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Mitchell’s WWE Money in the Bank Results & Report! (7/1/23)

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Money in the Bank in the UK!

WWE brings another Premium Live Event to the United Kingdom as Money in the Bank is live from the O2 in London! Whose careers will change when they win the briefcases here tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ricochet VS Shinsuke Nakamura VS Damian Priest VS Pete Dunne VS Santos Escobar VS LA Knight VS Logan Paul; Priest wins and is the 2023 Mr. MITB.
  • Undisputed WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler VS Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez; Liv & Raquel win and become the new Undisputed WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Matt Riddle; Gunther wins and retains the title.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; Cody wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus VS Zoey Stark VS Bayley VS Iyo Sky VS Zelina Vega; Iyo wins and is the 2023 Ms. MITB.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Finn Balor; Rollins wins and retains the title.
  • Bloodline Civil War: Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa w/ Paul Heyman VS The Usos; The Usos win.

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It’s the Money in the Bank Kickoff Show!

Join Jackie Redmond, Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action happening across the pond.

 

Kayla Brackston is backstage.

Kayla is outside Roman Reigns’ locker room, hoping to get a word with the Tribal Chief. Granted, he isn’t the one who answers the door, but tonight being Money in the Bank, anything can happen. Kayla knocks, but of course, it is the Wise Man who answers. Kayla asks Paul Heyman that of all the years they’ve worked together, she’s never seen him so stressed. Is the Bloodline Civil War- Heyman looks up and she stops there. Heyman says, “I’ve never seen him like this.” Heyman has tears in his eyes as he says he made a suggestion for a game plan to Roman and Roman says he will throw Solo the scraps. And even Heyman will get a scrap of the Usos’ carcasses.

Heyman has been in this business 40 years, has known the Usos since they were 4 years old. Heyman knows what they’re all capable of. Tonight, we will not see the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table. Tonight, we see a warrior who was trained by the Wild Samoans themselves. It’s not gonna be enough for Roman to prove that the Usos are not the greatest team in history. He will wipe them off the face of the WWE, expunge their names from the history books… And the next family role call, they will not be welcomed. The beating Roman vows to put on the Usos will violate the terms of “sports entertainment.”

There won’t be any fun to be had to watch this. Heyman apologizes to the world for what they’re about to see. It will be smashed, stacked, pinned, and shipped out of the WWE… permanently. And there’s nothing Heyman can do to stop it. Heyman returns into the private suite, is this Civil War about to be more than just a title?

 

MITB Productions presents:

“London. Good to see you again, old friend. It’s been quite some time, hasn’t it? Well, things are about to get really interesting. You see, this is a high stakes, high risk, high reward situation we have here. And as they say, time is money. So, I suppose we ought to get to it.” Opportunity is the mission. But there are many eyes on the prize. The Judgment Day is approaching, and a battle for the future of a Bloodline is upon us. Who’s in? Who’s out? And who’s prepared to be shaken and stirred? This is MITB in the UK.

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ricochet VS Shinsuke Nakamura VS Damian Priest VS Pete Dunne VS Santos Escobar VS LA Knight VS Logan Paul!

In a match that can elevate careers and create new legends, we get a fresh crop of superstars who have never been Mr. MITB! Then will it be the King of Flight, the King of Strong Style, the Punisher, the Bruiserweight, the Emperor of Lucha or the ImPAULsive Maverick that has their first time with the briefcase?

The bell rings and Logan is already talking trash. But then he sees he’s surrounded 6 to 1. Fans fire up as everyone fires off on Logan! They beat him down 6 to 1! Priest ROCKS Logan, Dunne clotheslines Logan out! And then everyone else fires off on each other! Things spill out of the ring, Knight has Nakamura. Escobar DORPKICKS Priest outta the ring, but Dunne drags Priest out. They brawl, Escobar DECKS Dunne, but Logan gets up and puts a ladder in. Kind of a small one, but he still stands it up. Nakamura goes after Logan! Nakamura knees and bumps Logan off buckles, to give him GOOD VIBRATIONS!

Fans fire up but Priest runs in to ROUNDHOUSE Nakamura! Priest takes Logan’s little ladder and RAMS Nakamura with it! Escobar grabs the ladder, then Ricochet joins in. They power Priest to a corner and Dunne adds on, too! They CLAP the ladder closed on Priest’s hands! Then they mug him 3v1! Dunne & Escobar get on the ladder to stomp Priest! Ricochet then SUPERKICKS Priest! Priest is stuck, but Knight shoves Ricochet into Escobar and DDTS Dunne! Fans fire up for Knight! Nakamura slides in to ROUNDHOUSE and WHEEL KICK Knight, though! Nakamura then gives Priest GOOD VIBRATIONS!

Nakamura goes up the ladder to GUILLOTINE KNEE Priest down! Ricochet runs in, dodges and RANAS Nakamura! Dunne gets in, Ricochet dodges to RAN- NO, Dunne and Nakamura DOUBLE KICK him down! Fans fire up for King of Strong Style and Bruiserweight to stare down! They fire off fast hands! Nakamura ROCKS Dunne, Escobar CROSSBODIES Nakamura! Escobar dodges Dunne to RANA him out! Logan returns to fire hands on Escobar! And RAMS him into the ladder! Logan gets that ladder up, fans boo as he sets it up, but Ricochet gets in. Ricochet smirks as he taps Logan on the back.

Logan sees he’s surrounded gain as Dunne, Knight and Nakamura return. They mug Logan 4v1! Then they go after each other! Dunne goes out, looks under the ring, and brings out a TABLE! The fans have even more reason to cheer their hometown hero now! Dunne brings out a SECOND TABLE! And a CRICKET PADDLE! Dunne gets in to CLUB and SMACK Nakamura, and then Ricochet, and then Knight! Dunne climbs the ladder, but Priest yanks him down. Priest puts the ladder aside, runs in at Dunne, but Dunne dumps him out. Priest drags Dunne out and BELL CLAPS! Then spin and ROLLING ELBOW!

Logan wants mercy as Priest storms up on him. Logan says he and Priest can work together cuz they’re the tallest guys here. Logan wants Priest to help him with tables, and for now, Priest helps. The tables are put side by side near the ring, fans chant “OH~ Logan’s a Wanker~!” Logan says that’s good stuff. Priest CLUBS Dunne, Logan wants a high-five. Priest DECKS Logan instead! Priest drags Logan up to TOSS into steel steps! Fans chant “YOU DESERVE IT!” Escobar then DIVES onto Priest! Knight gets the ladder! But Ricochet chops him away. Knight reverses, Ricochet DIVES through the ladder to take out Dunne and Escobar!!

But that means Knight has the ladder! But then Logan returns, so Knight kicks him away. Logan goes up to SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Logan hurries to the ladder, folds it up, and he SLAMS it on Knight! And he RAMS Dunne off the apron! Logan puts that ladder in the corner but Priest returns. Logan HOTSHOTS then WRECKS Priest, then SLINGSHOT- HAYMAKER from Priest! Fans cheer as Priest pulls steel steps apart! Priest brings the base around, and makes a ladder bridge between it and ring. The others are brawling while Priest drags Logan up. Priest goes up the little steps, and fans fire up as he suplexes!

But Dunne mule kicks Priest down! And STOMPS the hands! BUZZSAW! Nakamura knees Dunne, BOOTS Priest, and he hauls Priest onto the ladder bridge. Nakamura CLUBS away on Priest, climbs up, and fans fire up, only for Logan to anchor Nakamura’s leg and trip him up! Nakamura falls to the floor and Logan aims at Priest. FROG SPLASH onto the ladder! The ladder doesn’t break but Priest and Logan sure felt that one. Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” at Logan, and he probably regrets that move. Nakamura grabs a tall ladder and brings it in. Ricochet joins in to set up the ladder, but then fires off on Nakamura!

Ricochet has Nakamura against the rungs as he KICKS and KICKS! Ricochet then gets a shorter ladder, and runs in! Nakamura avoids it, we have another ladder bridge! Nakamura puts Ricochet on that, then runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Ricochet flounders out, Knight returns! Nakamura fireman’s carries Knight, to then DDT! Nakamura kicks Ricochet away before climbing up the ladder. But so is Escobar! They brawl up top, Nakamura grabs an arm through the rungs! But Escobar pulls hair! Escobar CLUBS and shoves Nakamura down! Dunne returns and gets up on Escobar! Dunne has a SLEEPER!

Escobar goes down a few rungs, and rests on the ladder bridge. Ricochet springboards, 450 ON THE LADDER!! Fans lose their minds as all three men fall off but the ladder stays together! “This is Awesome!” as all seven men are back in the ring. All seven men stand, and they all see the one ladder. They all roar, an d the brawls are on again! Logan gest mugged, Dunne makes a break for it! Priest drags him down, FLATLINER! Priest adjusts the ladder and climbs! Everyone sees him, Knight goes up after him! SUPER SAIDO!! Knight hurries up the rungs but Logan is on the corner! Logan springboards, FLYING BLOCKBUSTER!

Ricochet SHOOTING STARS Logan! Ricochet climbs but Escobar YANKS him down, fireman’s carry to the PHANTOM DRIVER!! Escobar climbs but Nakamura is there! YANK and down goes Escobar! Nakamura climbs but has to kick Escobar away. FLYING KNEE takes Escobar out! Nakamura is alone and he hurries back up, only for Dunne to drag him out! Dunne ROCKS Nakamura, BOOTS Ricochet, and goes for an even taller ladder! Dunne climbs it, with Knight, Dunne, Priest, Escobar and Nakamura all lined up! ARIHARA MOONSAULT onto them all!! Fans lose their minds again as they all go down!!

Dunne hurries back in and hurries for the ladder, but here comes Logan! Logan yanks Dunne down, ONE LUCKY RIGHT! Logan climbs, but Ricochet returns! Ricochet yanks Logan down, fires off kicks, but Logan ducks one! ONE LUCKY RIGHT!! Logan says thank you, London, and he climbs up. But Escobar yanks him down! Logan blocks a kick, Escobar ducks the haymaker to CALF KICK! “L! W! O!” JUMP KNEE! Logan falls outta the ring, and Escobar climbs! Escobar paws at the briefcase but Nakamura drags Escobar down! Nakamura ROCKS Escobar, climbs up, but so does Escobar! They again brawl up top!

Knight returns with a ladder of his own! He JAMS Nakamura, then sets up right beside the first ladder. Knight climbs, catches up to Escobar and throws hands. But Nakamura returns from the other side. Knight throws hands, “YEAH!” but Escobar hits back. SUPER RANA!! Both men go down and fans fire up as Nakamura keeps climbing! Escobar hurries to return, but Logan and Ricochet both get to the apron. Nakamura and Escobar both pull hair, both Logan and Ricochet springboard to the ladders! They fight Nakamura off, then fight each other! Nakamura returns, he and Escobar keep fighting!

Ricochet grabs the hook but the others stop him! They’re all brawling, and Knight tips a ladder! Down go Escobar and Nakamura! Ricochet and Logan keep brawling, but now Knight goes after them! Logan and Ricochet kick him away, but he tips their ladder over! Ricochet and Logan are stuck up on the top rope, so Ricochet says to hell with it! SUPER SPANISH FLY through the tables!!! Fans lose their minds again and refs check Logan and Ricochet! Knight is still in the ring, but now Dunne returns! They brawl all the way up! Fans are torn, but Knight SMACKS Dunne off the top! And then brings Dunne up, but Dunne bends fingers!

Dunne tortures Knight, and SNAPS the fingers!! Knight falls to the floor, but Priest returns! Dunne works on the hook but Priest fires hands! Priest reaches up, but Dunne gets those fingers! Priest choke grips Dunne! SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN onto a ladder!! But Knight drags Priest down, and TOSSES him! But Escobar returns to run at Knight !Knight gets him for B F T!! Nakamura returns, but Knight TOSSES him out!! Knight hurries up top, fans are thunderous, because Knight- NO, Priest choke grips! Knight fights Priest off, grabs at the case, but Priest hits him low! SUPER BROKEN ARROW!!!

Priest hurries back up, grabs the briefcase, and WINS!!

Winner: Damian Priest (NEW Mr. Money in the Bank)

Senor Dinero en el Banko, the Punisher of Judgment Day! Will this guarantee that no matter what, the Judgment Day will have the World Heavyweight Championship?

 

Undisputed WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler VS Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez!

The Baddest Women on the Planet only just became the unified WWE & NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and they’re already putting their belts up against some familiar foes. Will Ronda & Shayna stay golden after their trip to the UK? Or will Morgan & Rodriguez once again be #LivingLarge?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is truly undisputed in the Women’s Tag Division!

The teams sort out and Liv starts against Shayna. The two circle, tie up, and Shayna wrenches to a wristlock. Shayna throws Liv with the double wristlock, isolates that arm, but Liv avoids the stomp! Roll up, Shayna rolls through so Liv SHOTGUNS her down! Liv then drags Shayna up, whips, but Shayna reverses. Liv ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Shayna bails to the apron, fans fire up with Liv and she storms over. Liv brings Shayna up to bump Shayna off buckles, then goes the other way to triangle jump ENZIGURI! Shayna falls to the floor, Ronda runs in but Raquel runs in to clothesline her out!

Liv and Raquel coordinate, Liv goes up Raquel to be the HUMAN WEAPON! The bomb takes out Ronda & Shayna and fans fire up! Liv puts Shayna in, Ronda runs up but Liv elbows her down! Shayna arm-drags Liv down and STOMPS that arm! Liv clutches the arm, the one she’s recovering from, but she’s somehow still okay to continue. Shayna tags in Ronda and Ronda storms up on Liv. Ronda sayanagis Liv all around! Ronda taunts Raquel, keeps Liv from her, and mocks Raquel’s back lats. Ronda throws Liv around, tags Shayna in, and then SAYANAGI to SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!

Liv is toughing it out but Shayna is after the arm. Top wristlock, but Liv fights up. Shayna wrangles her back down, but fans rally up. Liv fights up again, throws body shots, and then arm-drags Shayna away! Shayna comes back, Liv jumps but gets caught! Shayan RAMS her into the corner! Shayna tautns Raquel, runs back in, but Liv BOOTS her! Shayna tries again, but Liv dodges Shayna and Shayna htis buckles! Liv crawls but Shayna drags her away. Liv BOOTS Shayna away, Ronda tags in! Ronda gets a leg! ANKLE LOCK! Ronda leans on the leg, Liv endures, reaches out, but Ronda taunts her.

Liv fights, turns, KICKS Ronda and rolls her up, TWO!! Ronda stands, into a CODE BREAKER! Hot tag to Raquel! Big Mami Cool rallies on Ronda & Shayna! Ronda dodges one lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Shayna runs in, into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel POWERSLAMS Ronda! Cover, TWO! Ronda survives but Raquel whips her to a corner. Ronda reverses, runs in, but Raquel BOOTS her! Raquel goes up but Ronda fires off hands! Ronda climbs, gets the arm, HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, but Raquel powers up to SUPER POWERBOMB!! Cover, Shayna breaks it! Fans fire up as Shayna crawls back to her corner.

Raquel and Ronda crawl now, Liv returns. Fans rally up, hot tags to Liv and Shayna! Liv goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Shayna rolls through and has the bad arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Ronda BLASTS Raquel, and gets an ANKLE LOCK!!! Liv endures, Raquel CLOBBERS Ronda & Shayna! Fans are thunderous as everyone goes for their corners. Shayna grabs a leg, Liv ENZIGURIS her away! Ronda goes after Raquel from the outside and gets her off the apron! Then POSTS her! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Liv runs at Shayna! Shayna avoids ObLivion to GERMAN SUPLEX! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!

Liv endures, but she’s caught! Liv sputters, fans rally, and Liv fights a second wind! Liv stands up, to JAWBREAKER! Shayna tumbles away, Ronda tags back in. Ronda stalks Liv, fans boo as she fires up. But SHAYNA ATTACKS RONDA?!?! Shayna beats Ronda down and the fans can’t believe it!! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!! Ronda is OUT! Fans are thunderous and Liv is confused as all get out! Ronda sits up, sputters, and is also confused by why her friend would do this. Raquel tags in, then drags Ronda up. TEXANA BOMB!! Liv tags in, OBLIVION!! Cover, Liv & Raquel win!!!

Winners: Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez (NEW Undisputed WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Just as Ronda & Shayna were dominating all of the WWE, the Queen of Spades turns on Ronda! What will Ronda do in response to this betrayal? Liv & Raquel are back on top, will this be their biggest reign yet?

 

Backstage interview with Damian Priest.

Kayla welcomes the new Mr. MITB, and he wants us to get it right that it is Senor MITB. Then congrats, Senor. What are his plans now? There are a lot to think about. He could cash in to become Intercontinental Champion, United States Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, or Universal Champion! But one thing that is for sure is that Priest will be un campeon. The Punisher heads out, will he take his shot here tonight?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Matt Riddle!

Der Ring General does not respect the Original Bro, or any Americans, really. He once vowed no American wrestler would take this title from him, but could that change here in the UK? Or will Gunther keep the mat sacred?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who brings the title back to the states!

The bell rings and the two circle. Riddle goes for a leg, Gunther blocks but Riddle shifts to a facelock. Gunther fights up, puts Riddle in a corner, but Riddle avoids the chop to KICK! Riddle then goes for an arm, HOVERBOARD! Gunther powers out with a scoop and SLAM! Riddle gets right up and jumps on for a SLEEPER! Gunther powers Riddle to a corner, throws elbows, but Riddle gets him for a HANGING TRIANGLE! Riddle lets off at 4, gets back in and KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Gunther blocks but Riddle CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Riddle off his feet! Fans fire up and Gunther drags Riddle around.

Gunther kicks Riddle down, then looms over him. Gunther drags Riddle up, UPPERCUTS him, then talks some trash. Gunther CHOPS Riddle in a corner, CHOPS him again, and talks more trash. Riddle fires forearms in return! And CHOPS! Gunther shoves, Riddle catches him for a spin and PELE! Riddle kips up, fans fire up, and Riddle forearms in the corner! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm! But Gunther blocks the exploder, CLUBS Riddle, and turns him, but Riddle drops to get the KNEEBAR!! Gunther fights up, powers out of the hold and stomps Riddle down! And SLAPS him around!

Fans fire up as as Gunther throws more slaps and drops a knee! Riddle gets away, Gunther stalks him, but Riddle fires back! Riddle KICKS and CHOPS and KICKS, but Gunther blocks to sweep the bad ankle! Gunther gets that leg, and he rips the tape off! Gunther drops a knee on the ankle! Riddle writhes, and Gunther stomps the foot! Riddle clutches the ankle while Gunther looms over him. Gunther stomps Riddle in the shoulders now, then drags Riddle by the ankle. Another knee drop to the leg! Gunther stands Riddle up, but Riddle KICKS! Gunther just blocks, so Riddle KNEES Gunther!

Gunther staggers, but gets around Riddle, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Gunther gets the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, fans rally and duel, and Riddle CHOPS! Gunther pulls on the leg but Riddle CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS, but Riddle kicks with the good leg! Riddle gets free, then clinches, BROSPLODER! And then BROTON! INTO A SLEEPER!! Gunther has Riddle caught! Riddle pries at the hold, opens the body scissors, roll back to a cover, ONE!! Gunther gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Riddle lands on his feet! But the bad ankle slows Riddle down! LARIAT from Gunther!! Cover, TWO!!!

Riddle survives, but Gunther hauls him up! But Riddle slips outta the bomb, FINAL FLASH KNEE! Ripcord, ANOTHER KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Gunther is still in this but Riddle runs, PENALTY KICK! Riddle hurries up the corner and fans fire up. FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO!!! Gunther survives and Riddle is beside himself! Fans rally harder and Riddle brings Gunther up. “This is Wrestling!” as Gunther fights the scoop. Riddle KNEES Gunther, tries again, but Gunther slips down to CHOP Riddle down!! Gunther then goes up, GENERAL SPLASH into a TRIANGLE HOLD!!!

Gunther is caught now, fights up, and he deadlifts Riddle! GENERAL BOMB! Cover, TWO!! But into a HALF CRAB! Riddle crawls, claws, reaches out, but Gunther drags him back! Riddle turns over, kicks away at Gunther, but Gunther CHOPS the bad foot! And again! And again! HEEL HOOK!!! Riddle flails, and TAPS! Gunther wins!!

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

Der Ring General wins because he had a target already put on Riddle’s body. With chess master level thinking, will he ever be dethroned? Wait! DREW MCINTYRE IS HERE!! London goes wild for the Scottish Warrior, and he storms right into the ring. McIntyre stares Gunther down, and then steps to him. Gunther shoves McIntyre, so McIntyre HEADBUTTS Gunther down! Fans fire up and McIntyre fires up! McIntyre is in the corner, he counts it down! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAYMORE!! And a kip up! Fans are thunderous and McIntyre picks up the title. Will this be the scene further down the line this Summer?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley!

The American Nightmare and the Prodigal Son are both second generation stars, but they couldn’t be any different from each other. Cody respected his father’s legacy, Dom besmirches his. Cody does things straight up, Dom hits then runs to hide behind Mami. But will Cody’s way get him the win? Or will it be another win for The Judgment Day?

The bell rings and fans fire up for Cody. Cody and Dom circle, but Dom soaks up the heat from the fans. Dom blows a kiss to Mami, then circles with Cody again. They approach, Dom dodges and sucker punches! Cody stays up and shrugs it off, to circle with Dom again. Dom escapes Cody but Cody dodges the sucker punch! Dom runs away from Cody’s punch and fans boo. Cody chases Dom, they go back in, Dom slides under and he SLAPS Cody! Dom grins but Cody scowls. Rhea laughs at Cody but Dom sees he’s in trouble. Cody rips off the cast!? They run up the ramp! Cody chases him down, and brings him back by his ear!

Cody throws Dom into the ring, and kicks low! RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody DECKS Dom, stomps away in the corner, and fans fire up! The ref counts, Cody lets off at 4, and fans fire up with Cody. Cody brings Dom up, scoops him and carries him around. POWERSLAM! Dom writhes, Cody pounds the mat and fans rally with him. Dom stands, into the dragon sleeper! Dom drops, bails out, and goes to Mami. Fans boo and Dom wants over the barriers? Cody pursues into the crowd! Cody grabs Dom again to TOSS him over the barriers! Dom hurries back into the ring and Cody drags him out, to suplex, but Dom slips free!

Rhea shields Dom and the ref tells her to back off. Dom gets in the ring, fans taunt him, but Dom unties buckle pads. Cody gets back in the ring, ROCKS Dom, but Rhea trips Cody up! Fans boo, but Dom DIVES and sends Cody into the desk! Dom POSTS Cody, then hurries into the ring. Rhea cheers Dom on as the ring count climbs. The count is 5 of 10 as Cody stands. Cody slides in, and Dom beats him down! Dom rains down fists and stomps away! Rhea cheers but the fans boo. Dom drags Cody up to TOSS him out! Dom goes out after Cody to SMACK him off the desk! And again! And again! And again!

Dom leaves Cody behind to get in the ring. Fans chant “OH~ DOM IS A WANKER~!” Cody stands up at 7 of 10 and slides in at 8! But Dom fires off haymakers! Dom whips Cody to a corner, runs in, but Cody sends him into buckles! Back suplex, but Dom lands on his feet! Dom CLOBBERS Cody! Cover, ONE!! Rhea argues the count but Dom clamps on with a chinlock. Cody fights up, reaches out, fans sing for him and Rhea tells them to shut up. Cody fights up, fights free, but Dom knees low! Dom reels Cody in, Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! Rhea fans herself, she loves that Latino Heat. THREE- NO, Cody turns it around! GOURD BUSTER!

Cody swings on Dom, ROCKS him again and again, then whips. Dom reverses but Cody CLOBBERS him! Cody baits Dom into a corner, goes up and over and POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up with Cody and he feels the power! Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! Cover, TWO! Dom is still in this, he is still his father’s son. Fans get even more into it as Cody aims again. Springboard, but Rhea is in the way! Dom rolls Cody up! TWO!! Dom dodges, runs back in, DROPKICK and Cody is on the ropes! Dom dials it up, 619 blocked! Cody drags Dom into the Alabama lift, for an ALABAMA SPIN, to an ALABAMA SLAM!

Fans fire up more as Cody springboards, CODY CUTTER! Fans are thunderous as Dom staggers around, into the dragon sleeper! Rhea freaks out as Cody hits CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

Rhea can’t believe it! Her Dom-Dom just lost! She drags Dom outta the ring and to the back, the Judgment Day breaks even for now, will it all be on Finn Balor to get them back up? As for Cody, he’s rolling through the Summer, will he be able to #FinishTheStory?

 

JOHN CENA is here?!

London goes nuts over this surprise appearance! The sixteen time world champion shows off the G.I. Joe inspired gear and he slides into the ring. Cena gets the mic, and says, “Surprise! I think I’m the one that’s surprised. Cuz I’m used to hearing you sing ‘John Cena Sucks.’ You flipped it around, you were like, ‘My time is now!'” Cena wants us to look around. Did they know that this is the first Premium Live Event in London in over 20 YEARS! He feels the energy, hears the noise, and asks himself, “What the hell took us so long to spend some time in London?” Fans cheer that, and then chant for “CENA! CENA!”

Then it hit Cena. It isn’t up to him, but it is up to the decision makers. Fans boo those decision makers. Cena says those guys don’t know how to feel about London. Fans boo again but Cena says this isn’t anything we don’t know. The managers think this is a “hostile environment.” That sometimes the fans are a distraction. And that the fans even try to take over the shows. Fans cheer that! See that? The managers don’t know what they’re talking about! The fans are the voice and the heartbeat of the show. They aren’t taking over the show, they ARE the show! Fans cheer that, too!

Cena goes back to why he is here. Fans chant “WELCOME BACK! WELCOME BACK!” Cena says he is here on behalf of them. He knows the world is watching, and he wants the world to know that the London fans are underappreciated. He is here to say that he is big on respect. And he is here because all these fans, over these 20 years, have earned his respect. They chant “THANK YOU, CENA!” Cena says another thing the managers don’t get it is that superstars allow the fans to speak up. But how much fun does that make a night like this? Fans cheer, chant, and they care. In Cena’s mind, there is not a more exciting audience than in the UK.

So Cena is here to advocate WrestleMania in London. The fans go wild! Cena says that struck a nerve. He isn’t here for #OneMoreMatch, but that when people hear the trumpets, it means something. He wants to give the audience, to show the world and the decision makers what we already know. Take a moment right now, let ’em see, let ’em feel, let ’em hear what Mania London would sound like! The fans go wild again, but wait. Here comes Grayson Waller. Waller says, “Wow. John Cena. It’s an honor, mate.” The fans chant “Who are ya?” Waller would introduce himself, but everyone knows the Aussie Icon!

So Waller hopes Cena doesn’t mind him interrupting. Waller has respect for Cena, and loves everything about him. Jorts are awesome! Waller is a man of style. The movies? Fans tell Waller to shut up, but Waller wants Cena to know he’s a fan of the movies. Cena’s performance in Fast 9 moved him. Waller says what he loves most is the whole Hustle, Loyalty, Respect. Which is why it saddens Waller to see him out here like this. He’s here for these people? And WrestleMania: London? You gotta be kidding, lad! We all know this is a hole. The people cheer who they’re supposed to dislike, hate the people they’re supposed to like, it’s all “cutting edge~!”

Nevermind the fact that it’s the Summer, the last few days have been cold and rainy. If Mania is going overseas, it should be somewhere beautiful. Good weather, nice beaches, good looking girls in swimsuits. If Mania goes international, it should be… in Australia! Aw, he thought Brits had manners. But Waller can see it now: Mania Australia! “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” Fans boo. Waller says don’t stress, h e thinks he could get Cena a spot on that show. He knows things haven’t been going so well for Cena. Last we saw Cena, he lost to Austin Theory. And before that was Roman Reigns. and uh, The Fiend at another WrestleMania. That was meta.

But the people here are simple. They only remember the last thing they saw. Fans cheer Cena and tell Waller to shut up. Oh, this is supposed to be classy England? Well all Cena needs is a viral moment, and Waller knows viral moments. Let Waller be Superman now. Cena’s helped so many and done so much, let Waller help Cena help himself save his career. Think about it! The biggest Grayson Waller Effect of all time! With John Cena as the guest! At WrestleMania Australia! Fans boo all of that. Waller isn’t asking the fans, he’s asking Cena. That’d be the Waller rub for Cena. Fans say “NO! NO! NO!”

Cena says no Mania London, and then go to Australia, to get a “rub” from Waller? Uh, yeah. Cena will pass. But wait, hold on! Waller stands in Cena’s way and says no one says no to him. Say again? No one says no to Grayson Waller. How about him hanging out with his friends? Cuz Cena and his friends were saying Mania should be in London! Waller DECKS Cena! And CLUBS away on him! Fans boo even harder now as Waller JABS Cena! Waller throws off his shirt, shows off the drop step, but Cena fireman’s carries! ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT! Waller bails out and Cena says you can’t see him. So will we get WrestleMania 41 in London?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus VS Zoey Stark VS Bayley VS Iyo Sky VS Zelina Vega!

The Man doesn’t want to say #ThankYouTrish, she wants vengeance on Trish and her new protégé. But there’s also the Role Model, the Evil Genius and La Muneca to worry about if she wants to finally check off the briefcase on her Big Time Bingo card. Will Becky pull off a huge comeback for the summer? Or will another snipe this opportunity and aim for the top?

Stark rushes Becky at the ramp! The bell rings and the match is on! Becky SMACKS Stark off ladder, then she DECKS Trish! But Becky gets mugged 2v1! As does Zelina against DMG CTRL! Bayley fetches a ladder but Zelina goes out to METEORA Bayley down! Stark & Trish still beat up on Becky, Iyo RAMS Zelina down with a ladder! Zelina is stuck, Bayley and Iyo stomp away! But then Stark and Trish go after Bayley and Iyo! Iyo is sent into rungs, Bayley is RAMS into them! Stark SPINNING BUZZSAWS Bayley down! Iyo returns but Trish & Stark whip her at the ladder. Iyo jumps up, kicks Stark into Trish, and then goes up the ropes!

But Stark drags Iyo down and SMACKS her off the ladder! Stark & Trish hurry to bring another ladder up out from under the ring, but Becky SMACKS them into it! Becky throws the ladder down but Trish & Stark dodge! Becky whips Trish onto the ladder that traps Zelina, but Stark SUPERKICKS Becky down! Trish gets up and into the ring, Stark passes her the ladder. Stark stomps Zelina, Trish sets the ladder up, and Stark helps her. Stark plays defense while Trish climbs, but DMG CTRL ram into Stark and tip the ladder over! Trish HOTSHOTS off ropes, DMG CTRL mugs Stark! Zelina KNEES Stark down!

DMG CTRL goes after Zelina! Bayley pushes Stark away, Zelina clubs Iyo down, and fans sing for Bayley. Bayley ignores them, pushes the ladder out of the ring, then gets a taller ladder! Bayley tells fans to shut up but Zelina DROPKICKS Bayley down! Zelina climbs the ladder, but has to fight Iyo off. FLYING RANA! Zelina hurries up the ladder, but Bayley drags her down. Bayley SMACKS Zelina off rungs, then Iyo YANKS her into them! Bayley and Iyo pinball Zelina inside the ladder until she falls over! Bayley and Iyo keep the ladder steady, but they argue over who climbs. They both climb, but Becky MISSILE DROPKICKS Bayley!

Becky YANKS Iyo down, positions the ladder just right, and she climbs! Fans fire up but Stark yanks Becky down! Becky ROCKS Stark and SMACKS her off the rungs! Bayley puts Stark through rungs to Kawada Kick away on her! Fans fire up and Becky then SMACKS Stark off the mat! Becky climbs, but Stark grabs at her legs. So Becky has the DISARM-HER inside the rungs! But STRATUSFACTION sends Becky away! Trish climbs, but Bayley storms up! So Trish gets her for STRATUSFACTION! Trish tries again but Iyo drags her down and CLUBS her! Zelina has a small ladder but Iyo SMACKS her off it!

Iyo climbs up, but so does Trish! Iyo YANKS Trish into rungs! Trish KICKS Iyo down! Zelina has her ladder set up, she CLUBS Trish and climbs. They brawl, kick, and then Zelina reels Trish in to make her a bridge! Zelina transfers ladders and goes up! But Stark intercepts! Bayley drags Trish up in a fireman’s carry, Becky moves ladders around. SNAKE EYES for Trish! Iyo drags Stark down, SHOTEI! Becky DECKS Zelina off the ladder, climbs, but Bayley grabs at her! They scrap, Bayley SMACKS Becky off the ladder, then MACHO ELBOWS! Fans fire up while they writhe, and now Iyo climbs! Fans cheer Iyo on as she reaches out!

But Stark and Zelina work together to scoot the ladder away from the briefcase! Then they brawl with each other! Stark again scoots the ladder, but Iyo kicks her away! Iyo climbs, and she aims not for briefcase, but for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Everyone else goes down!! Fans fire up for Iyo again, but she’s down just like the others. Wait! Trish is the only one not in that cluster! She’s setting up the ladder, she’s climbing up the ladder! But Becky hurries in, and she is right up the ladder! Trish freaks out and Becky fires haymakers! They brawl, fans fire up more, and then Becky SMACKS Trish off the top!

Becky brings Trish up, has to kick Stark away, but Trish drops away! Stark drags Becky, Becky kicks Stark and AX HANDLES her! Becky TOSSES Stark, Zelina sneaks in! Becky grabs at Zelina, Zelina CROSSBODIES Becky and Trish! Fans fire up as Zelina DECKS Becky! Iyo ROCKS Zelina, kicks at her, then springboards, but Zelina dodges! Zelina tosses Iyo out and climbs! Fans fire up but Becky and Trish are ironically working together! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Zelina! Becky then glares at Trish, fans fire up, and the two fire off fast hands! Becky SMACKS Trish off buckles! Becky tips one ladder, throws more hand on Trish, but Trish hits back!

The two brawl all around, but DMG CTRL has a new ladder. They ROCK Becky and Trish, both step in, and they make a ladder bridge. Becky SMACKS Iyo off rungs, then JUMP KICKS her down! Trish has Bayley for STRATUSFACTION ion the ladder! And the brawl is back on!! Stark drags Becky out, SUPERKICK!! And then Stark POSTS Becky! Stark finds HANDCUFFS?! Fans boo but Stark and Trish beat down Becky! Trish even CHOKES Becky! Stark opens the cuffs, and puts them on Becky, but she fights back! Becky ROCKS Trish, ROCKS Stark, TOSSES Trish, and TOSSES Stark!

Fans fire up with The Man and she pulls the desk apart! But Stark & Trish attack 2v1 again! Stark SMACKS Becky off the desk, and she helps Trish pick up a ladder. Becky ducks the ladder attack, it’s now a bridge! Becky TOSSES Trish over the desk! And FLAPJACKS Stark on the ladder! Becky makes sure the bridge is ready, and she puts Stark back on it. Becky then goes onto the desk, but Trish attacks! They brawl on top of the desk! Becky hits a MANHANDLE SLAM onto the ladder! Trish slumps off the steel, but Stark FLYING CUTTERS Becky!! Those three are down, the main ladder is still up!

Stark crawls to the ring, but Zelina goes up the ladder! “This is Awesome!” as Zelina nis up top, but Stark meets her there! They brawl, Zelina SMACKS her with LA CHANCLA! Stark ROCKS Zelina, tosses the sandal, but Zelina hits Stark back! SUPER CODE RED onto the ladder bridge!!! Fans are thunderous and losing their minds! All six women are down around ringside, and Iyo returns! Iyo pushes the ladder bridge outta the way and hurries up the main ladder. Iyo climbs, eyes on the prize, but BAYLEY tips it on her! No friends here, every woman for herself! Fans boo as Bayley screws Iyo over and stands the ladder back up!

Bayley climbs, but BECKY returns! Becky climbs up, and she ROCKS Bayley! And CUFFS HER MOUTH! Bayley’s like a fish on a hook as Becky drags her down! Becky climbs back up, but Bayley is after her! She grabs that arm, Iyo drags Becky down! Becky BOOTS Iyo, then climbs back up! But Bayley is back up! She trips Becky up and Becky slides down a few rungs, but then Iyo grabs the cuffs to CUFF BAYLEY AND BECKY!! They’re trapped! Iyo returns the favor! Iyo climbs over Bayley to get up top! Iyo kicks Becky away, and has the briefcase! IYO WINS!!

Winner: Iyo Sky (NEW Miss Money in the Bank)

Or in this case, the Evil Genius in the Bank! Fans chant “YOU DESERVE IT!” Will Iyo use this same level of genius to find the perfect opportunity to cash in on a women’s champion?

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Finn Balor!

Seven years, this has been stewing in the background. Seven years, one man got better while the other got bitter. That bitterness has become a poison, and the Prince is the snake that’s spitting it. Will he bring down the Visionary not just to become champion, but to avenge the past? Or will nothing stop Seth Freakin’ Rollins from being the workhorse of the WWE?

Fans of course sing “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” for Rollins as he makes his entrance. Rollins revels in it for a good dozen rounds, and then steps into the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly better after these seven long years!

The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans fire up, sing Rollins’ song, and that makes Rollins smile and Finn frown. They rush in, Rollins TACKLES Finn and rains down fists! Finn turns it around to throw hands, but Rollins turns it back around! Finn kicks Rollins away, then kicks those bad ribs! Finn CLUBS Rollins again and again and throws shots on those ribs, only for Rollins to RAM him into a corner! Rollins DUMPS Finn out, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the desk! Fans fire up and Rollins takes a breath before going after Finn. But Finn RAMS Rollins into the apron!

Finn fires off haymakers, Rollins SMACKS Finn off the desk! Rollins claws at Finn’s face, but Finn pushes back. Rollins headlocks, throws some hands, but Finn pulls hair and shoves Rollins. Rollins stops from hitting steps, and he comes back to LARIAT Finn! Fans fire up while Rollins snarls. Rollins storms up on Finn, pulls on his ears, and puts him in the ring. But Finn runs up, only for Rollins to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Finn staggers away, comes back, but Rollins blocks to pop him up! Finn throws down elbows to get free, and he trips Rollins. Rollins avoids the double stomps! Roll up, but Finn avoids THE stomp.

Rollins kicks low, underhooks, but Finn trips Rollins to DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up while Rollins goes to ropes. Finn stomps Rollins more, and springboard stomps! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and he stalks Rollins to ropes. Finn fires off more body shots, then drop toeholds so he can hammer Rollins on the back. Finn clamps on a chinlock and he stretches Rollins, to then drop an elbow! Cover, ONE!! Finn snarls, he stands Rollins up but Rollins CHOPS and fires forearms! Finn clinches, knees low, and bumps Rollins off buckles! Rollins falls back, fans rally, and Finn throws body shots into Rollins.

Finn has Rollins int he ropes, pulls him back, and has a chinlock. The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn ROCKS Rollins in the back with forearms! Finn then runs to BOOT the ribs! Rollins bails out, fans sing for him, but Finn goes out to drag him around. Finn KICKS Rollins against the desk! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, the ring count starts, but Finn soaks up the heat. Finn puts Rollins in and then hurries after him. Finn RAMS Rollins into a corner, and again, and again, and again! Finn throws more body shots on Rollins’ ribs, then whips him corner to corner. Finn runs in to RAM Rollins again!

Finn whips back the other way, but Rollins BOOTS Finn! Rollins DISCUS LARIATS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Rollins and Finn rise, the fans sing for Rollins again, and Finn storms up. Finn fires forearms but so does Rollins. They go back and forth, they trade body shots and now uppercuts! Rollins ROCKS Finn over and over and over and fans fire up! Rollins knees Finn low, then gives him Kawada Kicks! Finn wobbles, Rollins reels him in, BACKBREAKER! Rollins runs to KNEE Finn down! Fans fire up as both men are on the mat again. Rollins stands and the fans sing as he paces around.

Rollins goes to a corner, takes aim, and runs in, but Finn wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, and Finn gets around Rollins to CLUB his back, FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins roars and Finn is shocked! Fans fire up again and Finn BOOTS Rollins! Finn HAMMERS and KNEES away on Rollins’ ribs, shoulders, head and back again! Finn goes to a corner while fans rally up. Rollins rises, Finn runs in, SLINGBLADE! Finn goes to the other corner, takes aim, but Rollins SUPERKICKS! Fireman’s carry to a pop-up, BUCKLE BOMB! Finn falls, Rollins goes up the corner! FROG SPLASH onto knees!!

Rollins clutches his ribs, and Finn SHOTGUNS him into buckles! Rollins falls into the drop zone and now Finn goes up top! Fans rally as Finn rises, but Rollins gets up after Finn! Finn SUPER GOURD BUSTERS in return! Finn adjusts, aims again, COUP DE- NO, Rollins moves! CURB_ NO, Finn dodges and rolls Rollins. Rollins rolls through but Finn ducks under the kick to victory roll! TWO, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Mule kick from Finn! PELE from Rollins! PELE from Finn, but Rollins blocks! Rollins gets Finn in the PEDIGREE!! But Rollins can’t cover from the pain in his ribs! Rollins crawls, covers, TWO!!!

WAIT! HERE COMES PRIEST!! Will he use it now?! Or is he just teasing? Rollins watches Priest closely, fans want him to “CASH IT IN! CASH IT IN!” But Finn rolls Rollins up! TWO!! SUPERKICK from Rollins! Both men fall, and Finn flops out of the ring. Rollins watches Priest and asks if he’s gonna do it. Fans still want it, but Priest just stands by the timekeeper’s area. Priest takes a seat to keep Rollins distracted. Finn SHOTGUNS Rollins into barriers! And RAMS him into the corner of the desk! And then climbs up to COUP DE GRACE to the floor!! Just like a few weeks ago on Raw!

Fans are thunderous as Finn goes up the steel steps to COUP DE GRACE again!!! Finn puts Rollins in, takes aim, SHOTGUN!! Rollins hits buckles, ends up in the drop zone, and Finn climbs up! But Priest stands up!? Now Finn is distracted. COUP DE- NO, Rollins dodges! CURB STOMP!!! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

The Punisher seems to show no remorse for costing Finn, but why did he do it at all? Will he still go for it tonight? Rollins is watching, but Priest stands still. Finn argues with Priest over what just happened, is Finn’s bitterness only going to get worse now?

 

Kayla Braxton interviews Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.

The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions are in the VIP skybox and are enjoying the show. Could Kayla get a quick word from them? Fans cheer seeing Kevin & Sami, and she congratulates them for the win last night on SmackDown. Kevin says it has been great being here in London. Big things have been happening, such as their title defense, and everything tonight in MITB. And the crowd has been electric to say the least. Yes, and there is one more match left to go. These two are surely watching closely as the Bloodline Civil War is here. Sami says yeah, it is a match that has been personal for him, one he’s been waiting to see for a long time.

Fans chant for Sami, and he says that tonight is the night Roman gets exactly what’s coming to him! Fans like the sound of that! Will Sami be proven right as we see Tribal Chief and Enforcer of the Island take on their own family?

 

Bloodline Civil War: Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa w/ Paul Heyman VS The Usos!

These last three years, the Tribal Chief and his cousins have gone from fighting each other to fighting together to dominate the WWE. But Roman’s ego, his anger, and his paranoia have pushed things too far, and now Jimmy & Jey are taking a stand. Will they win, even if it means taking down their own blood? Or will Roman prove he is the ONLY one worthy of being Head of the Table?

Roman of course has the pyro when he raises his finger, and then he, Solo and The Wise Man continue to the ring. Then Roman holds up the Undisputed Universal Championship belt for more pyro. The introductions are made, the stakes are raised, and we see who really runs things.

Jey says it’s go time, Uce! The ref wants this to settle down to 1v1, the teams sort out and fans chant “F YOU, ROMAN!” Roman is upset by this, but he tells Solo to handle this. Solo starts against Jimmy, the bell rings, and fans fire up. Jimmy stares down with Solo, fans rally for the Usos and even sing for “OH~ SOLO SIKOA~”, and that all upsets Roman more than the other chant. Jimmy and Solo circle, tie up, and Solo shoves Jimmy away! Solo glares at Jey but Jimmy shrugs it off. Jimmy goes over to Jey and they talk strategy. Jimmy and Solo reset, Jimmy grins at Roman over the chants, and he ties up with Solo again.

Solo scoops to SLAM Jimmy, and he roars! Jimmy scrambles away and fans boo. Roman soaks up the heat while Solo dares his brothers to come back and bring it. Jimmy and Jey talk strategy again, and Jimmy circles with Solo again. They approach again, Jimmy gets around and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Solo ROCKS Jimmy, CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Solo whips, Jimmy reverses but Solo holds ropes. Solo BOOTS back, but Jey ENZIGURIS! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Solo, tags Jey, and Jimmy RAMS Solo to a corner for Jey to forearm smash! Solo staggers away, and fans rally for “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!”

Jey eggs Solo on, but then Roman shouts, “SOLO! NO!” Jey says listen to “Daddy,” but fans sing “OH~ Roman’s a Wanker!” Roman demands a tag, Solo is conflicted, and then Solo stares Roman down. Solo tags Roman in, and fans boo. Roman smirks as he and Jey circle. Jey throws off the armbands and even takes off the shirt, he’s getting serious now! Fans fire up as Jey and Roman circle. Fans rally behind “JEY! JEY! JEY!” and that angers Roman. They tie up, go around, and Roman headlocks. Roman mocks Day One, but Jey powers up and out. Roman runs Jey over, and he says, “The ONLY One! You understand?!”

Roman pie faces Jimmy but the ref keeps Jimmy back. Jey kicks Roman, throws hands, and backs Roman down. Jey whips, Roman reverses and ELBOWS Jey down! Roman says Jey’s got nothing. Roman threatens Jimmy and even the ref to back off, and Roman throws hands. Fans taunt Roman with  more singing, but Roman bends Jey against ropes. The ref counts, Roman lets off, and Roman brings Jey around to HEADBUTT! Jey flops to the apron, but then back into the ring. Roman soaks up the heat, says this is too easy, and he brings Jey up. Roman whips, Jey holds ropes, and Jey ELBOWS back!

Jimmy tags in, and Roman bails out before the superkicks! Roman takes a breather but the fans boo. The fans chant “TRIBAL WANKER!” Solo reinforces Roman. Heyman asks if Roman wants his sons sitting at the Usos’ table. That’s what they’re trying to take from Roman! Roman is Head of the Table! Roman is now motivated, Jey tags back in. They circle again as fans keep chanting and taunting. Jey and Roman tie up, Roman clinches to put Jey in the corner and he fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Roman tells him not to touch him. Roman cools off, goes back to Jey, and ROCKS him! Jey UPPERCUTS back!

Jey puts Roman in the corner to rain down fists! Fans count as Jey goes to seven, but Solo runs in! Jey DECKS Solo, but Roman UPPERCUTS Jey! Jey flounders and fans boo but Roman tells the fans to shush. Roman stomps Jey at the ropes again and again, lets off as the ref counts but threatens the ref. Solo CHOKES Jey behind the ref’s back! Fans continue to taunt Roman, but Roman tags Solo in. Solo waits on Jey to get up, and he HEADBUTTS Jey down! And again! And again! Solo taunts Jey, then clamps on a claw! Jey endures as Solo digs his fingers into the shoulder, and the fans continue to rally with song.

Jey fights up, throws body shots, and JAWBREAKERS back! Hot tag to Jimmy and he baits Solo in. Solo runs into buckles, then DOUBLE GAMANGIRI! Jimmy goes up, Solo ducks the jump, Jimmy keeps moving but Solo CLOBBERS him! The ref checks Jimmy as Solo looms over him. Roman says Solo’s win is his win, but Jimmy stirs. Jimmy is somehow still in this, so Solo paces. Fans sing, “If you hate Roman, stand up!” and everyone stands up! Roman is upset again, tells everyone to sit down, but Solo stalks Jimmy to a corner. Roman sits down, because he doesn’t hate himself.

Roman tells Heyman this is the dumbest place, the fans are all idiots. Solo rains down fists on Jimmy, the ref has him back off, but Solo goes back in for more! Fans then change it to “If you hate Roman, sit down!” The fans all sit back down, so Roman stands up. Roman tells Solo to end this, and Solo goes to the corner. Solo runs corner to corner, to HIP ATTACK! Solo roars and fans boo but Roman grins. Solo looms over Jimmy as he crawls, and Jimmy drags himself up. Solo HEADBUTTS Jimmy back down! Jimmy ends up on ropes, and Solo CHOKES him! The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and Solo tags Roman.

Roman goes around the way, soaks up the heat, and runs in to DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Jimmy falls over and Roman soaks up more heat. Roman goes in, covers, TWO! Roman is annoyed by that but he looms over Jimmy. Fans go back to “F YOU, ROMAN!” and “TRIBAL WANKER!” but Roman stomps Jimmy around. Jimmy goes to a corner, and Roman stands him up for the point-blank LARIATS! Roman lets off to run, and he BOOTS Jimmy down! Cover, TWO! Tag to Solo, he storms up on Jimmy as Jimmy sits up in a daze. Solo clamps that claw into Jimmy’s shoulder now! Jimmy endures and fans rally up.

Jimmy fights up, throws body shots, and shoves Solo away, Roman tags in. Jimmy tosses Solo, and Roman runs in to keep Jimmy from Jey! Jey and Jimmy still reach out, but Roman reels Jimmy in! Jimmy lands out of the back suplex, slides under, but Roman grabs a leg! Jimmy fights, kicks Roman away, but Solo trips Jey! Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Roman clotheslines Jimmy in the corner! Fans boo more but Roman soaks it all up. Roman tosses Jimmy out, but the ref keeps him from going out. Solo CLOBBERS Jimmy instead! Fans still taunt Roman but Roman fetches Jimmy into the ring.

Roman goes to a corner while Jimmy goes to the other. Roman raises the finger, then locks ‘n’ loads. Roman aims, runs in, but Jimmy ducks! Jimmy CROSSBODIES Roman and himself out of the ring! They hit the floor and the fans chant for “USO! USO!” Jimmy drags himself up and into the ring, then crawls for his corner. The fans rally and Jey reaches out. But Roman gets in, too, hot tags to Jey and Solo! Jey fires off hands, shoutout to The Rock with that one! Solo whips, pops up but Jey lands on his feet to mule kick! UPPERCUT! Solo blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Solo goes to a corner and fans fire up again!

Jey runs in but Solo puts him on the apron. Jey GAMANGIRIS back! Jey goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps focus and fans rally up again. Solo is in a corner and Jey goes to the opposite. Jey gets fans to join in on “UCE! SO!” Jey runs in, HIP ATTACK! Jey holds up the finger and fans fire up as he goes again. But Solo fireman’s carries Jey! Jey fights free, shoves Solo, Roman sneaks a tag. Solo runs back in but Jey dumps him out. Jey clotheslines Roman out anyway! And Jey DIVES! Direct hit into the desk! Jey gets back in, to build speed and DIVE on Solo at the ramp! Fans fire up as Jey just keeps going!

Jey DIVES but into a SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Roman gets back in, he reloads, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman says it’s done now, but fans boo. Roman is rabid as he aims at Jey, “OOOAH~!” But Jimmy tags in! DOUBLE SPEAR from the Usos!!! Cover, Solo breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous as Solo saves his Tribal Chief and all four men are down! “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. They all stand and the fans rally as hard as they can. The ref wants this to go back to 1v1, but Roman shakes his head. Jey says this is it. The brawl is on! Jey throws hands with Solo, Roman throws hands with Jimmy!

Jey and Solo go outside, Roman ROCKS Jimmy! Jey POSTS Solo, Jimmy UPPERCUTS Roman! Roman ROCKS Jimmy, Jimmy kicks, but Roman blocks! Roman ducks the Dragon Whip to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Roman is shocked and fans fire up again. Roman gets mad, he storms around and tells the fans to shut up, he’s tired of them. Roman aims at Jimmy from the corner, “OOOAH~!” Roman runs in, into a SUPERKICK! And another SUPERKICK! Roman is down, Jimmy hurries up top! Fans are thunderous again for the USO SPLASH into the GUILLOTINE!!! Roman has Jimmy caught!!

Fans fire up as Jimmy endures and fights the hold. But he’s fading!! The ref checks, but Jimmy gets a second wind!! Jimmy fights up, lifts Roman up, and he RAMS Roman into the corner! Jey tags in as Roman keeps on the guillotine. Roman ROCKS Jey, but Jimmy kicks! Roman blocks, to GUILLOTINE! They RAM into the ref!! The ref tumbles out and Jey SUPERKICKS! ONE AND DONE!!! But the ref is down, there’s no one to count the cover! The Usos would’ve won three times over! But they coordinate, and they each take a corner. But Solo trips Jimmy up! Roman dodges Jey, Solo clinches Jey! Roman has Jimmy! DOUBLE URENAGE!!

Solo roars and he drags Jimmy up! SAMOAN SPIKE!! And then Solo grabs Jey, Roman nods, “OOAH~!” SPEAR SPIKE COMBO!!! Solo drags Jimmy onto Jey to stack them like Roman wanted. And now the ref’s back! Fans call BS, but THE USOS KICK OUT!??!? Roman is shocked and London is loving it!! Heyman has no idea what to say about this, either, other than try again. Solo looks at his brothers, and then at Roman. Roman is distraught, so Solo rains down fists on Jey! The ref reprimands, he isn’t the legal man! But Roman gets back into things and he rains down fists.

Solo kicks Jimmy out, then whips Jimmy into steel steps! Roman tells Solo to clear the table, they’ll finish this now. Solo does as told, and then Solo SUPERKICKS Jimmy onto the desk. Solo then clears commentary out of the way so he can go up the barriers. Solo nods to Roman, runs in and FLYING SPLASHES onto just desk!!! Jimmy dodges in time and now Solo is the one taking out! Roman is freaking out again, Jey SUPERKICKS him! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES, but Jey SUPERKICKS again! Roman SPEARS!! Cover, TWO!??! With a sneaky low blow a la Roman! That’s karma right there!

Fans are thunderous for “USOS! USOS!” as Roman clutches his island of relevancy. Jey tells Roman this is what happens. Tag to Jimmy, and they SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK!! Roman flounders, Solo returns, but he gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Roman!! Tag back to Jey and he goes up top, to USO SPLASH!!! Cover, USOS WIN!!!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall

London is electric and even the Usos need a second to let this sink in! Without them protecting him, Roman loses! He is pinned for the first time since December of 2019!! The fans sing “We’ve Been Down Since! Day One Ish!” because the Usos are the ones! Jey tells Jimmy to let Roman soak in this for a moment. Roman is completely at a loss for what just happened, is he about to lose the title of Tribal Chief?


My Thoughts:

An awesome MITB, and as John Cena’s promo would say, a large part of that was because of the UK crowd. They were rowdy the entire three hours and 40 minutes, with great chants and the like. Cena wanting Mania London, Waller wanting Mania Australia, both sound great to me, an American. I especially like they idea of London because just like with MITB here, it’s done and I still have the evening to do whatever else I want. But also it seems like Waller and Cena now have a feud building, they could probably have it for SummerSlam to give Waller more time for his leg to recover, and for Cena to get into match shape.

Great move opening with the Men’s MITB, but boy was it rough with some of those spots. No ladders broke despite people falling on them, but maybe WWE decided it’s safer this way? The table spot could’ve been done better, but imagining a spot and doing it in reality are always different. I would think Logan is okay, he can still feud with Ricochet on Raw or LA Knight on SmackDown over how Logan and Ricochet parallel in athletic ability while Logan and Knight parallel in mic abilities. And it was great stuff for Knight and Priest to be the last two in the ring at the end, as they were certainly my top two choices.

Priest winning made sense given the story they ended up telling tonight during Seth VS Finn. Great match out of Seth VS Finn, but a little surprising Priest came down to the ring to mess with both men. It ended up “costing” Finn, and now Finn and Priest are going to end up more divided. This could/should be the perfect opening for Finn to bring in JD McDonagh. They kick Priest out, Rhea & Dom probably side with Finn with how Finn can spin Priest being the real traitor, and then Priest can be face in his feud. And since the MITB briefcase can now be used on any champion, Priest could aim for Heel Gunther or Heel Austin Theory and their midcard titles. Even though that’d technically be a letdown from aiming for the top titles.

Speaking of the Intercontinental Championship, great stuff out of Gunther and Riddle, but with Riddle’s beat up foot, it makes sense Gunther used that to beat him. Drew McIntyre returning to confront Gunther was awesome stuff, and I suppose McIntyre VS Gunther for that title could happen at SummerSlam since they just need a month to build it. Priest could cash in during that, maybe not, but McIntyre feels like the one guy right now who could take that title off Gunther. Gunther is great, but he set the record for this “era,” and while he’s just a month away from passing Randy Savage at 414, he’d have to go another 40 days past that, aka 70 days from today to surpass Honky Tonk Man, which is also past Payback in September. I suppose Gunther could do it, but will he?

Really fun stuff out of the Undisputed Women’s Tag Team Champions, but I did NOT expect Shayna to turn on Ronda like that. Apparently, where Ronda was wearing a Majin Vegeta cosplay outta DBZ, Shayna was cosplaying a Warhammer 40K character known for betrayal. I suppose the nerdiest among us would’ve realized this was coming, but Ronda is apparently not that nerdy since she went with a DBZ reference. Raquel & Liv winning was still good stuff, and they can be the ones going all around Raw, SmackDown and NXT to defend these belts while Ronda VS Shayna is headed for SummerSlam.

Also good stuff out of Cody VS Dom, but it was surprising we didn’t see more cheating from Dom, and no Brock Lesnar at all. Maybe Lesnar will attack Cody on Raw this Monday to set up things for SummerSlam, but it just seemed like missed opportunity here. Judgment Day goes 1-2 on the night, there will be a lot of tension on Raw, all the more reason to bring in new guy McDonagh. And great stuff out of the Women’s MITB. Good team work stuff from DMG CTRL and Trish & Zoey for most of the match, but just as I was hoping, push came to shove with Bayley and Iyo. There wasn’t a full on fallout, but how clever for Bayley to almost cost Iyo, and then Iyo uses the cuffs to trap Becky and Bayley in the ladder. Iyo can get in on what’s building with Charlotte, Bianca and Asuka, but there’s half a chance Bayley costs Iyo to make her the one woman who hasn’t cashed in successfully. Actually, I hate that, why’d I have to think that?

But pretty sure everyone loved how the main event went! What an awesome tag match, with great story, and more of that rowdiness from the UK crowd. Roman does a great job playing off the crowd so he had plenty to work with here. And I love that as the Usos survived being spiked, speared and stacked, with Roman losing hope, Solo looked like he was questioning Roman’s ability to lead. It all feeds into the Usos saying they’d rather have Solo as Tribal Chief than Roman, and that is great stuff. And as such, Usos winning was the right move, this pushes things towards SummerSlam. Whether it’s a match for the Universal title or just for the spot as Tribal Chief, it’ll be awesome stuff.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/24)

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Who moves on to Money in the Bank?

After last Monday Night Raw’s wild ending, everyone just wants to move forward. But will the Wyatt Sick6 cast their shadow on the MITB qualifiers?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser; Kaiser wins, by disqualification.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler; Lyra wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed; Gable wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Alba & Isla win.
  • Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston; Kross wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh; Finn & JD win and become the new WWE World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Miz is on commentary!

Pat McAfee is taking tonight off for some obvious reasons, between last Monday night and how that bled over into the Pat McAfee Show.

 

Drew McIntyre is here?!

We know from Friday Night SmackDown that The Scottish Terminator did NOT quit, he just hunted CM Punk down in Chicago to beat him down! And now he’s here in Indiana, with fans chanting “C M PUNK!” at him. McIntyre says people were talking about how he quit last Monday, but they’re not talking about that anymore, are they? They’re talking about Friday! It was so good, McIntyre wants to see it again. Footage replays as McIntyre hauls a bloodied and half conscious Punk from backstage to the stage, just to drop him down in front of the Chicago fans. The fans here boo that but McIntyre smiles.

McIntyre says he prayed for this, and “The Big Man” made it happen, because he is the big man! And everyone chanting Punk’s name for months now? He’s done with you! When you chant his name, it is just in memory of him now. You’ve watched what Punk has done to McIntyre. He screwed McIntyre over in Scotland, in front of McIntyre’s friends, family, countrymen, and his WIFE! McIntyre promised his wife the world title and Punk stopped that, and the fans still chant that damn name! Those who chant for Punk are dead to him! McIntyre will talk right to Punk because he’s sitting at home now.

“I hope you’re uncomfortable and in pain, and being fed through a straw, because I did that to you. I put you there! And I didn’t just take your dignity, though, did I? I also took this.” McIntyre shows the friendship bracelet Punk was wearing! It’s worth about 50 cents, because a fan made it, but it means so much to Punk because it has the names of his wife, AJ Lee, and his stupid looking dog, Larry! The fans boo but McIntyre says Punk wears this when he leaves home so he can take them with him so that he isn’t alone. The fans chant for “LARRY! LARRY!” McIntyre says Punk IS alone, because of McIntyre.

Punk is in pain, is miserable, and that is the theme going forward, because McIntyre will enter the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and Punk will watch McIntyre all alone, and McIntyre will win while Punk is in pain because of him. McIntyre knows what it feels like to be alone. He’s felt it every time the fans chanted Punk’s name, as the roster accepted Punk and as management accepted Punk, even after McIntyre told the world what kind of person Punk really is! But McIntyre’s not alone now, is he? He puts on the bracelet, and says he has Punk’s dog and Punk’s wife, Punk’s family, in McIntyre’s corner.

McIntyre will win MITB, cash in that night, and Punk will be miserable and in pain as McIntyre has PUNK’S family by his side, and once again becomes World Heavyweight Champion, in spite of Punk! The fans boo but McIntyre has made his mission clear. Will he give everyone else broken dreams on his way back to the top of the mountain?

 

A car pulls up in the back.

And out of it exits Chad Gable! He doesn’t want cameras on him right now. He even has security help him get his things and walk through the halls. Gable is clearly not over the horrors of last Monday Night Raw, but will he be able to focus on the colossal challenge ahead of him tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Chad Gable.

At least, Cathy Kelley hopes for some words from the former Olympian ahead of his Triple Threat match. Security is doubled both inside and out to protect him. There have been murmurs of shock that Gable is even here tonight. Other than the wound on his forehead from last week, there is no word on the extent of his injuries from the Wyatt SICK6 attack. Gable was not the only victim of that rampage, will any of them be alright going into the night?

 

Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew nearly broke the Impeccable German in half last week, all because of how Kaiser ruined the fun he was having with The Fella. Will Bron finish the job and leave Kaiser in pieces? Or will being #MeanerThanEvil not be enough against the European excellence?

Raw returns and Kaiser is at gorilla. Jackie Redmond is there to interview him. She says with all due respect, he is still visibly upset from last week, which was technically all because he interfered with the match of Bron and Sheamus. Kaiser says let’s forget about Sheamus, alright? Bron Breakker is strong, explosive and fast. Kaiser felt all that when Bron viciously attacked him. But Kaiser will prove he is destined for greatness! He will prove that Bron Breakker is no Ludwig Kaiser. The music plays and Kaiser makes his entrance, will he find that statement works better the other way around?

The bell rings and the fans bark for Bron. The two tie up, Bron powers Kaiser to a corner, but the ref counts. Bron lets off slowly, grins, but Kaiser pie faces him! The fans boo but Bron CHOKES Kaiser! The ref counts, Bron lets off, but Kaiser BOOTS him! And SLAPS him! And CLUBS him! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, CLUBS Bron again, then fires forearms. Bron fires back and the fans rally. Bron gets the edge, but Kaiser headlocks. Bron powers out, Kaiser reverses but Bron runs and runs and CLOBBERS Kaiser! The fans fire up and bark, and even Miz likes that! Bron snarls and goes back to drag Kaiser up.

Kaiser fights the facelock, puts Bron on ropes, and they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Kaiser lets off, but he HOTSHOTS Bron! Bron sputters, Kaiser KICKS him down! Kaiser rains down fists, the fans boo, but Kaiser lets off to snarl and soak up the heat. Kaiser goes back but Bron RAMS him into a corner! The fans fire up as Bron RAMS into Kaiser again and again! Bron lets off to scowl at the ref, and Kaiser wants mercy. Bron just RAMS into him again and again! The ref counts, Bron grabs at Kaiser but Kaiser CLAWS the eyes! The fans boo but the ref misses it, and Kaiser KICKS the legs out! Kaiser CLUBS away on Bron now!

Kaiser drags Bron up to KICK him back down! Kaiser gets Bron up to POST him, and Bron is stuck in the ropes! Kaiser runs side to side to DROPKICK Bron to the floor! Miz says Kaiser is becoming a standout as he moves from the tag division to singles, and Kaiser goes out to scuff Bron. The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Kaiser sees the steel steps. Kaiser brings Bron over, but Bron RAMS Kaiser into the apron! Kaiser grimaces while Bron goes up the apron. The fans bark, Bron aims, and Bron FLYING LARIATS Kaiser over the desk! Bron does Kaiser like he did Sheamus, the fans are losing their minds, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Kaiser has Bron down now, and under the ropes. Kaiser fires off hands, lets off as the ref counts, and he talks trash as Bron flounders. The fans boo more, but Kaiser KICKS Bron! Kaiser eggs Bron on, pie faces him, then SLAPS him! Bron scowls and the fans rally up. Bron rises, Kaiser looks worried, so Kaiser fires CHOP after CHOP! Bron fires haymaker after haymaker! Bron whips, Kaiser reveres, but Bron runs through the lariat to FLYING BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up for the freakish athleticism and Bron hauls Kaiser, for a deadlift BELLY2BELLY! Bron then GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Kaiser flounders, Bron runs in to clothesline at the corner! The fans are behind Bron as he puts Kaiser up top. Bron climbs, but Kaiser HEADBUTTS, then throws hands! Bron staggers away, but he comes right back up, to SUPER STEINER! The fans go nuts and even Miz can’t believe what he just saw! The straps come down, Bron gets Kaiser by the neck, then trophy lifts! But Kaiser slips free! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, but Bron DUMPS Kaiser up and out! The fans fire up as Kaiser crawls, and Bron goes out the side. Bron grins and he comes in around the way, but Kaiser sends him into steel steps! Kaiser grins as he avoids that car crash!

Kaiser gets back int he ring, but then slips out the side. Now Kaiser runs in around the way, but SHEAMUS KNEES HIM DOWN!!

Winner: Ludwig Kaiser, by disqualification

The Celtic Warrior gets payback on Kaiser and the fans are loving it! Sheamus now clears the desk and the fans are loving this even more! Sheamus hauls Kaiser up, lifts, but Kaiser fights it! Bron SPEARS Sheamus down!! The fans bark with Bron as he wipes out two men with one move! Will nothing and no one stop Bron from breaking through to that next level?

 

The Judgment Day hangs out int he clubhouse.

Carlito is over, so they’re playing WWE 2K while having some chicken nuggets. They’re having Rhea Ripley beat up on all sorts of superstars. Damian Priest walks in, and he asks who hooked them up with the goods? Carlito says it wasn’t him. Dominik puts the nugs down to say that while Priest might not like this, these are all gifts from Liv Morgan. Dude, seriously? Carlito says Liv helped him win his match so she can’t be all bad. Pause the game… Carlito says yeah, they do need to figure this out. When are the distractions gonna end? Someone texts Dom, and he checks. Now what? Whoa…

Dom shows the guys, and JD’s jaw practically hits the floor! Carlito says that’s cool. Priest glares at Carlito and Carlito says no, n-not cool. Dom says Liv is crazy and Priest agrees, but it is crazier how Liv even has Dom’s number! Priest isn’t telling Dom what to do, but if it were him, he’d find a way to end this with Liv tonight. Just saying. And guys, are you having fun? You know who else is having fun? Braun Strowman, because he’s having his way with them every week. Priest doesn’t wanna be a broken record, but that should’ve been handled by now. But hey, enjoy the games. Finn says yeah, Priest is right. They gotta handle Braun, tonight.

Carlito & JD agree, but they go back to WWE 2K. Will the Judgment Day finally put their foots down and establish dominance?

 

Bron returns backstage.

And he bangs on the door of Adam Pearce. Pearce says good God almighty, calm down! What’s the issue? Bron’s issue is that he’s sick and tired of everyone getting involved in his matches! He would’ve beaten Kaiser if not for Sheamus, and he would’ve beaten Sheamus last week if not for Kaiser! Bron wants a match with Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. He is sick of this, do something! Pearce says alright, just calm down before you have a heart attack. But then speaking of Sami, here he is! And the champ stares Bron down. If Bron wants the title match, well, no one is here to get in the way. Any time, any place, just name it.

Then how about Bron VS Sami at Money in the Bank? Sami tells Pearce, “You tell Bron Breakker he’s got his match.” Pearce says then at MITB, Sami VS Bron for the IC title is OFFICIAL. Bron says he’ll destroy Sami. Bron leaves, will he tear Sami apart in Toronto?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler!

The Morrigan has been a thorn in the side of Damage CTRL, only because they’ve been trying to hold her down ever since they got here. But will Lyra be able to fly high and head for Toronto? Will the Pirate Princess help Iyo Sky double their chances in the ladder match? Or will the Queen of Spades stop everyone from overlooking her and finally head back to the top?

Raw returns and Kairi makes her entrance, followed by Shayna. The bell rings, the three feel things out, and then Kari takes a swing! Lyra gets around, Kairi BOOTS Shayna, then Kairi switches to headlock. Lyra powers out, hip tosses Kairi down to a cover, ONE!! Lyra whips Kairi to a corner hard, but then Shayna LARIATS Lyra! Shayna keeps going and clotheslines Kairi in the corner, then gut wrench SLAMS her! Cover, TWO! Kairi bails out so Shayna goes right after Lyra. Shayna whips Lyra to a corner, but Lyra goes up and over, sweeps the legs, and reels her in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Kairi AX KICKS it apart!

Kairi wrenches to a wristlock, whips, but Lyra reverses. Kairi goes up and gets both Lyra and Shayna for a RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Kairi goes up, and she aims to SUPER CROSSBODY both Lyra & Shayna down! The fans fire up with Kairi while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Shayna suplexes Kairi, only for Kairi to APRON DDT!! Both women are down and the fans fire up, but then Lyra runs in to WRECK Kairi with a dropkick! Lyra puts Kairi in the ring, climbs up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Lyra isn’t done there, she hauls Kairi up to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and then Shayna BUZZSAWS Lyra! Shayna CLUBS Lyra, drags her up, and whips her to ropes. Lyra slides under, but Shayna stops the heel kick to LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kairi runs up to BLOCKBUSTER Shayna! Kairi drags Shayna to a drop zone and the fans fire up!

Kairi goes up, INSANE ELBOW onto knees!! Shayna drags Kairi up in a KIRAFUDA, but Lyra rolls Shayna up! TWO!! Shayna escapes, Lyra SOBATS, KICKS and RAMS into her! And then ENZIGIRIS! Shayna falls, Kairi rises, but Lyra runs. Kairi ducks the enzigiri, goes for a leg, but Lyra steps over, gut wrenches, and SITOUT POWERBOMBS! Cover, Shayna KNEES Lyra in the face!! Cover, TWO!! All three women are down and the fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” as the three stir. Kairi goes to a corner, Shayna runs in but only gets buckles. URAKEN! Kairi hurries up while Shayna falls, but Shayna rises again!

Shayna GAMANGIRIS Kairi, but Lyra waistlocks Shayna! Shayna ELBOWS free, but Lyra ducks the kick! Lyra fireman’s carries, Shayna slips out! KIRAFUDA!! Lyra flails, falls back, but Kairi aims! Lyra rolls back, TWO! INSANE ELBOW!! But Lyra fireman’s carries, NIGHTWING DRIVER!!! Cover, Lyra wins!!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

It was a fast and furious finish, and when the dust cleared, it was Lyra standing tall! But will she be able to fly over the field and get up that ladder to bring down the briefcase?

 

McIntyre argues with Pearce backstage.

Everything that Punk did to him, costing him at WrestleMania, costing him at Clash at the Castle, McIntyre should automatically be in the MITB ladder match! Pearce says no, everyone has to earn their way into that match, especially the guy that “quit” last week. Oh, whatever, it’s not like McIntyre meant it. Well, Pearce is gonna mean what he says, and no, McIntyre doesn’t deserve it. All McIntyre’s done is disrupt things on Raw and SmackDown. Oh, well, did McIntyre deserve CM Punk snatching a referee shirt, running out there and screwing McIntyre over? Does Seth Rollins deserve the shot at Priest after just coming back when McIntyre beat him at Mania?

McIntyre will tell Pearce this: He believes Pearce will do the right thing. Because if he doesn’t, he’ll see the true meaning of the word “disruption.” McIntyre leaves, but then Liv Morgan walks in. She’s wearing a shirt that reads “Daddy’s Girl,” and she smiles as she makes her way to gorilla. The WWE Women’s World Champion makes her entrance, and we’ll find out what she’s up to, after the break.

 

Raw returns and…

Liv has the mic to say, “Oh, Dominik~! Since I couldn’t seem to catch you backstage, I thought I’d come all the way out here to get your attention. I hope you really, really, really liked the gifts I gave you,. But I hope you liked that text I sent you even more.” She knows he’s playing hard to get, but once he’s honest with herself that she is what he really wants, she promises there’s so much more in store for him. Rhea’s never gotten Dom any gifts, has she? She’s never cared about him the way Liv does. Will “Daddy Dom” please come out here? He can thank her for the gifts, and she promises to give him another right in front of all these people.

But instead, Zelina Vega makes her way out here! La Muneca says she has a gift for everyone: it’s shutting Liv the hell up. Zelina doesn’t get why Liv’s obsessed with Rhea’s “sloppy seconds.” But that’s not even why she’s here. Zelina is here to talk about something that Liv has clearly forgotten about. While Liv is running around chasing that Dirty D, Zelina is here chasing the WWE Women’s World Championship. The fans like that! Liv says oh goodness, she has not forgotten about the title. This is the most important thing in her life! She took out Rhea for this title. She put Becky into early retirement for this! There is NOTHING that means more to her than this.

But it seems to Zelina that Liv is just about having fun. And that that fun is all she’s worried about. What’s wrong with having fun? Zelina will tell her what’s wrong. Liv schemed for her opportunities, Zelina starves for hers. So her Why will always top Liv’s libido. And what sounds “fun” to Zelina is Liv putting that title on the line. How does that sound? Zelina VS Liv for the WWE Women’s World Championship, here tonight! The fans fire up for that idea! Liv says she’d love to, but she’s busy. How about next week? Zelina is NOT waiting for next week! Try her. But wait, here domes Com! The fans boo but Liv is all smiles.

Dom has a mic, but Liv asks if he liked those gifts. She knows he does. Dom says he did get the gifts, but no he did not like them. Oh, but she knows he loved that text, right? She even gets the ropes for him. Dom tentatively steps inside, and Zelina asks what is going on here. The fans chant “SLOPPY SECONDS!” and Zelina gags before she laughs. Zelina says if Liv is too afraid to fight, she didn’t need to bring her man out here. Dom says he’s not Liv’s man. The fans boo but Dom keeps trying to talk. If Zelina’s gonna fight Liv for the Women’s World Championship… The fans keep booing, but Dom says he wants to help.

Okay, wait, this is rich. He wants to what? He wants to help! Dom knows Zelina and Rhea have had their issues, and Zelina says that’s an understatement. Dom tells the fans to let him talk! Liv agrees, Daddy needs to speak. Dom says he’d rather seen anyone but Liv with the title! Zelina says no, if she wanted to hear anything out of Dom, she would’ve tossed a coin in his begging bowl. Second, she doesn’t need Dom’s help, nor does she want it. So- LIV ATTACKS ZELINA! Liv and Zelina scrap on the mat, the fans fire up, and then Rey gets in! Rey pushes Dom aside to drag Liv away, then he goes to Zelina’s side. But then Dom SHOVES Rey!

The fans boo as Dom again disrespects his dad, and Liv takes that as Dom fighting to protect her! Dom gets outta there, but Liv hurries after. Just what is going on with this WWE telenovela?

 

Cathy Kelley still waits by Chad Gable’s room.

She confirms that WWE medical has checked on Gable, and Adam Pearce has also talked with Gable. Pearce now exits and Cathy asks for an update. Gable is shaken up, as would anyone, but he IS medically cleared and focused on tonight’s Triple Threat. Then has Gable provided any further details on that brutal attack and his mental state? Pearce says that isn’t his story to tell, and Gable might not be in a position to tell it just yet. Will Gable be alright when facing two giants so soon after facing a living nightmare?

 

Liv continues to follow after Dom.

Dom tells her to leave him alone but she just wants to talk. Liv thanks Dom for being her hero out there. He saved her from his deadbeat dad! Now she knows he wants this as much as she does. No, that was just because he can’t stand his dad! Liv still thanks him, and hugs him. Dom squirms away, but then R-Truth walks in. Was that Tom or Nick Mysterio? Well, whichever one it was, he’s a reluctant hero. Those are the best kind, right? Liv says they sure are. Truth always has a soft spot for Tom/Nick. Wouldn’t it be nice to do something for a guy like that? Liv says Truth has no idea. Truth loves it when love is in the air.

Truth tells Tom/Nick is playing hard to get. They sure are. But Liv has an idea how she can do something nice for Dom and his friends. She can talk with Pearce about a match of Dom VS Rey for next week, and for tonight, it can be JD & Finn in a match for the World Tag Team Championships. Can Truth help with that? Yeah, Truth used to be cool with Finn, but he never liked JD. JD’s never been in Judgment Day, and he’s got a freakishly large head. Liv says JD sure does. But Liv knows the guys would love a tag match with the best team in the world. Truth says he’s one half of THE WWE World Tag Team Chamipons!

OMG really? Can he help? Of course! He’s the best! Well, yes, he is. Okay, just make sure to go talk to Pearce. Liv thanks Truth, heads out, and Truth says he’s always ready to help Carmella. Miz is NOT happy on commentary, and now he has to intercept Truth! Michael Cole is now alone on commentary, will Judgment Day get everything they could ever want?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed!

It’s the moment of truth for the former leader of The Alpha Academy. Will what happened last week leave him in any shape to face the Monster of All Monsters and the Colossal Aussie? Or will he pull off the truly biggest upset victory in WWE history?

Raw returns and Bronson makes his entrance, followed by Gable’s. Gable has a mic to say, “Do you believe in miracles?” The fans are torn, but Gable says the rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Yes, eh was left bloodied and bludgeoned, left for dead by a bunch of monsters. There’s just one problem: Chad Gable cannot be killed! He LIVES! And in an act of true bravery, he is out here tonight to face these two monsters. And like last week, he will persevere, go on to MITB, win the briefcase, and he will become The Master in the Bank. Gable steps into the ring, but the tron is getting all glitchy…

The bell rings, Gable looks between the two mountainous men, and he CHOPS Bronson! Bronson doesn’t flinch! Gable CHOPS Braun, but Braun doesn’t flinch! Bronson CHOPS Gable, then Braun CHOPS Gable down! Gable bails out so now the big men are left alone. The fans fire up for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” The two tie up, go around, and Bronson headlocks. Braun powers up and out, Bronson ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAMS Braun! Braun gets stuck int he ropes a moment, but comes back to CLOBBER Bronson! Braun keeps moving, but Bronson DUMPS him out! Gable gets in, and he waistlocks Bronson! Bronson elbows free!

Bronson lifts Gab le, and THROWS him at Braun, but Braun catches Gable! Gable fights, but Bronson DIVES?! Down goes everyone and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Gable has Braun in a HANGING ARMBAR! Braun gets free, but Bronson SPLASHES him! Gable gets in, ducks ‘n’ dodges Bronson to DROPKICK! Bronson SENTONS but Gable dodges! Gable has the giants in the corners, and he runs to forearm SMASH Bronson! And forearm SMASH for Braun! Gable goes back to Bronson but Bronson busts through the lariat to SPLASH Braun! SPLASH to Gable, then a whip into Braun’s BOOT! Bronson runs up but Braun BOOTS him, too! Braun then runs to run Bronson over! Another BOOT for Gable! Braun gets Gable up and TOSSES him into Bronson!

Both Bronson and Gable fall and the fans fire up! Braun sees both men go outside, so it’s time to get on the tracks! The Strowman Express runs to CLOBBER Gable! And CLOBBER Bronson! Braun storms back into the ring as the fans fire up, and he runs, only for Bronson to move! Braun POSTS himself! Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Bronson!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bronson survives but Gable stomps him to a drop zone. Gable goes up and up, but Braun trips him up! Braun drags Bronson out to POST him, then scoops him, for a MONSTER SLAM on the floor! The fans fire up as Braun huffs and puffs and rips off his shirt!

Braun drags Bronson back up, but then JUDGMENT DAY attacks! JD, Dom, Finn & Carlito all attack, but Braun fights them all off! Braun stalks JD, grabs him and Dom, then goes to the ramp, only for Finn to CHOP BLOCK Braun! Judgment Day mugs the Monster of All Monsters, the fans boo, but this leaves Gable and Bronson alone! Gable adjusts, has his target, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, GABLE WINS!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Judgment Day handles their Braun problem, and Gable actually comes through on his promise! Will Gable continue to do as he said and win the MITB contract?

Wait! The lights start turning off! The fireflies are coming out and Gable is in a panic! There’s fog filling the ring, and the piano starts playing! And then a spotlight shines on Gable, as SISTER ABIGAIL rises!! She creeps up behind him, and Gable falls into a corner! Gable scurries out of the ring but he can’t look away from fear. But then Abby crawls her way over to something else. There’s a box on the floor, and she picks it up. She sets it down on the commentary desk. What’s in the box, Cole? What’s in the box?! Abby continues on, walking through the crowd. And then she goes into the shadows, and disappears.

 

Raw returns and…

Michael Cole holds up the package. The fans are chanting “OPEN IT! OPEN IT!” The box is meant for Pat McAfee but he’s not here tonight. Cole unwraps the package, opens it up, and pulls out a VHS tape. It has the words “PLAY ME” on it, but hopefully the production truck has something.

 

Gable is backsatge.

He knocks on a door, and is thankful Otis is there. Gable asks if the others are there. He needs to talk with them. Otis calls to them, and out walk Tozawa & Maxxine. Gable says after last week, h is life flashed before his eyes, and when it did, all he could see was them, his family. It takes a big man to admit when he was wrong. These last two months have been rough for all of them, and he knows he stepped over the line. He owns that. So from the bottom of his heart, he is sorry. But that’s what families do, right? They fight, but they stick together. Otis says yeah, but anyone who hurts Tozawa & Maxxine isn’t family.

Otis is sorry for what happened to Gable, but he said what he said. They’re done. Otis leads the others away and Maxxine tells Gable that he put them through a lot. Gable really hurt Otis. Otis looked up to Gable. But for what it is worth, they are glad he’s okay. What happened to him must’ve been terrifying. But Otis just needs time, okay? Maxxine will talk with him. Maxxine heads back inside, and Gable turns around to see The Creeds & Ivy Nile. They ask if he’s alright, and Gable says no! He’s not alright! He needs help… Will Gable have to move on if Otis is unable to forgive him?

 

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The wicked witches are back in action after winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at Clash at the Castle, and it’s going to be against the high-flying, good vibing party girls of KC Squared! Will Kayden & Katana be able to break the spell already cast by the new champs? Or will there be no After Party here tonight?

The teams sort out, Alba and Kayden start up and they tie up. Alba throws Kayden down then soaks up the cheers and jeers. But then Kayden YANKS Alba into ropes! Isla runs in, Kayden throws her out! Kayden runs and WRECKS both Alba & Isla with a dropkick! The fans fire up, Katana comes around, and she gets a boost to CROSSBODY Alba & Isla down! KC Squared is all fired up and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kayden has Alba in a TRAILER HITCH! Alba endures, crawls over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Kayden lets go in frustration but she runs back up, only for Alba to YANK her into ropes! Kayden flounders, Alba brings her up and Isla tags in. The lasses double suplex, only for Kayden to counter with a DOUBLE DDT! The fans rally up, Kayden SUPERKICKS Isla down! Kayden grabs Isla by the legs and puts her in the drop zone. Katana tags in, and she goes up for the KEG STAND! Cover, Alba breaks it! The fans fire up as Alba RAMS into Kayden! Kayden TOSSES Alba, gets Isla up, and Katana climbs.

But then Alba trips Kayden up! Isla avoids Katana, but Katana rolls Isla! TWO, and Isla ROUNDHOUSES Katana down! Tag to Alba, she gets Katana up in the Gory Especial, double double, TOIL AND TROUBLE!! Cover, Alba & Isla win!

Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall

But wait! Now DMG CTRL runs in to CLOBBER Alba & Isla! The fans boo but they beat the tag champs down 3v2! Then Dakota BOOTS Katana for good measure! Iyo goes up top, takes aim, and OVER THE MOONSAULT for both Isla & Alba! The Evil Genius said DMG CTRL needs to make a change, will this increased intensity help them take over Raw?

 

Priest returns to the clubhouse.

But Liv’s already there? She says hi then bye, and Priest hopes this was Dom ending things. Priest steps inside, but only Finn is here? Finn thought Priest was heading home already. No, he had to come back and grab the world title so that he can go out and address Seth Rollins. Don’t tell Priest that it didn’t look sketchy just now! Don’t accuse Finn of things. Liv was here telling them all that Dom’s got a match with Rey, and that Finn & JD have a tag title match TONIGHT! Oh, she did that? Yeah! It ain’t ideal, but a title match is a title match. Finn will take what he can get. Liv seems a little too good to be true, Finn admits that.

Priest says that’s exactly right. Priest will go handle his business, and he wishes Finn good luck in the tag title match. Finn nods, Priest leaves, but then Finn rolls his eyes. Is Priest getting worked up over nothing? Or is there something going on here between The Prince and “Daddy’s Girl?”

 

The Miz finds Truth.

Miz asks if Truth talked to Pearce. Oh, he did, and it’s official. Why isn’t Miz in gear? They gotta get to gorilla. Miz asks if Truth has been paying attention. Miz was on commentary tonight! Oh, oops. Truth says he did it for love. Liv and Dom is a classic romcom. Like Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Shrek! Miz doesn’t care about that right now! This is about them! Truth says he loves Miz, but only as a friend. Truth heads out, Miz is beside himself. What is Miz to do with Truth? What are they going to do against The Prince & Irish Ace?

 

Damian Priest heads to the ring.

El Campeon has already had a busy night just trying to keep his team on track, but now he will focus on his own business. Priest has the mic and says we all saw the Seth Rollins video package earlier. It was humbling and inspiring. Real talk, Priest sees what Rollins meant when he said he sees a version of himself in Priest. He gets it. They’re both someone who can be in a group, stand out as a leader, and elevate everyone around them. They’re both someone who can come out here as champion, representing Raw, while always rising to the occasion. And tell you waht. Priest knows what he sees in Seth.

Priest sees a man… he does not want to become. To break it down, Priest doesn’t wanna be here and see his successor. See someone who is bigger, stronger, and better than him. No, don’t get him wrong. Rollins is great, but Priest is the champion of the world! And so long as he IS world champion, sorry, but Rollins will never see the mountaintop again. But wait! Here comes Rollins himself! The fans fire up as The Visionary struts his way out as Cruella’s male counterpart and goes to the ring. Indianapolis sings for Rollins as he gets the mic, and he tells them, “We are partying in Indy today!”

The fans cheer and Rollins says this is why: Royal Rumble 2025 is coming their way! But that’s in February. Tonight is Monday, and so it’s still his show, it is MONDAY NIGHT ROLLINS! The fans sing more, and Priest is amused. Rollins revels in it, then says Priest goes “All Rise for El Campeon,” well all sing for Seth Freakin’ Rollins. But Priest wants to come out here, run his mouth about Rollins, is that it? No, no, Rollins wants to get this right. Priest says that as long as he is World Heavyweight Champion, Rollins will never get the belt back? That’s about right. Ooh… Well that is bold, Priest, very bold.

The problem is, man… Rollins doesn’t believe that. Rollins doesn’t believe in this confidence, this is false bravado. Does Priest even believe the crap coming out of his mouth? Does Indy believe the crap coming out of Priest’s mouth? “NO! NO! NO!” Rollins says they don’t buy it and here’s why. They don’t buy Priest as the man, as the mountain, because his actions and his words don’t line up. Priest says all the right things, says he doesn’t want anyone’s help when it comes to this title. However, in both of his title defenses so far, it was very obvious that Priest needed the help. If not for Judgment Day or CM Punk, Priest wouldn’t be here as World Heavyweight Champion!

Priest says yeah, he gets that opinion, and Rollins is right. Priest didn’t ask for help, but people got involved. The fans boo, then chant “YOU SUCK!” Priest frowns, but says he is the world champ! And he can’t change what happened. But what he can do, look at Rollins while holding the world title, while Rollins is there representing the past and holding on to a whole lot of nothing. Rollins says, “For now.” Rollins isn’t here to run Priest down. No, Rollins has a lot of respect. But Rollins doesn’t appreciate being one-upped. Priest one-ups Rollins by challenging him to this title match> Respect, that was a bold move.

But now Rollins is here to one-up right back. A challenge for challenge. Rollins says they should sweeten the pot at MITB. Y’know, nothing official, no Pearce or anything. More like a side bet, or a gentlemen’s agreement. A cherry on top. What does Priest say that if somehow he retains the title, he gets his wish. As long as Priest is champion, Rollins never challenges for it again. But when Rollins wins, takes back the title Priest has been keeping warm these past two months, we find out if Priest really can stand on his own two feet. WHEN Rollins wins at MITB, Priest… must LEAVE Judgment Day! The fans like that idea!

Priest is a bit speechless here. Rollins says we can find out if Priest really can walk a mile on Rollins’ shoes. What does El Campeon say to that? Priest chuckles, and he has to admit, that’s good. As Priest sees it, he’s the champion. So to him, Judgment Day needs him more than he needs them. But as far as this “agreement” goes, Priest accepts. Now Rollins is shocked. They shake on it, but wait! Here comes Der Ring General! Indy fires up as Gunther goes to the ring to join Visionary and Punisher. Gunther looks between the two, the fans chant “This is Awesome!” and then Gunther gets a mic.

Gunther has everyone hold on, and he says he fully understands there’s a lot on the line here. The world title, and the gentlemen’s agreement. MITB, Seth Rollins, the workhorse who established the prestige of this title, against Damian Priest, the man who is carrying Monday Night Raw on his back right now. Gunther wishes good luck to both men. He cannot wait to see this match. The fans cheer that! Gunther then adds, “May the better man win. But don’t make a mistake. At SummerSlam, the better man out of you two, will be the lesser man when he steps in the ring with me.” Gunther drops the mic and heads out. Will the King of the Ring prove he’s the greatest of them all in Cleveland?

And as for Rollins and Priest, will The Visionary make good on the last shot he might have for a long time? Or will he force the Judgment Day to do things without their Punisher?

 

The VHS tape is ready.

The production team has a VCR to play it, and so here we are. A buzzard, the piano playing, the Wyatt Sick6, and of course, Uncle Howdy. “Are you… Happy? How have you been since the loss? Do you feel as though you have been… forgotten? Do you remember who you are?” BO DALLAS!? And he says, “I’m nobody.” Howdy says, “There you are. How did it feel when your brother died?” Bo says one of the most important things in his life… was taken from him. And it feels like nothing was ever gonna matter again. Howdy says, “Don’t you think you’re exploiting your brother’s legacy?” Bo says all he ever wanted his whole life… was to be like his brother.

Bo looked up to his brother, wanted to be like his brother. And he worked his entire career, his life, so he could have the chance to work next to his brother. They were going to… They were going to rule together. They finally made it! They had it all! And then it was taken away. There is no one on this Earth that feels more hurt by his loss than Bo! No one feels what Bo feels! So what is he supposed to do? Let his life become a mausoleum? To let everyone forget about what his brother stood for, what he fought for, what he believed in?! They wanted to forget about Bo. “They wanted to forget about all of us!”

Bo says they need to remember. The Wyatts made them all remember! Howdy says, “Yes, we did!” The two sides of one mind sit in the dark room, and then the video ends. What will the Wyatt Sick6 do to “make us remember” next?

 

Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston!

Mr. Apocalypse put out the challenge, and then got what he hoped for in #KofiMania running wild! There’s an agreement to leave everyone else in the back so that this is a fair fight, but will it really be fair? Or will the New Day find a way to triumph over The Final Testament?

The bell rings and Kofi DROPKICKS Kross right out of the ring! Kofi then FLIES and he takes Kross down! The fans fire up with Kofi and he gets Kross up and into the ring. Kofi goes up the corner, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” but Kross avoids the ax handle. Kofi comes back but into a BACKBREAKER! Kross then shifts to get Kofi back up, fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Kofi tumbles out of the ring but Kross has a confident sneer, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, the fans rally, and Kofi JAWBREAKERS free of Kross! Kofi goes to the apron, springboadds in, and AX HANDLES! Kofi keeps rallying with CHOPS and a DORPKICK! Kofi runs, but into Kross’ arms! Kross RAMS Kofi into the corner, runs back in, but Kofi goes out to PENDULUM KICK! Kofi goes back up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO, and Kross swings! Kofi dodges, and he LEAPING LARIATS! The fans fire up and Kofi gives us the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP! Kross sputters and the fans fire up. Kofi claps, and the fans clap along. Kofi aims from the corner, but then Paul Ellering is on the tron!

Ellering shouts at Kofi, “Is it worth it? Is it really worth it!?” The Authors of Pain are beating up on Woods! Kofi hurries to the ropes but Kross reels him in! Kofi runs, dodges, but into the scoop and FINAL PRAYER!! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Kross holds up seven fingers, because Kofi is “lucky” number seven in Kross’ list of former WWE Champions he has defeated. But it would seem The New Day fell into their trap, will nothing stop The Final Testament from ruling over Raw?

 

WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh!

Miz really should’ve had Truth join him on commentary earlier tonight, because now they’re having to defend their titles on short notice! Again! Will the Hollywood A-Lister and the former 54-time WWE 24/7 Champion ever be done with The Judgment Day? Or will the luck of the Irish bring these belts back to the clubhouse?

Raw returns and The Awesome Truth makes their entrance. That takes care of the introductions, then the belts are raised, and we see if all is truly fair in love and war.

Truth starts against JD and the fans rally up. Truth and JD circle, but then Finn pushes Truth! JD CLUBS Truth, stomps away in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Finn tags in, he drags Truth up to ROCK him. Finn headlocks, Truth powers up and out, then Truth drops and blocks a kick. Truth kicks low, runs, and SCISSOR KICKS! Finn flounders to a corner, Truth does the splits! Truth goes corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Truth then brings Finn over to tag Miz. The Awesome Truth double whips, DOUBLE ELBOWS, then they do their secret handshake before the DOUBLE ELBOW DROP!

JD runs in but he gest a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! Finn runs in, but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Then Miz & Truth DOUBLE LARIAT JD up and out! Indy is all fired up, but then here comes Liv! Whose side is she on? We’ll just wait and see, after the break.

Raw returns again and Finn stomps away on Truth at the ropes! The ref counts, Finn tags JD, and JD slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO! Liv is still at the ramp, but JD CHOKES Truth on the ropes. The ref counts, JD lets off to argue, and Finn gets a cheap shot in! JD stomps Truth, tags Finn, and they mug Truth. Truth writhes, Finn drags him up and whips. Truth KICKS Finn back, but then Finn rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up and Miz reaches out. Truth and Finn crawl, hot tags to JD and Miz! JD trips up, Miz KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! The fans are thunderous as Miz stomps away in the corner!

The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, and he runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARAIT! Miz pushes Miz down, dodges Finn and Finn kicks post! Miz YANKS Finn down, hurries back up, but JD runs up. Miz RAMS into JD, but Dom & Carlito show up now! Liv says hi, but Dom & Carlito go after Miz! Miz kicks Carlito, TOSSES him over the desk, then hurries up., Miz BOOTS JD, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! JD survives and the fans fire up! JD goes to a corner, Miz runs in, but into a BOOT! JD goes up, but Miz trips him up, and Miz DRAPING CODE BREAKERS! Miz hauls JD up, but Finn returns! Miz kicks Finn, too! DOUBLE DDTS! Cover on JD, TWO!!

Dom & Carlito are frustrated but The Judgment Day is still in this. Miz has the fans fired up, and he rises up. But Dom’s on the apron! Miz swings on Dom, JD rolls Miz up! TWO, and JD swings. Miz dodges to WRECK Dom with a dropkick! JD swings again, but into the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Carlito helps with the ROPEBREAK! The fans boo as Caribbean Cool gets away with one! But then  Miz grabs at Carlito’s hair! Carlito gets free, Miz goes for JD, but JD HEADBUTTS Miz down! And here comes BRAUN! Braun storms down to the ringside, he chases Dom & Carlito away, just like last week!

The fans fire up as Miz and JD slowly stir. Finn is back and he reaches out. Liv seems unsure what to do without Dom here. JD crawls, as does Miz. Hot tags to Finn and Truth! Truth dodges Finn, and fires those FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Truth hits the SPIN OUT BOMB! And we know what that means “YOU CAN’T-” NO, Finn KICKS Truth in the face! Miz gets up, Finn DECKS him off the apron! But Truth drop toeholds Finn, into the STF!! Finn endures, flails, reaches out, but JD CLOBBERS Truth! Miz springboards in, into a DROPKICK! Truth gets JD up, SPIN OUT BOMB! But Finn rolls Truth! TWO!!

Truth hurries to his feet, gets under Finn, and SPIN OUT BOMB! Finn & JD are side by side, and the fans fire up! DOUBLE “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Truth runs, for a TEN KNUCKLE SHUFFLE!! JD flops out, Finn flounders around, and LIV gets on the apron!? Truth is distracted, Liv says love is in the air! Do this for her! Liv hugs Truth, JD distracts the ref, and then Liv HOTSHOTS Truth!! Finn SHOTGUNS Truth down!! Finn goes up top! COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, JUDGMENT DAY WINS!!

Winner: Finn Balor & JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Tag Team Champions)

Liv IS a bad girl! She just screwed Truth so that Dom’s friends could succeed! Judgment Day has more gold again, and Liv stands with them! Finn & JD allow it, but what will Priest have to say about this? What will Mami Rhea have to say about it?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Raw here tonight! Great “surprise” of McIntyre showing up to really add some heat to this  already red hot feud with Punk. Of course he just expects to be in the MITB match, and he’ll be getting his chance to qualify, but it’s hard to say if he’ll actually become Mr. MITB. Punk could easily show up in Boston next week to mess McIntyre over, or he’ll show up in Toronto to yank McIntyre off the ladder. Either way, something is going to get us to McIntyre VS Punk for SummerSlam, and no title involved, just the grudge. That’s because Gunther is promised the title match for SummerSlam, and we got a great promo from Rollins, Priest and Gunther to feed that.

As always, a lot of great stuff out of Judgment Day, and Priest accepting the stipulation of that gentlemen’s agreement is some great stuff. Rollins might win, might get cashed on at some point, who knows, but Priest being forced to leave Judgment Day would be wild. I don’t see that coming because of everything else we got tonight, but it’s good stuff to put on the pressure. Liv keeps on flirting with Dom, and I think she’s right that he really did like getting WWE 2K on PS5 AND a huge platter of chicken nuggets, but then she doubles down and helps JD & Finn win the tag titles. That closing image tells me that Liv, Finn & JD VS Rhea, Dom & Priest in Judgment Day Civil War. It doesn’t even matter who is Heel and who is Face, it’s the cards they’re showing.

Awesome match from Bron VS Kaiser, but apparently Kaiser got legit injured during it. They should’ve been more careful with that flying clothesline onto the desk, maybe not bust that out all the time… But Sheamus going after Bron was great, and maybe after Bron VS Sami, Sheamus gets his shot to see if he can finally become Intercontinental Champion and complete the ultimate WWE checklist. And good stuff from Kroff and Kofi, but I nailed the prediction last week. Kofi was out in the ring so that Woods could be mugged by The AOP, this is the same stuff they did to Lashley & The Profits. But hey, if it adds to the New Day’s dysfunction, it’s still good stuff.

Awesome Triple Threat from Lyra VS Kairi VS Shayna. Lyra winning made sense, she and Iyo Sky can have it out during the ladder match. And DMG CTRL going after the tag teams later on was a good move, too. DMG CTRL will of course want the tag titles back, so it’ll likely be Kairi & Dakota VS Alba & Isla at some point. While that was a very good Triple Threat for the men, it should’ve been clear Braun was going to be attacked by Judgment Day. Chad Gable’s story tonight was also great, seeing as how it is also connected to this larger Wyatt Sick6 story. They could’ve gone with a bigger piece of bandage on Gable’s “wound” so it’d be more apparent, but that’s a small thing compared to him being one of the Wyatts’ targets.

Apparently Pat McAfee is another, as the Wyatt Sick6 “hacked” his show some time last week, which explains why he didn’t wanna show up tonight. Very clever to make the message a VHS tape, and that promo from Taylor Rotunda as both Uncle Howdy and Bo Dallas, that was powerful stuff. They even addressed the concern that some fans think this is exploitation by showing this story is a tribute to Bray and not just some gimmick. The therapy session style of Bo basically talking to himself even shows this is a way of working through mourning and grief, but also perhaps something more, something darker. That’s where it felt like Bray’s story was going with Howdy and Fiend and everything else, so this is Bo picking up the torch as only he can.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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