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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (11/2/23)

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Will the Fallen Goddess truly fall?

Mercedes Martinez finally cashes in her rematch for the ROH Women’s World Championship, but will Athena still hold the gold?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Righteous VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The Righteous win.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Leyla wins.
  • Lee Moriarty VS Darius Martin; Darius wins.
  • Ethan Page VS Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling; Woods wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Slim J VS Gringo Loco VS Metalik VS Angelico; Angelico wins.
  • Rachael Ellering VS LMK; Rachael wins.
  • Four Corner Survival Tag: The Gates of Agony VS The Wingmen VS The Iron Savages VS The Infantry; The Gates win.
  • Triple Threat: Nick Comoroto VS Action Andretti VS Lee Johnson; Action wins.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Kiera wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Gravity, Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Workhorsemen; Gravity, Castle & The Boys win.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Mercedes Martinez; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH has footage from last night’s AEW Dynamite.

The ROH Board of Directors member, Stokely Hathaway, introduces himself while backstage on Dynamite, and he has some “interesting” news. We can see the AEW logos and yet there’s no Eddie Kingston. There will also be no Eddie on ROH, and even no Eddie on Rampage, because your ROH World Champion is temporarily suspended! Why? Because Eddie had the audacity, the temerity, words Stokely knows Eddie does NOT know, but Eddie thought he could just put his hands on Stokely! Stokely is of course referring to when Eddie pushed him aside to get in Jeff Jarrett’s face ahead of their Memphis Street Fight.

But Stokely says Eddie walks around here, telling the entire locker room that he’s going to beat Stokely’s ass? That’s crazy! Stokely fears for his life, so Eddie can’t get his hands on Stokely if Eddie isn’t at work. Eddie’s been in a lot of lines, from title opportunity lines to big match lines, but if Eddie tries to touch Stokely again, the next line he’s going to end up in is the unemployment line. Enjoy the show, everyone! #BigStoke has put out the ultimatum, will the Mad King behave himself when he’s back from suspension?

 

The Righteous VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!

Vincent & Dutch are still in pursuit of the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they have to fight their way back up to challenge MJF again. Will the Fallen Angel & Third Eye Reborn be sacrifices towards that goal? Or will these former tag champions show everyone they’ve still got it?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Dutch starts against Daniels. Fans rally up for Daniels but Dutch has that creepy smile on his face. They circle, tie up, and Dutch powers Daniels to a corner. The ref counts, Dutch lets off slowly, and he smooths fingers on Daniels’ face before flicking that tongue. Daniels gets around, kicks Dutch’s leg out and headlocks. Daniels grinds the hold, Dutch powers out, but Daniels RAMS him! Dutch stays up but Daniels kicks and kicks and kicks the leg. Daniels CLUBS away with elbows, then runs, but Dutch runs him over! Fans rally but Dutch taunts Sydal with the tongue.

Dutch scoops Daniels to SLAMS him! Fans rally but Dutch says death falls tonight in Connecticut. Dutch whips, but Daniels drop toeholds him onto ropes! And HIP ATTACKS! Tag to Sydal and he slingshots to KICK Dutch! And then he ROUNDHOUSES! And JUMP KICKS! Vincent tags in, Sydal dodges him to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Sydal and he KICKS Vincent in the leg! And again! Sydal wrenches, tags Daniels, and they double wrench to bring Vincent down. KICK, BLINDSIDE LARIAT, and STANDING MARIPOSA! Daniels covers, TWO! Daniels drags Vincent up, whips him to a corner hard and Vincent falls!

Daniels drags Vincent up, tags Sydal, and Daniels snap suplexes Vincent for Sydal to SLINGSHOT KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Vincent survives but Sydal stays on him with a whip. Sydal then runs in to BACK ELBOW! Vincent staggers, grabs at the ref, but Sydal drags Vincent up. Vincent shoves Sydal away, distracts the ref, and Dutch DECKS Sydal with that sucker punch! Vincent runs up on Sydal to CLOBBER him! Then he BLASTS Daniels for good measure. Fans are torn but Vincent soaks up the cheers and jeers. Vincent puts Sydal in the corner, tags Dutch, and Dutch throws body shots! And an UPPERCUT!

Tag to Vincent, Dutch whips Sydal in for a KNEE! Then Dutch ripcords to short arm LARIAT! Dutch sits Sydal up for Vincent’s SLIDING FLATLINER! Cover, TWO! Vincent is annoyed but he puts Sydal in the corner. Tag to Dutch, the Righteous whip Sydal into the corner, and again! Then feed to Dutch’s BODY CHECK! Dutch taunts Daniels, tags Vincent, and Vincent climbs. Dutch POWERBOMBS Sydal, Vincent hits the SWANTON! Cover, Daniels drags Vincent off! But Dutch TOSSES Daniels out! Vincent looms over Sydal, clamps onto Sydal’s head and squeezes! Fans rally, Sydal fights up and moves around, to then throw body shots!

Vincent still scoops Sydal, but Sydal fights free! Sydal dodges to then WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Sydal and Vincent crawl, hot tag to Daniels! The Fallen Angel rallies on Vinnie, Dutch runs in but Daniels dodges to ROCK him! Daniels runs, to ROCK Dutch again! Dutch shoves Daniels to a corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Daniels ENZIGURIS Dutch, headlocks, but Dutch powers out, so Daniels hits Vincent with an STO! And a COMPLETE SHOT for Dutch! Fans fire up as Daniels hauls Vincent up to a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Dutch breaks it!

Fans rally as Sydal fires off KICK after KICK on Dutch! Dutch blocks one to shove Sydal into Vincent’s KNEE! Then the BOSS MAN SLAM! But Daniels shoves Vincent into Dutch, rolls Vincent up, TWO! Daniels fires off JAB after JAB, then whips. Vincent reverses, Dutch ELBOWS Daniels, and the Righteous set up for AUTUMN SUNSHINE! Cover, The Righteous win!

Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall

MJF may be ROH World Tag Team Champion now, set to defend those belts against Austin & Colten Gunn, will The Devil survive Tinsel Town only to have a Final Battle with The Righteous? And speaking of The Gunns, can Daniels & Sydal rebound from here to be ready for them on Rampage?

Backstage interview with Ethan Page.

Lexi Nair is with All Ego, and he has his big match against Josh Woods. From her understanding, Ethan is still upset about how things went with him and Tony Nese. Yeah, he is still upset about that. And to be honest, old Ethan would’ve reacted in a very, very negative way, and done things he would’ve regretted. But in ROH, Ethan said that he is turning over a new leaf and is doing things the right way. So Ethan hopes and prays that Tony Nese is watching tonight, because he wasted and squandered that title opportunity he stole from Ethan after Ethan’s five match win streak!

If that was Ethan in there against Samoa Joe, as he rightfully deserved, ETHAN would be the ROH World Television Champion! But instead, he has a match with Josh Woods. “Good. Because everything I do to him tonight, Tony, I’ll be thinking of you. I will be envisioning you! Because right now, I dream of getting my hands on you! Enjoy the show, Tony Nese, because I’m gonna make sure I put one on for you. So yes, Lexi, I am still upset. But I’m excited for my match tonight.” Will All Ego tear down Woods to get his payback on the Premier Athlete?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade!

Just as she was finally ready to accept Maria Kanellis-Bennett’s help, the First Lady of Wrestling said no. Will Leyla prove she is still a LEGIT prospect for The Kingdom’s Army? Or will this Renegade take her down?

The Code of Honor is barely upheld, and the bell rings. Robyn shoves Leyla, taunts her for her height, but Leyla trips her and fires off forearms! Fans fire up, Robyn gets away and bails out, but Leyla pursues. Charlette gets in Leyla’s way, but Leyla pushes her aside, only for Robyn to SUPERKICK! Charlette talks trash, Robyn puts Leyla in, and Robyn has Leyla in a corner for a CHOP! Robyn says one more, and she CHOPS again! Fans boo but Robyn talks trash. But Leyla puts Robyn in the corner to fire off forearms! Robyn CLUBS Leyla, puts her back in the corner and CHOPS again! Robyn whips, Leyla reverses and swings, but Robyn gets around!

Robyn half nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Robyn is annoyed but Charlette coaches her. Robyn stands Leyla up, waistlocks, but Leyla switches and goes to ropes. O’Conner and roll through, CHAOS THEORY! Fans fire up as Leyla SAYANAGIS Robyn into the LEGIT ARMBAR! Robyn TAPS, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

Charlette rushes in to stomp and CLUB Leyla! Fans boo, but here comes Rachael Ellering! Rachael beat Robyn Renegade last week and she won’t let the sisters bully anyone! The Renegades run off, but Leyla pushes Rachael away. Leyla doesn’t want anyone else’s help when it comes to being in the ring, but will that only hurt her progress back towards title opportunities?

 

Lee Moriarty VS Darius Martin!

Don’t adjust your screens or get your eyes checked, we are getting #TAIGASTYLE VS Air Wolf again, but there’s something very different from their last match. Shane Taylor is BANNED from ringside given his part in Moriarty’s win last week, will he have to find a way to win on his own? Or will Darius win now that this is a fair fight?

The Code of Honor is skipped and the bell rings. The two tie up, go around, and even roll on the mat. Moriarty waistlocks, Darius wrenches out to cravat, but Moriarty spins free. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. They knuckle lock, Darius kicks an arm and goes for a leg. Moriarty fights the takedown so Darius wrenches to a cording hold. Moriarty spins Darius, slips around, headlocks, but Darius powers out. Moriarty rolls over the dropdown, but then Darius hooks the arms. Moriarty spins Darius to kick low, then flexes and runs, and blocks a hip toss to hook arms! Darius slips under the backslide to trip Moriarty!

Darius wants to stack but Moriarty kicks Darius away. Darius rebounds off ropes, gator rolls Moriarty but Moriarty slips free and stops himself with ropes. Moriarty rolls Darius with arm hooks, makes it a backslide, TWO! Fans cheer, Moriarty runs in but Darius goes up and over to backslide! TWO! Darius says it was that close, and fans applaud. Moriarty gets up in a huff, takes a swing, but Darius arm-drags and DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up and Moriarty goes to ropes. Darius runs up but Moriarty ELBOWS him back! Moriarty shouts, “Get outta my ring!” Moriarty then TOSSES Darius out but Darius is on the apron.

Darius ROCKS Moriarty, slingshots in, but Moriarty catches him for a facelock! And then Moriarty drapes Darius out, squeezes tight but lets go, and as Darius braces himself, Moriarty KICKS the arm out! Fans rally up while Moriarty flexes on the corner. Moriarty goes back to Darius, wrenches, and drops to TWEAK the arm! Darius goes to ropes, Moriarty whips but Darius holds on! Darius CHOPS, and CHOPS, and Moriarty CHOPS in return! Fans rally as the CHOPS go back and forth! Moriarty whips, Darius reverses but Moriarty goes up, under, baits Darius in and has the COBRA TWIST! Moriarty even digs his claws into Darius as he stretches him out!

Darius endures, pops free, but Moriarty spins him to snapmare and SNAP LOCK on the arm! Moriarty flexes again while Darius shakes out his arm. Moriarty taunts Darius, drags him up, and wrenches to hammerlock. Moriarty adds a facelock but Darius RAMS Moriarty into a corner! Darius is free, Moriarty storms up on him, but Darius JAWBREAKERS! Darius fires off haymakers, and he ROCKS Moriarty! Darius whips, Moriarty reverses and leaps, but into an atomic drop! Darius then runs to BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Fans fire up as Darius GAMANGIRIS Moriarty away! Then Darius steps in, COMPLETE-

NO, Moriarty shoves Darius away! Moriarty runs in, but into an ELBOW! Then Darius uses the corner to WALL KICK PELE! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty escapes and fans fire up! Darius goes up a corner, but Moriarty hurries to ROLLING ELBOW! Moriarty climbs up, grabs Darius’ arm for a double wristlock, but Darius throws body shots! Darius shoves Moriarty away, stands up, and leaps over as Moriarty returns! Darius comes back but Moriarty spins him, hammerlock and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! But Moriarty has the arm! FUJIWARA, then the chicken wing, BORDER CITY- NO, Darius fights the crossface, reaches out, but Moriarty rolls him!

BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Darius endures, powers his way to a ghost pin, TWO!! Moriarty still has the arm but Darius uses that to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Darius trips Moriarty! Moriarty BOOTS back, but Darius PENALTY KICKS on the rebound! And then Darius drags Moriarty up, only for Moriarty LIFTING FLATLINER!! Cover, TWO!! Darius survives and shocks Moriarty! Moriarty drags Darius up and in, lifts, but Darius fights and slips free. Mule kick! Front kick, but Moriarty blocks to SLAP! But Darius CHOPS! But Moriarty BOOTS! Darius goes to a corner, Moriarty DOUBLE KNEES!

Moriarty shoves Darius out of the corner, run sin, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Deadlift suplex! Darius goes up a corner, aims and FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, Darius wins!

Winner: Darius Martin, by pinfall

Revenge is sweet! No Shane as the insurance policy, but now that means they’re tied 1-1! When and where will Darius and Moriarty run it back for the tiebreaker?

 

Ethan Page VS Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling!

We heard the fire inside All Ego, and it will not go out until he gets even with Tony Nese. Will that fire burn down Woods? Or will the Technical Beast extinguish Ethan on Nese’s behalf?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Ethan wrenches to a wristlock, but Woods slips around and waistlocks to then spin and wrench Ethan back. Ethan cartwheels and wrenches to then wristlock. Woods waistlocks, rolls, TWO and Ethan has the arm. Ethan tells Mark to shut up, but Woods slips around to clinch. Ethan fights the lift, he headlocks, but Woods powers his way to a waistlock. Ethan wrenches out and whips, but Woods stops himself to then whip Ethan. Ethan ducks ‘n’ shoves and arm-drags! Fans fire up as Ethan has the cording hold!

Sterling coaches Woods, Woods fights up, and Woods whips Ethan to a corner. Ethan goes up but Woods sweeps the arms to stop Ethan from going over! Woods soaks up the heat, drags Ethan up and hammerlocks, to then ROCK Ethan with a body shot! Woods hammerlocks Ethan again, to RAM him into buckles! Fans boo while Ethan slumps down, but Woods doesn’t care. Woods hammerlocks, scoops, and SLAMS Ethan down! Cover, TWO! Woods stays cool, and he traps Ethan’s arm. Woods taunts the fans before he stomps away on the arm! Woods holds ropes to steady himself and the ref reprimands.

Woods lets off, Ethan writhes, and fans rally up. Woods mocks them by clapping along, then he drags Ethan up. But Ethan throws hands! Woods KICKS the bad arm! Woods whips Ethan to a corner hard and Ethan bounces off buckles! Sterling says to check the arm, it might be dislocated. Woods hauls Ethan up, hammerlocks that arm, but Ethan stops himself to ELBOW back! Ethan runs to RAM Woods down with his shoulder! Both men are down and fans fire up but Sterling is worried! Wait, Tony Nese makes his way out to ringside now. Ethan wanted him to watch this so Nese is here in person to do that.

Ethan and Woods rise, and Ethan counter punches Woods! And punches and punches and punches! Ethan whips, Woods reverses, and Woods ducks the shoulder tackle, only for Ethan to come back with a BOOT! Fans fire up with Ethan and he fires off in the corner. The ref counts, Ethan lets off at 4 and shouts, “I KNOW THE RULES!” Ethan is furious, he brings Woods up to whip, but Woods reverses. Ethan comes back to LARIAT! Ethan reels Woods in, but Woods wrenches out to whip. Ethan reverses, but Woods holds on to HOTSHOT Ethan’s arm! Woods gets in to UPPERCUT away on Ethan’s bad arm!

Woods wrenches, suplexes, but Ethan fights it! Ethan scoops to RUNNING POWERSLAM! Nese and Sterling both look worried as Ethan covers, TWO! Woods is still in this, but Ethan shouts, “HE’S DONE!!” Ethan tries to lift Woods but Sterling gets on the apron! Fans boo, Ethan and the ref both say to get down, but Woods storms up on Ethan! Ethan ROUNDHOUSES first! Fans fire up as Woods stumbles, and then Ethan reels him in for a small package! But Sterling is still distracting the ref! Nese gets in to push the cradle over in Woods’ favor! NOW Sterling shuts up, the ref counts, WOODS WINS!!

Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall

The Premier Brand did it to Ethan again!! But while Sterling, Nese and Woods celebrate, is this just fuel on the fire for Ethan’s anger?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Slim J VS Gringo Loco VS Metalik VS Angelico!

The OG OG and the Crazy White Boy were just in a Fatal 4 Way last week, but neither won it. Will things be no different now that the King of the Ropes and the South African Stud are here? Or will someone ruin Angelico’s momentum as #1 contender?

The bell rings, the Code of Honor is upheld, but Slim is the only one hesitant. Angelico gets him to shake his hand, but then Slim uses that to get up and RANA Metalik! Slim swings on Gringo but Gringo back suplexes. Slim lands on his feet, Gringo avoids Angelico’s sweep and even the Eddy Gordo kick! Angelico blocks Metalik’s kick, flips him, but Metalik lands on his feet! The four stand off and fans fire up. Slim then sucker punches Metalik! Gringo fires off on Angelico, throws him out, but Slim kicks Gringo. Slim whips, Gringo reverses but Slim slides under the hurdle. Slim whips again, Gringo reverses but Slim DIVES onto Angelico!

Wait, Angelico catches Slim! But then Gringo FLIES to take them both down! Fans fire up and Gringo goes back to the ring. Metalik is there, he runs in, but Gringo puts him on the apron. Gringo runs, slides, but Metalik jumps over to TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULT! Metalik wipes out the other three! Fans fire up, Metalik puts Slim in but Angelico YANKS Metalik down! Angelico storms in after Slim and wrenches to a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!! Angelico keeps cool as he looms over Slim, and brings him up to trap both arms. Slim fights, pulls an ear, but Angelico cranks the arms! Angelico then trips Slim, turns him over, and stomps his back!

Fans rally as Angelico gets the legs and hooks them up. Angelico has the Deathlock, then turns over for a NO HANDS SURFBOARD! But Metalik stomps Angelico down! And CHOPS him in the corner! Metalik whips, Angelico reverses and runs in, but into a BOOT! Metalik hits a SLING-DOG! Then Metalik goes up and along the ropes to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Angelico is still in this, Metalik rushes Gringo but Gringo RAMS into him! Gringo goes up but Metalik GAMANGIRIS! Metalik goes up the corner, tightrope and SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up, Metalik covers, but Angelico breaks it!

Fans rally while Metalik and Gringo go to corners. Angelico stomps Metalik then storms up on Gringo. Gringo BOOTS Angelico, goes up the corner, but Angelico GAMANGIRIS! Metalik runs in but Angelico BOOTS him away! Metalik stands, Angelico sunset flips, TWO! Gringo FLYING CUTTERS Metalik, Slim FLYING SPLASHES Angelico! Slim covers, Gringo breaks it up! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Metalik goes to a corner, Angelico goes to ropes, and Gringo stands Slim up to CHOP him! Gringo whips, Slim reverses to ENZIGURIS! Slim reels Gringo in, OVERDRIVE NECKBREAKER! Cover, Metalik sunset flips Slim! TWO!!

Slim gets up but Metalik fireman’s carries, METALIK DRIVER! Cover, Angelico rolls Metalik up in a ghost pin! TWO, but Angelico steps through to LA CASITA! Gringo breaks it! So Angelico just jackknife bridges Gringo! TWO!! Fans fire up, Gringo and Angelico rise, and Metalik runs in. Angelico dodges, Metalik dosidos with Gringo, and Metalik heads for Angelico in the corner. Angelico TOSSES Metalik up and out! Gringo runs in, Angelico BOOTS him! Slim springboards to FLYING SCREW KICK! Angelico wrenches Slim to a WRISTLOCK RUSSIAN SWEEP, and Angelico rolls Slim around into a NAVARRO MOUSE TRAP! ANGELICO WINS!

Winner: Angelico, by pinfall

The South African Stud has said he can go hold for hold with anyone, and he just did that against three men! Serpentico celebrates with his amigo, will Angelico be able to catch Eddie Kingston off guard?

 

Sonjay Dutt speaks.

“Twenty-some years ago, I met Jay Lethal for the first time, who went on to be my best friend in this world. A man that means more to me than anybody else here. And around that same time, Eddie, I met you. And I quickly figured out that you two were totally opposite. Two diametrically opposite people. Jay Lethal: a pure wrestler, one who could go in the ring with anybody, with any style, and excel. And you, Eddie Kingston, what do we call somebody like you? A garbage wrestler, Eddie. That’s all you’ve been, that’s all you’ve done your entire career. And now, you parade with that ROH World title.

“You try to bring honor to something which has no honor. You have no honor, Eddie Kingston.” Stokely steps in and says he agrees with Sonjay. Eddie has no honor at all. Stokely says Triple J did an excellent job whooping Eddie’s ass in that Memphis Street Fight. Sonjay says damn right they did. Stokely apologizes for not being there to see it, he was at the club. But next time, he will just like he’s supposed to be. They’ll talk. Stokely turns to leave but Sonjay grabs Stokely’s shirt and reels him back in. Stokely asks why he has to grab the shirt like that, but Sonjay asks if Stokely forgot something.

Oh, right! Jamar! Yeah- No. You do not call Lethal that. You do not call Lethal by his government name, Eddie. Right, sorry, Stokely meant Jay. But Sonjay wants Stokely to circle back to how Jeff Jarrett, “The King of Memphis,” beat Eddie. Stokely sings Jarrett’s theme and Sonjay says yeah, that’s his jam. But now, Lethal is owed that title shot. When and where is he getting it? Oh, right, that. Stokely says he’ll go back to the office, talk with his secretary, get the paperwork, because they’re busy hashing out health benefit stuff, but his secretary will email them the contract. What? Email? When did Stokely get Sonjay’s email!?

Stokely hurries away but Sonjay hurries after, will these two hash out the deal for the ROH World Championship match?

 

Four Corner Survival Tag: The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana VS The Wingmen VS The Iron Savages VS The Infantry!

While Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona are once again ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, they’re still hungry for THE ROH World Tag Team Championships. But they’re not the only ones who want their shot, can one of these other teams make it through the Gates? Or will the Gates slam shut on three teams in one match?

“Pretty” Peter Avalon gets the attention of the Mohegan Sun, and Ryan Nemeth says “We-” But then Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo cut him off! Then Jacked Jameson says time to get pumped in the Savage Sanctuary! Avalon shouts at him to stop with the catchphrases, the WINGMEN are the ones with something to say! Jameson doesn’t hear him as he gets through “beefy and bulky, jacked and juicy!” Avalon says he is sick of the “swollen patrollin’!” Avalon has a question, but then The Mogul Embassy makes their entrance, Prince Nana accompanying his muscle. Will Avalon & Nemeth just have to let their actions speak for them?

The teams sort out and in this match, only two teams are legal at a time. Dirty Bulk Bronson starts against Pretty Peter, and they keep the Code of Honor. The bell rings, fans rally up, and Avalon tells to shut up about the Savages. Avalon and Bronson tie up, and Bronson THROWS Avalon down! Bronson wants to see that pretty ass, cuz he’s gonna motorboat! Avalon gets around to waistlock, shove and table top! Bronson gets up, Avalon runs to RANA! Avalon runs up but Bronson POWERSLAMS! “I’M GONNA BUST~!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! Avalon survives but Bronson tags Beefcake Boulder.

Fans chant “BEEF! BEEF! BEEF!” and Boulder storms up on Avalon. Avalon sees Boulder, runs, but Boulder scoops him! Boulder SLAMS Avalon, and then runs, only for Avalon to avoid the elbow drop! Avalon runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Avalon is airborne but he lands back on Boulder! Cover, TWO and Avalon flies up to land back down! Cover, TWO and this time Boulder launches Avalon away from him! Avalon tags the Hollywood Hunk, but Boulder just back drops Nemeth! Boulder shows that beef, but Kaun tags in off him! Dean tags in off Nemeth, and he dodges Kaun to JAB! JAB! JAB! Kaun swings, Dean gets around to LARIAT!

Fans fire up with “OORAH!” but Kaun knees low! Kaun whips Dean to a corner but Dean BLASTS Liona! Dean ELBOWS Kaun, goes up, but Kaun SHOVES Dean down! Fans boo but Nana talks trash. “You see what I’m talking about?!” Nana says Dean is stupid, but Dean storms upon Nana. Liona runs in, Dean dodges but Kaun is there to CLOBBER him! Kaun puts Dean in, fans rallies, but Kaun CHOPS Dean down. But Avalon sneaks a tag off Kaun! Avalon storms up on Dean, ROKCS him, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Nemeth, the Wingmen mug Dean but Dean fights back with elbows!

Dean kicks, Avalon blocks, and Avalon spins Dean to SUPERKICK him! Nemeth runs up to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Dean hangs tough but Nemeth drags him over. Tag to Avalon as the fans rally, and the Wingmen mug Dean. Avalon whips Nemeth in, Dean goes up and Nemeth POSTS himself! Dean LARIATS Avalon down! Fans fire up, Avalon and Dean crawl, Avalon actually wants to tag the Gates now! But Nana says no, and the Gates step away! Avalon is stunned, Dean tags Carlie! Bad News & Tattoos rallies on Avalon, he BLASTS Bronson and avoids Boulder to SCISSOR KICK him in the ropes!

Avalon ROCKS Carlie, whips him, but Carlie FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Carlie, he BOOTS Boulder and shouts “OORAH!” Fans echo that, and Carlie jukes Avalon for the CROSSOVER! And the clinch, SIDEWINDER! Cover, but Liona drags him up to deadlift– NO, Carlie elbows free! Carlie loads up but Liona HEADBUTTS first! Kaun and Liona set up, BACKSTABBER to SAMOAN DROP! Fans are torn as Liona roars, and then Kaun rushes Avalon. Avalon DUMPS Kaun out, but Linoa doesn’t fall for that. So Nemeth DROPKICKS Liona up and out! Nana is furious but Dean tags in to kick Nemeth and BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER!

Avalon runs up but Dean blocks the kick to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Dean and he brings Avalon up. Carlie runs, Boulder sneaks a tag before BOOT CAMP! Boulder runs in, the Infantry dodges, but they still run into DOUBLE FLAPJACKS! Fans are thunderous with the Savages! “BEEF! BEEF! BEEF!” Bronson hops onto Boulder’s back but Kaun sneaks a tag! And then Liona POUNCES both Savages!! The Gates haul Avalon up, they nod, and they OPEN THE GATES!!! Cover, The Gates win!

Winners: The Gates of Agony, by pinfall

“Pretty” Peter never got to ask his question, but we got the answer: nothing is going to stop the Mogul Embassy until they take over everything. Will they be primed to face whoever leaves Los Angeles as the ROH World Tag Team Champions?

 

Backstage interview with Leyla Hirsch.

Lexi congratulates Leyla on the win, but then brings up the Renegades attack her. Before Lexi can go on, Rachael walks over and apologizes for interrupting. Rachael just wanted to check if Leyla’s good. Oh, sorry, who are you? Leyla has had such a bad day today and the last thing she needed is someone like Rachael getting involved where she had no right to do. Rachael says fair. First, she’s Rachael Ellering, nice to see you again. Two, she couldn’t help that the one person Leyla wants help from was nowhere to be found. Leyla says yeah, Maria wasn’t here for her. But Leyla vows that next time, Maria will be.

Rachael says okay, but she wasn’t out there to be best friends or with some motive. She just thought it was the right and honorable thing to do. Leyla says Rachael was wrong. Leyla storms off, Rachael apologizes again to Lexi, but will Maria really look to help Leyla next time? Or is it not Rachael who is wrong?

 

8 Man Tag: Gravity, Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Workhorsemen!

The Astronaut of Lucha joins The Peacock and the Tate Twins in this big match, everyone hoping to gain some ground in the rankings! Will Gravity help Castle & The Boys fly high? Or will Maria’s “baby boys” work well with JD Drake & Anthony Henry?

Gravity is very colorful, not just for Dia de Los Muertos, but also to match Castle & The Boys! Maria shields her eyes from The Boys stripping the jumper off Castle, the Peacock must be too powerful even for her. The teams sort out and Gravity starts against Henry. The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Henry reels Gravity in! Henry shoves Gravity to a corner, runs in, but Gravity dodges and comes back to ARABIAN PRESS his way to the apron. Gravity then RAMS into Henry, slingshots up and over to roll him up, TWO! Gravity CHOPS, wrenches, and space walks to tag in Brandon. Brandon wrenches but Henry SOBATS!

Henry tags Karter and JD says to do something useful. But Brandon arm-drags, kicks low, and tags in Brent. The Boys double whip, leap frog, and UPPERCUT Karter! The Boys swarm Karter, cover, TWO! Maria coaches Karter, and he RAMS Brent into the corner! Griff tags in and SPLASHES Brent, to feed him to a KNEE from Karter! Wheelbarrow and FACEBUSTER! Cover, Brandon breaks it! Griff chases Brandon off, the fans rally for “BOYS! BOYS! BOYS!” Tag to Karter, whip and CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Karter bumps Brent off buckles, tags in JD, and JD says he’ll do something now. CHOP!

JD taunts Castle, goes back to Brent, and he mocks the Peacock flapping his wings, to CHOP! The ref has to keep an angry Castle back, and Henry tags in. Henry drags Brent back up while Maria mocks the Boy’s pain. The Workhorsemen mug Brent with CHOPS and KICKS on repeat! Henry swings on Castle but Castle gets away. Brandon springboards in but Henry dodges, and JD BOOTS Brandon down! Henry runs in to forearm smash Brent, then feeds to JD’s shoulder! Henry CLUBS Brent into JD’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Henry stomps Brent, drags him over, and tags Griff. They mug Brent but fans rally.

Brent fires body shots and forearms but Griff shoves him back. Brent goes up and over, hot tag to Gravity! Gravity dodges Griff, to FLYING FOREARM! Gravity KICKS away on Griff and then spacewalk to BUZZSAW! Gravity whips, POWERSLAMS, and covers, ONE! Gravity goes up the corner, headstands, but JD distracts the ref so Henry can ENZIGURI Gravity down! Castle shouts at Henry, but Griff ROLLING ELBOWS Gravity down! Cover, TWO!! Gravity survives, Maria mocks Castle, and fans rally. Griff bumps Gravity off buckles but JD tags in. Karter says it was his turn, but JD CHOPS Gravity down.

JD tags Henry, Henry taunts Castle, and then the Workhorsemen mug Gravity. Henry dropkicks Castle down! Fans boo but JD brings Gravity up and throws him to Henry! Gravity RANAS Henry into JD! Fans fire up as Gravity dodges Henry, dodges again, and hot tags Castle! Henry runs in but Castle CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS Karter! And ROCKS Griff! Henry runs in but into an ELBOW! Castle DECKS Griff, Maria panics as Castle hits Karter with an EXPLODER! EXPLODER for Henry! EXPLODER for Griff! Fans fire up and Castle roars! Castle sees all the targets are outside, so “BRING ME A BOY~!”

Brent is in, Castle TOSSES him onto Karter! Brandon is in, Castle TOSSES him onto Griff! Maria freaks out but now Gravity wants to go for a ride! Castle says why not! But then JD drags Gravity out and CHOPS him down! Fans boo but Henry stalks Castle! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO and Henry collides with JD! Castle waistlocks Henry for a GERMAN SUPLEX! But then JD LARIATS Castle! JD reels Castle in, mockingly shouts, “BOYS~!” But then the Boys DOUBLE GIRI JD down! Fans fire up and Gravity is back! Castle says this time for sure! Fans are thunderous as Castle THROWS Gravity onto Griff and Henry!

Castle then Alabama Lifts JD, a feat unto itself! BANGAAAAAARANG!! Cover, Castle’s team wins!

Winners: Gravity, Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall

Maria is disappointed but she and her boys put that loss on the Workhorsemen. As for The Peacock, with Gravity on his side, will they all be flying high? Will Castle make sure he becomes the true star of ROH Wrestling Television?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante!

The Fallen Angel is the most dominant and longest reigning ROH Women’s Champion ever, but there’s only one OG Badass! This match isn’t just about the world title, this is about the intangible title of baddest in the division! Will Athena’s reign continue to make history? Or is this where the dominance ends?

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

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Athena ROCKS Mercedes! Athena cheers herself on, then she kicks Mercedes to a corner. Athena fires off furious forearms, the ref counts, and Athena shouts “YOU DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!” Athena then digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, and she brings Mercedes up. Mercedes throws body shots but Athena knees low. Athena throws Mercedes down, then stomps her to a corner. Athena digs her boots in, the ref counts, and Athena lets off. Athena drags Mercedes up to bring her around and TOSS her out! Athena says she does what she wants, then goes out to CLUB Mercedes!

Athena snatches a sign from Mercedes’ sister! And she rips it up! But Mercedes RAMS Athena into barriers! Mercedes says that’s for her sister. Mercedes drags Athena up to UPPERCUT, but Athena throat chops! Fans are torn but Athena says she does what she wants. Athena puts Mercedes in, stalks her, and drags her up to fire a forearm! Mercedes stumbles to a corner, but she avoids Athena’s attack to fire off palm strikes and an UPPERCUT! Mercedes whips, and hits the SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Athena is still in this but Mercedes keeps cool. Diamante coaches Mercedes and she stands Athena up.

Mercedes UPPERCUTS Athena, puts her in a corner and stomps away. Mercedes then hoists Athena up to the top rope backwards, then climbs up to CLUB away on her! Mercedes then reels Athena in for a SPIDER GERMAN! But Athena lands on her feet! Athena KICKS Mercedes in the back! But Mercedes claws Athena’s eyes! Mercedes gets loose, dodges Athena, but Athena goes up to FLYING CODE BREAKER! And then Athena runs, to handstand on Mercedes’ back, for SWINGING KNEES! Mercedes bails out but Athena WRECKS her with a dropkick! Fans rally and duel, Athena builds speed, and Athena DIVES! Mercedes hits the desk!

Fans fire up with Athena as she shouts “This is MY show!” Athena drags Mercedes up, thanks her fans for chanting, but Diamante steps forward. Athena glares and backs her down, but then Mercedes DECKS Athena! Mercedes drags Athena up, and suplexes her to GOURD BUSTER her into the timekeeper’s area! Mercedes then stomps Athena down in the gap! The ref reprimands and counts but Mercedes lets off. Mercedes takes a bow and the fans cheer. Diamante says she needs a chair, and she takes one from the timekeeper! Diamante sets that up while Mercedes beats Athena down. Then Mercedes makes Athena sit in the chair, upside-down!

Mercedes goes up the barriers while Athena’s in an almost Tree of Woe position! Mercedes aims, but Athena grabs an arm! She brings Mercedes into range for kicks! Mercedes wobbles, Athena stands up, and now the two brawl on the barrier’s edge! Athena fires HEABUTT after HEADBUTT, then she brings Mercedes up! SUPERPLEX to the floor! Fans lose their minds as both women writhe. The ref checks them both and they’re somehow okay to continue. A ring count climbs, fans rally up, but Champion’s Advantage is still in Athena’s favor. They’re both still down at 7 of 20, and then they stir at 9.

Fans rally, we pass 12 of 20, and then 13. Athena and Mercedes crawl over to the ring at 15, drag themselves up with the apron skirt at 17, and fans fire up at 18! Both women slide in at 19.5!! Fans cheer as this main event continues! Mercedes and Athena glare at each other, but fans cheer “RING OF HONOR!” for giving us this match. The forearms fly while both women slowly rise! Athena gets the edge but Mercedes returns those shots! Athena BACKHANDS, Mercedes ROLLING ELBOWS! Athena is furious and she fires another flurry! Mercedes gives them all back! Then blocks to palm strike after palm strike!

Mercedes UPPERCUTS, runs and KNEES Athena! Athena stays up so Mercedes runs in, but Athena spins her around to SOBAT! FRONT KICK! ENZIGURI! Mercedes flounders up, gets around Athena, and SAIDOS! Both women rise and roar, and Athena BOOTS first! Both women are down again and the fans rally up. Athena goes to a corner, Diamante coaches Mercedes, but Athena climbs. Mercedes crawls that way, but Diamante distracts Athena! Mercedes CLUBS Athena, then brings her around to a crucifix lift! OG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Athena survives and Mercedes is furious! Mercedes grabs the legs, hooks them up, and wants the arms!

Mercedes pulls, pulls and PULLS Athena back! But Athena blocks the dragon sleeper, to BITE Mercedes’ arm!! Then she reels Mercedes into a CROSSFACE! Mercedes rolls it to a cover, TWO!! Athena boots from below but gets caught! Mercedes YANKS Athena up but Athena lands on her feet! Athena DECKS Mercedes! Fans rally up again as Mercedes goes to a corner. Athena runs in, is put on the apron, but she avoids the haymaker to HOTSHOT Mercedes! Athena climbs, fans fire up, O-FACE!!! Direct hit! But Diamante distracts the ref!! Fans boo, Athena would’ve won this by now! The ref reprimands Diamante, but Athena DECKS her!!

Athena goes out to scoop Diamante, Z360!! Then Athena gets back in, and she rips a buckle pad off!? The ref reprimands but Athena is done playing nice! But then Mercedes BOOTS Athena into the bare buckle!! FISHERMAN DRIVER!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Athena survives and “This is Awesome!” Mercedes is beside herself, but she drags Athena up. But Athena fights the lift, shoves Mercedes away and gets around, but Mercedes fights the lift! Mercedes wrenches, gets around, they go to ropes, O’Conner Roll, TWO! Someone BELT SHOTS Mercedes!! They’re wearing an AEW hoodie but who is that?!

Athena reels Mercedes in, Canadian Rack, WIGSPLITTER!! Cover, Athena wins!!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

41-0 in singles competition, and the culprit of that belt shot… WAS BILLIE STARKZ!! Even after Athena tearing her down emotionally, The Minion saved her Overlord? Billie brings the belt into the ring, but she does look at it longingly. Athena is on guard, but Billie still kneels to present the belt to her. Athena takes the belt, and she has Billie stand. Now Billie is proving herself. But still no high-fives. Will Billie ever break away from the Fallen Goddess? Or will she make sure Athena reigns forever?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH, even for being short of two hours. That’s because it felt like more matches mattered than just last week’s episode, and the majority of the matches were just the right length. I did skip Ellering squashing LMK, Kiera beating Charlette and that Triple Threat, though I feel like I could’ve kept the Triple Threat over the opening match of Righteous beating Daniels & Sydal. Shane Taylor was watching the Triple Threat because he is still interested in Lee Johnson’s development for the sake of putting him in Shane Taylor Promotions. And therefore, Lee losing that is good stuff because Shane’s probably gonna get on Lee’s case.

Well, he’s also gonna get on Lee Moriarty’s case since he lost against Darius in the rematch. Moriarty VS Darius part 3 will be great stuff, and maybe we get Shane VS Johnson to bring this story full circle, and then we get Shane Taylor Promotions as a new trio with Shane and two Lees building momentum. Especially now with the ROH World Six Man Tag Championships back on Mogul Embassy. Great Four Corners tag, but of course Gates won. I bet they don’t even beat MJF for the belts because by the time we get to Final Battle, either Adam Cole is back or Samoa Joe is MJF’s substitute partner or something like that.

Good stuff with Leyla’s story, and it is interesting to me that it was Ellering making the save against the Renegades, not Kiera given Kiera was the one facing Charlette. But it does give Ellering something to do, which is great, and maybe somehow, someway, Ellering gets Leyla to understand Maria is no good for her. Plus, Leyla & Ellering VS Renegades is a good women’s tag match, even with no ROH Women’s Tag titles in existence. Or if that doesn’t work, Leyla VS Ellering with Maria essentially offering a spot in The Kingdom’s Army to the winner. And really good stuff in Ethan Page’s story, but sigh, of course Sterling’s group cheats to win. Maybe Ethan finds a friend to help get tag team revenge, and that could be Scorpio Sky since he’s also dabbled in ROH lately.

Great Fatal 4 singles match, but I figured Angelico would win that to keep his momentum up before going after Eddie Kingston. Stokely suspending Eddie is a fitting Heel authority move, but I also like that he isn’t really playing along with Lethal’s side, either. Stokely might make the ROH World title for Final Battle. They’re giving us Final Battle on Honor Club, no paywalls other than signing up for Honor Club, so if they’re making a push for subscriptions, put the biggest matches on that card. Eddie VS Lethal for world title, maybe Angelico tries to Money in the Bank cash-in his title match after Eddie makes it past Lethal.

Great 8 Man Tag and I really liked Gravity having parts of his gear match the usual purple pattering Castle and The Boys use. Great win for the Faces, too, and I appreciate Griff & Karter are meshing as a team. Much like we need Eddie VS Lethal on an ROH branded program like Final Battle, Samoa Joe VS Dalton Castle for the ROH World TV Championship needs to happen on ROH programming, and like, yesterday! They dragged this story out because they also want Joe to go after MJF and the AEW World Championship, THE top championship because ROH is AEW’s NXT now, not at all caring that Joe is still a champion in ROH.

And we got great stuff in the main event tonight, Athena and Mercedes were both equally Face, Heel and Tweener tonight because the Mohegan Sun is in Connecticut, where Mercedes is from, but Athena is super popular. What a wild move for Billie to start believing in the dark side and cheating on Athena’s behalf. Billie looking at the belt was a good tease that she could’ve turned on Athena then and there, but they’re extending this story a bit longer. Maybe Billie turns on Athena in time before Final Battle to set that up as a title match to make the card even bigger.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/24)

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Who moves on to Money in the Bank?

After last Monday Night Raw’s wild ending, everyone just wants to move forward. But will the Wyatt Sick6 cast their shadow on the MITB qualifiers?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser; Kaiser wins, by disqualification.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler; Lyra wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed; Gable wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Alba & Isla win.
  • Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston; Kross wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh; Finn & JD win and become the new WWE World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Miz is on commentary!

Pat McAfee is taking tonight off for some obvious reasons, between last Monday night and how that bled over into the Pat McAfee Show.

 

Drew McIntyre is here?!

We know from Friday Night SmackDown that The Scottish Terminator did NOT quit, he just hunted CM Punk down in Chicago to beat him down! And now he’s here in Indiana, with fans chanting “C M PUNK!” at him. McIntyre says people were talking about how he quit last Monday, but they’re not talking about that anymore, are they? They’re talking about Friday! It was so good, McIntyre wants to see it again. Footage replays as McIntyre hauls a bloodied and half conscious Punk from backstage to the stage, just to drop him down in front of the Chicago fans. The fans here boo that but McIntyre smiles.

McIntyre says he prayed for this, and “The Big Man” made it happen, because he is the big man! And everyone chanting Punk’s name for months now? He’s done with you! When you chant his name, it is just in memory of him now. You’ve watched what Punk has done to McIntyre. He screwed McIntyre over in Scotland, in front of McIntyre’s friends, family, countrymen, and his WIFE! McIntyre promised his wife the world title and Punk stopped that, and the fans still chant that damn name! Those who chant for Punk are dead to him! McIntyre will talk right to Punk because he’s sitting at home now.

“I hope you’re uncomfortable and in pain, and being fed through a straw, because I did that to you. I put you there! And I didn’t just take your dignity, though, did I? I also took this.” McIntyre shows the friendship bracelet Punk was wearing! It’s worth about 50 cents, because a fan made it, but it means so much to Punk because it has the names of his wife, AJ Lee, and his stupid looking dog, Larry! The fans boo but McIntyre says Punk wears this when he leaves home so he can take them with him so that he isn’t alone. The fans chant for “LARRY! LARRY!” McIntyre says Punk IS alone, because of McIntyre.

Punk is in pain, is miserable, and that is the theme going forward, because McIntyre will enter the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and Punk will watch McIntyre all alone, and McIntyre will win while Punk is in pain because of him. McIntyre knows what it feels like to be alone. He’s felt it every time the fans chanted Punk’s name, as the roster accepted Punk and as management accepted Punk, even after McIntyre told the world what kind of person Punk really is! But McIntyre’s not alone now, is he? He puts on the bracelet, and says he has Punk’s dog and Punk’s wife, Punk’s family, in McIntyre’s corner.

McIntyre will win MITB, cash in that night, and Punk will be miserable and in pain as McIntyre has PUNK’S family by his side, and once again becomes World Heavyweight Champion, in spite of Punk! The fans boo but McIntyre has made his mission clear. Will he give everyone else broken dreams on his way back to the top of the mountain?

 

A car pulls up in the back.

And out of it exits Chad Gable! He doesn’t want cameras on him right now. He even has security help him get his things and walk through the halls. Gable is clearly not over the horrors of last Monday Night Raw, but will he be able to focus on the colossal challenge ahead of him tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Chad Gable.

At least, Cathy Kelley hopes for some words from the former Olympian ahead of his Triple Threat match. Security is doubled both inside and out to protect him. There have been murmurs of shock that Gable is even here tonight. Other than the wound on his forehead from last week, there is no word on the extent of his injuries from the Wyatt SICK6 attack. Gable was not the only victim of that rampage, will any of them be alright going into the night?

 

Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew nearly broke the Impeccable German in half last week, all because of how Kaiser ruined the fun he was having with The Fella. Will Bron finish the job and leave Kaiser in pieces? Or will being #MeanerThanEvil not be enough against the European excellence?

Raw returns and Kaiser is at gorilla. Jackie Redmond is there to interview him. She says with all due respect, he is still visibly upset from last week, which was technically all because he interfered with the match of Bron and Sheamus. Kaiser says let’s forget about Sheamus, alright? Bron Breakker is strong, explosive and fast. Kaiser felt all that when Bron viciously attacked him. But Kaiser will prove he is destined for greatness! He will prove that Bron Breakker is no Ludwig Kaiser. The music plays and Kaiser makes his entrance, will he find that statement works better the other way around?

The bell rings and the fans bark for Bron. The two tie up, Bron powers Kaiser to a corner, but the ref counts. Bron lets off slowly, grins, but Kaiser pie faces him! The fans boo but Bron CHOKES Kaiser! The ref counts, Bron lets off, but Kaiser BOOTS him! And SLAPS him! And CLUBS him! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, CLUBS Bron again, then fires forearms. Bron fires back and the fans rally. Bron gets the edge, but Kaiser headlocks. Bron powers out, Kaiser reverses but Bron runs and runs and CLOBBERS Kaiser! The fans fire up and bark, and even Miz likes that! Bron snarls and goes back to drag Kaiser up.

Kaiser fights the facelock, puts Bron on ropes, and they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Kaiser lets off, but he HOTSHOTS Bron! Bron sputters, Kaiser KICKS him down! Kaiser rains down fists, the fans boo, but Kaiser lets off to snarl and soak up the heat. Kaiser goes back but Bron RAMS him into a corner! The fans fire up as Bron RAMS into Kaiser again and again! Bron lets off to scowl at the ref, and Kaiser wants mercy. Bron just RAMS into him again and again! The ref counts, Bron grabs at Kaiser but Kaiser CLAWS the eyes! The fans boo but the ref misses it, and Kaiser KICKS the legs out! Kaiser CLUBS away on Bron now!

Kaiser drags Bron up to KICK him back down! Kaiser gets Bron up to POST him, and Bron is stuck in the ropes! Kaiser runs side to side to DROPKICK Bron to the floor! Miz says Kaiser is becoming a standout as he moves from the tag division to singles, and Kaiser goes out to scuff Bron. The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Kaiser sees the steel steps. Kaiser brings Bron over, but Bron RAMS Kaiser into the apron! Kaiser grimaces while Bron goes up the apron. The fans bark, Bron aims, and Bron FLYING LARIATS Kaiser over the desk! Bron does Kaiser like he did Sheamus, the fans are losing their minds, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Kaiser has Bron down now, and under the ropes. Kaiser fires off hands, lets off as the ref counts, and he talks trash as Bron flounders. The fans boo more, but Kaiser KICKS Bron! Kaiser eggs Bron on, pie faces him, then SLAPS him! Bron scowls and the fans rally up. Bron rises, Kaiser looks worried, so Kaiser fires CHOP after CHOP! Bron fires haymaker after haymaker! Bron whips, Kaiser reveres, but Bron runs through the lariat to FLYING BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up for the freakish athleticism and Bron hauls Kaiser, for a deadlift BELLY2BELLY! Bron then GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Kaiser flounders, Bron runs in to clothesline at the corner! The fans are behind Bron as he puts Kaiser up top. Bron climbs, but Kaiser HEADBUTTS, then throws hands! Bron staggers away, but he comes right back up, to SUPER STEINER! The fans go nuts and even Miz can’t believe what he just saw! The straps come down, Bron gets Kaiser by the neck, then trophy lifts! But Kaiser slips free! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, but Bron DUMPS Kaiser up and out! The fans fire up as Kaiser crawls, and Bron goes out the side. Bron grins and he comes in around the way, but Kaiser sends him into steel steps! Kaiser grins as he avoids that car crash!

Kaiser gets back int he ring, but then slips out the side. Now Kaiser runs in around the way, but SHEAMUS KNEES HIM DOWN!!

Winner: Ludwig Kaiser, by disqualification

The Celtic Warrior gets payback on Kaiser and the fans are loving it! Sheamus now clears the desk and the fans are loving this even more! Sheamus hauls Kaiser up, lifts, but Kaiser fights it! Bron SPEARS Sheamus down!! The fans bark with Bron as he wipes out two men with one move! Will nothing and no one stop Bron from breaking through to that next level?

 

The Judgment Day hangs out int he clubhouse.

Carlito is over, so they’re playing WWE 2K while having some chicken nuggets. They’re having Rhea Ripley beat up on all sorts of superstars. Damian Priest walks in, and he asks who hooked them up with the goods? Carlito says it wasn’t him. Dominik puts the nugs down to say that while Priest might not like this, these are all gifts from Liv Morgan. Dude, seriously? Carlito says Liv helped him win his match so she can’t be all bad. Pause the game… Carlito says yeah, they do need to figure this out. When are the distractions gonna end? Someone texts Dom, and he checks. Now what? Whoa…

Dom shows the guys, and JD’s jaw practically hits the floor! Carlito says that’s cool. Priest glares at Carlito and Carlito says no, n-not cool. Dom says Liv is crazy and Priest agrees, but it is crazier how Liv even has Dom’s number! Priest isn’t telling Dom what to do, but if it were him, he’d find a way to end this with Liv tonight. Just saying. And guys, are you having fun? You know who else is having fun? Braun Strowman, because he’s having his way with them every week. Priest doesn’t wanna be a broken record, but that should’ve been handled by now. But hey, enjoy the games. Finn says yeah, Priest is right. They gotta handle Braun, tonight.

Carlito & JD agree, but they go back to WWE 2K. Will the Judgment Day finally put their foots down and establish dominance?

 

Bron returns backstage.

And he bangs on the door of Adam Pearce. Pearce says good God almighty, calm down! What’s the issue? Bron’s issue is that he’s sick and tired of everyone getting involved in his matches! He would’ve beaten Kaiser if not for Sheamus, and he would’ve beaten Sheamus last week if not for Kaiser! Bron wants a match with Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. He is sick of this, do something! Pearce says alright, just calm down before you have a heart attack. But then speaking of Sami, here he is! And the champ stares Bron down. If Bron wants the title match, well, no one is here to get in the way. Any time, any place, just name it.

Then how about Bron VS Sami at Money in the Bank? Sami tells Pearce, “You tell Bron Breakker he’s got his match.” Pearce says then at MITB, Sami VS Bron for the IC title is OFFICIAL. Bron says he’ll destroy Sami. Bron leaves, will he tear Sami apart in Toronto?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler!

The Morrigan has been a thorn in the side of Damage CTRL, only because they’ve been trying to hold her down ever since they got here. But will Lyra be able to fly high and head for Toronto? Will the Pirate Princess help Iyo Sky double their chances in the ladder match? Or will the Queen of Spades stop everyone from overlooking her and finally head back to the top?

Raw returns and Kairi makes her entrance, followed by Shayna. The bell rings, the three feel things out, and then Kari takes a swing! Lyra gets around, Kairi BOOTS Shayna, then Kairi switches to headlock. Lyra powers out, hip tosses Kairi down to a cover, ONE!! Lyra whips Kairi to a corner hard, but then Shayna LARIATS Lyra! Shayna keeps going and clotheslines Kairi in the corner, then gut wrench SLAMS her! Cover, TWO! Kairi bails out so Shayna goes right after Lyra. Shayna whips Lyra to a corner, but Lyra goes up and over, sweeps the legs, and reels her in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Kairi AX KICKS it apart!

Kairi wrenches to a wristlock, whips, but Lyra reverses. Kairi goes up and gets both Lyra and Shayna for a RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Kairi goes up, and she aims to SUPER CROSSBODY both Lyra & Shayna down! The fans fire up with Kairi while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Shayna suplexes Kairi, only for Kairi to APRON DDT!! Both women are down and the fans fire up, but then Lyra runs in to WRECK Kairi with a dropkick! Lyra puts Kairi in the ring, climbs up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Lyra isn’t done there, she hauls Kairi up to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and then Shayna BUZZSAWS Lyra! Shayna CLUBS Lyra, drags her up, and whips her to ropes. Lyra slides under, but Shayna stops the heel kick to LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kairi runs up to BLOCKBUSTER Shayna! Kairi drags Shayna to a drop zone and the fans fire up!

Kairi goes up, INSANE ELBOW onto knees!! Shayna drags Kairi up in a KIRAFUDA, but Lyra rolls Shayna up! TWO!! Shayna escapes, Lyra SOBATS, KICKS and RAMS into her! And then ENZIGIRIS! Shayna falls, Kairi rises, but Lyra runs. Kairi ducks the enzigiri, goes for a leg, but Lyra steps over, gut wrenches, and SITOUT POWERBOMBS! Cover, Shayna KNEES Lyra in the face!! Cover, TWO!! All three women are down and the fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” as the three stir. Kairi goes to a corner, Shayna runs in but only gets buckles. URAKEN! Kairi hurries up while Shayna falls, but Shayna rises again!

Shayna GAMANGIRIS Kairi, but Lyra waistlocks Shayna! Shayna ELBOWS free, but Lyra ducks the kick! Lyra fireman’s carries, Shayna slips out! KIRAFUDA!! Lyra flails, falls back, but Kairi aims! Lyra rolls back, TWO! INSANE ELBOW!! But Lyra fireman’s carries, NIGHTWING DRIVER!!! Cover, Lyra wins!!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

It was a fast and furious finish, and when the dust cleared, it was Lyra standing tall! But will she be able to fly over the field and get up that ladder to bring down the briefcase?

 

McIntyre argues with Pearce backstage.

Everything that Punk did to him, costing him at WrestleMania, costing him at Clash at the Castle, McIntyre should automatically be in the MITB ladder match! Pearce says no, everyone has to earn their way into that match, especially the guy that “quit” last week. Oh, whatever, it’s not like McIntyre meant it. Well, Pearce is gonna mean what he says, and no, McIntyre doesn’t deserve it. All McIntyre’s done is disrupt things on Raw and SmackDown. Oh, well, did McIntyre deserve CM Punk snatching a referee shirt, running out there and screwing McIntyre over? Does Seth Rollins deserve the shot at Priest after just coming back when McIntyre beat him at Mania?

McIntyre will tell Pearce this: He believes Pearce will do the right thing. Because if he doesn’t, he’ll see the true meaning of the word “disruption.” McIntyre leaves, but then Liv Morgan walks in. She’s wearing a shirt that reads “Daddy’s Girl,” and she smiles as she makes her way to gorilla. The WWE Women’s World Champion makes her entrance, and we’ll find out what she’s up to, after the break.

 

Raw returns and…

Liv has the mic to say, “Oh, Dominik~! Since I couldn’t seem to catch you backstage, I thought I’d come all the way out here to get your attention. I hope you really, really, really liked the gifts I gave you,. But I hope you liked that text I sent you even more.” She knows he’s playing hard to get, but once he’s honest with herself that she is what he really wants, she promises there’s so much more in store for him. Rhea’s never gotten Dom any gifts, has she? She’s never cared about him the way Liv does. Will “Daddy Dom” please come out here? He can thank her for the gifts, and she promises to give him another right in front of all these people.

But instead, Zelina Vega makes her way out here! La Muneca says she has a gift for everyone: it’s shutting Liv the hell up. Zelina doesn’t get why Liv’s obsessed with Rhea’s “sloppy seconds.” But that’s not even why she’s here. Zelina is here to talk about something that Liv has clearly forgotten about. While Liv is running around chasing that Dirty D, Zelina is here chasing the WWE Women’s World Championship. The fans like that! Liv says oh goodness, she has not forgotten about the title. This is the most important thing in her life! She took out Rhea for this title. She put Becky into early retirement for this! There is NOTHING that means more to her than this.

But it seems to Zelina that Liv is just about having fun. And that that fun is all she’s worried about. What’s wrong with having fun? Zelina will tell her what’s wrong. Liv schemed for her opportunities, Zelina starves for hers. So her Why will always top Liv’s libido. And what sounds “fun” to Zelina is Liv putting that title on the line. How does that sound? Zelina VS Liv for the WWE Women’s World Championship, here tonight! The fans fire up for that idea! Liv says she’d love to, but she’s busy. How about next week? Zelina is NOT waiting for next week! Try her. But wait, here domes Com! The fans boo but Liv is all smiles.

Dom has a mic, but Liv asks if he liked those gifts. She knows he does. Dom says he did get the gifts, but no he did not like them. Oh, but she knows he loved that text, right? She even gets the ropes for him. Dom tentatively steps inside, and Zelina asks what is going on here. The fans chant “SLOPPY SECONDS!” and Zelina gags before she laughs. Zelina says if Liv is too afraid to fight, she didn’t need to bring her man out here. Dom says he’s not Liv’s man. The fans boo but Dom keeps trying to talk. If Zelina’s gonna fight Liv for the Women’s World Championship… The fans keep booing, but Dom says he wants to help.

Okay, wait, this is rich. He wants to what? He wants to help! Dom knows Zelina and Rhea have had their issues, and Zelina says that’s an understatement. Dom tells the fans to let him talk! Liv agrees, Daddy needs to speak. Dom says he’d rather seen anyone but Liv with the title! Zelina says no, if she wanted to hear anything out of Dom, she would’ve tossed a coin in his begging bowl. Second, she doesn’t need Dom’s help, nor does she want it. So- LIV ATTACKS ZELINA! Liv and Zelina scrap on the mat, the fans fire up, and then Rey gets in! Rey pushes Dom aside to drag Liv away, then he goes to Zelina’s side. But then Dom SHOVES Rey!

The fans boo as Dom again disrespects his dad, and Liv takes that as Dom fighting to protect her! Dom gets outta there, but Liv hurries after. Just what is going on with this WWE telenovela?

 

Cathy Kelley still waits by Chad Gable’s room.

She confirms that WWE medical has checked on Gable, and Adam Pearce has also talked with Gable. Pearce now exits and Cathy asks for an update. Gable is shaken up, as would anyone, but he IS medically cleared and focused on tonight’s Triple Threat. Then has Gable provided any further details on that brutal attack and his mental state? Pearce says that isn’t his story to tell, and Gable might not be in a position to tell it just yet. Will Gable be alright when facing two giants so soon after facing a living nightmare?

 

Liv continues to follow after Dom.

Dom tells her to leave him alone but she just wants to talk. Liv thanks Dom for being her hero out there. He saved her from his deadbeat dad! Now she knows he wants this as much as she does. No, that was just because he can’t stand his dad! Liv still thanks him, and hugs him. Dom squirms away, but then R-Truth walks in. Was that Tom or Nick Mysterio? Well, whichever one it was, he’s a reluctant hero. Those are the best kind, right? Liv says they sure are. Truth always has a soft spot for Tom/Nick. Wouldn’t it be nice to do something for a guy like that? Liv says Truth has no idea. Truth loves it when love is in the air.

Truth tells Tom/Nick is playing hard to get. They sure are. But Liv has an idea how she can do something nice for Dom and his friends. She can talk with Pearce about a match of Dom VS Rey for next week, and for tonight, it can be JD & Finn in a match for the World Tag Team Championships. Can Truth help with that? Yeah, Truth used to be cool with Finn, but he never liked JD. JD’s never been in Judgment Day, and he’s got a freakishly large head. Liv says JD sure does. But Liv knows the guys would love a tag match with the best team in the world. Truth says he’s one half of THE WWE World Tag Team Chamipons!

OMG really? Can he help? Of course! He’s the best! Well, yes, he is. Okay, just make sure to go talk to Pearce. Liv thanks Truth, heads out, and Truth says he’s always ready to help Carmella. Miz is NOT happy on commentary, and now he has to intercept Truth! Michael Cole is now alone on commentary, will Judgment Day get everything they could ever want?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed!

It’s the moment of truth for the former leader of The Alpha Academy. Will what happened last week leave him in any shape to face the Monster of All Monsters and the Colossal Aussie? Or will he pull off the truly biggest upset victory in WWE history?

Raw returns and Bronson makes his entrance, followed by Gable’s. Gable has a mic to say, “Do you believe in miracles?” The fans are torn, but Gable says the rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Yes, eh was left bloodied and bludgeoned, left for dead by a bunch of monsters. There’s just one problem: Chad Gable cannot be killed! He LIVES! And in an act of true bravery, he is out here tonight to face these two monsters. And like last week, he will persevere, go on to MITB, win the briefcase, and he will become The Master in the Bank. Gable steps into the ring, but the tron is getting all glitchy…

The bell rings, Gable looks between the two mountainous men, and he CHOPS Bronson! Bronson doesn’t flinch! Gable CHOPS Braun, but Braun doesn’t flinch! Bronson CHOPS Gable, then Braun CHOPS Gable down! Gable bails out so now the big men are left alone. The fans fire up for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” The two tie up, go around, and Bronson headlocks. Braun powers up and out, Bronson ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAMS Braun! Braun gets stuck int he ropes a moment, but comes back to CLOBBER Bronson! Braun keeps moving, but Bronson DUMPS him out! Gable gets in, and he waistlocks Bronson! Bronson elbows free!

Bronson lifts Gab le, and THROWS him at Braun, but Braun catches Gable! Gable fights, but Bronson DIVES?! Down goes everyone and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Gable has Braun in a HANGING ARMBAR! Braun gets free, but Bronson SPLASHES him! Gable gets in, ducks ‘n’ dodges Bronson to DROPKICK! Bronson SENTONS but Gable dodges! Gable has the giants in the corners, and he runs to forearm SMASH Bronson! And forearm SMASH for Braun! Gable goes back to Bronson but Bronson busts through the lariat to SPLASH Braun! SPLASH to Gable, then a whip into Braun’s BOOT! Bronson runs up but Braun BOOTS him, too! Braun then runs to run Bronson over! Another BOOT for Gable! Braun gets Gable up and TOSSES him into Bronson!

Both Bronson and Gable fall and the fans fire up! Braun sees both men go outside, so it’s time to get on the tracks! The Strowman Express runs to CLOBBER Gable! And CLOBBER Bronson! Braun storms back into the ring as the fans fire up, and he runs, only for Bronson to move! Braun POSTS himself! Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Bronson!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bronson survives but Gable stomps him to a drop zone. Gable goes up and up, but Braun trips him up! Braun drags Bronson out to POST him, then scoops him, for a MONSTER SLAM on the floor! The fans fire up as Braun huffs and puffs and rips off his shirt!

Braun drags Bronson back up, but then JUDGMENT DAY attacks! JD, Dom, Finn & Carlito all attack, but Braun fights them all off! Braun stalks JD, grabs him and Dom, then goes to the ramp, only for Finn to CHOP BLOCK Braun! Judgment Day mugs the Monster of All Monsters, the fans boo, but this leaves Gable and Bronson alone! Gable adjusts, has his target, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, GABLE WINS!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Judgment Day handles their Braun problem, and Gable actually comes through on his promise! Will Gable continue to do as he said and win the MITB contract?

Wait! The lights start turning off! The fireflies are coming out and Gable is in a panic! There’s fog filling the ring, and the piano starts playing! And then a spotlight shines on Gable, as SISTER ABIGAIL rises!! She creeps up behind him, and Gable falls into a corner! Gable scurries out of the ring but he can’t look away from fear. But then Abby crawls her way over to something else. There’s a box on the floor, and she picks it up. She sets it down on the commentary desk. What’s in the box, Cole? What’s in the box?! Abby continues on, walking through the crowd. And then she goes into the shadows, and disappears.

 

Raw returns and…

Michael Cole holds up the package. The fans are chanting “OPEN IT! OPEN IT!” The box is meant for Pat McAfee but he’s not here tonight. Cole unwraps the package, opens it up, and pulls out a VHS tape. It has the words “PLAY ME” on it, but hopefully the production truck has something.

 

Gable is backsatge.

He knocks on a door, and is thankful Otis is there. Gable asks if the others are there. He needs to talk with them. Otis calls to them, and out walk Tozawa & Maxxine. Gable says after last week, h is life flashed before his eyes, and when it did, all he could see was them, his family. It takes a big man to admit when he was wrong. These last two months have been rough for all of them, and he knows he stepped over the line. He owns that. So from the bottom of his heart, he is sorry. But that’s what families do, right? They fight, but they stick together. Otis says yeah, but anyone who hurts Tozawa & Maxxine isn’t family.

Otis is sorry for what happened to Gable, but he said what he said. They’re done. Otis leads the others away and Maxxine tells Gable that he put them through a lot. Gable really hurt Otis. Otis looked up to Gable. But for what it is worth, they are glad he’s okay. What happened to him must’ve been terrifying. But Otis just needs time, okay? Maxxine will talk with him. Maxxine heads back inside, and Gable turns around to see The Creeds & Ivy Nile. They ask if he’s alright, and Gable says no! He’s not alright! He needs help… Will Gable have to move on if Otis is unable to forgive him?

 

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The wicked witches are back in action after winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at Clash at the Castle, and it’s going to be against the high-flying, good vibing party girls of KC Squared! Will Kayden & Katana be able to break the spell already cast by the new champs? Or will there be no After Party here tonight?

The teams sort out, Alba and Kayden start up and they tie up. Alba throws Kayden down then soaks up the cheers and jeers. But then Kayden YANKS Alba into ropes! Isla runs in, Kayden throws her out! Kayden runs and WRECKS both Alba & Isla with a dropkick! The fans fire up, Katana comes around, and she gets a boost to CROSSBODY Alba & Isla down! KC Squared is all fired up and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kayden has Alba in a TRAILER HITCH! Alba endures, crawls over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Kayden lets go in frustration but she runs back up, only for Alba to YANK her into ropes! Kayden flounders, Alba brings her up and Isla tags in. The lasses double suplex, only for Kayden to counter with a DOUBLE DDT! The fans rally up, Kayden SUPERKICKS Isla down! Kayden grabs Isla by the legs and puts her in the drop zone. Katana tags in, and she goes up for the KEG STAND! Cover, Alba breaks it! The fans fire up as Alba RAMS into Kayden! Kayden TOSSES Alba, gets Isla up, and Katana climbs.

But then Alba trips Kayden up! Isla avoids Katana, but Katana rolls Isla! TWO, and Isla ROUNDHOUSES Katana down! Tag to Alba, she gets Katana up in the Gory Especial, double double, TOIL AND TROUBLE!! Cover, Alba & Isla win!

Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall

But wait! Now DMG CTRL runs in to CLOBBER Alba & Isla! The fans boo but they beat the tag champs down 3v2! Then Dakota BOOTS Katana for good measure! Iyo goes up top, takes aim, and OVER THE MOONSAULT for both Isla & Alba! The Evil Genius said DMG CTRL needs to make a change, will this increased intensity help them take over Raw?

 

Priest returns to the clubhouse.

But Liv’s already there? She says hi then bye, and Priest hopes this was Dom ending things. Priest steps inside, but only Finn is here? Finn thought Priest was heading home already. No, he had to come back and grab the world title so that he can go out and address Seth Rollins. Don’t tell Priest that it didn’t look sketchy just now! Don’t accuse Finn of things. Liv was here telling them all that Dom’s got a match with Rey, and that Finn & JD have a tag title match TONIGHT! Oh, she did that? Yeah! It ain’t ideal, but a title match is a title match. Finn will take what he can get. Liv seems a little too good to be true, Finn admits that.

Priest says that’s exactly right. Priest will go handle his business, and he wishes Finn good luck in the tag title match. Finn nods, Priest leaves, but then Finn rolls his eyes. Is Priest getting worked up over nothing? Or is there something going on here between The Prince and “Daddy’s Girl?”

 

The Miz finds Truth.

Miz asks if Truth talked to Pearce. Oh, he did, and it’s official. Why isn’t Miz in gear? They gotta get to gorilla. Miz asks if Truth has been paying attention. Miz was on commentary tonight! Oh, oops. Truth says he did it for love. Liv and Dom is a classic romcom. Like Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Shrek! Miz doesn’t care about that right now! This is about them! Truth says he loves Miz, but only as a friend. Truth heads out, Miz is beside himself. What is Miz to do with Truth? What are they going to do against The Prince & Irish Ace?

 

Damian Priest heads to the ring.

El Campeon has already had a busy night just trying to keep his team on track, but now he will focus on his own business. Priest has the mic and says we all saw the Seth Rollins video package earlier. It was humbling and inspiring. Real talk, Priest sees what Rollins meant when he said he sees a version of himself in Priest. He gets it. They’re both someone who can be in a group, stand out as a leader, and elevate everyone around them. They’re both someone who can come out here as champion, representing Raw, while always rising to the occasion. And tell you waht. Priest knows what he sees in Seth.

Priest sees a man… he does not want to become. To break it down, Priest doesn’t wanna be here and see his successor. See someone who is bigger, stronger, and better than him. No, don’t get him wrong. Rollins is great, but Priest is the champion of the world! And so long as he IS world champion, sorry, but Rollins will never see the mountaintop again. But wait! Here comes Rollins himself! The fans fire up as The Visionary struts his way out as Cruella’s male counterpart and goes to the ring. Indianapolis sings for Rollins as he gets the mic, and he tells them, “We are partying in Indy today!”

The fans cheer and Rollins says this is why: Royal Rumble 2025 is coming their way! But that’s in February. Tonight is Monday, and so it’s still his show, it is MONDAY NIGHT ROLLINS! The fans sing more, and Priest is amused. Rollins revels in it, then says Priest goes “All Rise for El Campeon,” well all sing for Seth Freakin’ Rollins. But Priest wants to come out here, run his mouth about Rollins, is that it? No, no, Rollins wants to get this right. Priest says that as long as he is World Heavyweight Champion, Rollins will never get the belt back? That’s about right. Ooh… Well that is bold, Priest, very bold.

The problem is, man… Rollins doesn’t believe that. Rollins doesn’t believe in this confidence, this is false bravado. Does Priest even believe the crap coming out of his mouth? Does Indy believe the crap coming out of Priest’s mouth? “NO! NO! NO!” Rollins says they don’t buy it and here’s why. They don’t buy Priest as the man, as the mountain, because his actions and his words don’t line up. Priest says all the right things, says he doesn’t want anyone’s help when it comes to this title. However, in both of his title defenses so far, it was very obvious that Priest needed the help. If not for Judgment Day or CM Punk, Priest wouldn’t be here as World Heavyweight Champion!

Priest says yeah, he gets that opinion, and Rollins is right. Priest didn’t ask for help, but people got involved. The fans boo, then chant “YOU SUCK!” Priest frowns, but says he is the world champ! And he can’t change what happened. But what he can do, look at Rollins while holding the world title, while Rollins is there representing the past and holding on to a whole lot of nothing. Rollins says, “For now.” Rollins isn’t here to run Priest down. No, Rollins has a lot of respect. But Rollins doesn’t appreciate being one-upped. Priest one-ups Rollins by challenging him to this title match> Respect, that was a bold move.

But now Rollins is here to one-up right back. A challenge for challenge. Rollins says they should sweeten the pot at MITB. Y’know, nothing official, no Pearce or anything. More like a side bet, or a gentlemen’s agreement. A cherry on top. What does Priest say that if somehow he retains the title, he gets his wish. As long as Priest is champion, Rollins never challenges for it again. But when Rollins wins, takes back the title Priest has been keeping warm these past two months, we find out if Priest really can stand on his own two feet. WHEN Rollins wins at MITB, Priest… must LEAVE Judgment Day! The fans like that idea!

Priest is a bit speechless here. Rollins says we can find out if Priest really can walk a mile on Rollins’ shoes. What does El Campeon say to that? Priest chuckles, and he has to admit, that’s good. As Priest sees it, he’s the champion. So to him, Judgment Day needs him more than he needs them. But as far as this “agreement” goes, Priest accepts. Now Rollins is shocked. They shake on it, but wait! Here comes Der Ring General! Indy fires up as Gunther goes to the ring to join Visionary and Punisher. Gunther looks between the two, the fans chant “This is Awesome!” and then Gunther gets a mic.

Gunther has everyone hold on, and he says he fully understands there’s a lot on the line here. The world title, and the gentlemen’s agreement. MITB, Seth Rollins, the workhorse who established the prestige of this title, against Damian Priest, the man who is carrying Monday Night Raw on his back right now. Gunther wishes good luck to both men. He cannot wait to see this match. The fans cheer that! Gunther then adds, “May the better man win. But don’t make a mistake. At SummerSlam, the better man out of you two, will be the lesser man when he steps in the ring with me.” Gunther drops the mic and heads out. Will the King of the Ring prove he’s the greatest of them all in Cleveland?

And as for Rollins and Priest, will The Visionary make good on the last shot he might have for a long time? Or will he force the Judgment Day to do things without their Punisher?

 

The VHS tape is ready.

The production team has a VCR to play it, and so here we are. A buzzard, the piano playing, the Wyatt Sick6, and of course, Uncle Howdy. “Are you… Happy? How have you been since the loss? Do you feel as though you have been… forgotten? Do you remember who you are?” BO DALLAS!? And he says, “I’m nobody.” Howdy says, “There you are. How did it feel when your brother died?” Bo says one of the most important things in his life… was taken from him. And it feels like nothing was ever gonna matter again. Howdy says, “Don’t you think you’re exploiting your brother’s legacy?” Bo says all he ever wanted his whole life… was to be like his brother.

Bo looked up to his brother, wanted to be like his brother. And he worked his entire career, his life, so he could have the chance to work next to his brother. They were going to… They were going to rule together. They finally made it! They had it all! And then it was taken away. There is no one on this Earth that feels more hurt by his loss than Bo! No one feels what Bo feels! So what is he supposed to do? Let his life become a mausoleum? To let everyone forget about what his brother stood for, what he fought for, what he believed in?! They wanted to forget about Bo. “They wanted to forget about all of us!”

Bo says they need to remember. The Wyatts made them all remember! Howdy says, “Yes, we did!” The two sides of one mind sit in the dark room, and then the video ends. What will the Wyatt Sick6 do to “make us remember” next?

 

Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston!

Mr. Apocalypse put out the challenge, and then got what he hoped for in #KofiMania running wild! There’s an agreement to leave everyone else in the back so that this is a fair fight, but will it really be fair? Or will the New Day find a way to triumph over The Final Testament?

The bell rings and Kofi DROPKICKS Kross right out of the ring! Kofi then FLIES and he takes Kross down! The fans fire up with Kofi and he gets Kross up and into the ring. Kofi goes up the corner, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” but Kross avoids the ax handle. Kofi comes back but into a BACKBREAKER! Kross then shifts to get Kofi back up, fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Kofi tumbles out of the ring but Kross has a confident sneer, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, the fans rally, and Kofi JAWBREAKERS free of Kross! Kofi goes to the apron, springboadds in, and AX HANDLES! Kofi keeps rallying with CHOPS and a DORPKICK! Kofi runs, but into Kross’ arms! Kross RAMS Kofi into the corner, runs back in, but Kofi goes out to PENDULUM KICK! Kofi goes back up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO, and Kross swings! Kofi dodges, and he LEAPING LARIATS! The fans fire up and Kofi gives us the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP! Kross sputters and the fans fire up. Kofi claps, and the fans clap along. Kofi aims from the corner, but then Paul Ellering is on the tron!

Ellering shouts at Kofi, “Is it worth it? Is it really worth it!?” The Authors of Pain are beating up on Woods! Kofi hurries to the ropes but Kross reels him in! Kofi runs, dodges, but into the scoop and FINAL PRAYER!! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Kross holds up seven fingers, because Kofi is “lucky” number seven in Kross’ list of former WWE Champions he has defeated. But it would seem The New Day fell into their trap, will nothing stop The Final Testament from ruling over Raw?

 

WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh!

Miz really should’ve had Truth join him on commentary earlier tonight, because now they’re having to defend their titles on short notice! Again! Will the Hollywood A-Lister and the former 54-time WWE 24/7 Champion ever be done with The Judgment Day? Or will the luck of the Irish bring these belts back to the clubhouse?

Raw returns and The Awesome Truth makes their entrance. That takes care of the introductions, then the belts are raised, and we see if all is truly fair in love and war.

Truth starts against JD and the fans rally up. Truth and JD circle, but then Finn pushes Truth! JD CLUBS Truth, stomps away in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Finn tags in, he drags Truth up to ROCK him. Finn headlocks, Truth powers up and out, then Truth drops and blocks a kick. Truth kicks low, runs, and SCISSOR KICKS! Finn flounders to a corner, Truth does the splits! Truth goes corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Truth then brings Finn over to tag Miz. The Awesome Truth double whips, DOUBLE ELBOWS, then they do their secret handshake before the DOUBLE ELBOW DROP!

JD runs in but he gest a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! Finn runs in, but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Then Miz & Truth DOUBLE LARIAT JD up and out! Indy is all fired up, but then here comes Liv! Whose side is she on? We’ll just wait and see, after the break.

Raw returns again and Finn stomps away on Truth at the ropes! The ref counts, Finn tags JD, and JD slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO! Liv is still at the ramp, but JD CHOKES Truth on the ropes. The ref counts, JD lets off to argue, and Finn gets a cheap shot in! JD stomps Truth, tags Finn, and they mug Truth. Truth writhes, Finn drags him up and whips. Truth KICKS Finn back, but then Finn rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up and Miz reaches out. Truth and Finn crawl, hot tags to JD and Miz! JD trips up, Miz KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! The fans are thunderous as Miz stomps away in the corner!

The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, and he runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARAIT! Miz pushes Miz down, dodges Finn and Finn kicks post! Miz YANKS Finn down, hurries back up, but JD runs up. Miz RAMS into JD, but Dom & Carlito show up now! Liv says hi, but Dom & Carlito go after Miz! Miz kicks Carlito, TOSSES him over the desk, then hurries up., Miz BOOTS JD, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! JD survives and the fans fire up! JD goes to a corner, Miz runs in, but into a BOOT! JD goes up, but Miz trips him up, and Miz DRAPING CODE BREAKERS! Miz hauls JD up, but Finn returns! Miz kicks Finn, too! DOUBLE DDTS! Cover on JD, TWO!!

Dom & Carlito are frustrated but The Judgment Day is still in this. Miz has the fans fired up, and he rises up. But Dom’s on the apron! Miz swings on Dom, JD rolls Miz up! TWO, and JD swings. Miz dodges to WRECK Dom with a dropkick! JD swings again, but into the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Carlito helps with the ROPEBREAK! The fans boo as Caribbean Cool gets away with one! But then  Miz grabs at Carlito’s hair! Carlito gets free, Miz goes for JD, but JD HEADBUTTS Miz down! And here comes BRAUN! Braun storms down to the ringside, he chases Dom & Carlito away, just like last week!

The fans fire up as Miz and JD slowly stir. Finn is back and he reaches out. Liv seems unsure what to do without Dom here. JD crawls, as does Miz. Hot tags to Finn and Truth! Truth dodges Finn, and fires those FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Truth hits the SPIN OUT BOMB! And we know what that means “YOU CAN’T-” NO, Finn KICKS Truth in the face! Miz gets up, Finn DECKS him off the apron! But Truth drop toeholds Finn, into the STF!! Finn endures, flails, reaches out, but JD CLOBBERS Truth! Miz springboards in, into a DROPKICK! Truth gets JD up, SPIN OUT BOMB! But Finn rolls Truth! TWO!!

Truth hurries to his feet, gets under Finn, and SPIN OUT BOMB! Finn & JD are side by side, and the fans fire up! DOUBLE “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Truth runs, for a TEN KNUCKLE SHUFFLE!! JD flops out, Finn flounders around, and LIV gets on the apron!? Truth is distracted, Liv says love is in the air! Do this for her! Liv hugs Truth, JD distracts the ref, and then Liv HOTSHOTS Truth!! Finn SHOTGUNS Truth down!! Finn goes up top! COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, JUDGMENT DAY WINS!!

Winner: Finn Balor & JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Tag Team Champions)

Liv IS a bad girl! She just screwed Truth so that Dom’s friends could succeed! Judgment Day has more gold again, and Liv stands with them! Finn & JD allow it, but what will Priest have to say about this? What will Mami Rhea have to say about it?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Raw here tonight! Great “surprise” of McIntyre showing up to really add some heat to this  already red hot feud with Punk. Of course he just expects to be in the MITB match, and he’ll be getting his chance to qualify, but it’s hard to say if he’ll actually become Mr. MITB. Punk could easily show up in Boston next week to mess McIntyre over, or he’ll show up in Toronto to yank McIntyre off the ladder. Either way, something is going to get us to McIntyre VS Punk for SummerSlam, and no title involved, just the grudge. That’s because Gunther is promised the title match for SummerSlam, and we got a great promo from Rollins, Priest and Gunther to feed that.

As always, a lot of great stuff out of Judgment Day, and Priest accepting the stipulation of that gentlemen’s agreement is some great stuff. Rollins might win, might get cashed on at some point, who knows, but Priest being forced to leave Judgment Day would be wild. I don’t see that coming because of everything else we got tonight, but it’s good stuff to put on the pressure. Liv keeps on flirting with Dom, and I think she’s right that he really did like getting WWE 2K on PS5 AND a huge platter of chicken nuggets, but then she doubles down and helps JD & Finn win the tag titles. That closing image tells me that Liv, Finn & JD VS Rhea, Dom & Priest in Judgment Day Civil War. It doesn’t even matter who is Heel and who is Face, it’s the cards they’re showing.

Awesome match from Bron VS Kaiser, but apparently Kaiser got legit injured during it. They should’ve been more careful with that flying clothesline onto the desk, maybe not bust that out all the time… But Sheamus going after Bron was great, and maybe after Bron VS Sami, Sheamus gets his shot to see if he can finally become Intercontinental Champion and complete the ultimate WWE checklist. And good stuff from Kroff and Kofi, but I nailed the prediction last week. Kofi was out in the ring so that Woods could be mugged by The AOP, this is the same stuff they did to Lashley & The Profits. But hey, if it adds to the New Day’s dysfunction, it’s still good stuff.

Awesome Triple Threat from Lyra VS Kairi VS Shayna. Lyra winning made sense, she and Iyo Sky can have it out during the ladder match. And DMG CTRL going after the tag teams later on was a good move, too. DMG CTRL will of course want the tag titles back, so it’ll likely be Kairi & Dakota VS Alba & Isla at some point. While that was a very good Triple Threat for the men, it should’ve been clear Braun was going to be attacked by Judgment Day. Chad Gable’s story tonight was also great, seeing as how it is also connected to this larger Wyatt Sick6 story. They could’ve gone with a bigger piece of bandage on Gable’s “wound” so it’d be more apparent, but that’s a small thing compared to him being one of the Wyatts’ targets.

Apparently Pat McAfee is another, as the Wyatt Sick6 “hacked” his show some time last week, which explains why he didn’t wanna show up tonight. Very clever to make the message a VHS tape, and that promo from Taylor Rotunda as both Uncle Howdy and Bo Dallas, that was powerful stuff. They even addressed the concern that some fans think this is exploitation by showing this story is a tribute to Bray and not just some gimmick. The therapy session style of Bo basically talking to himself even shows this is a way of working through mourning and grief, but also perhaps something more, something darker. That’s where it felt like Bray’s story was going with Howdy and Fiend and everything else, so this is Bo picking up the torch as only he can.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

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

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

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

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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