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Mitchell’s WWE Clash at the Castle Results & Report! (9/3/22)

WWE takes over Cardiff!

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WWE Clash at the Castle

Will the Scottish Warrior dethrone the Tribal Chief?

WWE has its first major event in the UK in roughly thirty YEARS! Who will be Undisputed Universal Champion when Roman and McIntyre Clash at the Castle?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Mad Cap Moss & The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy & Austin Theory; Moss & The Profits win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss & Asuka VS Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky; Bayley, Kai & Sky win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Sheamus w/ The Brawling Brutes; Gunther wins and retains the title.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Liv Morgan VS Shayna Baszler; Liv wins and retains the title.
  • Edge & Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS The Judgement Day; Edge & Rey win.
  • Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre; Reigns wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Clash at the Castle Kickoff show!

Join Jackie Redmond, Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action for this historic event in the UK!

 

Wade Barrett joins the panel!

The former Intercontinental Champion of course joins in to talk about Gunther VS Sheamus for the Intercontinental Championship. What does he expect from this match? “Oh my word, when I think about the fact that I retired six years ago, sometimes I think to myself, ‘Maybe I should get back in the ring.’ And then I see two men like Sheamus and Gunther about to tear each other apart and I think, ‘Hell no, I ain’t going anywhere near a ring again. This one is gonna be a match-up you’re gonna have to watch through your fingers.” Barrett’s faced Sheamus many times, and every single match, Barrett and Sheamus were both covered in bruises, but Sheamus kept on swinging.

As for Gunther, he’s a real fighter, but he might’ve bitten off a bit more than he can chew with Sheamus. Matt asks Barrett, as we look at this match and Gunther telling Tyler Bate that the future of European wrestling is on Tyler, how does that not motivate Tyler and Bron Breakker to watch this match here. Yeah, it’s massive. Worlds Collide is tomorrow, 4 PM Eastern. It was huge having Gunther and Finn Balor come by, even with their own hands full. The fact that NXT gets to watch Gunther VS Sheamus will surely fire everyone up for that main event.

Pete says Wade being from the UK, but neither Sheamus or Gunther is from Wales, so who has the closest thing to homefield advantage? Well, the key thing here is that this stadium will be loaded with people from across the UK. From Scotland, Ireland and the rest of Europe. Homefield advantage is going to help Sheamus and even Drew McIntyre. And yes, they’re all from different countries within the UK and the isles, but their culture is all the same. They wall watch the same TV, listen tot he same music, all drink the same beer.

There is sporting rivalry, but they’re all the same, just with different accents. Wade knows the English and Welsh will still support Sheamus and Drew, who will be the heroes to the next generation, just like they and Wade watched those greats from 30 years ago like the British Bulldog. The Bulldog was a big inspiration to Wade, so 30 years from now, there will be kids here today working in the WWE after seeing what Drew and Sheamus did. Katie’s got chills, but she admits this impact is beyond who has the titles at the end. It’s about the fans watching here today. But because this is the Kickoff, Wade has to choose: Sheamus or Gunther?

Wade wants Sheamus because Sheamus wants that title, that same title Wade held five times so that tells you how good Wade was. But Sheamus won everything else, so Wade needs something to hang his hat on. Gunther will get it done to help Wade. Will there be some bad news for Barrett later today?

 

Kickoff Show – Six Man Tag: Mad Cap Moss & The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy & Austin Theory!

The action gets going already as Raging Riddick teams with Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins against some real jokers. Will Moss & the Profits be up and give Cardiff the smoke? Or will Chad Gable, Otis and the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank SHOOSH all of Wales?

The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Gable. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks but Gable powers out. Dawkins runs Gable over, things keep moving, and Dawkins hurdles to whip Gable. Gable rolls Dawkins but Dawkins slips away. Things keep moving, Gable hurdles but Dawkins handsprings! Gable arm-drags but Dawkins arm-drags back! Dawkins then fakes Gable out to DECK him with that right hand! Ford mocks Gable and then Dawkins tags him in. The Profits whip Gable and DROPKICK him down! Ford kips up and taunts “For The Academy!” Ford drags Gable up, wrenches and whips, but Gable ducks ‘n’ dodges.

Gable catches the leap into an ANKLE LOCK! Ford endures, moves around, rolls, and throws Gable away! Theory tags in before the ENZIGURI! Ford keep son Gable but Gable reverses the whip. Ford goes up and over but Theory CHOP BLOCKS him! Theory and Gable POST Ford, and then Ford falls out of the ring! Theory soaks up the heat as fans boo. Gable tells them to SHOOSH! Theory drags Ford up and smacks him off the apron. Theory puts Ford in, fans taunt Theory, but Theory says he does NOT suck! Theory drags Ford up, ROCKS him with a left, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The fans boo but Theory soaks it up.

Theory drags Ford up and puts him in the corner. Otis tags in, Theory hands Ford off to a scoop SLAM! Otis flexes, runs, and SPLASHES! Otis tags Gable and Gable drags Ford up. Gable grinds the arm with a mounted armlock, then steps over to wrench it. Ford endures, fans rally up, and Ford reaches out. Gable DECKS Dawkins then puts Ford in the corner. Tag to Theory, he and Gable double back suplex, but Ford lands on his feet! Ford leaps but can’t reach Moss! So Ford hits a DOUBLE DDT! Fans rally up, Ford crawls, hot tag to Moss! Moss rallies on Theory and the Academy! He DECKS Otis, dodges Theory then builds speed to CLOBBER him!

Moss keeps going and CLBOBERS Gable! Wales gives him a standing ovation before Moss RAMS into Theory! Theory fights off the neckbreaker to ROCK Moss! Dawkins tags in, dodges theory, hurdles him and FLYING ELBOWS! Then a CYCLONE SPLASH in the corner! ENZIGURI follows it up, then the SILENCER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins keeps focus, brings Theory up, but no Anointing! Theory fireman’s carries but Dawkins shoves him away> Gable tags in, Dawkins DECKS Theory but Gable hits CHAOS THEORY! Cover, Moss breaks it! Theory slingshot SHOTGUNS Moss! Ford ENZIGURIS Theory, Otis dodges with a roll to POUNCE Ford!!

Otis roars, Moss runs in and RAMS him! Otis rebounds, Moss scoops him! For a FALL AWAY SLAM!! Wales is loving Moss! Gable returns, Moss dodges but Gable CROSSBODIES then DUMPS him out! Gable goes to the apron to get Ford and drag him up. Ford holds onto the ropes as Gable tries to German Suplex him! Dawkins gets over there and drags Gable away! Ford gets in the ring, builds speed, and FLIES! BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY ONTO THE PILE! Fans are thunderous as the Profits put Gable in! Ford tags in and climbs up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Moss & The Profits win!

Winners: Mad Cap Moss & The Street Profits, by pinfall

What a way to kick off the action in Cardiff! Moss and the Profits got that smoke, will they get that gold on the other side of the Clash?

 

“In this kingdom of castles here in Wales…”

“… where history prevails and beauty transcends, something unimaginable has come alive. Sons and daughters, the time has come to ignite the fires within. To fight. Who here will be valiant? Who now will be strong? For the clash of a lifetime has begun! Heed the call. Prepare to storm. And arm for battle! For the first time in Cardiff, Wales, this is Clash at the Castle!”

 

Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss & Asuka VS Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky!

The RawEST Women’s Champion leads the way for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow as they look to defend the Raw Women’s Division! But will no one be ready for this combination? Or Role Model, #CobraKai and the Evil Genius take control in Cardiff?

The trios sort out and Bianca starts against Bayley. Fans sing “Hey~ Bayley! Hoo! Hah! I wanna knoOOooow, will you be my girl?” Bayley tells them shush, that’s not her anymore! Bayley and Bianca circle, then Bayley sucker punches Asuka! But Bianca sucker punches Iyo! The teams pour in and the ref tells them to stand down. But Alexa SLAPS Dakota! The brawl is on!! Asuka throws Dakota out, Alexa throws Iyo out, and Bianca CLUBS away on Bayley! Bianca shoves Bayley and runs her over, then RAMS her into the corner! The ref counts, Bianca TOSSES Bayley, then DROPKICKS her down!

Bianca kips up and fans fire up! Bianca handsprings but Kai & Sky trip her up and drag her out! Fans boo but “Damage Control” regroups. Alexa ROCKS Kai but Sky kicks her back. Kai & Sky double suplex but Alexa fights it! Asuka CLUBS Kai & Sky then joins Alexa. But Bayley joins her team, only for Bianca to join hers! TRIPLE SUPLEX! Fans fire up for the RawEST, and they set DMG CTRL up. HANDSPRING MOONSAULT for all three! Triple cover, TWO! Fans rally up while DMG CTRL regroups outside. Bianca tags Alexa in and she calls Bayley out. Bayley gets in and fans keep singing. So Bayley tags out to Iyo!

Iyo and Alexa circle, fans rally up, and Alexa dodges the haymaker but Iyo blocks the kick! Iyo eggs Alexa on so Alexa SLAPS and ROCKS Iyo! Iyo kicks back, whips her to ropes, then things speed up. Alexa stops herself to stand on Iyo! Then she skateboard stomps her! Alexa lets off. Iyo gets up but into a drop toehold! INSULT 2 INJURY! Cover, TWO! Alexa drags Iyo but Iyo resists and waistlocks. Alexa fights free, but Iyo dodges and tags Bayley back in! Bayley kicks low and CLUBS away on Alexa! Bayley tells the fans to stop cheering! Bayley puts Alexa in the corner, Dakota tags in and she stomps Alexa down.

The ref counts a Dakota digs her boots in, then Bayley tags back in. Bayley stalks Alexa, but Alexa drop toeholds her! Tag to Asuka and they double whip Bayley to ROCK her, BULLDOG, and Asuka throws HIP ATTACK after HIP ATTACK! Asuka taunts Bayley but Bayley blocks the Buzzsaw to trip her up! Bayley drags Asuka up but Asuka waistlocks. Bayley bucks that while Iyo tags in. Iyo runs in, is sent out, but Bayley whips Asuka! Asuka goes up the corner to missile dropkick! Only for Iyo to SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Iyo slaps Asuka around but Asuka gets mad! Asuka SLAPS, fires off palm strikes, but Iyo goes Matrix! Roll-up, TWO!

Iyo blocks the haymaker to wrench, but Asuka ducks the roundhouse only for the HEEL KICK to get her! Iyo bumps Asuka off buckles, Dakota tags in, and Dakota CLUBS away. Asuka throws body shots back as fans rally, but Dakota throws Asuka down! Cover, TWO! Dakota is annoyed but she HIP DROPS Asuka’s arm. Asuka endures the armlock but Dakota bumps her off buckles. Tag to Bayley and fans fire up again! Bayley is annoyed so she tags out to Iyo! Iyo sits Asuka down and stands on her chest! The ref counts, Iyo swings to DOUBLE KNEE! Cover, TWO! Iyo steps on Asuka and tags in Bayley.

Bayley stalks Asuka, grinds her arm, but Asuka reaches for her corner! Bayley coordinates with her team, tag to Dakota and she waits. Asuka whips Bayley away, tags Alexa, and Alexa CANNONBALLS onto Bayley! But Dakota runs in to SHOTGUN Alexa! Dakota gets in the ring as the ring count climbs, and she taunts Alexa. Alexa crawls at 6 of 10, but Dakota goes out to fetch her. Cover, TWO! Dakota drags Alexa up, suplexes, then covers, TWO! Fans rally but Dakota taunts the EST. Dakota HIP DROPS Alexa, then drags her away. Dakota whips Alexa into the corner, digs her boot in, and the ref counts. Dakota lets off at 4, then tags Iyo.

Dakota mocks Bianca while Iyo stomps Alexa. Iyo drags Alexa up, wrenches, whips but Alexa blocks! Alexa and Iyo fire off forearms, and Alexa gets the edge! Alexa whips Iyo but Iyo reverses and Alexa hits buckles! Iyo drags Alexa up to whip her at the ropes, then FLAPJACKS her! Iyo kips up and covers, TWO! Bayley taunts Bianca but Iyo bumps Alexa off buckles. Iyo tags Dakota and Dakota stomps Alexa. Tag back to Iyo, she wrenches Alexa and hammerlocks the arm. Iyo sits Alexa down and keeps on the arm. Alexa endures and throws body shots. JAWBREAKER! Iyo staggers, Dakota tags in, but Alexa gives Iyo a CODE RED!

BOOT WASH from Kai! Cover, TWO!! Alexa survives that bait ‘n’ switch but Dakota CLUBS away on Alexa. Dakota tags Bayley in, they mug Alexa, then Dakota tags back in. Bayley whips Alexa to a corner, Dakota whips Bayley in but Alexa puts her on the apron! Alexa ELBOWS Dakota then RANAS her away! Fans fire up as Alexa crawls for her corner! But Bayley yanks Bianca down! Bayley tweaked her own knee, but then Dakota SHOTGUNS Bianca! Bayley was faking the knee, she RAMS Bianca into barriers! Alexa DDTs Dakota! Hot tags to Asuka and Iyo! MISSILE DROPKICK for yo! HIP ATTACK for Dakota! Asuka dodges and runs Bayley over!

Asuka HIP ATTACKS Iyo! Iyo fights the bulldog but the POP-UP KNEE! BACKHANDS! SOBATS! GERMAN SUPLEX!! SLIDING KICK!! Cover, DMG CTRL breaks it up!! Alexa ROCKS Dakota, but turns into a BAYLEY2BELLY! Bayley goes to her corner, Asuka blocks Iyo’s kick! Iyo rolls to spike Asuka, then BUZZSAW! Tag to Bayley and she hauls Asuka up! Wrench and Iyo returns, sunset rewind, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Asuka gets to a corner and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley runs in but into a CODE BREAKER! Both women are down but reaching for their corners! Hot tag to Bianca!!

Bianca rallies on Bayley, DROPKICKS her, then kips up! Bianca RAMS into Bayley at the corner, and again and again! Bianca whips corner to corner, Bayley reverses, but Bianca goes up and over, handsprings and SPINEBUSTERS! Bianca STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Bayley rakes Bianca’s eyes! Tag to Dakota and she runs in. Bianca elbows Dakota, RAMS Bayley, and hoists Bayley up top! Bianca climbs up after Bayley but the ref keeps saying Bayley isn’t legal. Dakota runs in, Bianca flips up and over her! Bianca RAMS Kai into Sky! Bianca runs in but Bayley POSTS her!

Bayley traps Bianca with her braid! But Asuka & Alexa get Bayley for a DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Everyone is down and Cardiff fires up! Kai & Sky drag Alex a& Asuka out, stomp them down, then Iyo ASAI MOONSAULTS! But Bianca rolls Dakota up! TWO, and Bianca deadlifts Dakota! Dakota fights free, BOOTS back, but Bianca ROCKS her in the corner! Bianca trophy lifts Dakota and fans give a standing ovation! But Iyo runs in, so Bianca SMACK Her with Dakota’s boots! FALL AWAY SLAM! Dakota grabs at ropes and Bianca grabs at her. The ref counts, Bianca lets go at 4. SCORPION- NO, Bianca turns kick into lift, and POWERBOMB!

Bianca hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Fans fire up for the 450EST- NO, Bianca has to bail out as Dakota moves! SCORPION KCIK! Then Around the World, but Bianca dodges! Torture rack, but Iyo saves Dakota from it! Bayley gets the braid! AROUND THE WORLD BOOT!! And then tag to Iyo, tag to Bayley! ROSE PLANT OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, DMG CTRL wins!!

Winners: Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky, by pinfall

The Role Model just pinned the Raw Women’s Champion! Granted, it was a string of attacks from all three opponents, but is this a sign that Raw is now under their control?

 

WWE honors the “greatest match in SummerSlam history.”

Welcome the family of the British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith, and Bret Hart himself! Bret and the Bulldog fought over the Intercontinental Championship, and look what’s next!

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Sheamus w/ The Brawling Brutes!

Der Ring General dominated European wrestling and even the UK scene, but now he wants to take over the world through this prestigious title. However, this is the one title the Celtic Warrior has yet to hold. Will Cardiff see the crowning of an ULTIMATE GRAND SLAM CHAMPION?

Ludwig makes the introductions for- Wait! Giovanni Vinci?! Formerly Fabian Aichner and formerly of Imperium, is now BACK IN Imperium! Will having his forces back at 100% help “YOUR Intercontinental Champion” stay champion?

Dunne and Ridge brawl with Ludwig and Vinci! Vinci TOSSES Dunne, Ridge CLOBBERS Ludwig, they brawl now, and things spill out of the ring! Imperium pinballs Ridge and stomps him down! But Dunne is up top to ARIHARA MOONSAULT them down! Gunther and Sheamus haven’t even moved yet! The bell rings and the brawl is on in the ring! Sheamus backs Gunther down to a corner and fires off, but Gunther turns it around to CLUB away! Sheamus throws hands back, they scrap, and Gunther EuroUppers! Sheamus BOOTS and ROCKS and ROCKS Gunther again! Gunther turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And ROCK Sheamus!

Sheamus ROCKS Gunther back! Gunther headlocks, Sheamus powers out, they RAM shoulders, then Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down! Fans are fired up while the others are taken to the back. Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, suplexes, but Sheamus fights that to suplex Gunther! Sheamus CLUBS Gunther, ROCKS him, but Gunther kicks low. Gunther kicks low again, EuroUppers, but Sheamus fires back! Sheamus whips, Gunther reverses but Sheamus KICKS him! Sheamus mule kicks, front kicks, and Gunther goes to the apron. Fans are fired up for Sheamus as he grabs Gunther at the ropes. But Gunther slips free and drags Sheamus down.

Sheamus kicks Gunther away, follows him around the way, and RAMS him into steel steps! The ring count starts but Sheamus fires up Cardiff. Sheamus drags Gunther up at 4 of 10, puts him in at 5, and then drags Gunther up the ropes. Fans fire up but Gunther resists. Sheamus forces Gunther to stand, and he forces those arms into the ropes! Gunther still fights, gets free and ROCKS Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther back! And again! Sheamus steps in but Gunther puts him in the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Sheamus shoves Gunther away, BOOTS him down, and then skins the cat to the top rope!

But Gunther CHOPS Sheamus off the corner and to the floor! Gunther goes out after Sheamus and he pulls the steel steps apart! Fans fire up as Gunther sets the steps and brings Sheamus around. Gunther CHOPS Sheamus, then scoops him to SLAM him on the steel steps! Gunther then goes into the ring as the count climbs. Sheamus drags himself back to the ring at 7 of 10 and slides in at 9! Gunther is annoyed but he looms over Sheamus. Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, stalks him to a corner, and CHOPS him! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther, Gunther CHOPS, Sheamus CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Sheamus again and Sheamus staggers!

Gunther sits Sheamus up to CHOP him down! Gunther kicks Sheamus around and dares him to get up. Fans rally for Sheamus as he sits up, and Gunther CHOPS him! Gunther eggs Sheamus on, CHOPS him, but Sheamus throws body shots! Gunther SLAPS Sheamus, then BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Sheamus up, CHOPS him against the ropes, CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS again! The ref counts, Gunther CHOPS again and lets off. Sheamus leans against the ropes but stays in the ring. Sheamus grits his teeth and stands back up and the fans rally again. Gunther BOOTS and Sheamus staggers then flops down!

Gunther drags Sheamus from the ropes by a leg, then turns Sheamus over to get both legs. Sheamus resists the turn, but Gunther powers through to the BOSTON CRAB! Sheamus endures, crawls forward, but Gunther shifts into an STF! Fans boo but Sheamus still endures. Sheamus pries free of the crossface and BENDS Gunther’s fingers! Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, then CHOPS him on the back! Fans boo but Gunther just soaks it all in. Gunther KNEES Sheamus in the side, BOOTS him, but fans are still rallying for the Fella! Sheamus throws body shots, but Gunther ROCKS him! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther!

Gunther dodges to ROCK Sheamus in the back! Gunther kicks and CLUBS but Sheamus CHOPS and CHOPS! Gunther wrenches the arm, and CHOPS Sheamus off his feet! Gunther holds onto the wrist while fans boo, and Gunther drags Sheamus back up. Gunther wrenches again, then CHOPS Sheamus back down. Fans boo more but Gunther drags Sheamus up again. Gunther CHOPS and Sheamus drops to a knee. Sheamus glares defiantly but Gunther wrenches again. Sheamus blocks the chop! Fans fire up and Sheamus ROCKS Gunther with forearm after forearm! Gunther wobbles but he RAMS Sheamus into a corner!

Gunther tosses Sheamus out, goes out after him, and scoops him again, to SLAM him on the floor! Sheamus writhes but Gunther drags him up, to TOSS him over the announce desk! Gunther taunts the fans then drags Sheamus up. Sheamus SMACKS Gunther off the desk! And again! And then gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! Fans count to five but Gunther gets away into the ring! Sheamus pursues and CLOBBERS Gunther! Gunther goes to the apron, but Sheamus drags him up! Fans rally as Sheamus gives more BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! He goes past 10 but Gunther gets away again! Sheamus goes out after Gunther, but Gunther TOSSES him over the barriers!

But Sheamus hits Gunther back! Sheamus gives Gunther MORE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And he goes all the way to 15!! Gunther flounders away and Sheamus pursues! Sheamus puts Gunther in the ring, climbs up a corner, and KING KONG KNEE DROPS!! Fans fire up with Sheamus! Sheamus fireman’s carries but Gunther slips off to ROCK Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther, so Gunther CHOPS Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther again, Gunther CHOPS Sheamus again. ROCK! CHOP! ROCK! CHOP! They speed it up and Sheamus gets the edge! But Gunther gest around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sheamus sits back up!

Sheamus runs in, into a CHOP! Sheamus rebounds to KNEE Gunther down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus almost had Gunther there! “This is Awesome!” and it’s still going as both men stir. Sheamus watches Gunter rise, and he reels him in for the clinch. Gunther fights that off with elbows, then he CLUBS Sheamus! SLEEPER!! Gunther squeezes tight but Sheamus moves around! Sheamus drops to a knee and Gunther leans on the hold but fans rally up. Sheamus fights up, pries at the hold, but Gunther turns him around! Sheamus fights the lift and fireman’s carries for WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives again!

Fans rally harder and harder as Sheamus stands again. Gunther crawls to a corner but Sheamus takes aim. Cardiff is on its feet as Sheamus beats his chest! Gunther stands, but he dodges the Brogue to waistlock! Sheamus elbows free but Gunther SHOTGUNS him into the corner! Gunther drags Sheamus up, GENERAL BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Gunther is freaking out that Sheamus survives! Gunther stomps Sheamus down, drags him around, then stomps him some more! Gunther goes up the corner, but Sheamus hurries up to SLAP him! And CHOP him! And CHOP, and CHOP! Gunther CHOPS back but Sheamus ROCKS and CHOPS him again!

Sheamus and Gunther brawl, Gunther throwing down some hard SLAPS! Sheamus staggers away, Gunther adjusts, but Sheamus BOOTS the ropes to trip Gunther up! Sheamus then turns Gunther around and brings Gunther out on the crucifix! A shoutout to another great Intercontinental Champion! RAZOR’S EDGE!! Sheamus crawls to the cover, TWO!?! Gunther survives and Scott Hall must be looking down in a bit of disappointment. Sheamus crawls to a corner, fans are thunderous and Sheamus glares at Gunther. Gunther stands, Sheamus runs, but his back! Gunther gets Sheamus up, GENERAL BOMB!! But Gunther can’t cover from his own fatigue!

Sheamus sits up! He shakes his head as Gunther gets pissed!! Gunther CLOBBERS Sheamus!!! Cover, Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

It was a war like none other, but it took one last shot to finish Sheamus off! Will Der Ring General continue to brutally and unequivocally dominate the WWE?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Liv Morgan VS Shayna Baszler!

Once again, the champion goes in an underdog. Liv cashed in on Ronda Rousey, then survived her in the rematch, and now she’s going up against one of Ronda’s former friends and training partners in the Queen of Spades. Will Liv keep her reign alive? Or will the Submission Magician tear the title away from whatever’s left of Liv in the end?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Liv will #TapNapOrSnap!

Liv and Shayna stare down at the bell while fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Shayna goes right for the bad arm! Liv uses that to roll Shayna, ONE! Shayna blocks a kick, spins Liv, but Liv drops out of the sleeper to a victory roll! TWO, and Liv steals the KIRAFUDA! But Shayna easily breaks that free to get the ARMBAR! Liv moves around, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Shayna smirks and Liv says it was that close. The two reset and circle. Liv dodges the haymaker to RANA! Shayna gets up, into a SHOTGUN from Liv! Fans fire up and Liv runs in at the ropes to SHOTGUN Shayna again!

Liv SHINING WIZARDS in a corner, rolls and runs in, but Shayna dodges. Liv BOOTS Shayna, goes up the corner and reels Shayna in. Liv hops around the ropes, but Shayna HOTSHOTS Liv down! Shayna taunts Liv and goes out after her. Liv throws hands but Shayna hammerlocks the arm and RAMS Liv into the barriers! Shayna puts Liv in and covers, TWO! Shayna rains down fists on Liv, then lets off to grab the bad arm. Shayna stands on Liv’s face then twists the arm. Shayna steps over to wrench the elbow, then she YANKS the arm! Liv cries in pain and gets to ropes. Shayna taunts the champ, but Liv elbows her away!

Liv goes to a corner, BOOTS Shayna again, then goes up and over! Liv rolls, runs in, but Shayna LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Shayna taunts Liv more, twists the wrist and then the elbow. Fans rally and Liv fires off body shots! Liv fires off haymakers but Shayna shoves her away then GERMAN SUPLEXES her! And KNEES her at the ropes! Liv dangles out of the ring but Shayna drags her in to cover, TWO! Liv clutches her bad arm but Shayna paces around. Shayna lines it up, and PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Liv flounders and writhes in pain but Shayna taunts her. Shayna dares Liv to get up like she always does.

Liv kicks Shayna, but Shayna twists the arm again! Shayna almost toys with Liv as she finds angles to bend the arm. Liv CLAWS at Shayna’s other arm, but Shayna double wristlocks! Liv throws kicks while fans rally up. Shayna floats, gets the legs, but Liv boots her away! Liv avoids the kick this time, and JAWBREAKERS Shayna away! Shayna comes back, Liv ducks under, goes up, and missile dropkicks back! Fans fire up while both women are down! Liv and Shayna stir as a standing count starts. Shayna gets to ropes, drags herself up, and Liv stirs at 7 of 10. Liv kips up at 8! Liv roars and fires off haymakers! Kick and KICK and ENZIGURI!

Liv whips, Shayna reverses but Liv ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard and CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shayna is still in this and Liv is frustrated. Liv drags Shayna up, but Shayna fires off hands! Shayna KICKS the leg, runs in, but Liv dodges! Shayna knees buckles, and Liv goes up. Liv leaps into a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Shayna is furious but she taunts Liv to fight like always. Shayna drags Liv around, isolates the bad arm, lets her hair down and smiles sadistically. Shayna says that would be too easy, though. But Liv rolls through to TRIANGLE HOLD! Shayna deadlifts but Liv CLUBS away! Liv has Shayna down in an ARMBAR!!

Fans fire up as Shayna endures now! Liv wants to hurt Shayna but Shayna stacks the cover! TWO, and Liv has the ARMBAR again! Shayna clasps hands, fights back up, and STOMPS away on Liv! Gut wrench SLAM! RUNNING KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Liv survives and fans rally up. Shayna ROCKS Liv to a corner, hoists her up top, then SLAPS her! Shayna climbs up after Liv, twists the arm, and has a double wristlock. Liv CLUBS Shayna, slips out and uses the arm to dribble Shayna off the buckles! Fans fire up and Liv lets off. Shayna is stuck up top, so Liv runs back in and SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!!

Liv claws at the hold but Shayna shifts to an ARMBAR! Shayna can only use one arm because Liv did damage back! Liv rolls to the ROPEBREAK! Shayna lets off in frustration, but she watches Liv stand. Shayna storms over, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Liv flails and rolls back, TWO!! Shayna kicks but misses, CODE BREAKER!! ObLIVion!!! Cover, LIV WINS!!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Liv manages to turn the tide in an instant and takes the win! Will Liv continue to survive by the skin of her teeth and stay on top of the SmackDown Women’s Division?

 

Edge & Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS The Judgement Day!

The Rated R Superstar tried to set the new generation free, but those he taught misinterpreted his lessons and betrayed him. Now Edge and the King of Lucha look to humble the Judgement Day and teach them about respect. Will the former WWE Tag Team Championship duo rekindle that connection? Or will the Prince and the Punisher finish what they started?

Fans are so excited to see Edge, they sing his theme song! But then the Judgement Day makes their entrance and they bring the mood down. The teams sort out and Rey starts against Finn. Fans are fired up for both sides as Finn circles with Rey. Finn talks trash on Edge, but fans rally up for Rey. Rey and Finn tie up, Finn throws body shots and then bumps Rey off buckles. Finn throws body shots, CHOPS, then keeps Rey in the corner to whip corner to corner. Finn runs in to CHOP! Finn smothers Rey, the ref counts, and Finn lets off. Finn whips corner to corner, Rey goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then KICKS and ROCKS Finn back!

Rey whips, Finn reverses and kicks low, to then sunset flip! Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Rey baits Finn in and elbows him, then tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Finn is dizzy and he staggers to the Judgement Day corner. Tag to Priest, and fans boo. Priest calls Edge out! Fans are thunderous for that! Rey tags Edge in! Edge and Priest circle, tie up, and Priest ROCKS Edge! Edge drops to a knee, Priest tosses him to a corner to ROCK and fire off shots! Priest UPPERCUTS, then he glares at Dominik. Priest ROCKS Edge, whips him corner to corner, but Rey is a bumper to block! Edge comes back and fires off on Priest!

Fans fire up as Edge lets off, and Edge whips Priest. Finn tries to be a bumper but Edge fakes him out! Priest goes into the other corner, Edge KICKS Finn down, then he RAMS Priest and TOSSES him out! Rhea is furious but Rey tags in, Edge gives Rey a boost to ALLEY-OOP him onto the Judgement Day! Fans are fired up again as Rey puts Priest back in. Rey KICKS Priest’s leg, ROCKS him, then runs. Rey QUEBRADAS, but Priest catches him to a FALCON ARROW! Priest rains down forearms but fans boo. Priest drags Rey up to BOOT him to the corner. Priest glares at Edge, runs at Rey and back elbows!

Tag to Finn and Priest snampares Rey for Finn’s slingshot stomp! Finn soaks up the heat and drags Rey back up. Finn bumps Rey off buckles, RAMS into him, then tags Priest. BACKBREKER to LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Priest clamps on a chinlock. Priest grinds Rey down, Rey fights up but Priest whips him to ropes. Reu KICKS back, but Priest SUPERKICKS Rey down! Priest pushes Edge but the ref has Edge stand down. Priest SPITS on Edge! Priest drags Rey away and tags in Finn. Priest whips Rey and mule kicks, Finn front kicks, Priest ROUNDHOUSES and Finn SHOTGUNS! Cover, TWO!

Finn stays on Rey and snap suplexes! Finn holds on for Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Finn CLUBS Rey down and raises his hands. Rhea laughs at the Amigo swerve, and Finn CLUBS Rey down into the chinlock. Fans rally as Rey endures and fights up. Rhea tells fans to shut up but Rey JAWBREAKERS free! Finn keeps Rey from Edge and KNEES him low! Finn whips Rey into the open corner, runs in, but Rey dropkicks the legs out! Finn hits buckles and both men are down! Fans rally up, Finn gets a foot! Rey ENZIGURIS Finn away! Priest tags in, and he BOOTS Edge down! Priest drags Rey up to TOSS him out!

The ref keeps Priest in the ring but Priest argues with her. Finn uses that to line up a shot, only for Rey to TOSS him into the crowd! Rey goes up the barriers but Priest goes up after him! Priest brings Rey around, but Rey fights the lift! Rey trips Priest up! Priest lands on his punisher! Rey hurries back to the ring, Rhea panics, and Rey is crawling! Rhea shouts at Priest to do something! Priest gets off the barrier, gets in the ring and he just manages to anchor Rey! Priest drags Rey back but Rey BOOTS Priest! Hot tags to Edge and Finn! Edge dodges Priest, CLOBBERS Finn, then CLOBBERS Priest! BOOT for Finn, FLAPJACK for Priest! IMPALER for Finn!!

Fans are thunderous again but Rhea is furious! Edge aims at Finn, but Priest is on the apron! Edge DECKS Priest, Rey SEATED ESNEONS Priest down! Edge drop toeholds Finn onto ropes! Is he really?! Edge dials it up! 619!! Rey goes up top for the FROG SPLASH!! Edge covers, Priest breaks it just in time! Priest choke grips Rey, but Rey goes up the ropes! Edge SPEARS Priest off the apron!! Both men are down and even Dom is shocked! Finn whips and slides Rey out of the ring hard! Finn snarls, but Edge HOTSHOTS him! Edge runs, into a SLINGBLADE! Rhea cheers as Finn aims, SHOTGUN!

Edge is down in the drop zone! Finn goes up top, but Dom distracts the ref! Rey fires off on Finn! Rey goes up for a SUPER STEINER! Finn hits hard but Rhea CLOBBERS Dom! Rhea RAMS Dom into barriers, then scoops him, but Rey DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Rhea!! Rey gets in, runs at Finn and RANAS him onto ropes! Now Rey dials it up, but Finn CLOBBERS Rey! And KICKS him out of the ring! Finn mocks Rey, builds speed, but Dom trips him up!! Rey dropkicks Finn onto ropes, redials, and 619!! SPEAR OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Edge & Rey win!

Winners: Edge & Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

Dom wasn’t sure about the team-up but he showed solidarity here in the end! The family that fights together wins together, and this is family! Rey has Dom join in on the celebration, but Dom LOW BLOWS Edge?!?! Rey is pissed but Dom is pissed at Edge! Rey tries to get Dom to please just understand, but then Dom CLOBBERS REY!! Judgement Day is laughing like this is the greatest thing ever! Fans boo but Dom doesn’t care about them. Dom rips up his Mysterio shirt and storms off, why has he done this?!

 

Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins!

There has been beef between the Stallion and the Visionary for months now, and after taking a detour around SummerSlam, we finally see these two throw down! Will the Bro give the Architect what he deserves for what he’s done and said to him? Or will Seth Freakin’ Rollins #BurnItDown in Cardiff?

The bell rings and the brawl is on! Fans fire up as the hands fly, and Riddle adds kicks! Riddle KICKS away in the corner but Rollins gest away. Riddle fires off forearms, Rollins throws body shots, they end up in a corner and Riddle fires off knees! Riddle KICKS away again, the ref has Riddle back off! They argue, but then Riddle backs down. Rollins goes out, Riddle pursues but Rollins hits back! Riddle RAMS Rollins into the apron, puts him back in the ring, and he gut wrench suplexes! Riddle holds on, drags Rollins back up and hits another gut wrench suplex! Fans fire up and Riddle storms up, into a throat chop!

Rollins runs and ROCKS Riddle with a right! Rollins CHOPS, runs, but into a KICK! Riddle drops the BROTON! And then another BROTON! Cover, TWO! Fans sing Rollins’ theme but Riddle is after him at the ropes. Rollins FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS Riddle down! Rollins aims at Riddle in the corner, runs in, but into the headscissors! TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins scrambles around, deadlifts Riddle, and runs at the ropes! But Riddle RANAS Rollins out! Riddle aims from the apron but Rollins blocks the Penalty Kick! BARRIER BOMB!! Riddle crashes hard, and a cameraman is even affected!

Rollins leaves Riddle behind, gest back in the ring, and the ring count climbs. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but this isn’t No Disqualifications! Riddle stands, Rollins DIVES and sends Riddle onto the announce table! Rollins drags Riddle up and back into the ring. Rollins drags Riddle back up, and short arm LARIATS! Fans are torn as Rollins stands over The Bro. Rollins smiles and drags Riddle up, but Riddle fires off body shots! Riddle runs, into an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Rollins rains down fists on Riddle, but the ref reprimands about them being closed fists. Rollins argues with the ref now, and the ref warns him like he did Riddle.

Rollins kicks Riddle around, toys with him, but Riddle CHOPS and KICKS and KICKS! Rollins ducks, rolls Riddle, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Rollins suplexes for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives that onslaught and Rollins is seething. Fans rally up and sing again, “OH~ OH~ OOOH~!” Rollins smiles as he stands up. Rollins runs, but into a BOOT! Riddle elbows Rollins away, goes up top, but Rollins trips him up! Rollins climbs up and grins as he brings Riddle into the dragon sleeper. Riddle fights the superplex off, throws more elbows, then adjusts. But Rollins goes out to GAMANGIRI!

Riddle is in a Tree of Woe now! Rollins climbs up, stands on Riddle’s leg, and then give shim WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Rollins is annoyed but he smirks again. Rollins suplexes Riddle to put him back up top, then Rollins throws body shots. Rollins ROCKS Riddle with a right, then climbs up after him. Fans rally and duel as Riddle ROCKS Rollins back! Riddle stands Rollins up but Rollins throws body shots! SUPERPLEX, and roll through, but RIDDLE FISHERMAN BUSTERS!! Riddle and Rollins are both down and fans fire up! Rollins stands first, he storms over to Riddle but into PALM STRIKES!

Riddle BOOTS, shoots around, ripcords, FINAL FLASH! Riddle forearm smashes in the corner, then runs to forearm smash again! Rollins fights the Exploder, spins, but into the BROSPLODER! Rollins goes to the apron but Riddle triangle jumps and PENALTY KICKS! And then FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Direct hit and down goes Rollins! Riddle puts Rollins in, but Rollins kicks low! Rollins underhooks, but Riddle fireman’s carries free! BRO TO SLEEP! Then Riddle gets Rollins up, POWERBOMB! Flip through, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO!!! Rollins survives by nanoseconds! Riddle storms up to Rollins and KICKS him into the drop zone!

Riddle gets up the corner, takes aim, FLOATING BRO onto knees!! Rollins aims, runs, but no stomp! Riddle waistlocks, Rollins switches, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Riddle lands on his feet! Rollins spins, into the TRIANGLE HOLD!! Riddle has Rollins down, Rollins endures and flails, and then Rollins stacks! TWO, Rollins tries to deadlift but Riddle hooks the leg! Riddle drags Rollins down and fans are dueling! Rollins fades, but he gets a second wind to stomp away on Riddle’s face! Rollins pushes Riddle, reels him in, GOTCH HOLD, BRO DEREK!!! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives Rollins stealing his move!

Fans rally up as both men stir again. Rollins kicks Riddle then goes to the corner. Rollins seethes as he climbs up the corner, but Riddle moves! Rollins bails out of Phoenix Splash, Riddle ROCKS him! Rollins SUPERKICKS! Riddle ROUNDHOUSES! Rollins swings but into the spin and PELE! Riddle kips up, into the ROLLING ELBOW! Then the DREAM SMASHER! Rollins runs from the corner, into a FINAL FLASH!! Rollins staggers but PELES! Riddle still deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! And then Riddle drags Rollins up, but Rollins flips out of the bomb! Underhooks, PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? HOW?!?!

Cardiff is thunderous as Rollins and Riddle are still fighting! Rollins is beside himself but “This is Awesome!” Rollins says this is what Riddle gets. “You’re a loser! You understand me?! You’re a loser! Your wife knew it, that’s why she left you! These people know it, and your kids are gonna know it!” Riddle SLAPS away on Rollins!! And then fires off body shots! Rollins sends Riddle out, Riddle gets in but Rollins KICKS him in the ropes! Riddle drapes in the ropes, and Rollins drags him out! Fans cheer and jeer as Rollins hits the DRAPING DDT!! Rollins smiles, having mocked The Viper to insult Riddle.

Rollins soaks up the cheers, jeers and “OH~ OH~ OOOH~” as he hears those voices! Rollins aims, runs in, but into a SLEEPER!! Riddle has the body scissors, too! Riddle turns Rollins over to HAMMER away on his head! Riddle KICKS Rollins around, has him scrambling out of the ring, then dribbles him off the desk! Fans are fired up and Riddle grabs a chair! Riddle aims, but Rollins avoids the chairshot! Riddle gets in, CURB STOMP!!! Riddle’s rage just got the better of him! Rollins aims from the corner because one is not enough! Rollins goes up the corner, Riddle stands, SUPER CURB STOMP!!! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Architect had the blueprints to destroy Riddle physically and emotionally! Rollins takes down the Bro, but will he get what he really wants in a shot at the Undisputed Universal Championship?

 

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre!

It has been 734 DAYS, just over two full YEARS, of the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table as the Reigning, Defending, Undisputed and seemingly unstoppable WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion! But the Scottish Warrior has been scratching, clawing, slashing and slaying, and now he truly gets to face Roman 1v1 after he demolished The Usos on SmackDown! Will this be the day we always remember as the day Roman’s reign ended? Or will McIntyre simply be another one heaped on the pile of opponents Roman has smashed to pieces?

McIntyre makes his entrance to his original theme song, Broken Dreams!! His tron highlights his career in the WWE, from the young and brash “Chosen One” to the grizzled and gritty Scottish Warrior! McIntyre brings his sword, Angela, with him to continue to pay honor to his late mother. Then Roman makes his entrance, holding onto the belts himself since there’s no Heyman to carry them. Roman still raises the belt to cue the pyro. Roman then continues to the ring, raises his finger to the sky, and then raises the belts for the second round of pyro. The introductions are finally made, the ref raises the belts, and tonight, THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!

Fans are thunderous as Roman and McIntyre stare down. Fans chant for “DREW! DREW! DREW!” Roman is thrown off by that and McIntyre smirks. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock! Fans fire up as they both dig in their heels and neither budges! But McIntyre’s height becomes his point of leverage and he pushes Roman towards a corner! Roman pushes back, but ends up against buckles! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off cleanly and allows Roman to come back. They reset and circle, and McIntyre smirks again as the fans keep on singing for him. Roman shakes his head and circles with McIntyre again.

McIntyre and Roman tie up, and Roman gets a headlock. McIntyre endures the grind, fans rally for him, and McIntyre powers out. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls! McIntyre gets in Roman’s face and Roman backs off to the corner! Roman goes out to the apron to cool off and fans taunt him for it. McIntyre waits on Roman and the fans chant, “WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA?” Roman gets in, rushes and waistlocks but McIntyre switches! Roman fights the lift, elbows free, then headlocks again. McIntyre powers up and out, then follows to run Roman over! Roman bails out and fans are thunderous again!

“WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA?” echoes out again as the ring count starts. Roman tries to stay calm but the fans singing for McIntyre is still getting to him. McIntyre waits on Roman, the ring count is climbing, and Roman goes up the steel steps to step back in. Roman tells the fans to calm down but they boo. McIntyre joins in on the taunting as Roman paces. They circle again, but Roman kicks low and UPPERCUTS! McIntyre goes to a corner, Roman tells fans to hush. Roman throws haymakers, the ref counts, and Roman lets off at 4. Roman CLUBS McIntyre to the corner, fans taunt Roman more. Roman climbs up the corner to rain down fists!

But McIntyre slips out before ten to trip Roman up! McIntyre climbs up and he rains down fists! McIntyre goes all the way to nine, then winds up for TEN! Roman staggers, McIntyre runs and clotheslines him out of the ring! Roman wobbles and McIntyre goes out after him! McIntyre bumps Roman off barriers, then off the apron. McIntyre whips Roman into steel steps! The steps go tumbling and fans fire up again! McIntyre refreshes the count, drags Roman up and around, but someone is throwing water bottles? It’s KARRION KROSS! Mr. Doomsday is making sure McIntyre doesn’t forget he’s back. McIntyre says bring it, he’ll shove the bottle up Kross’s-

Roman sucker punches McIntyre! And then POSTS him! Roman gets in the ring as the count climbs. McIntyre stirs at 7 of 10, drags himself up at 8, flounders at 9, but jumps in at 9.9!! Roman is shocked but he stomps away! Roman runs, BOOTS McIntyre, then BOOTS him again! Roman rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Roman snarls as McIntyre gets to the corner. Roman storms over, and he fires off the POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Roman goes all the way to ten, then he lets off as the ref reprimands. Roman brings McIntyre up to POST him! McIntyre flops to the floor and even clips the steps. The ring count climbs while fans boo.

McIntyre drags himself up with the steps, stands at 5 of 10 and drags himself in at 7! Roman is after McIntyre with haymakers! McIntyre ROCKS Roman, HOTSHOTS him, then runs in, into the LEAPING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Roman is shocked and fans are loving it! Roman cravats McIntyre for a neck wrench and he says he doesn’t care if McIntyre’s tired! McIntyre fights up, wrenches out, and kicks low! McIntyre CHOPS Roman, whips, but Roman reverses. Roman BOOTS McIntyre right down! Cover, ONE!?! Roman shakes his head in annoyance, but then he hears the fans rally and sing for McIntyre again.

Roman and McIntyre stand, McIntyre CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! McIntyre whips corner to corner, Roman reverses hard! McIntyre bounces off buckles and falls to the mat! Roman checks his stinging chest and he flicks the sweat off him and onto McIntyre. “Who do you think you are, huh?” Roman pushes McIntyre around, taunts Cardiff, then eggs them all on. McIntyre CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Roman kicks low, fires off haymakers, and he sits McIntyre down! Fans keep booing but Roman paces around. McIntyre crawls his way over to Roman but Roman brings him up. Roman suplexes, but McIntyre fights that off!

McIntyre suplexes but Roman fights that off. Roman tries again, but McIntyre turns it around! Roman still fights, but McIntyre tries, too! Roman throws body shots and haymakers! Roman sits McIntyre back down and stomps him! Roman demands a mic? Roman gets the mic, fans boo and give thumbs down, but Roman says, “Cardiff! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!” Fans boo even harder, and McIntyre HEADBUTTS Roman down!! That Glasgow Kiss was explosive! The ref checks both men, but both men are slowly sitting up. Fans are thunderous as McIntyre stands up. Roman stands up, too, and he ROCKS McIntyre with a right!

McIntyre ROCKS Roman with a right, but Roman ROCKS him again! McIntyre ROCKS Roman, but Roman ROCKS McIntyre! McIntyre, Roman, McIntyre, Roman, back and forth, but McIntyre gest the edge! Roman kicks low again! Roman whips, McIntyre comes back to BOOT Roman! Roman gets up but McIntyre LARIATS! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Then McIntyre clinches in a corner, Belly2Belly! And a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down again, and McIntyre KIPS UP! Fans are thunderous as “DREW! DREW! DREW!” takes aim! Forearm smash in the corner, then he hoists Roman up top!

McIntyre CHOPS Roman, climbs up after him, and brings Roman up to the very top! Roman throws body shots to fight the superplex, and he trips McIntyre up! Roman throws haymakers, but McIntyre pulls hair! Roman ROCKS McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! Roman stands up, but McIntyre sits up! SPIDER BELLY2BELLY! And then McIntyre slips out of the Tree and onto his feet! Fans fire up as McIntyre calls for the countdown! THREE! TWO! ON- Roman bails out. McIntyre goes out after Roman but Roman throws hands! Roman puts McIntyre back in, but McIntyre kicks him back! Roman fights off the Future Shock to UPPERCUT!

Roman shakes his head, runs the ropes, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Roman survives and McIntyre is seething. McIntyre wants Roman to stand while he aims from the ropes. Roman checks his neck, McIntyre drags him up to a fireman’s carry. But Roman rakes the eyes! Roman shoves McIntyre to a corner, McIntyre elbows him away. But McIntyre runs into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Roman finally gets a two, so there’s progress, but this still isn’t enough. Roman gets to his feet and he watches McIntyre go to a corner. Roman raises his finger, #HeTheOne, and he locks ‘n’ loads!

McIntyre drags himself up the ropes, Roman runs in, but McIntyre turns Superman Punch into a FUTURE SHOCK!! Fans are thunderous again as McIntyre aims from the corner! The countdown! THREE! TWO! ONE!! CLAY- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but McIntyre is still in this! Roman fires up as the fans sing for McIntyre. Roman lets out the “OOOAH~!” and runs, into a KICK! Then they both run, SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!? No one can believe it, least of all Roman! Roman talks to himself, trying to calm down and figure this out. Roman shakes his head and gets back to his feet, then goes back to the corner.

Roman sees McIntyre standing up and is still in disbelief. But he clamps on the GUILLOTINE!! McIntyre is fading, but fans are thunderously cheering him on! McIntyre gest a second wind and RAMS Roman into the corner! But Roman gets the GUILLOTINE again!! Roman body scissors to add all his weight, but McIntyre is still standing! The ref checks him, and he’s awake! McIntyre powers out to RAM Roman again! And then he POSTS him! Roman tumbles to the floor! But McIntyre has to remember Champion’s Advantage! The count is climbing, McIntyre goes out and SPEARES Roman through the barriers!!

McIntyre drags Roman up, puts him in, and hurries to take aim! Roman moves around, McIntyre counts it down! THREE! TWO! ONE! SPEAR?!?! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Cardiff is electric and sings for McIntyre again! Both men are stirring, and Roman stands first. Roman can’t believe that was just two, but it was just two. McIntyre gets to a corner while Roman argues with the ref, and Roman grabs the ref! CLAYMORE FROM BEHIND, but the ref goes down, too!! “A-Town Down.” AUSTIN THEORY rushes out with a ref of his own! SummerSlam didn’t work, but the Youngest Mr. MITB wants to try again!

TYSON FURY DECKS THEORY!! No cash-in tonight, says the world boxing champion! But Roman has a chair! CLAYMORE!!! The ref counts, TWO!??!? Roman survives by mere nanoseconds and McIntyre can’t believe it! “This is Wrestling!” as both men slowly sit up again. McIntyre sits Roman up to ROCK him with a right. Roman ROCKS McIntyre back. McIntyre ROCKS Roman, Roman ROCKS McIntyre, they throw hands faster and faster, back and forth! They stand to throw more haymakers, and then are going at the same time! It’s a donnybrook!! McIntyre and Roman wobble, then fire off again!!

Both men stagger, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! McIntyre stays up to GLASGOW KISS! Roman stays up, McIntyre dodges, AND SPEARS!!! McIntyre hurries to reload! CLAYMORE!!! Cover, NO!! Someone dragged the ref out!! Wait, that’s SOLO SIKOA!! The Youngest Uso just screwed McIntyre!! McIntyre goes after Solo but Solo HOTSHOTS McIntyre! SPEAR!!!! Cover, the ref returns, ROMAN WINS!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)

Another member of the Bloodline helps Roman win! Solo Sikoa rejoins the family, but here comes TYSON FURY! Fans cheer Fury as he steps to Roman, and Roman isn’t sure what to make of this. Roman puts the belts on his shoulders, and he shakes Fury’s hand since Fury stopped the cash-in. There is respect across fight sports, but in the end, Roman and Solo head out, their family victorious. The reign of the Tribal Chief continues on, will there be another two years of Roman?

As for Fury, he says tough luck for Drew, and he helps him up. Fans cheer Fury showing McIntyre respect, too, and then Fury gets the mic. “Drew. All these people here tonight came to see you. I know you’re feeling down right now, but you done your country and everyone here proud. That was an unbelievable fight. Well done, mate. You should be proud of yourself.” Everyone here was chanting for McIntyre the entire match, that was an awesome feeling, right? So chin up, son. And at times like this, Fury can only think of one thing, and it goes something like this. “A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.”

Fury sings and the fans join in for American Pie, and Fury says they were wonderful tonight! McIntyre says it didn’t go the way he thought, and he should’ve known better when it came to Roman. But screw the Island of Relevancy, this island didn’t let Drew down! Cardiff showed the world what they’re made of! And Fury, McIntyre has bantered with him, but they have something in common: when they get knocked down, they keep fighting! McIntyre WILL get his hands on the Undisputed titles! But no matter the outcome, let’s freakin’ party! C’mon, lads! Let’s get some Sweet Caroline going! Wait, are they still on the air? McIntyre is just having a laugh!

The fans sing along with McIntyre, and he says he loves ’em all! He hopes they do this again soon! Thank you! McIntyre may have lost, but Cardiff will celebrate the moment all the same! Will the Scottish Warrior keep on fighting until he finally, finally, finally has his moment?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome event. Something about WWE being in Cardiff is special. Even with title status quos being kept, we got above and beyond what I was expecting and it was all worthy of this moment. We got a surprise Six Man Tag in the kickoff, and that was some great stuff. When the kickoff show match is great, you know you’re in for a good time. The Six Woman Tag was a great opener for the main card, and I like that we finally get the name of Bayley’s trio, “Damage Control.” And as I sensed, DMG CTRL wins and that sets Bayley right up to be Bianca’s next challenger. Their Raw Women’s Championship match will be at Extreme Rules, and who knows how it goes.

That Intercontinental Championship match was awesome! The fans loved Sheamus, Sheamus was on the doorstep of making history, but as I figured, Gunther holds on because he is just getting going. But the bigger surprise that Fabian Aichner, now Giovanni Vinci, is BACK in Imperium. They separated him from the faction as part of his NXT 2.0 rebranding, but I guess since that was more of a Vince motivated move, HHH is having them do a minor reset. Now Imperium is as it should be on RawDown, and the SmackDown Tag Division grows that much stronger with Barthel & Aichner reunited.

Liv VS Shayna was a great match, with great story in how they were battling with technical skill. Shayna almost had Liv a couple times, but that fits in Liv’s story of being the survivalist underdog. Liv uses what her moveset has that Shayna doesn’t in sudden impact finishers and that wins it for her. Great tag team match for Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day, and Edge & Rey winning was fine. Dom betraying Rey was of course the big deal of that segment, and I would love if Dominik Guerrero joined Judgement Day this Monday on Raw to propel this story further. Then we could see Dom and Rhea be like the new Eddie and Chyna.

Riddle VS Rollins was definitely what a heated grudge match like that should be. They were throwing hands from the bell, going all over ringside, and Rollins stealing moves from RKBRO was a great detail. Rollins had been on a PPV losing streak so it was good for him to get this win. The grudge can continue past this, but there’s a good chance Rollins will get a chance to challenge Roman for Extreme Rules since he came really close the last time the two faced off.

And speaking of, McIntyre came the closest of all! I was loving the energy from the fans, and I really had hoped McIntyre was going to get this win here, but it seems they’re bringing Solo up now despite there being lingering story in NXT. Having Solo in the Bloodline probably means Sami Zayn will be pushed out, which is fine because Sami can turn Face, join Kevin Owens, and they can be the ones to dethrone the Usos.

My Score: 9.2/10


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

Will the winds of change blow?

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NJPW starts a riot!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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