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?
- 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?
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
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/4/23)
Main Event Jey goes for gold!
While Drew McIntyre wants the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it’s Jey Uso who gets his shot at Seth Rollins tonight on Monday Night Raw!
- Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.
- Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
- Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium; DIY wins.
- Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Carter & Chance win.
- The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; win.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jey Uso; wins and
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Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Warrior is ready to tear it all down, all because he didn’t get another title match with Seth Rollins when he wanted. But before he tears into Sami Zayn, McIntyres the mic to say, “It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Fans cheer that! And McIntyre says Raw is the land where it feels like everyone’s lost their minds lately! “Liars, hypocrites, cowards, just plain idiots. Apparently, you can get fired, released, leave, do what you want for a bunch of time, come back, and you’re instantly forgiven these days!” Fans chant “CM PUNK!” but McIntyre says he could be talking about anyone.
Now, Rollins tried to pull a fast one on McIntyre. Rollins could’ve given the match to anyone, but McIntyre beat Jey Uso weeks ago. So Rollins sticks it to McIntyre, slaps him metaphorically, so he headbutts Rollins in his stupid face. And speaking of Jey, O M G, Jey can apologize! He ran to Randy Orton, tail between his legs, “Oh, I’m so sorry, Randy!” Well Jey, your time’s coming. And there’s someone McIntyre is forgetting. Oh, right! Sami Zayn! And wouldn’t you know? Here comes Sami! Fans cheer and sing Sami’s song as he makes his way to the ring, a mic of his in hand. The fans then chant for ‘SAMI! SAMI!” as he sits up top.
Sami tells McIntyre, he clearly has a lot to say about everybody, including Sami, so he may as well say it to Sami’s face. Oh, yes, McIntyre sure does. Last week, Sami wanted to say how alike they are, but they are not. McIntyre has something to say to Sami and it is the truth: Sami is the one person in the world who deserved to get screwed over by The Bloodline. The fans boo but McIntyre says he will explain. Sami was the Bloodline’s lapdog errand boy, he joined them because he was running away from McIntyre, and then what? Sami screwed Bloodline over! What did Sami think was gonna happen to him? Isn’t Sami supposed to be smart?
McIntyre says Sami deserved what he got, it’s the truth. Sami says McIntyre is right about one thing: Sami was wrong. Sami thought they were alike but the more Sami is seeing, the more “truth” he’s hearing, Sami realizes they are NOT anything alike! Sami is not a delusional person. He isn’t someone who points a finger at everyone else for his own shortcomings. And big difference here: When Sami lost in front of his family and let everyone down, he stayed hungry, driven and motivated and that carried him to victory in the main event of WrestleMania! Fans fire up for that! So Sami got his redemption. Sami got to make his family proud. Does McIntyre think he’s making his family proud?
McIntyre glares at Sami, and then says one of them is NOT walking out of here. Get a ref and ring the bell! Fans fire up as we get their match now! Will McIntyre absolutely explode after Sami set him off?
Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!
The bell rings and fans are behind Sami in this one. Sami and McIntyre circle, then McIntyre RAMS Sami into a corner! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre asks if it was a good idea to talk bad now. McIntyre ROCKS and DECKS Sami, then stalks him. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Sami!” as he bails out. McIntyre pursues, and SMACKS him off the apron! McIntyre scoops Sami, but Sami slips free to POST McIntyre! Sami aims at the apron, McIntyre body shots and SMACKS Sami off the apron! McIntyre puts Sami in but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! Fans fire up with Sami as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and fans rally as McIntyre has Sami in a motorcycle stretch. But Sami flips then BOOTS McIntyre away! But McIntyre CHOPS Sami back! Sami bails out, McIntyre pursues, but Sami kicks and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami throws hands, whips, but McIntyre reverses. Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Down goes McIntyre again and fans fire back up! The ring count climbs, the fans fire up with Sami, and Sami brings McIntyre around to put him in at 7 of 10. Sami slides in, but McIntyre LARIATS Sami back down! McIntyre seethes while fans boo, and McIntyre throws fists down on Sami!
Fans rally even harder for Sami and Sami sits up. McIntyre drags Sami up, to CHOP! Sami flops right back down, McIntyre grins, and he drags Sami up. McIntyre CHOPS and Sami wobbles around! Sami shakes his head, grits his teeth, and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS and Sami falls over! McIntyre stomps Sami, smother shim, then stomps his head again! McIntyre stomps Sami’s leg, then stomps the other leg! McIntyre paces around Sami, waits on Sami to get up, and Sami goes to a corner. McIntyre runs in but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, McIntyre runs in but into a BOOT!
Sami leaps, AX HANDLE! Sami fires up with the fans, he kicks McIntyre and reels him in, but McIntyre is a little too big to suplex! McIntyre suplexes, Sami slips free, then he lures McIntyre into the corner to POST him! Sami kicks and reels McIntyre in, to SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sami clutches the ankle, but he stands up to fire off haymakers! Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami ducks ‘n ‘ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is stunned! Sami hurries to the apron while fans fire up! Sami climbs, leaps, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!
McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER, then kips up! Fans are torn as McIntyre shakes the ropes. But then Sami clotheslines him up and out! Sami aims, and PLANCHAS! McIntyre catches him! And SLINGS him over the desk! Fans lose their minds and McIntyre seethes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and McIntyre ELBOWS Sami, then Reverse Alabama Lifts! For the REVERSE ALA- NO, Sami victory rolls! TWO!! Sami runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! But McIntyre deadlift POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Sami survives and surprises even himself! The fans declare “This is Awesome!” but McIntyre snarls. McIntyre sits Sami up, fireman’s carries, and then goes up a corner! SUPER- NO, Sami flails and fights to a SUPER SUNSET FLIP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is beside himself! Sami hobbles up, fans rally behind him and he brings McIntyre around.
Sami reels McIntyre in but McIntyre fights the lift! Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre and fans fire up! Sami tries again, BLUE- NO, McIntyre fights free to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! McIntyre then aims from the corner! Sami flounders up as the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” BOOT from Sami! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives again and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and McIntyre rise again. Sami throws a haymaker, McIntyre gives it back. They stand, Sami CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS in return! Both men wobble, McIntyre CHOPS again! Sami BOOTS! And BOOTS!
Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami goes up and over. The leg jams! The ref keeps McIntyre back but he storms in, Sami ELBOWS McIntyre, then TOSSES him out! Sami thinks about it, he wants to build speed but the leg won’t let him do it! McIntyre sees a target, and he gets in to CHOP BLOCK! The ref reprimands and backs McIntyre off. McIntyre just aims, to CLAYMORE!!! Direct hit and McIntyre covers, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
No mercy from McIntyre, and that is how he wins! Will the Scottish Warrior force everyone’s hands by fighting his way to a title opportunity?
Zoey Stark finds Shayna Baszler backstage.
The Queen of Spades is getting ready, but then Byron Saxton walks over to ask a few questions. Shayna faces a former tag partner in Nia Jax- Look, she has one goal tonight. Shayna put Nia on the shelf by breaking her arm. So she’ll remind Nia of that, limb by limb. Shayna heads out, Zoey follows. Will the Irresistible Force run into that immovable object again tonight?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Tonight, I have a chance to do something I thought I’d never be able to do again. A few months ago, I had a chance to dethrone the Tribal Chief and become the WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. That moment was ripped away from me by the one man in this world I love the most, my Day One. My own twin brother. Man, that hurt me more than you could ever know. I couldn’t be around this business anymore, I had to walk away. I really convinced myself I was done. Until I got a call from Cody Rhodes.” Cody told Jey he couldn’t quit, he could have a fresh start to be his own man. And the more Jey thought about it, the more he realized Cody was right.
Jey’s whole life, he’s fought for others. For Roman, for his brothers, for his father. From now on, Jey fights for HIS legacy. Before the Bloodline, before record-breaking reigns, before the Uso Penitentiary, before the Day One, before the dance, the face paint, FCW and long ass training nights, making money, being broke… There was just Jey, Uce! So Seth Rollins, we know you’re about game. Rollins has fought against Jey, fought with Jey, but now you’re fighting a starving individual ready to eat! It’s just Jey now. Jey proves to the whole world, to Rollins, to his family and himself why he IS Main Event Jey Uso! But will he become World Champion Jey Uso?
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.
Jackie Redmond shows Sami being checked by medical staff, but then McIntyre attacks! McIntyre throws Sami into road cases, rains down fists, and says Sami can’t talk about McIntyre’s family! They’re nothing alike! NOTHING! Sami brought this upon himself! Then he STOMPS the bad ankle!! Producers rush in to get McIntyre to leave, but has McIntyre just sidelined Sami for the rest of 2023?
Raw returns as Sami is being reevaluated.
The medics check the leg, Jey hurries over to say it’ll be alright, Uce. Jey looks around for McIntyre, will Jey be able to focus on his main event after this just happened?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron is with The Man and asks about last week, her statement that… Oh, Nia walks in now. She tells “Barney” she has this. And Becky, she talked about some fights on the horizon. Does one include anyone in particular? Yes, Nia, it does. Nia would be number one because Becky had forgotten about her, as everyone had, but then Nia showed up on Becky’s interview and they never got to this. Becky still owes Nia a receipt. A receipt, huh? Well, once Nia squashes Shayna, she is all Becky’s. Becky can’t wait. The music hits, will we see a big time grudge match in the near future?
Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax!
The bell rings and Nia runs in, but Shayna dodges to KICK and KICK! Nia blocks one, SLAPS Shayna, then TOSSES her! Shayna gest up in a corner, but Nia SPLASHES in the corner! Shayna flounders, Nia pushes her around and slaps her some more. Nia talks trash then TOSSES Shayna across the way! Nia runs back in, but Shayna dodges! Nia hits buckles, Shayna KNEES Nia down! Shayna then knuckle locks and twists that wrist, then goes up the corner for a HANGING ARMBAR! Nia endures, powers up, and POWERBOMBS Shayna down! Shayna gets out of the ring, Nia pursues, and fans rally up as Nia drags Shayna up.
Nia SMACKS Shayna off the desk, then SMACKS her off the apron! Nia brings Shayna around, fireman’s carries, but Shayna fights free! And she POSTS Nia! Shayna slides into the ring, then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK the arm! Shayna isolates that arm, lets her hair down, and says Nia’s done! But Nia SWEEPS the legs! Shayna hits the apron, and Nia gets up to APRON LEG DROP! Fans boo as Shayna writhes and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nia has Shayna in a neck wrench. Shayna endures, even as NIa leans on the hold. Fans rally, Shayna fights up, and she JAWBREAKERS free! Nia staggers, Shayna fires body shots and KICKS! Shayna ROCKS Nia into a corner, then runs, but Nia URENAGES Shayna down! Nia then drags Shayna up to POST her! Nia goes to the apron, lines up the shot, runs in and HIP ATTACKS against the post! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives but Nia drags her up. Nia puts Shayna in a corner, throws body shots and slaps Shayna around, but Shayna fires off forearms! Shayna runs, but Nia scoops her! SIDEWALK SLAM!
Nia dribbles Shayna while taunting her, then she covers, TWO! Nia is frustrated but she drags Shayna up into a cobra clutch. Shayna endures, fans rally up, and Shayna throws elbows! Then kicks! And KICKS! And KICKS! Shayna runs, KICKS, then runs again. Another KICK but Nia still stays up! Shayna runs, dodges Nia, but Nia scoops to SAMOAN DROP! Shayna crawls to a corner, Nia runs in, but Shayna ducks and the hip attack hits buckles! Then Shayna hits a roll up into buckles! Shayna goes to the far corner, Nia crawls after her, but Shayna runs in to KNEE Nia down! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Shayna is frustrated.
Nia rises, Shayna KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Fans fire up with each shot but Nia blocks one! Shayna gets free to BUZZSAW! Shayna runs, but Nia CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Nia pushes Shayna down, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO?!? Shayna survives and fans fire up! Nia is in disbelief, but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Nia stomps Shayna, climbs up, but Shayna grabs a leg! ANKLE LOCK! Nia kicks Shayna away, but then Shayna returns, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Both women have a crash landing and fans fire up! Shayna drags herself up while Nia stirs, and the fans rally behind her!
Shayna stalks Nia, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Nia endures but she has Shayna on her as a backpack! Fans fire up, but Nia stands up! Shayna drags her back down! Shayna rear mounts again, leans all her weight on the hold, but Nia fights back up! BACKPACK SENTON!! Both women are down again as Nia sputters and coughs. But then she gets mad, and she drags Shayna to the drop zone! Nia climbs, soaks up the heat, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
Shayna tried but she could not be the immovable object to the Irresistible Force. Nia crushes the Queen of Spades, but here comes Becky! Fans fire up but Nia backs down! This collision is coming, but will Becky be that big time roadblock to Nia?
DIY talks backstage.
Gargano & Ciampa know what they gotta do, but then in walk Candice & Indi. They’ll be cheering DIY on, ready for back to back wins, and then they all stand at attention because Imperium walks in. Oh, yes, good, show respect. Look at this lovely couple. Yes, a lovely couple of losers! Oh, ow, wow. But it’ll be embarrassing to get beat twice in one match. Hopefully Papa Gunther won’t be too mad after. The Way heads out, and Ludwig reminds Giovanni this is important. Don’t mess up out there. Oh, he’s got it. He hopes Ludwig does, too. The dysfunction between Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy is growing, will it be their downfall?
Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium!
Raw returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Ciampa starts against Ludwig. The fans rally behind DIY as we start this first fall, and the two circle. Ciampa and Ludwig tie up, go around, and Ludwig puts Ciampa in a corner. The ref counts, Ludwig lets off slowly, but Ciampa avoids the cheap shot to ROCK and CHOP and repeat! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ludwig reverses and runs in. He blocks a boot, “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Ludwig stands over Ciampa, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Ludwig ROCKS Ciampa, tags Vinci, and Vinci RAMS into Ciampa! Vinci then stays between Ciampa and Gargano to stomp Ciampa.
Vinci throws hands and UPPERCUTS, but Ciampa hits back! They brawl, Ciampa has the edge and whips, but Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodge to CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Vinci stomps Ciampa. Vinci KNEES Ciampa in the back, then he stomps Ciampa more. Vinci talks trash, stands Ciampa up and UPPERCUTS! Vinci CLUBS Ciampa in the back, tags Ludwig, and Imperium mugs Ciampa. Ludwig looms over Ciampa, then scrapes his soles off Ciampa’s face! Ludwig taunts Gargano, fans boo, but Ludwig smirks as he whips Ciampa. Ludwig ELBOWS Ciampa down, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Ludwig clamps onto Ciampa with a chinbar and armlock.
Ciampa fights up, fans rally harder as they go around and around, and Ciampa sends Ludwig into buckles! Fans fire up, Ciampa crawls, but Ludwig anchors the feet! Ciampa ENZIGURIS, but Ludwig still holds on! Ciampa fires forearms, Ludwig keeps him from Gargano to then dodge. But Ciampa dodges, hot tag to Gargano! Fans fire up as Gargano JUMP KICKS Ludwig, then schoolboy rolls and KICKS Vinci! Gargano rallies on Ludwig, whips him to ropes, but Ludwig reverses. Gargano ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! Fans fire up with Johnny Wrestling and he runs in at the corner, but Ludwig puts him on the apron!
Gargano GAMANGIRIS, then he avoids Vinci to SUPERKICK! SLINGSHOT SPEAR on Ludwig! Fans fire up again and Gargano tags Ciampa back in. DIY set up in corners, Ludwig sits up, but Vinci trips Gargano! Ludwig avoids the knee, rolls Ciampa with tights, Imperium scores!
DIY: 0; Imperium: 1
Fans boo as Imperium takes the crucial first fall! But while Vinci & Ludwig gloat, Gargano gets back up, CANNONBALL takes out Vinci! Ciampa PLANCHAS Ludwig down! DIY sits on the desk, and they pat themselves on the backs while applauding! Fans applaud and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ludwig tags in but the fans rally for “D I Y! D I Y!” Ludwig stands Gargano up but Gargano fires forearms! Ludwig shoves, Gargano returns, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Then Ludwig BLASTS Ciampa! Tag to Vinci, Imperium sets Gargano up in the ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS in the corner! Vinci drags Gargano up, CLUBS him, then covers, TWO! Fans taunt “BALDY! BALDY!” as he clamps onto Gargano with shoulder claws. Gargano fights up, fights free, and he throws forearms on Imperium! Vinci kicks low, reels Gargano in, then Ludwig goes up! Ciampa anchors Ludwig, Gargano victory rolls Vinci, DIY scores!
DIY: 1; Imperium: 1
And we’re all tied up! Imperium is shocked, but then they rush Gargano! Gargano dodges them both, hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Imperium, he fires off forearms and CHOPS! Fans fire up, Imperium mugs Ciampa and double whip. Ciampa ducks the lariats to DOUBLE LARIAT Imperium! Dragon sleeper for Vinci, clinch for Ludwig, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Gargano is back, Ciampa tags him in. They meet at the corner, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Then BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Cover, Ludwig breaks it! Ciampa whips but Ludwig reverses to TOSS Ciampa! Gargano DUMPS Ludwig!
Vinci runs in, Gargano dodges then fakes out to mule kick! Gargano runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gargano hangs in there, but Vinci tags Ludwig. Ludwig goes up again, Vinci lifts Gargano, but Gargano fights to RANA Vinci away! Ludwig still leaps, but Gargano ROCKS him! Gargano runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ludwig hits the ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! PENALTY KICK! Tag to Vinci and Vinci double jump TOP ROPE MOONSAULTS! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Ludwig storms up on Ciampa to throw a forearm, but Ciampa gives it back!
Ciampa and Ludwig brawl, the ref reprimands as they’re not the legal men! Ludwig gets the edge, spins, but Gargano SUPERKICKS him! Vinci is up, he blocks Ciampa’s boot to CHOP! Gargano ENZIGURIS Vinci! Ludwig DISCUS LARIATS Ciampa! Gargano BUZZSAWS Ludwig! Vinci KICKS and reels Gargano in, but Gargano counters the bomb with a DDT! All four men are down again and the fans really fire up! Fans rally up, “This is Awesome!” Gargano and Vinci crawl, hot tags to Ciampa and Ludwig! Ciampa dodges Ludwig but then Ludwig elbows him! Ciampa BOOTS, puts Ludwig up top, and then climbs up after him!
Fans fire up as Ciampa fireman’s carries Ludwig, for the SUPER AIR RAID CRASH! Tag to Gargano and DIY set up in corners! Fans are thunderous for- NO, Vinci trips Ciampa and drag shim out! But Ciampa sends Vinci into steps! Gargano runs in, Ludwig rolls him up with tights again! TWO!! Ciampa sneaks a tag, Ludwig runs in but gets a haymaker! SUPERKICK! BOOT! And then, MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!!
Winners: DIY, by pinfall, 2-1
Fans fire up as DIY makes the comeback to take the match! Will this help Ciampa & Gargano head for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships? As for Imperium, Vinci tells Ludwig he’s gotta go explain to Gunther what went wrong. Is what’s wrong with Imperium simply their attitudes?
Tegan Nox & Natalya prepare backstage.
They’re getting ready for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, but Chelsea Green & Piper Niven walk over. Look, it’s Kitty Cat Natty and Rainbow Head… Uh, um, what’s her name again? TEGAN! Oh, right, Tegan. Well, the champs were gonna head out but they heard Natty & Nox have a match tonight. It’s so “cute” that they’re trying to make this work. Get over it, Natty! This is not your meal ticket, move on, it’s over, nobody’s buying this. Nox goes after Chelsea but Natty holds her back. Natty says after they win tonight, they’ll take another shot at the titles, and they won’t miss. Chelsea says she and Piper will miss this. “Let’s go, P.”
Chelsea & Piper walk away, and Natty says someone needs to buy that mutt a muzzle. Will the Queen of Harts & Welsh Firecracker rebound? Or will KC Squared have the winning formula?
The New Day is with The Creed Brothers backstage.
Julius & Brutus have Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston on their shoulders respectively, and are doing squats! The New Day is all fired up! They then hop down and that’s why the Creeds are the #1 contenders! They feel great about it, too! What a match last week. And it’s all good, just watch out for Judgment Day. Julius says yeah, they were facing some GOATs so they’ll be ready. But then “SHOOOOOSH~!” Chad Gable walks in with the Academy. But just kidding. They’re happy for the Creeds, too. And take it from another pair of former champions, the road only gets tougher from here. If you wanna take the training up a notch, stop on by, Chad will give you a taste of the Gable Method.
The Creeds appreciate that, but for now, they stick with their secret weapon, Ivy Nile. Ivy will neutralize Rhea for them tonight. Ivy says Rhea may be one of the toughest women here, but Ivy is not backing down. Maxxine says she knows all about that. Ivy’s been hitting some impressive lifts. Wait, Maxxine, don’t sell yourself shorts. We know how strong she’s gotten since replacing Pilates with squats! Tozawa! Assume the position. Maxxine lifts Tozawa and does the squats! Everyone fires up, but will Julius & Brutus have the power they need to take down Dirty Dom & The Irish Ace?
Judgment Day talks backstage, too.
Damian Priest says no way this is happening again. But surprise! R-Truth is back! And he got them a TV! JD, didn’t you say you were gonna deal with Truth? Deal? Truth’s the one who got the best deal on this TV! LCD! Priest already said you have to leave! Truth says yeah “Jackie D,” nobody likes you, you gotta go. Truth, YOU aren’t Judgment Day! You never will be! Get out of the clubhouse, NOW! Right? Priest says yeah, but we can take it easy. Truth says okay, he’ll get out of “our” clubhouse, but they need to talk security. Truth leaves, Priest brings up McIntyre talking all this nonsense, like he’s Rhea or something, acting like they wanted him on the team!
McIntyre is acting like he can’t be dealt with as easy as everyone else! Dom says Mami said no one touches McIntyre. Mami this, Mami that! Priest says Rhea isn’t here, and neither is Finn, so he has to take lead. That means tonight, Dom & McDonagh handle The Creeds! They will learn why The Judgment Day runs things around here! Dom & JD nod, head out, and Priest does admit, they need to lock up around here. The TV doesn’t even work! But will things be alright without Rhea & Finn around?
Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!
We saw Natty & Nox tell Chelsea & Piper off, but will they follow through on their word to make their way back up the ladder? Or will Carter & Chance get the party started in Albany?
Raw returns and Chelsea & Piper are on commentary. The Hot Mess says this is her- er, their show now. Piper says if teams want at the titles, line them up and she will knock ’em down. Oh, and Chelsea will be there, too. Nox makes her entrance, followed by Natty. The teams sort out, Nox starts against Kayden and they circle. They tie up, Kayden wrenches and wristlocks but Nox bridges, rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Tag to Natty, she waistlocks to trip Kayden, then rolls to facelock. Kayden wrenches out, facelocks, tag to Katana. Katana rolls Natty up, TWO! Natty runs Katana over, then drags her around.
Natty deadlifts Katana, fireman’s carries, and presses Katana, for the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Natty drags Katana back, steps through, but Katana kicks her away. Natty runs up, Katana ELBOWS her away, tag to Kayden. They table top Natty, Kayden and Katana combine, WHEELBARROW SUPLEX SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kayden whips Natty to the corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Kayden goes side to side, tags Katana, and Katana traps Natty as Kayden runs back in, DROPKICK! Katana snapmares Natty, runs up, but Natty gets under to back suplex! Kayden tags back in, Katana escapes then slides under Natty, and Kayden BULLDOGS!
Natty crawls, Kayden drags her back, but Natty boots her away! Tag to Nox before the BOOT! Nox then runs in to UPPERCUT! Nox BOOTS Katana, rallies on Kayden, then fires off haymakers! Nox suplexes, but Kayden slips free! Kayden dodges Nox to EDDY GORDO KICK! Nox flops, Kayden runs in, but Nox dodges! Natty gets fans rallying for Nox and she UPPERCUTS! But Katana sneaks a tag! Nox CANNONBALLS Kayden, goes up a corner, and MOLLY-GO-ROUND!! But Katana COMPLETE SHOTS Nox! Cover, Natty breaks it! Natty gets fans going for Nox again and Nox crawls. Hot tag to Natty!
Fans rally as Natty spins but Katana dodges to CODE BREAKER! Katana puts Natty in the corner, tags Kayden, and KC Squared gets Natty up top. But Natty SLAPS them both on the back! And she DOUBLE POWERBOMBS them down! Cover, TWO!! Kayden survives after that rough landing, Chelsea acts like she’s not nervous. Natty CLUBS Kayden, rebounds her off ropes but Kayden victory rolls through to then SUPERKICK! Piper likes that one, 10 outta 10. Kayden tags Katana and Katana goes up to handstand on Kayden’s shoulders. KEG STAND SPLASH! Cover, KC SQUARED WIN!
Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance
Chelsea is furious, but what was she expecting? A draw? She yells at them, but then Kayden gives Katana a boost to DROPKICK Chelsea down! Will the tag team champions have to be ready for a party? The celebration of their reign ending?
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/4/23)
B Block, round 6!
Sure #EverybodyDies, but who will tranquilo?
The World Tag League round robin is almost over, and B Block is looking saucy! Will Lance Archer & Alex Zayne burn Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr?
- BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; win.
- Six Man Tag: Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; win.
- Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma VS The United Empire; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Ryusuke Taguchi VS The House of Torture; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Bullet Club; wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki; Bishamon wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Tsuji & Zando win.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm are just outside the top after their loss to Monster Sauce, but that’s way better than being at the bottom like the Rogue Army. But can Fale & Bonza ruin things for Taichi & Yuya? Or will B Block belong to Just5Guys?
The teams sort out and Yuya starts against Bonza. The fans rally up as the bell rings and the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Bonza wrenches to hammerlock then waistlock. Yuya switches to then hammerlock, but Bonza switches the hammerlock back. Yuya reaches back, sits down, rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Bonza spins, breaks free and pie faces Yuya! Yuya keeps cool, and he resets with Bonza. They tie up, but Bonza kicks low! Bonza runs, runs Yuya over, and says he’s pathetic! Bonza runs, Yuya stays low to then hurdle, and then he hip tosses Bonza down! Yuya scoops and SLAMS Bonza, then arm-drags him!
Fans fire up as Yuya has the armlock, but Fale runs in to throw body shots and scoop! Yuya slips free, but Fale’s too big for an arm-drag! Fale scoops again, and SLAMS Yuya! Then Fale DECKS Taichi for the hell of it! Bonza stomps Yuya around, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fale and the Rogue Army mugs Yuya. Fale brings Yuya around to CLUB him down, then looms over him. Fans rally but Fale stands on Yuya! Fale goes surfing on the Heat Storm! Fale steps off, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Fale tags Bonza. Bonza storms up on Yuya, drags him around, and then he goes surfing!
Bonza lets off to then drop an elbow! And then springboard stomp! Yuya sputters, Bonza drags him back up but Taichi rallies the fans. Yuya CHOPS Bonza, ROCKS Fale, repeat! Bonza ROCKS Yuya! Bonza bumps Yuya off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to elbow! Bonza keeps moving, but Yuya DROPKICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yuya crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms up to Kawada Kick! Bonza says F U and ROCKS Taichi, but Taichi SOBATS back! Taichi tells Bonza off and BOOTS him in the corner! Fale runs in, but into a BOOT! Fale comes back, Taichi steps aside to GAMANGIRI!
Bonza kicks Taichi, whips him to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up with Taichi, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi then aims, but Bonza blocks the kick to ELBOW! Bonza whips, DISCUS LARIAT! Bonza fires up, he drags Taichi up, and he reels Taichi in to suplex! Taichi fights that off to suplex back! Bonza fights that off, they fight for suplex control, and fans rally up! In the end, Bonza gets Taichi up, but Taichi slips free! SAI- NO, Bonza fights with elbows! Bonza runs, into a RIDGE HAND! Taichi runs, but Bonza deflects the boot to hit a BIG back suplex! Tag to Fale and he storms up on Taichi.
Fale stomps Taichi, drags him up and CLUBS away on the back! Taichi falls over but Fale stalks him to the ropes. Fale drags Taichi up, but Taichi fights and wrenches to HOOK KICK! Fale runs up, into a clinch! Taichi is using sumo! Fale and Taichi hobble around, Fale tries to counter sumo with sumo! But Taichi still THROWS Fale!! Fans are thunderous and Taichi takes aim! BUZZSAW! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya roars, runs in and CHOPS Fale! Bonza runs in, but gets an arm-drag! And then a DROPKICK! Bonza bails out, Fale staggers up into a DROPKICK! He stays up, so Yuya DROPKICKS again!
Fale rebounds, into an ARM-DRAG!! The fans are thunderous and Yuya runs in at the corner. DOUBLE CHOP! Taichi adds a BOOT! Yuya runs in again, DROPKICK! Fale hobbles, Yuya pushes him out and goes up the corner! CROSSBODY! Down goes Fale! But Yuya isn’t done there! Yuya drags Fale up, wrenches and traps the arm, but Fale swings the other! Yuya catches it! But Fale’s too big for Kamuki! Fale TOSSES Yuya to a corner then SPLASHES! Fireman’s carry, but Yuya flails around! Sunset flip, but Fale stays up! So Taichi GAMANGIRIS him into it! High stack, TWO!! Fale escapes, but Yuya has an ARMBAR!!
Fans fire up as Fale endures! Fale fights around, but Yuya powers him down!! ARMBAR!! Fale flails and kicks around, reaches out, but Yuya shifts grip! Bonza sends Taichi into railing before he gets in, Fale has the ROPEBREAK! Bonza CLOBBERS Yuya for good measure! Fans fire up as Bonza BLASTS Taichi off the apron! Yuya CHOPS Bonza, CHOPS him again, and powers up, but Bonza dodges! Only for Yuya to catch the arms! But Bonza knees low! Yuya roars, but Bonza scoops him! BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP!! Cover, TAICHI BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Bonza scoops Taichi! FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!
Fale hoists Yuya up! Crucifix lift, for BAD LUCK FALL!!! Cover, Rogue Army wins!!
Winners: Bad Luke Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
The Rogue General & Red Commander just brought down two of the five guys! Did they just blow up the chances of Taichi & Yuya going on to the semifinals? Or will luck be with J5G in the seventh?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions take on the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion and a former World Middleweight Champion, but both teams are on the bubble in this block. Who pops off and who drops off right before the end?
ELP tries to get the fans cheering Soberano but it takes a second to warm them up. The fans fire up and the sons of lucha appreciate it. “AT-LAN-TIS!” and “SOBER-RA-NO!” then return the favor helping in a “HI-KU-LEO~!” chant. They all shake hands and high-five, and then the teams sort out. ELP starts against Soberano and fans rally up. The two wind up, and shake hands! Fans cheer and the two circle. They tie up, ELP headlocks, but Soberano powers up and out to then reel ELP back and run. ELP sidesteps, he avoids Soberano’s handspring, and fans cheer. Soberano flexes and fans cheer a little more.
ELP gives a mocking golf clap and then circles with Soberano again. Soberano headlocks, ELP throws body shots and powers out. Soberano runs ELP over, then things speed up. ELP hurdles but Soberano front flips! Fans fire up and Soberano looks off into the distance. Soberano then runs in, ELP dodges, Soberano RANAS but ELP handsprings through, then does his drop steps! Fans cheer as ELP flexes and kisses the biceps. ELP gives Soberano a push, Soberano pushes back. They start pushing a little harder, then things speed up again! Soberano ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls off ELP’s back to then run and RANA!
ELP flounders out of the ring and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Soberano gets the fans rallying behind him then has the ref tranquilo. Soberano puts ELP in, then gets fans to actually chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” Soberano slides in, brings ELP around, and tags Atlantis. The luchadores mug ELP, and the fans still chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” but the luchadores double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then wheelbarrow and ENZUGIRI FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis keeps cool as he stomps ELP around. Atlantis drags ELP up, keeps him from Leo, and CLUBS away!
Atlantis suplexes but ELP blocks! ELP tries to suplex but Atlantis blocks! ELP RAMS Atlantis into the corner, CHOPS him, then tags Leo. ELP CHOPS again, then hushes the fans. Leo swings, Atlantis dodges to CHOP them in return! CHOP after CHOP then Atlantis runs, ducks ELP’s hurdle but ends up right in Leo’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Leo drags Atlantis up but Atlantis throws forearms and CHOPS! Leo CHOPS right back! Leo then fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free! Atlantis dodges the chop, tries to whip but Leo blocks and reverses! Leo runs in, Atlantis dodges and Leo’s boot gets stuck on the ropes! Atlantis dropkicks that leg!
Leo hobbles and Atlantis keeps moving, Atlantis dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Atlantis stomps Leo’s leg, then SPLASHES down on a knee! Atlantis stomps the leg some more, but Jado & ELP coach Leo. Leo CHOPS Atlantis, but Atlantis stomps him down. Atlantis has the leg and works to turn Leo over! HALF CRAB! Leo endures and fans rally up! Leo fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Atlantis lets go at 4, and Leo clutches his knee. Atlantis eggs Leo on, Soberano tags in, and they both taunt Leo to go taunt ELP. Leo crawls over, but then the luchadores bring Leo away. “Chotto matte ne!”
Fans applaud as the Mexican luchadores know some Japanese. Then they get LEo’s hands, bend the fingers, and then Soberano BOOTS Leo down! ELP protests, the ref reprimands, but Soberano BITES Leo’s foot! Soberano keeps Leo from ropes with a chinlock, then he and Atlantis get Leo up again. They double whip Leo to a corner, Atlantis runs in but is put on the apron. Leo DECKS Atlantis, and he catches Soberano’s splash! Soberano BELL CLAPS then BOOTS Leo! Soberano taunts ELP by blowing a kiss, then he goes back for Leo. Atlantis returns, they double whip but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP grins as he runs up to BOOT Soberano! Mule kick for Atlantis! Atomic drop for Soberano! ELP mocks Soberano’s pain, then he atomic drops Atlantis, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! ELP clotheslines Soberano up and out, but Atlantis kicks him low! Atlantis whips ELP to the corner but ELP goes up and over then springboards to CROSSBODY! Somersault, LIONSAULT! Another somersault, to PLANCHA Soberano! Fans fire up with ELP and he goes back to the corner. ELP waits on Atlantis to rise up, then he springboards in, FLYING TORNADO DDT!
Fans fire up and ELP drags Atlantis to a cover, TWO! Atlantis survives and the fans rally up again. ELP fires up and Soberano coaches Atlantis. ELP drags Atlantis up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Atlantis fights! Atlantis ROCKS ELP, ELP ROCKS Atlantis, they go forearm for forearm! ELP whips, Atlantis reverses and Soberano jumps in! Double hip toss into TU LO SABE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives and that surprises Atlantis. The fans rally, Soberano stalks ELP to a corner and eggs him on. ELP slaps Soberano, Soberano SLAPS ELP! Atlantis BOOTS Leo, ELP throws hands on Soberano, but Atlantis kicks ELP low.
Atlantis puts ELP up top, Soberano GAMANGIRIS! Then the sons of lucha vow to end this! They both climb up after ELP, CLUB away on him, and bring him up. But Leo gets in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans fire up for the double powerbomb double superplex combo! Leo drags Soberano up to POWERBOMB onto Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Leo helps ELP up! Leo scoops, but Atlantis slips free to shove Leo into ELP! Then Atlantis dodges Leo to SUPERKICK ELP! And DROPKICK Leo! Leo runs back in but Atlantis dumps him out! ELP runs in but Atlantis goes up and over, rolls and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Fans fire up as Atlantis goes up a corner! But ELP hurries to GAMANGIRI! Soberano sneaks a tag! ELP goes up to the very top, brings Atlantis up with him, SUPER STEINER! ELP goes up but Soberano is there! He springboards up to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous with everyone down, and Soberano crawls to a cover! Leo breaks it! Fans fire up again and Atlantis regroups with Soberano. Leo UPPERCUTS Atlantis, choke grips each of them, meeting of the minds! But then the luchadores double basement dropkick the legs out! Fans rally for Leo but Soberano & Atlantis have him! DOUBLE-
NO, Leo fights the suplexes to UPPERCUT Soberano! Atlantis dodges the haymaker but not the BOOT! Leo aims at Soberano now, choke grip! GOD- FLIP! Soberano ENZIGURIS! Leo roars! Soberano SUPERKICKS! ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! Fans fire up with ELP and he DIVES to take out Atlantis! Leo hits GODSEND!! ELP returns, he goes up, SUPER THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
The sons of lucha are eclipsed by the Guerrillas of Destiny! Will the “Big Blue Sexy Boys” still have a fighting chance of entering the semifinals?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vow to break the curse that keeps IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning the league! Will they pull it off? Or will Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World not only stop Bishamon, but get golden tickets at the same time?
The teams sort out and Suzuki stares Hashi down. Fans rally up and the two start. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. But then Suzuki kicks one, wrenches the other to a hammerlock, but Hashi switches the hold onto Suzuki. Suzuki reaches back to cording hold and chinbar Hashi to ropes. The ref counts and Suzuki lets off slowly, then with strong pats on the shoulder. Fans cheer and Hashi keeps cool as the two reset. They step up, and Hashi fires a forearm! Suzuki fires back! They go back and forth and the fans rally as they pick up speed! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi, ROCKS him again, but Hashi comes back to CHOP!
Suzuki eggs Hashi on so Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS more and more but Suzuki stays standing on sheer anger! Hashi drags Suzuki over, tags Goto, and Bishamon double whip to then double shoulder tackle! Hashi BLASTS Nagata for good measure, then Goto stomps Suzuki. Goto drags Suzuki up, CLUBS him, then whips. Suzuki reverses to then headlock, but Goto powers out. Suzuki pulls hair to HEADBUTT! Suzuki CLUBS Goto down and Goto bails out! Nagata runs in to BLAST Hashi as payback, and then the murder grandpas go out after them! Suzuki whips Goto into railing, then brings him around while Nagata sends Hashi hard into railing!
Suzuki RAMS Goto into railing in front of commentary, then has a railing crossface! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off of Goto, but Nagata POSTS Hashi! Suzuki stomps Goto around, the ring count starts, and Suzuki stomps Goto again before sliding in. The count reaches 7 of 20, then 10 as Goto crawls. Goto clutches his neck, the count is 15! Goto stands at 17, and slides in at 19! Fans cheer but Suzuki clamps onto Goto with a camel clutch! Goto endures, Suzuki shifts to bring him up for a facelock. Nagata tags in and he CLUBS Goto on the neck! And CLUBS him again! Nagata wraps on a chinlock to grind Goto down!
Hashi coaches Goto as he fights around, and Goto gets the ROPEBREAK! Nagata lets go, to KICK Goto in the back! Nata then drags Goto up with a facelock and tags Suzuki. Suzuki snapmares Goto to KICK him! And then Suzuki pulls at the tape around the neck and shoulders! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing he can really do! Suzuki reels Goto in but Goto resists the Gotch lift! Suzuki powers up but Goto still fights. Suzuki CLUBS Goto, tags Nagata, and Nagata BOOTS Hashi down! Nagata KICKS Goto in the chest, then KICKS him again! Goto grits his teeth, Nagata eggs him on, but Goto blocks the next kick!
Goto CLUBS the leg, but Nagata ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Nagata whips, Goto reverses, but Nagata BOOTS back! Nagata runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Nagata crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to run Nagata over! Hashi BLASTS Suzuki off the apron and fans fire up as Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Then he fires off forearms over and over in the corner! Nagata sits down and Hashi keeps going! The ref reprimands, the fans fire up, and Hashi lets off to bring Nagata back up. Nagata shoves Hashi so Hashi eggs him on. The forearms go back and forth now!
Hashi gets the edge with forearms, then CHOPS Nagata back to the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Nagata reverses, but Hashi comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Hashi fires up. Hashi reels Nagata in, suplexes, but Nagata fights it to suplex, and MAGIC SCREW! Hashi flounders, Nagata stands, and Nagata stomps Hashi. Nagata ROCKS Hashi, whips him to ropes, but Hashi holds ropes. Goto tags in, Hashi sidesteps Nagata and Goto ROCKS him! Hashi CHOPS Nagata down, then he BLASTS Suzuki. Hashi hauls Nagata up, turns him, and Goto adds on, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nagata hangs in there.
Bishamon set up in opposite corners, and they aim at Nagata. But Suzuki pushes Nagata to save him from the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Hashi CHOPS, Goto CLUBS and then GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Bishamon have Nagata in a corner, Goto clotheslines! Hashi clotheslines! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Cover, TWO! Nagata survives and fans rally up again! Goto hauls Nagata up, Hashi calls the shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, but Suzuki catches Hashi to a SLEEPER! Nagata drags Goto down into a CROSSFACE! Goto endures, Hashi is turning red! Fans rally up as Goto fights his way around!
Goto reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer, and Suzuki sends Goto to a corner! Suzuki BOOTS! Nagata BOOTS! Snapmare, DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH! Then EXPLODER!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans fire up again! Nagata drags Goto up, but Goto fights the saido with elbows! Nagata knees low, and again, then CLUBS Goto’s neck! Goto falls and writhes, but Nagata drags him back up! Suzuki keeps Hashi out with an ANKLE LOCK, as Nagata SAI- NO, Goto fights free! Hashi also gets free, to SUPERKICK Nagata! Goto has a SLEEPER, then rolls it to GOTO NISHIKI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas almost had it, but Goto finds a way to survive! Does this mean the Fierce Warrior & Headhunter have a chance to #GetBackUp to the WTL finals after all?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
The Monster Sauce is leading the way but they have to finish strong! Will they stay hot going into the seventh and final round? Or will they be sunk by The Gene Blast & King of the World?
Wait, Tetsuya Naito is coming out here? What a great surprise! It sure takes Shingo Takagi by surprise as he’s been on commentary this entire time. Naito joins commentary, even! And he puts his feet up on top of Milano Collection AT’s notes. He makes Milano hold the Right to Challenge bag while he puts his headset on. Monster Sauce then makes their entrance, and Archer suckers a Young Lion in by offering a high-five to then DECK him! He pats another on the shoulder, assuring him it’s fine. Then he RAMS him into railing! Zayne apologizes to each Young Lion in turn, it’s nothing personal. Archer and Zayne then have Red Shoes and Abe-san put on the jackets to see how they look.
Zando and Tsuji make their entrances, the teams sort out, and Archer says that smile of Tsuji’s is gonna be missing some teeth soon. However, Zayne and Zando step up to start and the fans rally up with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Zando powers Zayne to ropes. Zando lets off, fakes the chop, and tells Zayne to take it easy. Zayne and Zando reset and fans rally again. They tie up, Zayne puts Zando on ropes now, and Zayne fakes the chop to twirl his hair. Fans cheer and Zando smirks. The two reset again, tie up again, and Zando headlocks. Zayne wrenches out, but Zando wrenches back to wristlock.
Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks, but Zando spins, CHOPS, and whips Zayne to a corner. Zayne reverses, runs in and back elbows! Zayne slips out to the apron and slingshot RANAS! Things keep moving, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges and IMPLODER KNEE DROPS down on Zando’s dropdown! Zayne then rolls to STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up and Zayne smirks as he twirls his hair again. Zayne stands Zando up, Zando throws hands but Zayne bobs ‘n’ weaves to body blow! Zayne runs, but Tsuji kicks him! Zayne swings on Tsuji, but Zando reels him in, chicken wings and DODON DROP!
Archer runs in to kick Zando low! Archer reels Zando in to CLUB him, then he runs. Tsuji trips Archer, Zando basement dropkicks! Tsuji then drags Archer out to RAM him into railing! Fans fire up with Zando, and Tsuji sends Archer into more railing! Zando TOSSES Zayne out of the ring, Tsuji fires off on Archer, then CHOPS him! Tsuji holds Archer out along railing, Zando runs in, LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans fire up while Archer falls over! Tsuji finds Zayne and stomps him, to then put him in the ring for Zando. Zando storms up, drags Zayne up and has him on ropes. Zando lifts Zayne up and Tsuji runs, to LEAP FROG ATTACK!
Zayne flops over, fans rally up, and Zando tags Tsuji. Zando & Tsuij drag Zayne up to double whip. Archer returns, Red Shoes keeps him back, Zayne ends up in the POP-UP KICK! Zando & Tsuji run, basement dropkick sandwich! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands. Zando exits, Tsuji digs his knees into Zayne at the ropes before a knee drop! Tsuji drags Zayne up while Archer and Zando shout at each other. Tsuji whips Zayne but reverses direction to send him into the red corner! Tsuji stomps Zayne, Zando CLUBS him, and then Zando tags in. Zando snapmares Zayne to a seated abdominal stretch! Zayne endures and the fans rally up.
Zayne reaches out, but then reaches up to drag Zando into a cradle! TWO, and Zando stomps away! Zando hits Archer, then laughs as he gets away. Zando drags Zayne back, CLUBS him, then grabs a leg. Zando steps over, then clinches, modified cobra twist! Zayne endures, hops on his one free leg, and fans rally up! Zayne reaches out, hot tag- NO, Tsuji drags Archer down and RAMS him into railing right in front of commentary! Zando wrangles Zayne to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Zando drags Zayne up. Zando wrenches, wristlocks, then he tags Tsuji. Tsuji BOOTS Zayne’s arm, then brings him around to ROCK with a forearm!
Fans rally up, Zayne ROCKS Tsuji back! And CHOPS! And ROCKS him again! Tsuji knees low, then wags his finger. Tsuji swings, Zayne counter punches! And again! Tsuji runs in, Zayne gets around, roll up and EDDY GORDO KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Tsuji and Zayne crawl, hot tag to Archer! Archer storms around, fires up, and BLASTS Zando! It was a fake out at first, but now he runs to ELBOW Tsuji! “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving, and ELBOWS! “Ni!” Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL! But Zando SUPERKICKS Zayne! Archer CHOPS Zando but Zando just fires up!
Zando CHOPS Archer, and Archer just smiles! Archer CHOPS back! Archer eggs Zando on so Zando CHOPS! Archer CHOPS, eggs Zando on, and fans fire up as Zando CHOPS again! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Archer CHOPS Zando down! Fans fire up with the Murderhawk and he storms up. Zando swings, but into a full nelson that Archer makes into a dragon sleeper. Tsuji runs in, but gets caught! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO! Archer then drags Tsuji up, shoves him to a corner, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Zayne then LEAP FROG MISSILE DROPKICKS! Archer suplexes Tsuji! Then CHOKE SLAM SAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Tsuji survives and fans fire up but Archer fires himself back up. Tag to Zayne, he goes up, but Zando GAMANGIRIS! Archer grabs Zando, but Tsuji DUMPS Archer! Tsuji then rushes the corner, but Zayne jumps and over! Zayne comes back but Tsuji BOOTS him! Tsuji goes up, but Zayne returns, NO HANDS STEINER! Fans fire up as Zando hurries in. Zayne dodges the chop but Zando blocks the chip to CHOP after all! Zando suplexes, Zayne slips free to shove, but Zando blocks the kick! Zando ducks the enziguri, wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer BOOTS Zando, ripcords, and HELLICOASTERS! Fans fire up with Archer again!
Archer hauls Zando back up, reels him in, but Tsuji saves Zando from the suplex! Tsuji & Zando mug Archer, then go to double suplex! Archer fights it, he wants to double suplex, but they fight it! Zando & Tsuji try again, DOUBLE SUPLEX! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Zando stirs, flounders out of the ring, and Tsuji rises. Tsuji tags Zando in, they get Zayne up. They double whip, hip toss and SLAM! Then SPLASH, to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Zayne hangs in there and Zando pounds the mat in frustration. The fans clap along, Tsuji & Zando get Zayne up, ANCHOR!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again!
Zando pounds the mat some more and the fans clap along again. Tag to Tsuji, and he climbs up onto Zando’s shoulders! But Archer caches Tsuji, to CHOKE SLAM him into Zando! Then Archer fireman’s carries, Zayne runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP COMBO!! Cover, Zando breaks it! Fans fire up, Archer runs in, but he doesn’t fall for the dump trick. Archer CLOBBERS Zando against ropes, then clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Fans fire up with Archer again and Zayne pounds the mat. Archer hauls Tsuji up, sets him up for Zayne, ROLLING- NO, Tsuji avoids the ax kick! Then he dodges Archer, and now Zando dumps him out!
Zayne mule kicks Tsuji, runs, but into the GENE BLAST SPEAR!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!
Winners: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Archer & Zayne earn 0)
Monster Sauce drops, making the top of this block really interesting! If #EverybodyDies, are their chances at the finals in danger of dying off?
As for Tsuji & Zando, Tsuji gets the mic to say, “It looks like it’s someone’s birthday today.” It’s also someone in Los Ingobernables de Japon. “HIROMU-CHAN!” Oh wait, is he even here? Well, maybe Hiromu was too busy to be here, but Tsuji hopes tonight’s win is a good birthday gift. Fans applaud that, but then Tsuji says he also has some bad news. It would seem after tonight’s penultimate-penultimate results, there mathematically isn’t a chance for Tsuji & Zando to make it to the semifinals. He asks if that’s true or not. Even commentary has to check the math on that. So then, is there a chance?
Milano is sure it’s not zero percent. Really? Pretty sure. Then there IS a chance! The fans cheer and Tsuji says that even if it seems unlikely, should they win next round, Zandokan will be LIJ! Fans cheer for that, too! Tsuji then brings up that the other day, he talked with the others and hoped Takagi & Naito wouldn’t lose today. Takagi stands up from commentary to say that he does need to get better. Well, hey, tranquilo, right? Tsuji then lets Zando say a few words. “WATASHI WA…! ZANDOKAN JUNIOR!” AKA, he is Zandokan. Fans cheer the introduction, and then he says he’s a BIG DEAL! Fans also cheer that.
Zando then shouts in Spanish, Milano asks for a translation, but Tsuji asks if they’re ready for the tournament’s home stretch. Are you ready for him and Zando to do this? VAMOS, AMIGOS!! Fans cheer, but will Gene Blast & The King of The World really make it to the end?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-2, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 4-2, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-2, 8 points
Bishamon: 3-2-1, 7 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-3-1, 5 points [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great round, and now with some really complex stuff at the top of the block. Monster Sauce lost to go down to 4-2 so that they’d be tied with ELP & Leo and with Taichi & Yuya. Monster Sauce VS ELP & Leo is next, and so one team will go to 5-2 with 10 points, the other will be 4-3 with 8. This scenario alone seems to be creating confusion because while commentary was not prepared to speak on who is still in this, NJPW’s official website has determined Tsuji & Zando are out despite that great main event win. Even if Tsuji & Zando beat Atlantis & Soberano next round, they’ll get to 8 points, BUT they lost to Taichi & Yuya.
And even if Taichi & Yuya lose, they’d be losing to Bishamon, who would then stand at 9 points, making THEM second place flat out. And if Taichi & Yuya win, they are in as second place, not Bishamon. So despite the moment of cheers and hope at the end of that main event, Tsuji & Zando are really just fighting for pride and apparently for Zando to become Sanada’s replacement so that LIJ maintains six members. That’d be cool stuff, but I wonder if Atlantis & Soberano being CMLL like Zando is CMLL comes into play…
My Score: 8.8/10
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