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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/24/22)

Bianca VS Bayley, one more time!

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WWE Raw 2022

The Role Model VS The EST, again!

Determined to be Raw Women’s Champion, Bayley takes on Bianca Belair 1v1 one more time! Will the Role Model earn another title match with some help? Or will Bianca dispatch Damage Control once and for all?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Karl Anderson w/ The OC VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day; Finn wins.
  • The Miz VS R-Truth; Truth wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • 4v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Saul, Tom, Adam & Denny; Omos wins.
  • Elias VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Elias wins.
  • Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Johnny Gargano; Corbin wins.
  • Bianca Belair VS Bayley w/ Damage Control; Bayley wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Judgement Day heads to the ring!

They get the mics and the fans boo. Rhea starts by saying, “Last week, AJ found out what Mami’s known all along. And it is the same thing that I have been trying to get through to you thick skulled dimwits. And that is that The Judgement Day, we run Monday Night Raw. Oh, and another thing that AJ found out for himself, is that Dominik Mysterio is all man.” Finn says, “In perhaps one of the greatest matches of all time, AJ Styles faced off against mah man, Dom! And the Phenomenal AJ Styles crumbled under the pressure against the legendary Dominik Mysterio!”

Priest says that brings us to his favorite time of the night: “When you all rise. I SAID RISE!!” Fans boo instead as Priest shouts, “RISE! RISE! ALL RISE!! You rise and show respect for the greatest luchador in the history of this business, Dominik Mysterio!” Dom says, “The Judgement Day aren’t-” The boos are too loud! Dom says the Judgement Day are the only ones who ever believed in him! “And last week, I proved all of my haters and all of my doubters wrong when I beat AJ Styles clean in the middle of this ring. How did I do it? Everyone is asking how. It’s because I’m built differently!” Rhea says, “Yeah you are.”

Dom thinks about it, and he says he is this generation’s Eddie Guerrero! No, no, wait, Eddie was his generation’s Dominik Mysterio! Last week, what Dom did to Styles was just a small taste of what the Judgement Day- Wait! Here comes the OC! And they’ve got mics to respond! “Dominik Mysterio! SHUT UP!” Fans cheer that! “This is Charlotte, North Carolina, and they know good wrestling when they see it. And you are not it. You wanna compare yourself to Eddie Guerrero? Your generation? You’re the generation of James Ellsworth!” Gallows adds, “Jimmy No Chin!” The OC storms the ring but Judgment Day stands its ground.

Styles tells Dom there will come a time when he can’t hide behind Judgment Day because the OC will pick them off one by one. Finn says Styles is one to talk about hiding. He’s hiding in the Club that Finn started! And while Finn’s being honest, ever since Finn left the Club, everyone to come after him has lived off his legacy! “Today, the Judgement Day are in town. Step up, and get put down.” Karl tells Finn that it is time for him to stop talking! And it is time to remind Charlotte, NC why Karl Anderson is the toughest man in the building! Clear the ring and do this match, right now! Finn is all for that, so here it goes!

Karl Anderson w/ The OC VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day!

Once part of the same Club, now divided by darkness, the Machine Gun takes on The Prince! Will this Good Brother humble his former friend? Or will Finn remind Karl who put him on the map?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Finn headlocks. Karl powers out but Finn runs him over, then mocks the Too Sweet! Finn boops Karl but Karl UPPERCUTS! Karl fires off forearms, then whips Finn to ropes, and a CALF KICK! Finn bails out and Karl throws up real Too Sweets! The Machine Gun has control and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Finn RAMS into Karl in the corner! And again, and again! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Karl up to CHOP him! Karl staggers, Finn puts him in another corner and CHOPS him again! Finn follows Karl to a third corner, whips him corner to corner, but Karl comes back to dropkick the legs out! Fans rally while both men are down. Finn staggers up, Karl stalks him and KICKS the leg out! Finn falls, flounders up, but Karl KICKS the leg out again! Finn staggers around again, and Karl snarls as he KICKS again! Karl puts Finn in a corner and wraps the leg around ropes! The ref counts and Karl lets off at 4.

Karl has the fans fire up for the JUMP KICK to the leg! Finn falls to the apron, hobbles up, but Karl grabs the bad leg! Karl has the leg in the ropes for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Finn flops in, Karl covers, TWO! Karl keeps on the bad leg with a toehold and Judgement Day is freaking out. Karl keeps on the leg but Finn tries to fight with forearms. Finn hooks Karl with a leg but Karl clasps hands to hold off the armbar. Finn kicks and stomps Karl’s face! Finn lets off and hobbles on his bad leg. Finn drags Karl up, snapmares and CLUBS Karl on the neck! And again! And again! Finn then clamps on with a chinlock.

Karl endures and the OC rallies the fans. Karl fights up, moves around, but Finn CLUBS him in the back, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rhea argues the count but Finn still smirks. Finn CLUBS Karl and wraps on a chinlock again. Karl endures again but the fans rally back up. Karl fights up, throws body shots, but Finn knees low! Finn whips Karl to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up, Finn runs in again but into an UPPERCUT! Karl CLOBBERS Finn, clobbers him again, then whips. Finn KICKS Karl, but Karl ROCKS Finn! Finn returns, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Finn survives and Judgement Day is relieved as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn soaks up heat as he stands over Karl in a corner. Finn rains down fists, but Karl slips out to SUPERKICK a leg! Karl then gets Finn in position for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and Karl can’t believe it! Judgement Day is relieved but The OC coach Karl to keep going. “This is Awesome!” as Karl runs in to UPPERCUT Finn! Fireman’s carry, but Finn fights to an ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Karl survives and the Judgement Day is furious! Finn KICKS Karl against ropes, stomps him around, then tells Styles this is for him! Springboard stomp! And another! And another!

Finn stomps away, the ref counts and Finn lets off at 4. Fans boo but Finn stalks Karl. Finn CHOPS Karl in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and he blocks the boot! Finn CHOPS, Karl UPPERCUTS! Karl goes up and blocks the gamangiri! Karl CLUBS away on the leg! Karl leaps, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is shocked, both Judgement Day and OC! Finn gets to ropes, Karl CLUBS away on him! The ref counts, Karl lets off, and Karl whips. Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges, to SLINGBLADE! Finn staggers, Karl is in another corner, and Finn runs in! SHOTGUN sends Karl into the buckles!

Karl goes down, and Finn climbs up! Fans boo but Karl trips Finn up! Karl climbs up after Finn, brings him up to the very top, and he hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down, Karl crawls but Dom distracts the ref! Fans boo but Styles trips Dom up! Priest whips Styles into steel steps! And then over the announce desk! Gallows CLOBBERS Priest! Rhea POSTS Gallows! And scoops him!? To SLAM him on the floor! Rhea is fired up but Finn runs in at Karl. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK, then fireman’s carry! Dom gets in the ring! Rhea LOW BLOWS Karl!! Finn covers, Finn wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

The Judgement Day uses numbers as always, Rhea cannot be stopped without proper back-up for the OC! Will Rhea be a wild card again when this battle goes to Crown Jewel?

 

Johnny Gargano walks around backstage.

He looks at his whistle, but then The Miz finds him. Miz wants to know what Gargano thinks he knows. Gargano knows what’s going on here between Miz and Lumis. And that is…? Miz knows. NO, he doesn’t. Mike, c’mon. You know. No, he doesn’t. Because there is nothing to know. If there’s nothing to know, then why would Miz ask Gargano what he knows? Anyway, just quit lying and tell the truth! No, Gargano is lying! He’s just trolling! He’s trying to use Miz’s name to gain something, which he oddly admires. BUT, Miz is not Gargano’s little clickbait. Miz is going to go out there and tell the truth! Good! It’s what we want! They argue, Miz heads out, but just what is Miz going to confess?

 

Raw returns and The Miz is in the ring.

The Miz tells the cameras to ignore Dale Earnhardt Jr! Miz could beat him in a race in his Tesla! But back to Miz, Gargano has come forward and accused Miz of keeping a secret between Miz and He Who Shall Not Be Named. And yes, there is a secret! But first, let’s reveal some facts! Fact: a lunatic show sup to Raw uninvited and gets carried away by security. Fact: the very next week, he shows up again and kidnaps Miz, dragging him away from Tommaso Ciampa, who we haven’t seen in WEEKS! And then a few more weeks, Lumis repeatedly attacks and stalks Miz, and Miz finds himself waking up in peculiar situations that he doesn’t wanna talk about.

Those are all what we have witnessed, but what are we missing? Miz will fill in the blanks. The night Miz was about to win the United States Championship inside a Steel Cage, Lumis showed Miz why he was a target. Surely fans think it’s his good looks or his fame. No! That lunatic targeted Miz because of Miz’s mind. And not some kind of Hannibal Lecter, but his knowledge of in this ring and in this business. So when Miz chose to give a selfless act and share that expertise with an up-and-coming superstar, that maniac Lumis couldn’t stand Miz chose Ciampa over him. Lumis sat at home jobless, thinking Ciampa stole the career Lumis deserved, he plotted his revenge,

Miz didn’t want Ciampa to know that he is the reason this is all happening because Ciampa is Miz’s best friend. If you’ve seen Ciampa, let Miz know. But Gargano interrupts. “You’re so full of crap! We both know what really happened.” Miz defends that IS what happened. No, Miz is so full of himself, he doesn’t even realize his “friend” isn’t missing. Gargano texted Ciampa a minute ago. Ciampa is injured. Miz is just a liar. But if Miz wants Lumis and Gargano out of his life, then all Miz has to do is to tell the real truth. Or, Mike, you know what will happen. Gargano will blow his whistle. Fans want Gargano to do it!

Miz says no! When his hand goes up, you shut up! He’s been telling the truth! Over and over! Speaking of truth, here’s R-TRUTH! Miz and Gargano are both stunned to see Truth back. Truth goes all the way through his theme song before getting into the ring. Truth asks Charlotte, NC, “Make some noise! What’s up!?” Truth heard Miz wants to tell the truth, so here he is, dawg. Actually, yeah he is the REAL Truth. Has EVERYONE lost their mind? Did Truth eat too much “Crappy comfort food?!” Bro, Truth won’t stand here and have Miz talk crap on mac ‘n’ cheese. Right, maybe Miz is the idiot for thinking Carolina’s brains could handle this.

Truth stops Miz again. It’s one thing to drag Truth down here and not tell the secret. But bro, you can’t talk down about his hometown. Hey, Charlotte! How about Truth gives Miz a North Cackalack BUTT WHOOPING? Fans like that! Miz says no, they’re not fighting. What’s wrong? Afraid Truth is gonna beat the truth out of Miz? Gargano knows Lumis deflated Miz’s balls, but he didn’t know Miz didn’t have any left! OOOOOH~! Miz says fine! He wants a match! He wants Truth! You can’t handle the Truth! JINX! But will we all hear the truth of the matter after this?

The Miz VS R-Truth!

Raw returns and fans taunt Miz with “Tiny Balls!” Miz says no, they’re MASSIVE! But Miz and Truth circle, Truth gets fans to chant, “What’s Up!?” Miz attacks Truth from behind! Miz stomps away on Truth, lets off as the ref counts, and then he tears his shirt off. Miz storms around, but Truth ROCKS him! And atomic drops him! And then kicks and runs, but Miz avoids the scissor kick to BOOT Truth down! Fans boo but Miz scowls as he storms over to Truth at the ropes. Miz CHOKES Truth on the ropes, fishhooks him, then lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Truth falls over, Miz drags him back up.

Miz chinlocks but Truth endures. Fans rally, Truth fights up and he throws body shots. Miz shoves Truth to a corner but Truth BOOTS back! Truth dodges and flying shoulders! Truth shouts out his hero, John Cena! SPIN-OUT BOMB! Fans fire up as Truth hits the splits, then says, “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” But Miz KICKS Truth! They both run, BUSAIKU KNEE! Miz shouts out his bitter rival, the American Dragon, and he powers up as fans boo. Miz shouts, “MASSIVE! BALLS!!” Miz stalks Truth but then he spots LUMIS! Miz shouts about the man in the hoodie, but Truth rolls Miz up! TRUTH WINS!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall

Miz’s paranoia gets him again! Because that was just GARGANO in a hoodie! Gargano gives a thumbs up and Miz frowns. Will Miz

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.

Cathy Kelly says Candice has made quite the impact. Is this what she expected when she made her return to the WWE? Candice says she wasn’t sure what to expect. First she’s in NXT, then her and her husband, Gargano, are having a child, and then they’re both on Raw. Candice says if she knew anything, it’s that this would be a challenge. But she’s had great support from Alexa Bliss, Asuka and Bianca Belair. But then Damage Control barges in and Bayley says, “Boo~! Bianca Belair sucks!” Bayley dismisses Cathy and takes over. Relax, they just have some questions. First, uh, WHO CARES?

There’s no Asuka or Alexa, they’re on the shelf, just like Becky Lynch. You’re welcome. DMG CTRL does what they want. Did you see SmackDown where they took care of Raquel & Shotzi? Candice asks Bayley what the point is. What’re they trying to prove? That they’re in control of the division now? The only thing they’ve all proven is that Iyo is still untrustworthy, Dakota is still spiteful, and Bayley is still NOT Raw Women’s Champion! Bayley says, “YET.” And if Candice doesn’t think they’re in control, then look around. Bayley doesn’t see any friends to help Candice. Candice shoves the camera over and DMG CTRL beats Candice up! Is DMG CTRL going to take control by any means necessary?

 

Elias walks around backstage.

The Drifter comes across Matt Riddle hitting the bong…os again. Riddle says, “Eli-Eli-O! What’s up, bro?” Well, Elias wanted to clear the air, but Riddle says no need to fear the air, it is clear. Riddle’s been working on his rhymes to work with Elias’ sweet tunes! Elias appreciates that, that’s very nice, but he has to say. Elias is a serious artist, the people love to hear him perform. But he has a long history of being disrespected and interrupted. So much so, Elias took a vow that if it ever happened again, he’d do something about it. But Riddle and Zeke were close, so Elias lets last week slide. But if it ever happens again, Elias won’t be so nice

Oh, okay, bro. But Riddle’s been hitting the bongs all week. Check! Smack smack, smack-smack-smack! Smack smack, smack-smack-smack! Elias is getting annoyed, but it’s Chad Gable who shouts, “SHOOOOOSH! SHOOSH. Okay?” It’s not bad enough Elias is back playing rotten tunes, we’ve got this clown now? Are they a band now? Blink One Eighty SHOOOSH? HAH! That’s not even funny, bro. They don’t have a name for the band yet. Well last week was a keyboard, is this week a kazoo? But to be serious, Gable wants Elias to shave his beard and pretend to be that moron, Ezekiel again. They liked Zeke better.

Elias says first, he and Riddle aren’t a band. Aw… Second, don’t you ever talk bad about his brother! Elias told Riddle how he hates being interrupted, and yet Gable and his big buffoon walk right in. So how about this? Gable can meet Elias in the ring and find out why WWE stands for Walk With Elias! Gable accepts. But Otis eats pieces like you for breakfast! Heh, they eat crap for breakfast. But anyway, will Master Gable learn a thing or two from The Drifter?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Austin Theory!

The Beacon wants an opportunity, and he’s taking on the guy who was handed opportunities on silver platters! Will Ali finally humble the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Ever and jump to a title shot? Or will Theory be taking more victory selfies than ever before?

The bell rings and wait, here comes Seth Freakin’ Rollins! The Visionary, the NEW United States Champion, struts his way out in a neon suit to get Charlotte, NC to sing his song. And also, to get in Ali’s head. Will the hungry contender be able to focus with the champion just on the outside? Theory and Ali circle as Rollins joins commentary, and the two tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and Ali gets to a corner. Theory talks trash, Rollins introduces himself, and Ali gets up. Ali and Theory circle, tie up, and Ali gets around to a headlock. Theory powers out, headlocks in return, but Ali throws body shots.

Ali powers out, things speed up, but Theory runs Ali over! Fans boo as Theory talks more trash, but Ali keeps cool. Ali and Theory circle again, they tie up, but Theory kicks low! Theory ROCKS Ali with a haymaker, then he puts Ali on the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and counts, Theory lets off, and Rollins talks Theory up. Theory bumps Ali off buckles, RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then throws haymakers. Fans still sing for Rollins, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” and Rollins smiles. Theory slaps Ali around but Ali throws body shots and forearms! Ali whips, Theory reverses then kitchen sink knees! Cover, TWO!

Theory looms over Ali, he drags Ali up, but Ali throws hands! Ali whips, Theory reverses and hip tosses but Ali lands on his feet! Theory knees low, whips, but Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Theory flounders and Ali kips up! Fans fire up, Ali runs in and forearm smashes! Ali puts Theory up top, ROCKS him, then climbs up. Rollins doesn’t like this, but Ali is at the top. Theory throws hands and shoves Ali, but Ali flips to land on his feet! Theory jumps, but into a DROPKICK! Theory bails out and Rollins says that’s a good move. Ali is frustrated, but he glares at Rollins. Rollins tells Ali this is a great match, he has a great dropkick. Theory trips Ali up!

Theory SMACKS Ali off the desk, puts him on the apron, and hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Rollins is loving this as Theory is in control and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ali throws body shots on Theory. Ali then throws forearms, but Theory throws Ali out! Rollins laughs as Theory goes out to smack Ali off the apron. Theory puts Ali in, he soaks up the heat, and he takes his time getting back in the ring. Theory gets his phone, says, “This what you want?” Theory takes a quick selfie, but Ali DROPKICKS him off the apron! Hopefully Theory got that on camera! Ali goes up top to SUPER CANNONBALL! Fans fire up and Rollins is worried! Ali puts Theory in, dodges a haymaker to fire off fast hands! Ali has Theory in a corner but Theory turns it around, only for Ali to CHOP!

Ali whips, Theory reverses, Ali stops himself and slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Theory staggers, Ali slingshots and somersaults to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins is relieved but standing up out of his seat. Rollins tells Theory to get it together, but Ali drags him up. Ali hooks a leg but Theory stomps a foot! Theory suplexes, Ali slips out but Theory elbows him away. Ali SUPERKICKS, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Corey Graves tries to calm Rollins down but Ali goes to a corner! Theory is in a drop zone, Ali is going up top! 450- NO, Ali has to bail out as Theory moves! Ali elbows Theory, leaps up, but no tornado this time!

Theory suplexes for an AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives and Rollins is stressed out! Rollins tells Theory to stop fooling around, no more selfies! “Put him down!” Theory says he’ll put Ali A-Town Down! Theory fireman’s carries but Ali fights! Ali gets the ropes, slips off, and then ducks to BACKSTABBER! Theory is in a drop zone and Ali goes up again! Rollins is panicking, he rushes off commentary! The ref stops Rollins, Theory trips Ali up! Theory fireman’s carries, for A-TOWN DOWN!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

The Visionary saw Ali was going to win, so he stopped that himself! Theory and Rollins celebrate together, but while Mr. MITB heads out, Rollins looms over Ali. Rollins mockingly applauds Ali’s efforts, then drags him up to TOSS him out! Fans are torn between boos and “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins says Ali doesn’t belong in the ring with him, then goes out to TOSS Ali into the timekeeper’s area! “Still think you belong in the ring with me, huh? C’mon, Ali, quit fooling yourself.” Ali drags himself up but Rollins grabs him to whip him into a wall! “You don’t belong in MY WWE!” Rollins wants people to take Ali away, then he storms off to fetch the title.

Rollins struts his way up the ramp, saying Ali doesn’t belong, but then Ali LEAPS in outta nowhere! Ali fires off fists, not out of the fight just yet! They brawl with haymakers but Rollins knees low! Rollins whips Ali but Ali reverse, and Rollins runs into the stage tron! Rollins runs away and Ali says he is the problem that’s not going anywhere! Will Ali not stop until he’s stopped the Visionary?

 

Gargano hurries backstage.

Miz finds him and Gargano says not now, he has to check on Candice. Miz says Gargano dressed up as HIM, he deceived Miz! Well Miz has been deceiving everyone! Miz storms off, and then Gargano turns around to see JBL and Corbin. JBL says, “Johnny Wrestling! Internet hero! Independent darling. I don’t know what it’s like to be in Single A Baseball for a decade, we didn’t have to do that. But you’re int he major leagues now. And when you walk by a legend and a hall of famer, you stop and you introduce yourself. Because if this were the Attitude Era, son, you’d be carrying my bags.”

Gargano laughs, but JBL asks if he thinks it’s funny to mess with Miz. Learn respect. Gargano says he was 8 years old in the Attitude Era, but JBL is right, he will give JBL respect. JBL is a legend and a hall of famer, so here’s their introduction. Nice to meet yo, too, MC Hammer Pants. But what’s his name now? He changes his name so many times now, it’s hard to know. Is it Happy? Constable? King? Boring? Or, sorry, Baron. JBL has Corbin stand down, and says they should do this where everyone can see. Then they’ll all see what Raw’s greatest acquisition in history is all about when the Modern Day Wrestling God takes on Johnny Wrestling.

Gargano says that’s fine by him. Nice hats, by the way. JBL & Corbin head out, but will Gargano prove Corbin is far from a wrestling god?

 

4 on 1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Saul, Tom, Adam & Denny!

It’s one thing for a 2v1, and another thing for a 3v1, but a FOUR ON ONE? Only someone like the Nigerian Giant could even stand a chance in such a situation! Will Omos have a feast of destruction here tonight?

But before things get started, MVP has a mic to say, “Last week on SmackDown, the Nigerian Giant and the Monster of All Monsters came face to face for the very first time. And the 6’8″, 340 pound so-called Monster of All Monsters, was unceremoniously tossed from the ring like a child. Now Braun Strowman is one of the biggest, strongest, meanest big men ever to grace the WWE ring. And if that could happen to Braun Strowman, then gentlemen, I have to ask you, what chance do you think you have here today?” MVP wants them all to step closer. He promises nothing will happen to them before the bell.

The four walk over, and MVP says Braun likes to say, “GET THESE HANDS~!” But have you ever seen hands as big as Omos’? Omos’ hand is as big as one guy’s head! Fists like Christmas hams! Beautiful. Gentlemen, MVP wants you all to know that he respects their ambition. And he applauds their courage. But before getting started, do they have good health insurance plans? Yes? Good. Braun, MVP hopes you’re watching. Because after Crown Jewel, there will only be ONE monster in the WWE, and that will be the Nigerian Giant, Omos! Referee, please ring this bell and let the carnage begin!

MVP steps out as the ref steps in, and the bell rings. The four men all flank Omos, but Omos grabs one to TOSS him! Omos runs another over, then the third! The fourth leaps but misses as Omos moves! Omos CHOKE SLAMS that man! ne jumps on Omos , the others attack, and they swarm him 3v1! But Omos EXPLODES out! Omos reels one in, BOOTS the other, and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Another leaps, but into Omos’ arms! Omos scoops and LAWN DARTS him, before he BOOTS him! Omos then SPLASHES one in a corner, SPLASHES another, and MVP says let’s go home! Omos stomps one, then clamps onto the fourth! MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!

Omos drags all the men around and stacks them! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Four mere mortals still do not stack up to Omos! Will Braun stand a chance at Crown Jewel? Or is beating up four randos nothing compared to actually fighting a monster?

 

Elias VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

The Drifter returns to action, and he won’t let this walk be interrupted like before. Will he be the one to silence Master Gable? Or will Gable win this one #ForTheAcademy?

The bell rings and the two circle. Gable fakes Elias out and then gets him for a gator roll! Gable floats around, rolls Elias, but Elias gets to ropes. The ref counts, Otis taunts that Elias can’t keep up, and Gable says, “A THANK YEW~!” Elias gets up and resets with Gable. They tie up, Elias wrenches and wristlocks. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings, spins and breaks to “SHOOSH!” and headlock takeover! Elias headscissors, Gable kips free, but Elias headlocks for the takeover. Elias fights the headscissors off multiple times and grinds Gable down. Gable fights up, powers out, but Elias runs him over! Things keep moving, and Gable arm-drags, but Elias headlocks!

Gable fights up, powers out, things speed up again and Elias blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Elias scoops and SLAMS, but Gable kangaroo kicks! But Elias avoids Gable’s dropkick! Elias shooshes Gable! Elias then hooks Gable up, backslides, TWO! Elias rolls and drags Gable up to a suplex! Gable cradle counters, but Elias rolls through for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Elias keeps cool and he eggs Gable on. Gable rams into Elias, whips him, but Elias ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Gable to distract the ref and Otis dumps Elias! Otis says Elias has terrible balance while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Elias has Gable up top! Gable HEADBUTTS Elias away and he tumbles! Gable stands up to DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Elias survives and Otis coaches Gable up. Fans rally, Gable drags Elias up and throws hands! Elias counter punches, and again, and again! Elias fires off fast hands and CHOPS, then rallies with big elbows! Elias reels Gable in, LEG CAPTURE EXPLODER! Elias runs in to SPLASH! Elias snapmares, fans fire up, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Fans fire up but Otis gets up. Elias swings and Otis gets away! Elias whips Gable, Gable reverses, but Elias goes up, only to get caught into an ANKLE LOCK!

Gable has the foot but Elias endures! Elias crawls, reaches out, fans rally and Elias rolls Gable into a cover! TWO!! Gable escapes, hurries to a corner, and dodges Elias! Gable hooks Elias for a crucifix into a DOMINATOR DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Elias survives and Gable can’t believe it! Gable tells fans to “SHOOSH~!” but the fans “SHOOSH!” back. Gable drags Elias into a drop zone, goes up top, and MOONSAULTS, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Gable survives and Elias can’t believe it! Elias drags Gable up, reels him in but Gable waistlocks! Gable pushes Elias out of the ring, and Otis is there! Elias dodges and Otis POSTS himself!

Elisa hurries up and in but into a waistlock! He bucks the German Suplex to BOOT! Elisa suplexes Gable, ANARCHY! Cover, Elias wins!

Winner: Elias, by pinfall

But then Otis CLOBBERS Elias! The Academy won’t let Elias enjoy his first win back, but here comes RIDDLE! The Original Bro scooters like the wind and gets in the ring to KNEE Otis! And fireman’s carry Gable, BRO TO SLEEP! Otis runs in but Riddle tosses him out! And then PENALTY KICKS from the apron! FLOATING BRO ATTACK on the Academy! Riddle gets in to help Elias up! Elias appreciates the help, will he need Riddle to watch his back with Gable & Otis going after him?

 

The OC regroups backstage.

Styles is furious! Rhea gets involved in his match, she gets involved in Karl’s match, she is a problem! But Gallows says he has a “Rhealution.” They all know Gallows is the best with women! What? Rhea body slammed him! Body slams are his love language! Gallows heads out, but he is NOT good with women! What is he thinking?

Raw returns as Styles and Karl still worry. Gallows returns, and he’s sore again! Did Rhea get him again? They get him ice and now they agree, they have a problem. Styles says they will do something. But just what will that be?

 

Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Johnny Gargano!

John Bradshaw Layfield heads out first to get on commentary, but will his presence help the “Modern Day Wrestling God” have continued success? Or will Johnny Wrestling school them both on what it takes to make it big?

Raw returns and JBL says he’d ask Charlotte, NC how they’re doing, but he doesn’t care. They are the problem! They have let these ambitionless, safe-space-seeking Millennials and Gen Z’ers create an atmosphere where mediocrity is the norm. This is why they like Johnny Gargano, and the NFL’s equivalent, Baker Mayfield. But Mayfield’s from Oklahoma, so what’d anyone expect? And he’s not even on the “stellar” 2-5 Carolina Panthers. Fans even took the GOAT of all GOATS, Michael Jordan, and made him into a loser! This is where dreams come to die. But now you’ll get to witness something, you’re welcome. You get to witness greatness!

A Golden Gloves boxing champion! A former NFL star! A former Mr. MITB and Andre the Giant Battle Royal Winner. Raw’s greatest addition! Get on your HOOVES and put your chubby hands together to welcome the Modern Day Wrestling God, MR. BARON CORBIN! Fans boo instead as Corbin makes his way out. Corbin shakes JBL’s hand while fans boo. But then fans cheer as Gargano makes his entrance! The bell rings and JBL returns to commentary. Fans rally for “Johnny Wrestling!” as Gargano ties up with Corbin. Corbin shoves Gargano back then mockingly applauds. Corbin run sin, Gargano dodges and fires off hands!

Gargano climbs up, he rains down fists, but Corbin carries Gargano! Gargano sunset flips, covers, TWO! Gargano ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Then he DROPKICKS Corbin out! Gargano builds speed to DIVE! Corbin hits railing and Gargano fires up with the fans! Gargano sees Corbin get in, he goes to the apron, and he shoulder sin. Gargano slingshots, into a HAYMAKER! Gargano flops to the floor and fans boo but Corbin shouts out JBL at commentary. Corbin goes out, drags Gargano up and carries him around to POST him! Gargano drops to his knees and Corbin swaggers around. Corbin drags Gargano up and puts him in the ring.

Corbin hears the fans taunt him and he just tells them to hush. Corbin gets in the ring, drags Gargano up and knees him low! Fans continue to taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” but he whips Gargano to a corner. Corbin SPLASHES Gargano down, then swaggers around. Corbin looms over Gargano, drags him up, taunts the fans more, “This is a hero to you?” Corbin DECKS Gargano! Corbin drags Gargano up and reels him in, but Gargano knees free! And ROLLING ELBOWS! But Corbin comes back to CLOBBER Gargano! Corbin runs in but is sent out! Corbin hurries back in but Gargano dropkicks him back out!

Gargano slingshots, he fakes Corbin out and SUPERKICKS! Then LEAPS, but into Corbin’s arms! Corbin SLAMS Gargano on the desk! JBL loves that and he high-fives Corbin as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Corbin has Gargano in a corner. Corbin throws body shots, the ref counts, and Corbin TOSSES Gargano across the way! Fans boo as Corbin stalks Gargano. Corbin taunts the fans, but Gargano throws forearms! Gargano backs Corbin down but Corbin knees low then whips Gargano into a corner! Corbin torture racks Gargano for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Corbin frowns as Gargano survives! Gargano goes to a corner and fans chant, “You Can’t Wrestle!” Corbin says he CAN, but he runs into a BOOT! Gargano ELBOWS Corbin away, then dodges to POST Corbin!

Fans rally up and Gargano fires off more forearms! Corbin shoves but Gargano CLOBBERS him! Gargano ENZIGURIS Corbin to a corner, then runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! And BULLDOG! Fans fire up, JBL says he has faith in Corbin, and Corbin puts Gargano on the apron. Corbin elbows Gargano, but runs into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives, showing his toughness, too. JBL says he’s not worried, even as Gargano hobbles over to Corbin. Gargano wrenches but Corbin choke grips and shoves Gargano away. Gargano KNEES Corbin, goes up top, and leaps, into Corbin’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! JBL loves that!

Corbin taunts the fans as they boo more. Corbin drags Gargano up, reels him in, but Gargano slips around to crucifix takedown! TWO! BUZZSAW! Gargano fires off boxing elbows, CLUBS away, then runs, into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives, showing why he’s an NXT Triple Crown Winner! Corbin snarls, he stalks Gargano to a corner, and fans rally up for “Johnny Wrestling!” Corbin puts Gargano up top, ROCKS him, then talks trash on fans. Corbin climbs up, he grins at Gargano and throws more forearms. But Gargano throws forearms back! He HEADBUTTS Corbin away! Gargano adjusts, leaps, Corbin slides out then in!

Gargano SUPERKICKS!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives, reminding us why he has his accolades. Corbin flops out of the ring and Gargano builds speed! Gargano DIVES, but Corbin catches him to SMACK him off the desk! Corbin makes sure JBL’s hat stays safe as he clears off the desk! JBL likes where this is going, “Playtime is over! Good night, Johnny Wrestling.” But Gargano SUPERKICKS! Corbin runs in, but is sent into steel steps! Gargano climbs up onto the desk, fans fire up, and Gargano sees the hat. JBL sees Gargano see the hat, tells him not to think about it, but Gargano picks it up! Gargano puts it on! And does a dance!

Johnny Cowboy blows off the six shooters, then leaps to TORNADO DDT Corbin to the floor! Gargano has the hat, give sit back to JBL, NOT! Gargano wears the hat and he GAMANGIRIS Corbin! Corbin distracts the ref, JBL TRIPS Gargano! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

JBL didn’t take kindly to Gargano touching his hat, and he makes sure Gargano pays for it! Will Corbin continue to rise to the top as WWE’s Modern Day Wrestling God with JBL watching his back?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Cathy asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that considering the “bad blood” Between her and DMG CTRL, what does tonight’s match mean? A win here means putting an end to all o fit. Superstars like Candice LeRae are catching strays and Bianca won’t stand for it if she’s the leader of the division. She is going outnumbered, but if she has to take out Kai & Sky, then that’s what she’ll do. Because now, this has become bigger than the title, bigger than ego. This is about payback. Bayley has taken out every single one of Bianca’s friends, so Bianca isn’t stopping until Bayley is left with absolutely nothing! Will this be the MeanEST we’ve seen Bianca be yet?

 

Gargano returns backstage.

Miz walks over and says he and Maryse got a Get Well card for Candice. Gargano says that’s actually rather nice. Miz says they’ve all had a really tough night. And Miz was thinking, they can just put the nonsense behind them. They can sit down, talk like reasonable men. Gargano says the only reasonable thing to do is tell the truth. And next week, if Miz doesn’t, Gargano will. But wow, Miz didn’t even sign the card. And Miz is rich, why not put money in it? Gargano heads off, but will Miz own up to this secret?

 

WWE looks at the coming Lesnar VS Lashley II.

The Beast, one of the most decorated men in fight sports and one of the most dangerous men in WWE history, and The All Mighty, another highly decorated and highly powerful wrestler. “What will happen as these two powerhouses head for a collision at Crown Jewel?” They’ve each cost the other a title in the past, but nothing has been settled between these two titans. On November 5th, “two of the WWE’s most dominant heavyweights, most decorated champions, will collide in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Will anyone or anything be left standing?

 

Bianca Belair VS Bayley w/ Damage Control!

The Six Woman Tag at Clash at the Castle was just the beginning, but the Extreme Rules Ladder match was far from the end! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion finally shut down Bayley? Or will the Role Model get one more win to earn one more chance?

Raw returns and Bianca makes her entrance. The bell rings, Bayley tells fans to shut up about The EST, then she circles with Bianca. They tie up, Bianca powers Bayley back but Bayley turns it around. Bianca turns it back around, the ref counts, and Bianca lets off. Bianca eggs Bayley on, they circle again and tie up again. Bayley manages to put Bianca in a corner with a pull of the hair, but she lets off as the ref counts. Bianca and Bayley reset again, they tie up, and Bianca waistlocks to SLAM Bayley down! Fans rally but Bayley fights up. Bayley pries at the hold, throws an elbow and she’s free! Bayley frowns as fans chant for Bianca.

Bayley wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, and talks some smack. Bayley KICKS the arm, clamps onto it again, but Bianca fight sup. Bayley taunts Bianca, and Bianca scoop SLAMS her! Bianca shakes out the beat up arm, but Bayley keeps her cool. The two reset and circle again. They tie up, Bayley headlocks but Bianca powers out to run Bayley over! Bianca runs, handsprings over Bayley, and tells her to kiss this! Things speed up again, Bianca leaps but Bayley catches her dropdown to a cover! TWO, and Bayley wrenches! Bianca goes up and over, handsprings more, but Bayley DECKS her! Cover, TWO!

Bayley is annoyed, she storms up on Bianca in a corner. Bayley CHOPS, then runs, but Bianca gest around to roll her up! TWO, and Bianca waistlocks again. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Bianca goes up, over, and then gets around to reel Bayley in! Suplex and roll through to another suplex, but Bayley fights it! Bayley wrenches, wrangles Bianca, and has a headlock! Bayley shifts to a bit of a Bully Choke, but Bianca fights up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Bayley staggers and stumbles and fans fire up. Bianca goes to the ropes to PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bayley has Bianca down in another chinlock. Bianca endures and fans rally up but Bayley kicks a leg out. Bayley runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Bayley then drags Bianca to the apron to suplex her to the floor! They almost hit the desk, but Bayley pushes Bianca around. Bayley puts Bianca in the ring, covers, TWO! Bianca is showing she’s still the toughEST, but Bayley has a mounted armlock now. Bianca endures, fights up, and fans rally again. Bianca rolls Bayley up, ONE! Bayley swings, into a counter punch! And another! And another! Bianca fires forearms but Bayley throws her by her hair!

Bianca goes to a corner, Bayley storms up as a fan shouts, “YOU SUCK, BAYLEY!” Bayley shouts back, “YOU SUCK!” and then she fires off on Bianca. Bayley says this is for that fan, and she climbs up to rain down fists! But Bianca slips out, YANKS Bayley into the buckles, and then brings her into a torture rack! But Bayley holds ropes! Bayley clings to that rope, gets down and HOTSHOTS Bianca! Cover, ONE!! The toughEST is still in a bad way as she clutches that bad arm. Bayley kicks Bianca around, but Bianca throws elbows. Bayley wraps the bad arm around ropes and YANKS it! Fans rally for the “E S T! E S T!” but Bayley drags Bianca.

Bayley wrenches but Bianca scoops! Bayley slips out to WRING Bianca out and stomp her down! Bayley runs, but Bianca avoids the elbow drop! And then another elbow drop! Bianca is in the corner, Bayley runs in but into an elbow! Bianca slips out and Bayley runs into buckles! Bianca shoulders in, slingshots up and over and Bayley tumbles out! Kai & Sky coach Bayley up and she flounders to the desk. Bayley hurries back in, but Bianca wrenches her into a suplex! Fans fire up as Bianca pounds the mat with her good arm. Bayley stirs, Bianca rises, and Bianca runs Bayley over! And over! And DROPKICKS!

Bianca kips up, fans fire up and she runs in at the corner! Bianca goes up to give Bayley those fists back! The fans count past ten to 13, but Bayley pulls the hair! Bayley has the braid but Bianca reels her in to scoop and SLAM, and then HANDSPRING MOONSAULT onto knees!! Bayley gets Bianca up, waistlocks but Bianca bucks free. Bayley catches Bianca but Bianca slips out to roll her up! TWO, and Bayley CLOBBERS Bianca! Bayley huffs and puffs and she drags Bianca to a drop zone. Bayley goes up, takes aim, MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bianca hurries to HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! It hits, Bianca covers, TWO!!

Bayley is showing her own toughness as a WWE Grand Slam Champion and she bails out. Bianca pursues, runs in, but is put into the timekeeper’s area! Bayley YANKS Bianca back over by her braid, and has her again, DRAPING ARMBAR DDT to the floor!! Bianca writhes and fans boo as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again, and Bianca has Bayley up top. Fans fire up as Bianca climbs up, but Bayley fights the superplex. Bayley swings, Bianca flips back, and comes back to try again! Bayley throws body shots, slips down and YANKS Bianca into buckles! Bayley gets in, and she torture racks Bianca! Bayley steals- NO, Bianca slips out to STEAL BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!!! Bayley survives her own move, and Bianca is shocked! Bayley bails out again but Bianca reaches for her. Bianca grabs the braid again and drags Bayley out to RAM her into barriers! Kai & Sky applaud but fans boo as Bayley brings Bianca up.

Bayley whips but Bianca reverses, Bayley hits steel steps! Bianca drags Bayley up and puts her in, and then hurries after. Bianca talks smack on Bayley, drags her up but Bayley ROCKS her! Bianca ROCKS back! Bayley throws a forearm, Bianca gives it back, it’s a scrapper! Bianca runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bayley follows, to run into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Kai & Sky are stressing out as Bianca goes up top. Sky distracts and Bayley ROCKS Bianca! Bayley climbs up, brings Bianca up, SUPER BALEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Bianca survives and DMG CTRL can’t believe it!

Fans are thunderous for the “EST! EST!” but Bayley drags her up first. Bayley throws Bianca out to the floor, then she tells the others to take the desk apart. Kai & Sky do as told, and then Bayley drags Bianca up. But Bianca ROCKS Bayley! Bianca ROCKS Kai, ROCKS Sky, blocks the wrecking ball dropkick, and she swings Bayley around! POWERBOMB on the desk! It doesn’t break, so Bianca drags Bayley up to POST BOMB her! And then Bianca brings Bayley back, to ALLEY-OOP to the apron! Bianca drags Bayley up and in, but Sky trips her up! Sky RAMS Bianca into the desk! Kai BOOTS Bianca down! The ref misses it all!!

Kai & Sky shove Bianca in but the ref reprimands them. The ref EJECTS Kai & Sky! Wait, who is up top!? She SUPER CROSSBODIES everyone!! EVEN the ref! But Bayley hooks Bianca up, only for Bianca to power out! Bianca slips around, wrenches and torture racks, KISS OF DEATH!! But no ref to count!! Bianca would’ve won twice over! But then this new person POSTS Bianca! It’s NIKKI CROSS!! She hits THE PURGE!! Cross just took out EVERYONE, but lets Bayley take the win! A new ref rushes out to count! Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

But then Nikki CLOBBERS Bayley! Nikki is a superhero no more, she starts beating Bayley with that studded jacket! Fans boo as Nikki stands over champion and challenger, just what does this mean for the title scene?


My Thoughts:

A really good Raw, though Charlotte, NC could’ve gotten a bit more fired up for some stuff. I liked the opening with Judgement Day and The OC, and of course Rhea helps Finn win this. I also liked The OC acknowledging that they need a way to counter Rhea given the co-ed rules of WWE: men can’t hit women, but women can get away with hitting men. I don’t know if there’s any female superstar on Raw to recruit, but this would be a good opportunity for say Tamina or Dana Brooke. Now, given those choices, Rhea would win whatever 1v1 is set up there, but it’d keep her busy from interfering with the guys feuding.

We got really good stuff out of this big story of Miz and Lumis, especially with adding Gargano since he talks and Lumis doesn’t. Also, I love that Truth came out because of a classic misunderstanding. I also like that they touched on Ciampa disappearing through Gargano texting him as an actual friend of his. Miz might be compelled to tell the truth if he loses a match to Gargano or Lumis, I’m just not sure what that secret could be. Gargano had a good interaction with JBL and Corbin, and Gargano had a great match with Corbin, but of course JBL interferes so Corbin can win. And at least Corbin’s ring gear looked better this time.

Ali VS Theory was a bit out of nowhere, but they gave us a great match and it was great to have Rollins be part of it. Theory wins thanks to Ali but then Ali gets the better of Rollins in the brawl. Maybe Theory gets back in the US Championship story for this stretch while the Universal Championship is busy with Logan Paul. Theory being involved could even be a way to keep Ali from beating Rollins to protect both of them until Survivor Series or beyond. And of course Omos mauls four jobbers. Braun should probably do more than beat up more jobbers. If Braun were to beat two or more established guys, then I’d accept that because he’s beating more talented wrestlers than the randos being fed to Omos.

Great backstage promo from Elias, Riddle and the Alpha Academy. Elias looked so ready to bop Riddle and that was a nice tease of there still being some Heel inside Elias. Elias VS Gable was a great match, and one of the main things I point to in thinking Charlotte NC was dead. That was a creative and awesome finish for Elias to win with. And Riddle making the save of course sets up Riddle & Elias VS Alpha Academy, and then maybe Elias snaps and beats up Riddle. And we got a good vignette from Lesnar and Lashley to hype up their rematch. Omos VS Braun has the potential to break a lot of stuff ringside, Lesnar VS Lashley should just break everything those two don’t. I don’t know who wins, but this one will be a lot of fun either way.

And we got some solid stuff out of the Raw Women’s Division. DMG CTRL busting up Candice’s interview and then kayfabe injuring her is pretty par for the course, setting up Candice, Alexa & Asuka all to come back together as a unit to beat up on all three of them. Bayley VS Bianca was also a great match, and also why I thought that crowd was dead. That match was just below Extreme Rules’ match, and I liked the surprise twist that Nikki is no longer A.S.H. but just herself, Nikki Cross. I almost thought “Doudrop” Piper Niven was going to join in but Nikki looked great just taking out everyone. Also a bit of a surprise Nikki let the match resolve, but I still sense she’ll want in on the title match.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

Will the winds of change blow?

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NJPW starts a riot!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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