Will Sami Zayn pull off a Montreal Miracle?
Before Cody Rhodes challenges for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania, Sami Zayn gets his shot at Roman Reigns! Will the Great Liberator drastically change the WWE’s landscape?
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber: Asuka VS Liv Morgan VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Carmella VS Natalya VS Nikki Cross; Asuka wins and will challenge Bianca Belair for the title at WrestleMania.
- Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
- Mixed Tag Match: Edge & Beth Phoenix VS Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley; Edge & Beth win.
- WWE United States Championship Elimination Chamber: Austin Theory VS Seth Rollins VS Bronson Reed VS Johnny Gargano VS Damian Priest VS Montez Ford; Theory wins and retains the title.
- Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sami Zayn; Roman Reigns wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Wade Barrett and Pete Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action that’s going to heat up tonight!
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Byron Saxton catches the United States Champion as he’s arriving and says he steps inside the “grueling” Elimination Chamber against “five of the fiercest WWE superstars.” Theory says let’s look at those five. Johnny Gargano is a stay at home dad. Montez Ford, how’d he even get into this thing? This isn’t a tag team match. Bronson Reed is just a massive waste of space. And then there’s Damian Priest, a former US Champion! We forgot all about that when Theory became champ. And Theory’s “favorite,” Seth Freakin’ Rollins. AKA Seth “The Past” Rollins! Every time Theory beats Rollins, Rollins goes further and further into the past.
“And that’s exactly what’s gonna happen tonight to all five of those superstars. Because the reality is, we are in the now, and I am the Forever Champ. And they are all just lucky that they get to experience Austin Theory Live. How ’bout that?” Theory laughs his way towards the locker room, but is his ego going to bring him down when the odds are not in his favor?
“On this path to glory…”
“… forward is the only way. No matter the danger, you must face it head on. The fear is bitter. The obstacles, unrelenting. You freeze or fight. And man, that’s cold. But when the storm hits home, it hits big. The Chamber calls, and the only way out is in.” Face the danger, brave the Chamber, and grab glory with both hands!
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber: Asuka VS Liv Morgan VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Carmella VS Natalya VS Nikki Cross!
Having cleared out Bayley and Becky, The EST awaits a new challenger for WrestleMania. The Empress of Tomorrow, the LIVing Embodiment, Ricky Desperado, the Fabulous Princess of Staten Island, the Queen of Harts, and Anarchy Incarnate are all fighting to win, but who will survive the steel to head for gold?
Asuka makes her entrance first, followed by Carmella, who eggs Asuka on while she’s in a pod. Mella goes to her corner, and then Raquel makes her entrance. Fourth out is Nikki, and she’s more than excited to be back in the Chamber. This leaves Natty and Liv to start, which Montreal is excited for. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover. Liv fights up, powers out, but Natty runs her over. Natty stares Liv down and smiles, then things speed up. Natty rolls, Liv whips, but Natty hurdles and comes back to waistlock, O’Conner Roll! TWO, Liv rolls Natty, TWO! The two stare down and fans fire up.
Natty and Liv reset and circle, tie up, and Natty waistlocks. Liv elbows free and Natty goes to a corner. Liv runs in, Natty throws her up and out, then ROCKS her with a right. Natty goes out after Liv but Liv whips her into the steel chains! And then again! And again! And again! Natty falls and Liv sits her up for a kiss on the cheek. Liv then goes up the chains to DOUBLE STOMP Natty down! Fans are torn and Liv catches her breath. Liv then digs Natty into the chain and pushes her head through them! Natty struggles to get free, she throws hands but Liv kicks her low. Liv runs in but is sent into a pod!
Liv staggers, Nikki laughs, and Natty SMACKS Liv off the pod again! Fans cheer Natty and she brings Liv back up, to SMACK her into the pod again! Nikki watches with a big grin while fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Natty says okay, and she SMACKS Liv back into the pod! Natty then hauls Liv up but Liv pushes back. Liv swings, but into the lift, rebound and TOSS into the chains! Now Natty puts Liv through the chains for a motorcycle stretch! The countdown is here, and the first one out of their pod is… RAQUEL! Big Mami Cool ROCKS Natty with forearm after forearm! Raquel then RAMS shoulders and runs Natty over!
Raquel drags Natty up, whips her to ropes, but Natty kicks back! Natty runs, into a LARIAT! Raquel drags Natty back up, waistlocks, but Natty resists the lift. Liv runs in, but Raquel BOOTS her! Raquel SLAMS Natty, then whips Liv to a corner hard! Liv bounces off buckles, Raquel brings Natty up and whips her in. Natty runs into Liv, and Raquel revs up to run in, STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH! Raquel then TOSSES Natty away, and scoops Liv for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up and Raquel BOOTS Natty down! Raquel goes out after Natty, she brings Natty up into a fireman’s carry, and RAMS her into the chains! And again! And again!
Raquel drops Natty, fans are a bit torn, but Raquel stands Natty back up. Raquel hauls Natty up in an Alabama Lift, but Liv jumps on! But Raquel catches her! Natty sunset flips to BOMB Raquel into chains! Fans fire up as all three women are down! Natty throws Liv into the ring, storms up on her, and she grabs the legs. Natty stomps Liv’s stomach, but Liv blocks. Liv BOOTS Natty away, then monkey flips her! But Natty holds onto the legs, only for Liv to roll her up! TWO! Liv kicks, KICKS and springboards, but Natty throws her to Raquel, who catches her! NECKBREAKER CODE BREAKER COMBO!! Natty covers Raquel, TWO!
The countdown is back, and next out is… NIKKI! Nikki RAMS into Natty, CLOBBERS Raquel, and then SPLASHES Liv! She SPLASHES Natty, then SPLASHES Raquel! Nikki keeps going, another SPLASH for Liv! But Raquel POSTS Nikki! Raquel runs in, but posts herself! Natty elbows Nikki, whips, but Nikki reverses and sends Natty out! Liv kicks, KICKS, but misses the enziguri on Nikki! Nikki TOSSES Liv, then she grins as she sees everyone else is down. Nikki grabs Liv’s legs to CATAPULT her into a pod! Nikki drags Natty up, RAMS her into the chains again and again, then goes to Raquel to do the same!
Nikki digs Raquel’s face into the chains, and chinbars to really twist Raquel up! Raquel can only endure, and Nikki lets off to scare Mella. Nikki digs Raquel’s face into the pod! Mella mocks Raquel’s pain and Nikki throws Raquel down. Nikki then looks up, and decides to climb! Fans fire up as Nikki gets on top of Mella’s pod, throws her jacket around, and then away. Nikki aims, and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Down go Raquel, Natty AND Liv! Fans are thunderous and Mella can’t even! Nikki grins and waves to fans, and the countdown is back. Next into the pod is… CARMELLA! She hurries to cover Liv, TWO!
Mella covers Natty, TWO! Mella waves at Asuka to taunt her, but Nikki sneaks in. Mella gets right up against Asuka’s pod, saying she’s not afraid. But then Nikki slithers up and Mella is creeped out. Mella wants back in her pod! Mella stays safe but fans boo. Nikki turns around, and Raquel picks her up! To RAM her through Mella’s pod!! Mella runs away and wants to borrow Raquel’s pod for safety! Fans lose their minds over what Raquel just did, and she drags Nikki up out of the wreckage. Raquel TOSSES Nikki in, covers, Raquel ELIMINATES Nikki! But Liv is up top, she leaps for a FLYING CODE BREAKER!!
Raquel flounders away, Liv chases after, springboard, but Raquel tosses her to the chains! Liv clings onto the chains to climb! Natty CLUBS Raquel but that just pisses Raquel off! Raquel BOOTS Natty, goes back in and hauls Natty up, to RAM her into a corner! Raquel puts Natty up top, throws forearms, then climbs up after her. Natty and Raquel fight, Natty slips under, but Raquel holds ropes! Raquel rains down fists and even stomps Natty into sitting down! But Liv is up on top of Asuka’s pod! SUPER FLYING SUNSET BOMB!! Mella covers, TWO!?!? Raquel survives and no one can believe it! And the last countdown is here! TIME FOR ASUKA!!!
Asuka BOOTS Mella before she can get in a pod, then dribbles her off the glass! And then off chains! Fans are thunderous, “ASUKA’S GONNA KILL~ YOU!” Mella is pushed into the chains while Asuka smiles! Asuka then brings Mella around to URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! KICK! URAKEN! But Mella ducks the roundhouse and Asuka kicks pod! Asuka hobbles, but she keeps moving, SLIDING KICK on Mella! Fans fire up, Asuka wraps Mella up in a waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Raquel and Asuka stare down and fans fire up again! Raquel swings, misses, but she blocks a backhand to RAM Asuka down!
Asuka’s back up, she tilt-o-whirls to an IRON OCTOPUS!! Raquel endures but Asuka pulls on that bad arm! Raquel powers up, powers Asuka into a fireman’s carry, but Asuka slips off to POST Raquel! ROUNDHOUSE! MISSILE DRPKICK from Liv! Cover, TWO!! Natty ROCKS Liv, gets her up, but Liv fights free! CODE BREAKER! ObLIVI- FABULOUS KICK!! Natty gets Liv for a SHARPSHOOTER!! Liv endures, reaches out, crawls her way forward, but Natty drags her back! Liv bites her hand to ignore the pain, and she powers her way forward again! Asuka clamps onto Liv’s arms! RINGS OF SATURN!!
Liv endures, but she’s fading! Liv is OUT, Asuka & Natty ELIMINATE her!! Fans are bummed by that, but now Natty and Asuka stare down. Natty blocks, Asuka blocks, and Asuka wants the arms but Natty arm-drags free! Natty has the legs, SHARPSHOOTER!! FABULOUS KICK! Mella covers Natty, and ELIMINATES her! We’re down to three and Mella laughs at the haters because she’s one of ’em! Mella stares Asuka down, and she sees Raquel stand up. Mella runs in but into an elbow! Asuka kicks, but Raquel lifts her! Mella CHOP BLOCKS Raquel, Asuka URAKENS! FABULOUS KICK! ROUNDHOUSE! FABULOUS KICK! SLIDING KICK! Double cover, they BOTH ELIMINATE Raquel!
FABULOUS KICK on Asuka!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Mella is furious! Mella vows to be the one going to WrestleMania, and she aims again. Asuka blocks the kick, ANKLE LOCK! Mella hops on one foot, rolls Asuka into a cover, TWO!! Asuka has the cover, TWO!! Mella rolls Asuka again, TWO!! But into the RINGS OF SATURN!!! Mella endures, flails, but she QUITS! ASUKA WINS!!
Winner: Asuka, by submission (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Champion)
NO ONE was ready for Asuka! But will Bianca Belair be the readiEST she’s ever been for this WrestleMania showdown? Or is there no such thing with the Empress of Tomorrow?
Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar!
The All Mighty and the Beast have gone back and forth over the last year, and being thrown over the top rope in the Royal Rumble was the last straw for Lesnar. Lashley has become more than a rival, he is an obsession of Lesnar’s. Will Lesnar get even with Lashley while getting Lashley out of his head? Or will Lashley finish Lesnar off once and for all?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Lesnar RAMS Lashley to a corner! And RAMS him again, and again! Then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Montreal fires up as Lesnar RAMS into Lashley again, and again, and then knees away on Lashley! Fans chant “SUPLEX CITY!” but Lesnar clotheslines Lashley up and out first! Lesnar paces around while Lashley stands. Lesnar goes out after Lashley, CLUBS him on the back, and then puts him in the ring. Fans fire up but Lashley gets moving, and he SPEARS Lesnar!! Cover, TWO!! Lesnar survives but Lashley knows to just aim again. Lesnar slowly stands, Lashley runs back in, to SPEAR again!!
Lashley soaks up the heat and he wants Lesnar to stand up again. Lesnar rises, and Lashley stalks him. Lesnar resists the full nelson, he gets his hands between Lashley’s, and then fireman’s carries! F5!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives but Lesnar keeps his cool. Lesnar stands up first, fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” so Lesnar fireman’s carries again. F5!! Lesnar crawls to the corner, TWO!!! Lashley survives again, so fans say, “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar figures what the hell, he’ll go again! Lesnar fireman’s carries, but Lashley slips off! Lashley shoves, dodges, and SPEARS!! Lashley fires up, and he demands Lesnar stand!
Fans boo but Lashley stalks Lesnar. Lesnar rises up again, Lashley clamps on, HURT LOCK!!! Lesnar is caught in the All Mighty’s full nelson, and he’s fading fast as Lashley puts on the pressure! Fans rally up, Lesnar powers up, and Lesnar LOW BLOWS Lashley!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification
Lashley had Lesnar, so Lesnar threw the fight! But Lesnar is pissed, and he grabs the ref! F5!!! That’s a fine! Lesnar gets Lashley again, another F5!!! The Beast just demolished the Rocky Mountain Machine, and fans still want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar drags Lashley to the apron, kicks him out of the ring, and he heads for the announce desk! Lesnar clears it off and fans fire up for another F5, through the desk!! Fans lose their minds as Lesnar is standing tall. Lesnar then drags the ref out! And he F5s the ref onto the wreckage!! Well, that’s another fine. Lesnar doesn’t care, but what happens to his Road to WrestleMania?
Mixed Tag Match: Edge & Beth Phoenix VS Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio!
The Rated R Superstar wanted to create a group to elevate this generation. What he got was a monster he could not control. But now, it has escalated to a level where there is no going back! Will “the Grit Couple” break The Prince & The Eradicator for what they did back at Extreme Rules? Or will there be no stopping what The Judgment Day has become?
The teams sort out and fans sing along with Edge’s theme song. Finn and Edge start, they circle, and they tie up. Finn waistlocks, headlocks, but Edge powers out. Finn runs Edge over then flexes at Beth. Fans boo, but Edge runs Finn over! And BOOTS him! Edge goes after Finn in the corner to rain down fists! Fans count along, all the way to nine, then Edge adds on for TEN! Tag to Beth, Edge whips her in to RAM Finn! Beth sets up, PO-EDGE-RY IN MOTION! But now Rhea gets in and fans fire up! Beth and Rhea circle, talk some trash, and Rhea pushes Beth. Beth pushes back, then they throw hands!
They tie up, are in a deadlock and go around. Rhea headlocks, Beth throws body shots then whips Rhea away. Beth LARIATS but Rhea stays up! Rhea talks trash and boops Beth in the forehead. Rhea LARIATS, but Beth stays up! Beth says, “Eat this, bitch!” They throw DOUBLE LARIATS again and again and again! It’s fitting that they have Bull Nakano face paint! Beth runs, ROCKS Rhea, but Rhea kicks back! Rhea ROCKS Beth, Dom whispers advice to Mami, and then hurries away. Rhea and Beth step to each other, and Rhea calls for a Test of Strength. Beth says hell yeah, and she ties up with Rhea. Fans chant “F YOU, DOMINIK!”
Rhea and Beth go shoulder to shoulder, and Rhea has Beth on her knees! But Beth powers up to push Rhea back! So Rhea kicks low, pump handles, RIP- NO, Beth slips free! Chicken wings! Rhea fights free, elbows Beth, but Beth runs and CLOBBERS Rhea! Rhea bails out, Domi distracts but Beth chases him off. Beth goes out after Dom, but Rhea runs in, only for Beth to dodge! CHOP, CHOP and whip into the steel steps! Dom is freaking out as Beth drags Rhea back up. Beth puts Rhea in, stomps her down, and then CLOBBERS Finn! Beth goes up but Finn distracts the ref. Dom grabs at Beth but she kicks him away. Dom trips Beth up!
Edge runs after Dom, CLOBBERS Finn, and Dom runs away to the back! Rhea CLUBS Beth, grins and brings Beth up by her hair, and puts her in a Tree of Woe! Rhea stomps a mudhole into Beth, fans sing “HEY HEY HEY! GOOD-BYE!” to Dom. Rhea drags Beth up, SLAMS her back down, then brings her back up. Dom returns, apparently having found some guts backstage. Rhea CLUBS Beth, shoves her into ropes, and CLUBS her again. Rhea stands Beth up to shove her, but Beth ROCKS Rhea! Rhea ROCKS Beth, fans chant at Dom, and the forearms continue to fly! Beth kicks low, ROCKS Rhea with haymakers, then BLASTS Finn!
Rhea picks Beth up! Beth reaches but can’t reach Edge! So she DDTs Rhea! Fans fire up while both women are down! Beth crawls, but Finn appears from under the ring! Finn trips Edge! Then ELBOW DROP to the floor! Fans boo but Beth is stuck, and Rhea SPLASHES in the corner! Rhea drags Beth out, pump handles, RIP- NO, Beth slips free again! Beth has the chicken wings but Rhea runs to RAM Beth into buckles! Rhea drags Beth up the corner and chicken wings the arms! Dom cheers Rhea on but Beth elbows away on Rhea! Beth is free, she blocks a boot to CHOP Rhea! And CHOP her again!
Beth climbs up after Rhea, but Rhea throws hands! Beth CLUBS away on Rhea, stands her up, and Dom freaks out over the SUPERPLEX! Rhea flounders and even Dom felt that one! Fans are thunderous while both women are down and Dom shouts at Rhea to get up. Rhea and Beth crawl for their corners, but Finn runs in to drag Beth back! But then Beth BOOTS Rhea into Finn! Hot tag to Edge! Edge rallies on Finn, FLAPJACKS him, and fans fire up! Finn staggers, into a kick! But he wrenches out to trip and DOUBLE- NO, Edge avoids the stomps, trips Finn, and puts Finn in the EDGE-UCATOR! Rhea runs in, but Beth SPEARS her!
Beth has Rhea’s legs, and it’s another EDGE-UCATOR! Rhea keeps Finn from tapping, and Dom distracts the ref! Beth lets Rhea go, but Rhea HEADBUTTS her for it! Rhea grabs brass knuckles to DECK Edge!! Rhea helps Finn cover, BETH BREAKS IT! Rhea gets on the apron, Beth kicks her right back off! Beth fires off on Rhea, Rhea kicks her away, but Finn rains down fists on Edge! Fans boo as Finn goes up the corner. But Beth TOSSES Dom into the ropes! Finn gets tripped up! Rhea RAMS Beth into barriers! But Edge CLUBS Finn, turns him around, and goes up after him. Edge CLUBS away on Finn, then clamps on!
Finn holds the ropes to resist, but Rhea adds on! Beth also joins in! The ladies POWERBOMB the men! Fans are thunderous as Beth fires up! Rhea and Beth DOUBLE LARIAT! All four are down, and Dom sees his opening! Dom looks under the ring, he brings out chairs, and Rhea bails out to that side. Rhea drags Beth out while Dom moves the steel steps around! Rhea brings Beth to those steps, SMACKS her off them, and Finn keeps Edge down. They’re upping things from Extreme Rules! Rhea has a chair, but Beth avoids the chairshot! Beth SMACKS Rhea off steps! And then chicken wings, to GLAM SLAM Rhea to the floor!
Edge gets Finn for the IMPALER! And then Edge DIVES onto Dom! Edge gets back in, and he- SLINGBLADE from Finn! Finn aims, runs in, but into a SPEAR!! An then Beth joins in, SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, The Grit Couple wins!!
Winners: Edge & Beth Phoenix, by pinfall
Judgment Day just faced the consequences of their actions, Edge & Beth stand tall! Is this the end of the war between creator and creation? Or will Finn and Rhea just want revenge further down the line?
Paul Heyman talks with Roman Reigns.
“My Tribal Chief, Montreal is now your city. There’s nothing ‘Zayn-y’ about Montreal. Tonight, Montreal becomes the centerpiece of your Island of Relevancy!” Roman nods while finishing his C4 Energy. Heyman thanks Roman, but will Montreal be absolutely “Zayn-y” by the end of tonight?
WWE United States Championship Elimination Chamber: Austin Theory VS Seth Rollins VS Bronson Reed VS Johnny Gargano VS Damian Priest VS Montez Ford!
The Now says he is the future and the forever, but the odds are not in his favor. Will Theory be the one who ends up the past? Or will he somehow survive the Visionary, the Colossal, Johnny Wrestling, the Punisher and the Highest Flying Profit?
Theory makes his entrance first, so he’s saved from having to start the match and run the table. Next out is Ford, so the red Solo cups rain down. Then Bronson makes his entrance, followed by Priest. That leaves Gargano and Rollins to start the match. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for Rollins as he circles with Gargano. The two tie up, Rollins wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Gargano spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Rollins rolls, wrenches, WRINGS Gargano, but Gargano kicks him away! Sweep and cover, ONE! Sweep and cover back, ONE! Fans fire up for this opening exchange, and now fans duel between Rollins and Johnny Wrestling.
The two reset, they feel it out, and fans chant for ‘BOTH THESE GUYS!” Gargano arm-drags Rollins sidesteps and things speed up. Gargano hurdles, schoolboy but Rollins avoids the kick! Gargano avoids the stomp, sunset flips, TWO! Rollins high stacks, TWO! Sunset, TWO! Ghost pin blocked, TWO! Ghost pin completed, but Rollins stands up with a fireman’s carry! Gargano elbows free, goes to the outside and ROCKS Rollins! Then slingshots, but into underhooks! But Gargano back drops free! Rollins lands on his feet, ROCKS Gargano, but Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS Rollins to the floor!
Fans fire up but that was a bit double-edged for Gargano. The countdown is here, and first out is… THEORY! The champ BOOTS Gargano, throws hands on Rollins, then throws Rollins into chains! Then he clotheslines Rollins into the ring! Theory throws Gargano into chains, digs him in, and says, “This is MY time! MY time!” Theory talks trash on both his former mentors, then bumps Rollins off buckles. And off more buckles. Theory RAMS into Rollins again and again, then snapmares to stomp him down! Theory goes back to Gargano and RAMS him into a pod! Fans boo but Theory talks trash on them, too.
Theory ROCKS Rollins, has him in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Rollins bounces off buckles, and Theory hits a BACKBREAKER! Theory BLASTS Gargano, ROCKS him, and then “no look” DECKS Gargano! Theory mocks the fans singing Rollins’ song, but Rollins ROCKS Theory! Gargano ROCKS Theory! They pinball Theory between them, haymaker after haymaker! And then a CHOP! Fans fire up and Theory wants mercy! Theory says the fans are singing, and he makes it seem like the fans only care about Rollins! Theory reminds Gargano of their time as The Way! Gargano seems up for that, but then he DECKS Theory!
Fans fire up as Gargano goes after Theory, who hides in his pod! Theory pulls a Mella, but Rollins opens the other side up. Gargano grins, Theory turns around, and Rollins fires off on Theory! Rollins dribbles Theory around, then Gargano joins in! They both beath Theory down! The countdown is back, next in is… PRIEST! The Punisher CLOBBERS Rollins, TOSSES Gargano, then BOOTS him! Rollins gets in but Priest kicks and ROLLING ELBOWS! Priest back elbows Gargano in a corner, back elbows Rollins in a corner, repeat! Priest hits BROKEN ARROW on Gargano! And then he runs at Rollins, but Rollins dodges to kick low!
Rollins underhooks, Priest slips out, DIRTY DEEDS! Priest then COMPLETE SHOTS Gargano! Cover, TWO! Priest waits on Rollins to stand up, and he choke grips for SOUTH OF- NO, Rollins flips free! But Priest JUMP KICKS! Priest wrenches, UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Priest prepares the hand again and Theory cheers him on. Priest ROUNDHOUSES Theory! Priest then runs to go up the ropes and SENTONS onto Theory! Fans fire up while Priest stalks Rollins. Priest scoops Rollins, but Rollins blocks the lawn dart into chains! Rollins drags Priest into the ring, but Priest slips off to BELL CLAP! But Rollins PELES!
Gargano BUZZSAWS! Theory SOMERSAULT SHOTGUNS! Priest SPINNING ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Priest stands tall! Priest drags Gargano into a drop zone and he goes up the corner. “This is Awesome!” as Priest reaches the top. But Rollins is right after him! SUPERPLEX, and roll through to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The countdown is back, and next out is… BRONSON! And he CLOBBERS Theory! And he CLOBBERS Rollins! And he CLOBBERS Gargano! Rollins CHOPS, but Bronson doesn’t budge! Bronson spins Rollins around, grabs Gargano, URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO!
Fans fire up as Bronson stomps around. Bronson whips Gargano into Rollins, then SPLASHES them both! Bronson puts Gargano up top, CHOPS him, then brings Rollins around to fireman’s carry. Gargano is added on top, Bronson carries them both for a DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP!! Cover on Rollins, TWO! Rollins is still in this but Bronson watches Priest stand. Priest and Bronson throw hands, Bronson HEADBIUTTS! Priest ROCKS Bronson, goes up the ropes, but Bronson catches him! GERMAN SUPLEX into chains! Priest staggers, Bronson runs in, SPLASH against the pod!! Priest flops over and fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!”
Bronson tells the fans to shove it, and he goes up the corner. Theory runs over but Bronson HEADBUTTS him! FLYING SHOULDER knocks Theory for a loop! Bronson stands Theory up, and RAMS him into a pod! The countdown is back, and of course, FORD is in! Bronson meets him at the door, but Ford BACKHANDS him! “SUCK IT!” ENZIGURI! But Theory suplexes Ford! Ford slips free, runs and CLOBBERS Theory! Then mule kicks, front kicks, and ENZIGURIS! Theory wobbles, into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up with Ford as he stands over the champion! Ford says A-Town Down? NAH! Off comes the elbow pad!
Ford runs side to side, but Bronson CLOBBERS Ford! Bronson grins, but Theory elbows him! Theory fireman’s carries Bronson!! But Bronson slips off, reels him in, POWERSLAM! Gargano returns, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off boxing elbows! Fake-out 52! BUZZ- NO, Bronson gets under the kick to Electric Chair! But Rollins FLYING LARIATS and Gargano uses that to POISON-RANA Bronson!! Ford covers, TWO!! Bronson survives, all six men are down around the Chamber! Priest stands first, Gargano follows but flops back down. Gargano crawls after Rollins and Theory, Ford sees Priest! ford FLIES, but into a choke grip!
Priest lifts but Ford slips out, only for Priest to LARIAT him back down! Priest drags Ford back up, reels him in, RAZOR’S- NO, Ford grabs the chains! Ford kicks Priest, climbs up higher, and Rollins goes after Priest! Ford goes all the way to the ceiling! Ford is hanging up there like a bat as the others gather! SUPER DUPER CROSSBODY!! Ford bowls over everyone and Montreal is losing its mind!! Ford has Bronson in the ring, but Bronson fireman’s carries! Ford fights free, to SUPERKICK! Bronson just fires up!? DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from Ford & Gargano! Bronson’s still up, so Rollins adds on, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!!!
ONE FINAL BEAT!! CURB STOMP!! And FROM THE HEAVENS!!! Cover, Ford ELIMINATES Bronson!! Though technically, it took everyone! Fans sing “HEY HEY HEY! GOOD-BYE~!” to Bronson as everyone else stands up. Priest ROCKS Ford, Rollins CLUBS Priest! Gargano adds on, they mug Priest but he fights back. Theory CLUBS Rollins, bumps him off buckles, Priest ROCKS Gargano! Theory TOSSES Rollins, goes out after him, and Priest does the same to Gargano. Rollins ROCKS Theory in return but Theory trips Rollins! CATAPULT, but Rollins clings to the chains! Rollins climbs now but Theory climbs after him!
Gargano and Priest are also climbing, just on the other side of the pod. Rollins SMACKS Theory off the chains and down goes Theory! Gargano throws hands and sends Priest down. Gargano and Rollins are back to back as fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins and Gargano nod and smile, then Rollins CHOPS Gargano! They brawl up on top of the pod and fans fire up! Rollins dribbles Gargano off the glass! Gargano sits down, Rollins sees the others gathering. Rollins drags Gargano up, SUPER- RANA!!! Gargano sends Rollins flying onto everyone else!!! Fans lose their minds all over again as all five men are back down!
Priest stands up and fans again declare “This is Awesome!” Priest has Gargano by the ear, and he blocks Gargano’s forearm. Gargano avoids the haymaker to SUPERKICK! TORNADO DDT to the floor! Theory runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Ford runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Gargano sees Theory go to the other side, he takes aim, ONE FINAL BEAT to the floor!! Fans are thunderous as Gargano aims at Priest! GAMANGIRI, and then ONE FINAL- UPPERCUT! Crucifix lift, RAZOR’S EDGE! Cover, Priest ELIMINATES Gargano! The Bad Guy would be proud as Priest soaks up the heat from Montreal.
Priest DECKS Rollins, then DECKS Ford! Priest KICKS Rollins around, then UPPERCUTS! Priest BOOTS Ford back down, then fires off more kicks on Rollins. Rollins blocks, and he swings, but Priest blocks! They go back and forth, Rollins kicks low and underhooks, but Priest wrenches out to ROUNDHOUSE! Priest reels Rollins in but Ford climbs. Priest lets Rollins go to ROCK Ford! Priest climbs up after Ford, choke grips him, but Rollins adds on! Ford and Rollins hit a BLOCKBUSTER POWERBOMB! Cover, Ford ELIMINATES Priest! Ford avenges Dawkins’ loss to Priest, and now we’re down to three!
Theory stirs off on the side, Rollins and Ford stand in the ring. They stare down, Ford mocks the conducting of the fans. “OH~! OHH~! OHHH~!” Rollins ROCKS Ford! Ford ROCKS Rollins! Repeat! Ford gets the edge, but Rollins ducks the backhand to ROLLING ELBOW! Turn and- Mule kick from Ford! Front kick! But Rollins ducks the enziguri! Back suplex, but Ford lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Ford then FLIES to take out Theory!! And then he FLIES to hit Rollins! And he throws Theory to that side, to FLY and take them BOTH out!! Ford throws Theory in but Theory fireman’s carries!
Ford slips free, slips around, clinch to the ROCK BOTTOM! Ford says “SUCK IT” to Theory and he goes up top! FROM THE HEAVENS onto knees!! Rollins CURB STOMPS! Theory BLASTS Rollins, covers Ford, and ELIMINATES Ford! Fans boo, but Rollins and Theory are the last two left. Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Theory but he doesn’t care. Theory stands Rollins up, but Rollins SUPERKICKS! Rollins gets Theory up, LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rollins and Theory are both down, refs call help for Ford. Fans applaud as Ford manages to sit up. Refs and security help Ford out of the ring, Rollins aims at Theory.
Theory sits up, Rollins runs in, but Theory dodges! Fireman’s carry, but Rollins slips free! Underhooks, PEDIGREE!!! Rollins aims and Theory flounders up, but LOGAN PAUL slips into the cage! TO BUCKSHOT ROLLINS!!! And then he CURB STOMPS him!! Fans boo and the refs reprimand but Logan leaves. Theory waits on Rollins, he fireman’s carries, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
One big mouth helps another big mouth survive, and Logan tells Rollins to keep running his mouth. Will the ImPAULsive Influencer have hell to pay? Will The Now only have an even bigger ego after tonight?
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sami Zayn!
For 902 DAYS, the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the Island of Relevancy has held onto gold. But after an almost year long journey, the Great Liberator has broken away and regained the respect he is owed! Will Sami’s homecoming be a perfect one? Or will he NOT be the one to end Roman’s reign?
Roman makes his entrance first, the Wise Man and only the Wise Man at his side. Roman raises the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring, even as fans chant, “F YOU, ROMAN!” Needless to say, Montreal does NOT acknowledge Roman as their Tribal Chief. Roman again lifts the belts for the second round of pyro. Fans already sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and then they erupt as Sami makes his entrance! The introductions are made, the belts are raised once again, and we see if Sami makes a Montreal Miracle happen!
Fans start up the “F YOU, ROMAN!” chants. Roman is amused by that as he and Sami go to corners. The bell rings, “OLE~! OLE OLE OLE~!” starts again, and Roman stares Sami down from across the way. Sami wants Roman to hear how fired up Montreal is for SAMI, but Roman is stone faced. Sami steps forward and fans fire up even more! They’re already red hot and there hasn’t even been a punch thrown! Roman is confused and annoyed by that, but he keeps cool. Sami paces, Roman smirks and Heyman says Montreal will acknowledge Roman. Roman and Sami finally circle, and the fans get back to the “F YOU, ROMAN!”
Roman gets angry now, because Sami raises his hands and the fans cheer him! Sami tells Roman it’s as he said, Roman has to take on all of Montreal tonight. The two finally tie up and fans fire up! They go around, Roman headlocks, but Sami powers up and out. Roman runs Sami over, fans boo, but Roman holds up the finger, #HeTheOne. Roman also uses that finger to hush the fans, but they just keep booing. Sami stands up again, and he circles with Roman. They tie up again, Sami waistlocks to a headlock and fans fire up as he grinds Roman down! Roman powers up, powers out, and he ELBOWS Sami down!
Fans boo but Roman soaks it all up while Sami goes to a corner. Roman talks trash on Sami, then circles with Sami again. Fans continue to chant, “F YOU, ROMAN!” and that gets on Roman’s nerves. Roman and Sami circle, tie up, and Roman headlocks again. Sami endures, powers out, and he drops this time to then throw Roman up and out! Fans fire up and Sami builds speed! Sami FLIES to take down Roman at the ramp! Fans fire up even more, especially the Zayn family at ringside! Sami brings Roman around, puts him in the ring, and bumps Roman off buckles! Sami climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, all the way to TEN, and Sami goes past it!!
Sami goes fast ‘n’ furious with both fists, he gets roughly TWENTY! Sami pushes Roman away, goes up the corner, and leaps to FLYING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Sami keeps cool as he stands over Roman. Sami brings Roman up to bump him off more buckles. Roman staggers, Sami goes up the corner again, but Sami leaps into an UPPERCUT! Fans boo but Roman shakes out the cobwebs. Roman grins, throws Sami out, and then goes out after him. Roman SMACKS Sami off the apron, then gets space. Fans boo but Roman tells them to shut up. DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Sami staggers away and Roman puts him in the ring.
Fans rally behind Sami, but Roman grins as he stalks Sami. Sami staggers up, and he CHOPS, but Roman doesn’t budge! Roman DECKS Sami with a forearm! Fans boo, Roman dusts himself off, and he says, “C’mon! C’mon! I thought about this all week, and that’s all ya got?” Sami sits up, goes to ropes, and fans chant ‘ROMAN SUCKS!” Roman wags his finger, but he walks up into a CHOP! And a CHOP! And another CHOP! Sami ROCKS, runs, but into another UPPERCUT! Fans boo but Roman dusts himself off again. Heyman laughs at Sami while Roman stalks him to a corner. Roman looms over Sami in the corner and says he wanted Sami’s family to be his family.
Roman fires off point-blank lariats again and again as fans boo. Roman won’t stand for that, and he TOSSES Sami out of the ring! Roman lets Sami’s family cheer him on before he goes out after him. “This was never meant to be like this. I didn’t do this. This is his fault.” Roman makes Sami look at his wife, then pushes him down! Roman says he wanted them to be close, but Sami betrayed him! Roman brings Sami around to HEADBUTT him! Sami flops to the ring, fans tell Roman off, but Roman stands Sami up again. “You don’t deserve this, you understand me?” Roman pie faces Sami, puts him in the ring, and gets in at 8 of 10.
Fans rally for Sami but Roman paces around him. Roman waits on Sami to stand, and Sami throws a forearm! Fans fire up as Sami fires more shots, but Roman kicks low. Roman checks his jaw and his ear, then he whips Sami, Sami rebounds, goes up and over, and LARIATS!! Fans fire up as Sami and Roman are both down! Sami fires up, Roman is in a daze, and Heyman looks worried! Sami storms up to fire haymakers on Roman! Sami whips, Roman reverses, but Sami CLOBBERS Roman! Fans fire up more as both men stand back up. Sami clotheslines Roman up and out of the ring! Roman staggers about, Sami goes out after him!
Sami bumps Roman off barriers and rains down fists, right in front of his wife ‘n’ kids! The Zayn family and Montreal fire back up, “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Sami puts Roman back in. Sami gives his wife a big kiss and fans fire up more! Sami climbs a corner, but Roman ROCKS him first! Roman climbs up, throws hands, then stands Sami up. But Sami resists! Sami throws body shots and fans fire up again! Sami CLUBS away on Roman’s back, then SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives by a split-second and no one can believe it! Heyman is relieved, but fans rally back up.
Sami staggers, he brings Roman up, and he waistlocks, but Roman fights with elbows! Roman elbows away again and again, then clinches for the ROCK BOTTOM! Cover, TWO! Heyman is shocked but Montreal fires up again! Roman wags his finger, saying this isn’t Sami’s comeback. Roman goes to a corner, Sami flounders to the other. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, he runs in, but gets caught! EXPLODER INTO BUCKLES!! Fans are thunderous as Sami goes to the other corner now! HELLUVA- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again but Roman’s too tired to be upset! However, Heyman is plenty upset on behalf of his Tribal Chief.
Roman sits up and Sami flounders. Sami makes it back to a corner but Roman soaks up all the heat from Montreal. Roman lets out the battle cry, “OOAH!” Roman runs in, but is sent into buckles! Roll-up, TWO!!! Roman escapes by nanoseconds, but he staggers into another CORNER EXPLODER!! Sami aims again, but he decides to lock ‘n’ load! Fans are thunderous, Sami runs in, SUPERMAN PUNCH!! And then the HELLUVA KICK!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Roman survives by the thinnest margin imaginable and Montreal cannot believe it! But Montreal rallies up again as Sami goes back to the corner.
Roman flounders up into the corner again, Heyman is freaking out, but Sami runs in. Roman bails out! Fans boo, but Sami goes outside, and runs at the corner! DAREDEVIL- UPPERCUT!! Roman takes out Sami as Sami goes back to an old favorite! Roman then decides to go around the way, build up speed, and he SPEARS just the barriers!! Sami got the better of Roman there! Sami puts Roman in, hurries to the corner, dodges a superman punch to BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?! Roman survives again and Heyman is thanking God for that one! Sami is growing frustrated because he’s used all his best stuff!
Montreal still rallies behind Sami, though, and that fires him back up! Sami drags Roman back up, reels him in, but Roman blocks the Blue Thunder with a headlock! Roman ELBOWS Sami, RAMS Sami into the ref! And then Roman throws back elbows that also get the ref! Roman runs, into a HELLUVA KICK!!! Cover, but there’s no ref!!! Sami would’ve won already!! Sami is beside himself but Heyman shouts at Roman to get up. Sami checks on the ref, but the ref falls out of the ring! And then JIMMY USO appears! SUPERKICK on Sami!! SUPERKICK again!! And then a whip, to a SUPERKICK!!
Jimmy hurries up top while fans boo! USO SPLASH!! Jimmy drags Roman over, a new ref arrives and counts, TWO!?!?!?!? Sami survives and Montreal is thunderous! Jimmy and Heyman cannot believe it, but Sami still isn’t done! Sami flounders, Roman sits up, and Roman seems confused by how Sami is still conscious. Fans sing as hard as they can but Sami’s strikes don’t hurt. But then he gets fire and the haymakers fly! Roman staggers, runs up, and he grabs Sami by the face to HEADBUTT him! Sami leans against ropes, Roman gets up in Sami’s face and pie faces him as he says, “You understand me?”
Sami ROCKS Roman instead! Roman swings, Sami dodges! BOOT, and then haymakers! Sami fires off stomps and the ref counts! Sami lets off, Roman bails out, but Sami BOOTS Jimmy!! Sami turns around, into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Roman just can’t understand how Sami is still in this! Montreal probably doesn’t either, but they’re loving every second of it! Sami crawls after Roman but Roman tells him Sami ruined his life! “I tried to like you!” Roman says Sami is NOTHING without Roman! Roman upgraded Sami and this is how he repays Roman!? All of Montreal will suffer with Sami now!
Roman SLAPS Sami! And slaps him again and again! Sami SLAPS back!! And then dodges! SUPERMAN PUNCH takes out the ref! SUPERMAN PUNCH from Sami! SUPERMAN PUNCH from Roman!! Both men are down, and we need another ref!!! Heyman is almost amused by that. Roman realizes that, too, and tells Heyman to hurry. Heyman goes under the ring to bring out a chair! Heyman sends that in to Roman, and Roman looks to Sami as he flounders to ropes. But wait! JEY IS HERE!!! Jey stands between Roman and Sami!! Roman is furious that Jey would choose now, in this moment, to defy him! Or is Jey here to rejoin the Bloodline?
Roman tells Jey, it’s either Sami or the Bloodline. Roman holds the chair out to Jey, fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but Jey takes the chair! Roman tells Jey to do what Sami couldn’t. Roman talks trash to Sami, but then Jey hesitates. Heyman and Roman are confused, but if it’s like that, then Roman takes the chair back. Roman pie faces Jey! And again! Sami runs in, but Roman dodges! Sami’s SPEAR hits Jey!!! And Roman SMACKS Sami with the chair! And again! And again! And again! Not even Heyman can watch this! Fans boo as hard as they can while Sami writhes and flounders! Sami tries to stand, falls back over, and Roman aims again!
Roman runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, the first ref returns, and Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)
Just as the Tribal Chief looked to be in checkmate, he found a way to survive! Jimmy gets back in the ring, and Roman has him go after Sami! Jimmy rains down fists on Sami and fans boo, but HERE COMES KEVIN OWENS!! The other son of Montreal is here! Jimmy goes out but Kevin fires off fists on him first! And then RAMS him into the barriers! Kevin glares at Roman, runs in, and he SPEARS Roman! Kevin rains down fists, kicks low, STUNNER!! Kevin dodges Jimmy, STUNNER!! Fans fire up again as Kevin goes out to bring Jimmy around, POP-UP POWERBOMB through the announce desk!!
Kevin then spots a chair! Fans fire up as Kevin gets in the ring with it, and he storms up to Roman. But Heyman gets in the ring to attack! Well, “attack” might be an exaggeration. Kevin turns around and Heyman panics. Fans tell him he messed up, but Heyman says he’s always been a fan of Kevin’s! STUNNER!! Roman stands up again, Kevin takes aim, but Sami is also up on his feet. Kevin looks to Sami, and Kevin hears the fans singing. Kevin lets Sami go ahead, HELLUVA KICK!! Montreal’s favorite superstars stand tall, and even though Sami didn’t bring home the gold, maybe he and Kevin can make amends.
As for Roman, he survives his fight, having pulled off a different kind of Montreal screwjob. But if it took all this to deny the Honourary Hab, will he not stop the American Nightmare?
A great Elimination Chamber event, though the level of action didn’t make up for some of the results. While Lesnar VS Lashley was going about how every Lesnar match does, that was a ripoff of a finish. Lesnar blatantly low-blowing Lashley was not very Lesnar of him. They should’ve tried to recreate the finish from Crown Jewel for it to backfire somehow, but whatever, Lesnar still has to look strong. There’s a good chance they still have another match at WrestleMania before Bray Wyatt gets his turn. Bray wanted the winner, but also whoever “made it out alive.” Bray will surely address this on SmackDown for clarity, but it could be night one: Lashley VS Lesnar for the final time, night two: winner from night one VS Bray.
The Grit Couple had a great tag match with Finn & Rhea, and of course Dominik did his best to be the one to tip the scales. He got a lot of Heat, as he should, but to my surprise, the Grit Couple wins out with Finn taking the loss. If not for Rhea having her title match against Charlotte Flair, Rhea and Beth could totally have a 1v1 match to parallel what I would think is Edge VS Finn 1v1 at Mania. Great stuff from both Elimination Chamber matches, and while Asuka didn’t clear out everyone, she still got the win and she is going to have a great story and match with Bianca Belair. And as I said just last night for SmackDown, Asuka has to win at Mania, it’d be a ripoff otherwise.
The US Championship Elimination Chamber was even more intense, and hot damn did Montez Ford look amazing throughout. Now, Ford did also scare us by how well he appeared hurt, but as soon as Logan Paul showed up, it was clear it was a work. Logan costs Rollins, there’s a Mania match, and that helps Theory win so he can continue on towards Mania. More than likely, Theory VS Cena happens at Mania to play on the whole “Theory is the next Cena” talk from not too long ago. Also, great first WrestleMania Hollywood 2023 movie reference commercial where Rollins was Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Becky was The (Bat) Man. I hope we get more of those as soon as Monday.
And of course, just amazing, amazing stuff in the main event. Montreal was just as fired up tonight as they were last night for SmackDown, and they were so ready for a result that sadly wasn’t gonna happen. Even I was hoping they were going to call an audible because then Montreal would just erupt and possibly fly into space. But we still got Roman and Sami pushing the limits of how much damage they could take, we got the Usos showing up, but naturally they’re on opposite ends. Jimmy is 100% Team Roman, but Jey looked to be just as stuck in the middle as he was at the end of the Royal Rumble event.
I love the tease that Jey could’ve hit Roman like Sami did, but he hesitated because this story still has more chapters to it. I would’ve liked if Kevin Owens showed up during the match to make the save rather than after, but I suppose if Kevin showed up before Sami lost, then the mood still would’ve been down. Kevin showing up after lifts Montreal up just a bit, and it shows that things could be fixed between him and Sami to do the tag title run. They’ve kept things intriguing up to this point, they will surely keep it that way all the way to Mania.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/4/23)
Main Event Jey goes for gold!
While Drew McIntyre wants the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it’s Jey Uso who gets his shot at Seth Rollins tonight on Monday Night Raw!
- Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.
- Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
- Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium; DIY wins.
- Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Carter & Chance win.
- The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; win.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jey Uso; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Warrior is ready to tear it all down, all because he didn’t get another title match with Seth Rollins when he wanted. But before he tears into Sami Zayn, McIntyres the mic to say, “It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Fans cheer that! And McIntyre says Raw is the land where it feels like everyone’s lost their minds lately! “Liars, hypocrites, cowards, just plain idiots. Apparently, you can get fired, released, leave, do what you want for a bunch of time, come back, and you’re instantly forgiven these days!” Fans chant “CM PUNK!” but McIntyre says he could be talking about anyone.
Now, Rollins tried to pull a fast one on McIntyre. Rollins could’ve given the match to anyone, but McIntyre beat Jey Uso weeks ago. So Rollins sticks it to McIntyre, slaps him metaphorically, so he headbutts Rollins in his stupid face. And speaking of Jey, O M G, Jey can apologize! He ran to Randy Orton, tail between his legs, “Oh, I’m so sorry, Randy!” Well Jey, your time’s coming. And there’s someone McIntyre is forgetting. Oh, right! Sami Zayn! And wouldn’t you know? Here comes Sami! Fans cheer and sing Sami’s song as he makes his way to the ring, a mic of his in hand. The fans then chant for ‘SAMI! SAMI!” as he sits up top.
Sami tells McIntyre, he clearly has a lot to say about everybody, including Sami, so he may as well say it to Sami’s face. Oh, yes, McIntyre sure does. Last week, Sami wanted to say how alike they are, but they are not. McIntyre has something to say to Sami and it is the truth: Sami is the one person in the world who deserved to get screwed over by The Bloodline. The fans boo but McIntyre says he will explain. Sami was the Bloodline’s lapdog errand boy, he joined them because he was running away from McIntyre, and then what? Sami screwed Bloodline over! What did Sami think was gonna happen to him? Isn’t Sami supposed to be smart?
McIntyre says Sami deserved what he got, it’s the truth. Sami says McIntyre is right about one thing: Sami was wrong. Sami thought they were alike but the more Sami is seeing, the more “truth” he’s hearing, Sami realizes they are NOT anything alike! Sami is not a delusional person. He isn’t someone who points a finger at everyone else for his own shortcomings. And big difference here: When Sami lost in front of his family and let everyone down, he stayed hungry, driven and motivated and that carried him to victory in the main event of WrestleMania! Fans fire up for that! So Sami got his redemption. Sami got to make his family proud. Does McIntyre think he’s making his family proud?
McIntyre glares at Sami, and then says one of them is NOT walking out of here. Get a ref and ring the bell! Fans fire up as we get their match now! Will McIntyre absolutely explode after Sami set him off?
Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!
The bell rings and fans are behind Sami in this one. Sami and McIntyre circle, then McIntyre RAMS Sami into a corner! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre asks if it was a good idea to talk bad now. McIntyre ROCKS and DECKS Sami, then stalks him. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Sami!” as he bails out. McIntyre pursues, and SMACKS him off the apron! McIntyre scoops Sami, but Sami slips free to POST McIntyre! Sami aims at the apron, McIntyre body shots and SMACKS Sami off the apron! McIntyre puts Sami in but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! Fans fire up with Sami as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and fans rally as McIntyre has Sami in a motorcycle stretch. But Sami flips then BOOTS McIntyre away! But McIntyre CHOPS Sami back! Sami bails out, McIntyre pursues, but Sami kicks and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami throws hands, whips, but McIntyre reverses. Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Down goes McIntyre again and fans fire back up! The ring count climbs, the fans fire up with Sami, and Sami brings McIntyre around to put him in at 7 of 10. Sami slides in, but McIntyre LARIATS Sami back down! McIntyre seethes while fans boo, and McIntyre throws fists down on Sami!
Fans rally even harder for Sami and Sami sits up. McIntyre drags Sami up, to CHOP! Sami flops right back down, McIntyre grins, and he drags Sami up. McIntyre CHOPS and Sami wobbles around! Sami shakes his head, grits his teeth, and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS and Sami falls over! McIntyre stomps Sami, smother shim, then stomps his head again! McIntyre stomps Sami’s leg, then stomps the other leg! McIntyre paces around Sami, waits on Sami to get up, and Sami goes to a corner. McIntyre runs in but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, McIntyre runs in but into a BOOT!
Sami leaps, AX HANDLE! Sami fires up with the fans, he kicks McIntyre and reels him in, but McIntyre is a little too big to suplex! McIntyre suplexes, Sami slips free, then he lures McIntyre into the corner to POST him! Sami kicks and reels McIntyre in, to SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sami clutches the ankle, but he stands up to fire off haymakers! Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami ducks ‘n ‘ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is stunned! Sami hurries to the apron while fans fire up! Sami climbs, leaps, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!
McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER, then kips up! Fans are torn as McIntyre shakes the ropes. But then Sami clotheslines him up and out! Sami aims, and PLANCHAS! McIntyre catches him! And SLINGS him over the desk! Fans lose their minds and McIntyre seethes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and McIntyre ELBOWS Sami, then Reverse Alabama Lifts! For the REVERSE ALA- NO, Sami victory rolls! TWO!! Sami runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! But McIntyre deadlift POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Sami survives and surprises even himself! The fans declare “This is Awesome!” but McIntyre snarls. McIntyre sits Sami up, fireman’s carries, and then goes up a corner! SUPER- NO, Sami flails and fights to a SUPER SUNSET FLIP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is beside himself! Sami hobbles up, fans rally behind him and he brings McIntyre around.
Sami reels McIntyre in but McIntyre fights the lift! Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre and fans fire up! Sami tries again, BLUE- NO, McIntyre fights free to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! McIntyre then aims from the corner! Sami flounders up as the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” BOOT from Sami! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives again and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and McIntyre rise again. Sami throws a haymaker, McIntyre gives it back. They stand, Sami CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS in return! Both men wobble, McIntyre CHOPS again! Sami BOOTS! And BOOTS!
Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami goes up and over. The leg jams! The ref keeps McIntyre back but he storms in, Sami ELBOWS McIntyre, then TOSSES him out! Sami thinks about it, he wants to build speed but the leg won’t let him do it! McIntyre sees a target, and he gets in to CHOP BLOCK! The ref reprimands and backs McIntyre off. McIntyre just aims, to CLAYMORE!!! Direct hit and McIntyre covers, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
No mercy from McIntyre, and that is how he wins! Will the Scottish Warrior force everyone’s hands by fighting his way to a title opportunity?
Zoey Stark finds Shayna Baszler backstage.
The Queen of Spades is getting ready, but then Byron Saxton walks over to ask a few questions. Shayna faces a former tag partner in Nia Jax- Look, she has one goal tonight. Shayna put Nia on the shelf by breaking her arm. So she’ll remind Nia of that, limb by limb. Shayna heads out, Zoey follows. Will the Irresistible Force run into that immovable object again tonight?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Tonight, I have a chance to do something I thought I’d never be able to do again. A few months ago, I had a chance to dethrone the Tribal Chief and become the WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. That moment was ripped away from me by the one man in this world I love the most, my Day One. My own twin brother. Man, that hurt me more than you could ever know. I couldn’t be around this business anymore, I had to walk away. I really convinced myself I was done. Until I got a call from Cody Rhodes.” Cody told Jey he couldn’t quit, he could have a fresh start to be his own man. And the more Jey thought about it, the more he realized Cody was right.
Jey’s whole life, he’s fought for others. For Roman, for his brothers, for his father. From now on, Jey fights for HIS legacy. Before the Bloodline, before record-breaking reigns, before the Uso Penitentiary, before the Day One, before the dance, the face paint, FCW and long ass training nights, making money, being broke… There was just Jey, Uce! So Seth Rollins, we know you’re about game. Rollins has fought against Jey, fought with Jey, but now you’re fighting a starving individual ready to eat! It’s just Jey now. Jey proves to the whole world, to Rollins, to his family and himself why he IS Main Event Jey Uso! But will he become World Champion Jey Uso?
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.
Jackie Redmond shows Sami being checked by medical staff, but then McIntyre attacks! McIntyre throws Sami into road cases, rains down fists, and says Sami can’t talk about McIntyre’s family! They’re nothing alike! NOTHING! Sami brought this upon himself! Then he STOMPS the bad ankle!! Producers rush in to get McIntyre to leave, but has McIntyre just sidelined Sami for the rest of 2023?
Raw returns as Sami is being reevaluated.
The medics check the leg, Jey hurries over to say it’ll be alright, Uce. Jey looks around for McIntyre, will Jey be able to focus on his main event after this just happened?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron is with The Man and asks about last week, her statement that… Oh, Nia walks in now. She tells “Barney” she has this. And Becky, she talked about some fights on the horizon. Does one include anyone in particular? Yes, Nia, it does. Nia would be number one because Becky had forgotten about her, as everyone had, but then Nia showed up on Becky’s interview and they never got to this. Becky still owes Nia a receipt. A receipt, huh? Well, once Nia squashes Shayna, she is all Becky’s. Becky can’t wait. The music hits, will we see a big time grudge match in the near future?
Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax!
The bell rings and Nia runs in, but Shayna dodges to KICK and KICK! Nia blocks one, SLAPS Shayna, then TOSSES her! Shayna gest up in a corner, but Nia SPLASHES in the corner! Shayna flounders, Nia pushes her around and slaps her some more. Nia talks trash then TOSSES Shayna across the way! Nia runs back in, but Shayna dodges! Nia hits buckles, Shayna KNEES Nia down! Shayna then knuckle locks and twists that wrist, then goes up the corner for a HANGING ARMBAR! Nia endures, powers up, and POWERBOMBS Shayna down! Shayna gets out of the ring, Nia pursues, and fans rally up as Nia drags Shayna up.
Nia SMACKS Shayna off the desk, then SMACKS her off the apron! Nia brings Shayna around, fireman’s carries, but Shayna fights free! And she POSTS Nia! Shayna slides into the ring, then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK the arm! Shayna isolates that arm, lets her hair down, and says Nia’s done! But Nia SWEEPS the legs! Shayna hits the apron, and Nia gets up to APRON LEG DROP! Fans boo as Shayna writhes and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nia has Shayna in a neck wrench. Shayna endures, even as NIa leans on the hold. Fans rally, Shayna fights up, and she JAWBREAKERS free! Nia staggers, Shayna fires body shots and KICKS! Shayna ROCKS Nia into a corner, then runs, but Nia URENAGES Shayna down! Nia then drags Shayna up to POST her! Nia goes to the apron, lines up the shot, runs in and HIP ATTACKS against the post! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives but Nia drags her up. Nia puts Shayna in a corner, throws body shots and slaps Shayna around, but Shayna fires off forearms! Shayna runs, but Nia scoops her! SIDEWALK SLAM!
Nia dribbles Shayna while taunting her, then she covers, TWO! Nia is frustrated but she drags Shayna up into a cobra clutch. Shayna endures, fans rally up, and Shayna throws elbows! Then kicks! And KICKS! And KICKS! Shayna runs, KICKS, then runs again. Another KICK but Nia still stays up! Shayna runs, dodges Nia, but Nia scoops to SAMOAN DROP! Shayna crawls to a corner, Nia runs in, but Shayna ducks and the hip attack hits buckles! Then Shayna hits a roll up into buckles! Shayna goes to the far corner, Nia crawls after her, but Shayna runs in to KNEE Nia down! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Shayna is frustrated.
Nia rises, Shayna KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Fans fire up with each shot but Nia blocks one! Shayna gets free to BUZZSAW! Shayna runs, but Nia CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Nia pushes Shayna down, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO?!? Shayna survives and fans fire up! Nia is in disbelief, but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Nia stomps Shayna, climbs up, but Shayna grabs a leg! ANKLE LOCK! Nia kicks Shayna away, but then Shayna returns, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Both women have a crash landing and fans fire up! Shayna drags herself up while Nia stirs, and the fans rally behind her!
Shayna stalks Nia, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Nia endures but she has Shayna on her as a backpack! Fans fire up, but Nia stands up! Shayna drags her back down! Shayna rear mounts again, leans all her weight on the hold, but Nia fights back up! BACKPACK SENTON!! Both women are down again as Nia sputters and coughs. But then she gets mad, and she drags Shayna to the drop zone! Nia climbs, soaks up the heat, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
Shayna tried but she could not be the immovable object to the Irresistible Force. Nia crushes the Queen of Spades, but here comes Becky! Fans fire up but Nia backs down! This collision is coming, but will Becky be that big time roadblock to Nia?
DIY talks backstage.
Gargano & Ciampa know what they gotta do, but then in walk Candice & Indi. They’ll be cheering DIY on, ready for back to back wins, and then they all stand at attention because Imperium walks in. Oh, yes, good, show respect. Look at this lovely couple. Yes, a lovely couple of losers! Oh, ow, wow. But it’ll be embarrassing to get beat twice in one match. Hopefully Papa Gunther won’t be too mad after. The Way heads out, and Ludwig reminds Giovanni this is important. Don’t mess up out there. Oh, he’s got it. He hopes Ludwig does, too. The dysfunction between Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy is growing, will it be their downfall?
Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium!
Raw returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Ciampa starts against Ludwig. The fans rally behind DIY as we start this first fall, and the two circle. Ciampa and Ludwig tie up, go around, and Ludwig puts Ciampa in a corner. The ref counts, Ludwig lets off slowly, but Ciampa avoids the cheap shot to ROCK and CHOP and repeat! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ludwig reverses and runs in. He blocks a boot, “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Ludwig stands over Ciampa, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Ludwig ROCKS Ciampa, tags Vinci, and Vinci RAMS into Ciampa! Vinci then stays between Ciampa and Gargano to stomp Ciampa.
Vinci throws hands and UPPERCUTS, but Ciampa hits back! They brawl, Ciampa has the edge and whips, but Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodge to CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Vinci stomps Ciampa. Vinci KNEES Ciampa in the back, then he stomps Ciampa more. Vinci talks trash, stands Ciampa up and UPPERCUTS! Vinci CLUBS Ciampa in the back, tags Ludwig, and Imperium mugs Ciampa. Ludwig looms over Ciampa, then scrapes his soles off Ciampa’s face! Ludwig taunts Gargano, fans boo, but Ludwig smirks as he whips Ciampa. Ludwig ELBOWS Ciampa down, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Ludwig clamps onto Ciampa with a chinbar and armlock.
Ciampa fights up, fans rally harder as they go around and around, and Ciampa sends Ludwig into buckles! Fans fire up, Ciampa crawls, but Ludwig anchors the feet! Ciampa ENZIGURIS, but Ludwig still holds on! Ciampa fires forearms, Ludwig keeps him from Gargano to then dodge. But Ciampa dodges, hot tag to Gargano! Fans fire up as Gargano JUMP KICKS Ludwig, then schoolboy rolls and KICKS Vinci! Gargano rallies on Ludwig, whips him to ropes, but Ludwig reverses. Gargano ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! Fans fire up with Johnny Wrestling and he runs in at the corner, but Ludwig puts him on the apron!
Gargano GAMANGIRIS, then he avoids Vinci to SUPERKICK! SLINGSHOT SPEAR on Ludwig! Fans fire up again and Gargano tags Ciampa back in. DIY set up in corners, Ludwig sits up, but Vinci trips Gargano! Ludwig avoids the knee, rolls Ciampa with tights, Imperium scores!
DIY: 0; Imperium: 1
Fans boo as Imperium takes the crucial first fall! But while Vinci & Ludwig gloat, Gargano gets back up, CANNONBALL takes out Vinci! Ciampa PLANCHAS Ludwig down! DIY sits on the desk, and they pat themselves on the backs while applauding! Fans applaud and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ludwig tags in but the fans rally for “D I Y! D I Y!” Ludwig stands Gargano up but Gargano fires forearms! Ludwig shoves, Gargano returns, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Then Ludwig BLASTS Ciampa! Tag to Vinci, Imperium sets Gargano up in the ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS in the corner! Vinci drags Gargano up, CLUBS him, then covers, TWO! Fans taunt “BALDY! BALDY!” as he clamps onto Gargano with shoulder claws. Gargano fights up, fights free, and he throws forearms on Imperium! Vinci kicks low, reels Gargano in, then Ludwig goes up! Ciampa anchors Ludwig, Gargano victory rolls Vinci, DIY scores!
DIY: 1; Imperium: 1
And we’re all tied up! Imperium is shocked, but then they rush Gargano! Gargano dodges them both, hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Imperium, he fires off forearms and CHOPS! Fans fire up, Imperium mugs Ciampa and double whip. Ciampa ducks the lariats to DOUBLE LARIAT Imperium! Dragon sleeper for Vinci, clinch for Ludwig, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Gargano is back, Ciampa tags him in. They meet at the corner, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Then BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Cover, Ludwig breaks it! Ciampa whips but Ludwig reverses to TOSS Ciampa! Gargano DUMPS Ludwig!
Vinci runs in, Gargano dodges then fakes out to mule kick! Gargano runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gargano hangs in there, but Vinci tags Ludwig. Ludwig goes up again, Vinci lifts Gargano, but Gargano fights to RANA Vinci away! Ludwig still leaps, but Gargano ROCKS him! Gargano runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ludwig hits the ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! PENALTY KICK! Tag to Vinci and Vinci double jump TOP ROPE MOONSAULTS! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Ludwig storms up on Ciampa to throw a forearm, but Ciampa gives it back!
Ciampa and Ludwig brawl, the ref reprimands as they’re not the legal men! Ludwig gets the edge, spins, but Gargano SUPERKICKS him! Vinci is up, he blocks Ciampa’s boot to CHOP! Gargano ENZIGURIS Vinci! Ludwig DISCUS LARIATS Ciampa! Gargano BUZZSAWS Ludwig! Vinci KICKS and reels Gargano in, but Gargano counters the bomb with a DDT! All four men are down again and the fans really fire up! Fans rally up, “This is Awesome!” Gargano and Vinci crawl, hot tags to Ciampa and Ludwig! Ciampa dodges Ludwig but then Ludwig elbows him! Ciampa BOOTS, puts Ludwig up top, and then climbs up after him!
Fans fire up as Ciampa fireman’s carries Ludwig, for the SUPER AIR RAID CRASH! Tag to Gargano and DIY set up in corners! Fans are thunderous for- NO, Vinci trips Ciampa and drag shim out! But Ciampa sends Vinci into steps! Gargano runs in, Ludwig rolls him up with tights again! TWO!! Ciampa sneaks a tag, Ludwig runs in but gets a haymaker! SUPERKICK! BOOT! And then, MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!!
Winners: DIY, by pinfall, 2-1
Fans fire up as DIY makes the comeback to take the match! Will this help Ciampa & Gargano head for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships? As for Imperium, Vinci tells Ludwig he’s gotta go explain to Gunther what went wrong. Is what’s wrong with Imperium simply their attitudes?
Tegan Nox & Natalya prepare backstage.
They’re getting ready for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, but Chelsea Green & Piper Niven walk over. Look, it’s Kitty Cat Natty and Rainbow Head… Uh, um, what’s her name again? TEGAN! Oh, right, Tegan. Well, the champs were gonna head out but they heard Natty & Nox have a match tonight. It’s so “cute” that they’re trying to make this work. Get over it, Natty! This is not your meal ticket, move on, it’s over, nobody’s buying this. Nox goes after Chelsea but Natty holds her back. Natty says after they win tonight, they’ll take another shot at the titles, and they won’t miss. Chelsea says she and Piper will miss this. “Let’s go, P.”
Chelsea & Piper walk away, and Natty says someone needs to buy that mutt a muzzle. Will the Queen of Harts & Welsh Firecracker rebound? Or will KC Squared have the winning formula?
The New Day is with The Creed Brothers backstage.
Julius & Brutus have Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston on their shoulders respectively, and are doing squats! The New Day is all fired up! They then hop down and that’s why the Creeds are the #1 contenders! They feel great about it, too! What a match last week. And it’s all good, just watch out for Judgment Day. Julius says yeah, they were facing some GOATs so they’ll be ready. But then “SHOOOOOSH~!” Chad Gable walks in with the Academy. But just kidding. They’re happy for the Creeds, too. And take it from another pair of former champions, the road only gets tougher from here. If you wanna take the training up a notch, stop on by, Chad will give you a taste of the Gable Method.
The Creeds appreciate that, but for now, they stick with their secret weapon, Ivy Nile. Ivy will neutralize Rhea for them tonight. Ivy says Rhea may be one of the toughest women here, but Ivy is not backing down. Maxxine says she knows all about that. Ivy’s been hitting some impressive lifts. Wait, Maxxine, don’t sell yourself shorts. We know how strong she’s gotten since replacing Pilates with squats! Tozawa! Assume the position. Maxxine lifts Tozawa and does the squats! Everyone fires up, but will Julius & Brutus have the power they need to take down Dirty Dom & The Irish Ace?
Judgment Day talks backstage, too.
Damian Priest says no way this is happening again. But surprise! R-Truth is back! And he got them a TV! JD, didn’t you say you were gonna deal with Truth? Deal? Truth’s the one who got the best deal on this TV! LCD! Priest already said you have to leave! Truth says yeah “Jackie D,” nobody likes you, you gotta go. Truth, YOU aren’t Judgment Day! You never will be! Get out of the clubhouse, NOW! Right? Priest says yeah, but we can take it easy. Truth says okay, he’ll get out of “our” clubhouse, but they need to talk security. Truth leaves, Priest brings up McIntyre talking all this nonsense, like he’s Rhea or something, acting like they wanted him on the team!
McIntyre is acting like he can’t be dealt with as easy as everyone else! Dom says Mami said no one touches McIntyre. Mami this, Mami that! Priest says Rhea isn’t here, and neither is Finn, so he has to take lead. That means tonight, Dom & McDonagh handle The Creeds! They will learn why The Judgment Day runs things around here! Dom & JD nod, head out, and Priest does admit, they need to lock up around here. The TV doesn’t even work! But will things be alright without Rhea & Finn around?
Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!
We saw Natty & Nox tell Chelsea & Piper off, but will they follow through on their word to make their way back up the ladder? Or will Carter & Chance get the party started in Albany?
Raw returns and Chelsea & Piper are on commentary. The Hot Mess says this is her- er, their show now. Piper says if teams want at the titles, line them up and she will knock ’em down. Oh, and Chelsea will be there, too. Nox makes her entrance, followed by Natty. The teams sort out, Nox starts against Kayden and they circle. They tie up, Kayden wrenches and wristlocks but Nox bridges, rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Tag to Natty, she waistlocks to trip Kayden, then rolls to facelock. Kayden wrenches out, facelocks, tag to Katana. Katana rolls Natty up, TWO! Natty runs Katana over, then drags her around.
Natty deadlifts Katana, fireman’s carries, and presses Katana, for the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Natty drags Katana back, steps through, but Katana kicks her away. Natty runs up, Katana ELBOWS her away, tag to Kayden. They table top Natty, Kayden and Katana combine, WHEELBARROW SUPLEX SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kayden whips Natty to the corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Kayden goes side to side, tags Katana, and Katana traps Natty as Kayden runs back in, DROPKICK! Katana snapmares Natty, runs up, but Natty gets under to back suplex! Kayden tags back in, Katana escapes then slides under Natty, and Kayden BULLDOGS!
Natty crawls, Kayden drags her back, but Natty boots her away! Tag to Nox before the BOOT! Nox then runs in to UPPERCUT! Nox BOOTS Katana, rallies on Kayden, then fires off haymakers! Nox suplexes, but Kayden slips free! Kayden dodges Nox to EDDY GORDO KICK! Nox flops, Kayden runs in, but Nox dodges! Natty gets fans rallying for Nox and she UPPERCUTS! But Katana sneaks a tag! Nox CANNONBALLS Kayden, goes up a corner, and MOLLY-GO-ROUND!! But Katana COMPLETE SHOTS Nox! Cover, Natty breaks it! Natty gets fans going for Nox again and Nox crawls. Hot tag to Natty!
Fans rally as Natty spins but Katana dodges to CODE BREAKER! Katana puts Natty in the corner, tags Kayden, and KC Squared gets Natty up top. But Natty SLAPS them both on the back! And she DOUBLE POWERBOMBS them down! Cover, TWO!! Kayden survives after that rough landing, Chelsea acts like she’s not nervous. Natty CLUBS Kayden, rebounds her off ropes but Kayden victory rolls through to then SUPERKICK! Piper likes that one, 10 outta 10. Kayden tags Katana and Katana goes up to handstand on Kayden’s shoulders. KEG STAND SPLASH! Cover, KC SQUARED WIN!
Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance
Chelsea is furious, but what was she expecting? A draw? She yells at them, but then Kayden gives Katana a boost to DROPKICK Chelsea down! Will the tag team champions have to be ready for a party? The celebration of their reign ending?
Cody Rhodes is here!
Albany fires up for the American Nightmare, and he is even dressed in ring gear. He is surely in a fighting mood after getting jumped by Shinsuke Nakamura last week, “WHOA~ OH!” Cody then gets a mic to say, “The first time I laid eyes on the poison mist, I was a little boy. And I was terrified of the man who did it. A man by the name of The Great Muta. Now having experienced it firsthand, the mist that is, I can tell you that my fears as a kid were justified. But I am not pointing fingers. I am not casting blame. If it’s anybody’s fault, it’s my own. I should’ve listened, I should’ve paid attention to the clues that Shinsuke Nakamura was dropping continuously.
“And at the end of the day, it’s one of those situations where when you have big aspirations, you have a big bull’s eye on your back, I knew that when I declared for the 2024 Royal Rumble. But… I’m ready. Shinsuke, you have my attention. I think you have all of their attention.” The fans cheer, and Cody says there’s two things they could do: Shinsuke could emerge from the shadows, come to the ring and explain himself; or Shinsuke could march down here and they can fight right now! Fans like the sound of that second one! Cody waits, looking to the ramp, but when nothing happens, Cody says he had a feeling Nakamura wouldn’t show.
But wait! The lights dim, the spotlight is on Cody, and on the tron, Nakamura has another message. “Cody, Cody, Cody. Last week, I made your eyes burn. But tonight, I will open them. I will show you what you are not seeing: The path we’ve taken is the very same story. Like you, I climbed the mountain.” AKA a win in the Royal Rumble to go to WrestleMania. “Like you, I could see the top.” Shinsuke Nakamura VS AJ Styles, Cody Rhodes VS Roman Reigns. “Like you, I slipped and tumbled. I fell into a bottomless pit.” AKA each man lost in the final moments. “Cody, we suffered the same humiliation. A fall from grace, pages left unwritten.
“The devil in your mind that whispers, ‘You’ll never make it back there.’ But now you have awoken me! Inspired me! And I am here to unburden you. To step into your shoes and take that story off your hands. I never got to finish my story… So now I will finish yours.” Nakamura has a sinister smile as the lights come back up. Cody looks around but there’s no sign of the King of Strong Style. Cody asks if Nakamura really thinks their stories are the same. Cody appreciates this explanation, and perhaps they’ve had similar paths. But until Nakamura and Cody stand in the ring together, Cody does not rate him and does not respect him!
Cody’s story has never included running from a fight! Nakamura wants to say they’re the same? Prove it! Cody throws down the mic as he throws down the challenge, but is he just playing into Nakamura’s hands?
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/4/23)
B Block, round 6!
Sure #EverybodyDies, but who will tranquilo?
The World Tag League round robin is almost over, and B Block is looking saucy! Will Lance Archer & Alex Zayne burn Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr?
- BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; win.
- Six Man Tag: Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; win.
- Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma VS The United Empire; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Ryusuke Taguchi VS The House of Torture; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Bullet Club; wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki; Bishamon wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Tsuji & Zando win.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm are just outside the top after their loss to Monster Sauce, but that’s way better than being at the bottom like the Rogue Army. But can Fale & Bonza ruin things for Taichi & Yuya? Or will B Block belong to Just5Guys?
The teams sort out and Yuya starts against Bonza. The fans rally up as the bell rings and the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Bonza wrenches to hammerlock then waistlock. Yuya switches to then hammerlock, but Bonza switches the hammerlock back. Yuya reaches back, sits down, rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Bonza spins, breaks free and pie faces Yuya! Yuya keeps cool, and he resets with Bonza. They tie up, but Bonza kicks low! Bonza runs, runs Yuya over, and says he’s pathetic! Bonza runs, Yuya stays low to then hurdle, and then he hip tosses Bonza down! Yuya scoops and SLAMS Bonza, then arm-drags him!
Fans fire up as Yuya has the armlock, but Fale runs in to throw body shots and scoop! Yuya slips free, but Fale’s too big for an arm-drag! Fale scoops again, and SLAMS Yuya! Then Fale DECKS Taichi for the hell of it! Bonza stomps Yuya around, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fale and the Rogue Army mugs Yuya. Fale brings Yuya around to CLUB him down, then looms over him. Fans rally but Fale stands on Yuya! Fale goes surfing on the Heat Storm! Fale steps off, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Fale tags Bonza. Bonza storms up on Yuya, drags him around, and then he goes surfing!
Bonza lets off to then drop an elbow! And then springboard stomp! Yuya sputters, Bonza drags him back up but Taichi rallies the fans. Yuya CHOPS Bonza, ROCKS Fale, repeat! Bonza ROCKS Yuya! Bonza bumps Yuya off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to elbow! Bonza keeps moving, but Yuya DROPKICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yuya crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms up to Kawada Kick! Bonza says F U and ROCKS Taichi, but Taichi SOBATS back! Taichi tells Bonza off and BOOTS him in the corner! Fale runs in, but into a BOOT! Fale comes back, Taichi steps aside to GAMANGIRI!
Bonza kicks Taichi, whips him to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up with Taichi, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi then aims, but Bonza blocks the kick to ELBOW! Bonza whips, DISCUS LARIAT! Bonza fires up, he drags Taichi up, and he reels Taichi in to suplex! Taichi fights that off to suplex back! Bonza fights that off, they fight for suplex control, and fans rally up! In the end, Bonza gets Taichi up, but Taichi slips free! SAI- NO, Bonza fights with elbows! Bonza runs, into a RIDGE HAND! Taichi runs, but Bonza deflects the boot to hit a BIG back suplex! Tag to Fale and he storms up on Taichi.
Fale stomps Taichi, drags him up and CLUBS away on the back! Taichi falls over but Fale stalks him to the ropes. Fale drags Taichi up, but Taichi fights and wrenches to HOOK KICK! Fale runs up, into a clinch! Taichi is using sumo! Fale and Taichi hobble around, Fale tries to counter sumo with sumo! But Taichi still THROWS Fale!! Fans are thunderous and Taichi takes aim! BUZZSAW! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya roars, runs in and CHOPS Fale! Bonza runs in, but gets an arm-drag! And then a DROPKICK! Bonza bails out, Fale staggers up into a DROPKICK! He stays up, so Yuya DROPKICKS again!
Fale rebounds, into an ARM-DRAG!! The fans are thunderous and Yuya runs in at the corner. DOUBLE CHOP! Taichi adds a BOOT! Yuya runs in again, DROPKICK! Fale hobbles, Yuya pushes him out and goes up the corner! CROSSBODY! Down goes Fale! But Yuya isn’t done there! Yuya drags Fale up, wrenches and traps the arm, but Fale swings the other! Yuya catches it! But Fale’s too big for Kamuki! Fale TOSSES Yuya to a corner then SPLASHES! Fireman’s carry, but Yuya flails around! Sunset flip, but Fale stays up! So Taichi GAMANGIRIS him into it! High stack, TWO!! Fale escapes, but Yuya has an ARMBAR!!
Fans fire up as Fale endures! Fale fights around, but Yuya powers him down!! ARMBAR!! Fale flails and kicks around, reaches out, but Yuya shifts grip! Bonza sends Taichi into railing before he gets in, Fale has the ROPEBREAK! Bonza CLOBBERS Yuya for good measure! Fans fire up as Bonza BLASTS Taichi off the apron! Yuya CHOPS Bonza, CHOPS him again, and powers up, but Bonza dodges! Only for Yuya to catch the arms! But Bonza knees low! Yuya roars, but Bonza scoops him! BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP!! Cover, TAICHI BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Bonza scoops Taichi! FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!
Fale hoists Yuya up! Crucifix lift, for BAD LUCK FALL!!! Cover, Rogue Army wins!!
Winners: Bad Luke Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
The Rogue General & Red Commander just brought down two of the five guys! Did they just blow up the chances of Taichi & Yuya going on to the semifinals? Or will luck be with J5G in the seventh?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions take on the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion and a former World Middleweight Champion, but both teams are on the bubble in this block. Who pops off and who drops off right before the end?
ELP tries to get the fans cheering Soberano but it takes a second to warm them up. The fans fire up and the sons of lucha appreciate it. “AT-LAN-TIS!” and “SOBER-RA-NO!” then return the favor helping in a “HI-KU-LEO~!” chant. They all shake hands and high-five, and then the teams sort out. ELP starts against Soberano and fans rally up. The two wind up, and shake hands! Fans cheer and the two circle. They tie up, ELP headlocks, but Soberano powers up and out to then reel ELP back and run. ELP sidesteps, he avoids Soberano’s handspring, and fans cheer. Soberano flexes and fans cheer a little more.
ELP gives a mocking golf clap and then circles with Soberano again. Soberano headlocks, ELP throws body shots and powers out. Soberano runs ELP over, then things speed up. ELP hurdles but Soberano front flips! Fans fire up and Soberano looks off into the distance. Soberano then runs in, ELP dodges, Soberano RANAS but ELP handsprings through, then does his drop steps! Fans cheer as ELP flexes and kisses the biceps. ELP gives Soberano a push, Soberano pushes back. They start pushing a little harder, then things speed up again! Soberano ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls off ELP’s back to then run and RANA!
ELP flounders out of the ring and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Soberano gets the fans rallying behind him then has the ref tranquilo. Soberano puts ELP in, then gets fans to actually chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” Soberano slides in, brings ELP around, and tags Atlantis. The luchadores mug ELP, and the fans still chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” but the luchadores double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then wheelbarrow and ENZUGIRI FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis keeps cool as he stomps ELP around. Atlantis drags ELP up, keeps him from Leo, and CLUBS away!
Atlantis suplexes but ELP blocks! ELP tries to suplex but Atlantis blocks! ELP RAMS Atlantis into the corner, CHOPS him, then tags Leo. ELP CHOPS again, then hushes the fans. Leo swings, Atlantis dodges to CHOP them in return! CHOP after CHOP then Atlantis runs, ducks ELP’s hurdle but ends up right in Leo’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Leo drags Atlantis up but Atlantis throws forearms and CHOPS! Leo CHOPS right back! Leo then fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free! Atlantis dodges the chop, tries to whip but Leo blocks and reverses! Leo runs in, Atlantis dodges and Leo’s boot gets stuck on the ropes! Atlantis dropkicks that leg!
Leo hobbles and Atlantis keeps moving, Atlantis dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Atlantis stomps Leo’s leg, then SPLASHES down on a knee! Atlantis stomps the leg some more, but Jado & ELP coach Leo. Leo CHOPS Atlantis, but Atlantis stomps him down. Atlantis has the leg and works to turn Leo over! HALF CRAB! Leo endures and fans rally up! Leo fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Atlantis lets go at 4, and Leo clutches his knee. Atlantis eggs Leo on, Soberano tags in, and they both taunt Leo to go taunt ELP. Leo crawls over, but then the luchadores bring Leo away. “Chotto matte ne!”
Fans applaud as the Mexican luchadores know some Japanese. Then they get LEo’s hands, bend the fingers, and then Soberano BOOTS Leo down! ELP protests, the ref reprimands, but Soberano BITES Leo’s foot! Soberano keeps Leo from ropes with a chinlock, then he and Atlantis get Leo up again. They double whip Leo to a corner, Atlantis runs in but is put on the apron. Leo DECKS Atlantis, and he catches Soberano’s splash! Soberano BELL CLAPS then BOOTS Leo! Soberano taunts ELP by blowing a kiss, then he goes back for Leo. Atlantis returns, they double whip but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP grins as he runs up to BOOT Soberano! Mule kick for Atlantis! Atomic drop for Soberano! ELP mocks Soberano’s pain, then he atomic drops Atlantis, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! ELP clotheslines Soberano up and out, but Atlantis kicks him low! Atlantis whips ELP to the corner but ELP goes up and over then springboards to CROSSBODY! Somersault, LIONSAULT! Another somersault, to PLANCHA Soberano! Fans fire up with ELP and he goes back to the corner. ELP waits on Atlantis to rise up, then he springboards in, FLYING TORNADO DDT!
Fans fire up and ELP drags Atlantis to a cover, TWO! Atlantis survives and the fans rally up again. ELP fires up and Soberano coaches Atlantis. ELP drags Atlantis up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Atlantis fights! Atlantis ROCKS ELP, ELP ROCKS Atlantis, they go forearm for forearm! ELP whips, Atlantis reverses and Soberano jumps in! Double hip toss into TU LO SABE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives and that surprises Atlantis. The fans rally, Soberano stalks ELP to a corner and eggs him on. ELP slaps Soberano, Soberano SLAPS ELP! Atlantis BOOTS Leo, ELP throws hands on Soberano, but Atlantis kicks ELP low.
Atlantis puts ELP up top, Soberano GAMANGIRIS! Then the sons of lucha vow to end this! They both climb up after ELP, CLUB away on him, and bring him up. But Leo gets in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans fire up for the double powerbomb double superplex combo! Leo drags Soberano up to POWERBOMB onto Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Leo helps ELP up! Leo scoops, but Atlantis slips free to shove Leo into ELP! Then Atlantis dodges Leo to SUPERKICK ELP! And DROPKICK Leo! Leo runs back in but Atlantis dumps him out! ELP runs in but Atlantis goes up and over, rolls and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Fans fire up as Atlantis goes up a corner! But ELP hurries to GAMANGIRI! Soberano sneaks a tag! ELP goes up to the very top, brings Atlantis up with him, SUPER STEINER! ELP goes up but Soberano is there! He springboards up to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous with everyone down, and Soberano crawls to a cover! Leo breaks it! Fans fire up again and Atlantis regroups with Soberano. Leo UPPERCUTS Atlantis, choke grips each of them, meeting of the minds! But then the luchadores double basement dropkick the legs out! Fans rally for Leo but Soberano & Atlantis have him! DOUBLE-
NO, Leo fights the suplexes to UPPERCUT Soberano! Atlantis dodges the haymaker but not the BOOT! Leo aims at Soberano now, choke grip! GOD- FLIP! Soberano ENZIGURIS! Leo roars! Soberano SUPERKICKS! ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! Fans fire up with ELP and he DIVES to take out Atlantis! Leo hits GODSEND!! ELP returns, he goes up, SUPER THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
The sons of lucha are eclipsed by the Guerrillas of Destiny! Will the “Big Blue Sexy Boys” still have a fighting chance of entering the semifinals?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vow to break the curse that keeps IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning the league! Will they pull it off? Or will Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World not only stop Bishamon, but get golden tickets at the same time?
The teams sort out and Suzuki stares Hashi down. Fans rally up and the two start. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. But then Suzuki kicks one, wrenches the other to a hammerlock, but Hashi switches the hold onto Suzuki. Suzuki reaches back to cording hold and chinbar Hashi to ropes. The ref counts and Suzuki lets off slowly, then with strong pats on the shoulder. Fans cheer and Hashi keeps cool as the two reset. They step up, and Hashi fires a forearm! Suzuki fires back! They go back and forth and the fans rally as they pick up speed! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi, ROCKS him again, but Hashi comes back to CHOP!
Suzuki eggs Hashi on so Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS more and more but Suzuki stays standing on sheer anger! Hashi drags Suzuki over, tags Goto, and Bishamon double whip to then double shoulder tackle! Hashi BLASTS Nagata for good measure, then Goto stomps Suzuki. Goto drags Suzuki up, CLUBS him, then whips. Suzuki reverses to then headlock, but Goto powers out. Suzuki pulls hair to HEADBUTT! Suzuki CLUBS Goto down and Goto bails out! Nagata runs in to BLAST Hashi as payback, and then the murder grandpas go out after them! Suzuki whips Goto into railing, then brings him around while Nagata sends Hashi hard into railing!
Suzuki RAMS Goto into railing in front of commentary, then has a railing crossface! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off of Goto, but Nagata POSTS Hashi! Suzuki stomps Goto around, the ring count starts, and Suzuki stomps Goto again before sliding in. The count reaches 7 of 20, then 10 as Goto crawls. Goto clutches his neck, the count is 15! Goto stands at 17, and slides in at 19! Fans cheer but Suzuki clamps onto Goto with a camel clutch! Goto endures, Suzuki shifts to bring him up for a facelock. Nagata tags in and he CLUBS Goto on the neck! And CLUBS him again! Nagata wraps on a chinlock to grind Goto down!
Hashi coaches Goto as he fights around, and Goto gets the ROPEBREAK! Nagata lets go, to KICK Goto in the back! Nata then drags Goto up with a facelock and tags Suzuki. Suzuki snapmares Goto to KICK him! And then Suzuki pulls at the tape around the neck and shoulders! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing he can really do! Suzuki reels Goto in but Goto resists the Gotch lift! Suzuki powers up but Goto still fights. Suzuki CLUBS Goto, tags Nagata, and Nagata BOOTS Hashi down! Nagata KICKS Goto in the chest, then KICKS him again! Goto grits his teeth, Nagata eggs him on, but Goto blocks the next kick!
Goto CLUBS the leg, but Nagata ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Nagata whips, Goto reverses, but Nagata BOOTS back! Nagata runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Nagata crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to run Nagata over! Hashi BLASTS Suzuki off the apron and fans fire up as Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Then he fires off forearms over and over in the corner! Nagata sits down and Hashi keeps going! The ref reprimands, the fans fire up, and Hashi lets off to bring Nagata back up. Nagata shoves Hashi so Hashi eggs him on. The forearms go back and forth now!
Hashi gets the edge with forearms, then CHOPS Nagata back to the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Nagata reverses, but Hashi comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Hashi fires up. Hashi reels Nagata in, suplexes, but Nagata fights it to suplex, and MAGIC SCREW! Hashi flounders, Nagata stands, and Nagata stomps Hashi. Nagata ROCKS Hashi, whips him to ropes, but Hashi holds ropes. Goto tags in, Hashi sidesteps Nagata and Goto ROCKS him! Hashi CHOPS Nagata down, then he BLASTS Suzuki. Hashi hauls Nagata up, turns him, and Goto adds on, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nagata hangs in there.
Bishamon set up in opposite corners, and they aim at Nagata. But Suzuki pushes Nagata to save him from the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Hashi CHOPS, Goto CLUBS and then GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Bishamon have Nagata in a corner, Goto clotheslines! Hashi clotheslines! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Cover, TWO! Nagata survives and fans rally up again! Goto hauls Nagata up, Hashi calls the shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, but Suzuki catches Hashi to a SLEEPER! Nagata drags Goto down into a CROSSFACE! Goto endures, Hashi is turning red! Fans rally up as Goto fights his way around!
Goto reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer, and Suzuki sends Goto to a corner! Suzuki BOOTS! Nagata BOOTS! Snapmare, DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH! Then EXPLODER!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans fire up again! Nagata drags Goto up, but Goto fights the saido with elbows! Nagata knees low, and again, then CLUBS Goto’s neck! Goto falls and writhes, but Nagata drags him back up! Suzuki keeps Hashi out with an ANKLE LOCK, as Nagata SAI- NO, Goto fights free! Hashi also gets free, to SUPERKICK Nagata! Goto has a SLEEPER, then rolls it to GOTO NISHIKI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas almost had it, but Goto finds a way to survive! Does this mean the Fierce Warrior & Headhunter have a chance to #GetBackUp to the WTL finals after all?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
The Monster Sauce is leading the way but they have to finish strong! Will they stay hot going into the seventh and final round? Or will they be sunk by The Gene Blast & King of the World?
Wait, Tetsuya Naito is coming out here? What a great surprise! It sure takes Shingo Takagi by surprise as he’s been on commentary this entire time. Naito joins commentary, even! And he puts his feet up on top of Milano Collection AT’s notes. He makes Milano hold the Right to Challenge bag while he puts his headset on. Monster Sauce then makes their entrance, and Archer suckers a Young Lion in by offering a high-five to then DECK him! He pats another on the shoulder, assuring him it’s fine. Then he RAMS him into railing! Zayne apologizes to each Young Lion in turn, it’s nothing personal. Archer and Zayne then have Red Shoes and Abe-san put on the jackets to see how they look.
Zando and Tsuji make their entrances, the teams sort out, and Archer says that smile of Tsuji’s is gonna be missing some teeth soon. However, Zayne and Zando step up to start and the fans rally up with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Zando powers Zayne to ropes. Zando lets off, fakes the chop, and tells Zayne to take it easy. Zayne and Zando reset and fans rally again. They tie up, Zayne puts Zando on ropes now, and Zayne fakes the chop to twirl his hair. Fans cheer and Zando smirks. The two reset again, tie up again, and Zando headlocks. Zayne wrenches out, but Zando wrenches back to wristlock.
Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks, but Zando spins, CHOPS, and whips Zayne to a corner. Zayne reverses, runs in and back elbows! Zayne slips out to the apron and slingshot RANAS! Things keep moving, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges and IMPLODER KNEE DROPS down on Zando’s dropdown! Zayne then rolls to STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up and Zayne smirks as he twirls his hair again. Zayne stands Zando up, Zando throws hands but Zayne bobs ‘n’ weaves to body blow! Zayne runs, but Tsuji kicks him! Zayne swings on Tsuji, but Zando reels him in, chicken wings and DODON DROP!
Archer runs in to kick Zando low! Archer reels Zando in to CLUB him, then he runs. Tsuji trips Archer, Zando basement dropkicks! Tsuji then drags Archer out to RAM him into railing! Fans fire up with Zando, and Tsuji sends Archer into more railing! Zando TOSSES Zayne out of the ring, Tsuji fires off on Archer, then CHOPS him! Tsuji holds Archer out along railing, Zando runs in, LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans fire up while Archer falls over! Tsuji finds Zayne and stomps him, to then put him in the ring for Zando. Zando storms up, drags Zayne up and has him on ropes. Zando lifts Zayne up and Tsuji runs, to LEAP FROG ATTACK!
Zayne flops over, fans rally up, and Zando tags Tsuji. Zando & Tsuij drag Zayne up to double whip. Archer returns, Red Shoes keeps him back, Zayne ends up in the POP-UP KICK! Zando & Tsuji run, basement dropkick sandwich! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands. Zando exits, Tsuji digs his knees into Zayne at the ropes before a knee drop! Tsuji drags Zayne up while Archer and Zando shout at each other. Tsuji whips Zayne but reverses direction to send him into the red corner! Tsuji stomps Zayne, Zando CLUBS him, and then Zando tags in. Zando snapmares Zayne to a seated abdominal stretch! Zayne endures and the fans rally up.
Zayne reaches out, but then reaches up to drag Zando into a cradle! TWO, and Zando stomps away! Zando hits Archer, then laughs as he gets away. Zando drags Zayne back, CLUBS him, then grabs a leg. Zando steps over, then clinches, modified cobra twist! Zayne endures, hops on his one free leg, and fans rally up! Zayne reaches out, hot tag- NO, Tsuji drags Archer down and RAMS him into railing right in front of commentary! Zando wrangles Zayne to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Zando drags Zayne up. Zando wrenches, wristlocks, then he tags Tsuji. Tsuji BOOTS Zayne’s arm, then brings him around to ROCK with a forearm!
Fans rally up, Zayne ROCKS Tsuji back! And CHOPS! And ROCKS him again! Tsuji knees low, then wags his finger. Tsuji swings, Zayne counter punches! And again! Tsuji runs in, Zayne gets around, roll up and EDDY GORDO KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Tsuji and Zayne crawl, hot tag to Archer! Archer storms around, fires up, and BLASTS Zando! It was a fake out at first, but now he runs to ELBOW Tsuji! “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving, and ELBOWS! “Ni!” Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL! But Zando SUPERKICKS Zayne! Archer CHOPS Zando but Zando just fires up!
Zando CHOPS Archer, and Archer just smiles! Archer CHOPS back! Archer eggs Zando on so Zando CHOPS! Archer CHOPS, eggs Zando on, and fans fire up as Zando CHOPS again! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Archer CHOPS Zando down! Fans fire up with the Murderhawk and he storms up. Zando swings, but into a full nelson that Archer makes into a dragon sleeper. Tsuji runs in, but gets caught! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO! Archer then drags Tsuji up, shoves him to a corner, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Zayne then LEAP FROG MISSILE DROPKICKS! Archer suplexes Tsuji! Then CHOKE SLAM SAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Tsuji survives and fans fire up but Archer fires himself back up. Tag to Zayne, he goes up, but Zando GAMANGIRIS! Archer grabs Zando, but Tsuji DUMPS Archer! Tsuji then rushes the corner, but Zayne jumps and over! Zayne comes back but Tsuji BOOTS him! Tsuji goes up, but Zayne returns, NO HANDS STEINER! Fans fire up as Zando hurries in. Zayne dodges the chop but Zando blocks the chip to CHOP after all! Zando suplexes, Zayne slips free to shove, but Zando blocks the kick! Zando ducks the enziguri, wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer BOOTS Zando, ripcords, and HELLICOASTERS! Fans fire up with Archer again!
Archer hauls Zando back up, reels him in, but Tsuji saves Zando from the suplex! Tsuji & Zando mug Archer, then go to double suplex! Archer fights it, he wants to double suplex, but they fight it! Zando & Tsuji try again, DOUBLE SUPLEX! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Zando stirs, flounders out of the ring, and Tsuji rises. Tsuji tags Zando in, they get Zayne up. They double whip, hip toss and SLAM! Then SPLASH, to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Zayne hangs in there and Zando pounds the mat in frustration. The fans clap along, Tsuji & Zando get Zayne up, ANCHOR!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again!
Zando pounds the mat some more and the fans clap along again. Tag to Tsuji, and he climbs up onto Zando’s shoulders! But Archer caches Tsuji, to CHOKE SLAM him into Zando! Then Archer fireman’s carries, Zayne runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP COMBO!! Cover, Zando breaks it! Fans fire up, Archer runs in, but he doesn’t fall for the dump trick. Archer CLOBBERS Zando against ropes, then clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Fans fire up with Archer again and Zayne pounds the mat. Archer hauls Tsuji up, sets him up for Zayne, ROLLING- NO, Tsuji avoids the ax kick! Then he dodges Archer, and now Zando dumps him out!
Zayne mule kicks Tsuji, runs, but into the GENE BLAST SPEAR!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!
Winners: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Archer & Zayne earn 0)
Monster Sauce drops, making the top of this block really interesting! If #EverybodyDies, are their chances at the finals in danger of dying off?
As for Tsuji & Zando, Tsuji gets the mic to say, “It looks like it’s someone’s birthday today.” It’s also someone in Los Ingobernables de Japon. “HIROMU-CHAN!” Oh wait, is he even here? Well, maybe Hiromu was too busy to be here, but Tsuji hopes tonight’s win is a good birthday gift. Fans applaud that, but then Tsuji says he also has some bad news. It would seem after tonight’s penultimate-penultimate results, there mathematically isn’t a chance for Tsuji & Zando to make it to the semifinals. He asks if that’s true or not. Even commentary has to check the math on that. So then, is there a chance?
Milano is sure it’s not zero percent. Really? Pretty sure. Then there IS a chance! The fans cheer and Tsuji says that even if it seems unlikely, should they win next round, Zandokan will be LIJ! Fans cheer for that, too! Tsuji then brings up that the other day, he talked with the others and hoped Takagi & Naito wouldn’t lose today. Takagi stands up from commentary to say that he does need to get better. Well, hey, tranquilo, right? Tsuji then lets Zando say a few words. “WATASHI WA…! ZANDOKAN JUNIOR!” AKA, he is Zandokan. Fans cheer the introduction, and then he says he’s a BIG DEAL! Fans also cheer that.
Zando then shouts in Spanish, Milano asks for a translation, but Tsuji asks if they’re ready for the tournament’s home stretch. Are you ready for him and Zando to do this? VAMOS, AMIGOS!! Fans cheer, but will Gene Blast & The King of The World really make it to the end?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-2, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 4-2, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-2, 8 points
Bishamon: 3-2-1, 7 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-3-1, 5 points [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great round, and now with some really complex stuff at the top of the block. Monster Sauce lost to go down to 4-2 so that they’d be tied with ELP & Leo and with Taichi & Yuya. Monster Sauce VS ELP & Leo is next, and so one team will go to 5-2 with 10 points, the other will be 4-3 with 8. This scenario alone seems to be creating confusion because while commentary was not prepared to speak on who is still in this, NJPW’s official website has determined Tsuji & Zando are out despite that great main event win. Even if Tsuji & Zando beat Atlantis & Soberano next round, they’ll get to 8 points, BUT they lost to Taichi & Yuya.
And even if Taichi & Yuya lose, they’d be losing to Bishamon, who would then stand at 9 points, making THEM second place flat out. And if Taichi & Yuya win, they are in as second place, not Bishamon. So despite the moment of cheers and hope at the end of that main event, Tsuji & Zando are really just fighting for pride and apparently for Zando to become Sanada’s replacement so that LIJ maintains six members. That’d be cool stuff, but I wonder if Atlantis & Soberano being CMLL like Zando is CMLL comes into play…
My Score: 8.8/10
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