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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/14/22)

It’s a Cele-BRO-tion!



WWE Raw 2022

And your NEW Raw Tag Team Champions…!

After winning back the Raw Tag Team Championships last week, Randy Orton and Matt Riddle are going to through a championship celebration, bros!


  • Finn Balor VS Damian Priest; Priest wins.
  • Omos VS Commander Azeez w/ Apollo Crews; Omos wins.
  • Liv Morgan w/ Rhea Ripley VS Queen Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Liv wins.
  • The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business; The Mysterios win.
  • Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Nikki A.S.H; Belair wins.
  • Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins; Riddle wins, by disqualification.
  • Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins and hosts a talk show at WrestleMania.


WWE mourns the loss of Scott Hall.


Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

Last week to close out Raw, the Prizefighter called out the Texas Rattlesnake for WrestleMania. Stone Cold Steve Austin answered online with a “OH HELL YEAH!” Kevin now gets a mic and looks to the WrestleMania sign. Jacksonville is booing but Kevin says, “Hey yo. What you’re looking at right now is the happiest Canadian camper in the world. Because ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. I am going to WrestleMania! And as far as I’m concerned, I’m not just going to WrestleMania, I am going to the main event of WrestleMania Saturday, because my guest on that night for the KO Show is none other than the greatest of all time, Stone Cold Steve Austin!”

Kevin says that for a minute, it looked like all hope was lost for him. So he used his superior Canadian intellect and started thinking, “What can I do?” And that’s when he got it. He knew what to do! Since none of these yellow-teethed Texans can turn down a challenge, why not challenge the embodiment of Texas itself? Kevin knew Austin would accept, and now he’s pretty proud. Now, the entire world- Fans chant for “USA! USA!” Yes, including the USA, everyone gets to witness the most stupendous KO Show of all time as he decimate and smears Stone Cold all over Texas, from Dallas to Austin to San Antonio to Corpus Christi to Loredo!

Kevin heard Stone Cold’s gonna open one last can of whoop ass on Kevin? EH-EH! Not happening! The only can that will open is a nice, cold can of Canadian beer after he’s done with Austin. And Kevin doesn’t even like beer! He’ll make an exception on that night, because mark Kevin’s words. NO one will be saying “OH HELL YEAH” after Kevin’s done with Austin. They’ll be going “OH HELL NO” as Kevin beats the hell outta Austin! That’s the bottom line, cuz KO said so! And then he gives the cameraman a STUNNER!! Will KO #StunTheWorld when he gives one of those to Austin? Or will he get a stunner from the man who did it best?


Finn Balor VS Damian Priest!

The Prince wants after the Archer of Infamy after the last two times Priest has roughed him up! Will Finn hit his target? Or will Damian earn himself a rematch for the US Championship in time for WrestleMania?

Raw returns and Priest makes his entrance. But then Austin Theory makes his own entrance, clearly wanting to keep an eye on this. Theory joins commentary, the bell rings, Finn SHOTGUNS Priest down! Finn fires off kicks, glares at Theory, then fires off on Priest. priest shoves back and knees low! Priest snarls, drags Finn up and puts him in a corner. Finn dodges to RAM his shoulder in again again, but Priest hauls him out! Finn trips Priest, Priest avoids the stomps but Finn rolls through the roll up to basement dropkick! Finn stomps away on Priest, Priest gets out of the ring. Finn aims but Priest blocks the kick!

Finn holds ropes, so Priest sweeps the other leg! Finn hits the apron, Priest gets in but goes back out to get Finn up. Canadian rack, Crucifix, RAZOR’S EDGE onto the desk! Theory applauds and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn fires off, only to run into a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Finn survives but Priest snarls. Priest waits for Finn to sit up and he KICKS! And KICKS! Priest KICKS Finn more and more, Theory does commentary, and Priest hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Finn CHOPS, KICKS, but Priest BELL CLAPS! Priest runs in but Finn BOOTS him! Finn fires forearms and body shots, then whips. Priest reverses, Finn ducks and dodges, but runs into a choke grip! But Finn wheelbarrows to a DOUBLE STOMP! Finn runs in to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Finn aims again, SHOT- ROUNDHOUSE from Priest!

Priest brings Finn up, scoops, Graves kisses up to Theory, but Finn ELBOW DROP DDTs! Priest gets up, into the SHOTGUN! Finn hurries up the corner, but Theory gets off commentary to distract! The ref reprimands, Theory backs off, and Priest clamps onto Finn’s neck! But Finn GAMANGIRIS him away! Finn hops down to SHOTGUN Theory out of his chair! Fans fire up seeing that, but Finn returns to a scoop and dragon sleeper! THE RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

Theory took the hit for Priest and now Priest gets a big win over the US Champion! And Theory again gets Finn up for an A T L! Theory takes another victory selfie, but will Finn get his revenge on the cocky upstarts?


Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Kevin Patrick says Kevin Owens has a plan, but does Rollins have any developments? Or is he still not part of WrestleMania? Rollins glares at Kevin and Kevin leaves. Is there a plan in the Architect’s mind? Or is he too consumed with rage?


Omos VS Commander Azeez w/ Apollo Crews!

It’s like a kaiju battle in real life! Will the colossal Omos still be dominant going up against the Pride of Nigeria’s number one soldier? Or has he finally met his match?

Raw returns as Apollo and Azeez make their entrance. The bell rings and the two look each other over. Then they tie up! They’re in a deadlock, but Omos manages to power Azeez back. Azeez turns it around, Omos turns it back, but Azeez puts Omos in the corner. Omos turns it around again and they go along ropes. Omos powers Azeez back to center but Azeez knees low. Azeez runs, but Omos runs him over! Azeez tumbles tot he apron, gets up, but Omos clotheslines him out! Apollo gets on the apron to distract and Azeez gets back up to HOTSHOT Omos! Azeez gets in to fire off hands, and he ROCKS Omos!

Azeez RAMS Omos in the corner, runs side to side and SPLASHES! Azeez kicks low, reels Omos in, but OMOS suplexes Azeez!! Fans fire up as Omos gets Azeez with both hands, MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Apollo is in shock, but Omos drags him up by his head! And CHOKE SLAMS him down! Omos dominates two men in one go, will anyone stop this juggernaut?


Kevin Owens finds Seth Rollins backstage.

Kevin snaps Rollins out of his funk and says he knows things are tough. But those tough times don’t last, tough guys do. Kevin knows Rollins can get on WrestleMania. He just has to focus his energy somewhere, like Kevin did! Kevin is going there by just thinking up something. Rollins is the Visionary, Kevin isn’t, so let’s get a vision! Think back to past WrestleMania moments. Triple H, Brock Lesnar, the Money in the Bank cash-in, losing to Kevin. Okay, don’t think about that one. But they created a moment together so they can do it again. They’re best friends, and Rollins is creative. They can build something and-

Rollins stops Kevin there. Rollins smiles and laughs because he has an idea! Kevin takes partial credit for this, but just what did he inspire Rollins to come up with?


Liv Morgan w/ Rhea Ripley VS Queen Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships match grew into a Triple Threat, and that means a 33.33% of winning! But will Liv show the Queen of the Ring that a crown don’t mean a thing? Or will Vega prove she has the advantage going into WrestleMania?

Raw returns as Vega & Mella make their entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Vega throws Liv down but Liv kips up. Vega kicks low, straitjackets the arms and turns Liv for a NECKBREAKER! Vega holds the straitjacket for the CHANCERY! Liv endures, fans rally as Vega bridges, but then Vega drops to turn it into a straitjacket stretch! Liv continues to endure, Rhea rallies the fans, but Vega SLAMS Liv down. Vega soaks up the heat, bumps Liv off buckles, and then JUMP KICKS! Liv falls, Vega runs, and Vega KNEES Liv down! Cover, TWO! Mella isn’t worried as Vega has the legs.

But Liv kicks Vega away, Vega dodges, but Liv sunset flips! TWO! ROLLING CRADLE! They go around and around, back to the sunset, TWO! But now we go the other way! Liv has the sunset again, TWO! Liv and Vega are a little dizzy but Liv kicks, KICKS and DROPKICKS! Vega ends up in a corner, fans fire up but Mella distracts Liv. Liv swipes at Mella, Vega POWERBOMBS Liv! Mella applauds her own handiwork, but Rhea storms over. Fans fire up as Rhea warns Mella, and then starts chasing her! Mella leaps onto Graves for protection! Vega asks what the heck is going on out there, but then she focuses on Liv.

Vega runs, Liv gets around, OBLIVION! Cover, Liv wins!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Graves reassures Mella that this isn’t a big deal, but Vega glares over at her teammate. Is it all crumbling down for the Queen and the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE?


Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Visionary doesn’t wait for the others to leave, he’s that excited for his WrestleMania idea! What is it that has him so happy? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Rollins has the mic and a big smile on his face. “Ladies and gentlemen, I have a plan to get myself to Wrestle~ Mania~!” With less than three weeks to go, he thought all hope was lost. After losing out on the Raw Tag Team Championships, he thought all hope was lost! But then his best friend, Kevin, reminded him who he is! He IS a visionary, he IS a revolution, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! And he has a plan! But he wants his best friend to be here to party in Jacksonville! C’mon out, Kevin! Kevin makes his way back out and fans boo. Kevin goes to the ring and gets a mic to say he can’t wait to hear this!

So is Kevin ready? Are the fans ready? No drum roll yet. Kevin has a talk show, right? The KO Show. And his guest will be Stone Cold Steve Austin! But what if… Seth Rollins had a talk show? Like Freakin’ Speakin’ or the Rollins Report! Or check this! What if HIS guest was also Stone Cold Steve Austin! What? No no no. Stone Cold is Kevin’s guest, he has a talk show, Rollins can’t just copy Kevin. That’s not a good plan. Rollins should think differently. Right, right, of course. There can’t just be another talk show. So here we go! Rollins VS Kevin, winner gets the talk show with Stone Cold! YEAH! Why didn’t Rollins think of this sooner?!

No, no, no! Kevin had the idea first, Austin is his guest, Austin is pissed at Kevin, he’s coming for Kevin, that’s how it is. Rollins needs to get his own idea. But Rollins needs this! So does Kevin! What is Rollins doing this for? Sonya Deville walks out and she admits, she likes Rollins’ idea. What?! Sonya is going to give them time to get ready, because the main event will be Kevin VS Rollins! And yes, the winner gets to host the talk show with Austin? WHY!? Kevin is furious but Rollins is excited! Will Kevin have to give his best friend a stunner to keep things as planned?


The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business!

Rey & Dominik are back in action against Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, and hopefully The Miz will be nowhere near ringside for this one. Will the King of Lucha Libre and his son get this one fair and square? Or will PRIMED Alexander & the Gold Standard get a win even without help?

Raw returns and the Hurt Business make their entrance. But at the same time, The Miz and Logan Paul head to ringside to join commentary. The teams sort out, Dom starts with Benjamin, but Benjamin sucker punches Rey at the bell! Dom fires off on Benjamin, whips but Benjamin reverses. Dom ducks and dodges to RANA! Benjamin gets up, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow and throw Benjamin to the ropes! But Alexander tags in as Dom dials it up. Benjamin puts Dom on the apron, Dom ROCKS Benjamin but Alexander CLOBBERS Dom! Dom hits apron hard and Alexander is all fired up!

Alexander puts Dom in the ring, covers, TWO! Alexander keeps Dom down with a rear bearhug. Dom endures while Miz and Logan discuss the disagreement over Cleveland’s WrestleMania worthiness. But they both laugh at Jacksonville. Fans rally for Dom as he fights up. Dom reaches out but Alexander knees him in the side. Alexander CLUBS Dom down, pushes him around, brings him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Alexander talks trash, brings Dom up, Dom throws body shots back! Dom JAWBREAKERS, dodges and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Dom crawls to hot tag Rey!

Rey dodges Alexander, heascissors him and KICKS his leg. Rey whips, Alexander reverses but Rey slides under! Alexander gets a waistlock, drags Rey up but Rey bucks him off. Rey hits Benjamin, elbows Alexander, then QUEBRADAS to TORNADO DDT! Cover, Benjamin breaks it in time! Rey ENZIGURIS Benjamin onto ropes, but Alexander knees Rey low! Alexander gets Rey up but Rey RANAS Alexander into Benjamin! Dom tags in, DOUBLE 619! Rey LEAPS onto Benjamin and Dom goes up! FROG SPLASH onto Alexander! Cover, The Mysterios win!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall

Dom and Rey regroup but here come Miz and Logan! Miz goes right after Dom and Logan rains down on Rey! Miz has Logan get Rey up and Logan talks trash. Rey hits back but Logan CLUBS Rey, then feeds him to Miz! But Rey BOOTS Logan and wheelbarrows Miz out of the ring! Logan sees he’s surrounded by Mysterios, so he swings on Dom! Dom feeds him to Rey’s KICK! Dom DROPKICKS Logan onto ropes, but Miz saves him from the 619! Rey dares them to get back in here, but the “Most Must-See Tag Team” says they’re doing this on their time! Will Miz and Logan have to face the music when it’s finally them against the Mysterios in a fair fight?


The newest 2022 Hall of Fame inductee is announced!

It is Queen Sharmell! Wife to Booker T, aka KING BOOKAH, now joins him in the HOF. Long live the royal couple of the WWE!


Edge is here!

And he has a new theme! “You think you know me? Hahaha, you never did.” But he’s keeping that eerie purple spotlight from last week as he makes his way out to the ring. Edge gets the mic while Jacksonville boos. “Let’s bring you all up to speed, shall we? I am the benchmark of the WWE. For the last two weeks, my synapses have been firing at such a rapid degree that it took me time to decipher the code of what I’ve actually become. That’s above all your capability of understanding, you’re simple. That’s not your fault so I’ll grant you mercy. I’ll put this in terms you can understand: I am better than everyone.”

Edge is better than all the fans here but that’s a given. Edge is also better than everyone, every single superstar in this entire industry. But since Edge came back two years ago, he hasn’t shown that aptitude. The Edge that came back, intent in pleasing and appeasing the fans, was WEAK! Edge realized, the fans don’t matter! In trying to please them, he took his eyes of the prize, allowing Randy Orton to tear Edge’s triceps from the bone! Allowing Seth Rollins to cost Edge the Universal Championship, walk into his home and piss all over his territory! Allowing the Aquaman cosplayer, Roman Reigns, a man who can’t lace Edge’s boots, to stack and pin Edge at WrestleMania.

And if that Edge faced Styles at Mania, then Styles would leave that Edge in the dust. “But that Edge… That Edge is dead, baby! Because now, I sit perched on my mountain of omnipotence, looking down on everyone.” Edge will not be judged by fans! Or by anyone in the locker room, and certainly not by AJ Styles! Edge will pass the verdicts around here from now on. He would apologize if he cared, but he doesn’t! So AJ, if, and that is a big if. IF AJ Styles makes it to WrestleMania, and we see two generational talents face each other for the first time ever… Edge soaks in the moment while fans chant, “You Still Suck!”

Edge hears them chant at him but he just looks to the WrestleMania sign. “Then, AJ… You will be judged.” The Rated R Superstar drops the mic and laughs as he has become something far worse. Will Edge prove he is greater than phenomenal at the most stupendous WrestleMania of all time?


Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Sarah points out that Becky Lynch continues to assert Bianca’s hair is an unfair advantage in their matches. How does Bianca respond? It is both an advantage and disadvantage. It can whip sense into Becky, but that was after Becky wrapped the hair around the ropes. Bianca takes the good with the bad, that is part of her identity. And that right there is the weapon Becky is really afraid of. The way Bianca sees things, the real advantage is… Do you hear that? That’s the sounds of Becky NOT running her mouth. Raw has been so peaceful after Bianca got Becky in the throat and stopped her from flapping her lips all the time.

So tonight, Bianca is going to use this to her advantage. She’ll focus on her opponent, and use Doudrop to give Becky a preview of what’s to come at WrestleMania. And if Becky is speechless now, just wait until the EST of the WWE shuts her up for good at WrESTleMania.

Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Nikki A.S.H!

The EST and Doudrop have battled a few times before, and Bianca continues to have the advantage in the win-loss record. But will having the Almost SuperHero in her corner give Piper a new advantage over Bianca?

Raw returns and Piper makes her entrance, accompanied by Nikki. The bell rings, Piper and Bianca approach and Piper kicks low to then CLUB away on Bianca. Piper bumps Bianca off buckles, stomps her, but then runs into buckles! Bianca ROCKS Piper, slingshots in and rams Piper. Piper stays up to run Bianca over! But Bianca kips up and dropkicks back! And then Bianca whips Piper, but Piper reverse. Bianca goes up and over and then eggs Piper on. Piper and Bianca circle, things speed up, and Bianca hurdles! Piper fakes out the drop kick, but misses the senton! Bianca handsprings, and MOONSAULTS!

Bianca kips up again and fans cheer as she swings her hair around, Bianca wants to torture rack but Piper fights that off. Piper HEADBUTTS Bianca and Bianca falls out of the ring. Piper goes out and runs in around the way, but Bianca hurdles her! Bianca leaps, but into Piper’s arms! Bianca slips off the scoop to RAM Piper into the apron! Piper SHOVES Bianca into barriers! Then CANONBALLS but misses as Bianca moves! Both women are down on the outside as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bianca fights up out of the cobra clutch. But Piper uses that to ripcord and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Piper is frustrated but she goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL into buckles! Bianca fires off on Piper with forearms, then she gets around to dropkick Piper to a corner! Bianca runs in to RAM into Piper! And again, and again! The ref counts, Bianca lets off to whip but Piper reveres. Bianca goes up, tells Piper to kiss this, then she jumps over Piper to spin her and reel her in! Piper is too much to suplex, but she suplexes back! Bianca slips free, goes to a corner and she BOOTS Piper away!

Piper snarls and runs in, but Bianca hits her with a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up, Bianca grabs at Piper. Bianca uses the corner to help with the torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Nikki A.S.H. shakes her head, but Jacksonville is fired up for Bianca! But then BECKY is here! She drags Bianca out of the ring by the hair! Becky RAMS Bianca into steel steps, and is still seething as she SMACKS Bianca off the desk! Becky gets a chair from the timekeeper’s area, and she sits it up by Bianca. Becky SMACKS Bianca off the seat! And then she puts Bianca through the chair, and uses the hair to whip Bianca into the POST! Now Bianca’s clutching her neck! Becky says next week, it’s the hair’s turn! The Man, dressed in gold, swaggers out after having crushed the EST. Will she make sure Bianca never even makes it to WrestleMania?


RKBRO heads to the ring!

The Raw Tag Team Champions head to the ring, because it’s time to celebrate! How will these two party in Jacksonville? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and we see that the red carpet is out, as well as green balloons. Riddle feels he’s in a time vortex cuz he keeps replaying last week over and over again in his mind. Randy, we did it, bro! We’re going to WrestleMania!” Riddle is right, RKBRO is going to Mania! Now earlier today, Orton was doing some math. It turns out that 2022 is going to be the 18th appearance of Orton at Mania. But he thinks the 18th is going to be the sweetest, because he has never been tag team champion going in. He’s never had a real tag team partner, a friend! Riddle has had Orton’s back since day one and never doubted their success!

They are successful, so Orton thanks Riddle for that. They hug! Now, last time they won, they threw a party. So of course, this time, Orton is returning the favor. Popcorn and soda? Hmm. Orton admits, party planning isn’t his thing. But trying is what counts. Riddle says this is the greatest night of his career. He’s dead serious! Orton’s the coolest. And he even got the balloons. Riddle’s birthday is in 10 months but that’s the Viper’s wisdom. Did Orton get this from Truly Treasures in Jacksonville? Actually, Orton got this from the concession stand in the back. Orton knows Riddle so well! He loves that stuff!

And wow, bubblegum! They both love gum, they’re going to share those. The last give is also something they’re going to share. What is this? Is this…? Yes, Orton searched high and low to find it. But wait, here come the Street Profits! Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford walk out and say they came all the way to DUUUUUVAL~ to official congratulate the NEW W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Champions, R K BRO! R K BRO! Yeaaaah~! Riddle didn’t know Orton invited the Profits. This is gonna be the party of the century! Like that Broga party but- Ford says this isn’t for the party. This is about business.

Profits pinned RKBRO in the ring a few weeks back. So seeing as how RKBRO are the tag team champions, the Profits figured they should officially challenge them to the most stupendous WrestleMania in history! Whoa, whoa, hold on. Do you even know what RKBRO had to do to get these titles back? What they had to even earn the rematch? They had to jump over every hurdle, through every hoop. The Profits can’t just win one match and expect to be next. RKBRO had to win a spelling bee! So thanks for coming, have some popcorn, but the answer is no. Okay, bros? Dawkins says when it comes to the titles, they ain’t bros.

And Orton, Ford isn’t sure if you misunderstood. RKBRO owes the Profits a match. They’re way past asking. They’re telling RKBRO that they’re facing them at WrestleMania. Orton says not once since he first stepped in this ring has anyone told Orton what to do. The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, even Vincent Kennedy McMahon hasn’t told Orton what to do when he is in this ring! And the Profits aren’t, either. So here’s some advice, homies. Turn around and leave, or Orton will listen to those voices in his head and make them leave! Riddle keeps the peace, and he says the Profits make a good point. And they gotta face somebody, right?

Orton isn’t sure but Riddle says this is the right thing to do. RKBRO argue it out, the Profits wait, and the champs come back. Orton says they’re lucky his boy here is cool. As far as that challenge for the titles go, “We accept.” Ford says they appreciate Riddle talking sense into Orton. The next time they’re in DUUUUVAL~, the Profits will show them how to throw a party that ain’t so much… ass. Riddle gets upset here. Don’t disrespect Orton! He worked long and hard for this! Riddle thought they were cool. But why wait for Mania? Dawkins says okay, if Riddle wants a match with Ford, then he’s got it! The Profits are up-

Oh, no, they don’t end like that! They end with the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment: R K BRO! The Bro is fired up to take on one of his bros, will this only tear them all apart on the Road to WrestleMania?

Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins!

Raw returns and the bell rings on this one! Ford is fired up as he circles with Riddle and they tie up. Riddle puts Ford in a corner, Ford turns it around but Riddle turns it back. They end up in another corner, Riddle gets a leg, but the ref has him let go. The two go again, Ford stomps Riddle’s foot! Ford headlocks, Riddle powers out but Ford runs Riddle over! Ford STANIDNG MOONSAULTS, into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Ford kicks and flails and pushes to a cover, TWO! Ford headlocks again, Riddle powers out but Ford goes up and over in the corner to CLAW Riddle’s back! Ford’s fighting nasty tonight and Riddle wants to know what the heck!

Ford runs in, but into a gut wrench and SLAM! Riddle holds on and drags Ford back up, for another gut wrench suplex! Riddle then covers, TWO! Ford gets to a corner, but Riddle KICKS him! And KICKS! And KICKS! The ref counts, Riddle lets off to then fisherman! Ford fights but Riddle still PERFECT PLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Riddle drops a BROTON! Cover, TWO! Riddle drags Ford back up to gut wrench, but Ford rolls Riddle to then dropkick him down! Riddle gets up, Ford clotheslines him out! Ford goes up to SUPER CROSSBODY, into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ford lands on his feet!

Ford then LEAPS off the steps! The flying clothesline hits and Dawkins fires up with Ford! Ford taunts Orton as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Riddle fires forearms! Ford kicks low, whips, but Riddle sunset flips! Ford rolls through to PENALTY KICK! Dawkins is fired up as Ford MOONSAULTS, then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Orton is relieved but Ford goes to a corner. Ford climbs, points to the Mania sign, FROM THE- NO! He bails out as Riddle moves, and he spins Ford around to PELE! Riddle runs in to forearm smash! Then side to side, forearm smash again! Ford fights the clinch, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Just like Orton’s! Orton applauds, and Riddle now has Ford in the ropes! DRAPING DDT, bro!

Fans fire up and Riddle starts hearing voices in his head! Dawkins shouts to Ford, but Ford staggers. He still stops the RKO to ENZIGURI! Ford gets Riddle up, but Riddle slips out of the bomb! RKO!! But Otis ATTACKS Orton! And Gable attacks Dawkins! Gable POSTS Dawkins, Riddle runs at Otis but gets caught! Otis RAMS Riddle into the barriers, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by disqualification

The Alpha Academy annihilates RKBRO, and now they focus on the Profits! DISCUS GERMAN SUPLEX om Dawkins! Gable and Otis then drag Ford into the drop zone, and Otis goes up top! VADER BOMB!! Gable MOONSAULTS! Fans boo but Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!” Will Gable & Otis get back into the tag title picture #ForTheAcademy?


WWE pays tribute to “Razor Ramon,” Scott Hall.

He proved it was good to be a Bad Guy. Hall made an instant impact in 1992 as the character, Razor Ramon. “You can’t teach somebody to be cool. And Scott Hall has always been cool.” It was finally cool to be bad. Hall would become one of the greatest WWE Intercontinental Champions, winning WWE’s first ladder match to become the undisputed Intercontinental Champion. And then of course, in WCW, Hall & Nash would add Hulk Hogan to the New World Order. “Hey, yo. Are you hear to see the nWo?” When your nWo, you’re nWo 4 life! The WWE family will forever remember Hall as a gifted entertainer, two-time Hall of Famer, a loving father, and a dear friend.

“Hard work pays off. Dreams come true. Bad times don’t last, but bad guys do.” – Scott Hall


Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!

The Visionary apparently had a creative mental block because he’s just wanting to steal the Prizefighter’s idea! Will Kevin keep WrestleMania as the KO Show? Or will Rollins take that and meeting Stone Cold away from him?

Raw returns and Kevin Patrick interviews Rollins at gorilla. Rollins is so excited! Tonight is the night! Rollins once was lost but now he is found! And y’know what Rollins learned something through this ordeal. Not only does Rollins need WrestleMania, WrestleMania needs Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! He’s gonna punch his ticket right now! With that, Rollins makes his entrance. Will the Architect ruin things for his best friend? We’ll find out, after one more break.

Raw returns again, and Rollins is arguing with Kevin. Fans sing Rollins’ theme and that annoys Kevin more. The bell rings, Rollins and Kevin circle and feel out the grapple. Rollins rolls Kevin up, ONE! Kevin is frustrated already but Rollins is laughing it up. They go again, feel out the knuckle lock but Kevin kicks low. Rollins scrambles away from the stunner and Kevin says it was that close. Kevin says this doesn’t have to happen if Rollins could just come up with something else. This is Kevin’s spot, Rollins isn’t going to take it! But Rollins fires off hands! They brawl fast and furious and fans fire up!

Rollins powers Kevin to a corner, fires off hands, but lets off at 4. Rollins looks to the sign, but Kevin puts Rollins in the corner to CHOP and HCOP and fire off hands! Kevin stomps, lets off as the ref counts, but Rollins kicks back! Rollins CHOPS, and CHOPS and CHOPS! Rollins fires haymakers, the ref backs Rollins off, and Rollins again looks to the sign, But Kevin tackles him! Kevin rains down fists, fans fire up as Kevin stomps Rollins down. Kevin walks into a body shot! Rollins ROCKS Kevin with a forearm, whips, but Kevin kicks back! Rollins LARIATS and KICKS Kevin in return!

Rollins drags Kevin to position him for a knee drop! Cover, ONE! Rollins drags Kevin up but Kevin gets away before Rollins can hook the arms. Rollins goes out after Kevin but Kevin sweeps the legs! Rollins hits apron, then Kevin gates the leg to SLAM it into the barriers! And again! The ring count is climbing, Rollins gets in but Kevin pursues to stomp the leg! Kevin SLAMS the leg on the mat, then turns Rollins over for a CALF CRUSHER! Kevin says he learned this from a Canadian legend! Rollins endures, reaches back, and he SLAMS Kevin’s head on the mat. Rollins clutches the knee but Kevin stomps him down!

Kevin gets Rollins on the apron, clubs way on him, but lets off to go outside. Kevin SLAMS the leg on the apron! The ref has the ring count start but Kevin SLAMS the leg on the apron again! Kevin gets in and says, “This is MY WrestleMania!” Kevin storms over, goes back out to the apron and he brings Rollins up. Rollins blocks the lift, to back drop Kevin on the apron! Kevin writhes, Rollins gets in the ring to build speed! DIVE, but into Kevin’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM into barriers! Kevin drops a SENTON, then roars and gets in the ring as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and Kevin has Rollins in a HALF CRAB! Rollins endures, rolls through and kicks Kevin with the free leg! Kevin goes to a corner, Rollins hops up but Kevin BOOTS him back. Kevin goes up to get a TORNADO DDT! Then he drags Rollins up for another DDT! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives and fans rally up and duel. Rollins drags himself to a corner while Kevin gets up on the opposite side. Kevin says he’s going ot Mania, and he fires a clothesline in the corner! Rollins sits down, Kevin shouts, “THIS IS MINE!” before the CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Rollins shakes his head, he isn’t giving up yet.

Kevin stomps Rollins’ bad leg, then KICKS it! Rollins grits his teeth as he gets up, but Kevin kicks him again. Rollins throws haymakers but Kevin gives them back! Rollins gets the edge, Kevin kicks the bad leg again! Kevin whips, pop-up, but Rollins slips out! Rollins goes to a corner, Kevin runs in, BUCKLE SHOT! Fans fire up as Rollins and Kevin get up. Rollins throws hands and CHOPS on repeat as fans sing his theme song. Rollins picks up speed, then whips, but Kevin reverses, only for Rollins to SLINGBLADE! Rollins fires up, runs corner to corner, forearm smash! Then a whip corner to corner, but Kevin puts Rollins outside!

Rollins ROCKS Kevin, then springboards, FLYING KNEE! Rollins drags himself up as Kevin slowly rises. Rollins keeps looking to the sign, and he throws Kevin out. Rollins DIVES! Direct hit this time and Kevin hits barriers! Rollins puts Kevin back in but Kevin slips back out! Kevin staggers by the announce desk but Rollins runs in, to DIVE! Kevin goes flying over the desk! Both men are down, the ring count is climbing and Jacksonville is fired up! Rollins stands at 6 of 10 to go in. Kevin drags himself up with the desk, and is in at 9.5! SUPERKICK! Rollins goes up top! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

Rollins is beside himself as Kevin survives! Rollins has Kevin in a corner and shouts, “I need this, Kevin! I need this!” Rollins CHOPS, then hoists Kevin up top! Rollins climbs up but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, shoves Rollins away, but Rollins comes right back! Only for Kevin to SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, TWO!! Kevin can’t believe that Rollins survives! But Kevin goes back up top, to SWANTON onto knees! Kevin writhes and rolls away while Rollins gets up. “This is Awesome!” as both men stand again. Rollins turns around, into a LARIAT!

Kevin wants Rollins to get back up! Rollins staggers into, NO! No stunner as Rollins shoves Kevin! But the ref got knocked down, too! He has to get up, TWO!! Rollins is furious! He feels he had that, but he runs in! Kevin dodges the stomp, STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall; will host the KO Show at WrestleMania

Whether or not he wanted it more is debatable. But now it is undeniable that Stone Cold Steve Austin is going to be Kevin’s guest on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Rollins is stunned to say the least. Will he not have a WrestleMania moment after all?

My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw in the wake of incredibly sad news. WWE put together a good tribute to Scott Hall, and he will be missed by all. And there were a great number of tribute references to him tonight, such as Kevin’s “Hey yo” when he started his promo, and how he paraphrased Hall’s HOF quote for Rollins. Priest had his own tribute with his entrance and with literally using a Razor’s Edge on Finn. I figured Priest was going to find a way to win that. This wasn’t a “Championship Contender’s match” but duh, they’re steering us towards Finn VS Priest. Theory keeps getting his shots in on Finn, too, mostly to get Heel Heat but it’s almost like Vince is using him to add on to Finn’s misery. Maybe all this goes together to give us Demon Balor at Mania.

Omos winning is great, but what a disservice to Azeez. That should’ve been way more than a squash. Yeah, it was awesome Omos suplexed Azeez but there should’ve been a bit more. Omos is nearing a level similar to Lesnar and Roman where it’s like no one normal can even touch them. I’ve said this last time but how is Omos supposed to be something more when he’s cleared out so many? We got a decent match out of Liv and Vega, but the better part was scaring Mella into using Graves as a shield, and for Vega to lose and be mad at Mella. Whether it’s Rhea & Liv or Sasha & Naomi, those titles are definitely going to another team, and maybe Vega will turn on Mella.

Good to see Nikki and Piper are sticking together, just as I was hoping. Nikki didn’t play much of a role, though, but I guess that’s the point. They’re Heels who see themselves as the heroes, so she let Piper face Bianca on her own. It went about the way all the other times Piper and Bianca went 1v1, but then Becky stands tall with a surprise return. That gold outfit was cool, and Becky beats Bianca down pretty savagely with that chair around the neck. Becky saying she’s going after the hair almost makes me wonder if we’d get a Hair VS Title match to spice things up. Probably not but who knows what’s coming next.

Mysterios VS Hurt Business was a good rematch from last week, but of course Miz and Logan Paul were going to attack again. The math is evening out with the Mysterios running them off, but Miz and Logan will surely keep trying. Edge had a pretty good promo this week, and that new theme song is fittingly also by Alter Bridge. It’s all working together for this new Heel persona of his. I wonder if he changes up how he wrestles, or even what his finishers are. We got a pretty good “celebration” segment for RKBRO, and I figured the Profits would show up. Their Mania match is definitely happening, and we got a great match out of Riddle VS Ford tonight. The Academy attacking was also a good twist, I sense another Triple Threat Tag.

Rollins and Kevin had great segments together tonight, and it was hilariously disappointing that Rollins couldn’t come up with some other idea than to copy Kevin’s. Hosting a talk show was probably the strangest prize for a match that I’ve heard of, but the match itself was great stuff. The desperation was strong from both guys, but naturally Kevin wins. Kevin and Austin is what makes sense given the use of the stunner. And Raw being in Jacksonville, all the talk of Cody Rhodes possibly returning, I was hoping for that, too. Cody and Rollins would make for an interesting dynamic given their current characters.

I thought we were going to hear a Cody theme song hit as we got that last shot of Rollins, but nope. Maybe they still bring Cody in next week, but it would’ve been way more fun to do it here in Jacksonville, given the last three years of AEW being based in Jacksonville. But maybe in Vince’s mind, that’s why they wouldn’t. He reluctantly gives fans things, so he wasn’t about to give fans what they want where Cody would get the best reaction.

My Score: 8.3/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/24/24)

The violent tradition returns!



The word of the day is, “VIOLENCE!”

Blood & Guts returns again, and Team AEW looks to take down The Elite once and for all! Will Swerve, Darby, Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed stand tall? Or will they be able to stand at all?


  • FTW Championship: Chris Jericho VS Minoru Suzuki; wins and
  • Britt Baker VS Hikaru Shidra; wins.
  • Blood & Guts: The Elite VS Team AEW; win(s).


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 34 Results & Report! (7/23/24)

Round 3…?



Things are getting complicated!

While A Block enters round 3 of the G1 Climax, B Block still has Jeff Cobb and Konosuke Takeshita battling it out for round 2! Will the United Empire’s Imperial Unit or The Don Callis Family’s Alpha take the lead?


  • Six Man Tag: Hirooki Goto, Shoma Kato & Tomoaki Honma VS  Boltin Oleg, Toru Yano & Katsuya Morishima;  Oleg, Yano & Morishima win.
  • El Phantasmo & Jado VS Yota Tsuij & BUSHI; Yota & Bushi win.
  • HENARE & Francesco Akira VS David Finlay & Gedo; Henare & Akira win.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block: Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Callum Newman; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan; Takagi wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Gabe Kidd; Gabe wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: SANADA VS EVIL; Evil wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Jake Lee; Naito wins.


Here are the current A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 2-0, 4 points
Evil: 2-0, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 1-1, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-1, 2 points
Gabe Kidd: 1-1, 2 points
Sanada: 1-1, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-1, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-1, 2 points
Tetsuya Naito: 0-2, 0 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-2, 0 points


Here are the current B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-0, 2 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 1-0, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points

G1 Climax 34 B Block: Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita!

While the opening weekend was a big success, this match had to wait. The Imperial Unit took Hirooki Goto on a Tour of the Islands, and The Alpha showed the power of AEW, but who gets back into the swing of things with another victory?

The bell rings and the two rush in! They RAM shoulders, the fans cheer, and Cobb dares Konosuke to go. Konosuke runs and RABS Cobb, but Cobb doesn’t budge. Konosuke says go, Cobb runs, and he RAMS Konosuke! They RAM again and again and again! Konosuke staggers back, fans cheer, and Cobb runs, into a BOOT! Konosuke whips, Cobb reverses but the TAKESHITA LINE hits! The fans fire up and Konosuke waits. Cobb stands, Konosuke runs in, but Cobb BOOTS! Cobb runs up to POUNCE Konosuke! Konosuke sits up in a daze, and probably just as surprised as everyone watching. Cobb then storms over and drags Konosuke up.

Cobb ROCKS Konosuke, throat chops him, but the ref reprimands. Konosuke sputters and staggers but Cobb CLUBS him down. The fans cheer, Cobb drags Konosuke around and stomps him. Cobb stands on Konosuke to use him as a surfboard! The fans cheer, Cobb calls to Toru Yano on commentary, and then copies the “Y T R” and shrug! Cobb then “realizes” he’s standing on Konosuke and steps away while “apologizing.” The fans rally, Konosuke goes to the apron, but Cobb drags Konosuke up by his hair. Cobb then CLUBS Konosuke against ropes, before stepping out onto the apron. Cobb reels Konosuke in, but Konosuke holds ropes to fight the lift!

Konosuke tries to suplex, Cobb suplexes in return! Konosuke slips into the ring and he DECKS Cobb with an elbow! The fans fire up and Konosuke builds speed, to then FLY! Direct hit and down goes Cobb at the ramp! The fans fire up more as Konosuke stands. Konosuke drags Cobb up and puts him in the ring before going up a corner. Konosuke shouts, “C’MON!” and the fans cheer. But then Cobb DROPKICKS Konosuke! Cobb climbs up and he gut wrenches for a SUPER GUT WRENCH PLEX! Both men are down after that landing and the fans fire up again. Cobb crawls over, covers, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Konosuke is still in this but Cobb keeps calm. Cobb goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. The fans rally, but Konosuke UPPERCUTS first! Konosuke climbs up after Cobb, the fans rally more, and Konosuke goes to the very top! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! The fans are thunderous as the ring practically shakes! Konosuke smirks as he sits up and the fans rally again. Cobb rises, goes to a corner, and Konosuke roars! But then Cobb runs in to UPPERCUT! Cobb keeps moving, but Konosuke follows, only for Cobb to dodge! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Konosuke lands on his feet!? And BOOTS, to then POISON-RANA!

Konosuke keeps moving, but Cobb LARIATS him down! The fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Konosuke stirs, Cobb rises, and Cobb hobbles over to Konosuke. Cobb waistlocks to deadlift Konosuke! Konosuke fights the lift with elbows! Konosuke standing switches, tries to lift, but Cobb fights with elbows. Cobb DOUBLE CHOPS! Konosuke sputters, Cobb whips, but Konosuke holds ropes. Konosuke BOOTS back, dodges Cobb and HIGH ANGLE GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO! Cobb escapes and the fans fire up! Konosuke grits his teeth, rises up and goes to a corner to take aim.

Konosuke runs up to POWER DRIVE- NO! Cobb stops the knee to ATHLETIC PLEX Konosuke away! Konosuke stands up, but into an URENAGE! FALLING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke survives Cobb going Hulk smash, but now Cobb really powers up! Cobb drags Konosuke up, gut wrenches, but Konosuke slips free! Konosuke tries but Cobb fights the Blue Thunder. Cobb goes to run but Konosuke reels him in! BLUE THUNDER- RANA!! Cobb rises up, Konosuke dodges the lariat and scoops on the run, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb barely gets an arm up and the fans are thunderous!

Konosuke roars, drags Cobb up and suplexes, but Cobb fights that! Cobb wrenches out, reels Konosuke in, TOUR OF- NO, Konosuke slips free! Cobb JUMP KNEES, but Konosuke JUMP KNEES back! Cobb HEADBUTTS Konosuke down!! Cobb drags Konosuke back up while the fans rally. Konosuke winds up to ALPHA ELBOW!! Cobb falls to his knees, but Konosuke roars and brings him up! Suplex for the RAGING FIRE!! Cover, KONOSUKE WINS!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Cobb earns 0)

From taking down a Reiwa Musketeer to taking down the NJPW World Television Champion, Konosuke is proving why he is All Elite! But will he become the Alpha of NJPW? Can Cobb make a comeback when B Block enters round three?


G1 Climax 34 A Block: Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Kosei Fujita VS Callum Newman!

Round three truly begins now, as the Submission Master takes on The Prince of Pace. ZSJ had a strong opening weekend, taking down the KOPW Champion, Great-O-Khan, and the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Tetsuya Naito. Is he about to become the Front Man of New Japan? Or can Callum make the mighty kneel?

The bell rings and the fans rally. The two circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Callum wrenches and wrangles ZSJ but ZSJ stands up fast. ZSJ spins, bridges, spins some more and he trips Callum to a toehold. Callum tries to fight back but ZSJ just slips around to a standing toehold. Callum steps over, rolls free, and the fans cheer this opening exchange. Even ZSJ nods and says that was good. The two reset, circle, and tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. ZSJ wrenches to a double wristlock takedown and headscissor! Callum slips an arm in between the legs and clasps hands to fight the squeeze, then he moves around.

Callum headstands, then pops free while trapping ZSJ’s legs. Callum puts on the pressure but ZSJ drags him down for a wristlock. Callum shifts to make it a cover, ONE, and Callum waistlocks. ZSJ fights up, wrenches out, and wristlocks again. Callum rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. ZSJ flips and kicks free, and the fans cheer again. The two reset again, and Callum taunts ZSJ as “ojii-san <grandpa>.” ZSJ and Callum circle, and ZSJ RAMS Callum low! ZSJ headlocks, Callum powers up and out, then drops to trip ZSJ! Callum keeps moving to basement dropkick! The fans cheer, ZSJ bails out, and Callum goes up and up to ASAI MOONSAULT!

The fans fire up as Callum takes ZSJ down at the ramp! Callum brings ZSJ up to ROCK him with a forearm, then puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE, but Callum clamps on with a chinlock. The fans rally, Callum traps an arm, and then Callum KNEES ZSJ in the back! Callum brings ZSJ up to suplex, but ZSJ fights free to wrench and PELE the arm! ZSJ WRINGS that arm out, and the fans cheer again. ZSJ sits Callum up to KICK him in the back! ZSJ then traps one arm and grabs the other. ZSJ bends the fingers, twists the wrist, isolates the arm and STOMPS it! The fans cheer while ZSJ paces around.

Callum clutches the arm but ZSJ eggs him on. The ref checks and Callum is okay to continue, so he stands up. Callum fires forearms but the pain holds him back. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum and he falls against ropes. The fans rally up and ZSJ brings Callum around to BOOT! Callum staggers, ZSJ runs and BOOTS him again! ZSJ keeps moving and BOOTS again! Callum roars and BOOTS! ZSJ runs and BOOTS! Callum BOOTS! ZSJ BOOTS! ZSJ whips, Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and builds up speed to SHOTGUN KICK! The fans fire up but the bad arm bothers Callum again. ZSJ sits up and checks his teeth while the fans rally.

Callum shakes out his arm, runs up on ZSJ and UPPERCUTS! Callum snapmares, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! ZSJ stands right up and Callum eggs him on. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum, and now Callum eggs ZSJ in Japanese. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum down, and Callum kips up to ROUNDHOUSE! And ROLLING ELBOW! And BUZZSAW! ZSJ is dazed, Callum sits on the cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and the fans rally up. Fujita coaches ZSJ but Callum stands ZSJ up for forearm after forearm. ZSJ shakes his head, but Callum SOBATS! Callum goes up the corner, then up to DIVING- NO, ZSJ avoids the stomp!

Callum rolls through but ZSJ is right after him! TORNADO DDT! And a roll through for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Callum endures, powers up, and he suplexes ZSJ high and hard! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Fujita and the fans rally while both men stir. Callum rises and aims from a corner. DREAMCAST- NO, ZSJ blocks the kick for a KNEEBAR! Callum endures, but ZSJ ties up the legs in an INVERTED FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ pulls on the leg but Callum fights forward! The fans rally, Callum rolls and makes it to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while ZSJ lets go in frustration.

ZSJ stands and KICKS Callum in the leg. Callum stands but ZSJ KICKS him again. Callum avoids the leg sweep but not the takedown! ZSJ rolls to ANKLE LOCK, but Callum rolls free! Callum trips ZSJ, body scissors, but ZSJ pops him into body scissors! Callum returns the favor, JAPANESE LEG CLUTCH! TWO!! ZSJ escapes and the fans fire up! ZSJ storms up but Callum UP KICKS him! ZSJ PENALTY KICKS Callum! ZSJ keeps moving, but Callum runs up to SHOTGUN! And HEEL KICK! ZSJ wobbles, Callum springboards, OSC- NO, ZSJ catches Callum to a SLEEPER! Then ZSJ scoops, but Callum slips free to have an IRON OCTOPUS!

The fans fire up as ZSJ now endures a stretch hold! ZSJ pulls on Callum’s leg! Callum shifts around for a SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up again! Callum drags ZSJ up, reels him in, and brings him up for a POWER- NO! ZSJ makes it a TRIANGLE HOLD! But Callum deadlifts for a SITOUT BOMB! Cover, TWO, and it’s back to the TRIANGLE HOLD! Callum rolls, kicks at ZSJ’s face, but ZSJ grabs that leg for a HEEL HOOK!! Callum is caught in a combo hold, and TAPS! ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Callum earns 0)

The Front Man is leading the way for A Block as he’s now 3-0! Will ZSJ be unstoppable on his way to the Climax? Can Callum find a way to spring back in the next round?


G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan!

A rivalry reignites tonight as The Rampaging Dragon once again battles The Dominator. Takagi started strong by pinning Tetsuya Naito, but got shot down by Shota Umino. Will he be able to rebound against the KOPW Champion? Or will Khan conquer this ungovernable for the United Empire?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, go around, and clinch. Khan waistlocks, Takagi slips free, and the two separate. The fans applaud and the two go again. They clinch, Khan facelocks, but Takagi endures the squeeze. Khan underhooks to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! The fans cheer and Khan poses. Khan then cocky covers, ONE! Khan stomps Takagi over and over, but Takagi grits his teeth. Khan KICKS Takagi, stomps him more, then drops an AX HANDLE! Khan pushes Takagi over, cocky cover, TWO, but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Takagi reaches back and has the ROPEBREAK!

The fans applaud, the ref counts, and Khan lets go quickly. Khan paces around, and he kicks at Takagi. Takagi scowls, then CHOPS! Khan shakes his head and smirks. Takagi CHOPS again! Then JABS! JABS! And JABS! Takagi CHOPS but Khan blocks! Khan wrangles Takagi into a FUJIWARA ARMBAR, then shifts for a DOUBLE ARMBAR! Takagi flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Khan lets off slowly, and then Khan clamps onto an arm for a double wristlock! Takagi endures, even as Khan pulls on the arm. Khan stands on Takagi, pushes him down, then drags him up to KNEE low! And KNEE low again!

Khan whips but Takagi blocks the sayanagi! Khan kicks and tries again, but Takagi CLUBS Khan down, and BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIATS! The fans cheer while Khan tumbles to a corner. Takagi shakes out his arms, stands back up, and the fans rally. Takagi runs in at the corner but blocks a boot. Takagi LARIATS through, then fires the fans up more! Takagi JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts but Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS! Takagi then whips Khan corner to corner, runs in to LARIAT, and then reels Khan in. Khan fights the suplex, throws body shots, then IRON CLAWS at Takagi’s chest!

Takagi tries to pry the claw away but Khan CLUBS him first. And then Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian- NO, Takagi blocks and UPPERCUTS, then DOUBLE CHOPS! Then Takagi gives a bit of Muta before the SENTON! Takagi drags Khan up to suplex high and hard! Khan flounders, Takagi covers, TWO! The fans fire up and Takagi looks around. Takagi roars, and he says, “TOKI GA KITA!” The fans fire up as the time has come! Takagi rises, brings Khan up and runs, to SLIDING- HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Khan drags Takagi up, Takagi fights to a clinch, but Khan hits a leg trip takedown!

The fans fire up while both men are down again. Khan rises up, drags Takagi up, but Takagi shoves him. Takagi ELBOWS, JABS, and YUKON- NO, Khan blocks the lariat to fireman’s carry and takeover! Then Khan hauls Takagi up to MONKEY FLIP, then SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO! But into the HEAD ‘N’ ARM! Khan leans on the hold, thrashes Takagi around, but Takagi still endures. Takagi fights around as the fans rally, and he has the ROPEBREAK again! The fans cheer, Khan lets go in frustration, but Khan drags Takagi up into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Takagi flails but he’s already fading! Takagi powers up to RAM Khan into a corner!

Khan lets go, but then he clamps right back on! IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Khan is even BITING Takagi’s ear! FGO PLEX! But Takagi’s right up to PUMPING BOMBER!! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Khan sputters and Takagi sits up. Takagi crawls over to Khan, pushes him into the corner, then runs in to LARIAT! Takagi reels Khan in to hoist him up top, and then Takagi climbs up after Khan! SUPERPLEX! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Takagi rises and the fans rally behind him again. They join in on the “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi stands. Takagi sits Khan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! “OI! OI! OI!”

Takagi runs, SLIDING- NO, Khan dodges! But Takagi blocks the boot to fire boxing elbows! Takagi ROCKS Khan, but Khan roars! Takagi JABS, HEADBUTTS, and- IRON RIGHT from Khan!! The ref reprimands but Khan IRON SLEEPERS, and then Bow ‘n’ Arrow racks Takagi! Khan spins for the SPINNING BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and the fans fire up again! Khan drops back to a corner, watches Takagi rise, and then runs back in, for a BOOT! And then an ELIMI- DDT!! Takagi takes Khan down and the fans are thunderous! Khan stirs and Takagi rises, and Takagi grabs at Khan.

Takagi drags Khan up, roars, and LARIATS! Khan wobbles, Takagi runs to LARIAT! Khan stays up and Takagi runs, but Khan SWATS the lariat, to then LARIAT back! The fans are thunderous again as Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! ELIMI- NO, Takagi slips around to SNAP DRAGON! Khan is up, but PUMPING BOMBER hits!! Cover, ONE?!? Khan lets loose the Monster Rage, but Takagi dodges him! PUMPING BOMBER into cover!! TAKAGI WINS!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The United Empire has suffered loss three matches in a row! Will Khan ever get off the starting block? Will the Rampaging Dragon soar to the top of the block and take the G1 by storm?


G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Gabe Kidd!

These two have had run-ins before, but this could be their most intense encounter yet. Both are 1-1, will it be the Roughneck that rises up? Or will #SHOOTER not be #WarReady like this War Dog?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two stare down. The fans duel between “SHOTA!” and “GABU!” but neither man budges. They slowly start up, and then they quickly tie up! They’re in a deadlock at center, then break. Neither man backs down and the fans cheer. The two tie up again, are in another deadlock, but Shota digs in to push Gabe back. They end up on ropes, the ref counts, and Shota lets off cleanly. The fans applaud and the two go again. Another deadlock, but this time Gabe’s height helps him put Shota on ropes. The ref counts again, and Gabe lets off, to CHOP! Shota ROCKS Gabe, headlocks, and holds on tight as Gabe tries to power out.

Gabe endures the grind, fights up and throws body shots. Gabe pulls hair, wrenches free and headlocks. Shota powers up and out, ducks the rebounder, and IG- NO, Gabe slips free of the neckbreaker to reel Shota in! But Shota slips free of the suplex to half nelson. Gabe standing switches, Shota elbows free, then ROCKS Gabe. Gabe flips Shota off before he ROCKS Shota back! Shota flips Gabe off before he ROCKS Gabe again! They BOTH fire forearms, wobble, and Gabe swings! Shota dodges, comes back, but then Gabe dodges. Both men run and the RAM shoulders! They both roar and the fans fire up!

Shota fires a flurry of forearms, but Gabe CHOPS back! Gabe whips, Shota reverses and DROPKICKS! Gabe falls and the fans fire up with Shota! Shota shakes out his arm while he paces around. Shota goes back to Gabe to stomp him. Gabe goes to a corner, Shota fires a forearm, then CLUBS Gabe on the neck. Gabe goes to another corner, Shota UPPERCUTS him! Gabe sits down, so Shota digs his boot in. The ref reprimands and counts, but Gabe eggs Shota on! So Shota stomps Gabe! The ref has Shota back off, but Gabe still glares at Shota. Shota drags Gabe up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but Gabe puts him on the apron!

Gabe swings, Shota counter punches, then Shota slingshots in, only for Gabe to block the DDT! Gabe throws body shots but Shota CLUBS away on Gabe. Shota uses ropes but Gabe denies the tornado! Gabe dodges a lariat to BITE Shota on the face! Then Gabe SAIDOS Shota away! The fans fire up while both men are down! Shota goes to the far side while Gabe grits his teeth and sits back up. Gabe crawls over to Shota, and junkyard dog headbutts him! Gabe then KICKS Shota, KICKS him again, then stands him up. Gabe CHOPS Shota and Shota staggers away to a corner. The fans rally up and duel while Gabe snarls.

Gabe storms over to Shota, Shota kicks at him but Gabe eggs Shota on. Shota gives more kicks, but Gabe stomps Shota down! The ref counts, Gabe lets off and the fans rally more. Gabe stalks Shota, CHOPS him, but Shota gets in Gabe’s face! Gabe grins, CHOPS, but Shota still gets in his face. Gabe fires forearms then a CHOP! Shota just fires a flurry in return! Gabe fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then he DECKS Shota! Gabe grabs the legs and turns Shota over for a BOSTON CRAB! Shota endures but Gabe sits deep on the hold! Shota still fights and the fans rally up. Gabe puts all he can into the Crab but Shota powers up! Shota fights forward to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Gabe lets go of one leg, but the ref counts again. Gabe lets go of Shota completely, then paces around. Gabe makes sure the camera is on him. Gabe says Shota thought he was “him,” but no, it’s all about Gabe. Gabe talks smack, stomps Shota, then eggs him on. The fans rally up, Gabe asks if this is what Tanahashi thinks the future is, then he kicks Shota around. Gabe toys with Shota, taunts him, then drags him up. Shota fights the lift so Gabe CLUBS away on Shota’s back. Gabe tries again but Shota back drops free! The fans fire up while Shota leans on ropes. Gabe rises, swings, but into a dragon sleeper! TEST DRIVE!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Shota grits his teeth, then he fires up! The fans cheer, Shota runs in at the corner, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Then TORNADO DDT! Shota dragon sleepers, inverted suplex, TRIDENT! Cover, TWO! Gabe survives but Shota aims while the fans fire up. Shota runs in, IGNITION! Shota then drags Gabe up and underhooks, but Gabe wrenches out to JAB! Shota roars, Gabe DECKS him! Both men fall, the fans fire up, and the ref still reprimands about a closed fist on Gabe’s part. The ref checks Shota, he’s still conscious so the match continues. Gabe sits up first, and he dares Shota to meet him.

They both go to center, and Shota fires a forearm. Gabe gives it right back. Shota glares at Gabe, then fires another forearm. Gabe fires one back! Both men stand, egging the other on. The fans rally up as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, harder and harder! Gabe wobbles, Shota UPPERCUTS! But then Gabe clinches to CLUB, LARIAT and CLUB! Gabe runs but into a POP-UP KNEE! Gabe still fires another forearm! Shota ROCKS Gabe, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Gabe CHOPS! Shota ENZIGIRIS! Gabe JABS, HEADBUTTS, and YUKON LARIATS! A shot at Takagi as Gabe covers, ONE?!?

Shota clinches Gabe for an EXPLODER! Gabe roars and rises, to LARIAT Shota! Shota roars and rises, catches Gabe, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX! Gabe rises, but into the ROLLING ELBOW!! Shota falls on the cover, TWO!! Gabe survives and the fans are thunderous! The fans then rally up as both men stir. Gabe crawls to one corner, Shota to the other end. Shota storms over to Gabe, and Gabe SPITS at him! Shota brushes that off, Gabe laughs, but Shota stomps a mudhole in! He even shoves the ref aside to give more! Shota digs his boot in, scrapes Gabe’s face again and again, then slaps him around! Gabe rises up, to SLAP Shota!

Shota SLAPS, Gabe SLAPS, then they fire forearms again! The fans fire up as the strikes fly fast and furious! Gabe HEADBUTTS away, then clinches Shota into a corner! Gabe smothers Shota, the ref counts, and Shota claws at Gabe! They both push the ref aside, then the SLAPS and forearms return! Shota SLAPS Gabe down!! The fans are thunderous while Shota looms over Gabe. Gabe is dazed and Shota roars! Shota drags Gabe up, reels him in but Gabe kicks free! Gabe reels Shota in, but Shota wrenches out! Shota ROCKS Gabe, Gabe ROCKS Shota, then Gabe runs. Shota ELBOWS Gabe, runs, but Gabe LARIATS!

Gabe keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, REBOUND- NO, Shota ducks and shoves Gabe away. Shota then pops Gabe up, but Gabe BITES Shota’s face to stop the suplex! The ref reprimands but Gabe reels Shota in, SNAP PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Shota survives, and Gabe is actually amused! Gabe rises up, shaking his head. The fans duel, we pass 15 minutes, and Gabe drags Shota up. Gabe reels Shota in but then shoves him back, so he can DECK him! Gabe then flips Shota over for the LIONTAMER! Shota endures, reaches out, but Gabe digs that knee into Shota’s back to bend him!

Shota endures, even as Gabe digs in deep! Shota tells Gabe off even while he’s sideways! So Gabe lets Shota go to gut wrench and DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Gabe wins!!

Winner: Gabe Kidd, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Shota earns 0)

The Roughneck endured a lot in this match, but in the end, The Mad Man had more malice to give! Will Gabe continue to show how NJPW Strong he truly is? Can Shota recover to still bring about the Paradigm Shift?


G1 Climax 34 A Block: SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

Now this is a highly anticipated showdown! The Cold Skull and the King of Darkness will forever be connected, from their time in Los Ingobernables de Japon, their reigns as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and from their battles over the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The G1 Climax is both their road back to that title, who blocks the other’s path to redemption?

Evil offers Sanada a House of Torture shirt? Evil wants Sanada to leave Just5Guys to join up with him? Sanada takes the shirt, tries it on, and clearly Evil chose the right size. Sanada shakes Evil’s hand?! Is he really defecting!? Evil gets the mic to tell Hiroshima, “We’ve been talking from the start. From today, say hello to Bullet Club: House of Torture’s Sanada! That old Sanada you love is gone.” The fans boo, but Evil tells Sanada that just like they promised, Sanada will let Evil win. Evil drops the mic, the bell rings, and Sanada lies down! Evil steps up, but Sanada drags him into a cradle! TWO!!

Evil is shocked, and Sanada RIPS the shirt off! Sanada tricked the trickster, then SHINING- NO, Evil gets away first! Evil is upset that Sanada lied to him, and says this should just be a No Contest! The fans boo but Evil rings the bell himself. Evil goes to leave, but Sanada pursues! Sanada CLUBS Evil, CLUBS Dick, then CLUBS Evil again. The fans cheer as Sanada drags Evil back into the ring, and he rings the bell to let everyone know this is still a match! Sanada stands Evil up, blocks a kick, and he trips Evil up! Sanada ties Evil up in Paradise! The fans cheer and Sanada says time for pictures! Then he DROPKICKS Evil outta Paradise!

The fans cheer, Evil writhes, and Sanada drags Evil up. Sanada wrenches Evil, wrenches again, then CLUBS the arm. Sanada whips, Evil reverses, then Evil gets in the ref’s face while Dick trips Sanada up! The fans boo but Dick gets away with that one. Evil tells off the fans but they tell Evil to go home. Evil smirks as he drags Sanada up, brings him around, and TOSSES him out! Evil then goes out after Sanada, and RAMS him into Abe-san! Evil’s strange vendetta continues, and he mockingly applauds while fans boo. Evil then leaves Sanada behind, and Sanada checks on Abe. Young Lions help Abe, and Evil unties the blue buckle pad.

The ref checks Sanada, and though Sanada clutches his back, he’s alright. Sanada stands, hobbles back up, but Evil BLASTS him off the apron! Sanada falls and hits railing, knocking Abe-san over again! Abe’s suffering more than usual, but Evil just soaks up all the heat. Evil taunts the fans, the ref starts a ring count but he doesn’t have Abe backing him up. Sanada is still down at 7 of 20, but the fans rally up. Sanada rises at 11, stands at 14, and slides in at 15. The fans cheer, but Evil is right on Sanada with a cocky cover. ONE, and Evil smirks. Evil drags Sanada up but Sanada fires body shots! Sanada fires haymakers, too!

Evil whips Sanada and surprise, bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special strikes again and the fans boo. The ref asks Dick what the heck, and Evil mocks the tranquilo! Evil covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes that deeper leg hook and Evil is frustrated. The fans rally, Evil paces, and he talks some trash. Evil steps on Sanada’s face, tells the fans to shut up, and then taunts Sanada more. Evil kicks Sanada around, but Sanada rises to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP again! Evil knees low, whips, but Sanada reverses and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! The fans fire up while both men are down.

The fans rally as Sanada rises, and he stretches out his back before he brings Evil up. But Evil knees low! Evil runs but Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! Evil tumbles out, Sanada storms up, and Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Evil, and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder and louder and the fans oblige. But while the ref’s checking Evil, Dick kicks Sanada! Dick whips but Sanada reverses, and Dick hits railing hard! Dick falls over, Sanada makes the pecs dance, and Sanada goes back for Evil. Sanada drags Evil up and puts him in the ring. The fans cheer and Sanada covers, TWO!

Sanada stays cool while the fans rally again. Sanada paces, drags Evil up, but Evil fights the fireman’s carry! Evil pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Sanada breaks free. Evil blocks Sanada’s kick, hands it to the ref and he mule kicks Sanada down! The fans boo but Evil smirks. Sanada goes to the red corner, Evil waits on him to get up, and Evil runs in to LARIAT! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sanada stays in this and Evil is annoyed, but the fans rally up again. Evil drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights free. Evil rushes in, Sanada slips around, and O’Conner Rolls! Roll through into SKULL END!

Evil endures as Sanada squeezes tight! Evil kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada keeps him from ropes! Evil still tries, and he kicks his way over to the ROPEBREAK! The fans oddly cheer and Sanada lets go. Sanada takes his time, goes back for Evil, and he fireman’s carries. Evil fights free now, shoves Sanada at the rope, but then Sanada dodges! Evil avoids running into the ref, and Sanada kicks him low! Sanada whips, Evil reverses, but sends him into the ref! Down goes the ref and in comes Dick! The fans boo as Dick stomps away on Sanada! The fans tell Dick to go home but he and Evil stomp Sanada more.

Dick and Evil “put one out” on Sanada, then drag him up. They double whip him to the neutral corner, to then UPPERCUT, LARIAT and snapmare! Evil paces, seeing the ref is still down. Dick fetches a chair! Evil holds the chair up and fans boo. Evil taunts Sanada, Sanada slowly rises, and the fans rally. Sanada stands, but he dodges the chair shot! So Evil throws the chair at Sanada! Sanada catches the chair, dodges the lariat, then tosses the chair back! Evil catches it, and Sanada DROPKICKS the chair into him! Fans fire up, Dick gets up, but Sanada DROPKICKS him, too! The fans fire up more and Sanada aims from the corner.

Evil rises, Sanada runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Direct hit and Sanada calls to the ref! Sanada drags Evil up as the ref returns, and DEAD- NO, Evil slips free, shoves Sanada away, then uses the ref as a shield! Sanada pushes the ref aside, Evil LOW BLOWS! Evil drags Sanada up, but Sanada LOW BLOWS in return! The fans cheer as Evil tastes more of his own medicine! Both men are down and the fans rally for Sanada. Sanada sits up first, and runs up again, but Evil ducks the Shining Wizard! Fireman’s carry, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and the fans fire up again! Evil is frustrated but he slashes his throat.

Evil drags Sanada up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Sanada fights that! Sanada throws elbows, spins Evil around and puts him on ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Sanada kips up, drags Evil to a drop zone then goes up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Sanada just drags him back up. Clinch and- NO, Evil slips free, EVERY- NO! Sanada slips free and steals EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Sanada sees Dick rise and DECKS him! Then Sanada PLANCHAS Dick down! The fans fire up and Sanada hurries back in after Evil!

Sanada roars at Evil to get up, and he runs in, BLINDSIDE WIZARD!! And then Sanada reloads, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Sanada jumps over, avoids Everything, but then Evil LOW BLOW MULE KICKS!! And KAKU-EVIL!! Cover, EVIL WINS!!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sanada earns 0)

The King of Darkness’ newest weapon, the combination of “kakui” (cool, handsome, etc.) and “evil,” takes down The Cold Skull! Though he sure tried every other trick he had first… But at this rate, is there any stopping Evil now? Or will Darkness Fall on the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship once again?


G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Jake Lee!

Speaking of the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, the most shocking thing in the G1 so far has been his 0-2 start! Is The Uncontrollable Charisma done owing people golden tickets? Or will he fail to get one over on this “Smart Bastard?”

Naito takes things even slower this time, perhaps hoping to frustrated Jake. Jake speeds things up by kicking the vest and coat out himself. So Naito throws his shirt down to make Jake kick that, too. Same with the leather belt. Naito takes care of the pants himself, though. The fans cheer now that Naito’s ready, and the bell rings. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” and Red Shoes assesses, it is definitely in Naito’s favor. Jake doesn’t let that bother him, and he conducts the choir of fans here in Hiroshima. The two slowly circle, then tie up. Jake’s height is his leverage and he pushes Naito onto the ropes.

Red Shoes calls for the break, and Jake slowly lets off. Jake puts Naito’s hands down by his side, and pats him on the shoulder. Naito reels back but Jake ROCKS him first! No spitting for Naito and Jake whips him to ropes. Naito tumbles and hits ropes, then falls back! Jake stomps away on Naito, stands him up to SPIT on him, then Jake TOSSES Naito out! Naito lands on his feet and walks away, but Jake storms out after him. Jake CLUBS Naito, CHOPS him, then brings him around the way. Jake has cameramen clear out so he can whip Naito. But Naito reaches out to grab the post and uses that to swing back into the ring!

Naito is tranquilo and the fans cheer! Jake kicks the railing in frustration and then storms into the ring. Jake blocks Naito’s arm-drag, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick, turn, stall, and NECKBREAKER! The fans rally while Jake clutches his neck. Naito sits Jake up and clamps on a chinlock. Naito digs his knee in and Jake endures. The fans rally, Jake pries at the chinlock, then reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Naito lets off to stomp Jake, then CLUB away on him in the corner. Naito whips corner to corner, but Jake reverses! Jake runs in, Naito dodges, but then Jake BOOTS him! Naito staggers, Jake grabs him with both hands!

Jake lifts Naito for a HANGING CHOKE, then SLAM! The fans applaud that show of strength, and Jake shouts at them that Naito’s nothing! Naito bails out of the ring while fans cheer and jeer. Jake lets his hair down, goes out after Naito, and he drags Naito up. Jake wrenches, whips, and Naito hits railing hard! Naito flounders but Jake stalks him. Jake brings Naito through No Man’s Land, and SMACKS him off a chair! The fans rally but Jake looms over Naito. Jake drags Naito up, brings him back to ringside, then brings him up the ramp. Naito fires body shots but Jake still drags Naito along, and they go up to the stage!

Jake CLUBS Naito, reels him in, and suplexes! Naito kicks and flails to fight it off! Jake tries again but Naito resists, so Jake CLUBS Naito and DDTS him on the stage! Jake stands and mockingly applauds while he walks back down the ramp. The fans rally for Naito, the ring count finally starts, and Naito stirs at 5 of 20. Jake rolls in at 7, and Naito starts rolling down the ramp. Jake mocks the tranquilo while Naito crawls. The count passes 10 of 20, Naito still crawls. Naito stands at 15, stumbles and tumbles again at 17! Naito keeps moving, and springs in at 19.5! Jake is right on Naito for a snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Jake clamps on with a SLEEPER! Naito flails but he’s already fading! The fans rally, Naito fights up, but Jake just squeezes tighter! Naito starts to fade again, and Jake thrashes him around! Naito reaches out, but Jake makes him sit back down. Jake feints running then KICKS Naito right in the chest! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! A third cover, TWO!!! Naito narrowly gets out of that and the fans fire up! Jake is annoyed, he SPITS at the fans, and the fans boo. Jake takes a bow, soaking up the heat like a gentleman. Jake drags Naito up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Naito slips free to waistlock!

Jake elbows free, runs, but into an atomic drop! Naito CLUBS Jake, CLUBS again, then whips. Naito ELBOWS Jake down then basement dropkicks him! The fans fire up while both men are down and we pass 10 minutes. Naito rises, brings Jake up then kicks and CLUBS him. Naito whips, Jake reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Jake, gets around, shoves and ELBOWS him! Naito whips, ELBOWS again, then brings Jake in to turn, stall… and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps cool, and he clamps on a cravat. Naito has the neck wrench on, but Jake fights up. Jake fires body shots and forearms, but Naito hits back.

The forearms go back and forth and the fans rally up. Jake winds up to ROCK Naito again, again, and again! Then he DECKS Naito! Jake stands on Naito’s neck and laughs, not even bothered this won’t count as a cover. The fans boo but Jake steps off to flip everyone off. Jake drags Naito up, but Naito throws those heavy elbows! Naito ELBOWS Jake down and the fans fire up! Naito goes back for Jake, brings him up, and puts him in a corner for forearm after forearm. Naito hops up the corner, reels Jake in, but Jake breaks free! SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Naito is down, Jake rests in the corner, and the fans rally up.

Jake grins while the fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” Jake runs in, GIANT KING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Jake is annoyed. Jake waits on Naito to rise, hand primed and ready. Naito stands, into the choke grip! CHOKE- NO, Naito slips free, stumbles, but gets around to ENZIGIRI! Jake staggers around, and CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Jake manages to smother Destino, so Naito RAMS him into a corner! Naito hoists Jake up top, as tall as he is, and then climbs. But Jake slips under to bring Naito off the corner! LAST- NO, Naito slips free! Naito ENZIGIRIS again, then whips! Jake reverses to kitchen sink KNEE!

Jake drags Naito up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives falling from that high up and the fans are thunderous! Jake SPITS at them again! Jake aims as Naito is in the corner, FACE BREAK- NO, Naito dodges! And he ducks Jake’s roundhouse! Naito waistlocks, but Jake pries free. Naito fires forearm after forearm! Then ENZIGIRI again! Jake wobbles, Naito wrenches, but Jake KNEES low! And ROUNDHOUSES! Naito falls to his knees then the mat! Red Shoes checks, Naito is still conscious, and the fans rally up even harder. But Jake storms back up to choke grip! And CHOKE- DESTINO!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Jake earns 0)

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion does NOT owe Jake Lee a golden ticket! The Madness Dark Side could not tear Naito down, will he just have to win the whole thing if he wants his title shot?

As for Naito, after catching his breath and getting his hat, he also gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~!” The fans cheer, and Naito says that Hiroshima is his home. The fans cheer that, too! Naito was motivated through that match to win in front of the people here and hold this mic right now. “I was thinking up to today what to say on the mic, but that match made me forget it all. So just tranquilo, assen na yo.” The fans cheer that, and Naito says that no matter how much he relaxes, it surely won’t come back to him, but he of course remembers the one thing he wants to do the most now that he’s home.

Naito wants to have a “chorus” with everyone here in Hiroshima. They should have the first roll call of this year’s G1 Climax. The fans cheer that! So then, Hiroshima, are you ready? The fans cheer, because they’re definitely ready. Then the third night of G1 Climax action can naturally only close with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! NOSOTROS! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The fans cheer as Naito finally gets to have his say. But will Naito have to fight even harder if he wants to stay in the running for the playoffs? Or will he end up owing a few more tickets before the end of this?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 3-0, 6 points
Evil: 3-0, 6 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points
Gabe Kidd: 2-1, 4 points
Tetsuya Naito: 1-2, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-2, 2 points
Sanada: 1-2, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-2, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-2, 2 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-3, 0 points


Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-1, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points

My Thoughts:

Another awesome night for NJPW, and I really don’t know why Cobb VS Konosuke had to wait until now. Unless Konosuke had to do something with AEW or even DDT Pro on Sunday? Well, either way, their match was great stuff, and I’m really surprised Konosuke won. Konosuke VS Cobb for the NJPW World TV Championship down the road could be a lot of fun. All of B Block is back in action on Thursday, with Konosuke in the main event against Yuya Uemura, so it’d be pretty wild if Konosuke won and got to talk.

A Block’s round three was great stuff. I figured ZSJ would win, even with how well Callum’s been doing. Great win for Takagi over Khan, but I’m just not sure he’ll return to the KOPW Division after this. Shota VS Gabe was certainly the most intense match of the night, they’ve got a good rivalry going. Gabe winning out was fitting, he can’t be losing too much as NJPW Strong Champion. Sanada VS Evil was really good, especially with that obvious swerve coming from Sanada. But Evil winning out because of cheating, that just seems to be how it is with House of Torture. They get strong starts in these round robins, but will lose out in the end.

And great main event, but it seems to be Naito’s thing right now to just be dominated and beat up by his opponents. Naito finally turns that around to win out, and it was definitely so Naito could have his moment here. It’s still early, he can make a run at the G1 Climax playoffs since the top three scores advance. The top seed gets a bye, then second and third must face off in wild card matches, so Naito could still squeak into the next round if he’s the third best. But at the same time, he won last year’s G1 and is the champ, he doesn’t have to win out this year. I’d personally make it ZSJ, because he is that good, and I want to see how he’ll customize the Right to Challenge briefcase.

My Score: 9/10

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