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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/14/22)

One more Monday before Elimination Chamber!



WWE Raw 2022

The Beast is back on Raw to have the last word!

Before Elimination Chamber’s WWE World Championship match, Brock Lesnar is here on Raw to put the other five superstars on notice!


  • The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits win.
  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin; Omos wins.
  • Women’s Gauntlet Match: Bianca Belair wins and enters the Elimination Chamber match last.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Bad Romance: Reggie wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • The Alpha Academy VS The Mysterios; The Alpha Academy wins.
  • Randy Orton VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.


Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!

The All Mighty WWE World Champion, with MVP behind him, walks on stage, has the pyro fire off, and then continues down the ramp. Lashley has the second round of pyro go off, and he’s all smiles as MVP hands him a mic. “Before I triumphantly walk into WrestleMania your WWE Champion, I have to win one of the most brutal and gruesome matches in all of WWE: The Elimination Chamber.” This match has been known to change lives and destroy careers. But y’know what else does that? The All Mighty Lashley! There’s been so many who have tried to derail, dethrone and defeat him, but they’ve all failed, as he has destroyed every single one of them!

MVP says he sure has. MVP is no mathematician, but he’s figured out that the WWE Champion has a 1/6, or 16% chance, of winning. That doesn’t sound very good, until you factor in one very, very important variable: Seth Freakin’ Rollins, the Phenomenal AJ Styles, Matt Riddle, Austin Theory, and even the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar are not All Mighty. So when you factor that in, by MVP’s calculations, Lashley has a 100% chance of walking out the same way he walks in: WWE World Champion! But here comes Seth Rollins! Rollins swaggers in his shiny snake skin suit and laughs it up. “Oh, I got some good news for you, Bob. You look great!”

But the bad news? Not as great as Rollins. But more good news: as of this moment, Lashley is currently WWE World Champion. But more bad news: Not for much longer. But even more good news: Rollins doesn’t think any of the other men in the Chamber match can beat Lashley. But even more bad news: Rollins knows someone who can. That man is a visionary, a revolutionary, and his name is Seth FREAKIN Rollins! MVP says he’s had a vision just now, too! If Rollins keeps running his mouth, he won’t make it to Elimination Chamber! “Bro…” Here comes Riddle! He scoots out in his toga and asks, “What’s with all the calculations, Bro? I thought the quiz bowl was last Monday.”

Riddle says that’s why he’s wearing this sweet toga. More on that later. Fans chant, “Toga! Toga!” But Riddle gets in the ring, and asks Rollins, “Are you saying that the Elimination Chamber is like one giant quiz bowl?” No he isn’t… Well Riddle hasn’t been in the Elimination Chamber. Last time he was locked in a tight spot was in a gas station bathroom, and it was awful! It smelled, it was brutal. But then, the custodian let Riddle out in the morning. And when Riddle saw the light, he knew he could accomplish anything. That’s why Riddle is confident that HE will win that WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.

Rollins laughs but Riddle says, “Could you imagine if I was WWE Champion?” And then RKBRO is gonna win back those Raw Tag Teams Championships, and Riddle will be a double champion! That’d be pretty cool. But what’d be even cooler would be if they all came to the RKBROGA party. Maybe not Rollins. That suit would look sick under a toga, but Rollins has to get ready for a match with Riddle’s best friend, Randy Orton! But Lashley doesn’t have a match tonight, and Lashley would look amazing in a toga! Indy, what do you say? Lashley in a toga! Toga! But here comes Austin Theory.

Theory “apologizes” for interrupting the party, but then riddle says the party is later. Theory says Vince McMahon has taught him a lot, like expect the unexpected. And if you can’t beat your opponent one way, find another. And apologies are just weaknesses! Theory will apply all those lessons in the Elimination Chamber match, and being Mr. McMahon’s hands-on prodigy, Theory HAS to win! The fans boo and Theory tells them to shut up. But here comes AJ Styles! Styles asks Theory what he’s talking about. Theory’s lips have been on Vince’s ass for so long, he doesn’t make sense anymore.

Theory isn’t the one to worry about, Styles is! He’s been in this match, it’s hellish and brutal, and we’ve all decided that the odds are in no one’s favor. Styles says you walk out of the Chamber walk out a completely different person, but that’s the price they pay! Styles doesn’t want to look back with regrets about how he could’ve done more. So Lashley, no one, including you, is gonna stop Styles from having a defining WrestleMania moment. And before Riddle even starts, Styles can’t believe he’s saying this, but yeah, that’s a sweet toga. Thanks, AJ! And furthermore, the whole thing about being a double champion, that’s pretty cool.

See, Styles is facing Damian Priest tonight. He could be walking into WrestleMania United States AND World Champion! That would be a Mania moment! Riddle says, “You know what else would be an amazing, even phenomenal, moment? If you came to my RKBROGA party.” Lashley has everyone stop. This is ridiculous. He is the only one here who has even won a Chamber match! Theory is too wet behind the ears. He needs to wait. Seth Rollins, if he were really a Visionary, he’d see that there is no way he’s winning. Then there’s Riddle. If he thinks he’s winning, then come down off the cloud you’re on, bro,

As for Styles, Lashley is sorry but the Phenomenal One is not gonna get that moment he so hoped and dreamed for. And Lesnar, wherever you are, this is the closest you’re ever getting to this title again. Lashley will beat Lesnar up, then walk away and go to WrestleMania as your WWE CHAMPION! But here comes Lesnar! And he’s wearing a cowboy hat! Lesnar gives a tip of the hat before he heads down to the ring. He circles it once, gets in the ring, and puts his jacket and hat on Theory like he’s just a coat rack! Lesnar then stares down with Lashley, but MVP has Lashley stand down. But Theory JUJMPS on Lesnar!

Lesnar throws Theory off, everyone else gets out of the ring, and Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES Theory! Theory flounders while Lesnar stares Lashley down again. Rollins is enjoying this as much as Indianapolis is, and fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar drags Theory up, fireman’s carries, F5! Lashley isn’t intimidated, he raises his belt. But Lesnar aims finger guns at him. And then Lesnar gives Theory a free selfie! Will the Beast turn the Elimination Chamber into Suplex City? Or will he be denied his Winner Takes All with Roman Reigns?


The Street Profits are fired up backstage.

Angelo Dawkins asks if anyone else saw Theory take that F5. Montez Ford says theory has it that Theory is still spinning. But real talk, who they betting on? Well, let’s put it this way: If your name isn’t “Brock Lesnar,” you’re in trouble! But tonight is a very special SyFy edition of Raw, once again with a commercial free first hour! There’s the US Championship match, Priest VS Styles! Then there’s the RKBROGA party! BROGA! BROGA! Wait, hold up, last but not least, The Viper Randy Orton VS Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! Dawkins hears that!

But first, they’ve got business with the Dirty Dawgs. Unlike most teams, they get the dub! Because the Street Profits are up, and we want the smoke! But just a night removed from the Super Bowl, will the Profits be looking like the Rams? Or end up choking like the Bengals?

The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Tommaso Ciampa surprises Dolph Ziggler by being on commentary, given how Ziggler surprised everyone by showing up on NXT last week. The teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Ford, and Ford dropkicks Ziggler at the bell! Ford runs to SPLASH! Cover, Roode breaks it! Ciampa likes what he’s seeing, and notes how long it’s been since he was last on Raw. Roode distracts Ford, Ziggler CHOP BLOCKS Ford, then tags in Roode. The Dawgs mug Ford, the ref reprimands, but Ford counter punches Roode, ROCKS Ziggler, and again! But Roode catches Ford for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!

Ciampa says Ziggler is the one who came into his home and dared to say he wants the NXT Championship, a title synonymous with Ciampa. If Ziggler wants that title, then he has to go through Ciampa. Roode tags Ziggler, and gives him an alley-oop for a FLYING FAMOUSER! Cover, Dawkins breaks it! Ziggler complains but then drags Ford up and claws the eyes! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off at 4, and Ciampa says he doesn’t like how Ziggler glosses over his time in NXT like it’s some minor league. Ziggler drags Ford up, reels him in, but Ford lands on his feet out of the back suplex, to ENZIGURI!

Both men are down, they crawl for their corners as fans rally, hot tags to Roode and Dawkins! Dawkins counter punches Roode, rallies with clotheslines then whips. Roode reverses, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING ELBOWS! Ziggler gets in, tog et an EXPLODER! Dawkins hits a CYCLONE SPLAASH on Roode! Roode avoids the bulldog for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Both Roode and Dawkins are down, and Ciampa gives applause to Ziggler. Ziggler shows Superkick, but Ciampa throws his drink at him! Ciampa asks if Ziggler’s a funny guy. Dawkins gives Roode a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Ford, FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

A big win for Ford & Dawkins, but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Ciampa now! But the Profits put Ziggler in, whip and- NOPE, Ziggler avoids the spinebuster! The Show-Off survives the Profits and riles up the Psycho Killer, will Ciampa get even on NXT Vengeance Day?


The RKBROGA Party is underway backstage!

Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez partake, as do Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega. Zelina says Mella looks gorgeous in her modified toga. Riddle says aloha, how are his brogas and brogettes? They ready to really party? Wait, where’s Randy? No idea, Vega didn’t invite him, because this is her party. What? No it’s not. This is Riddle’s Broga party. BROGA! BROGA! BROGA! The others join in, and Randy is watching from somewhere else. Kevin Patrick asks Orton why he’s avoiding the party. Well, Orton just isn’t the broga kinda guy. Plus, he has a match with Rollins tonight, and Rollins is exactly what Orton told Riddle last week. He’s one of the most crafty superstars around.

There’s a reason Rollins is an Architect. He’s always planning his next move. And Rollins surely has a plan for how to steal the world title at the Elimination Chamber. But that’s Saturday. Tonight is Monday Night Raw. And since it’s Monday, Rollins will get hit with the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment: R K O. Will the Viper strike the Visionary and ruin Rollins’ momentum?


WWE celebrates Black History Month.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson narrates as WWE looks back on the career of his father, Rocky Johnson. “Power and charisma. A Herculean physique with unparalleled athleticism. That was the Soul Man, Rocky Johnson. And that was my dad.” Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas became the Soul Patrol, the first African-American WWF Tag Team Champions. Outside the ring, Rocky married Ata, daughter of Peter Mavia, and then they would have a son, “Dewey.” The Rock’s father trained him in the world of sports entertainment, and he carried on the legacy by entertaining the millions (and millions!) of fans around the world.

In 2008, Rocky Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by The Rock. Rocky was one of the most dynamic performers of all time, and is remembered for paving the road for all athletes, no matter their race, color or creed. His legacy will be remembered for generations to come. “Thank you, Dad, for paving the way. I’ll see you down the road.”


Kevin Owens speaks.

“Look, I’m a realist. I don’t kid myself, I don’t live in delusion. At this point, I don’t think I’ll be in the Elimination Chamber match, which means I probably won’t be at WrestleMania this year. And that… And that really bothers me. But the one good thing about not being on WrestleMania means that I won’t have to compete in Dallas, Texas.” Last week, Kevin had glowing things to say about Texas. And after he did, WWE went on social media to conduct a poll. And the people of Texas called Kevin names! They questioned his integrity! To touch on that, Kevin WAS lying! But now he’s telling us the truth: “I can’t stand Texas anymore than I can stand anyone from Indianapolis.”

Kevin despises Texas and everything about it. he’s from Quebec, Canada, where the populace is informed, intelligent and sophisticated. Unlike Texas, where there are nothing but “redneck morons” with a Southern drawl! To drive this point home, if North America was the human body, Texas would be the ass! “Howdy, pardner!” Kevin laughs at his own mockery, but at least he’s honest. Will Texas have something to say about that soon enough?


WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles!

The Archer of Infamy couldn’t shoot down the Phenomenal One last week, and that’s why they’re having a championship rematch! Will Styles be on the doorstep of becoming the most phenomenal double champion? Or will Priest keep him from bringing this belt into the Elimination Chamber?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Priest wins, or Damian loses his cool!

The two approach, Styles gets around to headlock, but Priest powers up and out. Styles stops himself as Priest drops down, and Styles gets the headlock back. Priest rolls Styles off, then arm-drags Styles around. Priest clamps on with an armlock but fans chant for Styles. Styles fights up, throws forearms, then gets a leg. Priest ROCKS Styles back, then reels him in for knees. Priest runs, but Styles hurdles then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Priest whips to ROCK Styles with uppercut after uppercut, then a HEADBUTT! Priest ROCKS Styles again, throws more hands, then whips corner to corner. Styles reverse to KICK and CHOP and forearm!

Styles whips, Priest blocks! Priest whips Styles back, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Styles is still in this but Priest sits him up to clamp on a chinlock! Fans rally, Styles fights up, then throws body shots. Priest gives back kick after kick then a ROLLING ELBOW! Styles BOOTS, then fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT! Priest flounders to a corner, Styles runs in to clothesline! Snapmare and SLIDING FOREARM! Styles fires up, Indy fires up with him. Styles reels Priest in, but Priest slips out and fireman’s carries for a FLAPJACK! Priest gets Styles up, reels him in to gut wrench, Canadian rack to CLIFFHANGER DDT! Cover, TWO!

Priest snarls, but he keeps his cool. Styles rises as fans rally, and Priest runs in. Styles dodges the kick and clothesline to PELE! Priest falls down but Styles still has to push himself back up. Priest also rises, Styles runs in to clothesline Priest out of the ring! Styles catchesh is breath, then slingshots, but Priest avoids the plancha to trip Styles on the apron! Choke grip, APRON- NO! Styles lands on the apron to PENALTY KICK! Priest avoids the knee to sweep the legs! Styles crashes on the apron, Priest gets in to drag him up. Styles ROCKS Priest back, but Priest dodges, only for Styles to avoid the kick! Styles ROCKS Priest again, but Priest BOOTS him!

Priest steadies himself, runs, he waits on the springboard! Sunset flip, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE US Champion)

Priest saw Styles trying to repeat last week, and he changed the ending! Priest is still champion, and Styles shows him respect with a handshake. Will Styles try again sometime later on this Road to WrestleMania?


Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.

Other than that grocery story incident, last week was really good progress for her. She’s not being aggressive at all, but what about feeling anger? To be honest, for the first time in a long time, Alexa’s life is good. She’s happy. Then she’s entitled to a gift. When she hears the word, “gift,” what would she ask for? For the music to stop. Oh, okay. He turns off the violin music, and says he has another gift for her. He brings out the remnants of the actual Lily! He recovered these, and says it is his gift to her so that she can be at peace. Alexa takes a breath, and smiles. The doctor also presents the substitute Lily again. He has an idea: the substitute has a zipper on its back.


2v1 Handicap Match: Omos VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin!

No one person has beaten the Mountain of a Man yet, but will bumping the number up make the difference? Or will the Hurt Business be the ones feeling the pain?

Benjamin & Alexander flank the ring. Omos pays attention to Benjamin so Alexander rushes in, only to get caught with an iron claw! The bell rings, Omos laughs as he squeezes Alexander’s head! Omos TOSSES Alexander to the corner, and he dares Benjamin to try something. Alexander tags Benjamin in, then bails out real quick. Benjamin talks trash, Alexander swipes at Omos! Benjamin gets in to fire off haymakers! Omos wobbles but he blocks the whip! Omos reels Benjamin in to glare him in the eye. Omos then whips Benjamin into the corner, but Benjamin dodges the splash!

Benjamin steps up to KNEE, then tags in Alexander. Omos shoves Benjamin, catches Alexander’s springboard, and then BOOTS Benjamin before bringing Alexander out for the MOUNTAINTOP SLAM! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Nope, not even two men can stop him! Will anyone be able to stop the walking, taking tower that is Omos?


Dana Brooke & Reggie are on a Valentine’s Day friend date.

They toast and Dana thanks Reggie for bringing her here. The food looks amazing. Reggie says Dana looks amazing. But in walk Tamina and Akira Tozawa. They hurry to sit down at a table nearby. Tozawa asks what she’s gonna have. Shh! They’re not here to eat, remember? They’ve got a plan to take the 24/7 Championship. Will these two be able to get the gold before dessert?


The BROGA Party continues!

And it seems Bros Apollo and Azeez are dominating beer pong! Riddle and Kevin Patrick just can’t catch a break. But don’t sweat it. Kevin looks amazing in his toga. Oh, the Profits are here! Aww yeah~! They took care o’ business with the Dawgs, and hear ye, hear ye, they heard there was a pahty. Who got next? Dawkins do! SCORE! BROGA! BROGA! Apollo and Azeez frown, their winning streak in jeopardy.


Adam Pearce is in the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for the contract signing to make official the Raw Women’s Championship match at The Elimination Chamber. Without further ado, please join me in welcoming the challenger, WWE Hall of Famer, Lita!” Indy loves Lita and gives her a standing ovation as she makes her way out to the ring. And of course, the champion, “Big Time Becks,” Becky Lynch! The Man comes ’round, but she doesn’t look in any good mood. She’s got baggy plaid pants, a wrinkled denim jacket, frizzled out hair, and big sunglasses to cover up what’re probably puffy eyes. Becky scowls as she sits at the desk with the others.

Pearce says their signatures on the contract make it official. Becky begs Lita that she doesn’t have to do this. She’ll be honest, she hasn’t slept all week thinking about this. Thinking about her teen hero would come for her. Her teen hero assaulting her! But Becky will let it all slide if they tear up the contract and walk away. Lita’s had a great career! One of the best ever! Becky said there’d be no Becky without Lita. What does she have left to prove? Leave now while your legacy is in tact! Lita doesn’t want to fight Becky and Becky doesn’t want to fight Lita! The only ones to see them fight are the demented fans who get off on ruining people’s lives!

When Becky and Lita are happy, the fans are miserable! When Becky and Lita are miserable, the fans are happy! They don’t need to play into the fans’ sick game! The fans don’t decide their fate, they do! What does Lita say? Lita wants to get this right. Should she tear the contract up and walk away? “NO~!” Or sign it up and shut Becky up for good? “YES~!” Lita says she didn’t come this far just to walk away. In fact, she didn’t come here just for one more match. She’s got a whole run left! A championship run. And Lita knows Becky’s trying to talk her out of this because Becky’s scared. She saw Lita still has what it takes.

So Becky doesn’t have to like it, but the match is happening. Lita signs on the dotted line! Becky sys Lita is pushing her to a point that she doesn’t wanna go to or can come back from. Lita has no idea what Becky is capable of doing to keep the title. She has studied Lita’s career closer than anyone, and knows all her weaknesses! Becky isn’t afraid to go for the throat! And then Lita will be the one who made Becky do it. Fans remember Lita now with a smile on her face. But after Becky’s done, they’ll remember Lita with tears in their eyes. Becky signs her part, and Lita says Becky feels there is no Becky without Lita. But if Lita had a hand in creating this, then it’s up to her to finish it.

But the only thing ending on Saturday is the 500+ day title reign when Lita becomes the NEW Raw Women’s Champion. Becky throws the clipboard at Lita, then sulks out of the ring. Is Becky’s mood only going to get worse these last five days? Or is it all mind games before the fight?


Women’s Gauntlet Match!

This match has HUGE implications on how the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber match plays out! The one who survives the gauntlet gets to enter that chamber match LAST! But who is out here first? The Nightmare, Rhea Ripley, and her former friend, Nikki A.S.H! Will Rhea’s brutality crush Nikki long before this Saturday? Or will the Almost Super “Hero” power through to the end?

Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H!

Raw goes picture in picture as these two stare down. The bell rings, the two circle slowly, and then they tie up. Nikki gets around, pulls hair and pushes Rhea, but then runs away to the outside! Rhea says she got that close to catching her. Nikki smiles and makes her way back up to the apron, only to back away when Rhea steps forward. Nikki goes around the ring, slips in then back out, all to troll Rhea. Then Nikki grabs Rhea’s foot! Rhea kicks Nikki away, drags her back up, but Nikki hotshots Rhea! Nikki gets in, but Rhea HEADBUTTS her! Nikki flounders back out, Rhea gets her on the apron and TOSSES her back in!

Nikki wants mercy then bails out again. Rhea sighs and just waits on Nikki. The only way to move on is in the ring, after all. Nikki lurks around the corner, moves around to the other side and gets on the apron, but then scurries around the other corner. Nikki gets in, circles with Rhea, and they tie up. Rhea shoves Nikki down, and then waits on her to get back up. They circle again, Nikki suckers Rhea into a HOTSHOT! Nikki hammers away on Rhea, headlocks then chinlocks, and even gets the arms for a straitjacket stretch. Nikki pulls back but Rhea fights up. Rhea turns but Nikki throws her down by her hair! Cover, ONE!

Nikki tries again, ONE! And again, TWO! Nikki is annoyed, she drags Rhea up, then kicks her low. Nikki puts Rhea on ropes to scrape her against them! the ref reprimands, Nikki lets off to stomp and RAM into Rhea at the corner. Nikki poses, then runs in, but Rhea puts her on the apron. Nikki shoulders in as Raw returns to single picture. Nikki ducks Rhea’s boot, trips Rhea up, and then spins her around to tuck her in the apron skirt! Nikki mugs Rhea, the ref counts and Nikki lets off at 4. Nikki has a devious grin as she then drags Rhea out. Nikki says Rhea is NOT the good guy here! Nikki runs and CLOBBERS Rhea! Cover, TWO!

Nikki keep son Rhea with a top wristlock. Rhea endures, fans rally up, and Rhea fights up, only for Nikki to wrangle her down. Nikki digs a knee into Rhea’s head as she keeps on the armlock. Cover, ONE! Nikki gets the top wristlock back but Rhea still endures. Rhea fights up, snapmares free, and she runs to the corner. Nikki dropkicks the legs out! Nikki then dribbles Rhea off the buckles over and over! The ref counts, Nikki lets off at 4 and snarls. Nikki stomps Rhea’s legs, then stomps Rhea’s head. Nikki scuffs Rhea but Rhea throws body shots! Rhea fights up to fire off forearms, but Nikki kicks the leg out!

Nikki kicks Rhea while she’s down, Rhea tries to hit back, but Nikki keeps her down with a facelock. Nikki cravats, grinds, but fans rally up. Rhea fights up, throws body shots, and breaks free to back suplex, only for Nikki to fight that off. Rhea gives Nikki short arm clotheslines instead! Then a back suplex FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Rhea drags Nikki up. Pump handle, RIP- NO! Nikki pulls hair to get out, and she CLUBS Rhea on the neck! Nikki hurries for a corner, but Rhea chases after! Nikki ROCKS Rhea, goes up the ropes, BOOTS Rhea, then leaps! Rhea catches Nikki and pops her around, pump handle and RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea ELIMINATES Nikki!

But here comes Liv Morgan! Can she capitalize on the damage Nikki did to Rhea? We’ll see, after the break!

Rhea Ripley VS Liv Morgan!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Liv rolls Rhea, TWO! Rhea goes for a leg but Liv blocks and turns Rhea to backslide! TWO, and Liv gets Rhea in a cradle! ONE, Rhea kicks low. Rhea catches her breath, runs in, but Liv goes up to roll Rhea again! ONE, Liv SHOTGUNS Rhea to the corner! Liv runs in, back body blocks and rolls, to SHINING WIZARD! Liv snapmares Rhea, covers, TWO! Liv clamps on with a chinlock and squeezes tight. Rhea endures, fans rally, and Rhea fights up, but Liv wrangles her down. Liv keeps Rhea from ropes, but Rhea fights up again. Liv hops on to be a backpack, but Rhea RAMS her into buckles!

Rhea RAMS Liv in again and again, gets free and she snapmares Liv away. Liv runs in but Rhea dodges! Lia hits buckles. Rhea Electric Chair Lifts for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Liv is still in this but Rhea keeps her cool. Rhea drags Liv up, whips her to ropes, but Liv reverses. Rhea blocks that, but Liv dodges kicks. Rhea SUPERKICKS, but Liv rebounds, rolls, but no rana! Rhea swings Liv back up, but Liv makes it a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rhea is still in this and Liv grows frustrated. Liv watches Rhea get up, then runs in, but no ObLivion! Liv ROCKS Rhea then goes up the ropes, missile dropkick flops!

Rhea gets the legs, PRISM TRAP!! Liv flails, scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Rhea holds on, Liv goes up the ropes to swing and send Rhea into buckles! Liv runs in, DOUBLE- NO! Another Electric Chair Lift! Rhea makes it a fireman’s carry and throws Liv, but Liv handsprings through to land on her feet! Rhea SUPERKICKS again! Liv staggers, Rhea pump handles, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea ELIMINATES Liv! Two down, but here comes Doudrop! Will Rhea’s run end in round three? We see, after the break.

Rhea Ripley VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

Raw returns again and the bell rings on this round. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Piper powers Rhea back, but Rhea manages to power Piper back! Piper pushes Rhea back again but Rhea turns things around to put Piper in the corner. Piper turns it back around, the ref counts, Rhea powers out of the corner, still tie dup with Piper. Piper headlocks, Rhea throws body shots but Piper grinds the hold. Rhea throws more body shots, powers out, but Piper RAMS shoulders with her! Neither falls, Rhea says Piper will have to do better than that. Fans rally behind Rhea, Piper dares her to try.

Rhea runs, RAMS Piper, but Piper stays up and laughs it off. They both talk some smack, Piper fakes the run but Rhea dodges her cheap shot! Rhea rebounds to run Piper over! Rhea dusts herself off, Piper gets up and gets in Rhea’s face. Piper HEADBUTTS, so Rhea HEAEDBUTTS! Rhea swings, into Piper’s SAIDO! Piper runs in, SENTON! Cover, TWO! Piper stays cool and she KICKS Rhea in the side. Piper drags Rhea up, bumps her off buckles, then CLUBS Rhea in the chest in the corner. Rhea sputters as she goes along the ropes, but Piper HEADBUTTS her. Piper wrenches, HEADBUTTS the arm, then does it again!

Rhea throws body shots and forearms, but Piper ROCKS her with one! Piper drags Rhea into the facelock, then scoop SLAMS her! Piper runs, but Rhea dodges the senton! And basement dropkicks in return! Rhea growls, fans fire up, and Rhea drags Piper up. Rhea throws short arm clotheslines but Piper stays up! Piper reels Rhea in for a short arm clothesline of her own! Rhea stays up, they start trading clotheslines with! Rhea then gets around Piper’s to ripcord and DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Rhea drags Piper up, pump handles, but Piper’s too big! Piper elbows free! Piper HEADBUTTS again!

Piper scoops Rhea, but Rhea slips out to waistlock! Rhea can’t lift Piper, Piper elbows free again. Piper runs, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Rhea tries again, pump handle RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea ELIMINATES Piper!! But that just means Rhea has to take on the E S T! She’s the strongEST and toughEST, and with her at 100%, will this be the easiEST round for Bianca?

Rhea Ripley VS Bianca Belair!

Raw goes picture in picture while Bianca gets the fans fired up. The bell rings and these two circle. Bianca’s got so much energy, she’s shaking the ring. They tie up, Bianca gets around to roll up, TWO! Bianca says it was that close. Bianca waits on Rhea, and the two circle again. They tie up, Rhea gets around to roll Bianca, TWO! Bianca says that was good, and the two reset again. They tie up, Bianca waistlocks, but Rhea holds it off. Bianca SLAMS Rhea down, keeps on the waistlock, but Rhea fights up. Rhea pries at the hold, gets free to switch, and she SLAMS Bianca this time! Rhea holds onto the waistlock but Bianca headlocks back.

Rhea squeezes on a rear bearhug, but Bianca fights up to get that headlock. Rhea endures, powers out, but Bianca runs her over! Bianca SLAPS Rhea, then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bianca keeps cool, but Rhea hits back. Bianca CLUBS Rhea, drags her up, then bumps her off buckles. Bianca gets fans going but Rhea throws a body shot. So Bianca bumps her off another buckle! Bianca whips corner to corner, Rhea reverses and Bianca hits buckles hard! Bianca hits the mat, Rhea catches her breath, and Rhea storms over to Bianca. Bianca shoves her, then dodges her to put her in the corner.

Bianca blocks Rhea’s boots, Raw returns to single picture and Bianca DROPS Rhea! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is still in this, and Rhea gets the ropes. Bianca drags Rhea up, scoops her and SLAMS her! Rhea gets up, Bianca scoops her again, but Rhea slips out! Rhea scoops, Bianca slips out, rolls Rhea up, TWO!! Rhea gets up, but Bianca trips her to a jackknife, TWO! Bianca kicks Rhea low, whips her to a corner, but Rhea reverses again. Rhea runs in, into an elbow! Bianca goes up, tells Rhea to kiss this, then flips up over Rhea! Rhea swings, Bianca catches her and spins her, snap suplex! Roll through, but Rhea blocks the second suplex!

Rhea tries but Bianca blocks now. They fight for suplex control, Bianca gets Rhea up, and marches around before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Rhea survives but Bianca is amused. Bianca drags Rhea up, whips, and catches Rhea to a cobra twist! Rhea endures being bent and stretched, and she grabs the hair! Bianca CLUBS Rhea in the ribs, then digs a claw into the side. Rhea still endures, fans rally and duel, and Rhea powers out! Bianca blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Bianca runs in at the corner, but Rhea drop toeholds her into buckles! Rhea gets up, Bianca swings but Rhea spins her, cravat and knees!

Rhea snapmares Bianca, runs and basement dropkicks but misses! Bianca hurries to handspring and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bianca grows frustrated but she drags Rhea back up. Rhea HEADBUTTS! Rhea wobbles, but she gets Bianca up to whip. Bianca goes up and over and handsprings, but runs into BOOTS! Rhea runs but Bianca dodges, DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS! Both women are down, Rhea flounders to the ropes and then the apron. Bianca grits her teeth and pursues as the fans fire up. Bianca gets Rhea up but Rhea sends Bianca into the steel steps! Both women are down on the outside as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again, and Rhea fights the chicken wings. Bianca still gets Rhea up, but Rhea fights free. Bianca stomps her down, then tries the chicken wings again. Rhea still fights, but Bianca hits the GlamEST Slam! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is still in this, Bianca is losing her cool. Bianca stands Rhea up, but Rhea ROUNDHOUSES! Pump handle, RIP- NO! Bianca slips out, torture racks, but Rhea fights off! Rhea boots but Bianca blocks! Bianca dumps Rhea to the outside, but Rhea stops the buckle bump to give the buckle bump! Rhea adjusts, goes up top, but Bianca ROCKS her first! Rhea ROCKS Bianca fast!

Rhea talks trash, Bianca SLAPS her! Rhea SLAPS back! “Bring it!!” Bianca SLAPS, Rhea SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight!! The ref tells them to stop, but they’re still brawling. Rhea boots Bianca, Bianca dropkicks Rhea! Rhea holds onto the top, and perhaps her top? Bianca trophy lifts to ROCKET LAUNCH Rhea! Fans fire up with Bianca, and she handsprings, onto knees! Rhea saves herself and both women are down! Rhea and Bianca slowly stir as the fans rally up. Rhea goes up the corner, saying she’s gonna end this! Bianca stands, Rhea leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Rhea can’t believe she hasn’t finished this!

Rhea hurries to get the legs! PRISM TRAP!! Bianca endures, rolls, and throws Rhea into ropes! Then she hits a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca hurries to get Rhea up, torture racks, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (has Elimination Chamber advantage)

Bianca won, but she shows respect to Rhea. They fist bump, and Bianca might need to rethink that toughEST part. Rhea proved she can last a bloody long time, but will she have to do it all again this Saturday? Or will we see very much the same thing as we saw here tonight?


The BROGA Party continues, again!

Riddle has a guitar and plays a song. “I gave my love a cherry, that had no stone. I gave my love a story, that had-” The Alpha Academy attacks! They ruin the party and Chad Gable says he’s sick of this crap. He JAMS Riddle with his own guitar! “Party’s over, bro.” Gable laughs as he and Otis leave. Will RKBRO make them pay for this when the Raw Tag Team titles are on the line?


Reggie and Dana are almost done with their meal.

It was all great, but Dana’s still got room for dessert. Reggie says he’s stuffed. The obviously disguised R-Truth walks up and offers them some “tear a me the soo.” Reggie tells Dana to run while he keeps Truth back! Dana runs, but into Tamina! She ducks the haymaker to DECKS Tamina, then she throws Tozawa into Tamina! The chase is on through the restaurant! The ref has some dessert, but Dana pops out from a hiding spot. Her best friend saved her again! Big kiss on the cheek. Reggie asks if Dana would like to take their friendship to another level. Dana apologizes for leading Reggie on. He’ll make some woman happy some day but she doesn’t see him like that.

Oh, alright. Friends it is. And then roll up! The ref comes back in time, Reggie wins!!

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

Friendship does have its perks. Reggie leaves Dana behind and Truth says, “Happy Valentine’s Day, Dana! Looks like Cupid don’t like the friend zone!” Now, after Reggie! Dana feels betrayed, but then she gets stuck with the bill. Insult to injury, will Dana get back at Reggie’s rejection?


The Alpha Academy VS The Mysterios!

Gable & Otis just ruined Riddle’s good times, but will they overlook Rey & Dominik and lose on the way to their rematch with RKBRO? Or will Gable teach the father-son team a thing or two about teamwork?

Raw returns as the tag team champions make their entrance. And Gable has Mike Rome “SHOOSH!” Gable says everyone needs to shoosh or they’ll all be put on double secret probation. Well, they are in Indiana, so chances are the fans already are on probation. But now that the Academy ended that BROGA Party, time to get down to brass tax. Less entertainment, more education! And it’s coming at ya in the form of Gable’s first ever Public Assembly! Tonight’s topic: cheaters! Gable’s never cheated! Not to make the Olympics, not to win these tag titles, and not to get his Master’s Degree with a 4.0 GPA! Thank you!

Gable despises cheaters, and the worst of the worst is RKBRO! There is misinformation that RKBRO won fair and square in the Academy Challenge. Those morons hired an Irishman to host the spelling bee! The accent was thicker than Otis’ neck! And then the quiz bowl! Who put cartoons in as a category!? It should’ve been a question on Michelangelo the painter, and here we are talking about the Ninja Turtles! Pathetic. Then there’s “the morons” of the WWE Universe, feeding RKBRO answer after answer, helping them win. Where were the fans when the Academy needed them!? Nowhere to be found!

That’s the problem these days! The fans worship cheaters! It’s disgusting! And so listen up! Especially the Mysterios, and young Dominik. Such an illustrious career, but Dom’s listening to conman Rey that cheating is the way! Just look at footage from last week! Maryse tried to cheat for Miz, but failed. Rey cheats for Miz and gets away with it! Tsk tsk tsk. Disgusting and shameful! But Dom raises Rey’s hand and fans cheer. Gable knew it! They worship cheaters, and it’s gross! But wait, here come the It Couple! Miz & Maryse strut out because they’re going to be on commentary for this match! Raw goes picture in picture as they make their way down.

Miz and Maryse take their seats. the teams sort out and Gable starts against Dom. They circle, Dom goes up the corner to get the fans fired up. Gable raises his hands, the fans boo. The two tie up, Gable wrenches and wristlocks to YANK the arm. Gable grinds the shoulder, Dom moves around, but Gable whips him to ropes. Gable waistlocks, SLAMS Dom down, then holds on tight. Dom fights up, but Gable SLAMS him down again! Roll to a bridge, TWO! They fight up, Dom moves around and throws Gable out! Gable hurries back in, but into an arm-drag! And another! Dom has the armlock now and he grinds Gable.

Rey rallies the fans, Gable fight sup but Rey tags in. The Mysterios double whip then back elbow. Rey and Dom work together, ALLEY-OOP SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Rey gets up, Gable throat chops! Gable whips Rey to the Academy corner but Rey BOOTS back! Rey elbows Otis, sunset flips, but Gable stays up. Otis tags in, Gable rolls back and holds Rey down for Otis’ elbow drop! “For the Academy!” Otis looms over Rey, talks smack on Dom, then drags Rey up. Otis whips Rey to a corner hard, and Rey bounces off buckles face first! Otis pushes Rey to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Otis hops off at 4, then soaks up the heat.

Otis stomps away on Rey at the ropes, but backs off as the ref counts. Rey sputters as Raw returns to single picture, but Otis pushes him back down. Otis stands on Rey again! The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4 again and argues with the ref. Otis keeps on Rey while the It Couple is properly introduced now. Miz & Maryse kiss to show us their love. Otis drags Rey up and whips him corner to corner hard! Rey bounces off buckles, then bounces off Otis! “All day long.” Otis runs, and SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Miz says they are the Academy’s guests out here, and are helping make sure the Mysterios do not cheat again.

Otis drags Rey over, Gable tags in, and Gable brings Rey around. Fans rally for Rey as Gable whips and RAMS Rey into a corner. Gable fireman’s carries, then GUTBUSTERS Rey! Cover, TWO! Gable drags Rey up but Rey throws body shots. Gable ROCKS Rey, whips him back to a corner, but Rey goes up and over, only to get caught! Rey slips out and drop toeholds Gable into buckles! Gable scrambles and tags in Otis! Otis drags Rey by his head and squeezes Rey’s head in a neck wrench! Fans rally up but Otis pushes Rey down then climbs the corner. VADER BOMB FLOPS as Rey moves! Fans fire up and Rey hurries for his corner!

Hot tags to Gable and Dom! Dom rallies on Gable, whips, but Gable reverses. Dom ducks and dodges to RANA Gable away! Gable flounders up, Dom whips again. Dom follows, leaps, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz says this is fine, this is an athletic competition. Dom fire sup with Latino Heat, snap suplex! Uno amigo! Then dos amigos! Gable slips out of the third, to TIGER PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Gable argues the count. Gable then whips Dom, Dom kicks back and runs in to wheelbarrow and body scissor throw Gable out! Hot tag to Rey, and he DECKS Otis!

Rey and Dom coordinate, they both run side to side, Dom baseball slides Otis and Rey hits Gable! Then they switch it up, Rey holds ropes open for Dom to DIVE onto Otis! Rey runs to slide and SUNSET BOMB Gable! Fans fire up but Miz protests on the Academy’s behalf! The Mysterios are on top as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Gable has Dom in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Dom pops free to a cover, ONE! Gable keeps Dom from reaching Rey and whips him away, to then Belly2Belly! Gable holds on, and hits another Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Gable climbs up a corner, MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Roll up, TWO! Gable waistlocks Dom, back suplex but Dom lands on his feet! Dom jumps the chop block, hot tag to Rey! Rey rallies on Gable, whips, but Gable reverses. Rey tilt-o-whirls to headscissor! Rey DECKS Otis, Miz protests, but Gable kicks and sunset flips! Rey rolls through, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!

Miz distracts Rey, Rey whips but Gable reverses. Rey elbows Gable, springboards and wheelbarrows, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gable drags Rey up to an Electric Chair Lift, but Rey throws down fists! Rey spins and wheelbarrows to BULLDOG! Cover, Otis breaks it! Dom gets in, but Otis scoops! Rey saves Dom and the Mysterios POST Otis together! Miz protests again, Gable rolls Rey up! Rey rolls through to ENZIGURI! Gable’s on the ropes, Rey tags Dom! The Mysterios dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Miz is furious as Dom goes up, so Miz gets on the apron! Dom boots Miz, Rey hits a SEATED SENTON!

Dom CROSSBODIES Gable! But Gable rolls through and grips tights!! The Alpha Academy wins!

Winners: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall

Hypocrisy from the Hollywood A-Lister, and then Maryse gets in to be mad about what Rey did to Miz. Miz throws Dom out! Maryse SLAPS Rey, Miz gives Rey a SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! The It Couple gets the last laugh on Valentine’s Day, but will Rey & Dom get their revenge on the Road to WrestleMania?


We check back in with Alexa.

After all the trials and tribulations, the doc is proud to say Alexa has been cured. Well, as much as she’s going to be. But she’ll be fine, so long as she has Lily. Oh, this isn’t “Lily.” She’s gone. Right. But inside the doll is the stuffing of the original. So in a way, her spirit is in there, too. Alexa has her competitive spirit, she will surely have an extraordinary life and career. Just as long as she has Lily by her side. As long as Lily’s with her, she’ll be cured. Well, thanks, Doc. This has been fun. She shakes the doc’s hand, and then has him shake Lily’s hand. Gotta go. People to see, things to do. Y’know. And then Alexa lets the Newton Balls start up again. Hear that, Lily? Alexa’s cured!

Oh wait, isn’t there an opening in that Elimination Chamber match? Well Alexa knows what she’ll be doing this Saturday! Alexa is now part of the Women’s Chamber Match!! Will she twist the Road to WrestleMania into Alexa’s Playground?



After what Miz did during the Mysterios’ tag match, he’ll have to face the consequences! Miz VS Rey has just been added to the Elimination Chamber card!


Randy Orton VS Seth Rollins!

The Viper and the Architect meet again! The Apex Predator has the Raw Tag Team Championships to look forward to, but the Visionary has his eyes set on the WWE World Championship. Will Rollins survive the three most dangerous letters in the WWE? Or will not even he see the RKO coming?

Raw returns and Orton makes his entrance. Raw goes picture in picture as he enters the ring and strikes his iconic pose. Orton hands his vest to a fan in the front row, gives him a fist bump, then goes back to the ring. Orton takes his time wiping his boots before stepping inside, and the bell rings. The two circle, but then Rollins bails out to taunt the fans. Fans are torn, Rollins goes back to the ring, and he circles with Orton again. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Rollins gets around and gets away to strut. Orton keeps cool, Raw returns to single picture, and the two go again. They tie up, go around, and Rollins gets away again, to strut some more.

Orton DECKS Rollins with a right! Orton bumps Rollins off buckles, throws more hands, then stalks Rollins to a corner. Rollins kicks back, but Orton punches back! Orton bumps Rollins off buckles, throws EuroUppers, then climbs up to rain down rights! The fans count along, but Rollins trips Orton up at 7! Rollins stomps a mudhole into Orton, then swaggers some more. Fans are torn again, Rollins puts Orton on the ropes and he chokes him! The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, then swaggers a little more. Rollins runs in corner to corner to forearm smash! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Rollins stalks Orton to ropes, fish hooks Orton’s mouth, but lets off with a crossface forearm! Orton flops to the apron, Rollins goes out the side. Rollins taunts the fans then CLUBS away on Orton’s back. Rollins swaggers, runs back in, and BOOTS Orton down off the apron! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers but Rollins enjoys all of it. Rollins drags Orton up and into the ring, then goes up the corner. Orton flounders up, Rollins leaps, DOUBLE AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Orton survives but Rollins drags him up into a chinlock. Rollins squeezes tight but Orton endures. Orton has the ropebreak, Rollins lets go at 4.

Orton sputters and gets away to another corner. Rollins storms over, but Orton kicks low! Orton CLUBS Rollins, EuroUppers, then EuroUppers again! Rollins CHOPS, Orton CHOPS! Orton haymakers, Rollins kicks low. Rollins whips Orton into the corner but Orton comes back and rallies with clotheslines! Orton gets around but Rollins avoids the powerslam. Orton avoids the stomp to clothesline Rollins out! Orton goes out after Rollins and they go to the announce desk. Fans fire up because they know what’s next! Back suplex to the desk! Did a monitor just break? Orton puts Rollins in the ring, stalks Rollins, kicks and puts him through ropes!

The fans fire up for another vintage Orton move! But Rollins know this one well and slips out to dump Orton out of the ring! Rollins aims from the apron, FLYING KNEE! Down goes Orton and Rollins leaves him behind. Rollins builds speed in the ring to DIVE! Direct hit and Orton goes over the desk! The Viper is down, the Visionary is laughing, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the two duel over the suplex. Orton suplexes Rollins up, but Rollins turns it right around to snap suplex Orton! Fans rally and duel, Rollins goes to the corner. Rollins goes up, but Orton trips him! Rollins lands on his architect, but Orton goes up to bring Rollins up. SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men crash down! Orton crawls to a cover, TWO!! Orton is too tired to be frustrated, and both men slowly rise. Orton ROCKS Rollins with a right, but Rollins ROCKS Orton back with one of his own. Orton kicks low, Rollins throat chops! Orton SLAPS Rollins, Rollins forearms, Orton forearms back!

Orton and Rollins keep throwing hands and fans fire up! Orton gets the edge, then EuroUppers! Rollins PELES! Orton wobbles around on noodle legs, he hurries after Rollins, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins runs to SLINGBLADE Orton down! Rollins aims from a corner, Orton sits up, Rollins runs in, into the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Orton grits his teeth. Rollins goes to the apron, fans rally up and Orton drags Rollins in through ropes. But again Rollins slips off and he rolls Orton up! TWO, SUPERKICK!! Rollins pushes Orton to a cover, TWO!!

Rollins grows frustrated but Rollins talks trash on Orton, “Your boy, Riddle, tried this on me last week!” Rollins aims, spins, ROLLING ELBOW! Orton wobbles, Rollins reels him in and turns him, for the DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Orton drops and Rollins aims from the corner again. Rollins runs in, but Orton avoids the stomp! Rollins avoids the lariat, kicks and underhooks! But Orton dumps Rollins to the apron! Orton gets Rollins fast, DRAPING DDT! And he hears those voices! RKO!! But the Alpha Academy show up! They won’t let Orton get this, but Riddle won’t let them get Orton!

Riddle attacks the Academy, Orton helps out by throwing Otis in barriers! Orton CLOBBERS Gable, returns to the ring, CURB STOMP outta nowhere!! Fans boo but Rollins laughs it up as he drags Orton to a cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Visionary benefits from the Alpha Academy wanting extra credit. Rollins is heading to the Elimination Chamber with great momentum, but will it help him overcome the odds?

My Thoughts:

For being a go-home, this was a great episode. I feel like being commercial free on SyFy and having picture in picture again helped, just like last week. And what also really helped was that Women’s Gauntlet Match. That was awesome stuff, especially Rhea being the Ironwoman of the match. Her and Nikki starting things off seemed almost too early but it all worked out that Rhea made it to the end and then lose to Bianca. The only thing is, Bianca winning here and getting to be last into the Elimination Chamber, I feel like that just ensures Bianca loses to whoever is still around by then. It won’t be that heroic of a moment for her to come in, clean up, and go to WrestleMania.

Another bit of a letdown was how they revealed the sixth entry. Alexa Bliss just deciding to be in that match and then being officially approved seems like lazy work from Vince. And even without all that, I feel like they didn’t quite punctuate her finishing her therapy and returning to action. The way the doctor was talking, it was almost like there should’ve been a twist where he was never really there, and Alexa was the one who put the doll back together. Her wardrobe and the match graphic suggests Alexa’s becoming a hybrid of Playhouse and Goddess/Five Foot Fury personas, so it’ll be a matter of time before she returns to Playhouse Bliss.

The 24/7 Championship story’s punchline was actually rather clever. Reggie was fine with letting Dana have the title if he could get a girlfriend, but then he busts outta the friend zone and gets the belt back! I hope they really give us something big for WrestleMania with this belt, something chaotic and hilarious, maybe get some legends in on it. Kevin Owens had a great promo to do a 180 on Texas, and if he doesn’t have a match with Seth Rollins or US Champion Damian Priest, maybe a big name in wrestling who’s from Texas shows up and has a match with Kevin? Maybe not Austin, even though them both using Stunners is something they should reference.

Omos returns to action and squashes The Hurt Business, which is good for Omos. But I’m not sure where Omos is going from here. He’s been so dominant that he hasn’t taken a bump, is he just too tall to take one? Because in order for him to go further, that first singles loss has to happen. We got a pretty good tag match out of Profits VS Dawgs, but the main thing was Ciampa being here, the same way Raw had Grayson Waller on to go after Styles. Ziggler and Ciampa are going to have a really good match on NXT, but the Dirty Dawgs are just spinning their wheels. I don’t think a tag team break-up story will work for those two, so maybe both Dawgs spend some time in NXT?

We got a very good contract signing segment out of Becky and Lita, especially with how Becky came out as a disheveled form of herself. I did like that she was framing this as her being reluctant to hurt Lita and that’s why she was stressed, as if that was going to scare Lita off. No brawling in this contract signing since they did that all last week, so their match is just going to be awesome. Then we got just a lot of great integration of all the other stories together. We got a great opening promo segment with all the Elimination Chamber entries, plugging pretty much everything else in the night, and I loved that Theory got punked by Lesnar.

Priest VS Styles was a great US Championship match, for being rather short in comparison. I figured Priest was going to retain, Styles wasn’t going to go into the Chamber match with a title. Maybe they do revisit this for Mania, maybe not. The BROGA Party was pretty good stuff, I liked seeing Apollo & Azeez loosen up as characters, but I should’ve figured The Alpha Academy would ruin things. Alpha Academy were busy tonight, too, taking on the Mysterios to help Miz set up a match for Elimination Chamber with Rey. Maybe there are bigger plans for each of them for Mania, because this seems like something on a blow-off level.

Orton VS Rollins was a very good main event, but I should’ve figured the Academy would go after Orton after also taking out Riddle. Rollins has a lot of momentum right now, but all the more reason to think he’s not winning. That and Lesnar VS Roman, Winner Takes All being the clear plan in mind. But the Raw Tag Team Championship match could go either way, and who knows if RKBRO survives losing this time.

My Score: 8.4/10

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




Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

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


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


Rhea Ripley is here!

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

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

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

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


Rhea returns backstage.

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


Sheamus VS Ivar!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

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


Triple H is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

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


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

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


Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

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

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


Raw shares an interview from before the show.

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

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


Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

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


Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

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


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

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

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

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

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

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


Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

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


Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

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

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


Jey Uso VS Finn Balor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

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

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

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

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Wrestling World Results & Report! (4/14/24)

NEVER give up!



There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10

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