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Mitchell’s NJPW Destruction Results & Report! (10/9/23)

Is Ryogoku ready for Destruction?

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Who survives to be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion?

NJPW returns to Ryogoku, and Sanada finally has it out with Evil! The IWGP World Championship is on the line in a LUMBERJACK DEATH MATCH!!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff – 10 Man Frontier Zone: Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask, Toru Yano, YOSHI-HASHI & Oskar Leube VS Takahiro Katori, Jun Masaoka, Kengo, Kazuma Sumi & Takeshi Masada; Taguchi, Tiger Mask, Yano, Hashi & Oskar win.
  • Six Man Tag: Taichi, DOUKI & ??? w/ Taka Michinoku VS The House of Torture w/ Dick Togo; Taichi, Douki & Yuya Uemura win.
  • Tanga Loa w/ Jado VS Chase Owens; Loa wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The United Empire; LIJ wins.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Intergalactic Jetsetters; Connors & Drilla win and retain the titles.
  • Six Man Tag Best of 7 Series, Match 7: Team Strong Style VS Shota Umino, Master Wato & Yuji Nagata; Shota, Wato & Nagata win, series ends 3-3-1.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships: Bullet Club War Dogs VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado; ELP & Leo win and become new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii VS Josh Alexander & The Motor City Machine Guns; Okada, Tanahashi & Ishii win and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: David Finlay w/ Gedo VS Tama Tonga; Tama wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Hiromu Takahashi VS “Speedball” Mike Bailey VS YOH; Hiromu wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Lumberjack Death Match: SANADA VS EVIL; Sanada wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Taichi, DOUKI & ??? w/ Taka Michinoku VS The House of Torture w/ Dick Togo!

Just5Guys is back down to Just4Guys after the Heel Master joined the King of Darkness’ side in this war. But now, the Holy Emperor & Japones Del Mal are bringing in a NEW fifth guy! Who will it be? Back from excursion, it’s Yuya Uemura! Will the “Heat Storm” help Taichi & Douki burn down the House?

Taichi doesn’t wait, he attacks Sho the moment the House of Torture is in the ring! Fans fire up as Douki goes after Kanemaru and Yuya is after Yujiro! Yujiro CLUBS Yuya, Sho stomps Tatichi and Kanemaru tosses Douki. The bell rings. Yuya and Douki are sent into railing! Fans boo but Sho digs his boots into Taichi. The ref counts, Sho lets off but then digs his boot back in! Taichi fights up and fans fire up as Taichi choke grips Sho! Yujiro CLUBS Taichi, he and Sho mug Taichi, then they double whip. Yujiro runs in but Taichi BOOTS! Taichi swings on Sho but Sho waistlocks. Taichi breaks free to PELE!

Fans fire up as Taichi drags Sho up. But Kanemaru CLUBS Taichi! Taichi glares at Kanemaru and the two shoulder bump each other. They each pull hair but then Kanemaru claws eyes! Kanemaru whips, Taichi reverses and wrenches to HOOK KICK! Fans fire up again as Taichi goes back to Sho. Taichi stomps Sho, drags him up and cravats to snapmare. Taichi KICKS Sho in the back! Taichi drags Sho up, chokes him again, and Douki tags in. The ref reprimands Taichi but Douki ROCKS Sho! Douki scoops and SLAMS Sho, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Sho then drags him up.

Douki whips Sho, Sho reverses but Douki holds ropes. Sho runs in but Douki drops down! Sho tumbles out and Douki builds speed, but Kanemaru trips him up! Fans boo but Sho goes after Taichi, and Kanemaru whips Douki into railing! Kanemaru pulls the floor mats up! Dick gets a cheap shot in before Kanemaru scoops and SLAMS Douki on the concrete! Yujiro claws Yuya’s eyes! Sho tags Kanemaru in and the Heel Master waits. Yuya is sent into railing, Sho puts Douki in, and Kanemaru suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Douki but Kanemaru stomps him. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Douki up.

But Douki fires forearms! Yujiro knees low, snapmares Douki, and then drops a leg! And an elbow! And a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Douki is still in this and fans fire up! Yujiro tags Sho and Sho storms up on Douki while talking trash on Taichi. Sho kicks Douki around but Douki CHOPS! And fires forearms! But Sho claws the eyes and throws Douki down! Fans boo but Sho drags Douki up. Sho waistlocks, but Douki fights the lift! Douki fires elbows but Sho keeps him from running away. Douki breaks free using a leg, and then ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Yuya!

Yuya dodges Kanemaru to arm-drag! Arm-drag for Sho! Yujiro kicks, whips but Yuya reverses to CHOP him down! Yuya CHOPS Sho down! And he CHOPS Kanemaru down! Fans fire up for Heat Storm and he storms up on Sho. Yuya whips, Sho reverses but Yuya CLOBBERS Sho! Cover, TWO! Fans stay fired up and Yuya goes to a corner. Yuya climbs but Dick SHOVES him into an atomic drop! Kanemaru BOOTS Taichi down, then Douki! Yujiro tags in and the House gets Yuya up. They double whip him to a corner, then Kanemaru runs in to ELBOW! Sho clotheslines! Whip to a kick from Yujiro, then the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Yuya stays in this! Sho argues with the ref, and Dick passes Yujiro his pimp cane! Kanemaru drags Yuya up but Douki gets in to ENZIGURI Yujiro! Kanemaru kicks Douki, he and Sho double whip, but Douki holds ropes! Taichi returns to DOUBLE AX BOMBER! Fans fire up as Taichi drags Sho up to TOSS him out! Douki lines it up, ASAI MOONSAULT onto Kanemaru and Sho! Taichi brings Yujiro up to whip, but Yujiro reverses. Yujiro runs in but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Then Yuya runs in to DROPKICK! Taichi & Yuya coordinate and fans fire up! Yuya goes up, Taichi sets Yujiro up, BIG CROSSBODY!

Yuya drags Yujiro up and fans fire up more, cording hold and then double cording hold, KANUKI PLEX! Bridging cover, J5G wins!!

Winners: Taichi, Douki & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall

A huge victory for Yuya’s return, and a new era for the once again Just5Guys! Sho rubs in that he’s KOPW Champion, but this fight isn’t over! Will J5G be ready to back up Sanada in tonight’s main event? Or will the House get revenge when they take even the world title away?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Intergalactic Jetsetters!

The Dangerous Gaijin have had these belts since NJPW Independence Day’s two day event, winning on July 4th and retaining on July 5th. Will those be the only wins they have together? Or can they ground Kevin Knight & Kushida before they take flight?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if it will be the Jetsetters’ time again!

The teams sort out, but then Drilla & Connors just attack! Fans boo but Drilla is on Kushida and Connors fires off on Knight! Connors CHOPS Knight, then he and Drilla double whip corner to corner. Connors runs in to SPALSH, and Drilla runs in to CHOP! Then Drilla & Connors mug Kushida. They double whip but Kushida handsprings to DOUBLE ELBOW! Fans fire up as the jackets finally come off, and Kushida sets up. Knight builds speed and uses Kushida as a step to FLY out onto the War Dogs! Fans fire up with Knight as he says he got the homerun! Knight then drags Drilla up and into the ring.

Kushida CHOPS Drilla, CHOPS him again, then bumps him off buckles. And off more buckles! Kushida climbs up and rains down fists on Drilla! The ref reprimands, Kushida lets off at five to wrench and wristlock, and then wrench to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida runs but Connors trips him up! So Kushida WRECKS Connors with a dropkick! Kushida drags Drilla up, tags in Knight, and they whip to drop toehold and SPLASH! Fans fire up and Knight covers, ONE!! Drilla hangs tough but Knight wrenches an arm. Knight double wristlocks and throws Drilla down. Drilla resists the armlock so Knight drops a knee on the arm!

Knight uses Drilla’s hand to clap and the fans join in. Knight sits Drilla up to run and SLIDING SHOULDER! Then Knight wrenches Drilla, tags Kushida, and sets the arm up for a PELE! Kushida then trips Drilla, turns him over, and has the SEATED SURFBOARD! Fans fire up while Drilla endures! Fans rally, Kushida drags Drilla around into a double arm scissor! Drilla still endures so Kushida turns to cradle, TWO! Kushida wrenches, whips, but Connors tags in as Drilla reverses. Drilla hurdles then bails out, Connors POUNCES! And he CLOBBERS Knight, too! Drilla goes out to attack Knight while Connors storms around.

Connors stomps Kushida, fans boo, but Connors tells them to STFU! But then Kushida kicks the leg! And again! And again! Connors CLUBS Kushida, then brings Kushida up to CHOP! Kushida sputters and falls over while fans rally. Connors drags Kushida up to RAM him into the corner! Tag to Drilla and they mug Kushida. Drilla brings Kushida out to CHOP! Kushida shoves Drilla, then CHOPS and CHOPS! But Drilla CHOKES Kushida, and he CHOPS! Kushida SLAPS Drilla, Drilla throws a forearm! Drilla pulls on the arms and has Kushida in a motorcycle stretch! Fans rally as Kushida endures and fights up.

Kushida moves around, powers up, but Drilla keeps him down with the stretch. Drilla even digs his head into the shoulder blades! But Kushida fights up, stomps a foot, and turns things around, only for Drilla to turn them back around! Drilla stands on Kushida’s shoulders, even scuffs Kushida’s head, but Kushida fights up again. Kushida tries again, and he turns things around to then roll Drilla up! TWO, but Drilla keeps Kushida from Knight! Only for Kushida to ENZIGURI! But then Connors YANKS Knight down! Fans boo but Connors just soaks it up. Drilla has Kushida’s legs, ROPE GUILLOTINE!

Drilla stomps Kushida, brings him up, but Kushida throws body shots. Drilla snarls but Kushida gets the arm again. ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida runs, but Connors trips him! Kushida kicks at Connors but Drilla stomps Kushida. Drilla runs, but Knight trips Drilla! Kushida runs in, PENALTY KICK to the arm! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tags to Connors and Knight! And Knight springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Knight fires off haymakers then whips, but Connors reverses and pops Knight up, but Knight DOUBLE STOMPS! Drilla returns but Knight dodges to fire off fast hands and an UPPERCUT!

Knight clinches but Drilla claws his eyes! Drilla & Connors double whip but Knight jumps the line to DOUBLE PELE! Fans fire up and Knight calls to Kushida. Knight whips, Drilla reverses but Kushida helps Knight in the springboard! SUPER CROSSBODY! Kushida hoists Connors up in an Electric Chair Lift, TIME 2 FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Connors survives but Knight keeps his cool. Knight aims, runs in again, but Connors stops the DDT! SUPERKICK from Drilla to Knight while Connors BLASTS Kushida! Connors then ROCKS Knight, and they lock ‘n’ load, HIGH LOW! Fans boo but Drilla drags Knight up and Connors climbs.

But Kushida handspring kicks Connors down! Knight slips free, but Drilla SPINEBUSTERS and DOUBLE STOMPS! But Kushida ROLLING ELBOWS! Connors runs in, dodges the fastball and POWERSLAMS Kushida! Connors snarls, but Knight SLAPS him down! Connors stands, Knight fires forearms, but Connors ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Connors! Knight eggs Connors on and Connors throws more forearms! They go back and forth, fans rally up, and Knight gets the edge! But Connors HEADBUTTS! Both men wobble, but Connors whips Knight, only for Knight to avoid the slam! But Connors avoids the splash!

Connors whips, Knight reverses, SKY HIGH! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Both men crawl, hot tags to Drilla and Kushida! Now Kushida and Drilla fire shots! Kushiad KICKS the arm, Drilla whips but Kushida CLOBBERS him! Drilla gets up, swings, misses, and Kushida PELES! Kushida whips, hip tosses, and handsprings to dropkick! Fans fire up again and Kushida brings Drilla up. Electric Chair Lift, but Drilla victory rolls through! Kushida pushes him to get him back up, but Connors runs in to catch Knight in an Electric Chair! It’s a game of chicken and fans fire up as Knight throws hands with Drilla!

Drilla fires off shots, and he ROCKS Knight, but Knight POISON-RANAS Connors! Drilla slips down to waistlock but Knight runs in to SPLASH at the corner! Kushida SHOTEIS! Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs up after him, and fans fire up for the SUPER- NO, Drilla blocks the Steiner! So Knight adds on, DOUBLE STEINER!! Drilla can’t believe it, and he staggers up into the SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Connors barrels through Knight to break it! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous! Knight roars to his feet and says it’s time! Knight has the arm, Kushida PENALTY KICKS Drilla! But Drilla fights the Hoverboard!

Kushida CLUBS Drilla, whips, but Drilla reverses and catches Knight! DRILLA KILLA!!! But Drilla isn’t done, he sees Knight coming in! POP-UP SPEAR COMBO!! Fans boo but the Dangerous Gaijin fire up! They get Kushida up, but Kushida fights to a HOVERBOARD! But Drilla powers through!! FULL CLIP!!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Clark Connors & Drilla Dan Moloney, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

100 Proof knocks Knight down for good measure, and then celebrates with Drilla. The Jetsetters got grounded, but will they be able to refuel and try again? Or will Bullet Club even dominate through the coming Super Junior Tag League?

 

Six Man Tag Best of 7 Series, Match 7: Team Strong Style VS Shota Umino, Master Wato & Yuji Nagata!

3-2-1. No, that isn’t a countdown. That is the current score after Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Ren Narita won on October 7th. So while they have the advantage, they still need to finish Team Blue Justice! Can the Roughneck, Way of the Grand Master and Blue Justice himself survive Destruction? Or will this all end in a zero sum?

The trios sort out, the rivals all staring down. Wato steps up and Desperado responds in kind. Fans rally as the two circle, and the two tie up. Wato headlocks, Desperado throws body shots, and then Desperado wrenches out to headlock. Wato wrenches out, puts the headlock back on, but Desperado powers out. Desperado headlocks, Wato powers out, but Desperado runs Wato over! Fans rally, things speed up, and Desperado just steps on Wato’s drop down. Wato is frustrated but Desperado shrugs. Wato runs in, but into an arm-drag! Desperado runs, Wato hurdles, drops and arm-drags! And then DROPKICKS!

Desperado tumbles out and fans fire up with Wato. Wato stops himself as Desperado drops. Desperado wonders where Wato went, but he looks up! Desperado moves as Wato slingshots, but then Wato lands on the apron and jumps back into the ring. Fans cheer Wato and Desperado waves it off. Desperado goes in around the side, and he tags in Suzuki. So Wato tags in Nagata! Fans fire up as the two start trading shots! The murder grandpas keep going harder and harder, and Suzuki ROCKS Nagata! Suzuki TOSSES Nagata out, goes out and whips him into railing! But Nagata rebounds to BOOT Suzuki!

Nagata whips Suzuki into railing, but Suzuki comes back to BOOT! Fans fire up as Suzuki storms up on Nagata, and they start throwing more forearms! The ref reprimands, this has to finish in the ring! They don’t care, the shots keep going! Fans fire up, the ref goes out and shouts at them, and they each shout at each other to get in the ring. They both slide in and fans fire up! Suzuki kicks and snapmares then KICKS Nagata in the back! Nagata stands to body shot, snapmare and KICK! Suzuki stands to kick, snapmare and run, PENALTY KICK! Nagata rises! Nagata body shots, snapmares, runs and PENALTY KICKS!

But now Suzuki rises! Fans fire up as the forearms fly again! Nagata nods every time as he hits back! Suzuki PALM STRIKES! Nagata PALM STRIKES! Repeat! DOUBLE PALM STRIKE! DOUBLE PALM STRIKE! DOUBLE PALM STRIKE! Both men fall back! They crawl, hot tags to Shota and Narita! Narita dodges a clothesline, but Shota dodges a boot! Narita dodges another clothesline and then hits the BOOT! Shota just roars! Narita knees low, whips, but Shota reverses then dodges to CLOBBER Narita! Fans fire up and Shota stomps Narita. Shota drags Narita up, CLUBS him, then throws forearms.

Shota whips, Narita turns hip toss into COBRA TWIST! Desperado BLASTS Wato off the apron but Shota has the ROPEBREAK! Narita CLUBS Shota, TOSSES him out, and Suzuki whips Shota hard into railing! Narita runs in to BOOT Shota over the railing! Suzuki sends Nagata into railing! Narita fetches Shota from No Man’s Land, and POSTS him! Shota flounders, and Suzuki has a chair! Nagata sits up and dares Suzuki to do something. Suzuki grins, puts the chair down, and kicks low! Suzuki fires forearms on Nagata, and Narita stomps Shota. Narita drags Shota up to whip him into the corner.

Desperado & Suzuki hold Shota up for Narita to stomp, then Narita tags Suzuki. Narita holds Shota up for Suzuki to fire off fast strikes! Tag to Desperado and he SLAPS Shota down! Fans rally, Narita tags back in, and Narita digs his boot in. Suzuki & Desperado add on, the ref counts and Wato protests, but Shota kicks back from below! Narita stomps Shota down! Narita drags Shota up but Shota fires back on Team Strong Style! Only for Suzuki to pull hair, then pull an ear! Narita runs in to BOOT Shota down! Narita whips, NECKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO! Shota stays in this but Narita stays between him and Shota’s team.

Narita drags Shota up, but Shota fights the Half Hatch! Shota wrenches out but Narita kicks low. Narita runs, but Shota ELBOWS him down, then runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up as both men are down, but Desperado and Suzuki BLAST Nagata & Wato! Suzuki & Desperado double whip Shota, but Shota DOUBLE SHOTGUNS them down! Fans fire up and Shota grits his teeth. Shota storms up on Narita, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to UPPERCUT! FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Shota fires up again! Shota goes up a corner and aims, MISSILE DROPKICK hits Narita!

Shota hurries to bring Narita up and dragon sleeper, SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Shota aims from a neutral corner. Narita stands, Shota runs in, IG- NO, Narita slips through to COBRA TWIST! Shota endures, people are sent into railing, and Desperado keeps Wato out! Shota tries to fight free but Narita just turns it back around! Suzuki keeps Nagata out, but Shota stomps his way forward! Wato and Nagata reach, but Narita shifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Narita is stunned, but he says he’ll end it now! Narita drags Shota up, reels him in, NORTHERN LIGHTS!

Narita rolls through and has the wrists! Clinch and- NO, Shota fights free! Narita runs in at the corner but Shota BOOTS! Shota fires up, IGNITION!! Fans fire up and Shota underhooks, but Narita RAMS Shota to a corner! Narita runs, but Shota dodges! TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and then the murder grandpas get in! Suzuki fires off, whips, but Nagata reverses and BOOTS! Then clinch, but Suzuki throws elbows! Nagata ROCKS Suzuki, runs, but Suzuki follows and shoots in, SLEEPER! But Nagata moves around, SAI- NO, Suzuki fights the saido to keep the SLEEPER! Fans fire up as Blue Justice turns purple!

Suzuki spins Nagata around but Nagata clinches! EXPLODER! Desperado runs in, ducks Wato’s springboard and kicks to whip. SPINEBUSTER! Then a BIG back suplex! Desperado doesn’t let off, he clinches to GUITARA- NO, Wato slips free to shove and SNAP GERMAN! BUZZSAW! Wato reels Desperado in but Desperado fights out to LOCO MONO!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! Shota and Narita stir and rise up. Fans rally, and Narita PALM STRIKES! Shota UPPERCUTS! Narita fires a flurry but Shota ROCKS him and ROLLING ELBOWS! Narita ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Narita!

Narita whips, Shota sunset flips and rolls through to PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Shota’s team wins!!

Winners: Shota Umino, Master Wato & Yuji Nagata, by pinfall (series is now 3-3-1)

The Roughneck bests the Son of Strong Style, but that just means the best of seven ends in a TIE! It started that way and it ended that way, but surely this rivalry will never end. Shota offers a handshake, Narita stands and takes it! Will Narita and Shota fight until the day they’re the murder grandpas? Wato wants a handshake but Desperado says he’s crazy. Even so, Desperado shakes the index finger. Wato makes Desperado shake his hand fully, and Desperado says okay, okay, he respects Wato. Wait, Nagata and Suzuki stare down. They scowl and Suzuki talks some trash, then SLAPS Nagata! Nagata SLAPS back, then they shake hands and even fist bump!

Fans cheer the showing of both fighting spirit and sportsmanship, will we see this series continue until the end of time?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships: Bullet Club War Dogs VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!

Alex Coughlin & Gabe Kidd have held these titles since Independence Day, taking them away from Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi. But while that was business, this is personal! The Headbanga & The Young Guerrilla were exiled from Bullet Club, will they prove they’re better than their replacements? Or will these dogs prove they’re #WarReady?

Wait, Coughlin’s making his entrance alone? The Dreadnought is strong but even he can’t take on these two alone. Wait! Gabe attacks from the crowd side! Fans boo while Coughlin grins and joins in. Coughlin stomps Hikuleo’s legs, but ELP hits Kidd! Kidd DECKS ELP, the bell rings, and Kidd tosses ELP out! Kidd tells fans to move aside, but he then CHOPS ELP, and DECKS Jado! Then Kidd TOSSES ELP into the chairs! Fans boo but Coughlin puts Leo back in. The War Dogs soak up the heat from the fans before Coughlin drags Leo to a corner. Kidd has the legs and he SLAMS one into the post!

Leo writhes, Kidd gets right in the camera with a crazy grin, and then backs off as Coughlin drags Leo around. Coughlin stomps the leg, drops an elbow on it, then he pulls on it with a toehold! Leo endures, fights around, but Coughlin shifts for more leverage. Coughlin then drops a knee on the knee! Coughlin drags Leo up and over, tags Kidd in, and Kidd stomps Leo’s leg. Leo writhes but Kidd drops an elbow on it. Kidd has the toehold now, pulls on the foot, and then drops an elbow on the leg again! Fans rally, Kidd storms around, and Kidd ROCKS Leo! Kidd eggs Leo on, ROCKS him again, but Leo gets mad!

Kidd ROCKS Leo, but Leo CHOPS! Kidd sputters, but he kicks the bad leg! Kidd runs, but Leo hits a back drop! Fans fire up while both men are down! Leo and Kidd crawl, hot tags to Coughlin and ELP! ELP dodges Coughlin, DECKS Kidd, then jumps up an dover Coughlin to springboard and CROSSBODY! Then PLACHA for Kidd! Then SWANTON for Coughlin! And right to a LIONSAULT! Cover, ONE and Coughlin rolls back to deadlift suplex, to TOSS ELP to the floor!! Kidd stomps away on ELP at the railing, the ref reprimands, but Kidd shouts he’s a madman! Kidd drags ELP up to CHOP him, and Kidd shoves ELP in.

Coughlin drags ELP up, and CHOPS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for ELP but Coughlin wrenches him and wrangles him to the corner. Tag to Kidd and the War Dogs mug ELP. Kidd HEADBUTTS ELP, then UPPERCUTS! ELP ROCKS Coughlin but Kidd UPPERCUTS ELP! Kidd digs his boots into ELP, lets off as the ref counts, and Kidd talks trash on the fans. The fans boo but Kidd pushes ELP around. ELP crawls but Kidd stays in the way. “What you got? What you got?” ELP CHOPS! Kidd eggs him on so ELP CHOPS! And fires off forearms! But Kidd claws the eyes! Tag to Coughlin and he dropkicks Leo down!

Kidd ROCKS ELP, he and Coughlin double whip ELP to ropes. ELP holds ropes, then BOOTS Coughlin! And TOSSES Kidd! And RANAS Coughlin down! Fans fire up and ELP hurries, but Kidd YANKS Leo off the apron! Fans boo but Coughlin storms up to CLUB ELP! Coughlin RAMS ELP into the corner, and RAMS him again, and RAMS him again! Kidd joins in, War Dogs hoist ELP up but ELP slips free! ELP goes up and over Kidd, under Coughlin, but Coughlin grabs a leg! ELP kicks Coughlin into Kidd! Hot tag to Leo! Leo UPPERCUTS Coughlin, Kidd runs in but into a HIP TOSS! Leo scoops to SNAKE EYES Coughlin! Leo keeps moving to LARIAT!

Fans fire up and Leo choke grips Kidd! And then choke grips Coughlin! But they break out of the guzels to DOUBLE CHOP! The War Dogs double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up again, and Leo shakes out the bad leg. Leo sees them in opposite corners, so he runs in to CHOP Kidd! Leo runs in but Coughlin dodges the boot! GERMAN SUPLEX! Coughlin roars and he storms up to gut wrench! Deadlift and SUPLEX! Coughlin floats over, to get the leg! HALF CRAB! Leo reaches out but Coughlin sits deep on the hold! Fans rally as Leo reaches, but Kidd keeps ELP out! Leo claws forward to the ROPEBREAK!

Coughlin lets go in frustration and he drags Leo back up. Coughlin suplexes but Leo fights it! Coughlin throws body shots, then ROCKS Leo! Coughlin roars and suplexes, but Leo fights! Leo suplexes but Coughlin slips free to CHOP! Coughlin runs, but Leo swings. Coughlin ducks ‘n’ dodges, but the POWERSLAM hits! Tag to ELP! ELP BOOTS Kidd, and coordinates with Leo. ELP tunes up the band, but Kidd anchors ELP! Coughlin throat chops Leo, but ELP runs in to spin and straitjacket! Torture rack, and BOOT to the UFO NECKBREAKER! Double cover, Kidd CHOP BLCOKS Leo! Kidd then fires HEADBUTTS on ELP!

ELP goes to a corner, Kidd calls to Coughlin. Coughlin tags Kidd in, and Kidd goes up the corner. Kidd reels ELP in and up, HANGING GUILLOTINE! The ref counts, but Coughlin Electric Chair Lifts ELP! Kidd aims, DOOMSDAY DEVICE!! Cover, TWO?!? ELP survives and shocks the War Dogs! They hoist ELP up together, DOUBLE MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! ELP survives and shocks the War Dogs, again! Fans rally as hard as they can for “E L P!” but Coughlin tags in. Coughlin hoists ELP up, Kidd climbs, but Leo choke grips! Kidd fights the guzel but ELP trips Coughlin to a jackknife bridge! TWO!!

Kidd knocks Leo down, Coughlin waistlocks ELP but ELP throws elbows. Kidd runs in, ELP ducks and the LARIAT takes out Coughlin! Fans fire up as ELP blocks a kick, Leo UPPERCUTS Kidd, and ELP SUPERKICKS! Kidd UPPERCUTS, then he fires off on Leo! Kidd throws shots, SPITS at Leo, but Leo SLAPS Kidd down! Fans fire up again as Leo tells Kidd to stay down. Leo & ELP coordinate again, and the band tunes up! Coughlin stands up, sees them both, and dares them to bring it! SUDDEN DEATH! Then ELP DIVES onto Kidd! Coughlin gets hit with GODSEND! ELP gets the help to go up top, THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

And once again, the Headbanga and Young Guerrila are champions, and this time it’s together! Will this team prove to be truly NJPW Strong? Kidd & Coughlin are furious, but how much angrier is David Finlay seeing his War Dogs lose twice tonight? Will GoD sweep with Finlay VS Tama later tonight?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii VS Josh Alexander & The Motor City Machine Guns!

NJPW’s Dream Trio clashes with what is arguably Impact’s Dream Trio! However, The Walking Weapon is at odds with Alex Shelley over their coming Impact World Heavyweight Championship match. In fact, things boiled over and Shelley took out Alexander just last Thursday! Will Alexander, Shelley & Sabin hold it together? Or will The Rainmaker, The Ace of the Universe & The Stone Pitbull kick some A.S.S.?

The introductions are made, the NEVER belts are raised, and we see if Impact has an impact on the NJPW landscape!

The trios sort out and Shelley starts against Tanahashi. The fans rally up as the two circle, and they tie up. Tanahashi wrenches, wristlocks, but Shelley wrenches and wristlocks back. Tanahashi wrenches and wristlocks, but Shelley spins to headlock then hammerlock. Tanahashi spins and headlocks for the takeover! Shelley headscissors, Tanahashi kips free and roles reverse as Shelley headlocks for the takeover and Tanahashi headscissors. Shelley kips free and fans cheer as the two stand off. Tanahashi and Shelley go again, Tanahashi waistlocks but Shelley elbows free! Shelley runs in at the corner, but into an ELBOW!

Tanahashi goes up and he CROSSBODIES! Direct hit, and Tanahashi air guitars. Shelley goes to a corner but Tanahashi eggs him on. Shelley stays in the ropes for defense but Sabin encourages him. Tanahashi and Shelley reset, they circle, and Shelley reaches out for a tag, and Alexander takes it. Ishii tags in and fans fire up as these two heavy hitters get forehead to forehead! And then they go forearm for forearm! Fans rally up as Ishii gets the edge and whips. Ishii runs in but Alexander ELBOWS him! Alexander keeps moving and he runs Ishii over! Alexander then elbows, whips, but Ishii reverses!

Alexander slides under Ishii’s boot and trips Ishii up, to an ANKLE LOCK! Fans rally as Ishii moves around, and he drags Alexander down! ANKLE LOCK! But Alexander rolls to get free! Ishii dodges and runs but Alexander runs Ishii over! Fans rally as Alexander hauls Ishii up and brings him over. Sabin tags in but Ishii gets away, so Okada tags in. Fans fire up as the Rainmaker and the man once called The Future circle. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” and the two tie up. Okada wrenches, wristlocks and YANKS the arm again and again! Sabin rolls, wrenches, handsprings and wrenches to step over then arm-drag!

Fans cheer that fast string and Sabin gets the “O-KA-DA!” chant going again. Okada scowls, storms up, and he puts Sabin in a corner. The ref counts, Okada lets off, and fakes the chop, to then kick low! Okada whips corner to corner, Sabin goes up and over to UPPERCUT! Sabin whips, Okada reverses but Sabin stops to ELBOW Okada! Sabin goes up top and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Sabin brings Okada up. Okada ROCKS Sabin, CLUBS him, and then whips Sabin. Shelley sneaks a tag, MCMG double whip and Shelly drop toeholds, but Okada stays up! So Sabin BULLDOGS Okada down!

Okada bails out but Tanahashi runs in. He ducks the double elbows to send Sabin at Shelley. The MCMG stop short, Shelley shoves Sabin at Tanahashi to ELBOW him, then Shelley BOOTS him down! Ishii runs in to fire forearms on MCMG, runs, and he ducks Shelley’s lariat to run into Sabin’s! Shelley LARIATS from behind, then runs, DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! MCMG TOSSES Ishii and fans fire up! Sabin waits as Okada stands, and he fakes the plancha so he and Shelley can DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Then they set Okada up for Alexander to run and WRECK! Fans fire up as Team Impact stands tall.

A ring count starts but Alexander drags Okada up and puts him in the ring. Shelley stands on Okada’s hand, stomps the fingers, then eggs Okada on. Okada stands up to ROCK Shelley! Shelley ROCKS Okada! They go back and forth, then Shelley CHOPS! Tag to Sabin, MCMG double wrench to DOUBLE LARIAT, then they crisscross and double whip to CLOBBER Okada! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Sabin HEADBUTTS Okada! And CLUBS Okada on the neck! Tag to Alexander and he RAMS Okada. Alexander CLUBS Okada, stomps him, CLUBS him again, then DECKS Tanahashi! But Okada fires forearms on Alexander!

Okada goes to Alabama Lift but Alexander CLUBS him! Alexander blocks a boot, CLUBS the leg, then UPPERCUTS Okada to the corner. Alexander runs in but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans rally up, hot tag to Ishii! Ishii RAMS Alexander, dodges him, then runs him over! MCMG attack, double whip, but Ishii holds ropes. MCMG dodge the double lariats, but Ishii blocks Shelley’s boot to throw it into Sabin! Shelley waistlocks, Sabin runs in, but Ishii BOOTS Sabin and Ishii elbows Shelley! Ishii sends Shelley into Sabin, then runs Shelley over!

Fans fire up as Ishii runs at the corner now, to clothesline Alexander! Ishii CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Alexander just growls and puts Ishii in the corner. Alexander fires forearms then CHOPS! Fans fire up, Alexander whips corner to corner, but Ishii comes back! Only for Alexander to GERMAN SUPLEX! Alexander holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Ishii reaches out, Tanahashi grabs his hands, but Shelley CHOPS Tanahashi down! Alexander hits CHAOS THEORY! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Alexander can’t believe it! But the fans fire up for “I-SHI-I!” as he stirs.

Alexander shakes his head and grins as he looms over Ishii. Alexander drags Ishii up, underhooks, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii wrenches out, but Alexander ROCKS Ishii with a forearm! Ishii ROCKS Alexander back! Alexander BACK ELBOWS, ROLLING ELBOWS, but Ishii roars! So Alexander JABS him! Ishii falls right over! Alexander shakes out the hand, drags Ishii up, and POWER BREAKER!! Cover, Okada breaks it! MCMG BLAST Okada & Tanahashi out and send them into railing! Alexander pounds the mat and fans rally up. Alexander drags Ishii up, underhooks, but Ishii fights the lift to back drop free!

Alexander runs in, Ishii swats his lariat and HEADBUTTS him! Ishii hits so hard, Alexander’s wrestling headgear comes off!! Fans rally up as Ishii and Alexander stir, hot tag to Sabin! Sabin goes up and he MISSILE DROPKICKS Ishii down! Sabin brings Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii suplexes! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Ishii crawls and Tanahashi pounds the buckle pad! Hot tag to The Ace! Tanahashi runs to CLOBBER Sabin! Tanahashi DECKS Shelley, then fires off on Sabin! Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Sabin to the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, to SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Tanahashi doesn’t lose focus, he just brings Sabin up. Fans chant “GO ACE!” but Sabin JAWBREAKERS! But there’s no one to tag! Tanahashi runs in, Sabin dodges, Shelley is back, they DOUBLE KICK in the corner! Tag to Shelley, and Sabin fireman’s carries. Tanahashi slips free to waistlock but Shelley runs in to waistlock Tanahashi. Tanahashi backs Shelley down into the corner, Sabin runs in, but Tanahashi moves! The BOOT hits Shelley!! Sabin tries again but Tanahashi blocks to DRAGON SCREW the leg! Alexander runs in, but Okada intercepts with a FLAPJACK! The Dream Trio fire up together!

BOOT, SHOTEI and LARIAT, Shelley ends up in the TRIPLE DDT!! Cover, TWO?!? Shelley survives and the fans are thunderous as Tanahashi powers up! Tanahashi runs, but Shelley gets around to DECK Tanahashi! Okada BOOTS Shelley! Alexander fireman’s carries, Okada slips free and ripcords, RAIN- NO, Alexander dodges, only to run into a BOOT! Sabin returns but Okada UPPERCUTS! Okada runs but into the MCMG DREAM SEQUENCE!! Shelley aims at Tanahashi, mule kick and clinch, but Tanahashi slips around to full nelson! Shelley breaks that but ends up in a straitjacket! But Alexander waistlocks Tanahashi!

Tanahashi fights Alexander off, but Alexander spins, but Tanahashi ducks! The ROLLING ELBOW hits Shelley! Alexander still kicks Tanahashi then runs, but Ishii moves Tanahashi aside to LARIAT Alexander inside-out! Sabin is back, but Okada gets in to DROPKICK him! The fans are thunderous again and Tanahashi roars! But Shelley avoids Slingblade to clinch! But Tanahashi fights Shell Shock to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then SLINGBLADE! Tanahashi goes up while Okada and Ishii keep Alexander and Sabin out! HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Cover, NJPW WINS!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

The Ace pins the Impact World Champion! And even bigger than that, Ishii helped him avoid destruction! Will the Dream Trio keep on going in this dream reign?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: David Finlay w/ Gedo VS Tama Tonga!

The leader of the War Dogs has had this title since Wrestling Dontaku in May, but the Good Bad Guy has been after him for much longer than that! Will Tama take back this title and become a THREE-TIME NEVER Champion? Or will Finlay prove NJPW still needs The Rebel?

Wait, Finlay’s pulling the same move Kidd did earlier! He CLOBBERS Tama from the crowd side, with the belt! Fans boo as Finlay rains down fists! The ref reprimands, Finlay lets off and tells the ref to get this match going. The bell rings, Tama flounders up and Finlay aims. Finlay SPEARS Tama down! Cover, TWO!! Tama is still in this but Finlay rains down more fists! The ref reprimands, Finlay lets off, claiming those weren’t closed fists. Fans boo but Finlay DGAF. Finlay TOSSES Tama out, soaks up the heat, and then drags Tama up. Finlay ROCKS Tama with a forearm, RAMS him into the railing, and mocks commentary!

Finlay RAMS Tama in again! The ref reprimands but Finlay RAMS Tama again! Finlay lets off, Tama sputters, and Finlay gets a chair! Gedo distracts the ref from the CHAIRSHOT to the back! And another! And another! And another! Fans boo more but Finlay tosses the chair to hide the evidence. Finlay soaks up the heat, then goes looking under the ring. Finlay brings out a table! The ref reprimands and Finlay says Tama was the one saying Finlay would have to kill him to make him stop. Finlay brings Tama up, lifts him up, but Tama fights the bomb! Tama ROCKS Finlay, and again, and again!

But then Finlay RAMS Tama through the gateway! Down goes a cameraman! Finlay says if Tama doesn’t like the table, he has another plan. Finlay rips floor mats away! Fans boo but Finlay soaks it all up. Finlay drags Tama from No Man’s Land and over to the bare concrete! Finlay lifts Tama up but Tama grabs ropes! Tama gets to the apron, kicks Finlay away, and then leaps. Finlay dodges, scoops, but Tama slips free! REVERSE DDT to the concrete floor! Finlay writhes and clutches his head while fans rally up for Tama. Tama stands, hobbles, and finds Finlay. Tama SMACKS Finlay off the apron again and again and again!

The ring count is climbing but Tama sends Finlay into the railing! And then the apron! We hit 10 of 20 but Tama puts Finlay in. Fans cheer as this match continues in the ring, and Tama storms up. Tama counter punches again and again, then fires body shots and haymakers! Tama rains down shots then stomps in the corner. The ref tries to stop Tama but Tama shoves him away so he can stomp Finlay more! Tama throws knee after knee, the ref counts and Tama finally lets off. Tama drags Finlay up, HEADBUTTS him, then throws body shots! And an EXPLODER! Finlay staggers up, swings, but into another EXPLODER!

Fans rally for Tama as he watches Finlay drag himself up. Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Finlay staggers about, Tama clinches, and EXPLODERS again! Gedo coaches Finlay but Tama watches him. Finlay wants mercy? After everything he’s done to this point? Tama kicks but Finlay blocks and he BITES Tama’s face! The ref counts, Finlay lets off and fans boo. Finlay whips Tama to a corner but Tama comes back! Finlay dodges, dodges again, then runs in but Tama TOSSES him out! Fans fire up as Tama then PLANCHAS! Down goes Finlay and the fans fire up with Tama! Tama looms over Finlay and drags him up again.

Finlay again wants mercy but Tama says STFU, and he whips Finlay hard into the railing! Tama then whips Finlay into more railing! Tama drags Finlay up to whip him into the railing again, and again, and again! Commentary somehow stays up with all that and fans fire up again. Tama storms around, Gedo says this is all disqualification but the ref says no it’s not. Finlay flounders, sputters, but Tama leaves him behind. The ring count climbs, fans rally up, and Finlay crawls. Tama hurries out, but Finlay goes after him! Tama CLUBS away on Finlay, whips, but Finlay reverses to fireman’s carry! Finlay POSTS Tama!

Gedo is all fired up but the fans are stunned as Tama is down. Finlay storms over, drags Tama up, and puts him in the ring. Finlay stalks Tama, runs in, BLINDSIDER! Cover, TWO!! Tama is still in this and fans rally back up! Finlay eggs Tama on, drags him up, and then whips to scoop and BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Tama is still in this and Gedo is frustrated! Finlay taunts Tama, and says he must want Finlay to kill him. Finlay drags Tama up, saying he will oblige. Gut wrench, but Tama slips out! Finlay ROCKS Tama, ROCKS him again, then runs, to LARIAT Tama inside-out! Finlay hauls Tama up, DOMINATOR!! Cover, TWO?!?

Fans fire up that Tama is still alive! Finlay scowls, but Gedo is confident Finlay will end this. Finlay drags Tama up, but Tama fights the lift. Finlay CLUBS away on Tama, hauls him up again, but Tama fights the lift! Tama then fireman’s carries, but Finlay slips free to IRISH- NO, Tama arm-drags! And then spins Finlay around, but Finlay fights free. Tama BOOTS Finlay, Finlay ROCKS Tama, but Tama roars and LARIATS!! Fans are thunderous as OFF COMES THE VEST! Tama brings Finlay up, fireman’s carries, FLAPJACK! But he’s not done there, he fireman’s carries again, to S R C!!

Tama just fires up more and the fans are with him! Tama goes up the corner, but Finlay CLOBBERS him off the top!! Fans are stunned as Tama hits apron then floor! Gedo and Finlay grin as they realize they’re by the table! Finlay hauls Tama onto the apron, then goes up to join him. Finlay says this is done! Finlay hauls Tama up, reels him in, but Tama fights the lift to back drop Finlay onto the apron! Gedo panics now as Finlay writhes. Tama aims, and he GUN- NO, Finlay blocks to POST Tama again! Another cameraman goes down! Finlay hurries to get Tama up but the ref says stop, he should check Tama first!

Finlay doesn’t care, he hauls Tama up, to POWERBOMB Tama through the table!! Finlay smiles and says that was easy. Fans boo as hard as they can but Finlay spits at them. The ring count starts but Finlay smirks. Finlay says there’s no need for that. Finlay hauls Tama out of the wreckage at 10 of 20, pushes him into the ring at 14, and Finlay takes his time crawling over to him, Finlay asks if Tama wants some more. Tama must want some more! Finlay hauls Tama up again, POWERBOMB!! Fans boo as Finlay recreates Dontaku. Finlay brings down the kneepad and says this is for Tama! X marks the spot!

Finlay roars, drags Tama up, suplexes, INTO- GUN STUN!!! Both men are down as Tama pulls one out outta nowhere! Fans rally, Tama stirs, and manages to smile as he sits up. The two crawl towards each other, and Finlay SLAPS Tama! Tama SLAPS back, so Finlay SLAPS again! Tama SLAPS, Finlay wobbles, but Finlay SLAPS again! The SLAPS keep going as they stand, and they pick up speed! Tama fires off a flurry and Finlay falls! Fans rally more as Tama swings, but Finlay clinches! Tama slips out, Finlay snapmares, and then Finlay backslides! Tama rolsl throgh but Finlay suplexes, only for Tama to slip out!

Tama underhooks, Finlay gets out to ROCK Tama, but Tama ENZIGURIS! And then GUN- NO, Finlay powers out! Tama goes up, FLYING GUN- NO!! Finlay blocks, wrenches, and HEADBUTTS! Then a POWER- RANA!! Tama has the cover, TWO!!! Finlay ROLLING ELBOWS! And then spins again, INTO GUN STUN!!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tama is stunned that Finlay survives but the fans are thunderous! Tama drags Finlay up, reels him in, underhooks and- NO, Finlay fights that to RAM Tama into a corner! And again! And again! Tama still holds on, throws some knees, and he backs Finlay down with each shot!

Tama underhooks, but Finlay back drops! So Tama sunset flips, drags Finlay up, STYLES CLASH!!! Fans are thunderous again as Tama drags Finlay up to underhook! DIVE SHACK DRIVER!!! Cover, TAMA WINS!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

Incredible! The Good Bad Guy brings down The Rebel and is once again NEVER Champion! Tama never gave up, will he never stop never stopping?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Hiromu Takahashi VS “Speedball” Mike Bailey VS YOH!

The Ticking Timebomb may not have won the tournament, but he is still this year’s Best of the Super Juniors by holding onto the title from WrestleKingdom to this very moment. And with Lio Rush going down with illness, Hiromu thought he was going to get Speedball 1v1. But then Hiromu drops a tag match to Mr. Direct Drive and is right back to a three man match! Will Hiromu still defy the odds? Or will we see a new champion here in Ryogoku?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if we have more, more, MORE fun together!

The bell rings and fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU! HI-RO-MU!” Hiromu vibes to the chanting, then circles with Yoh and Bailey. They feel things out, watching each other, and then Bailey BOOTS Hiromu and trips Yoh. Things speed up,. Bailey handsprings the hurdles but Yoh leaps over, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Hiromu whips Bailey to a corner, runs in to clothesline, snapmare and- NO, Bailey dodges the basement dropkick, only for Yoh to basement dropkick him down! Hiromu kicks Yoh, runs, but Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Yoh keeps moving but Hiromu dodges the basement dropkick. And he dodges Bailey’s Penalty Kick! Fans fire up as all three men stand off.

Yoh dusts himself off and Hiromu smirks. Hiromu pats both challengers on the shoulder and tells them, “Good luck.” Hiromu then exits the ring, letting them fight it out? They don’t understand but then figure okay. The fans rally, and then Bailey BOOTS Hiromu! Yoh CLUBS Bailey, then PLANCHAS Hiromu! Fans fire up as Bailey runs, to TRIANGLE MOONSAULT Hiromu! But Yoh PLANCHAS Bailey! Yoh puts Hiromu in, drags him up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Bailey breaks it! Bailey TOSSES Yoh, drags Hiromu up and whips, and HIP ATTACKS! Bailey grins, he must’ve learned that from Taguchi.

Bailey then runs in to BOOT Hiromu in the corner, and POWERSLAM! Fans rally as Bailey goes up and up and DOUBLE KNEE DROPS! Cover, Yoh breaks it! Fans rally as Yoh and Bailey each want Hiromu, and they argue. Yoh shoves, Bailey shoves, but Hiromu CHOPS and CHOPS! Hiromu runs, into DOUBLE KICKS! Double cover but then Yoh and Bailey stop each other. Yoh and Bailey decide they will do that 1v1 and they throw Hiromu out. They circle, and fire off forearms! Fans fire up as they go back and forth, and Bailey ROCKS Yoh! Yoh ROCKS Bailey! Bailey SOBATS, AX KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES!

Fans fire up and Bailey runs, to SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Bailey keeps his cool and he aims, but Yoh ducks the buzzsaw to roll him up! TWO, and Yoh whips. Bailey handsprings but Yoh dodges. Yoh dodges again, but Bailey blocks a boot to fire off the LIGHTNING KICKS! But Yoh blocks one to DRAGON SCREW the leg! Fans rally up, Hiromu is back but Yoh BLASTS him off the apron! Yoh runs in to ELBOW Bailey, then whips. Hiromu clotheslines Bailey in the corner, ELBOWS Yoh, then sends Bailey into Yoh! Hiromu picks Bailey up and throws him at Yoh to make Bailey RANA Yoh away!

Hiromu then whips Bailey to a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Hiromu runs to clothesline Yoh! Hiromu baits Bailey in, sends him into Yoh, and then SHOTGUNS them both down! Hiromu fires up to clothesline Yoh, snapmare, and basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Hiromu goes to the apron to JOHN WOO Bailey down! Hiromu then runs at Yoh, and leaps over to SUNSET POWERBOMB to the floor! Fans fire up as Hiromu gets up and leaves Yoh behind. Hiromu finds Bailey, puts him in the ring, and then fireman’s carries. DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO! Bailey is still in this but the fans rally behind Hiromu.

Bailey sits up and Hiromu brings him around. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Bailey sunset flips! TWO! Bailey runs in, turns pop-up into RANA, TWO! Hiromu sunset flips, TWO! Bailey PENALTY KICKS! And MOONSAULT KNEE DROPS! Fans fire up while Bailey powers up! Hiromu goes to a corner, Bailey runs and spins, but Hiromu blocks the kick! But then Bailey KICKS free! Bailey goes up the corner, Yoh uses Hiromu as a step but Bailey jumps over them both! Bailey comes back, Hiromu OVERHEAD suplexes him into Yoh! All three men are down and fans fire up! Hiromu sits up and shouts “IKU ZE~! <Let’s go!>”

Hiromu fireman’s carries, Bailey slips free and Yoh DROPKICKS Hiromu! Bailey BOOTS Yoh and Hiromu SHOTGUNS Bailey! Hiromu whisp You, Yoh reverses to DROPKICK! Bailey SUPERKICKS Yoh! Bailey aims at Hiromu, but Hiromu goes Matrix to avoid the Superkick! But then Bailey uses a heel kick to swat Hiromu’s superkick! And THRUST KICK! Fans fire up as Bailey powers up again, SPIN KICK on Yoh! And then he gets really going, to SUPER SPIN KICK Hiromu! Hiromu is down, Bailey goes up, but Yoh hits ropes to trip him up! Bailey falls on the speedballs, and Hiromu climbs up.

Hiromu CHOPS Bailey, brings Bailey up, but Yoh CLUBS Hiromu! Yoh adds himself to this, TOWER OF DOOM!! Jackknife cover on Hiromu! TWO!! Yoh is frustrated that the powerbomb superplex combo didn’t finish this! Fans rally up, Yoh drags Hiromu up, but Hiromu fights the suplex! Hiromu wrenches but Yoh HEADBUTTS! And POINT-BLANK LARIATS!! Hiromu flounders all the way to the apron! Yoh has Bailey now, full nelsons, but Bailey RAMS Yoh into a corner, WRINGS the arm, and BOOTS Yoh down! Bailey goes up, ULTIMATE- NO, Yoh avoids the knee drop, Bailey’s knees hit the mat!

Yoh SUPERKICKS Bailey! And then reels him in, to a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Hiromu breaks it! Fans fire up as all three men are down again! Yoh fires up, he and Hiromu rise, and Hiromu wrenches to pump handle, HIROMU-CHAN CRADLE! TWO!! Yoh ducks ‘n’ dodges but into HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Hiromu fireman’s carries Yoh but Yoh slips down and jumps back up, POISON-RANA! Hiromu staggers up, into a STUNNER! Fans rally again and Yoh drags Hiromu up. Yoh suplexes, DNV! Yoh “drops the needle on the vinyl,” and then goes up top! FINAL HOUR!! Shoutout to Lio Rush!! Cover, BAILEY BREAKS IT!

Fans fire up again while Hiromu flops out of the ring. Speedball sits Yoh up, aims, but Yoh ducks the buzzsaw to shove and UPPERCUT! Yoh runs, but into a COLLISION COURSE!! Cover, TWO!! BUZZSAW!! Bailey then puts Yoh in a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! THRUST KICK! Bailey puts Yoh up top, tucks him in, FLAMINGO- NO, Yoh slips free and ripcords, FLASH KNEE!! Fans fire up again as Yoh roars! Yoh drags Bailey up, reels him in, DIRECT DRIVE!!! Cover, HIROMU BREAKS IT!! Somehow, Hiromu gets there in time and all three men are down again! Fans rally up as all three stir.

Yoh crawls over to Hiromu, but Hiromu ROLLING ELBOWS! Hiromu then runs in at the corner, into a SUPERKICK!! Yoh is all fired up and the fans are thunderous! Yoh reels Hiromu in, DIRECT- NO, arm-drag and roll-through to a fireman’s carry! TIMEBOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! Yoh survives and fans are thunderous again! Hiromu shouts at Yoh as he aims from a corner! Yoh rises, Hiromu runs in, SLIDING LARIAT!! And then Hiromu hauls Yoh up, runs, Yoh dares him! HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Then an inverted suplex, for TIMEBOMB MKII!!! Cover, HIROMU WINS!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Both challengers put up a hell of a fight, and Hiromu still comes out on top! Will Yoh ever get the gold? How hard will Speedball have to fight to get his 1v1 shot? Will any of it matter with Hiromu still the Best of the Super Juniors?

Wait! The lights go out! House of Torture? No, they’re in the main event. But then the lights come up and it’s TAIJI ISHIMORI! The Bone Soldier KNEES Hiromu down, then hauls him up, just to throw him aside! Fans are fired up to see Taiji back from injury, and it is clear why he’s back tonight! He holds up the title, then throws it to Hiromu. Taiji gets the mic, and he tells Hiromu, “Are you going to face me for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship? The Timebomb’s time… is up!” Hiromu sits up and nods to his most sinister rival. When and where will these two wage war over the gold again?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Lumberjack Death Match: SANADA VS EVIL!

Just5Guys took the win to open the show, and now they and the House of Torture bookend things with this faction warfare main event! Can the Cold Skull stay the Gold Skull? Or will the King of Darkness take even this from J5G?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see how far both sides are willing to go to win this title!

The factions stare down while the fans rally up. The House put one out, J5G group thumbs up, and everyone surrounds the ring. Fans fire up as the bell rings, and Sanada encourages the fans chanting for him. Evil is annoyed but then smirks as he and Sanada circle. They tie up but Evil kicks low then headlocks. Evil grinds the hold, Sanada throws body shots and powers out, but Evil runs him over! Fans rally, Evil fakes the dropdown out and stomps Sanada! Evil whips Sanada but Sanada reverses to ELBOW and STANDING- NO, Evil moves, but Sanada lands on his feet to basement dropkick!

Evil bails out but J5G throws him right back in! Fans cheer and Sanada facelocks Evil. Sanada wrenches and wrenches and whips. Evil holds ropes, bails out, and the House defends him. Fans boo but J5G storms over! Evil slips away but Sanada kicks him at the ropes! Sanada ties Evil up in the ropes, ROPE PARADISE! Fans cheer and Sanada runs to dropkick Evil outta Paradise! Fans fire up more and Sanada paces. Sanada keeps Evil from getting away, then wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Evil drops to his knees but Sanada bumps him off buckles. Sanada wrenches and whips corner to corner, to then run in and ELBOW!

Evil falls over but Sanada drags him to a cover, TWO! Sanada keeps cool as he brings Evil up. Evil blocks the suplex and pulls hair! Fans boo, J5G protest, but then Sanada pulls hair! Sanada kicks, runs, but Evil dumps him out! And the House is there to stomp away! Fans boo but J5G rush the hyenas! It is a brawl, Evil distracts Red Shoes but the other refs rush in! Evil storms out, drags Sanada up, and not only does he knock over a cameraman, he still throws Sanada into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san! Fans boo as Evil continues to bully Abe, and then he tells Sanada just to give up. Sanada says no, so Evil slaps him around.

Evil leaves Sanada behind and the House beats up on J5G. Sho puts Sanada in for Evil and Evil drags him up. Evil whips Sanada into bare buckles! That’s right, the blue buckle pad is gone, the Bullet Club Special is in play! Evil stands on Sanada’s head, drags him up, and fans rally. Evil mocks the fans like he can’t hear them as he TOSSES Sanada out! Sho throws Sanada in, Evil throws him out! They keep passing Sanada around like they’re playing catch! Dick gets a turn as he throws Sanada in, so Evil wrangles Sanada to a cover. TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Sanada is still in this and the House is furious!

Evil stands on Sanada, taunts him, but the fans rally up. Evil drags Sanada up, but Sanada CHOPS! Sanada CHOPS again, and Evil is stinging! Sanada CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Evil claws Sanada’s face! Evil whips, but Sanada avoids the bare buckles! Evil runs in but is sent into those buckles! Then Sanada hits a BIG back suplex! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada stalks Evil to the ropes, drags him back in and whips, but Evil reverses. But Sanada dropkicks the leg! Then he dropkicks Evil! Dick & Kanemaru storm up, but Sanada kicks the rope to jam them up!

Fans fire up as Sanada now ties Dick up in a Paradise Lock! And then he does the same to traitorous Kanemaru! They’re side by side and fans fire up! Sanada DOUBLE DROPKICKS them outta paradise! Sho is upset, but Sanada DECKS him! Sanada DECKS Yujiro, then PLANCHAS Sho! Then he PLANCHAS Yujiro! Fans fire up as Murder Machine and Tokyo Pimp go down! Wait, where is Evil going? He stole the belt again, and is going up the bleachers! But J5G is in hot pursuit! Taichi, Taka and Yuya SMACK Evil into the door! And stomp away on him! Douki & Taka get the belt, then Taichi & Yuya drag Evil back to ringside!

Fans cheer as Evil is forced to face justice! Sanada stalks Evil to a corner but Evil begs for mercy. Sanada isn’t falling for that and he drags Evil up, but Evil still kicks low! Evil whips, Sanada reverses, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps cool, paces around Evil and drags him up again. Sanada fireman’s carries but Evil claws the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil CLUBS Sanada, but Sanada kicks. Evil blocks, hands it to Red Shoes, but then Sanada blocks Evil’s kick! Red Shoes lets Sanada go and Sanada ROCKS Evil! Sanada brings Evil up to UPPERCUT, and then he runs. But Evil goes to the corner, but Sanada ROCKS him first!

Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS, runs, but Red Shoes is pulled in the way! The ROLLING ELBOW takes Red Shoes down! Evil pulls Sanada around to TOSS him out, and the House stomps away! J5G storms up but the brawl is on again! The House even throws the other refs aside before sending J5G into railing! Yujiro puts Sanada in for Evil and the House all gets in. Fans boo as Kanemaru hauls Sanada up. He and SHo double whip Sanada to a corner, then Dick runs in to ELBOW! Sho forearms! Yujiro BOOTS! Kanemaru UPPERCUTS! Evil clotheslines! They snapmare Sanada, turn him upside-down, and Dick goes up, to DICK CHOP!!

Sanada writhes, Evil shouts to a ref, and Sakamoto is in. Cover, TWO!!! Evil is mad at Sakamoto, and TOSSES him out onto Douki! Fans boo as now another ref goes down! Sho drags Sanada up, reels him in, and tucks the arms! STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Evil calls to another ref, and Kenta Sato runs in. Sato checks Red Shoes but Evil drags Sanada up. Evil tells Sato to pay attention. FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Sanada is still in this and Evil is frustrated! Evil tells the booing fans to shut up, and then he drags Sanada up. Fans rally for Sanada, but Evil fireman’s carries. But Sanada fights free!

Evil throws hands, whips Sanada but Sanada goes up and out and springboards in to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! J5G coach Sanada, House of Torture coaches Evil, and both men rise. Evil and Sanada go to opposite corners, and Sanada runs in, but into a boot! Sanada shakes that off, comes back in, but into another boot! Evil runs, but Sanada dodges to fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, TWO! Evil is still in this but Sanada points up. Sanada drags Evil up into the dragon sleeper! But Evil fights and snapmares free. Sanada returns but the Shining Wizard is blocked! DARK SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!

Sanada endures, J5G coaches him on, and Sanada reaches out! Evil sits deep but Sanada powers up! But Sanada falls over! Evil shouts to give up but the fans rally up! Sanada grits his teeth, gives it another go, and he has the ROPEBREAK! Evil holds until Sato counts 4! Evil argues with the ref and the fans rally up. Evil drags Sanada back up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and the House is frustrated! Evil paces around, slashes his throat and vows to end this. Evil tells Sanada to get up, and then drags him up. EVERY- NO, Sanada blocks and throws elbows!

Evil LARIATS! Sanada wobbles but stays up! Sanada shakes his head, eggs Evil on, so Evil runs to LARIAT! Sanada drops to his knees and fans rally up behind him! Evil wants Sato to call this as he stands on Sanada’s back. Evil tells the fans to shut up, and he throws off his elbow pads. Evil stands Sanada up, runs, but Sanada ducks and reels Evil in! MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down and fans rally up again! Sanada drags Evil to a drop zone and he goes up! ROUNDING- NO, Evil moves! Sanada lands out, cravat, SHIRANUI into SKULL END!! Evil flails but he’s in the body scissors as J5G keeps the House down!

Wait, the bell rings? Dick did that to trick everyone!! The House attack J5G in the confusion! Sanada lets Evil go to figure this out, but Evil SHOVES Sanada into Sato and Sato hits buckles! Dick RAMS Sanada into a corner, DECKS Him, but Douki runs in to arm-drag Dick away! Douki builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit on Dick into railing! But Sho has his Murder Tool! But Taichi SUPERKICKS Sho, then hoists him up, BLACK MEPHISTO! Kanemaru is in! WHISKEY MIST, and BOTTLE SHOT! But Taka BOOTS Kanemaru, then scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Fans fire up, but then the PIMP CANE hits Taka!

Yuya gets in, he blocks a pimp cane shot, and he kicks Yujiro low! Yuya tosses the cane to clinch, KANUKI!! But Evil reels Yuya in! Yuya fights off Everything to DROPKICK! SHINING WIZARD from Sanada!!! Sanada goes up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!!! Fourth ref Marty Asami is here, so Sanada goes up again! ROUNDING BODY PRESS!!!! Cover, but Dick YANKS Marty outta the ring!!! Fans boo, Yuya chases Dick into the ring! Dick begs for mercy, but then Evil LOW BLOWS Yuya! And LOW BLOWS Sanada! Dick BLASTS Douki! Fans boo the House as they again have control of the situation!

Dick puts a chair in the ring and Evil takes it. Evil drags Sanada up, lines it up, HEADSHOT!!! Sanada flops over and fans boo as hard as they can. Evil just soaks it up! Dick joins in, he and Evil drag Sanada up, MAGIC KILLER!!! But they need a ref! Do they even have a fifth ref? No, but Red Shoes is back on his feet so Dick forces him into the ring. Evil covers, Red Shoes takes his time to walk over, hesitates, and then tells Evil F U!! Evil is pissed but what can he do? Red Shoes flips Dick off, too! Sanada RAMS Evil into Dick, O’Conner BRIDGE!! TWO!!! Evil runs in to LARIAT Sanada down! Fans boo but Evil tells Red Shoes he better do his job.

Evil drags Sanada up, but Sanada clinches! But Evil slips free! Kick and HEADLOCK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!??! Sanada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Evil slashes his throat, hauls Sanada back up, EVERYTHING IS- NO, Sanada steals EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!! J5G is back up and Taichi shouts to Sanada to end this! Sanada grits his teeth, fans rally up as hard as they can, and Sanada drags himself up. Sanada aims from a corner, runs in, BLINDISDE SHINING WIZARD!! Sanada shouts for Evil to rise, and then SHINING WIZARDS again!! Sanada hauls Evil back up, for DEAD FALL!!! Cover, Sanada wins!!!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

It was a hard fought battle, and the House brought out every single trick they knew, but it was not going to stop the Cold Skull! Certainly not with his mentor, Keiji Mutoh, on commentary! Will Evil and his cohorts ever learn their lesson?

As for Sanada, not only is he going to WrestleKingdom in January, he apparently gets a one YEAR supply of Kantansu brand vinegar. Huh. And then Mutoh gets in the ring so that he can personally hand the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to Sanada as NJPW’s ABEMA TV pro-wrestling ambassador! They even stand together for the photo op. Fans cheer, and Taichi helps Sanada put the belt back on. Fans then chant for Sanada as he gets the mic, but wait! Here comes Tetsuya Naito and his Right to Challenge tote bag. Naito enters the ring, gets a mic and says, “BUENAS NOCHES, RYOGOKU~!”

Naito is pretty sure the fans aren’t as excited for Sanada’s gift as they are for an LIJ roll call. Maybe on January 4th, 2024 at the Tokyo Dome, the fans will get what they didn’t four years ago. That said, Naito knows Sanada will tell him to buzz off. But before then, Naito will just take his leave. Adios! The fans cheer the stare down photo op, then Naito exits. Sanada picks up his mic to finally say, “Ryogoku audience, everyone watching at home… Some of you might know that 18 years ago, I took a tryout for NJPW. And in that tryout, the only person to pass was Tetsuya Naito. I failed, but now, the failure is the world champion and Naito is the challenger. What do you think of that?

“On January 4th, I’m looking forward to our match. So, shall we do ‘that?’ The gift?” Fans like that, and the stars slowly come out as the lights come down. Sanada says Just5Guys welcomes their newest member, Yuya. Fans chant for Yuya and he waves to them. Sanada says thanks for all the cheers and applause, he won’t forget this night. And with Just5Guys, Mutoh, and all of them here, he is grateful to them all. January 4th, Tokyo Dome, WrestleKingdom 18, Sanada promises to explode! “OI, Ryogoku! See You Next Time!” The streamers fly and Sanada has his belt as J5G hoist him onto his shoulders! But who wins when Sanada and his former team leader face off in the New Year?


My Thoughts:

An awesome event for NJPW, and so much of importance this time! The Frontier Zone thing was kickoff show, I didn’t even think it’d be on the recording but it was, and it sure looked like a lot of fun. I definitely had to get the opening Six Man Tag with Just5Guys bringing in their new member, and great spot for returning Yuya Uemura. Heat Storm is a great polar opposite concept to Cold Skull Sanada, who knows if anything comes of that. Great Junior Tag title match, Connors & Drilla retaining made some sense with Super Junior Tag League coming and these Heel champs being the ones to topple.

The Best of 7 finale was pretty good, though I obviously didn’t cover any of the other six matches. But given the very first one of these ended in a time limit draw, and Team Strong Style came in leading the series, it made a lot of sense that Shota’s team won here to end things in a draw. It keeps Shota and Narita, two of the Reiwa Three Musketeers, even as they continue building themselves. Great NJPW Strong tag title match, and a great surprise that ELP & Leo won. And for that matter, great surprise that all three matches when the way of Guerrillas of Destiny. I skimmed Loa VS Chase and Loa beat Chase quick. Then the NJPW Strong tag titles, and then Tama beats Finlay to win the NEVER title back after an awesome match, but I don’t know where that leaves Bullet Club War Dogs.

Great NEVER Six Man titles, and as I figured, they didn’t worry about overplaying the Impact story of Alexander and Shelley being at odds, until later on with the classic miscue spot. I’m sure Impact will do a good job playing off this, though, as they build to Shelley VS Alexander at Bound For Glory. Okada, Tanahashi & Ishii are a great trio, I can’t see anyone taking these titles off them, even at WrestleKingdom. Awesome Triple Threat for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, and while it’s a shame Lio couldn’t be in it, Yoh did a great job jumping in for him. Hiromu retaining made sense, and a really good return for Taiji here. Maybe Taiji dethrones Hiromu after having the full match they meant to have when Taiji got hurt.

And of course, great main event, though not much of a “death match.” Maybe that was just a fancy way of dressing up how the factions were present, but it was pretty much just standard House of Torture stuff. Probably went a beat too long but you gotta love Red Shoes having his moment as being a person with his own morality and not just a ref that does what he’s told. Sanada wins, which gives him a great moment with Mutoh there, and Naito even has a bit of fun just reminding everyone that Naito VS Sanada is the WrestleKingdom main event. That is going to be great stuff, and it is going in line with Naito’s story of wanting to main event WK one last time.

No idea if Naito, though. It’s hard to say if Sanada’s popularity is waning, but if it’s supposed to be Naito’s send off, I’d say Sanada wins. Plus, it just feels like Sanada, Naito’s former LIJ subordinate, is going to show Naito that he is now the better wrestler. Sanada’s quick little story pointed that out, where Sanada didn’t meet NJPW’s standards at first, but look at him now. That’d be the real crowning moment for Sanada at WrestleKingdom, and it’d probably be a great honor for Naito to put over one of the guys he helped bring into NJPW.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (2/24/24)

The Collision Cowboys ride again!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Hobbs wins.
  • FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions; FTR wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson; White, Colten & Billy win.
  • Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost; Deeb wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama; Bryan wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!

Just last night on Rampage, The Spanish God called out the Don Callis Family, and then got jumped by the Don Callis Family! Callis and the rest of the family has been banned from ringside, as has Chris Jericho, this must be settled between Sammy and Hobbs! Will there be anything left of Sammy to return home to his wife and daughter? Or will The Book of Hobbs call for no mercy and no remains?

The moment Hobbs hops off the corner, Sammy JUMP KNEES! The bell rings, Sammy runs up to JUMP KNEE again! Hobbs staggers around, but he catches Sammy to TOSS him to a corner! Hobbs runs in, Sammy dodges and RAMS in! Sammy ENZIGIRS, Hobbs staggers, and Sammy springboards, FLYING CUTTER! The fans fire up as Hobbs staggers back to his feet. Sammy runs up to clothesline Hobbs and himself out of the ring! Sammy shouts, “I’m a freakin’ Collider now!” Sammy gets the steel steps in place and the fans fire up. Sammy comes back to whip Hobbs but Hobbs reverses! Sammy leaps the steps!

Hobbs runs up, but Sammy sends him into railing! Sammy repositions the steps, gets space and runs in, to use the steps to LEAP! But Hobbs catches Sammy, and WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM on the steps!! Sammy writhes and flounders away but Hobbs tells the ref to get outta the way. The fans boo, Hobbs soaks it up, and Hobbs drags Sammy up. Hobbs says Sammy wanted this, and he brings Sammy around to DECK him with a haymaker! The fans duel, Hobbs scoops Sammy, APRON POWERSLAM! And again! And again! Hobbs then SLINGS Sammy into railing! The fans fire up as Hobbs says one more time!

Hobbs hauls Sammy back up, for a fake out. Hobbs doesn’t do what the fans want him to do, he does what he wants. Hobbs moves the other set of steps around, brings Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into railing! Hobbs asks Kevin Kelley what he’s going on about but Kevin isn’t sure Hobbs means. Hobbs tells Kevin to stand up so Kevin does, and then Hobbs demands Kevin hand over his belt. His belt? Hobbs tells him again, give over the belt. Kevin gives in and hands said belt over. Hobbs then takes the belt and uses it to LASH Sammy on the back! Fans are torn but Hobbs LASHES Sammy again!

Sammy writhes, Nigel tells Kevin this is his fault. Hobbs winds up, Sammy dodges the belt to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK again! Sammy grabs a chair, and he SMACKS Hobbs with it! And then HEADSHOT! Hobbs flounders against railing but the fans fire up as Sammy stalks him. Sammy tosses Hobbs the chair to KICK it into him! Then Sammy cravats, uses the steps, but Hobbs turns the cutter into a TOSS over the railing! Sammy’s leg clips the top, but Hobbs hauls him back up and over! But Sammy slips free, and CUTTERS to the steps!! Sammy gets the belt now and he LASHES Hobbs in return!

Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table! The fans fire up as Sammy sets the table up nearby. Sammy has security move aside, so he can slide that chair off the table and into Hobbs! Sammy then adds another table! If one is good, more must be better! The fans fire up with Sammy as he has those side by side. Hobbs goes to the apron but Sammy climbs up. Sammy aims and leaps, but Hobbs catches him again!! And he SPINEBUSTERS Sammy through the tables!!! All of Springfield, Missouri lose their minds while the ref checks on both men, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Hobbs snarls as he slowly rises up out of the wreckage. Sammy stirs but Hobbs clears out the debris to bring him up. Hobbs HEADBUTTS Sammy and Sammy staggers away. Sammy gets in the ring but Hobbs pursues. Hobbs climbs the corner?! Hobbs then FLYING LARIATS! The Powerhouse proves he can fly, then he covers, TWO!! Sammy survives but Hobbs grinds him into the mat! Hobbs talks trash on Sammy while he fishhooks the nose and pulls on the ear! Hobbs then drags Sammy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Sammy drops to his knees. Hobbs looms over Sammy, eggs him on, and the fans rally up.

Hobbs talks more trash, stands Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into another corner! Collision returns to single picture as Sammy crawls around. Hobbs looms over Sammy again, slaps him around, and then whips him into another corner! Hobbs runs up, Sammy dodges and Hobbs hits buckles! Sammy uses the corner to help in the torture rack! Fans fire up as Sammy carries Hobbs, and GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, TWO?!? Hobbs survives and Sammy is shocked! The fans rally as Sammy hurries to find himself something more. Sammy takes a monitor from the timekeeper!

Sammy brings the equipment into the ring, MONITOR SHOT!! But that’s not enough so Sammy looks around outside. He finds another table! The fans are thunderous as table number three is put in the ring. Sammy hurries after Hobbs but Hobbs LARIATS Sammy inside-out! Hobbs storms around, grabs the table for his own and sets that up near a corner. Hobbs goes back for Sammy as the fans rally up, and Hobbs hauls Sammy up. Sammy JAWBREAKERS back! Hobbs wobbles, but Sammy SUPERKICKS! Hobbs still wobbles, so Sammy springboards and FLYING- NO, Hobbs catches him again! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!!

Sammy survives and now Hobbs is furious! Hobbs runs to BOOT Sammy down! Hobbs goes out while Sammy flops off the apron. Hobbs looks around under the ring, and he brings out a fourth table! The fans fire up as Hobbs brings this one to the ramp side. Hobbs sets that up, stomps Sammy to keep him down, then he goes to fetch a fifth table! The fans are thunderous, this might be the most tables in a non-table match! Hobbs hauls Sammy up, scoops him, and aims, but Sammy slips free to POST Hobbs first! Sammy fires up again while Hobbs staggers around. Sammy chugs a fan’s beer, then SMASHES Hobbs with the bottle!

The fans fire up as Hobbs ends up on the tables! The fans give Sammy another beer, to SMASH it on Hobbs again! Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a LADDER! The fans are loving it, because now we’ve entered TLC territory! Sammy gets that ladder in the ring while the fans lose their minds! Sammy moves table number three outta the way so he can stand his ladder up. And it’s a big ladder! Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” because this is extra crazy even for Sammy! Sammy climbs to the second highest rung, takes aim, and shoutout to Jeff Hardy! SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as the ref checks Sammy. Sammy gets Hobbs up and into the ring and the fans fire up again. “This is Awesome!” as Sammy takes table number three and sets it back up! Hobbs flounders, Sammy pushes him onto that table and punches him down. Sammy then goes to the corner, which is comparatively short, but Hobbs shoves the ref into Sammy!! Sammy is stuck on the top rope and Hobbs snarls as he storms up after him! Hobbs brings Sammy up for the scoop! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, Hobbs wins!!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

All that damage done to Hobbs and he still took the win! Is there no stopping the Don Callis Family with the Powerhouse behind it?

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley is with Claudio Castagnoli as he shares a story. “When Claudio first comes to America, he shows up at the gym to train with William Regal and Dave Taylor. When Dave pulls up, Claudio’s sitting on the front step, there’s no cars around. Dave says, ‘How’d you get here?’ Claudio says, ‘I walked.’ Dave says, ‘From the airport? 20+ miles?’ Claudio says, ‘Yeah.'” That was day one. You think 20 minutes is a lot to Claudio? It’s nothing, he’s a freak. Moxley is a freak in a different way, needing to get hit in the face a couple times just to wake up. And while Moxley’s not a sprinter, he can run all day and all night.

You will never win a war of attrition with the BCC. When it’s a game of who can endure, you have no chance. But the BCC don’t get paid by the hour and they don’t wanna wrestle like they do. So time limit draws for them are unsatisfactory. So congrats, FTR, you pissed them off! Good job. But if you wanna challenge them for Revolution, you wanna pay homage to tag team wrestling in one of the wrestling Meccas, Greensboro, North Carolina, they accept. The four of them will show the world that all that history is just that. This is 2024, this is AEW, the BCC are the elite of the elite, and this sport evolves.

Claudio, what’s Moxley thinking of right now? Well, tag team wrestling, Midnight Express, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Arn ‘n’ Tully, Crockett Promotions, its entire history. And about FTR, how they look to the past, how they wanna bring back the past. The BCC looks to the future. The BCC creates the style and the wrestling that they wanna see today. So FTR, if you wanna live in the past, fine. But if you wanna step into the future, that path is through them! And all you have to do is just be better than Moxley & Claudio.

Moxley also keeps thinking, that can’t be all that FTR had. Because it feels like they unloaded all their heavy artillery, every magazine, while the BCC barely pulled the trigger. If FTR want to be big names in Greensboro, then they’ll have to swim in deep, deep waters. Claudio tells FTR to bring the whole bag of tricks, because they’ll need it. The match is set, but just how far will both teams go to settle the score?

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler are ready for another fight with the BCC, but for right now, they’ve got the STP! Will the #TopGuys still be FTR? Or will Lee Moriarty & Shane Taylor himself prove they’re in that conversation now?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Lee and Dax tie up, Lee waistlocks and headlocks, then wrenches to hammerlock. Lee shoves Dax then claps at him, but Dax keeps it cool. Dax tags Cash, Cash runs up but Lee avoids him. The two feel things out, tie up and go around, then break the deadlock. They reset, tie up again, and Lee wrenches to spin Cash and wrangle him. Lee steps over, has La Magistrol, TWO! Lee pushes Cash around and then dances at him. Cash storms up but Lee backs off. Lee smirks at Cash then resets with him. They tie up, Lee headlocks, but Cash powers out.

Cash drops, drops, and hurdles to then ELBOW Lee down! Then arm-drag! Cash has the armlock and he slaps Lee around. Cash tags Dax, whips Lee, drop toehold and elbow drop! Fans rally up and Dax brings Lee up. Dax wrenches but Lee powers him to the corner! Tag to Shane but Dax gets away. Shane and Dax circle, talk some trash, and tie up. Dax headlocks, Shane powers up and out, but Dax RAMS him! Shane says not today! Dax runs again, RAMS again, but Shane stays up. Dax RAMS Shane again, and again, but Shane scoops! Dax slips free, waistlocks, but Shane bucks the O’Conner. Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges, but stays back to avoid hands.

The fans fire up as Dax and Shane reset, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Shane powers up and out, Dax SHOTGUNS him! Shane comes back but Dax avoids the senton! Dax wrenches, but Shane LARIATS! Shane drags Dax up, tags Lee, and STP mugs Dax. Lee throws knees, snapmares Dax and basement dropkicks! Lee drags Dax up, ROCKS hi, but Dax puts him in a corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Dax brings Lee around, wrenches, but Lee ROCKS Dax! And CHOPS him! Dax CHOPS again! And again! Lee swings, Dax ducks and picks Lee up, but Shane tags in before the atomic drop! Lee hobbles away, Dax ROCKS Shane!

Dax runs up to whip Lee but Lee reverses. Dax rebounds off buckles to CLOBBER Lee, but Shane CLOBBERS Dax! Cover, TWO! Dax survives, Shane talks trash on Cash, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Dax up, puts him in a corner, then winds up to CHOP! Dax sputters and Shane talks more trash. Shane stands Dax up, winds up, and CHOPS again! Shane keeps Dax in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Dax falls back! Shane talks more trash to Cash but the ref keeps Cash back. Shane tags Lee, STP mugs Dax and Lee puts Dax in a corner. Lee fires forearms, then climbs up to rain down fists! Lee gloats but Dax CHOPS from below! Lee stomps but Dax CHOPS! They clinch, go around, and end up on ropes. Shane tags in, he throws hands on Dax! Shane scoops and SLAMS Dax, then stares Cash down while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shane has Dax in a bearhug! Dax endures the squeeze but the fans rally up. The ref checks Dax, the hand drops once. The hand drops twice! But then Dax comes back to life! And he BITES Shane’s forehead! The ref reprimands but Shane lets Dax go. Dax back suplexes, but falls over under Shane! Shane covers, TWO! Tag to Lee, and STP gets Dax up. Lee whips Dax but Dax turns the back drop into a cradle! TWO, and Dax CHOPS! Dax puts on a SLEEPER, but Lee RAMS him iont a corner! Tag to Shane, Dax fires hands on STP! Dax swings, Lee gets around to IRON OCTOPUS!

Shane runs up to KNEE Dax! Dax staggers to a corner, Shane clotheslines, then URENAGES! Shane goes up the corner, Cash shouts to Dax, but Shane leaps! Shane FLOPS as Dax moves! Dax and Shane crawl, hot tag to Lee! Lee drags Dax back but Dax hops up and up and hot tags Cash! Cash rallies on Lee, JAB, JAB and HAYMAKER! HAYMAKER for Shane! CHOP for Lee! Cash UPPERCUTS Lee, CHOPS him, then brings Lee out to LARIAT! Shane storms up but Cash spins him and UPPERCUTS! Cash runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and LARIATS Shane down! Fans fire up but Lee is back! Cash gets around, SLEEPER, into UPPERCUT!

Lee rebounds, into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and bails out while the fans fire up. Cash drags Lee up from the apron, suplexes, but Shane trips Cash! Lee lands on Cash, TWO! Lee waistlocks, Cash switches, but Lee switches! Cash bucks the O’Conner but Lee distracts the ref so Shane can DECK Cash! Lee rolls Cash up, TWO!!! Cash survives but Lee brings him up. Lee whips Cash at the corner but Cash BLASTS Shane! Cash goes up and over Lee, then does it again! Tag to Dax, sunset flip leads to the pop-up, BULLDOG BOMB! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

BCC said FTR live in the past, but they used an old school finisher to win! Cash gets the mic now as the fans chant for FTR, and Cash says, “So a few weeks ago, Jon Moxley said, ‘Step up, and get stepped on.'” The fans boo that, but Cash tells Moxley, FTR is like a couple roaches. It’ll take much more than getting stepped to kill them! The fans cheer that! So that said, if BCC has anything more to say, they know where FTR’s gonna be. Dax tells Moxley & Claudio that he heard everything they had to say. They talked about differing styles and different eras, how FTR are throwbacks and the past is what they care about.

“That’s not what this is about. Moxley, you’ve been here since almost the beginning. For almost five years, you’ve been the king of AEW. This is your castle! This is your house, Mox! And I see you, Mox. And I see Claudio, and I see Bryan. I see you walk around the back, and people cower and they fear and they drop their eyes because they’re afraid of you. I think the reason you’re pissed off is you found a couple guys who ain’t scared of you.” The fans cheer that, too! FTR ain’t scared. But if Moxley is the king and this is his castle, it’s been said that to be a king, you gotta kill a king. So Revolution, FTR comes for the king’s head. #TopGuysOut!

The fans fire up as Dax & Cash are ready to be more elite than the elite of the elite! Will either team be left standing after the Revolution?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

La Mera Mera is ranked #2 in the Women’s Division, and we know the AEW Women’s World Championship is spoken for in terms of a challenger. Will Rosa then look to solidify her spot in the TBS Championship chase?

The bell rings and Rosa circles with Monroe. They tie up, go around, and Rosa waistlocks to SLAM Monroe down. Rosa then facelocks, waistlocks, but Monroe switches. Rosa pries the hold to switch, hammerlock, and then chicken wing! Rosa wants the crossface, too, but Monroe wrenches out to hammerlock back. Monroe pulls hair, talks trash and CLUBS Rosa. Rosa gets mad now. Monroe whips, Rosa reverses and CHOPS! Monroe goes to a corner, and Rosa CHOPS her again! Rosa fires off forearms then bumps Monroe off buckles! Rosa says this is how you climb the ladder! Rosa CHOPS Monroe again!

Rosa winds up but Monroe ducks this chop to stomp Rosa in return. Monroe pie faces and CHOPS Rosa, then CHOPS! Monroe winds up, UPPERCUTS, then snapmares! Monroe cartwheels but Rosa avoids the boot! Rosa rolls Monroe then basement KNEES Monroe down! The fans fire up and Rosa runs side to side, DROPKICK against ropes! Monroe sputters but Rosa drags her up. Fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Rosa roars, wants Monroe back up, and Monroe slowly rises. The fans rally as Rosa reels her in. Rosa puts on out, package and TIJUANA BOMB! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

“You see this? I’m climbing the ladder, because as we know, Thunder Rosa knows how to work hard.” Rosa vows this is her time, will her comeback be unstoppable?

 

Backstage interview with Kris Statlander, Willow Nightingale & Stokely Hathaway.

Renee Paquette is with The Galaxy’s Greatest, The Babe with the Power and #BigStoke, bringing up the “choice words” from Skye Blue & Julia Hart last night on Rampage. What is their reaction? Stokely wants to start by saying he doesn’t appreciate that hostility. What happened last week, he apologized for. Did he put it on social media at like 3AM and then delete it five minutes later? Absolutely! But the past is the past. Stat said it best, they worry about the future, and that includes those two- Willow says think before you speak, Stokely. “Ho…ly cow, you got something to say.”

And Kris points out Skye is always looking for a fight, so maybe, since they’re 1-1, they go 1v1 next week and Kris beats dat ass. This eclectic trio is ready to fight it out, but will they be able to tear down The House of Black?

 

Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson!

As the Bang Bang Scissor Gang looks to dominate all of AEW & ROH, they are trying a team remix! Max Caster has a rap for the occasion! “Acclaimed & The Bang Bang, we the real savages. ‘Bout to bring the fight like me against management! These guys’re so mad, they prolly see red!” Oh no, Caster loses the flow! This is a travesty! Bowens takes over to say, “SPRIIINGFIELD, MIZZOU-REEE~! The Bang Bang Scissor Gang has arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass!” And he does~! Will Billy, his son Colten, and the Switchblade make a killer trio? Or will they all end up sipping the Savage Sauce?

The trios sort out and White wants to start, but so does Billy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” so White says okay, Billy can start. Billy stares down Beefcake Boulder and the two circle. They tie up, Billy headlocks but Boulder powers up and out! Billy RAMS Boulder, neither falls, and Boulder shows off #TiddyCity! Billy says okay, “SUCK IT!” and eye poke! Billy then runs Boulder over! The fans fire up, Billy runs and drops an elbow, but Boulder moves! Boulder then runs Billy over! Boulder swivels hips, tags Bulk Bronson, and they get Billy up. It’s time to visit the city! But Billy turns it around and shoves Bronson into Boulder!

Billy brings Bronson over, tags Colten, and they whip, body shot, BOOT and DROPKICK! The father-son combo has the fans fired up, and Colten brings Bronson up. Colten whips Bronson to a corner as White argues with Jacked Jameson. Colten goes to a corner, finger guns with his dad, but Jameson now argues with Billy. The ref is busy breaking those two up as Colten runs in, Boulder pulls Bronson to safety! Colten tumbles up and out and to the floor! Austin and Bowens check on Colten but Bronson SMACKS Colten off the apron! Bronson puts Colten in, covers, ONE!! Bronson drags Colten up and FLAPJACKS him off buckles!

Bronson goes up the ropes to HIP DROP Colten! Tag to Jameson, he HIP DROPS Colten! Boulder tags in, he stomps around and the fans fire up. Boulder brings Colten up, to suplex high and hard! Boulder then says bang bang to mock BBSG. Boulder shakes those hips, tags Jameson, and they double whip Colten, only for Colten to BLAST Bronson! Colten DUMPS Boulder, ELBOWS Jameson, hot tag to White! White may have sniped that one, but he CHOPS Jameson down! And he gets Bronson by his hair, and CHOPS! White CHOPS Jameson, fires off JABS then CHOPS! JAB, CHOP, repeat! CHOP, CHOP, and CHOP!

Bronson runs in but White sends him into Jameson! White then CHOPS Bronson! White whips Bronson but Bronson reverses. Bronson runs up but White dumps him out hard! Jameson runs up but into an URENAGE Cover, Boulder runs in, but White moves! The SPLASH hits Jameson! Boulder freaks out, and White kicks low! Billy gets in, FAMOUSER! The fans fire up as that sends Boulder tumbling! White CHOPS Bronson, Colten CLOBBERS him out of the ring! White shrugs and gets Jameson for the BLADERUNNER!! Cover, BBSG wins!

Winners: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

It was a rocky start but a smooth finish as the hybrid trio works out! Will this super group be untouchable all the way to the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Lexi Nair is with the American Dragon ahead of his main event match tonight against Jun Akiyama. Some consider this a dream match. Bryan says yes, but what Lexi didn’t say and should’ve said is that this the legendary Jun Akiyama. This is a man Bryan respects as one of the greatest wrestlers in history! Someone who is Eddie Kingston’s hero! And Eddie will be on commentary tonight, watching Bryan wrestle one of the greatest wrestlers, and beat him. Bryan vows to defeat the man that is Eddie’s hero. Bryan wants to make it clear, he respects Jun Akiyama and every single thing he has done. But do you know who Bryan does NOT respect? Eddie Kingston.

Bryan says Eddie just made this thing, that their match at Revolution is about a handshake. That if Eddie wins, Bryan has to shake Eddie’s hand and show him respect, and he thinks that’ll kill Bryan inside. And maybe it will. Because Bryan does NOT respect Eddie, and do you know why? Because if Eddie was asked to do a promo, do you know how he’d do it? Lexi’s interviewed him, right? And what would he say? “Oh, the boom! Oh the lights! Oh, you’ve got shoes on! Oh!” Then he’d say this, that and whatever, storm off and that’s it. He is NOT a professional, has NEVER been a professional!

Bryan has known Eddie for 20 YEARS, and Eddie is someone who had more potential than anybody Bryan has ever met, and he WASTED it! WASTED it until just this last year! But not only does Bryan not respect Eddie, Eddie’s waste of potential just pisses Bryan off. That is why Bryan will win against Eddie at Revolution for the Continental Triple Crown. The American Dragon wants to destroy the Mad King, but will he start with the Japanese legend?

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

The Bounty Hunter wants gold, but he’ll have to step into the shadows first. The House of Black has been nothing but brutal and sadistic, will Malakai add Keith to the body count?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Keith stares Malakai down, and both men hear the fans cheering. Malakai and Keith circle, tie up, and Keith wrenches and wristlocks. Malakai moves around, spins through and wrenches to snapmare. Malakai headlocks but Keith slips out to wrench and wristlock again. Malakai snapmares and chinlocks but Keith wrenches out again. Malakai breaks free, tripos Keith but Keith kicks him away. Malakai storms back up but Keith trips him to cover, ONE! The two stand off and the fans rally up. Malakai and Keith reset and circle again. They tie up, Malakai ROCKS Keith, then ROCKS him again!

Malakai whips, Keith reverses but things speed up. Keith BOOTS Malakai down! Fans fire up with Keith and he storms up on Malakai. Keith ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! Malakai KNEES Keith away, but Keith KICKS in return! And KICKS! Malakai KICKS back! Keith steps over, snap suplexes, and he then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Malakai snarls but the fans rally with Keith. Keith brings Malakai around, reels him in, underhooks, but Malakai slips free of the lift! Keith fireman’s carries but Malakai slips free to KICK! Malakai blocks a kick to ELBOW Keith down! Keith goes to the apron and Malakai drags him up.

Keith GAMANGIRIS back, but Malakai BOOTS Keith down! Keith hits railing on the way down and Malakai snarls as Collision goes picture in picture.

Keith sits up, clutches the back of his head, and Malakai goes out after him. Malakai drags Keith up, KICKS him against railing, then BOOTS him! Keith staggers away, Malakai runs up and BOOTS him again! Malakai has Keith against railing, KICKS him again, and Keith drops to his knees. Malakai stands Keith up to put him in the ring. Malakai runs up but Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Malakai is in a corner but Keith whips him corner to corner. Keith runs up, blocks a boot, but Malakai KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Malakai keeps his eyes on Keith, then pushes him down for a knee drop!

Malakai paces while Keith checks his face. Malakai drags Keith up, but Keith CHOPS! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Keith down! Cover, TWO! Keith stays in this but Malakai stays on him with a scoop and SLAM! Malakai drops another knee, then covers, TWO! Malakai keeps cool and he clamps onto Keith with a chinlock. Keith sputters as he endures, and he fights up to his feet. Keith throws body shots, then knees, but Malakai knees in return! And UPPERCUTS! Keith ROCKS Malakai with a forearm but Malakai gives it back! They go shot for shot, Collision returns to single picture, and Malakai snapmares to KICK Keith!

Malakai stands Keith back up but Keith drags him into a cradle, TWO! Keith ROCKS Malakai, Malakai hits back, then Malakai blocks a boot. Keith dodges, Malakai dodges, but Keith DECKS Malakai! And LARIATS! The fans rally as Keith LARIATS again! Keith scoops for the EXPLODER! Malakai slowly rises and the fans fire up! Keith fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up for Keith as he aims at Malakai. Keith drags Malakai up, underhooks, but Malakai fights and the leg gives up! Malakai shoves Keith to a corner, but Keith pops Malakai up. The knee still holds Keith back so Malakai CLUBS Keith on the back.

Malakai waistlocks but Keith elbows free, and uses ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! A standing count starts but the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10, but they stir at 6. Keith and Malakai both sit up like a Deadman! Then they stand and fire forearms again! Keith KICKS, Malakai forearms, they fire more shots, then Malakai KICKS! Keith ROCKS Malakai, but Malakai trips Keith! Keith blocks the knee to fire boxing elbows! ROLLING- NO, Malakai knees low and sweeps the legs! Malakai runs up to BOOT Keith to a corner! Malakai runs in, is put on the apron, but he ROCKS Keith first!

Malakai goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Malakai wobbles up top and fans fire up! Keith climbs, brings Malakai into a clinch, but Malakai throws down elbows! Malakai HEADBUTTS Keith down, adjusts, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Keith sputters, Malakai BOOTS and JUMP KNEES! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Keith escapes and Malakai is stunned! The fans fire up but Malakai brings Keith up. The fans rally, Malakai takes aim, BLACK- NO, Keith ducks! KNEE! And then underhooks! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives and the fans are thunderous!

Keith goes to a corner, gets his bad leg moving, and he aims at Malakai. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin runs into THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

The Dark Father returned to singles action, and he was victorious! But then the lights go out? Why? Malakai’s already here! But then the lights come on and Mark Briscoe is here with a kendo stick! Malakai wants Mark to show mercy, but here come Buddy & Brody! Mark dodges Buddy to SMACK Brody! And then a SMACK for Buddy! Mark ducks the heel kick to UPPERCUT! Mark gets the kendo stick back, takes aim again, but then thinks of something else. He has a STEEL SPIKE! The same kind Julia Hart stabbed Mark with just a couple weeks ago! Mark aims at Malakai, but Malakai dodges! The spike stabs the buckle pad!

BLACK MASS, and then DANTE’S INFERNO!! The House of Black took Mark’s revenge and turned it around on him. Will Mark learn that no matter what, The House Always Wins?

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is looking for her path to a championship, and you do that by winning. Deeb had studied up for Kiera Hogan, but cards are subject to change. Will Deeb still pass the pop quiz? Or will she be iced out of the title chase already?

The bell rings and the two circle. Deeb and Frost tie up, and Deeb wrenches to a wristlock. Frost trips Deeb, knuckle lock covers, ONE as Deeb gets a shoulder up. Frost pushes the arm down, ONE as Deeb gets the other arm up. Frost tries again, ONE as Deeb bridges! They stand, go around, and Deeb straitjackets Frost. Frost powers out to straitjacket Deeb in return. Deeb wriggles and wiggles through the straitjacket to put it back on Frost. Deeb brings Frost to her knees, then digs her knees into Frost! Frost endures as she’s bent back, so Deeb tosses her away! The fans cheer and Deeb flexes.

Deeb and Frost tie up, Frost headlocks, but Deeb wrenches out to arm-drag Frost away. Frost goes to a corner, Deeb runs up but Frost BOOTS her! Frost cartwheels over then basement dropkicks Deeb down! Frost whips, Deeb reverses but Frost goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans fire up but Deeb runs Frost over! Deeb says this is HER ring. Things speed up, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags into a takedown, spinning toehold into a TRAILER HITCH! Frost endures, Deeb pulls on the foot, but Frost has the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go quick and fans cheer her own as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb waits on Frost while she’s on the apron. Frost shakes out the legs, steps back in, and then Deeb runs up! Frost puts Deeb in a corner, CHOPS her, but Deeb CHOPS back! Deeb CHOPS but Frost pushes Frost to CHOP again! Frost stomps a mudhole into Deeb, then brings her around for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Deeb flounders to ropes but Frost hobbles over. Deeb kicks low, UPPERCUTS and Frost staggers back. Deeb UPPERCUTS again, swings but Frost dodges the chop to stomp and UPPERCUT! Frost snapmares Deeb and clamps on a headlock. Deeb endures and fights around. Frost facelocks, Deeb still fights up, but Frost throws Deeb down! Cover, TWO!

Deeb goes to ropes but Frost storms over. Frost bumps Deeb off buckles, goes corner to corner and RAMS into Deeb! Then she handsprings and RAMS in again! Frost lets off to then bring Deeb up and CHOP! Deeb sputters while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Frost has Deeb in another clinch. Deeb powers up and out, drops down then blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Frost writhes and Deeb pounds the mat. The fans rally, Deeb winds up and CLOBBERS Frost! And CLOBBERS her! Deeb JABS, JABS and JABS! Deeb winds up, the fans fire up, but Frost kicks low! Frost whips Deeb, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and dodges again, to LARIAT! The fans fire up with Deeb and she shakes the ropes! Deeb drags Frost up, whips her to a corner but Frost reverses. Frost runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb brings her in to KICK! Deeb then goes out, catches Frost in the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb stalks Frost as she staggers away, and then reels her in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Frost survives but Deeb looms over her. Deeb drags Frost up, reels her in, and tucks the arms, DEEB- NO, Frost fights off the Deebtox and back drops free! Deeb goes to a corner, Frost runs up to GAMANGIRI! Deeb staggers, Frost runs up, cartwheel and spin, CHILLA DRILLA! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Frost is furious! Frost aims, spins, but Deeb ducks the roundhouse to ripcord and ELBOW! Then wrench, hammerlock, and PEPSI TWIST! The fans fire up and Deeb gets the leg! HALF CRAB! Frost endures, but taps! Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

The Professor didn’t even need the full Serenity Lock, she’s just that good. Deeb gets the mic and says, “The Women’s Division in AEW is heating up, baby!” Fans cheer that! “Now, I put the locker room on notice when I came back, but I’ll remind you again. Any woman that wants to step up in this ring, any woman that wants to join this Women’s Division, the Professor will be here waiting in Deeb’s Dojo, waiting for the best, because I’m here to elevate this Women’s Division!” The fans cheer that, too! Deeb says, “When The Professor wrestles, the lights don’t turn out. When The Professor wrestles, the picture doesn’t go black ‘n’ white.

“But when The Professor is in the ring, I wrestle! And Serena Deeb is back to claim the division, and I’m here to put the wrestling back in All Elite Wrestling!” The fans fire up for that one! Deeb has called out the champions, will she get to take a title away from one of those champions?

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

Springfield cheers on The Mad King as he joins commentary, just as Bryan said he would. But he isn’t putting on the headset just yet, he must want to wait on the legend. Will Eddie’s hero slay the American Dragon? Or will Bryan beat Blue Thunder like he did Blue Justice?

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

The bell rings and Bryan stares Jun down as the fans rally up. They both hear the fans mixing “YES! YES! YES!” and “HAI! HAI! HAI!” The two circle, feel things out, and Jun backs Bryan down. Bryan gets around, they still look for control, and then knuckle lock. They keep going around, then clinch, then Bryan waistlocks. Jun wrenches but Bryan grabs a leg. Bryan waistlocks, the fans duel, and Jun spins to get the arm. Bryan puts Jun on ropes, the ref counts, and Bryan lets off slowly. Bryan pats Jun on the shoulders then backs away. Jun nods and resets with Bryan. They tie up, Jun headlocks, and he grinds the hold.

Bryan powers up and out but Jun runs him over! Things keep going, Jun runs Bryan over! Bryan trips Jun, turns him over, and hooks up the legs. The fans rally as Bryan grabs at the arms. Jun resists but Bryan pulls the arms back. Jun fights that off, so Bryan STOMPS the knees! Bryan drags Jun, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Bryan drops a knee on the knee and he pulls on the leg! Jun endures, keeps his shoulders up, and the fans rally up. Bryan pulls the leg, Jun reaches out, but Bryan drags him from ropes. Bryan drops an elbow on the knee but Jun catches him for a chinlock! Bryan fights that off but ends up in an ARMBAR!

Bryan rolls, slips out the back and ties up the legs. The fans rally, Bryan has the deathlock and he SNAPS it! Jun endures, Bryan stands up to SNAP it again! Bryan then stands up again, bridges back, MUTA LOCK! Jun endures, claws at Bryan’s face, and the ref reprimands! Jun lets go but Bryan lets the leglock go. Jun hobbles over, stomps Bryan down, then throws hands. Bryan stands but Jun wrenches the arm. Jun twists the wrist and bends the fingers! Then ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan drops to his knees and the fans fire up! Jun stalks Bryan, pushes him and KNEES the arm again and again!

Jun hammerlocks the arm but Bryan fights up. They go around and around and Bryan SLINGS Jun to the floor! Jun stands, but Bryan DIVES into a forearm! Jun evens things up and goes to the apron as Collision goes picture in picture.

Jun stands Bryan up, to APRON EXPLODER! Both men tumble to the floor but Jun stands up first. Bryan sits up and Jun hears the ring count. Jun drags Bryan up, RAMS him into steel steps, then pushes him into the ring. Jun stalks Bryan to a corner, sits him up, and then runs corner to corner for a KNEE! Jun snapmares to a cover, TWO! Bryan is hanging in there but Jun clamps on with a chinlock. Bryan endures as Jun digs his knee into Bryan’s back. Bryan fights up, powers Jun to a corner, and the ref moves aside. Bryan is free, and he KCISK! And KICKS! And KICKS! Jun eggs Bryan on!

Bryan KICKS Jun again and again but Jun just takes it! Jun ROCKS Bryan, snapmares, and runs to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Jun drags him out to the apron! Jun then stomps away on Bryan, but lets off as the ref counts. Jun stomps Bryan again, then shrugs as the ref reprimands. Jun stomps Bryan again and Collision returns to single picture. Jun lines up a shot, and the fans fire up as Jun APRON KNEE DROPS! Bryan flops to the floor and the fans fire up again! The ref checks Bryan, he’s somehow okay to continue, so Jun drags him up. Jun brings Bryan in for a suplex but Bryan fights it! Bryan suplexes Jun to the floor!

Bryan refreshes the ring count, then aims from the apron, FLYING KNEE! Down goes Jun and fans fire up! Bryan drags Bryan up and puts him in. Bryan climbs, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Jun stands and Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Jun ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up again and the fans are with him. Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again! Bryan keeps going, but Jun LARIATS! The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Jun storms back up to Bryan. Jun drags Bryan up but Bryan wrangles him down! LEBELL LOCK!! Jun endures, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Bryan lets go fast but in frustration. Bryan drags Jun around, and he goes to a corner! Bryan climbs up, but Jun stands! Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan! Jun fires more hands, climbs up, and fans fire up with Jun! But Bryan throws body shots! And a HEADBUTT! Jun hops back, Bryan goes up, MISSILE- KNEE!! Jun counters and then reels Bryan in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but Jun keeps his cool. Jun sits Bryan up for knee after knee, then runs, into a takedown! HALF CRAB! Jun endures but Bryan shifts his grip for an ANKLE LOCK! Jun endures again, reaches out, but Bryan reels him in! GERMAN SUPLEX!

Bryan huffs and puffs while the fans fire up! Jun sits up slowly and Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! The fans chant but Jun blocks! Jun CLUBS the leg, then EXPLODERS! The OG Exploder hits and Jun covers, TWO! GUILLOTINE CHOKE! Bryan is stuck in body scissors, too! Bryan fights, pushes, tries to stack but Jun keeps his own shoulders up! The fans rally and Bryan throws body shots! Bryan shifts and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Jun lets go, and then runs up to KNEE Bryan! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES back! And then GERMAN SUPLEX! Jun is right back up! EXPLODER! SLIDING KNEE!!

Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! The fans count along with the standing count, and both men are down at 5 of 10. Bryan and Jun go to corners, the fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” Bryan and Jun stand at 8, and they run in, DOUBLE BUSAIKU KNEES!! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Jun and Bryan rise, and Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan shakes his head, and he ROCKS Jun in return! Jun ROCKS Bryan again, so Bryan ROCKS Jun again! The fans rally as the forearms keep going back and forth! They go faster and faster, and June DECKS Bryan!

The fans fire up again as Jun waits on Bryan. Bryan sit sup, Jun brings him in, fisherman and- NO, Bryan fights and arm-drags free! Jun runs up but into a KNEE from Bryan! Jun falls over but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan goes to the corner, aims, “YES! YES! YES!” Jun rises up, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The American Dragon survives the Japanese legend, and Eddie says he gives Bryan his due. Eddie’s problem with Bryan was never about his talent, the problem is Bryan’s problem with Eddie. Bryan gives Jun his due by shaking his hand. But then Bryan flips Eddie off! So Jun SLAPS Bryan! Jun doesn’t like the disrespect shown and Bryan apologizes. Bryan offers another handshake, Jun takes it, but Bryan LOW BLOWS Jun! Eddie runs up to TACKLE Bryan! The fans fire up as Eddie punches away on Bryan! The ref reprimands but Eddie doesn’t care, he just keeps hitting Bryan! But then Claudio runs up to tackle Eddie!

The BCC beats Eddie down, but then here comes FTR! Cash & Dax brawl with Claudio & Bryan! The fans fire up as FTR runs the BCC off! BREAKING NEWS via Tony Schiavone! Wednesday Night Dynamite, Six Man Tag: FTR & Eddie VS Bryan, Claudio & Moxley! Will the Top Guys and Mad King finally beat some respect into the BCC?


My Thoughts:

A really good Collision here, lots of good story build for both Revolution and just in general. Great opening match with the No Disqualification match, but I’m surprised Hobbs won after all the stuff Sammy was doing. I mean, that’s good for Hobbs, he really should be winning things. Maybe it’s also to build Hobbs up so that when the Don Callis Family ends up fighting Ospreay & Fletcher, Ospreay & Fletcher are made even bigger deals when they beat Hobbs & Takeshita. Good win for Rosa and really good win for Deeb, both are going strong at perhaps just the right time. Deeb also had a really good promo, both should definitely be challenging for titles after Revolution going towards Double or Nothing.

Great trios match for Bang Bang Scissor Gang, and of course there was a moment of dysfunction where White gets the tag and not Billy. BBSG still wins, but I’m more surprised by Caster losing the flow on his rap. If that was legit, I feel bad for him, but maybe he wrote himself into a corner with “red” and the rhymes being bad (something something head, something something dead). I mean, he did just say he and management argue, maybe he held himself back because he didn’t want Tony Khan upset over blatantly naughty rhymes. And also, despite me wanting them to actually go for more gold, it feels like we’re just a moment away from BBSG breaking up and fighting for all the trios titles.

Great match from Bryan Keith and Malakai Black for the hell of it, and it gives Malakai a solid singles win. When Malakai hasn’t had one of those in awhile, that’s only because he hasn’t had a singles match in a long time. A little surprising Mark Briscoe didn’t get away with his ambush. He could’ve just bailed out when Buddy & Brody showed up but I guess that wouldn’t be in-character for Mark. Maybe Keith will be an ally for Mark against The House of Black since FTR is a bit busy right now. Speaking of which, great tag match of FTR VS STP and of course FTR wins. Good promo from BCC to set up the rematch at Revolution, I feel like they should make a point that the time limit isn’t 20 minutes but I can’t even remember if PPVs have time limits on matches.

And great tie-in of BCC with the main event tonight. Bryan VS Jun was a great match, Eddie was great on commentary because he knew Jun’s moveset and style so he was saying what was coming. Bryan won, of course, adding another Triple Crown Champion to the list since he’s coming after Eddie’s Triple Crown. I had a feeling Bryan was going to disrespect Jun, but it was only because Jun told him to respect Eddie. Great brawl to set up Eddie & FTR VS BCC for Dynamite, that’ll make for a strong go-home going towards Revolution.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Results & Report! (2/24/24)

WWE goes Down Under!

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Who survives Perth to head for Philadelphia?

The Road to WrestleMania passes through Perth, Australia, with two massive Elimination Chambers! Who will face Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the titles.
  • Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Becky Lynch VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Naomi VS Liv Morgan VS Bianca Belair VS Tiffany Stratton; Becky wins and will challenge for the title at WrestleMania 40.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne; Finn & Priest win and retain the titles.
  • World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Randy Orton VS Drew McIntyre VS LA Knight VS Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens VS Logan Paul; McIntyre wins and will challenge for the title at WrestleMania 40.
  • Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax; Rhea wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!

Join Megan Morant, Sam Roberts & Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action on the golden shores of Perth, Australia!

 

The Rock has a message!

“Oh, I know, everybody wants to know what’s happening down in Perth, Australia. It’s gonna be this weekend, right? Is that right? Yeah, The Rock knows when it’s happening, y’know why? Because they kept asking The Rock, ‘Rock, will you go down to Perth? Will ya come down to Perth, Australia?’ Listen, The Rock can’t be there in Perth, he wishes he could be there in Perth, he’s gonna be there in spirit and that’s all that matters. The People’s Champ’s spirit is gonna be there in Perth. But here’s who else is gonna be there in Perth: Grayson Waller, doing the Waller Effect. It’s that show, it’s a big show.

“It’s a big show here in the states, and it’s an even bigger show down there in Australia? Y’know why? Y’know why, Dumbo? Because Australia is his country, it’s his home country, the people are gonna go crazy for him. But here’s what’s happening. Here’s the BS that’s happening now down in Australia. Cody Rhodes and his little girlfriend, Seth Rollins, are gonna go on the Waller Effect. Here’s the thing, I need you, and you, and this goof holding the camera and this one holding the microphone over here, I need all of you guys to make sure that Perth knows this some BS happening.

“And if those guys, meaning Cody and his little girlfriend, Seth, if they start talking trash, let The Rock know. Tell The Rock. Because here’s what’s gonna happen: The Rock is gonna slap the piss out of both of them, just like that. As a matter of fact, if those two talk trash, The Rock will fly down there to Perth before that interview is over and he’ll do it. Don’t wonder why The Rock can make it that quick, The Rock makes magic happen. Do you understand? All right, that’s all The Rock has to say about Perth. Perth, Australia, get ready because the WWE is coming. Let The Rock know if those two jabronies talk trash. IF YA SA-MELLLL~… what The Rock… is cooking.”

 

Kickoff Show – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

It was just last night on SmackDown that Asuka & Kairi Sane made good on their promise to get Dakota Kai back. But now, they must shift things from personal to business as they take on the Poison Pixie and the hometown hero, #IndiWrestling! Will Damage CTRL return to the US still golden? Or will Candice & Indi find the way to win?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see what it takes to take control!

The teams sort out and Kairi starts against Indi. The fans fire up already as Indi and Kairi circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi headlocks. Indi grinds Kairi down, Kairi throws body shots and powers out, only for Indi to run her over! The fans cheer and Indi smiles, but Kairi scrambles away. Asuka coaches Kairi up and Kairi rests with Indi. Kairi gets around Indi, CLUBS away on her, but fans boo. Kairi headlocks, grinds the hold, but Indi fights up. Indi lifts Kairi and fans cheer as Indi shoves Kairi away. Indi drops down, hurdles, and BOOTS Kairi! The fans fire up again as Indi drags Kairi over and tags Candice.

Indi scoops to SLAM Kairi, then she and Candice combine, inverted wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Candice keeps on Kairi with a wrench but Kairi stomps Candice’s foot! Kairi brings Candice over, tag to Asuka and Kairi feeds Candice to Asuka’s boots! Asuka taunts Candice, taunts the fans, and soaks up the heat. Asuka pie faces, but Candice blocks the kick! Candice spins Asuka to fire off CHOPS and haymakers! The fans fire up with Mrs. Wrestling as she fires off in the corner! Candice runs in to back body block, then snapmare and STEP-UP SENTON! Cover, TWO! Asuka hangs tough but Candice facelocks.

Asuka RAMS Candice into a corner! And again! Asuka backs off to go corner to corner, but Candice ELBOWS her away! Candice goes up, but Asuka runs back in. Candice BOOTS Asuka away again, and Asuka fakes pain to distract the ref. This allows Kairi to SHOVE Candice down! Fans rally for Candice & Indi but Asuka goes out to fetch the Pixie. Asuka CLUBS Candice, puts her in the ring, but Candice crawls for her corner! Asuka CLUBS Candice down, drags her over and tags in Kairi. Kairi TOSSES Candice to an open corner, then she mocks the fans as she walks the plank. Kairi runs in, SLIDING D misses!

Candice and Kairi crawl, hot tag to Asuka! Asuka gets Candice’s foot, ANKLE LOCK! Candice still hops and hops and reaches out! But Asuka reels Candice in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka tells Indi to kiss this, then SLIDING KICK takes Candice down! Tag to Kairi and she climbs. Fans boo, but the FLYING KABUKI ELBOW hits! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in this but Kairi keeps on her with an armlock. The fans rally, Candice fights up and fires forearms! Candice reaches out, Kairi holds on, but Candice still fights. Kairi knees her low! Kairi puts Candice in the corner, tags Asuka, and Asuka HIP ATTACKS Indi down!

Fans boo but the Kabuki Warriors double whip, sidestep, KICK, AX KICK and BULLDOG into the basement DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Asuka calls to Kairi again. They coordinate, Asuka whips Candice in but Candice uses that to BLAST Kairi down! Candice BOOTS Asuka, slips under her, and reaches out! Asuka grabs Candice’s foot to drag her back! But Candice ENZIGIRIS free, hot tag to Indi! The fans go wild as Indi rallies on the Kabuki Warriors! LARIAT after LARIAT, and then she brings them together, for a meeting of the minds! Kairi and Asuka fall back, Indi kicks and CLUBS and JABS Asuka!

Indi whips Asuka, for a SPINEBUSTER! Kairi returns, SPINEBUSTER onto Asuka! Indi covers Asuka, TWO!! Asuka keeps the Kabuki Warriors in this but Indi puts Asuka in the ropes. UPPERCUT and BOOT! Asuka sits on the apron, Indi runs up to CROSSBODY her through the ropes! “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” Indi puts Asuka in, tags Candice, and they get Asuka up. Candice kicks at Kairi while Indi hits the FULL NELSON FACEBUSTER! Candice LIONSAULTS! Cover, Kairi breaks it! Fans boo but Kairi drags Candice up to whip. Candice reverses to send Kairi out! Tag back to Indi and fans fire up!

Candice CROSSBODIES Kairi on the outside! Indi drags Asuka up, but Asuka throws URAKEN after URAKEN! GERMAN SUPLEX! Indi flounders, but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO!! Asuka escapes but Indi runs up to DECK her! Tag to Candice and Candice goes up. Indi gives her some help, but Kairi trips Indi and that trips Candice! Kairi POSTS Indi, then calls to Asuka. Asuka brings Candice over, tag to Kairi! Kairi climbs, Asuka has Candice in position! InSANE DDT!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Candice & Indi tried their hardest, but The Empress of Tomorrow & The Pirate Princess keep their thrones! Will nothing stop DMG CTRL on the Road to WrestleMania? Will Bayley & Dakota Kai be able to change that next Friday Night SmackDown?

 

Rhea Ripley narrates the intro.

“Around here, we have a saying. ‘No worries.’ Well now, you better start worrying.” The most brutal stop on the Road to WrestleMania, the unforgiving, inescapable and yet career-defining Elimination Chamber! “Mami is always on top.” Or is she? Nia Jax looks to put that to the test. Will the Eradicator end up A-Nia-lated?

 

Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Becky Lynch VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Naomi VS Liv Morgan VS Bianca Belair VS Tiffany Stratton!

Before Rhea and Nia battle over the title, this match determines who faces the winner in the most brutal way possible! The Man, Big Mami Cool, The Glow, the LIVing End, the EST and the Wrestling Barbie all want their shot, who survives this sinister structure to take it?

Bianca makes her entrance first, followed by Raquel, Tiffany, and Liv, which leaves Naomi and Becky to start things off. The bell rings and the fans fire up as Becky stares Naomi down. They circle, tie up, and go around. Naomi headlocks to hit a takeover but Becky rolls that into her own headlock. Naomi makes it a cover, ONE, and the two stand up. Naomi powers out but Becky rusn her over! THe fans fire up as Becky flexes, then thigs speed up. Naomi drops, hurdles, then runs, but Becky follows. Naomi redirects her to run her over! Fans fire up as Becky goes to a corner and cools off.

Naomi and Becky reset, circle, and the fans rally behind Becky. Becky waistlocks, Naomi breaks free to switch, then they go to rpoes. O’COnner Roll, ONE and Becky has it! ONE and Naomi rolls Becky up, ONE! Naomi trips Becky, jackknife bridges, TWO as Becky bridges up! They spin around, Becky backslides, TWO! Naomi stands but Becky sweeps! Cover, ONE! Naomi sweeps and covers, ONE as Becky goes Matrix! The fans fire up again, and things keep moving! Naomi follows Becky but Becky arm-drags! Naomi arm-drags back! The two stand off and the fans cheer! Becky applauds, too, and offers a handsahke.

Naomi takes the shake, but they both go to kick! They both block and they argue about who lets go. They agree to go at the same time. They keep that clean, but then they throw forearms! Both stagger back, but Becky runs up, only for Naomi to sidestep. Becky tilt-o-whirls and goes for the arm! Naoim keeps the armbar away and rolls Becky, TWO, into the BUTTERFLY CLUTCH! Becky makes it a cover, TWO! Naoim DROPKICKS Becky down! Becky goes to a corner and fans rally up again. Naomi runs up but Becky BOOTS her! Becky runs up but Naomi blocks the buckle bump to KICK Becky! Then Naoim BUCKLE BULLDOGS!

Becky staggers away, Naoim climbs, and Naomi leaps, only for Becky to get under! Naomi handsprings up, into a DROPKICK! Becky runs up, into a BOOT! Naomi whips, Becky reverses, but Naomi goes up. Becky stops her from going over, puts her outside the ring, but Naoim KICKS Becky in the ropes! Becky elbows back, to JUMP KICK Naom into Liv’s pod! Becky brings Naomi around but Naomi stops from hitting chains. Naomi elbows Becky, then tries the same. Becky also stops that, whips Naomi, but Naoim goes up the chains! Becky grabs at Naomi but Naomi TWERK ATTACKS, then RAMS Becky into chains!

Naomi RAMS Becky in again, and again! Becky falls, the fans fire up, and Naomi twerks a bit more before the SPLIT LEG DROP! Naomi shoves Becky into the ring, covers, TWO! Becky survives but Naomi storms up on her. Becky ELBOWS Naomi, but Naomi blocks the mule kick! Naomi spins Becky, dodges her, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both women are down and the countdown is here! The fans duel for who they want to enter, but the Chamber chooses… Tiffany! The fans fire up for Tiffy Time, oddly, and Tiff bumps Naomi off buckles. Tiff cartwheels to get Becky, BUCKLE SLAM!

Tiff handsprings to back elbow Naomi! Then she handsprings to elbow Becky! Tiff snapmares Becky to sit her by Naomi, and she DOUBLE BASEMNT DROPKICKS! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Naomi, TWO! Tiff is annoyed already but she throws forearms on Naomi. Tiff tosses Naomi aside, drags Becky up, but Becky JAWBREAKERS! Becky clinches, Tiff slips free and whips, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tiff is even more annoyed but she covers again, TWO! Tiff drags Becky up, SMACKS her off the mat, then pushes Becky around. Becky throws body shots! Tiff knees low, and fireman’s carries!

Becky fights free, grabs an arm, but Naomi is up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Double cover, TWO!! Becky and Tiff both survive but Naomi puts them in corners. Naomi runs to SPLASH Becky! Then SPALSH Tiffy! Becky runs up to CLOBBER Naomi! Becky clinches, for a BECKSPLODER on Naomi! But Tiff DISCUS LARIATS Becky! Cover, TWO! Tiff is frustrated but she, Becky and Naomi are all down. Naomi goes to a corner while Becky and Tiff stand. Tiff fireman’s carries Becky, and uses her to SMACK Naomi! Tiff adds Naomi to the stack, but Naomi slips free! Tiff BOOTS Naomi away, ROLLING SENTONS Becky, then SMACKS Naomi!

Tiff fireman’s carries Naomi now, ROLLING SENTON right next to Becky! Tiff goes up and up, but Becky joins her! SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! But Naomi runs to DOUBLE SPLIT LEG DROP! Double cover, TWO!! These three are all down again while the other three wait their turns. Naomi KICKS Tiff, scoops and SLAMS Becky, then SPLIT LEG MOONSAULTS Becky! But Tiff stops the cover right away! Tiff POSTS Naomi, covers Becky, TWO!! Becky is tougher than that, and here comes the countdown! The Chamber chooses… LIV! She’s in her fifth Chamber match, and she goes right after Tiff with a THESZ PRESS!

Liv fires fast hands, then she tosses Tiff to the outside. Liv fires off more shots, then RAMS Tiff into Bianca’s pod! And then into the empty one! And then back into Bianca’s! And then back to the empty one! Tiff falls and Liv says it’s HER time! But Becky runs up, only for Liv to ROCK her! Liv gets around to BACKSTABBER! Liv sees Naomi coming, CODE BREAKER! Liv kips up and the fans fire up for the #ELIVinationChamber! Liv goes corner to corner, back body blocks Naomi, back body blocks Becky, repeat! SHINING WIZARD for Naomi! SHINING WIZARD for Becky! Liv goes up to FLYING CODE BREAKER Becky! Cover, TWO!!

DOUBLE STOMPS from Tiff on Liv! Cover, TWO! Liv survives, Naomi SHOTGUNS Tiff! Tiff goes to the outside, Naomi pursues. Tiff JAWBREAKERS Naomi, then cartwheels to cartwheel again, but Naomi grabs the chains! Naomi climbs again, but Tiff won’t let go! Naomi CLUBS away on Tiff, scuffs her, then Becky hurries out to CLUB Tiff into chains! Becky clinches, BECKSPLODER into chains! Tiff sputters, but Becky isn’t done! STEEL CHAIN DISARM-HER!! The fans are torn as Becky tries to tear Tiff’s arm off! Tiff fights free with her good arm, but then Liv drags Tiff into the ring! Tiff elbows free, but Liv drop toeholds her into buckles!

Tiff staggers up, Liv DOUBLE STOMPS her down! Liv then goes up and up, but Naomi’s on a pod!! SUPER BLOCKBUSTER!!! But Tiff rolls Naomi up!! TIFF ELIMINATES NAOMI!! Naomi is stunned but Tiff just smiles and says, “Sorry.” The fans are torn but the countdown is back! The Chamber chooses… Raquel! Ricky Desperado smiles as she CLOBBERS Becky, ROICKS Tiff then LARIATS! And LARIATS! Raquel scoops Tiff to spin and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel looms over Tiff, stalks her to the outside, but Becky’s up top. Becky leaps, but into Raquel’s arms! Raquel RAMS Becky into chains! And again!

Raquel RAMS Becky into chains again, then FALL AWAY SLAMS her into the ring! Raquel dusts herself off, but Tiff runs up! Raquel stops the rana to bring Tiff around, and SWING her into chains! And again! And again! Raquel dumps Tiff then goes to the ring. She and old friend Liv meet, and Liv fires forearms! Raquel picks Liv up with both hands and TOSSES her to a corner! Then SPLASHES! Then runs in, but she blocks boots to put Liv on the outside. Liv KICKS Raquel in the ropes, runs up, but Raquel blocks the Code Breaker! Raquel SLAMS Liv into chains, then suplexes her to TOSS her into the ring!

Raquel storms up on Liv, drags her back up, and hauls her up, only for Becky to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Liv CODE BREAKERS, Becky fires UPPERCUTS and a SOBAT! Tiff SHOTGUNS, Becky reels Raquel in. Liv joins her for a DOUBLE DDT! Triple cover, TWO!! Raquel still gets out of that, so Tiff, Liv and Becky brawl with each other! Becky fires off on Liv, but Tiff LARIATS Becky! Everyone is down, and the countdown is back! And we all know that Bianca is next! Tiff eggs her on, but Bianca dodges to SLAP Tiff! Bianca throws Tiff around, shoves her in a pod, and then closes the door! Bianca ROCKS Becky, then runs up to run her over!

Bianca rallies on Becky, DROPKICKS her, then scoops Liv for a GUTBUSTER! Becky is back but Bianca suplexes her! And holds her up, marches around, and then SLAMS her down! The fans fire up as Bianca kips up! Tiff is back, she pulls Bianca’s braid! Bianca whips Tiff away, then SPINEBUSTERS her in return! Bianca dusts herself off, fans are torn, but Raquel is back! Bianca is the strongEST, but Raquel is the biggest. Raquel swings, but Bianca ducks to fire off shots! Raquel shoves, Bianca ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Raquel scoops! Bianca slips free, to torture rack! Raquel fights free and BOOTS Bianca! Raquel runs up but Bianca throws her to the outside!

Raquel drags Bianca up and over to join her, then suplexes Bianca to hit the chains! But then Bianca rebounds off ropes to TORNADO DDT!! Bianca drags Raquel to a cover, TWO!! The fans fire up as Bianca waits on Raquel. Raquel stands, Bianca fireman’s carries, but Tiff runs up to ROCK Bianca! Raquel ends up on the top rope, Tiff TOSSES Bianca aside! Tiff CLUBS away on Raquel, but then Liv is up on a pod!? Tiff hurries after her, but Liv leaps to SEATED SENTON Raquel! Becky and Tiff realize they’ve both ended up on the pod together, and they brawl! Becky SMACKS Tiff off Plexiglas, but Tiff fights the clinch!

Tiff SMACKS Becky off Plexiglas, then SHOVES her down onto Raquel! Tiff takes a moment to catch her breath, and the fans fire up as she thinks about how to get down. Tiff says it’s time, and she SUPER SWANTONS onto Raquel, Becky AND Bianca!! All four women are down and the fans lose their minds! Tiff gets in the ring, “This is Awesome!” Tiff and Liv brawl, Liv shoves then dodges but Tiff scoops her! Pop-up and ROLLING SENTON! Tiff goes up and up, but Liv anchors her! Tiff kicks Liv away but Liv goes up, SUPER ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv ELIMINATES Tiff!! The fans are torn but Liv tells Tiff to #CryAboutIt.

Liv crawls to ropes, she sees Raquel and runs up. Raquel ROCKS Liv then BOOTS her! Then she BOOTS Becky! Raquel hauls Bianca up, rebounds off ropes, hits chains then POWERBOMBS Bianca into the ring! Raquel then CHOKE SLAMS Liv! Raquel goes up a corner, and TWISTING VADERS onto Liv! But Becky KICKS Raquel’s arm! DISARM-HER!! Raquel is caught, but she powers up! Becky rolls to bring her down into an ARMBAR!! Raquel clasps hands, fights around and stacks Becky, TWO! Raquel deadlifts Becky, but Becky grabs ropes! Liv runs up, but Raquel has her, too! DOUBLE TEXANAS BOMBS!!!

But Bianca torture racks Raquel! KISS OF DEATH!!! Cover, Bianca ELIMINATES Raquel! The fans fire up as we’re now down to our final three! Bianca is freshEST, but Liv’s been in the most and Becky’s the most determined. Bianca runs up to RAM Liv, runs up but Becky KNEES her! Liv waistlocks but Bianca elbows free! Bianca ROCKS Becky, chicken wings Liv, GlamEST Slam! Becky BOOTS Bianca again, then goes up, but Bianca UPPERCUTS! Bianca trophy lifts Becky to SLAM her onto Liv! They’re side by side, Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT! Double cover, TWO!! Bianca is frustrated but she’s still the only one up.

Bianca runs at Becky, Becky dodges but then Bianca blocks the kick! Bianca torture racks Becky to HOTSHOT her, and RAM her! Becky hits chains, Liv BACKSTABBERS Bianca! Liv goes up the ropes to FLYING- NO, Bianca stops the rana to SWING Liv into chains! Bianca hauls Becky up, smacks her off chains, then does it again! Becky sputters but Bianca eggs her on. Bianca fireman’s carries, then swings at Liv. Liv ducks the KICK, KICK and that sends Becky and Bianca into chains! Liv ENZIGIRIS Bianca down, the fans rally up, and Liv gets around Bianca to motorcycle stretch and BOOT Bianca into the pod!

All three women are down but the fans rally back up. Liv storms after Becky but Becky sends her into chains! And again and again and again! Becky then dragon sleepers Liv, kicks Bianca, and she DOUBLE DDTS! Becky puts Bianca in the ring, goes up a corner, and Becky climbs, only for Bianca to ROCK her first! Bianca ROCKET LAUNCHES Becky! Becky goes to another corner, Bianca RAMS her! Bianca goes up and rains down fists! The fans count along, but Liv stops this at nine! Liv pulls but Bianca holds on. Bianca kicks Liv away but Liv CLUBS away on Bianca’s buns and thigh! Liv then springboards to SUNSET POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!!

Bianca survives but Becky’s up top! Becky aims, MISSILE DROPKICK to Liv! Cover, TWO!! Becky is frustrated but she focuses on game-planning. Becky goes up but Liv trips her up! Liv ROCKS Becky but Becky hits back! They brawl as Liv climbs, and Liv CLUBS away on Becky’s back. Liv brings Becky up for a SUPERPLEX! Bianca is up top! 450 SPLASH onto knees!! Becky saves herself in time and all three women are down again! The fans rally up and Bianca is after Becky. Liv runs up but Bianca ducks the enzigiri! Torture rack, KISS OF- JAWBREAKER!! Liv counters in time, but Bianca tumbles to ropes. Liv aims, but Becky runs up!

MANHANDLE- CODE BREAKER from Liv! Liv still wants someone, but Becky dumps her out of the ring! Bianca runs up, Becky clinches, but Bianca uses the corner to flip up and out of the Manhandle Slam! Bianca then torture racks Becky, KISS OF- NO, Becky lands out, and Liv rolls Bianca up! LIV ELIMINATES BIANCA!! MANHANDLE SLAM for Liv!!! Cover, Becky wins!!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Women’s World Championship)

Bianca and Liv cannot believe it, but The Man runs the gauntlet! WrestleMania 40 is about to enter the Big Time, but who will be the Women’s World Champion after tonight?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne!

The Judgment Day has dominated up and down the card, beating teams like Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso, and most recently #DIY. Will they add the Big Strong Boi & Bruiserweight to that list? Or will the New Catch Republic become the new tag team champions?

The introductions are made, but Dom takes the mic so he can handle the Judgment Day’s introduction. The fans boo the entire time so it’s hard to hear him mention Damian Priest is Mr. Money in the Bank. “ALL RISE for The Judgment Day!” Finn & Priest hold up the belts, but they miss Bate & Dunne CLOBBERING Dom! Dunne then DUMPS Priest out, Bate DROPKICKS Finn, and Dunne ASAI MOONSAULTS Priest! The belt rings, Bate runs to UPPERCUT Finn! EXPLODER! And kip up, to STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Finn kicks Bate, bumps him off buckles then fires off hands!

Finn snapmares Bate, CLUBS him, then paces around. The fans rally as Finn trips Bate, but Bate reaches up, crosses his legs and he brings Finn along to go up the corner! Tag to Dunne before the RANA, then Dunne CLOBBERS Finn! The fans fire up as Dunne grabs an arm, to double knee drop the elbow! Dunne grabs the other arm to twist the wrist and bend the elbow, to then stomp Finn’s ribs! Finn endures as Dunne bends the arm again, isolates it, and stomps it! Finn writhes but Dunne tags Bate. Dunne sets up, Bate hits the KNEE-BOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO! Bate headlocks but Finn endures.

The fans rally, Finn fights up, but Bate smacks him with his boot. Finn powers out, Priest tags in, and Finn drops for Priest to DECK Bate! The fans boo but Priest kicks and kicks and ROCKS Bate! Bate sits back, the fans tell Dom he’s a wanker. Priest suplexes to BROKEN ARROW Bate! Cover, TWO! Bate stays in this but Priest stays on him. Priest tags Finn, they mug Bate, and then Finn CLUBS Bate in the back. Finn clamps on a chinlock, sits Bate down, then he ELBOWS Bate. Finn has the headlock and he grinds Bate in an almost Bully Choke. Bate endures, the fans rally, and Bate fights up. Bate stands but Finn jumps on as a backpack!

Bate stays standing and the fans fire up! Bate RAMS Finn into buckles and is free! Bate reaches out but Finn clamps back on. Finn is again a backpack, but Bate still stays on his feet. Bate RAMS Finn, but into Judgment Day territory! Priest tags in and throws Bate down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Priest stands Bate up. Priest TOSSES Bate to a corner, then ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Priest stomps away, the ref counts, and Priest lets off at 4. The fans boo but Priest soaks up the heat. Dom smiles as Priest CHOKES Bate on ropes, but Priest lets off at 4. Priest argues with the ref, and Dom gets a cheap shot in!

The fans boo more but Dom taunts them and commentary. Dunne storms up but Priest DECKS him! Priest runs up to BACK ELBOW Bate! Priest snapmares Bate, tags Finn, and Finn slingshot STOMPS! Finn scoops Bate, BACKBREAKER! Priest runs to add a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Dunne runs up but Priest TOSSES him back out! Priest stalks Bate, tags Finn, and they have Bate in the corner. Finn flexes, runs up, but Bate dodges! But there’s no Dunne to tag! Finn CHOPS Bate, whips him back in, but Bate BLASTS Priest! Bate BOOTS Finn, goes up, and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up!

Dunne rises, he reaches out, and Bate gives him the hot tag! The fans fire up as Dunne ENZIGIRIS Finn, GAMANGIRIS Priest, then GAMANGIRIS Finn! ENZIGIRI! Dunne keeps going, LEG LARIAT! Finn flops out of the ring, Dom freaks out as Dunne goes up and out and up again, to ASAI MOONSAULT Finn & Priest! The fans fire up and Dunne hurries to get Finn back in. Dunne STOMPS Finn’s hands! And STOMPS them again! Finn ducks the buzzsaw, shoves Dunne away, but Dunne CHOPS Finn! Tag to Bate, then Dunne gets around Finn! REBOUND LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO!! Cover, TWO!!

Finn survives but Bate keeps on him. Dom is worried as Bate UPPERCUTS Finn! And UPPERCUTS again! And again! But Finn tripos Bate to STOMP him down! Tag to Priest, Priest runs at Bate in a corner. Bate dodges and the splash gets buckles! Bate fireman’s carries Priest but Priest slips free, BELL CLAP! ROUNDHOUSE! Then a ROUNDHOUSE for Dunne! Priest hammerlocks and LARIATS Bate! Cover, TWO! Bate survives and Priest is annoyed, but he talks trash. This is what you get for stepping into Judgment Day’s world! Bate URAKENS Priest! Finn tags in, Bate dodges Priest but Finn KICKS low!

Priest and Finn combine, SIDEWALK SLAM REVERSE DDT COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and Finn snarls while the fans rally up. Finn stomps away on Bate at the ropes! The ref counts but Finn stops at 4. Bate rises, Finn runs up, but into a DEEP BLUE THUNDER! Priest runs in, Bate sends him into Dunne’s GAMANGIRI! Bate then fireman’s carries, for the AIRPLANE SPIN! The fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, and around, and around! That’s at least TWENTY rotations by now, but Bate is still going! SPINNING SLAM!! Priest and Bate are both dizzy, but Bate manages the tag to Dunne!

Dunne & Bate give Finn TOP BINS! Then Bate DIVES to take out Priest! Dunne has Finn, BITTER END!!! Cover, DOM gives Finn the ropebreak!! The fans boo but Dom gets away with one! At least, mostly because Bate knows! Bate tells the ref about it, so the ref EJECTS Dom!! The fans fire up but Dom throws a fit! Extra refs come out to usher Dom away and fans say, “Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” Dom is defiant, though, so Bate CLOBBERS him! But then Finn RAMS Dunne into Bate and rolls Dunne up, TWO!! Dunne escapes, but Finn SLINGBLADES! Finn fires up, aims from the corner, and SHOTGUNS Dunne into buckles!

Dunne falls into a drop zone and Finn hurries up top! COUP DE- NO, Dunne dodges! Dunne grabs the arm, to SNAP the fingers!! Finn writhes, Dunne tags Bate! New Catch Republic gets Finn up, DOUBLE TYLER DRIVER!!! Cover, PRIEST yanks Bate out! At least that was more legal than Dom’s move! “This is Awesome!” as Dunne stands on Priest’s fingers! Then STOMPS them! Dunne leaps outside, but Priest catches him, APRON FLATLINER! Priest tosses Bate but Bate rebounds to LARIAT Priest! Bate hurries back in, ducks ‘n’ dodges, COMEBACK- NO, Finn catches Bate for BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, TWO!!

Bate survives and Finn is seething! Finn says time to end this! Tag to Priest, and Priest brings down the straps. Priest soaks up the heat before he hauls Bate up. Finn goes up, Priest lifts Bate, but Bate RANAS out of Razor’s Edge! Priest tumbles into Finn! Finn falls, Bate rolls Priest up! TWO!!! Priest escapes, but Bate tags Dunne! They DOUBLE STOMP Priest’s hands! BUZZSAW! BUZZSAW! But Priest catches both men! DOUBLE SOUTH OF- NO, they both flip free! Double Bops up, DOUBLE BANG!! Then double torture racks?! Shoutout to Mustache Mountain! DOUBLE BIRMINGHAMMER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!

Priest survives and somewhere, Trent Seven is disappointed! The fans are still thunderous, and Dunne tags Bate. They get Priest with furious fists from all sides! The ref reprimands, Dunne lets off but Bate keeps going. Bate fires up, runs side to side and tags Dunne, GAMANGIRI! GAMANGIRI! Then DOUBLE GAMANGIRI!! Dunne roars, he hauls Priest up and Bate joins in. They both climb up to bring Priest up, but Finn anchors Priest’s foot! Priest then grabs each man, Finn tags in before DOUBLE SOUTH OF HEAVEN SLAMS!! Finn goes up, COUP DE GRACE on Dunne!! Judgment Day wins!!

Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

New Catch Republic came as close as any team has in taking these titles away from Finn & Priest, but they just couldn’t get past the numbers game! Will even WrestleMania 40 meet its Judgment Day?

 

Austin Theory is here?

“The 150 Million Hit Man” is in the ring on the set of the Grayson Waller Effect and he welcomes us to Austin Theory Live. The fans boo but Theory says, “G’day, mate!” He wants to talk to Australia about vegemite. It’s DISGUSTING! But that’s just a snack here, right? So then he had a real Australian meal. He had himself a Blooming Onion from Outback Steakhouse! Oh, they don’t like that? Well alright. Then he’ll introduce to us the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon, Australia’s own, his boy, Grayson Waller! The fans cheer Waller as he makes his entrance, and he sees UFC fighter, Tai Tuivasa, in the crowd.

Waller walks up, they shake hands, and they both get the golden shoes for the Shoey! The fans cheer as Tai chugs it all down, then Waller joins Theory in the ring. Waller takes the mic to welcome us to the Grayson Waller Effect. The fans cheer, and Waller says this might be the greatest day of his life! And he wants us to do one thing before the greatest GWE of all time. “Aussie Aussie Aussie!” “OI OI OI!” “Aussie Aussie Aussie!” “OI OI OI!” “Aussie!” “Oi!” “Aussie!” “Oi!” “Aussie Aussie Aussie!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Waller says time to get to it. The biggest story in sports entertainment involve his two guests tonight.

First, the World Heavyweight Champion, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The fans cheer and sing along as the Visionary makes his entrance, wearing a suit that is purposefully baggy, and also has cords on it. Rollins revels in the singing, which bores Theory, but then Rollins takes a bow. Waller says his second guest is the winner of the 2024 Royal Rumble, “the man who can thank the ineffectiveness of the American education system for not being able to finish a story,” The American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes! Cody makes his entrance in a normal suit, and now fans sing with Cody’s song, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets an extra big pyro as he gets in the ring!

Cody and Rollins sit with Waller while the fans chant for Cody. Cody asks Perth, “What do we wanna talk about?” Waller says hold on, this is his show. What HE wants to talk about is to acknowledge their Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. The Tribal Chief appreciates that. But Rollins, Waller doesn’t care about who wins the Chamber, he wants to know who Rollins wants to face. Oh, well, the Chamber is stacked, who knows who wins, but he has a scoop. Oh? Here we go! Yeah, Rollins has an inside track, some secret info. Does Perth wanna know a secret? “YES!” Alright, then. Rollins… is just days away from being medically cleared to compete!

The fans like the sound of that! Rollins says whoever wins the Chamber will get a crack at Rollins’ World Heavyweight Champion. And newsflash: they don’t stand a chance. Because it’s WrestleMania 40, the biggest Mania of all time! The world is gonna sing Rollins’ song, “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” and Rollins will do what only Rollins can, put on a show like nobody else! Because he is a Visionary, he is a Revolutionary, he is SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Big pop. Rollins sits back down and Waller says cool story, bro.

Now, Cody, we had the opportunity to have the biggest Mania main event of all time: Roman Reigns VS The Rock. The fans boo and Rollins sticks out his tongue. Waller asks if Cody was being selfish taking that away from the fans. The fans chant “Rocky Sucks! Rocky Sucks!” Cody doesn’t want it twisted, he is a fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And if The Rock were here, The Rock would probably call Cody a candy ass, prattle on about rooty poo, insult Cody. What is it he calls Cody’s fans again? Waller knows, it’s Cody Crybabies. Theory claps and Cody says yes, Cody Crybabies.

But Cody wants to ask Perth: Are there any Cody Crybabies in here tonight? The fans cheer and Cody wants to double check, the pyro got to his hearing. Are there any Cody Crybabies in here tonight? The fans cheer even louder! Rollins says yes, seems there are. The fans chant for Cody again, and Cody says one thing The Rock wouldn’t wanna talk about is the conversation that led them to this point, why Cody was going to step away from that WrestleMania main event just to step right back in. Waller says hold on, he’s talking about The People’s Champion! Cody does what he’s told. Oh, People’s Champion?

That is a grand and lofty title, one you can’t self-appoint. Maybe at one point, The Rock was The People’s Champ. But to Cody, to be the People’s Champ, you have to actually be around the people! The fans cheer that, and Cody says that while Seth had an announcement, here’s one from Cody. Cody tells The Rock that he indeed slapped Cody across the face. And at WrestleMania 40, Cody faces Roman in the main event. But until then, the card is wide open! So let’s make it official! Cody wants The Rock 1v1, any time, any place!! The fans fire up for that and Rollins stands up to stand with Cody. Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!”

Rollins tells Cody and Perth, let’s cut the head off the snake once and for all! Rollins admires that challenge, but when it comes to The Bloodline, we all know that there is no such thing as 1v1. So if and when The Rock decides to take Cody up on this challenge, just know that Cody won’t be fighting that battle alone. Waller says there you have it! Another scoop on the Grayson Waller Effect, the greatest talk show in WWE! Theory says hold on there. Cody thinks he’s gonna face The Rock? Is that what you think? IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK! Rollins laughs at Theory’s pretty decent Rock imitation.

Yeah, it was good, but here’s more. Finally…! Austin Theory has come to Perth, Australia, to finish his story. Rollins laughs more and says this is good. But hey, does he have the big one? Y’know, the one. Jacket off, show ’em what it’s all about. Theory takes his jacket off, “IF YA SMELLLLL-” Rollins THROWS Theory into the Waller sign! CODY CUTTER! Waller is stunned as Theory is down and out! Waller says okay, fine, and he backs off. Rollins lines up the shot, to CURB STOMP Theory! The Visionary and the American Nightmare show they make a powerful combo, will they be just what the WWE Universe needs to finally The Bloodline’s tyranny?

 

World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Randy Orton VS Drew McIntyre VS LA Knight VS Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens VS Logan Paul!

As the Visionary just said, he is 100% and ready for whoever comes out of this match! The Viper, the Scottish Terminator, the Mega Star, the All Mighty, the Prizefighter and the Maverick are just as ready, but who proves they are worthy by making it through the Chamber?

Kevin Owens makes his entrance first, followed by Lashley, Logan, and Orton! That leaves Drew McIntyre and LA Knight to start things off in a rematch from just last night on SmackDown. The bell rings and the fans fire up already as Knight and McIntyre stare down. The fans cheer on Knight, McIntyre swings first! Knight counter punches, and again, but McIntyre kicks low. McIntyre CHOPS Knight in a corner, stalks him to another corner, then CHOPS him again! Knight counter punches again! And again! “YEAH! YEAH!” Knight whips, McIntyre reverses but Knight hits a NECKBREAKER! Knight throws more hands, then suplexes!

Fans fire up as Knight goes up a corner. “YEAH!” and FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, ONE!! McIntyre is tougher than that but Knight keeps on him. But McIntyre RAMS Knight into a corner, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! The fans rally, and they taunt McIntyre by chanting for “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” McIntyre smirks as he brings Knight up and CHOPS again! McIntyre brings Knight around, says night night, and he fireman’s carries! But Knight slips free, and HOTSHOTS McIntyre off ropes! Knight then goes up and out, slingshots in, BACKBREAKER! Knight then basement dropkicks McIntyre out of the ring

Knight runs and FLIES, and he sends McIntyre into chains! The fans rally as Knight throws McIntyre back into chains! Knight drags McIntyre up, SMACKS him off Logan Paul’s pod again and again and again! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” This is like last night and the desk! Logan smirks as Knight SMACKS McIntyre off the pod one more time. Knight and Logan talk some trash that mayhaps needs to be muted, and McIntyre CLUBS Knight! Knight whips McIntyre but Knight reverses to send him into Kevin’s pod! Knight dribbles McIntyre off the Plexiglas again, and Kevin hits the glass in return, hoping to add more impact to McIntyre’s head!

Kevin applauds as Knight whips McIntyre into the Plexiglas again! McIntyre falls in a heap, but fans want all that “One More Time!” Knight says okay, and he brings McIntyre around to RAM him into the glass! Knight puts McIntyre in the ring, the countdown is brought to you by Slim Jim, and the Chamber chooses… Kevin Owens! Kevin gets right in to dodge Knight and ROCK McIntyre! Kevin fires hands on both men back and forth, then fires off on McIntyre! Knight runs in, Kevin dodges and that sends Knight into McIntyre! McIntyre tumbles out, Kevin clinches Knight and hits a CHOKE SLAM! Kevin SENTONS, covers, TWO!

Knight hangs tough but Kevin drags Knight up to CLUB him! Kevin CHOPS Knight, RAMS into him again and again, then whips corner to corner. Knight drops to his knees, McIntyre CLUBS Kevin and throws hands! McIntyre puts Kevin up top, throws hands, but Kevin hits back! McIntyre fires more haymakers, climbs up after Kevin, but Kevin throws body shots! McIntyre drops back, only to ROCK Kevin in return! McIntyre goes up top, brings Kevin up, but Kevin HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS again! McIntyre falls, Kevin hits a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stays in this so Kevin goes after Knight.

Kevin fires hands on Knight, fires hands on McIntyre, then whips Knight at McIntyre. Knight reverses, though, so Kevin takes the BOOT from McIntyre! McIntyre runs up but Knight ROCKS him! And again! Knight whips, McIntyre reverses, kick and scoop for a SLAM! But Kevin CODE BREAKER SENTON COMBOS! Cover on Knight, TWO! Cover on McIntyre, TWO! Kevin goes up a corner, mocks Randy’s pose, then fires hands on McIntyre. Kevin kicks at Logan’s pod but Logan says oh, so scary. Kevin runs to clothesline McIntyre in a corner, then puts him up top. Kevin CHOPS McIntyre, goes up after him, but McIntyre fires body shots!

McIntyre shoves Kevin but Knight ROCKS McIntyre! Knight climbs up, but McIntyre throws body shots! McIntyre HEADBUTTS Knight, Kevin ROCKS McIntyre! Kevin and Knight work together, they throw hands and climb up. They CLUB McIntyre into position, bring him up, but McIntyre throws HEADBUTTS in return! McIntyre adjusts, and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! All three are down, the countdown is back, and the Chamber chooses… Lashley! The All Mighty is unleashed, and he kicks McIntyre, CLUBS him, and fires hands! Lashley bumps McIntyre off buckles, then RAMS into him again and again and again!

Lashley ELBOWS McIntyre, goes corner to corner and ROCKS McIntyre again. Lashley has the fans behind him as he CLUBS McIntyre. Lashley whips, McIntyre KICKS back! Lashley stays up, swings, but runs into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! McIntyre slowly rises, he goes after Lashley and underhooks, but Lashley wrenches out! Lashley CLOBBERS McIntyre and the fans fire up. Lashley tosses McIntyre out then goes after him. Lashley RAMS McIntyre into chains! McIntyre holds onto ropes but Lashley pries him free to RAM him into chains again! Lashley POSTS Kevin for good measure, but McIntyre throat chops!

McIntyre suplexes Lashley but Lashley fights it! Lashley suplexes McIntyre in return! Lashley stalks McIntyre, Knight runs up but Lashley ELBOWS Knight away. HURT LOCK for McIntyre, but McIntyre fights it off! The bad arm of Lashley’s might be holding him back. McIntyre RAMS Lashley into chains but Lashley clotheslines McIntyre into the ring! Lashley storms in, stares Orton down, then goes back to McIntyre. The fans rally but McIntyre GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! The fans rally, McIntyre runs in but is put back on the outside. Lashley runs up but McIntyere ROCKS him! Kevin runs up, McIntyer ROCKS him!

McIntyre climbs again, leaps but Lashley gets under! Lashley gives McIntyre a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Lashley grows frustrated. Knight and Kevin get in the ring, Lashley ROCKS Knight! Lashley gut wrenches Knight but Knight sips free! Lashley ducks a boot but Kevin SUPERKICKS Knight! Lashley rolls Knight up, TWO!! Kevin BOOTS Lashley down, covers, TWO! No one’s out of the match yet, but now the countdown is back! The Chamber chooses… Randy Orton! The fans fire up as The Viper fires off on Knight and Kevin! He throws Knight into chains and ROCKS Kevin!

Orton LARIATS Kevin, LARIATS again, then dodges for the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up again and Orton drags Kevin up. Orton puts Kevin in the ropes, but Kevin fights and puts Orton outside. But Orton KICKS Kevin in the ropes, brings him out, DRAPING DDT to the chamber floor! A bit double-edged given there’s no real padding on those platforms, but Lashley goes after Knight. NECKBREAKER! McIntyre runs up but Lashley hits a FLATLINER! Orton returns to the ring, Lashley runs in and clotheslines him! Lashley goes to the corner to clothesline Knight! Then a corner clothesline for McIntyre!

Lashley paces, he runs back up to RAM Orton in a corner! SPEAR for Knight! Knight tumbles away but Lashley keeps his focus. Lashley runs up on McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him! McIntyre gets Lashley up to POST him in the other corner! The ref checks Orton, his back is of concern. Orton seems okay enough to continue, but McIntyre has Knight on the outside. Knight slips free to DDT McIntyre on the platform! All five men are down, and Logan is waiting to be let out! Knight crawls his way into the ring, as does Lashley. Orton is up, he kicks Knight to hit a BIG back suplex! But that may still have done just as much to Orton as it did Knight!

The countdown is back, and Logan has his moment! Except Kevin is waiting…! Logan is scared but Kevin forces the pod open, and he fires off on Logan inside the pod! Kevin dribbles Logan off every wall, then busts his way back out to bring Logan along. Kevin sends Logan into Lashley’s pod, then CROTCHES him on a corner! Logan hobbles away, but Kevin RAMS him into chains! Kevin looms over Logan and says if he wants to be in “their” ring, get in it! Kevin TOSSES Logan over ropes and fans fire up as Kevin clotheslines Logan back out! Kevin pursues, but Logan turns things around and he dribbles Kevin off chains!

Logan fires hands and UPPERCUTS, but Kevin fights the chicken wings to turn around and LARIAT!! Fans fire up as Logan nearly loses his head! Kevin drags Logan up, and he DECKS Logan! But Lashley is there to RAM Kevin through a pod! Lashley aims at Logan now, and he SPEARS Logan through a pod!!! The fans lose their minds as Lashley rises up from the wreckage! Lashley himself says that sucked, because his arm is hurting. The fans chant, “Thank You, Bobby!” for what he just did to Logan. But McIntyre CLAYMORES Lashley down!! McIntyre drags Lashley into the ring, Knight is there to haul Lashley up.

Knight hits a torture rack, but Lashley slips free! HURT LOCK, but Knight fights free! Lashley CLUBS Knight, but the bad arm is bothering him. CLAYMORE AGAIN!!! McIntyre covers, McIntyre ELIMINATES Lashley! The Scottish Terminator has the last laugh, will he meme this one later? Knight kicks McIntyre, they brawl, the fans rally behind Knight. Knight whips and stomps a mudhole, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight spells it out but has to dodge Orton! BIG back suplex! “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” KNEE WASH for McIntyre! KNEE WASH for Orton! But McIntyre ELBOWS Knight in return!

McIntyre climbs, but Knight springs up after him! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Knight staggers up, into an RK- NO! Knight stops that to B F T!! McIntyre is up, B F T!! But AJ STYLES is here?! And he uses a chair to SMACK Knight again and again and again! The Phenomenal One isn’t letting The Mega Star win this match after keeping him out of it! The fans boo as Styles then takes the chair back from the refs, and puts Knight in a STYLES CLASH onto the chair! McIntyre crawls over to cover, McIntyre ELIMINATES Knight!!

Fans boo more, Styles just screwed Knight and the rest of the field benefits from it! But everyone else is still down, Orton clutching his back. Kevin and Logan find each other, and the fans fire up as they brawl it out! Kevin sends Logan into chains, then AOI SHODOU!!! Kevin leaves Logan behind to aim at McIntyre and Orton. Kevin runs to CANNONBALL McIntyre! CANNONBALL for Orton! Kevin goes up and aims, SWANTON BOMB for Orton!! Cover, TWO!! Orton stays in this despite the pain, but Kevin just goes back to Logan. Kevin stomps Logan down, goes up another corner, and he SWANTON BOMBS onto McIntyre’s knees!

Kevin sputters as McIntyre saves himself there. The ref checks everyone, they’re all okay to continue, and the fans rally back up. Logan sits up and fans boo. McIntyre also stands, he aims at Kevin and has his own countdown. “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAY- NO, POP-UP POWERBOMB instead!! But Logan runs u! Logan avoids a kick, Kevin avoids a haymaker, STUNNER!! Logan tumbles away, Orton goes after Kevin. No RKO, Kevin SUPERKICKS instead! Kevin whips, POP-UP- NO, Orton slips free! RKO!!! Orton crawls to cover, Orton ELIMINATES Kevin! Orton writhes from the bad back but he’s still one of the final three.

McIntyre crawls to the chains, Logan is also on the outer platform, and Orton stands up in the ring. McIntyre storms into the ring, glaring at both targets. McIntyre locks onto Orton and Orton locks onto McIntyre. Orton hobbles with the bad back, but he still stands tall to stare McIntyre down. They start throwing hands and the fans fire up! The haymakers go back and forth, Orton gets the edge, but McIntyre hits low! McIntyre runs, but into a SNAP POWERSELAM! But Logan RAMS into Orton! And bumps Orton off buckles! Logan fires up, fans boo, and Logan climbs. But Orton trips Logan up! Logan lands hard on his Maverick!

Orton throws hands on Logan, then climbs up. Orton brings Logan to the top, but McIntyre CLUBS Orton! Orton steps down, McIntyre CLUBS him again! McIntyre throws more hands but Orton fires counter punches! They brawl again, GLASGOW KISS! Logan goes up to a pod while McIntyre stops the RKO! NECKBREAKER! Both Orton and McIntyre are down, but then McIntyre kips up! Fans cheer that, but then Logan SUPER CROSSBODIES McIntyre down! All three men are down again but the fans tell Logan, “You Still Suck!” Logan rises, and he brings out BRASS KNUCKLES! He had them in his tights all along!

Logan puts the knuckles on and gives them a kiss. Logan powers up that fist, but RKO!!! Orton risked his bad back but he shut Logan up! Cover, Orton ELIMINATES Logan! The fans cheer the loudest they have yet, and now it comes down to McIntyre and Orton. They both drag themselves up with ropes, but Orton’s back is really bothering him. McIntyre turns him around, kicks low, but Orton wrenches out! RK- NO, McIntyre powers out and runs in! Orton sidesteps, he has McIntyre in ropes! DRAPING DDT!! Orton fires up and the fans are with him! Orton hears the voices in his head as he watches McIntyre stir!

Orton pounds the mat as McIntyre rises, RK- NO!! McIntyre powers out, and SPINEBUSTERS! Orton writhes and McIntyre goes to a corner. McIntyre aims, he wants Orton to get up now! Orton slowly rises, the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Orton falls over! The ref checks Orton, but Orton refuses to be taken out by forfeit. McIntyre looms over Orton, Orton pounds the mat in frustration over his own body being beat up. McIntyre grins and chuckles as Orton forces himself to stand, RKO!!!! Orton fires up, but LOGAN PAUL SUCKER PUNCHES ORTON!? Logan hadn’t left the Chamber yet and he screws Orton over!!!

McIntyre crawls to cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (NEW #1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship)

The ImPAULsive Influencer just influenced this match’s finish! He couldn’t let it go and had to knock Orton out! Will Logan have to watch his back for the Viper? As for McIntyre, he’s still going back to WrestleMania. Will he finally have his moment on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Triple H is here!

The fans fire up as The Game stands in the ring, and he says, “I just wanted to come out here for a second to say thank you. On behalf of the WWE, on behalf of every superstar back there, thank you for inviting us into your home. Thank you for being great hosts. Thank you for this beautiful Optus Arena. It’s been a wonderful night. And I wanna let you know the attendance here tonight, the official attendance: 52,590!” The fans cheer that!

 

Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax!

Australia is Mami’s home, and this truly be the biggest moment in her career. However, that’s all the more motivation for the Irresistible Force to ruin it! Will the challenger A-Nia-late the champion? Or will the Eradicator still be the most dominant woman in the WWE?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly on top!

The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already as Rhea stares Nia down. Rhea smiles as the fans are all behind her. Nia and Rhea circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. They go around, Nia shoves Rhea away, and the fans boo. Rhea stays cool and she dodges Nia to kick, stomp a foot, and SMASH her off a knee! Rhea LARIATS but Nia stays up! Rhea CHOPS, CHOPS, and knuckle locks to go up and up and RANA! Nia staggers to a corner, Rhea DROPKICKS her in! The fans fire and Rhea brings Nia out, to pump handle! Nia elbows free of that and knocks Rhea down, then SENTONS!

Nia dribbles Rhea off the mat, puts her in a corner, and runs up to SPLASH! Nia keeps Rhea up so she can “smile” at the fans. Nia HEADBUTTS Rhea, tells her to kiss this, and then HIP ATTACKS! Nia rubs it in, literally! Nia soaks up the heat, especially from Rhea’s family at ringside. Rhea throws body shots and backs Nia down, but Nia HEADBUTTS Rhea down! Nia drags Rhea around, runs, and drops a leg, brother! Rhea writhes but Nia eggs her on. Nia SLAPS Rhea, Rhea BOOTS from below! Rhea kicks more, but Nia KICKS Rhea in return. Nia pushes Rhea, has the arms and stands on Rhea’s back as she pulls!

Rhea endures, the fans boo, but Nia stomps Rhea down! Nia soaks up the heat, mocks the fans, and then drags Rhea around. Nia grabs a leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Rhea endures as Nia stands and has her hanging over the mat! Rhea fights, but Nia shifts right to a HALF CRAB! Rhea endures as Nia kneels on her neck! Rhea still fights her way around, but Nia HIP DROPS her down! Nia soaks up more heat, then mocks Rhea reaching out for her family. Nia stomps Rhea, tells Rhea to say “Mommy,” but Rhea throws body shots! Nia HEADBUTTS Rhea down! Nia torture racks Rhea and bends her!

Fans boo as Nia marches around with Rhea on her back, but Rhea fights around! GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! The fans fire up as Rhea has Nia in the body scissors, too! But Nia powers up and out, only for Rhea to sunset flip! Nia stays up, but Rhea avoids the hip drop! Nia lands hard on her butt, and fans taunt her with “MY HOLE!” Nia stands Rhea up but Rhea fires off fast hands! Nia grabs on with both hands, but Rhea breaks free to knuckle lock and CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rhea then goes up and up and FLYING RANA, but Nia blocks that one! POWERBOMB! Deadlift, and POWERBOMB again!

Nia drags Rhea around, runs, for another leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! Rhea survives and Nia grows frustrated. Nia looms over Rhea and brings her up. Nia shoves Rhea into a corner, then goes up the corner! But Rhea DROPKICKS the legs out! Nia ends up in the Tree of Woe, and Rhea hurries up to WOE STOMP her down! The fans fire up while Nia flounders away! Rhea climbs the corner again, aims as Nia stands, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Nia is tougher than that and Rhea is frustrated. The fans rally up as Rhea stands Nia up. Nia shoves Rhea, Rhea gets around to short arm LARIAT! Nia stays up so Rhea LARIATS again!

Nia stays up, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS! Nia roars, runs, but Rhea avoids the leg drop this time! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as Rhea has Nia down, and Rhea climbs up! Rhea aims, but Nia ROCKS her first! Nia climbs, fireman’s carries, and fans freak out! SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and the fans fire up again! Rhea writhes but Nia drags her to a drop zone. Nia climbs up, but Rhea gets her in an Electric Chair! And SLAMS her off buckles! Nia falls in a heap, Rhea goes up and gets everyone fired up! Rhea aims, gives some Latino Heat, and hits a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!

Nia survives and Rhea is beside herself! Rhea stands back up, she storms after Nia and pump handles! But Nia powers out and TOSSES Rhea to the floor! Fans boo but Nia smiles as she goes out after Rhea. But Rhea trips Nia up on the apron! Nia falls hard and Rhea says screw it. Rhea clears the desk! The fans fire up as Rhea hobbles over to Nia. Rhea drags Nia up, reels her in, and says “SUCK IT!” But Nia’s too big to lift from this position, too! Nia fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP on the desk! The desk does not break, but maybe Rhea just broke! Nia goes up onto an armchair, to ELBOW DROP through the desk!!

Fans boo as Nia drags Rhea from the wreckage and into the ring. Rhea is in a drop zone, Nia goes up! A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Nia is shocked and the fans are electric! Nia runs to KICK Rhea in the side, then whips her to a corner. Nia RAMS into Rhea again and again, going after that bad back! Nia throws Rhea down and has her in the drop zone again. Nia climbs again, but Rhea scrambles up to SHOVE Nia down! Nia falls to the apron bug holds onto ropes! Rhea goes up the corner, the fans rally with “MAMI MAMI MAMI!” “OI OI OI!” Rhea hauls Nia up but that’s still too much. Rhea drops back, and Nia HEADBUTTS!

Nia hops off the corner, but then says why not. Nia climbs up! But Rhea goes up after her! Rhea has Nia for the SUPERPLEX!! The Ripley family cheers and the fans go wild as Rhea rises! Nia manages to stand, but Rhea roars as she ROUNDHOUSES! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s World Champion)

That was the biggest Riptide ever, and it washes Nia away! With this win, Rhea not only proves she’s the most dominant woman in WWE, but she proves everything she’s done to get here was worth it! Mami gets her pyro and celebrates with her family, but will she have an even bigger moment at WrestleMania 40 facing down The Man?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Elimination Chamber with basically nothing bad to say. Great promo from The Rock that was featured in the Kickoff show, and great Grayson Waller Effect segment for Cody & Rollins to respond. Great beat down of Theory, too, that was fun. Really good Women’s Tag Team Championship match for the Kickoff, though it was clear The Kabuki Warriors were retaining. Indi at least got to perform in her home country, but I don’t feel she and Candice circle back to the titles in time for Mania. Another team probably steps up, or maybe multiple teams, and they’re the ones that face Asuka & Kairi.

Speaking of tag titles, awesome match from Priest & Finn VS “New Catch Republic.” That had some real NXT TakeOver vibes with the near falls and false finishes, but I figured Judgment Day was returning. Given the story with R-Truth, it just seems more fitting that The Awesome Truth steps up and wins big at Mania. And in case you missed it, Truth went to Austria instead of Australia, because he is a comedic genius. I am going to love all the shenanigans and misunderstands Truth has once he and Miz are the Undisputed Tag Team Champions.

Awesome stuff out of both Chamber matches tonight, though WWE always does pretty good with these in my experience. And even though it seemed a bit obvious to me that Becky and Drew were each running the gauntlet in the Chamber, I feel they did a better job disguising things in Drew winning than Becky. Tiffany eliminating Naomi was a good move, as she and Naomi can feud. Tiffany is new to main roster, Naomi has returned to WWE, a feud can help RawDown fans learn/relearn who they are while we get great acrobatic matches out of them. Liv and Bianca being in the final three with Becky also worked, they all have stories involving Rhea, a return to Mania, or both.

As for what Bianca does now without a clear path to Mania, I’m thinking she could get in on that tag title story. She has beef with DMG CTRL, and if Dakota really is on Bayley’s side, maybe Dakota and Bianca can be a team? Not saying they’d win, there’s a chance DMG CTRL makes everyone think Dakota’s still on their side, and that helps DMG CTRL retain, but it’d be good story. And in the Men’s Chamber, I did not expect Styles to screw Knight over like that, and I did not expect Logan to screw over Orton like that. Kevin was great wanting after Logan so badly, and I don’t think their story is over yet, but maybe they add Orton to the mix? A Triple Threat protects all three so that Logan can lose the belt while someone else takes the pin, or Logan is opportunistic and steals a pin to retain.

And of course, an awesome main event. Rhea of course won out but she and Nia did great, really made Rhea look like the underdog champ that then overcame her toughest challenge, and now she’s rolling towards that match with Becky. Both have done so well that Mami VS The Man could go either way, and I wouldn’t be surprised either way. They’re both worthy of the top title, so it really depends on who is set up for the Women’s World Championship for after Mania. Maybe Jade Cargill? That’d be quite the moment on whatever night of Mania to have Jade walk out there and confront the champion and set things up for Backlash in France.

My Score: 9/10


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