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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/18/23)

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Will Main Event Jey Uso survive the Scottish Warrior?

The Raw roster is mostly Anti-Jey Uso, with Drew McIntyre stepping up as number one on the list! Will McIntyre’s Claymore blast Jey into pieces?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Cody Rhodes VS Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day; Cody wins.
  • Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: The New Day VS The Viking Raiders w/ “Valhalla” Sarah Logan; changed to…
  • Kofi Kingston VS Ivar w/ “Valhalla” Sarah Logan; Kofi wins.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Ricochet; Nakamura wins, by disqualification.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Chelsea Green & Piper Niven; Chelsea & Piper win, by disqualification.
  • Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Bronson Reed; Bronson wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Natalya; Becky wins and retains the title.
  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Ludwig Kaiser; Ciampa wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!

Salt Lake City fires up for the American Nightmare as he prepares to humble Dirty Dom once and for all, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets the pyro and high-fives fans at the ramp. Cody stands on the corner, gets another round of “WHOA~ OH~!” and pyro, then picks up the mic. Fans chant Cody’s name, and he asks them, “Whaddya wanna talk about?” He was interrupted last week so he really wants to talk about Main Event Jey Uso. Wait, Cody gets interrupted again, and it’s once again Dominik Mysterio! Fans boo Dom as he has the mic already, and he tells Cody, “The only thing that they need to know about Jey Uso… CALLETE!”

Fans keep booing but Dom keeps talking. “Once Main Event Jey Uso joins The Judgment Day, we will continue to be the most dominant faction in all of WWE!” Dom storms into the ring and says, “Speaking of dominating… Mami isn’t here because she was injured last week by Nia Jax. But she will be back better, and soon. But tonight, after I beat you, Cody… I will be dedicating my victory to Mami.” Cody asks if the fans heard Dom. “NO!” Well, then go ahead, Dom, say that again. Fans start booing again and Dom shakes his head. Cody says this is a big night for Dom, huh? Cody lets everyone know Dom is dedicating this “victory” to Mami.

But maybe that will be what does it. This will be the thing that impresses Rhea enough that she finally defines their relationship. Maybe a little bit before Dom’s time, but this is a very Urkel & Laura vibe. Dom is way more into Rhea than Rhea is in to Dom. And all this dedication to her, what’s the deal? It also seems that Mami has eyes for Jey Uso. No no no! It’s NOT like that! They’re a family! And once Jey joins, he’ll know what it is like to have a family! Because family always has each other’s back! And Dom smiles as the rest of the Judgment Day walks out! Finn Balor & Damian Priest swagger to the ring, will they be a factor as always? Or can Cody defy the odds stacked against him?

Cody Rhodes VS Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day!

Raw returns and we Dragon Lee is in the crowd watching, because he gets his shot at the North American Championship next week on Raw, just days before NXT No Mercy on the 30th! The bell rings, the two circle, fans boo Dom but Dom shoves Cody. Cody kick slow then drops for the RHODES UPPERCUT! Then Cody suplexes Dom and holds him up, for a count of TEN before the GROUD BUSTER! Then Cody ties up the legs! FIGURE FOUR! Dom flails, reaches out, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK! Cody lets go quickly and glares at Finn & Priest. Cody bumps Dom off buckles, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him!

Cody whips corner to corner, Dom reverses but Cody tumbles up and out to ROCK Dom! But Dom distracts the ref so Finn can YANK Cody down! Dom goes out while fans boo and Dom puts Cody in the ring. The Judgment Day fist bumps while Dom stomps away on Cody in the corner. The ref counts, Dom lets off and soaks up the heat. Dom then suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Dom hits Dos Amigos! Dom looses his grip for a moment, tries one more, but Cody slips free to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up with Cody as Dom staggers up! Dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The Judgment Day is furious that Dom is now 0-2 against the American Nightmare! Will this really bring Dom down as he faces Carmelo Hayes tomorrow night on NXT?

But wait, Finn & Priest get on the apron, and Cody sees he’s 3v1. But wait! Here comes Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn! The former tag team champions back Cody up again, and they dare Judgment Day to do something! Judgment Day says yeah, okay! Just not now. Dom, Finn & Priest fall back while fans boo, but will all these enemies soon close in around them?

But wait, as Cody starts to leave, Kevin has them cut the music. Kevin says before Cody leaves, he wants to talk about something. Cody says okay, but what about? Cody goes back towards the ring, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kevin sits on the corner with a mic. He says now that we’re back and everyone can hear this, from what Kevin understands, and correct him if he’s wrong… But Jey is back on Raw because of Cody. Cody says that is correct. Then Kevin doesn’t need to go into detail about what Jey did ot a lot of people on Raw when he was Bloodline and all that. Kevin just wants Cody to tell him why Cody thought it was a good idea to bring Jey over to Raw. That’s all he wants. And not just for Kevin, but for everyone else in the locker room. Cody says there are surely a lot of people in the back who need to know.

But Cody’s pretty sure there’s a lot of people out in the crowd who already know why. Cody’s had a lot of roles, a lot of tasks, a lot of duties, but his job is to make the people happy. The fans cheer that, and Cody says he’ll get to the answer. But the fans like Jey, right? The fans fire up for that, and then Cody says Cody himself is someone who has received a large amount of second chances. Jey is one of the very best, he deserves a second chance, and they should be the ones to give him the time to show he has changed. Not to mention, the Bloodline, who we are all very familiar with, are now down a member! What’s bad about that?

Kevin mulls it over and Sami speaks up. He doesn’t wanna pile on, he has had Kevin’s back since day one, but he has known Kevin since day one, this is how Kevin’s always been. He takes more time to warm up and trust people. Or maybe Sami just trusts too quickly. But hey, Sami knows Jey. They went through a lot. The situation Jey had to dig himself out of… Kevin doesn’t have to give Jey a second chance, but Sami feels he should. Because guess what? Kevin’s given Sami second chances, Sami’s given Kevin second chances, and because of that, they won the Undisputed Tag Team Championships in the main event of WrestleMania!

So Kevin doesn’t have to do it right away, just- Kevin stops him there and sees where this is going. He hears them. He has to pretend Jey isn’t a big part of why Sami didn’t win the Universal Championship at Elimination Chamber? Fine, he’ll do that. He has to pretend Jey wasn’t a huge reason why Cody didn’t walk of WrestleMania as champion? Fine, he’ll do that. He has to pretend like Jey didn’t cost Kevin FIVE title matches against Roman Reigns? Fine, he’ll do that. He’ll even pretend like Jey isn’t one shade of eyeliner away from joining The Judgment Day now. Kevin is to trust Jey? He can’t do that. But he trusts Sami and Cody, so he hopes they’re right.

Kevin leaves, but will it really just take time? Or is Kevin’s mind made up beyond a point of changing?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Ivar w/ “Valhalla” Sarah Logan!

When Erik was found not medically cleared to compete tonight, the tag team match was downgraded to a singles match, and Kofi won the right to face the Warbeard through… rock-paper-scissors? Well, will Kofi be able to cut through Ivar like scissors to paper? Or will Ivar crush him like rock to scissors?

Raw returns and Ivar makes his entrance, Sarah Logan by his side. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rlaly, Kofi gets around Ivar to headlock but Ivar blocks the takeover. Kofi tries again, but Ivar still blocks. Ivar powers out, Kofi slips out of the back drop to waistlock but Ivar bucks the O’Conner away. Ivar then runs Kofi over! Fans boo but Ivar fires up as he runs, only for Kofi to move, hurdle, hurdle and UPPERCUT! Ivar goes to a corner, Kofi runs in to SPLASH! Ivar staggers but Kofi runs in, into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar snarls while the ref checks Kofi. Ivar drags Kofi up, UPPERCUTS him, then follows Kofi to a corner.

Ivar throws back elbows, but fans rally up for Kofi. Ivar whips corner to corner hard and Kofi bounces off buckles! Ivar storms up but Kofi throws elbows and backhands! Kofi fires off haymakers, he backs Ivar down to whip, but Ivar reverses. Ivar runs in but gets a SWING KICK for it! Kofi goes up top to FLYING AX HANDLE! Fans rally, Kofi fires CHOPS, then a DROPKICK! Ivar comes back, Kofi dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up more as Kofi runs, but Ivar gets away. Kofi storms up but into an elbow! So Kofi SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and scrambles away. Sarah snarls but Ivar TOSSES Kofi out!

Ivar then goes to the apron, leaps, VIKING SPLASH to the floor! Sarah and Ivar roar while Kofi sputters and coughs, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kofi throws body shots! Kofi stands to throw haymakers, but runs into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Ivar runs to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Ivar goes to the corner. Ivar climbs up to the top, to VIKING FLOP as Kofi moves! Fans fire up and Sarah freaks out! Kofi drags himself to the corner, he goes up now, and he leaps to SPLASH Ivar on the back! Cover, TWO! Ivar holds in there but Sarah is still frustrated. Kofi hurries to whip but Ivar reverses. Kofi goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Kofi grows frustrated but he and Ivar rise again. Ivar goes to a corner, Kofi runs in, but Ivar BOOTS him down!

Ivar snarls and he storms up on Kofi. Kofi stands to catch the haymaker into SOS! Cover, TWO!! Ivar escapes and Sarah is beside herself. Kofi runs to PENALTY KICK! And then “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP Kofi goes to a corner, and fans fire up! Kofi claps and the fans join in, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi spins, but Ivar ducks Trouble! Kofi ducks the heel kick! Kofi clinches but Ivar spins him around to underhook! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi survives and Sarah cannot believe it! Fans rally for Kofi even harder but Ivar scowls. Ivar runs up but into an elbow! But the HEEL KICK OF DOOM connects! Cover, TWO!??!

Kofi survives and Sarah is seething! “This is Awesome!” but Ivar takes aim from the corner. Kofi stands, Ivar runs in, BRONCO BUSTER! Kofi flops into the drop zone and Ivar goes up! Ivar takes aim, Sarah says to spin it around. Ivar nods and he goes up to the very top, facing outside! VIKING MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sarah is freaking out and Salt Lake City cannot believe it! Ivar is pulling at his beard, he is that upset! Ivar drags Kofi up, hoists him to the top rope, but Kofi fights with body shots! Kofi CLUBS away on Ivar’s back, and fans fire up with him! SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!!

Fans fire up again as Kofi stands and takes aim! TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Sarah is enraged, but this was a throwback to #Kofimania right here! But will this help The New Day put things to bed with the Viking Raiders?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet.

Jackie Redmon is with #TheHighlightoftheNight, and notes his rematch with Shinsuke Nakamura is in just a few moments. Any final comments before heading out there? Ricochet says he feels Nakamura sees this as just another mind game he’s setting out for Seth Rollins. But Ricochet will show Nakamura that he is nobody’s pawn. To be honest, Ricochet had moved on from Nakamura, passed over, but the only reason he’s getting involved again is both that Nakamura hit him with a chair, and that he chose to attack Ricochet last week. That made things personal. Nakamura can throw flames but it will only fire Ricochet up.

Ricochet tells Nakamura that if it is games he wants to play, let’s play. Ricochet has the cheat codes, and tonight will be game over. Will the King of Flight have his revenge on the King of Strong Style? Or will nothing stop Nakamura on his mission to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion?

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Ricochet!

But wait! After Nakamura makes his entrance, Seth Rollins appears! Salt Lake fires up as The Visionary storms out, only for Adam Pearce to storm out and stop him! Security and producers are called in, they can’t let even the world champion ruin this match. Rollins says okay, he’ll leave. But then he bolts right past them all! Rollins slides in, but Nakamura slides out! Rollins chases after Nakamura but is intercepted by the security guards! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Rollins goes around the other side. Security is still there to stop him, and Nakamura slides back into the ring. “C’MON~!” Nakamura eggs Rollins on but he has Ricochet to worry about, after the break.

Raw returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. Rollins has since been ushered from ringside, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Ricochet powers Nakamura to a corner. The ref counts, Nakamura uses ropes, and Ricochet backs off. Ricochet eggs Nakamura on, they tie up again, and Ricochet again puts Nakamura on ropes. They go along the ropes, into a corner, the ref works to separate them, but Nakamura gets a cheap shot in! The ref reprimands but Nakamura RAMS Ricochet into another corner! Nakamura stomps away but lets off at 4. Nakamura gives a few more stomps, then kicks Ricochet around.

Nakamura paces around Ricochet, drags him up, and slaps him around. Ricochet is annoyed but Nakamura KICKS him down! Fans rally and Nakamura smirks, then he KICKS Ricochet again! Ricochet gets frustrated, and he blocks a kick! Ricochet fires haymakers and UPPERCUTS, then whips. Nakamura reverses, Ricochet dodges to roll and RANA! Then DROPKICK! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Ricochet stomps Nakamura now, has him in a corner and keeps up the stomps! Fans fire up but the ref counts, and Ricochet lets off at 4. Ricochet storms back up on Nakamura, fireman’s carries, but Nakamura slips free!

Ricochet throws elbows, runs, but Nakamura rushes up! Ricochet dodges and handsprings but Nakamura SLIDING KICKS! Ricochet flounders, Nakamura gets him up to put him on the top rope. Nakamura throws body shots, goes corner to corner, and hits the TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough but Nakamura drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ricochet but Nakamura pretends he can’t hear them. Nakamura wraps on a GUILLOTINE! Ricochet endures the facelock, fights with body shots, and ROCKS Nakamura! Ricochet UPPERCUTS, runs, but into a kitchen sink knee!

Nakamura stomps Ricochet down, sits him up, and wraps him up in an abdominal stretch! Nakamura CLUBS Ricochet in the ribs! Ricochet claws at Nakamura, but Nakamura keeps on the stretch. Fans rally as Ricochet endures, and Ricochet pries at a leg. Ricochet gets up to his feet to JAWBREAKER, then snapmare! Then KICK! And STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he goes to ropes. Fans rally up, and Ricochet AX HANDLES Nakamura down! And again! Ricochet stands Nakamura up but Nakamura fires off fast hands! Nakamura CHOPS Ricochet in the corner!

Ricochet sits down in the corner, Nakamura stands him back up, and he CHOPS Ricochet again! Nakamura CHOPS again, fires a forearm, and repeat! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off, and then he gives Ricochet BAD VIBRATIONS! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and he whips corner to corner. Nakamura runs, but blocks boots to put Ricochet in ropes! KICK and SLIDING- NO, Ricochet avoids the German Suplex to go up and up and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans fire up with Ricochet as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura has Ricochet in the corner, for more BAD VIBRATIONS! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and he swaggers across the ring. Fans rally up, Nakamura runs back in, but into a JUMP KNEE from Ricochet! Both men are down and fans rally up. Ricochet sits up first, and Nakamura goes to ropes. Nakamura stands, he swings but Ricochet counter punches and fires off a strike fest! Ricochet whips, Nakamura reverses but Ricochet handsprings, BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up with Ricochet again and he runs in, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his cool as Nakamura goes to a corner.

Ricochet runs corner to corner, but Nakamura KNEES him low! Nakamura puts Ricochet on the top rope again, but Ricochet avoids the knee! Buckle bump and a KICK! Ricochet springboards, FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura just gets that arm up! Ricochet and the fans can’t believe it, but Ricochet pumps himself back up. Ricochet runs in at the corner, but Nakamura puts him right up! And BOOTS him right down! Ricochet falls to the apron but Nakamura goes out after him! LEG SWEEP! Ricochet hits the apron then tumbles down! Nakamura sits Ricochet up, takes aim, but runs into a Tiger Wall Kick! And ENZIGURI!

Nakamura leans against the barriers, but grabs a chair! Ricochet dodges, to SUPERKICK Nakamura! Ricochet grabs the chair, fans fire up, and he SMACKS Nakamura!!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by disqualification

Ricochet argues that he shouldn’t have been disqualified, Nakamura introduced the chair! But the ref says that doesn’t matter, a chair shot is a chair shot! But then Nakamura SLIDING KICKS Ricochet’s ankle out! Ricochet flounders and writhes, but Nakamura isn’t done there! KINSHASA!! Nakamura then hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Nakamura doesn’t care about anything other than hurting Ricochet now! Nakamura brings Ricochet to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he grabs the chair! CHAIR SHOT against the post! And again! And again!!

BUT HERE COMES ROLLINS! From the crowd side, The Visionary jumps on Nakamura and fires off hands! Rollins puts Nakamura in to fire off more shots! And then a PEDI- NO, Nakamura back drops Rollins onto the chair! Rollins writhes, security gets him out of there, but Nakamura has done the damage! Rollins says who cares, an d he drags Nakamura out of the ring! Only for Nakamura to RAM him into the desk! And then BACK SUPLEX ONTO THE DESK!! Rollins writhes and Nakamura soaks up the heat from all the fans. Their booing is like music to his ears, and he grabs a fan’s Seth Rollins cutout to mock conducting the choir! Will Nakamura be the one composing Rollins’ final movement?

 

Rollins hobbles backstage.

But he angrily tells referees that he does NOT need their help, he is FINE! Except he drops to his knees! The refs offer help and Rollins takes their help to get into the trainer’s room. Rollins sits and gets checked out, is he going to fall apart before ever getting that rematch with Nakamura?

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

Byron Saxton is with the Undisputed WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and he asks their thoughts on this new yet formidable tag team of Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark. “Formidable? Bryan, Shayna & Zoey aren’t even a real team. They fought each other, they like each other, they respect each other, oh blah blah blah. That’s not what makes a real team, does it, Bryan? No, what makes a real team is friendship. Piper and I are friends.” Not by the look on Piper’s face… Piper stops Chelsea there. Does she really think they’re friends? Of course, bestie! Then if they’re such friends, what country is Piper from?

Um… Eng- Ire- Florida? Piper rolls her eyes and storms off. Byron says Piper is Scottish. OMG Bryan, of course she knew that! You think Chelsea doesn’t know where her own tag partner is from? Tonight, they will show Shayna & Zoey what a REAL team looks like. Chelsea hurries after Piper to apologize, but will this “team” break down real fast?

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Chelsea Green & Piper Niven!

The teams sort out, and Stark starts against Chelsea. They tie up, but Chelsea kicks low! Chelsea CLUBS Stark around but Stark counter punches right back! Stark whips then ELBOWS Chelsea, runs and UPPERCUTS, then snapmares and points to Piper. SLIDING LARIAT! Stark goes out, slingshots up, ARABIAN PRESS SENTON! Cover, TWO! Shayna reaches out and Stark says okay, she brings Chelsea over to tag. The Queen of Spades wrenches Chelsea into a BACKBREAKER! Shayna keeps Chelsea from Piper, Chelsea SLAPS Shayna, but that just upsets Shayna! Chelsea reaches out, Shayna reels her in, NECKBREAKER!

Shayna runs to SLIDING KNEE Chelsea down! Stark likes that and reaches out. Shayna tags her in and Stark stomps Chelsea. Stark whips Chelsea to a corner, runs in but into an ELBOW! Piper reaches out, saves Chelsea from thne SPLASH, and then Chelsea goes up top! Chelsea MISSILE DROPKICKS! Chelsea hurries to cover, TWO! Chelsea is frustrated already but she drags Stark over, bumps her off buckles, and tags in Piper. Piper throws elbows, then runs to SPLASH! Stark drops to her knees but Piper scoops. SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Stark toughs it out and Piper scowls. Piper then CLUBS away on Stark!

Piper bumps Stark off buckles, tags in Chelsea and Chelsea CHOPS! But Stark CHOPS back! Chelsea CHOPS, whips, but Stark reverses. Chelsea kicks back, ENZIGURIS, and laughs. Chelsea runs, into a SUPERKICK! Stark falls on the cover, but Piper drags her away! Shayna storms in and KNEES Piper down! Piper falls out of the ring and fans fire up! Shayna goes out but Piper HEADBUTTS! Piper scoops, to SLAM Shayna on the floor! Fans fire up, but here comes NIA!? Nia POSTS Piper!!

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by disqualification

Nia whips Piper into steel steps! Fans boo as The Irresistible Force then hauls Stark up to SAMOAN DROP! Nia runs to SENTON Stark! Nia grins as Chelsea stands back up. Chelsea freaks out but she can’t get away! Nia TOSSES her to a corner! And then HIP ATTACKS! Chelsea sputters, Nia runs in and SPLASHES her old tag partner, Shayna! Nia steps on Shayna to go up the corner! Nia’s gonna do Shayna like she did Rhea! BANZAI DROP!! AKA the A-NIA-LATOR! Fans boo as Nia wipes out the tag champs and the dangerous duo of Shayna & Stark. She says it is open season, consider the Women’s Division on notice.

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He says he will talk with Nia about her behavior, and he knows Rollins has been evaluated. But he has to call back. Chad Gable walks over and asks about Rollins. He’s hurting. But Rollins is also angry. And now we have Nia doing what she wants, he has to go handle that. Gable knows Pearce is busy, he just needs one second. He beat Ludwig last week to keep his momentum up, what does he need to do to get one more chance at Gunther? To shoot straight, that title match was a career-making moment. No one discredits what Gable did. But Gunther won, so he can’t just slide back into the picture.

That’s right! Bronson Reed tells Gable back of the line. SHOOSH! Big Bronson, huh? Gable made a name for himself suplexing the big boys, so if he wants to be next, it will be Gable’s pleasure. Bronson says there’s no way he can even wrap his arms around Bronson. They argue but Pearce has them stop. Pearce has had enough madness tonight, so if they want to fight it out, head for the ring. It’s official! Bronson and Gable are ready, will Gable use the Colossal Aussie as a springboard back to Der Ring General? Or will he be washed away by the Tsunami?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Jackie is now with #MainEventJey and says earlier tonight, Kevin Owens had some rather stinging comments about Jey’s return to Mondays. Drew McIntyre doesn’t seem to appreciate Jey’s presence, either. How is he handling this not-so-warm welcome? Jey says it’s all good. He knows he has a lot of eyes on him, big target on his back. As far as him and Drew go, they’re gonna go out there and get real physical. There’s history there, so Jey knows- Damian Priest walks over and asks Jackie to give them a second. She moves aside and Priest tells Jey that he doesn’t know how Jey views him, but uh, maybe Jey could do Priest a favor.

The Judgment Day is looking for an Uso. The crew is pushing for Jimmy, but Priest is here, looking at Jey, and wants Main Event Jey in the group. But Priest can’t just make the decision. This isn’t a dictatorship, this is a family. Jey chuckles and tells Priest that he knows all about family, Uce. With all due respect, Jey knows about his Bloodline. But blood only makes you relatives. They have something special. If Jey is willing, if he wants, The Judgment Day can be the family Jey’s always been looking for. The only thing Priest is asking is Jey can’t make him look bad in front of the family. So one way or another, give them an answer by the end of tonight.

 

Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Bronson Reed!

Raw returns and Big Bronson makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Bronson shoves Gable down. Gable comes back, ties up with Bronson again but Bronson throws Gable down! Fans rally and Gable gets around but Bronson throws him off the waistlock. Gable goes for a leg, but Bronson hauls him up! Gable slips free, whips, but Bronson blocks! Bronson whips, Gable goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and FOREARMS! Bronson stays up so Gable runs to FOREARM again! Gable runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Gable ROCKS Bronson and goes up!

Gable MISSILE DROPKICKS and Bronson staggers around! Gable waistlocks! Fans fire up but Bronson elbows free! Gable goes to a corner, Bronson SPLASHES, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Bronson dusts his hands off while fans boo, and Bronson stands Gable up. Bronson HEADBUTTS Gable down, then drags him back up. Bronson ELBOWS Gable to a corner, Otis & Maxxine coach Gable up, but Bronson CHOPS! Bronson whips corner to corner hard and Gable bounces off the buckles! Fans boo but Bronson says he is just too big. Bronson eggs Gable on, CLUBS him down, and then CLUBS him again!

Bronson drags Gable up but Gable throws body shots! Fans rally, but Bronson ROCKS Gable! Bronson back suplexes, Gable lands out of it! Gable throats chops, kicks, UPPERCUTS and CHOPS! But Bronson TOSSES Gable to a corner! Gable BOOTS back, goes up, but Bronson choke grips! Trophy lift, to MAT SLAM him on the corner! And then BLASTS him down! Gable is down and fans boo as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Bronson grinds Gable into the mat with a chilnocki. Fans rally, Gable fights, and Otis pounds the mat to coach Gable up. Gable fires body shots, CHOPS, then runs to CHOP BLOCK! Bronson hobbles, but he still LARIATS Gable! Bronson drags Gable up to bump him off buckles, then he hoists Gable up top. Bronson ROCKS Gable with haymaker after haymaker, but Gable catches Bronson to a HANGING ARMBAR! Gable lets off at 4, then dodges to send Bronson into buckles! Bronson drops to a knee, Gable fires off forearms! Gable ROLLING KICKS and Bronson is down! Gable goes up, for the DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!!

Gable keeps his focus on Bronson as he stands up! Waistlock, then the corner, but Bronson bucks free to CLOBBER Gable! And then SENTON onto knees! Otis & Maxxine fire up, Gable waistlocks, but the legs are sore! Bronson picks Gable up for a BACKPACK SENTON! Bronson drags Gable to the drop zone, goes up the corner, TSUNAMI!!! Cover, Bronson wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Gable tried and he tried, but maybe there is a limit to how much The Little Engine That Could can do. Bronson says he is next in line, will he prove to even GUNTHER that #BiggerISBetter!

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks.

“I like to think that I’m a patient man. An observer at times. So when I came to Monday Night Raw, I made an internal agreement with myself. Play the long game, be patient. Eventually, my number will be called. So I waited. And I waited. And I waited. And y’know what I found out? That in this universe, patience is not a virtue, it is a crutch! In this universe, if you want something down, you gotta make your own opportunities. So if you didn’t learn last week, then tonight, Giovanni taps again. And then, you think, ‘And then what?’ Imperium, you did not choose me, I chose you, and we don’t gotta play the long game of mystery to find out why.

“Gunther! You have what I want.” Ciampa storms off, will the Psycho Killer make sure like the song says, no one will survive?

 

Becky Lynch is headed to gorilla.

She crosses paths with Akira Tozawa, and he nervously smiles and offers a fist bump. Becky gives him the fist bump, and then continues on. The Grand Slam Man, the N-BEX-T Women’s Champion, is coming around for a title match! Who will step up to her Open Challenge? We find out, after the break.

 

Kevin & Sami talk backstage.

Sami wants Kevin to know, he isn’t saying Kevin is wrong. Sami just thinks Kevin needs to give Jey the benefit of the doubt. Kevin says he did do that, and it got him a superkick to the face! But Sami says Kevin saw it for himself, it was an accident. But now Jey is talking with Damian! Sami says it’s the other way around, but here comes Jey. Jey says if KO has something to say, say it to his face! Kevin says okay, sure! He thinks Jey’s gonna be with Judgment Day! And if not, then he will eventually. Jey says it was an accident, Uce! Well alright, but what about all that time with Bloodline? Months of not doing anything on his own, it’ll just happen again here!

Sami wants them to calm things down, take a breath, and bring the energy down. Kevin says fine, he’ll take a breath. But he just doesn’t care what Jey does, Judgment Day or no Judgment Day, because Kevin still won’t trust him. Do whatever you gotta do. Kevin & Sami don’t have a match so he’s getting outta here. Sami says Kevin can go on ahead, he’ll be there in a minute. Sami wants Jey to understand, Kevin just needs time. Just keep it cool. And this stuff with Judgment Day, Sami doesn’t know what’s going on. But Jey does have a decision to make, and a big one. Good luck, okay? Jey thanks Sami for that. But will Jey prove he can be trusted?

 

NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Becky Lynch VS ???

Salt Lake City fires up as The Man returns, finally the NXT Women’s Champion! But she isn’t just gonna rest on her laurels, Becky is going to be a fighting champion! But before the Open Challenge truly begins, Becky gets the mic to say, “And The Man is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion! And while I will admit winning the NXT Women’s title wasn’t exactly on my Bingo card this year, if I have learned anything over the last few weeks, it is that you have to take the chances and the opportunities while you can.” Fans cheer that. And so, Becky didn’t wanna just win this title and put it on the mantle, so that she can say she IS a Grand Slam Champion. Though, that’s pretty nice.

Becky wants to defend this title! To elevate this title to heights it has never seen before! Because NXT quite literally represents the future of this business. It represents hope, hunger, passion, and progress! She wants to test herself against the very best the future has to offer! Which is why Becky will also be on NXT tomorrow night! But right now, she’s in Utah! Fans cheer that, and Becky says she knows there are a whole lot of women who have worked their asses off that haven’t gotten an opportunity that want to step up to the plate! Tonight is the night for somebody new, because here comes the open challenge!

And she can’t think of a better place than now, or a better time- Oh, wait, got that wrong. But here comes NATALYA! The Queen of Harts tells Becky, “With all due respect, I’d like to tell me another woman who has worked their ass off more than me for an opportunity! After all, it was eight weeks ago that I took the Raw Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley, to her limits. And I have been sitting backstage ever since, patiently, for my chance. So yes, Becky, yes, I do accept!” Oh, okay. Becky wants Natty to know she has nothing but respect for her, they go way back to wrestling in Japan as teenagers!

But uh, when she issued this challenge, this was more for someone new. For someone who has never had a title match. And Natty’s been here for 15 years- YES, 15 YEARS of dedicating her life to this! And Becky wants to say Natty’s taking an opportunity away from someone else? Becky went down to NXT and stepped all over every single one of those women there that was patiently waiting for their chance! Becky is nothing but a hypocritical Ginger witch! Becky says c’mon now, but then Natty shoves her! Becky says okay, okay, if Natty wants to go, then Becky accepts! Ring the bell!

The ref does as told, Becky puts the belt and her coat aside, and then Natty ROCKS her with a right! Natty fires off, then POSTS Becky! Becky flops to the floor, Natty glares at her and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Becky SOBATS! Becky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Natty! Natty goes to a corner, fans fire up as Becky runs in to forearm! And then BECKSPLODER! Cover, TWO! Becky frowns but she keeps her cool. Becky feels the energy from the fans and she paces around. Becky drags Natty up, but N atty whips her away. Becky clinches, but Natty elbows free! Natty GERMAN SUPLEXES and Becky flounders. Natty gets the legs, steps through, but Becky fights to get a cradle! TWO, and Becky knees low! Becky whips, Natty reverses, but Becky goes to the apron. Natty rushes in but gets a KICK, and a ROUNDHOUSE!

Becky goes up but Natty ROCKS her first! Natty fires off hands, goes up after her, then throws hands! Fans rally and Natty hits a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Natty grits her teeth as Becky is still in this. Fans rally, Natty gets the legs, but Becky flounders and kicks. Becky schoolgirls Natty into buckles! Becky drags Natty up, snapmares her, then goes up the corner. Natty stands, Becky MISSILE DROPKICKS her down! Natty bails out but Becky keeps moving, she WRECKS Natty with a dropkick! Becky puts Natty in, goes up another corner, but Natty avoids the attack! DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Natty grows further frustrated, but she steps through the legs again! Becky fights and drags Natty down, DISARM-HER!! Natty flails, tucks, rolls Becky up, TWO! Becky stands to clinch, but Natty elbows free! Becky switches, shoves, O’Conner Roll, TWO and Natty has the O’Conner! TWO and Becky stacks Natty up, BECKY WINS!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Natty is distraught, having put all her eggs in this basket. Will Natty ever return to her former glory? As for Becky, who will look to take on The Man next?

 

Pearce talks with Dragon Lee.

It’s going to be a big match next week. Dragon agrees, but Dom storms in and complains about his loss to Cody Rhodes. And does Pearce know why Dom lost? Because was distracted by how Mami isn’t here, at home hurt, and wasn’t by Dom’s side. And do you know why Rhea’s not by his side? Because Pearce isn’t doing his job punishing Nia Jax! Instead, he’s talking to this guy! Dom doesn’t like guys with masks. They remind him of his deadbeat dad. And next week, Dom will remain NXT North American Champion! Dragon tells Dom he has no idea what is going on with Dom and Rhea.

But whenever Rhea returns, she will see her boy without that title. Because Dragon will leave Raw the NEW North American Champion. Dragon thanks Pearce for his time, Dom grumbles that he always be champion. Will Dirty Dom be able to make it through these next seven days with such strong competition after him?

 

Tommaso Ciampa VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Ludwig Kaiser!

The Sicilian Psycho is looking to fire the first salvo in his fight towards the Intercontinental Championship! Will he bring down The Pride of Italy to weaken Imperium’s defenses? Or will it be #VeniVidiVinci in Salt Lake City?

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Vinci waistlocks. Ciampa pries at the hold, Vinci puts him on ropes, and the ref has Vinci back down. Ludwig hooks Ciampa in the distraction! Vinci CLOBBERS Ciampa, then fires off shots! Vinci RAMS Ciampa, UPPERCUTS him, then lets off as the ref counts. Ludwig grins and talks trash while Vinci kicks Ciampa around. Vinci stands Ciampa up but Ciampa fires back with forearms and CHOPS! Fans rally, Ciampa backs Vinci down but Vinci shoves. Vinci blocks the kick to short arm LARIAT Ciampa down!

Ciampa flounders and the ref checks him. Vinci stomps Ciampa, Gunther watches backstage as Vinci CLUBS Ciampa down. Vinci stands Ciampa up and RAMS him into a corner! Then Vinci hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Vinci kicks Ciampa around, taunts him, then gives him more kicks. Vinci pie faces Ciampa, so Ciampa SLAPS! And CHOPS! And forearms! Vinci knees low, whips Ciampa to a corner, but Ciampa goes up. But Vinci catches Ciampa as he goes over! Ciampa slips free, shoves, and THESZ PRESS! Ciampa fires fast hands, then things speed up! Ciampa LARIATS Vinci down! The fans fire up as Vinci goes to a corner.

Ciampa runs in to clothesline, then keeps moving, but Vinci fireman’s carries! Ciampa slips free, REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up and Ciampa feels it! Ludwig panics, shouts to Vinci, but Ciampa brings the kneepad down! Ludwig slides into the ring! The ref and Ciampa both see him, Ludwig bails out, but Vinci rolls Ciampa up! With tights! TWO!! Ciampa ripcords to ROCK Vinci! Then BOOT! Then ROLLING- NO, Vinci blocks to CHOP! Vinci whips, Ciampa reverses but Vinci springboards, into a JUMP KNEE! SICILIAN STRETCH!! Vinci reaches out, but he’s caught! Vinci taps, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by submission

Gunther is not happy seeing that. Ciampa takes down one pawn, will he clear the Impeccable German off the board before going after Der Ring General?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Byron walks over as Rollins hobbles down the hall. Byron says we all saw Rollins try to bring the fight to Nakamura earlier tonight, but that didn’t go how he wanted. Right now, how is Rollins feeling? Rollins says he is tired, in a lot of pain, and he’s trying to keep it together. But he is losing his mind! Rollins is sick of Nakamura’s games! Rollins will do whatever it takes to get that SOB in the ring!! Rollins cools off, and says that he doesn’t wanna go to that place but he has to. If Nakamura wants to do things on his terms, then Rollins has been going about this all wrong. Maybe Rollins just needs to take his hands off the wheel.

Rollins tells Nakamura that the ball is in his court. Name the time, name the place, and even name the stipulation. But Nakamura needs to remember… Their destinies are intertwined at this point. “So ask yourself, will you be the one to define your legacy? Or will it be me?” Rollins grins and heads out, but is this only playing into Nakamura’s hands?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Raw!

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn get a rematch for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships! Will they get payback on The Prince & Punisher for what they did at Payback?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso!

The Scottish Warrior told Main Event Jey eye to eye and man to man just last week that this is payback for everything The Bloodline did to keep him from becoming Universal Champion. And Jey simply said he understood. Will there be a Claymore with Jey’s name on it? Or will Jey strike first?

Raw returns and Jey has the fans bouncing to the beat. But then McIntyre makes his entrance, and the bell rings. Fans rally up as Jey and McIntyre stare down. The two step up and Jey says McIntyre’s about to get this work! They tie up, are in a deadlock, but McIntyre shoves Jey away! McIntyre says if that’s all Jey’s got, this will be quick. Jey shakes that off, they circle, and tie up. They’re in another deadlock but the fans rally for Jey. McIntyre puts Jey in a corner, lets off slowly, but Jey avoids the haymaker! Jey fires body shots, then haymakers! Jey runs up to GAMANGIRI! Then he whips corner to corner, only for McIntyre to reverse.

Jey stops himself, but comes back into a LARIAT from McIntyre! Fans fire up while McIntyre seethes and looms over Jey. McIntyre drags Cody up, bumps him off buckles, and then ROCKS him with a right! And CHOPS him! And then rips the shirt off to CHOP Jey right on the skin! McIntyre stomps and ROCKS and repeat, but the ref counts. McIntyre lets off, he storms up on Jey, and then he drags Jey up. Jey ROCKS McIntyre with an uppercut! And another! And another! McIntyre goes to a corner, Jey storms up and whips, but McIntyre reverses again. McIntyre kicks Jey low, then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while Jey crawls away. McIntyre storms up on Jey, drags him up, then CHOPS! Jey UPPERCUTS! McIntyre CHOPS and Jey falls! McIntyre stomps Jey right on the face! Jey crawls, but McIntyre drags him up, only for Jey to HEADBUTT! And again! And then Jey climbs up in the corner to rain down fists! McIntyres shoves Jey away at five, but Jey comes back to whip. McIntyre reverses again, runs in and ROCKS Jey! Then CHOPS Jey! McIntyre whips, Jey ducks ‘n’ dodges to then hold ropes. McIntyre runs in, Jey dumps him out! Jey builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre!

Fans fire up with Jey and he hurries back into the ring. Jey builds speed again, to DIVE! Another direct hit and McIntyre falls again! But wait, here comes the Judgment Day. Priest, Finn & Dom are cheering Jey on, mostly because they want him to join up. Jey isn’t sure what to make of this, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and McIntyre has Jey up top. McIntyre climbs up to join Jey, and he throws hands! Jey wobbles, the Judgment Day cheer him on along with the fans. Jey throws body shots! Jey ROCKS McIntyre but McIntyre hits back! Jey HEADBUTTS and McIntyre drops back, only for McIntyre to come back and ROCK Jey with a forearm! McIntyre goes up, stands on the very top, and hits a SUPER DUPER PLEX! Fans fire up and the Judgment Day cheer Jey on. Jey and McIntyre stir, McIntyre sits up, and he glares at Jey. Jey rises, grits his teeth, and McIntyre eggs him on !

McIntyre throws a haymaker, Jey throws a forearm! McIntyre and Jey go back and forth, then Jey counter punches! And again! And again! McIntyre wobbles, but he GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Both men wobble, and Jey ENZIGURIS! McIntyre swings, misses, and runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Judgment Day coaches Jey, and Jey sees McIntyre go outside. Jey builds speed again, and he DIVES into a forearm! Jey is down, and McIntyre hurries up the corner?! But Jey avoids the flying ax handle! Only to run into a SPINBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Jey is in this and Judgment Day cheers him on!

McIntyre scowls as he sits back up. McIntyre drags Jey up to ROCK him and whip him. Jey BOOTS McIntyre away, runs, but McIntyre dodges to NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as McIntyre kips up! McIntyre glares at Jey as he goes to the corner, he starts the countdown, but of course Dom distracts! Priest swipes at McIntyre but McIntyre kicks at him! McIntyre runs, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Jey is frustrated, and he goes to a corner. The Judgment Day is there to coach him on, telling Jey this is what The Judgment Day is about. It’s your time, Uce! Jey aims at McIntyre, Priest talks to him more, and Jey says alright.

Jey fist bumps with Priest? But then he SUPERKICKS him down! And SUPERKICK for Finn! SUPERKICK for Dom! Jey just said no, but then McIntyre says CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Well, Jey turned the Judgment Day down, proving the doubters wrong! But then McIntyre still took advantage and takes the victory! Will the Scottish Warrior finally be able to move on? As for Jey, he’s down as the Judgment Day gets in the ring! They’re furious with Jey, so they start stomping him down! Fans boo, but Finn gets in Jey’s face that you do not do this to the Judgment Day! Finn fires off hands as Priest holds Jey up! McIntyre watches, conflicted between his grudge and his sense of justice. McIntyre turns to go, but then turns back. But here comes Cody Rhodes! Cody rushes past McIntyre to DUMP Priest out!

Cody fires off on Finn, Jey SUPERKICKS Finn! Cody dodges Dom, Jey SUPERKICKS Dom! Cody gives Dom a CROSS RHODES! Just like earlier tonight! Fans are thunderous as The Judgment Day retreats again! McIntyre almost made a decision, but will he just stay out of this battle? As for Jey, does he have an ally against the Judgment Day in the American Nightmare?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw that moved rather smoothly and quickly from start to finish. Great bookending of the show with the Jey Uso story. Cody wants to speak to why he brought Jey over, Dom gets in his way again, but then Dom gets beat surprisingly quickly. I did like that his excuse is that he needs Mami Rhea to be back, which is basically true since she’s helped him win so often. Dom VS Dragon Lee happening next week on Raw is very surprising, but with Dom facing Melo on NXT, can’t do it there. And then next week is the go-home to No Mercy so can’t really change things last minute, but changing things at the penultimate (second to last) minute. I don’t know if Dragon wins that but it’d be amazing if he did so that we get Dragon VS Mustafa Ali fair and square for No Mercy.

Kevin & Sami supporting Cody against Judgment Day was of course going to happen, it has already happened multiple times. But at least we didn’t get yet another Six Man Tag between them all. Good promo from Cody, Sami & Kevin to talk things out, and all the interactions Jey had throughout the night was good stuff. Jey VS McIntyre was great stuff, and of course The Judgment Day had to show up. Of course Jey rejected the offer, but it was also fair that he lost the match then. Judgment Day are now set to feud with Jey, and Cody is definitely on Jey’s team. Sami might join in, despite Kevin’s objections, but I liked McIntyre having that moment of conflict. He doesn’t like Jey but he really doesn’t like Judgment Day, and he’s been walking the Tweener line, good stuff.

Next week is a big night for Judgment Day with Dom defending his title and then Finn & Priest defending their tag titles. Maybe Dom really will lose his title on Raw if Finn & Priest are retaining theirs. And I’m pretty sure Finn & Priest are retaining those so they can keep going back and forth between Raw and SmackDown. Rhea is still kayfabe hurt from Nia Jax crushing her, and apparently Nia is gonna keep doing that to every woman until she gets a title match. The tag match of Shayna & Stark VS Chelsea & Piper was getting good right as Nia “ruined” it. Really good promo from Becky, and quite the surprise for Natty to be the one.

But at the same time, it’s two birds with one title match. Becky gets her first defense in and Natty’s story progresses as she continues to run into setbacks and losses. I also did appreciate Natty apparently voicing what some fans (at least, I think it’s “some,” could be more than it seems) feel about Becky taking the title off Tiffany. But Becky will also be on NXT tomorrow night, so surely she’ll celebrate her win there, maybe even be confronted by Tiffany to set up a rematch at No Mercy. And with as great as the first match was, Becky VS Tiffany Round 2 could be epic. And maybe Tiff cheats to win in order to get her belt back, given she didn’t cheat to keep it.

A shame about Erik not being able to compete tonight, a 2 outta 3 falls tag match of New Day VS Viking Raiders would’ve been great stuff. They can still bring that back around, maybe even for the Fastlane go-home episode on October 2nd. But Kofi VS Ivar was still great stuff, and great win for Kofi tonight. Great stuff from Bronson and Gable tonight, but I figured Bronson would win. If Gable’s story of returning to the Intercontinental Championship is to draw us in and stay interesting, Gable can’t win everything, so this was a good move. Plus, Bronson himself deserves to get at something, maybe he challenges for the IC title before Gable makes his return.

Speaking of that, Ciampa is clearly next, as he has a really good match and win off Vinci. Vinci is really getting the pressure and the blame heaped on him by Gunther & Ludwig, maybe he splits off from the group like he did back when he first changed from Fabian Aichner to Giovanni Vinci. As for Ciampa, he’d give Gunther one hell of a match if it’s at like Fastlane or along the way to Survivor Series. And clearly, Rollins VS Nakamura Round 2 is being set up for Fastlane. Good promo from Ricochet, great match from Ricochet VS Nakamura, and I did like commentary pointing out Nakamura wasn’t fighting to win but to hurt Ricochet and send a message. Nakamura surely did both those things, and now Rollins is letting him set the stage. I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

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

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

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

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

 


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

Qualify for the Climax!

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The Road to the G1 has begun!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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