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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/1/24)

2024 is Raw!

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What a way to start a New Year!

Raw starts 2024 right from Day One, with a WWE World Heavyweight Championship grudge match! Will there be a new champion with the New Year?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Becky Lynch VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
  • Jey Uso & Kofi Kingston VS Imperium; Jey & Kofi win, by referee stoppage.
  • The Awesome Truth VS Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh; The Awesome Truth wins.
  • WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Ivy Nile; Rhea wins and retains the title.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Natalya & Tegan Nox; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; Rollins wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Michael Cole & Wade Barrett are in the ring.

They welcome San Diego to Raw Day One, and Michael says it will be a massive night. Two world title matches, a number of first-time-ever matches, and even Miz TV with the Judgment Day! But biggest of all, the main event is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins VS Drew McIntyre for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship! Rollins hasn’t been pinned or submitted in roughly a year, will McIntyre be the one to change that? And then the opportunity of a lifetime for the Diamond Pitbull as Ivy Nile challenges the fearsome Rhea Ripley!

And then an internet lead to HHH tweeting out, “Not going to confirm or deny the rumors of a former WWE Champion appearing at Raw Day One, but I will say to stay tuned.” Turns out, it IS confirmed, so just who is it coming back to the WWE? And Cody Rhodes will speak on where he’s headed on the Road to WrestleMania later tonight, but first…

Becky Lynch VS Nia Jax!

The Man has come around to San Diego, ready to finally settle things with The Irresistible Force! This has been over five YEARS in the making, but will Becky finally shut Nia up? Or will Nia look to break through The Big Time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Becky and Nia talk some trash, then Nia shoves Becky. Becky SLAPS Nia! Fans fire up for Becky even though Nia’s the hometown girl. Nia takes a swing, Becky grabs the arm, but Nia stays on her feet. Nia shoves Becky away, Becky clinches but Nia shoves her again. Nia runs up, into a BOOT! Becky goes up and up and CROSSBODIES, but into Nia’s arms! Nia fireman’s carries, but Becky slips free to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, Becky runs back in, but into a scoop and SLAM! Nia roars, Becky goes to a corner, and fans boo. Nia soaks up the heat, runs up, and she SPLASHES Becky!

Becky flops over, Nia mocks the fans, then she drops a BIG elbow! Nia taunts Becky, stalks her to ropes, and then CHOKES her! The ref counts, Nia lets off, and fans rally up for Becky more. Nia storms up on Becky, drags her up, but Becky JAWBREAKERS free! And BOOTS again! Becky baits Nia into a corner to send her into buckles! Becky comes back to fire forearms, bob ‘n’ weave, then fire more shots! Fans fire up with Becky and she UPPERCUTS, SOBATS and runs. Nia swings, misses, but then picks Becky up for a BEARHUG! Becky fights and sunset flips, but Nia stays up! Becky avoids the hip drop to then run and NECK SNAPPER! Cover, ONE!!

Becky is surprised while Nia is frustrated. Becky hurries to her feet while Nia goes to a corner. Becky runs in to forearm! And then she clinches, but Nia throws elbows. Nia bumps Becky off buckles, Becky BOOTS her again! Becky goes up, and hits DIAMOND DUST! Nia wobbles, into a SHOTGUN! Nia hits buckles again, Becky runs up, but Nia puts Becky on the apron. Becky ROCKS Nia, climbs, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! High stack, TWO! Nia is still in this while Raw goes picture in picture.

Becky keeps her cool as she goes after Nia. Becky KICKS Nia in the side, steps on her, then goes up the ropes. Becky aims, leaps, but Nia gets under! Nia fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Becky hangs tough and Nia is frustrated. Nia storms up on Becky, fireman’s carries again, and then goes up a corner! Becky fights with elbows, then SUPER SUNET BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives but both women are down after that huge move! Becky crawls her way over to ROCK Nia with forearm after forearm! Becky whips, Nia reverses and CLOBBERS Becky! Nia then drags Becky to LEG DROP, brother! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Nia is furious!

Nia stalks Becky to ropes, but Becky gets Nia in the ropes to KICK, and ROUNDHOUSE, and then Becky climbs a corner. But Nia ROCKS her first! Nia climbs up after Becky, but Becky throws headbutts! Becky sends Nia down, adjusts, and Raw returns to single picture as Becky hits the MOLLY-GO-ROUND! Cover, TWO!! Becky is surprised, but then hurries to think on what to do next. The fans rally, Becky storms up but Nia YANKS her into ropes! Fans boo but Nia has Becky on the apron! Nia runs up, but the leg drop misses! Nia clutches the hips, and Becky WRECKS her with a dropkick! Becky leaps, but Nia body shots in return!

Nia kisses the fist, she takes aim, but Becky ducks! Nia punches POST!! Becky fires off forearms, Nia HEADBUTTS, and she shakes out the bad hand. Nia runs up, CANNONBALL but Becky moves! Nia only gets barriers! The ring count is 5 of 10, then 7. Becky slides in, then waits on Nia. Nia hurries in at 9.5! Becky huffs and puffs and goes up the corner! Becky drops the MAN’S LEG!! Cover, TWO!! Nia is still in this, but Becky gets the arm! DISARM-HER!! Nia endures, reaches out, powers up and rolls Becky to a stack! TWO, and Becky has an ARMBAR!! Nia flails, reaches out, rolls, but Becky makes it a TRIANGLE HOLD!

Nia deadlifts Becky, Becky throws hands, but Nia SITOUT POWERBOMBS!! High stack, TWO!?! Becky survives and Nia is shocked! San Diego is thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Nia storms up on Becky, drags her over and puts her in a drop zone. Nia climbs, but Becky CHOP BLOCKS the leg! And again! And again! Becky climbs up after Nia, fans fire up, but Nia throws elbows! Nia fireman’s carries! SUPER SAMOAN DROP!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Becky survives and no one knows how! San Diego is thunderous again and Nia looms over Becky. Nia stalks Becky, drags her back up, then SMACKS her off the mat!

Nia has Becky in the drop zone again, stands on Becky before she goes up the corner, but Becky springs up to SHOVE Nia down! Nia lands on the apron, Becky hauls her up into the ropes to fire UPPERCUTS, SOBAT, and HAMMER FISTS! The ref has Becky back off, but then Becky comes back for a GUILLO- UPPERCUT!! Nia’s hand makes contact! Nia climbs up again, for the A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, NIA WINS!!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

Fans boo but Nia shouts back that no one can stop her! The Man has a busted lip, what is she to do now on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

San Diego fires up and sings along as The American Nightmare makes his way to the ring, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gives the weight belt to the young fans right by ringside, then “WHOA~ OH~!” has more pyro. The fans chant for Cody while he gets the mic. “So, San Diego… Whaddya wanna talk about?” Cody has the privilege to be the first superstar to officially welcome the fans to this special Day One edition of Monday Night Raw. “It’s a New Year, folks like to talk about their goals, where they’d like to be in 2024. But admittedly… I’m a little stuck. And what I’ve gotten stuck on is Shinsuke Nakamura.”

Fans boo the King of Strong Style but Cody doesn’t want them to get him wrong. Shinsuke is a force to be reckoned with in the ring, but with his rendition of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cody expected something more… sophisticated. Cody isn’t stuck because of what Nakamura said about his family, that comes with the territory. No, Cody is not stuck on Nakamura because he tried to blind Cody with poisoned mist. Cody fought blind and was just fine. Cody is stuck on Nakamura because this should be OVER. The fans rally for Cody again and he says, “This should be over and Shinsuke, I’m going to give you the opportunity to finish it… tonight.”

The fans cheer as Cody tells Shinsuke to bring the poison mist, the poison words, and whatever makes him feel he can stop Cody. Because this ends, and it ends right now! Shinsuke tells Cody from the tron, “I never thought it’d be so easy to get into your head, and to become the author of your final chapter. I have whispered the plot in your ear, pushed your character to the bring, page by page. I have blinded you, so you cannot see the ending. Cody, naturally, we will fight again. But your story does not end tonight. I want to give The American Nightmare one more week to dream.

“Next week, Monday Night Raw, I become what you could never be. I finish your story! Then I close your book.” Then Nakamura sprays the red mist at the camera! Fans boo but it would see the King of Strong Style is still playing games. Will Cody be the one to end this next week so he can clear his Road to WrestleMania?

 

Jey Uso & Kofi Kingston VS Imperium!

Main Event Jey helped Kofi Klaus put Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci on the naughty list, and so now they will both look to start 2024 putting Imperium in their place! Will these former rivals make a formidable team? Or will the Impeccable German & Pride of Italy make Der Ring General proud?

Raw returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Vinci starts against Kofi. They circle, tie up, and Vinci wrenches to a hammerlock. Vinci wrenches again, but Kofi rolls, handsprings and sweeps to a SPALSH! Cover, ONE, but Kofi stays on Vinci. Kofi wrenches, but Vinci knees low. Vinci whips, Kofi reverses but Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges and BODY CHECKS Kofi! Fans boo but Vinci smiles as he stomps Kofi. Kofi goes to a corner but Vinci is on him with forearms. Tag to Kaiser, Imperium mugs Kofi, but fans rally up. Kofi fights back but Kaiser CLUBS him down! Kaiser eggs Kofi on then stands him up.

Kaiser whips Kofi to the corner but Kofi DECKS Vinci! Kaiser blocks a boot to say “NEIN!” and UPPERCUT! Kaiser says this is HIS ring, but the fans boo. Kaiser smirks as he stalks Kofi to a corner. Kaiser stomps a mudhole in, then lets off as the ref counts. Kaiser whips corner to corner, Kofi goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Kaiser bails out, Kofi builds speed, but Vinci trips him up! Fans boo as the ref misses it, and Kaiser POSTS Kofi! Tag to Vinci and Kofi is stuck in ropes. Imperium run side to side to DOUBLE DROPKICK at the corner! Fans boo as Imperium stands over Kofi, but Jey rushes in, right as Raw goes picture in picture.

Jey coaches Kofi up but the ref has everyone stay back. Kaiser soaks up the heat while Vinci drags Kofi up. Vinci scoops Kofi to DROP him on the desk! Vinci then puts Kofi in, Kaiser mocks the “New! Day Rocks!” clapping, and Vinci stays between Kofi and Jey. Kofi throws body shots and haymakers, but Vinci knees low. Vinci whips, then SPINEBUSTERS Kofi down! Tag to kaiser, he runs to PENALTY KICK! Kaiser taunts Jey, has the ref keep Jey back, then Kaiser goes back for Kofi. Kaiser drags Kofi around, scrapes his soles off Kofi’s face, then taunts Jey more. The ref keeps Jey back, and Kaiser drags Kofi up.

Kaiser whips Kofi to a corner, runs up and UPPERCUTS! And GAMANGIRIS! And BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Kaiser then still stays between Kofi and Jey, and then knuckle locks to bend Kofi’s fingers. Kofi throws body shots and haymakers then a HEADBUTT, then a JAWBREAKER! But Kaiser holds onto the wristlock! Kofi throws hands, reaches for Jey, and repeat! Kofi and Jey are fingertips away, but Kaiser throws Kofi by his hair! Jey protests, the ref reprimands, but Kaiser tags Vinci. Vinci has Kofi under the ropes for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, TWO! Kofi is still in this but Vinci kicks him around.

Raw returns to single picture as Vinci stands Kofi up to DECK him! Vinci eggs Kofi on, the fans rally, and Vinci shoves him. Kofi ROCKS Vinci, backhands, HEADBUTTS, but Vinci kicks low! Vinci whips Kofi but Kofi reverse! Vinci goes up and leaps, but Kofi DROPKICKS him out of the air! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kofi and Vinci crawl, the “YEET! YEET! YEET!” starts up already, hot tag to Kofi, but the medic is checking Vinci. The medic calls it! Vinci can’t continue!

Winners: Jey Uso & Kofi Kingston, by referee stoppage

This isn’t how anyone wants the match to end, but Vinci is in a bad way after that shot. Jey & Kofi will move on from here, will they use this to head for bigger and better things? As for Imperium, will they be down a man to start 2024?

 

Ivy Nile speaks.

“All my life, I’ve been considered the underdog. And honestly, I love it. I love the fact that people doubt me, because it makes it that much sweeter when I beat the odds. I’ve push myself every single day and it’s brought me to the biggest match of my career.” Rhea Ripley says she’s here to stay, but when Ivy overthrows her to become the NEW Women’s World Champion, “everybody’s gonna see that this Pitbull is a different breed.” Ivy is ready to take a bite out of Mami, will Judgment Day not be as dominant as they think?

 

The Miz is here!

The Hollywood A-Lister is headed to the ring, ready to host a very special edition of MizTV. The entirety of The Judgment Day will join him, what will Miz have to ask Rhea, Finn, Damian, Dominik & JD? We find out after the break.

Raw returns and The Miz says “HAPPY NEW YEAR~!” The fans cheer and Miz says it is time to get this started. Welcome to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show in History, MizTV! And this is a first-ever Day One edition, so you know it’s good. There are rumors about a former WWE Champion showing up, and Miz has a few speculations, but he has to get to his guests, they have been begging to be on the show. So without further ado, welcome the “self-proclaimed” most dominant faction in WWE today, it’s THE JUDGMENT DAY! Fans boo as… Wait, R-Truth is making his way out here? Fans cheer that!

Truth, in another self-edited edition of the Judgment Day shirt, makes his way out here and steps into the ring. Truth gets a mic to ask San Diego, “WHAT’S UP?!” Miz says the most likeable member is here! Miz does have to ask, though, where’s everyone else? Truth swears they were all behind him just now. MIz asks if Truth is seeing invisible people again. Fans chant for Lil’ Jimmy and Truth asks if he’s here. Miz says no, no Lil’ Jimmy is here. Truth, have a seat. Not so fast, Miz. Truth’s been waiting all year to say this. “ALL RISE for the Judgment Day!” The fans do rise, because it’s Truth. Miz can’t believe that works better than when Priest does it.

But then, what is Truth’s role within The Judgment Day? Truth’s glad Miz asked. Truth has manyy, many, many roles. It’s complicated. Today, he is doing PR. Last week, he was doing administrative work. There is always work to be done. Nobody likes The Judgment Day, so Truth is trying to rehabilitate their image and make them more likeable for everybody. But then JD McDonagh walks out and says this has to end tonight! Dirty Dom is with JD, and JD says Truth is NOT Judgment Day. Not the AV guy, not the assistant, and NO MEMBER of Judgment Day would be caught dead on MizTV.

Dom starts to speak and the fans boo. Dom says “We are the most dominant faction in ALL of WWE!” Truth asks San Diego, “Y’all see what I’m saying? Dirty Dom, he getting booed in his own hometown.” Dom & JD steps in as Truth says this ain’t right. Not to cut anyone off, but JD, you’re not even IN Judgment Day! Remember? Truth won the Loser Leaves Judgment Day match, so begone. JD says Truth doesn’t make the stipulations, but Miz says Truth actually has a good point. Truth won the Miracle on 34th Street Fight, the stipulation was clear, and so… What’s JD doing out here?

Dom starts up again and fans boo again. Dom says Miz wants to talk about losers… The fans boo louder! Dom says show him respect! That only gets him booed more. But Dom says Miz spent his 2023 on his back, getting destroyed by Gunther! Miz apologizes, but Dom has 20 THOUSAND people booing him, and so Miz can’t even hear Dom, while Dom has a microphone. But okay, yeah, 2023 wasn’t great for Miz. But Miz is more relevant now than ever, and through all the adversity, he’s done what he always has: performed at a high main-event level, creating memories and moments! JD plays the tiniest violin.

Miz says the only moment we can recall is Dom getting spanked by Daddy Rey! Fans cheer that! Miz is giving the 619 chants the respect they deserve. So Dom got spanked by Daddy, dragged around by Mami, and more recently, the holiday tour saw Dom getting whooped all over by CM Punk. Dom says he is done talking, and the losing streak of Miz continues into 2024! Dom & JD will take on Miz & Truth, RIGHT NOW!! Miz wants to know, does everyone want to see that match? The fans cheer! In that case, 2024 is full of comebacks. It will be Dom & JD VS the reunited AWESOME TRUTH! LET’S GO!!

Truth says hold on, hold on, wait. He’s in Judgment Day, isn’t he supposed to be tight with Dom? No. Well, Truth ain’t tagging with JD. Miz knows that, Truth is taking with MIZ. Oh, okay. Got it. One of those strange bedfellow things. Truth will follow Dom’s lead, wink wink. Truth tags with Miz, and on behalf of The Judgment Day, they accept! JD takes a swing, Truth dodges, and Miz clotheslines the Irish Ace out! Dom is freaking out, Truth thinks he and Dom are chummy, but Dom gets out to be by JD’s side. Somehow, someway, this match is happening, will the Awesome Truth have an awesome reunion?

The Awesome Truth VS Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh!

Raw returns and the match is underway as Miz and Dom speed up. Miz kitchen sink knees Dom, brings him over to the corner, but Truth is in the neutral corner? Now Truth doesn’t even know where he’s supposed to be! Miz tags Truth, the ref won’t allow it, and then JD gets away with an ENZIGURI! Dom headlocks, tags JD, and they mug Miz. JD & Dom double whip then DOUBLE ELBOW Miz down! Cover, TWO! JD drags Miz up to back suplex, but Miz lands on his feet! Miz BOOTS JD, ducks ‘n’ dodges then RANAS! Fans fire up as Miz keeps JD from Dom, and he points to Truth! The fans cheer, Miz tags Truth in!

Miz snapmares JD, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Truth runs to break it down, and LEG DROP! JD flounders, “WHAT’S UP?!” JD kicks Truth, whips him away, then runs up. Truth UPPERCUTS JD away, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then scoops. JD slips free shoves, but Truth ducks ‘n’ dodges and TORNILLO CROSSBODIES! “WHAT’S UP?!” Truth hits the splits, runs up on JD and SPLASHES! JD falls, Truth covers, TWO! Truth drags JD up, reaches out to Dom, but Dom tells Truth they’re NOT partners. JD throws Truth down by his hair! Miz is confused as we all are, and JD puts Truth on ropes to CHOKE him!

The fans boo, the ref counts, and JD lets off at 4. JD tags Dom, Dom dials it up, 619! Fans boo but Dom & JD soak up the heat while Raw goes to break.

Truth flops to the floor, Dom taunts him and stomps him, then Dom drags Truth up. Dom puts Truth in the ring, gives some Latino Heat, then slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Truth has the ropes, Dom is annoyed, and he tags in JD. JD brings Truth up to snap suplex, cover, TWO! JD is annoyed but he drags Truth back up. JD bumps Truth off buckles, stomps him down and digs his boot in. The ref counts, JD lets off, and JD storms back up. JD brings Truth around but Truth throws body shots! JD CLUBS Truth down, then cravats. JD snapmares Truth into a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Miz rallies for Truth as Truth fights up, but JD throws Truth back down!

JD drops a knee on Truth’s head! And back to the chinlock! Truth endures again, fans rally up, and Truth fights to his feet. Truth throws elbows and body shots, but JD shoves him away. JD gets a sleeper but Truth powers out to SLEEPER in return! But JD JAWBREAKERS free! Miz reaches out as Truth flounders, and makes the tag! Miz rallies on JD with haymakers, fires off in a corner, and the ref backs Miz off. Raw returns to single picture, Miz runs corner to corner and A-LIST LARIATS! Dom runs up but Miz BOOTS him down! Miz ROUNDHOUSES JD away, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up for Miz, Truth and Dom go to the same corner? Dom keeps telling Truth he’s not Judgment Day! The ref asks what’s going on, but Miz hits a SPIKE BULLDOG on JD! Cover, Dom breaks it! Dom whips, Miz TOSSES Dom out and fans fire up! But JD HEADBUTTS Miz down! Truth reaches out and JD tags him, not realizing it isn’t Dom! The ref tells Truth he’s not legal, Truth says he’s in Judgment Day! Dom says fine, this is Truth’s moment. They stand Miz up and Truth has to decide. Fans say “NO! NO! NO!” Truth winds up, says sorry Miz, he loves you! But then Miz moves and Truth DECKS JD!

Miz BOOTS Dom down, Truth helps JD up and says, “YOU’RE not in Judgment Day!” Feed to the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Awesome Truth wins!!

Winners: The Awesome Truth, by pinfall

Truth apologizes to Dom but Miz celebrates with him. Truth winks at Dom, but the only one who’s out of the loop is Truth! Will it ever sink in that he is NOT Judgment Day?

 

Kayden Carter & Katana Chance party for the New Year.

The Life of the Party rented out a place so they could celebrate becoming WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but the former champs are looking to crash it. Chelsea Green & Piper Niven step over the ropes, and they tell KC Squared not to get too comfortable with their titles. Chelsea & Piper are bypassing “the corrupt” Adam Pearce and going straight to “Nicholas Aldis” to get their rematch! Kayden says whoa, whoa, Big Red. Don’t come in here killing the vibe. Because Kayden & Katana will be fighting champs, unlike a certain duo. They’ll gladly talk with Pearce to hash out a rematch.

But for tonight, this is about the win. Then they SPLASH Piper & Chelsea with their drinks! Security gets the Hot Mess and Scottish Viper out of there, will Chelsea & Piper continue to be party poopers until they’re back on top?

 

WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Ivy Nile!

Mami doesn’t like it when people question her dominance, so she is giving the Diamond Pitbull her one chance at the title. Will nothing stop Rhea from eradicating Ivy? Or will the Diamond Mine finally have some gold again?

Raw returns and Rhea makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mami’s still on top in 2024!

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Rhea powers Ivy back but then Ivy powers Rhea back! Rhea throws Ivy down, taunts Ivy and the fans cheer. But then Ivy fireman’s carries Rhea! Rhea elbows free, sweeps the legs, then basement dropkicks Ivy down! Rhea drags Ivy up, whips, but Ivy goes up and manages to get over. Ivy blocks a boot, ROCKS Rhea, whips her but Rhea reverses again. Rhea runs in, but into a BOOT! Rhea returns but Ivy slips out of the way! Ivy runs up, Rhea puts her on the apron, but Ivy counter punches! Ivy climbs up, CROSSBODIES, cover, ONE!!

Rhea is up, Ivy dodges her but Rhea BOOTS her down! Fans fire up while Rhea paces. Rhea taunts Ivy, pushes her around, and then CLUBS her! Ivy rises, Rhea CLUBS her again, then talks trash. Rhea whips, but Ivy RANAS! Rhea goes to a corner, runs back in, but Ivy gets under the boot to hit a SAIDO! Rhea bails out and is furious, but Raw goes picture in picture.

Rhea storms around, the ring count climbs, and Rhea considers her options. Rhea lets the count climb so she can compose herself, then she slides back in. Rhea runs up but Ivy dumps her out! Ivy then builds speed to WRECK Rhea with a dropkick! Ivy SMACKS Rhea off the apron, but Rhea throws body shots! Rhea goes to return the favor but Ivy blocks the apron bump! Ivy ROCKS Rhea with forearms but Rhea throws body shots. Rhea CLUBS Ivy, then Electric Chair Lifts! Flashback to a few weeks ago, and Rhea SLAMS Ivy on the apron! Rhea shoves Ivy back in the ring, grins and blows a kiss to the ref. Ivy sits up in a daze but Rhea KICKS her in the back!

Rhea pushes Ivy around, taunts her some more, then drags her back up. Rhea whips, CLUBS Ivy in the back, then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Rhea shoves and CLUBS Ivy again, and then again! Ivy drops to her knees but Rhea looms over her. Rhea talks more trash, SLAPS Ivy, and then pie faces her! Ivy snarls, Rhea makes her look at her, but Ivy SLAPS back! Rhea drags Ivy up, but Ivy JAWBREAKERS! Rhea BUZZSAWS in return! Cover, TWO! Ivy is hanging in there and Rhea is growing frustrated. Rhea throws hands down on Ivy, then sits her up for the abdominal stretch! Ivy fights but Rhea puts on the hold!

Raw returns to single picture as Ivy endures. Rhea digs her elbow into ribs, and the fans rally up. Ivy fights up, moves around, and wrenches out to ROCK Rhea! And ROCK her again! Rhea DROPKICKS Ivy down! Ivy flops out of the ring while fans fire up! Rhea hurries out to get Ivy up, for another Electric Chair Lift! But Ivy slips free, to GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor! Fans fire up again, Ivy huffs and puffs and the ring count is 5 of 10. Ivy rolls into the ring, Rhea follows at 8. Ivy runs up to KICK! KICK! Rhea blocks one but not the DRAGON WHIP! Ivy runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Ivy fires up, runs Around the World, CALF KICK!

Ivy keeps moving, POP-UP LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ivy huffs and puffs as she brings Rhea up. Ivy tries a facelock but Rhea throws body shots, Rhea throws knees, then whips. Ivy tilt-o-whirls again, for a DDT! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up while Rhea is dazed and Ivy is snarling. Ivy drags Rhea up again, gut wrenches, but Rhea fights it! Rhea throws elbows, back suplexes, but Ivy lands on her feet! Ivy staggers to a corner, dodges the splash, but Rhea body scissors to HEADBUTT! Rhea goes up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Ivy is still in this and Rhea is beside herself! Rhea fumes as she looms over Ivy.

Rhea drags Ivy up, brings her around, pump handle and RIP- NO, Ivy slips free! ROUNDHOUSE! Gut wrench SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Ivy scowls but she brings Rhea back up. Ivy fireman’s carries but Rhea fights free! Rhea kicks low, stomps a foot, then SMASHES Ivy off a knee! Then DISCUS LARIAT! Rhea drags Ivy back up, Atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rhea argues with the ref but the count was fair. Rhea stalks Ivy to ropes, brings her back up, and then sends her into a corner. Rhea RAMS into Ivy, the fans duel, and Rhea puts Ivy up top. Rhea ROCKS Ivy, positions her, then ROCKS her again.

Rhea climbs, brings Ivy up, and fans are torn. But Ivy fights with body shots! Ivy blocks a punch to ROCK Rhea, and ROCK her again! Ivy bumps Rhea off buckles, then goes up and over, SUPER SUNEST- NO, Rhea holds on! Rhea swings, misses, and Ivy uses that arm to SMACK Rhea off buckles! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Ivy can’t believe it! Ivy stands, “This is Awesome!” and Ivy KICKS and KICKS and ROCKS and ROCKS and BUZZSAWS Rhea! Rhea wobbles, falls over, and Ivy hurries up top! Ivy aims to DIVING- HEADBUTT!! Rhea takes Ivy outta the air, then sits Ivy up for a V-TRIGGER!

Rhea then reels Ivy in, pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s World Champion)

The Diamond Pitbull put up the fight of her career, but it still just wasn’t enough against such a powerful force! Rhea still reigns, who will ever take this title from her?

 

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the returning…

JINDER MAHAL! Wait, all this hype was just for the Modern Day Maharaja? But he is a former WWE Champion, and he goes to the ring to get a mic. Fans boo but Jinder says, “You have the audacity to be disappointed? Disappointed at the return of the Modern Day Maharaja? Let me remind you, I’m a past and future WWE Champion. Thousands of superstars have competed in this ring. FIFTY WWE Champions, and my name is at the top of that list. The only thing disappointing is what has become of the once great nation of the United States of America.” Fans boo even more but Jinder says it is disgusting!

Look around! This is unity? Do you feel united?! “You people have never been this divided. Your politics, your news, your social media, it’s all the same. Ignorance, misinformation.” The fans chant “USA! USA!” and Jinder mocks them. This country was once a superpower, and now it’s a joke! But Jinder will unify you, he will be your Unifier! And if you don’t believe him, just shut up and listen. Jinder says in Punjabi and then says, “Exactly my point.” Finally, they’re all united on one thing: they stood loud and proud and booed your own national anthem in Punjabi. Yes, that is what he did. That is a new low even for San Diego.

They boo because he looks and speaks different. Unlike the Iron Sheik or other superstars who have exposed America, Jinder is different. He speaks with intelligence, class and truth! So he will again speak in Punjabi, but not about America’s national anthem. He will instead speak to what the world thinks- “IF YA SMELLL~! What The Rock is cooking!” Now THERE is a former WWE Champion fans are excited to see! The People’s Champion makes his way out, fist bumps the fans, and heads to the ring. The Rock stands on the corner as the fans cheer, then he gets a mic of his own. Fans are all fired up as The Rock stare Jinder down.

The Rock says, “Ohhh, you are in trouble~ tonight!” Fans fire up for that! But before that, Rock wants to make something clear to Jinder. Jinder is right about one thing: Jinder is NOT The Iron Sheik. RIP Sheiky Baby. The Rock knew and loved The Iron Sheik, as did we all! The fans cheer that. And if Sheik were here right now, he’d say, “Rock Bubba, who is this no good dirty SOB bastard?” Jinder says of course The Rock is here. The Rock magically appears whenever the WWE Universe is being insulted. The People’s Champion~! The champion to all these jingoistic people! That’s a real word, look it up.

But Jinder says if he were The Rock, he’d be ashamed and disgusted with himself to represent these people! Fans boo but The Rock says he is not ashamed. In fact, Rock is damn proud to be The People’s Champion. The fans cheer that! The Rock is also damn proud to be an American! And he’s especially damn proud to say, “Finally… The Rock has come back to San Diego!” Fans cheer that, too! Rock says Jinder runs his mouth about the truth and why fans boo. Here’s the truth: The fans don’t boo because of how Jinder looks, or how Jinder talks in Punjabi. No, they boo because… Wait, what’s that Sheik? Rock looks up and says yeah, he’ll get to that in a second.

Rock says yeah, he’s gonna tell Jinder now. Jinder gets booed because he’s the biggest A-hole walking God’s Green Earth!! Fans cheer that, too! Jinder scowls but The Rock continues to say that there’s that look. That angry face that Jinder has all the time. We’re all familiar with resting b*tch face, but this is the Raging A-Hole Face. Why so angry, Jinder? If Rock had to guess, it’s that no one likes Jinder and he’s not funny. In fact, if Jinder were one of The Rock’s movies, he’d be Baywatch. Well Jinder’s never seen it. No one else did, either, so shut your mouth when The Rock’s talking. Wait, oh, hold on. Jinder didn’t go see Baywatch?

IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU DIDN’T SEE BAYWATCH! What matters is Jinder comes out here, has the gall to actually say “America is a joke.” Fans boo that but Jinder smirks. The Rock says it ain’t a joke to him, and it ain’t a joke to these people. And it sure ain’t a joke to those watching at home. The fans chant “USA! USA!” again. The Rock says, “Here’s what else isn’t a joke: the fact that you can come out here and run our country down, free of consequence from our government. It’s called Freedom of Speech.

“But here’s the thing, Jack. You can’t ever come out here, in The People’s Ring, in front of the people, with The People’s Champ in the building, run our country down free of consequence from The Rock.” Jinder says the Modern Day Maharaja- No, Rock knows, Jinder is the Maharaja. But tonight and from here on out, he’s no longer that. No no no, he is the Day One Douchebag! The fans echo that, and The Rock says they work in sync. They gave The Rock an idea. Jinder is the Unifier? The only man to unify them all? The People’s Champ is gonna show him how he unifies the people. In about 15 seconds, here’s what happens.

This side here will chant “Day One.” Then the other side will chant “Douchebag.” Ready? The fans sure are. In that case, three, two, one. “DAY ONE!” “DOUCHEBAG!” And they keep on going! Jinder scowls, The Rock smiles, and The Rock eventually has the crowd calm down. “My God, that was fun.” But one last gift for Jinder and it’s special. Since Jinder loves the National Anthem, Rock will sing Jinder a verse. This is what we call the People’s Welcome, and it goes like this. And the rocket’s red glare~, San Diego’s aware~, that you~ are jacked as hell~. But your balls still aren’t there~.

You’re an angry toxic douchebag, who clearly has no class~. So you’ve left The Rock no choice~! But to whoop your candy~ ass~! Jinder attacks first! Fans boo as Jinder stomps away in a corner! Jinder throws off his jacket, runs up, but The Rock returns fire! Fans fire up as The Rock whips, wrenches, and SPINEBUSTERS! And the fans are thunderous as that sets Jinder up for… THE PEOPLE’S ELBOW! Jinder writhes, The Rock takes off his belt and LASHES Jinder with it! The Rock gets the mic back to say, “San Diego. I love you. Happy New Year.

And oh, by the way, one more thing. Tonight, after all this ass kicking, The Rock’s gonna go out into San Diego, I’m a little hungry. I’m gonna go get something to eat. When The Rock goes out to get something to eat tonight in San Diego, should The Rock sit in a booth? Or should The Rock sit at the bar? Yeah, The Rock loves the bar, too. Or should The Rock sit… at the head of the table?” Fans are going nuts!! Is that The Rock saying what it sounds like he’s saying?! The Rock loves them, too, and that’s just what he thought. “IF YA SMELLLLL~ what The Rock is cooking!” Is the People’s Champion going to make sure he becomes an undisputed champion?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Natalya & Tegan Nox!

Despite what Chelsea Green & Piper Niven want, The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hunting their shot at those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. But it would seem, so are The Queen of Spades & Welsh Firecracker. Who will be primed and ready for their shot at whoever have the belts after that rematch?

The teams sort out and Natty starts against Zoey. Natty hits an arm-drag right out the gate, and has the armlock. Zoey fights up, Natty whips but Zoey reverses. Zoey runs in, Natty dodges, to then sit Zoey down and run. Tag to Nox, Nox runs in to PENALTY KICK! Tag back to Natty, she whips but Zoey ducks ‘n’ dodges. Shayna tags in, Zoey trips Natty and Shayna KNEES Natty down! Cover, TWO! Shayna stays between Natty & Nox while Raw goes picture in picture.

Shayna taunts Natty, brings her around and rains down forearms from all sides. Shayna lets off to taunt Nox, then she wrenches and isolates Natty’s arm. Shayna lets her hair down to STOMP the arm! Natty clutches the elbow but Shayna drags Natty up. Shayna bumps Natty off buckles, taunts Nox, then runs up to KNEE Natty down! Tag to Zoey and she spinning sentons! Cover, TWO! Zoey clamps onto Natty with a chinlock and grinds her down. Natty endures, stands up and throws elbows. Natty arm-drags free but Zoey keeps her from Nox! Zoey RAMS Natty into a corner, tags Shayna, and they mug Natty.

Shayna snapmares Natty, KICKS her in the back, covers, TWO! Shayna stalks Natty, brings her into a wristlock and then hammerlock. Natty still reaches for Nox, but Shayna throws Natty down by her hair! Shayna grins and brings Natty up again for another wristlock. Natty arm-drags free, then runs up, but Shayna catches her. Shayna runs Natty all the way into the other corner! Tag to Zoey, she stomps a mudhole in, then tags Shayna. Shayna stomps a mudhole, tags Zoey, and we get another mudhole. Tag back to Shayna, she stomps that mudhole some more, but then Natty ROCKS Zoey and ROCKS Shayna!

Natty DECKS Zoey, BOOTS Shayna, then slides under! Raw returns to single picture as Shayna grabs a leg. Natty BOOTS Shayna away, hot tag to Nox! Nox rallies on Shayna, BLASTS Zoey, then fires off hands on Shayna! Shayna shoves but Nox returns to rally with clotheslines! Zoey runs in, Nox dodges her and UPPERCUTS her down! HEADBUTT for Shayna, Candice & Indi are watching as Nox GOURD BUSTERS! Fans fire up for Nxo and she CANNONBALLS in the corner! Nox then climbs up and fans rally. Shayna stands, into the MOLLY-GO-ROUND! Cover, TWO!! Shayna escapes but Nox keeps her cool.

Nox aims, runs in, but no Shining Wizard! Nox ducks a roundhouse, facelocks, but Shayna fights the suplex to shove and ROUNDHOUSE! Natty returns to CLUB Shayna! Zoey SUPERKICKS Natty! Shayna tags Zoey in and they coordinate. GERMAN SUPLEX into the Z 360!! Cover, Zoey & Shayna win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Shayna & Zoey get a great win to start 2024! The Women’s Tag Division is getting stacked, will the party soon be over for Kayden & Katana?

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!

The Visionary and the Scottish Warrior went 1v1 at Crown Jewel just a couple months ago, but that clearly didn’t end anything. In fact, it perhaps was the beginning of McIntyre no longer caring what anyone thought about him. Will he do whatever he must to once again be world champion? Or will nothing stop this from being Monday Night Rollins?

Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The fans sing along, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” and Rollins revels in it. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see whose year this really is!

The bell rings and Rollins BOOTS McIntyre! Rollins fires off hands, the ref back shim off, and McIntyre kicks low! And CHOPS! And ROCKS Rollins with haymakers! McIntyre whips, Rollins kicks him away, then he sends McIntyre out! McIntyre stagger sup, Rollins FLYING FOREARMS from the steps! Fans fire up and Rollins stands McIntyre up. McIntyre ROCKS Rollins, SMACKS him off the desk, then scoops to SNAKE EYES Rollins off it! McIntyre then Inverted Alabama Lifts, for the INVERTED- NO, Rollins grabs the apron skirt to fight it! Rollins kicks away on McIntyre, skins the cat, and then WRECKS McIntyre with a dropkick!

Rollins builds speed, and DIVES, but McIntyre catches him! OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to the floor! McIntyre snarls and fans are torn while Raw goes picture in picture.

McIntyre hears the fans, shrugs it off, and he stalks Rollins. McIntyre drags Rollins up, SMACKS him off the steel steps, then pushes him into the ring. McIntyre storms in, DECKS Rollins, and Rollins goes to a corner. McIntyre CHOPS Rollins down, then looms over him. McIntyre hears the fans and shrugs, then brings Rollins up. Rollins throws hands and CHOPS McIntyre in return! And again, and again! Rollins whips, McIntyre reverses and he ELBOWS Rollins down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is annoyed but he drags Rollins around, to stomp him down! Rollins goes to a corner, McIntyre has him in the ropes, and gives Rollins BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!

McIntyre stops before ten to rob the fans of the fun, then he just rapid fire hammers Rollins to go way past TEN! Rollins sputters and falls to a corner, McIntyre waits as the ref checks, and then he goes out to drag Rollins to a corner. McIntyre digs his boot into Rollins’ head, pushing him against the post! McIntyre lets off as the ref counts, and then he storms up to the apron. Rollins throws hands! Rollins climbs up the ropes to rain down fists! Rollins gets to eight before McIntyre HOTSHOTS him down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is annoyed but he stalks Rollins as he sputters. McIntyre stands Rollins up, to CHOP him to the corner!

McIntyre brings Rollins around but Rollins CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS! Rollins CHOPS again! Raw returns to single picture as the CHOPS keep going! Fans “WOO~!” with every shot! McIntyre DOUBLE CHOPS Rollins down! McIntyre rains down fists on Rollins, stomps him, then lets off. McIntyre snarls and paces but the fans rally for Rollins. Rollins sits up, McIntyre eggs him on, and Rollins stands. Rollins counter punches McIntyre, and again, and again! Rollins fires off, whips, but McIntyre reverses to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins writhes, McIntyre going after that well-known target.

Rollins sits up but McIntyre brings him around. Fireman’s carry, and then McIntyre climbs. Fans fire up as McIntyre tucks Rollins in, but Rollins fights around to SUNSET FLIP, and- NO, the back gives out! McIntyre deadlifts Rollins, but Rollins RANAS free! McIntyre runs back in, but Rollins POSTS him! McIntyre falls to the floor, Rollins rests in the ring, and the fans rally up. Rollins sees McIntyre rising, so he builds speed. Rollins FLIES! Direct hit with the tope conjilo and the fans fire up! Rollins writhes and flounders, his back being used as a weapon there. Rollins pushes McIntyre back in, then hurries to reel him in.

Rollins tries to suplex but McIntyre blocks! McIntyre suplexes, Rollins knees free. Rollins ducks ‘n dodges, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Rollins hurries up a corner, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO! McIntyre survives and Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins rises, “This is Awesome!” as Rollins LION- NO, McIntyre moves and Rollins lands on his feet, which only hurts the back! McIntyre runs up, Rollins sends him up and out! But McIntyre ROCKS Rollins, climbs up, but Rollins is right up after him! SUPERPLEX! Roll through and McIntyre hits FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives the turnaround and Raw goes picture in picture again!

McIntyre and Rollins are both on the mat, and the ref checks Rollins. Rollins refuses to let his back take him out of this, that’s par for the course. McIntyre storms up to throw a haymaker! Rollins goes to ropes, McIntyre storms up on him, and McIntyre brings Rollins around to fireman’s carry. Rollins fights with elbows, then mule kicks! Rollins runs but McIntyre ELBOWS him! And then inverted Alabama Lift, for the INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Rollins is still in this and McIntyre is beside himself. McIntyre shakes his head, glares at Rollins, and then looms over him. McIntyre drags Rollins up and puts him in a corner.

McIntyre CHOPS, then hoists Rollins up top. McIntyre CHOPS again, then climbs up. McIntyre brings Rollins up, but Rollins fights the lift! Rollins throws body shots, CLUBS at McIntyre’s legs, and then CLUBS away on McIntyre’s back! Rollins CLAWS McIntyre’s back, and McIntyre staggers away. McIntyre runs up to CLUB Rollins! Raw returns to single picture again as McIntyre fires hands. Rollins ROCKS McIntyre, reels him in, but McIntyre uses that to lift Rollins! SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Another shoutout to the Celtic Warrior, McIntyre covers, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans fire up! McIntyre sits up and makes his way back to Rollins.

McIntyre brings Rollins up as fans sing. McIntyre CHOPS Rollins, and Rollins stumbles about. Rollins CHOPS, McIntyre CHOPS again! Rollins ENZIGURIS! And mule kicks! And SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up, Rollins aims from a corner, and he runs in, but McIntyre dodges! Kick and FUTURE SHOCK!! Both men are down again, but McIntyre kips up! Fans fire up as the Scottish Terminator aims from a corner. Rollins rises, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAY-NO, POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives the sudden turnaround and Rollins is shocked! Rollins brings McIntyre to a drop zone and hurries up top!

Fans sing as Rollins steadies himself, for the PHOENIX- NO, Rollins has to bail out as McIntyre moves! But then Rollins dodges the Claymore! SUPERKICK! Tuck, underhooks, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Fans are shocked as McIntyre survives and both men are down again. AND HERE COMES DAMIAN PRIEST!! The Punisher has his Money in the Bank Contract, Dom watching his back! They bring their own ref, too, and go to tell the timekeeper! Rollins wants after Priest, but Rollins’ ref is busy talking with Dom’s ref, Priest CLOBBERS Rollins with the briefcase!! Priest then hurries to hand it over so he can cash- CLAYMORE!!

McIntyre stops Priest from finishing the transaction, and then he TOSSES Dom! McIntyre hurries back in, to CLAYMORE Rollins!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Rollins’ toes are on the ropes and McIntyre is livid!! He miscalculated by mere inches and that cost him certain victory! McIntyre RAMS Rollins into buckles, goes out to clear off the desk, and fans fire up again! McIntyre hurries to get Rollins out of the ring and over to the table! McIntyre puts Rollins on the table, climbs up to join him, and he scoops! But Rollins slips free! Kick and underhooks, PEDIGREE ON THE TABLE!! The table did NOT break!

Rollins puts McIntyre in, runs up, CURB STOMP!!! Cover, ROLLINS WINS!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

Priest’s attempt at stealing this from McIntyre still cost McIntyre, and Rollins grins. Rollins makes it through Day One, but is time running out for The Visionary as champion in 2024?


My Thoughts:

A great Day One edition of Raw, but it certainly could’ve been better. For one, The Rock making his return was a nice surprise, but did it have to be done this way? I do appreciate the bait ‘n’ switch with Jinder to troll the fans at first, but why did they have to take an “Anti-American gets put in his place” approach? I love America just like The Rock, but I don’t see the need to paint someone as the new “I’m a foreigner, so I assume you all dislike me” guy. And even that aside, this ended up being a copy-paste of how The Rock put Theory in his place with getting the crowd to chant an insult, The Rock brawling with the Heel and standing tall. I will say, The Rock subtly calling out Roman was a great move, can’t wait to see how we get to that match for Mania.

One thing I can’t hold against them tonight was the unplanned end for Kofi & Jey VS Imperium. The landing Vinci took from that anti-air dropkick was a rough one, so going into concussion protocol was totally warranted. I hope Vinci is okay, Imperium’s dysfunction story was going places. Really good promo from Cody and Nakamura, but I figured that they weren’t going to have it out tonight. And decent promo where KC Squared establishes their rematch with Chelsea & Piper. I would think KC Squared retain the titles to get Chelsea & Piper out of the way. Good tag match of Shayna & Zoey VS Natty & Nox, and I figured Shayna & Zoey would win. They’ll be next up on Raw as contenders, with Fyre & Dawn fighting Kabuki Warriors to represent SmackDown.

Great match out of Becky and Nia, but I did not think Nia was winning her. Great surprise, really, and puts the pressure on Becky to come back. I still expect them to have it out in the Women’s Royal Rumble match and Becky costs Nia the win. Great match from Rhea and Ivy, too, with Ivy looking great even in defeat. Rhea is definitely not losing before WrestleMania at this rate. She’ll probably have an epic showdown with like Becky, and even then, Rhea might still win to have two of the Four Horsewomen.

Hilarious stuff in the Judgment Day MizTV segment, because of course it all has to do with R-Truth. R-Truth is a comedic genius, I love how he kept changing corners in the tag match, and great win for The Awesome Truth. Awesome main event for the World Heavyweight Championship, and I was just hoping there’d be some attempt at a cash-in. A part of me really wanted McIntyre to win after that point, and I’m not sure what McIntyre is supposed to do now that he’s lost to Rollins twice. I’m hoping Priest can still successfully cash in for the title, but maybe he has to wait for Rollins to be in bad shape after a match at Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Windy City Riot Results & Report! (4/12/24)

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NJPW starts a riot!

As NJPW lands in Chicago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Testuya Naito, defends the title against Jon Moxley! Is The Maniac going to become the face of NJPW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Strong Survivor: Matt Vandagriff VS Zane Jay; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Mina Shirakawa & Viva Van VS Alex Windsor & Trish Adora; Windsor & Adora win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita; Narita wins.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM; Vaquer wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff; TMDK wins and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Shota Umino VS Jack Perry; Shota wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi; Ali wins.
  • Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd; Team Kidd wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii; Nemeth wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

Finally, months after the betrayal, The King of Pancrase gets his chance at teaching #SouledOut Narita a lesson! Will Meanest Man in the World show no mercy? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck even now?

The Windy City knows “KAZE NI NARE~!” and then Suzuki CLOBBERS Narita! The bell rings, Narita bails out and the fans fire up as Suzuki goes after him! Suzuki stomps Narita, whips him into railing, then storms up to stomp Narita down! The fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!” as he whips Narita hard into more railing! Suzuki stomps Narita more, then CHOKES Narita with camera cables! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Suzuki lets go. The fans cheer the “MURDER GRAMPA!” as he gets a chair! Suzuki then stomps Narita, drags him up and puts his arm through railing! The ref reprimands as Suzuki pulls on the arm!

Suzuki lets off, the fans fire up more, and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki brings Narita along, SMACKS him off the apron, and the ref finally starts a ring count. Suzuki kicks away on Narita then shoves him into the ring. The fans cheer and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki whips but Narita flops and flounders out of the ring. The fans boo but Suzuki is amused. Suzuki taunts Narita, but Narita trips Suzuki and whips him into railing! The fans boo as Narita goes into the ring, builds speed, and as Suzuki gets on the apron, Narita BOOTS him back down! Narita stomps Suzuki against railing while the ring count starts.

Narita fires forearms, Suzuki eggs him on, so Narita claws the eyes! Suzuki gets in the ring, Narita storms in to stomp away at the ropes! The fans boo as Narita kicks Suzuki back out, then whips him hard into railing! Suzuki sputters, Narita brings Suzuki around to whip into more railing! Suzuki grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH Narita! The fans fire up but Narita kicks Suzuki, only to slip in the water! Narita puts Suzuki in the ring, stands on him for a cocky cover, TWO! The fans boo but Narita soaks up the heat. Suzuki rises, Narita fires a forearm then runs to BOOT! Suzuki staggers, Narita whips, but Suzuki reverses!

Suzuki runs in to BOOT Narita at the corner! The fans fire up as Suzuki fires forearm after forearm! The fans count and Suzuki goes past ten, and even tells the ref to back off! Narita sits down in the corner but Suzuki fires off more forearms! Suzuki tops it off at TWENTY! The fans fire up, Suzuki drags Narita to his feet, then snapmares Narita to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps on Narita with a SLEEPER! Narita fights up, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Suzuki switches to put the SLEEPER back on Narita! The fans fire up as Narita flails, but Suzuki drops back into body scissors! Narita is caught and the fans fire up!

Narita flails, reaches out, but Suzuki rolls him away from ropes! Narita is fading, the ref checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Narita comes back at the third and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts as Suzuki thrashes around! The ref pries at the hold, but Suzuki holds on! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets go at 4, and Suzuki gets in the ref’s face! Narita breathes again, rises up, and then runs up to KNEE STOMP! The fans boo as Narita goes to get a chair! The ref stops Narita, but Narita wedges the chair into the corner. But Suzuki kicks Narita first! Suzuki whips, follows, then shoots around to the SLEEPER!

Narita wrenches out! Narita whips, Suzuki stops himself, and then Suzuki BOOTS Narita down! The fans fire up as now Suzuki has the chair! The ref says no, the fans boo, and Narita has his push-up bar! Suzuki shoves the ref aside, PUSH-UP BAR SHOT!! Then the DOUBLE CROSSER! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

The fans boo because of course the Souled Out son of a gun had to cheat to win, but it’s surprising that he did it all on his own! Suzuki is pissed, he runs back up but the Young Lions keep him away! So the Young Lions are sent into railing for it! Will anyone ever humble Narita’s inflated ego?

 

NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM!

Having dethroned Giulia in the background of Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, La Primera feels unstoppable! But will she be able to keep up with the Highspeed Superstar? Or will Stephanie show she’s a real speed demon herself?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly a Strong Star!

The bell rings and the fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Vaquer uses her height for leverage. AZM digs her heels in to push back, and the fans rally up more. Vaquer gets around to waistlock, sit-down, roll and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, and the fans cheer as the two reset. AZM runs up to kick low, whip, but Vaquer reverses. Vaquer hurdles but AZM comes right back to shove, follow and run up again. Vaquer pops AZM up but AZM slips free to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Vaquer up! Then PENALTY KICK! SLIDING KICK! Kip up! The fans fire up with AZM and she gets them even hotter!

AZM gets Vaquer up but Vaquer JAWBREAKERS! AZM blocks a kick, gives a kick, then runs to sunset flip! Vaquer stays up, scuffs AZM and then runs to drop the leg, brother! The fans fire up and Vaquer clamps on a chinlock. Vaquer squeezes tight but AZM endures. The fans rally, AZM fights around, reaches out, but Vaquer drags her by her hair! The fans boo but Vaquer wraps on a headscissors, and she turns AZM over to RAM her into the mat again and again and again! The fans cheer as Vaquer lets off to cover, TWO! AZM stays in this but Vaquer stays calm. Vaquer looms over AZM, then springboard KNEE DROPS!

Vaquer digs her heel into AZM’s head, but the ref counts. Vaquer lets off, drags AZM up and the fans rally up. Vaquer bumps AZM off buckles, sits her down, then goes up to stand on AZM’s face! The ref counts, Vaquer steps off, and she drags AZM up. AZM fires a forearm but then falls over. Vaquer stands AZM up to HEADBUTT her down! AZM drags herself up to fire another forearm! Vaquer HEADBUTTS again! AZM forearms again and again and again! The fans fire up, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Vaquer runs, AZM gets around and spins her, snap suplex! The fans fire up while both women are down!

AZM stands, whips Vaquer to a corner, but Vaquer stops herself to CLUB AZM! Vaquer whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! AZM fires up, but Vaquer puts AZM’s leg in the ropes! Vaquer has the other leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! AZM writhes, flops out of the ring, but Vaquer goes to the apron. Vaquer watches like a hawk, but AZM avoids the kick! AZM trips Vaquer to ROUNDHOUSE Vaquer down! Vaquer slumps to the floor, AZM goes up and up and SUPER DIVING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous as AZM stands tall! AZM drags Vaquer up, puts her in, and then goes back up the corner!

AZM aims and the fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vaquer reaches out, so AZM traps that arm and pulls the other arm! Vaquer endures as AZM has a mounted armlock! Then AZM YANKS the arm into an ARMBAR! Vaquer clasps hands to fight the hold, then kicks around, ROPEBREAK! AZM lets go and fans rally as she brings Vaquer around. AZM KICKS Vaquer in the side, then drags her into a drop zone! AZM steps on Vaquer before she climbs back up. The fans fire up for the DIVING- NO, Vaquer avoids the stomps to DROPKICK!

But AZM’s right back up! She ROUNDHOUSES Vaquer, then runs, but Vaquer reels her in, BIG back suplex! Both women are down again and the fans are thunderous! The two women slowly sit up and the fans rally again. AZM fires a forearm first, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS! AZM fires another forearm, so Vaquer HEADBUTTS! Forearm, HEADBUTT, then AZM fires a flurry! Vaquer SLAPS AZM! The fans fire up as Vaquer then blocks a slap into an ARMBAR! AZM stacks it, TWO! CROSSFACE!! Vaquer pulls way back on AZM, AZM is fading, reaches out, but Vaquer rolls her from ropes!

AZM kicks around still, ROPEBREAK behind Vaquer’s back! The fans fire up as Vaquer lets go in frustration. Vaquer drags AZM up, ducks the haymaker, then spins her to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this and the fans fire up! Vaquer goes to a corner, climbs up, but AZM rises! AZM ROCKS Vaquer, but then Vaquer HEADBUTTS back! AZM ROUNDHOUSES back, goes up after Vaquer, and the fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! AZM positions Vaquer just right, hurries back up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives and neither Chicago nor AZM can believe it!

AZM drags Vaquer up, “This is Awesome!” as she reels Vaquer in. Vaquer wrenches out, EAT DA FEET! Vaquer runs, AZM follows and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Then the step over, AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Vaquer escapes the cradle, and AZM hurries to a corner. AZM runs in, but is sent into buckles! HEADBUTT HEADBUTT HEADBUTT!! Vaquer sits AZM down, runs corner to corner, METEORA! Vaquer drags AZM up and tucks her in, but AZM pops free! AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SUPERKICK! Vaquer runs, but AZM follows again! Tilt-o-whirl but no Mystica! PACKAGE BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Vaquer wins!

Winner: Stephanie Vaquer, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

AZM’s speed was there, but so was Vaquer’s strength! Vaquer keeps her THREE belts, from NJPW Strong to CMLL, but will she be able to hold onto all of them through the Summer?

Well hold on, speaking of, here comes Alex Windsor! She gets a mic to say, “Now I understand that you maybe don’t know who I am, so allow me to formally introduce myself. I am at the top of the UK Women’s Scene. I have conquered Europe, I have overcome Japan. Every single country, every single company I have been to, I have made my presence known. And trust me when I say, it doesn’t stop here. So uh, if you’re up for it, May 11th, Resurgence, you put your NJPW Strong Women’s Championship on the line against Alex Windsor!” The fans are torn on this, but Alex bloody dares Vaquer!

Vaquer looks Alex up and down, takes the mic, and says, “You’re on.” Will Vaquer be able to break the Iron Willed Windsor? Or will Alex prove she’s just as NJPW Strong, if not stronger?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have passed on the torch, but there’s a chance the fire could be blown out in the Windy City! Can The Headbanga & Young Guerilla make it through Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, Tom Lawlor AND Fred Rosser all at once? Or are we guaranteed NEW Strong Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds to win the gold!

Tensions are already running high given the beef between WCWC and their former leader, Lawlor. In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and ELP steps up to start against Hysterical Haste. The fans rally up with the bell as the two circle. They tie up, Shane headlocks, but ELP powers up and out. Shane runs ELP over, drags him back up, and runs, but ELP drops, hurdles, and drops again. ELP DROPKICKS Shane down then handsprings up! The fans cheer but Shane KICKS ELP, whips him to the corner, only for ELP to ROCK Mikey! Shane DROPKICKS ELP down! Tag to Mikey and TMDK double whip.

TMDK DOUBLE ELBOW ELP then SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, ONE, and Mikey whips ELP. Leo tags in, ELP gets around Mikey and sends him into the UPPERCUT! ELP BLASTS Shane, Leo sends Mikey to the corner to SPLASH! ELP back elbows, then feeds Mikey to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP is up, for the FALLING ELBOW! Then the high five! The fans fire up as Leo aims, but then Rosser tags in! Rosser eggs Mikey on, they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Rosser runs but Mikey ELBOWS him! Mikey runs, Rosser dodges and ROLLING ELBOWS! Tag to Lawler, the fans fire up, and NFDO RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP TACKLE COMBO!

Rosser BLASTS WCWC, drops a leg on Mikey, then scoops Lawlor to SLAM him on Mikey! Rosser BLASTS Shane, too, but Royce sneaks a tag. The fans fire up as Lawlor and Royce stare down. The two circle, but then ELP tags in off Lawlor! No filthy showdown yet, but then Royce SHOVES ELP into Lawlor, then GERMAN SUPLEXES ELP! The fans boo as WCWC BLAST Leo! Royce RAMS ELP into the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Jorel. Jorel stands ELP up to CHOP, then CHOPS again! The fans rally up as Jorel winds up, but then he pokes ELP in the eyes! The fans boo but Jorel says he’s smarter than that.

Jorel RAMS ELP into the corner, tags Royce, and then WCWC wrench and DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! ELP hobbles, Jorel sweeps the legs, and Royce deadlift suplexes! Royce holds ELP up, kicks Shane away, but then Lawlor reaches out to tag in! Royce SLAMS ELP down, but he has to exit now. Lawlor drags ELP up, and clamps on a GUILLOTINE! ELP endures, fights his way up, reaches out, but Lawlor redirects him. Rosser tags in and CLUBS ELP. NFDO double whip to ELBOW ELP down, then Lawlor hooks Rosser up, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER SPLASH onto ELP! Cover, TWO! Rosser stares down WCWC then gets ELP up.

Rosser kicks and KNEES ELP, then HEADBUTTS! Rosser HIP ATTACKS ELP, runs, but Royce tags in! Royce then knees Rosser low and TOSSES him! Tag to Jorel, WCWC BLASTS everyone else! Then WCWC double wrench and double- NO, ELP slips free of the suplex! ELP go esup and over, slips under, but Royce gets a leg! ELP ENZIGIRIS but then Jorel gets a leg! ELP BOOTS Jorel into Royce! Hot tag to Leo! The fans fire up as Leo UPPERCUTS Jorel! Royce ducks ‘n’ dodges but Leo still BOOTS him! Leo scoops Jorel for SNAKE EYES, and the BOOT! Leo choke grips Royce, but Jorel gets up! So Leo gets him, too!

The fans fire up but WCWC break the guzels to throw hands! WCWC double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! The fans fire up but TMDK attack! They double whip but Leo breaks those lines, only for TMDK to get under! BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER COMBO! NFDO fire off on TMDK! The fans fire up as NFDO double whip, but Shane JUMP KICKS Rosser and Mikey ELBOWS Lawlor! TMDK pinball Lawlor, get him up, but Lawlor slips free! Lawlor shoves Mikey into Shane, then he and Rosser clamp on, SLEEPER HOLD and CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! The fans fire up as TMDK endure!

Mikey holds Shane’s hand, but then Leo DOUBLE LARIATS all four men!! The fans are thunderous as Leo gets NFDO, DOUBLE GODSENDS!! Leo SPLASHES Jorel, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Leo tags ELP in! ELP and Leo coordinate, tune up, and Jorel stands. But Royce trips ELP! Leo still grabs Jorel, but Jorel STUNNERS! Royce LARIATS Leo up and out! Jorel KNEES ELP, Royce UPPERCUTS, feed to the POP UP POWERBOMB! And then CATAPULT into the fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Lawlor breaks it! The fans are thunderous again and Royce is furious!

“This is Awesome!” as WCWC CLOBBER Lawlor! But Rosser gets in to stand Lawlor up. The four stare down, and the filthy brawl is on! The fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! NFDO DECK WCWC, then they DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW on Jorel! NFDO aim at Royce, DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW but Royce ducks! The elbows clash, Royce BOOTS Rosser! Lawlor sweeps the leg then KNEES Royce down! But Jorel SHOTGUNS Lawlor! But he turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! And then EKP DIVES onto the others before GODSEND!! ELP is back on the apron, he climbs up Leo, but Shane sneaks a tag!

SUPER THUNDERKISS, but Shane TOSSES ELP out! Mikey gets Leo, Shane LAST SUPPER on Jorel! TMDK WINS!!

Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they don’t let an opportunity get past them! Shane & Mikey have gold, will Zack Sabre Jr. join them later tonight?

Meanwhile, WCWC are pissed! They CLOBBER NFDO for it! Royce POSTS Rosser, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES to the floor! Jorel beats down on Lawlor, then shouts in his face, “WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?” WCWC gets Lawlor up, reel him in, PILEDRIVER!! MACHO ELBOW!! Team Filthy is truly no more, and then Jorel brings out SCISSORS!! The fans boo as Royce sits Lawlor up! Jorel grabs a handful of hair, and CUTS it away! The fans boo as Jorel & Royce disrespect their mentor as they just cut random pieces away! Jorel shouts, “It didn’t have to be this way!”

The fans tell Royce he’s sick as he EATS Lawlor’s hair! Rosser manages to rise to his feet, but he’s in no shape to fight! WCWC knows that, and Jorel MAKES Rosser eat hair!! The fans are disgusted, but the WCWC leaves. Will they prove they’re truly the filthiest of them all?

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

The Roughneck and his mentor, Jon Moxley, got the win over the Scapegoat and Ren Narita just a few days ago at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now this is a more personal showdown as Shota wants to finally shut Jack up once and for all. Will there be a Paradigm Shift here in Chicago? Or will Perry prove Shota doesn’t know Jack?

As Jack makes his entrance, he has guards in riot gear. The fans are chanting “C M PUNK!” at him, but he came prepared! He has the flag of Chicago draped on his shoulders, then holds it up as he struts around. Then Jack turns around and drops the flag to reveal “CRY ME A RIVER” painted on the back of his jacket! Jack is rubbing it in everyone’s faces as he goes down to the ring, but will Shota make Jack cry?

Jack gets on a corner to soak up the heat, and Chicago sure gives him all he can handle. Though, there are some fans actually cheering “SCAPEGOAT! SCAPEGOAT!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jack puts Shota on ropes. Jack lets off clean and that surprises Shota, maybe even confuses him. The two reset, tie up again, and now Shota puts Jack on ropes. The ref counts, Shota lets off with pats on the shoulder, but then Jack SLAPS Shota! Jack bails out while fans boo, and a ring count starts. Jack grabs some water to take a sip, then he SPLASHES the fans! Shota rushes out, but the water trips him up!

Jack and Shota brawl, Shota RAMS Jack into railing, then CLUBS Jack around. Shota puts Jack in, but Jack KICKS Shota down! The fans boo as Jack stomps Shota to ropes. Jack CHOPS Shota, Shota staggers away, and Jack whips, Shota reverses, scoops, DROPS and basement dropkicks! The fans fire up with Shota while Jack flounders to a corner. Shota runs up to CLUB Jack down, then stomps him around. But Jack CLAWS Shota’s face! Jack CLUBS Shota, snapmares, and basement dropkicks to the back! Cover, ONE!! Shota is tougher than that, the fans chant “You Got Choked Out!” “No He Didn’t!” in reference to the All In video.

Jack stalks Shota, stands him up, and facelocks! The GUILLOTINE is a direct shot at #BrawlIn! The fans are torn, but then Jack snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jack says okay, he drags Shota up and he whips Shota to a corner. Jack runs up to clothesline, then he stomps Shota down. The ref counts, Jack goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Jack then hops down to drag Shota up. Shota ROCKS Jack first! Jack CLUBS Shota, whips, but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Jack again. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Not quite perfect but Shota does the Jungle Life dance! The fans sing along, Shota drags Jack up, and then clinches. Jack fights the lift, throws elbows, and he CLAWS Shota’s back! The ref reprimands, but Jack runs up, into a drop toehold! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT! The fans fire up again while Jack flops to the floor! The ring count starts, Shota takes a full lap, then returns to Jack. Shota drags Jack up at 5 of 20, puts him in at 7, and Shota goes up the corner. Fans chant for “LUCHASAURUS!” while Shota MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then clinches to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Jack is still in this but Shota keeps his cool.

Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and hits the TRI- NO, Jack slips free! Jack waistlocks, Shota standing switches, but Jack grabs the ref and then LOW BLOWS Shota!! The fans boo as Jack gets away with that one! Jack then drags Shota out, has him on the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Jack drags Shota up, puts him back in, then brings Shota around to underhook. TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up! Jack sighs, rises up and hears all the boos. Jack walks around to soak up more heat, then he scuffs Shota. Shota crawls, Jack scuffs him again, but Shota shakes his head.

Jack scuffs Shota more, pie faces him, then eggs Shota on. Shota rises up to fire a forearm! Jack puts his hair back and Shota roars! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota fires another forearm! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota staggers around, but Shota comes back to forearm! Jack sighs, then SPITS at Shota! The fans boo more and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Jack, then ROCKS him! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota ROCKS Jack, repeat! They go back and forth, the fans strongly on Shota’s side! Shota gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs Jack on, pie faces him, so Jack SLAPS back! Jack CLUBS Shota, runs, but into a DROPKICK!

The fans are thunderous as both men are down! Shota pounds the mat and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota drags Jack into a half nelson, spin and POP UP KNEE! IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Jack is still in this but Shota is still fired up! The fans are still with him as he aims from a corner! Jack slowly sits up, Shota kicks low and underhooks, but Jack wrenches out! Shota blocks the superkick to ROCK, ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Jack hops up, POISON-RANA! But Shota’s up to BLAZE- NO, Jack ducks!

Jack runs, into a pop-up! But Jack blocks the uppercut and spins Shota around, for an UNPRETTIER?! Shoutout to Christian Cage as Jack covers, TWO!!! Shota survives and Jack is furiously headbutting the mat! Jack drags Shota up, calls the end, and runs up, GLASSJAW!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives the knee shot and Jack is beside himself! The fans chant “G T S! G T S!” Jack lets his hair back down, will he listen to Chicago? Shota is in a corner, Jack aims and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Another shot at Phil Brooks! The fans are rowdy as ever as Jack flips them off, and he shoves Shota down. Jack says night-night!

Jack takes his time going up to Shota, then brings Shota up to fireman’s carry! Jack flips everyone off before the GO TO- DDT COUNTER!! The fans are electric as Shota aims from the corner! Shota says night-night to Jack! BLAZE BLADE!! Underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Shota wins!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Scapegoat was less fighting the Roughneck and more the specter of the Second City Saint, and perhaps that cost him! Shota brings Jack down tonight, but will he still bring a Paradigm Shift to NJPW?

Wait, Jack gets to his feet and offers a handshake? He suddenly respects Shota now? Shota trusts it and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack raises Shota’s hand in victory, but still flips off Chicago. Is this itself a paradigm shift in Jack’s personality?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Chicago’s other hometown hero is here, bringing the TNA X-Division Championship AND the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion with him. The Beacon is shining with gold but he wants to have the Junior Heavyweight Division spotlight on him. Will he do that by defusing the Ticking Timebomb? Or will Hiromu still be the Best of the Super Juniors?

Hiromu shows off a very jacked Daryl Jr. but Ali refuses to accept that thing as alive. Ali gets on a corner for fans to cheer, but then Hiromu gets on a corner and all the fans cheer! The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. They circle again, the fans cheer on “TA-KA-HA-SHI!” and he bows to Chicago. Ali gets the fans fired up, but then Hiromu gets the fans really fired up! Ali and Hiromu feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ali brings Hiromu down to wrench. Hiromu slips through, puts the wristlock up and over, using Ali’s own head to break the hold.

Hiromu then wrenches Ali to a wristlock, but Ali rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Hiromu wrenches, Ali wrenches, repeat! The fans fire up as Hiromu WRINGS Ali! Ali stands, uses ropes to flip through, then wrenches to hammerlock. Ali headlocks, Hiromu powers up and out, but Ali runs Hiromu over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Ali drops on the monkey flip for a cover, TWO! Hiromu sweeps the legs to cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Hiromu rolls Ali up, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Ali gets Chicago fired up again, then he shoves Hiromu. Hiromu sputters and claims Ali hit him so hard!

The ref has Ali stay back while Hiromu shouts, “Oh my gosh!” Hiromu goes to Daryl Jr. and has him sit in the center. Daryl flops over but Hiromu says Daryl can handle this. Hiromu gets fans chanting for Daryl, but Ali is annoyed by these antics. Ali says fine, he’s gonna mess Daryl Jr. up! Ali circles with Daryl, but then Hiromu slips in! Ali sees that and the fans boo. Hiromu apologizes, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu dodges, scoops up Daryl, they duck ‘n’ dodge and then Hiromu says MEOW~! Or no, Daryl says meow! Catch! Hiromu throws Daryl at Ali, Ali catches Daryl and then Hiromu dropkicks Ali’s legs out!

The fans cheer while Ali flounders, and Hiromu picks Daryl Jr. back up. Hiromu shows Daryl to the crowd, the fans cheer, but then Ali runs up! Hiromu dodges to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS again, then follows Ali around. Hiromu CHOPS again, whips, but Ali holds ropes. Ali bails out but Hiromu pursues, and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Hiromu follows Ali, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu counter punches, says “Oh my gosh,” then chases Ali around the ring! Ali suckers Hiromu into a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ring count climbs, Ali talks trash on Hiromu, then stomps him. Ali drags Hiromu up and in at 9 of 20.

Ali shouts, “What’s my name?” The fans chant for Ali and he goes in to KNEE Hiromu in the back, then clamps on the chinlock. Hiromu kicks around, the fans duel, and Hiromu has the ROPEBREAK! Ali CLUBS Hiromu as he lets off, then whips Hiromu to a corner. Hiromu reverses, runs up, but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots for the NECKBREAKER! Cover with a bridge, TWO! Hiromu stays in this but Ali stays on Hiromu with another chinlock. Hiromu endures the squeeze and the fans rally up. Hiromu fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Ali CLUBS him again. Ali whips Hiromu to a corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ali is growing frustrated but he has the fans cheering. Ali sits Daryl up in the corner so he can watch what’s about to happen. Ali of course knows this is a stuffed animal, it doesn’t matter, but he’s still gonna mess Hiromu up. Ali kicks Hiromu around, tells him he’s crazy, but then Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali knees low, runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The fans fire up while Ali flounders to ropes. Hiromu drags himself up, they end up in corners, and Ali runs in. Hiromu dodges to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Ali bails out but Hiromu goes to the apron. FLYING SHOTGUN! Ali is sent into railing!

The fans fire up with Hiromu as he stands back up. The ring count starts, Hiromu goes back to Ali but we reach 10 of 20 before Hiromu gets him up. Hiromu puts Ali into the ring, cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Ali up by his hair, then fireman’s carries. But Ali slips free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs, but Ali ducks, only to swing into a spin and suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and duel again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu stalks Ali, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ali fights free again. Ali shoves, runs in, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Ali keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again!

Ali goes again, but Hiromu LARIATS first! The fans fire up, Hiromu whips Ali to ropes, then scoops him, but Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but both men are down, and the fans rally up. Ali slowly rises, makes his way to ropes and goes up a corner. Ali reaches the top but Hiromu throws body shots and elbows first! Hiromu climbs from the outside, and fans are freaking out as Hiromu aims for the floor! Ali fires body shots to send Hiromu to the apron. But Hiromu UPPERCUTS Ali! Ali backflips, and lands on his feet!! The cameraman almost got an eyeful, though! Ali hurries up to SHOVE Hiromu down!

Hiromu hits railing, and then Ali DIVES into him! The railing is sent WAY back, commentary takes a hit, and the fans are thunderous! Ali is busted open, but he still drags Hiromu up and into the ring, then goes up the corner! The fans rally, Ali aims, 450- NO, he has to roll through as Hiromu moves! Ali comes back, but Hiromu sends him hard into buckles! The fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Ali and Hiromu are both somehow okay, as is Chris Charlton on commentary. Hiromu crawls his way over to Ali, brings him back up to the top rope, and then CHOPS! Hiromu climbs, brings Ali up, but Ali resists!

Ali throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Hiromu down! Hiromu staggers to his feet, Ali stands on the top rope, but Hiromu runs up! Ali jumps to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat, takes aim, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The X-Division/Alternative Champion is triumphant here in his hometown! And best of all, Ali shows Hiromu respect by shaking his hand. Hiromu wants Ali to shake Daryl Jr’s hand, too, and so do the fans! Ali sighs, goes over to pick Daryl Jr. up, and he shakes Daryl Jr’s hand! The Windy City cheers him on, will Ali become the champion not just Chicago needs, but that the world needs?

 

Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has lost the AEW Continental Championship and the ROH World Championship, but he is still NJPW Strong! However, this War Dog vows he will take everything from the company that, in his eyes, has all but thrown away its identity. There are no rules holding these teams back, but no one even knows who recruited who! Who drew the hotter hand to take the win here in Chicago?

Well of course Gabe got his fellow War Dog, Clark Connors, as well as The Fang Revived, Kenta, and the LEADER of Bullet Club, #GoatSlayer Rebel, David Finlay! As for Eddie, he’s already bringing a trash can of goodies as he’s got The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and TJP! The enemies of his enemies are his allies tonight, and then we add HOMICIDE! Eddie’s old friend has come around to F Kidd’s S up! Team Eddie rushes down the ramp, Bullet Club runs up to meet them, the bell rings as the brawl is on! No need for tags or count outs in this match, anyway! Homicide fires off on Kidd while TJP has Connors, Cobb has Kenta and Eddie is after Finlay!

TJP sends Connors into railing, Eddie throws Kenta over railing! Homicide and Kidd brawl, Kidd gets the edge, and Finlay helps out. TJP stomps away on Connors while digging a chair into him, and Eddie grabs the ring bell! Kidd CLUBS Eddie first, then throws hands. Homicide fires off on Finlay, Cobb UPPERCUTS Kenta! TJP brings more chairs, and one is wrapped in barbed wire! Homicide UPPERCUTS Kidd, TJP digs the wires into Connors’ head! Eddie places the bell against Connors’ head and DING! TJP kicks Finlay away, Kidd gets in the ring, and so does Homicide. Eddie joins Homicide, but then the Dogs drag Eddie out!

Homicide runs up, he CLOBBERS Kidd, then goes out to CHOKE Kidd! Finlay wraps a chinlock on Homicide, Eddie CHOPS Connors in the ring! Connors goes to a corner, Eddie fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie with a shillelagh! The fans boo but then TJP runs up on Finlay. TJP SOBATS, runs, but Finlay dodges the boot! And he ducks the blood mist! But TJP DROPKICKS Finlay out all the same! TJP runs to WRECK Finlay with a dropkick, then Cobb brings out a TABLE! The fans fire up seeing that, and the Empire gets the table in the ring. The table is put in the corner, then TJP grabs Finlay.

TJP bends Finlay back in a chinlock stretch, then feeds him to Cobb. Cobb picks Finlay up but the War Dogs save Finlay! The fans boo but TJP and Homicide turn things around on the Dogs. Everyone falls out of the ring again, TJP throws down hands on Connors but Finlay pulls TJP’s hair. Homicide has fans move aside so he can TOSS Kidd over railing! Finlay gets in the ring with a chair while Homicide SMACKS Kidd with a trash can lid! Finlay undoes the red corner’s buckle pad, Eddie CLOBBERS Connors with the trash can! Eddie even headbutts the trash can until it’s dented! But Connors CHOP BLOCKS Eddie!

Cobb SMACKS Kenta with the buckle pad, but Finlay CLAWS Cobb’s face! TJP SMACKS Finlay with a kendo stick! The fans fire up as TJP CHOKES Finlay with the stick! Kenta CLUBS TJP, grabs the stick and SMACKS TJP with it! And SMACKS him again! Cobb CLOBBERS Connors off of Eddie! Cobb rains down fists, Eddie SMACKS Connors with the trash can! Finlay has a loose skateboard deck and SMACKS Cobb with it! Eddie crotches Connors on the railing, then CLOBBERS him! Eddie then goes out to the crowd to CLAW Connors’ face, and send him into the railing! Eddie fires hands, Kenta SMACKS away on Cobb with the kendo stick!

Cobb blocks a shot and JAMS Kenta in return! Cobb SMACKS Kenta, Connors hits Eddie back! Connors then crotches Eddie on the railing! Eddie falls over, Connors talks trash on the fans, but TJP drags Finlay around. Homicide and Kidd are brawling in the crowd! Fans count as Homicide rains down TEN fists, then takes a BITE out of Kidd’s forehead! Cobb puts Kenta in the ring, TJP drags Kenta around to trap an arm, and Eddie SMACKS Connors with a stop sign! TJP puts the skateboard on Connors’ back to ride him! Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie to rain down fists! TJP HIP DROPS Connors, then Cobb brings him up.

Homicide and Kidd are still brawling somewhere in the crowd, Cobb keeps Connors down in a corner, and TJP drop toeholds Finlay down! TJP skateboards on Finlay’s back! Finlay powers up to throw TJP off, then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Eddie grabs at Finlay but Finlay hits him back. Finlay goes out after Eddie, HEADBUTTS him, but the fans rally up. Finlay throws hands, Eddie hits back! Eddie CHOKES Finlay with camera cable! Eddie rains down fists and sits Finlay down. Cobb ROCKS Kenta, then CHUCKS the trash can! Kenta ducks, the can hits post! Eddie and Connors get in the ring, Eddie fires knees.

Eddie hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX and Connors writhes. Kidd TOSSES Homicide over railing! But Homicide hits Kidd with the railing! And again! And again! Finlay and Connors mug Eddie, CLAW his eyes, but TJP hurries over to CLOBBER Kidd! Kidd shoves TJP into railing, gets into the ring, but Homicide finds a ladder! The fans cheer as Homicide gets Kidd up, reels him into a corner, and CLAWS Kidd’s back! Then TORNADO- NO, Kidd powers out to LARIAT! “I’m a MAD MAN, y’know!!” The fans boo but Kidd grabs that ladder! Kidd RAMS Homicide low, then equips the ladder like Terry Funk!

Kidd CLOBBERS Cobb, CLOBBERS Eddie, and CLOBBERS TJP as he does the ladder-copter! But then Cobb returns, GERMAN SUPLEX!! The ladder dropped away just in time but Kidd still tumbles out. Connors runs up to SPEAR, but Cobb blocks it! Canadian Rack, but Connors slips free, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and SPEARS!! Down goes Cobb and the fans fire up! Connors grabs the barbed wire off his hat, wears it as a crown of thorns, and then he drags TJP up. The fans tell Connors he’s sick as he BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS! And BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS again! Connors fires up, drags TJP back up, but gets BLOOD MIST!!

The fans fire up as TJP then sits Connors in a corner, and digs that wire in! TJP scrubs Connors’ face through the wires! TJP goes side to side for the BARBED WIRE BOOT WASH! Homicide joins in, Connors is fed to an ELBOW! And then speaking of “fed,” Homicide has a FORK! Homicide DIGS the fork into Connors’ forehead!! Kenta runs in, but blocks the fork! URAKEN! Homicide sits back but TJP kicks Kenta. TJP whips, Kenta reverses and BOOTS! Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK Homicide! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for TJP! Homicide puts TJP up top, climbs up after him, but Cobb CLUBS Kenta!

Cobb drags Kenta back but Kenta fires elbows. Kenta fireman’s carries, but Cobb’s too big! Cobb CLBUS Kenta, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into a LARIAT! TJP adjusts up top to MAMBA SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Kenta moves! Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! But Cobb CROSSBODIES! Finlay returns and SMACKS Cobb with a kendo stick! And again! Finlay whips Cobb into the barbed wire chair wedged in the corner!! Cobb falls out of the ring, but Eddie blocks the kendo stick smack! LOW BLOW! Eddie fires off shots on Finlay!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie even headbutts the stick to break it!

The straps come down, and finally, Eddie and Kidd meet! They LARIAT, CHOP, CHOP and repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd BITES Eddie’s forehead! The Mad Man spits, flips everyone off, and Kidd whips Eddie! Eddie stops himself, then clinches! EXPLODER through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie rises, barbed wire in hand! Eddie wraps his hand in the barbed wire, and he aims as Kidd rises! But then the Dogs CLOBBER Eddie! The fans boo as Finlay, Connors and Kenta all beat down Eddie! They get a steel chain to gag Eddie and sit him up!

Kidd storms around as the Dogs hold Eddie open! But Homicide returns and the fans fire up! Homicide fires off shots on Kidd! Kidd denies one cutter, shoves Homicide, but Homicide returns to CUTTER after all! Eddie meanwhile breaks free to fire off hands on Kenta and Connors! Connors hits low, CLUBS away, then he and Kenta mug Eddie. The chain wraps Eddie up, but Homicide gets Kidd up. Only for Finlay to SHILLELAGH Homicide! Feed to Kidd’s HANGING GUILLOTINE, then PILEDRIVER!! The Dogs keep Eddie down while Kidd covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

The War Dogs worked together to tear down Eddie’s team, and Finlay says they run this! But Eddie still puts up a fight! As do TJP and Cobb! It is chaos as Eddie CHOKES Kidd and Cobb throws hands down on Finlay! Young Lions and refs rush in to stop this, but Eddie and Kidd still throw windmilling haymakers! TJP still wants after Kenta, refs pull him back, and Kidd ROCKS Eddie! TJP and Cobb stand tall as the Dogs fall back. Kidd wants to tear Eddie apart, and Eddie gets a mic! “Hey! HEY! Gabe! Get in, you effing t*at! You effing b*tch! May 11th! May 11th! California! No ropes, Last Man Standing, you effing p*ssy!”

The fans are thunderous as the challenge has been made, and Kidd even gets some last shots in on Eddie! Eddie grabs the ladder but is told to stand down! Eddie gets back on the mic to say, “I’m gonna kill that mother effer!!” The fans are loving this as Resurgence will become violence, but will the Mad Man dethrone the Mad King once and for all?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Original Bro has been taking this title on Ex-BRO-dition to Major League Wrestling, where he even fought some TMDK members in Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. But now, the original star of this title division has come back to prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Will ZSJ have the answer to this Riddle? Or will the Super King prove he’s mightier than The Mighty?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “season three” gives way to a reboot!

The bell rings, 15 minutes on the clock, and the fans rally already as the two circle. They feel things out, Riddle goes for a leg but ZSJ flips him around to facelock. They go around, trade waistlocks, then break. The fans cheer as the two reset and go again. They feel things out, Riddle powers his way to a waistlock but ZSJ wrenches to an armlock. ZSJ steps over, headscissors Riddle onto his back, but Riddle moves around, and goes for the ARMBAR! ZSJ clasps hands, bridges up and rolls back, but they’re in the ropes. ZSJ still gets the KNEEBAR, but Riddle stands to pry ZSJ off! ZSJ goes for the leg again, Riddle gets away!

The fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They circle, the fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Jr~!” ZSJ pops Riddle up and drops him down into the ARMBAR! Riddle holds that off so ZSJ floats to a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, ZSJ eggs him on, and he pushes on the hold. Riddle rolls and rolls and rolls and also gets a HEEL HOOK! They duel with heel hooks, ZSJ kicks Riddle away, and the fans cheer the newest standoff. ZSJ and Riddle reset, feel things out, and ZSJ snapmares. Riddle avoids the Penalty Kick, trips ZSJ but ZSJ kicks him away. ZSJ avoids a Penalty Kick and the fans cheer again.

ZSJ and Riddle circle, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Riddle shoots around, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Riddle rolls back, drags ZSJ up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans are torn but Riddle smiles all the same. Riddle runs to BROTON but into an ARMBAR! Riddle scrambles, ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ has the DISARMER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off and the fans fire up with him. ZSJ kicks Riddle, kicks again, but then Riddle blocks. Riddle stands up, ZSJ avoids the sweeps and SLAPS Riddle back! Riddle CHOPS ZSJ down! The fans are torn again while Riddle scowls now. ZSJ rises, and Riddle KICKS!

Riddle eggs ZSJ on, KICKS him again, and KICKS him again! Riddle kicks ZSJ around, then stands him up to KICK! ZSJ eggs Riddle on now, blocks that kick, and SNAPS a toe! Riddle falls over, ZSJ gets the foot and bends the toes back to SNAP! Then he twists the other foot all around, and STOMPS the leg down! Riddle bails out as we pass five minutes, and the fans are all fired up! Riddle hobbles up and into the ring, ZSJ is on him and snap suplexes! ZSJ gets the foot, hooks the leg, then twists the other foot! ZSJ turns Riddle over, ties the legs up, and has the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Then ZSJ throws Riddle away!

Riddle storms up to CHOP! And forearm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Riddle goes to a corner, ZSJ runs in, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets go and ZSJ falls back. Riddle adjusts his shorts, goes up the corner, and leaps, FLYING KNEE into a HALF CRAB! ZSJ shifts to lean on that hold, STF, but Riddle has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer this technical exchange, ZSJ brings Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! ZSJ is still in this but Riddle BROTONS! The fans are torn but Riddle is having fun again as he goes up top. Riddle aims for the FLOATING- NO, he has to bail out as ZSJ moves!

ZSJ runs up, TRIANGLE HOLD! And he fires off ELBOWS! ZSJ squeezes with the legs but Riddle powers up to deadlift, and POWERBOMB! ZSJ sits up, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives, but Riddle crosses his arms to mock the fans. Riddle KICKS ZSJ, KICKS him again, and again! Riddle runs side to side to forearm SMASH! Then again, but ZSJ dodges to go up, around and TORNADO DDT! Into a GUILLOTINE!! ZSJ has the body scissors, too! ZSJ flails, endures, fights up, and he lifts ZSJ to then power through into a suplex! ZSJ slips free to SLEEPER! Riddle flails, throws ZSJ off, and ARMBAR!

ZSJ clasps hands to fight the hold, but Riddle works on breaking it. ZSJ lets it go so he can shift and have the ARMBAR! Riddle clasps hands but ZSJ pulls fingers! ZSJ has the ARMBAR, but Riddle shifts into the leg guard to fire shots! The ground ‘n’ pound favors Riddle, but then ZSJ catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle deadlifts, but ZSJ slips free to ZACK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! We pass ten minutes, time is on Riddle’s side! ZSJ goes to the corner, runs up, but Riddle catches Penalty Kick into the HALF CRAB! Riddle pulls on the leg but ZSJ flips Riddle off as he endures! ZSJ reaches out, even as Riddle pulls way back!

Riddle lets go to deadlift but ZSJ PELES the arm! Riddle still gets ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up! Riddle is stunned, that move almost never fails! Riddle has fans chanting “BRO! BRO! BRO!” for him as he aims, and KICKS! KICKS! And SLAPS, to then KICK! KICK! And CHOP! Three minute warning, Riddle just toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ kicks, KICKS, blocks, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Riddle wobbles ZSJ grabs a leg, but Riddle JUMP KNEES! Riddle hurries to haul ZSJ up, ripcord and FINAL FLASH!

But Riddle’s not done with ZSJ, he gets the gut wrench and tuck, BRO- VICTORY ROLL! And EURO CLUTCH!! TWO?!? Riddle escapes, but ZSJ KICKS! Then he runs up, into a FLASH KNEE!! Two minute warning, Riddle runs, but ZSJ catches him in to a ghost pin! ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

ZSJ goes from the first-ever champion to the first-ever TWO-TIME NJPW World TV Champion! Riddle is mad with himself and storms off. Is Riddle going to find a way to some other title opportunity in NJPW? Or will he come back for another try?

As for ZSJ, he gets the mic to say, “Alright, Chicago, what’s up, mates? Are we having a lovely time or what? Are you having a lovely time?” Chicago sure is! ZSJ says his year hasn’t gone well. He wanted the world title, but he had to get his baby back! Did she miss him? Also, he needs industrial cleaner, he doesn’t trust the last champion. But it’s been a minute, so this is usually where ZSJ goes talking about challengers, but he won’t bother, he’s tired, it’s straight to the pub. But he will defend this title in the US very, very soon. Cheerio, everyone, buh-bye. Wait! Someone is not letting ZSJ get away that easily, because here comes Cobb!

The fans cheer as The Imperial Unit makes his way back out here, and he steps in to the ring with ZSJ. Cobb looks at the title he’s come close to taking on multiple occasions, and ZSJ sets it down at his feet. ZSJ says not today, though, he’s tired. Cobb and ZSJ shake hands to agree on it, so when and where will we get this sequel? Wait, ZSJ tries to scoop Cobb! Cobb says nope and he scoops ZSJ! ZSJ slips away, bails out, and gets the mic back. “Hawaiian Jeffery, please may I have my championship back? And I promise, I’ll give you a championship match, just not today, I’m tired.” ZSJ also compliment’s Cobb hair.

Cobb hands the belt over, ZSJ thanks him and heads out. ZSJ is back on top of the NJPW World TV Division, but will he end up the first man to lose this title twice?

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Showoff is basically showing off now, saying he isn’t going to defend his IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion until he faces Hiroshi Tanahashi. Is he really looking past the Stone Pitbull like that? Or will Ishii not give Nemeth a choice on who has next?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Nemeth uses his height for leverage but Ishii gets around to waistlock. Nemeth switches and hooks Ishii up in the COBRA TWIST, but Ishii slips right out to waistlock. Nemeth switches, tries for the Cobra Twist but Ishii slips around again. Ishii lifts, Nemeth hooks a leg to fight it, and he switches to wrangle Ishii to a cover. TWO, they end up in ropes, and the ref has them both separate. The fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Nemeth uses his height as leverage to put Ishii on ropes.

The ref counts, Nemeth lets off, but Ishii CHOPS! Nemeth CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Nemeth CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth as fans “WOO~,” but then Nemeth throws a forearm! Ishii fires a forearm in return, they go back and forth and Nemeth gets the edge. The fans fire up but then Ishii ROCKS Nemeth again and again. Ishii runs, RAMS Nemeth, but Nemeth stays up. The fans fire up as Nemeth ROCKS Ishii, runs and RAMS him! Ishii rebounds to CLOBBER Nemeth! The fans fire up more while Nemeth flounders. Nemeth slowly rises, Ishii brings him up and bumps him off buckles.

Ishii CHOPS Nemeth and Nemeth falls over. Ishii eggs Nemeth on, Nemeth stands, and the fans rally. Nemeth fires forearms, but Ishii CHOPS him down! The fans rally behind Ishii as he looms over Nemeth. Ishii drags Nemeth up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ishii kicks Nemeth around while egging him on. Ishii slaps Nemeth around, the fans rally, and Nemeth fires body shots! Nemeth kicks, DROPKICKS, and Ishii falls! The fans fire up while both men go to corners. Ishii stands, Nemeth runs in, STINGER SPLASH! And then NECKBREAKER! Nemeth drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then winds up for the JUMPING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Nemeth is a little annoyed but Ishii is tougher than that. Nemeth reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii powers up and back drops Nemeth away! The fans fire up while Nemeth staggers to his feet. Nemeth fires hands but Ishii just scowls. Nemeth looks around as the fans say he messed up, but he still throws hands! Ishii doesn’t budge, then he just DECKS Nemeth with one shot! The fans fire up while Nemeth flounders to a corner. Ishii storms up, brings Nemeth up to the top rope, and climbs. Ishii brings Nemeth up to the very top, for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! The fans are all fired up while both men are down!

Ishii rises, looms over Nemeth, then drags him up. Ishii reels Nemeth in, but Nemeth fights the lift now! Nemeth wrenches, and jumps on, SLEEPER! Ishii has Nemeth as a backpack, but he shifts around to put the SLEEPER on Nemeth! Nemeth flails, gets around, OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Nemeth rises while the fans rally. Nemeth runs up, but Ishii denies the satellite DDT with a throw! Ishii runs up but Nemeth UPPERCUTS! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth SWATS the lariat to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and the fans fire up while Nemeth is a bit surprised.

The fans rally as Nemeth watches Ishii rise. Nemeth kicks low, runs, FAM- NO, Ishii turns the leg drop into a POWERBOMB! The fans fire up again and Ishii headbutts the buckles to fire himself up! Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks to HEADBUTT! And FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Nemeth is beside himself, but rises as the fans rally again. Nemeth goes to a corner, Ishii staggers to his feet, and Ishii runs in! Nemeth BOOTS Ishii, runs up, and LARIATS! Ishii just roars! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth but now Nemeth roars! The fans fire up with Nemeth, but then Ishii LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!!

Nemeth survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii sits Nemeth up while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks the sliding lariat! Ishii blocks Nemeth’s superkick, then ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up again while Ishii aims from a corner! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nemeth survives again and Ishii grows further frustrated. Ishii fires back up and the fans are with him as he drags Nemeth up. Ishii suplexes, but Nemeth fights it! Nemeth wrenches, HEADBUTTS, but Ishii still whips! Nemeth reverses, but Ishii bucks the Danger Zone! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK 101! Cover, TWO!!!

Ishii just gets an arm up and Nemeth’s shock is clear on his face, even with his hair over his eyes! The fans fire up again as both men slowly rise. Ishii winds up but Nemeth ROCKS him first! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Ishii rises right up! Ishii staggers, but he avoids Danger Zone to STEAL DANGER ZONE!! The fans are thunderous as Nemeth staggers up, into the LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Nemeth shocks everyone as he kicks it into another gear! Ishii rises, into the SUPERKICK 101!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Now Ishii shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down, catching their breaths.

Ishii and Nemeth go to corners, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls, and then Ishii HEADBUTTS! Nemeth rebounds to HEADBUTT, but then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Ishii BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nemeth survives that shot, but Ishii roars as he rises up! Ishii slaps himself to get back in this! Ishii drags Nemeth up, reels him in, suplexes, but Nemeth slips free, DANGER- NO, Ishii clinches! Nemeth slips free, ROCKS Ishii, SUPERKICK 101! Then he dodges Ishii to DANGER ZONE!!! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth is a Wanted Man, and this is why! He took Ishii to the Danger Zone, proving that hanging with NJPW isn’t Mission: Impossible! But will Nemeth prove he’s a Top Gun when he finally gets his dream match with President Tanahashi?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has finally been back on top of NJPW since WrestleKingdom, and he even just defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, just a week ago at Sakura Genesis. At the same time, The Maniac put out the challenge that same night, and Naito said okay! Will Naito continue to keep NJPW tranquilo? Or is there truly about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of pro-wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the winds of change start to blow!

Moxley paces as Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, and Naito tells Moxley to tranquilo. Naito really takes his time with his pants, and is finally ready. The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Naito looks around but Moxley keeps his eyes right on Naito. The two slowly circle while the fans rally and duel. They approach but Naito dodges, and the fans cheer while Moxley keeps cool. They go again, and again Naito avoids Moxley’s grip. Naito again says tranquilo, and they circle. Moxley flips Naito off, the fans are torn, but Naito doesn’t even flinch. The two circle, tie up, and Moxley puts Naito on ropes.

The ref counts, Moxley lets off, but Naito SPITS at Moxley! Naito kicks low, TOSSES Moxley out, but gets Moxley with the fake out and tranquilo pose! The fans cheer while Moxley seethes. Moxley snarls, storms in, but Naito slips away to the outside. The fans cheer as Naito continues to troll Moxley, but then Moxley rushes out to fire off forearms! Moxley whips Naito into railing, then fires more forearms! Naito hits back, Moxley headlocks, and then he SMACKS Naito off the timekeeper’s table! The fans rally as Moxley goes up and over the railing to get Naito back up. The ref reprimands but Moxley ROCKS Naito!

Moxley SMACKS Naito off the table, SMACKS him off it again, then brings Naito around. The crowd moves aside as Moxley fires hockey scrum punches. Moxley then whips Naito, but Naito reverses and Moxley hits railing! The fans fire up, Naito checks his face, then he takes a seat to relax. The fans cheer, but then Moxley BOOTS Naito down! Moxley drags Naito up, brings him around, and back to ringside so he can POST Naito! Naito falls, the fans are torn, but Moxley paces around. Moxley storms back up on Naito, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Moxley stalks Naito to the ropes, then stands on Naito’s face!

The ref counts, Moxley lets off to grab a hand, and Moxley SNAPS fingers! Moxley reels Naito in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito’s still in this but Moxley paces again. Moxley waits on Naito to get up, then KICKS him! And ROCKS him! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then Moxley KICKS a leg! And KICKS the leg, and then KICKS the leg out! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Moxley eggs him on. Moxley paces around, drags Naito up and then CHOPS! Moxley KICKS, CHPOS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley fires off ELBOW after ELBOW, then whips, but Naito sunset flips!

Moxley rolls through, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Moxley talks trash even as he puts on pressure! Naito powers the main leg up but Moxley powers it back down! Naito sits up, SPITS at Moxley, but Moxley puts on more pressure! Naito fights around, turns things over, but Moxley slips free to get the legs again. Moxley SPITS, then he turns Naito over into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito fights his way around. Moxley drops down into a modified STF! Naito again endures, moves around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets go at 4.

Moxley eggs Naito on, talks more trash, then PENALTY KICKS! Naito sits up and shakes his head. Moxley KICKS again, but Naito again sits up. Naito even smirks as he annoy Moxley. Moxley KICKS but Naito blocks! Naito CLAWS the eyes, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley CHOKES Naito, the ref counts, but Moxley lets off. Moxley storms around, the fans rally, and Naito stirs. Moxley goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. Naito rises, Moxley leaps, Naito BODY SHOTS! Naito ENZIGIRIS, Moxley drops to his knees, but Naito still has to catch his breath.

The fans rally as Naito smirks and rises up. Naito brings Moxley around to fire forearm after forearm! Naito whips, atomic drops, and then runs to ELBOW Moxley down and basement dropkick in the back! Naito whips corner to corner, runs up, JUMP KICK! He can’t get up and over so he ELBOWS then NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Naito clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench on the mat! Moxley endures, the fans rally, but Naito thrashes him around. Moxley fights up, he drags Naito up and he DUMPS Naito to the apron! Naito gets up but Moxley fires a forearm! Naito gives it back, they go back and forth!

The fans rally as the shots keep going, faster and faster! Naito ROCKS Moxley but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Naito wobbles, Moxley goes out to the apron, but Naito fights the half nelson suplex! Naito fires elbows, gets free, but Moxley ELBOWS back! And then APRON DDT! Naito flops down to the floor while the fans fire up! Moxley leaves Naito behind to mock the tranquilo! The fans are torn but Naito stirs. Naito slowly crawls, the fans rally up, and Naito stands. Naito shakes out the cobwebs, flounders into the ring, and Moxley drags Naito up. Moxley TOSSES Naito out, then builds speed to DIVE into a chair?!

The fans fire up as Naito sneaks that one! The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow still in this! Naito goes up to the apron and brings Moxley up, for an APRON NECKBREAKER! Moxley flops down while Naito leaves him behind. The ring count starts, Moxley stirs at about 3 of 20. Moxley turns over, he’s busted open! Naito counts along as we pass 10 of 20, then reach 15! Moxley rises at 17, staggers about, and slides in at 19.9!! The fans fire up and Naito is actually annoyed. Naito drags Moxley up, reels him in, and TORNADO DDTS! Moxley sits up in a daze, the crimson mask already complete on his face!

Moxley staggers back to his feet, Naito runs in, but Moxley KING KING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks both men, especially Moxley with that blood, but they’re both okay to continue. Moxley sits up as we pass 15 minutes, a quarter of the allotted hour time limit. Moxley says he’s not gonna be taken alive! Not tonight! The fans fire up with Moxley as he is ready to Die Hard! Moxley fires a haymaker, Naito gives it back! Moxley throws another, so Naito SPITS, then ROCKS him! Moxley ROCKS Naito, Naito ROCKS Moxley, so Moxley SPITS! Naito SPITS, and the forearms fly again!

The fans are thunderous as this gets fast and furious! Moxley fires a flurry, then winds up to run, but Naito gets around! Waistlock, but Moxley switches, to a SLEEPER! Naito RAMS Moxley into buckles, gets free, but the CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Moxley hurries to clamp on, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Naito flails but the body scissors are on! Blood pours off of Moxley’s head, will he give out before Naito does? The fans rally as Naito endures and fights around! Moxley uses that to get the BULLY CHOKE!! Naito fights to his feet, Moxley keeps a SLEEPER! The fans continue to rally as Naito flails!

Naito pries at the hold, then drops, victory roll! TWO!! Moxley stands, Naito wrenches and fires the heavy elbows! Again and again, and then the wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!! But that’s not all! DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives Moxley’s best shot and the fans are thunderous! Moxley snarls, the fans rally and duel, and Moxley wipes the blood from his eyes. Moxley underhooks Naito again, but Naito slips around to DESTINO!!! TWO!!! Moxley survives Naito’s best shot now! But Naito is just as confident about trying again! DESTI- NO!! Moxley slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Naito survives another shot! But Moxley won’t let up, he KING KONG LARIATS again!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Naito staggers about, but into a DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Chicago cannot believe it, but they are loving it! From WWE World Champion to AEW World Champion to now NJPW’s IWGP World Champion, this is history being made before our eyes!! The Maniac makes himself a modern legend, but what does this mean for Naito? Is Naito’s destino simply that he cannot last?

As for Moxley, he does push-ups just to show he has more in that tank! He sets the title down on the lion logo then gets the mic. Moxley says a quick prayer while the fans say, “You Deserve It!” Moxley gets the mic on to say, “Arigato gozaimasu, Chicago! Holy s*it… This was a treat for everybody here that might not ever get a chance to fly across the ocean and NJPW, an authentic NJPW wrestling show live and in person. And it was special to be a part of it here, and there’s nowhere better to have done it than right here in Chicago.” The fans cheer that!

Moxley says he’s wrestled in every building in Chicago, big, small and tiny, and the fans have been with him every step of the way. He thanks them for being here to make it special, as he now stands atop the effin’ NJPW mountain!! The fans fire up for Moxley again, “Thank You, Moxley!” Moxley says he’s just getting started, so he has a message for everyone in NJPW and around the world. First order of business as the King of NJPW is to pick who’s coming at him first! Mox calls the shots, and the long list of Japanese legends he’s defeated over the last five years is really something, but that’s the easy stuff.

Moxley won’t run or hide from the Young Lions, the young and hungry stars of NJPW! He won’t sit atop a mountain and be scared of the hungriest hunters in the game. So stepping up first, this will be the final exam for #SHOOTER!! The fans fire up, but then in runs REN NARITA! PUSH-UP BAR ATTACK!! The fans boo as Narita stomps away on Moxley! Narita gets the mic while he CHOKES Moxley to tell “Shooter, no no no. I’m next challenger, mother effer!” Narita stomps away, but then here comes The Roughneck! Narita turns tail and runs, the fans cheering “SHOOTER! SHOOTER!” Narita laughs as he retreats, but Shota helps Moxley sit up.

Moxley manages to glare at Narita through the crimson mask, and Shota gets the mic for him. Moxley says, “What the heck, man? Narita! You just graduated from being a Young Boy… to being a dead man!” Moxley just said he isn’t gonna run and hide, so if Narita wants a fight, he’ll get a fight! Will The Maniac tear apart that Souled Out SOB? Will Shota get to have his match with his mentor sometime after that?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW, and I did not think they’d have so many changes to the title landscape. Well, Vaquer retained but that’s because she only just got that belt off Giulia. And good on Windsor to step up, though I’m not sure she’ll take that title, either. Anyway, great Fatal 4 Way that also referenced the story between Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy falling apart. Great win for TMDK here, and rather surprising because I didn’t think ELP & Leo would be losing those belts. I wonder if ELP & Leo go back to the heavyweight titles for the Summer.

And then quite the surprise that ZSJ won the NJPW World TV title back. TMDK is taking over, and maybe this move was because Riddle is more an MLW wrestler than a NJPW wrestler. ZSJ VS Cobb the third time around is going to be awesome, great trilogy, and maybe Cobb wins this time. United Empire needs some positives in their post Ospreay era. Cobb and TJP did really good in helping Eddie and Homicide against what ended up being less Team Gabe Kidd and just Bullet Club War Dogs or whatever. Good win for Bullet Club here, and setting up a NO ROPES Last Man Standing for the NJPW Strong Championship is going to be awesome stuff.

Great non-title matches, too. Narita cheating Suzuki to win, but Shota winning despite Jack trying to cheat is good stuff for the Reiwa Musketeer rivals. Great fun in the Hiromu VS Ali match with Daryl Jr, aka El Hijo De Daryl cuz he had a little lucha mask. Great win for Ali, too, but he isn’t scheduled for the Best of the Super Juniors so maybe this was so Chicago gets a win. And then great match of Nemeth and Ishii with Nemeth getting a great win to keep his momentum up while waiting on a match with Tanahashi.

And of course, an awesome main event from Naito and Moxley. I should’ve known Moxley was gonna bleed, but I was NOT expecting Moxley to win the title. Great for Moxley personally, but I’m surprised NJPW made this move. Is Moxley going to bring this title to Dynasty AND Double or Nothing? Well, I suppose Moxley could tell us as much on Dynamite, but this is all still really surprising. I’m not gonna say I agree with Gabe Kidd’s claims NJPW is letting AEW get their way, but it certainly seems like NJPW is hoping AEW helps them with the American audience.

That stuff aside, Narita and Shota being winners works for them stepping up to the world title. Narita probably won’t win, but maybe Shota proves the student has surpassed the master. Might be a bit of NJPW fast tracking their new neo new musketeers, but it’s not like other companies haven’t done that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

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

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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