WWE starts off the New Year with a bang!
2022 is here, and WWE is celebrating with a Pay-Per-View! And things only get bigger as THE BEAST joins the WWE World Championship match!
- Kickoff Show – Cesaro & Ricochet VS Sheamus & Ridge Holland; Sheamus & Holland win.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The New Day; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Drew McIntyre VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; McIntyre wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Street Profits; RKBRO wins and retains the titles.
- Edge VS The Miz w/ Maryse; Edge wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan; Becky wins and retains the title.
- WWE World Championship Fatal 5 Way: Big E VS Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Brock Lesnar; Lesnar wins and becomes the new WWE World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Day 1 Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Booker T and Pete Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all of tonight’s action.
Brock Lesnar is NOT challenging for the WWE Universal Championship as Roman Reigns tested positive for COVID. Wish the Head of the Table a speedy recovery, but pray for the WWE World Championship match as Big E, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Bobby Lashley are going to be facing THE BEAST in a now Fatal FIVE Way!
The Miz crashes the panel.
Kayla was giddy over Edge ruining Miz’s vow renewal? Miz wanted to involve the WWE Universe, but Kayla laughed at that. Miz gets Edge is a beloved superstar but that is why Miz went after him. Everyone celebrates Edge’s return, but why not Miz’s? Well Edge has had health trials and tribulations. Miz was HERE injured, squirting people with squirt guns! He didn’t take a day off! But if he took time off, would he get celebrated? But Miz didn’t win Dancing with the Stars. No! Miz was revolutionary! And everyone said how great he did! Miz blames the fans for why he lost! The votes weren’t there! JBL thought Miz was awesome. Yes, he was! And he is, and he will be awesome.
Edge says Miz needs to earn respect? Miz HAS earned respect! He’s been here long enough to get that respect! And after he beats Edge tonight, Miz will not only earn respect, but he will deserve it from all of the fans. Booker T applauds that but Kevin Patrick asks if he’s off focus because of his anger. Edge has only added fuel to Miz’s fire! That’s what that Brood Bath did. Miz thrives under pressure, and he will dominate Edge! He is the Miz, and the Miz is AWESOME! But will he be the winner here tonight?
Sonya Deville joins the panel.
She’s dressed sharp, and she’s here to talk about the Raw Women’s Championship. Liv Morgan hasn’t had a title, Becky Lynch is a seasoned vet, but if there’s anyone ready to move up to the next level, it’s Liv. Sonya sees Liv as a great friend, and she sees Liv as someone with the “It” factor. Liv is great in the ring, Sonya is excited to see Liv take on Becky again. Kevin Patrick defends Becky, “The Man,” but Sonya says Liv has tenacity, she’s young and hungry, and she comes from somewhere almost no one comes from. JBL says sometimes you’re born in the wrong generation. Big Time Becks shows up, it’s ball game!
Sonya says someone who does agree with her is the WWE Universe. The fans were behind Liv even before Liv was in the title picture. Peter says he remembers SmackDown in Texas and how the fans were reacting to her. Liv took that on and now she’s here. But what he fears for is that if you’re not quite ready for the opportunity when it comes, you’re just back at the bottom. Booker agrees with JBL. 99.99% of the fans don’t know what it’s like to be in the ring. Becky has a cloak of invincibility, and Liv’s one thing going for her is that she hasn’t been under these bright lights and has a chance to do something special. Booker doesn’t see it happening, but it’ll be great to see.
Kevin brings up the family fuel Liv has, and yet Becky’s used that against her. Booker says the best way to get at someone is to talk about their mama. Sonya says Becky did have to cheat, though. Kayla does note that, but she brings up Sonya’s feud with Naomi. Sonya doesn’t get the controversy there. Sonya was meant to have a match with Naomi, but then Naomi brought Xia Li up. Sonya signed up for a 1v1. So it’s not over? There’s more to come? Sonya says that when she has the suit on, she’s an official. What is so hard to understand? This is decade old rules! But didn’t Sonya slap Naomi? Not this suit, but a suit of authority.
Sonya says Naomi can’t disrespect Naomi and Sonya keeps the superstars in line. Booker T says she can use the line, “My office hours are 9 to 5.”
Backstage interview with The New Day.
King Xavier Woods & Sir Kofi Kingston have a royal proclamation from the “benevolent and magnificent” King of the Ring. To all of Woods’ subjects, from the beautiful and lovely, such as Megan, to the putrid and disgusting *cough* Usos */cough* Woods proclaims that he, King Xavier, first of his name, bringer of New Days, clotter of Bloodlines and vacationer to St. Olaf, hereby declare January 1st, 2022, the day he and Sir Kofi will defeat the Usos to become WWE Tag Team Championship. And henceforth, this day shall no longer be New Year’s Day. This will be New Day Day! So he has decreed, and so it shall be! So they’re very confident in this match.
Must Kofi remind Megan that they have not defeated the Usos just once, nor twice, but THRICE times and will do it a fourth against those lousy, weaselly, skullduggerous rapscallions! And after handedly winning, the New Day will throw the Usos in the royal dungeon! Wait, they have a dungeon?! Yes, Woods had to drop a brick three model mine cuz his was kinda ugh. But as the Usos rot in the dungeon, the New Day will galivant as the NEW W! W! E! WORLD! TAG! TEAM! CHAMPIONS~! Huzzah! Huzzah!
Kickoff Show – Cesaro & Ricochet VS Sheamus & Ridge Holland!
Once upon a time, The Swiss Superman and The Celtic Warrior were The Bar, one of the roughest and toughest tag teams in the WWE. But time passed and now they’re bitter enemies. Will having the One & Only help Cesaro get his revenge? Or will the Fella’s protégé help him pummel the past into paste?
The teams sort out and Cesaro starts against Sheamus! Fans fire up as the two circle, but then Sheamus uses ropes as a defense. Sheamus talks up Holland, he is the replacement for Cesaro. So Sheamus tags Holland in. They tie up, Holland wrenches Cesaro to a wristlock, but Cesaro rolls and kips up to slip through and wrench to YANK Holland’s arm. Holland kicks low, headlocks, but Cesaro powers out. Things speed up, Cesaro catches Holland to bring him around for a BACKBREAKER! Tag to Ricochet, fans fire up as Cesaro gives him the assist on the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Holland checks his face and his nose is busted!
Ricochet gets Holland up, but Holland powers Ricochet to the corner! Tag to Sheamus, Sheamus CLUBS Ricochet! Ricochet fires back with forearm sand CHOPS, but Sheamus shoves him. Ricochet kicks back, runs but into a LARIAT! Sheamus stalks Ricochet to a corner, he drags Ricochet up and back suplexes, but Ricochet lands on his feet to dropkick legs out! Ricochet runs to dropkick Sheamus down! Ricochet runs again to drop the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ricochet CLUBS Sheamus, wrenches and fireman’s carries but Sheamus CLUBS free! Sheamus KNEES Ricochet, rams him into buckles, then drags him up to a headlock takeover.
Ricochet endures, fights up, but Sheamus wrangles him down to a cover. TWO, and fans rally up, Ricochet throws body shots, haymakers, and a CHOP! Sheamus fights through to get the clinch and IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus soaks up the heat as he drags Ricochet back up. Sheamus reels Ricochet in for another IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! “I’m just too strong, fella.” Sheamus looms over Ricochet, kicks him around, but Ricochet gets up to CHOP and punch! Ricochet runs but Sheamus CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps on Ricochet with a Camel Clutch, but he doesn’t trap the arms.
Holland’s being checked by medical and his definitely has a broken nose. He is out of this match, Sheamus is going it alone! Ricochet fights up to hit a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet is free, but Sheamus scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Sheamus taunts Cesaro but the ref keeps Cesaro back. Sheamus goes back to Ricochet, kicks him to the apron and drags him up. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus goes all the way to TEN! Sheamus says, “Even without a tag partner!” Sheamus stands Ricochet back up, Ricochet HOTSHOTS him away! Ricochet hurries to step in, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Ricochet crawls over, hot tag to Cesaro!
Fans fire up as Cesaro rallies on Sheamus with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Whip corner to corner, another EUroUpper! And then back the other way! And then again, but Sheamus reverses. Cesaro stops himself to toss Sheamus up and out! Cesaro goes out and runs in around the way, to EuroUpper Sheamus against barriers! Fans fire up with Cesaro and he puts Sheamus in the ring. Cesaro climbs up, stands on the post, and then springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is still in this but Cesaro calls for the swing! He gets the legs, and it begins! Fans count along as Sheamus goes around and around and around!
Cesaro stops at 15, gets the legs and has the SHARPSHOOTER! Sheamus endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Cesaro lets go, drags Sheamus up and reels him in, but Sheamus powers up to back drop out! Cesaro lands on his feet but Sheamus KNEES him down! Cover, Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet brings Sheamus up but Sheamus kicks low, gets Ricochet up, but Ricochet RANAS Sheamus out! Ricochet then boots, but Sheamus blocks and reels Ricochet in! WHITE NOISE to the floor! Ricochet writhes, Sheamus goes back to the ring. Sheamus climbs up, leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps cool as he brings Sheamus back up.
Cesaro throws EuroUppers and body shots to put Sheamus in a corner. Cesaro keeps going with EuroUppers, then whips corner to corner. Sheamus dodges, Cesaro POSTS himself, BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!!
Winners: Sheamus & Ridge Holland, by pinfall
Holland’s nose took a hit but Sheamus finishes it for the both of them! Is 2022 going to be the Year of the Fella with this win to kickoff things off?
The first day of the New Year is here!
Quavo of Migos says this is Day 1. “A new year, a new opportunity. And what you do tonight, in MY city of Atlanta, in front of all these people, becomes the blueprint for your tomorrow. This ain’t no game. This ain’t about getting views man. Legacy. Opportunity.” This is your time. This is your moment. This is your DESTINY! This is your Day 1. “Ya feel me?” You gotta outwork, outsmart and out hustle everyone. “Don’t ever forget that.”
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The New Day!
Roman Reigns may be sidelined, but Jimmy & Jey are still here, holding it down. Will they do their Tribal Chief proud and keep these titles with the Bloodline? Or will King Xavier & Sir Kofi once again be on top of the tag team division with their TWELFTH title reign?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Usos are the ones on Day 1!
Woods and Jimmy start and fans fire up for their hometown hero. Woods fires up Atlanta and he ties up with Jimmy. Woods wrenches, has the wristlock, but Jimmy headlocks. Woods wrenches out to a hammerlock, but Jimmy fights up but Woods wrenches him again. Woods headlocks, wrenches, arm-drags and then floats to a hammerlock. Woods chinbars Jimmy but he moves around. Woods gest the other arm and pushes Jimmy to a cover, TWO! Woods mule kicks, bumps Jimmy off buckles then throws a forearm! Tag to Kofi, they whip Jimmy to double Japanese Arm-Drag! PENALTY KICK! SENTON! SPLASH! Cover, TWO!
Kofi keeps on Jimmy as he wrenches, but Jimmy breaks free to ROCK Kofi with an uppercut! Jimmy CHOPS, runs, but Kofi follows to slide and trip Jimmy up! Kofi goes to a corner and climbs up, but Jey runs over. Kofi AX HANDLES Jey down, Jimmy kicks. Koifi blocks but Jimmy DRAGON WHIPS! Jimmy keeps the ref busy, Jey CLOBBERS Kofi! Kofi writhes, Jey tags in to fetch Kofi and put him in the ring. Jey rains down rights, but fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Jey drags Kofi up, back suplexes high and hard, then holds up his finger. Jey talks trash Kofi and then chokes him against ropes. The ref counts, Jey lets off but Jimmy gets a cheap shot in!
Jey looms over Kofi at the ropes, talks more trash, then drags Kofi up. Jey scoops and SLAMS Kofi, then again holds up his finger. Jey aims from the corner, “UCE!” “SO!” Jey locks ‘n’ loads a la Roman to HIP ATTACK! Jimmy tells Jey to do it one more time, because #WeTheOnes. Jey runs in again, but Kofi DOUBLE STOMPS Jey down! Both men are down and fans fire up! Jey and Kofi crawl, hot tag to Jimmy and he SUPERKICKS Woods first! Jimmy drags Kofi away, talks trash to the New Day fans, and Jimmy puts Kofi in the corner. Jimmy CHOPS Kofi, tags Jey, and Jey dusts off his shoe to mule kick Kofi low!
Jey says, “We the ones! We the ones!” Kofi is in the corner, Jey drags him up and hoists him up top. Jey climbs up, brings Kofi up, but Kofi throws body shots back! Jey throws hands but Kofi headbutts him away! Kofi leaps, FLYING DDT! Both men are down and Woods is back on the corner! Fans fire up as Kofi crawls over, as does Jey, hot tags to Jimmy and Woods! Woods rallies on Jimmy and Atlanta fires up for their king! Woods whips, Jimmy reverses but Woods BOOTS him back! Then the HONOR ROLL! Jey whips Woods but Woods holds ropes to then put Jey on the ropes! DROPKICK to the back!
Jimmy back suplexes, Woods lands on his feet to shove, run and tilt-o-whirl RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up with the kip up as Woods powers up! He fireman’s carries Jimmy for a LANDSLIDE DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Jimmy survives and bails out. Woods builds speed but Jey takes the wrecking ball dropkick! Jimmy ROCKS Woods, SMACKS him off the announce desk, then puts Woods back in. Jimmy stalks Woods, fireman’s carries, but Woods slips off to shove. Jimmy uppercuts then goes up, WHIPSER IN THE WIND! Shout out to the Hardy Boyz! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives and Jimmy can’t believe it!
Tag to Jey, the Usos stalk Woods, pop-up SAMOAN DROP! #AlleyUce! Cover, TWO! Woods is still in this and Jey grits his teeth. Jey stalks Woods to ropes, makes sure Woods hears the fans chanting, and then ROCKS Woods with a forearm! Woods ROCKS Jey back! Jey snarls and swings to ROCK Woods again! Woods ROCKS Jey! Jey ROCKS Woods! Woods DECKS Jey! Both men are down, Kofi drags himself up to the corner. Kofi tags in and climbs up top! Jey staggers up to his feet, Kofi CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Kofi dropkicks Jimmy off the apron, dodges Jey, and hits a LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Kofi and he hits the NEW~ DAY~ BOOM DROP!
Kofi goes to a corner and fans fire up as he claps it up. “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Jey stagger sup, but he SUPERKICKS Kofi first! Tag to Jimmy and he’s up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and the Usos can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Jimmy grits his teeth and goes to a corner. Kofi is in the opposite, Jimmy runs in, but he pops up the stomp! Kofi’s leg jams, Jimmy CHOP BLOCKS the other! Jimmy hammerlocks an arm, gets the leg, HALF CRAB! Kofi endures, crawls as best as he can with one arm and one leg, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Jimmy holds until the ref counts 4, and then he lets Kofi go.
Jimmy drags Kofi away, tags Jey back in and Jey wants to do what they did to Kofi before. Jey drags Kofi up, but Woods drags Jimmy out! Woods throws Jimmy into barriers, then into the steel steps! Kofi rolls Jey up, TWO! Schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Jey runs in, into SOS!! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi crawls, tags in Woods, Jey runs into DOUBLE GAMANGIRI! Woods goes up, Kofi brings Jey around, BACKBREAKER and DOUBLE STOMP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jey survives and Atlanta can’t believe it! Woods drags Jey up, shoulders him and tags in Kofi. They wanna shout out Big E but Jey shoves Woods into the corner!
Kofi jumps over, Jimmy tags in! SUPERKICK! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Jimmy tags Jey back in, and each Uso gets a corner! DOUBLE UCE!! Cover, Woods breaks it!! The King saves this for his people! All four men are down and Atlanta is thunderous! The teams regroup and stand up. The Usos stare down with the New Day, and it fires off! They brawl, Woods throws Jimmy out to PLANCHA into a SUPERKICK! Jey hauls Kofi up in a fireman’s carry, Kofi slips off but Jimmy tags in! SUPERKICK! THREE D!??! Cover, The Usos win!!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
Jimmy & Jey shout out tag team legends in the Dudley Boyz to defeat future legends, and are solidifying THEIR legend! What will it take to stop the Usos from reigning over the SmackDown Tag Division?
Backstage interview with Big E.
The WWE World Champion knows Lesnar is in the match for a Fatal 5, so how does he feel bout his odds? Well who had this on their New Year’s bingo card? Not Big E. But he remembers Ellis Island’s mantra: bring me your hungry, your tired and your poor, but apparently it has been changed into “bring me your Seths, your Bobbys, your Kevins and your BEASTS!” Tonight wont’ be easy, because Big E walks through fire, and finds a way to walk out of here STILL the WWE Champion! Big E is all fired up in Atlanta, but will
Backstage interview with Migos.
“Yes, sir!” Today is Day 1 in their hometown of Atlanta, and it is the first day of 2022. This is the way to bring in the new year. They’re big fans, they’ve been watching since they were little, and they’re ready to hit the mat, the ropes, and get on the turnbuckles. There’s some surprises in store, too. Kayla likes the sound of that!
Drew McIntyre VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!
The Scottish Warrior will not let these hyena-human hybrids have their fun with his sword, but he’ll gladly give them Claymores! Will Mad Cap Moss be able to laugh with his teeth kicked down his throat?
Corbin gets a mic to wish us a Happy New Year from the happiest man alive! He is happy because he is rich and handsome, and that makes him stand out around here. Moss hears Atlanta is the biggest city in Georgia. Didn’t know they were judging that based on weight. And what else makes Corbin happy is watching his good friend, the funniest man he’s ever met, turn McIntyre into a punchline. Give him another one, Moss! Well in America, when you’re the greatest, you’re the GOAT. But in Scotland, a goat is just McIntyre’s prom date. And after Moss wins tonight, McIntyre falls so far off the map, he’ll have to become “Who McIntyre?”
But no more time for laughs! Here comes McIntyre! The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and McIntyre puts Moss in a corner. The ref counts, McIntyre lets off, Corbin complains but Moss comes back to circle with Moss again. Moss gets a waistlock, McIntyre wrenches but Moss throws a haymaker! Moss headlocks, McIntyre powers up and out, and McIntyre runs to run Moss over! McIntyre is smiling as Moss scrambles to ropes. Corbin coaches Moss up, Moss and McIntyre circle again and fans are behind McIntyre. Moss kicks low, throws hands, then stomps and punches McIntyre in the corner. The ref counts, Moss laughs as he lets off.
McIntyre gets Moss with both hands! McIntyre puts Moss in the corner and fires off! McIntyre windmills haymakers, then opens Moss’ shirt to CHOP him in the chest! McIntyre whips Moss, Moss reverses but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Moss! Fans fire up and McIntyre dead lift suplexes Moss! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps cool, he brings Moss up to CHOP him again! Even Corbin’s stinging from that one. McIntyre whips, Moss kicks but McIntyre clotheslines Moss out of the ring! McIntyre goes out, but Corbin plays decoy. Moss’ attack still misses, and McIntyre OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Moss away!
McIntyre puts Moss in the ring at 7 of 10, Corbin distracts again and Moss BOOTS McIntyre at the ropes! Moss POSTS McIntyre and McIntyre hits the floor! Moss fetches McIntyre, puts him in the ring, then runs corner to corner to RAM into McIntyre! Moss whips corner to corner again, and rams into McIntyre again! Moss rains down rights, the ref counts, and Moss lets off at 4 to soak up the heat. Moss hauls McIntyre up to suplex him now, then covers, ONE! Moss can’t believe that, and he runs and runs to run McIntyre right over! Cover, TWO! Moss clamps on with a chinlock and Corbin talks trash but McIntyre endures.
Fans rally up, McIntyre fights up, but Moss knees low. Moss whips corner to corner, runs in but McIntyre dodges and Moss hits buckles hard! McIntyre hits another suplex! Corbin is frustrated while both men are down. Moss gets up, McIntyre runs and rallies on him with big clotheslines! McIntyre whips to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then clinches in the corner to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then the NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up as he shakes the ropes! McIntyre kicks Moss low, but Moss slips out of Future Shock to throw forearms. McIntyre returns those, kicks and runs, but Moss follows, only to run into a POP-UP SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
McIntyre keeps his cool as he drags Moss back up. McIntyre CHOPS Moss, whips him corner to corner, but Moss reverses. McIntyre goes up and over and runs to CROSSBODY, but Moss catches him! Moss rams him into a corner then hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moss and Corbin are beside themselves! Moss drags McIntyre back up, turns him, but McIntyre fights that to a backslide! TWO, but McIntyre has the arms, FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO! Moss survives and McIntyre is rather surprised. McIntyre puts Moss in a corner, CHOPS him again, then hoists him up top. McIntyre climbs up, CHOPS Moss again, then fires the fans up.
Moss resists the superplex, and trips McIntyre up! Corbin cheers as Moss CHOPS away on McIntyre! McIntyre falls back into a Tree of Woe, but then he sits right back up for a SPIDER SUPLEX! McIntyre headstands out of the Tree and fans are loving it! The countdown is here! THREE! TWO! ONE! But Moss BOOTS McIntyre! But then Moss runs, into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Mad Cap Moss gave more than McIntyre expected, but McIntyre has the last laugh! Will Claymore Country leave Moss & Corbin behind to go onto bigger and better in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
“Can’t I sulk in peace?” As for Lesnar being added to the match, “it’s a tragedy! A travesty!” It shouldn’t have happened. Originally it was Kevin, Big E & Seth Rollins. Bad enough Lashley stuck his nose in, now LESNAR? That’s even worse But it’s fine, because now it isn’t about Kevin and Rollins working together to take out their enemies and fighting their hearts out. Now they can go after the bully, Brock! You’ve seen what he’s done to Kevin’s BEST FRIEND, Sami Zayn, right? Kevin has a better plan. Step one: oh, talk to Seth! Kevin leaves, but will he be leaving having executed this new and improved strategy?
Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Street Profits!
The Viper & The Stallion have been waiting, and the RKBRO-nament finals finally gave them a contender! But will will Randy Orton & Matt Riddle still be riding high? Or will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins finally get the smoke? But wait, RKBRO bring some homefield advantage with MIGOS! The greatest group in the world is gonna be ringside for this one!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Comeback Season finally comes through!
Riddle starts against Dawkins, the two of them circle and even fist bump. The two tie up, go around, Riddle headlocks but Dawkins powers out. Dawkins runs Riddle over, then drags Riddle up. Tag to Ford, whip and dropkick! Ford does push-ups before the cover, TWO! Ford clamps onto an arm, wrenches, Dawkins tags in but Riddle gets away. Riddle tags in Orton and fans fire up! Orton and Dawkins circle, feel things out, and tie up. Dawkins headlocks, Orton powers up and out, but Dawkins hurdles to back elbow! Ford fires up for Dawkins and Dawkins mocks the Orton pose!
Orton and Dawkins tie up, Dawkins headlocks but Orton powers out. Things speed up, Dawkins avoids the RKO! Orton says that was a close one! Migos likes that and Dawkins resets. Ford wants in, so Dawkins tags him in. Ford slingshots in to show off, then does a shimmy and shake as he walks. Orton isn’t sure what to make of that, but he and Ford tie up. They go around, Ford puts Orton in a corner, Ford lets off to CHOP! Ford mocks Orton’s pain, but then Orton pokes him in the eye! Ford swings blindly but Orton brings him up to dropkick down! Cover, TWO! Orton drags Ford around by a leg, stomps his arms, then stomps the chest!
Tag to Riddle, and Riddle gets an assist for the STANDING FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO! Riddle talks trash with Dawkins, then brings Ford up. Riddle suplexes, Ford slips out, tag to Dawkins! Dawkins catches Riddle to RAM him into a corner! But Riddle dodges to fire off kicks! Riddle runs side to side to forearm smash! Then the other way, but Dawkins dodges to slip around, back slide to underhooks, THE SILENCER! Dawkins crawls to drag Riddle over, tag to Ford. Ford slingshots for the senton! Cover, TWO! Ford clamps on with a rear bearhug but fans rally and Riddle fights up. Riddle reaches out, Ford turns Riddle around to whip, but Riddle sunset flips!
Ford slips out to PENALTY KCK! ELBOW DROP, then a SPLASH! Cover, Orton breaks it! Ford drags Riddle over, tag to Dawkins. The Profits mug Riddle as Dawkins DECKS him! Dawkins covers, TWO! Riddle fights back with kicks but Dawkins drags him down to a ground ‘n’ pound! Cover, TWO! Dawkins keeps Riddle from Orton, whips him to a corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! Riddle flounders, Dawkins bumps him off buckles. Tag to Ford, Ford stomps away on Riddle. The ref counts, Ford lets off to tag in Dawkins. Ford digs his boots in, Dawkins stomps Riddle down. Dawkins drags Riddle to a cover, ONE!
Dawkins keeps Riddle away but Riddle fires off strikes! Dawkins trips Riddle but Riddle kicks him away! Riddle spins Dawkins around, PELE! Fans fire up and both men crawl, hot tags to Ford and Orton! The Apex Predator rallies on Ford, DECKS Dawkins then dodges Ford to POWERSLAM! Migos likes that, and then Orton POWERSLAMS Dawkins! Orton throws Dawkins to the apron, and he has both Profits in position! Fans fire up and Orton drags them both out onto the ropes! DOUBLE DRAPING DDTS! Fans fire up with Orton as he hears the voices in his head! Ford slowly rises, but no RKO! Roll-up, TWO!!
Ford ENZIGURIS Orton down! Riddle runs in to leap at Dawkins, but into a pump handle FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins runs in but is put on the apron. Riddle hits a FINAL FLASH! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Dawkins down! Then springboard, but Ford CLOBBERS Riddle! Orton back suplexes, Ford lands on his feet to POST Orton! Orton falls out of the ring, Riddle regroups with him, Ford builds speed to FLY over the corner! Fans fire up as Ford roars! Ford puts Orton back in the ring and climbs, but Orton stops him up top! Orton climbs up to join Ford, fans fire up, but Ford resists the superplex!
Ford throws body shots on Orton then headbutts Orton down! Ford adjusts, but he has to bail out of the splash! Riddle gets in, POP-UP RKO!! Cover, RKBRO wins!
Winners: RKBRO, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
Offset, Takeoff and Quavo join RKBRO in the ring again to celebrate! The Profits get back up, and they show respect by shaking hands with the champions and with the special guests. Will the odd couple of Orton & Riddle continue to dominate the Raw Tag Division?
Drew McIntyre is lost backstage.
He ends up finding Megan first, so she asks him about his win over Moss and if his sights are set on Corbin. Well first, Hotlanta is rocking! Second, he’s a little surprised. Moss has terrible jokes but he is one tough SOB. As for Corbin, they go way back, and Corbin may be annoying, he- He attacks! Corbin & Moss try to mug McIntyre but he fights them both off! That is, until Corbin uses a chair! Corbin JAMS then SMACKS McIntyre, then Moss fires off hands! They put the chair around McIntyre’s head! Referees and security rush over but they can’t stop Corbin from using a spare girder to SMASH the chair!
McIntyre sputters and Adam Pearce shouts for medical! Did Corbin just go from Happy Corbin to Raging Corbin?
Backstage interview with Brock Lesnar.
Kayla just wants his comments on his change of plans tonight, going from Universal Championship to World Championship. “Ladies and gentlemen! My name is Brock Lesnar! And Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do. Because I’m a free agent, thanks to my Advocate, Paul Heyman.” So tonight, Lesnar goes to the ring, then walks out the WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World! And that’s not a prediction. That, folks, is a spoiler. Is Lesnar still playing mind games with Roman even now? Or is he going to do exactly what he says to start off the New Year?
Edge VS The Miz w/ Maryse!
The Rated R Superstar is the most decorated superstar in history, but that is exactly why The Hollywood A-Lister wants after him. Miz says he surpassed Edge long ago, will he prove it here tonight? Or will Edge finally shut Miz up once and for all?
The bell rings and fans are fired up for Edge! Miz and Edge circle, tie up, and Edge gets a headlock. Miz powers out, Edge runs Miz over. Things speed up, Miz hurdles and hip tosses Edge down! Miz flexes, then gloats on the corner like he just won something! Edge gets up, circles with Miz, and the two tie up. Each man uses wrists to push the other but Edge gets the headlock. Miz works his way around, powers out but Edge runs him over. Things sped up again, Miz hurdles but Edge blocks the hip toss to hit the hip toss! And then another! Cover, TWO! CROSSFACE! Miz scrambles away and gets to ropes.
Edge and Miz reset, Miz calls for a test of strength. They knuckle lock, Miz goes to a corner and the ref calls the break. Miz hits a cheap shot, then stomps Edge down! Miz whips Edge to ropes but Edge avoids the dropkick to jackknife! TWO, and Edge against wants the crossface! Miz gets away, but come back, only for Edge to dodge the boot. Edge throws hands, whips, but Miz reverses to send Edge out! Miz then builds speed but Edge avoids the dropkick to ROCK Miz! Maryse distracts Edge, Miz POSTS him! And then RAMS him into barriers! Fans boo Miz but he puts Edge in the corner and goes up top. Miz grins as he aims, leaps, and AX HANDLES Edge down!
Miz paces around, stands on Edge’s face, but the ref reprimands. Miz lets off, gets a leg and drives knees into the knee! Miz then runs to basement BOOT Edge down! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps after the leg with a standing toehold. Edge endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, and claws at Miz. Miz cranks the foot, Edge throws haymakers, but Miz leans more weight on the hold. Edge punches again and again, Miz lets go and staggers off, but Miz comes back, only for Edge to counter punch! Edge whips, Miz reverses, then Miz runs in, but Edge dodges the A-List Lariat! Miz gets stuck, Edge drags him out, DRAPING REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO!
Edge brings Miz up for haymakers. Edge whips, Miz ducks and dodges, but runs into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Edge is slow to getting back up from the damage Miz did to his leg. Edge still stalks Miz, reels him in but Miz slips out to full nelson! Edge arm-drags free, Miz kicks low to DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz argues the count but the ref defends that it was fair. Miz sees Edge sit up, and he decides to do his own shoutout with YES KICKS! Miz kicks Edge over and over and over, then soaks up all the heat. Edge ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Edge wants the crossface again but Miz throws Edge out! Miz then goes to the apron, but Edge trips him up!
Edge drags Miz out from the apron, for a DRAPING IMPALER! Maryse grows concerned for Miz, Edge drags Miz up and back into the ring. Edge pushes Miz over for the cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Edge stands and Miz goes to a corner. Edge brings Miz up, whips him corner to corner and runs in, but Miz puts him on the apron. Edge’s leg buckles, Miz slips under to trip him up! Edge smacks off the apron, then rests against the announce desk. Miz drags Edge up to dribble him off the announce desk! The ring count climbs as he does, and Miz hurries back in at 5 of 10! Again, Miz gloats like he’s won already, but he goes back out as Edge is on the desk.
Miz climbs up onto the table to stand Edge up. Full nelson, SKULL- NO! Edge turns it around, FACEBUSTER to the desk! Miz writhes in pain while Edge flounders on the floor. Maryse is even more worried as Edge drags Miz back into the ring. Edge goes up top to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Edge drags Miz up, Miz slips around to a full nelson, but Edge victory rolls! TWO, Miz has a leg! Edge kicks Miz into a corner! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Edge ends up hitting the POST! Miz CHOP BLOCKS the leg, then steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Edge endures and Maryse says this is the end! Edge grits his teeth as he sits up but Miz throws hands!
Miz pushes up on the Figure Four and Edge endures again! Edge sits back up with a wild look in his eyes! Miz SLAPS Edge, and again, but Edge just powers up! Edge works to turn things over but Miz works against him! Edge still rocks the hold back and forth, until he turns it over! Miz endures the hold now! He crawls, reaches, but pops free to get an STF! Edge slips out of that, and gets a CROSSFACE! Miz rolls through, has the legs again, but Edge throws haymakers! Miz still catapults Edge into a corner! Then a roll up, but Miz puts legs on the ropes! The ref sees that, and she stops the count! Miz thinks he won but the ref points out she said nope!
Fans chant, “You Can’t Do That!” and Miz gets upset. Miz gets the leg again, but Edge reels Miz in! Miz fights but Edge still gets him down! CROSSFACE!! Miz is caught, claws around, moves around, but Edge pulls back harder! Miz rocks it to a cover, but Edge rolls it through! Miz is still in the crossface but Maryse gets Miz’s leg on the rope! The ref calls the ropebreak and Maryse plays innocent! Miz is free, Maryse gets him to the outside, but Edge drags Miz up the apron! Miz HOTSHOTS Edge away, he gets back in, and slips around to BACKBREAKER to NECK- NO! Backslide, TWO!! DOUBLE BOOTS take both men down!
Maryse calls to Miz but fans are rallying behind Edge! Miz crawls closer to Maryse, gets himself up and heads for Edge. Edge throws a forearm, Miz kicks low. Edge throws a haymaker, Miz kicks low. They start throwing hands, Edge gets the edge but Miz kicks at the leg! Miz kicks Edge to the corner for more YES KICKS, and even elbows! Miz runs corner to corner, A-LIST LARIAT! Miz throws Edge down and he goes up top. Edge gets up to throw hands first! Edge climbs up to join Miz now, CLUBS him on the back, and hits a SUPER HIP TOSS! Miz writhes all the way to the other corner! But the wild look is back in Edge’s eyes!
Edge goes to a corner and fans rally up! Miz stands up, but he leaps over Edge, and Edge hits the corner! Miz “tweaks” his knee, Maryse SMACKS Edge!! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?! Edge survives and both Miz & Mrs. are furious! Maryse is arguing with the ref, but then look who is storming on down the ramp! BETH PHOENIX is here! And the Glamazon is PISSED! She chases Maryse around the ring and Miz is freaking out! Beth then glares at Miz, and Miz dares her to do something. But then Miz turns around into the SPEAR!! Cover, Edge wins!
Winner: Edge, by pinfall
Beth gets in the ring with Edge and this power couple stands tall! But is this far from over between the House of Rated R and the It Couple?
Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.
Lashley’s chances have just taken a real hit with Lesnar- MVP cuts Kevin off there before he says something ridiculous. “Brock Lesnar is a once in a lifetime athlete, one of the most phenomenal athletic specimens the world has ever known,” and everyone is worried about how their chances have gone down. But not Lashley! Lashley is a once in a lifetime athlete, one of the most phenomenal athletic specimens the world has ever known, the yin to Lesnar’s yang. Lashley welcomes the addition of Lesnar to this match, because then Lashley can say he defeated Lesnar. Lashley decimated his way into the match. Lashley will enjoy putting Lesnar in the Hurt Lock and tapping him out. New Year, NEW WWE Champion.
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan!
The Man returned to the top in less than 30 seconds, and hasn’t let go of the belt since. The WWE Draft traded champion for champion, and Big Time Becks went from reigning on SmackDown to reigning on Raw. But Becky isn’t the one fighting for the moment she’s waited so long for, Liv is. Will Liv get back at Becky for taking a shortcut the first time around? Or is the first day of the new year the last chance for the underdog to live her dream?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if it is finally Liv’s time to shine!
Liv and Becky circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Becky powers Liv to ropes but lets off with a SLAP! Liv shoves Becky, then dodges her to run and springboard, CODE BREAKER! Becky bails out right away but Liv goes right out after her! Liv SMACKS Becky off the desk over and over and over! Liv roars and fans are fired up! Liv gets Becky back in the ring, but Becky bails out the far side. Fans boo but Liv builds speed, to DIVE into a kick! Becky gets back in, drags Liv back up, MAN HANDLE- ARM DRAG! Becky ends up in a corner, runs back out but Liv dodges to back body block! Liv rolls and runs in to SHINING WIZARD!
Becky flounders to ropes, Liv dropkicks her down! Liv steps up to DOUBLE STOMP Becky in the corner! Liv jumps and stomps all over Becky, drags her to a cover, TWO! Liv keeps cool as she watches Becky go to ropes again. Liv runs in, but no Oblivion yet! Backslide, Liv rolls through, to steal the Disarm-Her! But Becky rolls Liv up, TWO! RINGS OF SATURN!! Becky is caught, but she crawls back to get a ROPEBREAK with her foot! Liv holds until 4, Becky bails out again. Liv gets fans rallying up behind her and Becky paces in frustration. Becky goes up but Liv hits her first! Liv shoulders into a KICK!
Becky ROUNDHOUSES Liv, then goes up the corner. But Liv hits Becky first! Liv SUPER ARM-DRAGS Becky, then covers, TWO! Becky goes to a corner, Liv runs in, but misses the back body block! Becky runs back in, but Liv headscissors, only for Becky to block and SWING Liv into the buckles! Then SLAMS her in the corner! Becky hurries to get Liv in for a cover, TWO! Becky is already flustered, unsure what to do with Liv. Becky stomps Liv against ropes, digs her knee into Liv’s back and chokes her on the ropes. The ref counts, Becky lets off, and Becky say she’s the champion! Liv elbows Becky back! And BOOTS her!
Liv then dodges to O’Conner Roll, only for Becky to buck that. Becky throws Liv out to fire off in the ropes! Becky sobats then has Liv draped, for a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Becky is again flustered, then fires off forearms on Liv! Cover, TWO! Becky SLAPS Liv around, Liv hits back but Becky straddle attacks. Becky grinds Liv’s face into the mat, then clamps onto the arm. Fans rally and duel, Liv fights up, and she arm-drags Becky away again. Liv flounders to the other corner. Becky runs in but Liv goes up and over! Becky comes back to hit a BECKSPLODER! Cover, ONE! Becky insists that was three but not even close.
Becky tells Liv to stay down then stomps her down. Becky soaks up the heat from the fans as Liv goes to a corner. Becky runs in to forearm smash, sobat, then tells commentary to tell us that she is the greatest! Becky jump kicks but misses! Liv CLUBS, gets the arms, WING SNAPPER into the buckles! Both women are down, fans rally up and Becky staggers over. Liv hits a JAWBREAKER to a roll-up! TWO, Becky kicks but Liv spins her to kick, KICK and dodge, THESZ PRESS! Liv fires off fast hands, Becky shoves her away but Liv ENZIGURIS! Liv goes to a corner, elbows Becky away, then goes up and up to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Liv is beside herself while she and Becky are both down. Fans rally up again, Liv stalks up behind Becky and runs to springboard, but no arm-drag! Kick and BUTTERFLY SLAM! ARMBAR! But Liv clasps her hands! But Becky breaks the grip! Liv rolls to a cover, TWO! Liv is up, she gets around Becky, FLOATOVER DDT! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Liv is frustrated. Fans rally up, Liv feeds off the energy and she goes to the corner. Liv climbs up, Becky hits her first! Becky climbs up after Liv, throws forearms, then brings Liv up. Liv fights with body shots and she slips under. Becky throws hands, Liv CLUBS her on the back!
Liv runs and hops up to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Becky survives again and Liv even stumbles into buckles! Liv and Becky are both down and fans fire up! Liv focuses again, but Becky drags her into the DISARM-HER!! Liv gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Becky holds until 4! Becky storms around, into a cradle! TWO, Becky has it, TWO!! Liv swings, into an atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Becky is again flustered, and then she gets angry. She throws Liv through ropes, fires off with forearms, uppercuts and hammering fists! The ref counts, Becky stops, and fans boo as Becky goes back to the corner. GUILLOTINE FLOP!
Liv goes up the corner while Becky is staggering up! Liv leaps, missile dropkick again! But Becky flops out of the ring! Liv is frustrated, another opening slipping away form her. Becky slowly gets up as the ring count climbs, but Liv builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Becky! Fans are fired up with Liv and she gets Becky up and in! But again, Becky bails out the other side. Liv slaps herself to stay focused, and she goes back out after Becky. Becky SMACKS Liv off the desk now! And again and again and again! Becky goes into the ring and wants the count to finish this! It’s 5 of 10, Liv drags herself over at 7, but in at 9! And Becky fires off stomps!
Becky tells Liv to just give up already! Becky throws Liv up and out and then goes out to whip, only for Liv ot reverse! Becky hits steel steps, Liv fires off hands, then puts Becky’s hand between steps and post! Revenge for a few weeks ago as Liv stomps away on Becky’s arm! Liv puts Becky in at 8 of 10 but Becky BOOTS Liv back down! Becky goes up the corner, but Liv goes up after her! SUPER ARM BREAKER! To RINGS OF SATURN!! Becky is caught as Liv pulls way back!! Becky rolls around, makes it a cover, TWO!! Becky gest to ropes, Liv gets the waistlock! The ref has them break, Liv leaps, but Becky blocks Oblivion for a MAN HANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)
One little gap and Becky slips away! But with as hard as Liv pushed her, is Big Time Becks slowly losing her grip on that gold?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Visionary is fired up. What a night! What’s “Mike” got for him? Well, any word on Lesnar being in the world title match now? Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. This was Rollins’ match, a simple 1v1. But then Kevin Owens lied his way in. Lashley bullied his way in, and now Lesnar has, well, Lesnar’d his way in! SO what’ll Rollins do? What in the world is he going to do? He can’t divulge his tactics, but he will say this: The four other men in this match have something in common that gives Rollins the advantage. Any idea what that is? The answer is that they’re not SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! So what’ll he do?! He’ll go out there and do what he does better than anyone: stomp heads and win!
WWE World Championship Fatal 5 Way: Big E VS Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Brock Lesnar!
The Powerhouse of Positivity was meant to just face the Architect 1v1 after Seth Rollins won a #1 contender’s ladder match. But the Prizefighter returned to his roots as the snake in the grass, and the Rocky Mountain Machine demanded respect in the form of a spot in this match. That was all fine and good, but when the Tribal Chief couldn’t make it, the Beast shifted weight and decided he wanted in on this title match! Will Big E be able to make four opponents FEEL~ the POWER~? Or is Day 1 ending with the start of a new reign?
The introductions are made, the- wait, Rollins and Kevin go after Lesnar right away! Lashley throws Big E out but Lesnar GERMAN SUPLXES Kevin, then GERMAN SUPLEXES Rollins, then does another for Kevin! And another for Rollins! And another for Kevin! Lesnar fireman’s carries Rollins but Kevin saves him from the F5, only to get another GERAM!N Big E gets past Lashley to CLOBBER Lesnar! And clothesline him out of the ring!! Fans are fired up that Big E even managed that! Big E goes out but Lashley gets him for a fireman’s carry and POST! Lashley then glares at Lesnar, the one man he’s yet to throw down with, and he runs in to SPEAR Lesnar through barriers!!
Fans are losing their minds as the All Mighty crushes the Beast! Lashley then gets in the ring to RAM Kevin, and hit a NECKBREAKER! Rollins runs in, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley reels Rollins in, suplexes, holds Rollins up, but Kevin SUPERKICKS Lashley! Rollins SUPERKICKS Lashley! They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Lashley and he bails out! Kevin and Rollins talk things out as Lesnar drags himself from the wreckage. Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on Lesnar, and then he holds Lesnar down for Kevin’s FROG SPLASH! Kevin and Rollins mug Lashley, too! Then they decide to pull the steel steps apart!
MVP tries to warn Lashley, but it doesn’t stop Rollins & Kevin from RAMMING Lashley down! And then they RAM Lesnar with the steps! Then they clear off the announce desk! The fans are loving this as Kevin throws the hood down on Lashley and Rollins brings the base steps over. Kevin SLAMS the desk hood onto Lesnar, fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” Kevin and Rollins drag Lashley up and over, and they double suplex, only for Lashley to fight out! Lashley kicks and punches them away, but Big E gives Lashley an URENAGE through the table!! The champion is not going to be left out of this! But then he turns around into a SUPERKICK from Kevin!
Kevin and Rollins focus on Big E now as they put him in the ring. Rollins moves the base steps, Kevin brings Lesnar over, they DOUBLE DDT Lesnar on the steps! Kevin and Rollins go into the ring, Kevin whips Rollins into Big E’s Urenag-E! Big E ELBOWS Kevin, runs, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Kevin hurries and goes up top! SWANTON onto knees! But Rollins FROG SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Rollins gets back up and fans chant, “This is Awesome!” already! Rollins waits for Big E to get up, and he ROLLING ELBOWS! Then he turns Big E for a DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins takes aim, runs in, but Lesnar gets in!
Lesnar has Rollins for an F5!! Then he gets Big E! F5!! Kevin kicks, but no Stunner! Kevin goes for a ride on the F5!! But Lashley SPEARS Lesnar! Cover, TWO?!?! Lashley can’t believe Lesnar survives! Fans are going nuts as Lashley stalks Lesnar! Lesnar stands, Lashley clamps on the HURT LOCK!! Lesnar endures the full nelson, MVP feels it coming, but Big E CLOBBERS Lashley! Scoop and BIG ENDING!! Lesnar gets up, Big E scoops, but Lesnar slips out! Fireman’s carry, F5!! Lesnar wins!!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)
That was Fast & Furious 5, and it was The BEAST who conquers everyone else! Lesnar is once again the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but will he give up on the WWE Universal Championship? Or will this free agent look to become a double champion and make this his year?
I still stand by how I didn’t really think WWE needed to cancel TLC to make this PPV a thing, and they really did everything they could to make it feel big and important. Important might be a matter of opinion, but this was definitely big and it definitely had a lot of great in-ring stuff. Ridge Holland getting a busted nose in the kickoff was a bummer for him, but the other three kept going smoothly. I thought there was going to be an audible called where the Faces won, but seems they stuck to the plan, Heels win so Holland has a win on his record, but Sheamus looks like the superhuman winning a handicap match.
I dare say tonight opened with the best match on the card. Usos VS New Day gave us another instant classic, and works out just fine that the Usos retained. The Bloodline stays on top, and surely Roman will be just fine with fighting off COVID. Lesnar being put in the world title match was a shock, but I guess since they paid him the money for this PPV, they had to use him somehow. I will say it was a great, chaotic main event with a lot of great spots. But I am not sure what to make of them giving Lesnar the title like this. Is Lesnar going to just shift over to Raw now? Is he going to go between the brands? Are we going to see a Winner Takes All match between Lesnar and Roman? I suppose we could see that at the Rumble, then the Rumble winner doesn’t even have to choose.
I was hoping McIntyre VS Moss was going to turn into a squash match, but it turned into a standard one. Moss looked great in that match but of course McIntyre won. Corbin and Moss going after McIntyre backstage was brutal. I hope he becomes “Brutal Corbin” or something like that before having a No Disqualification match with McIntyre. Edge VS Miz was a good match but the pacing seemed a bit slow. The highlight was that Beth Phoenix showed up to counter Maryse, as we all hoped she would. This is definitely going to give us a huge Mixed Tag Match, probably at WrestleMania. Or maybe a series of them like when Miz & Maryse feuded with Bryan & Brie? Either way, it’s going to be great to see Beth get back in the ring.
RKBRO VS Profits was really good, but it really felt like an excuse to have Migos at ringside. Those guys are cool and all, but they didn’t even get to be part of commentary and just give us their reactions. RKBRO retaining makes sense, there are a lot of other teams they can still face in title matches before they lose the belts. They might even go all the way to Mania before losing the belts to a team like Rey & Dominik Mysterio. Similarly, Becky might hold onto the title until the Rumble winner faces her at Mania. Becky VS Liv tonight was about on par with their previous, but there were some good nods to that match here and there. Liv came really close here but Becky pulled it off, and now I’m thinking Bianca Belair wins the Women’s Rumble again to then again main event and win on Night One.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/4/23)
Main Event Jey goes for gold!
While Drew McIntyre wants the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it’s Jey Uso who gets his shot at Seth Rollins tonight on Monday Night Raw!
- Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.
- Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
- Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium; DIY wins.
- The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; win.
- Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jey Uso; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Warrior is ready to tear it all down, all because he didn’t get another title match with Seth Rollins when he wanted. But before he tears into Sami Zayn, McIntyres the mic to say, “It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Fans cheer that! And McIntyre says Raw is the land where it feels like everyone’s lost their minds lately! “Liars, hypocrites, cowards, just plain idiots. Apparently, you can get fired, released, leave, do what you want for a bunch of time, come back, and you’re instantly forgiven these days!” Fans chant “CM PUNK!” but McIntyre says he could be talking about anyone.
Now, Rollins tried to pull a fast one on McIntyre. Rollins could’ve given the match to anyone, but McIntyre beat Jey Uso weeks ago. So Rollins sticks it to McIntyre, slaps him metaphorically, so he headbutts Rollins in his stupid face. And speaking of Jey, O M G, Jey can apologize! He ran to Randy Orton, tail between his legs, “Oh, I’m so sorry, Randy!” Well Jey, your time’s coming. And there’s someone McIntyre is forgetting. Oh, right! Sami Zayn! And wouldn’t you know? Here comes Sami! Fans cheer and sing Sami’s song as he makes his way to the ring, a mic of his in hand. The fans then chant for ‘SAMI! SAMI!” as he sits up top.
Sami tells McIntyre, he clearly has a lot to say about everybody, including Sami, so he may as well say it to Sami’s face. Oh, yes, McIntyre sure does. Last week, Sami wanted to say how alike they are, but they are not. McIntyre has something to say to Sami and it is the truth: Sami is the one person in the world who deserved to get screwed over by The Bloodline. The fans boo but McIntyre says he will explain. Sami was the Bloodline’s lapdog errand boy, he joined them because he was running away from McIntyre, and then what? Sami screwed Bloodline over! What did Sami think was gonna happen to him? Isn’t Sami supposed to be smart?
McIntyre says Sami deserved what he got, it’s the truth. Sami says McIntyre is right about one thing: Sami was wrong. Sami thought they were alike but the more Sami is seeing, the more “truth” he’s hearing, Sami realizes they are NOT anything alike! Sami is not a delusional person. He isn’t someone who points a finger at everyone else for his own shortcomings. And big difference here: When Sami lost in front of his family and let everyone down, he stayed hungry, driven and motivated and that carried him to victory in the main event of WrestleMania! Fans fire up for that! So Sami got his redemption. Sami got to make his family proud. Does McIntyre think he’s making his family proud?
McIntyre glares at Sami, and then says one of them is NOT walking out of here. Get a ref and ring the bell! Fans fire up as we get their match now! Will McIntyre absolutely explode after Sami set him off?
Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!
The bell rings and fans are behind Sami in this one. Sami and McIntyre circle, then McIntyre RAMS Sami into a corner! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre asks if it was a good idea to talk bad now. McIntyre ROCKS and DECKS Sami, then stalks him. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Sami!” as he bails out. McIntyre pursues, and SMACKS him off the apron! McIntyre scoops Sami, but Sami slips free to POST McIntyre! Sami aims at the apron, McIntyre body shots and SMACKS Sami off the apron! McIntyre puts Sami in but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! Fans fire up with Sami as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and fans rally as McIntyre has Sami in a motorcycle stretch. But Sami flips then BOOTS McIntyre away! But McIntyre CHOPS Sami back! Sami bails out, McIntyre pursues, but Sami kicks and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami throws hands, whips, but McIntyre reverses. Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Down goes McIntyre again and fans fire back up! The ring count climbs, the fans fire up with Sami, and Sami brings McIntyre around to put him in at 7 of 10. Sami slides in, but McIntyre LARIATS Sami back down! McIntyre seethes while fans boo, and McIntyre throws fists down on Sami!
Fans rally even harder for Sami and Sami sits up. McIntyre drags Sami up, to CHOP! Sami flops right back down, McIntyre grins, and he drags Sami up. McIntyre CHOPS and Sami wobbles around! Sami shakes his head, grits his teeth, and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS and Sami falls over! McIntyre stomps Sami, smother shim, then stomps his head again! McIntyre stomps Sami’s leg, then stomps the other leg! McIntyre paces around Sami, waits on Sami to get up, and Sami goes to a corner. McIntyre runs in but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, McIntyre runs in but into a BOOT!
Sami leaps, AX HANDLE! Sami fires up with the fans, he kicks McIntyre and reels him in, but McIntyre is a little too big to suplex! McIntyre suplexes, Sami slips free, then he lures McIntyre into the corner to POST him! Sami kicks and reels McIntyre in, to SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sami clutches the ankle, but he stands up to fire off haymakers! Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami ducks ‘n ‘ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is stunned! Sami hurries to the apron while fans fire up! Sami climbs, leaps, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!
McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER, then kips up! Fans are torn as McIntyre shakes the ropes. But then Sami clotheslines him up and out! Sami aims, and PLANCHAS! McIntyre catches him! And SLINGS him over the desk! Fans lose their minds and McIntyre seethes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and McIntyre ELBOWS Sami, then Reverse Alabama Lifts! For the REVERSE ALA- NO, Sami victory rolls! TWO!! Sami runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! But McIntyre deadlift POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Sami survives and surprises even himself! The fans declare “This is Awesome!” but McIntyre snarls. McIntyre sits Sami up, fireman’s carries, and then goes up a corner! SUPER- NO, Sami flails and fights to a SUPER SUNSET FLIP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is beside himself! Sami hobbles up, fans rally behind him and he brings McIntyre around.
Sami reels McIntyre in but McIntyre fights the lift! Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre and fans fire up! Sami tries again, BLUE- NO, McIntyre fights free to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! McIntyre then aims from the corner! Sami flounders up as the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” BOOT from Sami! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives again and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and McIntyre rise again. Sami throws a haymaker, McIntyre gives it back. They stand, Sami CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS in return! Both men wobble, McIntyre CHOPS again! Sami BOOTS! And BOOTS!
Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami goes up and over. The leg jams! The ref keeps McIntyre back but he storms in, Sami ELBOWS McIntyre, then TOSSES him out! Sami thinks about it, he wants to build speed but the leg won’t let him do it! McIntyre sees a target, and he gets in to CHOP BLOCK! The ref reprimands and backs McIntyre off. McIntyre just aims, to CLAYMORE!!! Direct hit and McIntyre covers, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
No mercy from McIntyre, and that is how he wins! Will the Scottish Warrior force everyone’s hands by fighting his way to a title opportunity?
Zoey Stark finds Shayna Baszler backstage.
The Queen of Spades is getting ready, but then Byron Saxton walks over to ask a few questions. Shayna faces a former tag partner in Nia Jax- Look, she has one goal tonight. Shayna put Nia on the shelf by breaking her arm. So she’ll remind Nia of that, limb by limb. Shayna heads out, Zoey follows. Will the Irresistible Force run into that immovable object again tonight?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Tonight, I have a chance to do something I thought I’d never be able to do again. A few months ago, I had a chance to dethrone the Tribal Chief and become the WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. That moment was ripped away from me by the one man in this world I love the most, my Day One. My own twin brother. Man, that hurt me more than you could ever know. I couldn’t be around this business anymore, I had to walk away. I really convinced myself I was done. Until I got a call from Cody Rhodes.” Cody told Jey he couldn’t quit, he could have a fresh start to be his own man. And the more Jey thought about it, the more he realized Cody was right.
Jey’s whole life, he’s fought for others. For Roman, for his brothers, for his father. From now on, Jey fights for HIS legacy. Before the Bloodline, before record-breaking reigns, before the Uso Penitentiary, before the Day One, before the dance, the face paint, FCW and long ass training nights, making money, being broke… There was just Jey, Uce! So Seth Rollins, we know you’re about game. Rollins has fought against Jey, fought with Jey, but now you’re fighting a starving individual ready to eat! It’s just Jey now. Jey proves to the whole world, to Rollins, to his family and himself why he IS Main Event Jey Uso! But will he become World Champion Jey Uso?
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.
Jackie Redmond shows Sami being checked by medical staff, but then McIntyre attacks! McIntyre throws Sami into road cases, rains down fists, and says Sami can’t talk about McIntyre’s family! They’re nothing alike! NOTHING! Sami brought this upon himself! Then he STOMPS the bad ankle!! Producers rush in to get McIntyre to leave, but has McIntyre just sidelined Sami for the rest of 2023?
Raw returns as Sami is being reevaluated.
The medics check the leg, Jey hurries over to say it’ll be alright, Uce. Jey looks around for McIntyre, will Jey be able to focus on his main event after this just happened?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron is with The Man and asks about last week, her statement that… Oh, Nia walks in now. She tells “Barney” she has this. And Becky, she talked about some fights on the horizon. Does one include anyone in particular? Yes, Nia, it does. Nia would be number one because Becky had forgotten about her, as everyone had, but then Nia showed up on Becky’s interview and they never got to this. Becky still owes Nia a receipt. A receipt, huh? Well, once Nia squashes Shayna, she is all Becky’s. Becky can’t wait. The music hits, will we see a big time grudge match in the near future?
Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax!
The bell rings and Nia runs in, but Shayna dodges to KICK and KICK! Nia blocks one, SLAPS Shayna, then TOSSES her! Shayna gest up in a corner, but Nia SPLASHES in the corner! Shayna flounders, Nia pushes her around and slaps her some more. Nia talks trash then TOSSES Shayna across the way! Nia runs back in, but Shayna dodges! Nia hits buckles, Shayna KNEES Nia down! Shayna then knuckle locks and twists that wrist, then goes up the corner for a HANGING ARMBAR! Nia endures, powers up, and POWERBOMBS Shayna down! Shayna gets out of the ring, Nia pursues, and fans rally up as Nia drags Shayna up.
Nia SMACKS Shayna off the desk, then SMACKS her off the apron! Nia brings Shayna around, fireman’s carries, but Shayna fights free! And she POSTS Nia! Shayna slides into the ring, then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK the arm! Shayna isolates that arm, lets her hair down, and says Nia’s done! But Nia SWEEPS the legs! Shayna hits the apron, and Nia gets up to APRON LEG DROP! Fans boo as Shayna writhes and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nia has Shayna in a neck wrench. Shayna endures, even as NIa leans on the hold. Fans rally, Shayna fights up, and she JAWBREAKERS free! Nia staggers, Shayna fires body shots and KICKS! Shayna ROCKS Nia into a corner, then runs, but Nia URENAGES Shayna down! Nia then drags Shayna up to POST her! Nia goes to the apron, lines up the shot, runs in and HIP ATTACKS against the post! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives but Nia drags her up. Nia puts Shayna in a corner, throws body shots and slaps Shayna around, but Shayna fires off forearms! Shayna runs, but Nia scoops her! SIDEWALK SLAM!
Nia dribbles Shayna while taunting her, then she covers, TWO! Nia is frustrated but she drags Shayna up into a cobra clutch. Shayna endures, fans rally up, and Shayna throws elbows! Then kicks! And KICKS! And KICKS! Shayna runs, KICKS, then runs again. Another KICK but Nia still stays up! Shayna runs, dodges Nia, but Nia scoops to SAMOAN DROP! Shayna crawls to a corner, Nia runs in, but Shayna ducks and the hip attack hits buckles! Then Shayna hits a roll up into buckles! Shayna goes to the far corner, Nia crawls after her, but Shayna runs in to KNEE Nia down! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Shayna is frustrated.
Nia rises, Shayna KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Fans fire up with each shot but Nia blocks one! Shayna gets free to BUZZSAW! Shayna runs, but Nia CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Nia pushes Shayna down, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO?!? Shayna survives and fans fire up! Nia is in disbelief, but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Nia stomps Shayna, climbs up, but Shayna grabs a leg! ANKLE LOCK! Nia kicks Shayna away, but then Shayna returns, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Both women have a crash landing and fans fire up! Shayna drags herself up while Nia stirs, and the fans rally behind her!
Shayna stalks Nia, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Nia endures but she has Shayna on her as a backpack! Fans fire up, but Nia stands up! Shayna drags her back down! Shayna rear mounts again, leans all her weight on the hold, but Nia fights back up! BACKPACK SENTON!! Both women are down again as Nia sputters and coughs. But then she gets mad, and she drags Shayna to the drop zone! Nia climbs, soaks up the heat, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
Shayna tried but she could not be the immovable object to the Irresistible Force. Nia crushes the Queen of Spades, but here comes Becky! Fans fire up but Nia backs down! This collision is coming, but will Becky be that big time roadblock to Nia?
DIY talks backstage.
Gargano & Ciampa know what they gotta do, but then in walk Candice & Indi. They’ll be cheering DIY on, ready for back to back wins, and then they all stand at attention because Imperium walks in. Oh, yes, good, show respect. Look at this lovely couple. Yes, a lovely couple of losers! Oh, ow, wow. But it’ll be embarrassing to get beat twice in one match. Hopefully Papa Gunther won’t be too mad after. The Way heads out, and Ludwig reminds Giovanni this is important. Don’t mess up out there. Oh, he’s got it. He hopes Ludwig does, too. The dysfunction between Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy is growing, will it be their downfall?
Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium!
Raw returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Ciampa starts against Ludwig. The fans rally behind DIY as we start this first fall, and the two circle. Ciampa and Ludwig tie up, go around, and Ludwig puts Ciampa in a corner. The ref counts, Ludwig lets off slowly, but Ciampa avoids the cheap shot to ROCK and CHOP and repeat! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ludwig reverses and runs in. He blocks a boot, “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Ludwig stands over Ciampa, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Ludwig ROCKS Ciampa, tags Vinci, and Vinci RAMS into Ciampa! Vinci then stays between Ciampa and Gargano to stomp Ciampa.
Vinci throws hands and UPPERCUTS, but Ciampa hits back! They brawl, Ciampa has the edge and whips, but Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodge to CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Vinci stomps Ciampa. Vinci KNEES Ciampa in the back, then he stomps Ciampa more. Vinci talks trash, stands Ciampa up and UPPERCUTS! Vinci CLUBS Ciampa in the back, tags Ludwig, and Imperium mugs Ciampa. Ludwig looms over Ciampa, then scrapes his soles off Ciampa’s face! Ludwig taunts Gargano, fans boo, but Ludwig smirks as he whips Ciampa. Ludwig ELBOWS Ciampa down, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Ludwig clamps onto Ciampa with a chinbar and armlock.
Ciampa fights up, fans rally harder as they go around and around, and Ciampa sends Ludwig into buckles! Fans fire up, Ciampa crawls, but Ludwig anchors the feet! Ciampa ENZIGURIS, but Ludwig still holds on! Ciampa fires forearms, Ludwig keeps him from Gargano to then dodge. But Ciampa dodges, hot tag to Gargano! Fans fire up as Gargano JUMP KICKS Ludwig, then schoolboy rolls and KICKS Vinci! Gargano rallies on Ludwig, whips him to ropes, but Ludwig reverses. Gargano ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! Fans fire up with Johnny Wrestling and he runs in at the corner, but Ludwig puts him on the apron!
Gargano GAMANGIRIS, then he avoids Vinci to SUPERKICK! SLINGSHOT SPEAR on Ludwig! Fans fire up again and Gargano tags Ciampa back in. DIY set up in corners, Ludwig sits up, but Vinci trips Gargano! Ludwig avoids the knee, rolls Ciampa with tights, Imperium scores!
DIY: 0; Imperium: 1
Fans boo as Imperium takes the crucial first fall! But while Vinci & Ludwig gloat, Gargano gets back up, CANNONBALL takes out Vinci! Ciampa PLANCHAS Ludwig down! DIY sits on the desk, and they pat themselves on the backs while applauding! Fans applaud and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ludwig tags in but the fans rally for “D I Y! D I Y!” Ludwig stands Gargano up but Gargano fires forearms! Ludwig shoves, Gargano returns, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Then Ludwig BLASTS Ciampa! Tag to Vinci, Imperium sets Gargano up in the ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS in the corner! Vinci drags Gargano up, CLUBS him, then covers, TWO! Fans taunt “BALDY! BALDY!” as he clamps onto Gargano with shoulder claws. Gargano fights up, fights free, and he throws forearms on Imperium! Vinci kicks low, reels Gargano in, then Ludwig goes up! Ciampa anchors Ludwig, Gargano victory rolls Vinci, DIY scores!
DIY: 1; Imperium: 1
And we’re all tied up! Imperium is shocked, but then they rush Gargano! Gargano dodges them both, hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Imperium, he fires off forearms and CHOPS! Fans fire up, Imperium mugs Ciampa and double whip. Ciampa ducks the lariats to DOUBLE LARIAT Imperium! Dragon sleeper for Vinci, clinch for Ludwig, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Gargano is back, Ciampa tags him in. They meet at the corner, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Then BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Cover, Ludwig breaks it! Ciampa whips but Ludwig reverses to TOSS Ciampa! Gargano DUMPS Ludwig!
Vinci runs in, Gargano dodges then fakes out to mule kick! Gargano runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gargano hangs in there, but Vinci tags Ludwig. Ludwig goes up again, Vinci lifts Gargano, but Gargano fights to RANA Vinci away! Ludwig still leaps, but Gargano ROCKS him! Gargano runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ludwig hits the ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! PENALTY KICK! Tag to Vinci and Vinci double jump TOP ROPE MOONSAULTS! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Ludwig storms up on Ciampa to throw a forearm, but Ciampa gives it back!
Ciampa and Ludwig brawl, the ref reprimands as they’re not the legal men! Ludwig gets the edge, spins, but Gargano SUPERKICKS him! Vinci is up, he blocks Ciampa’s boot to CHOP! Gargano ENZIGURIS Vinci! Ludwig DISCUS LARIATS Ciampa! Gargano BUZZSAWS Ludwig! Vinci KICKS and reels Gargano in, but Gargano counters the bomb with a DDT! All four men are down again and the fans really fire up! Fans rally up, “This is Awesome!” Gargano and Vinci crawl, hot tags to Ciampa and Ludwig! Ciampa dodges Ludwig but then Ludwig elbows him! Ciampa BOOTS, puts Ludwig up top, and then climbs up after him!
Fans fire up as Ciampa fireman’s carries Ludwig, for the SUPER AIR RAID CRASH! Tag to Gargano and DIY set up in corners! Fans are thunderous for- NO, Vinci trips Ciampa and drag shim out! But Ciampa sends Vinci into steps! Gargano runs in, Ludwig rolls him up with tights again! TWO!! Ciampa sneaks a tag, Ludwig runs in but gets a haymaker! SUPERKICK! BOOT! And then, MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!!
Winners: DIY, by pinfall, 2-1
Fans fire up as DIY makes the comeback to take the match! Will this help Ciampa & Gargano head for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships? As for Imperium, Vinci tells Ludwig he’s gotta go explain to Gunther what went wrong. Is what’s wrong with Imperium simply their attitudes?
Tegan Nox & Natalya prepare backstage.
They’re getting ready for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, but Chelsea Green & Piper Niven walk over. Look, it’s Kitty Cat Natty and Rainbow Head… Uh, um, what’s her name again? TEGAN! Oh, right, Tegan. Well, the champs were gonna head out but they heard Natty & Nox have a match tonight. It’s so “cute” that they’re trying to make this work. Get over it, Natty! This is not your meal ticket, move on, it’s over, nobody’s buying this. Nox goes after Chelsea but Natty holds her back. Natty says after they win tonight, they’ll take another shot at the titles, and they won’t miss. Chelsea says she and Piper will miss this. “Let’s go, P.”
Chelsea & Piper walk away, and Natty says someone needs to buy that mutt a muzzle. Will the Queen of Harts & Welsh Firecracker rebound? Or will KC Squared have the winning formula?
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/4/23)
B Block, round 6!
Sure #EverybodyDies, but who will tranquilo?
The World Tag League round robin is almost over, and B Block is looking saucy! Will Lance Archer & Alex Zayne burn Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr?
- BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; win.
- Six Man Tag: Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; win.
- Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma VS The United Empire; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Ryusuke Taguchi VS The House of Torture; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Bullet Club; wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki; Bishamon wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Tsuji & Zando win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm are just outside the top after their loss to Monster Sauce, but that’s way better than being at the bottom like the Rogue Army. But can Fale & Bonza ruin things for Taichi & Yuya? Or will B Block belong to Just5Guys?
The teams sort out and Yuya starts against Bonza. The fans rally up as the bell rings and the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Bonza wrenches to hammerlock then waistlock. Yuya switches to then hammerlock, but Bonza switches the hammerlock back. Yuya reaches back, sits down, rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Bonza spins, breaks free and pie faces Yuya! Yuya keeps cool, and he resets with Bonza. They tie up, but Bonza kicks low! Bonza runs, runs Yuya over, and says he’s pathetic! Bonza runs, Yuya stays low to then hurdle, and then he hip tosses Bonza down! Yuya scoops and SLAMS Bonza, then arm-drags him!
Fans fire up as Yuya has the armlock, but Fale runs in to throw body shots and scoop! Yuya slips free, but Fale’s too big for an arm-drag! Fale scoops again, and SLAMS Yuya! Then Fale DECKS Taichi for the hell of it! Bonza stomps Yuya around, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fale and the Rogue Army mugs Yuya. Fale brings Yuya around to CLUB him down, then looms over him. Fans rally but Fale stands on Yuya! Fale goes surfing on the Heat Storm! Fale steps off, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Fale tags Bonza. Bonza storms up on Yuya, drags him around, and then he goes surfing!
Bonza lets off to then drop an elbow! And then springboard stomp! Yuya sputters, Bonza drags him back up but Taichi rallies the fans. Yuya CHOPS Bonza, ROCKS Fale, repeat! Bonza ROCKS Yuya! Bonza bumps Yuya off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to elbow! Bonza keeps moving, but Yuya DROPKICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yuya crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms up to Kawada Kick! Bonza says F U and ROCKS Taichi, but Taichi SOBATS back! Taichi tells Bonza off and BOOTS him in the corner! Fale runs in, but into a BOOT! Fale comes back, Taichi steps aside to GAMANGIRI!
Bonza kicks Taichi, whips him to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up with Taichi, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi then aims, but Bonza blocks the kick to ELBOW! Bonza whips, DISCUS LARIAT! Bonza fires up, he drags Taichi up, and he reels Taichi in to suplex! Taichi fights that off to suplex back! Bonza fights that off, they fight for suplex control, and fans rally up! In the end, Bonza gets Taichi up, but Taichi slips free! SAI- NO, Bonza fights with elbows! Bonza runs, into a RIDGE HAND! Taichi runs, but Bonza deflects the boot to hit a BIG back suplex! Tag to Fale and he storms up on Taichi.
Fale stomps Taichi, drags him up and CLUBS away on the back! Taichi falls over but Fale stalks him to the ropes. Fale drags Taichi up, but Taichi fights and wrenches to HOOK KICK! Fale runs up, into a clinch! Taichi is using sumo! Fale and Taichi hobble around, Fale tries to counter sumo with sumo! But Taichi still THROWS Fale!! Fans are thunderous and Taichi takes aim! BUZZSAW! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya roars, runs in and CHOPS Fale! Bonza runs in, but gets an arm-drag! And then a DROPKICK! Bonza bails out, Fale staggers up into a DROPKICK! He stays up, so Yuya DROPKICKS again!
Fale rebounds, into an ARM-DRAG!! The fans are thunderous and Yuya runs in at the corner. DOUBLE CHOP! Taichi adds a BOOT! Yuya runs in again, DROPKICK! Fale hobbles, Yuya pushes him out and goes up the corner! CROSSBODY! Down goes Fale! But Yuya isn’t done there! Yuya drags Fale up, wrenches and traps the arm, but Fale swings the other! Yuya catches it! But Fale’s too big for Kamuki! Fale TOSSES Yuya to a corner then SPLASHES! Fireman’s carry, but Yuya flails around! Sunset flip, but Fale stays up! So Taichi GAMANGIRIS him into it! High stack, TWO!! Fale escapes, but Yuya has an ARMBAR!!
Fans fire up as Fale endures! Fale fights around, but Yuya powers him down!! ARMBAR!! Fale flails and kicks around, reaches out, but Yuya shifts grip! Bonza sends Taichi into railing before he gets in, Fale has the ROPEBREAK! Bonza CLOBBERS Yuya for good measure! Fans fire up as Bonza BLASTS Taichi off the apron! Yuya CHOPS Bonza, CHOPS him again, and powers up, but Bonza dodges! Only for Yuya to catch the arms! But Bonza knees low! Yuya roars, but Bonza scoops him! BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP!! Cover, TAICHI BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Bonza scoops Taichi! FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!
Fale hoists Yuya up! Crucifix lift, for BAD LUCK FALL!!! Cover, Rogue Army wins!!
Winners: Bad Luke Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
The Rogue General & Red Commander just brought down two of the five guys! Did they just blow up the chances of Taichi & Yuya going on to the semifinals? Or will luck be with J5G in the seventh?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions take on the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion and a former World Middleweight Champion, but both teams are on the bubble in this block. Who pops off and who drops off right before the end?
ELP tries to get the fans cheering Soberano but it takes a second to warm them up. The fans fire up and the sons of lucha appreciate it. “AT-LAN-TIS!” and “SOBER-RA-NO!” then return the favor helping in a “HI-KU-LEO~!” chant. They all shake hands and high-five, and then the teams sort out. ELP starts against Soberano and fans rally up. The two wind up, and shake hands! Fans cheer and the two circle. They tie up, ELP headlocks, but Soberano powers up and out to then reel ELP back and run. ELP sidesteps, he avoids Soberano’s handspring, and fans cheer. Soberano flexes and fans cheer a little more.
ELP gives a mocking golf clap and then circles with Soberano again. Soberano headlocks, ELP throws body shots and powers out. Soberano runs ELP over, then things speed up. ELP hurdles but Soberano front flips! Fans fire up and Soberano looks off into the distance. Soberano then runs in, ELP dodges, Soberano RANAS but ELP handsprings through, then does his drop steps! Fans cheer as ELP flexes and kisses the biceps. ELP gives Soberano a push, Soberano pushes back. They start pushing a little harder, then things speed up again! Soberano ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls off ELP’s back to then run and RANA!
ELP flounders out of the ring and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Soberano gets the fans rallying behind him then has the ref tranquilo. Soberano puts ELP in, then gets fans to actually chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” Soberano slides in, brings ELP around, and tags Atlantis. The luchadores mug ELP, and the fans still chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” but the luchadores double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then wheelbarrow and ENZUGIRI FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis keeps cool as he stomps ELP around. Atlantis drags ELP up, keeps him from Leo, and CLUBS away!
Atlantis suplexes but ELP blocks! ELP tries to suplex but Atlantis blocks! ELP RAMS Atlantis into the corner, CHOPS him, then tags Leo. ELP CHOPS again, then hushes the fans. Leo swings, Atlantis dodges to CHOP them in return! CHOP after CHOP then Atlantis runs, ducks ELP’s hurdle but ends up right in Leo’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Leo drags Atlantis up but Atlantis throws forearms and CHOPS! Leo CHOPS right back! Leo then fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free! Atlantis dodges the chop, tries to whip but Leo blocks and reverses! Leo runs in, Atlantis dodges and Leo’s boot gets stuck on the ropes! Atlantis dropkicks that leg!
Leo hobbles and Atlantis keeps moving, Atlantis dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Atlantis stomps Leo’s leg, then SPLASHES down on a knee! Atlantis stomps the leg some more, but Jado & ELP coach Leo. Leo CHOPS Atlantis, but Atlantis stomps him down. Atlantis has the leg and works to turn Leo over! HALF CRAB! Leo endures and fans rally up! Leo fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Atlantis lets go at 4, and Leo clutches his knee. Atlantis eggs Leo on, Soberano tags in, and they both taunt Leo to go taunt ELP. Leo crawls over, but then the luchadores bring Leo away. “Chotto matte ne!”
Fans applaud as the Mexican luchadores know some Japanese. Then they get LEo’s hands, bend the fingers, and then Soberano BOOTS Leo down! ELP protests, the ref reprimands, but Soberano BITES Leo’s foot! Soberano keeps Leo from ropes with a chinlock, then he and Atlantis get Leo up again. They double whip Leo to a corner, Atlantis runs in but is put on the apron. Leo DECKS Atlantis, and he catches Soberano’s splash! Soberano BELL CLAPS then BOOTS Leo! Soberano taunts ELP by blowing a kiss, then he goes back for Leo. Atlantis returns, they double whip but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP grins as he runs up to BOOT Soberano! Mule kick for Atlantis! Atomic drop for Soberano! ELP mocks Soberano’s pain, then he atomic drops Atlantis, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! ELP clotheslines Soberano up and out, but Atlantis kicks him low! Atlantis whips ELP to the corner but ELP goes up and over then springboards to CROSSBODY! Somersault, LIONSAULT! Another somersault, to PLANCHA Soberano! Fans fire up with ELP and he goes back to the corner. ELP waits on Atlantis to rise up, then he springboards in, FLYING TORNADO DDT!
Fans fire up and ELP drags Atlantis to a cover, TWO! Atlantis survives and the fans rally up again. ELP fires up and Soberano coaches Atlantis. ELP drags Atlantis up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Atlantis fights! Atlantis ROCKS ELP, ELP ROCKS Atlantis, they go forearm for forearm! ELP whips, Atlantis reverses and Soberano jumps in! Double hip toss into TU LO SABE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives and that surprises Atlantis. The fans rally, Soberano stalks ELP to a corner and eggs him on. ELP slaps Soberano, Soberano SLAPS ELP! Atlantis BOOTS Leo, ELP throws hands on Soberano, but Atlantis kicks ELP low.
Atlantis puts ELP up top, Soberano GAMANGIRIS! Then the sons of lucha vow to end this! They both climb up after ELP, CLUB away on him, and bring him up. But Leo gets in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans fire up for the double powerbomb double superplex combo! Leo drags Soberano up to POWERBOMB onto Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Leo helps ELP up! Leo scoops, but Atlantis slips free to shove Leo into ELP! Then Atlantis dodges Leo to SUPERKICK ELP! And DROPKICK Leo! Leo runs back in but Atlantis dumps him out! ELP runs in but Atlantis goes up and over, rolls and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Fans fire up as Atlantis goes up a corner! But ELP hurries to GAMANGIRI! Soberano sneaks a tag! ELP goes up to the very top, brings Atlantis up with him, SUPER STEINER! ELP goes up but Soberano is there! He springboards up to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous with everyone down, and Soberano crawls to a cover! Leo breaks it! Fans fire up again and Atlantis regroups with Soberano. Leo UPPERCUTS Atlantis, choke grips each of them, meeting of the minds! But then the luchadores double basement dropkick the legs out! Fans rally for Leo but Soberano & Atlantis have him! DOUBLE-
NO, Leo fights the suplexes to UPPERCUT Soberano! Atlantis dodges the haymaker but not the BOOT! Leo aims at Soberano now, choke grip! GOD- FLIP! Soberano ENZIGURIS! Leo roars! Soberano SUPERKICKS! ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! Fans fire up with ELP and he DIVES to take out Atlantis! Leo hits GODSEND!! ELP returns, he goes up, SUPER THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
The sons of lucha are eclipsed by the Guerrillas of Destiny! Will the “Big Blue Sexy Boys” still have a fighting chance of entering the semifinals?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vow to break the curse that keeps IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning the league! Will they pull it off? Or will Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World not only stop Bishamon, but get golden tickets at the same time?
The teams sort out and Suzuki stares Hashi down. Fans rally up and the two start. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. But then Suzuki kicks one, wrenches the other to a hammerlock, but Hashi switches the hold onto Suzuki. Suzuki reaches back to cording hold and chinbar Hashi to ropes. The ref counts and Suzuki lets off slowly, then with strong pats on the shoulder. Fans cheer and Hashi keeps cool as the two reset. They step up, and Hashi fires a forearm! Suzuki fires back! They go back and forth and the fans rally as they pick up speed! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi, ROCKS him again, but Hashi comes back to CHOP!
Suzuki eggs Hashi on so Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS more and more but Suzuki stays standing on sheer anger! Hashi drags Suzuki over, tags Goto, and Bishamon double whip to then double shoulder tackle! Hashi BLASTS Nagata for good measure, then Goto stomps Suzuki. Goto drags Suzuki up, CLUBS him, then whips. Suzuki reverses to then headlock, but Goto powers out. Suzuki pulls hair to HEADBUTT! Suzuki CLUBS Goto down and Goto bails out! Nagata runs in to BLAST Hashi as payback, and then the murder grandpas go out after them! Suzuki whips Goto into railing, then brings him around while Nagata sends Hashi hard into railing!
Suzuki RAMS Goto into railing in front of commentary, then has a railing crossface! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off of Goto, but Nagata POSTS Hashi! Suzuki stomps Goto around, the ring count starts, and Suzuki stomps Goto again before sliding in. The count reaches 7 of 20, then 10 as Goto crawls. Goto clutches his neck, the count is 15! Goto stands at 17, and slides in at 19! Fans cheer but Suzuki clamps onto Goto with a camel clutch! Goto endures, Suzuki shifts to bring him up for a facelock. Nagata tags in and he CLUBS Goto on the neck! And CLUBS him again! Nagata wraps on a chinlock to grind Goto down!
Hashi coaches Goto as he fights around, and Goto gets the ROPEBREAK! Nagata lets go, to KICK Goto in the back! Nata then drags Goto up with a facelock and tags Suzuki. Suzuki snapmares Goto to KICK him! And then Suzuki pulls at the tape around the neck and shoulders! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing he can really do! Suzuki reels Goto in but Goto resists the Gotch lift! Suzuki powers up but Goto still fights. Suzuki CLUBS Goto, tags Nagata, and Nagata BOOTS Hashi down! Nagata KICKS Goto in the chest, then KICKS him again! Goto grits his teeth, Nagata eggs him on, but Goto blocks the next kick!
Goto CLUBS the leg, but Nagata ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Nagata whips, Goto reverses, but Nagata BOOTS back! Nagata runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Nagata crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to run Nagata over! Hashi BLASTS Suzuki off the apron and fans fire up as Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Then he fires off forearms over and over in the corner! Nagata sits down and Hashi keeps going! The ref reprimands, the fans fire up, and Hashi lets off to bring Nagata back up. Nagata shoves Hashi so Hashi eggs him on. The forearms go back and forth now!
Hashi gets the edge with forearms, then CHOPS Nagata back to the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Nagata reverses, but Hashi comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Hashi fires up. Hashi reels Nagata in, suplexes, but Nagata fights it to suplex, and MAGIC SCREW! Hashi flounders, Nagata stands, and Nagata stomps Hashi. Nagata ROCKS Hashi, whips him to ropes, but Hashi holds ropes. Goto tags in, Hashi sidesteps Nagata and Goto ROCKS him! Hashi CHOPS Nagata down, then he BLASTS Suzuki. Hashi hauls Nagata up, turns him, and Goto adds on, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nagata hangs in there.
Bishamon set up in opposite corners, and they aim at Nagata. But Suzuki pushes Nagata to save him from the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Hashi CHOPS, Goto CLUBS and then GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Bishamon have Nagata in a corner, Goto clotheslines! Hashi clotheslines! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Cover, TWO! Nagata survives and fans rally up again! Goto hauls Nagata up, Hashi calls the shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, but Suzuki catches Hashi to a SLEEPER! Nagata drags Goto down into a CROSSFACE! Goto endures, Hashi is turning red! Fans rally up as Goto fights his way around!
Goto reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer, and Suzuki sends Goto to a corner! Suzuki BOOTS! Nagata BOOTS! Snapmare, DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH! Then EXPLODER!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans fire up again! Nagata drags Goto up, but Goto fights the saido with elbows! Nagata knees low, and again, then CLUBS Goto’s neck! Goto falls and writhes, but Nagata drags him back up! Suzuki keeps Hashi out with an ANKLE LOCK, as Nagata SAI- NO, Goto fights free! Hashi also gets free, to SUPERKICK Nagata! Goto has a SLEEPER, then rolls it to GOTO NISHIKI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas almost had it, but Goto finds a way to survive! Does this mean the Fierce Warrior & Headhunter have a chance to #GetBackUp to the WTL finals after all?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
The Monster Sauce is leading the way but they have to finish strong! Will they stay hot going into the seventh and final round? Or will they be sunk by The Gene Blast & King of the World?
Wait, Tetsuya Naito is coming out here? What a great surprise! It sure takes Shingo Takagi by surprise as he’s been on commentary this entire time. Naito joins commentary, even! And he puts his feet up on top of Milano Collection AT’s notes. He makes Milano hold the Right to Challenge bag while he puts his headset on. Monster Sauce then makes their entrance, and Archer suckers a Young Lion in by offering a high-five to then DECK him! He pats another on the shoulder, assuring him it’s fine. Then he RAMS him into railing! Zayne apologizes to each Young Lion in turn, it’s nothing personal. Archer and Zayne then have Red Shoes and Abe-san put on the jackets to see how they look.
Zando and Tsuji make their entrances, the teams sort out, and Archer says that smile of Tsuji’s is gonna be missing some teeth soon. However, Zayne and Zando step up to start and the fans rally up with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Zando powers Zayne to ropes. Zando lets off, fakes the chop, and tells Zayne to take it easy. Zayne and Zando reset and fans rally again. They tie up, Zayne puts Zando on ropes now, and Zayne fakes the chop to twirl his hair. Fans cheer and Zando smirks. The two reset again, tie up again, and Zando headlocks. Zayne wrenches out, but Zando wrenches back to wristlock.
Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks, but Zando spins, CHOPS, and whips Zayne to a corner. Zayne reverses, runs in and back elbows! Zayne slips out to the apron and slingshot RANAS! Things keep moving, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges and IMPLODER KNEE DROPS down on Zando’s dropdown! Zayne then rolls to STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up and Zayne smirks as he twirls his hair again. Zayne stands Zando up, Zando throws hands but Zayne bobs ‘n’ weaves to body blow! Zayne runs, but Tsuji kicks him! Zayne swings on Tsuji, but Zando reels him in, chicken wings and DODON DROP!
Archer runs in to kick Zando low! Archer reels Zando in to CLUB him, then he runs. Tsuji trips Archer, Zando basement dropkicks! Tsuji then drags Archer out to RAM him into railing! Fans fire up with Zando, and Tsuji sends Archer into more railing! Zando TOSSES Zayne out of the ring, Tsuji fires off on Archer, then CHOPS him! Tsuji holds Archer out along railing, Zando runs in, LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans fire up while Archer falls over! Tsuji finds Zayne and stomps him, to then put him in the ring for Zando. Zando storms up, drags Zayne up and has him on ropes. Zando lifts Zayne up and Tsuji runs, to LEAP FROG ATTACK!
Zayne flops over, fans rally up, and Zando tags Tsuji. Zando & Tsuij drag Zayne up to double whip. Archer returns, Red Shoes keeps him back, Zayne ends up in the POP-UP KICK! Zando & Tsuji run, basement dropkick sandwich! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands. Zando exits, Tsuji digs his knees into Zayne at the ropes before a knee drop! Tsuji drags Zayne up while Archer and Zando shout at each other. Tsuji whips Zayne but reverses direction to send him into the red corner! Tsuji stomps Zayne, Zando CLUBS him, and then Zando tags in. Zando snapmares Zayne to a seated abdominal stretch! Zayne endures and the fans rally up.
Zayne reaches out, but then reaches up to drag Zando into a cradle! TWO, and Zando stomps away! Zando hits Archer, then laughs as he gets away. Zando drags Zayne back, CLUBS him, then grabs a leg. Zando steps over, then clinches, modified cobra twist! Zayne endures, hops on his one free leg, and fans rally up! Zayne reaches out, hot tag- NO, Tsuji drags Archer down and RAMS him into railing right in front of commentary! Zando wrangles Zayne to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Zando drags Zayne up. Zando wrenches, wristlocks, then he tags Tsuji. Tsuji BOOTS Zayne’s arm, then brings him around to ROCK with a forearm!
Fans rally up, Zayne ROCKS Tsuji back! And CHOPS! And ROCKS him again! Tsuji knees low, then wags his finger. Tsuji swings, Zayne counter punches! And again! Tsuji runs in, Zayne gets around, roll up and EDDY GORDO KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Tsuji and Zayne crawl, hot tag to Archer! Archer storms around, fires up, and BLASTS Zando! It was a fake out at first, but now he runs to ELBOW Tsuji! “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving, and ELBOWS! “Ni!” Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL! But Zando SUPERKICKS Zayne! Archer CHOPS Zando but Zando just fires up!
Zando CHOPS Archer, and Archer just smiles! Archer CHOPS back! Archer eggs Zando on so Zando CHOPS! Archer CHOPS, eggs Zando on, and fans fire up as Zando CHOPS again! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Archer CHOPS Zando down! Fans fire up with the Murderhawk and he storms up. Zando swings, but into a full nelson that Archer makes into a dragon sleeper. Tsuji runs in, but gets caught! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO! Archer then drags Tsuji up, shoves him to a corner, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Zayne then LEAP FROG MISSILE DROPKICKS! Archer suplexes Tsuji! Then CHOKE SLAM SAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Tsuji survives and fans fire up but Archer fires himself back up. Tag to Zayne, he goes up, but Zando GAMANGIRIS! Archer grabs Zando, but Tsuji DUMPS Archer! Tsuji then rushes the corner, but Zayne jumps and over! Zayne comes back but Tsuji BOOTS him! Tsuji goes up, but Zayne returns, NO HANDS STEINER! Fans fire up as Zando hurries in. Zayne dodges the chop but Zando blocks the chip to CHOP after all! Zando suplexes, Zayne slips free to shove, but Zando blocks the kick! Zando ducks the enziguri, wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer BOOTS Zando, ripcords, and HELLICOASTERS! Fans fire up with Archer again!
Archer hauls Zando back up, reels him in, but Tsuji saves Zando from the suplex! Tsuji & Zando mug Archer, then go to double suplex! Archer fights it, he wants to double suplex, but they fight it! Zando & Tsuji try again, DOUBLE SUPLEX! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Zando stirs, flounders out of the ring, and Tsuji rises. Tsuji tags Zando in, they get Zayne up. They double whip, hip toss and SLAM! Then SPLASH, to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Zayne hangs in there and Zando pounds the mat in frustration. The fans clap along, Tsuji & Zando get Zayne up, ANCHOR!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again!
Zando pounds the mat some more and the fans clap along again. Tag to Tsuji, and he climbs up onto Zando’s shoulders! But Archer caches Tsuji, to CHOKE SLAM him into Zando! Then Archer fireman’s carries, Zayne runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP COMBO!! Cover, Zando breaks it! Fans fire up, Archer runs in, but he doesn’t fall for the dump trick. Archer CLOBBERS Zando against ropes, then clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Fans fire up with Archer again and Zayne pounds the mat. Archer hauls Tsuji up, sets him up for Zayne, ROLLING- NO, Tsuji avoids the ax kick! Then he dodges Archer, and now Zando dumps him out!
Zayne mule kicks Tsuji, runs, but into the GENE BLAST SPEAR!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!
Winners: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Archer & Zayne earn 0)
Monster Sauce drops, making the top of this block really interesting! If #EverybodyDies, are their chances at the finals in danger of dying off?
As for Tsuji & Zando, Tsuji gets the mic to say, “It looks like it’s someone’s birthday today.” It’s also someone in Los Ingobernables de Japon. “HIROMU-CHAN!” Oh wait, is he even here? Well, maybe Hiromu was too busy to be here, but Tsuji hopes tonight’s win is a good birthday gift. Fans applaud that, but then Tsuji says he also has some bad news. It would seem after tonight’s penultimate-penultimate results, there mathematically isn’t a chance for Tsuji & Zando to make it to the semifinals. He asks if that’s true or not. Even commentary has to check the math on that. So then, is there a chance?
Milano is sure it’s not zero percent. Really? Pretty sure. Then there IS a chance! The fans cheer and Tsuji says that even if it seems unlikely, should they win next round, Zandokan will be LIJ! Fans cheer for that, too! Tsuji then brings up that the other day, he talked with the others and hoped Takagi & Naito wouldn’t lose today. Takagi stands up from commentary to say that he does need to get better. Well, hey, tranquilo, right? Tsuji then lets Zando say a few words. “WATASHI WA…! ZANDOKAN JUNIOR!” AKA, he is Zandokan. Fans cheer the introduction, and then he says he’s a BIG DEAL! Fans also cheer that.
Zando then shouts in Spanish, Milano asks for a translation, but Tsuji asks if they’re ready for the tournament’s home stretch. Are you ready for him and Zando to do this? VAMOS, AMIGOS!! Fans cheer, but will Gene Blast & The King of The World really make it to the end?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-2, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 4-2, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-2, 8 points
Bishamon: 3-2-1, 7 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-3-1, 5 points [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great round, and now with some really complex stuff at the top of the block. Monster Sauce lost to go down to 4-2 so that they’d be tied with ELP & Leo and with Taichi & Yuya. Monster Sauce VS ELP & Leo is next, and so one team will go to 5-2 with 10 points, the other will be 4-3 with 8. This scenario alone seems to be creating confusion because while commentary was not prepared to speak on who is still in this, NJPW’s official website has determined Tsuji & Zando are out despite that great main event win. Even if Tsuji & Zando beat Atlantis & Soberano next round, they’ll get to 8 points, BUT they lost to Taichi & Yuya.
And even if Taichi & Yuya lose, they’d be losing to Bishamon, who would then stand at 9 points, making THEM second place flat out. And if Taichi & Yuya win, they are in as second place, not Bishamon. So despite the moment of cheers and hope at the end of that main event, Tsuji & Zando are really just fighting for pride and apparently for Zando to become Sanada’s replacement so that LIJ maintains six members. That’d be cool stuff, but I wonder if Atlantis & Soberano being CMLL like Zando is CMLL comes into play…
My Score: 8.8/10
Down the Wire: NFL Coaches Are on Fire, NCAA Playoff Picture, and Where Your Favorite Free Agent Lands
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in unprofessional ways!
Chairshot NFL: Eagles & Ravens Flying High
Rob Bonnette sits in for Andrew Balaz this week as the gents run down the NFL docket for Week 13.
Down the Wire: NFL No Cap Recap Week 12
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in unprofessional ways!
Down the Wire: A Thanksgiving Special
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in unprofessional ways!
Down the Wire: Scatergories, MLB Awards & Week 11 Picks
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in unprofessional ways!
Bandwagon Nerds #212: Lesbian Sex & Masturbation
DJ steps in for Dave this week as the Nerds attack a loaded trailer park and a plethora of news...
Talk the Kēki: Fall Premier
It is now time for the Fall premiere of Talk the Kēki! Join Mat and Ethan as they talk about...
Bandwagon Nerds #211: Villain Patrol
Patrick returns to the Bandwagon to recap the latest from Doom Patrol, watch epic trailers, and embrace Dave Filoni as...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (11/23/23)
Hungry, hungrier, hungriest!
Bandwagon Nerds #210: He Who Reymains
The Bandwagon returns to the insanity of Doom Patrol, checks out all the latest trailers, and addresses some big Fantastic...
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/4/23)
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/4/23)
B Block, round 6!
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/3/23)
A Block, round 6!
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: Punk Survives The Series
On this week's show we recap Survivor Series and discuss the huge return of CM Punk to WWE TV. Not...
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/1/23)
Best Friends are on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/1/23)
SmackDown hears voices!
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/1/23)
A Block, round 5!
DWI Podcast #405: Punk, Orton and Truth Walk into an Arena
Plenty to discuss this week on the podcast known as DWI with three huge returns at Survivor Series and an...