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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/25/23)

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Double the TV Champions, double the fun!

The ROH World TV Champion and the NJPW World TV Champion team together against two ROH icons to see who, if anyone, wins a title opportunity! Can the Fallen Angel and Third Eye Reborn become the stars of wrestling television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mark Briscoe VS JD Drake w/ Anthony Henry; Briscoe wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Grounds: Claudio Castagnoli VS Serpentico; Claudio wins and denies Serpentico a title opportunity.
  • Kiera Hogan VS VertVixen; wins.
  • Kyle Fletcher w/ Mark Davis VS AR Fox; Fletcher wins.
  • Willow Nightingale VS Hyan; Willow wins.
  • The Kingdom VS Mack Attack; The Kingdom wins.
  • Mercedes Martinez VS Dream Girl Ellie; Mercedes wins.
  • Ashley D’Amboise VS Danielle Kamela; Ashley wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS Titus Alexander; Rocky wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Stu Grayson & The Righteous VS Marcus Kross, Vary Morales & Leon St. Giovanni; Stu & The Righteous win.
  • Tracy Williams w/ Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor w/ The Workehorsemen; Shane wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds: Athena VS Promise Braxton; Athena wins and denies Promise a title opportunity.
  • Dralistico w/ Jose VS Tony Deppen; Dralistico wins.
  • Skye Blue VS Miranda Alize; Skye wins.
  • Darius Martin & Action Andretti VS Cole Karter & “The Reality” Zack Clayton; Darius & Action win.
  • Nick Comoroto VS Blake Christian; Blake wins.
  • Diamante VS Trish Adora; Diamante wins.
  • Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Slim J w/ The Trustbusters; Penta wins.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. & Samoa Joe VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; ZSJ & Joe win, denying Daniels & Sydal a title opportunity.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe VS JD Drake w/ Anthony Henry!

The Sussex County Chicken has a full plate at Double or Nothing, being the referee for a match between FTR and Triple J. Will he be able to focus on his own match here tonight? Or will Scrap Iron fry himself up some wings?

The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings. Fans rally for #DemBoys as Mark circles with JD. JD says something about proving who’s tougher, and Mark is game. Mark dares JD to bring it, so JD CHOPS! Mark says alright, and he CHOPS back! JD shrugs that off to CHOP back! Mark CHOPS, JD CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as the CHOPS keep going! Mark is liking this! He CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! JD knees low, whips Mark to a corner, but Mark comes back to BOOT! JD staggers around, Mark runs up to throw hands! Mark stomps away, the ref counts, and Mark CHOPS JD again!

Fans fire up and Mark is feeling it as he whips JD corner to corner. JD reverses, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BIELS, to then “Click, click,” CHOP! Mark goes to ropes, but he BOOTS back! JD ROCKS Mark, whips him, but Mark SHOTGUN BOOTS! JD bails out and fans fire up. The Workhorsemen regroup and Henry calms JD down. JD goes up the steel steps and takes his time, but then Mark BOOTS him back down! Fans fire up, Mark climbs the corner, and he TORNILLOS! onto the Workhorsemen! Fans are thunderous and Mark puts JD back in. Cover, TWO! JD is tough but Mark stomps him around.

JD sits up, and Mark CHOPS him! JD CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS again, so JD CHOPS! Mark POWER SLAPS and JD wobbles! Mark throws forearms, then some Redneck Kung-Fu shots! Mark runs, but JD CLOBBERS him! And SENTONS! And SENTONS! And KICKS! JD says the kick was good but fans boo. JD stalks Mark to a corner, chokes him with his boot, but the ref counts. JD lets off at 4, brings Mark up again, and ROCKS him with a right! JD CHOPS and Mark’s split flies! JD says one more, so he JABS instead! JD tells the fans off but they boo. Mark CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!

JD shoves Mark, and on the rebound, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mark is tough, too, and fans rally up. Mark goes to a corner, JD taunts him and stands him up. JD CHOPS again! JD whips corner to corner, Mark goes up and out to UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Mark climbs, but JD rushes in. Mark goes up and over, comes back, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! JD hurries to VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and fans fire back up. Mark goes back to a corner and JD tells him to stay up. JD drags Mark up by his beard, and CHOPS him again! JD hoists Mark up top then CHOPS him again!

JD dares Mark to #ManUp and then climbs up after him. Mark throws body shots! Mark gives REDNECK FU CHOPS! And then an UPPERCUT! JD falls back, Mark adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! JD crawls to a corner, Mark rises, and fans rally up again. Mark waits on JD and JD eggs Mark on. Mark says, “Back to square one. I insist.” JD says fine, but then Mark dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Mark fires off more CHOPS, then a BIG corner clothesline! Mark hoists JD up now, powers up, and UPPERCUTS! Mark then crosses the arm, but JD shoves him away.

JD hurries in, but into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! JD is still in this, and Mark calls his shot! The fans are thunderous and Mark underhooks the arms. But Henry gets on the apron! Mark DECKS him for it! JD bails out the side, Henry hurries over, but Mark WRECKS him with a dropkick. Mark leaps but JD avoids the Blockbuster! JD pops Mark up to CLOBBER him off the ropes! JD puts Mark in, hurries to a corner and climbs, MOONSAULT! Direct hit! Cover, TWO!!! Mark survives and fans are thunderous again! JD is annoyed and he drags Mark up. Fans rally with “MAN UP!” as JD reels Mark in.

JD underhooks and fans boo. JD wants to steal the move! But Mark slips up and out to CHOP! JD CHOPS! Mark shoves but JD RAMS into him! JD runs, but into the ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Mark goes up fast, and slashes his throat! FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, Mark wins!!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

The Sussex County Chicken flies high tonight, but will he continue to #ReachForTheSky? The Code of Honor is upheld, and Mark reminds Samoa Joe that he wants that TV title. Will destiny still become reality in the end?

 

Backstage interview with Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal.

Dasha is with the Fallen Angel & Third Eye Reborn, and tonight, in the main event, they face the ROH World Television Champion in Samoa Joe, and the NJPW World Television Champion in Zack Sabre Jr. Huge contender implications in the match, how are they feeling? Daniels says the arrogance of Joe and ZSJ has escalated things way past what Daniels intended. All he did last week was introduce this man, Matt Sydal, into the TV title picture. ROH, NJPW, it didn’t matter. But the champs think they’ve thrown a curveball by saying that if either Daniels or Sydal gets the win, they get that title shot.

All this has done is put the champs behind the 8 ball! This duo are former ROH World Tag Team Champions! And tonight, Joe & ZSJ face the “endless intelligence” of Daniels and the “explosive offense” of Sydal. Sydal says he can feel those TV titles pulling him closer and closer. Tonight, they take the next step! Will these icons of honor soon have themselves a golden ticket?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Grounds: Claudio Castagnoli VS Serpentico!

While the Young Bucks made sure the Blackpool Combat Club didn’t add anymore gold to the collection, the Swiss Superman is still looking for competition of his own! Will #SNAKEMAN prove to be his Kryptonite? Or will Serpentico not even survive to the time limit?

Claudio offers the handshake for the Code of Honor, but Serpentico hesitates. But then Serpentico offers it himself! Claudio takes it, but quickly. The bell rings and fans rally for “S A P!” Serpentico shoves Claudio and eggs him on, so Claudio shoves him down! Fans boo but Serpentico gets up in a huff. Serpentico steps up to Claudio, and forces a knuckle lock. Serpentico tells Claudio a coward, but Claudio cranks the knuckle locks on Serpentico! Fans still rally for “S A P! S A P!” Serpentico powers up, and Claudio struggles, but then cranks the knuckle locks back on Serpentico! He was just toying with Serpentico!

Claudio then reels Serpentico in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Serpentico flounders away and Claudio dusts himself off. Claudio eggs Serpentico on, and Serpentico comes back. Serpentico KICKS Claudio in the leg! Fans cheer, but then Claudio kicks Serpentico low! Claudio whips, Serpentico ducks ‘n ‘dodges to KICK and KICK and KICK! But Claudio choke grips! But Serpentico turns choke slam into wheelbarrow and victory roll! TWO, and Serpentico runs, and he tilt-o-whirl headscissors Claudio into buckles! Claudio staggers and Serpentico fires off hands! Serpentico whips, Claudio reverses, but Serpentico BOOTS back!

Serpentico goes up the corner, RANAS Claudio away, and then Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Claudio bails out in frustration and fans rally up. Serpentico builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Claudio! Fans fire up and Claudio scrambles back into the ring. Serpentico hurries up but Claudio drags him up! But Serpentico GAMANGIRIS! Claudio staggers, Serpentico climbs, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Claudio runs in again, blocks a boot, and he DUMPS Serpentico out of the ring! Claudio then goes out and dares Serpentico to get up. Serpentico staggers up, and Claudio whips him hard into steel steps!

Fans boo but Claudio looms over Serpentico. Claudio deadlift gut wrenches Serpentico into the ring! Claudio drags Serpentico up to short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! Fans rally and Serpentico flips Claudio off! That just pisses Claudio off! He gives Serpentico short arm LARIAT after short arm LARIAT! Claudio isn’t stopping! He’s hit about ten total! Fans still rally for “S A P!” but Claudio shakes his head. Claudio drags Serpentico up, takes off his elbow pads, and says Serpentico made a huge mistake! Short arm LARIAT!! Cover, Claudio wins!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (denies Serpentico a title opportunity)

The Swiss Superman scowls, having to go even this far against SNAKEMAN. But he mockingly shakes Serpentico’s hand to keep the Code of Honor. But Anarchy in the Arena is going to be a fight without honor, will the BCC do far worse to The Elite?

 

Kiera Hogan VS VertVixen!

After NJPW Resurgence, there’s even more gold out there in the world of women’s wrestling, and these up-and-coming stars are hungry for a taste! Will Kiera’s fire burn brighter than ever? Or will Vert look to level up and rise in the rankings?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Kiera wrenches to a wristlock. Vert spins, loops and hammerlocks to then spin Kiera and slip through to arm-drag! Vert has the armlock and wait, speaking of champions, Athena appears on stage! She has a Proving Grounds match of her own later on but she is taking an interest in this one. Kiera fights up, wrenches Vert and hammerlocks, but Vert moves around and reaches back. Vert spins to a headlock and fans applaud. Kiera powers up and out, but Vert runs her over with a shoulder! Vert flexes, runs, but Kiera gets up. Vert ducks the ax handles to DROPKICK!

Fans fire up, and Vert takes aim. Time to level up! But Kiera drop toeholds her into ropes! Kiera runs and HIP ATTACKS against the ropes! Kiera then YANKS the ropes and runs, STEP-UP LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Athena walks closer to the ring. Athena waves hi to Kiera. Kiera asks what she’s doing here, but Athena says she’s just here to watch, so focus on the match. Kiera has Vert in a corner and CHOPS! Kiera whips corner to corner, Vert goes up and over and rolls back. “GET OVER HERE!” Leg sweep! BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOT! And then a shift into the KOJI CLUTCH!! But Kiera gets the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Vert lets go in frustration, and Athena says she wouldn’t let that happen to herself. Vert drags Kiera up but Kiera throws hands! Vert ROCKS Kiera! And knees low! Vert runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Kiera survives and fans rally up. Vert drags Athena up, swings, but Kiera blocks to counter punch! And again! Kiera dodges Vert, comes back and CLOBBERS her! Fans fire up and Athena looks impressed. Kiera runs in to back body block Vert! Vert sits down, Kiera runs to SLIDING BOOT! Cover, TWO! Vert survives and Kiera grows frustrated. But the fans rally as Kiera drags Vert up.

Kiera suplexes but Vert blocks! Vert wrenches out, ROCKS Kiera again, and she whips Kiera to a corner. Vert says time to level up again, and she BOOTS Kiera in the corner! Athena likes that, and Vert then hoists Kiera up, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! The shoutouts to El Generico haven’t finished this but Vert brings Kiera back up. Vert says “GAME OVER!” Fisherman and suplex, but Kiera kicks free! Kiera ROUNDHOUSES Vert, but Vert fights the clinch! Vert elbows free, but Kiera reels her back in! Single leg SAIDO! Cover, Kiera wins!

Winner: Kiera Hogan, by pinfall

Athena applauds, though maybe a little sarcastically. Kiera tells Athena to go off and get ready for her match, they’ll be seeing each other again soon anyway. Athena pie faces Kiera! And inadvertently table tops her over Vert! The Fallen Goddess laughs at Kiera, “Are you gonna step up? Or are you gonna step out, b*tch?!” Kiera gets red hot, will she look to burn down the throne soon enough?

 

Kyle Fletcher w/ Mark Davis VS AR Fox!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t capture the AEW International Championship on Dynamite, but he’s never out of the chase. Will Kyle represent for Aussie Open and The United Empire and start to conquer ROH?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans start up “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” But there are also chants for “A R FOX! A R FOX!” Kyle and Fox tie up, Kyle wrenches and wristlocks, but Fox spins, slips around, and wristlocks back. Kyle rolls, spins, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits the takeover. Fox headscissors, Kyle kips free, and the fans cheer as the two stand off. The two go again, a fan starts a “U S A!” chant and Kyle smirks. Fox points to his star-spangled headband, and the two circle. They tie up, Kyle wrenches, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! But Fox rolls, kips up and cartwheels, only for Kyle to scoop and SLAM fast!

Kyle looms over Fox, brings him up, whips him to ropes but Fox reverses to mule kick! Front kick! JAWBREAKER! NECKBREAKER! Fox kips up and fans fire up while Kyle goes to a corner. Fox runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! And then Fox skins the cat for the SWINGING DROPKICK! Fans fire up while Kyle goes to the apron. Fox storms over, brings Kyle up but Kyle shoves him away. And then BOOTS him! Fox staggers, Kyle reels him in, and Kyle suplexes, but Fox lands safe on the apron. Fox throws body shots and forearms, but Kyle gets under to APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Kyle hurries to snap scoop SLAMS Fox on the floor!

Fans rally and duel again while the ring count starts. Kyle drags Fox up, puts him in the ring, and then hurries to bring Fox to center. Cover, TWO! Fox hangs tough, he’s taken a lot more damage than that. Fans rally up again and Kyle stalks Fox to ropes. Kyle drags Fox up, but Fox shoves him away. So Kyle springboard STOMPS Fox down! The ref has Kyle back off, but then Kyle springboard STOMPS again! Fans cheer and Kyle brings Fox back to center. Kyle drags Fox up as fans duel, and Kyle snap scoop SLAMS again! Cover, ONE!! Kyle applauds Fox’s toughness, then brings him up again.

Fox throws body shots! Kyle snap scoop SLAMS again! Kyle brings Fox up yet again, suplexes, but Fox blocks! Kyle keeps trying, but then fires off forearms! Kyle reels Fox back in, but Fox suplexes in return! Fans fire up while both men are down. Fox grits his teeth, goes to a corner, and Kyle goes to the other. Fox runs in to LARIAT! And LARIAT again! Kyle swings but Fox goes Matrix to dodge and ENZIGURI! Kyle ends up in a corner, Fox runs to back elbow! Fox snapmares, rolls and CUTTERS! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Fox keeps focus. Fox goes to a corner, climbs up, and 450 but he has to roll through!

Kyle comes back, Fox blocks the kick, but then Kyle blocks the stunner into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fox ends up in a corner, Kyle runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Fox survives, this feels familiar from a few weeks ago! Fans say “This is Awesome!” as Kyle drags Fox back up. Kyle scoops but Fox blocks! Kyle keeps trying, but Fox still resists! Kyle powers through, Fox slips out but Kyle kicks! Kyle whips, but Fox reverses! Kyle KICKS, Fox PELES! But Kyle hurries to half nelson! Fox arm-drags free, and BOOTS! Kyle flops out of the ring, gets back up, but Fox BOOTS him again!

Kyle goes back to the floor, Fox climbs a corner! Fox aims, leaps, SUPER SWANTON to the floor! Fans are thunderous and the ring count starts. Fox gets up, he puts Kyle back in fast, and fans are dueling as Fox climbs back up top. Fox reloads, aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Kyle survives and Fox can’t believe it! Fans are loving “ROH! ROH!” for giving us this one, and Fox drags Kyle back up. The dueling continues, Fox puts Kyle in a corner, and Fox hoists Kyle up. Fox gets some space, runs back in, but has to block a boot first! Fox fires forearms, climbs up to join Kyle, but Kyle resists the lift!

Kyle clinches Fox now, scoops him, SUPER MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Just like against Orange Cassidy!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fox survives and Kyle is foaming at the mouth! Fans are thunderous again as Kyle aims, runs and CALF KICKS! And then hammerlock, half nelsons, scoop and GRIMSTONE!!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall

Kyle may have no International Championship, he may have had to give up the IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships, but surely this win earns him a place in the various other title pictures. What gold will the Aussie Arrow take aim at after Double or Nothing?

 

Willow Nightingale VS Hyan!

The Babe with the Power won big at NJPW Resurgence by becoming the first-ever NJPW Strong Women’s Champion! Will she prove too strong for ROH now? Or will “The Renaissance Woman” show she can do it all?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Willow uses leverage to start pushing Hyan back. Hyan breaks the hold, and fans rally behind Willow. They tie up again, Willow headlocks, but Hyan powers up. Willow holds on tight, Hyan keeps fighting, and she throws body shots. Hyan powers out but Willow runs her over! Fans cheer and Willow is feeling good. Things speed up, Willow rolls over the dropdown and gives a thumbs up. Hyan stomps but Willow dodges. And again! And then Willow spins Hyan, wrenches, and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! And then GROUND OCTOPUS!

Hyan endures, Willow kicks her, but Hyan powers to a cover, TWO! Willow gets up but Hyan ducks the enziguri! Hyan puts Willow in a corner, pulls Willow’s hair, but Willow cartwheels through the throw! The ref still reprimands, but Willow ROCKS Hyan, and then pulls Hyan’s hair! Willow TOSSES Hyan across the way! Fans fire up, Willow brings Hyan up to scoop, carry, and SLAM! Fans fire up and Willow smiles again. Willow has Hyan in a corner for a CHOP! Willow whips corner to corner, Hyan avoids the body block and she throws elbow after elbow! The ref counts, Hyan lets off at 4, and then she scuffs Willow with a boot!

Hyan taunts Willow, “You don’t look so happy right now,” and then she bumps her off buckles. Fans still rally but Hyan CHOPS! Willow sputters, and Hyan slaps her around. Hyan traps an arm, GROUND COBRA! Hyan digs knuckles into Willow’s ribs but Willow endures. Fans rally, Willow fights up, and Willow throws body shots. Willow then ENZIGURIS! Hyan staggers to a corner and fans fire up. Willow runs in to BACK BODY BLOCK! And clothesline! And snapmare, then Willow goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK! Hyan flounders and fans fire up! Willow brings Hyan up to CHOP!

Willow whips corner to corner, Hyan sits down, and Willow runs in, CANNONBALL! Willow roars, she pulls down the straps, and the fans fire up! Willow drags Hyan up, reels her in, BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall

Whether here in ROH or NJPW, Willow is on a roll, this makes nine in a row! She also shows Hyan respect by upholding the Code of Honor. Will Willow face a challenger for her NJPW Strong Women’s Championship first? Or will she earn herself a shot at someone else’s gold?

 

The Kingdom VS Mack Attack!

Mike Bennett & Matt Taven may not have won the Fight Without Honor tag team match last time, but that doesn’t mean ROH stops being their home. Will they prove they deserve a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championships? Or will the brand new duo of Willie Mack & Ninja Mack prove to be too much beef for anyone to beat?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Taven starts against Willie Mack. Fans chant, “Let’s Go, Mack!” as Willie and Taven circle. They tie up, Willie trips Taven and then things speed up. Taven hurdles but Will blocks hip toss to hit a hip toss! And then an arm-drag! And another arm-drag! And then a DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Willie whips Taven. Mike sneaks a tag, Taven dodges Willie for Mike to dropkick the legs out! Taven then runs in to AX HANDLE! Mike covers, TWO! Mike drags Will up, tags Taven, and then Mike feeds Willie to Taven’s BOOT! Mike adds a forearm, Taven hits a MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!

Taven is annoyed but he drags Willie up. Fans rally but Mike tags back in. The Kingdom mugs Willie, they double whip him, and then leap frog into a FOREARM! Taven hoists Willie up but he BOOTS Mike away, and flying-mares Taven! Willie runs through Taven to tag in Ninja Mack! Ninja CROSSBODIES The Kingdom down! Then KNEE for Taven, forearm for Mike, CHOP for Taven, SUPERKICK for Mike! Taven kicks low, talks trash, and suplexes, and he holds Ninja up only for Ninja to slip into a sunset flip, roll through and BUZZSAW! Taven flops out of the ring and Ninja Mack goes to the apron.

Taven blocks Ninja’s mule kick, mocks him as a “Ninja Melvin,” and then flips Ninja! But Ninja lands on his feet! Taven is too busy talking trash to the camera, and then he turns around into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Ninja Mack hurries back into the ring. Maria coaches Mike up, Ninja handsprings, but into a BIG back suplex! Taven hurries back in, Mike stomps Ninja and then he drags Ninja up. Mike bumps Ninja off buckles, tags Taven, and then feed to the suplex! GOURD BUSTER, and then Mike DECKS Willie before a ROLLING ELBOW! Taven rolls Ninja to a cover, TWO! Taven is mad, he tags Mike.

The Kingdom puts Ninja in a corner but Ninja fights back with big hands and elbows! Fans fire up for Ninja Mack but Mike FLAPJACKS into the HOTSHOT! Taven climbs, Mike suplexes, BRAINBUSTER to FROG SPLASH! Cover, Willie breaks it! Fans fire up for the return of the Mack, but Mike tags Taven. The Kingdom get Ninja up, fireman’s carry, but Ninja slips free! Ninja SUPERKICKS Taven, KNEES Mike, but Mike back suplexes! Ninja lands on his feet to DROPKICK Mike down! Hot tag to Willie Mack! Mack Daddy rallies on The Kingdom with lariats and elbows! But Taven wrenches to ENZIGURI!

The Kingdom hurry to double whip, but Willie breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! Fans fire up and Willie sees the Kingdom go to opposite corners. Willie clotheslines Mike, then he clotheslines Taven! CANNONBALL for Mike, and fans fire up! Mike runs in at Taven, but into a BOOT! Taven runs but into a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up, and Willie Mack kips up!! And then Willie Mack STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Maria is relieved and Willie is shocked! Willie tags in Ninja Mack and then Willie runs to clothesline Taven out! Fans fire up, Ninja Mack builds speed! “GO NINJA, GO NINJA, GO!” SUPER SASUKE SPECIAL!!!

Fans are thunderous after seeing three flips in a row! Ninja puts Taven in, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Taven goes to ropes, Ninja fires off body shots! Bump off buckles, tag to Willie, and the Macks mug Taven. Fans rally, the Macks double whip to FLAPJACK SPIKE! And then Ninja hits a ROBINSON SPECIAL! Maria is freaking out as Willie covers, but Mike breaks it! Willie drags Mike up, tosses him out, and tags Ninja back in. But Mike drags Willie out! And DECKS him! Ninja positions Taven but Taven anchors a foot. Ninja stomps Taven, climbs, but Taven GAMANGIRIS! Taven has Mike hook Ninja up! PROTON PACK!!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall

They may have lost the Fight Without Honor, but they’ve redeemed themselves here! Will ROH still belong to The OGK?

 

Mercedes Martinez VS Dream Girl Ellie!

Speaking of being back, The OG Badass is back and already has one win under her belt again. Will Mercedes be cruising up to a title opportunity? Or will Ellie start to live the dream?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle, fans rally for “MER-CE-DES!” and she appreciates it. They tie up, but Ellie slips past Mercedes and pie faces her! Ellie says she doesn’t have time for Mercedes, but then Mercedes CLOBBERS her! Mercedes kicks Ellie around, saying she has no time for Ellie! Mercedes rains down fists, the ref counts about the hair pulling and closed fists, and Mercedes lets off at 4. Mercedes goes back to Ellie but Ellie KANGAROO KICKS! Ellie says she’s smarter than Mercedes, and she wrenches to a HOOK KICK! Ellie runs in to SHOTGUN, and Mercedes goes to ropes.

Ellie roars, runs, but into a BOOT from Mercedes! Fans fire up while Mercedes scowls, and she looms over Ellie. Mercedes checks her chin, drags Ellie up, and then bumps her off buckles. Mercedes turns Ellie around to CLUB her in the chest, and then CHOP her! Fans rally and Mercedes stands Ellie up. “Who do you think you are?!” Mercedes CHOPS Ellie again! Ellie falls over as she sputters, and Mercedes says this isn’t a dream. Mercedes stomps Ellie, drags her up, and then reels her in, SAIDO! Fans fire up while Mercedes growls, and she dares Ellie to get back up. Ellie crawls, sits up and asks for a time-out.

Mercedes says nope! KAMI-GOYE!! And then another KAMI-GOYE with the other knee! Ellie still wants mercy, but she gets a RUNNING KNEE! And a BLINDSIDER FOREARM! And then the legs are hooked, Mercedes SLAPS Ellie to get the arms, and then up, up and BRASS CITY SLEEPER!! Ellie taps, Mercedes wins!

Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission

Ellie just learned that the more you mess around, the more you find out! Mercedes is building momentum, will she be the one going after Athena’s title next?

 

Backstage interview with The Mack Attack.

Dasha is with Willie Mack & Ninja Mack, a rough loss against the forearm ROH World Tag Team Champions. Ninja says that just like in every sport, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But Ninja is here to say that you can bet on ROH, you can bet on Ninja and you can bet on Willie. Willie says that they aren’t spring chickens, either, this isn’t their first rodeos. Willie’s cousins, brother and even daddy did get around, so who knows. But the Mack Attack isn’t going anywhere, they’re here to stay! OSU!

 

Ashley D’Amboise VS Danielle Kamela!

The ROH Women’s Division keeps on growing and it keeps on heating up! Will #JackedBarbie get back up with a win? Or will The Stunning Vision see herself in the win column tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though reluctantly from Kamela. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Ashley wrenches to a hammerlock and fans rally. Kamela spins but Ashely holds on! Kamela spins again but still Ashley holds on! Kamela elbows free and then wrenches Ashley’s arm. Ashley rolls, spins, handsprings and cartwheels to wrench and WRING Kamela! Fans rally, Ashley swaggers, but Kamela YANKS her into buckles! Kamela fires off forearms, then stomps away! The ref counts, Kamela stops at 4 and shouts “I’m off!” Kamela drags Ashley up and TOSSES her across the way!

Fans rally for Ashley but Kamela mocks them. Kamela fires forearms on Ashley, slaps her around, and then has her on ropes. Ashley throws hands but Kamela CLUBS her down. Kamela CHOKES Ashley on the ropes, the ref counts, and Kamela lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Kamela taunts “poor Ashley,” then goes to the apron to hang Ashley upside down! Kamela KICKS away on Ashley’s back! The ref counts, Kamela steps in to YANK Ashley off ropes and cover, TWO! Kamela clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. Fans rally as Ashley fights up, and Ashley throws body shots.

Ashley gets free but Kamela CLUBS her down! Ashley gets up to ROCK Kamela! Kamela ROCKS Ashley but Ashley fires off forearms! Kamela knees low, runs, but into a LARIAT from Ashley! And then another! Ashley spins and kicks and runs, to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Ashley and she runs in at the corner. Kamela BOOTS Ashley, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kamela survives and Ashley grows frustrated. Fans rally for Ashley and she brings Kamela up. Ashely scoops, Kamela slips free and CLUBS Ashley, ACE CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kamela is frustrated and she brings Ashley up.

SWINGING NECKBRAEKER! Cover, TWO!! Kamela covers again, TWO! Kamela covers again, TWO!! Ashley is still in this but Kamela drags her up to a fireman’s carry. Ashley fights free, CLUBS Kamela and torture racks! BURNING HAMMER! High stack cover, TWO!?! Kamela survives and Ashely grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Ashley storms up on Kamela, and she clinches, but Kamela elbows back! Ashely shoves Kamela, catches her again, URENAGE!! Cover, Ashley wins!!

Winner: Ashley D’Amboise, by pinfall

Ashley hits rock bottom, but in a good way! She still shows Kamela respect by upholding the Code of Honor, but will Ashley be the one going for the gold?

 

Rocky Romero VS Titus Alexander!

Azucar was on the losing side at NJPW Resurgence, but that won’t slow him down. Will he continue to climb up in the ROH ranks? Or will “The Future Franchise” establish himself here tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Rocky circles with Titus. Fans rally, the two approach and Titus gets around to waistlock. Rocky switches, Titus switches back, repeat, but then Titus goes to ropes. The ref counts, and Titus hits a cheap shot! Fans boo, but Rocky CHOPS him back! Titus CHOPS, Rocky CHOPS, and then Rocky CHOPS again! Rocky gives some Latino Heat, whips, but Titus reverses. Rocky slides under, waistlocks, but Titus switches and shoves to CLOBBER Rocky! Basement dropkick! Fans boo but Titus brings Rocky up. Titus whips Rocky corner to corner, then runs in, but Rocky dodge!

Titus hits buckles hard, and Rocky starts up the Forever Clotheslines! But Titus stops it at three as he rushes Rocky! Rocky dodges, Titus dodges, and then Titus DROPKICKS Rocky down! Fans boo while Titus flexes, and he scoops Rocky for a SPIN-OUT BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rocky is hanging tough but Titus drags him into an armlock. Titus also steps over Rocky’s head to add leverage. Fans rally, Rocky fights up, and Rocky KICKS Titus! And KICKS him again! Titus shoves back, Rocky holds ropes and UPPERCUTS back! Then springboards to TORNADO DDT! Titus flounders and fans rally back up!

Rocky fires up, the fans are with him, and Rocky waits on Titus to sit up. Rocky KICKS Titus in the arm, KICKS him again, then dodges a haymaker to ROCK Titus! Rocky whips, Titus reverses, but Rocky goes Spider-Man. Titus runs in but is sent tumbling out! Fans fire up as Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and Rocky swaggers. Rocky puts Titus in, waits on him to rise, SHIRANUI DDT! Cover, TWO!! Titus proves his toughness but Rocky goes back tot he corner. Rocky runs in, Titus goes up and over, then KANGAROO KICKS! Kip up and FOREARM!

Titus snapmares, rolls, suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rocky is hanging tough as a forearm champion, but Titus fires off forearms. Titus whips, Rocky slips out of the scoop to shove Titus to a corner. Titus BOOTS back, goes up, but Rocky blocks his boot to GAMANGIRI! Rocky then runs to spring up and SUPER ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! DIABLA AMRBAR!!! Titus taps, Rocky wins!!

Winner: Rocky Romero, by submission

Azucar may mean “sugar,” but Rocky was a bit too spicy for Titus. But Rocky shakes Titus’ hand to show respect to this young star. Will Rocky be golden as we move into the summer?

 

Six Man Tag: Stu Grayson & The Righteous VS Marcus Kross, Vary Morales & Leon St. Giovanni!

As it stands, Dutch & Vincent got what they wanted, and Stu is joining them! At least, for this match. Player Two is just seeing if there’s something more to them than just talk. Will he be convinced with a win? Or will he still be Dark Order Forever?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out, and Stu starts against Vary. The bell rings and Stu CLOBBERS Vary! And CLOBBERS him again! And then picks him up to RAM into a corner! Stu CHOPS Vary, ROCKS Vary, and then runs corner to corner. Vary BOOTS back, goes up, leaps, but into Stu’s arms! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Stu kips up, the Righteous applaud, and Stu whips Vary to scoop. Vary slips free, ducks the lariat and tags Kross. But Stu CLOBBERS him, too! Stu drags Kross up, looks to the corner, and he whips Kross in hard! Tag to Dutch, and Dutch flicks his tongue.

Stu whips Dutch in to SPLASH Kross! Dutch feeds Kross to Stu’s LARIAT! Dutch then adds a LEG DROP! Kross flounders, Dutch smiles and he brings Kross up. Dutch bumps Kross off buckles, tags Stu back in, and Stu runs in to BOOT Kross! Fans rally, Stu CHOPS Kross against ropes. Stu brings Kross up and Vincent wants a tag. Stu obliges, and now he and Vincent double whip. Stu knees low, Vincent kicks, Stu sweeps the leg! BASEMENT SHOT from Vincent! Vincent wants Stu to see this is what he was talking about all along! And then Vincent DECKS Vary for good measure!

Vincent underhooks, Kross slips free, tag to LSG! LSG fires off CHOPS and haymakers! LSG whips, Vincent reverses but LSGO ducks to springboard LARIAT! LSG is fired up, eh DROPKICKS Dutch! Tag to Kross, Stu runs in but he gets mugged! Kross & LSG double back suplex but Stu lands out of it! Stu goes Matrix to dodge, then he DOUBLE PELES! Fans fire up for Stu but the Dark Order appears! They can’t believe this is really happening, but Stu says he’s trying something. Vary ENZIGURIS Stu, but Dutch tags in! BLACK HOLE SLAM for Vary! The Righteous get Kross up, for AUTUMN SUNSHINE!

But then the Righteous look to Stu. They want him to finish this! The Dark Order say no but Vincent says go ahead. Stu tags in, he looks back to his friends, and he drags Kross up. Stu gives Kross the NIGHT FALL!! Cover, Stu & The Righteous win!

Winners: Stu Grayson & The Righteous, by pinfall

Talk about night and day. The Righteous say that was wonderful, and they want Stu to be one of them. Stu still looks conflicted, but then he leaves with Dutch & Vincent! The Dark Order don’t understand, but is that exactly why this has happened?

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe & Zack Sabre Jr.

Dasha is with the ROH World TV Champion and the NJPW World TV Champion, and brings up their main event tag match with Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal. This is a tag match with huge stipulations! ZSJ says this is a long way from Tokyo, but it was worth the flight. He’s here with a mission to make the NJPW World TV Championship the top television championship in all of professional wrestling. Joe chuckles, and says that the only reason he agreed to this is because he wants to see ZSJ’s capabilities in person. And Joe says that he looks forward to having ZSJ’s back. ZSJ tells “Joseph” that he also looks forward to that. Will #ZSJOE stay on the same page long enough to cross off Daniels & Sydal?

 

Tracy Williams w/ Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor w/ The Workehorsemen!

Speaking of the ROH World TV Championship, we see another battle of former TV Champions! Will Hot Sauce be too much to handle here tonight? Or will Big Bad Shaney T simply break the bottle and throw it away?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They feel things out, Tracy shoots in but Shane blocks the takedown to TOSS Tracy away. JD mocks Tracy from the apron but Tracy comes back. Tracy wrenches an arm, grinds the shoulder, but Shane powers up to JAB! Tracy stays up and Shane talks some trash. They circle again, Tracy eggs Shane on, and Shane runs in. Tracy gets around to fire forearms but Shane puts him in a corner. Shane fires body shots, the ref counts, and Shane puts Tracy up top. Shane fires off forearms, the ref counts again, and Shane lets off.

Shane argues with the ref, but then Tracy gets an arm! HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Tracy lets off at 4, and Tracy hurries in. Tracy wrenches, Shane shoves him away and CLOBBERS him on the return! Fans rally, Shane sits Tracy up and then DECKS him with a forearm! Shane huffs and puffs, fans sing “Shane is gonna kill~ you!” Shane is amused, and he drags Tracy up to suplex. Tracy knees free, then goes for the arm! Shane stays standing but Tracy grinds the shoulder. Shane powers up to SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tracy is tough and the fans rally, but Shane talks trash to his old pal, Rhett. Shane slaps Tracy around, Tracy grits his teeth.

Tracy gets up, both men throw hands, but Tracy ROCKS, ROCKS and CHOPS Shane! Shane choke grips, SHOVES Tracy to a corner, but Tracy ELBOWS back! And BOOTS, too! Tracy goes up, but Shane YANKS him off, only for Tracy to DDT him down! Cover, TWO! Shane survives but Tracy roars! Fans rally up, Tracy runs, and he SLIDING LARIATS! Fans fire up, Tracy goes up top, but Shane ROCKS him first! Shane goes up after Tracy, to CLUB away on Tracy’s back! The ref counts but Tracy throws hands in return! Tracy HEADBUTTS and Shane falls back! Tracy adjusts, leaps, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Shane is hanging tough but Rhett coaches Tracy. Tracy watches Shane rise, then reels him in. But Shane’s too much to lift! Shane powers up to back drop free! Tracy staggers to his feet, but Shane blocks a kick to KNEE Tracy! Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves under Tracy’s shots, to HEADBUTT! And RIPCORD, into the URENAGE! And SPLASH! Cover, TWO!? Tracy survives and fans rally up again. Shane drags Tracy around by his arm, brings him up, but Tracy CHOPS! And ROCKS! Shane DECKS Tracy again! Shane drags Tracy up, tucks him in, PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Shane wins!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

Shane Taylor Promotions continues to rack up the wins! And even then, he still shows Tracy respect with another handshake. Will there be no denying Shane Taylor a golden opportunity after Double or Nothing?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds: Athena VS Promise Braxton!

We saw Claudio defend the Proving Grounds against Serpentico, but we also saw the Fallen Goddess eyeing Kiera Hogan earlier tonight. Will Athena focus on the fight in front of her? Or will she not be able to break a Promise?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though sarcastically by Athena. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, the two approach, but Athena shoots around to snapmare and ghost pin, ONE! Promise waistlocks, Athena fights up but Promise SLAMS Athena down! Promise facelocks, but Athena fights up to trip her. Athena has a standing toehold, but Promise turns over, stands up and reels Athena into a headlock. Athena powers up and out, but Promise whips, only for Athena to CLOBBER her with an elbow! Athena taunts Promise, things speed up, and Promise jumps but into a sunset flip!

Promise rolls through but Athena ducks the Penalty Kick! Things keep moving, Athena turns hip toss into arm-drag. Promise avoids the dropkick, and she Japanese arm-drags after all! Promise kips up, but so does Athena, and fans cheer. The two stand off, shake hands again, and then Athena ROUNDHOUSES Promise down! Athena cheers herself but the fans are torn. Promise goes to a corner, Athena runs in to RAM her! And KICK her! And UPPERCUT her! The ref counts but Athena glares at him. Athena brings Promise around to threaten the ref, but Promise fires body shots! Athena DECKS Promise!

Promise goes to a corner, Athena whips her to ropes, but Promise ducks and gets around to waistlock. Athena fights the hold but Promise rolls her up, TWO! Athena scoops, but Promise gets a headscissors to bring Athena into the OCTOPUS! Athena endures, fans rally, and Athena powers up but Promise sunset flips! ONE!! Athena hurries up but into a kick! Promise snap suplexes, rolls through, Una Amiga! Another suplex, but Athena fights it off! Athena suplexes, holds Promise and walks around, then GOURD BUSTERS at 7! SUPERKICK! Athena says it’s done now and she has a laugh. Athena pushes Promise to a cover, TWO!

Athena stalks Promise to a corner, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Athena runs in, but Promise BOOTS her! Athena comes back, only gets buckles, and promise CLOBBERS Athena! Promise starts to rally! Athena swings, into a spin and GUT BUSTER! Promise keeps moving, METEORA! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and the time is ticking! Promise nods, storms up on Athena, but into a RANA into buckles! Athena then runs to trip Promise, and she slingshots back in to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Athena grows frustrated and she pie faces Promise. Athena runs, into a KNEE! Promise runs, dodges, and ROCKS Athena!

Promise fires forearm after forearm, CHOPS, but Athena reels her in to CLUB her on the back! Promise elbows back, but Athena DECKS Promise! And then Athena rains down forearms on the mat! Athena ties Promise up, COBRA CLUTCH!! Promise taps, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by submission (denies Promise a title opporutnity)

The Fallen Goddess takes out another one, but she continues the mean streak by bringing Promise over. Athena CLUBS away on Promise’s back, lines up the shot, and tells her this is what she gets. But KIERA attacks from behind! Athena is mad, she runs in, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Kiera gives Athena some forearms now! Fans fire up as Kiera gives Athena a taste of her own mean streak! Kiera shouts, “You really ’bout it? You wanna mess with me, b*tch?! BURN, B*TCH!” Kiera SPIKES Athena on the belt!! Now Athena gets a taste of her own medicine! Athena may have denied one challenger, but did she only anger another?

 

Dralistico w/ Jose VS Tony Deppen!

La Faccion Ingobernable is still looking for gold in AEW and ROH, but they could be very close. Will Prince of Silver and Gold prove himself worthy? Or will The Czar of Honor steal the spotlight from him?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Dralistico gets in Tony’s face. The bell rings and Tony DROPKICKS Dralistico out! And then Tony DIVES! Direct hit and Tony adds forearms! Tony stomps Dralistico, whips, but Dralistico reverses to POST Tony! Dralistico RAMS Tony into railing, then brings him up to whip and send him hard into the steel steps! Fans fire up and Dralistico stomps Tony. Dralistico stands Tony up to CHOP him! Even fans are stinging! Dralistico puts Tony in, fans rally up, and Dralistico springboards to SWANTON! Cover, but Dralistico brings Tony up! Dralistico says tranquilo, he wants to have fun.

Dralistico KICKS Tony in the back! Tony goes to a corner, and Dralistico CHOPS him! Dralistico stomps away, the ref counts, and he has Dralistico back off. Dralistico runs side to side to SUPERKICK! Tony flops against ropes and Dralistico lounges on the top rope. Fans cheer the tranquilo, and then Dralistico goes back to Tony. Dralistico stomps Tony around, drags him back up, and reels him in. Dralistico says this is it, abut Tony fights the bomb! Tony BOOTS Dralistico and Dralistico staggers to ropes. Tony runs in but is put on the apron. Tony swings, Dralistico blocks and CHOPS! Dralisetico runs, but Tony jumps over! IMPLODER SENTON!

Fans fire up for Tony and he puts Dralistico back in! Tony climbs, leaps, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Dralistico survives the coup de grace but fans rally up. Tony stands back up, he drag Dralistico up, but Dralistico CHOPS Tony! Dralistico eggs Tony on, so Tony CHOPS back! Dralistico cup checks Tony! Something he learned from big brother Rush when he did that to Jungle Boy. Tony CHOPS back! Dralistico says okay, and he puts his hands back. Tony says fine, and he puts some stank on the CHOP! Dralistico shrugs that off, and then he CHOPS Tony! Tony grits his teeth but he wants more!

Dralistico CHOPS! And then winds up, to CHOP again! Tony is still standing, so he forearms! Dralistico SLAPS Tony! Toni SLAPS, Dralistico SLAPS, this is getting fast ‘n’ furious! Tony and Dralistico fire off forearms back and forth, Tony gets the edge, but Dralistico SOBATS! And KNEES! And runs, but into a KNEE from Tony! Tony runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK from Dralistico! But then Tony shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another! Fans fire up and Tony runs in, but into a SNAP GERMAN! And a SUPERKICK! And a POISON-RANA!! Tony flops down and fans fire up!

The ref checks both men, they’re okay to continue, and a standing count starts. Fans rally and both men stir. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Dralistico is up first. He stomps Tony, reels him in, underhooks the arms, but Tony fights free! ROLLING ELBOW! Both men go to corners, Tony runs in but is put on the apron. Tony CHOPS, then climbs up the ropes. Dralistico GAMANGIRIS first! Dralistico goes out, springboards in, SUPER STEINER!! Tony staggers up, Dralistico runs in, tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Tony taps, Dralistico wins!

Winner: Dralistico, by submission

The Prince of Silver and Gold almost came to regret letting off on Tony early. But in the end, he gets the win for LFI, will he also go get a championship?

 

Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

Dasha is with “Nicky Boy” and he is set to face Blake Christian tonight. Nick asks All Heart, “Who are you? All I see is just another guy who looks like everybody else, that talks like everybody. Hell, walks around just like everybody else.” All Heart? More like All Generic. How many people look like Nick Comoroto? NONE. NOBODY. This is what’s gonna happen: Nick reaches in to rip out that still-beating All Heart, and then spit down the hole he made. ROH, don’t simp for the wimps, capiche?

 

Skye Blue VS Miranda Alize!

Chicago Skye fell short of taking the title off Athena, but the chase is never done. Will Skye rise back up to try again? Or will the Lucha Baddie take over pole position?

The Code of Honor is NOT upheld as Alize slaps the hand away then shoves Skye! The bell rings and Skye comes back. Things speed up, Skye ducks ‘n’ dodges to shove but Alize blocks the arm-drag. Alize brings Skye up but Skye goes around to arm-drag after all! Skye keeps moving, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Alize out of the ring! Skye then hurries out after Alize, but Alize leads her on a chase. They slide into the ring, Alize keeps moving but Skye dodges, only for Alize to dropkick the legs out! And BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Alize argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Skye is in a corner, Alize runs in to forearm!

Alize throws body shots, the ref counts, and Alize goes corner to corner. Alize takes a bow, runs back in and UPPERCUTS! Alize sits Skye down, goes side to side, BOOT WASH! Alize blows kisses, then runs corner to corner to basement dropkick! And snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Alize is annoyed but the fans rally up. Alize pushes Skye around but Skye throws body shots. Skye ROCKS Alize, runs, but Alize UPPERCUTS her at the ropes! Alize pushes Skye to a corner, then runs corner to corner, but into an elbow! Alize comes back, into a BOOT! Skye then spins Alize to a SMASH and whip! And SHINING WIZARD at the ropes!

Skye snapmares but Alize blocks the kick! “I don’t think so, little girl!” But then Skye comes back with the BASEMENT ENZIGURI! Cover, ONE!! Alize has fight in her but Skye drags her up. Fans rally as Skye full nelsons, but Alize stomps Skye’s foot! Skye shoves Alize away, but Alize comes back to spin Skye and suplex, into the X PLEX! Cover, TWO! Skye also still has fight in her, and Alize is frustrated. Alize covers again, TWO! Alize puts on a CROSSFACE! She bends Skye back, and Skye flails around! Th e fans rally, Skye rolls to a cover, TWO!! Skye SUPERKICKS and Alize goes to a corner.

Skye roars, runs corner to corner, but Alize dodges! Alize comes back, but Skye slips into the ropes to then roll Alize up! SCHOOLGIRL BRIDGE! Skye wins!!

Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall

Alize is stunned that she got caught like that! Skye is savvy beyond her years, will she be back in the title picture soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi Nair flags Athena down as she’s leaving. Athena asks what Lexi wants, and Lexi just wants to ask, after Kiera attacked Athena after her match, “how does it feel to taste your own medicine?” Athena asks what Lexi means by that. A taste of her own medicine? Athena says it’s crazy, Lexi is everywhere, but the one thing she’s good at is sticking her nose in the wrong person’s business. As far as Kiera goes, next week, Athena will defend her title against her. Is that what we wanted? Yes? Yes?! Athena throws a fit! She kicks spare railing and shouts “KIERA!” Athena storms out, having lost her cool, will she end up losing her title, too?

 

Darius Martin & Action Andretti VS Cole Karter & “The Reality” Zack Clayton!

The team that won the Fight Without Honor is back in action already! Will they keep winning and rising in the ROH Tag Division? Or will they end up having a reality check?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Action starts against Clayton. They circle, tie up, and Clayton shoves him to a corner. Action comes back, waistlocks, but Clayton elbows free. But Action elbows back! Action whips, Clayton reverses but Action rolls off his back to KICK! Action whips, Clayton reverses, but Action dodges to send him into buckles! Action comes back but the monkey flip is denied as Clayton puts Action up top. Action BOOTS Clayton away, then front flips to arm-drag! Clayton comes back but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!

Action drags Clayton up, tags in Darius, and Darius leap frogs the arm! Darius wrenches but Clayton LARIATS! Clayton drags Darius up, tags Karter, and they mug Darius. Karter scoops, Darius slips off and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Karter CHOPS back! Karter whips, Darius reverses and DROPKICKS! Darius CHOPS Karter again, whips, but Karter reverses. Darius slides to s stop, tags Action, they pinball Karter in their corner! Action slingshots in, goes up and up, TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! Action keeps cool, and he brings Karter up. Karter swings, Action bobs ‘n’ weaves, to SOBAT, knee and whip.

Karter reverses and then shoves Action off the springboard! Action hits the floor, Karter tags in Clayton. Clayton drags Action up to the ropes, to deadlift suplex him into the ring! Karter drops DOUBLE KNEES! Fans boo but Clayton & Karter just soak it up. Clayton talks trash on Action, saying the fans don’t care about him. But the fans rally up and chant “WE CARE! WE CARE!” Clayton CLUBS Action, CLUBS him more, but Action JAWBREAKERS! Clayton grabs a leg, but Action hops up to ENZIGURI! Clayton grabs Action again, but Action slips out, hops over, and SUPERKICKS! Hot tag to Darius!

Karter jumps in but Darius CLOBBERS him! Darius rallies on Clayton & Karter, CHOP and ENZIGURI! A clothesline sends Karter up and over the ropes! Clayton waistlocks, Darius switches, and then BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBOS! Fans fire up, Darius GAMANGIRIS Clayton, then steps in for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Karter drags him off! Darius CHOPS Karter, hurries back and dodges Clayton! But he runs into a POWERSLAM! Tag to Karter and he climbs up! Karter FROG SPLASHES! Cover, Action breaks it! Clayton CLUBS Action, whips him, but Action BOOTS back from the corner!

Clayton staggers, Action tilt-o-whirls, but Clayton blocks it! Darius gives it a push and Action finishes the DDT while Darius clotheslines Karter! Darius & Action bring Karter around, DOUBLE SWINGING SLAM! Cover, Action & Darius win!

Winners: Darius Martin & Action Andretti, by pinfall

The team of #TopAction keeps on winning, will they go all the way to the tag titles?

 

Nick Comoroto VS Blake Christian!

We heard “Nicky Boy” earlier, will this wrecking ball crush All Heart? Or will Comoroto realize size doesn’t matter?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans chant for “ALL HEART!” Comoroto winds up, and he flicks his lollipop at Blake. Blake SLAPS Comoroto! Comoroto swings but Blake dodges to wheelbarrow. Comoroto throws Blake away but Blake SLAPS him again! Comoroto whips Blake to a corner, and he RAMS Blake before he can get up and over! Blake staggers, comes back, but Comoroto puts him on the apron. Blake GAMANGIRIS, then backflips away before Comoroto comes back! Fans cheer and Blake eggs Comoroto on. Comoroto rushes out, Blake slides back in, and Comoroto thinks before just rushing back in.

Comoroto then slides in, but Blake slides out! The chase continues, Blake goes up and around and Comoroto hits steps! Fans fire up, Blake builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up more! Comoroto scrambles into the ring, Blake hurries in, but he avoids the elbow drop! Fans chant for All Heart as he slingshot sentons! Comoroto bails back out, Blake builds speed again and DIVES, but in to Comoroto’s hands! Comoroto trophy lifts, then POSTS Blake! Fans boo but Comoroto hauls Blake up. Comoroto puts Blake in at 7 of 10, drops an elbow, then stomps Blake. Comoroto drags Blake up while fans rally.

Comoroto RAMS Blake into a corner, RAMS him again, then suplexes to TOSS Blake away! Comoroto tells everyone to shove it, then he drags Blake up. Comoroto scoop SLAMS, then runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Comoroto is annoyed but the fans continue to rally for All Heart. Comoroto drags Blake back up, scoops again, but Blake slips off! Blake ROCKS Comoroto, but Comoroto CHOPS back! Blake fires more forearms, but Comoroto CHOPS him down! Blake goes to ropes, Comoroto storms up but into more forearms. Comoroto UPPERCUTS Blake off his feet! But BLake kips back up! Blake fires off more forearms!

Fans fire up as Blake ENZIGURIS! Blake whips, Comoroto blocks and reverses, but he misses the splash and only hits buckles! Fans fire up while both men are down! Blake and Comoroto both rise, Comoroto runs in but Blake dumps him out! Blake builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans fire up as Blake hurries to the apron. Blake climbs a corner, Comoroto is on the apron now, DOUBLE STOMPS! Comoroto flops into the ring, Blake goes back up to FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto survives, guess Blake really isn’t one of a kind. Blake aims from the corner, though, and he runs in, but into a SPINEBUSTER!

Comoroto roars, shakes the ropes, and fans boo as he goes back to Blake. “You ain’t got nothing!” Comoroto drags Blake up, the fans rally, and Blake SLAPS Comoroto again! And then cradles! TWO!! Comoroto is up, fireman’s carries, WIDOWMAKER! Cover, TWO!?! Blake survives and Comoroto is foaming at the mouth. Blake flops out of the ring while Comoroto argues with the ref. Wait, Blake gets a chair?! Comoroto storms up and Blake throws the chair into the ring. The ref and Comoroto both go get the chair but then Blake runs in to victory roll! BLAKE WINS!!

Winner: Blake Christian, by pinfall

Blake proves he isn’t just All Heart, he’s got some brains, too! He tricked Nick, but will Comoroto get back at the small fry soon enough?

 

Diamante VS Trish Adora!

Another battle in this already powered up Women’s Division, the Cuban Diamond and the Afropunk collide on the road to a title shot! Who gets a step ahead of the other with a win here tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though with some tension. The bell rings, and the shoving begins! Then they tie up, go around, and Diamante puts Trish in a corner. The ref counts, Diamante lets off at 4, but then she swings on Trish! Trish catches her for a double wristlock! Diamante moves around to fight it so Trish wrenches, Alabama Lifts, and tucks Diamante in for a REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Trish holds onto it but Diamante tries to turn it into an Octopus! Trish stands up, wrenches, but Diamante throws her down! Diamante stomps Trish, CLUBS her against the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts.

Trish bails out but Diamante drags her in, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Trish flops to the apron, and Diamante runs to baseball slide dropkick! Fans boo but Diamante soaks up the heat. Diamante puts Trish in, ROCKS her with a forearm, then fires off more shots. Trish ROCKS Diamante back, but Diamante CHOPS! Diamante CHOPS Trish in the corner, CHOPS her again, then CHOPS her again! Trish dodges the next chop to CHOP back! And again! And again! Diamante shoves Trish, Trish comes back, but into an OVERHEAD Suplex! Trish is in the corner, Diamante runs in to SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO!

Trish is still in this and the fans rally up. Diamante eggs her on, so Trish ROCKS her with a forearm! Diamante forearms back! The forearms go back and forth, but Diamante gets the edge. Diamante says it’s over, and she SLAPS Trish! Diamante grabs an arm, but Trish blocks the ripcord! Trish then WRINGS Diamante’s arm! Trish fires off forearms, winds up and she DECKS Diamante! Trish tells her to get up, but Diamante dodges the haymaker, only for the CROSSBODY to hit! Cover, TWO! Trish hurries to go after Diamante in the corner! Trish stomps and hip attacks point blank! The ref counts, Trish stops at 4.

Trish then drags Diamante up, suplexes, CRADLE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! Diamante survives and Trish is shocked! But fans fire up and Trish powers up, but Diamante ducks the lariat! Dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES! Diamante says this is it, and she grinds her forearms into Trish’s face, before the half straitjacket and armlock! Trish TAPS, Diamante wins!

Winner: Diamante, by submission

The Cuban Diamond put on the pressure and Trish couldn’t take it! They still uphold the Code of Honor, but will Diamante soon have some gold in her sights?

 

Alex Coughlin speaks.

“Shibata-san, five years since you changed my life when you invited me to train under your learning tree at the LA Dojo. I learned a lot from you, you beat a lot of lessons into me, but you didn’t teach me everything. When I see you across the ring from me in Vegas, you better come prepared and don’t underestimate me. Because I’m going to give everything that I have. You invited me five years ago to the LA Dojo, and I’m walking out with your Pure title, using your own techniques.” Will the Android dethrone The Wrestler next week?

 

Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Slim J w/ The Trustbusters!

The Lucha Brothers retained the ROH World Tag Team Championships on Dynamite, though with a little help from The Young Bucks. And at Double or Nothing, the Lucha Brothers are both getting in on the Blackjack Battle Royal for the AEW International Championship. Will #CEROMIEDO improve his chances with a win here tonight? Or will the only high rollers in Vegas be Daivari Dinero and his stable?

The Code of Honor is NOT upheld as both men get in each other’s face. The bell rings, they talk some trash, and then Penta tells Slim to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” and Penta pie faces Slim hard! Slim comes back to shove Penta, but Penta says okay. “CERO!” Slim stops that to say no catchphrases! But Penta SOBATS! Penta headlocks, Slim powers out and drops down, but Penta KICKS Slim! Fans fire up with Penta while Slim goes to a corner. Penta runs in, Slim dodges, but Penta dodges in return. Penta GAMANGIRIS, runs, Slim follows but Penta to SUPERKICK! Slim flops out of the ring and fans fire up!

Penta builds speed, Slim moves but Penta redirects, and DIVES into a forearm! Slim CHOKES Penta on the apron, lets off as the ref counts, and then pushes Penta in. Slim throws Penta out near the Trustbusters, and Slim distracts the ref. Sonny Kiss & Jeeves Kay stomp away on Penta while Daivari keeps Alex back! Slim then goes out after Penta to SLAP him! Penta leans against railing, Slim puts him in the ring, and Slim drags Penta up. Slim knuckle locks and throws body shots. Slim goes up the ropes and he FLYING INVERTED DDTS! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Slim keeps him down with a chinlock.

Fans rally, Penta fights up, but Slim puts him on the ropes. Slim ROCKS Penta, whips, but Penta stops himself to KICK back! Penta then runs to SUPERKICK! And again, to SLINGBLADE! And then another SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Slim survives but Penta fires back up! Penta brings Slim up, has him against ropes, and hushes the crowd. Penta CHOPS and Slim flounders away! Fans want one more, “UNO MAS! UNO MAS!” The Trustbusters say no, but Penta brings Slim out. Penta says “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and- NO, Slim fights the driver to hit a SWINGING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!

Penta survives and Slim is shocked! Slim drags Penta up, hoists him up top, climbs up and fires off forearms! But Penta slips out, and SUPERKICKS the legs out! Slim is in a Tree of Woe, Penta goes back up, to WOE STOMP!! Penta then drags Slim to a cover, TWO!! Slim survives but Penta fires up again! The fans are with him and Penta goes back to the corner. Penta tells the Trustbusters to back off, then he climbs. DIVING- NO, Slim avoids the stomps! Slim runs in, wheelbarrow COMPLETE SHOT! Slim goes up a corner, leaps, FLYING REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives again!

Fans rally, Slim drags Penta up, and Slim Electric Chair Lifts! But Penta throws down fists! Penta slips free, shoves, Slim springboards, into a KICK! Penta drags Slim up, “CERO! MIEDO!” PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Penta wins!

Winner: Penta El Zero Miedo, by pinfall

No golden ticket for the Trustbusters to get a tag title match! Penta wins big, but will he win just as big at Double or Nothing?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. & Samoa Joe VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!

Two submission masters join forces for a common goal of making former ROH World Tag Team Champions #JustTapOut! But will the Front Man and the King of Wrestling Television keep that plot line in mind? Or will Daniels & Sydal snatch a golden ticket to a summer blockbuster?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Sydal starts against ZSJ. Fans sing “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” but ZSj says everyone can calm down. No murder here, just wrestling. They circle, Sydal doesn’t take the free leg, and they knuckle lock. ZSJ bridges, rolls, and has a straitjacket on Sydal! Sydal spins it onto ZSJ, turns it into a modified stretch, but ZSJ slips it back onto Sydal! ZSJ bends Sydal against his knees, but Sydal pushes back to a cover. ONE, and Sydal is back in the stretch. But Sydal pushes back again, goes up and over, and he has the jacket back on ZSJ! ZSJ wriggles it down, kicks free, and fans cheer!

ZSJ and Sydal reset, circle again, and tie up. ZSJ gest an arm to wrench and twist, then wrangles Sydal to the mat. Sydal fights up but ZSJ holds onto the wristlock. Sydal spins through, wrenches back and has a double wristlock. ZSJ trips Sydal, then blocks the drop toehold. ZSJ gets an arm, has a top wristlock, but Sydal kips up, goes up and around, gets free and RANAS! Then WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up, Sydal tags Daniels, but ZSJ gets away and Joe tags himself in. Fans cheer but ZSJ is a bit annoyed. Joe circles with Daniels, meeting again after just facing off 1v1 for the ROH TV Championship just a few weeks ago.

Fans rally, Daniels rushes Joe and whips, but Joe jumps over the dropdown to CHOP Daniels down! And CHOP him again! Daniels rises again but Joe smirks. Joe cravats to snapmare, and he CHOPS Daniels on the back! Joe tells ZSJ to take notes, but Daniels rolls Joe up! TWO, and Daniels drop toeholds Joe! Tag to Sydal, he jumps in to stomp Joe on the head! Sydal stomps more, he and Daniels double whip, then drop toehold to basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Sydal brings Joe up, but Joe CHOPS back! Joe tags ZSJ in but with some stank. ZSJ and Sydal circle, Sydal shows knuckle lock but he KICKS ZSJ in the leg!

Sydal KICKS ZSJ again, has him in the corner, tags Daniels, and they bring ZSJ around. Dragon sleeper to a LEG DROP DDT, and then Sydal gives Daniels a boost with a BACK SUPLEX SPLASH! Then Sydal STANDING MARIPOSAS! Sydal covers but as Joe points out, Daniels is legal. The miscue costs Daniels & Sydal but Daniels CHOPS ZSJ to a corner. Daniels throws forearms, whips corner to corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Daniels brings ZSJ out, ROCKS him and CHOPS him! Daniels whips again, but ZSJ kicks back! Daniels comes back but ZSJ trips him up! ZSJ distracts the ref, Joe gets as cheap shot in!

Sydal is mad but ZSJ BLASTS him off the apron! ZSJ tags Joe and tells him that’s how it’s done. Joe stomps Daniels, then JABS and JABS and JABS, then fires off in the corner! Daniels sits down and Joe lets off. Joe brings Daniels up, Daniels throws forearms in return! Daniels whips, Joe reverse and runs in, back elbow to PELE! Daniels falls, and Joe “graciously” tags ZSJ. ZSJ says that’s better. ZSJ drags Daniels over, has a standing toehold but also stands on Daniels’ bad knee. ZSJ tweaks the foot, twists the ankle, and has a modified calf killer to shift into a modified Deathlock! ZSJ even headscissors!

ZSJ turns Daniels over, flexes at Joe and pushes up to put on pressure. ZSJ then drags Daniels over with that headscissors, and he tags in Joe. Joe stomps Daniels, brings Daniels up, then HEADBUTTS! Joe snapmares, then wraps Daniels up in an armlock. Joe leans his weight on Daniels and ZSJ says that’s pretty good. Fans rally as Daniels endures, and ZSJ taunts him that the ropes are so close. Daniels fights to his feet, but Joe throws him down! Tag to ZSJ and ZSJ wants Joe to watch this. ZSJ wrenches, slips through, wrenches and then wrangles Daniels down! ZSJ rolls Daniels around and around with arm wrench after arm wrench!

ZSJ then isolates the arm to STOMP it! Tag to Joe, Joe brings Daniels up and wrenches him. Joe says this is how he doe sit, and he just HEADBUTTS the hand again and again and again! Then he stomps away on the arm! Joe drags Daniels over, tags in ZSJ, and ZSJ stops with the arm. ZSJ asks Joe what he’s up to, but Daniels shoves ZSJ into Joe! Roll-up, TWO!! Joe gets in to BOOT Daniels! ZSJ drags Daniels over, tags Joe, and Joe sits Daniels up with a neck wrench. Daniels endures, fans rally again, but Joe leans his weight on the hold. Daniels still fights up, throws elbows, and then runs. Joe hits the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Sydal coaches Daniels but Joe tags ZSJ. ZSJ kicks Daniels around, toys with him, and then drags Daniels up to UPPERCUT! ZSJ UPPERCUTS again, and again! Daniels flops against ropes, ZSJ CHOKES him, then tags in Joe. Joe isn’t so sure about that one, but he CHOPS Daniels on the back! Joe stands Daniels up, HEADBUTTS him down, then sits him up for a shoulder claw! Daniels endures, fans rally, and ZSJ talks more trash on Daniels. Daniels fights up, throws elbows again and again, and then runs. Daniels KICKS Joe to then STO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Daniels crawls, hot tag ot Sydal!

Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS Joe, KICKS again and again and again! Joe swings, Sydal dodges to THRUST KICK! Sydal dodges ZSJ to JUMP KNEE! Joe runs in but into more KICKS! Sydal fires up, and he fakes Joe out to QUESTION MARK KICK! Joe staggers, Sydal goes up top, METEORA! Cover, ZSJ breaks it with a NECK TWIST! ZSJ tags in, brings Sydal up and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Sydal wobbles, ZSJ runs in, but Sydal catches him to a backslide! TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO!!! ZSJ escapes, Sydal swings but into a spin and GUILLOTINE! HALF HATCH SUPLEX!

Fans fire up as ZSJ sits Sydal up. ZSJ aims from a corner, runs in, but Sydal duck the Penalty Kick! Tilt-o-whirl, MYSTICA! CROSSFACE!! Joe runs in, into a COMPLETE SHOT and KOJI CLUTCH!! Fans fire up for these dueling submissions! Joe is fading out, but ZSJ gets the ROPEBREAK!! ZSJ saves the team but Sydal puts him in the drop zone. Sydal goes up, but ZSJ springs up after him! ZSJ goes after an arm but Sydal fires body shots! Daniels BLASTS Joe off the apron, then helps Sydal with ZSJ! METEORA BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!? ZSJ survives and Sydal can’t believe it! But fans are loving this!

“This is Awesome!” as Daniels tags back in! Daniels drags ZSJ up, clinches, but ZSJ fights to an arm-drag! And an UPPERCUT in the corner! Tag to Joe and he runs in, but Daniels dodges! Daniels kicks low, reels Joe in to underhook, but Joe back drops free! Joe returns to LARIAT!! Sydal SCREW HIGH KICKS Joe! ZSJ runs in, Sydal dodges and jumps, into a cravat! Snapmare and NECK TWIST! ZSJ cravats Daniels but Daniels arm-drags free! Daniels kicks low, underhooks, ANGEL’S WINGS!!! ZSJ flops out of the ring, Joe is still legal! Daniels runs in but into the URENAGE!! COQUINA CLUTCH!!!! Daniels is fading, he is OUT! ZSJOE wins!

Winners: Zack Sabre Jr. & Samoa Joe, by submission (denies Sydal & Daniels a title opportunity)

The NJPW World Television Champion and the ROH World Television Champion stand tall, both showing off their belts. But they also uphold the Code of Honor with these icons. Sydal is still hoping for a shot, but how long will he have to wait for it? As for ZSJ and Joe, they clink belts and shake hands, will they look to go TV Champion VS TV Champion one day?


My Thoughts:

I must’ve missed where they said this was a THREE hour ROH. Also, I don’t like that ROH episodes aren’t consistent in length. I get it, ROH being under AEW now, this was all meant to add to the big week going into Double or Nothing, but it didn’t do that, it just tired me out. Three hours without commercials is only worth it if it’s a PPV with PPV level matches, and this wasn’t that. So many of these matches were NOT originally advertised, and instead of being a great surprise, it was just adding to the slog. In the loss of Elevation and Dark on YouTube, AEW is just making ROH into that developmental show, without calling it developmental.

Now, don’t get me wrong, everyone did a great job in their matches. But c’mon, when it comes to this week, this moment in time, did we really need Comoroto VS All Heart? Did we need D’Amboise VS Kamela? Or Skye Blue VS Alize, Rocky VS Titus Alexander, or Mercedes Martinez VS Dream Girl Ellie? Honestly, not to be mean to Kyle Fletcher or AR Fox, it’s kind of bad timing that they had a match on this episode when it was clearly recorded before the sad news that Mark Davis is out with injury and that Aussie Open vacated their multiple tag titles. Because in this episode, they were seen with them, and commentary had to cover it up with a kayfabe excuse. Probably why they’re never there live in the arena, really.

The only silver lining is that, for a promotion under Tony Khan’s power, ROH had more than one women’s match. Though, as I just got through saying, the only ones that really mattered ended up being Kiera VS Vert, and Athena VS Promise because in a very similar build to Athena VS Skye, Athena starts eyeing someone before they’re her challenger, which in turn makes her a challenger. But at least with Kiera, she got right at Athena in the ring while Skye simply called Athena out verbally. Athena VS Kiera is happening next week in the “aftermath” of Double or Nothing, but I don’t think Kiera is the one getting that title off Athena.

Good match from Briscoe VS JD to open the show, and Mark calling out Joe is a nice touch. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I feel like Mark really should’ve had destiny fulfilled back at Supercard. But maybe Tony Khan knew he was going to have Mark in this story with Triple J and FTR and didn’t want the TV title on hold because of it. Of course Claudio wins his Proving Grounds match, it was against Serpentico. Now Angelico might’ve had a better shot, and I kinda wanna see that match happen now. One of these days, a Proving Grounds match should at least go to time limit so that the opponent gets their shot at the champion that way, and I feel Angelico could pull that off.

Really good stuff out of Dralistico VS Deppen, not sure where Dralistico is going to go title wise. Maybe LFI feuds with Lucha Brothers again? Penta had a really good match with Slim J that gives him momentum going into the International Championship battle royal, so he’s probably not winning. And of course, great tag team main event, Daniels and Sydal can both still go, and we know Joe and ZSJ are both great. I wouldn’t mind seeing Joe and ZSJ go back and forth. First would be the NJPW World TV Championship match to see if Joe can win in 15 minutes or less, but then he turns it around on ZSJ by saying he can’t beat Joe when there’s no time limit at all. Those would both be awesome matches to see, maybe one of them at Forbidden Door and the other at All In so that one way or another, ZSJ is right at home.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/26/24)

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The Road to WrestleMania gets intense!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Dominik Mysterio is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

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

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

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

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

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

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

 

Imperium goes to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

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

 

Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

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

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by submission

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

 

R-Truth is in the Judgment Day clubhouse?

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

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

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

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

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller & Austin Theory.

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

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

 

WWE mourns the loss of Ole Anderson.

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

 

Adam Pearce finds Becky backstage.

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

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

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

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

 

Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

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

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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