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

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

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

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

The Collision Cowboys ride again!

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Can Papa Gunn breathe with the Switchblade?

The Bang Bang Scissor Gang wants to run AEW, but they need to prove they can work together, no matter what! Will Jay White, Colten & Billy make a winning combination?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

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

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

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

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

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

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

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

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

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

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

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

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

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

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

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

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

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

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

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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