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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/10/23)

Seth and Dom run it back!

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Willy tonight be Seth Rollins’ Judgment Day?

Dominik Mysterio gets another shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, but will he have better luck than he did last week?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle & Drew McIntyre VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER; Riddle & McIntyre win.
  • Seth Rollins VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
  • Becky Lynch VS Zoey Stark w/ Trish Stratus; Stark wins.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Emma; Shayna wins.
  • No Disqualifications: Tommaso Ciampa VS The Miz; The Miz wins.
  • Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Sonya & Chelsea win.
  • Six Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS The Judgment Day; The Judgment Day wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Finn Balor is here!

The Prince is in Buffalo, New York but is going to the ring without The Judgment Day. Though the last time they were all out here together, Finn cost Damian Priest a Money in the Bank contract cash-in. But right now, Finn gets a mic and says, “The way things went down at MITB just… Still just doesn’t sit right with me. As far as I’m concerned, the issues between me and Seth have not been put to rest. Because of Damian Priest!” Finn calls out Senor MITB, but here comes Mami & Dommy! Rhea asks Finn what is even going on. She knows Finn has unfinished business he wants to discuss, but they aren’t going to do that out here.

Whatever Finn has to say to Damian, they can all say it backstage. Finn tells Rhea & Dom that his issue is not with them but with Damian and they both know it. Damian cost Finn the World Heavyweight Championship when he tried to hijack Finn’s moment! Rhea stops Finn from talking, they argue off mic, and Rhea wants Finn to calm down. Finn says he IS calm! Fans rally behind “MAMI! MAMI!” but Finn isn’t hearing her out. Finn drops his mic and takes his leave. Dom joins Rhea in the ring now, and Rhea says what we all just saw is Judgment Day business. Just know that Judgment Day STILL runs Monday Night Raw!

And if you don’t believe her, she dares anyone to come out and question that! She is still the most dominant woman in the WWE! And tonight, her Latino Heat finishes his business when he puts down Seth Freakin’ Rollins. Isn’t that right, Dom-Dom? Dom says that’s right, and the fans erupt in boos! Dom keeps trying, but here comes Rollins! Dom shouts “NO NO NO NO NO! Cut the music! Cut the music!” Dom will NOT be disrespected like this! Especially considering Rollins has a plate of food in hand… Rollins tells Dom to shut his mouth, no one is here tonight to hear him run his mouth! Fans cheer that.

Fans sing for Rollins as Rollins says they’re all here to party, to have some Buffalo wings, and to watch The Judgment Day implode right in front of our very eyes! Dom says the only thing that implodes is Rollins’ head when Dom beats him! Fans boo more and Dom tells them to shut up. Rollins says, “You think you’re gonna beat me?” Dom says yes he is! Rollins laughs and laughs and laughs. “Ohhh I got some bad news for you two. See, Mami, tonight, I’m gonna be the only one whippin’ little Dom-Dom’s ass. HAHAHAHAHA!” Rollins drops the mic and goes back to his wings, but will Dom be the one that gets spicy tonight?

 

Damian Priest regroups with Rhea & Dom.

That out there went exactly how Damian figured. Rhea says it didn’t go the way she planned it, but she wants both Finn and Priest to grow up, act like men, and squash this beef. Damian tells Rhea that this man already spoke to Finn and Finn chose not to listen. But for Rhea’s sake, Damian will try again. But this will be the last time. Rhea accepts that, but will the Judgment Day still fall apart at the seams?

 

Matt Riddle & Drew McIntyre VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!

The Original Bro tried taking on Der Ring General and his soldiers alone, it wasn’t working, and so the Scottish Warrior made his return to make the save! And now, united as warrior bros, they look to tear down Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci and clear a path to the Intercontinental Champion! Will this be a winning com-bro-nation? Or will the mat be kept sacred?

Raw returns and Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out, Riddle starts with Ludwig. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Riddle gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Then Riddle keeps on an arm, but Ludwig powers him to a corner. The ref counts, Ludwig throws a body shot then hits a headlock takeover. Gunther approves but fans boo. Riddle fights up, powers up, but Ludwig holds on tight! Ludwig says “Nein!” and grinds the hold. Riddle powers up, powers out, but Ludwig reels him in, only for Riddle to again go for the arm! Ludwig RAMS Riddle into a corner, pulls hair, and the ref counts.

Ludwig lets off slowly, to then UPPERCUT Riddle! Fans boo and McIntyre glares, but Riddle gut wrenches Ludwig for a suplex! Roll through, another gut wrench suplex! Ludwig staggers up, Riddle wrenches his arm, and reaches out. Fans fire up and McIntyre tags in! Ludwig scrambles away to tag in Vinci. Gunther coaches his team and Ludwig distracts so that Vinci can rush in! Vinci throws hands, headlocks, but McIntyre powers out. Vinci blocks a hip toss but then McIntyre blocks a hip toss! And he CLOBBERS Vinci! McIntyre stands Vinci up to CHOP him back down! Tag back to Riddle, and McIntyre gives Riddle a boost, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO!

Fans fire up and Riddle covers, TWO! Riddle keeps on Vinci with a facelock but Vinci wrenches out to SAIDO! Vinci turns things around on Riddle and Gunther keeps coaching him. Vinci CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and fans boo. Vinci drags riddle up, tags Ludwig in, and Ludwig taunts McIntyre. The ref has to keep McIntyre back, but Riddle catches Ludwig to a HANGING TRIANGLE! Vinci isn’t sure what to do, Riddle lets go before the ref sees, but then Vinci DRIVE-BY DROPKICKS! Ludwig adds a dropkick of his own! Fans boo but Imperium is feeling good as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Vinci short arm LARIATS Riddle down! Buffalo rallies for Riddle but Vinci just hits another short arm LARIAT! Vinci soaks up the heat, drags Riddle up again, but Riddle gets around to a crucifix takedown! TWO, and Vinci BOOTS Riddle down! Tag to Ludwig and he pushes Riddle to a cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Riddle to the mat. Fans rally as Riddle endures and Riddle fights up with body shots. But Ludwig fires a forearm! Riddle gives it back, and the two go back and forth! Fans rally up but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Riddle CHOPS! Ludwig CHOPS!

Riddle fires off a flurry of palm strikes, and a ROUNDHOUSE! Riddle runs, into an UPPERCUT! COMPLETE SHOT! Ludwig looms over Riddle, then sucker kicks McIntyre! Only for Riddle to catch Ludwig for a spin and PELE! Fans fire up as McIntyre storms up the steps! Riddle and Ludwig crawl, Ludwig brings Riddle around to bump off buckles. Tag to Vinci, ROCKET LAUNCH into the suplex and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Riddle is still in this and Gunther is annoyed. Vinci drags Riddle up, reels him in, and tags in Ludwig. Ludwig goes up, Vinci lifts Riddle, but Riddle back drops him away! Ludwig leaps, into a FINAL FLASH!

Fans are fired up as Vinci hurries back in! Vinci has a leg, and he flips Riddle, but Riddle lands on his feet! Hot tag to McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as McIntyre rallies on Imperium! Whip and OVERHEAD SUPLEX for Vinci! Then a clinch in the corner for another OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Ludwig gets up, and gets a NECKBREAKER! NECKBREAKER for Vinci! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up as he warns Gunther. McIntyre reels Vinci in, gets him up, POWERBOMB!! A direct message to Der Ring General! But then McIntyre starts the countdown! But Ludwig gets after him! McIntyre TOSSES Ludwig!

The ref is distracted with Ludwig, Gunther drags McIntyre out of the ring! But Riddle runs in, FINAL FLASH! McIntyre gets back in, he dodges Vinci, CLAYMORE! Riddle catches Ludwig into the ANKLE LOCK!! McIntyre covers, McIntyre & Riddle win!

Winners: Matt Riddle & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The warrior bros come out victorious! Gunther is not happy with Vinci, will he have to clean up this mess himself?

 

The Judgment Day all meet backstage.

And Finn is already ranting on and on about Senor MITB messing up that title match. Right, Dom?! Dom is panicked as Damian glares at him, and Rhea tells them to stop it! They’re acting like children! If these two can’t talk this out properly, then nothing happens. One at a time. Damian first. Fine. At MITB, it was never Damian’s intentions to cost Finn. He wanted Finn to win and would never have cashed in on him. T his is not Damian’s fault. Now, we can all go back to the way things were, them handling everyone and running this place. Or… Finn says okay, clean slate and fresh start. He still has his issues with Rollins, so he gets Rollins first.

Damian has no problems with that. Finn can have at him. So are they cool? Yeah, they’re cool. Good. Priest knows Finn can beat Seth and be champion. But either way, that title is covered. Priest heads out, and Finn starts to wonder what that last part means. Is Judgement Day still (not) fine?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.

Jackie Redmond is with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions and says they have successfully defended these titles on numerous occasions since winning at WrestleMania, so we want to know: What’s next? Sami says he doesn’t really know. More of the same, really. They’ll take on whoever steps up. They just beat Pretty Deadly in London, and have dealt with Imperium for months yet have come out on top. Whoever wants to step up, they’re ready for it. It could be Street Profits, LWO, Viking Raiders, Alpha Academy, whoever. But then in walk Dom & Rhea. Kevin says no one is following the unwritten rules!

Sami wants Kevin to calm down but he says no one said their names, this isn’t how this works! But Rhea says that’s the problem in itself: they didn’t say the Judgment Day’s name. Oh, she’s upset by that? Justified, really. Rhea says the Judgment Day could take those titles whenever they want. And Dom says maybe they will. Oh, is that so? Yes, they’ll have all the titles! It doesn’t matter. And that starts tonight when Dom-Dom smashes Rollins’ head in over and over and over again. Because Dom was working on his cardio in prison, and never gets tired. Rhea & Dom leave, Sami asks what she meant by that. Kevin figures Dom was just running around the yard a lot.

Why? What’d Sami think she meant? Uh, n-nothing. Really? What’d he think? He’d rather not say. Aw c’mon, he can tell Kevin. Sami whispers it to Kevin and Kevin thinks about that. Will Dom’s “cardio” come in handy in his rematch with The Visionary?

 

Indus Sher speaks.

Jinder Mahal says, “They say victory at all costs, in spite of all terror. They believe with victory comes survival. But victory… is an illusion of fools.” Sanga and Veer say in Punjabi, and Jinder translates to English that if you believe you can survive, your hope breaks despair. And the war cry will be the noises their enemies make beneath their feet. That is Indus Sher.

 

Seth Rollins VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley!

Raw returns as The Visionary, The Revolutionary, Seth Freakin’ Rollins, makes his entrance. Buffalo sings “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for him as he goes to the ring and Dom tunes it out. Rollins goes up the steel steps, Rhea distracts him, and Dom BLINDSIDES Rollins! Fans boo as Dom fires off but then Rollins hits back! Rollins chases after Dom around the way, and over barriers into the crowd! Rollins fires off, they keep going around the back and back to ringside, and FINN & DAMIAN attack! This was all just a trap for Rollins! They dump Rollins over and fans boo more! Damian fires off on Rollins more while fans chant “DOM, YOU SUCK!”

Damian SMACKS Rollins off the desk, ROCKS him with a right, but here come Kevin & Sami! Fans fire up as the tag champs fire off on Finn & Dom! Priest leaves Rollins behind to help against KO & Sami! But Rollins returns with a chair! Rollins runs Priest & Finn off, then SMACKS Dom outta the ring! Buffalo is thunderous as the champions dare Judgment Day to do something! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” and the tag champs thank the world champ. Will these three watch each other’s backs given the Judgment Day wants all their belts?

 

Ricochet heads to the ring!

Buffalo fires up for the One and Only as he is here for the promised face-to-face with Logan Paul. Ricochet gets the mic to ask, “Buffalo, New York, what’s good?” He knows we know why he’s here, but before getting to it, he wants to say something from the heart. If they don’t mind, that is. Ricochet just wants to say that if you know him, that from the moment he stepped out from the curtain, every risk he takes is for each and every one of us so that we can see we saw Ricochet and that he was the highlight of our night. But tonight, he is here for one individual, and that is Logan Paul. Fans boo and Ricochet says he feels the same way.

But Logan, Ricochet saw the Instagram video, he saw Logan get out of his nice car and is hearing all this. So to give credit where credit is due, Logan’s already done a lot in his short amount of time here. And for some reason, these two have crossed paths on a few occasions. One of those was Logan jumping Ricochet after MITB all because Logan didn’t get his way. But that happens in the WWE, Ricochet is cool with that. What Ricochet isn’t cool with is Logan going on his podcast, using his platform to tell his fans that Ricochet was unprofessional when Logan admitted he didn’t know what he was doing in the first place!

Fans cheer and Ricochet continues to tell Logan that they do it big in the WWE. If Logan has something to say, he can say it face to face. Ricochet waits, and Logan makes his entrance. Fans boo as the ImPAULsive Maverick has a laugh. “Oh, Ricochet. Talkin’ ’bout coming out here face to face, man to man, yet you looking like a little boy.” He’ll make this quick since he doesn’t wanna be in crap Buffalo any longer than he has to be. Ricochet is a human highlight reel, he is incredible. One of the most spectacular superstars Logan’s ever seen. And when they both get int he ring, it is fireworks.

But Logan stands by what he said. At MITB, all of Ricochet and the cronies cared more about Logan losing than Ricochet winning. Ricochet blew it for both of them. And that makes Ricochet a “reckless amateur.” So if we talking unprofessional, Logan can talk about being unprofessional. Ricochet says of course he was reckless. He is a man of the people. And he can promise Logan that NONE of the fans here wanted Logan near that MITB briefcase! None? Logan poses with his “I <3 Prime” section. But Ricochet says the word “unprofessional” is funny coming from Logan. Ricochet wouldn’t be here after 20 years of people looking him in his face and telling him he wouldn’t amount to anything if he was unprofessional.

Fans cheer that, and then chant “LOGAN SUCKS!” Logan says it’s funny that this is Ricochet’s promo but it’s still about him. Ricochet tells Logan that he was going to be professional here and simply challenge Logan to a match. But now that he’s out here and he’s looking at that stupid face, all Ricochet wants to do is hurt Logan. And he will. But before that, some advice to the rookie… “Don’t you ever run your damn mouth about Ricochet again.” Fans fire up and Logan asks, “Or what?” Logan certainly won’t stand here and be intimidated by a dude in an Extra Medium button-up while he’s 90% forehead.

But yo, Logan sees what Ricochet is doing. It’s clever, he likes and respects it. Ricochet wants a match so he can go viral. But Logan doesn’t care about going viral anymore. Logan is a WWE superstar. Fans boo but Logan says he has a legendary KO punch but Ricochet is about replays. No offense, but this won’t work out. So Ricochet FLIES right out of the ring to land in front of Logan! Even Logan is impressed. But that’s what he means! That was cool, for a TikTok. But Logan’s not a TikTokker, and he’s not about attempting to make moments. He IS the moment! So bye. But then he takes a swing! Ricochet dodges, and hits a SLICED BREAD!!

Fans fire up as Ricochet tells Logan, “Let me know when you want that fight, punk.” Fans rally for Ricochet, will the King of Flight show the Maverick who is really the Top Gun here?

 

Becky Lynch VS Zoey Stark w/ Trish Stratus!

Big Time Becks wanted the Hall of Famer, but the Hall of Famer is not medically cleared after taking a ladder rung to the nose. So will Becky just have to settle for dealing with Trish’s new sidekick? Or will Zoey say #ThankYouTrish when Trish helps her beat The Man?

Raw returns and The Hunter makes her entrance, the legend by her side. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Stark puts Becky in a corner but Becky fights out. Stark headlocks, Becky powers out but Stark runs her over. Fans boo but Stark soaks it up. Becky gets up and resets with Stark. They circle, fans rally, and the two tie up. Becky waistlocks and SLAMS Stark, then floats over to facelock. Stark fights but Becky clamps onto an arm. Becky waistlocks but Stark wrenches out to wristlock. Becky slips under and around to wrench and headlock back. Stark powers out then reels Becky into a headlock.

Becky powers out, Stark handsprings over, and Trish is impressed, but Becky dropkicks Stark down! Fans fire up as Stark goes to a corner. Stark is mad, she runs in but Becky dodges to then arm-drag! And arm-drag again! Becky has an armlock and says this is for Trish. They fight up, Stark fights through but Becky cradles, TWO!! Stark escapes but Becky trips to a cover, ONE! Stark trips to a cover, ONE as Becky goes Matrix! Becky mule kicks, runs, but Trish trips her up! Fans boo as Trish gets away with it, but Stark stomps away on Becky! Stark lets off and stalks Becky to ropes. Stark CLUBS Becky to a corner.

Stark runs in but Becky puts it in ropes! UPPERCUT, SOBAT, and then Becky goes up the corner! GUILLO- NO, Stark avoids the leg to ROCK Becky, and springboard MISSILE DROPKICK! Becky flops out of the ring, Trish cheers Stark while fans boo, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Becky runs at Stark in the corner. Stark dodges, Becky goes up and CROSSBODIES, but Stark rolls through! Stark pops Becky up to a fireman’s carry, but Becky fights free. Becky shoves, Starks goes up but Becky trips her up! Becky KICKS away on Stark as she’s stuck up top, then Becky JUMP KICKS Stark down! Becky builds speed and WRECKS Stark with a dropkick! Becky then goes to the apron, FLYING FOREARM! Down goes Stark but Becky RAMS her into barriers! And again! And again! Fans fire up as Becky puts Stark back in. Becky drags Stark up, pump handle T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Stark is still in this and Trish coaches her up but the fans rally for Becky. Becky drags Stark to a drop zone and goes up a corner. Fans fire up but Stark avoids the leg drop! Becky rolls through but Stark CLOBBERS her! SLIDING BOOT! Becky goes to a corner, Stark runs in but is put on the apron. Stark HOTSHOTS Becky, roars and slingshots to ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Stark grows frustrated but Trish coaches her. Stark drags Becky up, scoops, but Becky flying-mares free! Becky runs in but into a fireman’s carry! Becky slips off, FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and Becky grows frustrated.

Trish and Becky stare down, then Becky goes back to Stark. Becky wants that arm but Stark rolls her up! TWO, and Becky tries again! Stark whips Becky away to SUPERKICK her down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives Stark starching her and even Trish is frustrated. Stark tells Becky to just quit already, then rains down forearms! Fans rally up for Becky but Stark drags her up. Stark fireman’s carries but Becky fights free again. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Stark has it, with ROPES! The ref sees that and stops the count! Then Becky rolls Stark! Trish points out Becky’s doing the same! The ref stops and Becky’s mad at Trish.

Stark ROCKS Becky! Z 3- NO!! Becky blocks, dodges, then WRECKS Trish! But Stark rolls Becky up, with tights!! Stark wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Stark really can thank Trish for that one! Trish kept Becky’s attention and now Stark has a win over a Women’s Triple Crown Winner! Will Trish continue to help Stark until she’s reached the top of the division?

 

Rollins talks with Kevin & Sami backstage.

“Boys, imagine my surprise seeing your two beautiful faces out there tonight!” He did not expect it but he appreciates it. And y’know what else he didn’t expect? Judgement Day all on the same page! That means these three need a plan. What do they got? What do they got? What do they got? Sami says they’re in the same boat as Rollins. They’ve been dealing with Judgment Day for months, but three can beat them. Look at these! The tag titles, Rollins’ belt, they are THE three champions of Raw and will go out there to win! But they gotta be smart.

Kevin has an idea, he has a plan. Kevin’s been trying to control his temper like Sami’s been saying, he’s been trying to stay cool, calm, collected. But here’s something: Kevin just saw them jump his friend 4v1 and that he can’t take! So plan A: they go out there, punch faces, and smash heads! Then they break noses and do whatever else they can so that at the end, these three walk out of it the winners! Sami and Rollins love that plan, so they’re gonna go do that! Kevin & Sami head out first, and Rollins takes a moment to focus. Will this golden trio show Judgment Day who really runs Monday Night Raw?

 

The Alpha Academy is in the ring.

Chad Gable & Otis are already in their best graduation gowns, and Gable asks everyone to “SHOOOOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Otis adds an “OHHH~ YEAH~!” Gable thanks the fans for being here tonight, as we honor achievement. Not Gable’s achievements, we’d be here all night talking about that long, long list. But no, tonight is about the achievement of the first ever female graduate of the Alpha Academy. Fans cheer as Gable says this particular female showed what is possible through hard work, dedication, and commitment to a coach’s plan. And she did that when they beat the “disgusting” Viking Raiders with “the sickest freakin’ arm-drag suplex combination you’ve ever seen, baby!”

Gable says tonight, it is his esteemed honor and great pleasure to present this official Alpha Academy diploma to his new prized pupil, the Model Student, Maxxine Dupri! Fans cheer as Maxxine makes her entrance. Gable hands her the diploma and then gives her the floor. Maxxine says thank you so much, Coach Gable. When she first met him, she though the was nothing more than a hideous, disgusting little troll. But then she realized she was wrong. Gable is much more than that. He is a great mentor, a good teacher, and she dares to say, a wonderful friend. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” for Maxxine and Gable agrees.

Maxxine continues to say, “Well, thanks to your training, I was able to defeat that little witch Valhalla, and win my very first match ever, right here on Monday Night Raw.” Fans cheer that, and Maxxine gives thanks to the “beautiful hunk of beef, Otise~!” Otis is Maxxine’s twin flame, her muse, and her rock. If not for this “sexy little buck” catching her eye, none of this would be possible. OOOH~ YEAH~! And lastly, to the fans: thank you so much for accepting her. Thank you for helping her becoming a star. And this trio is just getting started. This star is going to sparkle. A THANK YEW~!

Gable says that was great, but there’s a little tradition. So uh, to make this official… Otis takes off the robe, and struggles with the letterman’s jacket. But Gable lets Maxxine take center stage. Take off the cap. Okay, done. Take off the gown… Oh… AND PUT ON THE LAST JACKET SHE’LL EVER NEED! Maxxine does just that, and the guys help her with jacket. Only for the Viking Raiders to crash the party! Erik & Ivar storm up the ramp, but where is Sarah Logan? She sneaks up from the other side!! She CLOBBERS Maxxine!! Fans boo as Sarah steals the jacket! Fans boo but this battle between them is far from over. When and where will the Alpha Academy retaliate?

 

Shayna Baszler VS Emma!

The Queen of Spades quite literally kicked Ronda Rousey to the curb, sick and tired of the Baddest Woman’s entitled path in professional wrestling. Will Shayna show everyone who is really the baddest on the block?

The bell rings and the two circle. Shayna fires off on Emma, has her in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Shayna whips corner to corner hard, then runs in. Emma BOOTS Shayna, runs in, and SHOTGUN BOOTS! Emma runs corner to corner to EMMAMITE SANDWICH! Cover, ONE!! Shayna gets up but Emma is on her with forearms! Shayna shoves Emma then CLOBBERS her! Shayna rains down fists on Emma, then looms over her. Shayna gets the arm, stands on Emma’s face, and isolates that arm to let her hair down and STOMP!! Emma writhes, fans are torn, but Shayna gets the arm again to mockingly as, “Who wants a souvenir?”

Shayna drags Emma up to the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!! Emma taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

But given that message sent to Ronda, here comes Ronda! Fans boo but Shayna dares Rowdy Ronda to get in the ring. They go after it! Ronda throws knees, then a SAYANAGI! Shayna gets up but Ronda fires off! Shayna turns it around, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! But Ronda powers out and rains down forearms! Ronda wants an arm, Shayna fights it! Shayna scrambles, gets to the ropes, and gets free. Ronda glares at Shayna as now Shayna is on retreat. Shayna and Ronda are on a collision course, when and where will these two have it out?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Buffalo fires up for the American Nightmare, and of course sings along with his song, “WHOA~ OH!” Cody of course gets his pyro, and he high fives fans in the front row as he continues to the ring. Then he gets his second round of pyro before he gets the mic. Fans chant his name, and then Cody says, “So, Buffalo… What do you guys wanna talk about?” Cody knows that on the other side of the screen, there are millions of people. If you’re sitting here and watching, excuse him as he turns his back to see everyone here tonight. Fans cheer as Cody looks to that side of the arena and they all cheer.

Cody says he sees them, and hopefully they see him. He knows there sometimes feels like an invisible wall, that there’s this divide, but it doesn’t feel like that to him. It feels like they’re in the ring with him, and that may be a dangerous place, but he thanks them very much. “But the reason it feels like that, and it doesn’t feel performative, is because what I am telling you, and what I have been telling you since I’ve returned, is real. We’re not just talking career goals, we’re talking life goals.” The other day, Cody was in the UK and he was asked how he feels about his momentum.

That question has haunted Cody, as has his answer. Cody answered honestly and politely, and maybe a bit cagey, but he cited the fans. He said that “Every city is sold out. Every crowd, louder and louder.” The fans cheer that! “Every metric that you could judge me by, I’m doing okay.” But then the reporter insisted and this is why Cody’s answer bothered him. Cody admitted that in the ring, his momentum is “shaky.” And the reason for that is because of the mountain that stands in front of him. That man he can’t go over, can’t get under and can’t get around. You either go through it or you don’t go at all. We all know what and who Cody is referring to: Brock Lesnar.

Fans are torn hearing that name, but Cody says Lesnar is not here. Lesnar didn’t think Buffalo was worth the trip. Fans boo that, but Cody says that it surprised him to learn Lesnar will be here on Raw, next week. So here is Cody’s “discovery” about Lesnar. “Everybody has a Brock Lesnar. Everybody!” You name it: fear of heights; crippling anxiety; student debt; a terrible boss. Cody saw a woman in the Georgia Marathon, just ten feet from the finish line and she took a wrong turn! Everyone has that thing that is impeding them from the most important step in their lives. But in Cody’s case, his Lesnar IS Lesnar, a 6’3″, 285 pound billboard for natural selection!

But then there’s that quote. “Some men see the things the way they are and ask, ‘Why?’ Other men dream things they’ve never seen before and say, ‘Why not?'” Cody wants to be the latter. What Cody dreams is a rubber match with Brock Lesnar, at SummerSlam! Fans like the sound of that! Cody then takes a moment before he says, “Brock Lesnar, nothing would make me happier than next week, if you came to this ring, if you shook my hand, if you knew that this wasn’t personal, if you honored me by being my opponent at SummerSlam.”

Maybe he doesn’t shake Cody’s hand, so they’ll just play the same game. Cody will bop Lesnar in the ear, hit him with chairs and steel steps, and finish the chapter Lesnar started for no damn reason! The reason is simple, though. Why would anyone want a match with Lesnar? Why does Cody NEED this match with Lesnar? Because of what comes from this fight. Because of what emerges from the cloud of dust. That guy will be next in line, and the prince doesn’t wanna be the prince forever. Cody wants to be, and will be, next in line! The American Nightmare has issued the challenge, but what will be the Beast’s response?

 

No Disqualifications: Tommaso Ciampa VS The Miz!

The Psycho Killer is back, and he’s happy to see that same fire reignite inside the Hollywood A-Lister! With very little to hold these two back, will this No DQ match truly be must-see?

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. Ciampa and Miz are both ready, because Ciampa snatches a chair before getting in the ring! Miz rushes Ciampa, but Ciampa drags him out to RAM him around into barriers, just like Miz did to him last time! Ciampa throws down hands, then puts Miz in. Miz gets that chair! The bell finally rings and Ciampa TACKLES Miz! Ciampa rains down fists but Miz turns things around to do the same! Ciampa gives those fists back and Miz bails out. Ciampa goes out after Miz but Miz kicks low. Miz brings Ciampa over but Ciampa stops from being thrown into the desk!

Ciampa throws a hard body shot, then he SMACKS Miz off the desk! And again! Miz staggers, but Ciampa TOSSES him over the desk!! Fans fire up, Corey Graves & Kevin Patrick move aside so Ciampa can CHOP Miz in the armchair! And again! Ciampa ROCKS Miz, then runs to KNEE Miz down!! Fans fire up as Ciampa grins and stands up. Ciampa drags Miz up and into the ring, fans chant “WE WANT TABLES!” but Ciampa gets the chair first. Ciampa puts that down, underhooks Miz, but Miz fights free! Miz wrenches, full nelsons, but Ciampa arm-drags free! Things speed up and Miz BOOTS Ciampa down!

Miz huffs and puffs and checks his chin, then he goes after Ciampa at the ropes. Miz CHOKES Ciampa, claws at his face, then grabs the chair., But Ciampa throws body shots! Miz knees low, bumps Ciampa off buckles, and gives Ciampa IT KICKS! Miz runs corner to corner, to A-LIST LARIAT! Miz pushes Ciampa down, goes up the corner, but leaps into a CHAIRSHOT! Miz sputters and flounders out of the ring, but Ciampa storms after him! Ciampa puts the chair around Miz’s head, to RAM him into the post!! Miz falls over, and Ciampa applauds himself! Fans cheer, too, as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and fans cheer as Ciampa brings out a TABLE! But Miz WRECKS Ciampa with a dropkick first! Ciampa tumbles over the desk and past KP! Miz goes out after Ciampa, puts him back in, and then he puts the table back under the ring. Fans boo but Miz doesn’t care about them. But Ciampa KNEES Miz off the apron! And then Ciampa just takes the desk hook, to BACK SUPLEX Miz through it! And then Ciampa clears off the desk, drags Miz up onto it, and fans fire up! Miz slips under to full nelson! But Ciampa powers out and SHOVES Miz off! Miz hits barriers and fans fire up!

Fans still want a table, but Ciampa tosses chairs and trash can lids into the ring. And then yes, he gets the TABLE! Ciampa puts the table in the ring, then fetches Miz. Ciampa puts Miz in the ring, Miz flounders around but he kicks the ropes to get Ciampa low! Miz kicks Ciampa down, and he looms over Ciampa. Miz drags Ciampa up, bumps him off buckles, but fans taunt Miz’s “TINY BALLS!” Miz gives more It Kicks, grabs the trash can lid, and goes up the corner. “MASSIVE! BALLS!” Miz jumps, into a JUMP KNEE from Ciampa! Ciampa staggers up and stomps the trash can lid into Miz’s stomach!

Ciampa takes the lid, he runs side to side, FULL METAL KNEE! And then another! And then another!! Miz is drooling he is that out of it! And then Ciampa sets up the table! Buffalo is all fired up as Ciampa positions the table, and then brings Miz over. Ciampa puts Miz up top, climbs up after him, and then hauls Miz up into a fireman’s carry! Fans freak out as Ciampa hits a SUPER AIR RAID CRASH through the table!!! Cover in the wreckage, but BRONSON REED drags Ciampa out!? And CLOBBERS him!! And then ELBOW DROPS! Did Miz once again make Bronson his mercenary?

Bronson puts Ciampa in, climbs up the corner, TSUNAMI!! Bronson leaves, Miz crawls to a cover, and Miz smiles as he wins!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

Talk about a colossal assist from Bronson Reed. Will the Hollywood A-Lister and Auszilla be a dominant combination of brains and brawn that takes over Monday Night Raw?

 

Raquel Rodriguez & Liv Morgan talk at gorilla.

But they’re interrupted by Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green. Sonya says it is rather “interesting” that the tag champs are going to be ringside for their match. Why? Why? Where’s the manager? Raquel tells them to relax. The champs just want to keep an eye on the #1 contenders, because they are more than ready to defend the titles. Good, because Sonya & Chelsea are more than ready to win them. But then in walks Rhea. Rhea tells Raquel & Liv to focus on their division and keep their eyes off Rhea’s belt. They got in her business for the second time last week. Next time is strike three. Chelsea says that’s right, just like basketball!

And then when Sonya & Chelsea take the tag titles, “we” are gonna run this division! Right, Rhea? Rhea glares at Chelsea and tells her there’s no “we.” Sonya says Chelsea didn’t mean it like that. They gotta go. The Complaint Department leaves, and Liv says Rhea is clearly not getting that Liv & Raquel are not scared of Rhea. They got into Rhea’s business because of how Rhea disrespected Natalya. So if Rhea wants to keep being a bully, they’re going to stop you. Deal with it. The music hits, Liv & Raquel head to ringside. Will Morgan & Rodriguez continue #LivingLarge? Or will their summer fun soon turn sour?

Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

Raw returns as KC Squared make their entrance for this rematch of the Tag Team Turmoil final showdown. The teams sort out and Kayden starts against Sonya. They circle, and Kayden DROPKICKS Sonya! Tag to Katana, she traps Sonya in the corner and Kayden DROPKICKS Sonya again! Katana drags Sonya over, tags in Kayden, and they hold Sonya in the ropes for Katana to DROPKICK now! Sonya staggers, Kayden whips but Sonya reverses. Sonya then dodges Kayden, Chelsea sneaks a tag and Sonya KNEES Kayden! Feed to Chelsea’s slingshot sunset flip! TWO! Kayden sits on the cover but Sonya KNEES her down! Cover, TWO!!

Kayden survives but Chelsea drags Kayden up. Chelsea CLUBS her down, then sucker punches Katana! Fans boo but Kayden ROCKS Chelsea back! Kayden runs in but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Chelsea grins and says she’ll be a champ, then she puts Kayden up top. Chelsea climbs up, fans rally for Kayden, and Kayden throws body shots! Kayden pops Chelsea up and Chelsea remembers this from last time! But so does Sonya and she drags Katana down! Katana CLOBBERS Sonya for it, and Chelsea gets away! Kayden BOOTS Chelsea, tags Katana, and then Katana goes up onto Kayden! BOOSTED SPLASH!! Cover, Sonya breaks it!

Kayden fires off on Sonya, whups her but Sonya reverses to send Kayden out. Kayden drags Sonya out but Sonya ROUNDHOUSES her down! Katana rolls Chelsea up, TWO!! Chelsea escapes and ghost pins! Sonya helps keep Chelsea’s feet up! Chelsea & Sonya win!

Winners: Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green, by pinfall

Another match, another win stolen! Sonya tells the fans to cry about it more, but will she and Chelsea be complaining when their tactics don’t work against the champs?

 

Riddle and McIntyre talk backstage.

Riddle says they gotta work on a tag team name, but then Byron Saxton walks over. McIntyre says hi, and Byron congratulates them on the win. How’d it feel to stick it to Imperium? Good for McIntyre & Riddle, but probably not for those guys. B-Ry, McIntyre’s been watching Raw these last few months, and when did all these groups pop up to use numbers to their advantage? McIntyre’s a bit sick of it, he’s experienced it in the past, so he and Riddle vow to eradicate it, starting with Imperium. Riddle says, “Yeah, those Imperium dudes have been running wild, sticking their fingers in people’s faces, worshiping the ring, and I’m sick and tired of it.”

Riddle says it felt so good to beat Imperium tonight, and it’ll feel even better when Riddle beats the General next week. McIntyre meant to talk with him about that. Maybe hold off on the match for a week. McIntyre won’t be here next week, away on company business, and while Riddle can handle Gunther 1v1, after they embarrassed Imperium Riddle knows, and says that he already talked to his dog, Adam Pearce. Ludwig & Vinci have been barred from ringside! Well, alright! Take Gunther’s head off! For now, let’s go check out what Buffalo has to offer! Not you, Byron. The warrior bros are gonna party it up, but will it be as fun next week when Riddle’s all alone?

 

Six Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS The Judgment Day!

The WWE World Heavyweight Champion joins forces with some old friends in the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions against common enemies! But will they be able to stop a united Finn, Damian & Dom? Or will this end up being the moment Judgment Day turns the tide and takes over Raw?

Raw returns as Kevin & Sami make their entrances, and then Judgment Day makes theirs. The teams sort out and Rollins starts against Dom, as was meant to happen earlier tonight. But then Dom leads Rollins on a cat ‘n’ mouse game, and tags in Finn! But Rollins is ready and he DECKS Dom, ROCKS Finn, and stomps away on Finn in the corner. The ref counts, Rollins lets off and whips corner to corner. Finn reverses but Rollins comes back to LARIAT! Rollins brings Finn up but Finn knees low. Finn reels Rollins in, wrenches, and tags Damian. They mug Rollins, then Priest CLUBS him on the back.

Priest TOSSES Rollins to a corner, Rollins dodges the haymaker to fire off forearms and CHOPS! Rollins whips, Priest reverses, but Rollins stomps himself to catch Priest in a BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Sami and Sami goes up to ELBOW Priest down! Tag to Kevin, double whip, drop toehold and SENTON! Fans fire up as Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin CLUBS Priest, ROCKS him, and then runs, into a cheap shot from Finn! Sami runs in to BLAST Dom, Rollins BLASTS Finn! Fans fire up as the brawl is on outside the ring! Rollins TOSSES Finn into barriers, Sami has Dom to throw more hands!

Priest storms out to CLOBBER Sami! Dom & Priest mug Sami, Finn DECKS Rollins, but Kevin is up top! SUPER CANNONBALL takes out the Judgment Day! Fans fire up as the champions stand tall and Kevin roars at Rhea, “YOUR BOYS ARE NOTHING!” Rhea is upset but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and fans chant “DOM, YOU SUCK!” Dom soaks up the heat while Priest kneels on Kevin’s ribs. The ref counts, Priest lets off to wrench Kevin’s arm. But Kevin throws body shots and haymakers! Priest knees low, ROCKS Kevin with a right, and then sucker punches Sami! Priest runs to Stage Dive back elbow Kevin, tag to Finn for a slingshot STOMP! Tag to Dom, slingshot SENTON! Fans boo as Dom tags to Finn and Finn tags Priest. Finn hits the BACKBREAKER, Priest adds the LEG DROP! Rhea loves it as Priest covers, TWO! Finn stomps Kevin, Priest stomps Kevin, and the erf counts.

Priest tags Finn and they drag Kevin up to stomp him again. Finn soaks up the heat then CHOKES Kevin on the ropes. The ref counts, Finn drags Kevin up and whips him to ropes. But Kevin turns back drop into DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tag to Dom and he leaps, but misses Kevin! Hot tag to Rollins! Fans fire up as Rollins rallies on the Judgment Day! Mule kick, front kick, DISCUS LARIAT, all for Dom! Fans fire up with Rollins while Dom staggers around. Rollins kicks low, underhooks, but Priest runs in! Rollins TOSSES Priest out, but Dom rolls Rollins! Rollins rolls through, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Rollins brings Dom up, but Dom rakes the eyes to escape the bomb! Tag to Priest and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Rollins! Wrench, hammerlock, PEPSI TWIST! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is furious but Priest slashes his throat. Priest waits on Rollins and Rollins rises. Fans sing for Rollins but Priest choke grips! SOUTH OF- NO, Rollins slips free, dodges Priest, and Priest stops hitting Finn! But Rollins SUPERKICKS Priest into Finn! Underhooks and PEDIGREE!! Cover, Finn breaks it! Finn fires off on Rollins, then goes back to the corner. Priest crawls over and he tags Finn in. Finn storms up but Rollins rolls through the slingblade!

Finn gets Rollins up anyway, but Rollins blocks the suplex to GOURD BUSTER! ROLLING ELBOW! Finn staggers to the corner, Rollins storms up on him, but Dom sneaks a tag! Finn turns scoop into FINAL CUT! Dom is up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Sami breaks it!! Rhea is in shock! Tag to Finn and Finn hurries to aim, SLINGBLADE hits this time! Finn reloads, runs in, but Rollins SUPERKICKS! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Rollins crawls, reaches out, hot tag to Sami! Sami climbs up to CROSSBODY Finn down! Cover, TWO! But Sami keeps on Finn with a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! But Finn kicks the cover away! SLINGBLADE!

Finn runs in, SHOTGUN! Sami hits buckles and falls into the drop zone! Finn goes up top, fans boo, but Sami avoids the double stomps! BLUE THUNDER BOMB AGAIN!! Cover, Dom breaks it!! Fans boo but Dom kicks Sami to ropes. Dom dials it up, but runs into a STUNNER! Priest gets Kevin and TOSSES him! Sami clotheslines Priest out! Finn runs in, but into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami goes to the far corner but Rhea trips him up! The ref reprimands, but Priest hits Sami with SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Finn is up top, for the COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, Judgment Day wins!

Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall

Rhea is ecstatic that her boys won! Finn & Priest look to each other, and they smile and hug it out! The Judgment Day is also heading to NXT to handle some business, will nothing stop them from conquering the WWE?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here, and we officially start the road to SummerSlam. Really good promo from Cody to of course set up his match with Lesnar, and I’m sure things get physical before Lesnar officially accepts the challenge. Really good match from McIntyre & Riddle VS Imperium, and good win for the Faces. Good promo, too, with McIntyre bringing up the new factions era WWE is going through. Their win over Imperium is putting pressure on Imperium, and Vinci is the one taking the heat. I don’t want Imperium to break up, one faction break-up per brand and Judgment Day’s already teasing they’ll still be the ones.

Speaking of which, great proms from Judgment Day tonight, with Rhea truly being the mom of the group. She got them on the same page, though there’s still a seed of doubt in Finn’s mind given how Priest basically said Priest himself is the back-up plan. But great swerve on the Rollins VS Dom rematch to then lead to the Six Man Tag main event. Great match, but also great win for Judgment Day to put a point on them being united. They’ll surely be united when they visit NXT tomorrow, but something’s gotta give since Finn VS Rollins is going to happen again. And again, I’m waiting on JD McDonagh showing up again, that’ll be a key moment.

Good video promo from Indus Sher. Raw may be taking a slow burn approach to them, but Veer & Sanga could emerge as legit tag title contenders to Kevin & Sami. It was clear WWE saw promise in Veer given the last time he was on Raw, and then the second time he was in NXT with Sanga, so maybe as we approach WrestleMania 40, we could see Indus Sher rise up the ranks. I still want to see factions fighting, like Indus Sher VS Imperium or even Judgment Day, but those three are all Heels, so someone would have to turn. Really good promo segment from Ricochet and Logan Paul, and I really like that Ricochet got to recreate the jumping spot he used on Velveteen Dream. A shame Logan no sold it. But he didn’t no sell the Sliced Bread, and we all know that match will be great.

Really good match out of Becky VS Stark, but of course Trish helps out, it’s a logical move. Becky and Stark can have another go, and it feels like Trish will reveal she’s 100% when Becky least expects it, and then has her match with Becky for a Premium Live Event. And of course Shayna squashes Emma to then brawl with Ronda. The dynamic between Shayna and Ronda feels very different this week compared to last week. Shayna’s promo last week keeps me convinced she’s the Face in this, but a case can be made that Ronda can be seen as Face since Shayna betrayed her first. Either way, I would hope this feud is so Ronda can put Shayna over and help Shayna towards the world title.

Speaking of, good interactions between Rhea, Raquel, Liv, Sonya and Chelsea. It added another tease towards Rhea VS Raquel for the top title, regardless of what happens with the tag titles. But after Sonya & Chelsea win against Kayden & Katana, I would think Raquel & Liv retain in next week’s match. That would then mean Raquel loses to Rhea, which is fine as the two of them would still have an awesome match.

Great No Disqualification match that was really No Holds Barred because they didn’t have count outs. Great stuff, especially the Air Raid through the table, but what a surprise that Bronson helped Miz against Ciampa. This keeps the feud going, of course, and I would love to see this extend all the way to Bronson & Miz VS a reunited DIY. Gargano has had beef with Miz before, why not revisit that again? The Way needs something to do, this would be a really good start.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, theN LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Qualify for the Climax!

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The Road to the G1 has begun!

NJPW is heating up the G1 Climax already by bringing us a Qualifier Series! Whose New Japan Soul will burn bright through the Summer?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • Great-O-Khan & Francesco Akira VS Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato; Khan & Akira win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma; The United Empire wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Hirooki Goto, El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Goto, Desperado, Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi; Callum wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens; Hashi 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: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The United Empire has been on a roll tonight, but while those were tag matches, The Prince of Pace has to do this on his own! Can Callum conquer the Tokyo Pimp? Or will he have to watch out for the usual tricks?

The bell rings and the two run in! Yujiro BOOTS Callum down, stomps him around, and Callum goes to ropes. Yujiro ROCKS Callum with a forearm, then stalks him to a corner. Yujiro stomps Callum again, CLUBS him, then brings him out to knee low. Yujiro CLUBS Callum again, whips corner to corner, but Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and keeps moving, to then BOOT Yujiro! The fans fire up while Yujiro bails out. Callum eggs Yujiro on, but the ref wants him to stay in. Yujiro slides in, Callum dodges and DROPKICKS! Yujiro bails out again and the fans fire up. Yujiro hurries back up to the apron, but Callum DROPKICKS him down!

Callum takes aim as Yujiro stands up, for the PLANCHA, but Yujiro moves aside! Callum lands on his feet but that strains the legs. Yujiro reels Callum in, REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref wants this back inside, and fans rally up for Callum, but Yujiro stalks him. Yujiro drags Callum up to RAM him into railing! Yujiro brings Callum back up, to RAM him into the apron! The ref reprimands but Yujiro brings Callum around, to whip into railing! Callum goes down in a heap and Yujiro leaves him behind. The ring count starts but Callum sits up at 4 of 20. The fans cheer Callum on as he rises at 10 of 20 and hobbles over.

Callum rolls in at 13, the fans cheer, but Yujiro stomps Callum right down. Yujiro digs his boots in, the ref counts, so Yujiro lets off at 4. Yujiro whips Callum into a corner, stomps him, ROCKS him with a forearm, then ELBOWS him. Yujiro throws more elbows, then runs up to BOOT! Callum slumps down but Yujiro pushes him to a cover, TWO! The fans cheer but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says it was fair, so Yujiro drags Callum to center. Yujiro drops a leg, drops it again, then drops it again! Cover, TWO! Callum stays in this and the fans rally up. Yujiro is annoyed, but he eggs Callum on. Yujiro brings Callum up, and Callum fires a forearm!

Yujiro eggs Callum on more as Callum throws more shots. Yujiro then knees low! Yujiro snapmares Callum and then basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer as Callum toughs it out. Yujiro brings Callum up, puts him against ropes, then fires forearms. The ref reprimands, but Yujiro gets space. Callum BOOTS first! Callum runs up but into a kick! Yujiro runs but Callum follows, trips him, and DOUBLE STOMPS him! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yujiro goes to one corner, Callum goes to the other. Callum fires up, the fans are with him, and he runs Around the World to DROPKICK!

Callum snapmares Yujiro, runs up and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans still applaud as Callum has control. Callum clutches his beat up back, uses the ropes to stretch it out, and then he clamps onto Yujiro with chicken wings. Yujiro hurries to the ropes, so Callum ROCKS him with a right! Callum sits Yujiro in the ropes, then runs to DROPKICK Yujiro in the back! Yujiro falls, Callum brings him up and chicken wings. Yujiro fights the lift, stomps Callum’s foot, then ROCKS him with an elbow! Callum comes back to ROCK Yujiro with a forearm! Callum runs, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Callum sputters, Yujiro runs up and BOOTS him!

Yujiro brings Callum around, reels him in, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Callum survives and the fans cheer! Yujiro is frustrated but he stalks Callum. Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Callum is tougher then the Intercollegiate Slam and Yujiro grows further frustrated! Yujiro stumbles after Callum, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Callum fights free, but Yujiro blocks the lariat! Yujiro ducks the backhand but not the ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down again as Callum catches his breath. The fans rally up and Callum fires himself back up. The fans join in and Callum takes aim.

Callum goes to run but Yujiro reels him in! Yujiro waistlocks, Callum switches, but Yujiro BITES Callum’s hand! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Yujiro stops at 4. Yujiro runs, but Callum blocks the boot, ROCKS Yujiro, then runs. Yujiro uses the ref as a shield! He gets the cane! But Callum blocks the cane attack, kicks Yujiro low, but now the ref sees Callum with the cane! Callum defends his innocence, the ref takes the cane, and Yujiro LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Yujiro reels Callum in, for PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro is stunned that Callum survives! Yujiro pleads with the ref, but no, it was not a three.

Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, for BIG- NO, Callum wrenches out! Yujiro ROCKS Callum, runs, but Callum shoots around to chicken wing and TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yujiro escapes but the fans fire up! Callum aims from a corner, runs Around the World, and DROPKICKS! Yujiro staggers, Callum goes up, and he roars as he springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Then OSCUTTER!! Cover, Callum wins!

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

It was a grueling first fight, but Callum was able to outpace Yujiro, and he now moves ahead! Callum faces Kenta in Korakuen Hall, will Callum continue to build momentum? Or will he #GoToSleep before the Climax?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens!

The Head Hunter and the Crown Jewel have battled many times, both in the G1 and more recently, over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Sadly, neither man has that gold, but they’re looking at something bigger. Will Yoshi-Hashi #GetBackUp and head for the next round? Or will he be the victim of a Jewel Heist?

The bell rings and the two circle as the fans rally up. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Chase swings Hashi around to put him on ropes. The ref counts, Chase lets off, but then he blows snot on Hashi! Chase eggs Hashi on so Hashi fires forearms! Hashi CLUBS Chase, Chase knees low and Chase TOSSES Hashi out. Hashi runs up to the apron but Chase DECKS him! Chase builds speed but Hashi dodges the dropkick! Hashi kicks low, whips, and Chase hits railing! Chase staggers away while fans applaud. Hashi goes after Chase, brings him around, and whips him into more railing! Chase staggers again while fans applaud.

The ref wants this back in the ring but Hashi lines up a shot. Chase stands, Hashi runs up, but Chase BOOTS him! Chase RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Hashi into railing! The ref goes out to check Hashi while Chase leaves him behind. Chase opens the gate so he can snatch a fan’s Yoshi-Hashi towel! Chase sneaks that over so he can CHOKE Hashi with it! The ref sees that, reprimands, but Chase whips Hashi hard into railing! Down goes Abe-san, too! Since when was Chase copying the House of Torture? Chase storms over, brings Hashi up, and puts him in the ring. Hashi sits up, Chase runs, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!

The fans cheer as Hashi stays in this. Chase is annoyed and he mocks the fans as they rally up. Chase CLUBS Hashi on the neck, stomps Hashi’s hand, then brings him up to wrench and wristlock. Chase bends the fingers, then SNAPS them! The ref reprimands Chase being a Villain, but Chase stomps away in the corner. Chase then bends the fingers, and he makes Hashi flip Goto off on commentary. Chase CHOPS Hashi, CLUBS him, then RAMS into him! Chase digs in his shoulder, then lifts Hashi to RAM him in again! Hashi hobbles, Chase whips him corner to corner hard, and Hashi bounces off buckles! Chase soaks up the heat while Hashi writhes.

Chase drags Hashi up but Hashi fires body shots. Hashi CHOPS and the fans cheer! But Chase BOOTS Hashi down! Chase clutches his stinging chest, drags Hashi up, but Hashi suplexes first! The fans fire up while both men are down, and Chase goes to a corner. Hashi goes to the other, runs in corner to corner, and CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and repeat on Chase! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Hashi lets off with one more CHOP! Chase sits down, but he SPITS at Hashi! So Hashi CHOPS him again! Hashi whips corner to corner, Chase reverses, but Hashi comes back to run Chase over!

The fans cheer and Hashi cleans himself off. Hashi then runs up to CHOP, run again, and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Chase stays in this but the fans rally up for Hashi. Hashi storms over to Chase, brings him up, but Chase throws body shots. Hashi eggs him on, Chase throws more shots, then a CHOP of his own! Hashi DECKS Chase and the fans fire up! Hashi goes back to a corner to catch his breath. Chase slowly goes to the other corner, Hashi runs in again, but Chase blocks the lariat to BUCKLE SHOT, STO, and SENTON! The fans fire up while both men are down! Chase runs corner to corner now to forearm smash!

Chase reels Hashi in, short arm LARIAT! Then a half nelson to GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi stays in this and the fans fire up again! Chase is annoyed but he drags Hashi back up. Chase reels him in, but Hashi back drops free! But Chase is right back up! BLINDSIDE C-TRIGGER! Chase then wrenches, hammerlocks and JEWEL HEISTS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is furious with the ref but the ref defends his count! Chase scowls, drags Hashi up, and reels him in. Chase tucks the arms, PACKAGE- NO, Hashi flips free to CODE BREAKER! Roll up and bridge, TWO! Chase escapes but Hashi dropkicks the legs out!

The fans fire up again while both men are down! Hashi and Chase go back to corners, and both men run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but neither falls! DOUBLE LARIATS collide again, and Chase staggers back! Hashi runs corner to corner, but Chase sends him into buckles! Chase rolls Hashi up, and puts his feet on ropes! TWO!! Hashi escapes but Chase gets moving, to C- NO!! Hashi blocks the trigger! Chase fires hands but Hashi CLUBS the leg! Hashi puts the leg in ropes, to SUPERKICK! Full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Chase roars and rise sup, he swats a lariat and BACK ELBOWS! Hashi roars and swings, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!

But Hashi is right back up! C-TRIGGER!! Hashi falls back but Chase has to sit down! The fans fire up and rally for Hashi as he stirs. Chase aims as Hashi goes to ropes, and he runs in to C-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Chase drags Hashi back up, POINT-BLANK C-TRIGGER!! Hashi flops over but Chase wants to go for the execution! Chase reels Hashi in, tucks the arms, and PACKAGE- NO! Hashi kicks and flails to fight! But Chase powers through! PACKAGE- NO, Hashi fights free with a back drop! Chase sunset flips it! But Hashi sits on it! Cover, TWO!! Even Chase has to check if he got free in time!

Chase runs, but Hashi dodges the trigger! ELBOW! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Chase roars, but into a SUPERKICK! Hashi reels Chase in for a DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives and the fans fire up! Hashi rallies the fans, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is still in this but the fans fire up more! Hashi gets Chase up, full nelsons, then pump handles, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Crown Jewel cracked under the pressure and now Hashi heads for Korakuen Hall! But Hashi’s friend and teammate in Chaos, Tomohiro Ishii, will be waiting! If Hashi made it through this, can he make it through the Stone Pitbull?

 

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

Tetsuya Naito is preparing for the Forbidden Door and his battle with Jon Moxley, but it seems some old enemies are knocking at his door. Will Titan, Bushi & Yota Tsuji help Naito stay tranquilo? Or will Evil, Ren Narita, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho make sure Darkness Falls in Fukushima?

Before the match, Sho gets on the mic to sarcastically with Naito a happy birthday. As such, he says it’s cute Naito thinks he’s going to have a happy birthday at all. Sho talks trash on LIJ, too, but the fans boo. And then The House just attacks! The bell rings, the brawl is on, and while Evil, Narita & Kanemaru drag Naito, Bushi & Yota out, Sho digs his boot into Titan’s neck! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off, and he drags Titan up to CLUB him down. Sho talks trash as he digs his boot into Titan’s head. Titan gets up to fire off a strike fest! SOBAT and Titan runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in!

Red Shoes reprimands, Titan swings on Kanemaru but Kanemaru avoids it. Kanemaru throws Titan down by his mask, only for Titan to kip up! PELE! Kanemaru falls, Titan gets around Sho to knuckle lock, CHOP, and he goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks but Kanemaru gets in, so Titan MISSILE DROPKICKS the Heel Master! Then DROPKICK for the Murder Machine! The fans fire up as Titan snapmares, gets a leg, and drops a leg on the knee! And then Titan drags Sho over to tag in Naito! The fans cheer as the birthday boy drags Sho up and wrenches his arm to a wristlock. Sho begs for mercy as Naito cranks the hold!

Sho reaches out, Naito keeps him from ropes, and they go around and around. Naito even teases Evil by just barely keeping Sho back from a tag! Naito grins as he brings Sho away and Bushi tags in. Bushi climbs up, Evil protests, but Bushi still gets away with the AX HANDLE! The fans cheer, and Bushi BLASTS Evil off the apron! Bushi CHOPS Sho, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Sho dodges. Sho runs in but into the PENDULUM KICK! Bushi aims but Dick Togo anchors Bushi’s feet while Sho gets in Red Shoes’ face! Narita BOOTS Bushi down, and then the rest of the House attacks the rest of LIJ!

Narita whips Bushi into railing, Evil CHOKES Naito, Sho whips Yota! Sho and Bushi get back in the ring, even as Evil CHOKES Naito, Kanemaru CHOKES Titan, and Narita brings Yota into the crowd! The fans have to be careful, and Red Shoes reprimands, but this lets Sho CHOKE Bushi in the ring! Sho tags Kanemaru and he scrapes his foot off Bushi’s face. Kanemaru snapmares Bushi, ELBOWS him in the head, then stomps him around. The fans rally for Bushi but Kanemaru sends him into Evil’s boot! Kanemaru tags Evil, Red Shoes sees Evil has a shirt ready to use, so Evil gives that up so he can kick Bushi out of the ring.

Red Shoes is busy putting the shirt aside, so he misses Sho and Narita mugging Bushi! Narita grabs a chair, Sho stands Bushi up, and Narita JAMS Bushi! Yota protests, Narita puts Bushi in for Evil, and Evil drags Bushi up for a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! But then someone rings the bell? Dick Togo makes the announcement and Evil even grabs Bushi’s mask cover to celebrate. Red Shoes says no, this doesn’t count in any way, shape or form. Evil says fine, and he tags Narita. Narita drags Bushi up, Bushi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Narita CLAWS Bushi’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands while Narita scrapes Bushi’s face off ropes!

Red Shoes counts, Narita lets off and runs, but Bushi blocks the boot to ENZIGIRI! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Bushi crawls, but Narita stomps him down! Narita BLASTS Yota, stands Bushi up, but Bushi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! Bushi then dropkicks the legs out, crawls for his corner, and the fans rally up! Hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up as Yota runs Narita over! Kanemaru & Sho get in to kick low then double whip, but Yota kicks Sho while he arm-drags Kanemaru! The fans fire up as Yota scoops Sho for a BACKBREAKER! Kanemaru storms up but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER!

Narita returns, kicks low and whips, but Yota reverses to scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up for the hattrick while Narita writhes! Yota gets the fans even more fired up and he smiles. Yota drags Narita up, fireman’s carries, but Narita fights free. Narita CHOKES Yota, Red Shoes reprimands, but Yota breaks free! Yota swings, Narita ducks then gets the SLEEPER! Yota endures, and he RAMS Narita into the corner! Yota sputters, but Evil sneakily unties the buckle pad! Yota runs back in and surprise! Yota runs into bare buckles! The fans boo but Narita tags Evil in. Evil & Narita split the wishbone on Narita, then Evil DECKS Naito!

Narita & Evil whip Yota to an open corner. Evil runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Narita runs in, he blocks Yota’s boot, but Yota reels Narita in to STOMP down! Evil mule kicks, runs, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito fires hands on Evil, kicks and CLUBS him, then whips. Evil reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Evil, runs up and gets around, then whips to arm-drag! Evil stands, Naito RAMS into him, but Evil fights the atomic drop. Naito RAMS Evil into the corner, whips him corner to corner, then ELBOWS him! Naito snapmares and basement dropkicks!

The fans fire up as Naito poses, then he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Naito stays on him. Evil kicks, Naito blocks and he CLUBS the leg! Naito kicks and kicks, but Evil blocks! Kanemaru gets in to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru & Sho hold off LIJ while Evil steps through, for the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Naito endures, pushes up, crawls forward, but Evil sits deep on the hold! Dick pokes Naito in the eyes! But even so, Naito fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Evil holds until Red Shoes counts 4, then Kanemaru tags in. The House sends Naito to an open corner. Sho runs in to forearm smash, then Narita adds his own!

Kanemaru runs in to elbow! Evil runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, and then Narita gets in Red Shoes’ face! Dick goes up the corner while Evil & Kanemaru hold Naito open! DICK CHOP! Kanemaru covers, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans fire up! But Kanemaru & Evil SMASH the knees! Kanemaru steps through to FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Kanemaru thrashes around! Bushi gets in to stomp Kanemaru, but Sho kicks Bushi! Sho throws Bushi out, but Naito is still free of the leglock. Dick distracts Red Shoes, letting Kanemaru get his whiskey! The fans boo as Kanemaru aims, but Naito ducks the bottle!

Titan SHOTGUNS Kanemaru, then he BOOTS Dick! Sho kicks Titan, whips, but Titan reverses. Titan goes Matrix to then CALF KICK Sho! Evil & Narita attack, double whip, but Titan uses that to FLY out onto Sho! The fans fire up, Bushi & Yota get in! CODE BREAKER for Evil, STUNNER for Narita! Then Naito baits Kanemaru into an atomic drop! Bushi ENZIGIRIS! Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi gives Naito a boost, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Naito gets Kanemaru up, wrenches, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The House of Torture tried but failed, and the night is tranquilo after all! Yota grabs the blue buckle pad and threatens Narita with it! Souled Out runs away to help the rest of The House get outta here, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for LIJ, they regroup in the ring, and naturally, Naito gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Fukushimaaa~!” The fans cheer, and Naito continues. NJPW visits the Fukushima Prefecture often, but it has been three YEARS and eight MONTHS since they were last in THE Fukushima City. Therefore, Naito thanks everyone for coming out tonight. Gracias, amigos. Naito then notes that yes, today happens to be his birthday. The fans cheer that! And Naito says he isn’t sure where she is, but his mom made the trip all the way from Tokyo just to be here tonight. The fans are surprised, but then cheer for Mama Naito.

Naito says again, he isn’t sure where she is in the crowd, but he says gracias to her. The fans applaud that, and then Naito says that in these last three years and eight months, surely there are a lot of new fans here. So, did those new people enjoy NJPW and LIJ? The fans cheer! Then, after these three years and eight months, the next time will be… Hmm. Two years? Three? Four? Just next month? Well, Naito isn’t sure. But until then, remember: Tranquilo! Assen na yo! The fans cheer, and Naito asks, “So, shall we?” The fans cheer, and Naito says if he remembers right, it has been since October of 2016, so SEVEN years and eight months, since the last time! Is everyone ready?

The only way to close out tonight’s New Japan Soul in Fukushima is of course… “Bushi, Hiromu,Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Big mic drop and LIJ is rolling forward, but they will have to do this all over again tomorrow night. Will Naito keep up the pace as he heads for Jon Moxley and the Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A very good return for the New Japan Soul series here, with plenty of tune-up matches for tomorrow’s New Japan Soul and those G1 Climax qualifiers. Really good G1 Climax qualifiers tonight, though the fans were just cold for Yujiro against Callum. Good win for Callum, and he’ll have a good showing against Kenta but I don’t expect Callum to make it to the A Block prelim finals in a couple weeks. Hashi VS Chase was very good, great win for Hashi, and while they avoided Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, they’re totally giving us Chaos VS Chaos as Hashi takes on Ishii. I’m leaning towards Ishii making it through and facing Kenta in the prelim finals.

And then a really good, really fun 8 Man Tag for the main event. Naito is definitely building momentum towards his match with Moxley in just over a week, which I would hope he wins, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a clear challenger for Naito afterwards. At the same time, the G1 is next, he’s gonna be in that as champion, the round robin nature makes for at least one person getting that golden ticket win off him in like a middle round. Also happy birthday to Naito, and it was so nice to know his mom made the trip out there to spend time with him.

My Score: 8.8/10


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