same for MVP! One of the best on the mic! And Benjamin, one of the greatest pure athletes ever! Those three have been doing it well and for a long time. And then Cedric! Um… Well, he’ll be here for awhile with a great career. But you know who has been doing this well for a long time? Who who who? Ya bois the NEW~ DAY~! Look at them! They stand before the world as the most decorated W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ of all time!

And not to brag or anything, but Kofi Kingston has won more titles total than all four of them! Tag titles! Plural. US titles! Plural. Intercontinental titles! Plural. And of course, the one title that even the ALL MIGHTY LASHLEY couldn’t get, the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPIONSHIP~! SINGULAR. Yes, that historic championship win was great. But how did that work out? Didn’t he lose to Lesnar in eight seconds flat? And MVP is willing to bet that Lashley could’ve done it even faster. Wow, when they called themselves the Hurt Business, Kofi just thought it was physical. Didn’t know they could do it emotionally. But it’s funny MVP wants to use that number, eight seconds. Because… According to Lana… That’s about all the time that Lashley can last. OOOH~! GOTTEE!

See, this is the problem with the New Day. They’re about jokes. But MVP and his associates are about business. That’s why they dress like businessmen, and the New Day dress like clowns. There are fundamental differences here. The New Day want to put smiles on faces, while the Hurt Business want to put pained grimaces. The New Day talk about footwork and dancing, but the Hurt Business are stomping teeth out with combat. So MVP assures the New Day that they do NOT want to “dance” with the Hurt Business. No, MVP stands corrected. He knows for a fact that Alexander and Benjamin will two-step on your faces while they TAKE your titles. Whoa, what? Y’all think you can defeat the TEN TIME- Wait is it ten? The trade was confusing. Let’s say it’s 10! They beat the Dudley Boys!

MVP says the Hurt Business doesn’t think, they KNOW they can win. Well none of that matters, because the New Day know they are a global conglomerate of their own. They are able to be publicly traded! The only thing the Hurt Business parallels to is “yet another failing 2020 internet start-up.” OOF, a business that is going to start in 2020?! Rough. The only profits to worry about are the Street Profits, at Survivor Series! And do they know why? BECAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! Kofi and Woods are ready to cross the velvet ropes and take on the Hurt Business, after the break!


The New Day VS Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander w/ The Hurt Business!

Raw returns, the teams sort out and it is Woods starting against Alexander. They tie up, Woods headlocks, but Alexander powers out. Woods ducks, dodges and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor! Alexander is in a daze, Woods brings him up to suplex and hold Alexander up! Kofi counts to 10 as Woods shouts out “Bob” for the slam! Cover, ONE! Woods keeps close, brings him up and tags Kofi in. The New Day double wrench, chop and kick to then run and double BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Alexander scrambles away, tag to Benjamin! Benjamin and Kofi circle and tie up. Kofi waistlocks, Benjamin elbows free then whips, to run Kofi over!

Benjamin drags Kofi up, puts him in a corner to whip corner to corner hard! Kofi hits the mat, Benjamin drags Kofi up, but Kofi throws hands! Kofi rocks Benjamin, runs, but Benjamin BOOTS him down! Cover, ONE! Benjamin grows annoyed and drags Kofi up. Tag to Alexander, the Hurt Business mug Kofi and Alexander clubs Kofi. Alexander whips Kofi into buckles, runs in and hits the flip, but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi twerks on Alexander then gives HIM the flip! Alexander tries but cannot land on his feet and hits his face! Kofi drags Alexander up, wrenches, but Alexander hits back! Alexander drags Kofi up to bump him off buckles and throws haymakers! The ref counts, Alexander fires off before letting off, then he stomps Kofi down!

Alexander CHOPS Kofi against ropes, whips him but Kofi gets around to roll up! TWO and Kofi dropkicks Alexander down! Hot tags to Benjamin and Woods, Woods dodges Benjamin to dropkick Alexander! Woods keeps moving, redirects and LEG LARIATS Benjamin! Woods throws hands, whips Benjamin out of the ring then forearms! Alexander goes after Woods, Woods throws him into ropes! Woods runs to slide off Alexander and dropkick Benjamin! Woods puts Benjamin back in, climbs up top, but Benjamin uses Alexander to hit the ropes and trip Woods up! Woods is stuck, Benjamin KNEES Woods off! Benjamin and Alexander both go out to fetch Woods. Benjamin whips Woods hard into barriers!

Benjamin goes back to the ring, the ring count is already at 7! Woods gets up but Benjamin goes out to fetch him again. Benjamin puts Woods in, covers, TWO! Woods is still in this but Benjamin tags Alexander. The Hurt Business throw hands on Woods, Woods hits back! Woods CHOPS Alexander, CHOPS again, but Alexander clinches. Alexander whips Woods from Kofi but Woods slide sunder, only for Alexander to SUPERKICK Woods down! MVP is proud of Alexander as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Benjamin grinds Woods down with a chinlock. Woods fights up and jawbreakers free! But Benjamin goes after him again, only for Woods to enziguri! Woods and Benjamin crawl, hot tags to Kofi and Alexander! Kofi springboards to ax handle and rally, dropkick and a leaping ax handle! Kofi stomps Benjamin off the apron then goes after Alexander. NEW~ DAY~ BALLIN Boom Drop! MVP appreciates that homage but Kofi is clapping. Kofi spins, Alexander ducks to mule kick! Alexander whips, Kofi boots back, then Kofi runs but Alexander whips him back! Kofi goes up and up and huricanranas! Kofi DOUBLE STOMPS Alexander down! Cover, TWO!! Alexander survives but Kofi keeps his cool.

Kofi brings Alexander up, but no SOS as Alexander SCOOP MICHINOKU! Cover, TWO!! Alexander pushes Kofi to the corner, tags Benjamin and Benjamin drags Kofi up. They coordinate, but Kofi fights out and avoid the Neuralizer! Kofi throws Alexander out, Benjamin O’Conner rolls but Woods tags in! Kofi pushes Benjamin into Woods’ enziguri! Woods steps in, “GET OVER HERE” TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Woods stomps away on Benjamin but Benjamin blocks and reels Woods in for a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Benjamin grows frustrated, drags Woods to the top rope, and throws haymakers. Woods kicks back and leaps, FLYING DDT!! Cover, but Alexander breaks it!

Kofi gets in to dropkick Alexander out! Kofi builds speed but Benjamin FLAPJACKS him first! Kofi goes down and out, Woods rolls Benjamin! TWO, Benjamin ducks a kick to roll Woods, TWO! Woods mule kicks hard, but runs into another flapjack! Alexander tags in, handsprings, NEURALIZER! PAYDIRT!! Cover, the Hurt Business wins!!

Winners: Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander, by pinfall

MVP celebrates with his guys for getting a pin off the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will they collect on their payment before the New Day face the Profits?


Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss.

Nikki’s been calling and yet nothing. Can Alexa tell Nikki what’s going on? Or is it the Fiend? We’ve all seen them together. He’s why Alexa is shutting Nikki out, right? Nikki knows Alexa better than anyone, but the one that’s been her friend for over a year wouldn’t let someone think for her! She’s stronger than him! Nikki knows this. So please, just look at Nikki! Nikki turns Alexa around, but those eyes! Those eyes are so scary! Is the Alexa Bliss that Nikki knew gone forever?


Ricochet VS Tucker!

The One and Only is back, truly striking out on his own against another man shockingly solo after the 2020 WW Draft. Will Tucker Knight shed his past of Heavy Machinery to forge a new persona?

Wait, wait, wait. Mustafa Ali walks out to the ring! Is he looking at Ricochet? They used to be friends, too, but Ali is going around the ring towards commentary. The bell rings so Ricochet focuses on Tucker. They circle, Ricochet dodges Tucker to throw hands! Tucker shoves but Ricochet boots! Ricochet forearms but Tucker runs him over! Ali stands on commentary as Tucker traps Ricochet’s arms to TOSS him! Ricochet is right up to SUPERKICK back! And ROUNDHOUSE! Ricochet runs to RECOIL! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

Well Tucker’s down, but here comes Retribution! Slapjack, Mace, T-Bar and Reckoning surround the ring! T-Bar THROWS Ricochet out with one hand! Tucker scrambles but gets mugged by all of them! They whip and DOUBLE BOOT Tucker down! Slapjack drags Ricochet back into the ring for Ali and they circle him. Ricochet throws hands and SUPERKICKS, but he’s outnumbered! They mug him in the corner, then put him before Ali. Ricochet asks why, but Ali says, “No sin is forgiven until it is punished.” T-Bar and Mace give Ricochet the DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM!! Ali stands over Ricochet, raises his hand, and the lights go out. What “sin” is Ali talking about in regards to his former friend?


Drew McIntyre finds Sheamus backstage.

Well how is he doing? It’s great for them to meet again after all this time. Sheamus admits he’s having a blast. McIntyre notes he’s having his match with Miz and Morrison, but they can wait. Sheamus has a favor to ask with the Survivor Series team thing. It’s getting wild. But what if McIntyre join as the fifth man and take them all the way? Think about that? Them teaming up again after all this time! The Celtic Connection! What does he think? Nothing would make him happier than to fight side by side with Sheamus. But not right now. He’s focused on Orton and the title. McIntyre will only be happy going to Survivor Series as world champion. Hopefully Sheamus understands. Yeah, he does. But if McIntyre changes his mind, let him know. Oh and make sure to kick Miz back to Hollywood and shove the contract down Morrison’s gob. The two bump forearms and the Scottish Psychopath heads out!


2v1 Handicap: The Miz & John Morrison VS Drew McIntyre!

The Hollywood A-Lister and Guru of Greatness want to clear the way to that guaranteed title shot on Randy Orton! But that means taking on the man who wants Orton all to himself! Will McIntyre be able to be better than the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century? *stare off into the distance*

Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance. Morrison starts for his team and kicks at McIntyre. McIntyre resists the takedown to put Morrison in a corner. Morrison avoids the chop, then Miz distracts! Morrison hotshots McIntyre then CLOBBERS him from behind! Wait, McIntyre stays up… And he JABS Morrison off his feet! McIntyre drags Morrison up, bumps him off buckles then CHOPS him! Morrison is stinging already but he throws body shots back. McIntyre shoves him away but Morrison kicks back! Miz tags in, McIntyre clobbers Morrison but Miz fires off! The ref counts, Miz lets off but McIntyre gabs him with both hands! McIntyre puts Miz in a corner and CHOPS him! And then ROCKS him with right after right!

McIntyre stomps Miz, brings him up and suplex TOSSES him across the ring! Morrison thinks about tagging in but McIntyre steps closer. Morrison backs away and McIntyre brings Miz up. Now Morrison tags in as McIntyre TOSSES Miz! But McIntyre hip TOSSES Morrison down! Miz chop blocks and Morrison SHINING WIZARDS! Cover, ONE?! Morrison is shocked, but he tags Miz in. They double GUT BUSTER McIntyre, and Miz seethes as he talks trash to McIntyre. Miz runs to boot, but McIntyre blocks it! McIntyre grimaces, then CHOPS Miz off his feet! Miz is stinging, McIntyre runs in but is thrown out! Morrison tags in and goes up top. Miz runs, McIntyre dodges the dropkick to CLOBBER him, then he blocks the Penalty Kick from the apron to trip Morrison up!

McIntyre drags Morrison off the apron in the inverted Alabama, to INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM Morrison onto the Miz! McIntyre smiles as he uses the Greatest Tag Team against each other and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more and McIntyre CHOPS Morrison off his feet! Morrison gets to a corner but McIntyre throws haymakers! McIntyre then THROWS Morrison! McIntyre taunts Morrison, brings him up and throws haymakers. Morrison wobbles but he manages a jawbreaker! Miz tags in, Miz throws hands but into McIntyre’s back suplex! Miz lands on his feet, shoves McIntyre but runs into an elbow! Morrison enziguris then Miz BOOTS! Morrison tags back in, they both go after McIntyre with kicks! And then they POST McIntyre! McIntyre tumbles down, Miz tags back in and both he and Morrison go after McIntyre, throwing him into barriers! McIntyre ends up upside-down and Miz stands on McIntyre’s head! “You want to cost me my title?!”

Miz puts McIntyre in, puts him in the corner and gives him It Kicks! Miz runs corner to corner to hit the A-List Lariat! Tag to Morrison as McIntyre tumbles down. Morrison goes up and SPRINGBOARD TORNILLO SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!? Morrison is frustrated but he cravats McIntyre to grind him down. Morrison rams in a knee, kicks him at the ropes then clubs McIntyre to the corner. Morrison throws big body shots, but Miz chokes McIntyre while the ref pulls Morrison away! Morrison drags McIntyre out to then ground ‘n’ pound! Cover, ONE, but Morrison wraps on a chinlock! McIntyre endures, Miz starts up the “Hey Hey! Ho Ho!” but fans boo and give thumbs down. McIntyre snapmares free but runs into a boot!

Morrison goes up, STARSHIP P- NO! McIntyre shoves Morrison onto the post! Morrison’s starship is feeling pain, and McIntyre seethes as he climbs up behind him. McIntyre CLUBS Morrison, brings him up, and gives him Beats of the Bodhrain, just like Sheamus! McIntyre then brings Morrison up, only for Morrison to trip him up! Morrison returns the favor for groin pain, but it’s hard to adjust with only so much room. Morrison elbows McIntyre and McIntyre ends up in the Tree of Woe. Morrison stands, but McIntyre sits up! SPIDER GERMAN!! Miz is in shock and the fans are loving this! Morrison manages to make it to the corner and he tags Miz in! Miz goes after McIntyre but it’s McIntyre who rallies with clotheslines! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD suplexes Miz! And then again!

McIntyre stalks Miz, and hits the leaping neckbreaker! Then he KIPS UP! McIntyre is fired up and he aims at Miz. McIntyre reels Miz in, underhooks the arms, but Miz slips out to full nelson! McIntyre snapmares free, to SPINE BUSTER! Jackknife cover, STANDING SHOOTING STAR from Morrison! All three men are down and the ThunderDome fans are fired up on their screens! Miz crawls but McIntyre grabs at legs. Miz pushes him away, Morrison tags in and SUPERKICKS! Morrison kicks low, MOONLIGHT DRIVE!! Cover, TWO!?! Morrison can’t believe it! Morrison drags McIntyre up, McIntyre shoves him but Miz tags in! McIntyre whips Morrison but runs into an elbow! Morrison goes to springboard but McIntyre shoves him out HARD!

Miz sneaks up, full nelson and FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?!? McIntyre survives again!! Miz is shocked but he shakes his head. McIntyre sits up and Miz gives him more It Kicks! Over and over, and over and over, but McIntyre ducks the buzzsaw! McIntyre shoves Miz into Morrison and knocks him down! FUTURE SHOCK!! But Miz gets to ropes for safety! McIntyre goes to a corner but Morrison drags Miz out! So McIntyre FLIES?! Down goes the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century! McIntyre puts Miz in, aims from the corner again, and CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The Miz and Morrison put up a hell of a fight but McIntyre still beat them both! McIntyre smirks as he- GETS AN RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! Orton promised it but McIntyre still didn’t see it coming! But Bray Wyatt laughs from the shadows. Orton can’t relax, because while three predators are down, the most dangerous one is still lurking. Will Orton be able to make it to Survivor Series as champion? Or will he have no choice but to #LetHimIn?

My Thoughts:

A really good Raw here, actually. There were some things still a bit odd tonight, but not so bad as to drag down the episode. Garza has an interesting promo where it’s like he’s talking to someone he’s been “dating” online. That’s not a knock on those who meet people online, but it does seem a little weird for a guy who is the “Lethal Lothario” and should still be trying to charm someone he has met in person. Guess that thing with Nia was a one-off for the comedy. Maybe Garza’s “special someone” will be a call-up from NXT to introduce fresh talent. Shifting Retribution away from Hurt Business to go after Ricochet is actually not so bad, either. Ricochet needs something to do, Retribution needs wins, and it could be used to explore Ali’s mentality behind forming Retribution. But Tucker is already off to a rough solo start, I really thought Ali was going to recruit him. The trade that brings Otis to Raw or sends Tucker back to SmackDown should probably happen quickly so those two can have their grudge match.

The Hurt Business had a pretty good night tonight. Lashley VS Truth was decent, and it got better as Lashley brutalized Drew Gulak just to make a point to Sami Zayn. Gulak ends up 24/7 Champion either way, so I wonder what hilarity ensues between him, Lucha House Party and Truth with his bad neck. The Hurt Business and New Day have both a great promo segment for the VIP Lounge, which did make great reference to how Lashley, MVP and Benjamin have been around for quite some time and Alexander has yet to really establish himself on Raw. It was a great detail in the match for Benjamin to literally use Alexander as a way to mess up Woods’ top rope move. I wouldn’t want it to turn into a case where this keeps happening and Alexander feels like he isn’t respected, but there is half a chance that’s how they’re going to write this.

I’m a little disappointed Asuka wasn’t on the show at all to even just have a promo talking about the chances of facing Sasha compared to facing Bayley. But what we did get out of the Raw Women’s Division was pretty good. I’m surprised they gave us a Women’s Tag title match when originally it wasn’t that at all. It was obviously going to go Nia’s and Shayna’s way but I do like that Lana was trying to screw them over. It was rather rough for Lana to take on Nia but it did work to show she has some heart and determination. Still didn’t stop her from going through a table. I feel like the Women’s Survivor Series match goes like this: Lana will cause Nia to be eliminated, Nia puts her through a table, Lana is out of action until she’s the last Raw entrant and then she wins as a sole survivor. And then she gets put through another table.

Elias VS Hardy, Guitar on a Pole, fine whatever, it’s escalation as well as Hardy’s way of evening the score. Elias won by DQ but now Hardy won “clean.” They need to make this a battle of the bands before there is a tiebreaker match, because duh. The segment with the Raw Men’s Team was all great stuff, especially the Triple Threat. Braun was of course getting on the team, but the logic of Sheamus trying to take out Keith when Keith was going to take Braun down is a bit odd. I suppose Sheamus would want to be the winner of that match, but the goal should’ve been keeping Braun off the team. Of course, the team isn’t really meshing, on the same level as the women’s. I feel like that’s the real theme for Survivor Series this year: which teams can hold it together after the Draft shuffled things around?

There was a lot of great stuff in the world title story. The opening segment was a lot more fun than the average opening promo segment, and it kicked off the great character progression for Alexa. The gloves, the eyes, the “blood” spit, Alexa is slowly but surely becoming a female Fiend in her own right. And I think Abby’s bad attitude towards her is a sign Abby doesn’t want Alexa replacing her in the Firefly Fun House. I don’t think it’d work out but I feel like Sister Abigail will resurrect herself through Nikki Cross long enough to defeat Alexa and kick her out of the Fun House. Also, Alexa could’ve been made to look scarier for when Nikki confronted her. Let some of that red goop be on her lips and chin for some slightly more graphic texture than just contact lenses.

Then it is a great detail for McIntyre to be keeping Miz and that MITB briefcase away from Orton. McIntyre wants that title and is not going to be stopped. His handicap match with Miz and Morrison was a great handicap match, but I feel like he should’ve figured Orton was coming. Of course, Orton is the master of #OuttaNowhere, so I guess not even McIntyre is immune to that. But it also shows how powerful Bray is for his laugh to immediately humble Orton there. I’m really hoping we get a huge Triple Threat before Survivor Series to see who is facing Roman Reigns. And it being a Triple Threat would also give Miz openings to use his MITB contract to really complicate things. Should McIntyre not be the winner, I really would like to see him take Sheamus up on the Team Raw invitation and use his frustration as fuel to beat up on Team SmackDown, maybe even win it all.

My Score: 8.4/10

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

Will the winds of change blow?



NJPW starts a riot!

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


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


Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

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

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


Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

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


IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10

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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!



The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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


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


AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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


Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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


Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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


BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10

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