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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/16/23)

It’s a Raw Season Premiere!

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The champions of Raw are in action!

It’s a truly colossal Raw as “Big” Bronson Reed takes on Gunther for the WWE Intercontinental Championship! Can Der Ring General survive a Tsunami?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Falls Count Anywhere: Ricochet VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins.
  • Piper Niven w/ Chelsea Green VS Natalya; Piper wins.
  • Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci VS Johnny Gargano; Ludwig wins.
  • Rhea Ripley VS Shayna Baszler; Rhea wins, by disqualification.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Bronson Reed; Gunther wins and retains the title.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Finn & Priest win and become the new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

Sami Zayn is here!

Oklahoma City fires up for the Great Liberator as he makes his way out to the ring, wearing the Kevin Owens duct tape shirt, because Sami is now without Kevin after SmackDown revealed Kevin is the superstar traded over for Jey Uso. Fans rally for Sami and he welcomes us to the season premiere of Monday Night Raw! Sami has to be honest, it feels a little weird being out here by himself. As most know by now, his tag team partner and best friend, Kevin, was moved to SmackDown. To be honest, Sami has mixed emotions. He is very sad that he lost his teammate this way, but he’s also excited for Kevin because Kevin will do huge things on SmackDown!

And if Sami’s being honest, he’s excited for himself, too! Because Sami can do what he hasn’t done in a while, and that is stand on his own two feet and prove what he’s known for years! That is that Sami Zayn is a WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION LEVEL SUPERSTAR! Fans love the sound of that! Sami thanks the fans for all that, he’s feeling good. He also has to address the elephant in the room, the reason Kevin was traded away from Raw. It is because of the arrival of Jey Uso. Fans boo but Sami says no, no one was happier than Sami when Jey came here. But now Sami’s struggling right now.

Sami is also struggling with how after it took them their whole lives to reach the top, Sami & Kevin main eventing WrestleMania, after all that work to get their, their reign was tainted by the fact that week in after week in, they had to deal with the Judgment Day. And now tonight, the Judgment Day are the ones getting a tag title match. So yeah, Sami has mixed emotions, and he isn’t sure what is next. But what he does know, the last year of Sami’s career has been by far the BEST year! And the reason for that is because of each and every single fan! The reason Sami is able to- Wait, here comes the Judgment Day!

Damian Priest, Finn Balor, Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio all walk out and Finn says NOBODY should be kicking off the season premiere but the Judgment Day! Fans boo but Finn says, “What have we got here? Looks to me like poor little Sami Zayn is all alone!” Priest says that it feels like they’ve had these thorns in their sides for, what? Ever? But gladly, one has been removed. The only thing that’d make them happier is removing Sami, and the Undisputed Tag Team IDIOTS, Cody & Jey! And y’know what? Priest would be happy to remove Drew McIntyre! Priest goes off in Spanish but the others calm him down.

Rhea says they talked about this. Forget Drew, focus on tonight Dom says tonight, Mami is going to tear Shayna Baszler apart! And then she’ll put the whole Woman’s Division back on notice! Fans boo, but Rhea says Dom’s right. And then Finn & Priest will bring back the tag titles to the Judgment Day. Fans boo more, but Rhea says before getting to all that, she happened to notice something. Sami’s looking lost. What’s funny, back in the day, The Judgmetn Day would recruit the lost and give them direction. Like what they tried with Jey. But when it comes to Sami, they have a different plan. They just wanna get rid of him, permanently.

Rhea has an evil laugh, and the four of them surround the ring! Fans boo but wait! Here comes Jey! And a chair! Main Event Jey has Sami’s back, and now the Judgment Day reconsiders things. They back away while the fans chant “USO! USO!” Sami and Jey keep their guard up, but will Sami have Jey’s back in tonight’s tag title match?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

“Ricochet. Falls Count Anywhere match? Whose decision? Yours? Or Adam Pearce’s? You are like a fly or mosquito, so I am going to smash you like a bug on the dirty floor.” Nakamura laughs now, but who will have the last laugh in this most epic battle in their rivalry yet?

 

Jey finds Sami backstage.

Jey asks what’s up, is he good? Yeah, Sami just needs a minute. Are they good? C’mon, talk to him. Sami does want them to be good, to be happy for Jey, but it shouldn’t be Jey having Sami’s back. It should be Kevin, but Kevin’s not here, because of Jey. And now sure, things are going good for Jey and Sami wants to be happy for him, but it’s Jey who has everything going for him. Jey has Cody, he has a friend, and he has the tag titles, and Sami has neither. And it’s because of Jey. Jey says he didn’t know Sami felt like that. But Sami still has Jey. It is what it is, Uce. Jey heads out, and Sami shoves a ladder over.

Sami then hurries after Jey and he says forget what he just said. Sami apologizes for venting. It’s just been tough. Sami is happy for Jey because Jey deserves what he has, so Sami’s sorry, okay? Sami offers a handshake, and Jey says YEET! They hug it out, will Sami having his dawg with him help him through this?

 

Falls Count Anywhere: Ricochet VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Raw returns and the King of Strong Style makes his entrance. Ricochet WRECKS Nakamura with a dropkick even before the bell! The bell rings and they brawl, and Ricochet RAMS Nakamura into barriers! Ricochet then CHOPS Nakamura, puts him back in the ring and he fires up with the fans. Ricochet runs in but blocks a boot! Ricochet spins Nakamura but Nakamura WHEEL KICKS! Nakamura puts Ricochet on the top rope, runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Then an INVERTED EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Nakamura powers up and watches Ricochet sit up. But Ricochet avoids the kick to hit a RECOIL! Cover, TWO!!

Nakamura survives and bails out but Ricochet shakes out the cobwebs. Ricochet runs to triangle jump DROPKICK! Nakamura falls and Ricochet builds speed! Ricochet FOSBURY FLOPS! Direct hit, cover on the ramp, TWO! Nakamura crawls away but Ricochet pursues up the ramp to the stage! Fans fire up as Ricochet ROCKS Nakamura! Ricochet brings Nakamura up, UPPERCUTS, but Nakamura CLUBS Ricochet! Nakamura whips Ricochet into the LED tron! Then Nakamura says laters, and brings Ricochet to the backstage area. But Ricochet ROCKS Nakamura, CLUBS him, but Nakamura knees low! They brawl in gorilla position!

Ricochet ROCKS Nakamura, but Nakamura shoves ref in the way. Ricochet flips up and over the ref to ROUNDHOUSE Nakamura down! Cover, TWO! Nakamura stays in this but Ricochet drags him up. Ricochet ROCKS Nakamura, tells Gregory “Hurricane” Helms to stand back, there’s a Ricochet coming through. They go back out on stage and fans fire up as Ricochet CHOPS! Nakamura HEADBUTTS! Nakamura whips but Ricochet runs up the wall! SUPERKICK and down goes Nakamura! Ricochet runs up but Nakamura ducks the penalty kick! STANDING MOONSAULT, but onto knees! Nakamura then gets Ricochet up!

But Ricochet blocks the GTS, to DRAGON SCREW the leg! Then STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Both men writhe while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ricochet is fighting with Nakamura up in the stands! Wait, Ricochet goes up higher! He gest on the railing and fans go wild already. Ricochet SHOOTING STARS Nakamura and the security!! Fans go wild while Nakamura tumbles away from the cluster. Ricochet pursues, they make their way back to ground level, and the brawling continues! Nakamura grabs someone’s popcorn and throws it in Ricochet’s face! The buttery, salty puffs blind Ricochet momentarily, and Nakamura puts him on the barriers! And he BOOTS Ricochet to the floor! Nakamura then brings Ricochet up to whip him into more barriers!

Nakamura goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! The fans love that! But Nakamura isn’t done, he brings out DOUBLE NUNCHUCKS! He swings and SMACKS and SMACKS and swings and SMACKS and SMACKS Ricochet down! Then he KNEES Ricochet down, to then set up the table! Fans fire up as Nakamura even clears off the desk. Ricochet KNEES Nakamura back! Ricochet ROCKS Nakamura, puts him on the table, and then rains down fists! Ricochet sees the ring, and fans fire up as he climbs a corner! But Nakamura gets off the table and to the apron. Fans boo but Ricochet hops down. Nakamura HOTSHOTS Ricochet!

Nakamura goes to suplex but Ricochet fights! Ricochet suplexes but Nakamura slips free! Ricochet swings, misses, fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet stays awake but Nakamura goes to a corner. KIN- TIGER WALL KICK! ENZIGURI! Ricochet fires up with the fans and he runs corner to corner at Nakamura! But Nakamura puts him on the apron! Ricochet GAMANGIRIS back! Ricochet springboards to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Nakamura survives and shocks Ricochet! Ricochet hurries to go back to a corner and fans are thunderous! But Nakamura ROCKS Ricochet first!

Nakamura climbs up, but Ricochet CLUBS him and shoves him down! But Nakamura is right back up! So Ricochet dumps him over! Ricochet adjusts, KICKS Nakamura, then brings him back around. Nakamura resists, he bends fingers and KICKS Ricochet! Ricochet falls through the table!! Nakamura aims and Ricochet slowly rises. KINSHASA!!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

The King of Strong Style trumps the King of Flight! Will this win help Nakamura rise back up for another go at the World Heavyweight Championship?

 

Tegan Nox talks with Kayden Carter & Katana Chance.

They’re all very excited, and then Nikki Cross is just in the corner? Chelsea Green & Piper Niven walk over and Chelsea asks what is going on here. A viewing party to watch one half of the Women’s Tag Team Champions beat Natalya? Speaking of, where is she? Shouldn’t Natty be here finding a naive rookie to manipulate? Unlike Chelsea, who made Piper a champion. Nox says Piper forced Chelsea to be a tag partner. Gasp! Gasp~! Now, go annoy someone else, okay? Um, actually, Chelsea already tried talking to Adam Pearce. But Tegan, was it? Do not cross Chelsea or she’ll do what Piper’s about to do to Natty.

Nox says she may not have won the NXT Women’s title from Becky, but if there is anything she learned is that you never let anyone disrespect you. So the question is, how quickly can Chelsea hide behind Piper before Nox smacks her across the jaw? Chelsea says Nox is lucky they have things to do! Pip, let’s go before these losers rub off on them. Nox and the group talk about how cocky the Hot Mess is, but will Piper be able to back it all up?

 

Gunther speaks.

“A good general knows that the ends do not justify the means. Because there are no ends, there are only means. You are not brave, you have merely forgotten the fear of suffering. There is no man like me, there is only me.” Der Ring General is in action later tonight, will he put fear into the heart of Auszilla?

 

Piper Niven w/ Chelsea Green VS Natalya!

Raw returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance. The bell rings and Natty circles with Piper. They tie up, Natty headlocks but Piper powers out to run Natty over! Piper soaks up the heat and Natty gets up. The two tie up, Piper puts Natty in the ring, and she lets off to shove Natty. Natty SLAPS Piper! Fans fire up, Chelsea protests but Natty fires off hands on Piper! Natty runs, leaps, but Piper catches her! Piper pops Natty around but Natty slips fere and runs to tilt-o-whirl and RANA Piper to a corner! Then Natty rolls Piper up, TWO! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Piper sunset flips, TWO! Natty DROPKICKS Piper down! Cover, ONE!!

Natty goes to the apron, Piper storms up but Natty shoulders in. Piper KICKS Natty, then has her up to run her to the corner! Natty blocks, and she runs Piper into buckles! Natty dribbles Piper off the buckles, goes up, but Piper HEADBUTTS back! Then she KNEES Natty down! Fans rally for Natty while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Natty throws hands, but then Piper sweeps the leg! But Natty avoids the senton! Ghost pin, TWO! Natty runs to step on Piper, then she basement drop- NO, Piper blocks! Piper runs, BASEMENT CROSSBODY FLOPS as Natty dodges! Natty KICKS, steps over, Oklahoma Roll! TWO! DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Piper survives but fans fire up with Natty! Natty gets the legs, Chelsea gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Piper boots Natty into Chelsea, and then Piper throws Natty by her hair! BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, Piper wins!

Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall

The Hot Mess ends up Piper’s ace in the hole to trump the Queen of Harts! But Natty SLAPS Chelsea for mouthing off! Natty and Piper brawl, Chelsea joins in, but here comes Nox! The Welsh Firecracker slides in, she CLOBBERS Chelsea! Then she fires off on Piper! Natty & Piper have the advantage now, and they double whip. Piper holds ropes to bail out. Fans boo but Piper & Chelsea regroup. Will the tag team champions have to watch their backs?

 

The Judgment Day talks backstage.

Priest says they know that part of him really wanted JD McDonagh to get beat up last week. Finn doesn’t blame him. But then McIntyre hit Dom, so Priest felt bad. So that is why, on the season premiere, Judgment Day NEEDS to take out McIntyre! They need to show the world what happens when you mess with them! Finn agrees, but Dom says Mami said not to. Dom… But then Rhea walks in and perfect timing. Where’s she been? Had a phone call. Oh, okay. She’s had a lot of those lately. Because she’s handling Judgment Day business, okay? She handled this thing with McIntyre, and they trust her, right? Right. Then just focus on the tag titles.

Finn says they’re more than prepared to take care of Cody & Jey. Is Rhea focused on Shayna? Yeah. Does Mami need Dom in her corner? No, she’s got this. Tonight, she reminds her division why Mami is always on top, and it starts with Shayna. Then they remind the rest of Raw just who runs this. They’re all in agreement, and Rhea heads back out. Will Rhea be able to eradicate the Queen of Spades? Or will Rhea have to decide on #TapNapOrSnap?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

Oklahoma City fires up for the Visionary as he makes his way to the ring! Beat up as he is, he is still all smiles, soaking up the singing. But what will he have to say as we draw closer to Crown Jewel and his match with Drew McIntyre? We see, after the break.

Raw returns and Rollins has a mic to say, “Oklahoma Citaay~! Welcome to the season premiere of Monday, Night, Rollins!” And we had a great “season finale” last week with the new #1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, the Scottish Warrior, Drew McIntyre! A hell of a guy that Drew. Challenges Rollins to his face, wants Rollins at 100%. Good guy, right? But then, Rollins gets jumped by Priest and McIntyre doesn’t do a damn thing! And Rollins is a little confused by that. But then Dom runs up, the MITB contract in hand, and then McIntyre is the white knight!

It was getting a little weirder, but guys! Rollins can’t answer these questions! McIntyre is the only one, so Drew! Consider this an invitation to come out and join them on the season premiere! McIntyre obliges! McIntyre joins Rollins in the ring, gets himself a mic, and Rollins takes the sunglasses off. McIntyre says that the whole “as close to 100% as possible” thing kinda implied Rollins not standing here in the middle of the ring where he could get jumped. Because buddy, McIntyre isn’t gonna babysit Rollins! Rollins appreciates that, how kind. But if there’s one thing Rollins has proven is that he can handle his bidness on his own.

The question Rollins has for McIntyre is if McIntyre is handling his business on his own, or has he enlisted a little help? Fans wonder what that means, and McIntyre says everyone knows he handles his own business. But clearly, Rollins has something on his mind, so could he elaborate? Oh, yes yes! Fine folks in the trucks, roll the footage. See, here’s Ricochet and Pearce talking, but zoom in and look! Rhea and a very large, ruggedly handsome man. Might be Scottish. Care to elaborate on that, McIntyre? First off, McIntyre ain’t some thirsty creep like Jey, Rhea found McIntyre. And what they talked about is not Rollins’ business.

So stop worrying about the Judgment Day. Worry about McIntyre taking the damn title from you! Oh, thanks for clearing that up. Let Rollins clear this up: NOBODY is taking this title off Rollins, and ESPECIALLY NOT McIntyre! But Rollins gets it. Last couple of years have messed with McIntyre’s head. Lots of big opportunities, lots of big matches, and then lost of big failures. McIntyre is so freaked out by failing that he’s gotten some side help from Judgment Day. That won’t work out how McIntyre thinks. Dealing with Judgment Day is a slippery slope McIntyre doesn’t wanna go down.

Rollins sounds rattled to McIntyre. And he should, because McIntyre remembers the last time they had a world title match, and McIntyre beat Rollins’ ass. McIntyre doesn’t need help, he doesn’t need Judgment Day. And those big matches McIntyre lost? If Rollins studied his tape, he would’ve seen there was interferences, from mist to low blow to Bloodline! OH SHUT UP about the Bloodline! Move on! The Bloodline sure has. To put it plainly and with all due respect, get over it. McIntyre stares Rollins down and says, “Get over it? Get over it?!” Rollins likes being world champion with the fans singing and all that, right?

The fans sing now, and McIntyre sighs. Y’know, McIntyre has a catchy theme song he could bring back, too, but he doesn’t need that “crutch” holding him up. That was the dream, it was McIntyre’s dream, too. And when he achieved that dream by beating Brock Lesnar in under five minutes, there was nobody there. There was a worldwide pandemic, we needed someone to step up, and McIntyre stepped up! Missed moment after missed moment, and by the time the people were back, McIntyre’s moment was gone. But he caught lightning in a bottle in the UK, 1v1 with Roman Reigns, 50K in Cardiff, and the Bloodline screwed him! So sorry if he’s not “over it” so quickly!

But maybe the third time will be the charm! Rollins needs to think long and hard how he’ll reinvent himself for the 53rd time when McIntyre beats him and takes the title at Crown Jewel! Fans are torn here but Rollins shakes his head. Rollins tells McIntyre that no one understands McIntyre better than him. Rollins knows how hard it can be to get yourself back to the top of the mountain. Rollins spent four YEARS digging and fighting and clawing to get back up! But all Rollins is hearing from McIntyre is excuses, pointing fingers, and that won’t get McIntyre where he wants to go. Rollins will win and it’ll be the best thing that ever happened to McIntyre.

Because for the first time in a long time, McIntyre won’t have anyone to blame but himself. Rollins drops his mic and makes his exit. Things are heating up as we head for November, will the Visionary burn down the Scottish Warrior?

 

Bronson Reed speaks.

“You wanna know how I got to where I am? Fear. Someone disrespects me, they get hurt. They challenge me, I break them. Truly, a spectacle of fearsome acts is what’s needed to keep things in order. And not to impress, but a brutal reminder of ramifications.” Auszilla is eager for this colossal showdown, but will even he fail to stop Der Ring General?

 

Logan Paul called out Rey Mysterio.

After beating his opponent in boxing on Saturday, the ImPAULsive Influencer challenged Rey for the US Championship. Rey’s response on the Michael Kay Show was that he doesn’t mind hearing Paul out in person, he’s always up for a challenge. As such, Logan Paul will make his return to the WWE this Friday on SmackDown in San Antonio!

 

Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci VS Johnny Gargano!

Imperium looked to bring down DIY before DIY could get going again, but they may have only motivated them more! Will European Elegance be able to add on from last week? Or will he regret angering Johnny Wrestling?

Raw returns and Gargano makes his entrance. The bell rings and Gargano CLOBBERS Ludwig! Gargano throws down fists, Ludwig gets up but Gargano dodges to RANA! Fans fire up as Ludwig bails out and Gargano builds speed. Gargano DIVES and down goes Ludwig! Fans fire up more as Gargano stares Vinci down. Gargano throws his shirt at him, hurries in, then dodges Ludwig, only for Ludwig to sweep the legs! Ludwig KICKS Gargano in the back, then POSTS him! Ludwig keeps Gargano stuck in the ropes to run and DROPKICK him down! Fans boo but Ludwig soaks up the heat. Ludwig GAMAN, but Gargano blocks!

Gargano fires off forearms but Ludwig shoves. Ludwig run sin but Gargano goes up to ROPE OCTOPUS! The ref counts, Gargano lets off, and he RAMS into Ludwig, then slingshots, into an UPPERCUT! Ludwig CLOBBERS Gargano on the apron, then drags him back up. Ludwig says to say hi to Ciampa, and he UPPERCUTS Gargano off the apron! Gargano hits barriers and Ludwig soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ludwig has Gargano down in a cobra clutch. Fans rally as Gargano endures and fights up. Gargano reaches out, throws some short shoulders, but Ludwig ripcords. Gargano ROCKS Ludwig first, and then again, and again! Ludwig whips but Gargano reverses and Ludwig hits buckles hard! Ludwig staggers up in a daze, Gargano ELBOWS him away! Gargano then side steps, schoolboy roll and KICK! Ludwig goes to a corner, Gargano runs in to CHOP! Gargano whips corner to corner, runs in, but is put on the apron. Gargano GAMANGIRIS Ludwig away, then SLINGSHOT SPEARS!

Fans fire up with Gargano as he goes up a corner. Ludwig stands into a FLYIGN COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Ludwig survives but he is still dazed. Gargano storms up, brings Ludwig around, but Ludwig CHOPS! Gargano CHOPS! And ROCKS and ROCKS and ROCKS! Ludwig puts Gargano in a corner, climbs up while talking trash, and he throws down fists! Gargano slips free, tucks Ludwig in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Gargano then goes up, and SUNSET FLIP BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Ludwig escapes in time and crawls to a corner. Gargano storms up on Ludwig to stomp a mudhole in! The ref counts, Gargano lets off, then runs back in, into an UPPERCUT!

Ludwig CHOPS, fireman’s carries, and ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, to a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Gargano hangs tough and Ludwig is frustrated. Ludwig storms up, brings Gargano around, clinches and SIDE- NO, Gargano rolls Ludwig up! TWO!! Ludwig escapes again, but Gargano dumps him out! Vinci is there to check him but that upsets Ludwig. Gargano runs up to catch Ludwig, WILLOW’S BELL! Shoutout to Ciampa before ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Vinci POKES Gargano in the eyes!! Fans boo but the Pride of Italy gets away with the save. Gargano snarls and storms out after Vinci to CLOBBER him!

Fans fire up as Gargano SMACKS Vinci off the desk again and again and again! Vinci runs away, Gargano pursues, but into the RUNNING GAMANGIRI! And then the SIDEWINDER!! Cover, Ludwig wins!

Winner: Ludwig Kaiser, by pinfall

The 2v1 advantage comes in handy for Imperium, but does Ludwig even realize Vinci saved him? Will he even show Vinci any gratitude when he does? Or is it all about European Elegance and no one else?

 

Becky Lynch crosses paths with Indi Hartwell & Candice LeRae.

#IndiWrestling tells The Man that while she respects all the opportunities she’s giving to the Women’s Division, when is she gonna give that opportunity to the woman who never truly lost the title? Candice says that’s true. Indi knows Becky wants to be a fighting champion- Becky stops Indi there, because she’s right. Becky is a fighting champion and Indi is the champion who never lost. And Becky’s always wanted to fight Indi, so she’ll go to Pearce to make this official. Wow, she really is The Man. Damn right. Becky turns around, but runs right into Rhea. Rhea smirks as she walks away, when will Mami and The Man have it out?

 

McIntyre finds Sami backstage.

McIntyre says he’s been meaning to talk with Sami. McIntyre knows things got intense between him and Jey, but McIntyre respects the fact Sami stepped between them. And in fact, McIntyre has been meaning to say, after Sami stepped away from The Bloodline, McIntyre and “the boys in the back” were apprehensive about Sami. But Sami worked hard, proved himself, stepped up as a leader around here. Well, Sami appreciates all that and respects McIntyre saying so. But McIntyre wasn’t finished there. Then he saw what he saw earlier. Sami instantly forgave Jey, a man who has literally done the exact opposite!

The Right Hand Man of the Bloodline is here and is just instantly expecting forgiveness, and then Sami gave it to him! Sami says he and McIntyre obviously don’t see eye to eye on this. And Sami won’t get in the middle of things with McIntyre and Seth, but one thing that Seth is right about is putting the Bloodline stuff behind him. Look, trust Sami. Nobody knows better about how hard it is to do that than Sami, but Jey is working hard to make everyone believe him. He’s done everything he can, and right now, it seems only McIntyre doesn’t buy that. Just saying, from one man to another, putting the drama behind him is hard. Sami can relate.

Oh, seems a lot of people can relate to McIntyre tonight. But Sami can’t, because he’s never been world champion. He doesn’t know the pressure that brings. And to keep going with this happy-go-lucky attitude, trusting everyone, changing allegiances with the wind, he’ll never be world champion. Well if there’s any doubt in McIntyre’s mind about that, go to the middle of the ring with Sami next week. McIntyre doesn’t back down from a fight. So see you then. McIntyre heads out, is Sami the one in trouble?

 

Rhea Ripley VS Shayna Baszler!

Mami is done with the disrespect from “her” division, and looks to put them all in their place! But will Rhea’s brutality break Baszler? Or will the Queen of Spades be the one that breaks the Women’s World Champion?

Before the match, Rhea gets a mic. “Y’know, everyone wants a part of Monday Night Mami. Hell, even Nia Jax decided to come back just to try and get rid of me. But that didn’t work out so well, did it? But in my absence, the Women’s Division decided to try and prove how tough they are. I have Nia Jax, Raquel Rodriguez, and now Shayna Baszler trying to prove they’re the baddest woman here int he WWE. But the reality is is that this is MY division! And Mami will always be on top!” But here comes Shayna! The battle of bad, bad badasses is on, after the break!

Raw returns and the bell rings. The two tie up, Shayna waistlocks but Rhea switches. Rhea SLAMS Shayna down, brings her up, but Shayna hooks a leg to roll and get the ANKLE LOCK! Rhea flails, turns, and BOOTS Shayna away! Rhea RAMS Shayna in the corner, fires off fists, but the ref backs her off. Shayna ROCKS Rhea to WRING out an arm! Rhea then isolates that arm, to STOMP it! Fans are torn as Rhea clutches her arm, but then Shayna KICKS that arm! Shayna eggs Rhea on but Rhea eggs Shayna on. Shayna KICKS the arm, Rhea still eggs her on then she dodges the kick to throw Shayna down by her hair!

Rhea basement dropkicks, shakes out the arm and covers, TWO! Rhea snarls, brings Shayna up, but Shayna fires off fast hands! Shayna run sin, Rhea dodges the knee to stomp a foot and SMASH Shayna’s face! Rhea then LARIATS! Fans rally up as Rhea snarls and runs in at the corner. Rhea Electric Chair Lifts, but Shayna fights free. Rhea fights off the suplex, ELBOWS Shayna, but Shayna avoids the boot! Shayna ROCKS Rhea but Rhea spins to ELBOW Shayna! Both women fall and fans fire up! Shayna and Rhea rise, run in, and fire off fast hands from all sides! Shayna KICKS, but Rhea ROCKS!

Shayna ducks a roundhouse to GERMAN SUPLEX! And RUNNING KNEE!! Rhea falls, Shayna covers, TWO!! Rhea survives that headshot but Shayna keeps her cool. Shayna drags Rhea up and fireman’s carries, but Rhea fights free. Rhea goes to a corner, Shayna KNEES her again! Shayna hoists Rhea up top, climbs up after her, but Rhea throws body shots! Rhea HEADBUTTS Shayna down! Fans fire up as Rhea adjusts, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Direct hit, and the pump handle! RIP- ARMBAR!! Shayna has the arm!! Rhea flails, pushes up and stacks, but Shayna keeps her shoulders up! So Rhea deadlifts Shayna, to POWERBOMB!!

Both women are down again and fans fire up! But here comes Nia Jax! Fans boo as the Irresistible Force can’t resist going for revenge! But here comes Raquel Rodriguez! Big Mami Cool YANKS Nia down then fires off forearms! Nia HEADBUTTS back! Both women stagger, and ZOEY STARK CANNONBALLS FROM THE CROWD!? The Hunter wants her piece of Nia, but Raquel TOSSES her aside! And then into the ring! Fans fire up as Ricky Desperado storms up to BOOT Nia down! Raquel roars and Oklahoma is with her! Raquel runs up, but Nia moves and Raquel only gets steel steps! And then Zoey SUPERKICKS Rhea!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by disqualification

Rhea stays up, she picks Zoey up and THROWS her into Shayna! Fans fire up for Rhea but she locks eyes with Nnia. Mami says if Nia wants some, just get cross th eline and get in the ring. Nia storms up, fans fire up and Rhea says “BRING IT!” Nia does run in, but Rhea dodges and Stark SUPERKICKS Nia! Rhea HEADBUTTS Nia into Stark’s ROUNDHOUSE! Rhea scoops Nia?! But then Stark DROPKICKS them both down! Fans fire up and Stark SUPERKICKS Nia outta the ring! Another badass joins the fight, who will be THE Alpha Female of Monday Night Raw?

 

Adam Pearce meets with Becky Lynch.

Seems great minds think alike, so next Monday, Becky VS Indi for the NXT Women’s Championship! Becky loves it, and Pearce says he’ll check with HBK to make sure he loves it, too. Then they can make it official. But in storms Xia Li. She tells Becky that first Tegan, no Indi. What about Xia?! Well, Becky’s got two contenders (Indi and Lyra), but if Xia wants to be the third, just say the word. Then she will. On her time. Xia heads out and Becky says everyone wants a piece of The Man. Oh, speak of the devil. Jade Cargill walks in! Jade says, “Nice title.” Becky says get in line. Becky heads out and Jade laughs that off. She’s funny. Yeah. But she can do that when she’s The Man.

Pearce then formally welcomes Jade. Is The Storm coming to Mondays rather than Tuesdays and Fridays?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso.

Jackie Redmond is with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, and she says it is obvious these two are feeling pretty good right now. But before getting to their tag title match, she wanted to ask Jey about what happened between him and Sami earlier tonight. Jey says Sami just has a lot going on in his head right now. But Jey is here for Sami, he has Sami’s back always. That’s his dawg, ya feel him? She does. Cody wants to make sure, does she feel him? Yes, she’s even feeling Ucey. Then tonight being the season premiere, it is all about those who maximize opportunities.

We saw Ricochet and Nakamura tear each other to bits. We saw Zoey Stark stand up and do the right thing by going after Rhea Ripley. And we know that while Judgment Day wants to own Monday Night Raw, there is a roster full of bright futures, and one faction is not going to cast their shadow over it. But they are indeed the utmost perfect challengers for tonight. Cody wants to uphold the legacy of these belts with his man right here, Jey. Jey, say the word. YEET. Jey & Cody head out, but will the second generation stars stay on top?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Bronson Reed!

Der Ring General has made history for his reign’s length, but now he might make history for its size! As in, how BIG the Colossal Aussie is as a challenger! Will Gunther continue on as the greatest Intercontinental Champion in WWE history? Or will the reign be washed away by the Tsunami?

Raw returns as Gunther makes his entrance, Ludwig & Vinci by his side. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Gunther makes it through his biggest challenge yet!

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up and they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but then Reed powers Gunther back step by step! Gunther ends up in a corner, but he turns it around. Reed turns it around, they go around and around and end up in another corner. The ref counts, Gunther lets off to CLUB Reed! Gunther headlocks, Reed powers out and they RAM shoulders! Neither man falls so Reed runs. They RAM shoulders again, Gunther comes back to BOOT! And BOOT again! Reed goes to a corner, Gunther runs in and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Reed leans on ropes. Reed snarls but Gunther runs in to CHOP again!

Fans fire up as Gunther runs, but Reed CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up from that full body press, and then Gunther goes to a corner. Reed SPLASHES and Gunther bails out! Reed goes to the apron to FLYING SHOULDER into a CHOP! And then Gunther RAMS Reed into the apron! And CHOPS again! The ref has the ring count climbing, Gunther pushes Reed in at 5 of 10 then storms after him. Gunther reels Reed in, but Reed’s too big for a lift like that! Gunther almost has it but Reed kicks. Gunther CLUBS Reed, clamps onto an arm, but Reed fires forearm! Gunther gets around to a SLEEPER!

Reed pries at the hold and fans rally up. Reed RAMS Gunther into a corner, is free, but Gunther CHOPS him on the back! And back to the SLEEPER! Reed drops to a knee, Gunther leans on him, but Reed pries the hold open again. Reed stands up, shifts around, and he fireman’s carries Gunther! Gunther fights with elbows, and back to the SLEEPER! Reed drops to his knees again, reaches out, and fans rally up. Reed picks Gunther up as a backpack, Gunther fights, but Reed BACKPACK SENTONS! Fans fire up as Reed hurries to the corner! Reed climbs, but Gunther is up to CHOP! Reed sputters as he goes to the apron.

Gunther storms out to the apron, BOOTS Reed, and CHOPS! Gunther reels Reed in again, but Reed is still too big to lift! Reed back drops Gunther to the apron! Gunther falls to the floor, Reed runs to FLYING SHOULDER! Down goes Gunther but Reed put his all into that! Both men are down on the outside as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Gunther CHOPS! Reed forearms, the two trade shots, and then Reed CHOPS! Gunther snarls, he CHOPS again! Reed snarls and roars, then CHOPS again! Gunther CHOPS, Reed ROCKS Gunther with a right hand! Gunther CHOPS again! And again! Gunther powers up but Reed blocks the chop! To HEADBUTT! Gunther runs, they both LARIAT! Both men wobble, Gunther LARIATS again! Gunther runs, but Reed SUPERKICKS!? Reed ripcords and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives and Reed is frustrated, but the fans rally back up. Reed drags Gunther up, reels him in, and says thumbs down!

Reed hoists Gunther up, but Gunther slips free! To CHOP! And CHOP! And then he LARAITS from behind, then the front, then behind! And again! Gunther runs, into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives but Reed is stinging, his colossal chest looking like raw steak! Reed goes to a corner, runs in, and SENTONS onto knees! Gunther hurries to run and LARIAT Reed down! Cover, TWO!! Reed is still in this and Gunther is perhaps too tired to be upset. Gunther stands and staggers, but he makes his way to a corner. Gunther climbs, but Reed ROCKS him first!

Gunther throws hands with Reed but Reed HEADBUTTS! Reed climbs up, Gunther CHOPS him! Reed SLAPS Gunther! Reed goes to the very top!? To SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Both men are down and Oklahoma is thunderous! Reed crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Gunther is still in this! Reed doesn’t even hesitate, he just goes to the corner and climbs! TSUNAMI FLOPS!! Gunther SHOTGUNS Reed, to then LARIAT! Gunther goes up now! GENERAL SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Reed survives Gunther’s take on the Tsunami and no one can believe it! Gunther is furious, he hauls Reed up, and POWERBOMBS?!?! Cover, GUNTHER WINS!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Truly the biggest and toughest challenge to date in Gunther’s historic reign, and Gunther makes it through! Will anyone ever stop Der Ring General now?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

Jackie is now with the “self-proclaimed Most Must-See WWE Superstar,” but he doesn’t look to be in a good mood. She says it’s so great to see him, but he asks, “Is it?” Is that why Pearce waited until the third hour to put Miz on? Also, Miz is not the self-proclaimed but he IS the Most Must-See WWE Superstar! His rating is better than any other superstar in this company! How do you start the premiere? With nothing other than THIS face! Not some Sami Zayn pity party! “Oh~, Kevin Owens is no longer here~!” Kevin betrayed Sami a million times, “But I miss him~! He’s my best friend~!” Adam Pearce should be FIRED for this!

And maybe, just maybe, Nick Aldis should take over as manager of both Raw and SmackDown, because maybe Nick Aldis knows how to put respect on Miz’s name! But then Nia steps in. She wants to talk now. Miz speaks up but her glare shuts him up. “Do you see what’s going on here? Everybody has hit me with their best shot. But I’m still standing. And looking pretty. I haven’t hit anybody with my best shot, and if I hit them with any shot, they stay down. Because on Monday Night Raw, I do the squashing.” She then shoves the mic into Miz and storms off. Miz says unbelievable. But as he was saying-

Actually, we’re all out of time. Miz is stunned speechless. But as for what Nia said, will she truly A-Nia-late Raw with her “best shot?”

 

Pearce is on the phone.

He’s running Becky VS Indi by HBK and it sounds like HBK is on board. Then it is official! Pleasure doing business with you. But then Rhea storms in and says the only “business” Pearce should be doing is making sure Rhea’s matches aren’t interrupted! Pearce better get the division in order or she will! Pearce says that this is the season premiere, so we do things differently from now on. No more coming in here and telling him what she’s gonna do. She tried it and all she got was chaos. So if she wants to make a statement, we do it Pearce’s way, at Crown Jewel. Rhea defends her Women’s World Championship at Crown Jewel, against Nia!

And Shayna! And Zoey! And Raquel! FATAL 5 WAY! Rhea freaks out and says this is a joke! But then she says “fine, fine, fine, fine, fine!” She’ll eradicate them all, okay?! Rhea leaves all flustered and furious, and in step Indus Sher! Jinder Mahal wants to talk. Pearce says okay, let’s talk. Will Rhea make it through Riyadh Season still the champion? Will Jinder, Veer & Sanga reestablish themselves in the same amount of time?

 

Alpha Academy does Pilates.

Maxxine Dupri has the boys engaging their core and legs. Akira Tozawa is in here, too? Coach Gable blows the whistle, tells Akira that was terrible, keep it up. But as for Otis, hit him once! CHOP! Gunther, that’s for you! It’s a new season, and Gable is coming after that Intercontinental Championship! Then the Academy will go after the tag titles! But then The New Day walks in. What’s going on here? Gable says Kofi & Xavier are “late for class,” grab some dumbbells. What? Class? No, they came here to give advice. Because if you’re talking about the W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, Championships~, that means you obviously talkin’ ’bout ya bois, THE NEW~ DAY~!

Otis says he knows about them hips. It’s a swivel off! SHOOOOOSH! There’s only one way to settle this. Next week, first time ever, Alpha Academy VS New Day, to find who’s got the best hips in the biz! Tozawa then adds “ARIGATOOOO~!” AKA Japanese for, A THANK YEW~! Then he goes back to side step squats. That’s nasty good! Everyone is excited, but who will swivel hardest when Raw arrives in Dallas?

 

Kofi Kingston returned home to Ghana, West Africa.

He isn’t just a great superstar, he’s a great humanitarian. He and his mother raised funds to open the state-of-the-art Kofi Kingston Library & Digital Center, helping bring books and technology to junior high students who otherwise would not have access. Kofi’s dedication to his origins is uplifting and empowering the future.

 

Gunther regroups with Imperium.

They applaud his victory, and he smiles. He thanks them and says it was a fantastic job by Ludwig giving Gargano his first big defeat since his return. Ludwig did it. Ludwig fulfilled his responsibilities. Vinci didn’t. Vinci defends he helped Ludwig win! Gunther frowns at Ludwig who feels a bit embarrassed now. Gunther says Gargano was walking alone backstage. After Vinci’s match with Gargano next week, Gunther expects Gargano to be stretchered out! And it will be Ludwig’s responsibility! Gunther heads out and Ludwig tells Vinci no problem. But is all this pressure only going to cause the team to fall apart?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!

The American Nightmare & Main Event Jey took these belts from the Judgment Day just nine days ago at Fastlane. However, after some fast ‘n’ furious title defenses last week, Cody & Jey give Finn & Priest their rematch! Will it be 3-0 for the champs? Or will the Prince & Punisher make Mami proud?

Raw returns as Jey makes his entrance, followed by Cody’s, “WHOA~ OH~!” The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Cody & Jey can shine through the Judgment Day’s shadow!

Raw returns again and Cody starts against Finn. They tie up, go around, and Finn wristlocks. Cody cartwheels, wrenches, headlocks, but Finn powers out. Things speed up, Cody catches the hurdle to a fireman’s carry, and RACK GUTBUSTER DROPS! Then Cody wrenches an arm, tags in Jey, and fans cheer as Jey goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Jey headlocks, Finn powers out and Priest tags. Finn drops then Priest dumps Jey out! Fans boo but Priest storms on on Jey. Priest taunts the fans, brings Jey up and UPPERCUTS! Jey staggers back, Priest puts him in, and Priest kicks Jey down. Then Priest ROCKS Jey to the corner.

Priest runs in, hits the STAGE DIVE back elbow, then tags Finn. Snapmare to the slingshot STOMP! Finn scoops Jey, BACKBREAKER LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Jey hangs in there but Priest kicks him around. Priest taunts Jey, then KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him in the side! And again! Fans rally for Jey and Jey dodges the haymaker! Priest blocks the kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Jey and Priest crawl, hot tag to Cody! Cody fires hands on Priest, whips, but Priest reverses. Cody slides under, kicks and drops, RHODES UPPERCUT! Another kick and drop, another RHODES UPPERCUT!

Cody runs to a corner, baits Priest in, POWERSLAM! Finn runs in, he gets a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER on Priest! Cover, TWO! Fans boo as Dom runs down the ramp! Dom hops on up the apron but Cody DECKS him! Cody dodges Priest and Priest hits post! Finn runs in, Cody catches him to a dragon sleeper, but Finn turns it around! Only for Jey to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Cody & Jey dodge Priest, SUPERKICK to CROSS RHODES! Cody covers, Dom gives Priest the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo as Dirty Dom gets away with that one! Cody shakes his head, and then chases Dom!

Fans fire up as they go around, but Finn tags in! Dom leads Cody around and Finn CLOBBERS Cody! Fans boo as the Judgment Day uses the numbers, as always, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Cody trades shots with Priest! Cody JABS, JABS and JABS! But Priest ROUNDHOUSES! Priest brings Cody around, soaks up the heat, and back suplexes, but Cody lands on his feet! Cody kicks low, underhooks, PEDIGREE!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Cody and Priest crawl, hot tags to Finn and Jey! Jey rallies on Finn! Mule kick and UPPERCUT! Finn swings, misses, and Jey SAMOAN DROPS! Fans fire up with Jey as Finn goes to the corner. “UCE! OH!” echoes out, but Finn puts Jey on the apron! Jey GAMANGIRIS back! Jey climbs, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!

Dom is relieved that Finn hangs in there, but Jey doesn’t lose his focus. “This is Awesome!” as Jey brings Finn up. Fireman’s carry, but Finn claws the eyes! EYE OF THE HURRICAN! Cover, TWO! Dom is frustrated but Finn just watches Jey as he goes to a corner. Finn aims, runs in, but Jey SUPERKICKS first! Cody returns, they coordinate, CODE D!! Cover, TWO?!?! Finn survives the combo and no one can believe it! Cody sees Priest on the outside and he builds speed, and he DIVES, but into a choke grip! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Cody flops to the floor, this is looking like Fastlane minus JD McDonagh!

Priest clears off the desk, but Jey goes up! Priest runs up, Jey BOOTS him! Dom anchors Jey and fans boo! Jey BOOTS Dom, too, then adjusts! USO SPLASH ONTO KNEES! Cover, TWO!!! Jey survives and Dom argues with the ref. The ref tells Dom to go away, but here comes SAMI! Sami YANKS Dom down to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Sami beats Dom down, then POSTS him! Then RAMS him into steel steps! But then Priest POSTS Sami! But then Cody TOSSES Priest into the crowd! Cody hurries up and reaches out to Jey! Jey crawls as fast as he can, but Finn BLASTS Cody first! Jey rolls Finn up, TWO!!

DOUBLE LARIATS wipe Jey and Finn out! And then Priest returns, to LOW BLOW Cody!! The ref was too busy watching Finn and Jey to see that! Priest brings Cody over to the desk, Canadian Rack, crucifix, RAZOR’S EDGE through the desk!!! The ref reprimands and the fans lose their minds! But then Jey DIVES onto Priest! Jey checks Cody  but Cody says to finish this. Jey returns to the ring, but Finn SLINGBLADES! Finn reloads in the corner, to SHOTGUN!! Jey hits buckles and falls into the drop zone! Finn hurries up, to COUP DE- NO! Jey dodges, and SPEARS!! Jey hurries up top again, to USO- NO, he has to jump over Priest first!

Jey keeps moving, and Jey SPEARS Priest!! Fans are thunderous again, and Jey drags Finn to a drop zone. Jey hurries back up top, but while the ref is busy with Priest, JIMMY USO SUPERKICKS JEY!!! The Shot Caller just took out Jey for the pride of the Bloodline!! Finn goes up, COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, Judgment Day wins!!!

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

Roman Reigns must be smiling watching this at home. Jimmy does what was asked of him: make sure Jey no longer “besmirches” the family legacy by having these titles. Judgment Day is back on top with all the gold, will they never stop running Raw?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Raw, with a lot set up to follow, as well. Great interaction from Becky with Indi and Xia and even Jade, so now we’re getting Becky VS Indi next week for the NXT Women’s Championship and possibly Xia the week after as I am sure Becky retains. For that matter, it really only feels like Lyra can get the NXT belt off Becky with Halloween Havoc coming up next week. And great stuff out of Rhea VS Shayna with Raquel, Nia and now Zoey getting involved. I was just thinking it was gonna be a Fatal 4 but making it a Fatal 5 is awesome stuff for Crown Jewel. Good stuff from Rhea being upset by that news and good promo from Nia interrupting Miz, and the Fatal 5 is going to be hard to predict, which makes it fun.

I liked what we got out of the Women’s Tag title story here, with Natty backing Nox up against Chelsea & Piper, setting up that 2v2 for the titles at some point. Heck, it still feels like they want to get KC Squared in on this story with Kayden & Katana sticking around in all this. As it stands, they’re already having more women on the card than last year (they had six women, 2v2 for the tag titles and 1v1 for the Raw Women’s title) so if they can get even more women on the card, that’d be great.

Great Falls Count Anywhere, I really liked the unique way of filming things at gorilla. Nakamura winning made sense, he’s been going strong and should stay strong to stay close to the world title scene. Good stuff with the rest of Bloodline, too. Priest and Finn being united in taking out McIntyre and Dom sheepishly saying they had to listen to Rhea was a great little bit. Rollins has a great promo with McIntyre, with a great use of the Easter egg style stuff HHH is doing as Rollins points out to everyone the moment Rhea and McIntyre talking last week. McIntyre also has a great promo with Sami, who opened the show with some real fire. McIntyre VS Sami next week on the road to Crown Jewel will be some show stealing stuff, maybe even main event worthy.

Great, just hilarious promo from Alpha Academy, New Day and Tozawa. Tozawa is slowly making a resurgence here on Raw, though mostly in comedic ways. But New Day VS Alpha Academy is going to be great stuff and could get each team back into the tag title scene. Combine that with Indus Sher being back, the Raw Tag Division is looking stacked. Great stuff with Imperium tonight. Ludwig gets the cheating win off Gargano thanks to Vinci, which ironically upsets Gunther after he felt good after that epic match with Bronson Reed. I don’t know if Imperium is falling apart, but between Ludwig and Vinci, one might be leaving it behind for their own interests.

And great main event tonight, Sami helping Cody & Jey against Judgment Day, but then creative move to have Jimmy show up here to screw Jey over. Though, also a little disappointing. I was hoping they were going to let this keep going where Kevin would also back Cody & Jey up to parallel Sami, but oh well. Maybe this twists around on Bloodline where Judgment Day isn’t as grateful as they should be and that leads to a match of Finn & Priest VS Jimmy & Solo with Jey returning the favor.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

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Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

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

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


My Thoughts:

A great finale to the New Beginning series here, though it’s a shame Tanahashi is hurt and could not take Nemeth up on his invitation to have a tag match, nor could he be part of the 10 Man Tag with Okada and Chaos. It’s an ankle injury, hopefully he’ll be alright. But at the same time, he doesn’t really have to wrestle, he’s President of NJPW now and should be taking it easy. Anyhow, great tag match from the Guerillas of Destiny to be Tama’s sendoff. As such, Leo & ELP naturally won, and they take the banner up for GOD, certainly as a tag team. I don’t think Loa’s leaving NJPW, so maybe Loa becomes a singles guy within the faction?

Bushi beating Taka, Douki beating Hiromu, Taichi beating Takagi, Just5Guys win that best of three, but LIJ wins out the night because both Yota and Naito win the last two matches. A really good, really cerebral match from Yota and Yuya, the storytelling of wanting to win with Young Lion moves continues between them, and I really liked how many times Yuya countered the Gene Blast, only for one to still hit. The New Japan Cup is up next, I’m sure Yota is going to have a strong showing as he tries for the world title.

Naito VS Sanada was really good, though I’m not sure it was quite like their WrestleKingdom match. But I suppose part of that was that of course Naito won. I appreciated the parallel to Yota VS Yuya with Sanada failing to hit Deadfall again and again. Naito then snatches the win with a cradle, not a finisher, technically keeping Sanada strong. I’m just not sure how Sanada does in the New Japan Cup. English commentary was pointing out getting Naito VS Sanada Part 3 through the New Japan Cup would be too much.

Sanada could obviously go for a different title in the meantime, though I have no idea what one. Just5Guys already feuded with House of Torture, they can’t default to that and the NEVER Openweight title. Nemeth just got the Global title and Riddle just got the NJPW World TV title, so I don’t think they’d lose to Sanada, but those would make for some interesting feuds. And I don’t even think Sanada would care about the KOPW Championship, though it would  be interesting to see what matches he’d come up with.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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.

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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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