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What shape is Seth Rollins in?

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How is the Visionary looking on the Road to WrestleMania?

We’re just FIVE DAYS away from The Royal Rumble, but Seth Rollins must first address his physical condition as WWE World Heavyweight Champion!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Imperium w/ Gunther VS The New Day; Double Count-Out Draw.
  • Ivy Nile w/ Maxxine Dupri VS Sarah Logan; Ivy wins.
  • The Miz VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Finn Balor & JD McDonagh; Dom wins.
  • Chad Gable VS Ivar; Ivar wins.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark; Shayna & Stark win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Damian Priest; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Seth Rollins is here!

The fans fire up as The Visionary makes his way out to the ring, but that knee brace stands out against that volt green suit he’s wearing. The World Heavyweight Champion still high-fives fans and smiles for them as he goes down the ramp. Fans still sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins gets the mic. The fans cheer for Rollins, and even shift to “Thank You, Seth!” as they anticipate what he’s here to say. Rollins takes a moment, and he tells, “New Orleans! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins. And it has been a long week, so, I really appreciate that. Thank you, guys.”

Rollins continues by saying seven days ago, he was in this ring, defending the WHC against Jinder Mahal. Fans boo but Rollins says it’s okay, he beat him. But he jumps off ropes, moonsaults like he usually does, and he just felt his knee kinda go in in a way that it is not supposed to. He did what he does, he finished the match, beat Jinder. He went to the back, sat down, and that was the first time it set in that he might be out for a long time. Earlier that night, he’d spoken backstage about how every single title defense, he only gets better and stronger, so he couldn’t help but feel, sitting there all helpless, that he was a liar.

Fans say no, but Rollins is a bit emotional as he says this was the first time where it was a real possibility that he’d miss WrestleMania. Fans again chant “NO! NO! NO!” Rollins appreciates all that, but they still had to get the MRI, get a look at it, and middle of the week the results came in. They weren’t great. A grade two tear of the MCL, a partial tear of the meniscus, and the docs are saying that even with surgery, we’re talking three to four months. Now if it were up to him, he’d be back next week, stomping heads into the mat because it’s what he loves to do.

But unfortunately, it isn’t just up to him. He can’t just say no, as much as he’d like to. “We don’t really know what the future holds.” So he’s taking it day by day, week by week- And then Imperium interrupts… Der Ring General, Gunther, leads the way as he, Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci make their way out to the ring now. Fans boo as the Intercontinental Champion steps into the ring to stand across from the World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins says he has no time for this. If they’re gonna make an example out of him, then just do it. Don’t waste time, just bring it. Gunther says not to worry about Ludwig & Vinci, they have a match later tonight.

What Rollins should worry about is Gunther. Fans boo again but Gunther says he thought and Rollins were avoiding each other, and that today would be a great opportunity to just honestly let Rollins know what he thinks of him. Rollins chuckles and says okay, if that’s the case, should they let him say what he thinks? Fans are torn but Rollins says have at it. Gunther says no reason to be on edge. Just from the beginning, Rollins was in a tough spot. He was labeled the workhorse champion right from the start. He had to be the guy that came out here, every week, and fight honestly for every victory, becoming a champion that brings dignity, respect and honor to a title.

Gunther says Rollins became a champion that everybody can be proud of. Just like Gunther. But now, it pulls on Gunther’s heartstrings to see Rollins like this. And now we find Rollins might not make it to Mania, that honestly makes Gunther sad. Well, see, Gunther, he and his boys should’ve let Rollins finish. What he was about to say is that he doesn’t give a damn what the doctors tell him. He doesn’t give a damn how hard he has to rehab, how hard he has to push his knee, he WILL keep his promise and take this title into WrestleMania! The fans fire up for that! And Rollins will do every single thing in his power to walk out of Mania the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!

Fans fire up hearing that, and Gunther says that’s great! Happy to hear it! Because Gunther thought we were gonna see a great champion fall. But now Rollins is proclaiming to do everything it takes to be a champion at Mania. Gunther admires that. Because Gunther would do the same thing if he was in Rollins’ position. And in fact, Rollins reminds Gunther of himself. So from one great champion to another, on Saturday, Gunther will win the Royal Rumble. And then he will choose Rollins as his opponent for WrestleMania! But with all due respect, Gunther will target that knee, that back, and everything that is not 100%, and he will beat Rollins to become WHC!

Fans boo as Gunther smirks at Rollins, and even chant “You Suck! You Suck!” But Rollins says, “I appreciate your honesty, Gunther. Now here’s a little honesty from me. You can challenge me at WrestleMania if you win the Royal Rumble but I want you to remember one thing. Remember who you’re coming after.” Rollins drops the mic and offers a handshake. Gunther says, “You better remember who’s coming after you.” Gunther drops his mic and shakes Rollins’ hand. The challenge is made, but will either man be in that ring in Philadelphia?

Wait, Xavier Woods jumps out from the crowd to CLOBBER Ludwig & Vinci!! Kofi jumps in, too! The New Day gets the jump on Imperium, and Rollins gets out of the ring as quickly as he can so the brawl can get in the ropes! Woods TOSSES Vinci back out, Kofi clotheslines Kaiser up and out! Gunther is furious, will Imperium rebound from this embarrassing ambush?

Imperium w/ GUNTHER VS The New Day!

Raw returns and the match is already going. Vinci scoops, Kofi slips out to shove but Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Vinci CHOPS Kofi in a corner. Vinci BOOTS Kofi, stomps a mudhole, then lets off to BOOT Kofi again! Vinci talks trash on Kofi, brings him around, and Kofi fires off haymakers! Fans fire up as Kofi whips, but Vinci reverses. Kofi goes up and up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Kofi drags Vinci up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in. Woods tags, he stomps away on Vinci, too! The ref counts, Kofi lets off but Woods keeps going! Fans fire up, the ref counts more, and Woods lets off.

Woods warns Kaiser, then he CLUBS Vinci. And CHOPS Vinci! And CHOPS again! But Vinci FLAPJACKS Woods off ropes! Vinci then LARIATS Woods down! Tag to Kaiser and he rains down fists. Kaiser then sits Woods up to PENALTY KICK! Kaiser stares Kofi down, then fires hands on Woods. Kaiser CHOPS Woods, fires off hands and stomps, then lets off. The ref reprimands, Kaiser storms up but Woods throws a body shot, then a CHOP! Kaiser snarls, he goes after Woods and he rains down fists! The ref counts, Kaiser lets off and fans boo more. Kaiser drags Woods up to kick, but Woods blocks!

Woods snarls, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ENZIGIRIS! Kaiser flops out of the ring, Vinci shouts to him, but the fans rally. Woods crawls, Vinci runs in but Woods TOSSES Vinci out hard! Fans fire up as Woods crawls, but Kaiser drags him out! Vinci gets Woods up to APRON BACK SUPLEX! Then Kaiser THROWS Woods into barriers! Kofi rushes over to back Imperium off, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Woods fires CHOPS on Vinci, but Vinci CHOPS back! The fans “WOO~!” with every CHOP, but Vinci kicks a leg out. Vinci whips Woods to a corner, runs up, but Woods BOOTS him down! The fans fire up as Woods and Vinci crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kaiser and Kofi! The fans fire up as Kofi springboards to AX HANDLE Kaiser! Kofi BLAST Vinci, fires off on Kaiser, but Vinci storms in to CLUB Kofi! Kofi DECKS Vinci! Kofi clotheslines Kaiser up and out, then he DIVES onto Vinci! Kofi keeps moving to DIVE onto Kaiser! Kofi rains down fists on Kaiser, then drags him up for forearms!

But Vinci WRECKS Kofi with a dropkick! Imperium mugs Kofi but Woods WRECKS Imperium with a dropkick! Woods fires off on Vinci, Kofi fires off on Kaiser, and the fans are thunderous! Kofi HEADBUTTS Kaiser, Woods CLUBS away on Vinci but Vinci throws hands back. Kofi sends Kaiser into barriers, the ring count hits TEN!!

Double Count-Out Draw

Fans boo but Kofi then sends Vinci into barriers! Kofi runs up but Vinci TOSSES Kofi up and over! Vinci goes out, this brawl continues in the crowd! Woods meanwhile POSTS Kaiser, then RAMS him into barriers by the timekeeper’s area! Kofi and Vinci brawl in the tech area, Woods and Kaiser ringside, Woods HAMMERS away! Woods KNEES Kaiser down! Vinci DECKS Kofi! Kaiser gets up to POST Woods! Kaiser TOSSES Woods into the timekeeper’s area! Kaiser stomps away on Woods, Vinci CLUBS Kofi, and fans boo as Kaiser grabs a chair! Kaiser shoves things around to make room, and Vinci brings Kofi over

Kaiser says they’re gonna end this once and for all! But then Woods BODIES Kaiser into road cases! Woods fires off on Vinci, then throws hands down on Kaiser! Woods brings Kaiser up onto the road cases!! The fans are going nuts as Woods fires off more haymakers on Kaiser’s face! Then Woods looks down below and smiles. Woods brings Kaiser around and fireman’s carries! But Vinci hurries up to attack Woods! Fans boo as Imperium mugs Woods! Imperium gets Woods up, to DOUBLE SUPLEX, but Kofi makes the save! DOUBLE SPEAR off the cases and through some tables!! New Orleans loses their minds over it!

The refs hurry over to check on all four men. Assuming these four can stand back up, will they only go after each other with even more ferocity?

 

The Judgment Day talks backstage.

They just finished watching the hype package for Damian Priest VS Drew McIntyre, and Finn is fired up. Rhea can’t believe they’re going to war with Drew. Because it just feels to her that Priest wants to fight everyone. She just talked with Adam Pearce and he informed her that Priest & Finn defend the tag titles against DIY. So she really thinks McIntyre should be the least of their worries. Priest says he isn’t trying to go around fighting everyone! But McIntyre WILL be handled by Priest! And he’s not the one walking around here with a big head just cuz he’s on the cover of 2K24. And he’s also not the one going into Pearce’s office to make matches for the team every other week!

Here’s an idea, Rhea: stop going to Pearce’s office! Priest is gonna go clear his head for his match tonight, but he wants Rhea to understand Judgment Day business is under control. Priest storms out, Rhea complains to the others about what Priest just said. She then tells JD & Dom that DIY should’ve been handled a long time ago! Finn agrees, a long time ago. Rhea is disappointed in them. See? You disappointed Rhea! JD apologizes. And then Rhea turns his attention to Finn. What’s so funny? Why’s he smiling and snickering all the time? Finn says it’s kinda funny.  Rhea says nothing’s funny. Priest will handle McIntyre alone.

Which means Finn is ringside for Dom’s match. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen that vicious side of Finn Balor. Oh, she wants vicious? He’ll show us vicious. Finn leads the boys out, will the Prince help Dirty Dom handle biz against The Miz?

 

Backstage interview with Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri.

Jackie Redmond is with them at gorilla position and says we’ve seen the workout videos, Ivy has been training so hard for this Saturday and the Royal Rumble. But she has “Valhalla” Sarah Logan tonight, what would this win do for her? Maxxine says here’s the thing: Lil’ Miss Val ain’t ready for Ivy Nile! She ain’t the Pitbull for nothing! The Creeds then walk in and hype up “big guy” Ivy. She has them calm down and says she’s got this. “Let’s get this barefooted freak.” Ivy heads out, Maxxine following, and Julius scolds Brutus for being too hyper. But will the Diamond Mine’s top dog show Sarah Logan who runs the yard?

Ivy Nile w/ Maxxine Dupri VS Sarah Logan!

Raw returns and “Valhalla is here” as Sarah makes her entrance. The bell rings and Sarah rushes in, but Ivy fireman’s carries! Sarah slips free, claws at Ivy’s face, but Ivy snapmares free and KCIKS her! Ivy whips, Sarah reverses and KNEES Ivy against ropes! Wait, is that Nikki Cross on the ramp? Sarah CLUBS away on Ivy, the ref counts and Ivy flops out of th ering. Sarah goes out to CLOBBER Ivy! Fans boo but Sarah hauls Ivy up to put her in the ring. Sarah then stalks Ivy, sits her up and smothers her into some fishhooks to the mouth. The ref counts, Sarah taunts Ivy as she brings her up, but Ivy fires forearms!

Sarah RAMS into Ivy but Iviy throws mroes hots! Sarah ducks the roundhouse but not the ENZIGIRI! Sarah goes to ropes, bites the ropes, and runs back in. Ivy UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS, then dodges the counter punch to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Fans fire up and Ivy gts moinv, but into a POP-UP HEADBUTT! Cover, feet on the ropes! Maxxine points it out, the ref stops Sarah, and Sarah snarls at Maxxine. Maxxine says it’s the rules! Sarah runs up on Ivy but Ivy dodges! Sarah hits buckles, Ivy runs in but Sarah puts her on the apron. Sarah climbs up, brings Ivy to the top, and Sarah bends Ivy! But Ivy SMACKS Sarah off the post!

Ivy climbs up, uses the post for balance, and the fans fire up for Ivy’s SUPER BULLDOG! Cover, Ivy wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by pinfall

The #Pitbulldog gets Ivy a huge win! Will Ivy fight harder than all of the 29 other women in the Rumble to get the biggest win of her career?

 

The New Day regroups backstage.

They made it through the medical exam, but Jey Uso walks over to say his bois the NEW~ DAY~ have new ways to get down ‘n’ gritty here in New Orleans. He is hyped up, and then Jackie walks over for an interview. This situation with Imperium is getting more and more intense, where does this end? Woods says first thing’s first, The New Day is sick and tired of people walking into the WWE and thinking at first glance, New Day doesn’t do this. They are not 12 TIME Tag Team Champions for no reason! They are the best tag team today and have been for a decade!

Kofi says people have it confused that because of the unicorns and the pancakes and the cereal, that they can’t get down when the time is right! What you saw out there with them taking out Imperium was an example of what happens when you push them too far and cross the New Day. Jey ain’t the only one planning on winning belts this year. New Day took out the henchmen, it’s time for the big boss! Wait, Damage CTRL walks in in the background, what’re they doing on Raw? But as Kofi says, he is challenging Gunther for that Intercontinental Championship next week, here on Raw! Jey adds, “Yeet!”

Win or lose in the Rumble this Saturday, Kofi is looking to get some gold of his own. He’s held the Intercontinental Championship before, will he take down the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion ever to hold it again?

 

Nia Jax is here!

The Irresistible Force has come to New Orleans and the fans boo her as she goes to the ring. Nia gets the mic to say, “The first time I came face-to-face with Rhea Ripley, one of the most dominant champions in our history, she got squashed. The first time I went 1-on-1 with Becky, excuse me, ‘The Man,’ Becky Lynch, one of the greatest superstars in the history of this business, she got squashed. Now I know you think I’m coming out here to complain that they were in this very ring last week saying, ‘I wanna face you at WrestleMania, Becky!’ ‘I wanna face you at WrestleMania, Rhea!’ I completely understand!

“Rhea wants to face Becky, who she thinks she can beat. She doesn’t wanna face me, who she knows she can’t beat! And Becky… Becky’s on her path to WrestleMania. And she knows that any path with me in it has her getting squashed again. So this Saturday at the Royal Rumble, I’m gonna kill both of their dreams. I’m gonna go to WrestleMania as-” WAIT! Here comes Becky! The fans fire up as we’ve just entered the Big Time, and Becky says, “Shut up, Nia, ya dope. Congratulations, you beat me. At least that gives you something new to talk about for the next five years.”

Becky gets in the ring with Nia and says what is interesting is, going into the Rumble, she knows she has a big target on her back. But nobody has a bigger target on her back than Nia. And not because she is literally bigger, but because that locker room, they don’t agree on anything. They don’t agree at all, except on one thing: Nobody likes Nia. Fans cheer that! Becky says yeah, Nia pushes them down, throws her weight around, probably injured half of them, and so, on Saturday, Becky isn’t sure what she’ll enjoy more: Winning the Rumble a second time in her career; or watching Nia lose the Rumble.

But wait! Here comes Bayley! “Ding dong, hello, guys! Actually, both of you idiots are gonna lose, ha ha!” Bayley says she wanted to talk to Rhea, but this is almost better. Her two old pals. She tells fans to shut up! Then she says this is quite the reunion here. Nia, long time, no see. But Bayley is here to make one thing absolutely clear: SHE is winning the Rumble! SHE is gonna point to the WrestleMania sign! Because 2024 is the Year of- SHE SHOVES BECKY INTO NIA! Bayley punches away on Becky but Nia puts Bayley in a corner for stomps! Becky runs up to fire off on Nia! Bayley returns, but gets a MANHANDLE SLAM!

Nia storms up to TOSS Becky up and out, a la the Rumble! Then Nia runs to drop the leg, brother! Bayley got squashed now, and Nia grins. The refs rush out here to stop this from getting any worse! But will Nia be able to squash and toss 29 other women to be #1 contender? Or will even she fail to defeat the odds?

 

The Miz VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Finn Balor & JD McDonagh!

The Awesome Truth tried but failed to bring down The Prince & The Punisher, but the Hollywood A-Lister is looking to avenge R-Truth. Will Miz make this a must-see chapter in his story with Judgment Day? Or will Dirty Dom win this one with help from the boys?

Raw returns and The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz circles with Dom. They tie up, Miz powers Dom back but Dom puts Miz in a corner. The fans chant, “We Want Truth! We Want Truth!” but Dom lets off on Miz with a shove. JD says no, they don’t get Truth! Miz storms up on Dom, ties up with him again, and puts Dom back in a corner. Dom fights but Miz keeps him cornered, but then lets off at 4. Miz fakes chop and he gets Dom to flinch! Dom runs up but Miz arm-drags! And arm-drags! Dom avoids the third but Miz avoids a kick to roll Dom up! TWO, and Miz CHOPS! Miz whips, Dom KICKS! But then Miz LARIATS Dom!

Fans fire up with Miz as he taunts Finn & JD. Miz kicks Dom, throws haymakers, and he has Dom in a corner again. The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, but Dom kicks a leg! Dom throws hands, then TOSSES Miz out! Dom distracts the ref and Finn DECKS Miz! Fans boo but Finn does as Rhea wants. Dom builds speed and DIVES, sending Miz into the desk! Fans boo as Dom flexes, and Finn & JD both flex with him. Dom puts Miz in, gives some Latino Heat, and then slingshot SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Dom stays on Miz with a rain of fists, then soaks up the heat. Fans boo more, but Dom stalks Miz. Dom sits Miz up but fans chant “YOU SUCK!”

Dom ROCKS Miz with a right, but the fans rally behind Miz. Dom throws more fists, Miz stands up, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Miz whips, then kitchen sink knees! Dom goes to a corner and gets the A-LIST LARIAT! Miz pushes Dom away, kicks at JD, but Dom kicks the ropes! Miz gets jammed up and Dom dumps him out! Dom soaks up more heat as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and both men are down after a collision during commercial! The fans rally as Dom and Miz stir, and Miz stands up first. Miz counter punches Dom as the fans rally behind him! Dom kicks low, runs, but into a LARIAT! Miz rallies, gets Dom for a dragon sleeper, BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dom survives the A-List Combination and that helps JD & Finn breathe. But Miz says, “MASSIVE! BALLS!” Finn distracts him, though! Dom rolls Miz up, TWO! Miz has the roll-up, TWO! Miz ducks ‘n dodges to WRECK Finn with a dropkick! Then Miz RANAS JD to join him!

Fans fire up as Miz shoulders into Dom, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Miz stands up again. Dom sits up, into a KICK! And KICK! KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Miz winds up, to BUZZSAW! Dom wobbles, into a SUPERKICK! Miz KICKS Dom in the side, then full nelsons, but Dom victory rolls through! Miz ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up, but Miz ducks the call! Miz ELBOWS Dom away, but JD distracts the ref! Finn GAMANGIRIS Miz, Dom redials, 619!! Dom then goes up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Dom wins!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

Fans boo as Judgment Day steals this, and then Finn fires off fists! Finn is showing he’s vicious, but here comes DIY! Fans fire up for Gargano & Ciampa rush out there! Ciampa dodges Dom, Gargano SUPERKICKS him! Ciampa RAMS into JD & Finn, then Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS JD! Ciampa sends Finn running, so Gargano brings JD up! The Irish Ace is fed to Miz for the SKULL-CRUSHING FINALE! And then Miz sets JD up so DIY can- NO, Finn saves JD and the Judgment Day retreats! Fans boo, but we’re just one week away from DIY VS Prince & Punisher! Will Ciampa & Gargano soon be undisputed?

 

Backstage interview with Damian Priest.

Speaking of those tag titles, Jackie is with the other half of the Tag Team Champions. This match with McIntyre has been months in the making, so what is his mindset going into tonight’s main event? Priest first congratulates Dom on the win over Miz, just like Priest knew he would. As for McIntyre- Truth barges in. He has Priest’s cut for this week’s sales on the “Tom & Nick Mysterio” shirts. Now, we gotta do something about JD McDonagh, he added Truth on Venmo. Priest has Truth slow down. What Priest has going on is pretty serious. He appreciates Truth’s sense of humor, but not the right time. Oh, right, Truth understands.

Truth hurries out and says he’ll see DP later. Priest gets back to McIntyre. McIntyre likes to talk and “be real,” so here’s some real talk on McIntyre. “The guy talks about when he was the man around here, right? That was at a time when everyone was struggling. Then everyone was back to 100, and what happened? He couldn’t beat Roman, he couldn’t beat Gunther, and now he can’t beat Seth Rollins. And out of pure jealousy, he wants to make sure I don’t become champion.” One way or another, from cashing in or winning the Rumble to on to Mania, Priest will be World Heavyweight Champion.

As far as McIntyre goes, he WILL receive his punishment. Priest heads out, determined as ever, but will Senor Money in the Bank make an example out of the Scottish Terminator? Or will it be the other way around?

 

Bronson Reed speaks.

“I am fully aware that Jey Uso intends to become a singles champion here in the WWE. But Jey, like I’ve told you, so do I. And that means that eventually, our paths are going to cross. And the sooner, the better. Because nothing will stand in my way. So Jey Uso, face me next week on Raw so you can be made an example of by BIG Bronson Reed!” The Colossal Aussie has thrown down the challenge, will Main Event Jey be ready for a Tsunami?

 

Chad Gable VS Ivar!

Akira Tozawa pulled off the huge upset when he pinned the War Beard, but then Ivar was a sore loser and smashed Tozawa in return. Will Master Gable make sure Ivar loses a second match in a row? Or will nothing stop the Viking Raider on his way to the Rumble?

Raw returns and Ivar makes his entrance. The bell rings and Gable ROLLING KICKS Ivar! Ivar staggers, Gable shoves him and goes up, to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Ivar stays up so Gable CHOPS and CHOPS! Gable whips, Ivar reverses but Gable goes up and over. Gable then ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ivar scoops him for a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Ivar snarls and he CLUBS away on Gable! Ivar then BOOTS Gable, then hauls him up. Ivar back suplexes, Gable lands on his feet and DORPKICKS! Ivar rebounds but Gable avoids the elbow drop! Gable fires off forearms, uppercuts, and a throat chop!

Ivar swings, Gable dodges and he mule kicks! Gable runs to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Gable hurries up top, and he DIVING HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO! Ivar is still in this but Gable keeps his cool. Gable waistlocks and lifts, but Ivar elbows free! Ivar swings, but into a clinch! Ivar is too big for that lift and he UPPERCUTS! Ivar then suplexes Gable near the ropes! Gable tumbles up and out to the floor, then Ivar goes to the apron! Ivar DIVING SPLASHES to the floor! The War Beard is standing tall while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and both men are up top! Gable and Ivar brawl, and then Gable clinches! Gable brings Ivar to the very top, for a SUPER EXPLODER!! New Orleans goes wild while both men are down! Ivar flounders away but Gable drags himself up with the ropes. Gable runs up on Ivar to CROSSBODY Ivar and himself out of the ring! Ivar runs up, but Gable dodges! Ivar clips the post, Gable pushes Ivar in! Ivar hobbles around as Gable gets in, but then Ivar catches Gable into underhooks! TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Ivar is frustrated as Gable survives, but the fans rally up. Ivar goes back, Gable gets the leg! DRAGON SCREW!

Gable hurries, goes up, and he victory rolls Ivar, into the ANKLE LOCK! Fans fire up as Ivar flails and reaches out! Gable leans on the hold, but Ivar turns over to BOOT Gable away. Ivar goes to a corner, Gable runs in, but into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar has Gable in the drop zone and he goes up the corner! Ivar DIVING LEG DROPS! Cover, TWO?!? Gable survives and the fans fire up again! Ivar waits on Gable to get up, and Gable goes to the other corner. The fans rally, Ivar spins, but Gable blocks the heel kick!? And then he has the ANKLE LOCK!! Ivar flails, reaches out, claws his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK!

Gable lets go in frustration, and storms up, but into a SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO! Ivar huffs and puffs and hobbles his way to the corner. Ivar climbs up again, the bad leg slowing him down. Fans freak out as Ivar DOOMSAULTS but FLOPS as Gable moves! Gable hurries to waistlock, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO?!?! Ivar is still in this and fans can’t believe it! But Gable hurries up the corner now, only for Ivar to CHOP him! Ivar ROCKS Gable, he climbs up after him, and he brings Gable up to SUPER- NO, Gable slips around, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Gable hurries back up, to see Sarah there?!

Sarah SHOUTS at Gable, and Ivar ROCKET LAUNCHES Gable!! Gable is in the drop zone, Ivar goes up top, and he DOOMSAULTS!!! Cover, Ivar wins!

Winner: Ivar, by pinfall

“Valhalla” helped the chosen warrior, and Ivar is now 2-1 with The Alpha Academy. Will the raid continue on and find its way to WrestleMania?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

New Orleans fires up for the American Nightmare as he makes his way to the ring, and sings along with his song, “WHOA~ OH~!” The pyro goes off, Cody continues down the ramp to high-five fans and autograph signs. Cody then gets the mic and hears the fans chanting for him. But then here comes CM Punk! Fans fire up again as the Second City Saint, the Best in the World, makes his entrance, and now the fans sing along with Cult of Personality. Punk says “IT’S CLOBBERING TIME~!” and he high-fives fans on his way to the ring. Punk takes a moment to revel in the cheers before stepping in to be face to face with Cody.

Cody and Punk shake hands, and then Punk gets himself a mic. Punk says that they should just take a moment to enjoy this. They’ve been on very different paths to get to here. Saturday night changes everything, hopefully they’ll still be friends on Sunday morning, but let’s just enjoy this moment. The fans chant for Cody, for Punk, maybe both at the same time, it’s hard to tell. Cody then says, “So, NOLA…! More specifically, CM Punk… What do you want to talk about?” Punk thinks while the fans chant for him again, and he says he wants to talk about Cody’s dad.

Punk doesn’t know if Cody knows this story, but in 2007, Dusty calls Punk on the phone and says he is sending his youngest son to Ohio Valley Wrestler to start his journey as a wrestler. And Dusty told Punk to keep an eye on his boy. Punk wasn’t sure he was the right guy for the job, he surely didn’t know Cody then. But when the American Dream asks you for a favor, you say yes. Fans cheer that, and Punk says it wasn’t a hard job. Punk stayed out of Cody’s way, Cody didn’t get himself into any trouble that he couldn’t talk his way out of, and Cody didn’t fall for the same vices so many others did.

Punk watched Cody grow from a preliminary wrestler into the bonafide, main event caliber superstar that stands before us today. And it might sound a little condescending coming from Punk, but Punk is proud of Cody. Punk brings that story up and Dusty up, because on Saturday, Punk feels like he’s breaking a promise. When the Rumble is happening, when the bell rings, should they cross paths, Punk is not gonna be looking out for Cody, Punk is gonna be looking for him. Punk will do what he has to, from punching him in the face to throwing him over the top rope, because Punk vows to WIN the Rumble and main event WrestleMania.

Fans are torn there, but Cody says Punk isn’t alone in that feeling of talking to Cody but thinking about Dusty. Cody has met countless legends, luminaries and dignitaries in this industry, from Michael Hayes to Bruce Prichard to Triple H to even Mr. Heyman. When they see Cody, they can’t help but see The American Dream. It’s a very large shadow. But Cody knows Punk knows that Cody has done everything in his power to not be in the shadow but to be the light in that shadow, to subvert the expectations on his own last name and be his own man.

Talk about OVW, Punk isn’t lying. Cody showed up there, folk style wrestling only, no matches under his belt, a complete nepotism hire, and there Punk was. Punk had toiled on the indies for 10 YEARS. He could’ve treated Cody poorly, but he did not. Punk treated Cody as a peer, and from then on, they have been friends. That is what makes this all bittersweet. Because in the Rumble, there are no friends. Punk says what about on Sunday? Yeah, there’s no friends in the Rumble. Punk’s been in more than Cody has. But what about Sunday morning? Punk can separate business from personal. Can Cody?

Punk wasn’t born into this but Cody was. Cody grew up in this business, personal to him IS the business. Cody is the son of one of the most legendary pro-wrestlers of all time! And Punk said to start this, they have traveled very different paths. Punk had no famous dads. When Cody showed up to OVW, other people saw Dusty, but not Punk. Punk saw Cody. It wasn’t nepotism to Punk, because where everyone saw Cody being on third base and being afforded all these opportunities that Punk didn’t get because he had to scratch and claw to where he was, he saw the burden of Cody’s last name.

Punk saw how hard it’d be for Cody to get out of that shadow, and congratulations, because Cody has done that with flying colors. The fans cheer that, and Punk says for all the differences, such as Cody in his very nice and expensive suit and Punk in his workout clothes, they’ve had very different paths but have one very similar goal. Punk didn’t have the famous dad, Dusty Rhodes, American Dream, “Son of a Plumber” and global, international heavyweight champion superstar wrestler recognized on the streets, dined with kings and queens. How does the rest of it go? Cody says “Slept in alleys, dined on pork and beans.”

Yeah, Punk didn’t have the famous dad with all that. His dad was just a regular guy, an electrician. So it’s kinda ironic, huh? Punk is more The American Dream than Cody is. Cody says okay, then, “American Dream,” here is what Cody wants to talk about. Let’s talk about “The Pipebomb.” Punk throws the WWE logo off his mic and says go ahead. Cody reminds us that Punk sat on stage, said words, rattled off the formula for a revolution, and inspired countless numbers. There are wrestlers who got in this ring because of that speech. Count Cody as one of them. But then, Punk left. And when Punk left, he really left.

Punk didn’t pass the torch, he just dropped it on the way out. He didn’t care who picked it up, but Cody’s pretty sure Punk knows who did. Cody did. “Everything that you spoke about, I literally did! So where you talked, I walked. And what is actually ironic, that makes me more CM Punk than you!” Fans are fired up hearing all this! Punk takes off the hoody and puts that aside, saying it’s getting hot in here. Cody is more Punk than Punk? Well allow Punk to give Cody the full Road to WrestleMania CM Punk experience. Cody has carried this company on his back for a soul-crushing two years, and he’s right around the corner and he’s handed to cover of 2K24.

Congrats, by the way! On sale pretty soon, huh? And right as Cody’s about to cross the finish line and #FinishTheStory, what’s that in the distance? A much bigger superstar who hasn’t been here in a very long time, coming to take it all away from you! And Punk is talking about himself. Oh, there you go, Punk looking out for Cody. Punk might be right. He talked about the American Dream, so he should know Dusty was Cody’s best friend. Dusty frequently quoted John Wayne, and the one Cody heard the most is, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyways.” Punk may be right but Cody has only one direction he can go, and that is forward!

That direction in the Royal Rumble goes through Punk. Cody drops the mic, and then so does Punk. Cody goes to leave but Punk turns him right around! The fans fire up as these two are forehead to forehead, then the two back off. The fans are torn between these two, and both men exit the ring on opposite ends. This could very well be a collision that is destined to happen, will we see it in the Royal Rumble?

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark!

While the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are being defended this Friday, The Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling are finding their way into the title picture. But the same can be said of The Queen of Spades & The Hunter! Will Candice & Indi or Shayna & Stark take one more step closer to the gold as we head down the Road to WrestleMania?

Kayden Carter & Katana Chance are ringside to watch this, even though The Kabuki Warriors are coming for them on SmackDown. The teams sort out and Shayna starts against Candice. These two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Shayna trips Candice and then scuffs her. Candice gets up in a huff and she resets with Shayna. They tie up again, Shayna powers Candice back to a corner, but the ref counts. Shayna scuffs Candice again, then trips her to sit her down! Shayna taunts Candice, then runs up, but Candice dodges! Candice feints to trip Shayna now! Candice eggs Shayna on, and Shayna runs up, into an arm-drag!

Candice arm-drags again, and again, then taunts Shayna more. Stark tags in but Shayna says she had this. Stark says no, she’ll get this. But Indi tags in, kicks and JABS and DECKS Stark! Indi puts Stark in ropes, UPPERCUTS her, then runs side to side. Tag to Candice before Indi BOOTS Stark down! Shayna runs up, Indi TOSSES her, and Candice goes up! Indi helps her tightrope walk, to then FLYING RANA Stark onto Shayna! The fans fire up as Candice & Indi stand tall, and Indi copies Kayden’s dance moves as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Stark CLUBS away on Indi. Stark scuffs Indi around, then runs, to springboard, into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both women are down, and Stark crawls. Chelsea green & Piper Niven are watching as hot tags are made to Shayna and Candice! Candice fires off on Shayna, LARIATS then DROPKICKS! Stark runs up but into a kick and ENZIGIRI! Candice UPPERCUTS Shayna in a corner, snapmares her, then runs up, CODE BREAKER SENTON COMBO! Cover on Shayna but Stark breaks it! Indi whips Stark but Stark reverse. Indi is on the apron, Stark SUPERKICKS her down!

Candice TOSSES Stark out, but Shayna grabs Candice for the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Candice RAMS Shayna into a corner, but Stark tags in! Shayna carries Candice in the sleeper, but Candice pushes back to roll back! But it won’t count as a cover, Stark is legal! And speaking of, Stark deadlifts Candice up to Z 360!! Cover, Stark & Shayna win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by pinfall

The champs like the teamwork they just saw, and they step into the ring to say they’ll be ready to take them on. But wait! The Kabuki Warriors attack! Shayna & Stark back off to let Asuka & Kairi beat down the champs! The showdown happens on SmackDown, will the party be over for Kayden & Katana?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Jackie is with the Scottish Terminator and says before talking about tonight’s main event, which has been fueled by months of animosity, does McIntyre have anything to say about what we saw from Cody and Punk? No. Everything he had to say, he already said to each of their faces. They’re the ones following in his footsteps. He won the Royal Rumble and then actually won at WrestleMania, so he has nothing for them. But he did hear what Priest had to say. Yeah, things weren’t 100% when McIntyre was champion, they weren’t 100% right in the world. But he is sick and tired of people trying to put a negative spin on that time! They needed a hero, he stepped up!

Here’s some names: Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, AJ Styles. That aside, that was the most proud McIntyre was of his entire career. People have literally come up and told him he saved their lives! But tonight, Priest is not ready to be WHC. You need to be physically and mentally tough enough and Priest just isn’t. Everyone talks about their story, but there’s only room for one Chosen One, and you’re looking at him! McIntyre is ready to tear Priest apart, will he do that and have one less obstacle on his journey back to WrestleMania?

 

DMG CTRL regroups backstage.

They’re all excited after their ambush on the tag champs. But how is Bayley feeling? Oh, she’s fine. But she feels much better after seeing what happened out there. But then Tegan Nox & Natalya confront them! DMG CTRL thinks they can just show up on Raw and get away with that stuff? Uh, why do they care? Uh, well, why are you here? They all shout and argue, and Adam Pearce storms in to say save it for the Rumble! He asks Nox & Natty to give him a moment with DMG CTRL, and the Queen of Hart says fine, they’re tired of being disrespected anyway.

Natty & Nox leave, and Pearce then says he invited them here for two reasons: promote The Rumble, and promote the tag title match. They were NOT supposed to go into business for themselves! Uh, if he has a problem, take it up with Aldis. Oh, funny. If he can pry Aldis away from staring himself in the mirror, Pearce will do that. Well, then get used to seeing DMG CTRL here. Once Asuka & Kairi win those tag titles on Friday, they’ll be showing up on Raw a lot more, buddy. Bye~! DMG CTRL heads out, Pearce turns around and Indus Sher is there. Jinder steps forward to say they need to talk.

What are Pearce’s plans for him, The Modern Day Maharaja, the most talked-about man of 2024, the man who stepped up to The Rock, and who is responsible for damaging Seth Rollins. Right now is good, right? Pearce says okay, just meet him in his office. Veer & Sanga leave with Jinder, and Pearce says he needs a drink. Will the Raw GM be spotted on Bourbon Street after tonight?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Damian Priest!

Ever since the uneasy alliance back at Survivor Series, the Scottish Terminator and Senor MITB have been wanting to throw hands against each other. And now, just days before the Royal Rumble, they will have that fight! Will McIntyre’s “jealousy” cost him his momentum going into this Saturday? Or will Priest’s pride be the cause of his fall?

Raw returns and McIntyre makes his entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. McIntyre and Priest slowly circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. McIntyre headlocks, Priest powers up and out, but McIntyre runs him over! Fans fire up as Priest storms up and shoves McIntyre. McIntyre kicks low, headlocks, but Priest powers up and out again. They RAM shoulders, Priest rebounds and he runs McIntyre over! McIntyre gets up to shove Priest, so Priest ROCKS him! Priest stomps a mudhole in the corner, CLUBS away on McIntyre, then lets off as the ref counts. Priest whips, McIntyre rebounds to LARIAT!

Fans fire up as McIntyre fires off on Priest in a corner, then CHOPS! Priest storms around, then ROCKS McIntyre! McIntyre tumbles out of the ring, and Priest goes out around the way. Priest runs in and leaps off the step, but McIntyre catches him! McIntyre hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! McIntyre then puts Priest into the ring, storms in after him, and CHOPS him against ropes! Fans “WOO~!” and McIntyre brings Priest up to ROCK! Priest ROCKS McIntyre back! Priest runs, but McIntyre clotheslines Priest up and out! McIntyre storms out after Priest but Priest mule kicks him! Priest whips, McIntyre reverses, and he clinches again!

Priest claws the eyes and RAMS McIntyre into the post! Priest drags McIntyre up, reels him in, and aims for the desk! BROEKN ARROW on the desk!! The desk doesn’t break but maybe McIntyre just did! Priest stands tall and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again and Priest fires shots on McIntyre. Priest talks trash, KICKS and KICKS and UPPERCUTS McIntyre around the ring, then KICKS him more. Priest talks more trash, but McIntyre CHOPS in return! And ROCKS! And CHOPS! McIntyre whips, Priest reverses but McIntyre KICKS the back drop away! McIntyre runs, Priest follows, and he LARIATS McIntyre down! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps onto McIntyre for a chinlock and he grinds McIntyre down. The fans rally, McIntyre fights up, and McIntyre pries the hold away. Priest lets off to CLUB McIntyre in the back!

Priest shoves McIntyre to ropes, McIntyre holds ropes and ELBOWS Priest! McIntyre runs up, DOUBLE BOOTS bring them both down! The fans fire up and McIntyre snarls as he sits up. McIntyre seethes as he runs up to LARIAT Priest! And LARIAT again! Priest gets up, McIntyre clinches him in the corner, OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Then the NECKBREAKER! Both men are down again, but McIntyre kips up! The fans fire up with McIntyre and he aims from a corner. The countdown begins, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Priest dodges the Claymore! Priest runs up, but McIntyre ducks the heel kick to CHOP!

McIntyre runs, Priest follows, but McIntyre SPINEBUSTERS! Jackknife bridge, TWO! McIntyre seethes again, clutching his side from the crash on the desk earlier. McIntyre drags Priest up, fireman’s carries, but Priest fires elbows. And then BELL CLAP! Priest whips McIntyre to a corner, shakes the stars out and runs in, but into a BOOT! McIntyre runs in, but into a FLATLINER! Cover, TWO! Priest grows frustrated, but he runs in at the corner to- NO, McIntyre catches the jump elbow! McIntyre can’t hold on long, and Priest fires off KICK after KICK! Priest then spins, into the GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT!

Priest goes to a corner, McIntyre runs in but Priest puts him on the apron! McIntyre goes right up top to FLYING- NO, Priest dodges! JUMP KICK! Then Priest runs up, tilt-o-whirls, but McIntyre slips free! So Priest suplexes for a BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and bails out of the ring! Priest builds speed and goes up the ropes, to ROLLING KICK!! Fans fire up as Priest then brings McIntyre up, puts him in the ring, but wait! Is that R-Truth? Fans fire up as Truth wants to give Priest his cut, but Priest shoves him down!? Truth realizes duh, put it in the briefcase! McIntyre storms up but Priest ROUNDHOUSES him from the apron!

Priest steps in, springboards, but into a kick! Underhooks and FUTURE SHOCK!! Truth asks what the password is for the briefcase’s lock! McIntyre aims from the corner, but Truth gets on the apron to talk to Priest. McIntyre’s fury turns to Truth, and he DECKS Truth! The money goes flying! Priest choke grips McIntyre, SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, but the ref is busy with Truth!! Priest would’ve won! Priest is furious and he tells Truth to get out! Truth is trying to explain but Priest TOSSES him! Fans boo, but then CLAYMORE!!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Truth tried to put the money in the bank for Priest, but that all backfired! McIntyre is rolling into the Royal Rumble, will he win his way back to former glory?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Raw, especially as a go-home to the Royal Rumble. Rollins opens with his announcement, which didn’t seem as heavy as I expected going into this, because Gunther also shows up to call him out for a possible match at Mania. Rollins said “three to four months,” but that could be exaggeration for the sake of making him look John Cena levels of superhuman in a return just in time for WrestleMania. No vacating of the title, too, so the leg must not be in as bad of shape as thought. As great as Gunther VS Rollins would be, I don’t know the likelihood of that, with all the other possibilities in the Rumble match itself.

To that point, we got an awesome promo from Cody and Punk, probably a top contender for promo of the year already.  Honestly, all the promos we’ve gotten out of Cody, Punk and McIntyre have been great stuff. Also, we really need Cody VS Punk before Mania, that’d be such good stuff. I’d still lean towards Punk winning the Rumble to go for the World Heavyweight Championship. And in connection to Roman VS Rock in the works, I don’t think Cody even bothers shifting over and using the Elimination Chamber to get at the Universal Championship, he really will just have to wait until some later event.

Great opening match of Imperium VS New Day, and taking the count-out draw and making it into a wild brawl with the table spot. I was hoping they’d announce a Street Fight Tag rematch, but instead, Kofi just straight up wants Gunther and the Intercontinental Championship. Pretty sure Gunther retains, but he and Kofi are going to have an awesome match. Bronson also has a good promo calling out Jey, Jey VS Bronson is going to be great stuff, and Jey beating Bronson is definitely going to set him up for a match with Gunther. Not sure what happened to Pearce’s plans for the IC title, but Ricochet getting a concussion back in December that WWE kept quiet about probably tanked a lot of that. Maybe Ricochet makes a return during the Rumble.

Really good stuff out of Ivy VS Sarah, and great stuff out of Gable VS Ivar. Ivy gets a strong win with a new finisher, though honestly a flying bulldog is a bit riskier than a submission hold. Ivar gets the win because of Sarah, but he and Gable are both going strong into the Rumble that they’re not winning anyway. Really good surprise appearance of DMG CTRL tonight. I like that Bayley interrupts Becky and Nia confronting each other only for her to take the beating so that Becky and Nia are mostly even going into the Rumble. She wants to be Women’s World Champion per the DMG CTRL golden mission, so smart to have her here tonight.

Also good involvement of DMG CTRL going after Kayden & Katana to hype up the tag title match this Friday. I can’t be sure how the go-home math works out here, given how the DMG CTRL story is still heading for Bayley being kicked out. For now, I’ll stick with what I said last Friday that Kabuki Warriors could win the belts, that puts pressure on Bayley, and then when Bayley fails, she gets kicked out. And really good tag match of Shayna & Stark beating Candice & Indi, so maybe Shayna & Stark are the ones waiting for whoever comes out of this Friday’s match for at least a match at Elimination Chamber.

And of course, great stuff in the Judgment Day story tonight. Good little promo of them arguing with the tensions getting high again, and Rhea just kinda snapping at everyone there. Finn & JD of course help Dom beat Miz, but DIY of course runs Judgment Day off. Finn & Priest VS DIY is going to be great stuff, and at this point, it could go either way because Judgment Day looks close to imploding. Truth was again brilliant, and what a brilliant way for him to cost Priest against McIntyre. That main event was awesome stuff even with Truth getting involved, Priest losing adds to both the Judgment Day story and McIntyre’s story. McIntyre is looking strong going into the Rumble, and even though Punk seems like the likely choice, we could and should get McIntyre VS Punk on the way to Mania.

My Score: 8.8/10


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The New Beginning comes to an end!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

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

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Can Papa Gunn breathe with the Switchblade?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

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

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

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

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

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

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

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

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

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

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

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

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

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

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

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

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

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

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

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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