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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/20/23)

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Survivor Series: WarGames is this Saturday, so tonight on Raw, The Judgment Day battles Cody Rhodes’ super team for advantage!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax VS Raquel Rodriguez; Nia wins.
  • Becky Lynch VS Xia Li; Becky wins.
  • Ludwig Kaiser VS Johnny Gargano w/ Tommaso Ciampa; Gargano wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Tegan Nox & Natalya VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Maxxine Dupri & Ivy Nile; Nox & Natty win and will challenge Chelsea Green & Piper Niven for the titles.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy; Nakamura wins.
  • Men’s WarGames Advantage: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; McIntyre wins the advantage for his team.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drew McIntyre is already in the ring.

Fans boo the Scottish Warrior for what he did last week, but he has the mic to say he is NOT Dominik Mysterio. he has earned the right to talk so they will listen. Everyone is feeling a certain way, they’re a little upset about it. But y’know who is most upset? HIM! McIntyre has been called a coward, a backstabber, #WhyDrewWhy, but he has been the same person this entire time! He hasn’t lied, not to Rollins, not to the fans. If you’ve been paying attention then he doesn’t have to explain himself. And if you turned on him, that’s on you and you were never really a fan so he doesn’t give a damn what you think!

McIntyre gave Jey what he never gave McIntyre when he attacked from behind: he looked Jey in the eye before dropping his arse. And Jey is probably looking for an apology for costing him the tag titles and his big moment. But McIntyre doesn’t remember one single apology to him or anyone else that Jey screwed over with The Bloodline. Fans boo and chant “YOU SUCK!” McIntyre says there must be collateral damage. Cody was part of the match, but it was on him for bringing Jey to Raw. And then on SmackDown, Cody goes after Jimmy & Solo and no one gets on him about ‘Get over!” NO! Why should they, huh!?

Y’know what Jey cost McIntyre? Clash at the Castle, the Bloodline, cost McIntyre the biggest moment of his life in front of HIS family! His family, 16 years he’s been away, sacrificing everything! Birthdays, they understand. Christmases, they understand. His nephews growing up, they understand. But that night, when McIntyre was going to beat Roman, was going to be their moment. But Jey’s family took that from McIntyre’s family! And now you start to understand. Has he lied? Does he make sense? But everyone wants to talk about the million dollar question: Has McIntyre joined Judgment Day?

We’ve watched Drew since he was 22, you should know him by now, he’s been the same person all along. Grand Rapids, yes or no, has McIntyre joined the Judgment Day? It’s hard to say with that chorus of boos, but McIntyre says they don’t know him very well. NO, he is not in the Judgment Day. But he will be on their team for WarGames, though! And why? Because Rhea Ripley gave McIntyre what no one else has given him: Jey Uso stuck in a cage! Now Jey, this is your final warning. It is on sight! He doesn’t know what Jey believes, what God he might worship, where his soul is going, but Saturday, your ass belongs to McIntyre!!

BUT HERE COMES JEY! Fans fire up as Jey stands on stage, mic in his hand. The fans chant ‘YEET! YEET!” and Jey tells McIntyre he needs to let it go. Yeah, he cost Jey the tag titles. So no more talk. How about McIntyre catches this beat down. Or rather, YEET DOWN! And if you wanna see McIntyre catch one, lemme hear ya say YEET! “YEET!!” But as if on cue, the Judgment Day appears from the crowd side. McIntyre smirks as Mami and her boys have his back, but then so does Jey’s team! Seth Rollins makes his way out, followed by Sami Zayn, and of course followed by Cody Rhodes! The fans fire up as #TeamYEET steps to the ring!

But then Adam Pearce rushes out there and says NO! They are not doing this tonight! WarGames is Saturday! And the advantage match tonight, NO ONE is fighting before! If they do, whoever throws that first punch, automatically costs their team the advantage. Is he understood? Fans boo but the teams stay put. Then two pieces of business. Firstly, as McIntyre said, he IS on the Judgment Day’s team for WarGames, that means Cody’s side needs a fifth. And they need to find them by the end of tonight. Secondly, by 9 PM Eastern, and he means that, the teams must decide who is in the advantage match for a 1v1. Understood? 1v1! No outside interference! Fair and square!

So they have an hour, the clock is ticking. Pick a member or Pearce picks for you. McIntyre steps up, sounds like he’s already decided! Fans chant “YEET!” as he stares Jey down, will McIntyre get what he wants out of all this? Judgment Day stands down per Pearce’s orders, but the clock is also ticking on Cody’s team finding that fifth man. Will Cody, Rollins, Sami and Jey be able to think of someone that they can all work with?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Finn says Cody’s side is lucky Pearce showed up when he did. Because if not, those fellas wouldn’t even be making it to WarGames! McDonagh agrees, no shot at all. But Priest tells Rhea that while he doesn’t really care for the guy, adding McIntyre to this team is good business. But as the leader of the team, Rhea should’ve really brought it up to him first so they could have discussed it. Rhea says McIntyre is unpredictable, she wasn’t even sure what his decision was going to be, but it all worked out. Did it, though? Well, Rhea thinks so. But she does understand. As the WarGames leader, she really should’ve talked it over with Priest.

That’s all he’s saying. They all just need to be on the same page. Now speaking of McIntyre, where is he? He’ll be here soon, don’t worry. Right, sure. Then while they wait, Priest wants everyone to know that he feels he should be in the advantage match. Rhea says actually, like Priest just said, the team needs to discuss this all together. They will wait on McIntyre, and then talk. Yeah, okay, whatever. Finn reminds Priest it’s like he always: just take it easy.

 

Nia Jax VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The Irresistible Force brags on and on about how she’s squashed everyone else in the locker room, even though she isn’t the Women’s World Champion. Will she continue to reestablish her dominance? Or will Big Mami Cool show her what real strength is all about?

Raw returns and Raquel makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two rush in! Raquel BOOTS Nia to a corner, RAMS into her, then RAMS again and again! Raquel lets off to just RAM again! Raquel whips to send Nia back to the same corner, and runs in again. But into an URENAGE! Nia huffs and puffs and then KICKS Raquel in the side! Nia stomps Raquel, stands over her, then dribbles her off the mat! Nia mocks Raquel’s back flex pose, then pie faces Raquel around. Nia talks trash, but Raquel throws body shots and haymakers! Fans fire up but Nia throws shots back! They go back and forth, Nia shoves, but Raquel ROCKS Nia!

Nia wobbles, Raquel POUNCES her out of the ring! Fans fire up and Raquel aims from the apron, to CROSSBODY! Down goes Nia, Grand Rapids fires up with Raquel, and she drags Nia up. But Nia shoves Raquel into the barriers! Nia fireman’s carries, to POST Raquel back first! Fans boo while Nia looms over Raquel, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nia bends Raquel against the post! The ref counts, fans boo, but Nia lets off at 4. Raquel sputters and writhes while Nia storms back into the ring. Nia paces, then drags Raquel up. Raquel still throws body shots! Fans rally but Nia HEADBUTTS Raquel down. Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” and Nia mocks them, “I suck?” Nia clamps onto Raquel with a half nelson, but Raquel fights up! Nia uses her full weight to keep Raquel down, then she thrashes Raquel in a cobra clutch! Fans rally and Raquel fights up again, and she has Nia as a backpack! Raquel roars for the BACKPACK SENTON!

Both women are down, Raquel’s legs perhaps not holding Nia up as long as Raquel wanted. But Raquel fires up, runs at Nia and LARIATS! Nia stays up so Raquel runs again, to LARIAT! Nia is still up, Raquel runs in but Nia HEADBUTTS her down! Nia runs in at the corner, but into a RANA!? Fans fire up for Raquel as she runs in! Nia duck sone, but not the SOUTHPAW! And then the BOOT! Nia falls into a drop zone and fans fire up behind Raquel! She runs in to go up, up and TWISTING VADER! Raquel roars, the fans roar with her, and Raquel wants Nia to get up! Nia staggers up, into a fireman’s carry! But the legs and back give up!

Nia CLUBS Raquel down, then runs to SENTON! Nia grins an evil grin and then she drags Raquel to a corner. Nia goes up, but Raquel gets up under her! The fans are thunderous as Raquel wants this one! Nia holds onto ropes, but Raquel pries her away! But the legs give up, Nia HIP DROPS Raquel! And then A-NIA-LATOR!!! Cover, Nia wins!!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

Raquel tried to use her brawn but it wasn’t enough! Nia adds her to the list, will Nia be unstoppable in her return to the world title?

 

Xia Li trains for The Big Time.

The Exterminator has been sharpening her edge in the gym, beating down a punching back with Becky Lynch’s face on it. Will she tear down The Man when their grudge match comes around?

 

The Judgment Day is still backstage.

McDonagh says that with Priest as team leader in the cage, they’ve got this. Rhea tells him to shut it. Priest asks where her guy is then. But speak of the devil, in steps McIntyre. McIntyre hears Priest wants the advantage match. Rhea says yes, that is what Priest wants, and Priest is the leader for WarGames. Is there a problem? No, not for McIntyre. He was just thinking that instead of Priest, it should be McIntyre. To be clear, he doesn’t like any of them. But he despises Jey Uso. Then let Priest be clear, he doesn’t like McIntyre because McIntyre cost Priest the World Heavyweight Championship. So just take it easy, okay?

How about Priest takes it easy? No, Priest tells people to take it easy. Well, he sure isn’t taking it easy now, is he? Okay, McIntyre, fine, you want the match? It’s yours. Rhea asks if that is really what Priest wants. Yeah, McIntyre can show his worth. He can win them the advantage. McIntyre says now that is leadership. Priest tells Rhea that McIntyre better get them the advantage. Rhea smiles and says McIntyre will. But the question is, who from the other side will step up to face him?

 

WWE and Ruffles open the polls!

For the Women’s WarGames match of Damage CTRL VS Charlotte Flair, Shotzi Blackheart, Bianca Belair & Becky Lynch, it will be a fan vote across ALL WWE social media! Choose a side, grab a bag of your favorite flavor, and get ready to watch the fireworks this Saturday!

 

#TeamYEET talks backstage.

As we all saw, they know Drew McIntyre is in the advantage match. And Rollins says he knows McIntyre like the back of his hand, so he’s gonna get him again! Get him again! No, no, if it’s McIntyre, Jey is doing the same thing tonight. Yeah, but didn’t you hear him? McIntyre wants to hurt Jey! To maim him! To take him outta WarGames! And they need Jey, NEED him! Jey knows but he wants to tell Rollins this. McIntyre talkin’ ’bout family on family. You know how Jey gets down about his family. McIntyre is all Jey’s! McIntyre’s been on Jey since Jey got on Raw, Uce! Let Jey get him!

Rollins thinks, and then says, “He’s all yours.” YEET! The agreement is made, Jey VS McIntyre. Now to the other piece of business: a fifth member. Cody talked with Nick Aldis, and SmackDown’s roster is not off limits? Yes. So Sami has an idea? Oh he does. Rollins does, too. A couple even. Cody says he also has an old friend he can call. He is sure that guy will come through. But for now, Jey has to focus on the match. The team heads out, just who will this fifth man be?

 

Becky Lynch VS Xia Li!

Speaking of The Man joining WarGames, she’s looking to get spicy with The Exterminator here in Grand Rapids! Will Becky make it through a grudge match with a dangerous opponent? Or will Xia force Charlotte and team to find a new teammate?

Raw returns and Xia makes her entrance, and we see Lyra Valkyria in the crowd. Xia has a shot at Lyra and the NXT Women’s Championship tomorrow night, will Xia build momentum here? The bell rings and fans rally as Xia and Becky circle. They tie up, go around, and Becky pushes Xia, but Xia puts Becky in a corner, The ref counts, Becky shoves Xia back and the fans rally. The two approach, Xia knees low, headlocks, but Becky powers out. Xia runs Becky over and Becky checks her head. She might still be rattled from a few weeks ago. Xia runs, Becky stays low but Xia rolls over and wags her finger. Things keep moving, and Xia CHOPS Becky!

Xia runs up, Becky ducks the kick to trip and Oklahoma Roll! ONE, but Xia sweeps to cover. TWO as Becky goes Matrix to slip free! Fans cheer as things keep moving, and Becky CHOPS in return! Becky then arm-drags Xia, arm-drags again, and Xia goes to a corner. The fans fire up with Becky as she runs corner to corner, but Xia dodges! Xia runs up to step up and ELBOW! Xia then brings Becky out to clinch, but Becky fights the lift! Becky clinches, Xia slips free but then Becky TOSSES her out of the ring! Fans fire up and Becky paces. Xia stands, Becky runs and WRECKS her with a dropkick!

Fans fire up as Becky aims, FLYING FOREARM from the apron! Xia flounders, Becky drags her up and into the ring, but Xia bails out the other side. Becky storms out after Xia but avoids a boot! Becky ROCKS Xia, SMACKS her off the apron, and puts her in. Xia runs up but Becky KICKS her! Xia blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE Becky down! Becky falls to the floor and Xia nods as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Xia has Becky in a Camel Clutch! Becky fights up, arm-drags free, and then runs up. Xia clinches, but Becky JAWBREAKERS free! Xia runs in, Becky sends her into buckles! Becky fires forearms, Xia ROCKS Becky back! They throw shots back and forth, but Becky gets the edge with a flurry! Becky UPPERCUTS, SOBATS, and runs, dodges, and CLOBBERS Xia! Xia goes to a corner, Becky runs in, forearm smash! And BECKSPLODER! Xia flounders, Becky covers, TWO! Xia grits her teeth but so does Becky as she keeps cool. Grand Rapids fires up for Becky as she rises, and she drags Xia by an arm!

Xia fights and moves around, then trips Becky into ropes! Xia KICKS Becky in the back, YANKS the ropes to send Becky down, and now Xia runs, LION’S BARRAGE! Cover, TWO! Xia is frustrated, the fans rally for Becky, but Xia reels Becky in. Becky fights the back suplex to shove, clinch and- NO, Xia slips free and shoves! Becky rebounds to kick low! And then BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into an ARMBAR! Becky has that arm, Xia flails and reaches out, and then clasps hands! Xia rolls Becky up, TWO! Becky blocks a kick, dragon sleeper, but Xia knees free! Torture rack and a spin, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Becky survives and Xia is beside herself! Grand Rapids is thunderous for Becky as she drags herself up in a corner. Xia runs in, but Becky puts her on the apron. Xia blocks a punch to bump Becky off buckles, then she has a SLEEPER in the ropes! The ref counts, Xia lets go at 4! Becky flops forward and Xia climbs up! But Becky ROCKS her first! Becky climbs up after Xia, but Xia throws hands! They brawl, Becky CLUBS away and fans fire up again! Becky stands Xia up, to SUPERPLEX! Becky crawls to a cover, TWO!! Xia survives and Becky can’t believe it! Becky stands and gets the fans all fired up!

Becky clinches, but Xia arm-drags free! HEEL KICK!! Becky flops against ropes, Xia DUMPS her out! Xia wants a knockout or count out, something like that! The fans still rally for Becky and the ref checks. Becky is conscious but is she able to stand? Becky drags herself up with the desk, so Xia goes out after her! But Becky ducks that kick to POST Xia! Both women are down now and the ring count starts! We’re already at 5 of 10 but neither woman is up. They stir at 8, jump up and in at 9.5!! Fans fire up as Becky and Xia glare at each other. They throw forearms back and forth, faster and faster and faster! The fans are loving it!

Xia shoves, spins, but Becky ducks in time! Clinch and MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall

That was one wild fight, and perhaps Xia bet too much on her own kicks. Becky used that to get the better of Xia, will Becky and her team be ready for WarGames? Will Xia be able to recover in 24 hours and take down Lyra?

Wait, speaking of WarGames, here comes Damage CTRL! Bayley, Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Asuka & Kairi Sane all swagger up to the front row, but wait! Bianca, Shotzi & Charlotte are here, too! And they DUMP DMG CTRL over! The fans fire up as a new brawl begins, continuing where SmackDown left off! Becky has Bayley, Pearce brings security! Fans boo and say “LET THEM FIGHT!” Becky TOSSES Bayley out of the ring, Shotzi & Charlotte mug Iyo but Kairi helps Bayley up. Charlotte and Bianca stand with Becky, and Shotzi joins them shortly after. Will this spillover prove who is worthy of the advantage via the Ruffles fan poll?

 

Giovanni Vinci finds Ludwig Kaiser backstage.

Vinci asks if Ludwig is ready, and Ludwig can’t believe him. Nothing is alright and Vinci knows it! Ludwig doesn’t appreciate Vinci trying to get on Gunther’s good side by interfering in that match last week! Vinci tells Ludwig that Vinci is going to do what is best for Imperium. And Gunther liked Vinci’s move last week. And whatever Gunther says is good is good for Imperium. So that’s what he will do. Ludwig gets mad now, but calms himself down. Der Ring General made Vinci Ludwig’s responsibility, so what Ludwig says goes! And Ludwig says Vinci will stay in the back while Ludwig takes care of Gargano. Understood?

Vinci nods and Ludwig heads out. But is the Impeccable German about to get himself in trouble against Johnny Wrestling?

 

Ludwig Kaiser VS Johnny Gargano w/ Tommaso Ciampa!

Raw returns as Gargano is in the ring, the Sicilian Psycho by his side. Ludwig now makes his entrance, a bit more swagger in his step with the spotlight all on him. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Ludwig powers Gargano to a corner, but lets off. Gargano avoids the cheap shot to throw hands. Ludwig swings again, but Gargano CHOPS! Ludwig headlocks, Gargano powers out but Ludwig whips and runs Gargano over! Ludwig dusts himself off and stalks Gargano to ropes. Ludwig puts Gargano in a corner to CHOP! Ludwig snapmares to then stomp Gargano, and he swaggers around again.

Ludwig drag Gargano up, CLUBS him, and has Gargano in the corner again. Ludwig ROCKS Gargano with a right, then whips Gargano corner to corner. Gargano goes up and over, keeps moving, and he dodges Ludwig to shove, sidestep and RANA! And DROPKICK! Gargano wrenches an arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, and then wrenches again. Ludwig chinbars to turn Gargano around for a throat chop! The ref reprimands but Ludwig ROCKS Gargano in a corner. And CHOPS! Ludwig goes corner to corner, blocks Gargano’s boot, and shouts “NEIN!” But Gargano ENZIGURIS! Ludwig wobbles, Gargano runs at him in the corner now, but Ludwig puts him up top!

Ludwig GAMANGIRIS Gargano and Gargano wobbles up top! Ludwig climbs but Gargano ROCKS and CHOPS him! Ludwig hops down, Gargano FLYING RANAS! Ludwig ends up on the apron, Gargano DROPKICKS him to the floor! Fans fire up with Gargano as he builds speed, to DIVE into an UPPERCUT! Ludwig still shakes out some stars, but he UPPERCUTS Gargano down! Fans boo Ludwig but Ludwig dusts himself off as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ludwig throws down punches on Gargano on the apron. The fans rally for “JOHNNY WRESTLING!” and Gargano fights back! Gargano CHOPS, and ROCKS, and CHOPS again! Gargano fireman’s carries but Ludwig slips into the ring to chinlock! Gargano turns around to RAM into Ludwig! Gargano slingshots, “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Gargano flops back down, Ludwig drags him up and has him against ropes to then run side to side. But into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! The fans fire up and Ciampa pounds the apron. The fans rally, Gargano rallies on Ludwig! Gargano gets around, roll up and KICK!

Ludwig bails out, Gargano DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and Gargano puts Ludwig in the ring. Gargano slingshots, but Ludwig catches Gargano! Gargano still sunset flips, but Ludwig sits on it! TWO and Gargano completes the sunset! TWO, Ludwig sits up into a BUZZSAW! Gargano goes up a corner, takes aim, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Ludwig survives but Gargano keeps cool. Gargano storms after Ludwig, has him up top, but Ludwig throws hands! Ludwig shoves Gargano away, Gargano comes back to block a kick but not the KNEE! And the LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Ludwig is stunned! The fans rally for “JOHNNY WRESTLING!” but Ludwig aims from the corner. Ludwig runs in, but Gargano ELBOWS him! And then baits him in for another roll up, only for Ludwig to block that kick! But Gargano avoids a kick in return, and ENZIGURIS! Gargano runs, but into the tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ludwig grows frustrated, but he paces around. Ludwig waits on Gargano to stand, then clinches, but Gargano slips free! ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! Gargano runs, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and tilt=o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Fans fire up as Ludwig sits up in a daze!

Gargano runs in, but Ludwig catches him! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, to the PENALTY KICK! Wait, Vinci is out here? Ludwig is upset because this is against direct orders! Vinci says his distracting on Gargano saved him a second ago! But then Gargano GAMANGIRIS! And slingshots, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano wins!!

Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall

Vinci has an “I told you so” look on his face, but now Imperium is 1-1 with DIY! Will this come down to a tag team match to settle things once and for all?

 

Raw shares footage from earlier tonight.

As always, Chelsea Green & Piper Niven are complaining to Adam Pearce. Chelsea says NO WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion should ever have to share a locker room with non-champions. It’s disgusting! The stench of losers is literally rubbing off on their titles, they cannot take it. But Natalya & Tegan Nox walk over to ask Pearce when they’re getting their shot at taking those said tag team titles off Chelsea & Piper. Oh, these two? First off- Kayden Carter & Katana Chance interrupt Chelsea’s complaining to point out that Natty & Nox haven’t even teamed up yet. They deserve a shot first. Pearce says that’s a good point.

Chelsea laughs at KC Squared thinking they deserve anything, either. But then Indi Hartwell & Candice LeRae step in, and Indi says they are a REAL tag team! When are they getting a shot? Chelsea gets upset again so Pearce shouts them all down. Everyone gets their opportunity to earn a shot, okay? Indi & Candice, Natty & Nox, Carter & Chance! But then Maxxine Dupri & Ivy Nile walk in, and Pearce cuts Maxxine off. Where they wondering if they’d get a chance? Then YES, they do, so now it’s a Fatal 4 Way! Ivy says they were really gonna ask about- SHOOOOSH! This is perfect, thank you, Adam. Okay, Fatal 4 Way #1 contender’s match! HAPPY MONDAY!

Chelsea starts again, “First off, I’m gonna have a talk with Nick Aldis about this.” Pearce tells her to tell him hi from Pearce. Chelsea storms up with Piper, Pearce needs a drink. But who will be toasting a big win here tonight? We’ll find out, after the break!

 

Rhea and Dom talk backstage.

Wait, what the hell are these two doing in Judgment Day’s room? Zoey Stark & Shayna Baszler are on the couch! Zoey says sup, Rhea? They heard so much about the clubhouse, they wanted to check it out. Shayna stares Rhea down, and says she’s seen enough. Shayna heads out, and Zoey says here we are again. Rhea’s so focused on everything else, except the one thing she should be focused on: Zoey. But to be fair, this is all really nice what they did. The decorations, the toys, the knick-knacks. The one that really sticks out is the Women’s World Championship. Zoey wants Rhea to take a long hard look at it, because come Survivor Series, the belt comes home to Zoey.

Rhea says most people wouldn’t survive pulling a stunt like this. But Rhea kinda respects it. But Zoey gets her beating at Survivor Series. Zoey smiles and says good. It’s just how she wants it. Zoey heads out, will Mami make The Hunter become The Hunted?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Tegan Nox & Natalya VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Maxxine Dupri & Ivy Nile!

The Hot Mess & Scottish Viper are watching from commentary as all four teams are gathered, fighting for their shot. Who defies the 25% odds to go for the gold?

In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at once, so the Queen of Harts steps against the Diamond Pitbull. They tie up, Natty headlocks but Ivy powers out. Natty rolls, Ivy by passes but Natty blocks a hip toss, only for Ivy to block back! Ivy spins Natty to a backslide, TWO! Natty kicks low, brings Ivy over, and tags in Nox. Natty snapmares, Nox runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE!! Nox tags Natty back in, they bring Ivy around but Ivy wrenches to kick, KICK and whip Natty tot he corner. Ivy runs in to JUMP KICK! Tag to Maxxine, they bring Natty around to roll her up, TWO! Natty gets Maxxine for an armbar, but Maxxine rolls her up, TWO!

Natty wrenches, tells Maxxine to shoosh, but Maxxine rolls, bridges, handsprings and headlocks! Then a spin and drop toehold a la Gable! She then stands to say “A THANK YEW~!” But Natty waistlocks! Maxxine elbows free, reels Natty in, and goes to her corner to tag Ivy. Ivy waistlocks to O’Conner Roll, TWO! Ivy runs in but Natty spins her, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Natty has the legs, steps through, but Ivy BOOTS her away! Indi tags in off Natty to scoop Ivy but Ivy slips free to shove. Ivy tilt-o-whirls and sunset flips, but Indi stays up. Indi scoops Ivy to SLAM her! Fans cheer as #IndiWrestling then puts Ivy in the ropes.

Indi UPPERCUTS, tags Candice, BOOTS Ivy, and then Candice storms up. She and Indi combine, reverse wheelbarrow for an assisted SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Ivy stays in this but Candice facelocks. Fans rally, Ivy fights up, and she fights to a waistlock. Kayden sneaks a tag, Candice snapmares Ivy and DROPKICKS her, but then Kayden storms in. Candice RAMS Kayden, Kayden BOOTS back, and Katana tags in. Katana ROCKS Candice, Kayden tabletops her, and then KC Squared wheelbarrow back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Indi is a half step late on that, but KC Squared still send her out of the ring!

Kayden tags back in, and she gives Katana a MONKEY FLIP SENTON into Candice! Fans fire up but Natty & Nox stop KC Squared from flying! KC Squared elbow free of the waistlocks, then whip Natty & Nox out! Now Katana gives Kayden a knuckle lock boost to FLY out onto the group! But Natty drags Katana out to join her! Ivy CLOBBERS Natty! Maxxine goes up!? Fans fire u as Maxxine CROSSBODIES the whole group! “A THANK YEW~!” Craziest of all, Chelsea is speechless as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns as we get hot tags from Candice to Katana and Nox to Natty! The Queen of Harts rallies on KC Squared, and she spins Katana to a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Natty dodges Katana to springboard sitdown! But Katana fights the step-over! Natty scoops to a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Natty hauls Katana up top, climbs up after her, but Kayden runs in. Nox UPPERCUTS Kayden, then joins Natty. They have Katana but Ivy adds on! DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Katana stayed safe somehow, and Kayden SUPERKICKS Ivy down! Kayden sets Nox & Natty up in the drop zone, then helps Katana get up higher! HANDSTAND SPLASH!! Cover, everyone else breaks it!

The fans are all fired up as all eight women are down again! Indi drags herself back up, TOSSES Maxxine, Ivy TOSSES Candice. Ivy rushes Indi, Indi avoids one kick but not the ENZIGURI! Nox HEADBUTTS Ivy! And reels her in to GOURD BUSTER Ivy onto Indi! But Kayden wheelbarrows Nox, victory rolls and SUPERKICKS! But Candice is up top to MISSILE DROPKICK Kayden! Piper is loving the carnage as Katana DROPKICKS Candice! Natty trips Katana and has the SHARPSHOOTER!! Katana endures, reaches out, but Ivy BULLDOGS Natty! Ivy drags Katana over, has Maxxine tag in off her, then Maxxine dodges Nox!

Maxxine scoops Nox to SLAM her! And scoop SLAM again! Maxxine swivels a la Otis, and then hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Chelsea can’t even as Maxxine then snap suplexes and bridges! TWO!! Nox escapes in time and fans fire up! Maxxine drags Nox up, sends her in, and then SPLASHES! Ivy tags, she runs in to JUMP KICK Nox down! Maxxine tags back in, Ivy and Maxxine double suplex! And they double kip up! “A THANK YEW~!” Maxxine & Ivy then coordinate and go to corners. But Natty YANKS Ivy down! Nox catches Maxxine to roll through, NOX & NATTY WIN!

Winners: Tegan Nox & Natalya, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships)

Chelsea is the most upset she could be about this result! She says she never agreed to any contenders, but she’ll have no choice but to face the Welsh Firecracker & Queen of Harts. Will she rely on Piper to see them through?

 

Gunther hears his team arguing.

Der Ring General frowns as he storms over and the two pipe down. Explain yourselves. Ludwig says his responsibility, Vinci, was told to stay away so he could do his job. It was going great! He was beating that little chump Gargano- Gunther stops him there to say Ludwig never listens. Ludwig asks what that’s supposed to mean! He- Gunther shouts Ludwig down and explains this to him. Gunther really thought Ludwig could uphold the prestige of the group. But he is disappointing Gunther. Gunther commends Vinci on his initiative. And it gets him thinking… Maybe he put the wrong man in charge.

So now, Ludwig can watch Gunther humble Miz and learn a thing or two. For now, they both can stay in the back. Gunther continues on and Ludwig goes back to arguing (quietly) with Vinci. Will the WWE Intercontinental Champion truly lead by example in his face to face meeting with The Miz?

 

A ref leads Adam Pearce to another commotion.

This time, the Raw Men’s Tag Division is arguing! New Day is in the middle of everything with DIY, Indus Sher, Imperium, The Creed Brothers and Alpha Academy. Xavier Woods is glad Pearce is here now. We all saw earlier how the ladies got their shot at tag titles, so what about the gentlemen? Yeah, what about us?! But New Day are 11-time champs. Yeah, well how’re they supposed to get to 12 then? Pearce says they’re all reading his mind, but they can’t do this tonight. What? Why not?! Time constraints. But next week, they can ALL enter Tag Team Turmoil, winners getting their shot at the Undisputed Tag Team Championships.

Everyone cheers and Tozawa holds up the Detroit Lions NFL Legacy title as he shouts “LET’S GOOOOOO~!” Then he swivels the hips. Tozawa, that’s naaaasty! Pearce has an aid get this news to Aldis. The assistant nods and heads out, but Nick Aldis says no need. He’s here! Oh, good. Then let’s have a conversation. Yes, lets. The GMs are face to face, what will they discuss?

 

The Miz heads to the ring!

The Hollywood A-Lister knows Gunther is big, bad and brutal, but he could still take that title away and become WWE’s most decorated Intercontinental Champion ever. We see what Miz and Gunther have to say to each other after the break.

Raw returns and Miz has a mic to say that before Gunther comes out here to suck the life out of the arena, he wants to talk about one word that Miz feels embodies what this industry is all about. Something Miz strives for everything he comes out here, and that word is “respect.” Respect for the WWE superstars that step inside this ring, respect for the part the fans play, from booing to cheering. And respect for every person in the WWE locker room, and that brings Miz to Gunther’s lack of respect for what Miz has done. But then Gunther interrupts with his entrance! Gunther swaggers his way to the ring and steps inside.

Gunther smirks at Miz as he then gets himself a mic. Gunther tells “Mike” that he has to clarify something. It isn’t that there’s a lack of respect. Gunther just has zero respect for Miz. And Miz doesn’t understand that this sacred ring is for fighting and competition. Miz is just an entertainer. Miz says Gunther says that like it’s a negative. Yeah, Miz is an entertainer, he is proud of it. Miz is a WWE superstar who gets the job done inside the ring and out! Just like all the superstars that Miz grew up loving! They were larger than life, like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, oooh yeah! “Ravishing” Rick Rude, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, “The Heartbreak Kid,” Shawn Michaels!

Fans cheer those names, and Miz says when Bret “The Hitman” Hart would walk down the aisle and give a kid his sunglasses, Miz would wish he was that kid. Those men all held that Intercontinental Championship, so Miz strived, learned, and battled for 20 YEARS so he could even hope and pray to hold the same title as his heroes. And the reason we still talk about those men, the reason those men are remembered is because they’re not a one note robot like Gunther! Gunther chuckles, and he gives Miz that. He is very entertaining, and Gunther is amused by him. Oh well let Miz “amuse” Gunther even more!

Miz will paint a picture: Miz has been to the top of the mountain and has been knocked down time and time again, only to rebuild himself, reinvent, adapt and change. That is what makes an entertainer immortal. That is what elevates the legacy of that title! Miz will do whatever it takes to survive, whatever it takes to win, because that The Miz! Gunther? We don’t know much about you. Here, you haven’t been at the bottom. And we won’t really know who Gunther is until he hits that bottom. And then and only then will we find out if Gunther deserves Miz’s respect, if he deserves the fans’ respect.

And when Gunther hits the bottom, will he climb up? Or will he be just another cog in the machine with no personality to invest in? Understand that this Saturday at Survivor Series, if Gunther doesn’t respect Miz now, he will beat it into Gunther! And then Miz will be a NINE-TIME Intercontinental Champion! Fans fire up for that one. Gunther smirks again and says Miz wants to talk big, that’s fine. Here is Gunther’s point of view. Everyone here in this arena, and everyone watching at home, thinks on Saturday, Gunther faces The Miz: 20 year career, two-time WWE Grand Slam Champion, future Hall of Famer.

But Gunther wants to give us his perspective. He sees through Miz. Who Gunther really faces on Saturday is someone just like everyone else in this audience here. “Little Mike Mizanin, some little weirdo that got bullied in high school because he idolized all those heroes he just named.” And when Miz graduated, he pursued a career to become a WWE superstar, and finally got to meet all his heroes. And they bullied him, too, to make him understand he does not understand in this sport! Fans boo but Gunther grins. It’s the truth! And so here we are, 20 years later, and things haven’t changed. Miz still does NOT belong here!

Miz still does NOT belong in Gunther’s ring! The only place Miz belongs is behind those guardrails with all the other weirdos that are just like him! Fans boo, and some start a “USA! USA!” chant. Gunther says that’s the smallest form of self-identification. He just told us we are all weak, simple and insecure, like Little Mike. So in conclusion, Gunther thinks Miz hasn’t been bullied enough. Gunther pushes Miz. “You wannabe, do something!” Gunther pushes Miz more, eggs him on, and even pie faces him! Gunther tells Miz to stand up for himself! Fans cheer Miz on, and Miz throws hands! Fans fire up as Miz fires off, but Gunther BOOTS back!

Gunther stands over Miz, picks the belt back up, and then sits Miz up. Have a good look at this! Miz will not- MIZ LOW BLOWS! Fans fire up as Miz smooths his suit and tie out. Miz then says MASSIVE BALLS! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Miz holds up the belt over Gunther now! The fans cheer, will the Most Must-See Superstar make this the most must-see title match in Survivor Series history?

 

Rollins talks with Jey backstage.

Rollins wants Jey to know he meant no disrespect earlier. Jey wants McIntyre, fine, but they need the win in this. Jey knows how important the advantage is in WarGames because Jey was in WarGames. Jey knows how to win WarGames. So go out there, take down McIntyre, get that advantage, and come back in one piece. Jey says he’s got you, Uce! YEET! YEET! Rollins nods, and heads back out. Will Main Event Jey be war ready for the Scottish Warrior?

 

The Viking Raiders speak.

Sarah Logan calls out “Big” Bronson Reed. “If you put your hand in a wolf’s mouth, you will get bitten!” Ivar says he has weathered the storm of Bronson’s Tsunami, and here he stands! Bronson angered the Norse gods, disrespected Ivar, and now the gods demand a battle! Ivar says in one week’s time, the Earth will shake! Ivar challenges Bronson! A battle of behemoths is coming, will Bronson survive Ragnarök?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy!

The King of Strong Style defeated The Stamina Monster, and then he chopped down the tree trunk. Now, still seeking the one that will unlock Nakamura’s true form, he takes on the coach of Alpha Academy. Will it be a perfect 3-0 sweep? Or will Gable finally SHOOOOSH Shinsuke?

Raw returns and Gable makes his entrance, the full Academy behind him. The bell rings and Gable circles with Nakamura. They feel things out, Gable waistlocks but Nakamura drops and rolls. Gable facelocks, gator rolls, and then waistlocks again. Nakamura fights up, pries the hold and reaches out, but Gable SLAMS him down! Gable rolls with Nakamura, but Nakamura fights back up. Nakamura pries free, rolls, and wants the arm! Gable stays on his feet, Nakamura avoids a Penalty Kick but Gable arm-drags! And arm-drags again! Nakamura headscissors, Gable kips free but Nakamura KNEES low!

Nakamura KICKS Gable, then storms up on Gable in a corner. Nakamura stomps and kicks Gable, throws some knees, then lets off. Nakamura stomps Gable more, then gives him BAD VIBRATIONS! The ref counts, Gable stands to have the leg! And DRAGON SCREW! Fans cheer as Gable aims, and he runs in, but Nakamura pops him up top! Nakamura CHOPS Gable, GAMANGIRIS, and then storms back up. But Gable has the HANGING ARMBAR! Gable lets off at 4, sits back up and leaps, but Nakamura gets under. Gable rolls and then copies Nakamura’s “C’MON~!” Nakamura is annoyed, he runs in, but into an EXPLODER out of the ring!

Fans fire up with “A THANK YEW~!” Gable aims from the apron, runs in, and CANNONBALLS Down goes Nakamura, “A THANK YEW~!” The Academy is all standing tall as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Nakamura rises. Gable runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Nakamura storms up on Gable, puts him on the top rope, and mocks “A THANK YEW~!” to hit the TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, TWO! Gable hangs in there but Nakamura clamps on with a chinlock. Nakamura grinds Gable down, but the fans rally behind Gable. Gable fights up, powers Nakamura back and throws body shots. Nakamura knees low, fires off a strike fest but Gable dodges to fire some of his own! And a throat chop! Nakamura swings but Gable mule kicks! “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable runs, to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Gable grows frustrated but he waistlocks Nakamura. Nakamura fights the deadlift and he RAMS Gable into a corner! Nakamura fires off elbows, lets off as the ref counts, then runs in. Nakamura blocks Gable’s boots, puts him in the ropes, KICKS and runs, SLIDING GERMAN! Gable flounders, Nakamura aims from the corner, and he goes up for a FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Gable stays in this and Nakamura gets mad now. Nakamura drags Gable up in a sleeper, then INVERTED EXPLODER! Gable lands on his feet! Gable ducks ‘n’ dodges and picks the ankle to an ANKLE LOCK! Fans fire up but Nakamura BOOTS Gable away!

Gable kicks back, has a crucifix lift, for a CLIFFHANGER DDT! Gable hurries up top, to DIVING HEADBUTT!! Direct hit and Gable covers, TWO!! The Academy is surprised but the fans fire up! Gable snarls and he paces around. Gable wants Nakamura to stand up, and Nakamura slowly rises. Gable reels Nakamura in, but Nakamura fights the O’Conner! A buckle pad goes flying! Nakamura victory rolls, TWO! Gable ducks one kick but not the WHEEL KICK! Fans rally for Gable but Nakamura aims! “YAO~!” KIN- NO, Gable gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gable still holds on, but Nakamura fights!

Nakamura wrenches free, but Gable just full nelsons! DRAGON SUPLEX!! Gable brings down the straps and the fans are thunderous! Gable drags Nakamura to the drop zone and goes up! MOONSAULT but into BOOTS! Nakamura stands, INVERTED EXPLODER! Nakamura roars, aims from the corner, “YAO~!” KIN- NO, Gable trips Nakamura to an ANKLE LOCK! Nakamura flails, reaches out, but Gable drags him back! Nakamura moves around, reaches out more, and he rolls! Gable stumbles, and watches out for the bare buckle! Nakamura shoves him, Gable still stops himself, but Nakamura full nelsons! Gable drops, Nakamura sits on the victory roll, NAKAMURA WINS!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

The buckle never made contact, but the fear of it was all Nakamura needed to win! The King of Strong Style has taken down the Academy from top to bottom, but will he find that key to unlock his full potential?

 

McIntyre heads to gorilla.

The Judgment Day is there to see him off. McIntyre tells them he doesn’t need them out there, so don’t even bother. Priest says that’s good, because they weren’t offering. Okay, they’re on the same page. But then Rhea tells McIntyre to get that advantage, and good luck. McIntyre says he won’t just get advantage, he’ll take Jey out for good. McIntyre heads out, and Priest says he better do it. Will Rhea’s deal with McIntyre pay off for everyone? That main event finally happens up next!

 

Bronson Reed speaks.

“Ivar, you have the audacity to challenge me. Just remember, last week, I wasn’t the one that backed away and had my witch lady fight my battles for me. You are not a true warrior. You are a cosplayer! And next week, challenge accepted! Your long boat won’t survive the crashing waves of The Tsunami, and you won’t survive Big Bronson Reed!” Will Nashville have to brace themselves for these forces of nature?

 

Sami and Rollins both see Jey off at gorilla.

They hype him up, saying he’s got this! Yeah, he’ll handle business! YEET! Jey heads out, then Cody steps in. Any luck in getting the fifth member? Rollins says no, not a one. Sami says his guy won’t be able to, either. Nothing for Cody, either? Oh no, his guy picked up. We’re in business. So “he” is in? Oh, he’s in. He’s in! They’re all fired up, but just who is it Cody called?!

Men’s WarGames Advantage: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso!

With McIntyre waiting, Jey makes his entrance. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Jey and McIntyre step up, and Jey says “YEET!” The hands start flying! They go back and forth, Jey throws body shots then haymakers, then he UPPERCUTS! Fans “YEET!” with every shot, then Jey whips. McIntyre reverses, Jey stops himself, and he UPPERCUTS again! Jey storms up to whip but McIntyre reverses. Jey goes up but McIntyre KICKS him outta the air! McIntyre storms up on Jey, rains down fists, then he stomps Jey down. Jey flounders, McIntyre stalks him to ropes, and McIntyre pulls Jey against ropes!

McIntyre CLUBS Jey with a crossface haymaker, then he stalks Jey to another corner. Jey throws body shots, he backs McIntyre down, and fans “YEET!” again. Jey ROCKS McIntyre, whips him, but McIntyre reverses. McIntyre then CLOBBERS Jey, covers, TWO! McIntyre seethes, he drags Jey around to then STOMP down! Jey flounders, McIntyre snarls, and fans boo as McIntyre stalks Jey to ropes. McIntyre whips but Jey ducks ‘n’ dodges, then TOSSES McIntyre out! Jey DIVES and down goes McIntyre! Fans fire up with Jey, “YEET!” and Jey fist bumps some fans. Jey drags McIntyre up, whips and POSTS him! McIntyre is writhing while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and McIntyre stomps away on Jey in a corner! The ref counts as McIntyre digs his boot in, but McIntyre lets off at 4. McIntyre storms back up on Jey, drags him up and CHOPS him in the corner! McIntyre rips the Yeet shirt away to CHOP! Jey fires off forearms in return! Fans “YEET!” but McIntyre throws Jey to a corner. McIntyre fires hands, whips again, but Jey reverses. Jey runs in, but McIntyre puts him on the corner. McIntyre runs back in but Jey GAMANGIRIS! Jey goes up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is still in this but Jey keeps his cool. Jey sees McIntyre go outside so he builds speed again!

Jey DIVES, but into a HAYMAKER! McIntyre drags Jey off the apron to then haul him up and RAM him into the barriers! And then the apron! And back to the barriers! McIntyre looms over Jey, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. McIntyre then puts Jey against the post to dig his boot in! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off at 4, and fans boo as McIntyre storms up to the apron. McIntyre glares at Jey, soaks up the heat from Grand Rapids, and then waits on Jey. Jey slowly rises and McIntyre says this is what he deserves. “Win stupid games, win stupid prizes.” The fans rally for Jey but McIntyre sits him up.

McIntyre says Jey knows what he did, so this has been a long time coming. But Jey SLAPS McIntyre! Jey kicks, McIntyre blocks but the DRAGON WHIP comes around! Both men are down, but Jey crawls to the apron. McIntyre stands and storms his way over, but Jey RAMS into him! Jey RAMS again, then RAMS again! McIntyre sputters as he falls back, Jey slingshots but McIntyre GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Jey falls to the floor and McIntyre storms out after him. McIntyre drags Jey up, scoops him, and aims for the desk! SWINGING SLAM over the desk! McIntyre says now that was a yeet! McIntyre has a sinister grin as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and McIntyre staggers. He runs in at Jey but Jey goes up and over, McIntyre POSTS himself! Fans fire up and Jey catches his breath. McIntyre returns but Jey counter punches him! And again! And again! And again and again and again! Jey puts some stank on this one, and he ROCKS McIntyre! Jey whips, McIntyre reverses but Jey slips free of the scoop to mule kick! And UPPERCUT! Jey dodges McIntyre’s lariat to then SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Jey stands back up. But McIntyre fireman’s carries! Jey slips free, dodges and McIntyre ends up on the apron. Jey runs in, but McIntyre DECKS him!

McIntyre goes up a corner, Jey stands, and Jey avoids McIntyre’s leap! Jey runs in, but McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! Both men are down, but McIntyre huffs and puffs and kips up! Fans fire up and McIntyre aims as Jey goes to a corner. The countdown is here! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” SUPERKICK from Jey!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Jey is beside himself! Jey goes to the apron, climbs a corner, and the fans fire up. But McIntyre trips Jey up! McIntyre drags Jey off with underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, MCINTYRE WINS!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (Judgment Day has the WarGames advantage)

McIntyre gets the job done for Judgment Day, and look who is out here now! Rhea is here to cheer McIntyre on as he beats Jey down! McIntyre TOSSES Jey out of the ring, then clears off the desk! McIntyre hauls Jey up, reels him in, but Jey fights free! Jey fires off uppercuts, McIntyre ends up in the ring, and Jey grabs a chair! But Priest CLBOBERS Jey first! Jey gets mugged 5v1, but here comes Jey’s team! Cody has a chair, as does Rollins! They dodge McIntyre, clothesline him out, and the chairs JAM up Judgment Day! And SMACK them down! The fans are thunderous as Judgment Day is sent reeling!

Team Yeet stands tall with all their chairs, but then Cody gets a mic. “I’m so glad that you guys have got the advantage. I’m so glad you have a star the caliber of Drew McIntyre with you, because we are not alone. We found a fifth member. Somebody that I have a legacy with. Y’know who I’m talking about, right? Why’re you looking at me like that? You’re looking at me like I’m prey. We’re not prey! Did you not know with us is the Apex Predator?! Matter of fact, I think all these people know who it is, too!” The fans are thunderously chanting, and Cody says that’s right! You’re not just hearing voices inside your head!

Because these people here tonight, they’re right! McIntyre dares The Viper to show himself, but Raw goes off the air! If it really is Randall Keith Orton, then will he be sure to strike outta nowhere this Saturday?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Raw, especially for a go-home. For one, they didn’t just stuff this with recaps and promos, and they didn’t just focus on Survivor Series, they also made sure to build things for the Raw After Survivor Series. Solid promos from Ivar and Bronson Reed, though I kinda wished their match had a stipulation on it. Great promos from all the tag teams, both the women and the men, setting up tag title stuff. Great Women’s Tag Fatal 4, with a great showing from all teams but especially Maxxine & Ivy in their first outing together. But I also figured Natty & Nox would win this given how this story with Chelsea & Piper has been going.

Tag Team Turmoil is going to be wild, too, with those six teams going in it. And with Judgment Day defending the titles against The Street Profits this Friday as part of the SmackDown go-home, anything could happen. We could see Street Profits coming out on top to be the champs again, and they with Lashley could show up on Raw to take on any of these teams and it’d be an awesome feud. But I’m confident that Imperium isn’t winning, and not just because they’re Heels while the tag champs would be Heels no matter what. It’s because things are falling apart as Ludwig keeps ending up the disappointment in Imperium, as we saw after he lost to Gargano and then again got chewed out by Gunther. But at the same time, feels like DIY won’t win because they need to settle things with Imperium.

Gunther and Miz also had a great segment, though I do feel Miz came at Gunther from the wrong direction. I haven’t had a problem with anything in Gunther’s personality or promos, his personality is that he embodies the serious side of pro-wrestling rather than the flashy side like Miz and those legends he namedropped. But Miz still delivered perfectly, Gunther’s side of things was some hard hitting stuff, calling Miz a weirdo and all. But great little brawl, and Miz standing tall to end makes the go-home math favor Gunther now, which is what I figured anyway. But Miz will give him a great match both on spots and story beats.

Great match from Nia VS Raquel, good story of Raquel trying and failing to use power against Nia’s size. Awesome match from Becky VS Xia, awesome showing from Xia but Becky winning makes sense given she’s in WarGames. And great move to have DMG CTRL and Becky’s team show up for a brawl. I’m okay with the women staying at 4v4, as I’m not really sure the men needed to go to 5v5. Xia goes into the NXT Women’s Championship match with a loss, but I didn’t expect Xia to beat Lyra anyway. And good promo from Zoey and Shayna with Rhea to build to the title match. Zoey still doesn’t feel likely to win but she shows guts for getting in Rhea’s face.

Awesome match from Nakamura VS Gable, clever thinking of having the bare buckle affect the outcome without anyone running into it. Can’t wait to see who Nakamura goes after to finally mark as the opponent he feels will bring out his best. Feels like it could be Cody Rhodes, or someone that isn’t Seth Rollins on that Face WarGames team. Great stuff out of all that, too, from McIntyre’s opening promo that brings everybody out to how Pearce has them save it all for the main event and Survivor Series itself. The men going to 5v5, whatever, they wanna parallel last year as well as the traditional 5v5 Survivor Series match as much as they can.

McIntyre being on Judgment Day’s side but not in the group is a good move, though, because he doesn’t fit them, doesn’t need them, and is his own kind of Heel. Great promos from the groups to address this stuff, like the tension between McIntyre and Judgment Day, namely Priest. And good stuff from Team Yeet teasing the possibilities (Sami calling Kevin probably, not sure who Rollins pictured), and after an awesome main event with McIntyre winning, it is the perfect situation for bringing Randy Orton back. He can be the final man entering the match, preserving that back for as long as they can, and this probably means the Faces win.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Will this be the Final Chapter for Xavier Woods?

The Final Testament have tried to tear The New Day apart, but Xavier Woods is still standing. Otis & Akira Tozawa stand with him, but will they win?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Bron Breakker; Bron wins and will challenge Sami Zayn for the title.
  • Lyra Valkyria w/ Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Sonya Deville w/ Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark; Sonya wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Xavier Woods, Akira Tozawa & Otis w/ Maxxine Dupri VS The Final Testament; The Final Testament wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Pete Dunne; No Contest.
  • Zelina Vega VS Zoey Stark w/ Sonya Deville & Shayna Baszler; Zelina wins.
  • Sami Zayn & Jey Uso VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh; Sami & Jey win.

PLAY BY PLAY

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Raw!

Because of the 2024 Summer Olympics, Raw moves over to SyFy for the next TWO weeks! Check your cable guides and DVRs to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

 

GUNTHER is here!

Green Bay is torn as Der Ring General walks to the ring. Gunther gets the mic, and as the fans boo, he says, “I know, I know. I know.” The fans boo more, but Gunther still says, “Let me explain myself real quick. I took some time to reflect on the things I said to Damian Priest last week. And I agree.” The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Gunther says we should just skip that. HE MEANT EVERY WORD HE SAID! Priest and everyone in this arena here are BUMS! Because what is at stake is what is nearest and dearest to Gunther, and that is the honor and prestige of this great sport, and the World Heavyweight Championship,

“Ask yourself why did they send me out here first and not Damian Priest? That is because everybody in this company, and every one of you know, he does not live up to it. And that cute little sob story about fighting from the streets and whatever, that does not cover up the fact that Damian Priest is a pretender and a wannabe.” There is a saying where Gunther comes from. He says it in German first, then says, “Show me your friends, and I show you who you are.” We know Priest’s friends, The Judgment Day. And today’s the day when The Judgment Day will be judged by Der Ring General. And he judges them all collectively as TRASH!

The fans boo more but Gunther tells Priest that we know he’s back there. So for the last time, here is a generous offer. Just come on out, lift that weight off his shoulders that he’s not up to carrying, and hand Gunther his championship. Come on, let’s get this over with so we can move past this. Priest can even go home to the trailer park. But here comes El Campeon, and he is storming to the ring! The fans fire up as The Punisher then DECKS Gunther! The fans fire up for the brawl, but then refs run in! Gunther BOOTS Priest but Priest fires back! The brawl continues, security runs out there, and Gunther kicks Priest again!

Producers get in this, too, and the two are separated. But the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!” Priest gets loose enough to SUPERKICK Gunther down! Gunther falls out of the ring, pushes guards aside, but then Priest fires off on guards, too! And he TOSSES one out onto the rest! Security falls but Gunther gets away! So Priest LEAPS out onto him! The brawl continues at the ramp, but the producers do everything they can to stop this! Gunther retreats, but Priest pursues! Priest CLOBBERS Gunther and Raw goes to break! Will this chaos continue through the commercials?

 

Raw returns and…

Jackie Redmond reports in that she’s about to get word from Gunther, but then Priest runs up outta nowhere! Priest CLOBBERS Gunther again, and fires off more hands! Gunther CLAWS Priest’s eyes, shoves him back, and security has to rush back in! Producers get in there, too, and Adam Pearce shouts for this to stop! It spills out into the backlot, and Gunther is sent into a road case! Priest still wants after Gunther but Gunther gets away, will either man even make it to SummerSlam?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Bron Breakker!

From one championship battle to another, The Mad Dragon wants some payback on this rabid dog called Bron Breakker. Dragunov was battling his heart out against Sami Zayn but Bron had to go and ruin that. Will Dragunov kill two birds with one Torpedo Moscow? Or will the Big Bad Booty Nephew prove he’s #MeanerThanEvil?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Bron avoids a boot to waistlock but Ilja throws elbows. Ilja then CHOPS and fans “WOO~!” Ilja eggs Bron on but Bron runs up to TACKLE Ilja! Bron HAMMERS Ilja, Ilja bails out, but Bron goes out to rain down forearms! Bron asks, “Anyone else wanna try to slap the crap?!” Bron SMACKS Ilja off the apron, hears the ring count, and pushes Ilja in at 6 of 10. Bron then storms up but Ilja fires off forearms and boxing elbows! Ilja ROCKS Bron, runs up, and KNEES Bron down! Ilja fires up and Green Bay is with him, and he stalks Bron to a corner. Ilja CHOPS Bron, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS again!

Ilja keeps Bron up but Bron fires forearms in return. Bron UPPERCUTS, Ilja rebounds to BOOT! Bron tumbles out to the apron and the fans fire up with Ilja again. Ilja goes out, CLUBS Bron, then CHOPS! Bron fires body shots and haymakers! Bron CLUBS Ilja, Ilja body shots back! Ilja fireman’s carries Bron, the fans fire up again, but Bron holds ropes! Ilja lets go to get around Bron, and CLUBS him in the back. Bron goes to the other side of the corner, Ilja stands him up, and Ilja fires forearms. Bron SMACKS Ilja off the buckle! The fans rally, Bron drags Ilja back up, and they go up the corner! The fans rally up and Ilja fights the suplex!

Ilja throws body shots, but now Bron fights the suplex! They go to the very top, and Bron GOURD BUSTERS Ilja on the post! Ilja falls to the floor, Bron laughs, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ilja endures a bearhug! Bron squeezes but the fans rally for Ilja. Ilja CLUBS Bron, is free, and he SLAPS Bron! And SLAPS! And SLAPS! Bron shakes his head, catches Ilja to a fireman’s carry, and a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Ilja survives but Bron grins. Ilja shakes his head, Bron drags him up, and the fans rally as Bron reels Ilja in. Bron lifts Ilja but Ilja punches free of the bomb to DDT! Both men are down again and the fans continue to rally. Both men rise, and Ilja CHOPS! Bron ROCKS Ilja, Ilja fires back! They go back and forth, but then Ilja CHOPS! SPIN CHOP! CHOP to the leg! Another CHOP high!

Bron staggers, Ilja ENZIGIRIS! Bron stumbles, but he gets moving! Ilja BOOTS him first! Ilja then runs up, dodges Bron, CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Green Bay is thunderous as both men rise, and Ilja CHOPS Bron in a corner. Ilja bumps Bron off buckles, CHOPS again, then goes corner to corner and back again, for a JUMP KNEE! Bron stumbles, Ilja keeps moving, BOOT WASH in the corner! The fans fire up and Ilja drags Bron back up. Ilja reels Bron in, but Bron fights the lift! Ilja’s back bothers him but he still tries. Bron gets free, but Ilja SLAPOs, SLAPS and DISCUS SLAPS! Then he lifts Bron for a POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Bron survives and Ilja is beside himself! The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” and Ilja drags himself to a corner. Ilja rises up the ropes, but Bron rises. Bron anchors Ilja, Ilja CLUBS away on him. Ilja SLAPS Bron away, but Bron comes back and springs right up! SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Ilja survives and Bron is stunned! Bron hurries up a corner and he takes aim. Ilja rises, and he ENZIGIRIS a leg out! Bron is stuck on his Steiner, and Ilja goes up after him! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Ilja rises, to H-BOMB FOREARM!! But he can’t make the cover! Bron rolls away to the apron to save himself! Ilja crawls over and fans rally up.

Ilja snarls, drags Bron up to fireman’s carry, but Bron holds ropes! Ilja still hits an APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Bron flops to the floor and the fans are thunderous again! Ilja crawls along the apron, “This is Awesome!” as he takes aim. SUPER H- SPEAR!!! Ilja gets sandwiched between Bron and apron! Bron slides into the ring and waits. The ref checks Ilja, and then calls it!? Bron wins by default!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by referee stoppage (NEW #1 Contender to the Intercontinental Championship)

The fans boo but the ref calls for medical. The medics check Ilja, who still seems knocked for a loop. Bron gets his second shot at Sami Zayn, will he end up doing the exact same thing to the champ? Or will Sami be able to turn the tide just like he did at Money in the Bank?

 

Judgment Day hangs out in the clubhouse.

They’re still playing WWE 2K, but also arguing about some things. Rhea Ripley has them all snap out of it. They might’ve lost Priest for the night, since he’s focused on his world title. But they also have the World Tag Team Championships, and she is going to get back her Women’s World Championship. JD says not long now, and she says right. Not long now until The Judgment Day holds all the gold once again. Dominik says that’s great, but he wants to talk with her. She accepts and they step aside. Dom knows they had a good week reconnecting, but… Dom just worries about what he saw online with Jey Uso asking for her number and she said, “Yeet.”

Rhea tells Dom to calm down. She’s just messing around. Unlike what Dom was doing with Liv Morgan. Rhea was watching Dom’s socials, too, y’know. Finn Balor steps in. He thinks Dom needs to take care of Jey once and for all! The boys agree, but Rhea says no, Jey doesn’t matter at all. Oh, is Rhea defending Jey? No! She’s not defending anyone. But what’s the point of starting a war with Jey? Dom, use your brain. Carlito agrees, use your brain. JD asks whose side Carlito’s on, and Finn looks at Dom. “You know what you have to do.” Is peer pressure about to get in Dirty Dom’s head?

 

Adam Pearce talks backstage with Drew McIntyre.

It seems McIntyre finally does apologize to the refs, and he shakes hands with the Raw GM. McIntyre has been reinstated, but will he be able to keep his cool with CM Punk also in the building tonight?

 

Xavier Woods and the (former) Alpha Academy celebrate.

It’s Tozawa’s birthday, so he gets a cake! He blows out the candles, and the group digs in. Otis uses his bare hands and says “OH YEAH~!” Tozawa does his shuffle and Woods says that’s naaasty~! But will things get real nasty when they take on Karrion Kross & The Authors of Pain later tonight?

 

Lyra Valkyria w/ Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Sonya Deville w/ Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark!

The Morrigan and her new pals in the party gals have been beefing with this new trio of hunters, and we saw KC Squared get cheated just last week. Will Lyra humble Sonya so soon after her return? Or will Sonya go 2-0 real quick with help from her new friends?

Raw returns and Sonya makes her entrance, Shayna & Zoey by her side. The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They tie up, and Sonya powers Lyra back. Lyra turns things around, they end up on ropes, then a corner. The ref counts, Lyra and Sonya move from the corner, and Sonya fires knee after knee! Sonya throws Lyra down by her hair, then soaks up the heat. Sonya gets in Lyra’s face, but Lyra SLAPS her! Lyra RAMS Sonya into the corner, RAMS her again and again, then stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Lyra lets off, and she blocks a boot to ROCK Sonya! Lyra whips corner to corner but Sonya reverses.

Lyra goes up and over and handsprings, tot hen sweep the legs! Sonya flounders, into a SHOTGUN! Cover, ONE!! Sonya bails out to the apron then regroups with her team. Lyra rallies the fans and builds speed, but Shayna saves Sonya! Sonya then THROWS Lyra into barriers! The fans boo but Sonya soaks it up. Kayden & Katana check on Lyra while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Lyra ROCKS Sonya up top! Lyra climbs but Sonya CLUBS her over and over! Lyra hops down but then hops back up to fire more forearms! Lyra HAMMERS Sonya, brings her up, and the fans rally up for the SUPERPLEX! Both women are down and writhing from that rough landing, but the fans rally back up. Lyra rises, Sonya sits up, and Lyra fires a forearm! And another! Sonya hits back, then SOBATS! Sonya KICKS Lyra, KICKS her down, and Lyra sits up. Lyra avoid the sliding knee to kip up and ENZIGIRI! Lyra hurries to reel Sonya in, but Sonya wrenches out! Lyra steps over to SOBAT!

Lyra KICKS, HEADBUTTS, KICKS and HEEL KICKS! Sonya falls, Lyra brings her back around. Scoop and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Sonya escapes and the fans rally up. Shayna & Zoey are stressed for Sonya as Lyra brings her up. Lyra fireman’s carries, but Sonya slips free to dragon sleeper! But Lyra snapmares free! Sonya comes back, wants a leg, but Lyra steps over to gut wrench! Lyra holds Sonya upside-down, to then GUT WRENCH BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Lyra is not stopping! Lyra goes up a corner, but Shayna gets on the apron! The ref stops her but misses Zoey SHOVE Lyra down!

The fans boo but then Kayden & Katana YANK Shayna down! They TOSS Shayna, then DECK Zoey! But Sonya SHOVES Katana! Zoey SUPERKICKS Kayden! Sonya runs up, Lyra dodges to WRECK Shayna with a dropkick! But Sonya drags Lyra in for DEVILLE’S ADVOCATE! Cover, Sonya wins!

Winner: Sonya Deville, by pinfall

As the theme song says, Sonya’s a beast and a menace, but she’s also the winner. Shayna & Zoey raise her hands in victory, will these three do what they want to who they want until they are in control of the Women’s Division?

 

The Wyatt Sick6 have another video.

“Look at yourself. Look at yourself. Look at yourself!” Sister Abigail smiles. “They lied to you. Ignored you. Watched you suffer in solitude. I have been the answer all along.” Sister Abigail goes from laughing to crying to shrieking. Is that Nikki Cross? What darkness has consumed her sanity to make her into… this?

 

CM Punk is here!

Green Bay fires up for the Best in the World as he makes his way out, and he high-fives the fans by the stage area on his way to the ramp. Then Punk makes sure we know, “It’s CLOBBERIN’ Time~!” Punk continues down to ringside, high-fives some more fans, and even Samantha Irving before he steps inside the ring. The fans chant for “C M PUNK! C M PUNK!” as he gets the mic. Punk says, “Is it great to be alive on a Monday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin or what?” The fans cheer that! Punk asks if Green Bay’s bay is really green. Maybe it is, and his shoes are pink, and it is time to stain them both with the blood of a Scottish Psychopath!

Because Punk saw his surgeon on Saturday night, and Punk is CLEARED! That means Punk will get his pound of flesh, so McIntyre, come get the beating you deserve! Punk wraps up his fists with tape, the fans fire up behind him, and here comes McIntyre! The Scottish Psychopath has a mic of his own as he glares at Punk from the stage. McIntyre can’t tell us how long he’s waited for this. With how Punk has screwed him over and over, there will be nothing to stop McIntyre from getting in that ring and tearing Punk apart! Except the fact he doesn’t want to. What? Well, Punk wants to! Punk goes out, but security and refs rush in!

The fans boo and McIntyre tells Punk to relax. Their match is too big for Green Bay. This is big money. Control your emotions, Punk. McIntyre is chill. When he’s emotional, he tends to turn to family. He shows off the bracelet! Punk is even angrier, but Adam Pearce tells McIntyre that this is enough. It’s been ten minutes, McIntyre can’t help himself. What McIntyre isn’t telling everyone is that there’s a reason they’re not fighting tonight. McIntyre is officially reinstated, Punk is officially medically cleared, so IT IS OFFICIAL: McIntyre VS Punk at SUMMERSLAM! The fans love that, but Punk still wants to fight now!

Pearce says another thing that’s not clear is that if either one lays a finger on the other, not only is the match off, the first person to swing gets suspended indefinitely! The chaos has to stop! Between these two, Gunther and Priest, Pearce has a big problem, but also a big referee problem. And here comes Seth Rollins!! The Visionary swaggers out in a frilly curtain of a coat, the fans sing along with “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” and Rollins laughs as he passes McIntyre. Rollins promises they’ll all love this one. Rollins and Pearce shake hands, and Rollins heads into the ring. Rollins gets himself a mic, and says, “Oh yeah< Green Bay, we had ourselves a problem, didn’t we?”

See, Drew hates Punk, Punk hates Drew, and both these morons, all the chaos they’ve caused the past year has scared away everybody from getting in between them. But Rollins isn’t a problem guy, Green Bay. No, no, no. Rollins is a solutions guy! And he thinks he has a solution. Rollins knows a guy who thrives on chaos, and who would love nothing more than to put these two in their places! He is a Visionary… He is a Revolutionary…! And at SummerSlam, he is your SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE! HE is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins!! The fans are thunderous but both Punk and Drew step up to the apron. Rollins swaggers now, but will he have to lay down the law in The Land?

 

Judgment Day searches backsatge.

Are they trying to find Jey? Carlito says divide and conquer. JD will check catering. Carlito says catering sounds good. They go that way, and then Finn says he’ll go over this way while Dom goes the other way, and they’ll double back. Dom says okay, and heads out. Only for Liv to find him first! Dom says stop it, Liv, you can’t keep doing this. Liv says she just wants to check on him. Rhea’s going off the deep end, how is Dom doing? Dom asks what she’s even doing. Liv hushes him and says it is okay. She knows how Rhea makes Dom feel. Don’t worry about it, everything will be okay.

Dom says everything IS okay, now! Rhea and Dom are perfect actually. That’s the spirit. What? Finn returns and Liv says that’s her cue. Bye, Daddy Dom. Finn says he left Dom alone for ten seconds, what happened? Dom asks back if Finn saw Jey. Maybe he went this way, aka the way Liv went. Finn stops Dom before he gets started, and they go the other way. Finn sighs, will Dom ever get his head on straight?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Cathy Kelley is with the WWE Intercontinental Champion and asks him about Bron Breakker being his challenger. Is he concerned seeing what happened to Ilja tonight? “Concerned” may not be the word for it, but we all saw what Bron did to Ilja. They went to war, they wanted this title, and Bron did earn his shot. “Concern” isn’t the word, but Sami is taking Bron very seriously. Sami tells Bron that Bron should be careful not to make the same mistake he did at MITB by taking Sami very seriously. Sami will do what he does every single time this title is on the line, and that is bring 100%.

Cathy says we have yet to get an update on Ilja’s exact injury, but- Wait, what is that noise? They look down the hall, and we see Judgment Day beatin up on Jey! Sami hits back! Sami fires off on JD, Jey hits Carlito, and the brawl is on! Sami SMACKS JD off the road case, but Carlito says bail out! Carlito gets JD outta there, Sami helps Jey to his feet. Will Sami & Jey have to make sure something is done about Judgment Day?

 

Six Man Tag: Xavier Woods, Akira Tozawa & Otis w/ Maxxine Dupri VS The Final Testament!

They blew out the candles, had the cake, and now this match will be the special birthday gift for the Stamina Monster! Can Woods, Tozawa & Otis be a new super trio that takes down Karrion Kross & The Authors of Pain? Or will this already be their Final Chapter?

Raw returns and The Final Testament makes their entrance. The trios sort out and Woods starts against Kross. The fans rally as the two circle, and “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” But Kross tags out to Rezar. Woods figured as much, and he dodges the Albanian Psycho to mule kick! Woods fires hands, but Rezar RAMS Woods into a corner! Rezar CHOKES Woods, lets off as the ref counts, then runs in. Woods dodges to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Rezar just gets mad and TOSSES Woods to the Testament’s corner. Tag to Akam, and he stomps Woods down. Rezar CLUBS Woods, and Akam soaks up heat. The fans boo but Akam CLUBS Woods.

The “Punjabi Nightmare” whips Woods, but Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges to then FLYIGN FOREARM! The fans fire up and Woods ROCKS Akam again! Woods stomps Akam, CHOPS him, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again! Woods wrenches, Tozawa tags in, and Tozawa climbs to AX HANDLE! Tozawa runs to ROCK Akam! Akam grabs Tozawa by the neck! Akam scoops, Tozawa slips free and he DUMPS Akam out! The fans fire up as Tozawa then WRECKS Akam with a dropkick! TOZAWA TOPE and down goes Akam! The fans fire up, and Tozawa rips his shirt! The Stamina Monster is runnin’ wild while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Akam knocks Tozawa over. The fans boo but Akam drags Tozawa back up, only for Tozawa to throw hands! The fans fire up and Tozawa fires haymakers! Akam shoves Tozawa to ELBOW him down! Cover, TWO! Maxxine and the fans rally but Kross tags in. Kross stomps Tozawa, stalks him to a corner, then hauls him up. Kross whips corner to corner but Tozawa goes up to CROSSBODY! Kross catches him for a fireman’s carry! F5 THOUSAND! Kross roars but the fans boo. Kross stomps Tozawa, the fans chant “We Want Otis!” Kross smirks, then sucker punches Woods! Kross runs upb ut Tozawa BOOTS him!

Kross returns but Tozawa SUPERKICKS! Tozawa then dodges Kross, hto tag to Otis! Wisconsin’s own starts rallying on The Final Testament! LARIAT after LARIAT and Green Bay is thunderous! Otis even rolls and comes back to LARIAT! The fans are electric as Otis SPLASHES Akam in a corner! Akam falls, and Otis takes off the vest! Otis wiggles those hips and hits the CATERPILLAR~ ELBOW! Akam bails out and the fans go wild! But Kross ROCKS Otis with a forearm! Kross runs up, Otis ELBOWS him, and Woods tags in. Rezar drags Otis out, Woods goes up, and Woods MISSILE DROPKICKS Kross!

Tozawa goes up to SUPER CROSSBODY Rezar! The fans fire up and Woods kips up to fire fast hands on Kross! The ref gets in there, Woods says get outta here! Woods fires more hands, then SUPERKICKS Akam! But Kross scoops Woods for a FINAL PRAYER!! Cover, Final Testament wins!

Winner: The Final Testament, by pinfall

Woods on fire, but he could not stop the apocalypse. Kross mockingly applauds Woods, but will he ever break Woods’ spirit? Wait, here comes the new Alpha Academy, Chad Gable & The Creed Brothers. The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but what does Gable have to say? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and…

Gable & The Creeds are in the ring with Otis, Tozawa & Maxxine. The fans still chant “YOU SUCK!” but Gable ignores that. He says, “My old crew. Now, the reason I asked for you guys to stay out here tonight is because there is something in me that needs to just keep helping my former pupils, y’know? I can’t help myself. That’s just the type of guy I am, I guess.” Gable says Otis has assumed a leadership position in the group, that’s an interesting choice. But the first thing he does is team with Xavier Woods, and loses! Now, the coach in Gable would say Otis has to lead with his mind, but we all know using his brain isn’t Otis’ strong point.

The fans boo but Gable says using his brain IS his strong suit. That’s why he has Julius & Brutus Creed, a couple fine and professional freak athletes to stand by his side. And they’ll fill in where there were some weaknesses. But this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Otis, do the right thing and come back to your coach to rejoin the Academy. The fans boo and say “NO! NO! NO!” Gable says whoa, hey, a little incentive first. The Wyatt Sick6 is after everyone, including them, so they can get extra protection. Otis asks, “Protection? Are you sure, Chad Gable? Like you protected the Creed Brothers last week?”

Otis says oh yeah, when things get juicy, get dangerous, Gable flees the scene, leaving the other two for dead in the ring. Otis says that is the kind of man Gable is. As for Otis’ answer, it is still “No.” The fans cheer and Gable says he’s an idiot! Maxxine, Tozawa, you’re not letting this clown speak for you, are you? But they stay by Otis’ side! Green Bay cheers Otis, and Gable says well then, this is unfortunate. Boys! The Creeds CLOBBER Otis & Tozawa! Brutus TOSSES Tozawa, then the brothers mug Otis 2v1! The fans boo, Maxxine hurries to Tozawa’s side, and Otis blasts free! Otis DOUBLE LARIATS The Creeds!

Otis is face to face with Gable and Gable panics! Otis grabs Gable by the neck, pops him up, but The Creeds save Gable from a powerslam! The Creeds & Gable stomp away 3v1 now, and they sit Otis up. They POST Otis, and Otis tumbles out to the apron and then floor. The fans boo as they haul Otis up again, throw more hands, and then RAM him into the apron side! Gable brings his new boys chairs! But then the lights start turning off! Gable panics all over again as the fireflies come out! The fans tell Gable he done messed up now! The fog rolls in, the piano plays, but Julius & Brutus are ready to fight!

The eerie light shines from the stage, and out step Abigail, Huskus, Mercy & Ramblin’ Rabbit! But then wait, UNCLE HOWDY is behind Gable!! “There you are!” Gable turns around, into the SISTER ABIGAIL!! Howdy hits Gable with that wicked sidewinder! The Wyatts are here, will they make Gable learn the error of his ways?

 

Bronson Reed VS Pete Dunne!

The Colossal Aussie beat the Bruiserweight, lost to the Celtic Warrior, but he still got the better of them both in the end. Will he demolish Dunne all over again? Or will the former NXT UK Champion show us he can #StandTall all on his own?

But then Sheamus KNEES Dunne down!! Bronson says okay, let’s go! He and Sheamus fire off forearms and haymakers and the fans fire up! Bronson HEADBUTTS Sheamus, fireman’s carries, but Sheamus slips free to KNEE Bronson! Dunne is back up but Sheamus tosses him out! Sheamus has Dunne on the ropes, for BEATS OF THE BODRHAIN! The fans count all the way to TEN! Dunne flops back in, Sheamus throws his shirt for a free souvenir! Sheamus aims from a corner, and he- NO, Dunne bails out to avoid the Brogue! So Sheamus just changes targets, BROGUE for Bronson!

Bronson bails out and The Fella stands tall! Will the 15 YEAR WWE icon just have to fight everybody to remind everybody who the hell he is?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

JD & Carlito are still sore and Rhea asks what the hell! They found Jey… Then Sami found them… It didn’t go well. JD says Carlito, c’mon, you don’t always have to tell the truth. Finn says he is tired of the disrespect! He talked with Pearce, so it is official! Finn & McDonagh will take down Jey & Sami! Then next week, if Gunther wants to call The Judgment Day a joke, then we’ll see who is laughing when he faces Finn 1v1! Rhea says okay, cool, but she told them not to mess with Jey! And now Sami is involved! Oh, and where were Dom & Finn when that scrap happened? Carlito chuckles and says ask Liv.

Rhea asks Dom what that means and Dom says he has no idea what was going on. Liv just- Rhea stops him there and says they’re going to the ring. The fans fire up as Rhea drags her Latino Heat out of the room. What is about to go down when Mami and Dommy go out there?

 

Backstage interview with Sheamus.

Jackie Redmond is with The Fella and brings up his attack on Bronson and former friend, Dunne. What exactly is going on here? Sheamus says he knows this business like the back of his hand. Bronson wanted to take Sheamus out of this business just so he could be the man that ended the Celtic Warrior. And as for his old brawling buddy, Pete, that’s still a head scratcher. Whatever issue Pete has with Sheamus, they can easily settle it. They can go to an ol’ Irish pub, have a pint, and settle this like proper fellas. Or they can take this to the ring and find out who the real bruiserweight is. Up for a banger? Sheamus heads out, what will be Dunne’s response?

 

Rhea & Dom go to the ring!

The fans cheer as Mami pushes Dirty Dom down the ramp and ushers him into the ring. Rhea then gets a mic to shout at Liv! If Liv wants him, then come get him! What?! Liv makes her entrance, but from the bleachers behind Rhea & Dom. Liv says hi, guys~! And Rhea, um, no, Liv’s not gonna be going to the ring, because unlike Rhea, Liv has some self control. Liv waited for Rhea all this time, she can wait until SummerSlam. And the reason Liv is here is obvious: It’s because she has feelings for Dom! Rhea glares at Dom but Liv says Dom surely has feelings for Liv, and no one can deny that.

But you know why that is? It’s because gorgeous men like Dom don’t go for girls that look like Rhea. No, gorgeous men like Dom go for girls that look like Liv. Liv shows off the shorts, and then Dom stops Rhea from storming out of the ring! Rhea pushes Dom, Dom grabs at Rhea, but Rhea glares at him! Rhea says let go, but Dom wants her to listen. What does Dom want?! Dom says he will take care of this. Liv says hold on, Green Bay, hold on, let Dom talk. The fans boo but Liv says please let Dom speak. Because she knows what he’s gonna say, and she feels the exact same way. So Dom, finally just say those three little words!

Dom asks Liv if she wants those three little words. Yes, please! Dom says “I HATE YOU!!” IS she stupid?! Deaf!? She has RUINED his life over and over again! Liv is about to cry as Dom insults her more! Dom cannot stand Liv, she’s ruined so much of his life! Liv backs away sobbing, and fans boo Dom more. Rhea smiles, proud of her Dommy. She whispers something to him and he smiles. Rhea then licks Dom on the cheek before kissing him on the cheek. How is it that Dom has these two fighting over him like he’s the championship? And speaking of the championship, will Liv’s broken heart cost her the title at SummerSlam?

 

On stage interview with Zelina Vega.

Cathy Kelley is there to ask Zelina about last week, the damaged suffered at the hands of Sonya Deville. Zelina’s arm is all wrapped up, so is she worried about having another match so soon? Zelina says she’s a Boricua, this is not going to stop her! She said it before and will say it again, no one can keep Zelina Vega down. She’s been underestimated her whole life, so it is time to prove people wrong and shutting people the hell up! Fans cheer that, and La Muneca continues to the ring. But will having a target on that arm only make it easy for The Hunter to hit the mark?

Zelina Vega VS Zoey Stark w/ Sonya Deville & Shayna Baszler!

Raw returns and Zoey makes her entrance, Sonya & Shayna by her side. The bell rings and the two circle. Zoey runs up, Zelina gets around and rolls her up, ONE! Zoey swings, Zelina ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Zoey powers Zelina around to head for a corner. Zelina slips free to send Zoey into buckles! Zelina kicks, kicks again, but Zoey blocks! Zoey grabs the bad arm, wrenches and WRINGS it! Zelina writhes but Zoey grabs the arm. Zoey stands on the arm, soaks up the heat, but Zelina avoids the knee drop! Zelina KICKS Zoey, runs, but is sent into ropes! Zelina sputters, and Zoey rains down fists!

The fans boo but Zoey paces around. Zoey drags Zelina up, but Zelina fires forearms. Zoey KNEES low, CLUBS her, then RAMS her into a corner. Zoey RAMS into Zelina again and again, then pulls on the bad arm! Zelina fires shots with her good arm, then BOOTS Zelina away! Zoey runs back in but is sent into buckles! Zelina runs in to METEORA! Zelina goes up and up, but Zoey CLUBS her! Zoey climbs up after Zelina, but Zelina elbows her away! Zelina goes to the very top, but Zoey is right up after her! Zoey grabs the bad arm, to HOTSHOT Zelina down! Zelina falls to the floor and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Zoey suplexes Zelina, but Zelina cradle counters! TWO!! Zoey gets free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Zelina then sends Zeoy out, but Zoey springboards in to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Zoey is frustrated but she clamps onto the bad arm for a top wristlock. Zelina endures, even as Zoey leans on the hold. The fans rally, Zelina fights up, and Zelina fires body shots. Zelina arm-drags free, then KICKS! KICKS! And KICKS! Zelina fires off shots, but Zoey blocks one, so Zelina ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up more as Zelina runs, tilt-o-whirls, and DDTS! Zoey tumbles around and the fans fire up with Zelina!

Zelina goes to a corner, goes up and up, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Zoey survives and Zelina is frustrated. Zelina watches Zoey rise, then hops on, but Zoey slips free. SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Zelina is tougher than that and Zoey is frustrated. Zoey storms up on Zelina, waistlocks, but Zelina victory rolls Zoey into ropes! The fans fire up but Sonya gets on the apron! The ref stops Sonya but Shayna trips Zelina! No 619 here and the fans boo. But the ref notices something has to be up. But then Lyra, Kayden & Katana run out here to CLOBBER Shayna & Sonya! Zoey sees that, still flits Zelina, but Zelina ROCKS Zoey!

Zelina realizes her arm brace packs a punch! So she ROCKS Zoey again! Then she hops on for CODE RED! Cover, Zelina wins!!

Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall

Lyra, Kayden & Katana celebrate with Zelina as she gets even with The Hunter! Will these four stand up against the new bullies on the block?

 

Woods finds Pearce backstage.

Woods knows the GM always has a lot on his plate, people complaining to him every single week, but Woods needs Kross 1v1. Pearce asks if he’s sure. Woods says yes, he can’t drag anyone else into this, he has to do this himself. Pearce says alright, consider it official. Woods thanks Pearce and heads out, but then in steps McIntyre. So Pearce didn’t think to mention Rollins as special guest referee was an important enough detail before McIntyre went out there? Hold on, McIntyre. If you have a problem with this, you shouldn’t have put hands on refs in the first place. But he wanted a match so here’s what Pearce has for him.

McIntyre points out this is Seth Rollins, though! He knows the history between them! And that Rollins and Punk are also “nasty” with each other just for stuff Punk said on the internet. But McIntyre took the world title from Rollins at WrestleMania, how is this fair? Oh, “fair?” Well, they’re all going to be in the ring together next week and we’ll see how fair Rollins is when he gives them his official referee instructions. Now if you’ll excuse Pearce, he needs a drink. Pearce leaves and McIntyre asks what he even means by that. Will The Architect’s plans for SummerSlam be fair to everyone involved? Or will he make some… special adjustments?

 

Backstage interview with Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn.

Jackie Redmond is with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and knows that later this week, they will appear on SmackDown to properly address the challenge thrown out by Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill. What can we expect this Friday? Oh, they’ll be there to meet the former champions, but they have everything right now. They run this division. Shayna asks if they’re serious right now. She, Sonya & Zoey walk in and say Alba & Isla have been visiting the other show so much that they’re not paying attention. Shayna, Sonya & Zoey have been running things week after week.

Oh, yeah? Even after Zelina just beat Zoey out there? Alba says everyone is running through these three right now. Sonya says Zelina made the biggest mistake of her career, and so did those other girls. Sonya’s trio will handle them later. But what Alba & Isla need to understand is that Bianca & Jade aren’t their biggest threat, Sonya’s trio is. And they’ll be the ones to take those titles off the champs. Isla says they’re more than welcome to try. Oh, they will. See you soon. Sonya leads her team away but the wicked witches don’t sweat them. Will Alba & Isla make all the other teams curse the day they came for the gold?

 

Gunther speaks.

“Respectable champions, impressive legacies, unmatched impact. All living out their dreams, but all weighed down by fragile egos. Fragile egos that have shattered the reputation of the World Heavyweight Championship. All simple men that will shrink in front of a titan. This is why WWE desperately needed me. And this is why the World Heavyweight Championship needs me: to create a new mountain top.” Gunther admits Rollins did a fantastic job elevating this title. But the burden of being the workhorse drove Rollins into the ground. Drew McIntyre was so concerned with an afterthought like CM Punk that he held onto the title for only five minutes!

And now, as Damian Priest honorably carries the weight on his shoulders, his foundation is starting to crack. All his work for this dream will slip away from him. It’s a shame. As Gunther looks around at the cast of challengers, it becomes truly… disgusting. He cannot respect entertainers more concerned with making the crowds sings, or hitting some clever line for the respect of the mindless. None of that means anything once you step into that sacred ring. Gunther is the only one who can redefine the prestige of the World Heavyweight Championship, and bring it to a level no title has seen before.

At SummerSlam, the future of this great sport is on the line. And just like everyone else that said they’d teach Gunther a lesson, Priest will fail. Gunther will showcase the power, dominance and prestige this sport still desperately needs! At SummerSlam, Der Ring General will become Der World Heavyweight Champion! Gunther makes that promise, but will he be able to keep it?

 

Sami Zayn & Jey Uso VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh w/ Dominik Mysterio & Carlito!

Just as the WWE Intercontinental Champion was worrying about his plans, he came to the rescue of his friend, his “dawg,” Main Event Jey! And now they’re in the main event together, taking on the WWE World Tag Team Champions! Could we see Sami & Jey feeling ucey after tonight? Or will the Judgment Day prove they run Monday Night Raw?

Sami & Jey make their way through the crowded pavilion, and Jey says, “C’mon, Uce!” The fans ‘YEET! YEET! YEET!” as they follow this dynamic duo, and they even hand over some foam YEET hands! The secret handshake returns, and the fans cheer more! Jey says hit his music! “UUUSOOO~!” Jey & Sami then make their entrance down through the bleachers and fans bounce along with the song. Jey even high-fives Pat & Cole before getting in the ring. Will Jey & Sami YEET Judgment Day right outta the building? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and The Judgment Day makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Finn starts against Jey. The fans “YEET!” already as Finn and Jey circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Finn headlocks. Jey endures the grind, powers up and out, but Finn runs him over! Cover, TWO! Finn ELBOWS Jey in the head, brings him around and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires body shots, RAMS into Jey, then tells the ref to back off. Finn whips JEy corner to corner, but Jey goes up and over! Jey UPERPCUTS Finn off his feet! Finn flounders to a corner, Jey says “YEET!” and runs up to ELBOW! And PELE! Finn falls, Jey covers, TWO!

Jey stays cool and he storms up on Finn. Jey brings Finn up, wrenches, and he tags Sami. The fans cheer as Sami goes up to AX HANDLE! Finn clutches his arm, but Sami brings him up and in. Finn RAMS Sami into the corner! Tag to JD and the tag champs mug Sami. The ref counts, the fans sing “OLE~! OLE OLE OLE~!” and JD lets off. JD CLUBS Sami, whips, but Sami goes up and over to LARIAT! The fans fire up, Sami drags JD up and bumps him off buckles. The ref has Sami back off, but then JD YANKS Sami into buckles! The ref reprimands but JD CLUBS Sami down. JD drags Sami up to snapmare and ELBOW him down.

JD soaks up the heat, runs and drops the leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Sami is tougher than that, but JD sucker punches Jey! The fans boo, but Sami LARIATS JD up and out! Finn runs in but Sami TOSSES him! Sami then goes to the apron and mule kicks each of them, before the ARABIAN PRESS SAULT! Direct hit on Finn & JD and Green Bay fires up! Sami stands tall and storms back over. Dom storms up but Sami backs him off! The ref stops Sami, and he tells Dom to back off. But Carlito POSTS Sami behind the ref’s back! The fans boo but Caribbean Cool gets away with that, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn stomps a mudhole into Sami at the corner. The ref counts, Finn lets off, but JD digs his boot in now! The fans boo, Finn storms back up to jump stomp Sami down! Tag to JD, he drags Sami up but keeps him from Jey. JD reels Sami in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Sami as he reaches out for Jey. JD stomps Sami, stays between him and Jey, then facelocks. Fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” and Sami fights up! Sami reaches out, Jey reaches out, and Sami back drops JD away! Finn hurries to tag in and CLOBBER Sami! Cover, TWO! Finn rains down fists on Sami while fans boo.

Finn stomps Sami, sits him up and ELBOWS him down! Cover, ONE!! Sami powers up but Finn RAMS him into the corner! Tag to JD and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Sami COHSP! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Then he CHOPS Finn! JD ROCKS Sami, kicks and whips, but Sami KICKS JD! JD wobbles, swings, but into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Sami and JD crawl, hot tags to Finn and Jey! The fans are thunderous as Jey fires haymakers on Finn! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops, locks ‘n’ puts some stank on that YEET! Finn staggers, Jey whips, but Finn reverses. Jey dodges to mule kick!

Jey takes off the shirt, and he UPPERCUTS Finn! Finn blocks the kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Finn goes to a corner, JD runs in! JD blocks a kick but takes a DRAGON WHIP, too! Jey sees Finn and JD in opposite corners, and the fans fire up with “UCE! SO!” HIP ATTACK for JD! HIP- NO, Finn TOSSES Jey out! But Jey GAMANGIRIS! Jey goes up and up and CROSSBODIES Finn! Cover, TWO! Finn is tougher than that but Jey stays cool. The fans rally up, Jey watches Finn flounder, and he runs in, into a KICK! But Jey stops the slingblade! Jey whips, fireman’s carries, but Finn CLAWS eyes to hit the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Finn snarls and Dom coaches him. Finn calls to JD, then brings Jey up in the corner. JD stands up, Finn fires body shots then snapmares Jey. Tag to JD and he slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO! JD argues with the ref but the ref defends his count. JD stomps Jey’s fingers, then he tags back to Finn. JD throws down hands on Jey, then stands Jey up. Finn climbs, but Jey fights free! Finn leaps, into a SUPERKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sami rises and the fans fire up more! Finn and Jey crawl, hot tags to JD and Sami! The Great Liberator catches the Irish Ace first, for a CORNER EXPLODER!

The fans fire up as Sami aims from across the way! But Carlito gets on the apron! And Dom anchors Sami! The fans boo, Sami gets loose, but JD runs up to hit a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Judgment Day can’t believe it! JD SLAPS Sami, fires more hands, then kicks low. “This is Awesome!” as JD brings Sami up. JD whips, Jey tags in! Sami BOOTS JD, Jey SUPERKICKS! JD sputters, Jey & Sami coordinate! Whip and ONE D!! The fans are thunderous, but Carlito throws Finn in to break the cover! Finn drags Sami up to TOSS him out, then drags JD over so he can tag in. Finn then storms up on Jey, but Jey UPPERCUTS!

Jey fires haymakers, “YEET! YEET! YEET!” JD is up but Jey UPPERCUTS! JD falls, SLINGBLADE from Finn! Finn fires up, aims at Jey from the corner, SHOT- SUPERKICK!! Carlito gets up, Jey DECKS him! Carlito’s apple spit goes flying! Jey DECKS Dom, then runs up on JD! JD HOTSHOTS Jey first! Jey sputters back to his feet, into a SHOTGUN from Finn! Tag to JD then Finn goes up! COUP DE GRACE, followed by a MOONSAULT! Cover, SAMI BREAKS IT!! The fans are thunderous, but Finn TOSSES Sami again! Finn & JD hurry to stand Jey up and put him up top! But Sami gets back in! He goes after Finn & JD!

Sami Electric Chair Lifts but Finn fights free! Finn whips, Sami reverses and TOSESS Finn out! Jey HEADBUTTS JD, Sami HELLVUA KICKS JD down!! Then he FLIJES out onto Finn, Carlito & Dom! Jey USO SPLASHES JD!! Cover, Sami & Jey win!!

Winners: Sami Zayn & Jey Uso, by pinfall

Green Bay celebrates the big win for the dawgs! WAIT! BRON BREAKKER SPEARS SAMI!! Bron runs away, having ruined all the fun! Bron grins, is he going to take the Intercontinental Championship away just as quickly? Or is he just adding fuel to the fire inside of Sami?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here, but it kinda dragged in the middle. I appreciate them pushing the story of Sheamus, Bronson and Dunne forward, but the No Contest seemed like they were just filling time. That needs to become a Triple Threat already, maybe for the Raw After SummerSlam to help establish a new contender to the Intercontinental Championship. Bron VS Ilja was a great match, but I hope Ilja getting knocked for a loop was kayfabe so that Bron would seem even more dangerous. Of course, Bron added to that with how he had the final say at the end of tonight with that spear on Sami.

Sami and Jey teaming up tonight was a logical move after all they’d been through, and I like that Jey is the new point of dysfunction between the group. Great match in the main event, and great win for Jey & Sami over the tag champs. I feel like Sami is going to lose the Intercontinental Championship to Bron this time, and then maybe Sami & Jey can go after Judgment Day for the tag titles. And as such, Bron VS Sheamus could be the Intercontinental Championship story, though I feel like that keeps Sheamus from finally getting that title because Bron is just nuts and on a powerful push.

Back to Judgment Day, Priest and Gunther had a great promo segment because it almost immediately became an awesome brawling segment that even stretched to the other side of a commercial break. This with Gunther’s promo video later on, there’s some real heat going into that match, and their title match could probably go any which way. With how things are going with Rhea, Dom and Liv, we could also see that Judgment Day split happen at SummerSlam. Sure, Dom finally got the guts to tell Liv off, but that could’ve been because Rhea was right there and he had no choice. And even if Dom is loyal to Mami, JD & Finn could still defect and be on Liv’s side so that they all have belts together.

The Women’s Tag Division story tonight was alright. I figured Sonya was winning again, but I like that Lyra & KC Squared helped Zelina get one over on Zoey. We got a decent promo from Sonya’s group with Alba & Isla, a lot of nothing really when Alba & Isla really are more focused on Bianca & Jade right now. If Sonya’s group got a fourth member (Natalya is still signed, right?), I could see an 8 Woman Tag of Sonya’s team VS Zelina, Lyra, Kayden & Katana. And if they really drag this out, Sonya, Shayna, Zoey and any other two they want (Chelsea & Piper?) could take on five opponents for a Women’s WarGames, or even just a traditional Survivor Series 5v5.

Very good Six Man Tag but I figured The Final Testament would win. Woods VS Kross next week will be a solid 1v1, so long as they make it where it’s only those two out there. You just know Scarlett will help Kross cheat if she’s present, but it’d be more dramatic if it was just Woods and Kross with Kross constantly talking trash on Woods. Meanwhile, great interaction from Gable’s new Alpha Academy with the old one, and of course the Wyatt Sick6 showed up to stop Gable. Great Sister Abigail sidewinder from Bo, and c’mon, there has to be some kind of match for the Raw After SummerSlam or something with this.

And of course, great promo stuff from Punk, McIntyre and Rollins. Rollins being special guest ref instead of a third participant may seem disappointing, but it makes a lot of sense in story because of how McIntyre hates refs, and now he really does have a reason to hate this one because it is Rollins. Rollins might even go out to the ring in the wildest looking referee outfit ever and that alone is something fun to look forward to. With this match and the Intercontinental Championship being added to SummerSlam, that is seven matches, just as I was hoping. If nothing else, the “Big 4” of WWE’s calendar should be the literally bigger events. Give us the major stories, the top titles, and even go over three hours for these events, keep it trim for the others (like MITB or Bad Blood).

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 34 Results & Report! (7/21/24)

The hot opening weekend continues!

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Who bounces back from opening night?

G1 Climax 34 had some shocking upsets, such as David Finlay losing to Yuya Uemura! Will The Rebel bounce back? Or will he get a Gene Blast from Yota Tsuji?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Callum Newman VS SANADA; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block: Boltin Oleg VS HENARE; Henare wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Great-O-Khan VS Gabe Kidd; Gabe wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block: El Phantasmo VS Ren Narita; Ren wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: EVIL VS Jake Lee; Evil wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block: Yuya Uemura VS Hirooki Goto; Yuya wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Shingo Takagi; Shota wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block: Yota Tsuji VS David Finlay; Yota wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

Shingo Takagi: 1-0, 2 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 1-0, 2 points
Evil: 1-0, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-0, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-0, 2 points
Tetsuya Naito: 0-1, 0 points
Gabe Kidd: 0-1, 0 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-1, 0 points
Sanada: 0-1, 0 points
Shota Umino: 0-1, 0 points

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Jeff Cobb: 1-0, 2 points
Yuya Uemura: 1-0, 2 points
Henare: 1-0, 2 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 1-0, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-0, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-1, 0 points
Yota Tsuji: 0-1, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-1, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-1, 0 points
Ren Narita: 0-1, 0 points

 

NOTICE:

The round two match of Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita will happen on July 23rd.

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Callum Newman VS SANADA!

The Prince of Pace came away with a shocker in the opening round, taking down The Roughneck, Shota Umino. However, the Cold Skull took a Face Break Shot from Jake Lee and is looking to redeem himself. Will it be a Skull End for Callum? Or will he keep on building momentum towards the Climax?

The bell rings and the fans rally. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Callum uses his height but Sanada uses his bulk, and Sanada powers Callum to ropes. The ref calls the break, and Sanada lets off with pats on the shoulders. The fans cheer and the two reset. Callum and Sanada circle again, feel out a knuckle lock, and then Callum wrenches one to wrangle Sanada. Callum grinds that arm then stands Sanada up to wrench again. Sanada rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Callum spins, slips through, and waistlocks. Sanada headlocks, spins and hits the takeover. Callum headscissors, Sanada kips free, and Sanada blocks a kick!

Sanada trips Callum, goes after the other leg, but Callum kicks free. Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and builds speed to BOOT Sanada down! The fans fire up while Sanada shakes out the stars. Sanada stands, Callum spins but Sanada dodges the kick. Sanada runs in, Callum sends him out, then DROPKICKS him off the apron! The fans fire up again and Callum goes to the corner. Callum goes up and ASAI MOONSAULTS, but Sanada moves! Callum is right up, he fireman’s carries Sanada, but Sanada slips free to hoist Callum up onto railing! MAGIC SCREW to the floor! The fans cheer while Callum curses in pain.

Sanada drags Callum up, fireman’s carries him, and he brings Callum around to SNAKE EYES off railing! Callum falls back and sputters while Sanada paces. The ring count starts, Sanada drags Callum up and around to put him into the ring. The fans cheer, Sanada stalks Callum, and Sanada CLUBS Callum on the neck. Callum staggers to ropes, Sanada follows him to CLUB him again. Sanada brings Callum up and into a clinch for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Callum writhes, Sanada covers, TWO! The fans applaud, but Sanada clamps on with a chinlock. Callum endures the squeeze, and Sanada leans on the hold.

Callum fights up as fans rally, and he throws body shots. Callum gets free but Sanada CLUBS him again! Sanada whips, Callum slides to trip and DOUBLE STOMP him! The fans cheer while both men are down. Callum rises while Sanada writhes. Sanada crawls to ropes, then to a corner. Callum runs in to UPPERCUT, then snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer and Callum fires himself up. The fans clap along as he huffs ‘n’ puffs and brings Sanada up. Callum chicken wings but Sanada fights the lift! Callum CLUBS Sanada, tries again, but Sanad arm-drags free! Sanada blocks a kick, flips Callum, and hoists him up again! MAGIC SCREW!

Callum writhes and the fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada kips up and the fans fire up as he eggs Callum on. Callum sits up, into the SHINING WIZARD! Callum is in the drop zone and Sanada goes up, ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Callum moves! Callum runs up to BUSAIKU KNEE! The fans fire up and Callum goes back to the corner. Callum watches as Sanada slowly rises, and he runs in Around the World to DROPKICK! Sanada staggers, Callum goes up and up and- NO, Sanada avoids the stomps! But Callum avoids the Shining Wizard! Sanada avoids the screw kick to tilt-o-whirl and SKULL END!

But Callum spins through! Sanada suplexes him, but Callum STUN DOG MILLIONAIRES! OSC- NO, Sanada gets under! Callum dodges a lariat to DREAMCAST KICK! And OSCU- NO, Sanada catches Callum, spins him around, and DEADFALL!! Cover, Sanada wins!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Callum earns 0)

The Prince of Pace tried to speed past Sanada, but he was brought to a screeching halt! Will Callum just have to go even faster next round to make up for it? Will Sanada turn this first win into the first of many?

 

G1 Climax 34 B Block: Boltin Oleg VS HENARE!

The Kazakh Juggernaut also had a shocker in the opening round, bulldozing right through the Souled Out Ren Narita. But the Face of Fury is himself big, strong and undaunting. Will the NEVER Openweight Champion trump this NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion? Or will Oleg continue to shock the world with upset victories?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two stare down. Henare fires himself up and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then break. The fans applaud as the two reset and go again. They tie up, and Oleg brings Henare to a knee! Henare powers up, breaks the collar ‘n’ elbow, and then fires a forearm! Oleg fires back, and the fans rally as they go forearm for forearm. Henare fires off a flurry but Oleg answers in kind! Henare ROCKS Oleg, runs, and RAMS Oleg! Oleg stays up, they RAM shoulders again, and again, and again! They go forehead to forehead, then they both run ropes, and Oleg CLOBBERS Henare!

The fans fire up while Henare bails out! Henare fumes but Oleg waits on him. Henare storms back in, Oleg kicks and fires forearms. Oleg whips corner to corner, runs in and STINGER SPLASHES! Oleg keeps moving and he runs Henare over! Oleg runs to SPLASH down! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Oleg deadlift gut wrenches! Henare fights free, HEADBUTTS and ROCKS Oleg! Oleg kicks low and has Henare in the corner. Oleg goes corner to corner again but Henare dodges the splash! Henare KICKS Oleg’s leg, KICKS it again, and KICKS it again! Oleg knees, Henare runs to RUGBY KICK! The fans fire up while Oleg is down!

Henare snarls and he storms over to Oleg. Henare drags Oleg up, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Henare fires forearms in the corner but Oleg comes back with forearms of his own! Henare eggs Oleg on, Oleg fires more shots, but then Henare fires off a strike fest! Henare HEADBUTTS Oleg, then snapmares him down. Henare KICKS Oleg in the back! The fans rally while Oleg grits his teeth, so Henare KICKS him again! Henare storms around while Oleg stays seated up. Henare KICKS Oleg down, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up as Oleg toughs it out, but Henare stalks him to the ropes.

Henare CLUBS Oleg, whips him to the corner, then brings down the kneepad! Henare runs in, but Oleg catches him! RUNNING POWERSLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down, and Henare goes to a corner. Oleg throws off his elbow pads while the fans rally up. Oleg ROCKS Henare, stomps him in the corner, then scoops him to SLAM him into the drop zone. Oleg goes up and up and VADER BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Henare stays in this but he gasps for air. Oleg deadlifts him into the Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up and the fans fire up! Oleg drags Henare up, fireman’s carries, but Henare fights free with elbows!

Oleg runs back in but Henare ELBOWS again! FLYING CHUCK! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Henare grits his teeth while he watches Oleg crawl. Henare runs in at the corner, JUMP KNEE! Snapmare and Henare roars! Henare stomps the mat as Oleg rises. RAMP- SHOTGUN from Oleg!! The fans are thunderous as both men rise. RAMP- Fireman’s carry!! KAMIKAZE SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives but Oleg roars! Oleg fireman’s carries again, but Henare fights free! Full nelson! Oleg fights off Ultima and the fans rally up! Henare HEADBUTTS Oleg in the back, and goes for the Ultima again!

Oleg powers up and out! He ROCKS Henare, ROCKS him again, but Henare roars! Oleg CHOPS, Henare HEEL KICKS! Henare runs in to JUMPING HEADBUTT!! The fans are thunderous as Henare suplexes Oleg into STREETS OF RAGE!! Cover, Henare wins!

Winner: Henare, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Oleg earns 0)

Definitely a fight worthy of the NEVER Division, but the Face of Fury proved why he’s THE NEVER Champion! The first man to 2-0, will nothing stop Henare from conquering the G1? Or can Oleg shrug off this defeat to heat back up before the Climax?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Great-O-Khan VS Gabe Kidd!

The KOPW Champion and the NJPW Strong Openweight Champion both suffered defeats in the opening round, but only one of them got cheated. Will the Dominator show he can still unite “the fiefdoms” under the United Empire? Or will this #WarReady War Dog prove he’s still NJPW Strong?

The bell rings and the two feel things out. The fans rally and duel as the two circle around. Gabe smirks, taunts Khan with a relaxed pose, but then avoids Khan as he goes for legs. They keep going around, and then Gabe SLAPS, SLAPS and SLAPS! Khan just gets up and under Gabe to URENAGE! The fans fire up while Gabe flounders. Gabe and Khan clinch, fight for control, and Khan hits the BELLY2BELLY! The fans fire up again and Khan runs up to LARIAT Gabe up and out! Gabe flounders on the floor, the fans duel, and Khan goes out after Gabe. Khan whips Gabe hard into railing, then Khan opens the gate.

The fans cheer and Khan dares Gabe to come get him. Gabe frowns, runs up, and he RAMS Khan into railing! The Young Lions hurry over to clear out fans, and Khan laughs as he stands. Gabe and Khan fire forearms and move through the crowd. Khan drags Gabe up to fire more shots but Gabe gives those back! Gabe flounders over chairs, Khan CLUBS him, and the fight keeps moving through the crowd. Khan Mongolian Chops Gabe down! The fans cheer as Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan AX HANDLES Gabe into moving along and Gabe calls for the ref. Khan stomps Gabe around, then drags him up. Gabe UPPERCUTS Khan!

Khan falls over, Gabe tells the ref to get in the ring to count. Gabe fires forearms, then he BITES Khan on the top of his head! Gabe then throws Khan down into the chairs while fans are torn. The ref finally starts the ring count and Gabe paces around. Gabe talks trash then goes back for Khan. Gabe drags Khan up by his ponytail as we pass 10 of 20. Gabe drags Khan along, then runs him up to POST him! Khan falls over, the count is 13, but Gabe puts Khan in at 15. The fans cheer and Gabe storms around. Gabe kicks railing just to get at Hiromu on commentary. Gabe even throws Hiromu’s bottle of water away!

Hiromu asks what the heck and Gabe says he doesn’t care if Hiromu’s a Junior Heavyweight, Gabe’s the NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, so come find him in the US. Gabe then leaves Hiromu behind to slide into the ring. Khan drags himself up with the ropes but Gabe is right on him with a CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Then a LARIAT! Gabe runs and he runs Khan over! The fans are torn while Gabe dusts himself off. But Khan is up to lift and TOSS Gabe out of the ring! Gabe tumbles to the floor, Khan pounds the mat, and the fans rally up. Khan aims and PLANCHAS onto Gabe! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Khan rises, shakes the railing and he roars! The fans fire up and Khan looms over Gabe. Khan drags Gabe around, goes back out through the gate, and Young Lions hurry to get fans out of the way! Khan aims, and he BOWLS Gabe through railing and into the chairs! That’s a STRIKE to be sure! The fans fire up as Khan flexes, then Khan fetches Gabe. Khan laces Gabe’s arm through a chair and pulls! Gabe shouts and the ref reprimands, but then Khan sandwiches arm through chairs! Khan then traps the other arm in another pair of chairs! Gabe shouts for the ref but Khan steps up onto the chairs to pose for the peasants!

Gabe protests, so Khan hops down and BOOTS him! Khan drags Gabe up while the ring count starts. Khan brings Gabe back to ringside, wrenches his arm, and pushes Gabe into the ring. The fans cheer, Khan covers, TWO! Khan grabs Gabe’s leg for a HEEL HOOK! Gabe kicks with his free leg and Khan lets go. Khan eggs Gabe on, Gabe stands but Khan RAMS into him! Gabe fights off the takedown, CLUBS away on Khan, then suplexes him up and out of the ring! Gabe goes with Khan and the fans can’t believe it! The ref checks both men after that wild tumble. Khan clutches his back and Gabe’s in a daze but both men seem to be okay to continue.

The ring count returns, and Khan flounders for the railing. Gabe slowly sits up, but both men are still crawling as we reach 10 of 20. They go forehead to forehead, then stand to go forearm for forearm! Khan ROCKS Gabe, Gabe staggers towards the ramp, but Gabe ROCKS Khan back! The count is 15! The forearms keep going, the fans rally up, and we hit 17! 18! They hear 19 and sprint back to the ring! They both slide in safe at 19.9! Then Gabe takes a swing, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Khan runs up, Gabe gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, Gabe runs the ropes, COMEBACKER- FGO PLEX!! Cover, TWO!!

Gabe survives but Khan powers up! IRON CLAW, and then Khan drags Gabe up! ELIMI- NO, Gabe BITES those fingers! And LARIATS! Cover, ONE!?! Gabe is shocked, the fans fire up, and Gabe UPPERCUTS! Gabe reels Khan in, “I’m a Mad Man, y’know!” But Khan back drops free! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Khan stirs, Gabe sits up, and they both rise up. Gabe says stand up! Khan does stand, and Gabe CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Gabe says F U, Oka! Khan IRON RIGHTS! Both men wobble and stagger around, and Gabe leans on ropes. Gabe snarls, so does Khan. They run, they dodge, and the COMEBACKER hits!! Cover, GABE WINS!

Winner: Gabe Kidd, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

In a battle of wild men, The NJPW Strong Openweight Champion takes down The KOPW Champion! Will Gabe look to add even more gold now that he has this golden ticket? Is there still hope for Khan to make a comeback?

 

G1 Climax 34 B Block: El Phantasmo w/ Jado VS Ren Narita!

The Headbanga lost to Henare, and the Souled Out Son of Strong Style lost to Boltin Oleg, so at least now they’re picking on someone their own size. Will ELP tune up the band and get back on track? Or will Narita find a way to stack the deck?

The bell rings and Ren runs up to BOOT ELP in the corner! Ren CLUBS ELP, stomps him, and Jado coaches ELP up. Ren knees low, runs, but ELP hurdles, drops down then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up while Ren writhes. ELP stands Ren up to CHOP him, ROCK him, and CHOP him again. ELP puts Ren’s shirt up over his head, to then CHOP! Ren staggers, ELP knuckle locks and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Ren tumbles away and ELP kips up. The fans fire up and ELP runs to LARIAT Ren up and out! Ren flounders and fans fire up more as ELP aims. PLANCHA! Down goes Ren and the fans cheer again!

ELP drags Ren up, puts him in the ring, then ELP climbs up a corner. But Ren rolls away, and fans boo as he bails out the other side. ELP hops down, to DIVE! Direct hit again and Ren is sent into railing! The fans fire up and ELP says one more thing! ELP CLUBS Ren, goes up the corner, and he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS but Ren moves! ELP tumbles, Ren drags him up to whip him hard into railing! The fans boo but Ren hooks ELP’s leg in railing and BOOTS it! The ref reprimands but Ren grins as he goes for his push-up bar! But Jado rushes up and snatches that away! The fans cheer but Ren is mad!

The ref wants Jado to let the push-up bar go, but he misses Ren grab a chair to SMASH ELP’s leg! The fans boo as Ren hides the evidence. Ren eggs ELP on, laughs at him, then grabs ELP’s leg to SMASH it on the floor! ELP writhes and clutches the knee, but Ren stalks him around the way. ELP hobbles, falls over, and Ren drags him back up. Ren pushes ELP into the ring, then stands on ELP for a cocky cover. ONE, and ELP grabs the ropes. Ren stomps away on ELP’s leg, lets off as the ref reprimands, but then Ren stands on the leg! The ref reprimands, Ren acts like he has no idea what’s going on, then “realizes” and steps away.

Ren looms over ELP, drags him up, and grabs the leg for a SHIN BREAKER! ELP falls and flounders away, but Ren is on him again. Ren puts the bad leg on the ropes, to HIP DROP onto it! The ref reprimands and ELP clutches the knee, but Ren drags ELP around again. Ren has a standing toehold but ELP kicks with his free leg. Ren lets go, the fans rally up, and ELP tries to storm up on Ren, but the leg gives out! ELP falls over and Ren slaps him around. Ren talks trash as ELP limps to a corner. Ren eggs ELP on, but ELP fires forearms! Ren CLAWS ELP’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Ren stops, and Jado coaches ELP.

Ren drags ELP up, reels him in, but ELP suplexes first! The fans fire up as ELP brings Ren down! Ren goes to ropes, and ELP kips up! Well, not the best with only the one leg, but ELP goes to a corner. Ren storms up but ELP ROCKS him first! ELP counter punches Ren again and again, fires more shots, then whips Ren to the corner. Ren reverses but ELP goes up and over, even with one leg! ELP rolls, eggs Ren on, then dodges him to springboard and CROSSBODY! Somersault, but the bad leg holds ELP back! ELP still LIONSAULTS, but he has to land out as Ren moves! Ren bails out, ELP somersaults back to ropes to then go to the apron!

ELP TORNADO DDTS Ren to the floor! The fans fire up while Ren writhes and kicks around in pain. The fans rally behind ELP as he drags himself up with railing. The ring count starts, ELP drags Ren up and into the ring. The fans applaud, and ELP climbs up the ropes! SPRINGBOARD SWANTON BOMB! And now the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ren survives but the fans fire up again! ELP goes back to a corner while Ren crawls to the other. ELP tunes up the band, even with the bad leg. Ren runs up and BOOTS ELP! Ren reels ELP in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ren hurries to step through, KNEEBAR!!

ELP endures as Ren pulls on that leg! ELP reaches out, fights forward, and has the ROPEBREAK, only for Ren to drag him back! Ren shifts around to a HALF CRAB! ELP endures, the fans rally for him, and ELP fights his way over! ELP reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Ren lets go this time while the fans applaud. Ren drags ELP up, but ELP CHOPS! Ren shrugs that off, but ELP stands. ELP fires a forearm, but Ren laughs that off! Ren eggs ELP on, but ELP stands to fire forearm after forearm! Ren gets mad and he kicks the bad leg out! ELP falls back, Ren talks trash, and then Ren looms over ELP.

ELP rises up to CHOP! Ren still laughs, and ELP hobbles up to his feet. ELP fires another forearm! Ren felt that one, so he kicks the bad leg again. Ren still toys with ELP, taunts him, daring him to high-five like he used to do with Hikuleo. ELP scowls, gets up and he RAMS Ren into a corner! ELP fires off furious fists and even stomps a mudhole in! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands! ELP grabs Ren’s push-up bar! Jado says no, ELP, don’t do it! But Ren dares ELP to do it! Give into your anger, ELP, and be like Ren! No, ELP gives the bar to Jado! So Ren shoves ELP into Jado! Backslide, TWO!

Ren knees low, reels ELP in, but ELP handstands out of the Double Crosser! And jackknife bridges! TWO!! Ren escapes, then he dodges ELP to KNEE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives “Hell’s Guillotine,” and the fans fire up! Ren vows to end this, though, and he goes up the corner. But ELP trips Ren up! ELP CHOPS Ren, climbs up after him, and brings Ren to the top rope! ELP hits a SUPER DUPER STEINER!! Then he goes right up for THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Ren survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP is beside himself, but the fans are behind him! ELP feels that energy and he goes to the corner.

Ren is grabbing at the ref, though! The ref reprimands, ELP gives up on tuning up so he can separate Ren and ref. Ren CHOP BLOCKS ELP! And KNEES ELP, into the DOUBLE CROSSER!! Cover, Ren wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Souled Out Son of Strong Style can be a real SOB sometimes, and that includes this moment here! Ren grins as he snatches this win away, but will he do even worse on his way to the Climax? As for ELP, he continues to lose because he feels lost, what is he to do to find himself again?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS Jake Lee!

The King of Darkness took down the Mad Man, but the Madness Dark Side outshined the Cold Skull. It is another battle of House of Torture and War Dogs, which side of Bullet Club proves to be the Strongest of the Summer?

Speaking of Bullet Club, Evil & Dick want to welcome Jake to the club with a Too Sweet. Jake steps forward, throws up the Too Sweet, but then he grabs Dick’s arm, anticipating the eye poke! Then he Too Sweet eye pokes Evil and Dick in return! The fans cheer, Jake TOSSES Evil, and he goes after Dick! Jake grins as he teases stomping Dick in his namesake, then he shoves Dick out of the ring. The fans cheer more but Evil is furious! Evil runs in, but Jake kicks him first! The bell rings and Jake CLUBS Evil. Jake whips and ELBOWS Evil down, then drags him up with a choke grip! Evil scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Jake lets go of Evil at 4, and Evil sputters as he bails out. Jake apologizes to the ref, and even bows, but they both miss Evil untying the blue buckle pad! Jake steps out to fetch Evil and CLUB him again. Dick creeps up  with a chair, but Jake glares at him. Dick backs up and drops the chair, but Evil CLUBS Jake in the back! Evil then whips Jake hard into railing! Jake falls and writhes, Evil talks trash and drags him up. Evil tells the ref to leave him alone, and then he whips Jake into more railing! Jake falls back, and Evil steals the mic from Abe-san! Evil uses the cord to CHOKE Jake, and he talks smack on Jake the whole time!

The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Evil talks trash some more before he lets go. Jake sputters, Evil leaves him behind, and the ref gives Abe-san the mic back. Evil wants the count but Jake is already standing. Jake slides in at 4 of 20, and the ref spots Evil armed his House of Torture shirt. The ref confiscates the shirt, but surprise! Evil had a tag rope all along! Evil CHOKES Jake with that now! The fans boo but Evil throws the evidence away. The ref sees it, though! The ref reprimands as the damage is done, and Evil CLUBS Jake. Evil CLUBS Jake again, then covers, TWO! Jake is tougher than that and the fans applaud.

Evil kicks Jake around, CLUBS him down, but Jake snarls. Evil slaps Jake around, but Jake shoves him. Jake’s taller, and he fires forearms down on Evil! Jake runs, but Evil distracts the ref so Dick can trip Jake up! The fans boo but Dick blames a Young Lion! The Young Lion says he wasn’t even near the ring! Evil talks trash and stomps Jake around again. Evil mocks Jake’s gentlemanly bow, then he drags Jake up. Evil wrenches Jake’s arm, kicks his leg, and wrenches again. Evil kicks, wrenches, repeat, then he whips corner to corner! Evil runs up to LARIAT, then he FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO!

Evil is frustrated but he steps through Jake’s legs and turns him for a SHARPSHOOTER! The fans rally as Jake endures, but Evil sits deep on the hold! Jake fights up, pushes and hops his way over, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Evil lets go at 4, and the fans continue to rally for Jake. Evil paces, talks trash on the fans, but the fans boo back. Evil gets on the corner to taunt them back, then stalks Jake. Evil fireman’s carries but Jake fights it! Jake CLUBS away on Evil’s back! Evil throws a body shot, runs, but Jake fakes him out! Evil still kicks low, but Jake whips Evil to KNEE low! Evil falls over and fans cheer.

Jake looms over Evil as Evil coughs and sputters. Jake drags Evil up, snapmares him then runs to fake the Penalty Kick, and clamp on a SLEEPER! Evil endures but Jake drags him up to his feet! Dick gets on the apron, so Jake lets Evil go to DECK Dick! Jake drags Evil around to turn him, but Evil resists! So Jake STOMPS Evil’s stomach! Then Jake turns Evil for the BOSTON CRAB! Jake stands tall with it, it’s almost a Walls of Jericho! Evil endures, the bell rings!? That was Dick’s doing! Jake thinks he won, though, and he lets Evil go! The ref explains, because it was Dick! Evil winds up to run in, but Jake dodges! Evil runs into the ref!

Evil now begs for mercy, but Dick gets in! Dick kicks Jake in the leg, then wraps on the SPOILER CHOKER! But Jake powers out! Jake dodges Evil, and uses the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans cheer as Evil tastes his own medicine! Then Jake lets Evil go, gives him the choker, and falls on the floor! Jake’s pulling an Eddie Guerrero and the fans cheer! The ref spots Evil with the weapon, and Evil defends his innocence! And for once, it’s true! Sorta. Jake plays like he’s hurt, then he reels Evil in! BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Jake stays cool. Jake raises his hand and the fans rally. Evil rises, and Jake choke grips! Evil CLAWS Jake’s eyes!

The ref reprimands, Evil lets off and he reels Jake in, EVERY- NO, Jake slips free and KNEES Evil low! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives again and Jake’s eyes are still stinging. The fans rally up, Evil crawls away while the ref checks Jake’s face. Jake goes to the other corner, he staggers up, and he takes aim! Jake runs in, but Evil moves! The buckle pad goes with him, and Jake runs into the bare steel! Evil throws the pad to the ref, Dick throws POCKET SAND in Jake’s face!! Jake staggers away, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Jake earns 0)

Another match, another underhanded way of winning for The King of Darkness! Will nothing stop him until everything is truly Evil?

 

G1 Climax 34 B Block: Yuya Uemura VS Hirooki Goto!

The Heat Storm burned The Rebel while the Fierce Warrior took a Tour of the Islands, but this G1 has only just begun. Will Yuya add this highly decorated icon to the list? Or will Goto do as Yoshi-Hashi says and #TurnItAllAround?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two stare down. Goto and Yuya slowly circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Yuya shoots for a leg but Goto slips around to waistlock. Yuya switches, Goto slips away and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle again, and tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. They’re in a deadlock, but Goto slips around to waistlock. Yuya pries the hold open and wrenches to a wristlock. Goto rolls, trips Yuya, and has the toehold. Yuya fights back with a chinlock but Goto pulls on the foot. Yuya uses his other leg to bring Goto into short arm scissors! Goto endures, even as Yuya pushes up, and Goto moves around.

Goto slips free, headlocks, but Yuya headscissors. Goto kips free, the two stand off and the fans cheer again. They reset, circle, and tie up again. Goto headlocks, grinds Yuya down, but Yuya fights up. Yuya pries at the headlock, but Goto powers it back on! The fans rally, Goto grinds, but Yuya powers up and out. Goto runs Yuya over! The fans cheer, Goto keeps moving, but Yuya drops down to DROPKICK! Yuya fires up and the fans are with him! Yuya paces around Goto, the fans rally up, and Yuya stands Goto up. Yuya CHOPS Goto to the corner! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again!

Yuya fires CHOP after CHOP, but the ref has him back off! Goto eggs Yuya on so Yuya runs up to BOOT him! Yuya CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! The fans fire up but the ref reprimands. Yuya clinches but Goto stops the hip toss to throw Yuya down by his hair! Goto KICKS Yuya, snapmares him, then KICKS him again! Goto stomps Yuya around, the fans rally, and Goto drags Yuya back up. Goto bumps Yuya off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, then KICKS Yuya down! The ref reprimands but Goto digs his boot in! The ref counts, Goto lets off at 4, and then he rains down forearms! The ref reprimands again but Goto throws more shots!

The ref has Goto stop with the forearms, but Goto digs his knee in. Yuya throws hands from below, but Goto stomps Yuya. Goto then drags Yuya out of the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Yuya stays in this but Goto stays on him with a BOSTON CRAB! The fans rally while Yuya endures! Goto sits deep on the hold, almost making Yuya’s feet reach his head! Yuya still powers up and pushes his way forward! The fans rally harder, but Goto pulls on the legs harder! Yuya still endures, still pushes up, and still claws his way to the ROPEBREAK!

The fans cheer, the ref counts, and Goto lets go at 4. Goto stomps Yuya around, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Goto fireman’s carries, but Yuya fights free! Goto elbows Yuya, whips him to a corner, but Yuya goes up and over to arm-drag! Yuya then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up while both men are down. Yuya rises up first, storms over to Goto, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Yuya whips corner to corner, runs in and CHOPS again! The fans fire up as Yuya then reels Goto in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Goto stays in this but Yuya stays focused. The fans rally, and Yuya climbs, only for Goto to ROCK him first!

Goto climbs up after Yuya, CLUBS away on Yuya, and fires off forearms! Goto brings Yuya up but Yuya fires body shot after body shot! Yuya and Goto fire forearms back and forth, then Yuya HEADBUTTS! Goto falls back, Yuya adjusts, and Yuya leaps, but Goto gets under! Yuya comes back, kicks low, but runs into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! But Goto can’t make the cover! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Goto grits his teeth as he rises up, and he brings Yuya around to fire a forearm! Yuya sits up, but Goto fires another forearm! Yuya fires a forearm in return! So Goto fires another!

The two stand, Yuya fires another forearm, so Goto CHOPS! Yuya CHOPS, Goto CHOPS, repeat! The fans rally as the CHOPS go back and forth, faster and faster! Yuya gets the edge as he CHOPS high, and CHOPS again! Goto sputters, Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS him! Goto drops to his knees at the 10 minute mark, but Yuya stands him up. DOUBLE CHOP, DOUBLE CHOP, and DOUBLE CHOP! Yuya runs, but into the clinch! URA G T R! Goto runs to LARIAT!! The fans are thunderous, and now Goto drags Yuya up! Fireman’s carry, G T W!! Cover, TWO! Yuya survives but Goto won’t let up! Goto drags Yuya up and KICKS him!

Yuya flops over, but Goto drags him up again. Goto KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Yuya flops back down and the fans rally up harder! Goto drags Yuya up, fires forearms and then powers up, but Yuya BLOCKS the buzzsaw! Yuya rises, Goto fires palm strike after palm strike! Yuya HEADBUTTS Goto down!! The fans are thunderous, Yuya hauls Goto up and traps one arm. Yuya traps the other, but Goto HEADBUTTS! Yuya ENZIGIRIS, but Goto fireman’s carries! Goto throws Yuya into the dragon sleeper, for the G T- NO! Yuya blocks the arm and spins Goto around to a backslide! TWO!! Goto escapes, but Yuya has the arms! DEADBOLT!! Bridging cover, YUYA WINS!!

Winner: Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Goto earns 0)

Two rounds, two shockers for the Heat Storm! Is this a sign that Yuya could be the diamond in the rough for NJPW? As for Goto, he’s 0-2, will things be much more dire in the next round?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Shingo Takagi!

The Roughneck seeks redemption after falling to Callum Newman, but the Rampaging Dragon wants to keep his roll going after defeating IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Tetsuya Naito in last night’s main event. Will #SHOOTER fall again? Or will he keep Takagi from soaring higher than ever before?

The bell rings and Shota runs up to SHOTGUN Takagi! Shota fires forearms in the corner, the ref counts, but Shota just keeps firing shots! Takagi gets mad and turns things around on Shota! The fans fire up as Takagi HEADBUTTS Shota again and again and again! The ref wants Takagi to stop but Takagi shoves him aside to stomp Shota! Takagi knees Shota, whips him to ropes, and KNEES him again! Takagi keeps moving but Shota DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Shota watches Takagi go to ropes. Shota slingshots but Takagi moves! Takagi HOTSHOTS Shota, ridge hand chops, then goes to the apron.

The fans fire up as Takagi CLUBS Shota on the back. Takagi reels Shota in but Shota grabs ropes to fight the lift! Shota then CLUBS Takagi! Takagi body shots Shota, kicks him and CLUBS him, then reels him back in. APRON BACK SUPLEX! Shota has a rough landing but Takagi shoves him off the apron. The fans fire up with Takagi but the ref checks Shota. Shota is somehow still in this so Takagi drags him up. Takagi whips Shota hard into railing! Shota hobbles away and Takagi goes into the ring. The ring count starts, the fans rally, and Shota grits his teeth. Shota rises up at 10 of 20 to roll in, but Takagi is right on him!

Takagi stands on Shota’s back at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Takagi then stomps away, but the ref reprimands. Shota sits up, and Takagi clamps on a chinlock. Takagi then shifts to pull Shota’s arms into a motorcycle stretch. Shota still endures and the fans rally up. Shota reaches out and has the ROPEBREAK. Takagi KNEES Shota in the back as he lets off. A fan cheers Takagi and Takagi says, “Iine! <Nice!>” The fans applaud and Takagi stalks Shota to a corner. Takagi CHOPS, JABS, and repeat, then he brings Shota out to suplex high and hard! The fans cheer more and Takagi gives a thumbs up.

Takagi pushes Shota down to SENTON! Takagi talks a little smack, then has the fans rally up. Shota copies Takagi  by saying, “Mada mada! <I’m not done yet!>” Takagi clamps onto Shota with a chinlock and stretches him back. Takagi HIP DROPS, then talks some smack on Shota. Shota crawls, Takagi KNEES him. Shota eggs Takagi on but Takagi gives it back. Shota stands up and gives back that trash talk! Shota fires a forearm, but Takagi shakes his head. Shota fires another, but Takagi shakes his head again. Shota ROCKS Takagi, but Takagi blocks the scoop! Takagi CLUBS Shota, but Shota spins Takagi for a NECKBREAKER!

The fans rally as Shota sits up. Shota grits his teeth, storms over to Takagi, and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS again! Shota UPPERCUTS Takagi in the corner, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to UPPERCUT again! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Shota isn’t quite perfect but he isn’t deterred. The fans rally as Shota paces around. Shota brings Takagi up, but Takagi fights the clinch! Takagi throws elbows, but Shota swings, only for Takagi to get around! Atomic drop! Shota staggers, Takagi winds up, and Takagi runs in, only for Shota to drop toehold him onto ropes!

Shota then fires up and runs up to slingshot and APRON DDT! The fans fire up with Shota as he shouts! Takagi flops to the floor, the ring count starts, but Shota takes a moment to catch his breath. Shota stalks Takagi as we reach 7 of 20. Shota stands Takagi up at 10, puts him in at 11, and the fans cheer. Shota goes up a corner, and goes COAST2COAST! Then EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Takagi is still in this and the fans rally up again. Shota goes to a corner and eggs Takagi on. Takagi rises, Shota runs in and dodges a lariat! Shota kicks low, TORNADO- NO, Takagi stops the DDT to suplex Shota into buckles!

The fans cheer while Shota is stuck upside-down in the corner. Takagi stands while Shota flops around. Takagi stomps Shota, drags him up, and then reels Shota in. Shota CLUBS away on Takagi, but Takagi ROCKS Shota in the back! Shota gets mad, but he runs into an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON feint and DDT! The fans fire up and Takagi signals  that he’s too smart for Shota. Takagi then tells Osaka, “TOKI GA KITA! <It’s time!>” The fans join in with “OI! OI! OI!” just like last night. Shota stands, Takagi runs up, but Shota boots! Takagi blocks and LARIATS through! The fans fire up with Takagi more as he reels Shota in.

But Shota fights the suplex to suplex Takagi! Shota puts Takagi up top, UPPERCUTS, and then climbs up after Takagi. Shota clinches, for a SUPER EXPLODER!! Takagi writhes and Shota fires back up! The fans rally and he aims, only for Takagi to CORNER LARIAT! Takagi evens things in an instant and the fans fire back up! Takagi points to the sky and he brings Shota to the top rope. Takagi then climbs right up after Shota, goes to the very top, and SUPER DUPER PLEXES!! Shota writhes now and the fans are thunderous! Takagi crawls his way over to Shota to sit him up. Takagi runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! SENTON!

Takagi grins and flexes, reminding us that he’s the “liveliest old man” in NJPW today. Takagi wants the ref to call it as Shota writhes, but Shota refuses to let this end here. Shota grits his teeth, sits up, and seems to have a wry smile of his own! Takagi clamps onto Shota for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! A shot at Shota’s mentor, Moxley, and then Takagi torture racks Shota! Takagi bends Shota and thrashes him, then flips him for a GUTBUSTER! Takagi whips, Shota reverses, and TORNADO DDTS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Shota fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” to copy Takagi, and fans still join in!

Shota drags Takagi up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO! Shota hurries to aim from a corner, and Takagi slowly rises. IGNITION! Shota fires up again and he brings Takagi in for- NO, Takagi RAMS Shota first! But Shota ENZIGIRIS back! Shota runs back up, into a PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi takes Shota down first, and the fans rally up even harder! Takagi feeds off the energy to rise again. Takagi drags Shota up, shouts for “JAPAN~!” but Shota fights the pump handle. Shota swings, into a Gory Especial, NOSHIGAMI! Takagi fires up, runs, and PUMPING BOMBERS!! The fans are thunderous and Takagi isn’t done!

Takagi hauls Shota up to pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives and the fans are thunderous again! Takagi hears the 15 minute call and he rallies the fans. The fans get louder and louder as Takagi rises, and he kicks Shota. Takagi stands Shota up to pump handle, but Shota CLUBS Takagi first. Shota CLUBS Takagi more, so Takagi LARIATS! Shota roars and comes back into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! And then pump handle, torture rack, but Shota slips free to backslide! Takagi rolls through but Shota ripcords and ELEVATED DEATH RIDER!! Both men are down and the fans rally hard as ever!

The ref checks both men, Takagi growls and pushes himself up. Shota also rises, and the two storm up to each other. Shota fires a forearm, but Takagi shakes his head. Shota fires another, Takagi wobbles, but Takagi still eggs Shota on. Shota fires another forearm, so Takagi fires boxing elbows! Takagi winds up but Shota ROCKS him first! Shota runs, but Takagi follows to LARIAT! Takagi runs, but into an EXPLODER! PUMPING BOMBER?! SNAP DRAGON!?! The fans are thunderous and Shota takes aim! Takagi rises, into the BLAZE BLADE!! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives but Shota’s hitting another gear!

Shota drags Takagi up, underhooks, but Takagi fights the rider! Takagi wrenches, JABS, and HEADBUTTS! Shota ROCKS, ROLLING- NO, Takagi swats, CHOPS and HEADBUTTS! Both men wobble, but then Shota catches Takagi to spin and SNAP DEATH RIDER!! Cover, SHOTA WINS!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Takagi earns 0)

The Roughneck slays the Rampaging Dragon! Is this proof that Shota is going to lead the Paradigm Shift that is the new generation taking over? As for Takagi, he breaks even at 1-1, but can he rise back up in the next round?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Kosei Fujita!

Speaking of the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, he and the Submission Master have gone back and forth through the various tournaments of NJPW. Will Naito be able to keep the G1 tranquilo? Or will TMDK’s Front Man make him #JustTapOut?

As always, Naito takes time with his entrance attire. ZSJ is patient, he’s seen this all before. Naito finally puts the nice suit aside, the bell rings and the fans rally up. Naito and ZSJ both take their time while the fans cheer on “NA-I-TO!” ZSJ mirrors Naito’s slow pace as they circle, and then ZSJ raises the LIJ fist! Naito starts to raise his, but then SPITS at ZSJ! ZSJ kicks Naito, CLUBS him, whips him, but Naito reverses to TORNADO CRADLE! TWO!! ZSJ escapes, Naito runs but fakes ZSJ out to tranquilo! The fans cheer but ZSJ rushes in, only for Naito to catch him into a somersault clutch! TWO!!

ZSJ runs up again, but into an atomic drop! And then rolling jackknife! TWO! ZSJ has the sunset flip, TWO! Naito has a deep prawn hold, TWO!! ZSJ narrowly escapes again and the fans fire up! Naito kicks, but ZSJ fights the neckbreaker. Naito ELBOWS ZSJ down, then runs to basement dropkick! The fans fire up and Naito clamps onto ZSJ with a chinlock. ZSJ endures, even as Naito digs his knee in. ZSJ reaches out, hesitates, but then goes for the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito lets off, but then ELBOWS ZSJ in the head! Naito brings ZSJ up, cravats, and then he grinds ZSJ down to the mat.

ZSJ endures, even as Naito keeps on the cravat. The fans rally, ZSJ headscissors, but Naito shrugs that off to keep the cravat. ZSJ fights around, stands back up, but Naito snapmares. ZSJ bridges up to snapmare and NECK TWIST! The fans cheer, and ZSJ stalks Naito to the apron. ZSJ goes out to NECK TWIST Naito again! Red Shoes reprimands but the fans rally up. ZSJ steps in, drags Naito back up, and UPPERCUTS! Naito falls back, ZSJ drags him up, and ZSJ UPPERCUTS again! ZSJ brings Naito around to UPPERCUT again, and Naito falls back down. The fans continue to rally, and ZSJ drags Naito up for knuckle locks.

ZSJ twists the wrists, wrenches and then wraps Naito up in a straitjacket stretch. ZSJ brings Naito to his knees, and brings him back into a STRAITJACKET SURFBOARD! Naito endures, kicks and flails, and manages to find the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and ZSJ lets off cleanly. ZSJ drags Naito up to cravat and return the neck wrench. Naito endures, even as ZSJ RAMS his shoulder in. ZSJ cranks the hold but Naito fires body shots. Naito is free but ZSJ UPPERCUTS him! ZSJ runs corner to corner but Naito dodges! Naito blocks boots, puts ZSJ in ropes, and hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! The fans rally while both men are down.

Naito shakes out the stars, ZSJ stands up, and Naito fires off forearms and kicks! Naito whips, arm-drags, and then arm-drags again! Naito runs to basement dropkick! The fans cheer, and Naito stands ZSJ up, takes his time, and then hits the NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer, Naito brings ZSJ around to cover, TWO! ZSJ bails out but Naito isn’t bothered. Naito storms over to the apron, drags ZSJ up, and turns him, only for ZSJ to throw elbows. Naito swings, but into ZSJ’s ROPE OCTOPUS! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, ZSJ lets go at 4, then ZSJ drags Naito out of the ring. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Naito, then UPPERCUTS again.

ZSJ taunts Naito, then whips him, only for Naito to reverse and send ZSJ hard into railing! ZSJ falls over, but Naito drags him right up to then put him on the apron. For a DRAPING NECKBREAKER to the floor! The fans fire up but Red Shoes and even Fujita check ZSJ. ZSJ is somehow still in this, so a ring count starts. Both men stir, and ZSJ slowly sits up. Naito has Fujita back up, the count passes 15 of 20, but Naito puts ZSJ in at 16. The fans cheer, and Naito rolls in. Naito drags ZSJ up to throw those heavy elbows! ZSJ falls over and Naito paces. Naito kicks ZSJ to a corner, goes up, and reels ZSJ in for ESPERANZA!

The fans cheer and Naito smiles while he goes back to the corner. ZSJ rises, Naito runs in, but ZSJ slips around to SLEEPER! And O’Conner into a SLEEPER with body scissors! Naito flails, but ZSJ even traps the arms before going to a DRAGON SLEEPER! Naito endures, kicks around, but ZSJ shifts into a TRIANGLE HOLD! ZSJ squeezes tight but Naito reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go and the fans applaud. ZSJ rises, Naito sits up, and ZSJ KICKS him! ZSJ grins as Naito sits up again, and he KICKS again! Naito manages to smile? ZSJ eggs Naito on, KICKS him, but Naito blocks! ZSJ UPPERCUTS back!

ZSJ whips, Naito reverses, but ZSJ denies the tornado DDT to PENALTY KICK! The fans fire up with ZSJ, and he scoops to ZACK- DESTINO!! It was outta nowhere, but also out of desperation! Both men are down and the fans fire up! The fans rally, Naito sits up first, and he brings ZSJ around. Naito wrenches, but ZSJ scoops! ZACK DRIVER!! But ZSJ can’t make the cover! The fans fire up as ZSJ and Naito are down again. ZSJ crawls over, brings Naito up, and he UPPERCUTS! Naito wobbles, ZSJ UPPERCUTS again! And UPPERCUTS again! Naito ROCKS ZSJ with a forearm! And again! ZSJ eggs Naito on!

Naito ROCKS ZSJ and ZSJ sits down! The fans rally, ZSJ stands and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Naito throws the heavy elbows! ZSJ roars but Naito ELBOWS him down! The fans fire up as we pass 15 minutes. Naito aims, runs in, CORRIENDO- NO, ZSJ scoops! But Naito somersaults! ZSJ rocks it back, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!!! Naito escapes by nanoseconds! ZSJ runs in but into an ELBOW! ZSJ BOOTS, Naito fires a forearm and SPITS! ZSJ swings, into a spin, but he ducks the enzigiri! Body scissors, JAPANESE LEG CLUTCH!! ZSJ WINS!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Naito earns 0)

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion loses again! And ZSJ snatches the belt, claiming it as his own! Will The Front Man finally have this title one way or another? Or will Naito stop owing golden tickets after tonight?

 

G1 Climax 34 B Block: Yota Tsuji VS David Finlay w/ Gedo!

How fitting that this is round two’s main event. While all the Reiwa Musketeers fell last round, it was the fact that Finlay was talking trash on him the whole time that really upset Yota. Will Yota get back at Finlay with a Gene Blaster? Or will this be a rebound round for the Rebel?

Finlay gets in Yota’s face but Yota just grins. The two then back off to put their duster jackets aside. The bell rings and the fans rally up. Finlay hears the fans cheering on “YOTA! YOTA!” and shrugs it off. The two circle, tie up, and they each pull hair! Red Shoes reprimands them both as they go around, and Finlay puts Yota on ropes. Red Shoes counts, Finlay pie faces Yota, then lets off. But Yota avoids the cheap shot to headlock. Finlay powers out but Yota comes back to RANA! Finlay bails out, fans fire up, and Yota DIVES! Direct hit and Finlay bounces off railing! The fans fire up and rally behind “YOTA! YOTA!” more.

Yota fetches Finlay, drags him up, and whips him hard into railing! Finlay staggers away, Gedo protests, but Yota pursues Finlay. Yota whips Finlay hard into more railing! Gedo is even more upset but there’s nothing Red Shoes can do about this. Yota tells Gedo to shut up, then he drags Finlay back into the ring. Yota steps in, runs, and runs Finlay over! High stack, TWO! Finlay grits his teeth, Yota stands him up, and Yota blocks a kick! Yota trips Finlay, has both legs, and turns Finlay over into a BOSTON CRAB! Finlay endures the hold, fights around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Yota lets off quickly and fans applaud.

Yota paces while Finlay sits up. Yota comes back but Finlay kicks from below. Yota stomps away on Finlay, CLUBS away on him, then eggs Finlay on. Finlay stands to fire a forearm, then an UPPERCUT! Finlay then stands Yota up and CHOPS! Yota CHOPS back! The fans rally, Yota stalks Finlay to a corner, but Finlay SPITS at him! The fans boo but Finlay grins. Yota also grins, and he runs up to STINGER SPLASH! Yota fires off hands but backs off as Red Shoes reprimands. Yota comes back but Finlay FLAPJACKS him off buckles! Finlay then rains down fists on Yota! Red Shoes reprimands about closed fists but Finlay doesn’t care.

Finlay paces around, drags Yota up, and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Yota writhes, Finlay covers, TWO! The fans rally and Finlay mocks the “fighting spirit.” He claims he’s gonna beat the spirit outta Yota. Finlay whips Yota hard into buckles! Yota falls, Finlay taunts him, and pushes him around. Finlay SLAPS Yota, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Yota goes to a corner, and Finlay barks it up. Some fans bark for Finlay and he runs in to UPPERCUT! Then BROKEN ARROW! Finlay flexes and fans do cheer that feat of strength. Finlay kneels on Yota for a cocky cover, TWO! Finlay mockingly says, “Wow,” then he CHOKES Yota!

Finlay grinds his forearm in Yota’s face, Red Shoes reprimands, and Finlay lets off. Finlay drags Yota up, mocks the fans cheering Yota on, and then clinches. But Yota fights the lift with elbows! Finlay KNEES low, fires another knee, then whips. Yota reverses, scoops and BACKBREAKERS! Finlay flounders and Gedo is mad but the fans fire up! Yota sits up, Finlay goes to a corner, and the fans rally again. Yota runs up to ELBOW Finlay down! Yota then scoops to SLAM and SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Finlay stays in this but Yota stays on him with a GUTBUSTER! Finlay sputters and stumbles away to a corner and the fans fire up.

Yota grins but Gedo is stressing out. Yota storms over to Finlay, digs his knee in, and then KNEES Finlay again! And again! Gedo protests, Red Shoes reprimands, but Yota lets off. Yota then brings Finlay up to whip corner to corner. Finlay stops himself to ROCK Yota! Yota ROCKS Finlay in return! The forearms keep going back and forth, faster and faster! Finlay gets the edge, then catches Yota in to the clinch! IRISH- NO, Yota slips free and shoves Finlay to a corner. Yota runs in, Finlay dodges and comes back. Finlay blocks Yota’s boot, but Yota brings him in to DOUBLE STOMP! The fans fire up again while Finlay flounders.

Yota drags Finlay up, then goes up and up and MAROON- NO, Finlay pushes Yota down! Yota lands on the apron, they trade forearms again, but Finlay POSTS Yota! Finlay then runs to SHOTGUN Yota off the apron! Yota hits railing on the way down and Gedo fires up! Finlay grits his teeth as he goes out to fetch Yota. We reach 10 minutes and Finlay drags Yota up. Finlay whips Yota hard into railing! Yota slumps down, and Finlay storms back up. Finlay asks Gedo, “You wanna see a dead body?” Gedo says yeah, and Finlay fireman’s carries Yota. Finlay runs to LAWN DART Yota into a post! Gedo cheers but the fans boo.

Red Shoes checks Yota and he’s somehow still in this. Finlay mockingly offers Hiromu a Too Sweet, Hiromu says no thanks, so Finlay SPITS at him! Hiromu is annoyed, but Finlay flips Hiromu and Osaka off. Finlay then steps inside and the ring count starts. Yota is still down at 5 of 20, clutching his forehead. Yota grabs at railing, drags himself up at 10, and Finlay shows off by doing jumping jacks. Yota stands at 14 but hobbles around. Yota stumbles, falls over at 17, and drags himself back up! He slides in safe at 19, but Finlay’s on him! DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Yota survives the “Canadian Hammer” but Finlay keeps cool.

Finlay says he’ll hit TEN powerbombs if he has to! Gedo says yeah, let’s do that! Finlay picks Yota up but he’s dead weight, so Finlay wants Red Shoes to call it. Red Shoes refuses, he checks with Yota first. Yota growls as he pushes up, so Finlay goes to suplex! Yota fights it, the fans rally up behind him, and Yota suplexes Finlay! Finlay fights that, suplexes Yota, but Yota turns it around into his own BIG suplex! The fans are thunderous while both men are down again! Osaka cheers on “YOTA! YOTA!” while Finlay flounders to ropes. Finlay is frustrated, but he and Yota both stand. Finlay swings, into the BACKBREAKER, FLATLINER and STOMP!

The fans cheer Yota’s triple combo, then he runs to CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!! Finlay survives and Gedo coaches him, but the fans still rally for Yota. Yota rises again, he drags Finlay up, and ROCKS him with a forearm! Finlay staggers away, Gedo panics, and Yota goes up, up and MAROON- NO, Finlay dodges! Finlay runs in, Yota KNEES the spear down! Then suplex, ORANGE CRUSH!! Cover, TWO!! Finlay survives and Gedo is relieved, but Yota roars! We hit 15 minutes, Gedo wants Finlay to get up already, but Yota aims from a corner! Finlay rises, Yota runs in, GENE- HEADLOCK TAKEOVER!

Finlay then drags Yota up, INTO OBLIVION!! Cover, TWO!! Yota survives and the fans are thunderous again! The fans cheer “YOTA! YOTA!” as hard as they can while he and Finlay are both down. Gedo coaches Finlay to get up and kill Yota, but Finlay has to drag himself over. Finlay grabs Yota by his hair, stands him up and reels him in, but Yota blocks the bomb! Finlay CLUBS away on Yota, hauls him up, but Yota fights free! Yota then spins Finlay, but Finlay powers out of the cravat! Yota rebounds, but Finlay rolls him for a POWERBOMB! That’s one, and Finlay hurries to haul Yota up again! BUCKLE BOMB!!

Finlay says that’s not enough, here’s the THIRD POWERBOMB!! Finlay falls over, he still has seven more if he wants to keep his promise! The fans rally for Yota but Finlay stands back up. Finlay slashes his throat, drags Yota back up, and suplexes, but Yota cradle counters! TWO!! Finlay escapes, and DISCUS LARIATS Yota down! Finlay drags Yota up again, reels him in and gives a Too Sweet, for the OVER- NO! Yota blocks the knee! Finlay CLUBS away but Yota still fireman’s carries! Finlay elbows free, ROLLING ELBOWS, and Yota staggers. Yota comes back, into another ROLLING ELBOW! Yota leans on ropes and Finlay eggs him on!

Yota stands, into a third ROLLING ELBOW! Yota falls but Finlay brings him right back up. ROLLING ELBOW! Yota drops to his knees, and Finlay looms over him. Finlay stands Yota up again, ROLLING- HEADBUTT!! Finlay rebounds, Yota dodges, GENE BLASTER!! But Yota can’t make the cover! Yota doesn’t worry about that, he hurries to the corner! The fans are thunderous as Yota goes up and up and MAROON CRUSH!! Cover, YOTA WINS!!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)

For the second night in a row, the G1’s main event is an epic, and an upset! Finlay has lost twice in a row, does NJPW not need The Rebel after all?

As for Yota, he gets the mic to tell Finlay, “Today was for just one of the three Marlowe Puddings you wasted at the press conference! So don’t forget, I still owe you two more.” The fans cheer that motivation. Yota then says “To the NJPW fans here in Osaka and all over the world, the hottest summer has just begun!” The fans cheer that, too. Yota says he is of course focused on total victory here, the first man to have won the Spring’s New Japan Cup AND the Summer’s G1 Climax in the same year! The fans like that idea.

“In this G1, everyone’s talking about the old and new guards, but I’m the one standing in the main event spot! This isn’t for Shingo Takagi nor Tetsuya Naito. It’s my time. Are you ready?! I’m taking this G1.” The fans cheer, and Yota drops the mic. The Gene Blast is confident no one else is reaching the Climax, but will he be ready for the long road ahead?

 

Here are the current A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 2-0, 4 points
Evil: 2-0, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 1-1, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-1, 2 points
Gabe Kidd: 1-1, 2 points
Sanada: 1-1, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-1, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-1, 2 points
Tetsuya Naito: 0-2, 0 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-2, 0 points

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-0, 2 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 1-0, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another awesome night for NJPW for a big G1 opening weekend. One less match, though, because for whatever reason, Konosuke Takeshita and Jeff Cobb weren’t booked for this. And less surprises because Oleg and Callum each took a loss here. Khan VS Gabe was great stuff, with another great win for Gabe. Gabe calling out Hiromu for a NJPW Strong Openweight Championship match was an interesting detail, too. And I should’ve figured Evil would win with more cheating. I really hope this leads to a proper Bullet Club Civil War angle, War Dogs VS House of Torture, but NOT in something where they tear up the ring and risk someone getting hurt.

Yuya gets another great win with that great match against Goto. Yuya could really come out of this G1 as a strong singles competitor, possibly taking that Global Championship from Finlay. But it would seem the Reiwa Musketeers are all making comebacks, too, as Narita cheats ELP, Shota takes down Takagi in a technically big upset of his own, and of course we got those big wins in the penultimate and main event matches. ZSJ has beaten Naito before, but tonight’s win was even bigger for how Naito is world champion. And Yota tops things off in an awesome match with Finlay, and a great win for Yota. A lot of golden tickets are being handed out, the NJPW Destruction tour could be really big this year.

My Score: 9/10


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