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Mitchell’s WWE Royal Rumble Results & Report! (1/28/23)

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WWE Royal Rumble 2023 Coverage

The Road to WrestleMania goes through San Antonio!

The Royal Rumble can change a superstar’s career, but Kevin Owens looks to change everything by dethroning Roman Reigns as Universal Champion! Will the Prizefighter #StunTheWorld?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match: Cody Rhodes wins and will challenge for the Universal title at WrestleMania 39.
  • Pitch Black Match: Bray Wyatt VS LA Knight; Wyatt wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Alexa Bliss; Bianca wins and retains the title.
  • 2023 Women’s Royal Rumble match: Rhea Ripley wins and will challenge for a title at WrestleMania 39.
  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman & Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Roman wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Booker T and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action going down tonight!

 

WWE shares some of the women drawing their Rumble numbers.

Lacey Evans doesn’t like what she got. But Zelina Vega has a good feeling. And she was right! Will that mean we see La Muneca late in the game?

 

WWE shares Roman Reigns’ segment from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon remembers predicting Roman Reigns would be on his show with two belts, and it’s true! Fallon brings up Roman’s match with Kevin and Roman laughs. Roman’s strategy: don’t change anything. Roman’s been beating up Kevin for years now, it’s practically on his to-do list. The Tribal Chief got big applause for that, will things go to plan?

 

The Bloodline sits in their suite.

Sami Zayn finds himself literally in the middle of everything. Roman says he can’t wrap his head around this. The Tribal Chief gives an order, the Bloodline follows those orders. “It’s a recipe that works. That’s why we are where we are today. I give you one instruction for the week and you can’t follow instructions.” Why does Roman have to continually tell Sami things like he’s a child? Smarten him up, PLEASE! Sami stammers, but Jey says it was his doing. What? Sami doesn’t want Jey to continue but Jey explains, Adam Pearce kicked the Usos out. Jey tried calling Roman but he was on the private jet or at the Fallon show, he couldn’t get a hold of Roman.

So Jey called an audible and called Sami to the building. Sami answered the call for the Bloodline, he was there for the family. For the family? Yeah, Uce. The whole time. Sami was there for the Bloodline? Yes, Uce. Why are we even talking about last night? This is about tonight. Fight night! Sami breathes easy and Roman says the game plan is easy: win. NO one goes out there with Roman. Tonight’s a big night. Except Sami. He’s with Roman the whole night. Really? Yes, all the way to the ring. Roman will show Sami the way. The Usos stay in the back, tonight is Sami’s night. Is Sami ready? Yeah, let’s do it! Another close call, but just how thin is that ice Sami’s walking on?

 

JBL interrupts Greg Miller.

JBL talks trash the host of This is Awesome, on the show This is Awesome, and on Greg’s home state of Missouri, but then says he doesn’t mean any of it. If Greg were drowning, JBL would throw a bowling ball. JBL claims he has changed, saying he’s no longer the guy who did those horrible things to Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker. He wants to be friends with Greg! Here’s a pie. To the face! Greg says this was not awesome. But make sure to watch the new episode of This is Awesome on Peacock and the WWE Network! This time, it’s of course all about the Royal Rumble!

 

The golden WWE title belt is spotted!

And “Fluffy” Gabriel Iglesias joins the panel with it. He feels bad, he must be taking some kid’s Make-A-Wish. Fluffy’s pick for the Rumble is Rey Mysterio! Kayla outs him as saying Dominik before but he says that’s putting words in his mouth. Dom deserves a spanking. Peter asks what Fluffy would do to Dom if he was his son. One, taken off the will. Two, no more invites for the holidays. Kevin Patrick says the world is jelly of Dom cuz he’s got Rhea Ripley. But last year we got Bad Bunny and Johnny Knoxville. Is Fluffy in the Rumble? Fans want to see that! The only way to find out is to watch. Booker likes that answer.

Kayla segues to more number drawings. Kofi feels out the vibes, and he picks. He likes what he got. Santos Escobar looks even happier. And Drew McIntyre… Well, doesn’t seem that good. Wade Barrett says he got some BAD NEWS then. Will the Scottish Warrior be able to defy the odds and take it all?

 

Country Rock artist Hardy speaks.

“I know what it’s like to make a name for yourself. To be on the road, grinding. Success don’t come easy. You gotta fight for it. Better hope you got ice in your veins. Because if you freeze under pressure, it could be lights out. This gig is all about seizing the moment. So tonight, when opportunity knocks on your door, man, you kick that thing down! Thirty men, thirty women, two epic matches, the winners punch their tickets to the Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania. So, who’s ready to make a name for themselves? Let’s RUMBLE~!”

 

PAT MCAFEE IS BACK!

Corey Graves is upset with Michael Cole but this is a complete surprise to Cole, too! Pat is dressed to impress, because he’s joining commentary! And he tells Corey to “SUCK IT!” San Antonio chants, “Welcome Back!” and McAfee thanks them as he gets his chair.

 

2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match!

The tradition continues, and it opens the night! In a field of thirty, only one can punch their golden ticket to WrestleMania! Who survives in San Antonio to headline in Hollywood?

The first man out is… GUNTHER! Der Ring General is still WWE Intercontinental Champion, but is he going to go after the Universal title on top of it? And second out is… SHEAMUS! The Celtic Warrior is the birthday boy, but he’s got his work cut out for him going up against a familiar foe. The bell rings and the two circle. San Antonio fires up as the two step to each other. They talk a little smack, and then the haymakers start flying! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, but Sheamus gets the edge. Sheamus whips, Gunther reverses and they RAM shoulders! Gunther kicks low, runs, but Sheamus RAMS him back!

Sheamus throws hands, runs, but into a CHOP! Gunther goes to dump Sheamus! Sheamus holds on, claws at Gunther’s face, and saves himself. Sheamus throws hands, then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus goes to dump Gunther now! Gunther holds on, even as Sheamus throws knees. The countdown is here already, Sheamus and Gunther still scrap, and third out is… THE MIZ! The Hollywood A-Lister just found himself in a kaiju movie so he takes his time swaggering to the ring. Miz stays back as Sheamus rushes the ropes. But then Gunther blindsides him! Sheamus holds on, but Miz helps out!

Sheamus BOOTS Miz away, ROCKS Gunther, then hurries back in. But then Miz grabs at Sheamus! Sheamus elbows Miz away and then Sheamus goes out under the ropes! Sheamus chases Miz into the ring, and into a CHOP from Gunther! Sheamus CLOBBERS Gunther, then ROCKS Miz! Sheamus fires hands, but Gunther turns him around. Sheamus dodges and the CHOP hits Miz! Sheamus swings but Gunther dodges and Miz takes the body shot! Gunther BOOTS Sheamus, hauls him up, but Miz goes after them both! The countdown is back, and fourth in is… The New Day’s KOFI KINGSTON!

Kofi rushes in as Gunther throws hands on Miz. Kofi climbs the steps, climbs the corner, then SUPER CROSSBODIES Gunther and Miz! DROPKICK for Sheamus! LEAPING LARIAT for Miz! Spin and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP for Gunther! Fans fire up with Kofi, he runs for the NEW~ DAY~ DOUBLE BOOM DROP! Fans fire up as Kofi claps. But Sheamus blocks the spin to hoist Kofi! Kofi slips away and to safety! Sheamus nods, that was good stuff. Gunther kicks Miz, Sheamus kicks Gunther, Kofi CLUBS Miz but Gunther and Sheamus throw SLAPS! Fans rally for Kofi but Miz fights as Kofi lifts him.

The countdown is back and Kofi hits an SOS on Miz! The fifth man in is… JOHNNY GARGANO!? Johnny Wrestling’s all healed up and ready to go! Gunther throws knees on Sheamus, Miz fights with Kofi, but Gargano slingshot SPEARS Kofi! ENZIGURI for Gunther! Miz tosses Gargano but Gargano skins the cat! GAMANGIRI for Miz, into the ONE FINAL BEAT! Gargano has the fans fired up as he brings Miz up. Gargano throws Miz out but Miz holds onto the ropes! Miz swings, but Gargano hooks him in the ropes! Sheamus walks over, Gargano lets Sheamus handle Miz. BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Fans count along, Sheamus goes past TEN to TWENTY-FIVE!!

Gargano SUPERKICKS, Miz holds on! Sheamus BROGUES Miz and ELIMINATES him! Gunther goes after Sheamus but Gargano and Kofi help Sheamus! The countdown is back, number six is… XAVIER WOODS! Kofi has back-up while Gargano goes after Gunther. Woods and Kofi go after both of them, then they work together on Gunther. Double wrench, double kick, DOUBLE BULLDOG! DOUBLE DROPKICKS for Sheamus! Woods snapmares Gargano, Kofi PENALTY KCIKS! Woods SLIDING LARIATS! Kofi SPLASHES! Woods MACHO ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up for ya bois, but then they look at each other.

Woods and Kofi wonder if it’s the right time. They put up their dukes, and then Kofi wheelbarrows! Woods blocks, and they just booty bongo! But Sheamus mule kicks Woods! Gunther ROCKS Kofi! The big men go to throw out the New Day but the countdown is back! Number seven is… KARRION KROSS! Doomsday has come to the Rumble! Kross storms right to the ring while the New Day mugs Sheamus and Gunther stomps Gargano. Kross CLOBBERS Woods, and again, and then BOOTS him! Kofi runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Kross runs to clothesline Woods in the corner, then elbow and ROLLING ELBOW!

Woods wobbles, but Gunther CHOPS Kross! Gunther brings Kross up but Kross throws a forearm. Gunther hits back, they brawl, Kross BOOTS! Gunther BOOTS back! Kross ROCKS Gunther, Gunther CLOBBERS Kross! But Kross gets up to hit an EXPLODER! Sheamus storms up on Kross to fire forearms with him! Fans fire up while New Day go after Gargano and Gunther. Kross bumps Sheamus off buckles, hoists him up, but Sheamus fights back. The countdown is back and number eight is… “SHOOOOSH~!” Master Chad Gable! Fans boo as Gable hurries to the ring. Kross holds onto ropes, the New Day focus on Sheamus.

Gargano hits Woods, then swings on Gable. Gable throat chops Gargano and says “SHOOSH!” He does the same to Kofi, then he hits an EXPLODER on Gargano! And then an EXPLODER on Kofi! Woods ROCKS Kross, Gargano spins Woods around. Woods pries the waistlock, and he tells Gable to “SHOOSH~!” They circle, grapple, Woods sprawls and floats but Gable slips out. Fans fire up for this exchange while Sheamus dumps Gunther out! Gunther holds on, Kross fights off Gargano. Gable hits a GERMAN SUPLEX on Woods! The countdown is back and number nine is… DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Warrior is here!

McIntyre won back in 2020, he surely wants to win another one! McIntyre storms in, he CLOBBERS Gable, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kofi, then gives an OVERHEAD suplex to Woods! GLASGOW KISS for Gable! INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM for Gargano onto Gable! Kross fires hands but he get a GLASGOW KISS! And a CLAYMORE! Kross goes up and out, McIntyre ELIMINATES him!! But then Gunther stares McIntyre down! They brawl, CHOP back and forth, and Gunther swings but into a FUTURE SHOCK! The countdown is back, number ten is… SANTOS ESCOBAR! The Emperor of Lucha makes his Rumble debut!

Escobar runs in to RANA Woods! And he KNEES Kofi! Gable knees Escobar and whips but Escobar blocks. Gable throws forearms, whips, but Escobar goes up and out, and Sheamus hits him! Sheamus grabs at Escobar but Escobar fights free to GAMANGIRI! Escobar goes up to CROSSBODY Gable! McIntyre and Woods are after Gunther but he resists. Escobar BOOTS Gargano, but Gargano GAMANGIRIS back! Gargano and Gable try to throw Escobar out but Escobar fights. Woods and McIntyre mug Gunther, Gable CHOPS Sheamus. McIntyre grabs Gable and Sheamus CHOPS him! The countdown is back, number eleven is… ANGELO DAWKINS!

Fans fire up as the Curse of Greatness has his Spurs jersey on to ELBOW Escobar! Dawkins ROCKS McIntyre, ELBOWS Sheamus, and CYCLONE SPLASHES McIntyre! GAMANGIRI! Dawkins gives Gable the SILENCER! Sheamus dumps Woods out, but Woods keeps a foot up! Woods slips in, McIntyre and Gunther brawl. Gunther CHOPS Woods, UPPERCUTS Kofi, then throws Woods! Woods holds on again, Kofi runs in but is sent into Woods! Woods and Kofi have some Silly String, but then Gunther BOOTS and ELIMINATES Woods! Kofi goes after Gunther but Escobar attacks Kofi!

Escobar whips, follows, then catches Kofi to toss him, but only to get DOUBLE STOMPS! Gunther throws Kofi! Gunther BLASTS Kofi off the apron and Kofi hits an armchair! It is a rough landing but is Kofi out? The Celtic Connection mug McIntyre while the countdown is back. HERE COMES LESNAR!!! The Beast is a two-time winner, will he join Stone Cold as a THREE-TIME winner? McIntyre, Sheamus and just about everyone is ready as Lesnar enters! Lesnar takes on the Celtics at the same time! TACKLE for Sheamus, GERMAN SUPLEX for McIntyre! GERMAN SUPLEX for Sheamus! GERMAN SUPLEX for Dawkins!

Escobar leaps, into Lesnar’s arms! And he gets a FALL AWAY SLAM out of the ring! Lesnar ELIMINATES Escobar, then TOSSES and ELIMINATES Dawkins! Gable hops on for a SLEEPER, but Lesnar TOSSES him to ELIMINATE Gable!! And another GERMAN SUPLEX for McIntyre! A BELLY2BELLY for Sheamus! But Gunther is up! Fans are thunderous as two of the biggest men ever meet! The countdown is back, number 13 is BOBBY LASHLEY! Gunther brawls with Lesnar but the All Mighty is coming for Lesnar! Lesnar OVERHEAD suplexes Gunther, but Lashley SPEARS Lesnar!! Gargano staggers up into a SPINEBUSTER!

SPEAR for McIntyre! SPEAR for Sheamus! URENAGE for Gunther! But Lesnar fireman’s carries Lashley! Lashley slips off, shoves, and LARIATS Lesnar out!! Lashley ELIMINATES Lesnar!! San Antonio is going nuts as Lesnar himself is rather stunned. Forget that, Lesnar is PISSED! He tears apart the desk but Lashley dares him to do something about it. The countdown is back, and number 14 is… BARON CORBIN! JBL’s protégé is here, but Lesnar SMASHES the desk with steel steps!! Lesnar then BLASTS Corbin! And then gives him an F5 to the floor!! Lesnar is fuming while the Celtics are after Lashley.

Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, CHOPS him, and security rushes out to stop Lesnar. COMPLETE SHOT for McIntyre from Lashley, but Lesnar grabs a ref! Lesnar TOSSES the ref over the barriers! Adam Pearce and officials are trying to stop Lesnar but he storms off through the crowd. The countdown is back again, number 15 is… SETH ROLLINS! San Antonio sings the Visionary’s song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins sees Corbin is just now getting up at ringside. Rollins drags Corbin up and into the ring, then SUPERKICKS him! Corbin staggers, Rollins clotheslines Corbin out and ELIMINATES him! Pat loves that!

Fans sing while Sheamus and Rollins start throwing forearms! The countdown is back, number 16 is… OTIS! Gable’s number one guy is here but a little late to help Gable. Gunther has McIntyre and Lashley after him, Rollins throws hands on Sheamus but Sheamus resists the lift. Otis slips in, Gargano runs at him, but into a WRECKER ELBOW! Otis scoops McIntyre, WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Sheamus runs in, into an EXPLODER! Otis rips his shirt off and fans fire up! SPLASH for Gargano, and Gargano falls over. Otis sees that, and he decides to rev up the CATERPILLAR! The countdown is back, and number 17 is… REY MYSTERIO!

Fans fire up as the King of Lucha is here, but will he last another hour like he did back in the day? Wait, where is he? Rollins SUPERKICKS Lashley, then SUPERKICKS again! Rollins CHOPS Gunther, clotheslines Lashley, then ELBOWS Gunther! Rollins LARIATS Lashley, but runs into a scoop! Lashley pops Rollins around but he slips off to shove and ELIMINATE Lashley!! Fans are stunned! Otis dodges Gunther, runs in and SPLASHES! Gunther is down, here comes the CATERPILLAR! Otis thrusts the hips, then climbs up. But Gunther goes after Otis! The Celtics go after everyone, and the countdown is back! Number 18 is… DOMINIK Mysterio!

Wait, Dom is wearing one of his dad’s masks! Did Dom do what we think he just did?! Did he take out his dad to keep him out of the match!? Wait, the Celtics DUMP and ELIMINATE Otis!! Gargano and Rollins throw hands while the Celtics stomp Gunther. Dom takes his time going to the ring, Rollins BUCKLE BOMBS Gargano! Dom taunts everyone in the ring, does some jumping jacks, but Sheamus is watching him. Gunther and Rollins brawl, McIntyre goes after Gargano. Gunther throws Rollins out but Rollins holds onto ropes. Rollins kicks Gunther away while Gargano resists being thrown out!

Dom finally slides in and fires hands on Sheamus! But they don’t do much. The countdown is back and number 19 is… ELIAS! The Drifter is here, Corey is annoyed and Pat is fired up! Rollins stomps Dom, Sheamus helps out. Elias slides in, stomps Gargano, then stomps McIntyre. Elias BLASTS Rollins and then fires off on Gunther. Elias has his guitar, SMASH HIT on Gunther! But then he gets a DOUBLE HEADBUTT from the Celtics! Sheamus and McIntyre aim from the corners, BROGUE-MORE!! They TOSS and ELIMINATE Elias! Gargano fires off hands on Dom, the Celtics mug Rollins, and the countdown is back. Number 20 is… FINN BALOR!

Dom has back-up now as the Prince of Judgment Day heads to the ring. Rollins holds onto ropes as Sheamus and Gargano go after him. SLINGBLADE for McIntyre! Finn throws McIntyre but Sheamus makes the save. Sheamus scoops Finn but Finn turns that to an ELBOW DROP DDT! Finn tackles Rollins, throws hands, but Gargano SUPERKICKS Finn! Gargano throws Finn out but Finn holds on! Gargano throws hands, runs, but Dom CLOBBERS Gargano! Dom whips Gargano up and out, but Gargano holds on! Gargano ROCKS Dom, ROCKS him again, then slingshots, into a SHOTGUN from Fin!

Finn and Dom TOSS Gargano and ELIMINATE him! Judgment Day and Celtic Connection stare down, then the brawl is on! The countdown is back, and number 21 is… BOOKER T?!?! San Antonio fires up as Booker gets his “invite!” Booker swaggers up, Finn runs in but gets a LEG LARIAT! Dom fires hands but Booker reverses to a HOOK KICK! Finn runs in, into a BOOKEND! Fans are thunderous, for the SPINAROONI~! Sheamus can’t help but smile. But Gunther TOSSES Booker out and ELIMINATES him! Boo! But Gunther is cornered by the Celtics again. The countdown is back, and number 22 is… DAMIAN PRIEST!

The Judgment Day is at full power as the Punisher is here! And he CLOBBERS Sheamus! And CLUBS McIntyre! Priest fires off on McIntyre but Gunther is after him. Priest ROCKS Gunther, then helps Dom up. Judgment Day mugs Rollins, then they mug Gunther! And then they mug Sheamus! And then they split off, BACKBREAKER and LEG DROP for Rollins! The countdown is back and number 23 is… MONTEZ FORD! Fans fire up as Ford also has his Spurs jersey on. Judgment Day still beats down everyone else, and McIntyre resists Priest throwing him out, Ford GAMANGIRIS Finn, and TOSSES Dom!

Dom holds on but Ford DECKS him! Dom clings to the ropes, Priest runs in but Ford dodges! CHOP! Ford then ENZIGURIS and Priest staggers! Finn kicks low, whips, but Ford skins the cat! Fans fire up and Ford says his prayers. Finn runs in but into a haymaker! Priest choke grips, to SOUTH OF HEAVEN Ford out and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo and Ford is annoyed, but now Judgment Day has all their enemies going after them! The countdown is back, number 24 is… EDGE!! The Rated R Superstar has made the R stand for ROYAL RUMBLE! Judgment Day freaks out as Edge storms up! SPEAR for Priest! SPEAR for Finn!

Dom DROPKICKS Edge onto ropes! Dom dials it up, into a SPEAR!! Edge TOSSES Priest to ELIMINATE him! Edge TOSSES Finn to ELIMINATE him! Edge glares at Rollins and fans are thunderous! But then Dom ROCKS Edge, whips, but Edge reverses! Dom tumbles out, Finn and Priest drag Edge out to ELIMINATE him! Fans boo as the Judgment Day beat down Edge! Rollins stomps Dom, the countdown is back, and number 25 is… AUSTIN THEORY! The Now of the WWE is now in the Rumble. Dom clings to ropes as Rollins tries to kick him out. Edge CLOBBERS Priest and Finn at the ramp!

Fans fire up as Edge chases Finn down! Edge CLOBBERS Finn, ROCKS Priest, the brawl continues to the dugout! But then Rhea Ripley CLOBBERS Edge!! BUT HERE COMES BETH!! The Glamazon is back from that Con-Chair-To, and she’s bringing hell with her! Rhea runs in, into a SPEAR!! Security rushes back out, they get Edge & Beth to leave. Rollins brawls with Gunther but Theory runs in. Theory ELBOWS Rollins, and he hits an AOI SHOUDO! Theory DECKS Dom, throws hands on McIntyre, but the countdown is back. Number 26 is… OMOS! The Nigerian Giant has MVP by his side, and MVP has already guaranteed a win.

Omos storms his way up to the ring while the Celtics mug Theory. Dom and Rollins brawl, but the Celtics turn their attention to Omos. They fire off hands but he shoves them back to DOUBLE LARIAT! “This is MY house!” Omos BOOTS Theory, BOOTS Dom, then scoops Theory for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Omos talks more trash, but Gunther is back! CHOP! And CHOP! Omos scowls and choke grips! OMOS CHOKE SLAMS GUNTHER!! The countdown is back, and number 27 is… BRAUN!! The Monster of All Monsters is here, and he knows what it takes to topple a giant! Omos goes after Rollis, McIntyre goes after Omos but Omos HEADBUTTS back!

Braun and Omos lock eyes now, and fans fire up! Braun gets the fans even more fired up, but Omos pie faces Braun! Braun ROCKS Omos, Omos ROCKS Braun, they brawl with haymakers and forearms! Braun throat chops then ROCKS Omos! But then Omos shakes his head. Omos swings, Braun dodges, and Braun LARIATS Omos up and out to ELIMINATE him!! So much for MVP’s guarantee! Braun then ROCKS Gunther, stomps Theory, and RAMS into Rollins! Braun lifts Rollins, Theory tries to get away from the Celtics, and Gunther has Dom! Dom holds on, Theory gets away but only to run into Braun!

The Celtics are after Rollins while Braun TOSSES Theory! Braun BOOTS Gunther, DECKS Dom, and the countdown is back. Number 28 is… RICOCHET! The King of Flight is here, backing up his tag partner in Braun. Of course, this is every man for himself, will they work together? Braun coordinates with Ricochet, RAILGUN to Dom! ENZIGURI on top! Theory lariats Braun but Braun dodges budge! Braun ROCKS Theory, Ricochet DECKS Theory, and the tag partners chest bump. But then the Celtics RAM Braun into Ricochet! They go after the Monster, but he shoves back! Double choke grips, but they slip free to dump Braun out!

Braun holds on, Gunther lurks. Braun stands up, but he gets DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAINS! Gunther HEADBUTTS McIntyre and TOSSES him! McIntyre holds on but Gunther is after him! Sheamus KNEES Gunther and saves McIntyre! Rollins is after Theory, Ricochet is after Dom. ROLLING SENTON for Gunther! Theory is on the apron but Rollins throws hands. Theory shoulders in and steps back into the ring. Gunther puts Sheamus on the apron but Sheamus holds on. McIntyre ROCKS Ricochet, Gunther CHOPS Sheamus! McIntyre saves Sheamus now! McIntyre ROCKS Gunther, but Gunther DUMPS them both out! DOUBLE ELIMINATION!!

Fans boo as the Celtic Connection realizes what happened. The countdown is back, number 29 is… LOGAN PAUL!?! The ImPAULsive Influencer is back, fired up to have another big moment! Logan runs to the ring, ready to take on anyone! All the others see the spotlight hog, and they all MUG Logan Paul! Fans love it! Ricochet drags Logan up to throw him out! Logan lands on the apron, shoulders into Ricochet, then slingshots in to BUCKSHOT! But Gunther CHOPS Logan, gut wrenches, and lifts him onto the ropes! Logan holds on, KICKS Gunther, and gets back in. But now he stares down Braun!

Fans fire up as Logan grins. Braun swings, Logan dodges and fires off body shots! Braun ROCKS Logan back, scoops him, and hits a MONSTER SLAM!! Ricochet adds a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Braun tosses Logan out but Logan stays on the apron. Number 30 is finally here, and it just has to be… CODY RHODES! The American Nightmare promised he’d return, and it has come true! Cody even gets pyro! Cody slides in and he CLOBBERS Theory! CLOBBERS Dom! Kicks and UPPERCUTS Braun! Theory fireman’s carries, Cody slips off and dodges to springboard, CODY CUTTER!! Off comes the weight belt! Free souvenir for a fan!

Dom kicks Cody, reels him in, and suplexes! Uno amigo! Dom suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Fans boo as Dom gives us Latino Heat! THREE AMI- NO, CROSS RHODES!! Cody TOSSES and ELIMINATES Dom!! But Braun gets Cody for a MONSTER BOMB! Gunther scoops Braun!? For a LAST SYMPHONY! But Ricochet hits a RUNNING SLICED BREAD! Theory hits a kick and a toss on Ricochet but he holds onto ropes! GAMANGIRI! Ricochet and Logan are across the ring from each other, they talk some trash, and they both springboard for DOUBLE FLYING LARIATS!!! Fans lose their minds over that one!

Cody drags Ricochet up to toss him! Ricochet holds on, “This is Awesome!” as Cody goes after the hands. Braun makes the save for his tag partner, but Cody dumps Braun out! Cody ELIMINATES Braun!! Ricochet body scissors Cody but Cody fights back! They brawl at the ropes, Theory CLOBBERS Ricochet to ELIMINATE him! We have our final four! Cody fires off on Theory while Rollins and Gunther catch their breath. Cody climbs up to rain down hands on Theory, and he goes all the way to TEN! Rollins elbows Gunther, Cody drags Theory up. Cody whips Theory to a corner, Theory reverses! Cody goes up and out, shoulders back in and slingshots to sunset flip!

Cody lets Rollins CURB STOMP Theory!! Theory staggers, Cody clotheslines and ELIMINATES him!! The irony that Cody and Rollins worked together! And they stare down, but also look at Gunther. Rollins asks how the pec feels. Cody isn’t gonna steal the spotlight from Rollins twice! Fans sing and Rollins wants Cody to listen. They circle, but Gunther CLUBS Rollins! Gunther ROCKS Cody, CLUBS him, but Rollins and Cody work together to mug Gunther! They mule kick, UPPERCUT, and then PEDIGREE! And then Cody hits a PEDIGREE! Rollins is annoyed but he and Cody circle again as fans fire up!

Rollins and Cody throw hands, but Gunther has the new ironman record, surpassing Rey Mysterio’s 62 minutes! Cody jabs, flips, flops ‘n’ flies, but Rollins ROCKS him first! Rollins and Cody fires off, Rollins swings but into a CROSS- NO, Snapmare! CURB- NO, Cody dodges! Rollins blocks a kick to SUPERKICK! Cody is on the ropes, Rollins wants him to come back. Kick and underhooks, but LOGAN is back?! Logan TOSSES Rollins out to ELIMINATE him!! Logan was never out but he just took out Rollins!! Fans boo and Rollins is stunned. Logan is now part of the final three, soaking up the heat.

Logan stomps Gunther, then stomps Cody. Logan says he’s going to WrestleMania, but Cody gets him for a CROSS RHODES!! Cody TOSSES and ELIMINATES Logan!! Gunther, the number one entry! Cody, the number 30th! Fans are electric as American Nightmare and Austrian Anomaly square off! Cody waistlocks, Gunther elbows and CHOPS back! Gunther whips corner to corner but Cody goes up and over. Cody ROCKS Gunther with haymakers, but Gunther CHOPS again! Gunther scoops, Cody slips free and fires off hands! Gunther CHOPS again! Cody goes to a corner, Gunther CHOPS him again!

Cody staggers but fans rally up! Gunther CHOPS again! Cody drops to his knees, has blood in his mouth, but Gunther UPPERCUTS him! Gunther runs in, but Cody dodges! Gunther ends up on the apron, Cody hits a DISASTER- LARIAT from Gunther!! Gunther steps back in, then he storms up on Cody. Gunther CLUBS Cody in the chest, but Cody throws body shots! Cody throws hands and CHOPS, but Gunther scoops to put Cody on the top rope! Gunther BENDS Cody, then CHOPS him! Then stands on the corner to STAND ON CODY!! Cody falls to the apron! Cody holds on as Gunther stomps him!

Gunther drags Cody up but Cody shoulders into Gunther! Cody CLUBS Gunther, climbs up top, but Gunther CHOPS him! Gunther climbs up after Cody, to CLUB him on the back, and then reel him in. SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Both men are down but Gunther forces himself up. Fans rally and Gunther KICKS Cody down! Fans rally for Cody but Gunther pie faces him. Cody fires up and fans fire up with him! Cody eggs Gunther on, they CHOP and CHOP! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUTS, then CODY CUTTERS! Cody LARIATS but Gunther lands safe on the apron! Cody grits his teeth, storms up on Gunther, and fans are thunderous!

Gunther ROCKS Cody, steps in, but into a DRAGON SCREW! Gunther wobbles, Cody fires off forearms! Cody throws body shots, puts Gunther’s legs in the ropes, and fans fire up! Shoutout to big brother Dustin, with the deep breath and SHATTERED DREAMS!! Gunther falls but Cody drags Gunther up. Gunther CHOPS, Cody ROCKS Gunther, then Cody rolls, only for Gunther to SHOTGUN him down!! Gunther drags Cody up, GENERAL BOMB!! Gunther sputters, he drags Cody up again, and TOSSES Cody! But Cody holds on! Gunther is after Cody’s arms, he CLUBS Cody on the shoulder, then stands Cody back up.

Gunther CHOPS Cody but Cody CHOPS back! Gunther CHOPS again, and wraps on a SLEEPER!! Cody endures, fights the hold, and he drags Gunther over the ropes to join him! Fans are going nuts but Gunther lets go! Gunther is back in the ring but Cody climbs up. Cody leaps, into a CHOP! Gunther scoops, but Cody makes it a CROSS RHODES!! Cody LARIATS and ELIMINATES Gunther!! CODY WINS!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, at number 30 (headed to WrestleMania 39 in Hollywood)

From undesirable to undeniable, the American Nightmare has the biggest comeback in a long, long time! Will he achieve a dream and take the world title on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Pitch Black Match: Bray Wyatt VS LA Knight!

No disqualifications? YEAH! No count-outs? YEAH! No way of knowing what’s going to happen with the lights down low? YEAH!! But with Uncle Howdy lurking in the shadows, will Bray be the one in control?

The fireflies come out as the piano plays. The door is there, with the light glowing behind it. The door swings open, and out walks Bray, with heavy eye-black around the eyes. Bray enters the ring, puts the lantern out, and for now, the lights are up. The fans rally up and the bell rings. The lights change to be black light and lasers, and we see glowing paint on Bray’s body! Knight himself is glowing because of his yellow tights, but Bray CLOBBERS him! Bray rains down fists, CHOKES Knight, then lets off to drag Knight up. Bray CLUBS Knight, stomps him, and drags him up. Bray grins and fans fire up as Bray suplex TOSSES Knight away!

Bray stalks Knight, drags him up and ROCKS him with a right! Bray CHOPS Knight in a corner, stalks him to another corner, and hoists him up top. TWO-HAND OVERHEAD TOSS!! Knight bails out and fans fire up as Bray has a wild look on his face. Bray goes out after Knight, bumps him off barriers, and then brings him around. Bray whips Knight but he reverses, and Bray hits steel steps! Bray tumbles up and over and Knight hurries to move those steel steps. Knight brings those steps to the announce desk, but Bray CLOBBERS Knight over the barriers! Bray clears the desk, there’s all sorts of glowing bits splattering around!

Bray CLUBS Knight, drags him up, and CLUBS him against the barriers. Bray drags Knight up the steel steps, but Knight fights the suplex! Knight HOTSHOTS Bray off the barriers, then hurries back up to FLYING BULLDOG through the desk!! It’s an explosion of glowing particles and fans fire up! Knight scrambles away while Bray is still in the wreckage. Knight gets in the ring, but then Bray brings out a TOOLBOX! A flashback to his match with Seth Rollins! Knight stomps Bray at the ropes, throws hands, but Bray choke grips! Bray CHOKE- NO, Knight knees free, cravats, but Bray shoves him right out of the ring!

Bray stands back up, fans fire up and he storms over, but Knight KENDO STICK SMACKS Bray! Knight goes up to FLYING KENDO SMACK! Knight swings again, but Bray catches him! SISTER ABIGAIL!! Cover, Bray wins!!

Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall

The inner darkness was on display in this neon nightmare, will the Mega Star learn to leave well enough alone from now on? But then Bray puts on a new mask?! Bray stalks Knight but Knight grabs the kendo stick! Knight runs from Predator Bray and they go to the barriers. Knight SMACKS Bray, but Bray keeps storming up on him! Knight runs through the crowd, SMACKS Bray again, but Bray keeps hunting him! They go around behind the stage, there are White Rabbit symbols all over the place! Bray gets the MANDIBLE CLAW clamped on! Bray SMOTHERS Knight! Knight goes night-night and Bray lets him go. And there, in the rafters, is UNCLE HOWDY!

Howdy waves hi to Bray, and Bray nods. Bray looms over Knight, and then Howdy SUPER ELBOW DROPS onto Knight!! They crash down and there’s an EXPLOSION of pyro! And the puppets, Huskis the Pig Boy, Ramblin’ Rabbit, Mercy the Buzzard and Abby the Witch are watching from the rafters! Fans lose their minds, did Knight just lose his soul!?

 

Tonight’s attendance: 51,338!

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Alexa Bliss!

We just saw how Uncle Howdy’s influence empowered Bray Wyatt, but Twisted Miss Bliss insists no one is pulling her strings. Will Alexa prove that she is in control? Or will she need Howdy’s help in dethroning the EST of the WWE?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is really the scariEST on Raw!

The bell rings and ALexa rushes in! They brawl with fast hands and fans fire up! Bianca RAMS Alexa into the corner, and again, then hits a short arm LARIAT! Bianca huffs and puffs and then hauls Alexa up to HIP TOSS! Bianca RAMS Alexa into the corner again, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Bianca rains down fists! Alexa slips out at 5 to trip Bianca up and then dump her down! And then dropkick her for good measure! Alexa KICKS Bianca around, then snapmares her for another KICK! Bianca writhes but Alexa gets her for a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Bianca endures, but Alexa pulls the braid for added pressure!

The ref reprimands and counts, and Alexa kicks Bianca as she lets off at 4. Alexa stomps Bianca in a corner, lets off at 4 again, and Bianca goes to ropes. Alexa runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Bianca in the back! Cover, ONE!! Bianca is the toughEST but Alexa laughs as she clamps on a chinlock. Bianca endures, fans rally up, and Bianca fights up. But Alexa CLAWS Bianca’s face! Alexa keeps on the chinlock but fans rally. Bianca fights up, pries free and arm-drags Alexa away! Bianca runs in, Alexa dodges but Bianca blocks the roll-up! Alexa kicks the leg then KICKS Bianca down! Cover, TWO! Alexa clamps back on with a chinlock.

Bianca endures as Alexa says, “You couldn’t just leave it alone, could you?” Bianca grabs at Alexa but Alexa thrashes Bianca around. Fans rally, Bianca fights up, and Bianca RAMS Alexa into buckles! Alexa lets go, pulls the hair, and has a HANGING SLEEPER! Bianca kicks and flails, the ref reprimands, but Bianca carries Alexa as a backpack! She spins Alexa around to then suplex high and hard! Fans fire up while both women are down! Bianca and Alexa snarl, they rush at each other, and Bianca wrenches to kick low, knee low and ROCK Alexa! Bianca CLUBS away, TOSSES Alexa then DROPKICKS her! Bianca kips up and fans fire up!

Bianca has Alexa in a corner, climbs up again and rains down fists! Fans count along and Bianca goes all the way to TEN! Then past that to FIFTEEN! Bianca backflips, runs in, but Alexa dodges! Bianca grabs Alexa by her hair now, reels her in, and has a HANGING SLEEPER of her own! Alexa endures, Bianca lets go at 4, and then grabs the arms for a SURFBOARD STOMP! Bianca runs to handspring MOONSAULT onto knees! Alexa saves herself, and then runs. Bianca dodges, Alexa tilt-o-whirls but Bianca blocks to make it a FACEBUSTER! Handspring MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Alexa shows her own toughness but Bianca keeps cool.

Bianca torture racks Alexa but Alexa fights free! Alexa KICKS a leg out, then SLAPS, ROCKS and KNEES Bianca, to SHOT- NO, Bianca blocks the dropkick to roll Alexa and reel her in! But Alexa fights free of the bomb to KICK and BLISS-DT! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives, continuing to show she is the toughEST! Alexa KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Bianca, showing she’s perhaps the meanEST. Alexa sits Bianca up to SLAP her! Insult2Injury 2.0! Cover, TWO! Alexa drags Bianca up by her hair, looks at her own hand, but Bianca blocks the claw! Alexa slips free of the wrench, clinches, but Bianca powers out! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

For a moment, it seemed like Alexa was giving into Uncle Howdy, but that cost her! Bianca is still the RawEST Women’s Champion, will she be waiting on the Women’s Royal Rumble match to find her WrestleMania

As for Alexa, visions of the playground return. And then Uncle Howdy laughs from the screen as he shows her the past. “Do you feel in charge? Do you feel in charge?” Alexa’s face is frightened, but will she run away from or run towards the darkness?

 

2023 Women’s Royal Rumble match!

Charlotte Flair has the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and we just saw Bianca Belair retain the Raw Women’s Championship. The winner of this match has their choice between the two, who survives the field of 30 to be the one headed to WrestleMania?

The first one out is… RHEA RIPLEY! It seems Mami isn’t going to let Beth Phoenix’s spear stop her from eradicating the Road to WrestleMania. Out second is… LIV MORGAN! She wanted to be number one, but this is all relative when she will also have to take on all comers. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Liv says she’s going to Mania, and Rhea just smirks. They fire off hands and fans fire up! Rhea gets the edge, she CLUBS Liv, then she TOSSES Liv to a corner! Rhea dusts herself off, runs in but Liv dodges! Liv fires off hands, Rhea shoves her away, and then BOOTS her down!

Rhea looks to the Mania sign, fans rally up, and Rhea drags Liv up. Rhea reels Liv in, suplexes her, but Liv slips free! Liv hits a BACKSTABBER! Liv back body blocks in a corner, comes back to SHINING WIZARD, and then she snapmares Rhea. The countdown is here, Liv LEAPS, but into Rhea’s arms! Rhea suplexes Liv while number three is… DANA BROOKE! The Flex Appeal has not missed a Rumble yet, but will she win this one? Liv ENZIGURIS Rhea down so Dana better hurry! Dana runs down the ramp, hurries up a corner, and she DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Liv goes to a corner, Rhea to the other!

Dana handsprings in to back elbow Liv! And then handsprings the other way, but Rhea catches her! Rhea hits a back suplex but Dana lands on her feet to POST Rhea! Liv kicks Dana, whips her to ropes, but Dana reverses to hip toss! Dana handsprings and basement dropkicks Liv down! Liv goes to a corner, Dana runs in but into an elbow. Liv goes up and kicks, but Dana blocks! Dana ROCKS Liv, climbs up after her, but the two brawl. The countdown is back as Dana SUPERPLEXES Liv! Number four is… EMMA! The Aussie with Attitude wants to make it #AllAboutMe, and she’s finally in a Women’s Rumble!

Emma rushes in, Rhea gut wrenches but Dana turns it into a NECKBREAKER! Emma HOTSHOTS Rhea at the ropes! Rhea runs back in but Emma dodges the boot to tilt-o-whirl RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Dana and Emma work together as old friends, whip and handspring elbow for Rhea! Emma whips Liv in, she SHINING WIZARDS Rhea! Emma runs in, EMMAMITE SANDWICH! Emma drags Rhea up, Liv and Dana help out, Mami has a 3v1! The countdown is back as Rhea fights free! Number five is… SHAYNA BASZLER! The Queen of Spades promised to #TapNapOrSnap all 29 others, and she’s got her pick of the bunch!

Shayna kicks Emma, to gut wrench and SLAM her! Rhea storms up but Shayna wrenches the arm to a double wristlock! They’re on the ropes, Liv goes to dump them both out! Shayna ELBOWS Liv but Liv kicks, BOOTS and ENZIGURIS, only to end up in an ANKLE LOCK! Liv rolls through but Shayna KICKS her down! Shayna swings Dana for a BACKBREAKER, dragon sleeper, and NECKBREAKER! Shayna isolates an arm to STOMP it! Dana writhes but Shayna stalks her. The countdown is back, number six is… Damage Control’s BAYLEY! The Role Model swaggers while Liv and Dana lift Shayna.

Emma and Rhea brawl, Bayley slides in but into ObLIVion!! Liv throws Bayley up and out but Bayley clings to ropes! Liv stomps away, then bumps her off buckles. Bayley ROCKS Liv, kicks her and ROCKS her again. Emma BOOTS Rhea, Bayley tells fans to shut up and she stomps away on Liv. Emma stomps Shayna, Bayley CLUBSL Emma. Bayley stomps Liv, the countdown is back. Number seven is… B-FAB! Hit Row’s leading lady makes her Rumble debut, swaggers her way to the ring while the others brawl. Liv ROCKS Rhea, Shayna CLUBS Dana, B-Fab DECKS Emma! B-Fab throws Liv away, ROCKS Shayna, then BOOTS Liv!

Dana runs in but B-Fab scoops her and SLAMS her! B-Fab wrenches Bayley to HOOK KICK! Rhea runs in, ducks the hook kick and HEADBUTTS B-Fab! Rhea TOSSES and ELIMINATES B-Fab! Rhea has a bloody nose but she smiles all the same. Bayley is after Liv but Liv SPANKS her away. Dana ROCKS Liv, the countdown is back, and number eight is… NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION, ROXANNE PEREZ!! Texas fires up for their own, and the Prodigy makes her Rumble debut! She climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES Dana down! Roxie fires up, she UPPERCUTS Shayna, then rolls to dodge Emma. Emma ends up hitting Shayna, Roxie UPPERCUTS her!

Rhea whips but Roxie tilt-o-whirls and goes around to RANA! Fans fire up with the kip up! But Bayley whips! Roxie reverses, rolls her, and CLOBBERS her! Roxie CLUBS away on Bayley, throws her over but Bayley clings to ropes. Emma and Liv help out, as does Dana, but Bayley slips back in. They all stomp Bayley but the countdown is back. Number nine is… DAKOTA KAI! Bayley has back-up from her DMG CTRL teammate! #CobraKai rushes in, DECKS Liv, ROCKS Shayna, ROCKS Dana, CLUBS Roxie and CLUBS Emma! Kai then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER on Roxie! And a SCORPION KICK to Emma!

Bayley and Dakota stand together and fans boo. But DMG CTRL gets mugged! Liv stomps Dakota, Dana and Emma lift Bayley. Bayley clings to the top rope, fights free, and then helps Dakota with Liv. Liv throws kicks, the countdown is back again. Number ten is… IYO SKY! DMG CTRL is now at 100% as the Evil Genius rushes out! Roxie and Emma lift Bayley, Liv and Dana stomp Kai. Sky springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK Liv and Dana! Sky stomps Shayna, ROCKS Emma, but Shayna hits Sky back! These two are no strangers, Shayna whips but Sky ducks ‘n’ dodges and handsprings through to then SHOTGUN dropkick!

sky kips up and fans fire up while DMG CTRL focuses on Emma! Emma clings to ropes, kicks DMG CTRL away, then Dana helps Emma skin the cat. But DMG CTRL DUMPS and ELIMINATES Dana! Emma fires off on each of them, dodges Bayley but is put on the apron. Kai BOOTS and ELIMINATES Emma! But Roxie dumps Kai out! DMG CTRL hurries to attack Roxie and save Kai! Roxie fires off hands on all three of them! Roxie runs, goes up and over but Bayley catches her! ASSISTED SHOTGUN sends Roxie out, DMG CTRL ELIMINATES her! Fans boo but the countdown is back. Number 11 is… NATALYA!

The Queen of Harts is here and the Queen of Spades is a bit worried! Natty is back after Shayna broke her nose months ago! Natty storms right in and DECKS Bayley, DECKS Kai, and DECKS Sky! DISCUS for Liv! Shayna CLUBS Natty, drags her up, and RAMS her into a corner! Shayna fires off hands, hoists her up, but Natty clings to ropes. Natty CLUBS Shayna, Bayley stomps Liv, Kai & Sky mug Rhea. DMG CTRL mugs Rhea, Liv and Shayna work together on Natty. The countdown is back, number 12 is… CANDICE LERAE! The Poison Pixie has a bone to pick with DMG CTRL, and Liv fights them off.

Candice back body blocks Kai! Candice puts Sky on the apron, blocks a boot and puts Kai outside! Bayley runs in but Candice doges! Bayley hits Kai & Sky but they cling to ropes! Candice suplexes Bayley, but Shayna KNEES Candice down! Shayna also remembers Candice from their past, and she throws hands. DMG CTRL regroups to go after Rhea, but now Natty and Shayna square off. Natty SLAPS Shayna, then ducks the haymaker to GERMAN SUPLEX! Natty storms up but Shayna throws hands. Shayna puts Natty on the apron, runs in, but Natty dodges the knee! Natty dumps Shayna up and out, but Shayna holds ropes!!

Shayna grabs Natty in a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! DMG CTRL help get Natty out, but then they BLAST them both off! DMG CTRL ELIMINATES both Natty and Shayna! The countdown is back, number 13 is… ZOEY STARK! The Hunter of NXT is here for her own debut! Stark has a lot of prey, and she rushes right in to CLOBBER Bayley! SUPERKICK for Liv! HEEL KICK for Kai! And a DRAGON SUPLEX for her former tag partner, Sky! Stark kips up, but Rhea throws her out! Stark lands on the apron, ROUNDHOUSES Rhea, and then slingshots in for an ARABIAN SENTON! Stark drags Rhea up and has her on the ropes!

Rhea fights off Stark while DMG CTRL mugs Liv. Candice helps Liv but that’s still 3v2! The countdown is back, number 14 is… XIA LI! The Protector is now the Eliminator, and she’s looking to make that literal tonight! But the ref won’t let her bring the Bo staff in, so she shoves the staff into the ref! Xia BOOTS Candice, HEEL KICKS Liv, and blocks a kick from Stark to shove her down! ROLLING KICK for Rhea, and then a STEP-UP ELBOW in the corner! Xia roars and fans fire up, but DMG CTRL pounces on her! They mug Xia, they go back after Candice, but Candice turns double suplex into DOUBLE NECKBREAKER!

Bayley CLOBBERS Candice, scoops her, but Candice slips free before the assisted shotgun! Sky ends up in ropes, Candice CHOPS Kai and Bayley! Sky gets back in, DMG CTRL goes after Candice! Candice goes up top and BOOTS Bayley away, but Sky’s SHOTEI sends Candice tumbling to the floor! Sky ELIMINATES Candice! Fans boo but DMG CTRL is all fired up. The countdown is back, number 15 is… BECKY LYNCH!? The Man has come ’round, and DMG CTRL is freaking out! Becky storms right to the ring, DMG CTRL slides out under the ropes, but Becky DECKS Kai and DECKS Sky! Becky goes right after Bayley and the brawl is on!

Fans fire up as Becky fires off on Bayley, bumps her off buckles and stomps a mudhole in! Becky drags Bayley up, throws her but Bayley reverses! Becky goes through the second rope, drags Bayley out from the bottom rope, and then RAMS her into the apron! Becky DECKS Kai and DECKS Sky again, but the 3v1 catches up to her! Fans boo as DMG CTRL drag Becky up to RAM her into barriers! Then they drag Becky up to TOSS Becky over the desk! The refs reprimand but there’s nothing they can do. The countdown is back, number 16 is… TEGAN NOX! The Welsh Firecracker is here, ready to pop off!

DMG CTRL goes in to beat up on Stark and Liv, and Nox gest on the corner! Nox MOLLY-GO-ROUNDS Rhea! And UPPERCUTS Stark! And UPPERCUTS Xia! And UPPERCUTS Kai into Sky! Another shot for Xia, another for Stark, then a CANNONBALL for Kai & Sky! Nox brings Xia out for a GOURD BUSTER! Bayley CLUBS Rhea, Nox KNEES Kai! Stark runs in, Liv ROCKS her! Liv and Nox work together, LIV IN MOTION on Stark! SHINIEST WIZARD! Liv & Nox drag Stark up, but the countdown is back. Number 17 is… ASUKA!! The Empress of Tomorrow is back from her soul searching, and she has an even fiercer kabuki mask!

Asuka takes off the mask to reveal DEMON CLOWN ASUKA! Once upon a time is right here and right now! Everyone is shocked as Asuka steps into the ring. Liv and NOx rush in, Asuka dodges to run them over! POP-UP KNEE for Liv! Stark KICKS but Asuka just takes it! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bayley runs in but misses the sliding lariat! Asuka smiles and Bayley is speechless. Asuka spins, Bayley pie faces! Asuka just grins as she stares Bayley down. Fans are thunderous for Asuka, and she URAKENS! URAKENS! SOBATGS! KICKS! URAKENS! And HEEL KICKS!! Asuka throws Bayley out but she clings to the ropes!

Asuka drags Bayley up, Bayley HOTSHOTS her! Nox UPPERCUTS Asuka, runs, but into a spin! Backslide, roll through, SUPERKICK from Nox! Nox runs in but is put on the apron! ROUNDHOUSE! Nox falls, Asuka ELIMINATES her! But DMG CTRL is after her! The countdown is back, number 18 is… PIPER NIVEN! She dropped the Doudrop, and is reedy to be the Scottish Viper! DMG CTRL mugs Xia, Asuka has Bayley, but Piper storms in to CLOBBER Bayley! She CLOBBERS Kai! She CLOBBERS Sky! She wrenches Stark to RAM her, then whips her into a corner! BIG back elbow, and then Xia runs in, into an URENAGE! And SENTON!

Piper swings but Bayley dodges but Piper scoops her. Bayley slips off, but Piper elbows her! Piper scoops Liv to SLAM her on Bayley! Then she SPLASHES them both! Fans fire up, the countdown is back, and number 19 is… TAMINA! Nobody meana, and the Daughter of Superfly is right after Piper! Fans fire up, but then DMG CTRL steps up. Piper and Tamina DECK them, then DECK Liv! They throw hands with each other, Tamina UPPERCUTS! Piper runs in, Tamina dodges to SUPERKICK! Kai CHOP BLOCKS Tamina and DMG CTRL mugs her! Becky goes after DMG CTRL! Fans fire up as Becky fires off on Bayley!

Kai goes after Becky, scoops but Becky slips out! Becky catches Sky, DOUBLE DDT COMBO! The countdown is back and number 20 is… “Shh… It’s Chelsea.” CHELSEA GREEN, that is! The Hot Mess is back in the WWE and fans fire up! Bayley and Becky brawl, but Chelsea slides in, only for Rhea to TOSS her and ELIMINATE her! Well, thanks for coming, Chelsea… Becky dumps Bayley over, Kai CLUBS her! Becky TOSSES and ELIMINATES Kai! Becky kicks Bayley, TOSSES Sky, and ELIMINATES her! But then Bayley TOSSES and ELIMINATES Becky!! But then Liv DUMPS and ELIMINATES Bayley!! And now Becky brawls with DMG CTRL!

DMG CTRL dumps Becky into the crowd but she comes back to drag Bayley over! The brawling continues, they go off into the night, and Rhea is after Asuka. Tamina is after Piper, Stark digs a knee into Xia, but the countdown is back. Number 21 is… ZELINA VEGA! La Muneca is cosplaying Juri from Street Fighter, in honor of getting to be part of Street Fighter VI. Vega hits a DESTROYER on Rhea! Piper scoops Vega and puts her on the apron! Vega ROUNDHOUSES, trips Piper, and says she’s going to Mania! But Xia and Tamina are both on the apron with her… Xia and Vega go Street Fighter on the edge! But Veg blocks a boot, throws Xia down and stomps her!

Vega lifts Xia up with her foot, to HEEL KICK her and ELIMINATE her! Vega then gets in with a FLYING CODE BREAKER to Piper! The countdown is back, and number 22 is… RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ! Big Mami Cool has Texas behind her as she storms to the ring. Raquel slides in, scoops Vega, BOOTS Tamina, then gives Vega SNAKE EYES! LARIAT for Liv, LARIAT for Piper! Raquel swings, Rhea dodges, but that LEFT comes in! Raquel roars, dodges Stark, and catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel catches Asuka, for a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Fans fire up but Vega CHOP BLOCKS Raquel!

Raquel is mad, and she picks Vega up with both hands! Raquel puts Vega up top but Vega hits back! The countdown is back as Vega FLYING RANAS Raquel! Number 23 is… MIA YIM! Michin is here, ready to prove she IS the Head Baddie In Charge! Mia hurries to the ring, shoulders into Stark and then TORNADO DDTs! SHOTGUN for Tamina! ROCK for Liv! ENZIGURI for Raquel! HEEL KICK for Asuka! Tilt-o-whirl DDT for Rhea! Tamina UPPERCUTS Mia down! And Piper SENTONS! Piper drags Mia up and throws her at the ropes but Mia holds on. Raquel lifts Stark, Stark fights back and steps in. Stark kicks Raquel and bumps her off buckles.

The countdown is back as Mia, Vega and Asuka gang up on Piper. Number 24 is… LACEY EVANS! The Model Soldier returned on SmackDown, and now she returns to the Rumble. Lacey gest in, dodges Tamina and BOOTS Piper! WOMAN’s RIGHT for Tamina! Lacey TOSSES Liv onto Tamina! Lacey goes up and headstands, for the BRONCO BUSTER on Liv! Asuka nd Mia brawl, Tamina CLUBS Lacey and throws her over the top rope! Lacey ROCKS Tamina back! Lacey shoulders into Stark, sweeps the legs, and then slingshot elbow drops! Lacey salutes but fans are torn. Liv, Rhea and Raquel mug Piper, the countdown is back, and number 25 is… MICHELLE MCCOOL!?

McCool is in the crowd, but turns out she’s dressed to compete! She hops the barriers, brawls with Tamina, and POSTS her! McCool catches Liv for an OVERHEAD Suplex! McCool UPPERCUTS Piper, blocks a Rana and hits a STYLES CLASH! McCool KNEES Mia in a corner, KNEES Piper in the other, and fans fire up! But Tamina kicks McCool, whips, but McCool reverses! Tamina goes up and out, holds on, but McCool BOOTS her down and ELIMINATES her! Rhea brawls with McCool but McCool KNEES her! Liv KNEES Asuka in a corner, the countdown is back, and number 26 is… INDI HARTWELL!

NXT’s #IndiWrestling is here, ready to be Impressive! Indi slides in, CLOBBERS Stark, CLOBBERS Liv, BOOTS Mia, and kicks Raquel to CLUB and JAB! Indi dodges Stark to SPINEBUSTER! Indi points to the Mania sign, and then she hoists Lacey up. Lacey throws elbows, Liv brawls with McCool. Lacey CHOKES Indi, Raquel hoists Rhea by her legs. Piper and Asuka claw at each other, and the countdown is back. Number 27 is… SONYA DEVILLE! Sonya is getting a title match next Friday, will this golden ticket be her insurance policy? Sonya takes her time as Stark brawls with Mia. Mia throat chops and CLUBS Stark down, then wrenches for SOLE FOOD!

Sonya slides in, she KNEES Stark down! Sonya drags Stark up to toss her out and ELIMINATE her! “Stay in NXT, honey.” Sonya runs to KNEE Raquel down! Sonya turns around, Asuka SOBATS! Asuka KICKS, KICKS and KICKS, but Sonya blocks! Sonya ROCKS Asuka, gives back those KICKS, then runs, but Asuka follows! Sonya dodges, both women duck a kick, but then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take them both down! Fans fire up while Mia and Indi brawl. Vega boots Lacy while upside-down! Lacey blocks the drop toehold and stomps Vega! Lacey drags Vega up the corner to a COBRA CLUTCH!!

Vega flails, but she fades out! Lacey drags Vega over the top rope and DUMPS her! Lacey ELIMINATES Vega! The countdown is back, and number 28 is… SHOTZI BLACKHEART! The wild child is back, and so is her #TCB tank! Shotzi hurries to the ring, time to Take Care o’ Bidness! Shotzi climbs the corner to CROSSBODY Raquel and Piper down! Shotzi brawls with Mia, ROUNDHOUSES her, but Raquel whips her! Shotzi springboards to wheelbarrow and put Rhea on the ropes! Shotzi kicks Lacey, suplexes her and hangs her out to dry! Sonya tosses Shotzi but Shotzi holds on! Indi runs in, Sonya dumps her out!

Indi ROCKS Sonya, springboards but Sonya shoves her down! Sonya ELIMINATES Indi! Fans boo but Raquel storms up to go after Sonya! Raquel hoists Sonya up, the countdown is back, and number 29 is… NIKKI CROSS! Anarchy has come to the Rumble! Nikki runs in to CLOBBER Shotzi! Sonya drags Nikki up but Nikki ROCKS her! She DECKS Liv, and basically hits everyone once as she makes a lap around the ring! Nikki whips around her jacket and fans fire up! Nikki kicks Shotzi, and hits the PURGE! Nikki drags Shotzi up, but that’s dead weight after hitting that neckbreaker. Lacey CLUBS Nikki while Raquel CLUBS Sonya down.

Piper is after McCool, and the countdown is back. Number 30 is… NIA JAX?!? The Irresistible Force returns to the WWE!! All eyes are on her as she storms down the ramp, and she smiles at all the attention. Nia gets in the ring, fans fire up, and Nia says SHE is going to Mania! But uh, her egging them on has them go at her, 11 against one! But Nia EXPLODES out! Nia CLOBBERS Nikki, CLOBBERS Mia, HEADBUTTS Sonya, and then stares Raquel down! Fans are thunderous again, and they throw hands! Raquel gets the edge, then scoops! But Nia fights free to HEADBUTT Raquel down! Liv runs in, but into a fireman’s carry!

Liv flails, gets a SLEEPER, but Nia THROWS her away! “I’m back, bitch!!” Nia HEADBUTTS McCool but the URAKEN and CODE BREAKER stagger her! ANOTHER CODE BREAKER! Rhea scoops Nia?! The slam wasn’t that strong, but Rhea kicks and CLUBS away on Nia! Pump handle, for the RIPTIDE?!?! Fans lose their minds as Rhea and everyone else drags Nia up! They ALL ELIMINATE Nia!! Nia is pissed but fans love it! But then Nikki goes after McCool, and everyone else break off into their brawling! Fans taunt Nia with “Hey hey hey, good-bye~!” Nikki clings to ropes as McCool lift her.

Sonya is after Asuka, Shotzi fights off Lacey, and Raquel fireman’s carries Lacey! Raquel puts Lacey on the apron but Lacey HOTSHOTS back! Raquel swings, Lacey ducks, but the LEFT knocks her down! Raquel ELIMINATES Lacey! But then Asuka KICKS Raquel! Raquel scowls but Asuka KICKS, KICKS and URAKENS! But Raquel trips Asuka,  deadlifts her, but Asuka fights free! ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Raquel endures, fights up, deadlifts again, for a TEXANA BOMB to the outside! Asuka lands safe, Sonya goes after Raquel but Raquel whips Sonya out! Asuka ROCKS Sonya, Sonya ROCKS back! Raquel runs in, into DOUBLE KICKS!

Asuka BOOTS Sonya, and POP-UP KNEES! Sonya BOOTS back, but runs into a ROUNDHOUSE! Sonya falls, ASUKA ELIMINATES her! Guess Sonya will have to rely on her shot next week. Rhea DUMPS McCool out to ELIMINATE her! Shotzi fights against Mia but Mia puts her on the outside. Mia wenches for SOLE FOOD! Shotzi falls, Mia ELIMINATES her! But then Piper TOSSES Mia onto Shotzi to ELIMINATE her! Piper and Raquel stare down, they RAM each other! Piper wrenches to a clinch and SAIDO! Piper runs into the corner, CANNONBALL! Piper then climbs up the corner, for the VADER- NO, Raquel blocks and tosses Piper out!

Piper is on the apron, Raquel BOOTS her down and ELIMINATES her! Fans fire up, but Rhea runs in! Raquel blocks the bot, hoists Rhea up, and TEXANA BOMBS her! But Rhea headscissors Raquel to bring her out! Rhea BOOTS and ELIMINATES Raquel!! Nikki is after Asuka but Rhea dumps each of them out! They’re both on the apron, they both ROCK Rhea with forearm after forearm! Nikki and Asuka brawl now, Nikki HOTSHOTS Asuka, then drapes her out. Liv BLASTS Nikki and ELIMINATES her!! The final three are Asuka and the two women who started this match in Rhea and Liv!

Fans rally up, Asuka and Liv are both loving this! Even Rhea grins, she’s getting into it, too! They all circle, Rhea swing but Asuka dodges to ROCK Liv! Asuka mule kicks Rhea, mule kicks Liv, but Liv dodges to wheelbarrow. Rhea TOSSES her at Asuka for a CODE BREAKER! Rhea throws Liv, Liv throws Rhea! Rhea HEADBUTTS Liv, drags her up onto the ropes and to the apron! They brawl out there, Rhea BOOTS Liv, but Asuka runs in! HIP ATTACK is caught! Rhea turns Asuka around, suplexes her out, but Asuka is on the apron now! They continue to brawl, Rhea ducks as Asuka BLOWS BLUE MIST! Liv gets a face full!!

Liv sits, Rhea BOOTS Asuka down to ELIMINATE her! Rhea grins and stands back up. Liv reaches out blindly but Rhea drags her up, CODE BREAKER!! Rhea dangles over the floor! Liv hurries to find her way, and she punches the hands! But Rhea reaches up to RANA Liv, and WIN!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, at number one (headed to WrestleMania 39 in Hollywood)

One hour, one minute and three seconds is the historic run Rhea had in this match, to win! Will Rhea eradicate whichever champion she chooses on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Country Rock star, Hardy, is here live!

And he’s here to perform his hit song, the official 2023 Royal Rumble theme, Sold Out!

 

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman & Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!

The Honorary Uce has found himself stuck between The Bloodline and his best frenemy. He wants to prove his loyalty and value to the Tribal Chief, but there is a “final test” still to come. Will Sami pass that test? Will Roman retain the title? Or will the Prizefighter #StunTheWorld by finally ending the reign of terror?

Fans lift their fingers for the Tribal Chief. As Roman decreed earlier, only the Wise Man and Sami are with him for the entrance. Roman raises the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. Once again, Roman lifts the belts for more pyro. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is truly Head of the Table!

The bell rings and Kevin stares Roman down. Sami paces outside while Heyman watches closely. Roman says he’s gonna teach Kevin a lesson as he and Kevin circle. Fans cheer on “SAMI USO!” and Kevin says that must annoy Roman. Roman and Kevin circle, tie up, and go around. Roman headlocks, Kevin powers out but Roman runs Kevin over! Kevin gets up quickly enough and Roman tells Sami that this is Roman teaching Kevin a lesson. Sami says it is, and Roman circles with Kevin again. They tie up, go around again, and Roman headlocks again. Kevin powers out again, but Roman runs Kevin over again!

Kevin gets up, shakes out the arm, and Roman is talking more trash. Kevin goes to a corner and catches his breath. They reset, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Roman headlocks again, Kevin powers out again, but Kevin drops down to then CLOBBER Roman! And SENTON! Fans fire up with Kevin as he says “SUCK IT!” Kevin stomps away on Roman, goes corner to corner and runs back in, CANNONBALL! Fans fire up while Roman bails out. Kevin goes out to ROCK Roman! And CLUB him! Kevin follows Roman around the way to throw hands. Roman ROCKS Kevin in return, and HEADBUTTS! Kevin CHOPS, ROCKS, but Roman kicks back!

Roman whips, Kevin reverses, and Roman hits barriers! Kevin then CLOBBERS Roman again! Fans fire up and Kevin SENTONS again! Kevin drags Roman up, puts him in the ring, and he throws hands. Roman staggers, Kevin taunts him and throws more hands. Kevin throws body shots in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Kevin whips corner to corner, Roman reverses and Kevin hits buckles hard! Kevin tumbles up and down the corner, and Roman stands him back up. URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Kevin just gets that shoulder up and Roman is annoyed. Sami coaches Roman, and Roman stalks Kevin to ropes.

Roman CHOKES Kevin, the ref counts, and Roman lets off at 4. Sami moves aside as Roman goes out after Kevin. Fans rally as Roman runs for the DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Kevin is hanging tough and Roman is annoyed, and maybe even confused. Roman throws crossface forearms, then clamps on a chinlock. Kevin endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. But Roman ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut! Heyman says that was a good one! Kevin ends up in a corner, and Roman CHOPS! And point-blank LARIATS again and again! Roman goes all the way to nine, then runs, into a forearm!

Kevin throws more hands, Roman ROCKS Kevin back, and they brawl with forearms back and forth! Kevin gets the edge, runs, but into a BOOT! Kevin wobbles, Roman runs, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up and Roman sits up, rather stunned! Kevin ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Kevin whips, Roman KICKS back! Roman runs, but Kevin LARIATS Roman up and out of the ring! Kevin then goes to the apron, to FROG SPLASH to the floor! Kevin hurries to haul Roman into the ring and then climbs a corner! Another FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Heyman and Sami look worried but Roman is still in this.

Kevin goes to ropes and stands up while Roman sputters and coughs. Kevin aims from the corner and wants Roman to stand up. “Get up, you manipulative piece of crap!” Roman stands, Kevin runs in, but the superkick is blocked! Roman reels Kevin in, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives but both men are down while fans rally up. Sami argues the count with the ref but the ref says it was fair. Roman raises his finger and San Antonio joins in, #HeTheOne. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in, SUPER- NO, Kevin dodges and gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Roman is in the corner, Kevin runs in, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!!

Heyman is frustrated and Sami also seems worried. Kevin and Roman stir, and Roman sits up. Fans rally, Roman doesn’t like that, but he goes back to a corner. Roman aims again, “OOOAH~!” Roman runs in, but Kevin POSTS him!! SUPERKICK!! Kevin goes up top, for a SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Heyman is beside himself with stress. Kevin stomps Roman, then goes back to the corner. Heyman shouts at Roman to get up as Kevin climbs again. Heyman PLEADS, and Roman stands to UPPERCUT Kevin! Roman ROCKS Kevin again, climbs up after him, but Kevin hits back with haymakers!

The two brawl up top, Kevin gets the edge, and Roman staggers away. But Roman comes back to ROCK Kevin, then climbs back up! But Kevin throws body shots and headbutts! Kevin ELBOWS Roman down! Roman is in the drop zone, Kevin adjusts, BEST MOON- NO, Kevin slips and falls, but onto Roman anyway! Elbow drop, then Kevin climbs back up, BEST MOONSAULT FLOP!! Roman avoids disaster, and SPEARS Kevin down!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman can’t believe that Kevin survives both his own mistake and Roman’s best shot! Fans rally up as Kevin sits up. Roman goes to the corner and says he’s ending this!

Fans are torn as Roman reloads, “OOOAH~!” But he runs into a KICK! STUN- NO, Roman shoves Kevin into the ref! The ref goes down, Roman runs in, POP-UP POWRBOMB! Cover, but again, no ref! Kevin would’ve won twice over by now! Kevin realizes the error in his calculations, and he calls for someone to show up. Kevin drags Roman up, but Roman LOW BLOWS!! Roman then shouts at Sami to do something! Sami says he was told to do nothing but be here! Well Roman’s telling him NOW, GET A CHAIR! Sami does as told and goes looking. Heyman helps him look under the ring, but then Sami hesitates?

Sami gives Roman the chair after all, and says he can do it. But Kevin hits a STUNNER!! Ref is back, cover, TWO!?!?! Roman survives and Sam is freaking out! Did he just cost Roman or save him!? Kevin drags Roman back up, whips him to ropes, POP-UP- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO!??!?! Kevin survives and everyone is shocked!! San Antonio is thunderous as Kevin rolls out of the ring while Roman can’t even believe this! Sami is there as Kevin crawls to barriers and fans chant “This is Awesome!” Kevin stands up, Sami tells him to just stay down. Kevin refuses, and he grabs at Sami. Is Kevin remembering when Sami was his friend?

Roman runs in, and he SPEARS Kevin through the barriers!! Roman drags Kevin back up, puts him back in, but then Kevin flops right back out! Kevin flounders to steel steps and Roman says it’s time to hurt Kevin. Roman storms up, and THROWS Kevin on the steps!! Kevin clutches his head and neck and even Sami is aghast! Roman drags Kevin up again, to SLAM him on the steps!! Fans boo but Roman drags Kevin back up. Heyman looks at Sami and says this is what happens to those who defy the Tribal Chief. Roman puts Kevin back in the ring, and Heyman says this is why he worships the Tribal Chief. ACKNOWLEDGE HIM!!

Sami raises his finger but fans boo. Roman looms over Kevin, drags him up again, and he slaps Kevin around. Roman is toying with Kevin now, but Kevin SLAPS back! Roman SPEARS Kevin down!! Cover, Roman wins!

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

The Tribal Chief is still on top, but Sami seems conflicted. The Usos and Solo arrive to celebrate with Roman, but they stand over the battered Kevin Owens. Jey gives Sami the ley, but Roman has him hold on. Fans boo but Roman says they’re not done. Now comes the final test. The Usos beat up on Kevin, fans boo, but Roman has Sami watch. The Usos pick Kevin apart like piranhas, and ONE AND DONE!! Roman has his arm around Sami as they watch the Usos drag Kevin into a corner. Jey puts the chair around Kevin’s neck! They’re gonna have Solo do what he did to Matt Riddle! Solo runs in, HIP ATTACK!!!

Roman tells Sami to hold on. He goes to Heyman, and Heyman brings out handcuffs! TWO PAIRS EVEN! Roman grins as he swaggers up to Kevin with the cuffs. He has the Usos cuff Kevin to the ropes, forcing him to stand up! Fans boo but now the Usos SUPERKICK Kevin over and over and over! Then a DOUBLE SUPERKICK tops it off! And then ANOTHER DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Roman has the Usos stop, fans chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” but Roman has a chair. Roman says Sami is HIS family, not Kevin’s. You disrespect the family, you disrespect Roman. Roman is trying to make Sami’s life better and Kevin is holding him back.

Roman swings, but Sami stands in the way!! Sami tells them to stop, Kevin is done. They beat him down more than enough. The Tribal Chief is still champion, this is beneath him. It’s enough, and Roman is better than that. Roman cools off, and he agrees. This is beneath him, so Sami should do it. He holds the chair out but Sami doesn’t want that. Roman says Sami should. Heyman says this is Sami’s moment. This is the test! But Sami says it’s not necessary. Roman says Sami will, or he’s not one of them. Sami is Bloodline, but Kevin doesn’t care about him! Kevin’s an anchor on Sami’s career! Roman loves Sami! Roman gives Sami everything!

The ring is YOURS when you’re Bloodline. Or doe Sami wanna go back to doing Jackass wrestling?! Sami thinks about it, he lifts the chair, and Roman tells him to pull the trigger! Is Sami crying? What’s wrong with you!? Roman pushes Sami around, “DO YOU THINK THIS IS A GAME?! THIS IS MY LIFE!!” Roman tells Sami to do this! Sami nods, lifts the chair, and he HITS ROMAN!!!! Fans are going NUTS after seeing that! Sami says he’s sorry, but Jey is furious! How could Sami do this after Jey stood up for him!? Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down!! Jey said Sami was his brother, but no! The USOS are brothers! Jimmy beats down Sami as fans boo!

Solo pushes Jimmy off so HE can beat on Sami! SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Roman tells them to keep on him, and Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Roman is emotional as he says he gave Sami the world and this is how Sami repays him!! Fans chant for Jey, what is JEY going to do? Jey is mulling this over in the corner but Jimmy tells him Sami ain’t his brother! Jimmy and Solo are his brothers! The Bloodline is his family! Roman stares Jey down, and Jey BAILS!? Jey is emotional, but he’s walking away?! Fans are thunderous as Jey takes a stand, and the Bloodline can’t believe it! Roman tells Sami this is HIS fault! CHAIR SHOT! CHAIR SHOT! CHAIR SHOT!!

Roman just BEATS on Sami with the chair! And then with his fists! Roman rips away the Honorary Uce shirt, Sami is no longer even THAT! Jimmy gives Roman his ley, and Roman looms over Sami. Fans chant “F YOU ROMAN!” and that confounds Roman most of all. But Roman drops petals on Sami like it’s a funeral. Jimmy leaves what’s left of the Honorary Uce shirt on Sami, and then KNEES Kevin down! The Bloodline leaves while the fans are in an uproar! What does this mean for the future of the family?


My Thoughts:

What a wild Royal Rumble! The Men’s Rumble opening was a bit surprising but it turned out great. Of course Edge is back again, and his story with the Judgment Day is back again. And that was an awesome moment with Beth giving Rhea a Spear. I really hope we get a Mixed Tag of Edge & Beth VS Rhea & Dom before what I’d assume is Edge VS Finn at Mania. Logan Paul showing up was an interesting surprise, and what a great spot of him and Ricochet colliding in the air! Love him or hate him, Logan’s legit. Plus, his interaction with Rollins makes me think that’s a Mania match right there. Logan and Rollins have similar styles and builds, that’ll be a really good match.

And whether you wanted him to or not, Cody Rhodes was back in the Royal Rumble, and he won the Royal Rumble. I didn’t think he’d be #30, but I suppose that’s WWE being careful with him. At the same time, what an awesome showing for Gunther, starting #1, setting the new Ironman record at about 70 minutes, and being one of the final two while doing it. Gunther is still Intercontinental Champion, this could really boost his stock going into Mania for who he faces. Though honestly, he had great interactions with a lot of other big men, I would love McIntyre or Sheamus to get that match after things finish up with the Viking Raiders.

The Pitch Black Match was a lot different than I expected, but in a great way. Going with black light to use all sorts of hidden ink and make everything glow, especially the ropes and Knight’s tights, was such a cool aesthetic. However, as a match, this was borderline a squash because Bray was never fazed by what Knight did to him. Though, that table spot was great, and those little flecks that exploded out were interesting. And just when I thought Howdy wasn’t gonna get involved, he does a wild, Jeff Hardy meets Shane McMahon type stage dive. I hope whoever was Howdy here is okay, I think he overshot the target, but that was still pretty good.

And then I expected more Howdy shenanigans in the Bianca VS Alexa match, but perhaps they didn’t have a Howdy understudy ready. Bianca VS Alexa as a match was also a bit less than what I hoped for. Bianca winning was fine, and now Alexa has a crisis of confidence in a new way, where she isn’t sure if she is capable of winning without that supernatural assistance. The Women’s Rumble was also awesome, and we got some great returns. McCool being in the crowd before being revealed as a surprise entrant was a fun move. Chelsea Green back to be thrown out immediately was both hilarious and a bit mean. And wow, Nia Jax? Would not have seen that coming.

Good showing from the NXT entrants, but it also felt like Sonya Deville made it her mission to get rid of them. Of course Becky went after DMG CTRL, and of course they basically canceled themselves out of the match. And Asuka showing up with her original gimmick from her Joshi career in Japan was awesome stuff. It was the right move to have her be in the final three, and it was great that they let Liv start the match and get that close to the end. But Rhea was also the right choice to win, she is of course going to choose Bianca and that can also bring Street Profits into a story with Judgment Day, as I’ve been saying on the Raw articles.

And of course, just incredible stuff with the Bloodline’s story. In terms of the match, I really thought there was going to be more internal conflict for Sami, but I do appreciate commentary pointing out that it was all being told through Sami’s facial expressions. Roman winning was expected, and Sami’s “final test” being what came after was a great move. The fans had such great energy that really added to the entire moment, because they wanted to see it, and we got what we wanted in Sami standing up to Roman and hitting Roman! But of course, after the beating put on Kevin and having him trapped, Sami was not getting out of there.

But then in another great twist, Jey stands up for himself! He couldn’t save Sami, he couldn’t fight his family, but he could choose to wash his hands of it. What I thought was going to be Kevin & Sami VS The Usos could now transform into Kevin & Sami VS Jimmy & Solo. The Usos still have to defend their SmackDown Tag Team Championships, and it feels like it’s going to be against Braun & Ricochet once that tag tournament finishes up. But we could get a story very similar to “KofiMania.” Kofi had to jump through hoops to get at Daniel Bryan’s world title, so Sami & Kevin could have to get through Jimmy & Solo to get at Roman. Hell, Jey might help Sami & Kevin do just that. WrestleMania’s going to be two nights, HHH seems to be considering splitting the undisputed titles, Roman could end up facing Cody for the world title and Sami for the universal title.

My Score: 9.1/10


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The Road to WrestleMania gets intense!

Raw has grudge matches on tap as Sami Zayn faces Shinsuke Nakamura, and The New Day faces Imperium in a Tag Team Street Fight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins.
  • Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan; Nia wins, by disqualification.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dominik Mysterio is in the ring.

San Jose is booing but Dom has the mic to say, “Everyone, please welcome the greatest Women’s World Champion of all time! RHEA RIPLEY!” The fans fire up as Mami makes her way to the ring, and she feels great after retaining her title at Elimination Chamber. Rhea gets the mic to welcome us to “Monday Night Mami!” The fans cheer Mami on and she smiles. Rhea says this weekend, she walked into her home country our Women’s World Champion, and she walked out of it still our Women’s World Champion. Nia Jax might’ve been the biggest threat to her reign, but it doesn’t matter how big you are. Rhea may be from Down Under, but Mami’s always on top! Because she’s Rhea BLOODY Ripley!

Wait! Here comes Becky Lynch! The Man started the Elimination Chamber match, won the Elimination Chamber match, and now she’s here to step to the champion she’ll be facing at WrestleMania! The fans cheer Becky on and she gets a mic now. “The Man has come around to San Jose!” The fans cheer that! Becky says The Man is also coming back around to WrestleMania… to fight Rhea. “But The Man came out here to say congratulations. What a night that you had on Saturday. Hell, what a night we both had on Saturday, hey?” Becky won the Chamber, Rhea successfully defended her title against Nia in her home country, stadium filled and in the main event!

Rhea had her family and friends there, what a moment. And even better, because now they won’t have to fly all the way to WrestleMania to watch her lose. Dom tells Becky “Nobody talks to Mami like that.” Fans boo Dom and Becky tells him to listen to them, “ya dirty kumquat!” Becky was talking to Mami, and if Mami won’t put Dom in his place, The Man will. The fans cheer that! Becky says Rhea is on a hell of a run, one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen. And even though the last year, Rhea has been the face of this company, she’s spent most of the time being fed grapes by this loser.

Meanwhile, Becky has been the backbone, the heart and soul of this company! She became a Grand Slam Champion, all while writing a best-selling book! The Man can do it all, including beating “Rhea Bloody Ripley.” Becky throws down her mic but Rhea asks if she’s done. Yeah? Cool. First off, never disrespect her Latino Heat like that again. Secondly, “congrats” on winning the Chamber. It’s about time Becky stopped disappointing Rhea and actually won something to get even this close to Rhea’s level. Becky says she’s the backbone, but The Man always thinks they’re the backbone of everything.

The funny thing is, that behind every great Man is an even greater woman. But Rhea isn’t behind Becky, because Mami is ALWAYS on top. Rhea drops her mic now but the two still talk some trash. Rhea & Dom leave, title in Mami’s hand. Will Becky leave Philadelphia with that title in hers? WAIT! Nia Jax runs up from the crowd to CLOBBER Becky! Fans boo as Nia HEADBUTTS Becky then dribbles her off the mat! The sore loser drops a leg on Becky! Rhea dares Nia to try her then, but Dom says Nia’s not worth Rhea’s time. Nia drops another leg on Becky! And then she drags Becky to a corner, but refs rush out here!

Fans boo Nia while Adam Pearce tells her to stop this. The producers also get Becky to safety. Pearce says Nia’s getting a fine if she keeps going rogue. Nia backs down, but will she make sure everyone feels her wrath on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Jackie Redmond has caught up with the “heated” Irresistible Force, and asks why Nia attacked Becky. Nia says, “Why? Are you kidding me?” Becky won Chamber but she should NOT be going to WrestleMania over Nia! Nia beat Becky clean, so there’s no way Nia is letting Becky make it to WrestleMania. Then with Mania still weeks away, and Nia having a match with Liv Morgan tonight, will- Nia says whatever just happened to Becky, expect ten times that for Liv. Nia storms off, will she look to end Liv’s revenge tour cold here tonight?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Speaking of WrestleMania, The Great Liberator still wants a spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, even if the path isn’t quite clear. However, the King of Strong Style says Sami just plays it up so people will pity him. Will there be no sympathy from Nakamura as he looks to take that spotlight for his own? Or will Sami get even with Nakamura for their previous match’s controversial finish?

Raw returns and Nakamura makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sami wrenches to wristlock, but Nakamura pulls hair to put Sami on ropes. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off slowly, but then he KICKS Sami in the side. Sami goes to a corner, comes back, and they tie up. Nakamura headlocks, Sami powers up and out, things speed up and Sami hurdles to arm-drag! Sami has the armlock and the fans rally up. Nakamura fights to his feet, puts Sami in a corner and throws body shots and knees! The ref reprimands, Nakamura lets off and Sami bails out. Nakamura goes out to kick Sami low!

Nakamura whips Sami, but Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Direct hit but perhaps still double-edged for Sami, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura has Sami in a seated cobra twist! The fans rally, Sami endures and fights with elbows! Sami gets free, he stands up, but Nakamura KICKS him in the side again! Nakamura storms up in a corner, whips corner to corner hard and Sami falls in a heap! Nakamura drags Sami up, fireman’s carries to put him on the top rope, then TOP SHELF KNEES! Nakamura keeps Sami up there, to run and TOP SHELF KNEE again! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but Nakamura kicks him around. Nakamura drags Sami up while fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Nakamura whips, Sami goes up and over and LARIATS!

The fans fire up and Sami grits his teeth to stand. Sami storms up to fire hands on Nakamura! Sami whips, Nakamura reverses to KNEE low! Sami drops, but then he scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives and Sami is stunned! Sami grits his teeth from the pain in his side, and he hauls Nakamura up. Nakamura RAMS Sami into a corner! And again! And again! Nakamura puts Sami up top but Sami CLUBS Nakamura! Sami reels Nakamura in, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while Nakamura flounders out of the ring. Sami builds speed but runs into a kitchen sink knee!

Fans boo as Nakamura stalks Sami to the outside. They’re both on the apron, and Nakamura stands Sami up. Nakamura hits an APRON GOURD BUSTER! Sami flops to the floor while Nakamura soaks up the heat, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns yet again, Sami blocks a kick but Nakamura fires forearms! Sami fires those back, the two brawl and the fans fire up! Sami gets the edge but Nakamura fires a strike fest! Sami ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura goes to a corner and takes aim, KIN- NO, Sami gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Sami can’t believe it! Sami watches Nakamura crawl to a corner and then goes to the other side. The fans fire up as Sami runs in, but Nakamura JUMP KNEES! Nakamura then goes up the corner to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and shocks Nakamura!

The fans fire up as Sami flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as Sami bails out and Nakamura pursues. Nakamura stalks Sami, KICKS him in the side again, and then drapes him along the barriers. Nakamura CLUBS Sami, goes up the steel steps, and FLYING GUILLOTINE KNEES! The fans boo Nakamura while he leaves Sami behind. Sami sputters on the floor as the ring count climbs! We’re past 5 of 10, and then 8! Sami springs up at 9 to slide in at 9.9! KINSHASA!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Sami saves himself by a literal foot, but Nakamura stomps away on him for it! The ref counts, Nakamura argues with him, then goes back to a corner.

Nakamura aims again, “YAO~” but Sami sends Nakamura into buckles! BLINDSIDE HELLUVA KICK!! The fans are thunderous as Sami goes to the far corner! Sami roars, wants Nakamura to get back up, and he runs in again, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Sami gets even with Nakamura and gets back on the winning track! Is this just what Sami needs to find his way to WrestleMania?

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The Hot Mess is always complaining and bringing up issues, and she’s got an issue with the woman who eliminated her from the Last Chance Battle Royal. But will she only end up complaining more when she loses to Raquel 1v1? Or will Chelsea somehow, someway, bring down Big Mami Cool?

Raw returns and Chelsea has the mic to say, “San Joseee~! I’m speaking! Let it be known that tonight, after issuing a formal complaint to WWE Management, I will be competing in protest. That’s right. Last week, I would have won the Last Chance Battle Royal, and I would have gone on to become the most illustrious winner in Elimination Chamber history, had Pea Head Pearce not added that secret, stupid last entrant, Raquel Rodriguez!” Fans cheer Raquel but Chelsea says that was wrong! The people want HER! She’s the star! Raquel flew all that way to Perth, and for what? To lose? HAHA! To be a big dumb loser like the San Jose Sharks!

Fans boo but Chelsea laughs, and then she says after tonight, everyone will SHH when Chelsea proves Raquel is a loser, by kicking her- Oh, wait, here comes Raquel! The bell rings and Chelsea draws a line int he sand, daring Raquel to cross it. Raquel steps right over it! Chelsea draws another line and dares Raquel to cross that. Raquel does! Chelsea SLAPS Raquel out of panic! Then Chelsea apologizes, only to turn and run! But Raquel reels her in, whips her, and Chelsea ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! The fans fire up as Raquel drags Chelsea up, scoops her, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans fire up as Chelsea staggers back up.

Chelsea bumps into Raquel, and Raquel scoops for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Chelsea flounders, Raquel drags her up and tells her to shush. Raquel hits the TEXANA BOMB! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

What was that about kicking someone’s butt? Chelsea might still need to figure out how to think before she speaks, but will Raquel let her actions do the talking for her on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie congratulates him on the big win over Shinsuke. They’ve been talking for weeks now about adversity, and Mania is 40 days away. How much did Sami need tonight’s win? “Need” is an understatement to Sami. He’s been bottling stuff up for weeks now, trying to keep his cool, but this has been in his mind all week. A loss tonight, he couldn’t even tell you what it would’ve done not just to his path to WrestleMania, but to him emotionally. It would’ve perhaps disproved his claims of being a contender. But he doesn’t need to worry about that, because this win reaffirms what he’s been saying!

The belief in himself, the fire inside, he IS a contender and will be a champion, and that his path to Mania will come to him. And if it doesn’t, then he will go out and he will find it himself. Because this isn’t the first time nor the last that- Imperium walks over. Ludwig Kaiser looks Sami up and down, then scoffs and moves on. Giovanni Vinci smirks as he walks right past Sami, and then Gunther walks by. Gunther looks Sami in the eyes, then looks him over. Gunther laughs then leaves. Does Der Ring General not think Sami is a contender? Will Sami prove him wrong?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Cathy Kelley is with the American Nightmare and says he made big news at Elimination Chamber by calling The Rock out for a 1v1 match. A lot of people question if that was smart given Cody’s match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Cody isn’t sure it was smart, either, but it’s simple: The Rock slapped Cody, Cody challenged him to a match for anywhere, anytime, and we await the rebuttal this Friday Night SmackDown. Then for tonight, Cody has a match with Grayson Waller, how does he see that going? Cody asks back, “Do you like Grayson Waller? Right? No. You don’t have to answer that right now.”

But Cody has been watching Waller. Waller won the Iron Survivor Challenge, has tons of skills, and not just on the mic. But if anything, Waller should certainly like Cody. The first time Cody was on the Grayson Waller Effect, he brought Jey Uso back to the WWE. And this past time, in front of over 50 THOUSAND people in Waller’s home country, Cody called out The Rock. And tonight, Waller gets his very first Monday Night Raw main event against Cody, and finds out first hand. Cody thanks Cathy for the time then heads out. Will the American Nightmare completely neutralize the Grayson Waller Effect tonight?

 

Imperium goes to the ring.

Ahead of their Street Fight match, Imperium is here so Der Ring General can speak. However, the fans boo so he waits it out. Gunther smiles and says, “After successfully defeating Jey Uso last week, I am standing here still your greatest and longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time!” Fans are torn on that, but Gunther continues by saying that he has to be honest, it was very, very close. Jey almost had Gunther beat, and Gunther actually felt it slipping away from him for the first time. But let’s be honest, he got lucky. Nobody’s perfect! But Gunther is still very, very close to it.

And before Kaiser & Vinci “outclass” The New Day, Gunther wants to address his future! Understand that over 600 days, Gunther has worked hard, putting his heart, soul and body into making this title into the most prestigious in this company! Fans do cheer that. “And I’ve beaten everybody along the way to achieve this.” Which leaves one question: Who will be Gunther’s opponent for WrestleMania? Fans have different ideas, but Gunther says he has seen all the ridiculous claims! Sami Zayn? Fans cheer that name! Chad Gable? “A THANK YEW~!” The Miz?! Fans cheer again. Gunther says it gets worse! He even sees people want R-Truth!

Fans really cheer for Truth, but wait! The Judgment Day makes their way out here? Finn Balor & Damian Priest are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions after defeating “New Catch Republic,” Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, and they’re leading the way, JD McDonagh & Dirty Dom right behind. These four step into the ring to stand across from Imperium, and the fans are torn seeing these seven stare down. Priest says, “Big Bad Gunther. We don’t sweat you, man. Although you’ve have quite the dominant run, second only to the run The Judgment Day is on.” Priest hopes Gunther was watching Chamber as Judgment Day ran the table.

And Judgment Day plans to do it again at WrestleMania. Except, they plan on adding even more gold! Priest tells Gunther in Spanish, and then in English, that they mean the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther says since they’re not cashing in the MITB briefcase, who is it gonna be then? Finn Balor? Big headed JD? Who? DOM steps up!? Fans boo and Gunther almost laughs again. Dom tells Gunther, even as fans boo louder, that when Dirty Dom and the Judgment Day say they’re gonna do something, they mean it. And that means that the Intercontinental Championship now belongs to them.

Gunther still grins at Dom, and then pushes him back. Judgment Day keeps Priest back, and Gunther dares someone to do something then. Priest says they’ll be taking that title one way or another, and Gunther doesn’t stand a chance. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Senor MITB throws off his vest, but Finn and the boys keep him back. Gunther holds up the belt, will nothing stop him from continuing his historic reign? Or will WrestleMania be his judgment day?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Priest has cooled off, and Mami asks what Dom is doing stepping to Gunther of all people! Dom says he’s got this! Well, he better. Rhea heads out again, and Finn tells Dom that he really should smooth things over. Dom agrees, but encounters Andrade on the way. Dom says long time no see, and Andrade says hey, kid. Dom says he has to smooth things over first, but good seeing him. Wait, wait, wait. Andrade has a meeting with Pearce to discuss his first opponent. See you soon, huh? Yeah, maybe. Dom wishes Andrade luck, but will the Prodigal Son have to face El Idolo before getting to Der Ring General?

 

Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium!

After almost two years of fighting back and forth, these two top level teams are putting things to rest! No disqualifications, no count outs, and no limitations on what they’re allowed to do, who will prove they are the superior team once and for all?

The New Day make their entrance, and Imperium rushes out of the ring to attack! They brawl on the ramp and the bell sounds while fans fire up! The New Day are dressed in San Jose Sharks uniforms, which the fans appreciate, and the brawl goes up to the stage. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Vinci kicks Woods, but New Day hits back with haymakers. Vinci sends Woods into the LED  screen! Kaiser UPPERCUTS Kofi! Then Vinci DECKS Kofi! Kaiser rains down fists on Kofi, Vinci stomps him, but the fans rally for New Day. Kaiser drags Kofi up, feeds him to Vinci, but Woods has Francesca MK II Turbo! And he CRACKS Ludwig with her!

Woods uses the slide to SMASH Vinci, and then Kofi uses the horn piece to SMASH Kaiser! Woods uses the broken pieces to beat up on Kaiser! The brawl goes back to ringside, Kofi throws headbutts! Woods ROCKS Vinci, then helps Kofi go looking under the ring. San Jose fires up as New Day brings out a TABLE! But Imperium CLOBBERS The New Day! The fans boo as there’s no furniture yet, Imperium puts New Day in the ring. New Day DECKS Imperium off the apron! The fans fire up as New Day builds speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! Kofi wipes out Kaiser, Woods wrecks Vinci with a dropkick, and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and the brawl is now in the crowd! Kofi ROCKS Kaiser, Vinci ROCKS Kofi, but Woods SMASHES a beer can on Vinci! The fans fire up as this keeps on moving, and Woods headlocks Vinci to bring him away. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Woods dumps Vinci back to ringside, but Kaiser sends Kofi into barriers! Woods CHOPS Vinci, Kaiser ELBOWS Kofi in the forehead! Vinci hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX on Woods! Kaiser GAMANGIRIS Kofi down! Fans want tables, but Imperium doesn’t care as they put Woods in the ring. Kaiser goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table after all! Only to put it right back!

Fans boo but Kaiser gets himself a chair. Vinci drags Woods up, Kaiser aims and JAMS Woods in the ribs! Then SMACKS him on the back! Kaiser talks trash while fans boo, but Kaiser and Vinci sit Woods up. PENALTY KICK! Kaiser drags Woods, puts him in the ropes, and Vinci adds a chair to the mix. Vinci & Kaiser go side to side and back again, FULL METAL DOUBLE DROPKICK in the corner! Woods sputters as he falls from corner to floor! Kofi returns and he HOTSHOTS Kaiser, GAMANGIRIS Vinci, and he goes up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Kofi keeps going, and he RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Vinci!

Kaiser runs up, but Kofi scoops and SLAMS him onto Vinci! The fans fire up as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kaiser gets away but Kofi clinches him! Kofi and Kaiser throw elbows, then Kofi drags Kaiser down. Kofi DECKS Kaiser, then hurries to get that table! The fans are thunderous as Kofi sets it up and brings Kaiser around. But Vinci makes the save! Imperium DOUBLE SUPLEX Kofi into the ring! But Woods is back to SHOTGUN Kaiser, and mule kick Vinci! Woods fires off, Vinci kicks and CHOPS! Woods falls, Vinci stomps him out of the ring. Vinci & Kaiser regroup, Kaiser has kendo sticks!

Kaiser SMACKS Woods, then hands one to Vinci. Vinci and Kaiser DOUBLE SMACK Woods again and again and again! They stretch Woods across steel steps, and Kaiser gets space! Fans boo as Kaiser runs in, but Kofi JUMP KNEES first! Vinci LARIATS Kofi! But Woods waits on Vinci in the ring! Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Vinci gets the kendo stick to SMACK away on Woods again and again and again! Kaiser has the chair and he SMACKS Woods, too! Fans boo as Imperium stands tall, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns again and Imperium RAMS Woods into barriers! Kaiser smirks, turns around, ARMCHAIR ATTACK! Kofi takes Kaiser down with that, then BOOTS Vinci! Kofi whips Vinci into steel steps! Fans fire up as Kofi puts Kaiser in the ring, stalks him, and Woods is there, too! Now New Day has the kendo sticks! The fans fire up again as Kaiser realizes the trouble he’s in! The New Day SMACKS away on Kaiser again and again and again! The kendo sticks are coming apart! The fans are thunderous as Woods tells Kofi, “GET THE TABLES~!” Kofi & Woods go out, stomp Imperium down, then find a table under the ring!

New Day sets the table up at ringside, then Woods CLUBS Vinci. Woods brings Vinci over, Kofi throws some hands, then they put Vinci on the table. The fans rally up as Woods climbs up a corner! Woods aims, the fans are on their feet, and Woods SUPER MACHO ELBOWS through the table!! Vinci writhes while Kofi & Woods roar! They haul Vinci out of the wreckage, put him in the ring, and Woods climbs again. Kofi hits a BACKBREAKER, Woods adds a KNEE DROP! Cover, Kaiser yanks the ref away!! The fans boo but Kaiser gets away with that one, but Kofi KENDO STICK DIVES! Down goes Kaiser!

Vinci flounders out of the ring, a red line of blood on his back from where the table got him. Kofi puts Kaiser in so he and Woods can kick him around! The fans know “This is Awesome!” as New Day drags Kaiser to his feet. Woods scoops Kaiser, Kofi climbs up, but Vinci rises! Vinci SHOVES Kofi down through a table!! The one from earlier! Woods ELBOWS Kaiser away, grabs at Vinci, Vinci SMACKS Woods with a cookie sheet! Kaiser RAMS Woods into a chair wedged in a corner!! Roll up, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The New Day brought the fight but they lost the fight! Will Kofi & Woods be able to rebound from this crushing defeat? Will Kaiser & Vinci look to confront Judgment Day over the titles Finn & Priest have?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He talks with Bronson Reed, and says this isn’t the first phone call he’s had just like this. But yes, “it” is on the front of everyone’s mind, Pearce will address it soon enough. But congratulations on the newborn baby, see you soon. Pearce finishes the call, Chad Gable walks in and they shake hands. Gable over Ivar was a hell of a win, congratulations. Oh, well A THANK YEW~ then. But Gable just wants momentum going to WrestleMania. And speaking of, we all know Gunther wants an opponent going into the big show. Everyone will be coming to Pearce with their reasons why they’re the guy.

Gable has reasons of his own. He comes here as not just a competitor but as a father. Last time Gable faced Gunther, he was this close to taking the title. But that’s not what haunts him. What haunts Gable is that Gunther reduced Gable’s daughter to tears, and laughed at her misery! Gable needs to make this right. Gable’s reasons are honest. To anyone else, this match would be about the title. But for Gable, this means more. Pearce sees that. He has a lot to think about. Who will be in the running for a shot at Der Ring General?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

Speaking of title chases, The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hot on the trail of Damage CTRL! Will Shayna & Stark be primed for their shot at Asuka & Kairi Sane? Or will the Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling find the way to a rematch from Elimination Chamber?

Raw returns as Indi & Candice make their entrance. The teams sort out and Candice starts against Shayna. Shayna runs up, Candice dodges to kick a leg out and ENZIGIRI! Then STEP-UP SENTON! Candice hurries to BLAST Zoey, then she dodges Shayna to back body block! Candice goes out to CANNONBALL Zoey! The fans fire up as Candice then avoids Shayna’s shoulder to KNEE her away! Step-in TORNADO- NO, Shayna SLAMS Candice outta the DDT and KNEES her down! Candice is dazed but Shayna stands on her arm! Shayna lets her hair down and STOMPS Candice’s elbow! Tag to Zoey and Zoey storms right up.

Zoey wrenches and YANKS the bad arm, then YANKS it again. Zoey steps over to HIP DROP the elbow, then she stalks Candice to ropes. Zoey wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! Zoey grinds forearms into Candice’s face while saying she’s a nobody! Zoey whips Candice into buckles hard, then grinds her forearms in again! The ref counts, Zoey lets off, and she brings Candice up for an INVERTED EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in there but Zoey pushes her around. Zoey stands Candice up but into a CODE BREAKER! Hot tag to Indi and the fans rally up! Indi dodges Zoey in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT her away!

Indi hurries in, LARIATS Zoey, BLASTS Shayna, and LARIATS Zoey again! Indi CLUBS, DECKS and then stalks Zoey. Zoey swings, Indi dodges, but Shayna tags in before the SPINEBUSTER! Indi roars, but Shayna grabs her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Indi taps, Shayna & Zoey win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by submission

The Queen of Spades & The Hunter put away Candice & Indi faster than Asuka & Kairi did, will this be more than enough to name them the next contenders? Or will not even Shayna & Zoey be ready for DMG CTRL?

 

R-Truth is in the Judgment Day clubhouse?

And then he’s joined by The Miz and “DX,” aka DIY. They all sit down and Miz asks what Truth is even doing here. Well, Judgment Day’s gone for the night. He doesn’t want them to see him like this, but he was reminiscing about all the good times. Johnny Gargano says Truth’s always cheering them up, so they’ll return the favor. They’ll get revenge on The Judgment Day. And speaking of, Ciampa has a plan. Are you ready? What? He said… Are…! You…! Ready!? Oh, Truth gets it now! They’re gonna regenerate, right? What? Y’know, Regeneration X. Now that’s what’s up! No, no, it was Degeneration- Never mind. That is what’s up, and it’s AWESOME~!

Truth says let’s do it then! Hold on, he’s taking the TV back. Don’t worry about unplugging it, ain’t no cords on it. So it’s wireless? Nope. Truth, Miz and DIY head out, just what will they do to finally get one over on Judgment Day?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

The Scottish Terminator and the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber match is in San Jose, primed to face Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship! McIntyre gets the mic to say, “We did it.” He wants to thank the fans. You don’t achieve success alone, so everyone here and around the world, thank you for praying harder than ever before. Because of them, it is happening! McIntyre VS Rollins for the WHC at Mania! McIntyre feels like hell, though. He is more jetlag than man right now, especially after being the first man in the Chamber and the last man standing. He got hurt in there, an eardrum blown out. It was a bit of an incident after the show.

McIntyre was talking with the doctor afterward, and he told McIntyre that he is hurt, he might not make WrestleMania. Fans boo, but McIntyre told the doc, “Who do you think I am? CM Punk? Nothing’s gonna stop me from making Mania!” Fans are torn, they should’ve known McIntyre was going there with this. And then McIntyre sits down cross-legged a la Punk! “Don’t look up my kilt, ya pervs.” McIntyre tells Punk that he knows it hurts not to be part of Chamber or WrestleMania, and it probably kills Punk to see McIntyre in the world title match instead. But he wants Punk to know he thought about him after the match.

McIntyre wants to do something special just for Punk. We know Punk is straightedge, doesn’t drink alcohol, so McIntyre drank twice as much for both of them to celebrate. McIntyre grins and says okay, to more serious business. He has to talk to the champ, so if he’ll indulge McIntyre, “Mr. Rollins, c’mon down.” And here he comes! The fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins makes his way out in a baggy, wine red suit. Rollins joins McIntyre in the ring, and McIntyre points to the sign. Rollins says yeah, we’ll get to that, but if McIntyre will indulge Rollins a moment… “SAN JOSE! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!”

And a congratulations to Drew McIntyre! Fans boo but Rollins says no, no, McIntyre did it. Rollins is proud of McIntyre for clawing his way back to a title match with him again. And this time, McIntyre has an opportunity to do what he’s been wanting since 2020: win the world title, but not in an empty warehouse! This time, it’ll be in front of a capacity crowd at the BIGGEST WrestleMania of all time! But… there is just one thing standing in the way. He is the Visionary, he is the Revolutionary, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The fans sing again and Rollins revels in it. McIntyre says yeah, Rollins is standing in the way.

McIntyre says beating Rollins is no easy job, but beating McIntyre is no easy job, either. So why is Rollins making it so hard on himself? We’ve seen what’s going on with Roman and Cody and The Rock, Rollins should just stop. Rollins doesn’t need that in his life. McIntyre’s talked with Rollins about this, from the bad knee to the bad back. Rollins should take time off, rest up, and be at 100% for WrestleMania. But Rollins won’t listen, doesn’t have to, he’s a grown man. But it just doesn’t make sense to McIntyre why Rollins is going to SmackDown this Friday to fight Cody’s battle when Raw needs Rollins here!

That stuff is their business, screw them! When McIntyre is champion, he won’t care if SmackDown is on fire and begging for help, McIntyre wouldn’t piss on ’em to put it out! McIntyre’s responsibility will be Raw and the World Heavyweight Championship only. But here is something for Rollins to think about: The Bloodline situation. We know where this is going, Rollins doesn’t need to go down that path. We know the outcome, it has happened time and time again, and to McIntyre personally. You push Bloodline too far, you know what happens! Their match at Mania will be a killer match, the fans going wild, Bloodline will hit the ring and cost Rollins the title!

So please, for Rollins’ sake and McIntyre’s, just back off. Fans boo and Rollins takes off the sunglasses. Rollins tells McIntyre, “I respect everything you just said. But respectfully, some risks are worth taking.” Fans cheer that, and Rollins says that he’ll be straight here. McIntyre’s known Rollins a long time, he knows what Rollins is about, so he knows that everything McIntyre just said, Rollins has already thought about. Rollins has replayed it over and over, all the negative outcomes. It’s why Rollins is the Architect, the Visionary, and the truth is… McIntyre might be right. Rollins’ knee may not be ready, the back may give out, and Bloodline might leave him broken in their wake, just like they have everyone else.

WrestleMania might be an easy night for McIntyre. McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? Like Rollins said, some risks are worth taking. He’s been selfish in his career and in his life, and Rollins thought that the goal at the end of the road would fill the void. But every single time, when Rollins got to the top, he felt empty inside. It wasn’t until he had his daughter that Rollins realized not everything is about him. There are some things in life bigger than all of us! The World Heavyweight Championship is bigger than us! Taking down the Bloodline is bigger than us! Fans cheer that!

Rollins asks McIntyre back: If they don’t take care of Bloodline before Mania, then what? Let’s say McIntyre does take the title from Rollins. It doesn’t matter if McIntyre is champion or Rollins is champion, The Bloodline wants power, and it’s only a matter of time before they come for the World Heavyweight Championship. So McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? What if Rollins’ knee is 100%? What if his back is ready to go? What if they can rip The Bloodline apart once and for all to secure the future of this industry!? Because if they can do all of that, then at WrestleMania, it is just Rollins, McIntyre and the World Heavyweight Championship.

Rollins said this before Crown Jewel, and he’ll say it again here: May the best man win. And some risks are worth taking. Rollins drops the mic and takes his leave, will this gamble go his way? Or will McIntyre find his own way to win it all?

 

Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan!

The Irresistible Force is a sore loser, determined to prove she’s far more worthy of a WrestleMania moment than every single woman that was in the Elimination Chamber match. To her point, she did get the better of them all just last week. Will she do it again tonight? Or will Liv make Nia #CryAboutIt some more?

Raw returns as Liv makes her entrance. The bell rings and Liv SHOTGUNS Nia! Liv fires off forearms but Nia shoves her away. Liv runs up to back body block! Liv runs up again, SHINING WIZARD! Liv keeps moving, but Nia stops the rana! Nia swings Liv up and around, SAMOAN DROP! Nia soaks up the heat while she paces around Liv. Nia drags Liv around to pull on the arms! The fans boo and Liv endures, but Nia STOMPS her down! Liv sputters but Nia drags her up and puts her in a corner. Nia runs in to SPLASH Liv, and Liv flops down. Nia runs back in, HIP ATTACK! Nia rubs it in quite literally, then drags Liv up.

Liv fires body shots, runs, but Nia ELBOWS her down! Nia drags Liv around, and has a leg for the STRETCH MUFFLER! Liv endures as she dangles off the mat! Nia then swings Liv into buckles! Nia drops Liv, kicks her around, and then goes to the apron. Nia lines up a shot, but Liv dodges the leg drop! Fans taunt Nia with “MY HOLE! MY HOLE!” while Nia hobbles away. Liv aims, builds speed, and DVIES! Down goes Nia and the fans fire up while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Nia has Liv in a BEARHUG! Liv endures as Nia squeezes and thrashes her around! Pat uses the telestrator to show us just how much Liv was suffering in the Stretch Muffler. Back to present, Liv fights out of the bearhug and ENZIGIRIS! Nia wobbles, and then CLOBBERS Liv! Nia runs to SENTON but misses as Liv moves! Liv goes to a corner, Nia runs up, but Liv slips to the apron! Nia hits buckles, Liv KNEES her back! Then HOTSHOTS her away! Nia staggers, Liv goes up the corner, and fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Nia staggers to the corner but Liv runs in! Nia blocks the Code Breaker!

Nia puts Liv in the corner but Liv ROCKS her! Liv leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nia is still in this and Liv grows frustrated. The fans rally up as Liv rushes Nia, but into a fireman’s carry! Liv sunset flips through, but Nia stays up! Nia drags Liv to her feet for a HEADBUTT! Liv ends up in a corner, Nia runs in, but Liv dodges, Nia POSTS herself! Nia falls out of the ring and Liv hurries to the apron! Liv runs but Nia catches her! SAMOAN DROP into the post! The fans boo but wait! BECKY LYNCH FLIES IN!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

The Man fires off on Nia and SMACKS her off the desk! And again and again and again! The fans fire up as Becky dribbles Nia! Becky then SMACKS Nia off the apron, puts her in the ring, and storms up on her to CLUB her right back out of the ring! Nia hurries up the ramp while the ref keeps Becky back! Becky wants Big Time revenge, will she tear Nia down before going after Rhea? And how will Liv feel about this when Becky’s revenge just cost her a win?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller & Austin Theory.

Cathy Kelley is now with A-Town Down Under and brings up Elimination Chamber’s “massive scoop.” Does Waller feel Cody being the guest on the Grayson Waller Effect backfired on him? Waller says once again, Waller gets the biggest scoop via his show, not surprised! Big for Waller, big for Australia, but that doesn’t change the fact Cody disrespected Waller in his home. He beat up Waller’s boy, Theory, and Waller did everything he could to protect him (not), but now they flip the script. Waller will disrespect The American Nightmare in his house, and then The Rock & Roman can pick the bones. This lad ain’t ever gonna finish his story!

Cathy thanks them for their time, will the Grayson Waller Effect be super effective? Or will nothing stop Cody from making it to Mania?

 

WWE mourns the loss of Ole Anderson.

The OG Four Horseman passed away today at the age of 81. A great tag team wrestler and one half of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, he will be missed.

 

Adam Pearce finds Becky backstage.

She says after what Nia did to her, Becky was not gonna be able to move on until she ends this. Becky wants her shot at Nia. Oh, really? Then how does next week sound? Sounds perfect to Becky. Then it’s official. Becky thanks Pearce, but then Liv storms in! Liv says she was in the middle of something out there, but guess Becky doesn’t care about anyone else. Not everything is about The Man! Liv storms off, is Becky only going to settle one score to have to worry about another?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Jackie Redmond is with Main Event Jey and says despite a hell of an effort against Gunther, not an outcome Jey wanted. How does Jey plan on getting back in the title scene? Jey says he’ll keep on being him, doing what he does, keep on showing up to Raw and being Main Event Jey Uso. Last week, he was this close to having his first singles title. Feels like when he tries to get close to something, he falls short. When he tries to complete the mission, he falls short. When he tries to do something positive for himself, he falls short. When he tries to pull himself up, he falls short. Whether it is his past enemies on Raw, or his own flesh ‘n’ blood.

Jey then spots said enemy in McIntyre. McIntyre says he knows Jey is having a tough time. McIntyre is in a good place, riding high, but he felt this was a good time to have this talk. McIntyre knows how Jey is feeling, and McIntyre wants Jey to know that from the bottom of his heart, Jey deserves it. Jey fires off on McIntyre and it’s a brawl! Refs and security rush in to pull these two apart! The Scottish Terminator can’t help himself when it comes to pushing buttons, but will he regret getting on Jey’s bad side?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

The American Nightmare wants after The Rock, but it seems the Aussie Icon has just ended up a pawn in the Bloodline’s game. Will Cody get past this obstacle to have a clear path to WrestleMania? Or will Waller be drinking a shoey in The Tribal Chief’s honor?

Raw returns as Cody makes his entrance, the fans singing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Cody. Waller is annoyed by that as he circles with Cody. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks for the takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free and hits another takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free again and waistlocks. Waller elbows free, runs up and bumps Cody off buckle! Waller taunts the fans but they rally behind Cody. Waller JABS Cody, CLUBS him, but Cody turns things around to CHOP! Cody stalks Waller to a corner, whips him corner to corner but Waller reverses hard!

Waller storms up to cravat Cody and fires off knees! Fans boo but Theory soaks it up for Waller. Waller throws body shots on Cody, has him against ropes and CLUBS him. Waller ROCKS Cody with a forearm, throws body shots, and he keeps Cody on the ropes. Waller wrenches and whips Cody but Cody reverses to kick, drop and RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then reels Waller in to suplex, and he holds Waller up! Fans cheer as Cody waits until ten for the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then clotheslines Waller up and out! Fans fire up as Cody stands tall and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Cody throws body shots to get free of a chinlock. But then Waller LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Waller keeps on Cody with a cravat and he cranks the neck wrench. Waller says he won’t let Cody disrespect him! The fans rally, Cody fights up, and commentary says Paul Heyman is somewhere in the building. Did he bring The Bloodline with him? Cody throws more body shots to get free, then he CHOPS! Waller kicks low, reels Cody in to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody CLOBBERS Waller, goes to a corner then goes up and over, to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up with Cody as he rises!

Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Waller stays in this but then Theory distracts Cody! Cody glares at Theory, runs him off, but Waller is up, to JAB! Cody drops to his knees, and Theory says that’s teamwork! Fans boo but Waller whips. Cody ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE! Theory is sent tumbling up and over the desk!! The fans fire up but Waller goes out to LARIAT Cody down! Waller puts Cody in, says this is the real deal, and he somersaults, but Cody dodges the flatliner! CODY CUTTER! The fans fire up again and Cody dragon sleepers for the CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under probably wishes they’d stayed home on this one! Cody is rolling down the Road to WrestleMania, but “Ladies and gentlemen,” The Wise Man confirms he is here by stepping on stage. Heyman has private security but Cody still gets a chair! Cody also gets a mic while Heyman says it’d figure “San Josie” would boo ladies. They’re ruining his shtick! Heyman continues his introduction, but Cody doesn’t give a damn! If this is a set-up, then come get him! Heyman has everyone calm down. This is not a Bloodline set-up. The only member of The Bloodline here tonight is Heyman. Does anyone see a drop of Polynesian blood anywhere in the security?

That’s rhetorical, because the answer is no. These gentlemen are Heyman’s “friends” from the NYPD. They are off-duty, technically, because they’re suspended, but that’s a whole different story. Heyman came here to California to let us know no one wants an apology. Heyman understands how insulting it must be to get Will Smith’d across the face. But Heyman wants Cody needs to take The Rock’s name out of his freakin’ mouth. Because The Tribal Chief, Roman…! Reigns…! has authorized Heyman to let Cody know, that if Cody does not back away from this… Like, you can’t just say you want a match with The Rock and then it magically happens.

Well, it magically happens if you ARE The Rock, but Cody screwed that all up, didn’t he? See, a year ago, they were crying in the ring with each other, Heyman forgives Cody. But The Rock doesn’t. And understanding that Cody is in the WrestleMania main event with Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Championship, Heyman is begging and pleading, “Please, Cody. Please. Pretty please, with a cherry on top… Withdraw this challenge from The Rock… or else.” Cody takes a seat and asks, “Or else what, Mr. Heyman?” Does Heyman wanna know why Cody hasn’t rained holy terror on this mic about Heyman’s new boy, Dwayne? Why Cody hasn’t trashed The Rock in media?

It’s simple! Like everyone here, Cody was a fan of The Rock! How could he not be? Put yourself in Cody’s shoes! He comes from a family where every meal was determined by ticket sales, and nobody sold more than The Rock! But Cody is done, fed up with being nice! If this is a set-up, then like Cody said, “Come and get me.” Heyman says he has a better idea. Heyman and his “friends” go to the apron and Heyman asks if he may step inside. Heyman may not. Heyman says that’s just rude. But the “friends” step in and Cody says okay, then he’ll make this clear. If one more person steps towards Cody, he is dropping every single person in this ring.

The fans fire up and Heyman says okay, he respects that. As Cody will surely respect that his threat doesn’t apply if Heyman is that one person, right? WRONG! Cody gets his chair and he JAMS everyone up! Then SMACKS them all down! And then CHUCKS the chair into the one guys’ face! CROSS RHODES!! The fans fire up as Cody stands his ground! He dares Heyman to send The Bloodline, but Heyman has his phone to call Roman Reigns. And another phone to call The Rock! Cody says go ahead, call whoever he’s got! Because the Bloodline isn’t hunting Cody, Cody is hunting The Bloodline!

Heyman looks a little worried as Cody has another round to JAM and SMACK the “friends!” Cody TOSSES one, TOSSES another, then TOSSES the third! Did this little stunt backfire in the worst way possible for The Bloodline?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, with great build upon the WrestleMania stories. I really like this intertwining of stories between Judgment Day and other groups. Great opening promo from Dom, Rhea and Becky, which then turned into Nia attacking Becky, which then in turn became Becky attacking Nia during her match with Liv. Now, while we’re getting Nia VS Becky 2, it feels like Liv is adding Becky to the revenge tour. There’s talk of Triple Threats for world titles at every 10th WrestleMania, what if it was for the Women’s World Championship? Granted, it’d be a shame since Becky fought her way to earn the shot, but it would hearken back to Mania 35 where Becky won a Triple Threat.

Judgment Day confronting Imperium over the Intercontinental Championship was some good stuff. And I do appreciate that even Rhea felt Dom was biting off more than he could chew stepping to Gunther. Now, it sure feels like they want Sami to get his shot after that encounter with Gunther, but I like that Andrade is also in the mix after his talk with Dom. Sami VS Nakamura was an awesome opening match, it probably should be Sami given he mentioned “doing something historic” last week. But Sami having to get through Andrade, Bronson, Gable and maybe even Dom would really make it a great road to Mania.

Awesome Street Fight tag match, too, and I was rather surprised Imperium won. But I have a feeling Kaiser & Vinci will be getting in on the Undisputed Tag Team Championship story, same as The Awesome Truth. Good but short promo from Truth, Miz & DIY to keep up the “DIY is DX” gag and establish that the feud is continuing. Awesome Truth still feels like they’re set for their shot at Mania, but maybe Imperium and a team from SmackDown get involved to make it easier for Finn & Priest to lose the belts.

Raquel all but squashing Chelsea was entertaining, though Shayna & Zoey all but squashing Candice & Indi was a little disappointing. I suppose Shayna & Zoey are still being established as challengers for DMG CTRL, we might get a Fatal 4 tag title match for the women. As I said at Chamber, maybe Bianca gets in on the tag title story since the top titles are spoken for. Meanwhile, great promo from McIntyre with Rollins, though it maybe took a little too long to get where it was going. It is good character stuff from McIntyre to be hypocritically worried The Bloodline is going to screw Rollins over when McIntyre just wants the title regardless.

Great bit with McIntyre and Jey, too, though it felt like Jey was just going on and on to stall for time as McIntyre was heading over there. McIntyre VS Jey one more time will be really good stuff to give McIntyre momentum going towards Mania. And really good stuff from Cody Rhodes tonight. Good promo before his match, good promo from Waller as well, and really good main event from Cody VS Waller. Heyman showing up was a nice surprise, though it was a weird move for him to bring fake cops that were supposedly suspended. We all knew they were getting beat up by Cody anyway, maybe this was some kind of adlib to keep from Cody beating down Jimmy and/or Solo. There’s a very good chance that happens on SmackDown anyway, so they probably didn’t wanna be redundant.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


My Thoughts:

A great finale to the New Beginning series here, though it’s a shame Tanahashi is hurt and could not take Nemeth up on his invitation to have a tag match, nor could he be part of the 10 Man Tag with Okada and Chaos. It’s an ankle injury, hopefully he’ll be alright. But at the same time, he doesn’t really have to wrestle, he’s President of NJPW now and should be taking it easy. Anyhow, great tag match from the Guerillas of Destiny to be Tama’s sendoff. As such, Leo & ELP naturally won, and they take the banner up for GOD, certainly as a tag team. I don’t think Loa’s leaving NJPW, so maybe Loa becomes a singles guy within the faction?

Bushi beating Taka, Douki beating Hiromu, Taichi beating Takagi, Just5Guys win that best of three, but LIJ wins out the night because both Yota and Naito win the last two matches. A really good, really cerebral match from Yota and Yuya, the storytelling of wanting to win with Young Lion moves continues between them, and I really liked how many times Yuya countered the Gene Blast, only for one to still hit. The New Japan Cup is up next, I’m sure Yota is going to have a strong showing as he tries for the world title.

Naito VS Sanada was really good, though I’m not sure it was quite like their WrestleKingdom match. But I suppose part of that was that of course Naito won. I appreciated the parallel to Yota VS Yuya with Sanada failing to hit Deadfall again and again. Naito then snatches the win with a cradle, not a finisher, technically keeping Sanada strong. I’m just not sure how Sanada does in the New Japan Cup. English commentary was pointing out getting Naito VS Sanada Part 3 through the New Japan Cup would be too much.

Sanada could obviously go for a different title in the meantime, though I have no idea what one. Just5Guys already feuded with House of Torture, they can’t default to that and the NEVER Openweight title. Nemeth just got the Global title and Riddle just got the NJPW World TV title, so I don’t think they’d lose to Sanada, but those would make for some interesting feuds. And I don’t even think Sanada would care about the KOPW Championship, though it would  be interesting to see what matches he’d come up with.

My Score: 8.8/10


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