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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/9/21)

Randy Orton returns!

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Raw hears voices in it’s head~!

The Viper has been away but he’s finally back! What will Randy Orton do to the Raw Tag Team Champions as retaliation for Riddle?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Baron Corbin VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Karrion Kross; Kross wins.
  • Alexa Bliss VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Eva Marie; Bliss wins.
  • WWE United States Championship Contenders Match: Sheamus VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • John Morrison w/ The Miz VS Damian Priest; Priest wins.
  • Mustafa Ali w/ Mansoor VS T-Bar w/ Mace; T-Bar wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Photobomb Bonanza: Reggie retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H; Nikki wins, by disqualification.
  • AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Randy Orton opens Monday Night Raw!

It feels like forever but the Viper’s finally back! Orlando is fired up as Orton makes his way to the ring and that gets Orton fired up. Orton feels good even getting to strike his pose on the corner again! The Legend Killer gets the mic as fans chant “RANDY! RANDY!” and he says, “I guess, ladies and gentlemen, this is where I’m supposed to say, ‘Welcome to Monday Night Raw!'” Bro… Here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro scooters right to the ring and gets right in! He kicks off the sandals right away and gets a mic. Riddle is happy to see Orton, but is it mutual? “Randy. I missed you so much, bro.” But where’d he go?

At first, Riddle thought Orton was hiding like a “big girthy anaconda,” but then thought maybe Orton just went on vacation, get some sand, some sun, whatever. But then Riddle just missed him so much, y’know? Fans appreciate that, and Riddle is happy to have Orton back! And that reminded Riddle of this time 25 years ago, when his stepdad left to get milk, but he “got lost and never came back.” Fans chant “RKBRO! RKBRO!” as Riddle says Orton is back! And y’know what that means? It means they can be R! K! BRO~! Riddle is fired up, gets a “RANDY! RANDY!” chant going again, but Orton speaks up. He wants to ask Riddle a question. Sure, anything! “What in the hell makes you think that I would want to team with you again?”

Listen, kid. They had a few matches, Riddle made some shirts, they both got a buzz on social media. But to be real, Orton works better alone. And he’s been watching from home that Riddle’s been fine on his own without Orton, or his stepdad’s. SO they’re not a team anymore…? The fans want RKBRO to work but Orton says they were, past-tense, a good team. But here come the Raw Tag Team Champions, Omos & AJ Styles! And they’re laughing at these guys! “You wanna be my bro, bro? What’d I do, bro? Where’s my stepdad, bro?” It’s embarrassing! Like, really really embarrassing. So much so that you can taste it! Some might even say it’s Too Sweet.

But Styles keeps going as he and Omos get in the ring. This is Orton, Riddle. Look at his nicknames: The Viper; the Apex Predator; the Legend Killer. Literally everyone he’s ever met has been used and abused, and you think he’ll be your friend? It’s silly, it makes no sense, because it’s Randy Orton. When Omos broke the scooter, Styles thought that’d hurt Riddle. Or when Omos was throwing Riddle around last week, that’d hurt him. “But never in a million years would I have thought it would be a broken heart that hurt you the most, by Randy Orton! Well done, Randy!” Orton tells Styles to shut his freakin’ mouth!

Orton’s been at home for 2 months, watching Styles run his mouth, walking around like he is THE MAN. His ego is so big, the only thing bigger is that jackass next to him! Hold on right there! That’s a lie! Omos is no jackass! But Styles has an idea, and he tells the fans to shut up for a minute so he can talk. Since Orton is solo, why not take on Styles tonight? And we’ll just see who runs Raw! Oh, that’s easy, because Orton accepts. So tonight, Orton will beat Styles and give him a spoiler: He’ll win tonight with the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment, R! K! Oh wait that was an uppercut!

Omos sees that, is angry, but he glares at Orton. Orton springs but Omos shoves him away! Omos dares Orton to do something more but Riddle is coiled! Omos turns around into an R- No, wait, he still stopped one! He choke grips Riddle, and CHOKE SLAMS Riddle down! Orton sighs. Riddle reaches out to him, but Orton says that was a dumb move. The Viper slithers off to prepare, will he have a phenomenal return to the ring tonight?

 

Baron Corbin’s backstage…?

The former king is a SmackDown superstar, but he’s here on Raw? Kevin Patrick interviews him, citing that Corbin is using the Brand 2 Brand Invitation to be here. What are Corbin’s reasons for coming here and challenging Drew McIntyre? Corbin isn’t sure if anyone on Raw understands how bad things are for Corbin. He’s fallen on hard times, and he just needs the money. He has quite literally lost everything: his crown, his cars, his house. Even his wife took the kids and left, so he’s homeless. He was staying inside a production truck last night when Jinder Mahal called him. Mahal is offering Corbin a chance to turn things around.

Corbin isn’t jumping for joy at going against someone who could “decapitate” him with a sword, but this is risk versus reward and Corbin is a desperate man. If beating McIntyre can get him out of these financial troubles, then so be it. Sword or not, Corbin will face the Scottish Warrior next!

Baron Corbin VS Drew McIntyre!

The Lone Wolf is doing the Modern Day Maharaja’s dirty work, emphasis on dirty because he’s wearing the last week right there on his sleeve. Corbin’s willing to use blood money to get by, but will he even survive a motivated and malicious McIntyre?

Raw returns as Kevin Patrick interviews McIntyre backstage. What is McIntyre’s reaction to Mahal paying Corbin to come here and face him? Well Mahal and his goons are running scared, but McIntyre “can’t quite put a finger on why…” As for Corbin, just look at how pathetic he’s become. But McIntyre is conflicted, so he asks the people: Should McIntyre feel any sympathy for Corbin? “NO!” Yeah, no. McIntyre’s known Corbin for years and he is a “genuinely terrible human being.” He remembers Corbin bragging about beating up a hobo, taking his money AND his dog! Orland surely wants to see McIntyre BEAT CORBIN’S ASS! Fans cheer yes!

Kevin asks about the sword and the use of it last week. Well to quickly review: he named the sword for his late mother, Angela, who passed away a few years ago; he misses her every single day; she had a genetic disorder but never complained; while she was pregnant with Drew, she was told to abort the baby, but refused and would rather have died. She still had McIntyre, took care of him, never complained, even in her last moments with cancer. So for one second, imagine how McIntyre feels about a person like Corbin, “karma is a bitch! And if you push Drew McIntyre, so is Angela.” Their will be no mercy from McIntyre, he’s heading to the ring!

The bell rings and Corbin wants McIntyre to take it easy. This is just a match and a paycheck, okay? That’s all. But then Corbin swings first and McIntyre kicks back! McIntyre bumps, ROCKS and CHOPS Corbin in the corner! McIntyre whips Corbin to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! McIntyre stomps Corbin, drags Corbin up and throws forearms. Corbin staggers, McIntyre whips him corner to corner and hard! Corbin falls over, Mahal and his men are watching backstage as McIntyre hits a dead lift suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre gets Corbin up to shove, Corbin holds ropes, McIntyre clotheslines him out!

McIntyre goes out after Corbin, drags him back up and CHOPS him against the announce desk! Corbin slumps down but he gets up to ROCK McIntyre with an uppercut! And RAM McIntyre into apron! Corbin gets McIntyre into the ring at 6 of 10, follows after, and gets McIntyre up for knees low and hard. Corbin throws McIntyre out hard, too, and then hurries out around the way. Corbin runs in at McIntyre, but into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Corbin crashes into barriers and McIntyre fires up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Corbin has control as he puts McIntyre up top! Corbin climbs up, throws hands, keeps climbing, then punches more. Corbin gets McIntyre up for a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down but Corbin crawls to a cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and Corbin is beside himself! Corbin stands up and gets McIntyre up for haymakers. Corbin fires off body shots in the corner, whips McIntyre corner to corner, and McIntyre staggers into buckles. Corbin runs in, McIntyre moves. Corbin slides out, slides in but into a GLASGOW KISS! Both men are down from the headbutt and fans rally up!

Corbin gets to a corner, McIntyre rises, and McIntyre snarls as he fires off windmill haymakers! THe ref backs McIntyre off but he starts rallying on Corbin. McIntyre whips, OVERHEAD suplexes, then watches Corbin stagger. Corbin is in a corner,. McIntyre clinches for another OVERHEAD suplex! And then a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fans fire up, and McIntyre aims. But as Corbin rises, he begs for mercy. “I had to do this! I have nothing else!” Weren’t they friends? So please, spare him! McIntyre gets a mic to talk to Corbin, “You’re absolutely pathetic.” Corbin says he knows, he has nothing! Well, McIntyre is starting to feel bad.

If things are this bad, and seems they are… How much does Corbin need for a few days so he can get a hot meal, a warm bed, “and for the love of God, a shower?” Corbin think about that, and asks “$100,000.” WHAT?! He is so reasonable, NOT. How about two hundred? Or three? Three, two, ONE! CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

“Good night, Corbin!” Corbin just doesn’t know when to quit, does he? Will Mahal learn the same lesson soon enough? Speaking of, though, Mahal leads the way out for Veer and Shanky, but McIntyre gets Angela! That stops the Maharaja and his men in their tracks! McIntyre dares them to try it, but they’ve at least learned this much. But when will McIntyre and Mahal finally fight it out, 1v1, no sidekicks or swords involved?

 

Riddle scoots after Orton.

Riddle knows Orton doesn’t want to be RKBRO anymore, but what about being friends? Riddle has more shirts he made, and he ordered Orton his own scooter so it’s already on its way… C-Can he at least be in Orton’s corner for the match with Styles? After all, Styles will have Omos, so Riddle just wants things to be fair. Riddle gets upset as Orton sighs again. “You can’t be serious, bro!” Orton looks at him and says, “I am serious. And don’t call me ‘Bro’.”

 

Jeff Hardy VS Karrion Kross!

The Charismatic Enigma is back! And though the NXT Champion went back and forth with Keith Lee lately, Doomsday has waited for the time when he could settle things with the extreme risk-taker. Has Hardy taken too big a risk taking on the sands of time?

Raw returns as Kross makes his entrance. The bell rings and Hardy dodges Kross to fire off hands,. Hardy runs but into a BOOT! Kross stomps Hardy around, drags him up and bump shim off buckles. Kross gets in Hardy’s face then ROCKS him with clothesline, elbow and forearm! Then an EXPLODER! “You remember that?!” Kross is making sure to repeat their previous match so as to correct his shortcoming. But Hardy hits back with body shots and then goes to arm-drag. Kross blocks, pulls hair and TOSSES Hardy out of the ring! Fans rally for Hardy but Kross stalks Hardy on the outside. Kross won’t let Hardy get away, “We’re not done yet!”

Kross whips Hardy but Hardy reverses, Kross hits steel steps! Hardy gets space, runs in and leaps off the steps, POETRY IN MOTION! Fans fire up with Hardy as he throws off his shirt! Hardy puts Kross in the ring, gets him up, and Russian Leg Sweeps! Hardy hurries to a corner, climbs up top, and fans fire up again! But Kross sweeps Hardy’s legs! Hardy tumbles to the mat and Kross laughs! “I know you, Jeff!” The apocalypse is gloating as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kross ROCKS Hardy with forearms. Hardy hits back, kicks and reels Kross in to DDT! Both men are down and fans build to a rally. Hardy gets up first but Kross follows. Kross kicks, whips, but Hardy wrenches to ROCK Kross back! Kross runs into an ATOMIC DROP, then leg trip and LEG SPLITTER LEG DROP! Basement dropkick and SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kross grits his teeth, still a lot left in him. Hardy clubs Kross to a corner, rams his shoulder in, but the ref counts. Hardy whips but Kross reverses. Kross runs in but into a BOOT! Hardy hops up top, fans fire up and he leaps, for another SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Kross snarls as he gets frustrated!

Hardy gets Kross up to throw hands then whips. Kross blocks, CLUBS and ROCKS Hardy, but Hardy JAWBREAKERS back! Kross staggers, Hardy rolls him up, with tights, TWO! Kross is furious, he felt that! Hardy kicks but no Twist! Kross shoves Hardy at a corner but Hardy elbows him back. Hardy goes up, but Kross drags him down, into the DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! And the KROSSJACKET!! Hardy TAPS, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission

The NXT Champion is savage and he devastated a living legend. But Kross isn’t satisfied so easily, either! He gets Hardy back up, for another DOOMSDAY SAIDO! And the KROSSJACKET again!! Hardy taps but then fades out! Kross is warning all of Raw and even all of NXT that no matter where, no matter when, you will #FallAndPray.

 

Backstage interview with Riddle.

Kevin asks Riddle now that Orton is back but made clear he doesn’t want to be a teammate, is this really the end of RKBRO? K-Peezy, today has been a real roller coaster. Riddle was stoked to see Orton but then Orton doesn’t want to be on his team, as his bro or in his corner. Riddle doesn’t know what to feel, say or do. But if Orton wants to be alone, Riddle has to respect that and let Orton do what he’ll do. But this stallion will do what a stallion does, and that’s ride! Riddle scoots away, but is he really feeling better? Or just scooting to keep from thinking about things?

 

Alexa Bliss VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Eva Marie!

Lil’ Ms. Bliss may be twisted, but even she isn’t calling someone by a name she made up herself and taking credit for that person’s accomplishments. Will Alexa halt the #EvaLution through the proxy, Pip- er… “Doudrop?”

Raw returns and the #EvaLution makes their entrance. The bell rings and Alexa makes sure Lilly is comfortable in the corner. Alexa stares Piper down but the ref tells Eva to get out of the ring. Eva refuses and sits on top of a corner, as if mocking Lilly! Fans chant “WE DON’T WANT YOU!” and the ref keeps telling her to leave. Eva leaves the ring but paces around ringside. Alexa glares over at Eva, then ties up with Piper. Alexa fires off kicks, forearms, repeat, but Piper shoves her down. Alexa contorts to Grudge/Ring walk! Piper snarls to get over the fear and scoops Alexa! But Alexa slips around to a SLEEPER! Piper throws Alexa off hard, then drops a back senton that flops!

Alexa KICKS Piper in the back, KICKS her in the front, then with Lilly watching, covers. ONE, but Alexa gets Piper up. Piper blocks the whip, whips her, but Alexa is a spider as she springboards to crossbody! Cover, ONE! Piper is still strong but Alexa bails out. Fans cheer as she walks by, and Alexa smiles as she walks around the way towards Eva. Eva wants her to stay away, swipes at her feebly, and Alexa blocks! Piper runs in to CLUB Alexa on the back! Eva soaks up the heat as Piper gets Alexa up and whips her into barriers! Piper drags Alexa up, puts her in the ring, and gets in the ring at 9 of 10. Piper drags Alexa around, KICKS her in the back, then drags her up.

Piper bumps Alexa off buckles, Eva tells fans to stop chanting for Alexa. Piper whips her corner to corner. Piper SPLASHES Alexa, snapmares her out, then taunts, “Lilly can’t help you now~! She’s just a stupid, dirty doll!” But then Alexa contorts again and grins! She’s looking at Lilly, and then Piper looks back at it. Lilly winks?! Piper gets freaked out, but Alexa rolls her up! High stack, Alexa wins!!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall

Every good manager/cornerman knows how to help their superstar! So, this makes Lilly better than Eva! And Eva keeps acting like this is all on Piper! Will Alexa and Lilly completely ruin the EvaLution?

 

John Morrison and The Miz talk backstage.

Johnny Drip Drip says that the fact is, Damian Priest can never “Jump in the river” because he’s too dry. He doesn’t get #TheWettertheBetter. Miz can’t stand Damian! But then in walks Sheamus, face mask and all. Y’know what he can’t stand? “Gobshites with silly hair, ridiculous outfits, and obnoxious catchphrases.” Who is he referring to? YOU, Morrison! You’re the “waterhead” who cost Sheamus his match with Priest. Don’t you know they’re after his gold? Fella, you must be trippin’, so it’s time for Johnny to start drippin’. He’s gonna rain the pain! Go ahead, make Sheamus’ day! Miz says to stand down.

But this is what’s wrong with them both. Sheamus has bigger, or rather smaller, things to worry about when he gets to stand on and crush that rat, Ricochet. But as for America’s Moist Wanted, he better get the job done tonight. Or else he’s in for one hell of a drought! The Celtic Warrior takes on the One and Only, next!

WWE United States Championship Contenders Match: Sheamus VS Ricochet!

The Archer of Infamy hit the mark and has a title match in his back pocket, will the King of Flight get a golden ticket for himself? Or can the Fella fend off at least one hungry challenger tonight?

Raw returns as Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ricochet circles with Sheamus. Ricochet gets around to waistlock but Sheamus throws him off. Ricochet resets, he and Sheamus tie up, and Sheamus puts Ricochet in a corner. The ref counts, Ricochet pushes back and things get chippy. Ricochet CLUBS away on Sheamus’ back but Sheamus elbows Ricochet away. Sheamus CLUBS Ricochet, headlocks and hits a takeover. Ricochet endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Ricochet powers out, Sheamus runs him over with a shoulder! Sheamus gloats and soaks up the heat, but things speed up!

Ricochet hurdles to run, duck, dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Ricochet adds a dropkick and Sheamus bails out! Fans fire up with Ricochet but Sheamus is flustered. Sheamus tells fans to shut it then he goes back to the ring at 5 of 10. Sheamus and Ricochet circle, feel things out, but Sheamus kicks low then knees hard! Sheamus wrenches, wrangles Ricochet down, then clamps on with a chinbar. Ricochet fights up, fans rally, and Ricochet throws body shots. Ricochet ROCKS Sheamus with hands, then an uppercut in the corner! Ricochet CHOPS, Sheamus KNEES, then Sheamus scoops and SLAMS! Ricochet slowly sits up but Sheamus throws body shots.

Sheamus whips Ricochet to ropes, but Ricochet hits a KNEE SMASH! Ricochet keeps moving, but runs into a fireman’s carry! Ricochet fights free, baits Sheamus in and dumps him out of the ring! Ricochet builds speed and WRECKS Sheamus with a dropkick! Sheamus hits announce desk, Ricochet keeps moving, he SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODIES Sheamus onto and OVER the announce desk!! Orlando fires up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns as Sheamus has Ricochet with a neck wrench. That chants of “YOU LOOK STUPID!” return to haunt Sheamus after all this time, and Ricochet fires off body shots. Ricochet throws haymakers, CHOPS, and forearms! Ricochet runs but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREKER! Sheamus fires up, “Are you not entertained?!” Orlando is divided as Sheamus gets Ricochet up. Sheamus grinds Ricochet down with a chinbar but fans rally up. Ricochet fights to his feet, throws body shots, elbow after elbow after elbow after elbow! Fans fire up with every shot but Sheamus CLUBS Ricochet down! But Ricochet dumps Sheamus out!

Sheamus fights up to the apron and drags Ricochet up but Ricochet punches the mask! Ricochet’s hand hearts, Sheamus climbs up top. But an ENZIGURI gets Sheamus first! Ricochet climbs up, throws hands, but Sheamus shoves Ricochet away. Ricochet flips through to land on his feet, then NO HANDS RANA! Sheamus goes tumbling, Ricochet aims from the apron, springboard FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Then a high LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and fans can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps focus, Sheamus gets up, and Ricochet stands Sheamus up. Ricochet fireman’s carries but Sheamus fights free!

Sheamus shoves Ricochet to a corner but Ricochet drop toeholds Sheamus into buckles! Ricochet hurries up top, leaps, but Sheamus uses the mask in a headbutt!! Sheamus benefits from his own injury, and he BROGUES Ricochet down!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

No win, no title match for the One and Only Ricochet! But will the Celtic Warrior’s armored skull be what breaks the Archer of Infamy’s arrows? Wait, speaking of, here comes Damian Priest! He isn’t going to wait for Sheamus to leave, he wants to soak up the spotlight right now. He even gets in Sheamus’ face! Sheamus is furious Priest is “stepping on his moment,” but fans chant, “NO HE’S NOT!” Priest dares Sheamus to do something about it then, but Sheamus leaves. Only to rush Priest from behind! Priest sees that coming and dumps Sheamus out! The Fella is furious, but here comes the Guru of Greatness!

John Morrison w/ The Miz VS Damian Priest!

Miz fires the Drip Stick as they make their way down the ramp! America’s Moist Wanted is ready to extinguish Priest, but will he end up the one devastated and evaporated?

The bell rings and Morrison circles with Priest. They approach, Morrison gets around but Priest throws him down with an arm-drag. Priest clamps onto the arm, Morrison fights up but Priest wrenches to wristlock., Morrison knees low, uppercuts, and goes after Priest in a corner. Priest TOSSES Morrison into a corner and fires off fast hands! Priest ROCKS Morrison with a right, then glares at Miz. Miz claims he’s not doing anything, but then he secretly loads up a Drip Stick. Morrison crawls away but Priest drags him back from the ropes. Priest gets Morrison up but Morrison PELES him down! And then SHINING WIZARDS! Cover, ONE!!

Miz is upset about the count but Morrison goes to ground ‘n’ pound. Miz quotes Karate Kid, “Get him a body bag!” as Morrison floats all over to rain down more shots. Priest endures, Morrison digs his knee in and shifts to an armlock and chinlock combo. Miz rallies for Morrison as Priest works on an escape. Priest clubs at Morrison’s chest and then uses his leg to club Morrison over and over! Priest is free, he gets up, and Morrison hurries up. Priest dodges to BELL CLAP, then spin for KICK, KICK and KICK! ROLLING ELBOW! Morrison staggers and rebounds into a LARIAT! Fans fire up with Priest as he paces around Morrison.

Priest gets Morrison up, suplexes, but Morrison fights free to fire off! Priest knees low, Morrison ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest ROCKS Morrison back! Priest blocks a kick, Morrison blocks a kick, they both block elbows! Morrison cartwheels over a leg sweep but Priest ducks the Penalty Kick! Priest schoolboy rolls Morrison, Morrison rolls through, BOTH men kick from the mat! Fans fire up as both men are down from that striking extravaganza! Priest gets up as fans rally, “This is Awesome!” Morrison gets to a corner, Priest stalks over, but Morrison throws Priest out! Morrison WRECKS Priest with a dropkick, then climbs up top! TORNILLO PLANCHA!!

Miz is fired up, fans can’t believe what they saw, and Morrison puts Priest in. Priest kicks but Morrison dodges to hang that leg on the ropes. Morrison EDDY GORDO kicks, then springboards, into a WHEEL KICK! Priest drags Morrison up, dragon sleeper, but Miz SQUIRT SQUIRT! Priest just smiles and blows a kiss to Miz, as Morrison gets THE RECKONING!! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

#HitTheLights, Morrison is out! But Priest still feels Miz needs to learn. Miz scoots back as best he can, Morrison rushes out but Priest DECKS him! Miz double barrels but then stops. Priest takes the sticks to SQUIRT SQUIRT Johnny Drip Drip! Fans cheer as Priest points to Miz, and Miz shouts, “NO! NO!” But Miz cornered himself. Priest says he OWNS Miz, but Miz gets furious and stands up!?! His leg wasn’t injured at all?! Even Morrison can’t believe Miz was faking! Well in that case, Miz RUNS away! All the way to the stage in a flash, the A-Lister is gone!

Priest gets a mic to tell Orlando, “Hell yeah! Hey, for months, we’ve all seen Sheamus come out here. And he comes out to run his mouth, pick apart his opponents when they’re not looking-” But Sheamus walks back out to interrupt “Damo,” and tell him that if he has something to say, say it to Sheamus’ face. Don’t wait until he leaves the room. He expects more from Priest on that. Priest says that’s rich coming from Sheamus. But for months, we’ve all seen this: Sheamus treats people like garbage and is straight up a bully. But here’s the thing. Just like every other bully in life, Priest will get him, too. But this will be at SummerSlam for the US Championship!!

Sheamus says “Priesty” talks a big game, and he calls Sheamus the bully. Well maybe he IS a bully! And maybe he likes being a bully! But the truth is, Sheamus doesn’t care what Priest or anyone else thinks. But he will put Priest in his place! Be ready for the fight of your life, because Sheamus ACCEPTS! Las Vegas just got that much more golden! Wait, Morrison is getting back in! Priest BOOTS him down! Wait, that was more like a Brogue! “See that, Sheamus? That’s gonna be YOU at SummerSlam!” The Celtic Warrior, the Archer of Infamy, who survives Sin City to have the title around their waist?

 

Mansoor apologizes backstage.

He is so sorry for their loss last week, but to make it up to Mustafa Ali, Mansoor got him this new jacket. Mustafa actually admits it’s amazing! Nice job, kid. But like he’s said before, Mansoor has to stop apologizing. There’s no need to apologize when you make a mistake, but you do need to learn from those mistakes. Understand? Of course. Yeah, he’ll do better next time. In the meantime, Ali will show Mansoor “how it’s done.” All Mansoor needs to do is watch and learn. They head out, will the reinvigorated Beacon be able to topple the towering T-Bar?

Mustafa Ali w/ Mansoor VS T-Bar w/ Mace!

They split things in tag matches, now they try things 1v1! Will extinction still come to Ali and Mansoor, even if it’s just one at a time?

Raw returns as Ali and Mansoor make their entrance. Ali still doesn’t want Mansoor to be chummy, despite the nice gift of the jacket. The bell rings, Ali and T-Bar circle. They tie up, T-Bar TOSSES Ali to a corner then back elbows! T-Bar whips Ali corner to corner, then BACK DROPS him on the rebound! Cover, TWO! T-Bar keeps cool as he drags Ali up. Ali throws body shots, T-Bar knees low then whips Ali to ropes. Ali ducks and dodges and dropkicks T-Bar out of the ring! T-Bar gets back in but into Ali’s KICK! Ali PLANCHAS and takes T-Bar- NEVERMIND! T-Bar rolls through to pick Ali up to KNEE and SWING into barriers!

T-Bar drags Ali up, throws him into the ring at 6 of 10 and follows. T-Bar scowls as he aims, CYCLONE KICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Ali survives and shocks T-Bar! Ali gets to ropes, T-Bar stalks after him, and T-Bar gets Ali up to whip him corner to corner. Ali boots back, hops up and up and leaps, but into a choke grip! CHOKE BACKBREAKER! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Ali survives again and T-Bar can’t believe it! T-Bar glares at Mansoor, but Mace CLOBBERS Mansoor! “Snitches get stiches, boy!” T-Bar drags Ali up, choke grips, but Ali wheelbarrows! Ali goes up and over to waistlock and O’Conner Roll, TWO! Ali goes up and up and leaps to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as T-Bar is in a drop zone!

Ali goes up top, takes aim, but T-Bar BOOTS from below! Ali is tripped up, T-Bar hauls him out to a torture rack, FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, T-Bar wins!

Winner: T-Bar, by pinfall

Ali is still in trouble as Mace drags him back up! Double choke grips, but Mansoor FLIES in! Missile dropkick takes T-Bar out! Then he fires off on Mace! Mace swings, Mansoor dodges and fires off more forearms! Mace blocks the whip, whips Mansoor, but Mansoor dumps Mace out! Mansoor triangle jump DROPKICKS Mace down! The titans regroup as Mansoor stands tall! Ali can’t believe it, either! But does this mean he and Mansoor are a real team now?

 

Reggie has a photoshoot.

The WWE 24/7 Champion says it feels good on this side of the camera. Carmella and Nia Jax always had him work the camera, taking hundreds if not thousands of photos, all just to post one on Instagram. A janitor with a suspiciously fake beard wheels in as Reggie says he could get used to this. But then a delivery man steps into frame, with his own suspiciously fake facial hair. Uh, does Reggie know you? “SPRING SHOT MEMORIES~!” It’s Akira Tozawa and he throws the packages at Reggie! Reggie stumbles, Tozawa rolls him up, ref counts… Truth breaks it up! Truth was the janitor!

Truth and Tozawa argue about what the other is doing, because they’re BOTH letting Reggie get away! Reggie gest around the janitor cart, around the prop ring, over road cases, but now he’s stuck! Wait, nope! He LEAPS over Tozawa to get to the exit! Tozawa and Truth argue about whose fault this was, but the point is: Will anyone ever wrangle Reggie with such amazing agility at his disposal?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles & Omos.

Kevin wants Styles’ reaction to Orton’s return. Oh, so glad he’s back, really, great moment. NOT. Styles doesn’t care that Orton is back, that he broke up his little team, that he feels better off alone, Styles doesn’t care! What Styles care about is, if Orton thinks he can come right back and be the top of the mountain after being away so long, he’s mistaken. Styles is a champion. Omos is a champion. They deserve respect. Orton made a big mistake, a colossal mistake. So just like Riddle’s scooter, they’ll have to break Orton and put him back on the sidelines, for good. Omos says, “C’mon, bro,” and the two head out. Will Styles back up his talk? Or will he be snake-bit by the end of tonight?

 

Bobby Lashley is here!

MVP accompanies The All Mighty, the Chief Hurt Officer, the WWE World Champion out to the ring, knowing full well Goldberg’s coming for him and the title at SummerSlam. Montel Vontavius Porter has a mic to ask the fans to please rise and show the proper respect to the champion. Then he notes last week, Lashley being gracious enough to bless the world with a blockbuster of a main event: The All Mighty Lashley VS WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg for THE WWE Championship! Now sadly, that announcement has been “mired in controversy.” There are some “false narratives being spun” on which MVP needs to set the record straight.

If Goldberg was looking for a fight, it was right here in this ring, just inches away. But Goldberg never raised his hand to the man, and wisely. Goldberg left in an orderly fashion, and maybe he was embarrassed or wanted to save face, but he savagely and cowardly returned and attacked MVP with a “rib-crushing” Spear for absolutely no reason at all! And then, because Goldberg needed to make up for that, he LIED and said he did it because MVP was threatening his 15 year old son. MVP is a father, Lashley is a father, they have sons of their own and they would never do such things. They were acting in humanitarian capacities.

What MVP said was simple: If you love you father, Gage, please dissuade Goldberg from this fool’s errand; if Goldberg shows up at SummerSlam, his career will be over. Lashley will end Goldberg’s career. For that, Goldberg attacks MVP! MVP has been slandered before, but when you slander him, you slander Lashley, as well! Now most don’t know what it’s like getting hit by a Goldberg Spear, “but it’s like getting hit by a Mack truck!” MVP has tearing in his knee, four bruised ribs and two cracked ribs on the other side. His x-rays can prove it. But the only thing more devastating than a Goldberg Spear is an All Mighty Lashley Spear.

MVP tells Goldberg, “you have no one to blame but yourself.” They’re violent men by nature, but if you’re a WWE superstar, and you involve your son in your battles, anything can happen! Maybe don’t’ bring him here! MVP takes a moment, the ribs make it hard to breathe. He can’t cough, he can’t sneeze, he can’t even laugh, but that’s appropriate. This is no laughing matter. Goldberg got Gage involved, so this is for Gage: “Please, I beg you, convince you father not to show up to SummerSlam.” Because if that happens, Gage will watch his father be “humiliated, annihilated and absolutely destroyed in a way you’ve not seen before! Because Bobby Lashley is gonna END Goldberg’s career!”

Look at the upside, though. The upside is that Gage will have his dad home for his football games, baseball games, and they can sit on the couch to watch the WWE as they reminisce about the time Gage didn’t care enough about his dad to stop him from facing Lashley. They can have all the father-son time they want after that. Isn’t that beautiful? Lashley agrees, and has a message for Goldberg now: “Bill, do NOT let your son watch SummerSlam. Because if he does, he will watch the destruction that I’m gonna put upon you! And it’s gonna be so bad, that you won’t even want to have him share the same last name as you!” At SummerSlam, Goldberg isn’t next. He’s DONE.

Mighty words from the All Mighty and MVP, but will this only motivate the old gladiator to get back to being that old gladiator again?

 

Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.

Sarah asks her about Nikki A.S.H’s win over Charlotte Flair in the No Holds Barred match, and how that makes her feel about tonight’s match. Rhea said it last week, there’s nothing more brutal than NHB, and she gives credit to Nikki for holding her own. Nikki’s held her own rather well as Raw Women’s Champion, and that takes a lot of heart and guts to be an Almost Super Hero. But almost isn’t good enough to stay champion. As a former Raw Women’s Champion, Rhea understands the balance between light and dark needed to be a champion. Does Nikki have a dark side? Rhea hasn’t seen it.

So unfortunately for Nikki, no matter how hard she tries, how hard she believe in herself, it won’t protect her from the Nightmare unleashed tonight, nor at SummerSlam, when Rhea becomes NEW Raw Women’s Champion. That alone right there was her brutality, but Rhea unleash even more of it as she tests Nikki’s might?

Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H!

Raw returns as the Almost Superhero is interviewed backstage. Sarah says last week was one of the biggest wins in Nikki’s career, but is she at all prepared for Rhea? Nikki says being almost a superhero means she has to be prepared for things not always going her way. “But if you believe in yourself enough, you can achieve your dreams! Just look at her as Raw Women’s Champion! Tonight, Nikki’s dream might turn into a nightmare. But she’ll be okay because she has the trusty nightlight that is her spirit and her drive!

When she began this journey, when she became champion, she knew that Rhea and Charlotte would be dangerous. But Nikki didn’t almost beat Charlotte last week, she DID beat Charlotte last week! And tonight, she’s almost positive she’ll win here. At SummerSlam, she has the odds stacked against her, but she’ll do whatever it takes to remain Raw Women’s Champion! Nikki’s music plays, she heads out for the ring, but will she almost or definitely maintain her momentum for SummerSlam?

The bell rings, Rhea and Nikki circle. They tie up, Rhea throws Nikki down hard, but Nikki avoids the kick to the ribs! Roll up, TWO, but Nikki headlocks. Rhea powers up, Nikki grinds the hold tighter, but Rhea powers up again. Nikki makes it a takeover, Rhea fights around to her feet, but Nikki uses the corner to go up and around for another takedown! Rhea gets frustrated but she fights back up. Rhea throws body shots, powers up again and SLAMS Nikki down face-first! Nikki clutches her bad ribs, Rhea kicks her in the side! Nikki gets to a corner, Rhea RAMS into her! Rhea throws body shots to go after those bad ribs!

Rhea bumps Nikki off buckles, then TOSSES her across the ring! Nikki gets to the other corner and Rhea dares her to get up. Nikki does and Rhea RAMS back into her! The ref counts, Rhea lets off, Nikki hits back! Rhea CLUBS Nikki down, gets her up, and whips her to a corner hard! Nikki bounces off buckles, Rhea taunts her about the bad ribs, then CLUBS her on the back. Rhea throws Nikki out of the ring, goes out after her, but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki runs but into a flapjack to the apron! Nikki falls to the floor and writhes in pain while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Rhea has Nikki in a rear bearhug! Fans rally as Nikki fights but Rhea slams her down! Rhea knees Nikki in the back again and again, then cubs away on her! Nikki gets to ropes and Rhea has to back off a moment. Rhea stalks Nikki to a corner, gets her up and throws hands. Nikki shoves Rhea, boots her, then elbows her away. Nikki fires counter punches, Rhea shoves her but Nikki turns back drop into a DDT! Nikki and Rhea are down and fans rally. Nikki gets up and drags Rhea around. Nikki fires forearms, but Rhea blocks the whip. Rhea whips Nikki but Nikki tilt-o-whirls to headscissor! Rhea ends up in a corner, Nikki RAMS in!

Nikki runs, wheelbarrows, and victory rolls, TWO! Rhea staggers up, kicks Nikki down, then drags Nikki up. Pump handle, but Nikki fights to turn Riptide to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Nikki winces and walks into Rhea’s kick from below! Rhea gets Nikki up in a corner and fires off body shots! Rhea hoists Nikki up top, throws hands, climbs up to join Nikki, and fans fire up as they stand on the very top! Nikki resists, fights back, forearms and knocks Rhea down! Nikki adjusts position but her ribs slow her down! Nikki- GETS SHOVED by Charlotte?!

Winner: Nikki A.S.H, by disqualification

The Queen strikes at the most opportune time! And she BOOTS Rhea down, too! Charlotte gets Nikki up, scoops and EXPLODERS! Charlotte kips up, fans go nuts with ‘WOO~” and “BOO!” but Rhea gets NATURAL SELECTION!! Charlotte soaks up the cheers, jeers and everything in between as she snatches the Raw Women’s Championship. Will SummerSlam end with Charlotte getting her twelfth (14 if you include NXT) women’s championship reign?

 

Elias… walks… alone…

The Drifter drags his guitar along as he walks through the woods. There’s a bonfire that calls to him. Elias stares into the flames, then holds his guitar in hands. His head is full of fans chanting “Walk With Elias,” but also the sound of his back being battered by every manner of wooden guitar, cello or other string instrument by all his past opponents. From Braun Strowman to Jeff Hardy to most recently, Jaxson Ryker. Elias looks at his guitar, strums it one more time, and takes a deep breath before he tosses his guitar to the flames. “WWE stood for Walk With Elias. But Elias is dead.” Then, who is this that now walks through the shadows?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

Can she shed some light as to why she attacked Nikki and Rhea tonight? Well to spell it out for Sarah, “As I watched those two tear each other apart, I created a strategic opportunity to rub salt in the wounds.” Charlotte doesn’t need to be pinned to lose the Triple Threat. While she wants to reclaim the title, she’s not taking any chances. If Rhea and Nikki were on Charlotte’s level, they would’ve anticipated the attack. Anyone who’s been at the top and stayed at the top knows that you become a target. Hell, she showed last week that a little bit of empathy, maybe even vulnerability, and she becomes a target for criticism!? One loss and that erases everything before?!

Charlotte is THE MOST DECORATED WOMAN in WWE history. Everyone can pray for her downfall or steal the opportunities she creates and earns, but nothing is stopping her walking out of SummerSlam THE Raw Women’s Champion. The Queen is confident, but can she really outplay two opponents at once?

 

Backstage interview with Randy Orton.

Can he explain why he’s distancing himself from Riddle? It’s simple: Orton works better alone. He doesn’t need teammates, distractions, or friendships. He just needs to defeat Styles, which he will, and he will do that alone. The Viper heads out, but will these words all come back to bite him?

 

AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Randy Orton!

A phenomenal main event, a phenomenal rematch from many times before, but will it be Too Sweet? Styles and Orton finish the night off, after the break!

Raw returns once again as Styles and Omos make their entrance. The bell rings and fans rally behind “RANDY! RANDY!” as Styles goes right at Orton! Orton counter punches, gets Styles in a corner and stomps away! Orton bumps Styles off buckles, gets him up to EuroUpper, then stalk him as he staggers about. Orton throws more hands, Styles kicks back then CHOSPS! And CHOPS! And whips, only for Orton to reverse. Styles slides under, Oroton EuroUppers Styles down! Orton suplexes to hang styles out to dry! Styles flops down on the apron, clutching his ribs. Orton paces, glares at Omos, but Omos shakes his head.

Orton stomps Styles, fans chant “R K O!” but he stomps Styles’ head instead. Styles bails out, Orton goes out after him, and they end up by the announce desk. Orton stares Omos down, and bumps Styles off the desk! Orton gets Styles up, but Omos takes a step closer so Omos shoves Styles aside. They stare down, Styles whips Orton but Orton reverses to send Styles into the apron! Orton puts Styles in the ring, he glances back at Omos, but the ring count is climbing! Styles WRECKS Orton with a dropkick and the count rests. Styles SLINGSHOT FOREARMS and Orton is down! Omos nods as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more and Styles has Orton in a headlock. Orton fights with body shots but Styles dropkicks him down! Orton sits up in a daze, into the SLIDING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Styles grows frustrated but Omos has confidence in him. Styles gets Orton in a chinlock and squeezes tight. Orton pulls Styles’ hair but lets go as the ref reprimands. Styles taunts Orton but Orton fights up. Fans rally as Orton pulls hair again! The ref reprimands, Orton HEADBUTTS Styles before 4! Styles ROCKS Orton with a right, but Orton ROCKS him back! The haymakers fly back and forth, fast and heavy! Orton gets the edge, Styles kicks low! Styles runs, but Orton CLOBBERS him!

Orton rallies, ducks, and SPINNING POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Orton is a bit surprised and also amused that Styles survived. Orton glares at Omos, drags Styles up, but Styles KICKS Orton’s leg! Orton hobbles, Styles whips him, but Orton reverse to the BACK2BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Orton seethes, stalks Styles around the ring, and puts Styles in a corner. Orton puts Styles up top, throws hands, then climbs up to join him. Orton blows a mocking kiss to Omos, gets Styles up, but Styles slips through to trip Orton up! Orton hits buckles on the way down, Styles rolls him for a CALF- NO! Orton sits up to avoid the hold, only for Styles to CRANK back on the leg!

Styles pull hard but Orton endures the Calf Crusher to get the ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go in frustration, but both he and Orton slowly rise. Orton gets to a corner, Styles runs in, but Orton puts Styles on the apron! Styles ROCKS Orton with a forearm, springboards, but Orton moves! Styles stops his flight and Orton CLOBBERS him on the apron! Orton fires up and gets Styles through the ropes! Fans fire up for the DRAPING DDT! Orton then hears the voices in his head! But Omos drags Styles to safety! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Omos and Orton talk trash at each other. Orton says Omos doesn’t put his hands on Styles, that’s Orton’s job!

Orton then dares Omos to take off his nick jacket and do something! Omos does take off the jacket, but Styles ENZIGURIS Orton! But here comes RIDDLE!! He POSTS Omos and jumps on for a SLEEPER!! Fans are going nuts as Omos can’t get Riddle off his back! So Omos RAMS Riddle into the post! Styles springboards, INTO AN RKO!!! Cover, Orton wins!!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

Orton kept his word! He got Styles with the three most dangerous letters in wrestling today! But then Orton notices Riddle and Riddle apologizes, but he knew Omos was gonna do something like that! Fans chant “R K BRO!” as Riddle wants a hug. Orton can’t believe Riddle even thinks that’s possible! Orton says no, he goes to the apron, but Riddle says, “Please! Listen tot he people!” The fans get louder, Orton gets back in the ring and Riddle holds out his arms. Orton- Wait, THEY HUG IT OUT?!! Orton has Riddle calm down, and then Riddle raises Orton’s hand in victory! Orton lets Riddle keep going, and then an R K O FOR RIDDLE!!!

So close and yet so far. The Bro was warned, even by The Viper, but he still didn’t think it’d ever happen. But wait, is Orton now patting Riddle’s head? Just when you think RKBRO is done, Orton pulls us back in. Is the Viper’s volatile and variable nature the real riddle in all this?


My Thoughts:

This is such a great yet conflicting episode, because while it’s been the same people again and again, and while there are still some glaring flaws in how Team Vince is booking it, so much of the action was great so that there wasn’t anything boring. To get the flaws out of the way: another inconsistent use of the “Championship Contenders Match,” where Sheamus VS Ricochet was but Nikki VS Rhea wasn’t; equally arbitrary use of Brand 2 Brand Invitation; the pacing of #EvaLution and “Doudrop.” The first one is obvious, it’s another weird Vince whim that just adds unnecessary details. People will understand if a match with a champion is non-title just on the phrase “is for the [something something] championship” NOT being said. This is way too hand-holding condescending to me.

The Brand 2 Brand is still a novel idea allowing USA Network and Fox to “share” superstars of certain standing and popularity levels, and honestly it could be used more. And also, it only made Corbin a buffer in the McIntyre VS Mahal story since pacing is a lost art on Raw. Similarly, there’s bad pacing and story direction in the Eva-Piper stuff. Multiple times, they had the opening for Piper to ditch Eva, go by her REAL name, and have the fans behind her (especially since they’re so solidly against Eva Marie). Then Piper could be getting in on the Raw Women’s title scene, or at least feuding with Shayna, Nia, maybe even Rhea.

Speaking of the Raw Women’s title scene… Rhea’s promo was alright, but it is out of nowhere for her to say a line like “I know how to balance the light and the dark,” and for her to dare Nikki to bring out a darkside. But given how RawDown mentality completely dumps on NXT, of course no one acknowledges the wild, frantic SAnitY Nikki here, not even those who were in NXT at the same time. Nikki’s own promo was solid, but she had multiple lines that would’ve worked as the punctuation on the promo and then she kept adding. The Nikki VS Rhea match was still really good, and Charlotte’s ambush worked out fairly well, too.

Tonight’s 24/7 Championship segment was great fun and certainly the most dynamic with the camera following Reggie all over like that. There was good progress in the story of Ali and Mansoor: the jacket Mansoor got Ali does look great; Ali VS T-Bar was a really good match to remind us of Ali’s resilience; Mansoor looked great fighting off Mace. These two teams are tied in tag matches so obviously we need a tiebreaker soon. And while MVP and Lashley didn’t falter and delivered strong promos, this whole angle with Gage is so forced. It’s just a cheap way to get Heel Heat on Hurt Business and give Face points to Goldberg, because this is the “dream match” no one was dreaming of.

Elias throwing away his guitar is actually rather compelling. You don’t always get to see the (kayfabe) process of a wrestler changing or the emotional attachments and internal conflict that go with that. I am actually curious to see where Elias goes from here. Kross’ story on Raw defaulting back to Hardy is whatever, but I guess Keith Lee and Kross going back and forth is just filler for right now. Maybe once Kross is on Raw full-time, he and Keith get to settle things in a match on par with what NXT would put on, and then fans can understand what WWE sees in Kross. Maybe.

But the best stuff was the RKBRO story. Orton is back, he doesn’t want Riddle around but not so much that he can yell our shout at him to go away. Orlando really liked Riddle so that helped the story. Riddle is to be the one we’re sympathetic towards, even if Riddle was more loyal to Orton than Orton was to Riddle. Orton VS Styles is another great match and great main event. Omos continues to do well as the stoic statue at ringside, always confident because Styles is that good and Omos himself is that big. And the very last moment is so good that I am equal parts excited and bummed out.

I really, really wanted Styles & Omos VS RKBRO, as did a LOT of fans, and WWE certainly felt that. I won’t give them so much credit as to say, “Oh they had this moment here tonight locked in since the start of this.” But it was obvious what the different possibilities were, and just as it seemed it was a “yes” to RKBRO at SummerSlam, it was a swift “no,” but then perhaps a “maybe.” This is all very wild and unpredictable, and I remember back to a time in these articles when I said that wrestling was fun when it was all that. And it still is, even if it is a bit confusing at the same time!

My Score: 8.3/10


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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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