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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/14/23)

Time to settle things!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn VS JD McDonagh; Sami wins.
  • Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Imperium; Gable wins.
  • Otis w/ The Alpha Academy VS GUNTHER w/ Imperium; Gunther wins.
  • The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan VS Matt Riddle & Drew McIntyre; Riddle & McIntyre win.
  • Indi Hartwell w/ Candice LeRae VS Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio; Rhea wins.
  • Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus; Double Count-Out Draw.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Finn Balor; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Judgment Day is here.

Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio head to the ring together, but no Finn Balor with them, just like last week. Granted, The Prince is preparing for his match with the American Nightmare, but this feels more like Finn still being upset with how things have gone in regards to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Either way, Rhea Rhea gets the mic to greet us to Raw, “The place that the Judgment Day runs. I know that lately, things haven’t been going our way.” Priest says to be honest, Finn should’ve walked out of SummerSlam the WHC. And last week, together, the Judgment Day should’ve won their match.

Clearly, communication has become an issue. But as long as Priest is Senor Money in the Bank, they will always dictate what goes on around here! So tonight, Finn will handle Cody Rhodes, as he should as one of the most dominant superstars of all time! But he should be out here telling you that himself. Don’t get it twisted, the Judgment Day isn’t breaking up. They’re all smarter than that. But Finn should be here. Rhea says this is not the time or place. Priest says no, they can’t pretend, the fans know something is up. There is something wrong in the Judgment Day, and it’s Finn!

Dom, back him up! They’re a familia! The three of them are here, so where’s Finn? Wait, is that JD McDonagh making his way out? Priest tells him, “Dude, I see you have a mic in hand so clearly you have something to say, but dawg, be careful what comes out your mouth.” McDonagh says he doesn’t mean to interrupt nor does he want to disrespect the most dominant faction on not just Raw, but in the entire WWE. McDonagh enters the ring to say he has a message for them from Finn. Finn said to tell them to not worry about Finn and McDonagh. Worry about the real targets: Cody Rhodes and Sami Zayn.

McDonagh took out Sami, but through some miracle, the others made it through. The Judgment Day- Rhea tells JD that they do NOT take orders from anyone. Especially people that aren’t part of the group! Dom tells JD that- Oh wait he gets booed. Dom says they have this on lockdown. Mami is the most dominant champion in the WWE, Priest is a future world champion, and Dom is still NXT North American Champion! And Dom just found out that Canada’s part of North America, so that makes Dom the champ of this “dump” too! So just head to the back and let them handle business.

McDonagh says that is fine. No disrespect, just delivering a message. McDonagh leaves and Rhea says here’s a message to deliver to Finn: Tell him they need to talk. But as Rhea was saying- WAIT! Here comes Sami Zayn! And he brawls with McDonagh! Fans fire up as Sami gets the edge! Fans chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” and the Irish asks for help from the Judgment Day! They don’t give it! Sami DECKS McDonagh, then steps up to the apron. Priest tells him they’re good, for now. Sami goes after McDonagh again, but McDonagh SLAMS that bad arm into the post! And then hammerlocks, to POST it again!

Sami falls over, the Judgment Day leave this behind, is this about to be a match? We find out, after the break!

 

Sami Zayn VS JD McDonagh!

Raw returns and this is a match, happening now! The bell rings and the two rush in! Sami dodges the boot to fire off haymakers! Sami bumps McDonagh off buckles, ROCKS him again, then goes up top! Sami hits an AX HANDLE! Fans fire up and Sami runs in to throw hands! Sami whips corner to corner, then he back drops McDonagh on the rebound! Fans fire up, Sami storms up on McDonagh and pursues him out and around the ring. McDonagh runs, Sami drops down then hurdles, then MONKEY FLIPS McDonagh all the way to ropes! Fans fire up while McDonagh writhes on the mat.

Sami drags McDonagh up, but McDonagh wrenches the bad arm to KICK it! Sami writhes now but McDonagh CLUBS away and stomps away on Sami! Fans boo, the ref counts as they’re in the ropes, and McDonagh goes after that arm. Sami endures, McDonagh wrenches and then goes to ropes to HOTSHOT the arm! Sami writhes and fans boo but McDonagh goes back after him. McDonagh has the arm while kneeling on Sami’s head, and he rips away the protective bandages! Then he YANKS the arm back! Sami writhes, but McDonagh SLAMS the bad arm down! McDonagh drags Sami up but Sami CHOPS with his good arm!

Sami fires off haymakers! Sami whips, McDonagh reverses but Sami holds ropes! McDonagh runs in but Sami TOSSES McDonagh up and out! Fans fire up as Sami pursues again, and LARIATS McDonagh down! Fans fire up for Sami more while he clutches that bad elbow. But McDonagh wrenches to HOTSHOT the arm on barriers! McDonagh is after Sami now, and he KNEE DROPS the arm against the desk! Sami writhes and fans boo but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Sami fights back as McDonagh has him up top! Sami CLUBS away, fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Sami HEADBUTTS McDonagh down! Fans fire up, Sami adjusts, and leaps into a DROPKICK from McDonagh! Cover, TWO! McDonagh and Sami sit up, and McDonagh throws palm strikes! Then he KICKS the bad arm! And again! And again! McDonagh whips, Sami springboards to goes up and over, and he LARIATS McDonagh down! Fans fire up and Sami grits his teeth. Sami storms up to McDonagh, throws hands, but McDonagh hits back! McDonagh KICKS the arm, runs in, but into a scoop! ONE ARM MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

McDonagh survives but fans rally up. Sami drags McDonagh up, but the bad arm stops the Blue Thunder! Then McDonagh CLUBS away on Sami! Sami swings, McDonagh dodges and hits a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! But into a CROSSFACE!! And on the bad arm, too!! Fans rally for Sami as he endures, but McDonagh pulls back! Sami reaches out, pries at the grip, and then pushes back to roll to the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as while McDonagh lets go in frustration. McDonagh drags Sami up, SLAPS him, and then KICKS the bad arm! And again! And again! Fans boo but McDonagh mocks Canada’s hero.

But Sami clinches! CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up, Sami goes to the corner, and McDonagh rises. But Finn appears! The Prince distracts Sami by running right up to the apron, but then backing away. McDonagh O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Sami escapes, McDonagh whips, and then HEADBUTTS! Sami falls, and McDonagh goes to the corner! McDonagh climbs, to MOONSAULT, but into boots! Finn distracts again but Sami DECKS him! And runs corner to corner, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Finn runs in but Sami gets away! Canada’s hero shows his grit, but will that bad arm still be a big target? Will Finn fare better than his friend when facing Cody Rhodes later tonight?

 

Chelsea Green meets with Adam Pearce.

Pearce wants her to take a breath and just hear him out. But she has worked way too hard to be WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion! Then let him just say it! As we all know, Sonya Deville was injured a few weeks ago when facing Charlotte Flair & Bianca Belair. And as we all know, Sonya tore her ACL and will be out for several months at least. So all apologies, but he has no choice- STOP! Don’t say it. This is so predictable. She worked too hard to just throw these titles away! If she was manager, she’d do such a better job. She is gonna call her lawyer, call HIS manager, and even Human Resources! No one should be doing what he is doing!

Then what is he supposed to do in this situation? She surely has a ton of ideas, so lay them on him. Well, actually… She would hold auditions! Chelsea’s Got Talent: Auditions for her next tag team partner! Then they will defend the titles and- A knock on the door? Please, come in. It’s KC Squared, Kayden Carter & Katana Chance! And they heard about what happened to Sonya. They figured with Chelsea here, as soon as she- PIPER NIVEN ATTACKS!! She blasts through KC Squared and says she’s the new partner. Well, Chelsea was going to take auditions, so if you want, leave your name and number, maybe your Instagram handle, and-

No, you’re not understanding. Piper snatches one of the belts, and says she IS the new partner. Now go! Piper pushes Chelsea along, and it seems we have a possible match-up while we’re at it. Will Kayden & Katana be able to take the titles now that the Hot Mess has the big bad Piper the Viper on her side?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Byron Saxton is with the American Nightmare and brings up his match with Finn, and a “loose cannon” at that. Well you have to be a loose cannon to a degree to get anywhere in this business. Cody admires Finn, who was a leader in Ireland when he started his career. He was a leader in Japan, and now leading the Judgment Day, a group vying for supremacy on not just Raw but the WWE as a whole. But he isn’t the only leader. Damian Priest, Mr. MITB, that is an alpha dog. Rhea Ripley, a bonafide star! And… Dirty Dom. He’s, uh… Well, submissive? But a champion and dangerous none the less.

The group is dangerous, they’ve tried taking out Sami Zayn and have taken out Liv Morgan and Kevin Owens. Tonight, Cody will be ready for Finn. Cody hasn’t wrestled in Canada in years. He has friends here, he will make it count, and he will be ready for the Judgment Day. Cody heads out, will there be something Cody won’t be ready for tonight?

 

Imperium heads to the ring.

While Der Ring General will be facing Chad Gable in a defense of the Intercontinental Championship, Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci have to handle their own business. Who will they use to make the mat sacred?

Raw returns and Gunther stands on the desk, mic in hand. Fans boo but Gunther grins. “On the journey of building the legacy as the best Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time, Der Ring General has arrived in Winnipeg! And as a European, I’m always looking forward to coming to Canada. But after walking around the streets this morning and looking at all your faces, I really understand why they call this place the Armpit of Canada.” Fans boo but Gunther says he is here to address the next #1 contender for this title, Chad Gable. Fans cheer, and Gunther says he has to be honest, that was an impressive victory.

In general, Chad has worked hard for years. A former Olympian, and perhaps the best athlete the WWE has to offer. But Gunther achieved more in a year than Chad has his whole career! C’mon! You all believe he is a threat, that he will be the one that finally dethrones Gunther. RIDICULOUS! At the end of the day- “SHOOOOOOOOOOOOSH~! Please. A THANK YEW~!” Fans cheer as the Alpha Academy heads to the ring. Chad says two weeks ago, they put time on the clock and Gunther bet Chad couldn’t last five minutes, but then he did! Chad beat Gunther at his own game. But it’s funny, because now Gunther is on the clock!

Gunther is just weeks away from setting the all-time record for longest reigning Intercontinental Champion. Just one thing stands in his way, and that is a guy that’s been waiting for an opportunity for ten YEARS! That’s been working for a chance for ten YEARS! That is Chad nipping at Gunther’s heels, chasing him down, and coming to take that title, buddy! But lucky for Gunther, he’ll get that for another 24 hours. Tonight, it is Chad VS Vinci. So get that big, beautiful BALD head in the ring to catch a free lesson from Master Gable, A THANK YEW~!” Ludwig says nein nein nein! First off, Giovanni Vinci is the cream of the crop that the WWE has to offer.

Secondly, Chad, Vinci is going to prove that tonight when he embarrasses Chad. Just like Ludwig absolutely EMBARRASSED your freak of a friend, Otis, just last week. So eventually, Madame Maxxine… You will have to understand that you should surround yourself with some European elegance. Look at you, look at Ludwig, and look at them together. This is what Ludwig would call an A+ aesthetic. Maxxine rolls her eyes but Ludwig says the Alpha Academy is a sinking ship! But don’t worry, Ludwig is here, reaching out his hand to her. Take it and let him save you, or let that 360 pound anchor drag you down until you become what they already are: an absolute embarrassment!

Maxxine SLAPS Ludwig! Fans cheer and Chad says A THANK YEW~! Gunther is upset his guys just got punked like that, but will the Pride of Italy tear down this American Alpha?

Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Imperium!

Raw returns, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, Vinci powers Gable to a corner, but the ref counts. Vinci lets off but then shoves Gable. Gable swipes at Vinci, they go again, and Vinci headlocks. Gable puts Vinci on the ropes, powers out, but Vinci runs him over! Gable is frustrated as he goes to a corner and Gunther taunts him. Fans rally behind Gable as he and Vinci reset. They feel things out, tie up with knuckle locks, but Vinci wrenches to a knuckle lock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings, and spins to break, spin, headlock and drop toehold! Gable has the armlock and says “A THANK YEW~!”

Vinci fights up, pulls hair, then scoops! Gable slips off the back, shoves and then drops down, to leap, but into a POWERSLAM! Vinci snarls as he storms up on Gable, and then he puts him in a corner for body shots! Vinci CHOPS, talks trash, then wrenches to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Vinci taunts Gable. Vinci brings Gable up but Gable fires forearms and CHOPS! Gable whips, Vinci reverses band Gable hits buckles hard, then staggers back into a BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Vinci is annoyed, but he hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, Gable’s shoulder isn’t down so Vinci forces it down, ONE!!

Gable is hanging tough and that annoys Imperium. Vinci stands Gable up but Gable SLAPS him! Vinci ROCKS Gable, Gable CHOPS! Vinci kicks, Gable CHOPS! Vinci CHOPS and everyone feels that! Vinci puts Gable up top but Gable gets the arm! HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Gable lets go at 4. Gable sits back up, but Vinci fireman’s carries! Gable slips off, waistlocks, but Vinci fights the suplex. Vinci runs in, Gable dodges but Vinci bucks the O’Conner! Vinci swings, Gable catches him, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Gunther looks upset. Gable stands to fire forearms and body shots!

Vinci kicks low, CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Gable gets in Vinci’s face! Vinci swings, misses, Gable fires off a flurry! Vinci swings again, Gable dodges to mule kick! “SHOOSH!” Gable runs for a ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Then Gable goes up top, but Vinci moves! Gable lands out of the moonsault but Vinci fireman’s carries! ROLLING SENTON and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Gable is still in this and Imperium is frustrated. Vinci drags Gable up, reels him in, but Gable slips free of the bomb! Gable gets around, O’Conner Roll for CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, GABLE WINS!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall

Fans fire up for the win, and Otis makes sure to rub it in Gunther’s face! Master Gable is rolling, will he end Gunther’s near historic reign? Gunther gets on the mic to shout that this is NOT how things end tonight! If this town is the Armpit of Canada, then Otis is the Armpit of Humanity! If Otis thinks this is fun, we’ll see how fun it is when Gunther scrubs his dumb face all over that mat! Gunther wants a match, right NOW! Fans fire up for that and the tree trunk says “OHHHH YEAAAH~!” Will Gunther regret taking on the human wrecking ball that is Chad Gable’s number one guy?

 

Otis w/ The Alpha Academy VS GUNTHER w/ Imperium!

Raw returns and this match is official! The bell rings, the two circle, and those legs are shimmying! Fans fire up but Gunther is upset by the antics. The two stare down, then tie up, and Otis powers Gunther back! Gunther digs in his heels but Otis still puts him in a corner. Gunther turns it around, the ref counts, and Gunther lets off, to pie faces! Gunther talks trash, but Otis shoves him! Gunther SLAPS Otis, but Otis grimaces. Gunther kicks low, but that just gets Otis all pumped up! Gunther kicks low again, headlocks, but Otis powers out. They RAM shoulders, Otis rebounds, and rolls under the lariat! But not the BOOT!

Gunther stomps Otis while Imperium cheers. Gunther has Otis on ropes as he stomps away on him! The ref reprimands, Gunther lets off, and Otis stands. Otis CHOPS! And CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS back and Otis ends up on ropes again! Gunther scowls, drags Otis up, and has a facelock to then CLUB Otis on the back! Otis goes to ropes but Gable and the fans rally up for him. Otis feeds off that energy, but Gunther ROCKS Otis with a haymaker. Gunther whips but Otis reverses, and then Otis CLOBBERS Gunther! Gunther staggers around, Otis storms up and swings, but into a SLEEPER! Gunther ELBOWS Otis in the head!

Fans boo but Gunther fishhooks then CLUBS Otis again! Gable shakes his head at Gunther, but Gunther stands on Otis’ head! Gunther talks trash on Gable, Gable coaches Otis. The ref counts, Gunther lets off and Otis goes to a corner. Gunther stomps Otis, talks trash on him, and pushes him around in the corner. Gunther CHOPS, but Otis starts to huff and puff and power up! Gunther kicks, Otis blocks to fire off clubbing forearms! Gunther UPPERCUTS, but Otis comes back with more shots! Gunther BOOTS from the corner, runs, but into the WRECKER ELBOW! Fans fire up and Otis roars! Otis storms up, into a shoulder from Gunther!

Gunther LARIATS but Otis stays up! Otis LARIATS, Gunther stays up! Gunther LRIATS, Otis LARIATS, neither man has fallen! Gunther and Otis DOUBLE LARIAT! Gunther gets running, but Otis scoops him! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are thunderous as off comes the shirt! Otis aims, and starts up he CATERPILLAR- BOOT!! Gunther runs to BOOT Otis again! Gunther drags Otis up, and manages to GUNTHER BOMB him!! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Gunther! And kicks him out of the ring! Imperium regroups and Gable says “SHOOOOSH!” Will Gable shock the world and silence Der Ring General before he eclipses The Honky Tonk Man?

 

The Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Priest is upset that Finn couldn’t bother to join his family out there, but for his little buddy, McDonagh, sure thing. And to what? Get popped in the eye? Explain! Finn tells Priest to relax. Rhea says ENOUGH! This is what everyone wants! They wanna see them crumble! But they are now the most dominant faction in the WWE. But no one is scared cuz why? Look at them right now! They’ve done so much right now! Rhea is Women’s World Champion. Priest is Senor MITB. Dom is North American Champion. But they’re losing their killer instinct. McDonagh walks over and apologizes to Finn but that just gets on Priest’s nerves.

Priest tells JD that this is Judgment Day business, please step away. Finn says relax. Finn tells McDonagh they can talk later. And he tells the others that this isn’t about McDonagh, and this isn’t about Finn and Priest. This is about all of Judgment Day. Tonight, they can show the world just how strong they are. Finn says Rhea is right, they gotta get that killer instinct back. Cody Rhodes won’t know what hit him tonight! Rhea says he will, because it’ll be the Judgment Day. The group fist bumps and comes together, but is all truly fixed?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Jackie Redmond is with the Scottish Warrior and says it is so great to have him back on Raw. But on behalf of everyone, she has to ask, what’s next? McIntyre takes a moment, but then Matt Riddle walks over to say what’s up! He’s sorry for interrupting but he just feels a certain kinda way right now. Riddle wants to fix things. When you’re down, it’s always good to have a solid bro pick you up. And here is a solid idea! He wants start a new tag team! The Viking Raiders put out an open challenge, and Riddle accepted! And, bro, and, hear him out. Would McIntyre be Riddle’s partner?

Think about it, Bro! There’s all sorts of names! EdinBro, GlasBro, and all wearing kilts! That’s just the tip of the iceberg, too! McIntyre stops Riddle, and says if Riddle can’t find a partner by the match, McIntyre will consider it. So you’re saying there’s a chance? Riddle is all hyped, but will he get the Scottish Bro-rior as his new teammate? Will he get anyone to join him?

 

Indi Hartwell speaks.

“Most of my life, if you asked me, ‘Who is Indi Hartwell?’ I struggled to find the answer. But I’ve learned that it’s not the mountain we conquer, it’s ourselves. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will, and I’m done with doubt. I was put on this Earth to achieve greatness, to live my purpose, and to do it courageously. I came from Melbourne, Australia for this moment, right here, right now. I am Indi Hartwell.” #IndiWrestling is going to take on the Eradicator, will she survive Rhea’s brutality?

 

The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan VS Matt Riddle & ???

Raw returns as The Original Bro watches the ramp. Erik & Ivar make their entrance first, “Valhalla” by their side. Riddle is worried he won’t have anyone, but then, here comes McIntyre! Fans fire up, too, as the Scottish Warrior has his sword and the flames! Will the Bro Warriors be able to take the fight to the Vikings?

The teams sort out and Riddle starts with Ivar. Riddle dodges to fire off strikes, then runs, only for Ivar to run him over! Ivar drags Riddle up, TOSSES him to a corner, and tags in Erik. The Vikings stomp a mudhole into Riddle but let off as the ref counts. The fans boo but Erik drags Riddle up. Erik ROCKS Riddle, ROCKS him again, then sends him to the corner. Riddle ROCKS Ivar, fires off more shots, and he BOOTS Erik! Riddle then spins Erik around to PELE! Erik staggers, Riddle kips up and he forearm smashes! Then he goes side to side, forearm smash! Then BROSPLODER! Ivar tags in but gets a KNEE from Riddle!

The Vikings regroup on the outside, Erik blocks the Penalty Kick to trip Riddle! Riddle hits apron, then he’s fed to a SEATED SENTON! The Vikings roar, and Sarah even shouts in Riddle’s face, while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Riddle fires hands! But Erik keeps him back from McIntyre! Fans fire up as Riddle reaches, but Erik SLAMS Riddle down! Cover, TWO! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar drags Riddle up to put in a corner. Ivar fires off elbows again and again and again! The ref counts, Ivar lets off and Riddle falls over. Ivar covers, TWO! Ivar drags Riddle away by his hair! Tag to Erik, and the Vikings mug Riddle against ropes! The ref counts, Ivar lets off and Erik paces. Erik stays between Riddle and McIntyre to then KNEE Riddle down! Cover, TWO! Erik drags Riddle up, but Riddle FISHERMAN BUSTERS in return! Fans fire up as Riddle and Erik crawl, hot tags to McIntyre and Ivar!

McIntyre runs Ivar over, then fires off LARIATS! Erik runs in but into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Ivar runs in, McIntyre gets him for a NECKBREAKER! NECKBREAKER for Erik, too! McIntyre kips up, kicks Ivar, but Ivar powers him to a corner! McIntyre ELBOWS Ivar, Ivar KNEES McIntyre! Ivar runs, but McIntyre scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as McIntyre snarls and watches Ivar. McIntyre runs in, but Ivar ELBOWS! Erik tags in before McIntyre clotheslines Ivar up and out! McIntyre TOSSES Erik into the ring! Fans fire up, McIntyre aims from the corner! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” Ivar gets up but McIntyre has to DECK him first!

Erik KNEES McIntyre, Riddle tags back in! Ivar sneaks a tag, Erik spins McIntyre and feeds him to a pop-up! Springboard LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and fans fire up! Tag back to Erik, and the Vikings drag Riddle back up. Feed to FINAL FLASH from Riddle! Riddle swings, Ivar ducks, but Riddle lands out of the back suplex! McIntyre tags in, Riddle runs into a BOOT from Ivar! McIntyre gives Ivar a GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! Erik gives McIntyre an EXPLODER! Riddle RANAS Erik up and out! Then PENALTY KICK for Ivar! Riddle springboards, FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Fans fire up but Erik CLOBBERS Riddle!

Erik storms in, McIntyre dodges, then hits a CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre & Riddle win!

Winners: Matt Riddle & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The EdinBros, or whatever their team name will be, win! Will these two soon take over the WWE Tag Division?

 

Indi and Candice prepare backstage.

Raquel Rodriquez walks over and says big night tonight. She tried her hardest to get cleared but they still won’t! And after last week, Raquel is ready to rip Rhea apart! Candice gets it, Raquel will get her chance, she just has to be patient. Right, and tonight is Indi’s night. She gets to show the WWE Universe who she is, go get it! Indi thanks Raquel for the encouragement. Will #IndiWrestling be Impressive? Or will she get eradicated?

 

Riddle & McIntyre talk backstage.

The Bro is so pumped. They were unstoppable! McIntyre hittin’ Claymores, Riddle doin’ his thing. McIntyre says yes, the Vikings Raiders are no joke, but Riddle should pump the brakes a bit, not get ahead of himself. Riddle says he feels that, but he has a hunch. They can win those WWE Tag Team Championships! But then the New Day walks over, with chairs, and says whoa whoa whoa~! Did Riddle just say they’ll be champions, right on Kofi Kingston’s boating birthday? Wow, guys. First, you take his ankle, and now this! Well, happy birthday, bro. But New Day is back, great to see ya, what’s up?

Kofi says that the “GlasBros” or whatever are not a thing! They’re barely friends! Just cuz you won one match that you’re eligible for titles? That’s not how this works! Has this whole division gone crazy!? Woods says they leave for just a few months and everyone’s losing their minds! Shinsuke kicks Seth, Jimmy kicks Jey, the Profits think they’re Cedric & Shelton! What the hell is going on?! Kofi has an idea how to fix this! Riddle & “Big D” McIntyre take on ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~, next week on Raw to find out just who will make a run at those W! W! E! WORLD! TAG! TEAM! CHAMPIONSHIPS~! What you say?

Riddle says he’s got this. GlasBros gladly accept! It is on! Kofi laughs and says they done messed up now! Riddle says they got this. But do they? Do they really have this?

 

Indi Hartwell w/ Candice LeRae VS Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio!

Raw returns as Indi makes her entrance, the Poison Pixie by her side. The bell rings and Rhea CLOBBERS Indi in the corner! Rhea fires off with body shots and forearms, fans fire up but the ref counts. Rhea TOSSES Indi across the way, then drags her up to TOSS her again! Indi goes back to a corner but Rhea drags her out to rain down fists! Fans are torn but Rhea stomps Indi around. Rhea brings Indi up to throw body shots, then she whips corner to corner. Rhea runs in to RAM Indi with a shoulder! Rhea grins, and she CHOPS Indi! Indi sputters, Rhea stands her up, and Rhea CHOPS again! Rhea smirks but the ref reprimands.

Rhea whips Indi corner to corner, runs in again, but Indi dodges and Rhea POSTS herself! Dom is a bit worried there as Indi fires forearms! Indi knees, CLUBS, JABS and then SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, ONE!! Indi stays on Rhea, throws her to the apron and drags her in through ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Rhea flops down to the floor, Indi goes out after her. Indi drags Rhea up to fireman’s carry, but Rhea fights free, to POST Indi! Rhea says if Indi wants to fight, here’s this! Rhea scoops Indi, waves to Candice, and she POSTS Indi again! Rhea says “SUCK IT!” and then goes back to Indi to put her in the ring.

Rhea storms in after Indi, but then slides out to SUCKER PUNCH Candice! Rhea says kiss this, and then she goes back for Indi. Dom likes what he sees Rhea storms up, but Indi cradles! TWO, and Rhea HEADBUTTS!! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Dom is relieved, there was nothing to worry about. But Candice goes after Rhea! Rhea turn sit around to fire off hands! But Indi gets up, FLAPJACK! STEP-UP SENTON! Dom runs in but Indi & Candice get away! Will Rhea make sure there’s no way these two survive the Summer?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura is here!

The King of Strong Style heads to the ring, feeling good about his cheap shot Kinshasa on Seth Rollins last week. Michael Cole will look to get answers, what will Nakamura have to say? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Cole is in the ring with Nakamura and gives him a proper introduction. But Nakamura, you’ve known Rollins your entire career. They’ve had tremendous respect for each other. So why on Earth did Nakamura attack Rollins like that? Nakamura says in Japanese, “I was fed up! Of various things. Maybe… Even of myself. So I asserted myself! Because I want my true nature!” And then in English, “I want the World Title.” Well, that said, did he need to hit Rollins in the head? Naze? Naze naze? (Why? Why why?)

Nakamura continues to rant in Japanese, “Because it’s the quickest way to prove yourself! I want more! I’m not satisfied! I can go higher! I’ll be who I want to be so…” Back to English, he will be World Heavyweight Champion. But here comes Rollins! Fans sing for the Visionary as he struts out in a white lace suit. Nakamura smirks and Rollins says Cole did a good job but he’ll take it from here. WINNIPEEEG~! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins! And then Rollins looks at Nakamura. Fans still sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins tells Shinsuke he has to hand it to him. Last week, Nakamura played that to perfect. He set Rollins up and he knocked Rollins down.

But all in the name of the World Heavyweight Championship? That seems too obvious! Nakamura is not telling us the entire truth! Rollins says that in case you can’t tell, Rollins ain’t hard to find. In fact, every single week, Rollins stands right here in the center of this ring, dressed to the nines, world title around his waist, with the entire world singing his song! “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” And in case Nakamura wasn’t aware, Rollins is a fighting champion. And as such, up until last week, he had the utmost respect for Nakamura. If he wanted a shot, all he had to do was ask. But Nakamura didn’t ask! He just kicked Rollins in the face, and for a week, we’ve wanted to know why! #WhyShinsukeWhy!

Rollins is less concerned about why he got kicked in the face, and with more concerned on how he can get even. Rollins does have a surprise for Shin, though. Shinsuke wins. Because it occurred to Rollins that the best way to get what he wants is to give Nakamura what he wants. If that ambush was a challenge, then CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! HAHAHAHA! Fans love it! King of Strong Style VS The Visionary for the World Heavyweight Championship! Nakamura smiles, and Rollins says just name the time and place and Rollins will be there to kick Nakamura’s ass!

“So now that we both have what we want, why don’t we give the people what they want? How about you grow a set, you shake my hand like a man, you get the hell outta my ring, and you let Winnipeg sing my song?” The fans sing, Rollins offers a handshake and Nakamura takes it. Then pulls him in to whisper something to Rollins. Rollins seems rather stunned, just what did the King of Strong Style tell him? Nakamura leaves, Rollins tries to fathom what he just heard, and then he turns around into a KINSHASA!! Two weeks in a row! Will the third time be the charm when these two have their match?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

Byron is with the A-Lister and asks him about that altercation last week with LA Knight. Miz asks Byron what he means by that. Oh, how Miz “verbally tore down” LA Knight, showing he isn’t just better on the mic but in the ring? Um, no, Knight hit the BFT then shook your hand. Miz did NOT shake Knight’s hand, because Knight doesn’t deserve that. But is Byron an LA Knight guy now? Buying the merch? That after Knight beat Top Dolla last Friday, Knight’s a somebody now? Yeah. DON’T SAY “YEAH!!” Miz says that next week, Miz will beat a “somebody!” Someone here who is faster and stronger than anyone Knight has ever faced in his entire career!

And who knows, Miz might even show up on SmackDown. Or not. Either way, you know what it’ll be? Yeah. Er, uh… Awesome? Yeah… Miz storms off, will he one-up the Mega Star?

 

Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus!

No more running, no more excuses, and no Zoey Stark watching her back, Trish has to fight Becky straight up! Will The Man finally humble The Chick?

Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two stare down. Fans rally as the two circle, and then they start throwing hand! Fans fire up as Becky RAMS Trish into a corner! And again, and again! The ref counts, Becky brings Trish around to bump her off buckles! That facemask is little protection with how hard Becky smacks Trish off the buckles! And then again in another corner! Becky stomps Trish down, the ref counts, but Becky lets off. To then rush back in! Trish ROCKS Becky, then HEADBUTTS Becky! Now the m ask is a weapon! Trish runs up to CHOP Becky to a corner!

Trish CHOPS Becky again, and then storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Becky staggers away, Trish is after her and puts some stank on the chop, but Becky blocks! Becky ROCKS, UPPERCUTS, clinches, but Trish fights free. Trish kicks but Becky ducks it! Becky clinches to BECKSPLODER! Trish bails out, Becky builds speed and Becky WRECKS Trish with a dropkick! Becky tells her to get up, and then aims. Trish stands, Becky leaps, FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up for Becky and she drags Trish up and in. Becky storms in but Trish bails out, only for Becky to pursue! They go around the way, Trish turns around to CLOBBER Becky!

Fans are torn, but Trish throws Becky down by her hair. Trish then RAMS Becky into the barriers! Becky blocks an apron bump to give an apron bump! Becky then smacks Trish off more apron, and brings her around to throw her into the ring. Becky storms up, dodges the shoulder, and KICKS! And KICKS again! The mask comes off! Trish panics, grabs at the mask, and then hurries to SLAP Becky up top! Trish runs to handspring, but Becky denies the Stratusphere! Trish fires off more hands, tries again, STRATUSPHERE! Cover, TWO! Becky survives but Trish drags her up and out of the ring!

Trish goes out but Becky kicks low! Becky whips but Trish reverses and Becky hits steel steps! Becky falls, Trish soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she puts Becky in. Trish takes off the mask and says oh, her nose is totally okay! But Becky blocks the mask punch! The ref takes the mask, but Trish still haymakers! And HOTSHOTS! And BOOTS Becky into the corner! Trish goes up, pushes Becky away, and gets Canada fired up. Trish takes a bow while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the haymakers start flying! Fans fire up as Becky fires off a strike fest, then LARIATS! And LARIATS! And DROPKICKS! Trish goes to a corner, Becky runs in, forearm smash! JUMP KICK! And then Becky puts Trish in the ropes to fire off UPPERCUT and SOBAT! Trish is stuck, Becky hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Becky dares Trish to get up. Trish crawls, Becky drags her up and clinches, but Trish wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Becky stands, whips, Trish reverses and SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Trish drags Becky up, calls her shot, but Becky powers her away!

Trish comes back to ROCK Becky! Trish runs in, clothesline in the corner! Trish then climbs up, brings Becky in, TORNADO- NO, Becky blocks that, and she puts Trish back up so she can fire forearms! Trish hits back, Becky fights her, and Trish CLUBS away! Becky still fights back, climbs up after Trish, and brings her up to SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Becky crawls after Trish but Trish bails out! Fans fire up, and Trish tries to escape! Becky stops her from going over barriers, so Trish TOSSES Becky over barriers! Trish then goes after Becky but Becky ROCKS her! Becky fires forearms, and we have a DOUBLE COUNT-OUT!

Double Count-Out Draw

Fans boo, they don’t want a draw! Not like this! Becky still RAMS Trish into a wall! Trish fires back, the brawl continues up the bleachers! Fans fire up, this is what they want! They throw fast hands, continue going up, and Becky SLAPS Trish around with a fan’s paper program! They keep brawling, Trish ROCKS Becky and brings her up to the exit, and they continue down the hall into the concourse! Fans back there fire up getting to see this in person! Trish is sent into the hand sanitizer dispenser! Becky drags Trish up, and then RAMS her into the side of a counter! Fans fire up as Becky then SMACKS Trish off the countertop!

Trish hits back and SMACKS Becky off the countertop! Trish throws merchandise at Becky! Hats and stuffed animals, but Becky throws those back! Trish mocks Becky’s husband, Seth, but Becky SMACKS Trish off the countertop! They get on the countertop and fans fire up! But someone TRIPS Becky! ZOEY STARK! Oh well duh, ringside ban doesn’t matter when they’re backstage! Becky hits Zoey, but Trish hits the CHICK KICK!! Becky goes down and Trish stands tall with her protégé! Canada celebrates, but will Becky get the retribution she has once again been denied?

 

Imperium talks backstage.

Ludwig goes on and on in German about how the frustrations with Alpha Academy, but Gunther tells him enough! He has heard enough. Tonight was an EMBARRASSMENT! Giovanni, what are we to do with you? Ever since coming to Raw, he has been a disappointment. And as for Ludwig, he neglected all his responsibilities out there because he was too focused on some girl! What’s going on with that? Which is more important? Tell Gunther. Ludwig apologizes, it should’ve never happened. And it will never happen again! Ludwig will make sure, he will go to Adam Pearce- NO. You will not, GUNTHER will.

Because like always, Gunther will sort this out himself. If Gable wants the title, he’ll have to take it off Gunther next week. The title match has a date, will Der Ring General end all the questions by his own hands?

 

Trish & Zoey talk backstage.

They feel they’re going to say goodbye to Becky once and for all, but Jackie Redmond walks over to ask- Wait, Adam Pearce interrupts that to ask what the hell was that out there. Uh, the match that Pearce said they were gonna have. Okay, save it. You gonna say Stark wasn’t ringside? She wasn’t! Oh, right, okay. But Pearce says they’ve promised Becky VS Trish again and again and Trish finds a way to ruin it. Save it, Zoey! Because we’re doing this AGAIN. And no run-ins, no outside interference, no count-outs! STEEL CAGE!! Trish & Zoey are angry again, but is this Big Time feud finally going to have an ending?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Finn Balor!

As we saw last week, The American Nightmare wants after the World Heavyweight Championship himself, but there are many obstacles in his way. One of those is The Prince himself, who Cody pinned in last week’s Six Man Tag main event. Will Cody pin Finn again? Or will a truly united Judgment Day shine through and be back on top?

Raw returns and Finn makes his entrance, surprisingly alone. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around and along the ropes, then a corner, then back to center. The two break and fans rally. Cody and Finn circle, feel things out, and Finn gets around to a waistlock then headlock. Cody powers up and out, things speed up and Finn turns hip toss into hip toss! Cover, ONE, but Finn clamps onto an armlock. Finn grinds the arm, Cody fights up but Finn wrenches to wristlock. Fans rally, Cody cartwheels and he wrenches back to a hammerlock. Finn endures, elbows free, and shakes out the other arm.

Finn facelocks, but Cody suplexes first! And he holds Finn up for a count of TEN before the GOURDBUSTER! Finn staggers, Cody headlocks but Finn powers out. Things speed up, Finn leaps but into a fireman’s carry! So Finn claws Cody’s face! Finn TOSSES Cody, btu Cody holds on to skin the cat! Cody clinches to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Finn flounders to a corner but Cody storms up to fire forearms! Cody ROCKS Finn, CHOPS him, and Finn goes to another corner. Cody storms up to whip corner to corner, but Finn reverses. Cody goes up and sunset flips! But Finn rolls through to basement dropkick!

Fans rally but Finn stomps Cody around. Finn drags Cody up to throw body shots, then a CHOP! Cody just glares at Finn! Cody turns things around but Finn turns them back to CHOP! Finn RAMS Cody in the corner, and again, and again! And again! The ref counts, Finn brings Cody out to CHOP! Cody staggers around, Finn whips him into the corner and runs up to CHOP! Finn snapmares, runs, and basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE!! Finn sits Cody up to claw the eyes, and ELBOW Cody in the head! So that’s where McDonagh learned that. Finn snapmares and clamps on with a chinlock but the fans rally behind Cody.

Cody endures as Finn puts on the pressure. Fans continue to rally, and Cody fights up. Finn KNEES low! Finn CHOPS, whips, but Cody reverses to kitchen sink knee! Finn sputters up, Cody has the legs! Cody wants to do it, but he does it Hardcore Holly style, kick to the gut! Then a trip, and step through, but Finn kicks Cody out of the ring! Finn flounders up, and now here comes Dirty Dom! But Cody kicks Dom first! And then gives him a- NO, Finn WRECKS Cody with a dropkick to save Dom from the gourdbuster! Fans boo as Dommy & Mami come to Finn’s aid, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn springboard stomps Cody over and over! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and fans boo. Dom & Rhea cheer as Finn ELBOWS Cody in the head! Finn clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Cody down. Rhea & Dom tell fans to shut up and then they cheer Finn on. Cody endures, fights up, and fans rally as Cody pries the hold open. Cody wrenches, but Finn knees low! Finn whips, runs in, but Cody BOOTS back! Finn swings, Cody blocks and throws haymakers in return! And then JABS! JABS! JABS! Flip, flop, but Finn kicks low! Finn soaks up the heat, runs, but Cody follows to FOREARM!

Cody goes up and over in a corner and he POWERSLAMS Finn! Fans fire up, Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Finn is still in this, and here comes Priest! Fans boo as now all the Judgment Day is here. Cody waits on Finn, dragon sleepers, but Finn spins it around! but Cody drops to KICK Finn away! Finn comes back to SLINGBLADE! Finn aims from the corner, runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cody springboards again, but Finn catches him! EYE OF THE HURRICANE! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is furious with the ref but Finn just reloads in the corner. Fans boo but Finn runs in, to SHOTGUN!

Cody hits buckles then falls into the drop zone! Finn goes up and the Judgment Day cheers! COUP DE- NO, Cody dodges! Dragon sleeper, but Finn scoops to cradle! TWO!! Cody dodges a lariat to CODY CUTTER!! But Finn flops out of the ring! Fans fire up with Cody and he builds speed, but Priest trips him up! The ref missed that, and Finn slides in! But Cody tosses Finn out! Priest helps Finn up, but Cody DIVES to take them both out! Fans fire up again and Cody roars! Cody drags Finn up, puts him in the ring, and goes up a corner. Rhea distracts the ref, Dom trips Cody up! Fans boo but Finn fires off on Cody!

Finn climbs up after Cody, goes to the very top, SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Cody is still in this and fans fire up! The ref checks Cody and Priest calls the shots. Dom gets a chair, slides it to Finn, but the ref stops him! The ref takes the chair and Finn says it was them! He didn’t want to! Rhea distracts by arguing with the ref, and now it’s briefcase time! Priest slides it in, but it goes right under Finn, into Cody’s hands! Finn is stunned, and then Cody CLOBBERS him! And he CLOBBERS Priest! CROSS RHODES!!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

But Dom goes after Cody! They brawl, fans boo as Priest attacks from behind! The Judgment Day mug Cody, but here comes Sami! Sami is gonna finish what started earlier tonight, because he’s got a chair! Sami JAMS Priest, then rushes in! Dom runs up, but Sami JAMIS him! And JAMS Finn! SMACK for Dom! SMACK for Finn! Priest returns, Sami JAMS him! But MCDONAGH attacks! McDonagh saves Priest from a chairshot! Fans boo but Finn stands between his two friends. Finn shrugs, so they all just stomp Sami! Rhea and Dom get in as Cody gets up! Priest catches Cody first, SOUTH OF HEAVEN SLAM!

Fans boo as Finn goes up top, to COUP DE GRACE Cody!! Priest then drags Sami up, and he TOSSES Sami out for Dom and Rhea to stomp away on! Fans boo more but then Finn COUP DE GRACES from the steel steps! Finn says they’re the Judgment Day, and you don’t mess with them! Then they clear off the desk! They slam the hood on Sami, then drag Sami up. Finn grins as he feeds Sami to Priest, for a RAZOR’S EDGE through the desk!!! And then Finn goes back to the corner, aims at Cody again, COUP DE GRACE!!! That killer instinct seems to be just fine now! The Judgment Day all stands together, will no one else stand a chance?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode for Raw, but just one rather confusing move. Becky VS Trish finally happening again, and it had a good start, but a double count-out draw? And then Stark gets involved anyway after the ringside ban was lifted, it just seems they don’t want this feud to end. And not because it’s some barn burner, but like they are waiting on something. Is the WWE trying to convince Lita to rejoin the story? I have been saying they should do that, so hopefully it happens next week. Also, why is it, in the year 2023, WWE still thinks steel cage matches are good blowoff stipulations? Stark isn’t gonna be stopped by the cage, so it’ll have to be Lita that stops her.

On to the good stuff, really good promo from Chelsea Green, KC Squared and Piper Niven. Chelsea is going on her third tag partner now, hopefully this one has some stain power. We’ll get good matches from Chelsea & Piper VS Kayden & Katana, and I would think Piper helps Chelsea hold onto the belts. And for all the quick hype on Indi from her vignette promo to her talking with Raquel and Candice, that wasn’t as much of a match as I expected. But Candice got after Rhea, too, maybe Rhea VS Candice is next week for a slightly longer match. And then Raquel should be good by then so that we can move this towards Payback.

Great stuff from Imperium and Alpha Academy. Great promo, especially Maxxine slapping Ludwig. Great match from Chad VS Vinci, and then a great match from Otis VS Gunther right after. Chad and Gunther are both rolling into the Intercontinental Championship match that is now happening next week on TV, not at Payback. But given that, all the more reason to make me think Gunther retains. Maybe they muddy the finish so that Gable will be owed a rematch since Payback is not even 20 days away. Then they can go as wild as they want in a match that is the difference between Gunther breaking or not breaking the Honky Tonk record.

Good promo from McIntyre with Riddle, and it both is a lot like the RKBRO origins, but also rather different. I almost thought McIntyre was gonna turn Heel right on Riddle during the promo, but they had a really good tag match with the Viking Raiders. And they also had a great promo with New Day, who were going all Montgomery Riverfront Brawl cosplay tonight. They set up a tag match and that is going to be awesome, I can’t wait to see what comes of it. And also, the New Day always pointing out stuff from SmackDown, it makes me think they’re chomping at the bit to have a Survivor Series match with teams from SmackDown.

Good promo from Miz calling out LA Knight, and being annoyed by even just the word “yeah.” It sounds like he’s gonna try and take on Omos or something just to prove a point, and then fail. Such a good promo segment from Nakamura and Rollins. I like that Nakamura is calling back to the last time he was Heel, because I think the last time he was Heel, he did most of his promos in Japanese to troll us Muricans. I think I did a decent job of understanding, given all the NJPW and anime in my life. Point being, there was definitely more to what Nakamura was saying than just “I want the world title.” And good instincts of Rollins to sense that out, too. What’s really curious is what Nakamura said to Rollins in that whisper, can’t wait for Rollins to expound on that.

And of course, great stuff from the Judgment Day tonight, and I like the further integration of JD McDonagh into the story. Not quite the mess of mutual friendships clashing as we’re seeing in AEW, but a very good version of it with Finn being friends with the Irish Ace but still being friends with Judgment Day. Good match from Sami and McDonagh, and actually a good surprise that Sami wins because it spurs the promo backstage and how that feeds into the main event. Cody getting the win because of the haplessness from Judgment Day was downright hilarious to me, but McDonagh helps the group stand tall.

I fully expect Finn to argue that McDonagh should actually be part of the faction, and because of the help McDonagh gave, that wins the others over. And then at some point, there still comes the betrayal where Finn & McDonagh turn on Priest, maybe even keeping him from successfully cashing in so that Finn will have a clear path to the world title. Though of course, not really because Priest will want revenge. If they go that route. They could easily stick together longer, McDonagh being an option for Judgment Day taking the Intercontinental Championship or even the tag titles.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/15/24)

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

Tonight on Raw, Sami Zayn returns home to Montreal as NEW Intercontinental Champion, but will he lose that title already to Chad Gable?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sheamus VS Ivar; Sheamus wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers; DIY wins and will challenge The Awesome Truth for the titles.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri; Candice & Indi win.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo; Andrade wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Chelsea & Piper win.
  • Jey Uso VS Finn Balor; Jey wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable; Sami wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

Montreal fires up for Mami as she makes her way out to the ring, but her arm’s in a sling! She holds up the Women’s World Championship with her good arm before going to the ring, clearly not in a good mood. Adam Pearce is waiting in the ring, and Rhea gets a mic. The fans cheer “MAMI! MAMI!” but Rhea says, “So… Obviously, you guys know what’s going on right now, yeah? After the attack last week from Liv Morgan… I’ve now been told that I’m stuck on the bench for quite a few months.” Fans are upset but Rhea says she’s also been informed, told, whatever, she’s pissed! Y’know why? Because she has to vacate the one thing that means the most to her, her world title!

The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but there’s no getting around this. Rhea takes a long look at the belt and the fans call BS. Rhea says it sure is BS. This title right here, this means the most to her in her entire life! And that’s why this is so painful. Rhea sets the belt down on the mat, and gives it one last look. Rhea pulls at her hair in frustration, but the fans chant, “Thank You, Mami!” Rhea says, “Revenge tour? This is all because your stupid little revenge tour, Liv! Are you kidding me?” Rhea could’ve actually had respect for Liv, if she’d done this face to face! Instead, she blindsides Rhea like the coward Rhea knows Liv is!

And Rhea knows why Liv did it! It’s because Rhea would’ve dropped Liv right where she stood! So this is a warning to whoever wins her Women’s World Championship. When Rhea comes back, she’s coming back for BLOOD! And not just because of injury, but because when she finds Liv back there, they’ll have to lock her up in Montreal jail! But speaking of, here comes Liv! Pearce already goes to the ropes and security is there to keep Liv back. Liv is laughing, Rhea storms out after her! Security stays between them both, Liv dares Rhea to try something with one arm! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but Pearce says nope!

Pearce ushers Liv away, Liv laughing all the way. Rhea is frustrated, so she HEADBUTTS a guard! The fans cheer, but when and where will Rhea’s revenge tour come looking for Liv?

 

Rhea returns backstage.

Judgment Day is there to see her off with a group hug. Damian Priest says they know when she comes back, she’ll make Liv regret ever messing with her, and even more badass than she is right now! Cuz she is Rhea Bloody Ripley, and they love her. She thanks them, and tells them to keep Judgment Day on top. Rhea heads out, will the boys be able to keep things together without Mami?

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

After months away with his own injury, the Celtic Warrior is back! And that means Monday Night Raw is now Fight Night, fellas! He’s never felt better, but will the Viking Raider make him feel awful already?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and welcome Sheamus back. Sheamus smiles and ties up with Ivar. They go around, break, then tie up again. Sheamus headlocks, Ivar powers up and out, but Sheamus RAMS him! Ivar rebounds, RAMS Sheamus, but Sheamus steadies himself. The fans chant “Let’s Go, Sheamus!” and the forearms start flying! Sheamus gets the edge, whips, but Ivar reverses. Sheamus ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Ivar! The fans fire up while Ivar goes to the apron! Sheamus storms up and grabs the arms, but Ivar HOTSHOTS Sheamus away! Ivar goes up, but Sheamus ROCKS him first!

Sheamus fires haymakers, then climbs up after Ivar to fire more! The fans fire up as Sheamus fireman’s carries Ivar, into the SUPER WHITE NOISE! Sheamus fires up and the fans are with him as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar has Sheamus in a chinlock. The fans rally, Sheamus fights up, and Sheamus throws body shots. But Ivar UPPERCUTS back! Ivar runs, but Sheamus scoops to POWERSLAM! The fans fire up and Ivar goes back to the apron. Sheamus storms up, brings Ivar up, and hooks him in the ropes! The fans fire up as we get BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And Sheamus goes all the way to TEN! Ivar slumps down, flops into the ring, and Sheamus hauls him up. Fireman’s carry, but Ivar elbows free! Ivar BOOTS Sheamus, then HEEL KICKS! Sheamus falls, Ivar goes up! VIKING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Sheamus survives and Ivar pulls at his hair in frustration! Sheamus goes to a corner, but he eggs Ivar on! Ivar storms up on Sheamus to rain down fists! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Ivar lets off. Sheamus still eggs Ivar on! Ivar and Sheamus throw hands and Sheamus gets the edge! Ivar shoves, cartwheels, and knees low! Ivar runs, springboards, but into a KNEE! Ivar staggers around, Sheamus brings the kneepad down, for the KNEE CAP! Ivar falls, the fans are thunderous as Sheamus beats his chest. Ivar stands up, into the BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior is back, as is his classic theme song! He feels better than ever, looks better than ever, is he going to make one more run at the top of the mountain?

 

Triple H is here!

Montreal fires up as The Game walks out to the ring! He joins Adam Pearce in the ring, and there’s a podium with a cover on it. HHH gets a mic to say, “You guys are on fire tonight, I gotta tell you that.” The fans cheer again, and HHH continues by saying it is hard to believe that only eight days ago, we were in the midst of the biggest WrestleMania of ALL time. “WrestleMania 40, kingdoms fell, nightmares began, and a whole knew era started.” The fans cheer that, too! Pearce says the new era certainly started for the Tag Division. It has never been bigger, better, or deeper. WWE walked in with one set of champs, and walked out with two.

That is why Raw and SmackDown deserve titles they can be proud of going into the new era. So what does the boss say? Should we bring the champs out? Then please welcome The Awesome Truth! Fans fire up as Miz & R-Truth make their way, carrying the red tag team titles. Miz & Truth get mics, and the fans chant “You Deserve It!” Miz pats Truth on the shoulder cuz he really does. The fans cheer as Miz raises Truth’s hand, and Truth lets Miz hold on to the belt so he can do the splits! He’s still got it, too! HHH then says he wants to be the first to say, what’s up? Also, congratulations. HHH shakes their hands as he says they won probably the biggest tag match in history.

And Truth, HHH has to say from a certain perspective, seeing Truth have that Mania moment, to quote The Miz, it was awesome. But the thing is, this is a new era. So if they are going to represent this brand and those titles, then they need to do it in a way that represents an all new era. So going forward, they will now be the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! And as such, they will be carrying THESE! Brand new belts that look like miniature World Heavyweight Championships! Truth is losing his mind! Now, now, he has seen a rabbit come out of a hat, and birds come out of a hat. Even a lady got cut in half and walked away from it. But he’s never seen a trick like that!

What? Truth says he knows good magicians, and HHH just made titles appear outta thin oxygen! That boy good! Right? The fans cheer, but only Truth is the one confused here. HHH asks Miz to explain. HHH is not a magician. That’s what a magician wants you to think. But Truth doesn’t really trust magicians. Not after Lil’ Jimmy. Everyone used to be able to see Lil’ Jimmy. So what else is HHH hiding? Miz says this is what they wanted. This is one of the most important times in WWE history! This is their chance to elevate the Tag Division! Their chance to take these new belts to new heights! That is why Pearce and HHH-

HHH!? WHERE?! Truth, that’s this guy! Man, Houdini’s got Miz fooled, too? He’s one crafty little genie. But Truth sees right through you, Tommaso Ciampa! Miz sighs and says he’ll try one more thing. Because we are in Montreal! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Miz is pretty sure they’re ready for Sami Zayn. But Miz tells Truth in French, that they’re getting new belts. OMG really!? “OUI! OUI! OUI!” So they can take ’em? Oui! OUI! As in yes, but anyway, HHH speaks up. Can he just go? He takes the old belts, then hands over the new belts. HHH wishes Pearce luck on handling it from here.

HHH leaves, Awesome Truth hold up the awesome new belts, and Pearce asks why Truth made the boss leave. Who? HHH. He just left. That wasn’t HHH! Pearce says while we still have brain cells that function, the only thing left is to figure out some new challengers! Time for a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Tag Match! And that’s right now!

WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers!

Speaking of Ciampa, the REAL Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are still in that title hunt, but so are Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, and so are Julius & Brutus! Which team defies the odds to head for an awesome showdown with Miz & Truth?

Raw returns and the Creeds make their entrance, followed by The New Day. There’s a QR code that flashes on screen… Then the teams sort out and one man starts for each. Brutus steps to Woods and Gargano, and Montreal rallies with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods says “O~ CANADA~!” The three approach, feel out, then Brutus DECKS Gargano! Woods CLUBS Brutus, has him in a corner and rains down fists! Brutus shoves Woods away before five but Gargano runs up to add on! Gargano gets five, Brutus shoves him away then ROCKS Woods! Brutus ROCKS Gargano, scoops Woods, but Woods rolls him up!

Gargano rolls Woods! Brutus rolls Gargano! Then deadlifts to BOMB him into Woods! Brutus breaks through their double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT back! Tag to Julius, the Creeds get one each, and they suplex! Kofi and Ciampa save their tag partners, then they all DROPKICK the Creeds! The fans fire up as DIY and New Day brawl! DIY get the edge, they whip, but New Day dodge to BLAST the Creeds! DIY then TOSS New Day out, and they BLAST the Creeds! DOUBLE PLANCHAS, but the Creeds catch DIY! But then New Day both FLY out! Down goes everyone, Awesome Truth applaud New Day, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and there’s a collision in the ring! The fans fire up as Ciampa, Julius and Kofi all slowly sit up. Kofi CHOPS Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, Kofi ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS Julius, Kofi mule kicks Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, BOOTS Kofi, then brawls with Julius! The fans rally up as the forearms go faster and faster! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! But theN Julius JUMP KNEES! Kofi returns, TROUBLE IN- NO, Julius blocks the kick to an ANKLE LOCK! Ciampa KNEES Julius down! Brutus CLOBBERS Ciampa, Woods MISSILE DROPKICKS Brutus!

Woods turns around, SLINGSHOT SPEAR from Gargano! Kofi JUMP KNEES Gargano! Julius clinches Kofi for an EXPLODER! Julius kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT, onto knees! Gargano SUPERKICKS Julius, Kofi rolls Gargano! Gargano slips out to BUZZSAW! Gargano goes up and out to the apron, he and Ciampa meet to ENZIGIRI KNEE COMBO in the corner! Then Gargano CANNONBALLS onto everyone else! Ciampa hauls Kofi up for PROJECT CIAMPA!! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi survives and even Miz & Truth are surprised. The fans cheer for “TRIPLE H!” to keep Truth’s illusion going. Ciampa tells Kofi “SUCK IT!”

Ciampa gets Kofi up, Kofi wrenches out to dodge and hot tag Woods! Woods GAMANGIRS then TORNADO DDTS! Gargano shoves Woods to a corner, but Woods BOOTS! HONOR ROLL! Brutus gets in but Woods BELL CLAPS! Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges, slides under, ROLLING ELBOW! Woods calls to Kofi, tags him in, but Ciampa BOOTS Woods! Kofi uses Woods to POMMEL HORSE KICK! New Day POSTS Ciampa, then WHEELBARROW FAMOUSER!! Cover, Julius drags Kofi right up! OVERHEAD SUPLEX! But Woods is back up top! Woods leaps, into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Gargano runs up, Julius blocks a kick! OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Julius kips up but into Ciampa’s waistlock! Julius switches, to GERMAN SUPLEX! The straps come down, Brutus tags in, and the Creeds get a team each! Brutus SPLASHES DIY to then O’Conner Roll! Gargano runs up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Julius DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS New Day!! Quadruple cover, TWO!!! All four other men kick out, Julius tags back in! Brutus goes up, Julius Electric Chair Lifts Ciampa! “This is Awesome!” and then Kofi SHOVES Brutus off the corner, into Woods’ SUPERKICK! Kofi goes up, Julius fights Ciampa off. Julius goes up but Woods sneaks a tag! SUPERPLEX for Julius, but LIMIT BREAKER from Woods!

MEET IN THE MIDDLE by DIY!! Cover, DIY WINS!!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the World Tag Team Champions)

Awesome Truth loved every minute of that match, but now they’ve got to face their friends in #RegenerationX. Will Miz & Truth be able to hold on to their newly minted titles? Or will Ciampa & Gargano prove when it comes to becoming World Tag Team Champions, you gotta do it yourself?

 

Drew McIntyre watches the highlight reel of last week’s main event.

And he’s smiling? Maybe even chuckling? Jackie Redmond says that after watching it back, she was not expecting this reaction. McIntyre laughs, as he BOOTS the TV screen in! Jackie understands now as McIntyre storms off. CM Punk got the better of McIntyre last time, but will it be no laughing matter when the Scottish Terminator gets his hands on him?

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri!

The first time around, the Poison Pixie bullied Maxxine the Alpha Queen into such a state that winning was easy. But then The Diamond Pitbull helped Maxxine get even with Candice, though it was Indi Wrestling that took the hit. Who finds the way to win this tense tiebreaker?

The teams sort out and Indi starts against Ivy. They tie up, Ivy waistlocks then headlocks, but Indi rolls to a cover. ONE, Ivy holds on, and they go around. Ivy facelocks, floats around to then flip Indi to a cover, ONE! Ivy’s right back on the headlock, but Indi fights up. Indi powers out, Ivy sunset flips, TWO! Indi scrambles up but Ivy DROPKICKS her! Ivy kicks, Indi blocks but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Tag to Maxxine and she climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Maxxine eggs Indi on, kicks low and facelocks, then talks trash on Candice. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, but Maxxine dares Candice to make a move.

The ref reprimands, Candice stands down, but Indi short arm LARIATS! Indi then tags Candice, Candice CLOBBERS Maxxine and hammers away! The fans boo but Candice SMACKS Maxxine off the mat. Candice soaks up the heat, then digs her boots into Maxxine. The ref counts, Candice lets off, and then Candice smiles as she drags Maxxine up. Candice whips Maxxine into the corner, taunts Ivy, then runs up to SLAP Maxxine! Candice fires off hands, the ref counts, and Candice lets off. Tag to Indi, she keeps Maxxine from Ivy, but Maxxine BOOTS her away! Candice tags back in, runs up and drags Maxxine back again.

Maxxine hops up, ENZIGIRI misses as Candice ducks! Candice swipes at Ivy, but Ivy dodges! Maxxine knees low and DDTS! The fans fire up while both women are down! Maxxine and Candice crawl, their partners reach out, but then Indi rushes in! The ref stops Indi, but that means he misses seeing the hot tag! The fans boo as Indi gets sneaky like Candice as she BOOTS Maxxine down! Indi puts Candice on top for the cover! The ref sees that, counts, Candice & Indi win!

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

What in the world is going on here? Is Candice’s toxicity poisoning Indi’s mind? Or are these Indi’s true colors? Either way, are Candice & Indi going to find the way to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

WWE takes a look at Damian Priest’s rise to the top.

2019, Orlando, Florida, the Performance Center. What did Priest want out of life? One thing: his name to live forever. From Punisher to homeless to NXT to main roster, Priest has proven if you bust your ass and never give up, anything is possible, even your dreams. The first Puerto Rican world champion in literal decades, he desired championships, and he knew championships would come. Legacy and infamy wait for no man, you have go grab them for yourself. He became Senor Money in the Bank, bided his time, suffered losses, and struck when the moment was right! HE had the biggest moment at the biggest WrestleMania ever, ALL RISE for the NEW World Heavyweight Champion!

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

The others sulk, but Priest tells them to snap out of it. They’re The Judgment Day, right? Right. And they still run Raw, right? Dom is gonna teach Andrade a lesson about messing with their group! And JD McDonagh, you have his back so they can get this done! The Irish Ace is fired up, he heads out with Dirty Dom, but Finn stays behind to talk with Priest. Finn feels their focus should be getting the tag titles back, but now Finn’s in this match with Jey? What’s up with that? Priest says Finn’s focus needs to be on what’s happening tonight. Priest needs The Prince to teach Jey Uso the meaning of the word “loss.” And then at Backlash, Priest teaches Jey the meaning of the word “pain!”

Is Finn good with that? Finn smiles and nods. Of course he’s good with that! They fist bump and Finn goes to warm up. So far, the group looks solid, will Mami have nothing to worry about?

 

Raw shares an interview from before the show.

Jackie Redmond was ringside as Chad Gable got some training in with the Creed Brothers to prepare for his title match with Sami Zayn. Jackie says it looks like Gable is ready. A huge opportunity tonight, the biggest match perhaps of his entire career. How much would winning the title mean to him? Gable says it is everything. Validation, vindication for all the training, his 10+ years here in the WWE, and proving it to himself. His mood is high, it’ll be a good night. But then Jackie would be remised if she didn’t ask about the crowd factoring in. They’ll be in support of Sami, how has Gable prepared for that?

Gable says when he was on the Olympic team in 2012, he was a Minnesotan in Iowa. That means not one person in Iowa wanted him to win, but he did. So he’ll do the same time. Sami’s one of the best WWE has, but Gable training Sami helped Gable find the weakness. Tonight, Gable exposes those weaknesses. Gable goes back to grappling with the Creeds, will Gable be razor sharp for his golden opportunity?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

The Prodigal Son thought he was getting The Idol of Lucha to join Judgment Day, or at least was united with him against Rey Mysterio. Neither of those things turned out to be true, and now Andrade has found himself in Judgment Day’s crosshairs. Will El Idolo make Raw tranquilo? Or will he pay for pulling one over on Dirty Dom?

Raw returns as Dom makes his entrance and Montreal boos. The bell rings, Dom and Andrade circle, and Dom wants a handshake? Andrade refuses so Dom CHOPS! Andrade rushes Dom but Dom runs away to the corner. Dom then gets a cheap shot, a headlock, but Andrade powers up and out. Dom pulls on Andrade’s hair to get him back in the headlock. Andrade powers out more thoroughly this time, and he runs Dom over! The fans cheer, Andrade storms up and he CHOPS Dom to a corner. Andrade whips corner to corner, Dom reverses, but Andrade goes up and out then ROCKS Dom! Andrade goes up the corner, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as Andrade brings Dom up and snap suplexes! Uno Amigo and the fans cheer! Dos Amigos and the fans cheer more! Andrade gives Latino Heat, but Dom suplexes! Dom has Uno Amigo, then Dos Amigos! Fans boo this time, but then Andrade hits his THIRD AMIGO! The fans cheer as Andrade puts Dom in the drop zone. Andrade climbs again, but JD gets on the apron! The ref stops JD but that lets Dom trip Andrade! The fans boo but Dom drags Andrade off the corner to stomp him! Dom then soaks up the heat and flexes, Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Andrade fights up while in a chinlock. Andrade throws body shots, then ROCKS Dom! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him! Dom shoves, kicks, but Andrade blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And DRAGON SCREW again! Dom swings a lariat but Andrade dodges to CLOBBER Dom! Andrade kips up, the fans fire up and Dom is in the corner. Fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” as Andrade goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Dom survives but Andrade puts him in the drop zone. Andrade climbs, SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT FLOPS as Dom moves! Dom goes to the apron, drags Andrade up, but Andrade fights the suplex!

Andrade throws body shots, CHOPS, and Dom flops back! Andrade goes out to the apron but Dom KICKS the ropes! That jams Andrade up, Dom reels him in! APRON DESTROYER!! Andrade flops to the floor, JD coaches Dom to hurry! Dom gets Andrade back in, covers, TWO!! Andrade survives and the fans fire up! Dom is frustrated, as is JD, but Dom wants Andrade to rise. Andrade stands, Dom DROPKICKS him onto ropes! Fans boo but Dom talks trash before he dials it up. But Andrade gets up, boot feint to ELBOW! JD gets up but Andrade DECKS him! Then the underooks, for THE MESSAGE! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

But JD attacks now! No celebrating for El Idolo, the fans boo as JD and Dom get Andrade to his feet. The mugging continues, but here comes Ricochet! Ricochet also has beef with Judgment Day and he sends Dom & JD running! Will the King of Flight help The Idol put Judgment Day in their place once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Cathy Kelley is with Main Event Jey and knows that he’s preparing for Finn Balor, but she was hoping for any comments on Tama Tonga joining The Bloodline to attack Jimmy Uso last Friday. Yeah, messing with The Bloodline, you go down a deep, dark and dangerous road. They adding members Jey didn’t even know about. As far as Jimmy goes… Well, Jey told him to come with Jey. But hey, Jey’s gotta focus on Finn. Finn about to catch a YEETDOWN here on Monday Night Raw. YEET! Jey is ready for The Prince, but will he make it through to face The Punisher?

 

Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The Hot Mess and “Lil Miss P” wanted a match and got a match on Friday, but it didn’t go their way when it turned out they were facing Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill. Management is getting an earful over and over, but will the complaints stop if Chelsea & Piper win? Or will KC Squared only add to Chelsea’s bad mood?

The teams sort out and Piper starts against Kayden. They tie up, Piper shoves Kayden down, then dares Katana to try. Katana tags in, runs up and dodges, then KC Squared pinball Piper around. They both run, but into DOUBLE LARIATS! Piper fires up, then she drags Katana up. Piper clamps on a COBRA CLUTCH and she thrashes Katana around! Chelsea tags in, RIPCORD FOREARM, then short arm LARIAT! Chelsea covers, TWO! Chelsea says this is easy work, but she runs into a BOOT! Katana then drop toeholds Chelsea into buckles! Tag to Kayden, and they meet at the corner, MULE KICK METEORA COMBO! Kayden covers, TWO!

Kayden drags Chelsea up, but Chelsea SLAPS her! Then she panics and reaches for Piper! Kayden reels her in, hammerlock and clinch, to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP, then Kayden FLATLINERS! Kayden fireman’s carries Chelsea, Katana goes up and leaps over to go after Piper! But Piper catches her! FALL AWAY SLAM! Kayden hits a SWINGING LEG DROP SLAM! Cover, but Piper SPLASHES Kayden! Chelsea covers Kayden, she and Piper win!

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

Chelsea celebrates like she did something, btu we know it was all Piper. But a win is a win, will this team find their way back to the tag titles? Will Chelsea never stop bugging management until they do?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

Cathy Kelley is with Liv to ask about Rhea Ripley vacating her title. Is this the conclusion of the revenge tour? Liv can’t even lie, she is confused by the reactions. They’re all mad at her, but for what? She isn’t the villain here. Where was the sympathy for Liv when Rhea literally ripped Liv’s shoulder out of its socket? Oh, there wasn’t any. So eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, arm for an arm. This is karma at its finest, Rhea got what she deserved. But the best part is that this isn’t the end of the revenge tour. This is just the beginning, because the end will be Liv crowned as the NEW Women’s World Champion. #WatchMe. Then when and where will this revenge tour go on the road to a new champion?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Montreal fires up for the American Nightmare, aka the NEW Undisputed WWE Champion! They sing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” and Cody gets his pyro. Cody high-fives the front row as he makes his way down the ramp, then he steps into the ring for “WHOA~ OH~!” and more pyro. Cody gets the mic while the fans chant his name, and he revels in the cheers a moment. They sing “CODY~ CODY CODY CODY~!” and he smiles. Cody then asks, “De quoi voulez-vous parler?” The fans cheer his French, and Cody says he has to thank Adam Pearce allowing Cody to still hang out on Raw even though now he’s a SmackDown superstar.

But don’t worry, Cody ain’t going nowhere. We cannot reflect on WrestleMania 40 forever, especially with a pending challenge. The first Premium Live event of the new “season,” Backlash, is going to Lyon, France, where Cody faces for this title either the fastest rising star, LA Knight, or The Phenomenal AJ Styles. But we can certainly reflect just a little. There’s a man he could talk about for hours but will keep it brief. There was a man who said he’d be Cody’s Shield… The fans sing “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for The Visionary, and Cody says that man certainly kept his word. That man is watching at home, so thank you, Seth Freakin’ Rollins.

The fans cheer and chant, “Thank You, Seth!” Cody continues by saying another “friend” that did reflecting was The Rock. The fans boo and chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Cody says it was news to him that Rock did a ten week training program, that he flew in the best talent of different skillsets and the greatest conditioning team money could by. Rock doesn’t have one more match left in him, he’s got many more. And in typical manic Rock fashion, Rock said that he’d make Cody bleed again. Cody says Rock’s probably right. Maybe Cody will bleed. But no amount of training and preparation, nothing Rock does can stop the fact that if Cody’s gonna bleed, Rock bleeds with him.

The fans cheer and Cody says when we talk Rock, we gotta talk Bloodline. The fans boo again, but Cody says he’s confused. The introduction of Tama Tonga “by order of The Tribal Chief,” yet Roman Reigns was nowhere to be found? More questions than answers, so one more bit of reflection. Cody wants to bring out a former member of the Bloodline, a man who is a friend of Cody’s, and a man whose energy you can feel from your head to your yeet. Well, thanks for laughing at the dad joke, but here is Main Event Jey Uso! Jey makes his way out and Montreal bounces with him! Even Pat gets on the desk to join in!

Jey hugs it out with Cody, then the bouncing continues. Cody tells Jey that he is the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Monday Night Raw is about to be his, and no one has earned it or deserves it more than Main Event Jey! “YEET!” Cody says Jey helped him #FinishTheStory, and Cody knows when one member of Judgment Day is present, the others aren’t far behind. Cody would love to have Jey’s back like Jey had his. The fans like the sound of that, and the two hug it out. Jey appreciates that, Uce, for sure. YEET! But hey, Jey’s gotta do this on his own, gotta just be him, The YEET Master! Mr. YEETDOWN!

Oh, how about this for a name? The NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Main Event Jey UUUUSO~! So then he doesn’t need Cody out here? Cody gets that. Good luck, friend. They hug it out one more time, the fans cheer, and Cody moves on. But oh, one other thing. Cody looks over and says, “Until we yeet again.” Jey responds with “YEET!” Will Jey be able to handle things when it’s just him? Or will The Prince be bringing backup to stack the deck against him?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Cathy Kelley is now with the Irresistible Force and hopes for her initial reactions to Rhea Ripley giving up the title. Nia says there are two types of people in this world: those who care about Rhea and those who want to see her get her revenge. Nia’s neither. She doesn’t give a damn about Rhea, and last time she saw Rhea, Nia had her. Now, Nia looks at the Women’s World Championship and wonders, who is gonna stop her from taking it? Liv Morgan? Last time they met, Nia had Liv, too. Becky Lynch? Nia had her, too.

In two weeks, there is the Draft. Nia might face someone she’s never seen before, and to them she says there are two types of people in this world: Those who fear Nia Jax, and those who learn to fear Nia Jax. No one on this planet is taking that title from her, because that is hers! Nia storms off, is she going to make everyone fear her then, now and forever?

 

Jey Uso VS Finn Balor!

Raw returns and The Prince makes his entrance. FROM BEHIND! He CLOBBERS Jey, stomps away, and the fans boo! The ref reprimands, Finn HAMMERs away on Jey, then lets off to throw off the jacket. The bell rings, Finn BOOTS Jey and fires off body shots in the corner! Finn RAMS into Jey, whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS him again! Finn flexes, the fans boo, but Finn stalks Jey to ropes. Finn CHOKES Jey, the ref counts, but Finn lets off at 4. Finn brings Jey up, but Jey ROCKS him first! And again! And again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey whips, Finn reverses but Jey sunset flips! Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Finn drags Jey up to ELBOW him in the head, then he clamps on a chinlock. Priest watches as Finn squeezes the air out of Jey. The fans rally, Jey fights up and he throws body shots. But Finn knees low! Finn ROCKS Jey, RAMS into him, then CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Jey sputters. Finn CHOPS Jey again, taunts the fans, “This your boy? This the guy you all like?” Finn RAMS into Jey again and again, then CHOPS again! Finn whips corner to corner, Jey reveres, then runs up, but Finn puts him on the apron! Jey ROCKS Finn first, goes up, but Finn anchors Jey! Jey throws hands, but Finn YANKS Jey down!

The fans boo as Finn fires off hands in the corner. The ref counts, Finn lets off at 4, but runs up to SHOTGUN Jey outta the ring! Jey flounders on the floor while Finn mocks the bounce, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn RAMS into Jey at the corner again and again, then CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner, runs up to CHOP, and then he whips the other way. Finn runs in again but into BOOTS! Jey storms up, headlocks, but Finn powers up. Jey switches sides, Finn headlocks, but Jey powers out. Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges, blocks the kick but the DRAGON WHIP hits! The fans fire up while both men are down! The fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as jey and Finn rise. Jey counter punches again, and again, and again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops ‘n’ locks and puts some stank on the HAYMAKER! Finn staggers into a mule kick!

Jey fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Finn flounders to a corner, Priest is upset so he moves on from the clubhouse. Jey says “UCE! OH!” and runs in, but Finn dodges! Hip attack hits buckles, Finn runs up, but into another fireman’s carry! Finn CLAWS eyes, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jey goes to ropes but Finn stomps away! Finn stomps and stomps and stomps, but the ref counts. Finn lets off, but comes back to SLINGBLADE Jey down! Finn aims from the corner while fans boo, but Jey SUPERKICKS first! Jey goes up top and the fans fire up, for the USO- NO, Jey has to roll through as Finn moves!

Finn SHOTGUNS Jey down! Finn hurries up top, COUP- NO, Jey dodges the double stomps! And SPEARS! Jey hurries back up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, Jey wins!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

Montreal bounces for Jey as he bounces back to win this one. But then Priest storms out here and stares down his challenger. They get face to face, the fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” but Priest holds up the world title. Jey looks at the belt, but then JD & Dom ATTACK! Priest is upset, he didn’t want that, but Finn says this is what Judgment Day does, right? They all start mugging Jey, the fans boo and chant for Cody, but Dom kicks Jey out of the ring. Dom then leaps off the apron, but Jey SUPERKICKS him! JD chases Jey down, but Jey sends JD into Finn! Jey goes up into the crowd and the fans cheer. Priest stares Jey down from afar, will Jey YEET that title right off Priest?

The cameras follow Jey backstage tot he pavilion where he high-fives fans and makes his way through to the back exit. The fans all “YEET! YEET!” as he says deuces, uces! Jey goes right outside, and he finds Sami Zayn looking up at the marquee. What’s he doing out here? Sami says over 25 years ago, the first show he ever saw in his life was right here. And now Sami is back here as the champion! Tonight, he walks in the same way he did those 25 years ago: through the front door! The fans cheer and Jey wishes Sami good luck. Sami tells the world if they wanna see the best wrestling city in the world, just follow him.

Sami now walks through the pavilion and he throws stuff around in excitement! The fans are fired up with him, they all high-five and get pictures, and he goes down the same bleachers Jey just came from. Sami is ready to give Montreal the champion they deserve, and even all of Canada by extension! Will Sami create a moment everyone will remember for the rest of their lives? Or will Chad Gable SHOOOOSH them all with a major upset?

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable!

Raw returns and Gable is at gorilla. Bronson Reed steps to him and wants to let him know that whoever wins tonight, whether it’s Gable or Sami, they won’t be champion for long. Because then the winner will have to answer to Big Bronson Reed! The theme song says it for Gable, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable makes his entrance, not sweating what comes after, only what’s happening right now. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins this massive main event in Montreal!

The fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Sami and Gable take a moment to soak it all in, then Sami fires up again. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Sami wrenches to wristlock. Gable rolls, spins, wrenches, headlocks, drop toeholds, then headlocks. Sami fights up, powers out, then drops down to hurdle. Sami arm-drags Gable, Gable arm-drags back! Sami slips around, arm-drags again, and Gable bails out. The fans cheer as Sami builds speed, but Gable gets in! Sami dodges, then he dumps Gable out! Gable stumbles from the apron, Sami builds speed, but he fakes Gable out to Arabian Press!

The fans cheer this chess game, but Gable storms in to get in Sami’s face. The fans again sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Gable fires hands on Sami in a corner, but Sami fires back! Sami headlocks, Gable powers out and he runs Sami over! Cover, TWO! Gable stalks Sami, waistlocks, but Sami fights the lift. Sami throws elbows, then knuckle locks, CHOPS, then goes up and up, but Gable trips him up! Sami gets caught up on the ropes, gets loose and goes to the floor, but Gable goes up! SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and Sami’s wife is worried. Gable puts Sami in the ring, he climbs back up, and DIVING HEADBUTTS! Direct hit again and Gable covers, TWO! Gable is frustrated that Sami survives, and Sami hobbles his way to a corner.

Gable is on Sami and the bad legs! Gable puts one in the ropes, then DRAPING DRAGON SCREWS the other! Gable drags Sami to then step over and drop toehold! And then he YANKS the leg! Gable steps through, leans on the toehold, but the fans rally as Sami endures. Sami keeps his shoulders up, kicks Gable away, and Gable lets go. Gable hurries to whip Sami to ropes and CLOBBER him! But Sami’s right up to LARIAT Gable! The fans fire up as Sami goes to a corner. Gable runs up, but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, and FLYING ELBOWS! Sami hobbles again, but he goes to a corner. Gable runs in, into a clinch!

But Gable turns exploder into victory roll, TWO! Gable gets Sami’s leg for an ANKLE LOCK! The fans rally as Sami endures, and he rolls! Gable gets sent out of the ring, and Sami takes aim! But Gable hurries back up to grab the bad leg and drag Sami down! ANKLE LOCK on the apron! Sami kicks free and stands on the apron, to ARABIAN PRESS SAULT! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous! The ref checks Sami given his leg, but Sami says he’s good, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns once again and Gable has Sami up top! Sami resists, but Gable throws body shots. Gable brings Sami up for a SUPER OLYMPIC SLAM!! Both men are down and the fans are going nuts! Gable stirs, as does Sami, and Gable finds Sami first. Gable waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEXES, but holds on! GERMAN SUPLEX again! Montreal is becoming Suplex City, but Sami throws elbows! Sami switches, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES! Sami holds on, GERMAN SUPLEXES again, and still brings Gable up. Gable throws elbows now, switches back, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Sami switches, to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Gable throws more elbows, switches again, but Sami throws elbows to switch! They switch and switch and switch, then Sami GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Gable flops over from his head and shoulders, but both men are down on the mat! The ref checks, Gable is conscious so the match continues. The fans rally up as both men rise, and Sami fires a haymaker! Gable fires one, Sami fires back, they keep going! Gable ROLLING KICKS! Sami flops and ends up in a corner. Gable runs up but Sami clinches! CORNER EXPLODER! The fans fire up with Sami, he runs corner to corner, but Gable rolls to pick the leg! ANKLE LOCK!!

The fans boo Gable and rally for Sami as he endures! Gable leans on the leg, he says this is his moment that Sami took from him! Sami still fights up, rolls and throws Gable away again! But Gable’s right up tot he top rope! MISSILE- POWERBOMB!! Sami’s antiair works, and now he gets Gable’s legs, to step through and tie up! The fans go wild for the SHARPSHOOTER!! But Sami’s own leg gives up! Sami couldn’t hold the hold, but now he clutches his ankle area. Gable’s game plan is working out better than expected! Sami hobbles to a corner, Gable goes to the other. Sami grits his teeth, runs corner to corner, but Gable shoots around! CORNER GERMAN!!

Gable has Sami in the drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT into BOOTS! But Gable blocks to have the ANKLE LOCK!! Gable has Sami caught, but Sami endures and reaches out! The fans rally as hard as they can, but Gable drags Sami away!! Gable leans on that Ankle Lock, but Sami rolls to a victory roll, TWO!! Both men stand, Gable runs in, into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami hurries to the far corner, the fans are thunderous as he powers through the pain, HELLUVA KICK!! Sami crawls to the cover, SAMI WINS!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Montreal rejoices as Sami has une victoire incroyable! Sami sets the belt down so that he can look to Gable. Gable is emotional but Sami wants to tell him he’s got nothing to be ashamed about. Sami offers Gable a hand, and Gable takes it. The two stand, Sami raises Gable’s hand, but then Gable raises Sami’s hand. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, but Gable still has to go back to the drawing board. What will it take for Gable to finally have his first singles title in WWE?

Sami celebrates with his family at ringside, but then GABLE GERMAN SUPLEXES SAMI TO THE FLOOR!! Gable has snapped!! He POSTS Sami, shoves him around, and then TOSSES him over the desk! The fans boo as Gable drags Sami back into the ring, then storms his way up. Gable POSTS Sami again, then has the ANKLE LOCK in the ropes!! The fans boo but Gable wants Sami’s family to watch him suffer!! Sami flails, referees rush out, but Gable lets go when he feels like it! Gable is affreux, méprisable and horriblé, but is he serving Sami up on a silver platter for the Colossal Aussie?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw, but with a real shame about Rhea Ripley. Proof that doing things live, no stunt doubles, adrenaline running high has its moments where things backfire, as many believe the injury happened during last week’s episode with Liv’s attack. It does work towards story, though, so that Rhea can have heat with Liv, and a new world champion to be crowned next week in some big kind of match. Good promos from Liv and Nia, those two are definitely the top choices for new champion. And then after The Draft happens, possibilities are endless for who the new champion faces for Backlash, if they want to have this title on that event so quickly after all this.

Good stuff out of Judgment Day even as they have to say see-ya-later to Mami. Priest is of course stepping up as leader since he’s the World Heavyweight Champion, but nothing really went their way tonight. Andrade beat Dom and then of course Ricochet shows up to back him up against Dom & JD, there’s a tag match there. Jey beats Finn and then escapes the beating, we might even get a Six Man Tag to hype everything up. Great video package to look back at Priest’s career, and then Priest being reluctant in Judgment Day beating Jey down, is something gonna give where Priest retains the world title, but then gets kicked out of the group even after all this time?

Great promo from Cody to hype up a lot of stuff all in one go. He got us fired up about Styles VS Knight this Friday, the Undisputed WWE Championship match at Backlash, he kept the hype going for his far future feud with The Rock, he thanked Rollins and Jey while also plugging this new form of Bloodline that’s happening. Cody also had a great moment with Jey before Jey’s match with Priest. Jey also had a really good promo before that to relate his feelings about new Bloodline, it would be awesome if somehow the Usos reunited for the sake of saving the family from this new age of tyranny, but that probably happens closer to Survivor Series so it can be done in WarGames.

Really good stuff for the tag divisions, men’s and women’s. I figured after splitting the Undisputed titles that the show-branded titles were going away. And while the modern World Tag Team Championships look great, they really are just smaller, rounder World Heavyweight Championship belts. I was hoping for truly original designs here, but you can bet right now that Friday, the new WWE Tag Team Championships are gonna be akin to the Universal title. But great promo bit from Awesome Truth with HHH and Pearce to show off these new belts, and then give us an awesome tag team triple threat. DIY winning makes sense on many levels, such as Truth mistaking them for DX and the friendship with them, to DIY being HHHBK Guys.

Really good story stuff in the Women’s Tag Division, though the matches could’ve each been a bit better. But we got the point of each story: Indi is starting to turn Heel like Candice has, because she’d rather win than look like a dummy; and Piper does all the real work in her team, as always, but she and Chelsea are also getting their way back up. I’m still betting on Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill as the next WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but they’ll get quite the fight out of all these Heel teams on top of Kabuki Warriors.

Great return match for Sheamus. If we’re talking title feuds for him, I’d really love if Sheamus got back in on the Intercontinental Championship scene. That’s still the missing piece to his ultimate WWE accomplishments list, and if he’s built up strongly through the next couple months, he could get that title at Clash at the Castle in June or some other point over the Summer. That is, unless Gunther comes back for Bash in Berlin. Well again, the Draft is coming, we still have to hope and pray Sheamus is on the brand that ends up with the Intercontinental Championship.

Speaking of, awesome main event from Sami and Gable, and Sami of course retained, but I had a feeling Gable was gonna snap. Gable was shouting during the match that Sami stole his moment, this was secretly personal for Gable the whole time, and this is was the last straw. Bronson Reed also wants next, so the walls are already closing in on Sami. Sami could put on a great series of matches through the Summer to build to a rematch with Gunther at Bash in Berlin and that moment in and of itself would be amazing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

Kazuchika Okada’s leaving NJPW meant vacating the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles. Now a tournament will be held in one go to crown new champions! Who NEVER stops until they make it reign?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – Puzzle Presents: Touyuu VS Axe Wang; Touyuu wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and advance to tonight’s main event.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins and advances to tonight’s main event.
  • Tiger Mask & Satoshi Kojima VS El Desperado & Shoma Kato; Tiger Mask & Kojima win.
  • HANAKO VS Starlight Kid; Starlight Kid wins.
  • DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita; Douki wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura; Bishamon wins and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and are the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire!

The Ace may also be President of NJPW, but that doesn’t mean he’s retired! He wants to get these Six Man titles back, will the Clown Prince and the Hulking Kazakh help him do that? Or will Great-O-Khan, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman conquer the Six Man Division?

The fans rally for “SACHOU! SACHOU!” as he shows off the abs. Then the trios sort out, and while Oleg gets in Khan’s face, we start with Callum and Tanahashi. The fans cheer, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tanahashi finds a point of leverage and powers Callum onto ropes. The ref counts, Tanahashi lets off cleanly, and the fans applaud. Callum and Tanahashi reset, tie up again, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes and grinds the hold but Callum pulls hair! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Callum lets slowly. But then Callum kicks low! Callum whips Tanahashi hard into a corner!

Callum runs corner to corner but into an ELBOW! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! The fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars, but Callum gets to his feet in a huff. Yano and Oleg both reach out, but Tanahashi tags Yano. The fans fire up for Yano but Akira tags in. Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Akira protests but he lets Yano have his fun. Akira then shadows Yano as he turns around. Yano is confused, turns around but Akira stays behind him. Akira then shoves Yano into the corner! Yano loses the pad and Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira runs, rolls and basement dropkicks! Crowns up and the fans cheer.

Akira drags Yano over, tags in Khan, and Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! The Empire double whip but Yano holds ropes and tags Oleg! The fans fire up but The Empire mugs Oleg first! They double whip but Oleg holds ropes, to then come in and DOUBLE SHOUDLER TACKLE! Khan gets up but Oleg throws him with a fireman’s carry takeover! Callum runs in to BOOT Oleg, then runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS Callum and sends him flying! The fans fire up as Oleg hauls Khan up, but Khan CLAPS at him, twists an ear and CLUBS it, then clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Khan then BLASTS Tanahashi and Yano off the corner!

Khan stomps away on Oleg, drags him back up, then Mongolian CHOPS! Oleg staggers, Khan Mongolian CHOPS again! And again! Oleg falls, Khan cocky covers, ONE! The fans rally as Khan hauls Oleg up in a facelock. Khan brings Oleg to the corner, tags Callum, and the Empire mugs him. Callum CHOPS, then tags Akira. Callum bumps Oleg off buckles, Akira CHOPS, then they double whip. Callum runs in to forearm SMASH! Akira runs in to clothesline! Feed to the DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Akira as he and Callum coordinate, back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Akira drags Oleg up and around to facelock, but Oleg throws body shots.

Khan tags in, he and Akira mug Oleg, and Khan CLUBS Oleg down. Khan drags Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Oleg whips, Khan reverses to NORTHERN- NO, Oleg fights the suplex, so Khan RAMS him into the corner! Khan turns Oleg around, CLUBS him, and then climbs up. The fans cheer as Khan sits on his throne! Oleg flails, the ref reprimands but Khan hops down. Khan then HIP TOSSES Oleg down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Khan kicks Oleg around then whips. Oleg reverses and lifts, but Khan claws the ear! Oleg lets Khan down but avoids the lariat to DROPKICK Khan down!

The fans fire up while both men are down. Hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as Sachou rallies on Khan with FLYING FOREARMS! Then he BLASTS Callum and Akira off the apron! Tanahashi runs in at the corner, but blocks Khan’s boot! DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up as Akira runs in, and gets a DRAGON SCREW! Callum steps in, but Tanahashi gets his leg! Tanahashi waves bye before the DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up with Tanahashi and he waits on Khan. Khan rises, Tanahashi runs in, but Khan sidesteps and TOSSES Tanahashi! But Tanahashi skins the cat! Only for Khan to waistlock!

Tanahashi fires elbows, but Khan ducks the shotei to HITSUJIGOROSHI into MARINE! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Khan and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Callum! Callum runs up to whip Tanahashi, but Tanahashi reverses. Callum stops himself, comes back, but into a spin, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans rally as Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up with Yano, he whips Callum at the bare corner! Callum stops himself, Yano runs in, but Callum dodges so Yano hits bare buckles! Callum runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and BOOTS Yano down! The Prince of Speed shows why that’s the case!

The fans fire up with Callum as he goes Around the World for a DROPKICK! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives, but Akira DROPKICKS Oleg down! Khan joins in, The Empire gets Yano up. They mug Yano in the corner, whip him corner to corner, then Khan runs in. Khan clotheslines, Akira clotheslines, and Callum runs to trip and STOMP Yano down! Cover, TWO!! Yano stays in this and the fans rally up again. Callum scowls and drags Yano to a drop zone. The Empire brawls with Tanahashi and Oleg while Callum climbs. The fans fire up as Callum aims, SHOOTING STAR, but he has to land out as Yano moves!

Tanahashi returns to dropkick Callum’s legs out! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi! Oleg scoops and SLAMS Khan! Akira dodges Oleg to ENZIGIR! The fans fire up, Akira runs and RANAS, but Oleg blocks it! Oleg swings Akira around to Shake, Rattle and- SUPERKICK from Callum! Tanahashi returns again, Callum ducks the shotei but then Tanahashi ducks the heel kick! SHOTEI! Yano rolls Callum up, Yano’s team wins!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

The Ace, the Joker and the Rook snatch the win and are now in the title match! Will this hot hand take the pot? Or will they be trumped by the winner of the next match?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Shingo Takagi is once again NEVER Openweight Champion, but he, Yota Tsuji & Bushi are looking to add to the LIJ trophy case. But Evil, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho want to make up for their losses, will they find redemption through this tournament? Or will everything be tranquilo in Taiwan?

Sho gets the mic to say he hates being here in Taiwan, so he wants to win, get the titles, and get outta here as fast as he can! The fans boo but Sho just taunts them all. He tells LIJ to get out here already, so LIJ makes their entrance. Takagi shows off that he cleaned up that NEVER Openweight belt from all the black spray paint Evil defaced it with! The fans cheer Takagi, Yota and Bushi in turn, and LIJ fist bump. But the House attacks! The fans boo but the bell rings, and Kanemaru has Yota in the ring. Evil KNEES Takagi, then steps on the NEVER Openweight title! Sho DECKS Bushi, Kanemaru whips Yota, but Yota comes back to run Kanemaru over!

Yota runs to SPLASH, cover, TWO! Yota keeps cool and he brings Kanemaru up. Yota reels Kanemaru in, suplexes, but Kanemaru fights it! Yota ROCKS Kanemaru, ROCKS him again, and then again! Yota runs but Sho is there! The fans boo but Kanemaru CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Kanemaru whips Yota to the corner, and surprise! Evil takes the blue buckle pad away! Yota hits bare steel, then the House BLASTS Bushi and Yota! The fans boo but Kanemaru drags Yota up. Sho SMACKS Bushi off apron, Kanemaru TOSSES Yota, and then Sho and Kanemaru stomp away. The fans boo more, but then Evil whips Takagi at the edge of the stage!

Takagi stops himself by flailing and wobbling! The fans are relieved he stays safe, but then Evil CLAWS Takagi’s back! Sho puts Yota in the ring, Kanemaru covers, TWO! Kanemaru tags Sho, Sho scuffs Yota around and taunts him. Yota rises up, fires a forearm, but Sho eggs him on! Yota fires another forearm so Sho CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Sho throws Yota out then gets in the ref’s face, Evil JAMS Yota with a chair! The fans boo but Evil taunts them. The ref has to keep LIJ from going after The House, and Evil puts Yota in for Sho to cover. ROPEBREAK! Sho is upset but he steps on Yota’s arm. Tag to Kanemaru, he and Sho DOUBLE KNEE DROP!

Kanemaru drags Yota up, whips him to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Gene Blast stays in this for his team but Kanemaru stomps away. Kanemaru then scuffs Yota, taunts him, but Yota just gets mad! The fans rally for Yota as Kanemaru gives him more kicks. Yota stands to ROCK Kanemaru, ROCK him again, and ROCK him again! But Kanemaru CLAWS eyes! Tag to Evil, the ref is again told to stop LIJ, and Evil CHOKES Yota with a House of Torture shirt! Evil shoves Yota down, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but Yota’s tougher than all that.

Evil stands Yota up, wrenches and whips Yota to a neutral corner. Evil runs in, blocks a boot, but Yota reels him in for the STOMP! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Yota and Evil crawl, hot tag to Takagi! The Rampaging Dragon runs up but Sho & Kanemaru drop away. So Takagi runs Evil over, scoops him and SLAMS him, but Evil avoids the senton! Sho & Kanemaru get in to stomp Takagi, double whip, but he holds ropes! Then DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBERS! But Evil CLAWS Takagi’s eyes! Evil runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up as Takagi gets Evil back up.

Takagi suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Evil is tougher than that, but Takagi then says in Taiwanese, he’s not done! But Takagi still uses Japanese for “TOKI GA KITA! <THE TIME HAS COME!>” The fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Then he fires down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Evil! Takagi runs, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Takagi moves the ref aside, but Evil blocks the kick, gives it to the ref, and mule kicks Takagi down! The standard formula works out, and Evil tags Sho. Sho laughs as he runs up in the corner, clothesline! Then he brings Takagi around, wrenches, kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks the superkick!

Takagi JABS, then YUKON feints to DDT! The fans fire up again and Takagi encourages them to get louder. Takagi hurries over, tag to Bushi! Bushi fires forearms on Sho, runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Bushi falls, Kanemaru steps in, he and Sho double whip Bushi to ropes. Bushi gets under the double elbows and shoves Kanemaru into Sho! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS! The fans fire up, and Bushi BLASTS Evil for good measure! Sho swings, Bushi spins him, DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this for the House but the fans rally behind Bushi. Bushi brings Sho to a corner, whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses.

Sho runs up, Bushi dodges, Yota STINGER SPLASHES! Takagi clotheslines, then feeds Sho to Yota’s V-TRIGGER! Sho wobbles, Bushi BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives the onslaught but the fans rally for Bushi. Bushi drags Sho up, but Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Bushi down! Takagi JUMP KNEES Kanemaru! Evil whips Takagi into bare buckles! Evil mule kicks Yota, whips him, and Yota also hits bare buckles! Bushi dropkicks Evil’s legs out! Bushi drags Sho up, reels him in, but Sho breaks free and CLAWS the eyes! Sho runs, into a dropkick to the legs! Bushi SMASHES the knee, then ties the legs up! RIVERA!!

Sho endures, flails, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Evil distracts, Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS! Sho is free, he has his Torture Tool! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho drags Bushi up, reels him in and tucks the arms, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

Like always, The House finds a way to cheat their way to success! Will The King of Darkness and his pawns find a way to trump Team Go Ace? Or will Sachou get to personally punish this faction for all their nefarious deeds?

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

Japones Del Mal and the Ichiban Young Punk each staked their claim to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, to the point that Douki left with the belt! If possession is nine-tenths of the law, then who will be the de factor champion after tonight?

The moment Douki’s on the apron, Fujita dropkicks him down! Fujita then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Douki and the fans fire up! Fujita drags Douki up, puts him in the ring, then springboards to SWANTON BOMB! The bell rings, Fujita covers, TWO! Fujita runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Douki, but Douki throws elbows. Fujita ducks to CHOP, then he runs, only for Douki to do the splits! Fujita tumbles out, Douki builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit in return and the fans fire up again! The ref checks both men, they’re both okay to continue.

Douki sits up first, the ring count starts and Douki POSTS Fujita! Fujita falls over, Douki drags him up, and then DDTs to the floor! Douki slides in at 10 of 20, leaving Fujita to the count. The count reaches 15 before Fujita sits back up! Fujita flounders around at 17, 18, but springs in at 19! Douki drags Fujita up, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Douki CLUBS Fujita again, drags him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Douki keeps on Fujita with a chinlock. Fujita endures the knee digging into his back, reaches out, and kicks around. The fans rally more as Fujita keeps moving forward, to the ROPEBREAK!

Douki lets off in frustration, then drags Fujita back up. Fujita fires forearms but Douki eggs him on. Douki then knees low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fujita is still in this and the fans cheer again. Douki whips Fujita but Fujita holds ropes to block! Douki tries again, knees low, then whips. Fujita reverses, CHOPS, but Douki HELL STABS! Douki runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! It was only a grazing blow but enough to knock Douki down! The fans rally up and Fujita hurries after Douki. Fujita fires a forearm, an UPPERCUT and a CHOP! Fujita whips corner to corner then runs in, to CHOP! Fujita snapmares Douki, then goes up, out and waits.

Douki slowly rises, Fujita springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Douki shakes his head, he’s tougher than that. Fujita drags him up, reels him in, and suplexes high and hard! Fujita keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fujita grows frustrated but he drags Douki up. Fujita waistlocks, goes to ropes, but Douki bucks the O’Conner. Fujita CLUBS Douki, brings him back, but Douki fights the lift. Douki switches, spins Fujita around and drops down, ITALIAN STRETCH 32! Fujita scrambles, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Fujita escapes by a literal foot! Douki lets go in frustration and the fans rally.

Douki turns Fujita to Gory Especial, but Fujita fights free! Fujita arm-drags Douki away, then runs up, but into a BOOTS! Douki goes to the apron, RAMS into Fujita, then slingshots for DAY- NO, Fujita stays up, pops Douki around, but Douki sunset flips! Fujita rolls through, rolls Douki and hooks the legs up, REGAL STRETCH! Douki endures and the fans rally up! Douki claws at the mat but Fujita has those legs trapped! Douki still fights but Fujita pulls way back! Douki doesn’t give in, he gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while Fujita lets off in frustration. Fujita drags Douki up, spin him, but Douki fights the lift!

Douki throws elbows, runs, but Fujita reels him in! Douki kicks free but then Fujita ducks the enzigiri! Fujita waistlocks to deadlift, but Douki wheelbarrows! Victory roll, TWO! Douki goes for the full nelson! Fujita fights, so Douki shifts for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Douki spins and spins, REINEDA! And then ghost pin, TWO!! Fujita escapes, but ends up in the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls and Fujita is already red in the face! Fujita reaches out, Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Fujtia is fading! The ref checks, but Fujita gets a second wind! Fujita kicks around, reaches out, but Douki pulls!

Fujita’s fading again! The fans rally harder as Fujita gives one last kick, to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and the fans cheer! Douki rises, goes to the apron, and takes aim for DAYBREAKER!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and Douki is furious! The fans rally, Douki gets the legs and turns Fujita over. Wheelbarrow, lift, but Fujita fights the rest! Fujita fires elbows, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Douki tumbles away and the fans fire up while both men are down. Fujita rises, the fans rally, and Fujita brings Douki up. Douki ENZIGIRIS, but Fujita ENZIGIRIS! Fujita runs, but Douki ELBOWS! Douki runs but Fujita BOOTS then HEEL KICKS!

But Douki stays up! Douki runs up to LARIAT! But then Fujita rises!! Both men run, and Fujita LEG LARIATS! Douki crawls to ropes, Fujita runs in, STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita roars, the fans fire up, and Fujita deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Douki survives but Fujita stays on him! Suplex, but Douki fights free, wrenches, hammerlocks, rolls, then drags Fujita up into Gory Especial! DODON NO JUTSU! Backslide cover, TWO! Douki just hops over Fujita to hook him up again! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!! Bridging cover, Douki wins!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

And “still” IWPG Junior Heavyweight Champion, at that! If Douki can put on a match like that and pull off the victory, will nothing stop him from becoming the Best of the Super Juniors?

Oh no, Sho attacks! He wants his belt back! The fans boo as he stomps away on Douki then picks up the belt. To be fair, Sho is still the actual champion, but he takes aim with the belt! Douki dodges to ENZIGIRI! Then he reels Sho in for the torture rack, and swings for the SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up as Douki takes the belt back! The Murder Machine tried and failed to take the belt back, will he also fail to stay a champion through the Spring?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi only just got these title back, but they’re fighting champions so they’re already putting them on the line! Will it be lights out in Taiwan? Or will the Cold Skull & Heat Storm bring gold back to Just5Guys?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Chaos still reigns!

The teams sort out and Hashi starts against Yuya. The bell rings and the fans rally for Yuya as the two circle. They tie up, Yuya wrenches to a wristlock, but Hashi spins, wrenches back, and then hammerlocks. Yuya switches that onto Hashi, but Hashi drop toeholds. Hashi floats to a headlock but Yuya pops out the back to hammerlock again. Hashi rolls, headscissors, but Yuya fights that off to keep the headlock. Hashi keeps his shoulders up, fights to his feet, then rolls Yuya to get his own headlock. Yuya headscissors, Hashi kips free and the fans cheer! Hashi and Yuya circle again, feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Yuya shoots around to headlock.

Yuya grinds the hold, Hashi powers up but can’t power out as Yuya holds tight! Yuya grinds Hashi to the mat but Hashi endures and fights back up. Hashi throws body shots, powers up and out, but Yuya RAMS shoulders! The fans cheer as the two stare down. Yuya runs, RAMS Hashi again, but Hashi gets in Yuya’s face. Yuya shoves, runs, but Hashi ELBOWS! Hashi runs, but into a hip toss! And arm-drag! Yuya DROPKICKS Hashi, then BLASTS Goto for good measure! The fans fire up and Yuya goes back for Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again. Yuya whips, Hashi holds ropes, then BOOTS back!

Goto gets in, he and Hashi run Yuya over! Bishamon coordinate, ZANMAI! Sanada storms in but Goto kicks low! “SE NO!” and they DRUM away on Sanada’s back! The fans fire up with Bishamon, and Goto stomps Sanada to a corner. Hashi has Yuya in the opposite, then they whip. Sanada & Yuya reverse to send Goto and Hashi into each other! DROPKICKS send Bishamon out, then STEREO PLANCHAS take them down! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada brings Goto up. Yuya brings Hashi up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hashi fires a foraerm, but Yuya eggs him on.

Hashi fires more forearms, then CHOPs! Yuya CHOPS Hashi down! The fans fire up, but the ref says to get this in the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up and puts him in. The fans applaud and Yuya storms in after Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Yuya CHOPS Hashi in the corner, CHOPS him again, but Hashi CHOPS back! Yuya knees low, then CHOPS Hashi down! Tag to Sanada and the fans rally up. Sanada drags Hashi up, reels him in, and Sanada CLUBS Hashi on the neck. Sanada CLUBS Hashi again, but Hashi throws body shots! Sanada CLUBS Hashi down, then stomps him at the ropes.

The ref reprimands and counts, Sanada stops, then drags Hashi back up. Sanada knees Hashi into the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but blocks a boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and ties him up for Paradise! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans cheer Sanada on as he then runs to DROPKICK Hashi out of Paradise! Sanada then drags Hashi up and around, reels him in, but Hashi fights the suplex! The fans rally as Sanada powers up, but Hashi still fights it! Hashi goes to suplex but Sanada slips free! Sanada blocks the superkick to CLUB the leg! Snada runs, Hashi dodges, BLOCKBUSTER!

Sanada flounders and Hashi crawls, but Yuya jumps in! Yuya drags Hashi up but Hashi SPIN BACK KICKS! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs in at a corner to clothesline Sanada! Then he runs corner to corner to clothesline Yuya! Sanada kicks and whips, then he sends Yuya in. Goto dodges Yuya, CLOBBERS Sanada, then kicks Yuya! Goto snap suplexes Yuya onto Sanada! The fans fire up and Goto brings Sanada up. Fireman’s carry, but Sanada flails free! Goto elbows free of the waistlock, then kicks and whips. Goto runs in, but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada QUEBRADAS, but Goto gets under!

Goto runs up but into a fireman’s carry! Goto slips free, Sanada throws more elbows! Sanada runs, Goto follows, but Sanada ELBOWS! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Sanada lands on his feet as Goto moves! Then Sanada basement dropkicks! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada and Goto stir, and Sanada crawls for his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya storms up on Goto, brings him up and reels him in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Goto stays in this but Yuya stays calm. Yuya drags Goto up, underhooks the arms, but Goto fights the lift! Yuya still tries, but Goto lifts Yuya to back drop him! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Yuya goes to a corner, Goto crawls to ropes. Goto stands, runs up, but Yuya ELBOWS him! Yuya runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Both men are down again and the fans rally! Goto crawls his way over, hot tag to Hashi! The fans cheer as Hashi fires off a forearm, body shot and CHOP! Yuya falls, the fans fire up, and Yuya goes to a corner. Hashi runs up to CHOP! Hashi whips to CHOP! Then he mule kicks, turns Yuya, but Yuya fights the neckbreaker! Yuya whips, Hashi reverses but Yuya CLOBBERS him! The fans fire up as Yuya kips up, and Sanada jumps in. They get Hashi up in a corner, and whip corner to corner.

Yuya runs in to CHOP! Sanada runs in to ELBOW! Sanada feeds Hashi to Yuya’s arm-drag! And then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Hashi roars as he rises, but then a DOUBLE BOOT takes him down! Cover off #Just2Boots, TWO! Yuya is a little annoyed but Sanada keeps Goto out of the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up, underhooks, but Hashi fights the lift! Hashi wrenches out, Yuya ducks the lariat and waistlocks, but Hashi RAMS him into buckles! Goto runs in to clothesline Yuya! The fans fire up as Goto BLASTS Sanada off the apron! Bishamon fires up, they bring Yuya around, feed to the fireman’s carry, and FIERCE FLASH!

The fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for the finish! Goto dragon sleepers, Hashi grabs the legs, but Sanada CLUBS Hashi! Goto pushes Yuya aside but Sanada kicks him to whip him. But Goto reverses to fireman’s carry! But Sanada slips free! Only to run into HIDDEN GAP! And then they get Sanada up! But Sanada kicks free of Hashi! Goto fights Sanada’s suplex, Hashi gets the legs, but Sanada kicks free of Magic Killer! Sanada then puts Goto up for MAGIC SCREW! The fans fire up again as Hashi runs in! Sanada ducks, feed to Yuya’s UPPERCUT! DOUBLE CHOP! ENZIGIRI! Cold Skull & Heat Storm watch Hashi rise, SHINING WIZARD!

The fans fire up as Yuya brings Hashi back up, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY BOMBS! Cover, Goto breaks it! Sanada TOSSES Goto out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya roars, goes to a corner and climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Yuya grits his teeth and roars! Yuya drags Hashi up, reels him in. Yuya traps the arms, but Hashi fights the Deadbolt! Yuya CLUBS away on Hashi, then tries again. But Hashi CHOPS! Yuya PELES! Yuya gets Hashi back up, swings him around, but Hashi LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans rally even harder! Hashi and Yuya stir, and head for each other.

Yuya gets in Hashi’s face, but Hashi fires a forearm! Yuya fires back! Hashi fires another, so Yuya HAYMAKERS! Hashi throws another forearm, Yuya fires another haymaker, repeat! They go back and forth, pick up speed, and the fans rally harder and harder! Hashi gets the edge, then CHOPS! Yuya roars, but Hashi DOUBLE CHOPS! Hashi roars, runs, but into a DOUBLE CHOP from Yuya! Goto returns but Yuya dodges! Feed to Sanada’s DROPKICK! Sanada & Yuya double whip Hashi to a corner, then Yuya runs in. Hashi dodges, dropkicks Sanada’s leg, then he sends Yuya into Sanada! SUPERKICK!

Yuya staggers, Hashi brings him around, and Hashi fires forearm, body shot and CHOP! Hashi runs, but Yuya spins him around! DEAD- NO, Hashi fights the suplex and Goto LARIATS at the ropes! Then spin and tuck, KARMA ROLL! Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Yuya can’t believe he got caught, but he did! Goto & Hashi

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture!

Ace-sachou and the Clown Prince bring back the high school “Yankee” bad boy look as they prepare to face some real punks! Will they and big bad Boltin tear down the House? Or will the King of Darkness make sure Everything is Evil again?

The introductions are made, but then the House attacks! They TOSS Tanahashi aside, then TOSS Yano, and Evil CLAWS Oleg’s face! Sho digs a chair into Tanahashi’s leg! Red Shoes is so busy with Sho that he misses Kanemaru’s WHISKEY BOTTLE SHOT on Oleg! The fans boo but the match hasn’t started, there’s nothing Red Shoes can do about any of this! Kanemaru & Evil then mug Yano on the outside, and use spare wrist tape to hogtie him! The bell finally rings as Sho puts Tanahashi in the ring, and Sho CHOKES Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho steps off, but Kanemaru stomps away on Yano!

Yano calls for help but Oleg is down and the House mugs Tanahashi! The fans boo but the House soaks up the heat. They stomp Tanahashi more, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil and Kanemaru split the wishbone, and then Kanemaru CLUBS Tanahashi. But Tanahashi fights back with forearms! The House mugs Tanahashi again! Red Shoes reprimands, there has to be a 1v1! Kanemaru stays the legal man as he drops elbow after elbow on the bad knee! Tanahashi endures the toehold, so Kanemaru shifts to drag him over. Tag to Evil, he and Kanemaru split the wishbone again! Tanahashi writhes but Evil drags him around.

Evil stomps away on the bad leg while Sho keeps Yano and Oleg down on the outside. Evil has Tanahashi on ropes but the fans boo. Evil CHOKES Tanahashi, Kanemaru and Sho join in, and then Evil covers. Red Shoes refuses because of all the shenanigans. Evil stomps Tanahashi drags him from ropes to cover, TWO! Wait, who rings the bell? That’s Sho of course, and the fans boo. Red Shoes and Sho argue, and Sho acts like that was all Abe-san. Red Shoes knows better than that, so the match continues. Evil tags Sho, Sho stomps Tanahashi around, then Sho drags Tanahashi by the leg to DDT the foot!

Tanahashi writhes, Sho tags Kanemaru, and Kanemaru storms up to get the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru eggs Tanahashi on, stomps the bad leg, but Tanahashi glares at him defiantly! The fans fire up as Tanahashi rises, and he fires off forearms! But Kanemaru claws the eyes! Kanemaru runs, Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up, Tanahashi crawls, and Yano’s free of the tape! Hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up as Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Shiro is free and Yano throws him to Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands Kanemaru, Kanemaru defends his innocence, but Yano SLAPS Kanemaru on the head!

Yano whips Kanemaru but Kanemaru reverses! Yano stops from hitting bare buckles, Kanemaru runs in, but Yano sends him into the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano stays fired up and the fans join in. Yano gets Kanemaru up but Kanemaru body shots, elbows and runs! But Yano atomic- NO, Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes! So Yano CLAWS the eyes! Yano runs, but Evil trips him! Sho stomps Oleg down, Evil drags Yano out, and Evil CLAWS Yano’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil and Kanemaru distract him so Sho can CHOKE Yano with a chair! Sho then drags Yano up, puts him in the ring, and Evil takes off his shirt.

Red Shoes says no, he doesn’t trust Evil with the shirt. Red Shoes confiscates the shirt, but Evil has a tag rope! Evil CHOKES Yano with the tag rope! The fans boo as Evil gets away with that one! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and Evil is upset with Red Shoes! Evil drags Yano up, wrenches, and YANKS the arm, to then CLUB it! Tag to Sho and he runs up to wrench Yano’s arm and bend the fingers! Sho wrenches again to ELBOW BREAKER! Yano falls but Sho tags Kanemaru. Sho pulls on the bad arm while Kanemaru goes up, and Kanemaru AX HANDLES the arm! Kanemaru wrenches the arm, YANKS and YANKS and wrangles Yano!

Kanemaru isolates the arm with atop wristlock, and STOMPS it! Then Kanemaru hits an ARM WRINGER! Kanemaru stomps Yano, BLASTS Tanahashi, then tags Sho. They get Yano up, Kanemaru wrenches the arm and Sho climbs, to AX HANDLE! Sho grins while Yano writhes, and Sho stomps Yano around. Sho bends the fingers, twists the wrist, then gets Yano up to wrap his arm around ropes. Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Sho lets off but distracts Red Shoes so Kanemaru can bend the arm! Evil tags in, he storms over, and he bumps Yano off buckles. Evil then TOSSES Yano out, and gets in Red Shoes’ face again!

Sho CHOKES Yano with the chair, then Kanemaru drags Yano up. Kanemaru wrenches and hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Sho then puts Yano in while Tanahashi protests. Red Shoes tells Sachou to stand down, and Evil covers. Red Shoes is late to the count, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this and Evil is furious! The fans cheer, though, and Evil drags Yano up. Yano pulls hair! Evil kicks low, whips, but Yano reverses for the hair-pull takedown! The fans rally up, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg CLOBBERS Evil, BLASTS the House, then scoops Evil to SLAM him! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Oleg stays cool and he deadlifts Evil! Sho & Kanemaru attack, they reel him in, but Oleg fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX them! The fans fire up as Oleg deadlift GUT WRENCH PLEXES Sho! Then he deadlifts Kanemaru for Shake, Rattle and THROW! The fans fire up as Oleg fires forearms on Evil, then gut wrenches. But Evil CLAWS the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil reels Oleg in. Oleg fights the fisherman to clinch and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Oleg hauls him back up! Fireman’s carry, but Evil slips free! Evil shoves Oleg at Red shoes, then LOW BLOWS!

Fans boo but The House BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! The House then gets Oleg up, whips him to a corner, Sho forearm SMASHES! Kanemaru ELBOWS! Evil clotheslines! Snapmare and the set-up! Yano gets in but Red Shoes is distracted! Kanemaru DICK CHOPS! Cover, TWO!! Oleg survives and the fans fire up! Evil is shocked, but he vows to end this now! The fans boo but Evil drags Oleg up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Oleg fights free! Evil knees low, runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS him! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg crawls his way over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as The President BLASTS the House!

Tanahashi keeps going to CLOBBER Evil! Tanahashi fires forearms and body shots, then he scoop SLAMS Evil into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool as the fans fire up. Evil wants mercy but Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Evil ducks it, and whips Tanahashi into bare buckles! Tag to Sho and Kanemaru BLASTS Yano! Sho & Kanemaru double whip, Sho runs up to forearm smash! Feed to Kanemaru’s basement dropkick! They DOUBLE SMASH the knees! Sho clamps on the KNEEBAR!! Tanahashi endures, the fans rally, but Yano stomps Sho!

Kanemaru CLAWS Yano’s eyes and TOSSES him out! Evil gets in with the chair! Red Shoes stops Evil but Sho sneaks his Torture Tool! The Murder Machine wants to do this like he did to LIJ! Sho lines up the shot, but Tanahashi ducks! But WHISKEY MIST is there! Roll up, OLEG BREAKS IT!! The fans fire up as the House goes after Oleg! They TOSS Oleg, then they intercept Yano! They double whip, Yano holds ropes to taunt them! Yano ducks Kanemaru, shoves him into Evil, then shoves Red Shoes aside so he can DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Sho staggers up, winds up with the wrench, but Yano dodges!

SHOTEI from Tanahashi, then he SLINGBLADES Sho down! Oleg returns and he hauls Sho up! Oleg fireman’s carries Sho, and hits the ROLLING SENTON! Tanahashi is up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Team Go Ace wins!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

A huge victory for The Ace of the Universe, for the Producer, and for the Young Lion! Oleg goes right from new kid on the block to a champion alongside two living legends! The House regroups, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for the new champs, Yano presents Oleg with his own high schooler blazer! It might be a couple sizes too small, but Yano still helps Oleg get it on! Oleg smiles as he is presented one of the belts, and is truly part of the club! Yano gets Shiro the buckle pad to join in on the photo op! And of course, they do the squat! Tanahashi-sachou then gets the mic so that he may speak. “Long time no see, Taiwan! Thank you very much, xièxiè.” Fans applaud his use of Mandarin! Tanahashi continues to say that NJPW hasn’t been able to visit Taiwan in some time, “but we’ll be back a lot from now on!” The fans love the sound of that!

Tanahashi vows to “keep NJPW fired up in Taiwan,” and that they’ll see them again very soon. “And finally… Taiwan, ASHITEMAAASU~!” The fans cheer and once again, the bad boy champs squat for the photo op. Will this unique trio lead the way into a brighter future for not just NJPW, but for the entire Wrestling World?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW’s return to Taiwan, though things went about how you’d expect as far as results. Great stuff in the non-title matches, and really great win for Douki over Fujita. Douki giving Sho a taste of his own medicine with the theft of the belt is great, I hope Douki literally holds onto the belt until the final round of the Best of Super Juniors. Great tag title match from Bishamon VS Sanada & Yuya, with a great win for Bishamon. I figured Yuya was taking that pin, but he and Sanada make a pretty good team, maybe they’ll try again.

And great stuff in the NEVER Openweight Six Man tournament, but I had a feeling it was going to be Tanahashi’s team winning in the end. At least, once it was them against House of Torture, it was certainly clear. It wasn’t even that Tanahashi is President of NJPW. Evil wasn’t gonna just get a belt to replace the NEVER Openweight title, and Takagi wasn’t gonna be Mr. NEVER right away, so why not put these belts back on Tanahashi and a team he now leads. Great honor for Oleg as he hasn’t even gone from Young Lion to established guy with a gimmick. Oleg’s shown he can have fun and goof around, I think he’ll be a great third man to Tanahashi & Yano.

My Score: 8.7/10


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