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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/19/21)

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Dallas is Raw, and so is JOHN CENA?!

After his EPIC return at Money in the Bank, JOHN CENA is back and will open tonight’s Raw to explain why once again, his time is now!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & The Viking Raiders VS AJ Styles, Omos & John Morrison w/ The Miz; Riddle & The Viking Raiders win.
  • Symphony of Destruction: Jaxson Ryker VS Elias; Ryker wins.
  • Natalya & Tamina VS Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald; Natalya & Tamina win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Better to have Loved and Won: Reginald wins and is the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo; Sheamus wins.
  • Open Challenge: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Keith Lee; Lashley wins.
  • Karrion Kross VS Jeff Hardy; Hardy wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins by disqualification, Charlotte retains the title.
  • Raw Women’s Championship Money in the Bank Cash-in: Charlotte Flair VS Nikki Ash; Nikki

PLAY BY PLAY

JOHN CENA is opening Raw!

Dallas fires up because they get to be part of the Cenation once more! Cena runs to the ring like he did less than 24 hours ago in Fort Worth to close out Money in the Bank! And Cena welcomes the fans still filing it! It’s rockin’ tonight! There’s a kid who is celebrating his 11th birthday and he’s here for Cena! Cena’s here for him and all of us because damn he’s missed us, and missed this. Fans welcome him back and Cena loves the confusion, the chaos and the electricity. There are still the dueling chants but everyone is loud and here!

Now, Cena has always said the biggest star in the WWE is the fans, and this is proof! This isn’t just loud tonight, tonight is DEAFENING! Tonight is electric, tonight is Monday Night Raw! Live from DALLAS, TEXAS! But Dallas, you just proved how loud you can get. Tonight is a team effort. Everyone is wondering, and yes, he will wear his Peacemaker outfit to the Suicide Squad premiere. And Cena is here to explain his meme worthy return from last night. Cena shows up, ruined Roman Reigns’ celebration. Roman was angry, Heyman was confused, Michael Cole was very excited and Pat McAfee couldn’t see Cena, but everyone had questions! Who, what, where, when, and why.

So to get to those, who brought Cena back here? That’s a lay-up! It’s the fans all around him! FINALLY, we can cheer and boo and make noise and connect with others who love this! So who brought him back? The WWE Universe did. And it was also Roman Reigns. That brings Cena to what: What is Cena here for? The WWE Universal Championship! When? In five weeks at a little thing called SummerSlam! Where? Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Why? This is where it gets interesting. Cena could be all excited for the pageantry of SummerSlam, being in the main event in a packed stadium. He could tell us about his history-making 17th world title win.

But it’s not for any of that. Cena says, “It’s because Roman Reigns is an a**hole.” WHOA~! Fans agree with, “YES HE IS! YES HE IS!” Cena says Roman needs to be knocked down a peg. “This pathetic Roman Reigns Experience has gone on long enough!” Roman “is an arrogant, self-absorbed, overhyped, overprotected, overexposed gimmick who is not as over as he says he is!” That is coming from Cena. There was a saying, “If you’re good, you’ll tell everybody. If you’re good, you will demand that they acknowledge you.” But here’s some team effort, get loud! Dallas gets loud, and Cena wants to hear everyone! But the rest of the saying is, “If you’re great, they tell you.”

And Cena’s telling us right now, he’ll be on SmackDown this Friday, and he can’t wait to see Roman there! Now, with that said, let’s get down to business! “Bro…” Matt Riddle heads out to the ring?! But Cena wants to wait a minute. Cena finally gets it! Bro… Bro! Bro! Bro…! Bro! Bro! It’s a bro off! Brooooo…! Synchronized bro! BRO! They high-five and fist bump, and then Cena gives Riddle the ring. The Bro and the Viking Raiders team back up to take on Johnny Drip Drip and the still phenomenal Raw Tag Team Champions, after the break!

Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & The Viking Raiders VS AJ Styles, Omos & John Morrison w/ The Miz!

Raw returns as Morrison ‘n’ Miz ride in and squirt squirt! Byron Saxton gets soaked! Morrison has Mike Rome correct the introduction and officially makes him “America’s Moist Wanted!” The rest of the superstars are here and the trios sort out. Riddle starts with “Skipper” and the two go right into a tie up! Styles headlocks, Riddle powers out but Styles runs him over! Styles speeds things up, Riddle KICKS Styles, then back drops! Styles gets up and Styles has to choose who to tag. He tags Morrison to save Omos as the trump card. Morrison and Riddle circle, Morrison gets a leg but Riddle rolls through the takedown to get an omoplata! Riddle has a modified Yes Lock!

Morrison rolls, sunset flips, but Riddle rolls through !Morrison avoids the kick, kips up and ROCKS Riddle with big forearms and kicks! Riddle knees the clothesline, then palm strikes! Morrison ducks the roundhouse, shoves Riddle, Riddle goes up and over! Riddle gets Morrison for a BROSPLODER! Miz is upset, Riddle covers, TWO! Riddle tags Ivar and then Ivar tags Erik. Feed to Ivar’s knee, feed to Erik’s KNEE! Erik roars, Miz is upset at the fans for cheering, and Erik throws knees into Morrison. Erik has Morrison in the Viking Bro corner, tag to Ivar. Feed to a scoop and SLAM, then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Morrison! Ivar covers, TWO!

Ivar pushes Morrison, gets him up, tags in Riddle, Morrison tires to kick but Riddle kicks him down! Hot tag to Styles, Riddle KICKS him in the ropes! Morrison KICKS Riddle, Erik runs in but is sent out! Ivar runs in and he’s dumped out! Morrison slingshots for a FLYING- NO! No rana! Erik gets Morrison up, he slips out, but gets a VIKING SANDWICH! Styles gets a boost from Omos to FLY!! Styles takes out everyone and Omos is fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Omos is in, clamped onto Riddle’s shoulders! Riddle fights up but is thrown down! Omos stomps Riddle to keep him from his corner, and then drags him back up. Omos whips Riddle to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Riddle falls down, Omos looms over him, and then Omos clamps onto Riddle’s head. Omos stands Riddle up, tags in Styles, and the tag champs hand off Riddle, only for Riddle to power Styles to the corner! Styles digs in his heels, and snap suplexes Riddle! Cover, TWO! Styles sits Riddle up, brings him over and tags in Morrison. Fans rally for the Bro but Morrison fires off strikes. Morrison kicks but Riddle blocks to KICK back!

Both men fall over, Morrison blocks Riddle from his corner with a CHANCERY! Riddle endures, fights up, fans rally up more, but Morrison makes it a wrench across his shoulder. Riddle spins out to FINAL FLASH! Styles tags in to waistlock, and back suplex! Riddle lands on his feet, leaps over, hot tag to Erik! Erik dodges Styles, gets him up but Styles fights free. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Erik blocks to give a VIKING BLITZ! Erik whips corner to corner, Styles goes up but Erik stays away to SHOTGUN KNEE Styles down! Fans fire up as Erik gets Styles up to a snap suplex. Styles knees free, but runs into Act Ten Mao! But he PELES right back!

Both men are down and fans fire up again! Hot tags to Ivar and Morrison! Morrison runs in but Ivar back drops him. Morrison lands on his feet?! But Ivar rolls over Morrison’s back to kick and whip. Morrison slides under, kicks back, whips but Ivar reverses. Ivar ducks the Flying Chuck, cartwheels and LARIATS Morrison down! Fans fire up with the War Beard and Ivar runs corner to corner. Morrison gets a BRONCO BUSTER! Ivar goes up the corner, and way up top! VIKING MOONSAULT FLOPS! SHINING WIZARD from Morrison! Morrison goes up, STARSHIP PAIN FLOPS! Both men are down and Omos is there! Riddle shuts Miz up and SQUIRT SQUIRT on Omos!

Omos looks over, and thinks MIZ did it! Miz says it was Riddle but Omos isn’t listening. Morrison hurries out to defend Miz but Omos TOSSES Morrison back into the ring! Ivar stalks up behind Morrison as Styles calms Omos down, and Ivar tags Erik! The Viking Raiders get Morrison with THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, the Viking Bros win!!

Winners: Matt Riddle & The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

They didn’t win at MITB but they won tonight! Will this help Erik & Ivar get back towards those Raw Tag Team Championships? What about RKBRO with Riddle here representing for Randy?

 

Jaxson Ryker stares into your soul.

Replay footage shows Ryker putting the strap to Elias again and again, and now Ryker smirks. “Wait to you see what I do to Elias tonight.” What more can Ryker do to the Drifter when he already whipped him and whooped him?!

 

Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.

The phone lights come out as The Drifter introduces himself and plays a somber tune. “There is a truth that will last for forever.” And that is a truth we all know deep down: WWE stands for #WalkWithElias! Fans do say it, and Elias is glad they remembered. But Ryker interrupts via titantron! Ryker interrupts just like everyone else has. Everyone’s tired of hearing Elias introduce himself over and over again. That’s why after tonight, we’ll never hear the words, “Hello, I am Elias,” ever again! Quite the ultimatum, but will Ryker make sure this is Elias’ swan song?

Symphony of Destruction: Jaxson Ryker VS Elias!

The bell rings, Elias runs at Ryker but gets CLOBBERED! Ryker fires off hands, Elias hits back but Ryker bumps him off buckles. Ryker whips Elias to ropes, Elias kicks back! Elias throws Ryker out hard, then catches his breath. Ryker comes back as Elias hops out, and clubs him from behind! Then uses a keyboard piano to SMACK Elias on the back! And then he throws Elias down on the keyboard! Cover, TWO! Ryker gets a cymbal stand but Elias kicks him first. Elias CLUBS Ryker, JAMS Ryker with the stand, then CLUBS him in the side with it! Elias tosses the cymbal stand aside but Ryker fires off hands before he bowls him into the drum set!

“C’mon, drummer boy!” Well, Elias is a guitarist but Ryker uses him to beat the bass drum! Speaking of the guitar, Ryker has one! Ryker climbs up the apron to then LEAP, into a Sympho-KNEE! Cover, TWO! Elias gets the keyboard to SMACK it off Ryker’s back! Elias runs but Ryker sends him into the GONG~~! Ryker snarls as Elias slowly gets up, and Ryker looks at what else there is to use. Ryker gets a guitar, jams Elias in the ribs with it, and SMASHES it on Elias’ back! Elias writhes from that literal smash hit and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Elias has Ryker on the apron. Ryker holds off the lift and Elias clubs away. Elias tries to get Ryker up again but Ryker shoulders free. Ryker kicks Elias down, chases Elias into the ring, but Elias uses a trumpet into a rib shot! Elias whips and CLOBBERS Ryker with an elbow! “Who wants to walk with Elias?” Fans boo so that’s a no. Elias gets Ryker up to CHOP and throw body shots. Ryker hits back, they brawl, but Elias shoves Ryker out hard! Elias goes out after Ryker towards the grand piano. Elias kicks Ryker down, goes to bump him off the post but Ryker blocks and POSTS Elias instead! Ryker stalks Elias, and JAMS him with another guitar! And again!

Elias throws the drums at Ryker! Ryker comes back to club Elias down! Ryker gets the high hat to SMACK Elias on the back with it! Ryker brings Elias back over to the piano, but Elias blocks the bump off the cover! Elias SMACKS Ryker off the cover instead! And then CHOPS him! Elias runs but into a SPINEBUSTER on the piano! Cover on top of the piano, TWO!! Elias survives but Ryker climbs up onto the piano with him. Ryker stands Elias up and throws hands. Elias hits back, they brawl but Elias CHOPS! Ryker CHOPS back! Elias CHOPS, Ryker throws hands, but Elias gives those, back! Elias gets the edge, fireman’s carries, but Ryker fights free!

Ryker shoves Elias down and Elias hits barriers! Elias staggers back over, Ryker drags him up but Elias trips Ryker! Ryker hits hard on the piano cover, Elias gets a cover, TWO! Ryker crawls away, Elias gets him up. Elias gets Ryker up, and throws him over the steel steps! Elias kicks Ryker while he’s down, and gets the cello! Fans fire up as Elias references the days of him and the Monster Among Men, Elias jams Ryker, and then hits a SUPER SMASH HIT! Cover, TWO!?! Ryker survives and no one can believe it! Elias drags Ryker up, stands him against the post, and throws forearms. Fans want tables but Elias gives Ryker elbow after elbow instead!

Elias roars, fans fire up, and Elias gets Ryker back into the ring. Elias storms up the steps, gets up top, but Ryker hits him first! Ryker throws hands, Elias goes to the apron, and Ryker climbs. Elias shoves Ryker down, Elias climbs, but Ryker ROCKS him with rights! Ryker climbs and sees the tables from a moment ago! The fans fire up as Ryker throws more hands on Elias! Elias is busted open in the forehead as Ryker goes to the apron. Ryker climbs the corner, gets Elias up the other end, SUPERPLEX through the tables!! Dallas is thunderous as Ryker covers, Ryker wins!

Winner: Jaxson Ryker, by pinfall

Ryker may not be a musician but he knows how to please the crowd! Ryker wrecks Elias, will this finally help him move on from The Drifter?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk with Mansoor.

He has a great idea and the WWE Universe will surely like it. Mustafa Ali then walks in and Sonya brings it up their request to be a tag team. Wait, what? Ali didn’t make that request! What is Mansoor up to? Mansoor says he may not have been a fan of Mustafa’s advice and lessons, but it was more how he was going about it. Because in the end, Mustafa was right each and every time. So if he wants to teach Mansoor more, then do it alongside him. So wait, are they still having a tag match or not? Mustafa says it is just this one time, and Mansoor better not screw it up! Well then, can the Star of Saudi Arabia succeed by being guided by the Beacon?

Mustafa leaves, Sheamus walks in and tells Mansoor to leave, so Mansoor does. Sheamus talks with management about he has to face Humberto Carrillo again tonight, even those Sheamus won last week with a broken nose? Is Sheamus really proud of that? He attacked Carrillo backstage before the match! Oh is Pearce some kind of fortune teller? How does Pearce know Carrillo didn’t start it? Sonya stops the arguing here to say that the only fair way to do this is to give Carrillo a real rematch with Sheamus, to earn another shot at the US Championship.

Sheamus says this is like talking to a brick wall! But if this is what they want, then this is what they get. Don’t be surprised if Carrillo leaves needing his own steel face mask! Will the Fella finally fight Carrillo fair and square tonight?

 

Charlotte Flair is here!

And she is once again Raw Women’s Champion, making her a ELEVEN TIME (13 if you include her two NXT title reigns) Women’s Champion in the WWE! The fans cheer the Queen as she gets the mic, and she says, “This. Feels. Good!” She is so proud to be standing here as NEW Raw Women’s Champion! But the last year and half hasn’t been kind to us. From adversity comes opportunity, and Charlotte is THE Opportunity. She is the opportunity that all of us fans have been begging for. That snake, Rhea Ripley, is an opportunist. The difference is, Charlotte doesn’t need to take a page out of anyone’s book, she wrote the book!

And Rhea can do as many of Charlotte’s moves as she wants, but she’ll never measure up to the original! Charlotte doesn’t need to tell us, we can just look up “Charlotte Flair” online! What an outpouring of congratulations- The fans chant “Becky! Becky!” Yes, yes, yes, Becky is home breastfeeding her baby, while Charlotte is dominating the division! So as she was saying, there were so many congratulatory messages when she won the title last night at MITB! But here’s the important part. This makes Charlotte the one-time, and final, Diva’s champion, the five-time SmackDown women’s Champion, and now a five-time Raw Women’s Champion! She’s the ONLY 11 time women’s champion in the WWE!

Rhea had her chance and failed. Charlotte beat Rhea last night and could beat her any night of the week. Well here comes Rhea Ripley! And Charlotte isn’t happy about it. Rhea walks her way to the ring, not in any better mood. Rhea gets a mic, joins Charlotte in the ring, and Charlotte rubs it in that she has Rhea’s title. But at least Rhea has fans. If Charlotte thinks she can beat Rhea any night of the week, then why not tonight? Rhea, you’re in no condition to challenge for the title after the damage to her leg. And Charlotte knows because the camera got footage of Rhea crying like a little girl last night. So for Rhea’s sake, Charlotte declines.

But management comes out to say hold on! Sonya congratulates Charlotte on behalf of herself and Pearce on Charlotte’s newest reign. Truly an incredible accomplishment. However, didn’t she just say she could beat Rhea any night of the week? And if Rhea’s up for it, then Charlotte should be, too! So Pearce makes it official! So tonight, in Dallas, Charlotte VS Rhea in a rematch for the title! Charlotte kicks her shoe off at Rhea and then kicks the bad leg! The Queen gets out of the ring to go get ready for this last minute match, will 11 feel like 13 and be unlucky for the new champ?

 

Alexa Bliss speaks.

Hello~! She can’t wait for us to play with her tonight. And she has a very, very special guest tonight! See you soon~!

 

Natalya & Tamina VS Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald!

The Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly don’t have to worry about #SexyMuscleFriends anymore, but they might have to be careful with the agitated Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force. Will the former champs get one over on the current champs to get back in the title hunt?

Raw returns and this match is already going as Shayna has Natty in a heel hook! Natty endures, kicks at Shayna and gets free. Shayna CLUBS Natty, whips her hard to a corner, and Natty bounces off buckles! Shayna runs in but Natty dodges and the knee hits buckles! Natty shoves Shayna out of the ring, hurries over, but Nia trips Tamina and ROCKS her with a right! Then SAMOAN DROPS her into barriers! Nia looms over Tamina, Shayna KNEES Natty down! Cover, TWO! Shayna hurries to tag in Nia, she gets Natty up and shoves her to the corner. Nia runs in to SPALSH, then tags Shayna. Nia scoops, Shayna runs, KNEE SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Shayna keeps Natty from her corner as she twists the wrist and stands on Natty’s head. Natty endures, Shayna locks up the arm, and Shayna lets her hair down for the STOMP!! Natty writhes and clutches her arm while Shayna soaks up the heat. Tag to Nia, she taunts Natty, then gets her up by her hair. Nia talks more trash, whips Natty to a corner, then swaggers before she runs in. Natty dodges and Nia POSTS herself! Natty reels Nia in for lariat after lariat, then the DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Nia still has power and she stalks Natty. Nia gets Natty up, headbutts her down, then tags Shayna. Shayna taunts Natty but fans rally up.

Shayna stands Natty up but Natty waistlocks! Tamina tags in as Natty GERMAN SUPLEXES Shayna! Tamina aims as Shayna flounders, but Nia gets in to take the SUPERKICK! Shayna rolls Tamina, TWO! Shayna KICKS away on Tamina’s leg but Tamina elbows back! Tamina scoops and SLAMS Shayna, then heads to a corner. Fans fire up but Reggie distracts Tamina! Shayna GAMANGIRIS Tamina! Natty trips Reggie! Shayna BOOTS Natty, Tamina aims at Shayna! SUPERKICK! Cover, Natty & Tamina win!

Winners: Tamina & Natalya, by pinfall

The champions hold off would-be challengers! Will they now be able to focus on their challengers from SmackDown, Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox?

As for the former champions, Shayna says she is getting sick of this! Nia wants her to calm down but Shayna says they were unstoppable before Reggie! This is Reggie’s fault! Nia hugs Reggie, she says it’s okay. And then she HEADBUTTS Reggie down?! Nia DOES blame Reggie! Nia and Shayna leave Reggie behind, and again the sommelier is solo. But wait, the 24/7 Champion and contenders are running into the arena? Reggie sees his golden lining tot his! Akira Tozawa laughs at the others for falling over themselves, but he spots Reggie. Reggie dodges Tozawa, then TORNILLO CROSSBODIES?! And SOMERSAULT SENTONS! Cover, Reggie wins?!?!

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

Reggie’s got gold! But he has to run, too! Drew Gulak, Akira Tozawa, R-Truth and even Lucha House Party are after him! Reggie hides behind commentary, then heads for steel steps. Reggie uses those to LEAP over Gulak! And then again! Reggie grins but he has a golden target on his back now. Reggie handsprings up the ramp, will his fancy moves keep him golden through the rest of the night?

 

Tick-tock, Monday Night Raw.

Though still NXT Champion, KARRION KROSS, will make his debut on the red brand later tonight! Who will feel the hands of time take away their last moments?

 

Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo!

The Celtic Warrior used a backstage confrontation to keep Carrillo from having a fair fight last week. But now, whether he likes it or not, he has to give Carrillo a fighting chance! Will Carrillo prove himself worthy of another shot with a win here tonight?

Raw returns and Carrillo makes his entrance. The bell rings and Carrillo dodges Sheamus to fire off in a corner! Sheamus shoves him away, boots him down, but Carrillo rolls, dodges and trips Sheamus up. Carrillo fires off hands and stomps but Sheamus bails out. Sheamus gets back up but Carrillo knocks him down! Sheamus is furious but Carrillo WRECKS him with a dropkick! And then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Sheamus! Carrillo CLUBS away on Sheamus’ back, chases him into the ring, but Sheamus kicks him down! Sheamus seethes and stands Carrillo up to CLUB him back.

Sheamus stands Carrillo up, suplexes but Carrillo holds ropes to resist. Sheamus CLUBS Carrillo but Carrillo fights back! Carrillo HOTSHOTS Sheamus away! Carrillo climbs up, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE?! Sheamus is tough but Carrillo is furious as he fires off on him! Sheamus gets to a corner, the ref counts as Carrillo keeps after him, and Carrillo lets off at 4. We see Damian Priest watching closely backstage, perhaps supporting Carrillo as he did last week. Carrillo KICKS Sheamus in the corner, then again! Carrillo keeps on Sheamus with clubbing forearms, then brings him around to go after the mask! Sheamus fights up and elbows Carrillo away!

Sheamus runs in but Carrillo dumps him out! Carrillo builds speed to DIVE into a double ax handle! Sheamus drags Carrillo out to APRON POWERBOMB! Carrillo writhes and flops to the floor and Sheamus asks, “Are you not entertained?!” Fans are torn as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Sheamus grinds Carrillo down with an armlock and chinbar. Carrillo endures, fights up and throws body shots, then whips. Sheamus reverses and gets Carrillo for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus turns Carrillo over, fish hooks his face for the Dublin Smile, and the ref counts. Sheamus lets off at 4 as Priest still watches backstage. Sheamus gets Carrillo on the apron, against the ropes, and CLUBS him for the Beats of the Bodhrain. Fans count so Sheamus stops and CLUBS Carrillo in the back. Fans cheer and jeer and Sheamus soaks it all in. Sheamus gets Carrillo around for another Dublin Smile! The ref reprimands, counts, but Carrillo BITES Sheamus!

Carrillo fights up, throws elbows and arm-drags free! Carrillo KICKS away on Sheamus’ legs, but Sheamus ducks a roundhouse, only to get a GAMANGIRI! Carrillo runs but into a BOOT from the corner! Sheamus goes up, shakes out the bit finger, but Carrillo GAMANGIRIS again! Carrillo goes up to SUPER STEINER Sheamus down! Sheamus gets up but Carrillo dropkicks him out! Carrillo builds speed to DIVE! Sheamus is sent over the announce desk! Carrillo hurries to get Sheamus into the ring at 5 of 10, then he climbs a corner. Carrillo leaps to missile dropkick Sheamus down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and shocks Carrillo!

Carrillo grits his teeth as he gets up. Fans rally as Carrillo KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Sheamus! Sheamus punches but Carrillo counter punches, only to hit the mask! Sheamus then HEADBUTTS, making sure the mask hits Carrillo! Sheamus runs and BROGUES Carrillo down!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior got quite the fight from Carrillo, and there won’t be a title match in Carrillo’s immediate future. But will Sheamus have an Archer of Infamy aiming at him from now on?

 

Open Champion: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS ???

From WWE United States Champion to WWE World Champion, the All Mighty is here! Lashley showed his power and his brutality last night, and now he wants to show it again just 24 hours later! But after what we saw Lashley do to Kofi Kingston, will anyone even want to accept this open challenge? We’ll see, after the break!

Raw returns and Lashley has a mic. “Last night, I did all the talking I needed to do in this ring when I destroyed Kofi Kingston.” Fans boo that, but Lashley says, “No more talking. P, tell ’em what’s up.” MVP takes the mic to say, “Aren’t you all so lucky to be here live in attendance tonight to bear witness to the All Mighty WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley?” Fans are mixed on that but MVP says this is Dallas, right? Home of the Cowboys! So he gets why they’re reacting this way, it has been DECADES since they’ve seen a champion! But let’s address what happened last night: All Mighty Lashley made a statement at Kofi’s expense.

Over the past several weeks, Kofi’s said some very harsh and disrespectful things to these two. Kofi said Lashley lost his edge, that the women, the drinks and the good life had made Lashley soft. Lashley and MVP looked in the mirror, had self-reflection, and MVP reluctantly admits that Kofi was right. Kofi was right that Lashley lost his edge. MVP apologizes for bringing that about. But what Kofi didn’t realize was that his word slit an inferno inside Lashley unlike we’d ever seen! And from now on, anyone that goes against Lashley for the WWE Champion faces utter annihilation and decimation!

MVP almost feels sorry now, because the window of opportunity where the champ had some semblance of vulnerability has closed forever! NO ONE will take this title from Lashley! No more ladies, no more champagne, no more fun and games. As the champ said, no more BS. The Hurt Business is back to business. All of you here live get to lay witness to the ultimate, most dominant WWE Champion in the history of the WWE, all for the price of admission. So then who will it be that accepts this All Mighty Open Challenge? Lashley waits, and out comes… KEITH LEE!! The Limitless One is finally back!! Fans fire up for Keith’s return as he goes right to the ring!

Lee and Lashley stare down, and it is clear that Lee wants what Lashley has! Can Lee earn himself a title opportunity with a shocker of a return match tonight, in his home state of Texas?!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Fans fire up already as the two stare down. Lashley is moving around a lot but Lee just stands like a statue. They tie up, Lashley powers Lee but Lee turns it around. They go around again, then break. Lee smiles as he and Lashley circle again. Lee avoids Lashley’s punches but they tie up again. Lee can’t hold Lashley back forever and Lashley puts him in a corner. The ref counts, Lashley lets off but then sucker punches Lee! Lashley throws more haymakers, then forearms. Lee picks Lashley right up to RAM him into a corner! Fans fire up as Lee hauls Lashley up again to carry him to the other corner!

Lee backs off, runs back in, but Lashley elbows him away! Lashley runs but Lee dodges, and hurdles?! And then things keep going, BODY CHECK! Fans fire up with Lee as he watches Lashley. MVP coaches Lashley, Lee gets him up to pop-up, but Lashley fights free! Lashley throws hands, Lee shoves him to POP-UP!! Lashley fights the bomb off again, clinches, COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley snarls but fans boo as he stalks up behind Lee. MVP is confident as Lashley clubs and CHOKES Lee! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and MVP talks trash. Lashley gets Lee up, bumps him off buckles and throws hands! The ref counts, Lashley lets off at 4 and runs corner to corner to RAM Lee!

Lashley lets Lee stagger about, and then he runs in at the ropes, to clothesline Lee out of the ring! Lee lands on his feet but staggers some more. Fans rally up for Lee but Lashley goes out and stalks him around the way. Lashley tries a fireman’s carry but Lee is so big! Lashley somehow gets Lee up but Lee slips off to POST Lashley first! And then SPALSHES him against the post! The ref counts, we’re at 7 of 10! Lee puts Lashley in, but MVP swipes at him? Lee is distracted, Lashley DECKS Lee! The ring count begins again, Lashley goes back out, and builds up speed! Lashley runs in to SPEAR Lee down!! Lashley hushes the crowd but MVP talks trash.

Lashley puts Lee in, rains down rights, then storms around the ring as fans boo. Lashley gives Lee his last rites, waits for him to stand up, and goes for the Hurt Lock! But Lee’s so big and strong, Lashley’s struggling to even lock hands! Lee arm-drags Lashley away! Fans fire up as Lee runs, but into a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!?! Lashley seethes, runs in, and SPEARS again! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

A valiant effort from the returning Keith Lee, but the All Mighty refuses to bask in anyone else’s glory! With this level of dominance, does anyone stand a chance against- WAIT!! Is that GOLDBERG?!? Lashley is in shock and the fans go nuts as Goldberg steps through the pyro! Goldberg gets in the ring and stares Lashley down. And then he shouts, “I’M NEXT!!” MVP says that’s not tonight, though, and he keeps Lashley from starting something with the legend here tonight. Lashley is chomping at the bit, but will he get to take a bite out of the icon?

 

MVP and Lashley talk backstage.

MVP keeps Lashley calm and reminds him of their mission, “back to business.” But Kevin Patrick asks about a response to the apparent challenge from Goldberg. MVP answers by saying what Goldberg just did, that disrespect, won’t even be dignified with a response! The Hurt Business heads out, but will Goldberg find a way to get his match?

 

Jinder Mahal, Veer & Shanky are in the ring.

The Modern Day Maharaja has the mic to say, “Today, yes, it’s my birthday!” And it’s better than that! Because Drew McIntyre is NOT Mr. Money in the Bank! McIntyre took away opportunities that were Mahal’s so Mahal took them back from McIntyre. First, the match with McIntyre a few weeks ago, where Team Mahal mugged McIntyre. And Mahal will admit, McIntyre is smart. Mahal thought he had the precious family sword, and broke it last week to try and anger McIntyre. But McIntyre revealed that what they grabbed was a decoy! The real deal with with McIntyre. And that was the same for Mahal’s motorcycle! McIntyre bashed it to pieces and Mahal could only watch!

But Mahal says, “There he is! Your Scottish Warrior, your knight in shining armor, your beacon in the dark of the ThunderDome Era.” But when it comes to karma, it always comes around. McIntyre was all alone with the ladder and briefcase when Mahal, Veer & Shanky attacked again! They made sure McIntyre wasn’t even in the match anymore after that by dragging him away from ringside! Mahal says he can buy another motorcycle, or even ten! But McIntyre will never have another title opportunity as long as Lashley is champion! So before moving on with the celebration, please join them as Shanky sings happy birthday for Mahal.

Shanky is given the mic to sing, and he’s a bit sour. But wait, who is coming in from the crowd?! It’s MCINTYRE, with a chair! He SMACKS the birthday boy down, and then goes after Veer! Shanky wants McIntyre to take it easy, this is supposed to be a celebration! Veer gets Mahal away as McIntyre stares down Shanky. McIntyre smiles, then jams and SMACKS Shanky down! Shanky gets the chair shots meant for Mahal! The chair is bent and broken, much like the motorcycle was. Fans still want “One More Time!” but McIntyre tosses the chair and then throws off his shirt. McIntyre goes out to get a new chair!

McIntyre gets in, Shanky crawls but can’t get away! McIntyre brings Shanky back to center for MORE chair shots! Mahal and Veer stay away, too afraid to stop this! McIntyre hits Shanky ten times, 15 times… TWENTY! McIntyre throws away another bent chair, but he is FAR from through with Mahal! When and where will the Modern Day Maharaja have to meet McIntyre in the ring? Will Shanky and Veer choose to stay away?

 

Karrion Kross VS Jeff Hardy!

Doomsday has come to Raw! The NXT Champion is live in Dallas, but will he be able to crush the Charismatic Enigma? Or will there be a Twist of Fate in Kross’ near future?

Raw returns and Hardy makes his entrance. Fans fire up for the old theme and the pyro returning! The bell rings, Kross and Hardy tie up and Hardy headlocks. Kross powers out and DECKS Hardy with a forearm! Kross stomps Hardy, gets him up and gets him for an EXPLODER! Hardy gets up but Kross is on him with another EXPLODER! Kross grins as he stomps Hardy, and he shouts, “I OWN YOU!” Another EXPLODER! Kross dares Hardy to get up, then he runs corner to corner but Hardy moves! Kross POSTS himself, and Hardy kicks low, TWIST OF FATE! Hardy hurries up top and fans are thunderous! Hardy SWANTON FLOPS as Kross moves!

Kross winds up the hands of time, “TICK TOCK!” But Hardy gets around to waistlock! Kross backs Hardy into a corner, fires off elbows, and then climbs up. But Hardy trips him, has the cover, and the ropes! HARDY WINS?!

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall

The NXT Champion can’t believe it! Hardy beat him and ruined his Raw debut?! Hardy pinned the NXT Champion, does that mean Hardy could become NXT Champion?

Kevin Patrick interviews Kross in the ring about that shocking loss. “Jeff Hardy just made the biggest mistake of his life! Because in the end, everyone will fall… and pray!” Kross is putting Hardy on the clock, when and where will it strike midnight for the Charismatic Enigma?

 

Alexa Bliss welcomes us to the Playground.

She isn’t going to lie, though: She’s a little sore today. But that’s okay, because she has her very, very special guest! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, fresh outta timeout, welcome back LILLY! The doll sits in the other swing and Alexa chants for her. Now, last time Lilly was here, things got outta hand. But Lilly’s promised to be on her best behavior. Is this a joke? Eva Marie and “Doudrop” Piper Niven walk in. Eva thought “Doudrop” throwing Alexa around taught her a lesson to not treat them like an afterthought. But here we are again! Alexa is ignoring the star and face of the WWE to talk to “some creepy, gross little doll.”

Alexa finally looks over and says hi to “Doudrop.” Eva doesn’t want Piper saying hi back. Alexa finally notices Eva and says, “Yay…” Well, Eva, since you insist on coming to the playground, remember that it is a bad idea to say anything mean about Lilly. Mean? Like if Eva says she’ll have “Doudrop” throw Lilly in the trash? Hahahahahahaha. For their sake, they better not. Plus, Alexa doesn’t want to put Lilly back in timeout so soon. But here’s an idea! Let’s put “Doudrop” in timeout for just a moment. Then we can all see what Eva Marie, “the most important star in WWE,” can do without anyone’s help. AKA by herself.

Does Alexa know what Eva’s capable of on her own? No, no one does. Well, Eva won’t waste any more of her time on Alexa, or Lilly. “There’s no room in the #EvaLution” for them. She and “Doudrop” leave again, but then Eva trips over Lilly’s swing! Oh, was that there before? Oops. Eva gets up in a huff and storms off. Alexa laughs and commends Lilly for that one. Will Eva get what she wants, or what she deserves, on the road to SummerSlam?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

With the big win earlier tonight, we get to run it back from MITB! The Viking Raiders get another title match with Styles & Omos! Will Erik & Ivar make the most of this second chance next week? Speaking of…

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley!

The Queen took the title from the Nightmare last night, but 24 hours later, Rhea’s back for more! Will Rhea learn that she can’t copy Charlotte to be better than her? Or will not even her own brand of brutality be enough to bring the belt back?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the shoe is on the other foot here in Dallas!

Raw returns and this match finally begins. Fans fire up as Charlotte rushes Rhea but Rhea gets around to SLAM her down! Rhea rains down rights, Charlotte shoves her away and kicks her low. Charlotte whips Rhea to a corner, runs in but Rhea dodges. Charlotte hits buckles, Rhea SPALSHES then RAMS Charlotte! And again! Rhea digs her shoulder in, the ref counts, and Rhea lets off. Rhea CLUBS Charlotte, whips her to a corner, but Charlotte tumbles up and out. Charlotte blocks a punch to give a punch, then shoulders in. Charlotte slingshots to arm-drag Rhea down to an armlock! Rhea endures, fights up, and throws haymakers!

Charlotte hits back, Rhea fires forearms but Charlotte knees low! Charlotte whips Rhea back to a corner but Rhea rebounds to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! Rhea clamps on with a cravat, cranks the neck wrench, but Charlotte endures and fights up. Rhea throws in knees, Charlotte grabs hair, but Rhea throws body shots. Rhea goes to buckle bump but Charlotte blocks and hits back! Charlotte gives Rhea the buckle bump, then CHOPS! Charlotte bumps Rhea off more buckles, reels her in and suplexes, but Rhea makes it a cradle! TWO, and Rhea gets up to kick low! Rhea reels Charlotte in, suplexes, but Charlotte slips out! Charlotte shoves Rhea, Rhea gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fans fire up as Rhea gets up. Rhea runs and basement dropkicks hard! Cover, TWO! Charlotte sits up but Rhea is on her. Rhea brings Charlotte up to whip her to a corner. Charlotte reverses, Rhea hits buckles hard, and Charlotte clotheslines her out of the ring! Rhea hobbles up, the leg coming into play. Charlotte BOOTS Rhea off the apron, Rhea lands on her feet but she again jams the leg! Charlotte goes out, runs in around the way, and CHOP BLOCKS at high speed! Rhea is down and writhing, but Charlotte gets her up fast! Charlotte puts Rhea in the ring, wants after the leg but the ref has her hold off. Rhea gets to a corner, Charlotte is shark with blood in the water, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Charlotte is after Rhea in a corner. Charlotte has the bad leg on ropes and pulls but the ref counts. Charlotte stops, to ROCK Rhea with a forearm! Charlotte puts the leg on ropes to drop a knee on the knee! Rhea writhes, Charlotte grabs the leg and puts it on ropes again. Charlotte goes to the apron to wrap the leg around ropes and pull! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off but she stomps away on the leg! Charlotte gets back in, drags Rhea around again, and then steps through, but Rhea boots her into buckles! Charlotte staggers, Rhea gets her for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea grits her teeth, the bad leg was affected by that one!

The fans rally for Rhea but Charlotte is after her with forearms. Rhea hits back, Charlotte CLUBS her but Rhea ROCKS Charlotte! The two brawl back and forth, Charlotte gets the edge but Rhea spins her into a LARIAT! And then another! And then a ripcord to HOOK KICK! And NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover on one leg, TWO!! Rhea couldn’t hold that because of the damage Charlotte’s done, but she’s still after Charlotte. Charlotte is in a corner and she suckers Rhea into a BACKBREAKER! And then a BOOT! Charlotte drags Rhea around, climbs up the corner, and MOONSAULTS onto knees! Rhea used the bad leg to save herself!

Rhea gets up, gets the bad leg moving, and she grins as she steps through! She’s stealing the Figure Four!! Fans go nuts as Charlotte endures her own family’s favorite hold! Charlotte turns it over to put pressure back on Rhea! Rhea crawls to the ropebreak! Charlotte slips free to stomp away on Rhea! Charlotte gets Rhea up, CHOPS and HCOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Rhea ends up in a corner but the CHOPS keep coming! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off and Rhea BOOTS her, then HOOK KICKS! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Charlotte survives by a game of inches! Rhea is furious but she focuses, only to see Charlotte is running away with the belt!

The fans boo as the Queen wants to use Champion’s Advantage, but Rhea chases after her! So Charlotte CLOBBERS her with the belt!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by disqualification; Charlotte Flair is still Raw Women’s Champion

Rhea’s anger cost her against the savvy of Charlotte! But Rhea SUPERKICKS Charlotte down! They brawl outside, Charlotte RAMS Rhea into barriers! Rhea POSTS Charlotte, pump handles, and RIPOTIDES to the floor! And here comes NIKKI CROSS! Er, Nikki Ash! She runs in with her Ms. MITB briefcase!! 24 hours later, is she cashing in?! SHE IS!! Rhea is fine with this as the announcement is made!!

Raw Women’s Championship Money in the Bank Cash-in: Charlotte Flair VS Nikki Ash!

Nikki climbs, the bell rings, and she wants Charlotte to get up! SUPERHERO CROSSBODY!! Cover, NIKKI WINS!!!

Winner: Nikki Ash, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)

Almost a Superhero, DEFINITELY a champion!! Nikki’s fighting spirit wins out and she is now on top of the world!


My Thoughts:

What a great episode for this return to live fans and to follow an awesome MITB PPV. There were things that brought it down, though, but mostly because of executive decisions. We were given such a great moment with Keith Lee returning to accept Bobby Lashley’s Open Challenge, and it was a great match, but I’m a little disappointed Lee lost after being gone for so long. But at the same time, Lashley is being built into a beast, in what I am still hoping will be the eventual Lashley VS Roman Survivor Series match of top title VS top title. However, there is the roadblock in the middle and it’s in the shape of Goldberg.

I personally didn’t want Goldberg to come back, I’m pretty sure a lot of other fans out there didn’t, but it’s happening. I suppose this is to build Lashley up even more, adding to how powerful he is, but they could’ve done that with an extended program with Keith Lee. Lee is better than Goldberg, that’s not even an opinion. Lashley VS Lee would’ve added must-see value to an already awesome SummerSlam card given we’re getting Cena VS Roman and Edge VS Rollins, but whatever. Speaking of Cena, he had a great opening moment to call Roman out, though I am reminded of his promo going into Firefly Funhouse Match with Bray in how he called Roman all those things. And he had a great little bit with Riddle, it seems he’s just as amused by the Bro as Randy Orton.

Another odd choice was having Karrion Kross appear on Raw even though he’s still NXT Champion. I suppose if anyone was going to get a Kevin Owens style double duty contract, it’d be Kross. I’m torn on him losing to Hardy, but at least it was surprising. It also gives Kross reason to keep coming back to Raw, and could even give Hardy a reason to go NXT. I would love seeing Hardy in NXT for a spell, just because there are many unique match-ups he could have. This could go any which way, but it is something that can help get Kross some exposure on the more mainstream RawDown stage so that he can get a running start after losing the NXT title and being on Raw full time.

Ryker VS Elias in a Symphony of Destruction match was another interesting move, but I think this one was for the better. It was hard to tell if the fans even cared about Ryker, but they at least got behind him destroying Elias and destroyed various instruments. I do like there were all these callbacks to the other Symphony of Destruction matches, and it’s fitting of the story that Ryker win here. If nothing else, being the new hard-hitting hardcore guy can help get fans behind Ryker.

Things with Reginald were a bit mixed. On one hand, Vince sending Mandy Rose away and ending #SexyMuscleFriends hurts the Women’s Tag Division, because we had to go back to Natty & Tamina VS Shayna & Nia. But on the other, this was finally the time Reggie gets kicked to the curb so that Shayna & Nia can be more serious. And then, in quite the twist, Reggie gets in on the 24/7 Championship and takes it from Tozawa! Reggie’s acrobatics can definitely help him make for exciting escapes, so I hope we get more title segments with him.

The Six Man opener was great stuff, and it was clever for Riddle to frame Miz for squirting Omos. The Heel team falling apart for the Faces to win works out, and we’re getting a rematch from MITB’s Raw Tag title match mostly for ratings. Omos & Styles surely will retain again so that RKBRO can go after them for SummerSlam, and then we’ll see where things go for Orton and Riddle. Sheamus and Carrillo had a very good match, but Priest watching backstage is another indicator that he’s up next. And we got a great attack from McIntyre on Mahal and his men. Poor Shanky, but talk about paying your dues. No less than 20 chair shots total, wow.

We got a better Alexa’s Playground with Eva and Piper than we did last time, but of course Lilly is back. Are we heading for a tag match, Eva & “Doudrop” VS Alexa & Lilly’s human form? Is that human form going to be Dana Brooke since she’s without Mandy Rose? Or NXT’s Aliyah since she was “traded” to Raw? I suppose being dressed up as an evil Raggedy Anne is better than nothing, right? Then we got an awesome main event with the Raw Women’s Championship. Charlotte and Rhea had a decent promo exchange to set it up, but I absolutely felt the cash-in coming, and it was still great for Nikki Cross/Ash to finally get herself a singles title. I wish USA Network stayed with it a little longer to watch her celebrate, but this was still definitely how to close out Raw.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Will the winds of change blow?

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NJPW starts a riot!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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