Connect with us

Coverage

Mitchell’s NJPW WrestleKingdom 18 Results & Report! (1/4/24)

Will WrestleKingdom be tranquilo?

Published

on

The Cold Skull and the Stardust Genius battle for NJPW’s top prize!

NJPW returns to the Tokyo Dome for WrestleKingdom 18, and perhaps one of the biggest nights in their history! And in the main event, it will be Sanada VS Tetsuya Naito for THE IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • KOPW 2024 Ranbo: Taiji Ishimori, Great-O-Khan, Toru Yano & Yoh advance to New Year Dash.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & Dan Moloney VS Catch 2/2; Catch 2/2 wins and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Tanahashi wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Uemura wins.
  • Shota Umino & Kaito Kiyomiya VS Ren Narita & EVIL; Narita & Evil win.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS Tama Tonga; Tama wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All: Bishamon VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win and are the dual IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi VS El Desperado; Desperado wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
  • IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Will Ospreay VS Jon Moxley VS David Finlay; Finlay wins and is the inaugural IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Bryan Danielson; Okada wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: SANADA VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

KOPW 2024 Ranbo!

No better way to kick off WrestleKingdom than with a New Japan Ranbo! Eliminations are via pinfall, submission or going over the top rope and to the floor, and we go until we have our final four! Who moves on to New Year Dash tomorrow night to battle for the KOPW Championship?

The first ones out are Chase Owens, bringing back his Texas Heavyweight Championship that he’s never defended, and The Dominator, Great-O-Khan! And Tiger Hattori is back to call the event? Fans fire up already for this great moment as the bell rings. Khan and Chase circle, feel things out, and they tie up. Khan waistlocks, Chase elbows free then throws hands. Chase whips, CLOBBERS Khan, then blows snot on him! Khan brushes himself off but Chase throws down fists. Chase stomps Khan, drags him up, but Khan throws body shots. Chase bumps Khan off buckles, but the countdown is already here!

Chase steals the Mongolian Chops, then regular CHOPS, and here comes Bullet Club’s Gabe Kidd! Chase has back-up already in the #WarReady War Dog! And he better hurry up, Khan is throwing Chase at the ropes! Chase holds on, Kidd rushes in and UPPERCUTS Khan! Kidd talks trash, CHOPS and clotheslines and suplexes! Fans fire up with Kidd, and then he flips off Chase?! Kidd DECKS Chase, and shouts “I’m a madman, y’know!!” Kidd stomps Chase, rains down fists on Khan, but then argues with Tiger Hattori over that. Kidd UPPERCUTS Khan, BITES his forehead, and the countdown is back!

Kidd CHOPS Khan, but here comes another War Dog! Kidd grins as he now has Alex Coughlin on the way. Kidd CHOKES Chase in a corner, lets off, and Coughlin slides in. Kidd stands on Khan while Coughlin gut wrenches to SLAM Chase down! Fans cheer the War Dogs as they stand tall, but Khan fights back with forearms! Kidd wants help but he gets Mongolian Chops! Coughlin CLUBS and DECKS Khan, then the War Dogs mug Khan together. They mug Chase but Chase fights back. The countdown is back already as the mugging continues. Here comes Jeff Cobb! The Imperial Unit is here, but the War Dogs are right on him!

The War Dogs double whip but Cobb DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as Cobb OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Kidd! Then he OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Coughlin! The United Empire stands together, Khan blocks Chase’s kick and Cobb whips. Kidd reverses to BITE Cobb! Tiger reprimands, Coughlin scoops Cobb for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans cheer the showing of strength, and here comes another countdown! HENARE is here! The Empire has three in at once and the Face of Fury rallies on the War Dogs! He also blocks Chase’s kick to WINDMILL KICK! Henare whips, Coughlin reverses but Henare ELBOWS back, then FLYING CHUCKS!

Fans fire up with Henare and he powers up! But Kidd CLUBS him first! Kidd throws hands, Coughlin CLUBS Cobb, then Kidd CHOPS Henare. The War Dogs have the Empire on the ropes, but the Empire reverses the whips to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Henare and Cobb run to clothesline the War Dogs up and out! DOUBLE ELIMINATION!! Fans fire up, and we have another countdown! Wait, here comes the Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii! The Empire mugs Chase while Henare waits on his rival. Ishii storms up, seeing all three Empire members standing at the ready.

Ishii gets in the ring and the Empire mugs him! But he fires back with forearms! Ishii roars, but gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS and a BOOT! Khan keeps Chase down while Henare fires hands on Ishii. Henare headbutts but Ishii stands firm! Ishii HEADBUTTS and CHOPS Henare in return! Henare shoves Ishii, fires forearms, but Ishii leans into them! Ishii ROCKS Henare, and the countdown is back. Here comes Mikey Nicholls! Mad Mikey is back in action, and Chase fights back against Khan. Chase CHOKES Khan on ropes, Mikey CLUBS Henare and Cobb! Mikey ROCKS Henare, ROKCS him again, but Henare ROCKS Mikey back!

Fans rally and Mikey CHOPS! Cobb goes to dump Ishii out! Ishii holds on for dear life! Khan stomps Chase down, Ishii powers his way back in and elbows Cobb away! Khan has an IRON CLAW SLEEPER on Mikey! Ishii hoists Cobb up now, and the countdown is back. Cobb suplexes Ishii, but Ishii fights it off! Ishii throws body shots but Chase stomps Ishii down. Shane Haste is here! TMDK now has both OG in the mix, and Hysterical Haste fires forearms with Henare! Shane UPPERCUTS, but Henare ROCKS him! Henare runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up but Cobb CLOBBERS Shane! Mikey DECKS Chase!

Mikey stomps Ishii, then helps Shane with Cobb. They go to hoist Cobb up and out but Cobb holds onto the ropes. Khan makes the save, but then Ishii goes after Khan. Khan Mongolian Chops Ishii! But Mikey hits Khan with a BIG back suplex! The countdown returns, and next up is… Yujiro Takahashi! The Tokyo Pimp is here, but is he Bullet Club or House of Torture tonight? He takes his time getting to the ring while Chase is in trouble. Shane fires forearms on Ishii, Chase claws Mikey’s eyes! Chase claws Shane, too! Yujiro is in, but Cobb blocks the pimp cane! Cobb kicks Yujiro, has the cane, but Yujiro slides out the bottom!

TMDK attacks Cobb, get rid of the cane, and hoist Cobb up! Khan saves him from Thunder Valley! But he runs into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cobb fires forearms on TMDK, but they fire back! Cobb JABS Mikey, but Shane jumps on! Cobb catches Shane with one arm! But Shane slips free, feed to an elbow! DROPKICK and low bridge, TMDK ELIMINATE Cobb! The countdown is back, and here comes Master Wato! The Way to the Grandmaster makes his way to the ring, right as Ishii TOSSES and ELIMINATES Henare! The Face of Fury is furious, but Khan goes after Wato the moment he’s in!

Khan UPPERCUTS Wato, runs, but into the CALF KICK! Chase runs up, but Wato KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Chase in return! Shane kicks but Wato blocks to trip Shane and turn him! Mikey CLOBBERS Wato to stop the Boston Crab! Ishii storms over to CLUB Shane, then he focuses on Chase. But Shane hoists Ishii up the corner! The countdown is back already! Khan tries to help Shane with Ishii, but Ishii holds on for dear life! Yoshinobu Kanemaru is here! The Heel Master takes a swig of liquid courage before he hurries into the ring. Khan drags Mikey into an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Kanemaru stomps everyone he can!

Kanemaru whips Wato and dropkicks the legs out! Yujiro is hiding on the outside, safe from being eliminated. Wato fires back on Kanemaru, elbows Chase for good measure, but Kanemaru chokes Wato against ropes. Mikey digs his boots into Ishii, Kanemaru stomps a mudhole into Wato. Shane helps Kanemaru with Wato while Chase sneaks some whiskey. The countdown is back, and here comes YOH! Mr. Direct Drive is coming in at high speed! He slides in, and fires off on Kanemaru! Wait, he has no shoes? Why does he have no shoes? Because they’re his weapons! But then TMDK slap him around with his own shoes!

TMDK double whip, Yoh holds onto ropes and then uses them as defense. But TMDK still slap him with his own shoes! Yoh falls over, Ishii CLUBS Mikey then ROCKS Shane! Ishii keeps on Mikey, but Shane comes back to make the save. TMDK tries to double suplex, but Ishii makes it a DOUBLE DDT! The countdown is back and now we have SHO! Yoh’s most hated rival is here, ready to help the other House of Torture members. But Yoh slips out the bottom to go after Sho! Sho panics and gets the wrench! Yoh and Sho fight over the Murder Tool! Yoh takes it, and holds it between his legs! So Sho kicks him low!

Sho takes the wrench back, but Yoh kicks low! They fight over the wrench, but Sho knocks Yoh down and CHOKES him with the wrench! Fans boo but Kanemaru keeps after Ishii. The countdown is back again and next out is… Hayato Fujita Jr?! Of Michinoku Pro?! Fujita is a three-time and current Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion while also being GLEAT’s Lidet UWF Champion, and now he is here to add the KOPW to his collection! He CLOBBERS Sho & Yoh on the ramp! He even KICKS Yoh in the butt, then brings both men along with headlocks! The fans fire up as Fujita puts them both in the ring.

Kanemaru stomps Fujita, CLUBS him and whips him, but Fujita reverses. Kanemaru BOOTS back, but runs up into a COMPLETE SHOT! Sho kicks and whips, Fujtia reverses to SOBAT, KICK and SHOTGUN Sho down! The countdown is back as the fans fire up with Fujita! Wato goes after Fujita, but here comes Taiji Ishimori! Bone Soldier may have missed out on the Junior Heavyweight Championship but he’ll seek more gold here. Meanwhile, Ishii slips free of Tank Buster to send Mikey into Shane! Shane BOOTS Ishii, but Ishii puts Shane on the apron! Mikey runs up but is sent into Shane and Shane falls! Mikey ELIMINATES Shane!!

Then Ishii suplexes Mikey but Mikey suplexes Ishii! They both end up on the apron, they brawl with forearms, and Kanemaru runs up! He and Sho ROCK Mikey & Ishii, but they roar and ROCK those two back! Yujiro runs up, Mikey moves Ishii aside and takes the hit! Yujiro ELIMINATES Mikey! No more TMDK, but Ishii DECKS Yujiro for that! Kanemaru BOOTS Ishii, and Sho is underneath anchoring Ishii’s feet! Yujiro BOOTS Ishii down, the House ELIMINATES Ishii! Fans boo but things move on. Wato and Fujita trade KICKS, but Wato ducks the buzzsaw! Fujita fights the German Suplex, but Wato shoves him to a corner.

Wato runs in, Fujita puts him on the apron but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Kanemaru shoves Fujita into Wato and sends Wato down, Fujita technically ELIMINATES Wato! But then Kanemaru tosses Fujita up and out! Fujita holds on to stay safe on the apron, Yoh goes after Kanemaru, and the countdown is back. Yoh goes up and up, where’d his socks go? Ishimori jumps in, Yoh goes Old School, and here comes Douki! Japones Del Mal takes his time while Fujita and Ishimori speed things up. Sho trips Yoh up! Ishimori CHOPS Fujita but Fujita KICKS back! Douki runs up to fire forearms on them both! Then he shoves Ishimori into Fujtia!

Douki RAMS Ishimori, then springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Fans fire up with Douki as he hauls Ishimori up. But Chase helps Bone Soldier. Douki throws elbows on Fujita, kicks and ENZIGURIS, then runs, but into Fujita’s SLEEPER! Fujita then shifts that around, GUILLOTINE! Douki grabs the ropes, but Ishimori and Sho work together to DUMP and ELIMINATE both Douki and Fujita!! But the countdown is back, here comes Toru Yano! Fans fire up as the inaugural and most dominant KOPW Champion is here! Yano’s introduction is just long enough to take up the entire walk down the ramp!

Yoh is stuck on the top rope, but everyone else waits on Yano. Yano tells them to get away then! This is too much even for him! Yujiro & Sho stomp Khan but Chase holds the ropes open for Yano. Yano is hesitant but the fans rally for him. Yano wants them to be reasonable, but the countdown is back again. Next up is… TAKASHI IIZUKA?!? Didn’t he retire?!? No one can believe this, but it’s really him!! The absolute madman is storming down the ramp and everyone else just stops to watch! Yano wants to welcome Iizuka back, but Iizuka attacks! Iizuka BITES Yano! Ishimori rushes out, but he gets attacked, and a BITE on the forehead!

Chase rushes out, but he also gets a BITE from Iizuka! Iizuka storms into the ring and the House freaks out! Iizuka stares them down, and the House offers him a spot on the team? Fans rally for Iizuka but he’s curious about the shirt. Iizuka takes the shirt, tries it on, and then RIPS It up!! He kicks Sho, BITES him, kicks Yujiro, and BITES him! Kanemaru kicks, runs, but into a SLEEPER!! Iizuka has Kanemaru sitting down right away! Sho & Yujiro attack, fans boo, but here comes the countdown. The House stomps Iizuka but here comes TAICHI! Not only is the Holy Emperor the previous KOPW Champion, but he was a protege to Iizuka!

Fans cheer as Taichi makes his way to the ring, lip synching the entire way. Taichi has the POUCH! He gives it to Iizuka while the House is after him! Sho & Yujiro double whip, but get DOUBLE AX BOMBERS! Iizuka has the IRON FINGERS!! He JAMS Sho, and he JAMS Yujiro! The fans fire up as Taichi whips Kanemaru. Kanemaru reverses, Taichi dodges and GAMANGIRIS! Taichi calls to Iizuka, and he feeds Kanemaru to the IRON FINGERS! Yoh finally gets off the ropes to cover Sho! Yoh ELIMINATES Sho by pinfall! Khan also covers Yujiro, to ELIMINATE him by pinfall! And Taichi covers Kanemaru, to ELIMINATE him by pinfall! No more House of Torture!

But then Taichi offers Iizuka a handshake. Iizuka drops the iron fingers, but he just stares at Taichi. Taichi still holds out his hand, and the fans rally up. Iizuka steps forward, to shake Taichi’s hand! But then he BITES Taichi on the head! The madness is strong in Iizuka, so everyone else takes advantage! They push and DUMP Taichi and Iizuka out to DOUBLE ELIMINATE them! No back-to-back for Taichi just yet! But now we have Chase, Ishimori, Khan, Yano and Yoh as our final five, so we just need one more elimination! And it seems the group chooses Khan! The other four attack together!

Fans fire up but then Ishimori goes after Yano and Chase goes after Yoh! Bullet Club sticks together and they haul Khan up. Chase TOSSES Khan out but Khan holds onto ropes! So Chase HOTSHOTS! Ishimiori runs up, into an IRON RIGHT! Yoh DUMPS Ishimori out, but Ishimori holds on! Chase runs up, but Khan avoids the boot and then clamps on the IRON CLAW! Khan drags Chase out! Ishimori holds on, even as Yoh & Yano shake the ropes! Chase runs up, but Khan blocks the C-Trigger to APRON ELIMINATOR!! And just like that, Chase falls, and we have our four!!

Winners: Taiji Ishimori, Great-O-Khan, Toru Yano & Yoh (advance to New Year Dash)

Yoh is surprised, and Yano asks what is up with him having no shoes. Whoa, Taichi goes after Iizuka now for screwing up everything! Iizuka is raving mad, going after Akira Nogami! Taichi drags Iizuka away, but Iizuka has a hold of Nogami’s tie! Nogami gets stripped down just to escape! Well, Iizuka’s madness aside, our final four will battle it out tomorrow night, who will start 2024 as provisional KOPW Champion?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & Dan Moloney VS Catch 2/2!

This is one has been brewing all year. The Abunai Gaijin took these titles from the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball and have found any number of ways to keep them. But now, after taking those Super Junior Tag League trophies, Catch 2/2 is feeling like they’re back from the dead! TJP makes his entrance as the Aswang, the Filipino Vampire, will he and Francesco Akira drain the life from 100 Proof & 44 Caliber? Or will Bullet Club use the Full Clip to take them down?

The introductions are made, the newly white-strapped belts are raised, and we see who starts the New Year on top of the division!

The teams sort out and TJP finally takes off the hat to reveal the rest of that scary mask! Then he DOUBLE SHOTGUNS Clark & Dan down! The bell rings while the champs bail out, but Akira DIVES onto Connors and TJP LEAPS off the apron onto Dan! Fans fire up and TJP puts Dan in. TJP Electric Chair Lifts and Akira goes up, LEANING TOWER CUTTER!! Dan flops out of the ring, Connors returns but Catch 2/2 get him first. They double whip, and ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 already sets up in the corners! They run in, but Connors gets away! Akira runs up but Connors TOSSES him!

But TJP SOBATS Connors, whips, but Connors reverses. TJP slips out, bites the ropes, then GAMANGIRIS Connors! But Dan YANKS TJP down, sends him into railing, and coordinates with Connors! Connors aims from the apron, FULL CLIP to the floor!! Connors says this is THEIR ring! Connors then gets his dog collar! The ref reprimands but Connors rains down fists first. The ref tries to stop Connors but Connors sends TJP into railing firs.t Connors then has the dog collar, but Dan is after Akira on the other side. Connors puts the collar on TJP and uses the chain to pull TJP against railing! Fans boo as Connors CHOKES TJP!

Dan beats up Akira, even using chairs, and then drags Akira back to ringside. The ref reprimands Connors and Connors lets go, but Dan POSTS Akira! Dan puts Akira in, storms up on him, and he scowls through a bloody nose. Dan kicks and stomps Akira around, then brings him up. Dan whips, ELBOWS Akira down, and then grins as he looms over Akira. Fans rally for Catch 2/2 and Akira rises. Dan CHOPS him to the corner. Bullet Club mugs Akira, then Connors tags in. The mugging continues, and Connors reels Akira in. Akira fights but Connors still snap suplexes! Connors paces around, taunts Akira, then runs to drop the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Connors slaps Akira around. Akira stands to fire a forearm! And a CHOP! Connors shakes his head, then RAMS Akira into the corner! Tag to Dan and he CHOPS Akira. Bullet Club double whips, but Akira ducks to shove Connors into Dan! Then wheelbarrow, STOMP 182 for Connors! Fans fire up and Akira uses Connors as a step, for a DESTROYER on Dan! Akira crawls, hot tag to TJP! TJP climbs up and he CROSSBODIES Connors! TJP whips, Connors reverses but TJP blocks the kick to slip around and hit a BIG back suplex! TJP then crawls right up to Dan, and scrubs his boot into Dan’s face!

The fans fire up and TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! TJP drags Dan up, hoists him up top, and has him in a Tree of Woe! TJP climbs up, Akira runs in, SLIDING DROPKICK to WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Dan is still in this but fans rally behind Catch 2/2. TJP drags Dan to center and Akira aims from a corner. TJP goes to the other end, they aim at Dan, but Connors gets in! SPIN POWERSLAM for Akira, SPINEBUSTER and DOUBLE STOMP for TJP! Bullet Club coordinates, Dan runs up at TJP, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO- NO, Dan feeds TJP to Connors! BRAINBUSTER, then Dan gets TJP up! DRILLA KILLA!!! Cover, TWO?!?!

TJP sits up like a Deadman to grab Dan by the neck! Dan breaks free but then says BANG! Connors runs in, DOUBLE SPEAR! Then Connors BLASTS Akira off the apron! Dan covers, TWO!!! Connors is shocked but Dan slashes his throat. Connors climbs, Dan hoists TJP up. Fans rally for TJP but Akira makes the save! TJP BITES Dan’s shoulder! Akira ROCKS Connors and climbs up after him! The ref reprimands TJP, Akira has Connors for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! TJP lets Dan go, and SPITS RED MIST!! Akira DIVES onto Connors! TJP then drags Dan up, crosses the arms, and STRAITJACKET DDTS!

Fans fire up as TJP then aims from a corner. Akira is back, Dan is in their crosshairs! 2 BY 2!!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!!!

Winners: Catch 2/2, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Revenge is sweet, especially now that those nice new titles belong to the United Empire! Even Akira is a bit wary of Aswang TJP, but they still shake hands and salute. Will this new chapter for Catch 2/2 be the strongest one yet?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. w/ TMDK VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!

TMDK’s Front Man has made it a full YEAR with this title, having won it at the end of the tournament, right here in the Tokyo Dome. But will The ZSJ Show be renewed for a second season? Or will one of his greatest rivals soon take over as the star of NJPW World?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this might be the most intense 15 minutes ever!

IWGP Women’s Champion, Mayu Iwatani, joins commentary for this one. Fans cheer Tanahashi’s abs as he takes off the jacket. The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans are already fired up and dueling as the two circle. The two feel things out, knuckle lock, and ZSJ rolls back to wrench the hands. ZSJ turns Tanahashi around, wraps him up in a straitjacket, but Tanahashi endures. Tanahashi turns things around onto ZSJ, but ZSJ bridges to slip under and away! Fans cheer that and the two reset. ZSJ and Tanahashi feel things out again, knuckle lock, and Tanahashi wrenches an arm to a wristlock.

ZSJ works on the escape, rolls, bridges and then uses a leg to hook free. ZSJ wrenches and wristlocks, then hammerlocks. Fans cheer the exchange, and ZSJ taunts Tanahashi. Tanahashi doesn’t fall for the bait, he just reaches back, facelocks, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, but ZSJ scoops him! Tanahashi fights free, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up and Tanahashi covers, TWO! Tanahashi keeps moving, knowing time is of the essence! Tanahashi is up top, ZSJ stands, HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he goes right back up!

TMDK panics as ZSJ is down. HIGH FLY FLOW onto knees! ZSJ gets a body scissor, turn over, JAPANESE LEG BRIDGE! TWO!! Everyone is shocked and ZSJ argues with the ref! ZSJ hobbles a bit but he aims from a corner. ZSJ eggs Tanahashi on, then runs in, PENALTY- NO, Tanahashi blocks the kick! Tanahashi stands, to DRAGON SCREW! ZSJ writhes but Tanahashi grabs the legs and ties them up! Tanahashi fights to turn ZSJ over but ZSJ grabs at Tanahashi’s hands! ZSJ opens the grip and gets Tanahashi in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Tanahashi fights up to his feet, tries to stack but ZSJ keeps his arms up!

Tanahashi fights, powers his way through, and has the BOSTON CRAB, then ties up the legs, to the TEXAS CLOVERHOLD! ZSJ endures now and the fans fire up! ZSJ rolls through, trips Tanahashi to get the ARMBAR! Fans fire up more as now Tanahashi endures. ZSJ shifts sides, then rolls to the TRIANGLE HOLD, then the omoplata! ZSJ gets the leg, he’s going for CLARKY CAT! Tanahashi endures, ZSJ shifts to the DISARMER! Tanahashi scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go but the fans are thunderous for this master class of technical wrestling! Tanahashi goes to ropes while ZSJ eggs him on.

Tanahashi sits up, ZSJ KCIKS him! ZSJ runs, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Tanahashi fires up, but ZSJ catches him for a COBRA TWIST! But Tanahashi switches it onto ZSJ! ZSJ fights the hold, so Tanahashi makes it a GROUND COBRA! TWO, and ZSJ has the ARMBAR! Tanahashi fights up fast and clasps hands! ZSJ breaks the grip but Tanahashi rolls him up, TWO!! ZSJ escapes and fans fire up again! Both men stand, egg each other on, and they step up. ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Tanahashi shakes his head so ZSJ UPPERCUTS again! And again! Tanahashi wobbles but he comes back to fire a strike fest!

ZSJ shakes his head, and comes back to UPPERCUT! ZSJ eggs Tanahashi on, and gets a SHOTEI! Tanahashi full nelsons but ZSJ drops down to victory roll! And then he hooks the legs, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes just in time and the fans fire up again! Both men stand, ZSJ runs up but Tanahashi gets around! O’Conner Roll and BRIDGE! TWO!! ZSJ has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Tanahashi powers through to roll back and cover, TWO!! ZSJ still has the SLEEPER! Tanahashi fights up, ZSJ hooks him up in the IRON OCTOPUS! Tanahashi endures and the fans rally! Tanahashi powers his way out to get the DRAGON-

NO, ZSJ steps through to then get the NECK TWIST!! ZSJ then has Tanahashi for another NECK TWIST!! ZSJ goes to a corner and takes aim. PENALTY KICK!! Back of the net but ZSJ says that’s not enough yet. ZSJ drags Tanahashi up, reels him in, scoop and ZACK DRIVE- VICTORY ROLL!? TWO!! ZSJ sits on it, TWO!! Tanahashi has it again, TWO! ZSJ has it again, ONE!! Tanahashi has it, ONE!! ZSJ has it back, ONE!! Tanahashi has it again, crossed leg! TANAHASHI WINS?!?!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

In just under TEN MINUTES, The Ace of the Universe pulls of what no one could for an entire year!! Season two of this title now belongs to Hiroshi Tanahashi!! But in the greatest showing of respect, ZSJ personally hands the title over to Tanahashi and bows! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but how will they move on from this shocking plot twist?

As for Tanahashi, he proves he can still hang with this generation, and gets the mic to say a few words. He says it’s been awhile, but he is a singles champion again. He wishes everyone a Happy New Year! And he knows that we’ve all heard the news, but yes, he IS President of NJPW now. He hopes that everyone offers the same support to both him but all of NJPW going forward in 2024. Will the Ace bring new fortune to all of NJPW from here on out?

 

Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The newest member of Los Ingobernables de Japon faces the newest member of the still Just5Guys, hoping to prove their side the stronger faction in NJPW today. Then will Gene Blast or Heat Storm hit a homerun for their team before the team captains face off in tonight’s main event?

The bell rings and the two young studs step to each other. The fans rally and duel, and Yota just grins at Yuya. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya wrenches to a wristlock but Yota slips around to full nelson. Yuya fights that, but Yota snapmares him to a chinlock. Yuya slips right out to wristlock. Yota fights up, rolls, wrenches, and wrenches, and facelocks. Yuya spins free but Yota headlocks him back. Yuya powers up but Yota powers him back down. The fans rally up, Yuya lifts Yota but Yota thrashes the hold. Yuya powers up and out, things speed up, and Yota SPEARS Yuya mid-hurdle!

Fans fire up and Yuya bails out. Yota takes aim, builds speed, and the fans fire up as Yota DIVES! Direct hit into railing! Yota fires up and the fans are with him! Yota then fetches Yuya to the ring, and smiles again as he steps back inside. Yota drags Yuya up, wrenches and Inverted Gory Especials! Yuya sits up so it’s an Electric Chair, but Yota uses that to Electric Chair SLAM him down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer while Yuya rolls away to ropes. Yota stays cool and he storms up on Yuya. Yota drags Yuya up but Yuya is dead weight. Yota stomps Yuya, stands on him, then scuffs him. Fans rally and Yuya sits up.

Yota brings Yuya in but Yua wrenches out to hit a FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Yota stacks to a cover, TWO, and the ARMBAR is back! Yota gets the ROPEBREAK and Yuya lets go fast. Yota stomps away on Yuya for that! Yota shakes out the arm, then waits on Yuya to stand. Yuya CHOPS! Yota shrugs that off, so Yuya CHOPS again! Yota CHOPS and fans fire up! Yota runs, to run Yuya over! Cover, TWO! Yuya is hanging in there but the fans rally behind Yota. Yota drags Yuya up, whips him to ropes, and arm-drags! Then he BOOTS Yuya in the back of the head! Yuya flounders but Yota stands on him.

Yota eggs Yuya on, the fans rally up, but Yuya pushes Yota’s leg away. Yota eggs Yuya on more, and Yuya stands to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! But Yota knees low! Yota whips, Yuya reverses and hip tosses! Then arm-drags! And DROPKICKS! Fans fire up while both Yuya and Yota are down! Yuya and Yota go to corners, and Yuya fires up. Yuya runs corner to corner, to DOUBLE CHOP! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Yuya fires up more and he hauls Yota up. Yuya wrenches, reels Yota in, but Yota fights the lift! Yuya keeps trying but Yota throws elbows. Yota scoops but Yuya slips free. Yota elbows, runs, but Yuya reels him in for a BIG back suplex!

Fans fire up again and Yuya hurries to a corner. Yuya climbs, Yota rises, and Yota gets under the leap! Yuya comes back, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again. The fans rally as both men stir and go back to corners. Yota runs in now, and he SPLASHES! Then Yota hoists Yuya to the top rope, and CHOPS! Yota climbs up, brings Yuya up to join him, but Yuya shoves Yota! Yota backflips through, Yuya leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex, FACLON BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yuya survives but Yota powers up again. Yota aims from a corner and Yuya rises.

Yota runs in, to GENE- ARM-DRAG! And then ghost pin, but Yota smothers it to his own cover! TWO!! Yuya is up, swings, but into the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP!! Yota roars, runs, but Yuya avoids the Curb Stomp! SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! But Yota’s right up!! Only for Yuya to get him for an URENAGE! Yuya shakes his head, he’s not done yet! Yuya drags Yota up, full nelsons, and DRAGON SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yota survives but Yuya is red hot! Yuya hauls Yota up, wrenches, clinches, swings and KAMUKI SUPLEX! BRIDING COVER, YUYA WINS!!!

Winner: Yuya Uemura, by pinfall

The Heat Storm was too hot for The Gene Blast, and Just5Guys scores a huge win! Will this be a foreshadowing of tonight’s main event? Or will tonight still have a tranquilo ending?

 

Shota Umino & Kaito Kiyomiya w/ Ryohei Oiwa VS Ren Narita & EVIL w/ The House of Torture!

The Roughneck thought he and his rival had an understanding through combat, but it turns out the Son of Strong Style is an SOB instead! Will Narita and the King of Darkness stack the deck and steal the win? Or will the unlikely duo of #SHOOTER and Galaxy View bring down the House?

Instead of coming through the crowd, Shota makes an entrance from the parking lot on his bright orange motorcycle! But of course, the entire House of Torture is going to be out here for this match. Sho is showing off a Pro-Wrestling Noah shirt, that Evil CUTS with scissors! As if Kaito didn’t already hate all their guts. And no more waiting, Shota and Kaito rush the House at the apron! Kaito gets Evil in the ring while Shota CLUBS Narita and Sho, then sends Narita into railing! Kaito dodges Evil to DROPKICK him down! Fans fire up, Kaito fires forearms, and he climbs up in a corner to rain down fists!

The fans fire up, the ref rings the bell to get this on record, but Evil drags the ref down! Sho rushes in but Kaito blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Yujiro gets in, he kicks, but Kaito blocks and DRAGON SCREWS! And then DRAGON SCREW for Kanemaru! Dick stays safe on commentary while Kaito dropkicks Evil’s leg, and hits a DRAGON SCREW! Then he steps through to FIGURE FOUR! Shota catches Narita, drags him down and has an STF! Someone rings the bell?! Shota & Kaito let off, each thinking the other got the win. But no, it was just Kanemaru tricking them both!

Shota & Kaito are furious, but then Evil shoves them both into the ref! The House then rushes in, Yujiro BLASTS Oiwa and the others stomp away on Shota and Kaito. Shota falls out of the ring, Narita CLAWS Shota’s eyes! Kaito is sent into a corner, Sho runs up to forearm smash! Yujiro BOOTS, Kanemaru elbows, and Evil clotheslines! They then set Kaito up and Dick leaves commentary to climb! Fans boo the New Year’s DICK CHOP! Evil calls to the ref, covers, TWO!! Kaito is still in this and the fans fire up! Evil tags Narita and they stomp away on Kaito together. Fans boo but Narita drags Kaito up to kick low.

Narita wants the facebuster but Kaito shoves Narita back to JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up, Kaito crawls, hot tag to Shota! Shota runs up to rally on Narita! And he catches Evil to scoop and SLAM! Shota BLASTS Yujiro off the apron, then stalks Narita. SLINGSHOT APRON DDT!! The fans are thunderous, but Kanemaru & Sho attack while the ref is busy with Narita! They double whip Shota into railing, but he comes back to DOUBLE SHOTGUN! The fans are thunderous again and Shota storms back to Narita. Shota puts Narita in, climbs a corner, and he MISSILE DROPKICKS Narita down!

Shota hauls Narita up, SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO! Narita is still in this but Shota calls to Kaito. Kaito storms in and they both get Narita to his feet. Shota & Kaito double whip corner to corner, then Shota sends Kaito in. Kaito foreamr smashes! Shota runs up to UPPERCUT! Feed to Kaito’s forearm! They pinball Narita and then ROLLING ELBOW to ROLLING ELBOW! Then they JUMP KNEE ENZIGURI COMBO! Evil BLASTS Kaito and CHOKES Shota with a shirt! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Kaito CLUBS Evil! Kaito steals EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! The fans fire up again, but Sho gets on the apron. Kaito SHINING WIZARDS Sho down!

Kaito then runs up, but into EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! The King of Darkness strikes back, and Narita staggers his way over to his rival. Narita grins as he wraps on the SLEEPER! Narita then spins Shota around, kicks low, and FACE- NO, Shota blocks, kicks, underhooks, but Narita slips free! SLEEPER! But Shota wrenches out, clinches, but Narita slips around again! Shota switches one more time, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Narita staggers around, into a HALF ‘N’ HALF BRIDGE! Cover, TWO!! Shota fires up and the fans are with him! Shota aims from a corner, but Yujiro distracts the ref! Kanemaru slides the push-up bar to Narita!

Shota runs in, Narita dodges Blaze Blade to CLOBBER him with the push-up bar!! Fans boo as there are even chrome panels on it now! Narita reels Shota in, DOUBLECROSS FACEBUSTER!! Cover, The House wins!!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall

Narita grins as he and his new friends once again cheat Shota out of his revenge! Will nothing stop the House from making 2024 the absolute worst?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS Tama Tonga!

The Rampaging Dragon managed to get this title back after defeating The Good Bad Guy in Las Vegas, but then Tama came knocking the moment Takagi beat Trent Beretta in Texas. Is Tama feeling luckier here in the Tokyo Dome? Or will nothing stop Takagi now that it’s the Year of the Dragon?

Tama shows he’s serious already by taking off the vest! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who NEVER gives in!

The bell rings and the two RAM shoulders! Then they fire forearms back and forth! The fans fire up, Takagi shifts to JAB, JAB and CHOP! Takagi whips, Tama ducks ‘n’ dodges then RAMS Takagi! Takagi rebounds to RAM back! They RAM again, and Takagi flexes! Tama kicks low, runs, but Takagi clotheslines! Takagi runs, but into a DROPKICK! The fans fire up and Tama storms up on Takagi in a corner. Tama fires haymakers, whips corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline. Tama clinches, but Takagi fights the exploder with elbows. Tama UPPERCUTS, whips, but Takagi reverses to SAIDO! But Tama is right up!? And clinches to EXPLODER!

Takagi stands, they DOUBLE LARIAT! Neither man falls, Tama takes a swing but Takagi swats the haymaker! Takagi runs, only for Tama to catch him into an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Tama drags Takagi up. Tama HEADBUTTS Takagi to the corner, then goes corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Tama keeps moving, but Takaig ELBOWS! JABS! And YUKON LARIATS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Takagi hears the fans rallying and he headbutts the buckles! Takagi then runs up to run Tama over! Then he scoops, SLAMS and SENTON FLOPS as Tama moves! Tama runs, but Takagi puts him on the apron.

Tama ROCKS Takagi, slingshots, but Takagi BLASTS him down! Then Takagi FLIES?! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans are thunderous! Takagi says he’ll fly like a dragon but to think he’d actually do it! Takagi and Tama stir at ringside, and Takagi rises up. The fans rally as Takagi brings Tama up and into the ring. Takagi then drags Tama up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Takagi looks around, finds the right camera, and says “MY TIME’S COMING! TOKI GA KITA!!” Fans fire up for both the English and Japanese version! Takagi runs up to clothesline in the corner! Fans fire up more as Takagi hoists Tama up top.

Takagi climbs up but Tama fires forearms in return! Tama headbutts Takagi down, BOOTS him away, and FLYING NECKBREAKERS! The fans fire up and Tama rises again. Tama brings Takagi up to throw forearms but Takagi gives them back. Tama gets the edge, ROCKS Takagi, but Takagi runs up! But into a fireman’s carry! S R C! Then Tama to the apron, and fans fire up as he goes up! But Takagi is there to anchor his feet! Tama throws hands, but Takagi ROCKS him! And RIDGEHAND CHOPS! Takagi climbs up, brings Tama to the very top, and fans fire up for the SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Takagi sits Tama up then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Takagi then fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and the fans join in! Takagi brings Tama up, but Tama fights the pump handle! Tama throws elbows to get free, but Takagi pops him up! But Tama slips free to TONGAN TWIST! Tama hurries to a corner and to the top rope! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and the fans fire up again. Tama pounds the mat and the fans join in. Takagi rises, Tama runs up, but Takagi stops the Gun Stun! Tama avoids Pumping Bomber, but Takagi catches him into a Gory Especial! But Tama slips off the back! But then Takagi catches the superman punch!

Takagi flips Tama around, reels him in, and hoists him up, to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Tama survives and the fans fire up again! Takagi grits his teeth, has a wild look in his eyes, and he shouts as he brings Tama back up. Takagi runs to SLIDING FOREARM!! Takagi then runs as Tama rises, PUMPING BOMBER!! Tama gets turned inside out! Takagi starts up the “OI! OI! OI!” again because he’s not done yet! Takagi hauls Tama up, pump handles, and MADE IN- GUN STUN!?!? Fans are thunderous while both men are down again! Tama rises first and the fans rally as he brings Takagi around.

Tama facelocks but Takagi fights the suplex. The fans rally and duel, Takagi wrenches out, Tama breaks free but Takagi JABS! Takagi runs, but Tama spins him around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, ONE?!?!? WHAT?!? Tama doesn’t stop, though, he runs to LARIAT! Tama vows to finish this now, and he brings Takagi up and in. Underhooks, but Takagi fights the lift! Takagi powers up to trip and jackknife bridge! TWO!! Tama escapes, but Takagi ELBOWS! Tama HEADBUTTS! Takagi HEADBUTTS! Tama ENZIGURIS! Tama roars, tries again, DIVE SHACK- RANA!? Takagi stops the driver but Tama SUPERMAN PUNCHES!

Takagi staggers around, Tama aims, and Takagi steals GUN STUN!?!? And then PUMPING BOMBER!!! And then Takagi hoists Tama up, MADE IN JAPAN!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Tama survives but how?!? The fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Takagi grits his teeth and roars! Takagi rises up and brings Tama around. “OI! OI! OI!” echoes out as Takagi pump handles again. But Tama fights the lift! Takagi fires boxing elbows, then LARIATS! Tama stays up so Tama LARIATS again! Tama drops to his knees but Takagi won’t let him down! Pump handle, torture rack, but Tama sunset flips! And deadlifts into the STYLES CLASH!!!

The fans are thunderous again and Tama reloads, GUN STUN!!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Takagi must be a dragon because he ain’t human! Tama calls for the end and he reels Takagi back in! DIVE SHACK DRIVER!!!! Cover, TAMA WINS!!!

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

Once more, The Good Bad Guy gets this title back! He is now a FOUR-TIME NEVER Openweight Champion, but how long will this one last?

 

Wait, is that Nick & Ryan Nemeth?

They’re being accompanied to their ringside seats by staff! What business do the Showoff and the Hollywood Hunk have in NJPW?

 

IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All: Bishamon VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!

These two teams faced off twice in the 2023 World Tag League. First, The Headbanga & Young Guerrilla won on opening night. Then, Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi defied the odds and won the tournament finals for a third year in a row. History is about to be made once again, who stands tall as THE BEST team in NJPW today?

The introductions are made, all the belts are raised, and we see who brings them all home for the New Year!

The teams fist bump to show there is respect, and the fans applaud. The teams then sort out, and ELP starts against Hashi. ELP hears the fans rallying for him, and he circles with Hashi. They tie up, are in a deadlock, then break. They start throwing forearms back and forth, then Hashi body shots and CHOPS! Fans cheer, Hashi whips, but ELP reverses. Things speed up as ELP drops then DROPKICKS! ELP then handsprings up, and spins to CHOP Hashi! Goto tags in and Bishamon runs ELP over! Then they combine for ZANMAI! Leo runs in but into kicks! Bishamon reels Leo in but Leo DOUBLE SUPLEXES Bishamon!

Fans fire up as the shirt comes off! Leo drags Hashi up to whip him to a corner. Leo sends ELP in and he back elbows Hashi! ELP feeds Hashi to Leo’s scoop, and ELP goes up! SIDEWALK SLAM to ELBOW DROP! Goto fires off forearms on ELP & Leo, runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo hits a DDT! Fans fire up, and ELP high-fives Leo. Leo & ELP then aim at Goto from opposite corners. ELP tunes up but Hashi anchors his foot! Goto sends Leo into ELP, then MURAMASAS Leo down! Then SAIDO for ELP! Fans fire up while Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi. Hashi runs up to CHOP ELP in a corner.

Hashi whips to CHOP ELP again, then he mule kicks. Hashi turns ELP around, but ELP fights free and shoves Hashi away. ELP runs up but Hashi BOOTS him! Hashi BLASTS Leo, Goto has ELP, and Hashi runs in, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, but Leo breaks it! Goto stomps Leo, brings him up, but Leo fights the suplex. Leo suplexes but Hashi saves Goto. Hashi joins in now, Bishamon DOUBLE SUPLEXES Leo after all! The fans fire up with Hashi, and Goto runs in at ELP. Goto clotheslines, then Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi brings ELP up and Goto climbs. The fans fire up, but ELP fights free to send Hashi into Goto!

ELP then uses Hashi as a step to get up top! SUPER STEINER sends Goto into Hashi! Fans fire up and ELP crawls his way over to the Guerrilla corner. Hot tag to Leo! Leo storms up to UPPERCUT Goto, but Hashi dodges the boot. Hashi ducks ‘n ‘dodges but still gets run over! Leo scoops Goto, to SNAKE EYES! Leo keeps moving and he runs Goto over! The fans fire up as Leo choke grips Hashi, then he grabs Goto. But Bishamon fights free, kicks low and double whips. Leo blasts through the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans fire up and Leo tags ELP back in. ELP & Leo coordinate again, and they tune up the band.

Hashi stands, ELP SUDDEN- NO, Hashi blocks that and CHOPS! Leo choke grips! But Hashi sends Leo into the SUDDEN DEATH! And then DRAGON SUPLEX on ELP! Hashi hurries and hot tags Goto! Goto calls to Hashi as he drags ELP up. Dragon sleeper, but ELP spins that around! Goto fights the suplex, and he hoists ELP up! Hashi has ELP’s legs, for G Y R!! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up again. Bishamon coordinates and they drag ELP back up. Hashi calls for lights out, and they have the dragon sleeper and legs. But ELP BOOTS Hashi away, goes up and over Goto, but Goto switches. ELP ends up in the HIDDEN GAP!

Goto fireman’s carries ELP, Hashi aims, FIERCE FLASH into SHOUTO!! Cover, LEO BREAKS IT!! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Jado coaches his team and the fans rally up again. Leo drags Hashi up, reels him in for the choke grip, then he adds Goto! But Bishamon breaks free again! They dodge the double lariat to DOUBLE LARIAT Leo up and out! Fans fire up with Bishamon and Hashi brings ELP around. Full nelson and lift, NARA- RANA!! ELP sends Goto into Hashi, crawls for his corner, hot tag to Leo again! Leo runs up to clothesline Hashi up and out! Goto CHOPS but Leo just scowls.

Leo choke grips, then CHOPS Goto! Leo calls to ELP, and ELP DIVES to take out Hashi! ELP then goes to the apron, but Goto sends Leo into him! Goto fireman’s carries Leo, for USHIGOROSHI! And then GOTO ISHIKI! TWO!! Leo escapes the cradle but Goto brings him back around. Goto dragon sleepers, but Leo powers through! Leo and Goto fight for suplex control, but then Goto slips free! HIDDEN GAP, ELP EDITION! ELP then ARIHARA MOONSAULTS Hashi down!! Leo hauls Goto up, to GODSEND!!! And then he gives ELP the boost, SUPER THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Goto survives and shocks everyone!

ELP pounds the mat, the fans rally up with him, and the Guerrillas coordinate again. ELP reels Goto in while Leo climbs! C R THREE!!!! And then ELP gives Leo the boost?!? NOT! LEO SPLASH!!! Cover, THE GUERILLAS WIN!!!

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

History has TRULY been made! Yes, ELP & Leo hold all these belts together, but this also makes them the ONE HUNDRETH IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions!! And even better, they show respect to Bishamon by helping them to their feet. Bishamon shows respect in return, is this the torch being passed? How much bigger will get after this incredible moment?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi VS El Desperado!

The Ticking Timebomb may not be pulling off his dream of 10 YEARS as the Best of the Super Juniors, given he lost out on the 2023 tournament, but Hiromu still has the title. Will even that change after one more round with his greatest rival? Or will he find a way to make it past the Rogue Luchador in 2024?

The moment Hiromu is ringside, Desperado DIVES out onto him! Direct hit into railing and the fans are thunderous! The bell rings and Desperado drags Hiromu up out of his wild looking jacket. Desperado puts Hiromu in the ring and the fans fire up. Desperado drags Hiromu up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!! Hiromu isn’t going down that easy but Desperado keeps on him. Desperado CLUBS Hiromu on the neck, taunts him, but Hiromu taunts Desperado back. Desperado CLUBS Hiromu again, then CHOPS him! Hiromu goes to a corner, Desperado storms up and whips corner to corner.

Desperado runs in to clothesline, then he fireman’s carries. WASTELAND SLAM, then Desperado hurries up the corner. Desperado jumps but has to bail out as Hiromu moves. Desperado returns, Hiromu dodges to SPLASH in the corner! Hiromu then snapmares, runs and basement dropkicks! Desperado bails out, Hiromu goes to the apron and he FLYING SHOTGUNS Desperado into railing! Desperado hits so hard, he tumbles over the railing! Hiromu goes out to fetch Desperado, then whips him into more railing! Desperado tumbles up and over again, clipping the timekeeper’s table! Hiromu storms out to fetch Desperado again.

The ref wants this back in the ring so Hiromu says okay. Hiromu puts Desperado in and he drags Desperado up. FALCON ARROW, then cover, ONE!! Desperado is also not that easy, but Hiromu grins. Hiromu drags Desperado up, fireman’s carries, and CORNER DEATH VALLEYS! The fans rally up as Hiromu drags Desperado back up, fireman’s carries again, but Desperado slips free. Desperado shoves, but Hiromu fights the spinebuster. Hiromu kicks low, whips, but Desperado reverses to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO, but into the STRETCH MUFFLER! Hiromu flails, reaches out, but Desperado drags him so far away from ropes!

Hiromu scrambles around, goes to the side, and has the ROPEBREAK after all! Desperado lets go in frustration while the fans cheer. Hiromu clutches his leg while Desperado catches his breath. Desperado rises, he stomps Hiromu’s leg, but Hiromu eggs him on. Desperado kneels on the leg, Hiromu pulls at the mask, but the ref reprimands. Hiromu lets go to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Desperado SPLASHES the bad leg! Desperado eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu CHOPS again! And CHOPS! Desperado kicks the leg out, gut wrench, but Hiromu slips free. But the bad leg buckles! Hiromu still tries, but Desperado blocks the superkick!

Desperado spins Hiromu around, grabs the leg again, SHIN BREAKER! And then GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down. Desperado coughs and sputters but he catches his breath again. Desperado storms up but Hiromu kicks and kicks. Desperado stomps Hiromu, drags him up and reels him in to underhook. But Hiromu fights Pinche Loco! Hiromu lifts Desperado up to back drop him away! But Desperado is right up and aiming from a corner! Hiromu stands, but he avoids the dropkick! Desperado comes back but Hiromu spins him. Desperado fights the suplex, wrenches out, but Hiromu victory rolls for the COMPLETE SHOT!

Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Hiromu shakes out the bad leg and he rises to his feet. Hiromu hobbles over and he brings Desperado up. Hiromu goes to fireman’s carry but Desperado fights it. Hiromu powers through, Desperado slips free but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Desperado runs back in but Hiromu sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! Desperado sits up in a daze and Hiromu roars! Hiromu hurries to fireman’s carry again, swing and- NO, Desperado sunset flips, to get the STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado thrashes the leg, has the arm for NUMERO DOS, and he rolls Hiromu away from ropes!

Hiromu endures as Desperado thrashes leg and arm around! Hiromu powers up to sit up, and he reels Desperado in for a DESTROYER! Desperado staggers around, into HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Fans fire up with Hiromu and he drags Desperado back up. Desperado is dead weight but he still throws some hands. Hiromu fireman’s carries, swings and TIMEBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and the fans fire up again! Hiromu slaps his bad leg into working, then he hobbles after Desperado. Hiromu dragon sleepers but Desperado throws hands! Hiromu CLUBS Desperado, inverted suplexes and tucks, but Desperado kicks and flails!

Hiromu ends up in a corner, and Desperado gets to the top rope that way. But Hiromu SUPERKICKS first! Hiromu hurries up after Desperado, to jump and- NO, Desperado stops the Super Victory Roll, to hit a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Desperado snarls as he watches Hiromu rise. They shout at each other, then crawl over to each other. Desperado pulls Hiromu’s hair but Hiromu pulls Desperado’s mask. Hiromu then shoves Desperado, but Desperado ducks the superkick! Desperado ROCKS Hiromu, ROCKS him again, and ROCKS him again! And again! And again! And AGAIN!!

Hiromu wobbles but Desperado DECKS him!! The fans are thunderous as Desperado roars, and he LOCO MO- NO! Hiromu ducks to SUPERKICK! And then SUPERKICKS again! Hiromu runs, to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu roars and the fans are thunderous! Hiromu reels Desperado in to the dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, but Desperado slips free! OLYMPIC SLAM! And then Desperado underhooks, PINCHE LOCO!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Hiromu survives and Desperado is stunned! The fans are electric as Desperado pounds the mat and roars! Desperado drags Hiromu up and underhooks again.

PINCHE- NO, Hiromu fights it, wrenches, HIROMU-CHAN ROLL! TWO!!! Desperado ROCKS Hiromu again, then underhooks, for a JAY DRILLER!!! And then roll through to the PINCHE LOCO!!!! Cover, DESPERADO WINS!!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Desperado was wearing red for the occasion, and now he will get to wear gold once again! He defeats Hiromu on NJPW’s biggest stage, does this make Desperado the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Will Ospreay VS Jon Moxley VS David Finlay w/ Gedo!

What was the United States Heavyweight Championship became the United Kingdom Heavyweight Championship under the Aerial Assassin’s reign. But just as The Maniac made his return to NJPW aiming for the gold, The Rebel stormed in and took the fight to them both! Finlay says he is a man without a country, so will he be the first to hold a title that represents all countries? Or will he see that NJPW doesn’t need the Rebel?

Finlay has a bigger jacket than usual, Moxley mixes Nightwing with Red Hood while Ospreay has a Jack the Ripper meets Assassin’s Creed style going. The introductions are made, the brand new belt is presented, and we see who gets to be the very first!

The bell rings and Finlay asks how the others are gonna play this. Ospreay & Moxley go after Finlay together, that’s how! They mug Finlay, but then Ospreay pushes Moxley aside so he can stomp and punch away. Moxley moves Ospreay aside so he can stand on Finlay’s face! Ospreay then CHOPS Finlay, and then Moxley CHOPS Finlay! Ospreay CHOPS Finlay, and Moxley CHOPS Finlay! They’re trying to outdo each other as they CHOP Finlay again and again! Fans cheer, but then Finlay rushes up on Ospreay. Moxley stops that to CHOP Finlay down. Moxley claws Finlay’s face, the ref counts and Moxley lets off.

Moxley & Ospreay double whip but Finlay bails out. Fans boo, but Ospreay goes out to BOOT Finlay down! The fans cheer, and Moxley adds on by sitting Finlay right on the railing! Moxley then goes to No Man’s Land to CLOBBER Finlay off the railing! Ospreay is there to drag Finlay up and throw forearms. They end up by commentary, go around the back, and Ospreay throws more forearms. They end up among the fans, Ospreay throws more forearms, but Moxley returns. Finlay fights back but Moxley kicks him low. Ospreay CHOPS Finlay down! Finlay sputters, but Ospreay & Moxley haul him up, to whip him into railing!

Finlay falls over, but Ospreay hauls him up, for a RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Finlay writhes, the ref wants this back in the ring, but Moxley and Ospreay drag Finlay up again. Moxley ROCKS Finlay, whips him, but Finlay reverses and sends Moxley into a power generator! Finlay then FLAPJACKS Ospreay off railing! Ospreay sputters, Moxley stands up, but Finlay CLUBS Moxley back to ringside. Moxley kicks back, and he snap suplexes Finlay to the floor! Finlay writhes, and Moxley gets a TABLE! The fans fire up for that but Gedo freaks out! Moxley dares Finlay to get up while he finishes setting the table.

Ospreay brings Finlay over, he and Moxley haul him up to DOUBLE POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans fire up as Moxley and Ospreay loom over Finlay. Finlay sputters in the wreckage, Ospreay and Moxley take this into the ring. Fans fire up for the 1v1 and the two fire forearms! They go back and forth, Ospreay runs and BOOTS! Then SNAP SAIDOS! But Moxley’s right up to SNAP SAIDO in return! Ospreay is up, both men LARIAT! Ospreay CHOPS, whips, but Moxley reverses. Ospreay handsprings but Moxley catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley sits Ospreay up to run and PENALTY KICK!

Moxley puts Ospreay in a corner, climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans rally as Moxley goes to TEN! Then he whips corner to corner, runs in, but Ospreay BOOTS! Ospreay goes up but Moxley ROCKS him! Moxley climbs up to CLAW Ospreay’s back! The ref reprimands, but Ospreay slips under, tucks Moxley in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Moxley staggers off the corner, Ospreay springboards, but Moxley catches him! SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Moxley runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! But Moxley turns it around?! ARMBAR!! Ospreay fights around, clasps hands, but Moxley pries at the grip! But Ospreay shifts, only to end up in a TRIANGLE HOLD!

Ospreay endures, deadlifts and BUCKLE BOMBS Moxley! But Moxley’s right up!? KING KONG LARIAT!! The fans are thunderous again while Ospreay crawls to the apron. Moxley goes out after him, and we’re near the table wreckage. Moxley hauls Ospreay up but Ospreay fights the lift. Ospreay kicks low, reels Moxley in, but Moxley fights the lift. Moxley back drops Ospreay to the apron! Finlay is back up to POST Moxley! Fans boo but Finlay goes after Ospreay and puts him on the apron. Finlay hauls Ospreay up, Canadian Rack, but Ospreay slips free to SILENT WHISPER HOOK KICK!

But Gedo slips Finlay his shillelagh! Ospreay goes up the corner, but Finlay catches the Oscutter for a SHILLELAGH NECKBREAKER to the apron!! Ospreay falls to the floor and fans boo again. But Finlay leaves Ospreay behind to go after Moxley, who is busted open! But Moxley still hits a CUTTER!! Moxley staggers around, finds Finlay again, but Finlay sends him into buckles! Finlay stomps away, rains down fists, and he BITES Moxley’s bloody forehead! The ref reprimands, Finlay lets off to spit out Moxley’s blood, then he fires hands on Moxley’s bloody face. Finlay has Moxley on ropes, digs his forearm into the wound, and fires crossface forearms!

The ref counts, Finlay lets off, and Moxley sputters. Finlay hauls Moxley up to suplex, but Moxley turns that around to X-PLEX! Ospreay is back to BOOT Moxley! Moxley ROCKS Ospreay! Moxley runs, into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGURI! Finlay returns, Ospreay dodges, to HANDSPRING PELE both Finlay and Moxley! The fans fire up with Ospreay as he has targets in the corners. ELBOW for Finlay, but Moxley dodges. Ospreay BOOTS Moxley, goes up and steps off him to FLYING ELBOW Finlay! Ospreay chops and whips Moxley but Moxley ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Finlay at the ramp!

The fans fire up but Ospreay won’t be outdone in aerial combat! Ospreay goes up the corner to ARIHARA MOONSAULT both Moxley and Finlay! The fans are thunderous, Finlay checks his nose and there is some blood. Ospreay fires up, he puts Moxley in, and the fans join him in “OI! OI! OI!” Ospreay PIP PIP- FOREARM from Moxley!! Moxley flips off the Ospreay fans to get Ospreay up. DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO!!! But Moxley has the BULLY CHOKE!! Ospreay endures as Moxley pulls way back on the hold! Ospreay fights around, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! And back to the BULLY CHOKE!

Ospreay fights up, so Moxley BITES Ospreay’s forehead! But Ospreay kicks, underhooks, but Moxley back drops free! Ospreay sunset flips but Moxley stays up! Finlay returns but Moxley kicks him low and reels him in, PILEDRIVER onto Ospreay! Fans fire up as Moxley uses one enemy against the other! Cover on Ospreay, TWO!! All three men are down and the fans fire up again. Moxley bails out, goes looking under the ring, and he brings out chair after chair after chair! Moxley throws those into the ring, not caring who gets hit! Ospreay gets hit! Moxley has about five chairs now, and he CHUCKS one at Finlay!

Finlay flounders, Moxley grins as he sets up the chairs face to face. But then he decides, back to back! Moxley hauls Finlay up, Gedo freaks out, but Finlay CLAWS the bloody forehead! Finlay then reels Moxley in, URENAGE on the chairs!! Moxley writhes, Finlay brings Ospreay around and Canadian Racks. DOMINATOR onto Moxley! Cover on Moxley, TWO!! The fans fire up while Finlay is frustrated. Finlay grabs a chair to SMACK Ospreay down with it! The fans boo more but Finlay taunts Ospreay. Ospreay fires a forearm! And another! And another! Finlay UPPERCUTS but Ospreay SUPER- NO, Finlay blocks to ROLLING ELBOW!

Finlay suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims, but Finlay reels him in, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! REGAL KNEE from Moxley!! Moxley runs, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay lifts Moxley up but Moxley slips free of the bomb to PARADIGM SHIFT!! Ospreay springs up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Finlay TOSSES Ospreay, covers Moxley, TWO!!! Finlay tried to be opportunistic but it wasn’t enough. Finlay kicks Ospreay aside, then he hauls Moxley up. INTO OBLIVION! HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Finlay is still on the cover!!! TWO!!!! Moxley has the cover now, but Ospreay breaks it!!

All three men are down and the fans fire up again. Moxley seethes while Finlay flounders to a corner. Ospreay and Moxley go forehead to forehead, then forearm for forearm! Fans rally as they keep going back and forth, even as they stand back up. Moxley keeps one eye on Finlay, because Finlay comes in to throw forearms on him and Ospreay! Neither of them back down, though! Finlay finds himself stuck in the middle quite literally, so he SPITS at Ospreay and flips them both off. But they pinball Finlay with forearm after forearm! Ospreay fires a flurry, Moxley PALM STRIKES Finlay, then Ospreay SILENT WHISPERS!

Finlay drops to his knees, then falls over. Moxley drags Finlay back up, he and Ospreay agree to work together. They each take aim, but THE WAR DOGS ATTACK!!! Fans boo as Kidd attacks Ospreay and Coughlin is after Moxley! Kidd claws Ospreay’s eyes, more revenge for his own failures against Ospreay than anything. Gedo argues with the ref, there’s no problem since this is No Disqualifications. Except there still kinda IS a problem! Kidd gets table after table out, Coughlin CHOKES Moxley with a shirt! Kidd sets those tables up while fans tell the Dogs to go home. Moxley CHOKES Coughlin, but then Kidd CHOKES Moxley!

The Dogs mug Moxley, and then Finlay tells them to finish this! Kidd scoops, Coughlin goes up, but Moxley slips free to send Kidd into Finlay! Ospreay is back, SUPER OSCUTTER for Coughlin!! The fans fire up again as Moxley brings Coughlin out to the tables. Moxley puts Coughlin on the tables, rains down fists, then he brings Kidd around. Moxley throws hands, puts Kidd next to Coughlin, and he holds them down while Ospreay climbs! Ospreay SUPER SWANTON BOMBS, but the tables don’t break!!! At least, not all the way! Coughlin’s ass is stuck down through his table while Kidd and his table just flop over!

But Finlay LOW BLOWS Moxley!! Cover, TWO!! Finlay is furious but he still has his shillelagh! Finlay aims at Moxley, but Moxley kicks him first! PARADIGM SHIFT!! And then another underhook, DEATH RIDER!!!! But Ospreay HIDDEN BLADES!!!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Ospreay JUMPING HIDDEN BLADES!!! And then underhooks, into STORMBREAKER!!!!! But Finlay BLOCKBUSTERS, to INTO OBLIVION!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Ospreay survives and Finlay is furious! Finlay ties up the legs, he has Ospreay’s arms, SURFBOARD STOMP!!! Finlay roars, fans boo, but Finlay suplexes again, INTO OBLIVION MK II!!! High stack, Finlay wins!!

Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (INAUGURAL IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion)

Finlay holds the brand new belt, gives it a big kiss, and manages to stand so he can celebrate! But fans boo as he wouldn’t have this without his pawns helping him. Will The Rebel do whatever he has to in order to take over NJPW?

But wait, Finlay spots the Nemeth Brothers at ringside, and he starts talking trash to Nick. The WWE Grand Slam Champion tells Finlay yeah, he had a hell of a match, but that somehow makes him think he gets to talk to Nick? Finlay tells Nick being in WWE doesn’t mean he deserves to be in Finlay’s ring. Finlay shoves Nick, so Nick fires back!! Young Lions rush in, Ryan gets his brother back, and Finlay starts spitting at Nick! Nick says he will END Finlay! Will the Rebel regret punking out the Showoff?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Bryan Danielson!

The Rainmaker and the American Dragon have met before, both in a 1v1 and in a tag team match. And though Bryan has won both of those matches, it came at the cost of his own physical health. Bryan’s got a bad arm and a bad eye, what will he sacrifice in order to win again? Will he win again?

Okada shows off the amazing science of his new jacket. It’s all white with outlines of a dragon pattern, but the power of UV light brings out the color! Fans cheer the amazing transformation happening before their eyes! Bryan’s entrance meanwhile gets pillars of fire, and he tears up the Okada Dollars on the ground. The fans rally with “YES! YES! YES!” and the bell rings. Bryan and Okada stare down and the fans duel. The two circle, feel things out, and they knuckle lock. They go to a corner, Bryan slaps at Okada but Okada backs up. Okada even baits Bryan in, so Bryan kicks him. Okada still dares Bryan to try.

Bryan throws another kick but Okada doesn’t back down. They tie up again, go around, and Bryan wrangles Okada down. Bryan powers Okada into the chinlock but Okada slips around. Bryan facelocks, floats around, tries for the chinlock again but Okada slips out. Okada has an arm, wrenches, and wristlocks. Bryan moves around, rolls, and hooks a leg. Bryan also chinbars, then he wrangles Okada to the mat. Okada gets the ROPEBREAK, and Bryan lets off fast. The fans cheer as the two reset. Okada and Bryan knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, or “test of wills” as Bryan would call it.

The fans rally as the two are forehead to forehead, and then they throw elbows! Fans rally as the elbows go back and forth but Okada gets the edge. Bryan drops back, rolls, but Okada ROCKS him again! Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to ELBOW Bryan down! Fans fire up and Okada has Bryan in a corner. Okada whips corner to corner, runs in, and back elbows! Okada then kicks and DDTS! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer but Okada brings Bryan up to top wristlock, then MONEY CLIP! Bryan goes to the ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Okada lets off slowly. Okada knees low! Okada snapmares Bryan, runs side to side and DROPKICKS!

Bryan bails out, clutching the bad eye! Bryan checks around the eyepatch but Okada storms out after him. Okada brings Bryan to the ramp, then to No Man’s Land, for a DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Bryan behind, to get up on the girder’s support platform? And he uses it to get a boost as he runs across the way, into Bryan’s BUSAIKU KNEE!! The fans fire up while Bryan snarls and looms over Okada. Bryan SLAPS Okada, talks trash and SLAPS him again! Bryan drags Okada up and says he’s gonna break Okada’s arm! Bryan wrenches to hit an ELBOW BREAKER! Then Bryan brings Okada to railing and puts the arm through.

Bryan SLAMS the gate shut on Okada’s arm!! And then again!! “Who’s the best?!” The fans cheer while Red Shoes reprimands Bryan. Bryan drags Okada up, and wrenches the bad arm, for another ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan puts Okada in, the fans rally and duel, and Bryan looms over Okada. Okada clutches his arm, but Bryan drags him up to wrench the arm again. Bryan digs his knuckles into the elbow, then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan hammerlocks Okada to fire forearms into Okada’s chest! Bryan then reels Okada in, NORTHERN LIGHTS on the hammerlock! Bridging cover, TWO!

Okada hangs in there and Bryan snarls. Bryan looms over Okada, drags him around and twists the wrist! Bryan bends Okada’s arm, isolates it, and STOMPS it!! Bryan vows to break Okada’s arm, and he wants everyone to know it! Bryan wrangles Okada to another hammerlock, and he KNEES the arm! And KNEES it again! And again! Bryan then sits on Okada for the DISARMER! Okada endures that arm being bent way back! And even the fingers are being bent way back! Bryan pulls on the entire arm!! Okada endures, even as Bryan bends the arm in a deep hammerlock! Okada fights around, to the ROPEBREAK!

Fans cheer while Bryan lets go in frustration. Bryan kicks Okada around, kicks him to a corner, then wraps the arm around ropes. Bryan pulls on the arm, then runs side to side to DROPKICK Okada! Bryan keeps going, and he DROPKICKS Okada again! Fans fire up as Bryan goes again, but Okada BOOTS Bryan down! Both men are down and the fans rally up. Okada brings Bryan up in an Alabama Lift, but Bryan fights free. Bryan KICKS, runs, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down again but both sit up as they grit their teeth.

Okada hauls Bryan up to scoop and SLAM! The bad arm slows Okada down but he still follows the formula. Okada climbs a corner, but Bryan ROCKS him first! Bryan UPPERCUTS Okada, and UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Okada wobbles up top but Bryan UPPERCUTS again! Bryan climbs up after Okada now, underhooks the arms, and SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES!! And then the omoplata, for the LEBELL LOCK!!! Okada endures, flails around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Bryan lets off in frustration. Bryan goes out to the apron, eggs Okada on and brings him up to KICK! And SLAP!

Bryan KICKS and SLAPS Okada on repeat, but Okada blocks a kick! Okada CLUBS the leg, then gut wrenches Bryan! Bryan tries to fight, but Okada still APRON TOMBSTONES!!! The fans are thunderous while Okada stumbles away! Bryan sputters on the apron’s edge and a ring count begins. Okada sits up at 5 of 20, but he stands at 8. Okada makes his way over to Bryan and pushes him in at 11. The fans cheer as this match continues, and Okada steps in to kick Bryan to a corner. Okada kicks and stomps Bryan, focusing on that bad eye. Okada sits Bryan up to give him more stomps, but Red Shoes tells him to stop.

Okada lets off, then storms up again to take the eyepatch away! Okada kicks Bryan right on his face! He even digs his boot in! Red Shoes makes Okada stop, but then Okada brings Bryan up. Okada whips and DROPKICKS Bryan down! Fans fire up and Okada drags Bryan to his feet. Okada scoops to SLAM, and back to the formula! Okada climbs, for the MACHO ELBOW!! But that was also the bad arm! Okada grits his teeth to endure the pain, and he hits the Rainmaker Pose~! The fans are thunderous as Okada drags Bryan up, ripcords, but Bryan slips through to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Bryan BUZZSAWS the bad arm! Then Bryan BUZZSAWS Okada!

Fans fire up as Bryan huffs and puffs and gets back to his feet. But then Bryan staggers, but steadies himself. Bryan hooks Okada up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally up with every shot, but Okada just roars! Bryan throws more elbows but Okada shakes his head! Okada is feeding off them even! Okada powers up to scoop Bryan! Bryan slips free, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Okada survives, but he ends up in the LEBELL LOCK!! Okada endures as Bryan bends him back! The fans rally as hard as they can, and Okada moves around. Okada fights his way over, reaches out, but Bryan grabs that arm!

Bryan rolls Okada away to a modified ghost pin! TWO, but it’s back to the omoplata! Bryan hooks the free arm with a leg, this is a modified RINGS OF SATURN!!! Okada endures and refuses to give up! The fans are thunderous as Okada fights his way around with just his legs! Bryan puts as much pressure as he can on the arms, and even adds a CROSSFACE!!! Okada endures, but he’s so red in the face! Okada’s fading!! Red Shoes checks on Okada, and he gets a second wind! Okada kicks around to the ROPEBREAK!! The fans are thunderous as Bryan lets off in frustration! Bryan looms over Okada, and grabs the wrists!

Bryan fires off DRAGON STOMPS! And hard ones! Again and again and again and again, he stomps Okada! Then he reels Okada in to an ARMBAR! But Okada rolls through, ripcords and RAINMAKER!!! The fans are thunderous while both men are down! Okada clutches the bad arm while Bryan rolls away. Bryan sits up, shakes out the cobwebs, and he KICKS Okada in the arm! Okada BOOTS back! Bryan KICKS the arm! Okada BOOTS again! Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Okada scowls and ROCKS Bryan with a forearm! Bryan sits down and the fans fire up for Okada! But then Bryan drags Okada down into the omoplata!

Okada tucks his head to fight the crossface, and powers his way through Bryan’s legs to fire off forearms! Okada then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Okada holds on, to ripcord and- Bryan BOOTS the lariat! And ROUNDHOUSES! Bryan runs, but Okada avoids the knee to ripcord! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! And BUSAIKU KNEES!! Okada is down, Bryan is huffing and puffing again and the fans fire back up. The fans join in with the “YES! YES! YES!” as Bryan aims from a corner. Bryan runs in, but Okada ducks the knee! And scoops to POWERSLAM! And then RAIN- NO, Bryan ducks and has the arm! But Okada powers out, DISCUS-

NO, Bryan dodges, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Bryan roars to his feet!! But Okada fireman’s carries! LANDSLIDE, and then the ripcord! RAINMAKER!!!! Cover, OKADA WINS!!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

The third time IS the charm, and that is what it took for the Rainmaker to slay the American Dragon! Will this prove once and for all that Okada is the best in the world? But rather surprisingly, Okada shows respect to Bryan by kneeling and bowing! Bryan returns the favor! Fans cheer the sportsmanship, and in singles competition, that makes them 1-1. When and where, if ever, will we get another round?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: SANADA VS Tetsuya Naito!

Once upon a time, both men were in the same NJPW tryout, but only the Stardust Genius was accepted. Sanada then proved himself worthy as he competed in Pro-Wrestling NOAH and made the jump over. Now it is Sanada who stands at the summit as Naito makes the hard climb. Will Naito replace Sanada on the mountaintop? Or will nothing take this gold from the Cold Skull?

Naito wears a mask that’s part dragon, part fox, while Sanada wears a brand new red jacket with gold and silver feathers on the back. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if NJPW was right or wrong all those years ago!

Naito of course takes his time with his entrance attire, but Sanada is used to that. Naito is finally ready, and the bell rings. The fans are thunderously dueling already! Red Shoes assesses Naito has the edge, but Sanada isn’t bothered by that. Sanada and Naito circle, feel things out, and they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Naito goes for an arm. Naito wrenches, wristlocks, but Sanada rolls, trips Naito, and has a toehold. Naito chinlocks to fight back but Sanada pulls on the leg. Naito uses his free leg to bring Sanada down, but Sanada fights off the armbar. Sanada moves around, Naito shifts to a short arm scissor.

Sanada endures, moves around, rolls back, but Naito stays hooked on. Sanada powers through, headlocks, Naito rolls and then gets his own headlock, but Sanada headscissors. Naito kips free, the two stand off, and the fans rally up. Naito and Sanada reset, approach, and tie up again. Naito puts Sanada on ropes, Sanada turns that around but Naito turns it back around. Sanada turns it back around, Naito turns it back around, and Red Shoes counts. Sanada turns it around, Naito turns it around, but then Naito slowly lets off. Naito pats Sanada on shoulders, and then SPITS at him! Sanada runs up, Naito kicks low and throws him out!

Naito builds speed but Sanada rushes back in! Sanada kicks Naito low, not letting him do either the dive or the tranquilo! Sanada then TOSSES Naito out, then Sanada builds speed! Sanada tumbles up and out as Naito moves, then Sanada slingshots back in. Not the smoothest but fans still cheer Sanada showing off there. Sanada then holds the ropes open for Naito. Naito goes under the ropes instead, and fans applaud this back and forth of mind games. Naito and Sanada reset again, feel things out, and knuckle lock. But Naito kicks low! And CLUBS Sanada on the back! And again, and again!

Sanada CHOPS, but Naito forearms! Naito pie faces, so Sanada CHOPS! Naito forearms, Sanada CHOPS, repeat. Naito then throws those heavy back elbows of his! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito brings him back up. Naito whips corner to corner, Sanada goes up and out then springboards back in. Naito gets clear, things keep moving, and Naito hip toss BACKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes while fans fire up. Naito casually walks over, brings Sanada up, and he cravats for a neck wrench. Sanada endures, but Naito puts him in a corner. Red shoes reprimands, but Naito throws those heavy back elbows!

Naito goes back to the cravat and neck wrench but Sanada endures. Naito whips, arm-drags, but Sanada’s right up! So Naito ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito then brings Sanada around, dragon sleepers, and BACKBREAKERS, into the PLUMA BLANCA! Sanada endures, the fans rally, and Sanada kicks around. Naito puts on the pressure but Sanada still fights. Sanada kicks and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, but Naito claims he needs help. This is par for the course, and Red Shoes gets Naito to let off. Naito then stomps Sanada around.

Naito brings Sanada up but Sanada throws body shots. Sanada CHOPS and CHOPS, but Naito throws those heavy elbows! Naito puts Sanada in the corner, grinds his forearm into Sanada’s face, then whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Sanada avoids the kick to dropkick the legs out! And then he gets around to hit a BIG back suplex! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada rises first, and he storms up on Naito. But Naito claws the eyes! Naito whips, Sanada reverses, and Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Naito bails out, and Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Naito!

The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada likes the volume. Sanada drags Naito up, puts him in, and fans cheer. Sanada aims from the apron, springboards in, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Sanada drags Naito up, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free! Naito swings, but into another fireman’s carry! T K O! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Sanada drags Naito into the dragon sleeper! But Naito fights free to arm-drag! And then runs up, but into an O’Conner Roll, and DRAGON SLEEPER! SKULL END!! Naito is in the body scissors while fans rally up!

Naito endures the squeeze on his head, fights around with his legs, and reaches out with his feet. Sanada squeezes and Naito starts fading! Red Shoes checks, but Naito gets a second wind! Naito pops free of the sleeper to have the ROPEBREAK! Sanada lets go in frustration while the fans cheer. Sanada storms up, drags Naito to his feet, and scoops to SLAM him into a drop zone. Sanada then goes up, to ROUNDING BODY- NO, he has to bail out as Naito dodges! Naito then puts Sanada on the apron and he sweeps the legs! Then MODIFIED COMBINACION CABRON!! A rough landing for both men but the fans fire back up!

Naito crawls his way over to Sanada, brings him up, and sits him on the railing, for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER to the floor!! Red Shoes checks Sanada while Naito leaves him behind. Sanada is somehow still in this, so a ring count begins. The fans rally up while Sanada is still down at 5 of 20. Sanada is still down at 10, at 13, and sits up at 15! Sanada pushes up at 17, and he slides in at 18! Naito has Sanada to whip, and hip toss BACKBREAKER! Sanada writhes again but Naito drags him back up. Naito hoists Sanada to the top rope, climbs up after him, and SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up again as Naito stands back up.

Naito aims from the corner as Sanada slowly rises. The fans rally up behind Naito as he runs up, but Sanada DROPKICKS him! Sanada whips, Naito reverses and TORNADO- NO, Sanada stops that to suplex and use the ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down again and the fans rally up again. Sanada fires up as he storms over to Naito. Naito swings, but Sanada gets around and jumps up, POISON-RANA! SHINING WIZARD!! Then Sanada hauls Naito up, scoop and SLAM! Then Sanada goes up to ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but both men are down again!

The fans rally as hard as they can and Naito sits up. Naito stands, hobbles over to Sanada, and he drags Sanada up. Naito kicks low, throws heavy elbows, and repeat! Naito ELBOWS Sanada down, and the fans fire back up! Naito storms over to Sanada, drags him up again and then hops up the corner. Naito reels Sanada in as the fans all rally behind him, ESPERANZA!! Sanada flounders back up, into CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO~!! But Naito isn’t done there, he wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, and DESTI- NO!! Sanada blocks to T K O with authority!! The fans are thunderous while both men are down again!

Naito stirs and Sanada pushes himself back up. Sanada climbs, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto Naito’s back! But he’s not done there, he goes right back up! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto Naito’s front!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous again! Sanada drags Naito up, but Naito gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sanada manages to land on his feet, but Naito hits a SPINEBUSTER! Naito wrenches, but Sanada fights the tilt-o-whirl. Naito throws more heavy elbows! Sanada throws one, but Naito ducks it to tilt-o-whirl, only for Sanada to block the Destino! Fans fire up as they’re in a deadlock!

Naito CLUBS Sanada, and CLUBS him, and CLUBS him! Sanada fires a forearm in return! Naito dodges the next, to tilt-o-whirl DESTINO!!! And then Naito drags Sanada up again! Wrench, tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!! Not the cleanest but Naito still covers, TWO?!?! Sanada is still in this after 2.5 Destinos, and the fans are thunderous! Naito drags Sanada up, he wants another! But Sanada clinches! DEADFALL!!!! Both men are down and the fans are electric!! Red Shoes goes for a down count! The two men stir at 3 of 10 and the fans get even louder! Sanada sits up at 5, Naito goes to a corner at 7, and both men stand!

The fans fire up again as Sanada runs in. Naito BOOTS him! Naito runs up, but Sanada ROCKS him! ROLLING- SLAP! ENZIGURI! Sanada rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! And then cravat, ASAI DDT!! Sanada drags Naito right up, wrenches and clinches, but Naito slips free! ROLLING KICK! TORNADO DDT!! The fans are volcanic and Naito brings Sanada back up! Naito scoops, but Sanada slips free! O’Conner Roll, BRIDGE!! TWO?!?!? Naito escapes by nanoseconds!! But Sanada SHINING WIZARDS!! Shoutout to Keiji Mutoh but Sanada ain’t done yet! Sanada drags Naito up, clinches again, DEADFA- NO, Naito ripcords to ELBOW! And steals DEADFALL!!!!

The fans are bound to lose their voices at this rate, but they don’t care! They’re going to cheer Naito as he hauls Sanada up! Scoop and VALENTIA!!! Naito fires up, drags Sanada to his feet, tilt-o-whirl DESTINOOOOOO~!!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!!!!

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

From winning the G1 to being THE ONE here at the end of WrestleKingdom, Naito has truly reached the top of NJPW!! The Cold Skull no longer has the gold, what will become of his 2024?

As for Naito, he is presented the title belt, and actually accepts it! Fans cheer the photo op, then Naito gets the mic. But before he gets a chance to speak, EVIL ATTACKS!! The King of Darkness and even Dick Togo beat the new world champion down, ruining the moment for everyone! Dick holds Naito down while Evil picks up the title and the mic! Fans boo and tell him and Dick to go away, but Evil says, “OI, Naito! I won’t let you do the LIJ roll call, ya bastard! And hey, I’ve just become the EIGHTH IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! Understand, ya bastard?” Oh no, not this BS again! But wait! Sanada gets up to SHINING WIZARD Evil!!

Dick freaks out, rushes Sanada, but Sanada kicks him low! And Sanada sets Dick up for Naito’s dropkick to the legs! These two may not be on the same team anymore but they still know how to work together! The fans are thunderous and The House retreats! Sanada and Naito get back up, and Naito gets the belt again. Sanada promises, he and Naito will do this again. Sanada then takes his leave, the fans cheering him on. Naito gets his hat, finds the mic, and finally gets to speak. “The faction has changed… but once again, I’m holding the mic in the end, all thanks to you. Gracias, Sanada.” The fans cheer that! And Sanada’s even emotional!

Naito continues with finally saying, “Buenas noches, Tokyo Dooome~!” To everyone watching this on TV, online, and to everyone who came to the Tokyo Dome, “thank you for creating this wonderful moment. Gracias, amigos.” The fans cheer in thanks back. Naito says that “LIJ will surely take you all to new heights in 2024. Please keep your eyes on LIJ.” The fans cheer, looking forward to that. But speaking of, Naito was most looking forward to the huge roll call we never got four years ago. The fans cheer again, and Naito is sure they all came here just for that, right? Then are they ready for the BIGGEST roll call in history? The fans cheer in confirmation!

Then the only way to close out NJPW WrestleKingdom 18 is naturally… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!!” Mic drop and confetti, the New Year has a new champion! Will Naito be nigh unstoppable now that he’s on top of the world?


My Thoughts:

An awesome WrestleKingdom, certainly one of if not the best that I’ve seen. The New Japan Ranbo was a lot of fun, especially with Iizuka showing up. But I like the four they went with. Khan tried for the KOPW but lost to Takagi a couple times, Yoh and Ishimori are kinda branching out from the Junior Heavyweight Division right now, and Yano is too good at comedy and creativity to leave out of the mix. Of those four, it’d be too obvious if Yano won. Yoh is really going full goofy so I feel like he’s a strong candidate for leading this year off as KOPW Champion.

Great match from Catch 2/2 and Bullet Club, and being half-Filipino, I appreciated TJP referencing the Aswang in this spooky persona of his. Great win for Catch 2/2, and I even like these belts being redesigned to have white straps. Awesome NJPW World TV Championship match, but what’re the odds that the new President of NJPW is now a double champion? I’m mostly kidding. But Tanahashi has this title and is a NEVER Openweight Six Man Champion, though I feel like the plan was still for ZSJ to drop the NJPW World TV title to whoever he faced tonight so that things freshen up just a little going into the “second season.”

Great match from Yota and Yuya, and Yuya winning was actually a bit of a surprise to me. Meanwhile, the House of Torture cheating to win was not a surprise. I will say, a wood push-up bar that now has metal plates on it is a unique weapon so I like that part. Great match from Tama VS Takagi, but I’m really surprised Tama won the belt again. A fourth reign puts Tama right behind the top “most reigns” with the NEVER Openweight title, with Goto at five and Ishii at six. Maybe some new names move up into the NEVER Openweight scene for Tama to face, such as Yuya after his win tonight.

Awesome IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight tag title match, and I was genuinely surprised ELP & Leo won that. That is huge in many ways, but especially as I said, this marks the 100th change in reign, aka the 100th team to hold the titles. It’s hard to say where things go from here, then, but much like the NJPW World TV title changing hands, this moment had to happen at some point so why not WrestleKingdom? And on the same level, same for Hiromu giving up the Junior Heavyweight title. Great new gear for Desperado, great win for him, and apparently he got jumped backstage by Kanemaru & Sho the same as we saw Evil jump Naito in the main event. And that’s a good feud for Desperado, he has beef with Narita and Kanemaru, he might as well fight those guys, too.

Awesome Triple Threat for the new Global Championship, but the outcome was sadly a bit obvious. With Moxley being in AEW, Ospreay heading to AEW, and Finlay having Bullet Club War Dogs backing him, of course Finlay wins to be the first Global Champion. But I do really like that we saw Ryan & Nick Nemeth here, even before Nick ever shows up in AEW. And whatever anyone thought of Dolph Ziggler’s last days in WWE, I personally feel he is still better in all the aspects of pro-wrestling than Finlay is right now, even after Finlay’s Heel turn and makeover. But Finlay is definitely not losing this title in his first feud, so this is really just a solid first move for both guys right now.

Awesome match from Okada and Bryan, and of course Okada wins this one. As such, Okada must be sticking around in NJPW rather than leaving for WWE or even moving over to AEW like Ospreay. Really hope we get Bryan VS Okada 1v1 a third time sooner rather than later, what with this being Bryan’s last year and all. Maybe Revolution in March is enough time for both guys to kinda take things easy and then go again? And of course, what an awesome main event. Another genuine surprise, I oddly didn’t think Naito would take this, but again, they had to seize the moment of the roll call. Evil wants the title, of course, so he’ll probably get a shot at like New Beginning. Great moment for Sanada, too, even in losing, because he really did come up with these guys. I hope Sanada does get his rematch, and even if it isn’t right away, he can have some good feuds along the way.

My Score: 9.2/10


Powered by RedCircle


Let us know what you think on social media @ChairshotMedia and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

Coverage

Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/18/24)

It’s an all-star battle royal!

Published

on

It’s a special night for NXT in more ways than one!

Trick Williams’ next challenger will be decided in a 25 Man Battle Royal, with stars from not just NXT, but perhaps from outside the WWE altogether! Who will be heading for the Heatwave with the champ?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s 25 Man Battle Royal: Je’Von wins and will challenge Trick Williams for the title.
  • Triple Threat Tag: Roxanne Perez & Lola Vice VS Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Roxie & Lola win.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship: Kelani Jordan VS Mia Yim; Kelani wins and retains the title.
  • Fallon Henley VS Carlee Bright; Fallon wins.
  • Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Chase U VS The Good Brothers; Chase & Duke win.
  • Je’von Evans VS Ethan Page; Ethan wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Championship #1 Contender’s 25 Man Battle Royal!

A match this stacked was not going to wait very long! Je’Von Evans, Apollo Crews, Tyler Bate, Pete Dunne, Dragon Lee, Legado Del Fantasma’s Angel & Humberto, and pretty much all the stars of NXT are all in this ring, but they’re not the only ones. Say his name and he appears, it’s TNA’S JOE HENDRY!! Hendry has a mic to say “Say his name and he appears, Joe Hendry is here, in NXT!” The fans are going nuts, and Hendry says Cody Rhodes said this was a 25 man match. But let’s be honest, this is 24 men and one sensation! Hendry is gonna walk down to the ring, eliminate every single one of ’em, and go on to become NXT Champion and bring that title to TNA!

And when the title changes hands, the entire WWE Universe will be chanting, “WE BELIEVE!” And what they believe in is 250 pounds of pure motivation, the answer to all of life’s problems, they believe in JOE HENDRY! But wait, he isn’t the last one in this, as here comes All Ego, Ethan Page! Ethan and Hendry get face to face, as there was a time when All Ego was making an impact in TNA. The bell rings, and Oro Mensah jumps in to go after Ethan! They tumble out of the ring but under the bottom rope, so technically Ethan is still in this match! Except the brawl takes this to the back! And then Hendry finds himself going 23v1!

Wait, is that Frankie Kazarian, also of TNA, in there going after Hendry? Well alright. The fans freak out as Kaz DUMPS and ELIMINATES Hendry!! Kaz will probably have to deal with the consequences this week on TNA’s show. Tony D’Angelo goes after ol’ rival, Joe Coffey, Dempsey brawls with Tyler Bate, but then Lexis King CHOPS Tony! The Don turns around and thinks it was Edris! Edris defends his innocence but Tony TOSSES and ELIMINATES Edris! The brawling continues, Lexis finds Kaz and CLUBS him. Tavion Heights works well with the NO Quarter Catch Crew, and Legado goes after The Done.

Dragon goes after Myles Borne, Kaz DECKS Luca Crusifino then CHOPS Garza. Luca & Tony mug Humberto, Shawn Spears and Eddy Thorpe brawl. Eddy runs up, but the boot misses! Spears DUMPS and ELIMINATES Eddy! Coffey CHOPS Bate, but Ridge CLUBS Joe! Ridge still owes the Iron King so he hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Malik Blade goes after Tony for him throwing out Edris! Joe tries to dump Lexis, but Lexis kicks back. The fans rally for Dante Chen as he’s in the mix, and then Dempsey puts Malik on the apron! Malik ROCKS Dempsey, slingshots and RANAS, but Dempsey uses ropes to stop that!

Dempsey kicks at Malik, Kemp WRECKS Malik, but Dempsey ends up falling with Malik! DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Kemp apologizes, but then Kaz DUMPS and ELIMINATES Kemp and Myles! The fans fire up for the Heavy Metal Rebel, all is forgiven from earlier. Crews and Bate go after Humberto, and Crews puts Humberto on the apron. Humberto drags Crews out to join him and they brawl! The fans rally, Humberto kicks the legs out, and Garza KNEES Crews down to ELIMINATE him! Legado gets another one on Crews, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Legado high-five, then Garza goes after Spears while Humberto is after Luca. Bate and Coffey brawl some more, Spears dumps Garza out but Garza lands safe on the apron! Spears works to scrape him off but Garza hooks the ropes with his legs! Lexis goes after Tank Ledger, Spears and Kaz brawl, and Tavion is after The Don! Guess he’s gonna earn his NQCC stripes already. Lexis AX HANDLES Luca, Je’Von and Dante fight it out in a corner, and Dante ends up on the apron! Dante RAMS into Je’Von’s bad ribs then gets back inside. Ridge and Tavion fight, Dante throws hands down on Spears, and Lexis CHOPS Tank.

Dragon boots but Coffey blocks to HEADBUTT! Coffey runs up but Dragon TOSSES and ELIMINATES him! The Iron King is irate but there’s nothing he can do now. Luca stomps Bate, Spears CHOPS Tony, Humberto fights off Ridge, Spears CHOPS Tony again! Spears gets space, runs up, but Luca takes the LARIAT! Luca goes up and out, Spears ELIMINATES him! Tony DECKS Spears, Bate RAMS into Tony! Tank fights back against Lexis and then goes after Dante. Tavion CLUBS Tank, Bate fires hands on Tony, Humberto fights off Kaz. Dante turns things around on Tavion to ROCK and ELBOW him!

Tony puts Bate up top, Ridge fires off on Tank, Spears finds Je’Von, and NXT returns to single picture. Garza goes after Kaz with body shots, Tavion clinches Dante to OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Dante hangs onto the ropes! Dante RAMS into Tavion, DUMPS him out, but Tavion is on the apron! They brawl on the edge, so Ridge runs up to BLAST and ELIMINATE them both!! The fans boo but Yorkshire Grit wants that title shot! Lexis CLUBS Ridge, Legado regroups, and Je’Von fights off Frazer. Spears TOSSES Dragon but Dragon holds on and gets back in! Kaz stomps Je’Von in those bad ribs, Spears stomps Dragon.

Bate fights off Tony’s suplex, CLUBS him, and Ridge UPPERCUTS away on Ridge. Legado bullies Tank, double trophy lifts him, but Tank fights free! Tank CLOBBERS Legado against ropes! Tank tries to get them both, but Lexis CLOBBERS Tank! Lexis is helping Legado? But then he backstabs Humberto and TOSSES him! Lexis ELIMNATES Humberto, and laughs at him! Garza is upset, though, and Lexis says hey, c’mon, battle royals, right? Garza says yeah, and he DECKS Lexis! Garza TOSSES and ELIMINATES Lexis! But then Tank TOSSES and ELIMINATES Garza! The fans fire up for Tank, but Bate gets him in the AIRPLANE SPIN!!

The fans fire up as Bate and Tank go around and around and around, way past TEN, then the SLAM! The fans rally for the Big Strong Boi as he DUMPS and ELIMINATES Tank! Kaz is sure shocked seeing all that! But then Tony DECKS Bate, hits a BELLY2BELLY on Kaz, then a SPINEBUSTER on Spears! the fans fire up with The Don, Frazer leaps but into a BODY SHOT! Tony TOSSES Frazer but he holds onto ropes! GAMANGIRI, then springboard, but into Tony’s arms! Frazer slips free, dumps Tony out, but Tony holds on! Tony shoves Frazer away but he’s right back with a SHOTGUN! Frazer ELIMINATES Tony!!

But then Dragon dumps Frazer out! Frazer skins the cat to RANA Dragon, but he holds on, too! They both stand, fire off BOOT after BOOT, then Frazer SUPERKICKS! Frazer runs up, into a V-TRIGGER!! Frazer falls, Dragon ELIMINATES him! But here comes Ridge! Dragon fires hands on Ridge, but Ridge shoves him. Dragon SUPERKICKS, ripcords, but Ridge LARIATS first! The fans boo as Ridge hoists Dragon up! Bate says Bop up, BANG! Ridge wobbles, Dragon shoves him! Bate DUMPS Ridge up, DOUBLE BANG and down goes Ridge! Bate & Dragon ELIMINATE Ridge, and then BANG for Dragon!

Spears TOSSES Bate, but Bate rebounds, LARIAT takes down Spears! We have our final five of Bate, Spears, Dragon, Kaz and Je’Von! Bate is all fired up, he runs in but Spears BOOTS him! Spears runs up but into a boot, and a KNEE! “This is Awesome! as Bate goes up, but Spears SHOVES him down, and ELIMINATES him! Now we’re at four! Dragon fires up, he and Spears brawl while Je’Von fires hands with Kaz! Kaz BODY SHOTS Je’Von, then helps Spears mug Dragon. Then Spears TOSSES Kaz! Kaz holds on, ducks a shot, but so does Spears! Spears rams in but into a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!

Dragon SUPERKICKS Spears, Je’Von throws hands on Kaz. Kaz CHOPS Kaz, whips, but Je’Von reverses hard! Kaz goes up and out and to the floor! Je’Von ELIMINATES Kaz!! The Young OG is among the finalists! Je’Von fires hands with Dragon, Dragon BOOTS Je’Von! Je’Von runs, into a HEEL KICK! Je’Von runs up, but into a SNAP GERMAN! But Je’Von is right up!? And he SNAP GERMANS Dragon!! Dragon is up! He slips through a lariat, gets Je’Von up, SITOUT BOMB!! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Dragon roars! Je’Von flounders about, Dragon runs up and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep! But Spears SHOVES him down to ELIMINATE him!!

Spears grins as he sneaks that one, and now he has Je’von all to himself. Spears gets Je’Von up but Je’Von JAWBREAKERS! Springboard, but Spears DUMPS him out! Je’Von keeps his feet off the floor! Je’Von KICKS Spears, slingshots, but into a fireman’s carry! Je’Von slips free, Spears dodges a lariat, but then Je’Von dodges a lariat! Je’Von LARIATS Spears up and out, but Spears has fingers on ropes! Je’Von CLUBS away but Spears ROCKS Je’Von! Spears springboards, but into a SUPERKICK! Rebound and GAMANGIRI! Je’Von TOSSES Spears!! Je’Von wins!!!

Winner: Je’Von Evans (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship)

Even in this stacked field of veteran stars, it was the youngest of them all that bounces them all out! And now he’ll be facing his role model, Trick Williams! Is this match-up going to burn down the house in Toronto?

 

The Women’s Division talks backstage.

Kelani Jordan is an inspiration to them, Carlee Bright hopes she wins tonight. And then challenging her for the Women’s North American Championship would be a dream come true! Fallon Henley walks in and hopes Carlee isn’t serious. She’s had literally one match here. If anyone deserves a shot, it’s Fallon. But didn’t she have her part in the ladder match? Because Fallon didn’t come first there. Wren Sinclair points out that’s true. Fallon tells Wren to sit down. Anyway, she is the only one in this locker room that deserves a shot. Oh, really? Brinley Reece is doing pretty well, and Karmen Petrovic got a pin on Shayna Baszler, so…

Fallon is sick and tired of all the new girls thinking they deserve stuff! Sol Ruca avoids the drama by getting out of there. But clearly things are heating up, who will rise above to be next in line to the newest title in NXT?

 

Lola Vice warms up.

She kicks and punches away on a dummy, and Roxanne Perez storms in. Does Lola think she’s stupid or something? We all saw how Lola eyed the Women’s Championship. So if Lola thinks she’s gonna get her title- Okay, hold on. Yes, Lola was eyeing the title. But she’s not gonna fake being friends just to get close to the title. Lola will even tell Roxie’s plan: she will knockout every woman that gets in her way, including the four women in the Triple Threat tonight. She won’t go after Roxie, yet. So is Roxie ready to do this? Roxie says that Lola may not get it, but as THE NXT Women’s Champion, she doesn’t trust Lola or anyone else. But let’s handle business.

Roxie heads out, Lola takes off the gloves. That Triple Threat is up next, will The Prodigy and Miami Vice be able to hold it together against two teams that are united?

 

Ridge Holland regroups with Chase U.

Andre Chase & Thea Hail are certainly proud of him for being out there with so many opponents. He may not have won, but he fought hard and represented Chase U well. Duke Hudson gets off his phone to say yes, indeed. Very impressive. But hey look, a message from Riley Osborne. It says, “What about our mate, Ridge?” See? Even Riley’s coming around. Speaking of, where is Riley? Oh, back home in the UK. But when he comes back, this will be the best version of Chase U the world has ever seen! Well said, Thea! Ridge tries on his new Chase U shirt, and it fits like a glove. But then The Good Brothers walk over and sarcastically clap.

Luke Gallows says, “Would ya look at that? They’ve finally accept him.” Karl Anderson says, “From a brute, to a nerd!” How touching. He might cry. Ridge says ignore the haters. Duke says nah, they’ve got this. Chase says yeah, if the Good Brothers have a problem with Ridge, then they’ve got a problem with Chase U. Thea says yeah! Oh, so they’ll fight his battles for him? Duke says if it’s Ridge’s battle, it’s their battle, too. Gallows says, “You don’t want none of this, kid!” THEA goes off, but Duke holds her back. The Good Brothers leave, but Chase says they’ll handle this. When and where will the bullies get what’s coming to them?

 

Triple Threat Tag: Roxanne Perez & Lola Vice VS Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx VS Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!

We just heard from champion and one potential challenger, but with The Toxic Traitor’s face on the mend and Meta Four wanting more, the walls might be closing in on The Prodigy. Will this tag team Triple Threat help clear some space? Or will someone score themselves a golden ticket to Toronto?

In this form of Triple Threat, each team has one woman legal, so Roxie steps up against Jakara and Jacy. Roxie kicks Jacy low, fires hands on Jakara, but Jakara ROCKS her then headlocks. Roxie powers out to send Jakara into Jacy, then she rolls Jakara up. Jacy sunset flips Roxie, TWO! Jakara ghost pins Jacy, TWO! Roxie ghost pins Jakara, TWO! Jacy grabs Roxie but she hits a JAWBREAKER! Jakara waistlocks Roxie but Roxie switches to O’Conner Roll! TWO and Roxie is sent into a LARIAT by Jacy! Jacy turns around, Jakara hits a SLINGBLADE! Jakara talks smack then tags Lash! Lash gets Jacy up, and brings Roxie over, but they both stomp Lash’s feet!

Roxie & Jacy mug Lash, but she shoves Jacy away and DECKS Roxie! Jacy gets around to crucifix but Lash stays up! Roxie runs up and leaps, but into Lash’s arms! Lash says nope! She dribbles them both in the ropes! The fans cheer as Lash then SWINGS Jacy into Roxie, but Jacy swings free to arm-drag! Jacy ducks ‘n ‘dodges, Jazmyn tags in, RANA and PENALTY KICK! Cover, Jakara breaks it! Jakara whips but Jazmyn TOSSES Jakara! Roxie TOSSES Jazmyn! Roxie CLUBS away on Lash, jumps on for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK, but Lash reaches out! Lash lifts Roxie, Loa tags in! Lash TOSSES Roxie, but Lola fires off kicks on Lash!

Lash blocks a kick, scoops Lola and SLAMS her down! Lash then drags Roxie up, reels her in, but Roxie fights out of the powerbomb! Roxie kicks low, Lola kicks low, then they DOUBLE LAREIAT Lash down! They kick Lash out, Jazmyn LEAPS at Lash! Lash catches Jazmyn, so Jacy CANNONBALLS! Down goes Lash, but then Jakara RAMS Jacy into steel steps! The fans fire up, but Loa SOBATS Jakara, and Roxie DIVES! Down goes Miss Jackson, and the fans fire up as Roxie and Lola actually high-five! For not being friends, they’re making it work as a team, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jakara has Lola’s legs while Jazmyn has Lola in a headscissor squeeze! Jakara turns Lola over into a BOSTON CRAB! Lola endures double submissions, who wins if she taps out!? But Roxie CLAWS at Jazmyn, she lets go, but theN Jacy goes after Roxie! Roxie TOSSES Jacy off the apron! Jakara stomps Lola, but Lola BOOTS her away! Loal then BODY SHOTS Jazmyn! Tag to Roxie and she fires off on Jakara! Then on Jazmyn! UPPERCUT for Jakara, UPPERCUT for Jazmyn, repeat! Roxie wrenches Jakara, kicks Jazmyn< RUSSIAN LEG SWEE DDT COMBO! Cover on Jazmyn, TWO! Cover on Jakara, TWO!

Roxie shrieks in anger but she drags Jakara up by her hair. Tag to Lola and they mug Jakara. Jakara hits back but Lola fires those fast kicks! Jazmyn runs up, but Lola ROCKS her, then fires off more kicks! Jazmyn sits in a corner, Jakara is in the other. The afns fire up because Lola’s a Latina~! HIP ATTACK on Jazmyn! HIP ATTACK on Jakara! Lola keeps going, but Jacy CLOBBERS Lola! Cover, Jakara breaks it! Jakara hurries to tag Lash, and she runs up. Jacy dodges, BOOTS Lash, but Lash DECKS Jacy! Then she BOOTS Lola! And she DECKS Roxie! Lash hauls Jacy up, gets Lola added to it, DOUBLE SUPLEX! And a kip up!

Tag to Jakara and Meta Four gets Jacy up. Wheelbarrow and CUTTER! Cover, Jazmyn breaks it in time! But Lash THRASHES Jazmyn! Jazmyn PELES Lash! Jakara runs up on Jazmyn, EDGE-O-MATIC! But Lola URAKENS!! Roxie tags in, which upsets Lola, but Roxie hops on to POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie & Lola win!

Winners: Roxanne Perez & Lola Vice, by pinfall

It was already buenas noches when Lola hit Jakara, but The Prodigy always needs the spotlight. Roxie holds onto the title, even as Lola raises her hand in victory. But then Roxie URAKENS Lola!! Roxie strikes first, but will Lola have the last laugh?

 

Je’Von Evans meets with Ava Raine.

The NXT GM congratulates the new #1 contender, that is a big deal. He appreciates even being put in there. Nah, that was definitely all him. But then Ethan Page storms in and demands that Ava should do something! Do something about Oro “The Menace” Mensah, who has attacked Ethan like five different times! Ava says she did, she kicked Oro out of the building. OH~, thank you so much~! How about she kick him out of NXT entirely instead?! If not for Ethan, he’d still be in the battle royal! Actually, no, he IS still in, he never got thrown out, the match should still be going! And what is Je’Von laughing at?!

Those results should be null and void, and Ethan should be the one in this room talking Heatwave with Ava! Not some punk ass kid! Oh, he’s a punk ass kid? Well oddly enough, this punk kid’s got another match in him. Does Ethan? Or has Oro been beating his ass that badly? Ethan says he’s got another match in him! Let’s go! Ava asks if Je’Von is sure about this. Je’Von says yeah, let’s have it out in the main event! Ava says that settles it. Ethan says Je’Von may have all the heart in the world, but he has nothing between those ears. Ava tells Ethan and Je’Von to save it for the main event. But will All Ego look to change the plans for Heatwave with his own two hands?

 

Kelani Jordan heads to gorilla position.

The Stand Out sees both allies and enemies watching her as she goes. But it’s Sol Ruca who tells her that she’s got this. Kelani thanks Sol and high-fives her. The gold is on the line for the first time, will we see no one does it like Lani? Or will Michin make this first reign a short one?

NXT Women’s North American Championship: Kelani Jordan VS Mia Yim!

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

The bell rings and Mia offers a handshake. Kelani takes it, and the two circle. The fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and Mia headlocks. Kelani powers up and out, but Mia runs her over. Mia shrugs, runs, but then rolls over the dropdown. Kelani runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS, but Mia handsprings through! Kelani kips up, but wait, The Good Brothers saunter out here. Kelani says okay, she gets it. They still shake hands, but then Mia uses that to get a backslide! TWO, Kelani rolls Mia, TWO! Kelani arm-drags, Mia arm-drags, and then Mia avoids an arm-drag to Oklahoma Roll! ONE!! Mia hurries to get another headlock.

Kelani powers up and out, then drops down to handspring, but Mia watches out! Kelani slingshots but Mia blocks the arm-drag! Mia arm-drags, runs up, but Kelani dodges. Mia goes Spider-Woman, but Kelani runs up! Mia drops and Kelani tumbles up and out! The Good Brothers are there but the ref warns then, Mia DIVES, but Kelani moves! Gallows helps Mia land on her feet, but then Kelani PLANCHAS down onto Mia! The fans fire up for Kelani as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Mia waistlocks. Kelani elbows free and runs, but Mia goes the other way to POUNCE! The fans fire up, Mia hurries to cover, TWO! Mia drags Kelani up, and reels her into a BEARHUG! Kelani endures Mia’s limitless arsenal, and the fans duel again. Kelani throws elbows, fights free, and then fires forearms! Mia BOOTS Kelani, and Kelani goes to ropes. Mia runs up, Kelani dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both women are down and the fans rally up again. Kelani stirs, crawls, but Mia sits up. Kelani fires a forearm, but Mia CHOPS! Kelani ROCKS Mia, but Mia CHOPS!

Both women rise, Kelani fires off forearm after forearm, then whips to CLOBBER Mia! And CLOBBER her again! Kelani cartwheels to BACK ELBOW! Kelani kips up and the fans fire up! Kelani runs at the corner to SPLASH, then she wrenches and reels Mia in! IMPALER DDT! Cover, TWO! Mia survives and Kelani grows frustrated. Kelani thinks of her options, handsprings, but Mia gest around! Mia GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Kelani escapes and Mia is surprised. Mia drags Kelani up as the fans duel more. Mia wrenches, for EAT- NO, Kelani steps over to WHEEL KICK! Mia flounders and Kelani rises!

Kelani goes up a corner, but Mia SHORYUKENS! Mia then brings Kelani out with an Electric Chair Lift, but Kelani fights the driver! POISON-RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Mia survives and shocks Kelani! The fans fire up and Kelani drags Mia to a drop zone. Kelani goes back up, for the SPLIT LEG- FLOP!! Mia avoids that one of a kid moonsault, to then hammerlock, clinch, and SITOUT! Cover, TWO!! Kelani survives and Mia can’t believe it! And wait, here comes OTM’s Nima & Price! They’re still hot over last week with Jaida and Mia! The refs hurry out here, but Miss Parker herself SHOVES Mia off the top!!

Jaida slips away, Mia flounders, and Kelani goes up and up to SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, Kelani wins!!

Winner: Kelani Jordan, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s North American Champion)

Jaida gets back at Michin, and Kelani is still the first Women’s North American Champion! But will things only get harder for The Stand Out from here on out?

 

Backstage interview with Ethan Page.

Kelly Kincaid is with All Ego, and says it has been a wild night for him already. He was only in the battle royal for a few seconds- Uh, wrong, Kelly. Ethan is still in that match because he was never eliminated! And you know what else? Trick Williams did not beat Ethan Page at Ethan’s best! Because at Battleground in Las Vegas, Ethan was attacked by Oro Mensah in the parking lot! Ethan let his emotions get the better of him, but now he is back on track. Ethan has business to handle, and the first order of business is Je’Von Evans. Then Ethan IS coming after Trick, he will take that title from him, but ORO!

Ethan warns Oro that the next time they cross paths, Ethan will make sure to deal with him. Will Oro regret getting in All Ego’s way?

 

Izzi Dame speaks.

“Being great was never a choice. It was my way of life. On the volleyball court, I was that girl. A Division I athlete with All American honors.” She loved smashing faces, zinging the ball 60+ miles per hour at the opponents. She set records for kills and velocity, then went pro. It’s no wonder WWE wanted her to be that girl in NXT. She is picking up this new game real quick, and will soon dominate in the ring like she did on the court. These “Non-Athletic Regular People,” AKA NARPs, won’t stand a chance. It Iz what it Iz.

 

Axiom and Nathan Frazer talk backstage.

Axiom wants to know what Frazer was doing out there. Oh, well, hola to you to, amigo. Axiom wants to know why Frazer didn’t tell him he’d be in the battle royal. Uh, shouldn’t the real question be why Axiom wasn’t in there? Who is gonna pass up a shot at the NXT Championships, mate? But they’re the NXT Tag Team Champions, mate! Yeah, he knows. And then last week, Frazer was looking at the Heritage Cup- Yeah, and then he eliminated Tony D tonight! So maybe- Maybe, maybe, maybe! Is being a tag champ not good enough for Frazer? That’s not what Frazer’s trying to say. Well there’s a Tag Team Turmoil next week, with the winners-

But then Luca Crusifino walks in. The Legal Eagle isn’t trying to interrupt or anything, but he is here on business. After what happened in that battle royal, The Don had him draft up a contract for an NXT Heritage Cup match. It is already signed off and approved by Tony D and Ava. Frazer snatches it up and signs on the dotted line! Luca verifies, and says that’s not a bad signature. Luca heads out and Axiom says this is unbelievable. Frazer asks what he means by that, and Axiom just leaves. Frazer says they’re quite literally off next week, no worries! But will there be reason to worry should Frazer actually win the Heritage Cup back?

 

Tatum Paxley paid a visit to TNA!

It was TNA: Against All Odds, where the twisted, title obsessed Tatum showed up to challenge Jordynne Grace for the Knockouts Championship. In the end, The Juggernaut made Tatum pay for that stunt at Battleground and she retained the title. Will Tatum return to NXT tail between her legs as she must settle for opportunities over here?

 

Oba Femi is here!

The fans cheer as The Ruler heads to the ring, bringing his Men’s North American Championship with him. Oba gets a mic to then say, “This feels all too familiar, doesn’t it? Once again, Oba, still the North American Champion! Still the Ruler of NXT. And I did tell everybody who would listen to me, I told them that no matter how many men would step up to me at Battleground, the results remain the same.” The fans cheer, and Oba smiles. Oba says he flew to Vegas, did what he did best and dominated two men in Joe Coffey and Wes Lee. Two of the greatest that NXT has to offer! But they are nothing like Oba. There is NO ONE like Oba!

“So look in my eyes, and riddle me this. Who can ever take this title from me?” Wes Lee makes his way out! The Cardiac Kid says to answer the question, it’d be Wes. See, Oba knows, Wes knows, and everyone that watched Battleground knows, Oba sure didn’t pin Wes. Oh, this again, Wes? Wes’s obsession with what was once his is begin to irritate Oba. Oh, is it? Well, Wes doesn’t care! But wait, what’s going on in the crowd? Is that Brooks Jensen? Security hurries to stop that, and Wes tells Oba that he was in Vegas for one thing: Oba! And Oba knows how badly Wes wanted to test himself against Oba 1v1.

Hell, Wes even had the chance to be in the battle royal, and he respectfully declined! Why? Because all of Wes’s energy, every ounce of him, is focused on HIS North American Championship and getting it back. Oba says he’s realized Wes is going in circles, and he is just tired of it. he is done. Oba goes to leave, but Wes shouts at him! “Don’t turn your back on me!” Oba smirks but Wes says Oba has everything going for him. Oba is making headlines every week. Oba has guys like Big E saying Oba is their favorite superstar. And NXT is treating Oba like the greatest North American Champion ever. But even Oba knows what Wes is to that title, unless Oba does something about it.

And Wes is giving Oba that opportunity. But just know, that Oba will be facing a different kind of kid when it’s Wes 1v1. And Wes will show Oba exactly what it is Wes’s name in those record books. Oba tells Wes that it seems he has a lot of faith in himself, as do the fans. They really believe Wes can win this belt back. But that is neither here nor there. What really concerns Oba is changing those record books. So Wes, Oba will give Wes his 1v1 match. However…! This will be the first and FINAL time Wes gets at this title so long as Oba is champion. What’s it going to be, Wes? Do they have an accord?

Wes says Oba’s got it. The deal has been struck, but will Wes’s one and final shot be the only shot he needs to take it all back? Or will Oba force him to finally move on from the past?

 

Hank ‘n’ Tank regroup backstage.

Hank tries to encourage Tank but Tank feels he blew it. Hank says hey, 25 Man Battle Royals are tricky, but he’s got good news. This is a 10 outta 10 on the Hank ‘n’ Tank good news scale. Moments ago, Hank was cleared from his shoulder injury, he is ready to get back in that ring! Hank ‘n’ Tank high-five, and that means if they’re back in action, they gotta get back in action! You see Tyler Bate tonight? Hank couldn’t miss him! He was spinning Tank like pizza dough. Tank dry heaves and says he knows. But that is how Hank ‘n’ Tank get back on track. Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, two absolute technicians, take on Hank ‘n’ Tank!

The beefy boys shake hands and fire up, but will they be able to tackle the top tekkers of the New Catch Republic?

 

No Quarter Catch Crew regroups backstage.

Charlie Dempsey asks Tavion Heights if he has any idea why he’s here. Tavion says no. No? Well, Myles was supposed to give him a hint. Myles, why didn’t you tell Tavion why he’s here? Kemp signals to Myles but Myles doesn’t know what about. Dempsey gets mad and shouts at Myles. How come Myles didn’t tell Tavion why he’s here? Sorry, he didn’t hear anything. Dempsey says Tavion is impressive. Former Olympian, former PanAm Champion, multiple Greco-Roman championships under his belt. Kemp shrugs in confusion, he has those things, too. But Dempsey says Tavion has everything the Crew needs.

That is why Dempsey invited Tavion here. He wants Tavion to be NQCC. Well, alright. Oh, playing hardball, huh? N-No…? Dempsey will do Tavion one better. Next week, it will be Tavion VS Kemp. Wait, what? Yeah, man! After what Kemp did to Dempsey in the battle royal, he deserves this. So if Tavion wins, he’s in. Even better! Dempsey says Tavion drives a hard bargain, and he likes that. They shake on it, but seriously, what is going on in Dempsey’s head?

 

NXT Anonymous is watching Gallus.

Joe is furious, and asks who the hell Wes Lee think he is!? Wes gets another title shot when Gallus beat him in that ring last week! Who should be getting another match? It’s Joe! Wolfgang & Mark agree, but then Tyriek & Tyson attack! Gallus has to fight off the #Tygers, but then refs rush in! Seems Gallus will have to pay for doing whatever they want to whoever they want, will this be just the thing Igwe & Dupont need to get themselves in tag title contention?

 

Fallon Henley VS Carlee Bright w/ Kendal Grey!

The Cowgirl is not having it with these new girls trying to jump the line. If Fallon Comes First, will she be unstoppable on the way to the top? Or will Carlee be! Aggressive! B E aggressive?

NXT returns and Carlee makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Fallon waistlocks then trips Carlee to headlock. Carlee endures the grind, fights up, and she throws Fallon off. Carlee wrenches to a wristlock but Fallon powers her way to a headlock and takeover. Carlee fights around, pushes Fallon toa headscissors, and she squeezes tight! Fallon slips free, but Carlee avoid the splash! Carlee wrenches to wristlock, but Fallon throws knees! Fallon whips, Carlee ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RAAN! Then CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Carlee keeps on Fallon with a wrench and wristlock, but Fallon breaks free.

Fallon CHOPS Carlee, then RAMS her to a corner! Fallon digs her shoulder in, lets off, but Carlee BOOTS her away! Fallon runs up, but Carlee puts her on the apron! Carlee ROCKS Fallon, but Fallon avoids the shoulder to BOOT Carlee down! Fallon talks smack on Kendal, then she goes back into the ring. Fallon TOSSES Carlee to a corner, stomps a mudhole in then digs her boot in! The ref counts, Fallon lets off and Carlee sputters. Fallon snapmares Carlee down, then clamps on for a chinlock and armlock. The fans rally, Carlee fights up, and Fallon pries free, only for Fallon to kick low! Fallon whips, Carlee sunset flips! TWO!

Carlee stands up but into a BOOT! Fallon snarls, she drags Carlee up and back suplexes, but Carlee lands out to jump on! SLEEPER! Fallon reaches out as Carlee thrashes around! Fallon RAMS Carlee into buckles! Carlee lets go, and WENDY CHOO Is behind Kendal! Carlee cravats Fallon, Kendal turns around, and then Fallon and Carlee fall out of the ring! Kendal is worried for Carlee, but Wendy clamps on the COBRA CLUTCH! Kendal goes night night, and then Wendy glares at Carlee. Carlee puts Fallon in but realizes what happened to Kendal! Carlee still ROCKS Fallon, ROCKS her again, then dodges the lariat to DROPKICK!

Carlee hurries  up to whip Fallon, but Fallon reverses. Fallon runs up but into an elbow! Carlee goes up, up and CROSSBODY FLOPS as Fallon moves! Fallon then gets Carlee up, Fisherman CUTTER! Carlee sits up, into the SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Fallon wins!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

New attitudes seem to be the theme for NXT lately, as Fallon’s edge cuts down Carlee, and Wendy going all weird put Kendal to bed! Will Fallon stampede her way up towards that Women’s North American Championship?

 

NXT Media catches up with Eddy Thorpe.

They know The Alpha Wolf didn’t win in the battle royal, but he seems to have that fire in his eyes. Yeah, they all saw him out there. He had an injury that put him out of action for awhile, but he got a great return win and a strong showing tonight. He wants to pick up momentum so that once he gets going, he’ll be the one challenging Trick, Oba, or even Tony D. Sorry if he seems a little all over the place, but NXT is getting hot and he wants to be in the middle of it. Eddy heads out for the night, but will he soon be at the precipice of a great opportunity?

 

Je’Von Evans gets checked by medical.

The doc wants him to be careful with those ribs, but Je’Von says hey, he’s headed to Heatwave. Trick walks in to say hey and congrats on the battle royal. But two matches in one night? Let’s talk about it! Je’von says you know he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do. Ya boi gotta keep pushing. But is he good? Yeah, yeah. Appreciate you, Doc. Trick just wants Je’Von to understand, Ethan Page is a bad man. He stepped into NXT, hustled his way to a title match, and now he’s trying to do it all again. Je’Von has to put an end to this. Je’Von says Ethan’s goofy, this ain’t nothing. Then that’s why Je’Von has to handle Ethan for real this time.

Je’Von says thanks, but Ethan thinks this is just a game. Trick says Ethan doesn’t belong in NXT. Doesn’t matter how much time is on his contract, if it were Trick, Ethan will always be an outsider. Je’Von says real talk, he’ll get that W, then it’ll be the two of them for this title. They shake on it, but will the Young OG be able to make it through another hard fought match here tonight? Or is Trick right about Ethan being a snake?

 

Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Chase U VS The Good Brothers w/ Mia Yim!

Professor Chase & The Chase U MVP stood up on behalf of Ridge Holland, and now they’ll be fighting on behalf of him, too! Will they show that The OC isn’t the only club that sticks together? Or will things be Just Too Sweet?

NXT returns and The Good Brothers make their entrance, Michin by their side. The teams sort out and Chase starts against The Machine Gun. Karl kicks low, bumps Chase off buckles then fires hands. Karl headlocks, Chase opwers up and out, but Karl runs him over! Things keep moving, Karl hurdles bu tChase hip tosses! Chase brings Karl around to headlock takeover, and he grind sKarl down. Karl fights up, powers up and out, but Chase runs him over! Chase runs, but Karl drops. Chase hurdles, turns hip toss into hip toss, and the fans fire up! Chase bumsp Karl off buckles, tags Duke, and Chase U whips Karl back into the corner!

Chase U double body shot then high-ten to DOUBLE CLUB! Cover, TWO! Duke wrenches Karl, RAMS his shoulder, then wrenches and runs Karl over! Cover, TWO! Duke facelocks Karl, tags Chase, and then whips. Chase drip toeholds for Duke to drop an elbow! Chase covers, TWO! The fans rally as Chase facelocks, but Karl RAMS him into the OC corner! Tag to Gallows but Chase fires hands first! Chase ELBOWS Karl, but Gallows UPPERCUTS! And hits a BIG back suplex! Gallows runs to BOOT Chase down! And then he drops a BIG elbow! And another BIG elbow! And then a third BIG elbow! Cover, TWO!

Gallows is annoyed but he drags Chase up to bump him off buckles. Gallows ROCKS Chase, brings him around, and scoops to a SLAM! Gallows throws up the Too Sweet, then brings Chase up to scoop and SLAM again! Gallows tags Karl, and Karl drags Chase up to whip. Karl ELBOWS Chase down, covers, TWO! Karl stays on Chase and tags Gallows in. The Good Brothers mug Mr. Chase, then Gallows snapmares Chase into a chinlock. The fans rally, Chase fights up, and Chase fires body shots! Chase JAWBREAKERS free, but Karl tags in! Karl keeps Chase from Duke and whips him to an open corner. But Chase BOOTS back!

Chase ducks Gallows’ cheap shot, dodges Karl, hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies with forearms, then he even DECKS Gallows! Duke whips, Karl reverses but Duke breaks the lariat to CLOBBER him! Gallows gets in but gets JAB after JAB after JAB! Flip, flop, fly and U~! BIONIC ELBOW! Karl BOOTS Duke, goes up a corner, but Duke handsprings to SUPER STEINER?! The fans fire up and Duke covers, Gallows breaks it! Chase gets in to fire hands, he and Duke CLOBBER Gallows out of the ring! Chase goes to the apron to SUPERKICK! And then CANNONBALL! Direct hit and down goes Gallows! Mia and Thea check their guys while Duke has Karl.

Duke suplexes. Karl slips free and shoves! Duke reverses that to roll Karl up, and is Ridge helping?! CHASE U WINS!

Winners: Andre Chase & Duke Hudson, by pinfall

Duke seems rather surprised! The cameras weren’t in position, did Yorkshire Grit sneak a little assist? Will it matter once Chase U is back in contention for the tag titles?

 

Ava Raine meets with Kelani Jordan.

Robert Stone & Stevie Turner are there as the GM congratulates Kelani on her first title defense. But Ava also has to say, there was a long, long line of women in front of her door wanting their shot at Kelani. Kelani knows, but as one challenge ends, another begins. And she knows who it should be. Someone who is deserving, who never complains or feels like they’re owed anything. But in steps Arianna Grace. Doesn’t Kelani know it’s not polite to talk about someone behind their backs? But in this case, she’ll allow it!

Arianna moves Stevie aside to say Kelani is such a sweetheart to be thinking about her. Especially when Arianna wasn’t even in the combine to qualify for a chance. So she just wants to tell Kelani thanks, and she accepts. Uh, sorry, Arianna, this is kinda awkward, but Kelani didn’t mean Arianna just now. She was talking about someone who never asks for anything, never complains, stuff like that. And who is that? Sol Ruca. Ohhh… Yes… Well, Sol is nice, but she doesn’t carry herself like a champion! Or a pageant queen. Sol surfs! The only thing that suits her is the ocean. And Arianna is so much better that it’s funny!

Stone says if that’s the case, Arianna should prove it. Ava agrees! Sol VS Arianna next week, winner gets the shot. Arianna has no choice but to accept, will she back up her words and win her way to the title match? Or will she just get her Soul Snatched?

 

Chase U regroups backstage.

Thea is all fired up! They just beat THE OC! Do you see what happens when Chase U is on the same page? Congrats on the win! Andre Chase thanks Thea, but just wishes Riley was here to be part of it. When does he get back? Soon, hopefully. And what were the Good Brothers complaining about after? No idea. Duke looks at Ridge and Chase jokingly asks if Duke was up to no good. Duke says why him? But uh, no, he didn’t do nothing, didn’t see nothing. Well, Ridge, did you see something? No, just Duke rolling ’em up clean as a whistle. Well, alright! Time to celebrate! Chase and Thea head out, Ridge and Duke give each other a look. Was there something fishy about that win?

 

Fallon Henley throws a fit backstage!

Even though she won, The Cowgirl is still upset! Everyone just skips over her like she’s nothing! Jacy & Jazmyn walk in and say she is pretty pissed. Uh yeah she is! Wanna know why? Cuz Kelani doesn’t even deserve to have that title in the first place, and this is a damn joke! Join the club. At least Fallon’s nose isn’t broken. And she also won her match! Jacy & Jazmyn weren’t even pinned! Well then it is either Sol Ruca or Arianna Grace! So much for seniority, or even respect. Is that too much to ask for? No, it is not. In fact, Jacy is sick of the way things are done around here. So is Fallon. Are these former enemies bonding over… toxicity?

 

Trick Williams heads to ringside!

The fans cheer as THE NXT Champion is going to join commentary for this main event! Will he see the Young OG handle business? Or is All Ego about to take away Je’Von’s ticket to Toronto by force?

Je’von Evans VS Ethan Page!

NXT returns and The Young OG is already in the ring, pointing to his guy, Trick. Ethan makes his entrance, the fans boo, but the bell rings. Ethan runs up, Je’Von dodges and fires off hands! Ethan fires back and hits Je’Von in the ribs! Ethan reels Je’Von in but Je’Von slips under to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! The fans fire up but Ethan kicks the legs out! Ethan KICKS Je’Von in the side! The fans boo but Ethan RAMS into Je’Von! And RAMS him again! And again! The ref counts, Ethan lets off to argue with the ref, then Ethan fires body shots! Ethan clamps on with the cobra clutch and cradle, for the SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Ethan is frustrated already but he stalks Je’Von and talks trash. Ethan KNEES Je’von in the side, but Je’Von CHOPS! Ethan stomps Je’Von around, drags him up by the rib tape, and puts Je’Von in a corner. Ethan KNEES low, whips corner to corner hard, and Je’Von falls to the mat! The fans boo but Ethan soaks it all up. Cover, TWO! Ethan covers again, TWO! Ethan drags Je’Von up by the tape again, brings him around, and scoops to SLAM! Ethan KNEES Je”von in the side, and KNEES him again! And again! The fans boo as Ethan stomps away. The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but then he drags Je’Von up.

Je’Von fires body shots, then CHOPS! Je’Von runs up, but Ethan FLAPJACKS him on the ropes! Je’Von falls back, Ethan hauls him up, and Canadian Racks for the EGO’S- RANA! Je’Von throws Ethan, then runs up to trip him! DUOBLE STOMPS! Ethan sputters and cries in pain, but Je’Von SUPERKICKS Ethan out of the ring! Je’Von tells Ethan to get back up and in, but NXT goes picture in picture.

Ethan leans against the desk, but Je’Von goes out to stalk him. Ethan kicks but Je’Von dodges to CHOP! Je’Von brings Ethan around but Ethan RAMS him into the apron! Ethan drags Je’von up to APRON BACK SUPLEX! Je’Von flounders, Ethan storms in and covers, TWO! Je’Von is still in this but those ribs are in rough shape. Ethan stalks Je’Von to ropes, drags him up, and shoves him into ropes to CLUB him on the rebound! Je’Von falls over, Ethan drags him back up. Ethan shoves and CLUBS Je’Von again! Ethan paces around, drags Je’Von up again, and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Je’Von grits his teeth as he stays in this match, but Ethan stalks him to ropes. Ethan drags Je’Von up, reels him in, and puts him on the ropes! DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Je’Von writhes but Ethan tells the ref to check. Je’Von refuses to give in so Ethan drag shim up. Je’Von fires body shots, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Je’Von whips, Ethan reverses, and a kitchen sink knee hits Je’Von low! NXT returns to single picture and Ethan clamps onto an arm for a low abdominal stretch! The fans rally, Je’Von fights up and he fires body shots. Ethan CLOBBERS Je’Von! The fans boo but Ethan says kiss his ass!

Ethan stalks Je’Von, drags him up, and suplexes to hang Je’Von out to dry! Je’Von bounces off the ropes, into a deadlift POWERSLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Je’Von survives and Ethan grows frustrated. The fans rally but Ethan stalks Je’Von. Ethan gets the legs, and he forces Je’Von over into the LION TAMER! Je’Von endures as Ethan uses another famous Canadian’s hold, but Je’Von claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Ethan lets go, and Je’von sputters as he grabs at ropes. Ethan drags Je’Von up, reels him in, and suplexes. Je’Von slips free, blocks a shot, then body shots! Je’Von fires off hands and the fans fire up!

Ethan swings, Je’Von dodges to fire off more hands! Je’Von DECKS Ethan! Je’Von runs to LRAIAT! And ELBOW! Je’Von has Ethan in a corner, whips him, but Ethan reverses. Je’Von slides to a stop, dodges Ethan and rebounds to NEURALIZER! The fans fire up and Je’Von hurries to the apron! Je’Von springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ethan stays in this and even Trick is a little surprised. Je’Von springboards, but Ethan dodges the OG Cutter! Ethan then goes to a corner, runs up, but Je’Von BOOTS, HEEL KICKS, and BLUE THUNDER BOMBS! High stack, TWO! Ethan escapes but Je’Von runs! But into a LARIAT!

Ethan deadlifts again, but Je’Von uses that to DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives but Trick cheers the Young OG on. Je’Von climbs a corner, but Ethan shoves him down! The ribs hit top rope, and Ethan has the Canadian Rack! EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan wins!

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall

Trick frowns as All Ego takes advantage of Je’Von and gets a win he perhaps shouldn’t have. But then Ethan storms out to get in Trick’s face! Ethan beat the #1 contender, so shouldn’t he be #1 contender now? Trick says that’s not how it works, but wait! Shawn Spears goes after Je’Von! The fans boo but Trick goes after Spears! But then Ethan goes after Trick! The Canadians mug Trick while fans boo! Ethan and Spears stomp away in the corner, then they bring Trick back up. But Je’Von springboards, DOUBLE OG CUTTER!! The fans fire up as all four men are down, the title down between them all! Everyone grabs for the gold, are things only going to heat up towards Heatwave?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, but a very talkative one. I get it, promos help to move stories along but did we need this many promos to do it? I did appreciate there was story integration at least. Kelani VS Mia was really good, but Jaida screws Mia over because of their ongoing feud. We’ll definitely be getting a Mixed Six of OTM VS The OC now, but we might even throw Chase U into that as Ridge surely did help Duke cheat that pin to beat The Good Brothers. And a Mixed Six Triple Threat would be kinda fun, maybe a little chaotic. But clearly it’s also helping build a sort of Chase U Civil War as Duke & Riley try to show everyone they were right about Ridge all along.

The tag division in NXT is really heating up, too. Great NXT Anonymous video of Ty & Ty going after Gallus, I hope they’ll be part of Tag Team Turmoil next week. Same goes for Hank ‘n’ Tank and New Catch Republic. And I do appreciate the tension being created between Axiom and Frazer. Honestly, Frazer should be trying to convince Axiom they can be a Two Man Power Trip but Axiom seems about singular focus so they don’t lose what they’ve got. Tony VS Frazer is going to be a great Heritage Cup match, but I feel like Axiom’s lack of support is going to be why Frazer loses out in the end.

Related to the Heritage Cup, No Quarter Catch Crew feels like it’s falling apart. Dempsey is starting to be delusional, off in his own little world, but Tavion VS Damon is going to be really good. Also, it’s still very clever how they subtly poke fun at Myles Borne being partially deaf. I still feel like Tavion and Damon should end up a team of great shoot wrestlers and they can go after the tag titles. I’m just not sure the endgame for NQCC with Dempsey driving himself crazy trying to be more like The D’Angelo Family.

Fallon’s story also grows stronger with how she’s bitter over this Women’s North American Championship stuff. Good match from her and Carlee, but what a surprise that Wendy showed up just to choke out Kendal. And good bit with Arianna Grace where she of course thinks she’s more important than she is. Sol will definitely beat Arianna in the #1 contender’s match, but Fallon joining forces with Jacy & Jazmyn is an interesting trio. Great Triple Threat tag with Roxie & Lola winning. Roxie VS Lola is clearly the next Women’s Championship match, that’ll be good stuff.

Good promo for Izzi Dame to help us learn some of her sports origin story. A little surprised we didn’t get this sooner, because it would’ve helped her be more than just Kiana James’ sidekick. And I’m both okay and disappointed that Tatum going after Jordynne Grace was done so quickly with it being an Against All Odds open challenge type move. I’m okay because it’s done, I don’t have to worry about missing out on anything on TNA’s weekly programming. But I’m disappointed that they didn’t try a little harder on returning the favor of NXT visiting TNA. At least, at this point. We surely will get more crossover, I just hope they make it feel equal.

Speaking of which, kinda didn’t feel that way in the battle royal tonight. Yes, it was awesome that THE Joe Hendry made his NXT debut, but why was he the first person eliminated? Why wasn’t he in the spot Kaz filled in this match? I suppose it’d make more sense if I knew how the feud of Hendry and Kaz was going on TNA, but then why not kill two birds with one stone? Hendry eliminates Kaz for the TNA story, but then all of us get what we want with having more Joe Hendry on NXT. In the end, it was still an NXT guy winning, so what harm would it do to make Hendry one of the finalists?

Likewise, very clever of them to have Ethan eliminated without being eliminated while adding heat to Ethan’s story with Oro. And then we got a great main event out of Ethan VS Je’Von. Ethan of course wins after all the damage Je’Von’s ribs have taken, but I also like that we’re getting more Spears VS Je’Von going on. And that closing image tonight definitely teases a Fatal 4 Way for the title. It’s obvious, right? They’re gonna be in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and we’ve got two Canadians in Spears and Ethan. They’ll get the hometown crowd into it, and with a Fatal 4, whether Trick wins or loses, it helps protect everybody with how they can make things chaotic and opportunistic.

My Score: 8.8/10


Powered by RedCircle


Let us know what you think on social media @ChairshotMedia and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
Continue Reading

Coverage

Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/17/24)

Turn the corner towards Toronto!

Published

on

Got my mind on my money and my money on my mind!

WWE made it through Clash at the Castle, and now prepares for Money in the Bank! Who will qualify for the Men’s & Women’s ladder matches tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Braun Strowman; Braun wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Zelina Vega VS Iyo Sky VS Kiana James; Iyo wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Dragon Lee w/ The LWO VS Carlito w/ JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio; Carlito wins.
  • Damage CTRL VS Katana Chance & Kayden Carter; Chance & Carter win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Bron Breakker VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins, by disqualification, no word on #1 contender.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Jey Uso VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor; Jey wins and advances to MITB Toronto.

PLAY BY PLAY

Seth Rollins is here!

Corpus Christi, Texas fires up as The Architect makes his return! He’s been away since his epic battle against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 40, and he’s dressed as dapper as ever as he makes his way into the ring. Rollins revels in the fans singing “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” for him after two-and-a-half months away, and takes a bow. Then the fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Rollins then tells Corpus Christi, “Let me welcome you back to Monday Night Rollins~!” The fans fire up more and Rollins says that in case you’d forgot, let him introduce your host for this evening. He is a Visionary, he is a Revolutionary, he is… SETH! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS!

The fans cheer more and Rollins soaks it in. The fans sing again, and Rollins says he missed the fans, too. Now, he will cut to the chase, because he figures the fans will sing all night anyway. He is back for one reason. He’s seen ’em all, faced ’em all, beat ’em all, and done it all. He did not get into this business to be one of the best, but to be THE VERY BEST OF ALL TIME! And he cannot do that without getting back the championship that he made! THE WWE World Heavyweight Championship! Then Rollins looks up at the briefcases hanging overhead. MITB is only a few short weeks away… Rollins knows how to climb a ladder pretty well.

And Rollins is quite familiar with the MITB contract. So he figures, that is the fastest way for him to get back in the mix for- Well, speak of the champion, Damian Priest is here! El Campeon walks his way out to the ring, and he gets himself a mic as he stands face to face with Rollins. The fans boo but Priest tells Rollins that he isn’t being sarcastic, he really did want to come out here to be the first to welcome Rollins back. Rollins looks great, looks healthy, it is good to have him back. And real talk, Priest has been wanting some face to face time with Rollins to tell him straight up, that he was hoping to cash-in on Rollins at Mania. Out of respect, of course.

That didn’t happen, but Priest feels he’s doing okay. Hate to tell Rollins, through, this isn’t Monday Night Rollins. It is now where they #AllRise for El Campeon. Rollins laughs and says hey, let’s cut Priest some slack, he had a rough weekend. He almost lost a leg in Scotland! And Rollins likes where Priest is coming from, respects it, and priest may not know this but they’re a lot alike. Think about it: they both made their names in groups, Judgment Day and The Shield; they both won MITB contracts, had to wait a long time to cash in, but when they did, they left a mark on the Grandest Stage of Them All, and that is how they both won their first world titles.

So very similar they are, but there is one thing that separates Rollins from Priest. At some point, Rollins grew a set. Now, Rollins was talking about legacy. He wants to be the greatest of all time, and to have that legacy for himself, he had to stand on his own two feet. So let’s ask Priest a question, the question we’ve all been wondering since Mania: What kind of Champion does Priest want to be? What does he want this legacy to be? One of the greats? Or just a footnote in the history of The Judgment Day? Priest says that’s a fair question. But Priest will remind Rollins of something. When Rollins had the title, Priest was his first challenger.

And back then, Rollins won, because he was better. He was. But times have changed. Saturday, Priest almost lost a leg, so people thought he was gonna have to give up the title. The only thing he’s giving up is the fact Rollins is still better than him. The type of legacy Priest wants to leave? Don’t worry about ladders or briefcases. MITB in Toronto can just be Priest VS Rollins for the World Championship! Really? Is this a trap? Are the boys gonna jump Rollins? No, the boys don’t even know Priest is out here! This is them, man to man! Does Rollins want a shot at Priest’s world title or not!? The fans say “YES! YES! YES!”

Rollins says if it’s that simple, then challenge accepted! The fans fire up and Rollins tells Priest to remember this: As long as Rollins is here, this show will always and forever be Monday Night Rollins! The fans are all fired up, and we already have the headliner to MITB 2024! Will Rollins #BurnItDown in Toronto? Or will he fall as we #AllRise for El Campeon?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He discusses the qualifiers, but then there’s a knock on his door. In walks The Alpha Academy. Chad Gable says he’d been looking for the Raw GM. As a man like him, an intellectual, someone who understands common sense, surely Pearce understands Chad Gable’s frustrations with his number one disappointment, Lil’ Bo Peep Maxxine Dupri, and “Every Other Day Off” Akira Tozawa missing the trip. Gable would be champion now if not for that. So please, give him what he deserves, and make another rematch with Sami Zayn. Pearce says he understands Gable’s frustrations, and how much that title means to him.

But you know what else he gets? That Gable should win his way to another title match, just like everyone else. Gable gets in Tozawa’s face as he asks if they heard that. Back of the line!? Like everyone else?! Gable isn’t like everyone else, he’s a leader! Gable then says he’ll keep a cool head in this game. Find him someone to face, then. Someone worthy of his skills. After all, he’s an Olympian, he can take it. So anyone at all? Then Pearce has the perfect opponent. Okay, make it official. Official it is! Gable tells The Academy not to screw this one up! The Academy heads out, but just who is Pearce going to give Gable? We find out, after the break.

Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS ???

Raw returns and Gable glares right at the stage. Who is his opponent? BRAAAUN~! The fans fire up as The Monster of All Monsters, a former Intercontinental Champion in his own right, is set up as quite the roadblock on Gable’s path back to Sami Zayn. Will Gable be able to climb that mountain? Or will he have no choice but to accept he’s at the back of the line?

The bell rings and the fans rally for “ONE! BIG! S O B!” Braun flexes, Gable circles with him, and Gable goes around to waistlock. Braun elbows free, then CLUBS him in a corner! Braun whips, Gable holds ropes then BOOTS back! Gable runs but into a scoop! Gable fights free, waistlocks, and uses ropes but Braun still bucks the O’Conner to BOOT Gable down! The fans cheer and Braun says Gable is a bully. They don’t have to put up with his crap! Braun HEADBUTTS Gable, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS! Gable sputters, Braun whips him corner to corner hard, and Gable falls back! Gable flounders and the fans cheer.

Braun puts Gable up top, tells him he hates bullies, but Gable gets a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Gable says, “That’s how it’s done, you morons!” Gable sits up, but Braun CHOPS him to the floor! The fans cheer while the Academy is beside themselves, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Braun runs up to run Gable over! And run him over again! Braun whips Gable to a corner hard, and Gable falls back again! Braun stands Gable up to then TOSS him across the way! Gable tumbles out of the ring, Braun rips his shirt off and the fans fire up! The ring count starts, but Braun goes out! The Strowman Express builds speed, but Gable uses Tozawa as a shield! Braun THROWS Tozawa at Gable! Gable flounders, gets in the ring, and Braun pursues. Gable KICKS away on Braun’s leg, then runs, into a scoop! MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Braun wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Gable tried but no, he could not topple the towering Monster of All Monsters. And yet who is he blaming? He glares at Maxxine, Tozawa and Otis, and tells them all to get in the ring! The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Gable demands Tozawa step forward. Tozawa reluctantly does step forward, and Gable shoves him around! And pulls on his ear! Maxxine hobbles forward on her bad foot to stand up to Gable! Gable says she’s gonna get all tough now, huh? He takes her crutch! And he throws it away! The fans boo as Gable tells her to leave, even though she’s on one good foot! Otis goes to help, as does Tozawa, but Gable says he’s not done with Tozawa.

Gable SLAPS Tozawa down! Otis hears that and turns around! The fans fire up as Otis sees what Gable’s done, and then Otis looks at Gable. And he SHOVES Gable! And rips off the shirt! Gable panics, begs for mercy from Otis, but Otis’ rage is boiling up! But Otis being the better man, he spares Gable and helps Tozawa out of the ring. Otis helps both Tozawa and Maxxine to the back, and the fans tell Gable, “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Gable says they’re supposed to be a family, but clearly he’s the only one who doesn’t understand. Is Gable truly all alone now?

 

Pat McAfee uses the telestrator to explain the mystery of Liv Morgan’s keycard.

Everyone was wondering how that keycard disappeared last week, Pat points out that with a sleight of hand during the fist bump, it was Finn Balor who took Liv’s keycard! Did he perchance try and use it last week, too?

 

Judgment Day regroups in the clubhouse.

JD McDonagh and Carlito talk darts, but Finn says this Braun Strowman stuff is turning into a runaway train. JD says they’ve tried dealing wit him, but he’s massive! Priest walks in, says sup, and Finn congratulates him on the big win at Clash at the Castle. And it goes without saying, any issue with Rollins, Finn has Priest’s back. Priest says he appreciates it, but will table it for later. Because he needs to say it’s not cool that Finn took the keycard, and did it in a really sketchy way. Finn says that sounds like an accusation. But just so Priest knows, Finn took it to protect Dom. The keycard is gone, in the trash, good riddance. Is that okay with El Campeon?

Priest says relax, he didn’t mean it like that. He’s just saying, Finn’s been acting odd lately. But hey, Finn has the MITB qualifier, and Priest has no doubt Finn is the next Mr. MITB. But as such, Priest wants to know where Finn’s head is at. Finn says he’ll be straight with Priest. When Finn wins the briefcase, he will cash in to become champion. By going after Cody. Heh, got ya. But really, do any of them really want Rey Mysterio or Jey Uso becoming Mr. MITB? No, you can trust Finn. Right, fair enough. Just making sure they’re on the same page. Hey, Dom, what’s going on? Did you lose something?

Dom says yeah, he can’t find his purple cowboy vest. Oh, maybe he left it in Liv’s hotel room, you dog! Carlito, that’s not helping anybody. Priest asks why Carlito is here when he has a match to get ready for. Right, gotta go. JD says Carlito’s getting to comfy in here. Dom & JD head out with Carlito, and Priest asks if Finn’s talked with Dom lately. Nope. And he’s staying far away from that issue anyway. Is the answer to the missing vest and the sneaky keycard the one in the same in lil’ Miss Morgan playing games?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Zelina Vega VS Iyo Sky VS Kiana James!

The first qualifier sees La Muneca, the Evil Genius and The One Percent battle with very little holding them back. Who will grab that first golden ticket to Toronto here tonight?

Raw returns and Kiana makes her entrance, followed by Zelina’s. The bell rings and Iyo ROCKS Zelina, throws her down, then CLUBS away! Kiana goes after Iyo, ROCKS her, but Iyo just frowns. Iyo CLAWS at Kiana, Zelina throws Iyo down! Iyo fires back but Zelina blocks, kicks and KNEES her down! Cover, but Kiana breaks it right up! Kiana then rolls Zelina up, TWO! Kiana kicks Zelina low, bumps her off buckles, then stomps away in the corner. The fans boo but Kiana runs up, into a RANA! The fans fire up, but then Iyo DROPKICKS Zelina down! Iyo fires up, the fans are torn, but Iyo ducks Kiana’s haymaker to HOTSHOT!

Iyo says IKU ZO, and she ASAI MOONSAULTS Kiana down! Iyo fires up again, but Zelina METEORAS to the floor! The fans fire up with Zelina, she points to the briefcases, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, all three woemn are on the corner, DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Zelina & Iyo take Kiana down but they both cover, the ref waves it off! Can’t have a tie in a match like this, y’know. Zelina and Iyo glare at each other, then go forehead to forehead. They fire forearm for forearm! The fans fire up, Zelina fires off, but Iyo SHOTEIS! Iyo reels Zelina in but Zelina wrenches out, kicks low, and hops on. Iyo pops out, gets around, underhooks, and TIGER BACKBREAKER! Iyo is all fired up and the fans are with her! Iyo runs corner to corner, but Kiana RAMS her into the corner! Kiana RAMS Zelina, too!

Kiana reels Zelina in, gut wrenches, and POWERBOMBS! Cover, Iyo rolls Kiana up! TWO! Kiana kicks Iyo, drags Zelina back up, but Zelina arm-drags free! Zelina blocks Iyo’s kick, ELBOWS her down, “This is Awesome!” as Kina scoops but Zelina slips free. Zelina schoolgirls to KICK Kiana down! Zelina lifts Iyo up with a foot, then BOOTS her down! Kiana gets Zelina, throws her at Iyo and Zelina RANAS Iyo away! Kiana runs up, into a wheelbarrow and somersault into buckles! But Iyo MISSILE DROPKICKS Zelina! The fans fire up as Iyo stomps Kiana, goes up and up the corner, but Zelina runs to 619 the legs out!

The fans fire up as Zelina runs at Iyo, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, KIANA BREAKS IT! The fans fire up as all three women are down again! Kiana gets Zelina up but Zelina JAWBREAKERS back! Zelina runs, goes to the apron, but ducks a backhand! Zelina BOOTS Kiana, but look! Liv Morgan is here! She’s wearing Dom’s vest! Zelina tells Liv to go away, but Kiana gets her with a CODE BREAKER! Iyo METEORAS! Then she goes up and up and OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Iyo wins!

Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Liv applauds as she costs Zelina and helps Iyo. Is this Liv’s way of winning Dom over? By sticking it to the LWO? As for Iyo, will she become a back-to-back Miss MITB?

 

Sami Zayn is here!

Corpus Christi cheers as the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring. He’s made it through a trilogy with Chad Gable, but what will be next for him? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and fans cheer on Sami as he gets a mic. Sami says, “Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to walk into Corpus Christi tonight STILL your Intercontinental Champion!” The fans cheer that! Sami continues by saying he won’t lie, Saturday, Clash at the Castle, Gable did not make it easy. You can boo him, Sami doesn’t like Gable either. But it is never easy in the ring with him. And to think, all this personal stuff, it all started just because Sami beat Gable in a wrestling match. And now, after months and months, after the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the personal and ambush attacks, it is over because Sami beat him in a wrestling match!

Sami says as far as he’s concerned, he is moving on from Gable. But he’d be lying if he said it’d be easy to move on from The Alpha Academy. Sami feels for them, he was just like them. But his time in The Bloodline proved that everyone has to do things on their own time. Sami didn’t leave until he was ready, Jey Uso didn’t leave until he was ready. The fans say “YEET!” for Jey and Sami is convinced, especially after tonight, that The Academy, when they are ready, they will leave Gable. So now, Sami looks forward to do his job, which is defending this title against anyone and everyone! But wait, here comes Bron Breakker!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew makes his way out, coming off of beating Ilja Dragunov and all but destroying Ricochet last week. Bron goes right to the ring, gets himself a mic, and he stares Sami down. The fans bark it up, others boo, but Sami asks if Bron really interrupted just so he could stand here, or does he have something to say? Bron says he doesn’t have much to say. Sami knows what he’s here for and what he’s capable of doing in this ring. Bron’s left a long list of bodies laying, and Sami is just next on that list. Because Bron is taking that Intercontinental Championship! The fans boo but Sami holds his ground.

Sami holds the belt up, the fans cheer him on, and Bron smirks. Sami says if this is what Bron wants, then- SHEAMUS walks out here? The fans fire up for The Celtic Warrior and he has a mic to say, “Corpus Christi, what’s the crack?” Now, cut the brakes, Sami. His fellow Ginger Ninja! As everyone knows, Sheamus has been chasing that Intercontinental title for a very long five years. He has put on banger after banger after banger, so if anyone’s getting a shot, maybe Sami should consider him? Sheamus wants Sami to know, though, he respects him a lot.

If and when this opportunity does arrive, and nothing personal, but Sheamus wuold do anything to get his hands on that title. Whether it’s from Sami’s cold dead hands or not, Sheamus is coming for it. Bron barks at Sheamus, and says he can’t act like Bron’s not even here! Bron says no one cares about the sob story of Sheamus. We all know what happens when someone gets in Bron’s way. And right now, Sheamus is in Bron’s way! Bron will kick Sheamus’ ass, too! The fans are torn but Sheamus says Bron’s gonna kick his ass? What? Put him on some list? Sheamus will explain this. Bron is on the run of a lifetime as the new hot thing in WWE.

But as far as the IC title goes, Bron has no skin in this game. And Bron IS the new kid on the block. Bron smirks again, but Sheamus tells him to get to the back of the line, before Sheamus makes him! These two stare down, Sami steps forward to say, “Well, it seems like you guys really need to sort this out.” This is what Sami will do. He will talk to Pearce, and Sami is pretty sure Corpus Christi doesn’t wanna see these two talk it out! They wanna sese these two fight it out, right here, later tonight! The fans cheer that, and both big men grin. The Fella and the Brutal Badass are surely going to

 

Dragon Lee speaks.

“Carlito cost me the chance to tag with the legend, Rey Mysterio, at WrestleMania XL.” It was a betrayal and a blindside attack, like a coward! But finally, Dragon will get his revenge. “Carlito, you will learn when you mess with a dragon, you will get burned.” The Boy Wonder takes on Caribbean Cool, and it’s next!

 

Backstage interview with Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn.

Jackie Redmond is with the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and congratulates them on their win from Saturday. What a night at Clash at the Castle! Have they come down from the high? No, they have not. That was a dream come true to win these titles in front of friends, family and all of Scotland, and then celebrate with them. But the celebration is over, the hard work starts now. Because it doesn’t matter where in the world they are, they will take on anyone who tries to take their titles? But then Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark walk in. Their titles? Reminder: Shayna & Zoey beat them pretty handedly last week on Raw.

And also, if you missed it, Shayna is pretty sure that she made Jade tap at some point. And the way these two see it, Alba & Isla are just keeping the titles warm for them. Shayna & Zoey are aimed at MITB, but they will come for the belts that are rightfully theirs. Alba says any time, any place. Shayna says be careful what you wish for. The Submission Magician & Hunter head out, but when and where will they get their shot at the wicked witches?

 

Dragon Lee w/ The LWO VS Carlito w/ JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio!

Raw returns and Carlito makes his entrance, The Irish Ace & Dirty Dom with him. The bell rings and Dragon runs up to CLOBBER Carlito! The fans fire up as Dragon fires off, but Carlito whips him away. Carlito runs up, but into a BOOT! Dragon runs in, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Carlito stands, into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Carlito hangs in there but Dragon ENZIGIRIS! Carlito bails out, the fans fire up, and Dragon slingshots to PLANCHA, but Carlito catches him! Carlito THROWS Dragon into barriers! JD & Dom applaud, Carlito refreshes the count, and Carlito glares at Rey. Carlito drags Dragon up, then RAMS him into the barriers.

The fans boo Carlito but he puts Dragon in the ring. Carlito dares The LWO to go after him, but they can’t because they’re scared. But then Dragon FLYING RANAS to throw Carlito back down! The fans fire up as Dragon gets Carlito back up, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Dragon is up top. Dragon leaps to DIVING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Carlito survives but Judgment Day is a bit worried. The fans rally as Dragon aims, runs up, tilt-o-whirl, but Carlito says no to the DDT! Dragon JUMP KNEES, runs, but Carlito ELBOWS him! Carlito runs up, but Dragon sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! The fans fire up as Dragon runs, but Carlito fireman’s carries for a TKO! Both men are down and the fans rally. Carlito crawls to a cover, TWO! Dragon survives and the fans rally up. Carlito waits on Dragon to rise, and Dragon is in the corner. Carlito runs in to RAM into Dragon!

Carlito hoists Dragon up top, climbs up to join him, then goes to the very top. But Dragon trips Carlito into the Tree of Woe! Dragon stands to drop the WOE STOMPS! The fans fire up and Dragon reels Carlito in. Carlito back drops free of the bomb! Carlito kicks low, runs, then KNEE LIFTS! Carlito keeps going, but Dragon slips through the lariat! Dragon reels Carlito back in, gets him up, SITOUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Carlito survives and LWO can’t believe it! JD & Dom can breathe easy now, but wait! Here comes Liv~! She shows off how she looks in Dom’s vest, and Dom asks for it back! When did she even take it?

But wait, here comes Zelina! She CLOBBERS Liv for earlier, but then Rey & Wilde hurry over! Dom DECKS his dad, then tosses Wilde into steps! Rey fires off hands on his son, but in the chaos, JD YANKS Dragon off the corner! Carlito hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER!! Cover, Carlito wins!

Winner: Carlito, by pinfall

The Judgment Day uses the distractions to their advantage, but what else is new? Will Dragon never have his revenge on Carlito? Will Liv ever have Dom all to herself?

 

Raw shares the exclusive backstage footage from Clash at the Castle.

Punk saw the ref went down during Priest VS McIntyre, and he hurried to ask for a spare ref shirt. He was given one, and as we know, he’d put it on and run out to the ring, just to screw McIntyre.

Speaking of, McIntyre is on his way to gorilla. There’s a lot of QR Code weirdness, too, but what will The Scottish Terminator have to say about the #GlasgowScrewjob? We’ll see, after the break.

 

The Alpha Academy regroups backstage.

Otis helps the others pack up, but Gable storms in! Gable demands to know what Otis is doing putting his hands on Gable! And Gable’s sick of all this crap! Maxxine being the drama queen! Wait, what are they doing? They’re packing, because they’re leaving. What? Leaving to where? Aren’t they a family? Otis tells Gable that they’re done. The Academy walks out on Gable! Gable says no, they don’t say when they’re done, HE says when they’re done! And they ARE done! They’re EXPELLED! They’ll be nothing without him! Just tiny little nobodies! He’s gonna be huge! Massive! And he’ll win MITB, and do something that failure Otis never could. He’s gonna cash in and become world champion!

 

Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring!

Corpus Christi fires up as The Scottish Terminator makes his way out here, in a bad mood after being screwed over in yet another Clash at the Castle main event. Social media had his outburst after the show went off the air, and he has been fined for his actions towards a referee, as well as commentator Corey Graves. The fans chant “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” and that doesn’t help the mood. McIntyre has the mic, but he’s having a hard time finding the words. McIntyre says, “CM Punk…” The fans continue to chant and McIntyre shakes his head. “CM Punk. I can’t do this anymore. Screw this company. I quit.”

WHAT?! McIntyre storms out of the ring and Pearce hurries out here. Pearce tries to get McIntyre to reconsider but McIntyre won’t listen to him. Was what happened on Saturday the straw that broke the camel’s back?

 

Raw returns and…

We see what was going on during commercial. HHH talked with McIntyre at gorilla but McIntyre blames Punk all on HHH. McIntyre storms off, Pearce hurries after, and Pearce wants him to reconsider. Is this really the end of McIntyre in WWE?

 

Damage CTRL VS Katana Chance & Kayden Carter!

Iyo Sky won earlier tonight, and now Dakota Kai & Kairi Sane will look to do the same. Will DMG CTRL finally start to take control of Raw like they once did SmackDown? Or will KC Squared stand in their way like they did last week?

The teams sort out, and DMG CTRL just attacks! They CLOBBER Kayden, drag Katana to center to mug her, then drag her up. Dakota reels Katana in to scoop but Katana slips free! Katana dodges Dakota, BLASTS Kairi then BULLDOGS Dakota! Katana keeps moving and she SHOTGUNS Dakota down! Tag to Kayden, then Katana runs to trip Dakota up! Katana puts Dakota on the apron, Kayden runs to SPLASH her to the floor! Kayden puts Dakota in, covers, but Kairi drags Kayden off! The fans rally, Dakota ROCKS Kayden, and then Dakota puts Kayden in ropes, fora GUILLOTINE STOMP!

Tag to Kairi, Dakota sets Kayden up for the In-SANE ELBOW! Cover, Katana breaks it! Dakota runs up to BOOT Katana down! Kairi CLUBS away on Kayden, Dakota adds some stomps, and they coordinate. Lyra Valkyria is here to check on Katana, but DMG CTRL mugs Kayden more. They reel Kayden in, but they see Lyra cheering Kayden on. That distracts Dakota, but Kayden wrenches out to DDT Kairi! Dakota turns around, runs up, but Kayden gets around to waistlock! Dakota switches, Kayden bucks the O’Conner and SUPERKICKS! Tag to Katana and she goes up! The fans fire up for the AFTER PARTY! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, by pinfall

Lyra gets payback on DMG CTRL by costing them like they cost her! Will The Morrigan and the party girls make sure no one takes control of the Raw Women’s Division?

 

DMG CTRL regroups backstage.

Dakota doesn’t get it. What beef does Lyra have with them? Why’d she do that? Iyo says enough! DMG CTRL has to change. Or else, she changes things herself! Another ultimatum from The Evil Genius, what change does she have planned for the faction’s future?

 

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

These two men both want after Sami Zayn and the title he holds, and just as Sami said, he got this match made for them and for Corpus Christi. As such, Sami is out here to watch this in person, who will he have to face in what will surely be a banger?

The bell rings and the two stare down as fans bark it up. The two tie up, go around, and the fans duel. The two break, go again, and Sheamus puts Bron on ropes. Bron turns things around to put Sheamus in a corner, but he lets off as the ref counts. Sheamus headlocks and hits a takeover! Bron headscissors, Sheamus kips free, and the two reset. They feel things out, tie up, and Sheamus wrenches to a top wristlock. Bron endures but Sheamus brings him to a knee. Bron has the ropes so the ref counts the break. Sheamus lets off, the two reset, and they tie up again. They end up in ropes, then they fall out to the floor!

Bron ROCKS Sheamus first, then throws body shots! Bron follows Sheamus around the way but Sheamus throws a body shot! And an UPPERCUT! Sheamus puts Bron in, storms in, then scoops! Bron fights free, spins Sheamus around to then run, run, and CLOBBER Sheamus! The fans bark it up for Bron, and Bron RAMS Sheamus in a corner. Bron RAMS in again and again, then ROCKS Sheamus with a right. Bron gets moving again, but runs into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up as Bron goes to a corner and Sheamus storms up. Sheamus fireman’s carries, and he ROLLING SENTONS!

Sheamus clamps onto Bron with fishhooks in the mouth, for that Dublin Grin! The fans rally, Bron fights up and he throws some elbows. Bron gets free to then clinch and EXPLODER! Sami is a bit stoic as Sheamus goes to a corner. Bron runs in, but only gets POST as Sheamus moves! Sheamus then runs to clothesline Bron up and out! The fans fire up as Sheamus storms out after Bron, and he leaps from the apron, FLYING LARIAT! Down goes Bron and the fans fire up with with The Fella! Sheamus drags Bron up and puts him in, then goes up to the apron. Bron HOTSHOTS Sheamus, runs, and KNEES Sheamus down!

Sheamus flounders, Bron goes to the apron, and Bron FLYING LARIATS onto the desk!! Both men go up and over commentary and Corpus Christi loses its mind as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Bron has Sheamus in the ring with a chinlock. But Sheamus fights up and fights free with big hands! Bron still fireman’s carries, and he GUTBUSTER DROPS! Cover, TWO! Sheamus survives and Sami is a bit anxious watching this. Bron pie faces Sheamus, taunts him, then pie faces more. Sheamus just gets mad, shoves Bron, and eggs him on! Bron fires up, fires hands, but Sheamus fires back! They go back and forth, then Sheamus has the edge! Sheamus whips, Bron reverses but Sheamus CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! Bron goes to a corner, Sheamus clotheslines!

Sheamus reels Bron in for a scoop, then swings him for a SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bron is still in this and Sami is starting to enjoy this. Sheamus considers his options, and he brings Bron to a corner. Sheamus fireman’s carries, goes up the corner, but Bron slips free! Bron then CLUBS Sheamus on the back, but Sheamus hits back! Bron and Sheamus throw hands, Sheamus again gets the edge, then kicks Bron away. But Bron runs up, goes right to the top, has a bit of a tumble, but he manages the STEINER! But then Sheamus gets up to fireman’s carry! WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives and Sheamus is beside himself.

Sami thought that was it, but Bron goes to a corner. Sheamus whips Bron corner to corner, but Bron comes back to LARIAT! Bron fires up, aims from the corner, and runs in, into a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives again and both Sami and Sheamus are surprised. Corpus Christi fires up as Bron goes to the apron, and Sheamus storms up behind him! Sheamus gives Bron BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! The fans count all the way to TEN and Sheamus lets Bron flop down! The fans are thunderous as Sheamus aims from a corner. Sheamus beats his chest, aims, but LUDWIG KAISER is here! Kaiser trips Sheamus, and SLAMS the bad leg against the post!

Winner: Sheamus, by disqualification

Kaiser beats up on Sheamus more, but Sheamus fires off in return! Sheamus POSTS Kaiser, SMACKS him off the desk, then TOSSES him over barriers! But Bron SPEARS Sheamus!! The ref reprimands, producers hurry out here, and Bron glares at Sami as he passes by. Kaiser’s interference ruined everything for both men, but he’s mostly happy he got one over on Sheamus. Speaking of, Kaiser just goes after Sheamus some more! And he grabs the bad leg! Kaiser brings the kneepad away, then he gets room to run! But Brno is running, too?! Bron SPEARS Kaiser!! The fans bark it up as Bron keeps Kaiser from picking the bones of his kill!

The fans are losing their minds again over that impact, but refs and producers tell Bron he has to go. Sami says if Bron wants it, fine! Any time, any place! Bron SHOVES Sami!! The fans fire up as Sami wants after Bron now! Sami tosses the hydration station at Bron! But for now, this battle will have to wait. Will Bron get his shot at the title by default?

 

Dominik is searching backstage for his vest.

No one’s seen the vest, but Liv is calling from down the hall. Duh, she still has the vest. Dom walks over and sighs. Please give him the vest back. She likes it when he’s bossy. Does he want it back? Yes! Okay. But he has to take it off of her himself. Is he nervous~? She can help him get started. She unzips the zipper just a little bit, and Dom starts zipping it the rest of the way. And then Priest turns the corner and sees this! DOM!? The heck!? No, he was getting it back! Dom, just grab your stuff and go to the clubhouse. Liv lets Dom take the vest and Dom takes his leave. Priest asks Liv to leave Dom alone. Dom wants nothing to do with her.

Liv thinks Dom wants everything to do with her. Liv laughs and leaves, and Priest says she’s loca. Will nothing stop Liv until she has everything she wants?

 

The Final Testament speaks.

Karrion Kross tells Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, “Two weeks ago, Authors of Pain beat the living hell out of the both of ya, and pinned you 1-2-3 live on TV. And then last week, you cost AOP their shot at becoming the World Tag Team Champions. And not only that, you gave me the taste of my own medicine, the numbers game. That’s real cute. You beat me up two on one. Now on the way here, I was thinking of doing something really outta control tonight. But then Scarlett had this great idea that involves me not going to jail. We’re both wondering what that fight would’ve looked like if it was one on one.

“So I’m issuing a challenge to either one of you, whoever wants to take it. Next week, meet me one on one in the ring. One of you stays in the back, the other comes out to fight, and I’ll leave my guys in the back. It’s real simple. And quite honestly, I’m hoping it’s you, Kofi. Because we all know you’d rather have Woods in the back anyways, right? Tick tock.” Mr. Apocalypse has issued his challenge, what will The New Day have to say? Well…

The New Day respond.

Woods tells Kross that Final Testament come over to Raw, and the first thing they set their sights on was the history makers, the record breakers, The New Day. Now, Kross, they know you’ve been around the world, beating people down and breaking bones. But since Kross has been here, he hasn’t done anything at all! He has ONE accolade, as NXT Champion. What has he done since then? This is the greatest tag team of all time! Who is Kross to give any kind of advance? And he wants to talk next week? Leaving partners in the back to go 1v1? Fine! And since Kross wants to call Kofi out, Kofi accepts the challenge! See you next week, Kross. Tick tock!

Woods and Kofi shake on it, but it seemed like Woods was hoping to take the challenge instead. But will Kofi win for the both of them when he finally humbles Kross once and for all?

 

Jey Uso speaks.

He’s backstage by the pavilion among the fans to say Main Event Jey Uso is now in your city! MITB qualifier! He needs the W, Uce! He has to do it for him, for his fans, the Day Ones that’ve been YEETIN’ with him since the start. He’ll snatch that briefcase, or rather, that YEETCASE, then cash in and become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion! If y’all down with that, let ’em hear ya say “YEET!” “YEET!” Then hit his music! Jey makes his entrance from the crowd and the fans fire up! Will Jey make his way to Toronto? Will the King of Lucha become Mr. MITB? Or will The Prince do as he promised and protect The Judgment Day’s interests? We find out, after the break!

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Jey Uso VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor!

Raw returns and Finn makes his entrance first, followed by Rey’s. The bell rings, the three circle, but then Finn bails out. The fans boo but Finn just watches as Rey and Jey shake hands to show sportsmanship. They tie up, Jey headlocks, but Rey powers up and powers out. Jey runs Rey over, then keeps moving. Rey gets up, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Finn runs in now but Rey arm-drags him back out! The fans cheer while Finn is flustered, but Jey runs up to knee Rey. Jey whips Rey, Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges to WRECK Finn with a dropkick! Jey runs up but Rey puts him on the apron! Finn grabs at Jey, Jey KICKS him away.

Jey throws in a shoulder but Rey sidesteps to KICK Jey, then slingshots to SUNSET FLIP! Jey holds on, Finn body shots Rey! Finn YANKS Jey down, throws Rey into the ring, then he SMACKS Jey off the apron again and again and again! Rey PLANCHAS to take Finn down! The fans fire up as Rey catches his breath, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn throws Rey into Jey and they both fall down! Finn stomps Jey at the ropes, then drags him up. The fans boo but Finn CLUBS Jey, clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Jey down. Jey endures, the fans rally up, and Jey fights up. Jey throws body shots, but Finn knees low! Finn throws Jey, Rey avoids the collision and he RAMS into Finn! Rey slingshot sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but he stalks Rey to a corner. Finn kicks Rey to a corner, then stomps away! Finn digs his boot in, stomps more, but Jey storms up. Finn knees Jey low, then CLUBS him down!

The fans boo as Finn paces around Jey. Finn stands Jey up but Jey counter punches! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops ‘n’ locks and puts some stank on the HAYMAKER! Finn ins down, staggers back up, into a mule kick! And UPPERCUT! Jey fireman’s carries but Finn CLAWS Jey’s face! Finn knocks Jey down but Rey springboards to SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving and he springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Finn stays in this but Jey runs up! Rey gets around, crucifix takedown, TWO! Rey baits Jey and then DUMPS him out! But Finn rolls Rey up! TWO! Rey ELBOWS Finn away, goes up a corner, but Finn CLUBS him!

Finn CLUBS away at Rey’s legs, then Electric Chair Lifts! But Rey pops free to wheelbarrow and victory roll Finn onto ropes! The fans fire up as Rey dials it up, but into a SLINGBLADE! Jey returns, Finn blocks the kick, but not the DRAGON WHIP! Jey fires up, but Finn PELES back! All three men are down and the fans fire up as Raw goes back to break!

Raw returns yet again and Finn knocks Jey off the corner! Finn rises up but Rey trips him up! Jey stands, he storms up but Rey GAMANGIRIS! Jey tumbles away, Rey goes up after Finn! SUPER STEINER! The fans fire up, Jey is back, and he SPEARS Rey! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Jey is surprised! The fans rally up and “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as Jey goes to a corner. Jey climbs, but Finn BLASTS him down! But then REy 619s Finn in the abs! Rey builds speed to SLIDING SPLASH onto Finn! Rey puts Finn in, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS Finn onto ropes! Rey redials as the fans fire up, for the 619!!

Jey returns but Rey slingshots to RANA Jey onto ropes! Rey redials again, for a619!! Jey staggers into Finn, Rey goes up! Finn waistlocks Jey but Rey leaps to DOUBLE RANA! Both Finn and Jey are on the ropes, so Rey dials it up one more time! DOUBLE 619!! The fans fire up as Rey goes to a corner and climbs! But here comes DOM! Dom goes after his dad but Rey DECKS him first! Then SEATED SENTONS to the floor! The fans boo but here come JD & Carlito! The Judgment Day mugs Rey, then RAM him into steel steps! But here comes BRAUN!! The fans fire up as the Monster is back, and he chases Judgment Day off!

But the thing is, Finn and Jey are still in the ring! Finn hurries to roll Jey up! Jey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Finn stays in this but Jey stays focused! Jey aims from a corner, and he runs, into a BOOT! Finn then runs to SLINGBLADE! Rey is back up and RAMS into Finn! Rey slingshots, Finn catches him and SMACKS him into Jey! Then CORNER DEATH VALLEY, to a WASTELAND SLAM! Finn hurries up top, COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, but Jey USO SPLASHES!!! Cover on Finn, JEY WINS!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Despite Judgment Day’s best efforts, they could NOT keep Main Event Jey from winning the main event! Jey is heading to Toronto, will he also head up that ladder to bring down the briefcase? Who else will join him as WWE builds these six packs for Money in the Bank?

Wait, the lights are turning off? And in an eerily familiar way…! The fireflies are already out for Jey, but the music that starts playing…! There’s light coming from behind a mysterious door. That door opens and the fans all cheer, and then the light goes out. And then, crawling from out of the mist, over to a lantern…  Just who could this be? They stand up, and they point back to the doorway. The cameras walk through that doorway, through the hall, and is that Rambling Rabbit? A hammer that says “HELP” on one side and “HURT” on the other. Gorilla position has been decimated and the lights are flickering! Is that Mercy the Buzzard?

We continue on to find Huskis the Pig Boy, a battered Chad Gable, and… UNCLE HOWDY!?! The fans are losing their minds as Howdy walks through the hall, gathering the “family” as he goes. They all walk out on stage and the fans are going nuts! Then does that make the one by the lantern Sister Abigail? Howdy picks up the lantern and says, “We’re here!” and he blows the lantern out! What does this gathering of dark forces mean for the future of the WWE?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here to not just follow up Clash at the Castle but to also get going on MITB. For one, Drew McIntyre just up and rage quitting WWE? That was shocking, but it is certainly kayfabe to add to his story. I almost want him to surprise everyone on SmackDown in Chicago to ruin Punk’s homecoming but either way, this was quite the twist. We also got a good promo from Alba & Isla with Shayna & Zoey to keep that feud in mind, even with MITB qualifiers going on. Great story integration as Liv Morgan screws over Zelina Vega while teasing Dom by taking his vest. Iyo winning her way in is good stuff, I don’t think we’ve had back-to-back MITB winners since Carmella.

And clearly we’re getting more Judgment Day VS LWO given Liv got involved during Carlito VS Dragon Lee. Liv continuing to tease Dom and everyone else in Judgment Day doing their best to stop that is good stuff. Pat showing the world that Finn snuck the card was great stuff, as was Finn teasing that he’d cash in on Priest. Priest and Rollins had a great opening promo, especially as Rollins was a surprise return. Priest VS Rollins for the title at MITB is going to be awesome stuff, can’t wait to see how that goes.

Meanwhile, DMG CTRL continues to go 50-50 as Lyra helps Kayden & Katana win against Dakota & Kairi. Asuka just had surgery on that bad leg, she’s gonna be gone for a long time. Maybe with Iyo’s trip to Japan for Marigold Summer Destiny for a joshi dream match could lead to something, but there’s also the possibility of Giulia, free agent signing out of Stardom, to debut right to main roster. And at this point, I feel like if Iyo’s kicking out anyone, it’s Dakota. She took the pin tonight, hasn’t quite been the strongest booked anyway, so Giulia could replace Dakota, and when Asuka makes her return, she makes DMG CTRL four joshi strong.

Great stuff with the Alpha Academy as not only does Gable step in it and get destroyed by Braun, but it was finally the last straw for Otis and the others. Gable is left alone, but determined to show everyone he can still win the big one, but it sounds like he’s going to be in a colossal Triple Threat qualifier. Sami meanwhile moves on to Bron Breakker, as I expected. Bron VS Sheamus was great stuff, even with Kaiser interfering, and though there was no official decision announced, it feels like it’ll still be Bron VS Sami at MITB for the title while Sheamus settles things with Kaiser, perhaps in a No Disqualification style match.

Commentary was also clever about addressing what happened to Ricochet, where they were giving us a possibility of him coming back. Everyone has opinions of him going to AEW, or going back to NJPW so that he can still work with AEW, or to TNA so that he’ll end up working with WWE through this new crossover in the works. Honestly, I would hope he can come right back to WWE with a new edge as he goes after Bron for revenge. WWE is still the top company, he’d be seen by the most people, and I don’t think it’s hopeless for him to reach the world title scene. Plus, MITB is a great opportunity in itself, but I suppose that depends on who’s winning the briefcase.

Very good promos from Kross and New Day. I had a feeling it’d set up Kofi VS Kross, with Woods feeling slighted by Kofi just out and accepting the challenge. And thinking about it, while Kross VS Kofi can go either way, I feel like AOP is going to attack Woods backstage. It’d be a bit copy-paste from something Final Testament did to Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits but it might all be to further turn Woods against Kofi. And then awesome Triple Threat main event, even with Judgment Day going after Rey and Braun going after them. Jey winning is great, certainly throws a wrench in Judgment Day’s plans. Of course, there could always be a “Last Chance” match that Finn wins to get in anyway.

And of course, the night closed with the moment fans had been waiting for since the start of the newest QR Code campaign. The Wyatt 6, while just five members revealed tonight, are here and are definitely as spooky scary edgy as everyone was hoping for. At the same time, I’m sure it was planned with Bray Wyatt himself in the group, but sadly, it was not meant to be. Perhaps Braun will join them in a big plot twist. Also, nice detail of Gable getting bloodied, that could also be a sign that Braun is in the group given their match earlier tonight. Either way, things are probably gonna get wild from here, can’t wait to see where this goes.

My Score: 8.9/10


Powered by RedCircle


Let us know what you think on social media @ChairshotMedia and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
Continue Reading

Sports

Entertainment

Sports Entertainment

Buy A Chairshot T-Shirt!

Chairshot Radio Network

Trending

WP Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com