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Will the Elimination Chamber be All Mighty?

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Will the All Mighty stop a Tsunami?

As the Road to WrestleMania takes its twists and turns, Bobby Lashley battles “Big” Bronson Reed for a spot in the Elimination Chamber match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Jey Uso & The New Day VS Imperium; Jey & New Day win.
  • Men’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Bobby Lashley VS Bronson Reed; Lashley wins and advances to Elimination Chamber: Perth.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Liv Morgan VS Zoey Stark; Liv wins and advances to Elimination Chamber: Perth.
  • R-Truth VS JD McDonagh w/ Judgment Day; JD wins.
  • Men’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: LA Knight VS Ivar w/ Sarah Logan; Knight wins and advances to Elimination Chamber: Perth.
  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Jey Uso & The New Day VS Imperium!

Main Event Jey Uso opens the night alongside some of his greatest rivals to take on some common enemies! Will it be #NewDayOneIsh in Kentucky? Or will Der Ring General and his soldiers make the mat sacred?

The teams sort out and Kofi starts against Ludwig Kaiser. The fans rally with “YEET!” as Kofi and Kaiser tie up. They go around, end up in a corner, and the ref counts. Kaiser turns it around on Kofi then he ROCKS Kofi! Kofi fires back, Kaiser ROCKS him back, and they brawl! They CHOP and CHOP, Kofi CHOPS and CHOPS and fires forearms! Kaiser knees low, CLUBS Kofi down, then brushes himself off. Kaiser then PENALTY KICKS Kofi down! Kaiser sits Kofi up to PENALTY- NO, Kofi ducks that kick to DROPKICK back! Fans fire up as Kofi LARIATS! Tag to Woods, the speed blitz! PENALTY KCIK, SLIDING LARIAT, IMPLODER SPLASH and ELBOW DROP!

Woods puts Kaiser in the corner and the fans fire up again. Woods stomps and scrapes Kaiser, then says it’s time to turn up! The stampede begins! Tag to Kofi, he stomps away on Kaiser now! Tag to Jey, he gets some stomps in! The fans fire and “YEET!” with each one, then Woods tags in. Woods stomps away, tag back to Jey! Woods whips Jey in to HIP ATTACK! Gunther frowns as Jey grins, and the fans fire up. Jey dares Gunther to get in so Gunther tags! The fans fire up as Jey and the Intercontinental Champion circle. Then Gunther tags to Giovanni Vinci, and he CLOBBERS Jey! Vinci stomps Jey but lets off to mock the bounce.

Gunther wants in now? Tag to Gunther, he rips off the Yeet shirt to CHOP Jey down! Fans boo but Gunther looms over Jey. Gunther stomps Jey, tags to Kaiser, and the Impeccable German rains down fists! The fans boo but Kaiser lets off to glare at Kofi and Woods. The fans rally with “UCE! OH!” and Jey UPPERCUTS! Jey DECKS Vinci, UPPERCUTS Kaiser, and Gunther avoids the haymaker! Kaiser CLOBBERS Jey out of the ring and Gunther BOOTS him down! The fans boo but Imperium soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kaiser has Jey in a cravat. Jey throws body shots and the fans “YEET!” with each one. Jey then powers up to a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and both men crawl. Hot tags to Vinci and Woods! Kofi tags in just as Woods rallies on the Pride of Italy! Woods BLASTS Kaiser, and Kofi SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODIES Vinci! SWINGING NECKBREAKER then a FAMOUSER! Tag back to Woods so that he can tag back to Kofi! STEP-IN DDT and then a FLYING SPLASH! Down goes Vinci, Kofi covers, TWO! The fans rally up and Kofi waits on Vinci. Kofi brings Vinci up but Kaiser distracts!

Woods runs up to trip Kaiser and he fires off haymakers! The fans cheer but Kaiser claws Woods’ face! Kofi WRECKS Kaiser with a dropkick, then dodges Vinci! LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up and Kofi hits the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOMD DROP! The fans fire up and clap along with Kofi, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” But Kaiser anchors a leg! Kofi kicks at Kaiser but Vinci DUMPS Kofi out! Kaiser then brings Kofi up to RAM into the steel steps! Kaiser puts Kofi in and Vinci BOOTS Kofi back out! The ref reprimands but Vinci fetches Kofi into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kofi toughs it out, but Gunther tags in. Gunther stomps Kofi, then stalks him to ropes.

Gunther stands Kofi up to UPPERCUT him down! Gunther stares Woods down, then goes back for Kofi. Gunther smirks but fans boo as he bends Kofi back against ropes. Gunther ELBOWS Kofi down, then he soaks up the heat. Gunther taunts Jey, stands Kofi up, and CLUBS Kofi on the neck. Kofi goes to the Imperium corner and Gunther brings him up. Gunther UPPERCUTS, then taunts Jey more. But Kofi fights out of the corner, leaps, but Gunther catches him! Gunther keeps Kofi away from his corner, then CHOPS him down! Then Gunther sucker punches Jey! Gunther has the legs and he turns Kofi over, BOSTON CRAB!

Fans boo while Kofi endures, but Gunther mocks Jey! Jey storms in to SLAP Gunther! They brawl, the ref gets in there to stop it, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Kofi fires hands on Kaiser, but Kaiser throws him down by hair! Kaiser DECKS Woods but Jey avoids the sucker punch. Kaiser turns around, into a back drop! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tags to Vinci and Jey! Jey rallies on Vinci with LARIAT after LARIAT! Mule kick, UPPERCUT, and then a dodge to the SAMOAN DROP! Kaiser returns but he gets a SAMOAN DROP, too! Gunther stares Jey down and the fans fire up! Jey says “UCE!” “OH!” “UCE!” “OH!” HIP ATTACK for Kaiser! HIP ATTACK for Vinci! Jey swings on Gunther but Gunther gets away again. Kaiser runs up, into a SUPERKICK!

Vinci springboards, into a SUPERKICK! Jey dares Gunther to do something so Gunther calls to Kaiser. Kaiser crawls over, tag to Gunther! The fans fire up as Jey and Gunther stare down. Jey dodges the chop to haymaker again and again! Then the pop, lock ‘n’ – CHOP!! Gunther takes Jey down, then drags him back up for a ripcord! Jey dodges the lariat, but Gunther blocks the superkick! Gunther spins Jey but Jey DRAGON WHIPS! Jey fires hands, then runs up, but Gunther puts Jey on the apron. Jey ROCKS Gunther, goes up, and Jey CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still in this but Jey keeps his cool.

The fans rally as Gunther flounders. Jey aims from a corner, runs up, and GUNTHER SMOTHERS THE SPEAR! Gunther turns Jey to CHOP him! Gunther BOOTS Woods, DECKS Kofi, then hauls Jey up! Ripcord, RAINMAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives, Gunther is stunned! Gunther puts Jey in a drop zone, goes up a corner, and Gunther grins. Gunther mocks the bounce, then GUNTHER SPLASHES onto knees! Jey gets up to SPEAR!! Cover, Kaiser breaks it! The fans boo but Woods leaps in to BOOT Kaiser down! Vinci reaches out, Kofi POSTS Kaiser, Gunther tags to Vinci! Vinci hurries up to get Jey!

Vinci reels Jey in, lifts, but Jey slips free of the bomb! Vinci BOOTS Jey, but Jey SUPERKICKS back! Woods & Kofi get in, they pop Vinci up, ONE AND DONE!! Then Woods WRECKS Kaiser with a dropkick! Kofi FLIES to take Kaiser down! Jey goes up to USO SPLASH Vinci! Cover, New Day & Jey win!

Winners: Jey Uso & The New Day, by pinfall

Kentucky bounces in celebration while Imperium regroups and retreats. Is it only a matter of time before Gunther has to face Main Event Jey with the gold on the line?

 

Andrade speaks.

“Life has taught me I had to decide. What I want, what I deserve in this life. I love this business. I had my first match when I was 13. Yes, 13 years old. I became a champion many times. The next step, I had the opportunity to go to the WWE. And again, I became a champion. First, the NXT Champion. Then, United States Champion. But the titles were not enough. Three years ago, I needed to leave to remember who I was. Now, I am back.” The real Andrade is back, and his direction is clear. Where will El Idolo go on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Men’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Bobby Lashley VS Bronson Reed!

As if the Elimination Chamber in Perth, Australia wasn’t big enough, a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is on the line, and two titans are about to battle for a spot! Will the All Mighty storm his way Down Under? Or will there be a colossal homecoming in the near future?

Raw returns as Bronson makes his entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally. The two tie up, Reed powers Lashley toa  corner but Lashley turns it around. Reed turns it back around, the ref counts, but Reed HEADBUTTS! Then Reed CLUBS away on Lashley, runs up and SPLASHES! Lashley wobbles, Reed brings him up with a fireman’s carry, but Lashley slips free! Lashley clamps on a half nelson, Reed resists so Lashley throws knees! Lashley still tries the nelson but Reed RAMS him into a corner! Reed CLUBS Lashley, whips him corner to corner but Lashley comes back! Lashley LARIATS, Reed stays up!

Reed swings, Lashley dodges then hurdles, to CLOBBER Reed! The fans fire up and Lashley aims! But Reed dodges, the Spear hits buckles! Lashley falls out of the ring, the ring count begins, but Reed goes to the apron. Reed FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES Lashley, sending him over the barriers! Fans fire up while Lashley is down in the front row, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Lashley is in a corner. Reed storms up on him, and fires point-blank lariats! The fans rally for Lashley but Reed then short arm LARIATS Lashley! Reed soaks up the heat then drags Lashley up. Reed reels Lashley in, suplexes, but Lashley slips free! Lashley mule kicks, runs, and CLUBS Reed! Reed roars, runs up, but into a FLATLINER! The fans fire up with Lashley and he hauls Reed up, to SUPLEX! The fans fire up and Lashley covers, TWO! Lashley keeps his cool as he watches Reed go to a corner. The fans rally and Lashley runs up to clothesline! Then clothesline again! Lashley keeps moving and he RAMS into Reed!

Lashley brings Reed around, but Reed powers out of the neckbreaker to SUPERKICK! Reed fireman’s carries, to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Lashley survives and Reed seethes, but he then aims at the corner. Reed runs in but Lashley dodges the splash! Lashley then runs but Reed ROCKS him at ropes! Reed runs, but Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives and Lashley grits his teeth. Lashley aims from a corner, he wants Reed to get up! Reed rises, Lashley runs in, but Reed KNEES him away! URENAGE! SENTON! Fans are gasping for breath after that one!

Reed goes up the corner, but Lashley rises up! Lashley ROCKET LAUNCHES Reed! The fans fire up and Lashley takes aim again! SPEAR!! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (advances to the Elimination Chamber)

The All Mighty did indeed stop the Tsunami and he takes the spot from the Colossal Aussie! Will Lashley conquer the entire field inside that sinister structure? And who else joins the match with another qualifier happening tonight?

 

Jackie Redmond has a sit-down interview with Sami Zayn.

Like last time, the two sit in the bleachers before the show began. He was adamant that he is a contender, but since then, he lost on SmackDown and did not qualify for the Elimination Chamber. Now he goes against Shinsuke Nakamura over how things went down after Raw went off the air. Jackie asks, “How shaken is your confidence right now?” Sami says if you talk to any contender in any sport, when they vow to do something and then fall short, there’s a bit of embarrassment. If Sami said he was gonna beat McIntyre and then he loses to McIntyre, there’s a part of him that feels embarrassed, that wants to just stay in bed and not show up for work.

That is a feeling Sami has felt many times in his career. But every single time, even this time, that feeling is always overtaken by a much stronger feeling, an unwavering believe in himself. Last week, he talked about where he was this time last year. And this time last year, he was face to face with Cody Rhodes, and he told Cody that Sami if he wants to main event WrestleMania, he has to believe in himself or nobody else will. And that believe in himself has carried Sami to WrestleMania, has carried him throughout his entire career. So yes, he still believes what he said about being a contender and future champion. That is a promise.

And it won’t be an easy path, but it is one he is willing to walk to get there. If he gave in to despair- Wait, Shinsuke Nakamura got on the tron to call Sami out? “What’s wrong with you? You’ve had the glory, the moments. Have you forgotten that? Oh, I see. You act like you’re in misery. You want people’s sympathy! Such a clever guy you are. Just like Cody. But, I’d love to see your true self in the ring. The real you that tries to swindle people and stay in the spotlight. But if you don’t let your real emotions out, I won’t tolerate it. Your chance is gone. But don’t worry. I’ll pick up your soul, and continue my warpath forward.”

The King of Strong Style accuses the Great Liberator of putting on a facade, but will Sami prove that the REAL Sami is unstoppable?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Kentucky fires up for the American Nightmare as he heads to the ring, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets the mic while the fans chant his name, and he says, “So, Lexington, Kentucky…! What do we wanna talk about? I believe we could talk about how, in the main event at WrestleMania 40, I will be challenging for the Undisputed WWE Championship against Roman Reigns!” The fans fire up for that! Cody says it took him awhile to be able to even say that. And the only reason he can is because… of the fans. The fans cheer that! Cody says the fans certainly made their voices heard, because for a full week, trending worldwide, screaming and shouting and whispering, spreading the word, and the word was…

The fans chant it now! “WE WANT CODY!” Cody thanks them for that, and says that he really doesn’t know how he could ever repay the fans. Actually, there really is only one way. He looks to the Mania sign and says aw, they’re making him emotional! Cody gets it, he is a passionate man, he is passionate about the WWE and his legacy within it. Cody’s astrological sign is Cancer, so he’s often wearing his heart on his sleeves. But he doesn’t wanna get too emotional, or else he’ll be a… crybaby. Fans boo the nickname, and then chant “ROCKY SUCKS!” Cody says while so many were saying “WE WANT CODY,” there was certainly one man who absolutely, 100% did NOT.

That same man happens to be the most famous human being alive, a potential presidential candidate, the original People’s Champion, and even the man who coined the term, “Cody Crybabies.” Cody shares with us footage from last Thursday’s Pat McAfee Show, where Rock pointed out three units: Cody, his fans, and his “crybabies.” For every 10 tweets, they’re shoving a chicken nugget in their mouth, and for every 20 tweets, they’re shoving two up their candy asses. The Rock says all you gotta do is sit back, shut your mouth, know your role and enjoy the ride, so hashtag that! #CodyCrybabies!

Fans boo and Maggle blames Pat for this! Cody says he knows promos have changed since the last time The Rock was here, and people can’t even fathom matching The Rock on the mic, but Cody does have to ask… “What’re we supposed to do with the nuggets?” Pat was there, what was that again? Pat says something about asses. Cody says don’t mistake his levity for weakness, and that he isn’t still a fan of The Rock. We all have been a fan at one point or another. Fans boo because they aren’t now, but Cody says one thin The Rock doesn’t do is listen. At the press event, Cody said nothing to insult the ancestors, and yet The Rock still slapped Cody in the face!

Fans boo but Cody continues that you can hear the river overflowing. He saw the look in The Rock’s eyes. It wasn’t “The People’s” energy, that was malevolence. The Rock and Roman Reigns together, that’s the perfect storm. But please, make no mistake, The Rock put his hands on Cody. The Rock slapped Cody in the face, and what that means now is… “I’m going to hit you back.” The fans fire up hearing that! And then Seth Rollins makes his way out here! The Visionary swaggers his way out in a white suit and leopard print jacket, and he joins Cody in the ring as the fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!”

Rollins gets himself a mic, revels in the singing a moment, then takes a bow. Cody says yes, absolutely take a bow. And before we get started with whatever this is, Cody wants to thank Rollins for coming to his aid at the press event. The fans cheer, and Rollins says, “What can I except… you’re welcome.” But first thing’s first, as much as Rollins was looking forward to defend his title against Cody at Mania, he understands Cody’s decision. Rollins understands why Cody chose Roman Reigns, why he needs Roman’s title. #FinishTheStory. And there are millions of people around the world who want Cody to finish his story!

But now that the decision has been made, Rollins wants to make this very clear: Cody NEEDS to finish the story. Cody needs to, for himself, for his dad, for Rollins, for every single person here tonight! And this is why: If Cody does NOT beat Roman at Mania and take the Undisputed Championship from Roman, the landscape on the other side is very, very dark. Cody has the most powerful champion of the modern era, Roman Reigns, only getting more powerful, with more leverage. That means Roman shows up less, he defends that title less, and that glass ceiling gets thicker, and the brass rings are raised higher.

“This is probably the last real chance that any of us has to take that title, to take that power, and to give it to the people!” The fans cheer that! The fans chant for Cody, he smiles, and Rollins continues by saying Cody might just be the man for the job. “But Cody… What’s your plan? Because last year, you got screwed out of the title in the main event of WrestleMania. The Usos were there, Paul Heyman was there, Solo was there, Roman Reigns, you couldn’t get the job done. But you fought your way back, you won the Royal Rumble again. The deck’s stacked against you just the same. Except now, the bar has been raised.

“Because you’re not just dealing with Heyman and Solo and Jimmy and Roman, you are dealing with the biggest star, the most influential man in the entire entertainment industry. You’ve got to deal with The Rock.” Fans chant “ROCKY SUCKS!” again and Rollins says he tends to agree with the fans. That is why Rollins is here to tell Cody, “You do not have to fight this battle alone.” The fans like the sound of that! Rollins and Cody haven’t always seen eye to eye, but a couple weeks back, Cody told Roman that he doesn’t want to just take the title, he wants to take everything. And deep in Rollins’ soul, he felt that!

That is why at the press event, when Rock laid hands on Cody, Rollins stepped up! Rollins is sick and tired of people like The Rock, like Roman Reigns, these arrogant and entitled pricks who think they can do whatever they want, throw their weight around and make any decision they want with no consequence, Rollins is sick of them getting away with it! Rollins cools off, and wants to admit something. The man Roman is today is partly Rollins’ fault. Nearly 12 YEARS ago, he and Roman came down those stairs, “we were brothers forged from the same fire.” Rollins taught Roman everything he knows.

But he couldn’t have imagined the monster Roman has become. “And now, that monster has got two heads. Because he is standing side by side with the only person on this planet who is as entitled and selfish as he is. But when it comes to fighting The Bloodline, when it comes to fighting The Rock, when it comes to fighting Roman Reigns, there is only one man on Earth who is uniquely suited to be your shield. I’ll give you a hint: he was once an Architect, he is now a Visionary, he is a Revolutionary, he is SETH!” “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!!” The fans love this idea, and Cody seems intrigued. Could we get a tag team match for the ages?

 

Backstage interview with The New Day & Jey Uso.

Cathy Kelley is with the trio coming off their big win tonight. Cathy got word that next week, Gunther will defend his Intercontinental Championship against- Who? Who who who who? Wait, is it him? Yes, it is Main Event Jey Uso. WOO~! Jey is all fired up now! Big W tonight for him and the NEW~ DAY~, and a big W coming next week! Soon, there will be a NEW Intercontinental Champion, and it will be Jey UCE-OHHH~ mah gawd, did Jey slap the hecc out of Gunther. Gunther had that crab cooking Kofi’s back, Kofi appreciates it. The trio heads out, will Jey end Gunther’s historic title reign at 619 days?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Liv Morgan VS Zoey Stark!

The revenge tour begins as Liv looks to make her way right to Women’s World Champion, Rhea Ripley! However, the Hunter is hunting down her own title opportunities, and what better place than inside the Chamber? Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair are already in, who joins them on this Big Time Road to WrESTleMania?

Raw returns as Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Liv rolls Stark up, TWO! Stark is annoyed, she swings, but Liv dodges to fire off haymakers! the ref counts, Stark shoves Liv away then bumps her off buckles. Stark runs up, Liv dodges and kicks low. Liv stomps a mudhole in, the ref counts and Liv says okay! Fans fire up with Liv and she brings Stark out, but Stark waistlocks. Liv switches, shoves Stark but Stark bucks the O’Conner to CLOBBER Liv! Fans rally while Stark stomps Liv, then rains down forearms! Cover, TWO! Stark stomps Liv to ropes, drags her up and reels her in.

Stark scoops, Liv slips free and dodges the backhand, then RANAS Stark away! Fans fire up and Liv baits Stark in. Stark ends up on the apron, Liv RAMS into her, then bumps her off buckles! Liv runs side to side to triangle jump GAMANGIRI! Stark falls to the floor and the fans fire up! Liv then DIVES into a haymaker! Stark storms up to the apron, springboards, but Liv ROCKS her right back! Liv goes up the corner, but Stark anchors her! Liv CLUBS Stark, Stark fires forearms, then Stark fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY! Stark tells Liv this is about Stark, not her, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Liv runs in to back body block! Liv then runs back in, SHINING WIZARD! Liv pushes Stark out of the corner to go up, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Liv is frustrated but the fans rally up. Stark goes to another corner, Liv runs up, but Stark blocks shining wizard to RUNNING POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Stark is frustrated but the fans rally up again. Liv goes to ropes, Stark aims from across the way. Stark springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Liv still lives and Stark is beside herself! Stark pushes Liv around, says no one likes her and asks why she’s even here!

Stark scoops but Liv fires forearms! Stark body shots Liv away, then runs in, but Liv goes up and over to CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Stark escapes and Liv can’t believe it! Liv glares at Stark as she rises, and runs up, but no Code Breaker! Stark SLAMS Liv, then CATAPULTS her into buckles! Liv wobbles, Stark runs in, but Liv STOMPS her down! Liv then aims again as Stark drags herself up the ropes. Liv runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Liv survives and Stark is furious again! Stark drags Liv to a drop zone, stomps her, then goes up the corner. Stark aims, PHOENIX SPLASH FLOPS as Liv moves!

Liv runs up, CODE BREAKER, into ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv wins!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (advances to the Elimination Chamber)

And with that, the revenge tour continues! Will we all watch Liv take this tour to Philadelphia?

 

The Judgment Day heads for gorilla position.

And so does R-Truth? Truth says this group looks good together, but will be even better once JD faces reality. McDonagh needs to realize he’s not in Judgment Day. JD?! Facing reality!? Truth, enough of this! But Damian Priest has JD hold on so he can handle this. Priest tells Truth that this is enough. They’ve had laughs together, but no more jokes. Truth is NOT part of the crew. Truth never has been! Every beating Truth got was just a beating, no other reason! No initiations, no re-initiations, nothing! Not even a pre-initiation? NO, nothing! They’re being serious! It might be hard for Truth to understand, but Priest will be very clear and make the message simple.

Tonight, this is an execution. Can Truth get that through his skull? The actual Judgment Day heads out, but will the Irish Ace truly erase Truth?

R-Truth VS JD McDonagh w/ Judgment Day!

Raw returns as Truth is on the phone. Adam Pearce walks over but Truth asks him to hold on. How long does it take to fly from Los Angeles to Lexington? Never mind, Truth got Miz’s voicemail. Truth tells Miz the match will probably already be started, but he needs Miz’s help! Just hop on a plane and fly here now! Miz was right all along, Judgment Day gonna kill Truth! Pearce pushes Truth out through the curtain, and Truth has no choice but to face reality alone. The bell rings and JD runs up to kick Truth low! JD CLUBS Truth, snapmares and rains down elbows! JD bumps Truth off buckles, but Truth fires back!

The fans fire up for Truth, he bumps JD off buckles, then bumps him off more buckles! Truth bumps JD off a third corner, and calls for the final! But JD kicks low, only for Truth to block and bump him off buckles after all! The fans rally for Truth, they cant “JD SUCKS!” and Truth whips to hip toss JD down! The fans fire up and say, “WHAT’S UP!” Truth does the splits, runs corner to corner and SPLASHES! Truth whips again, then back drops JD away! The fans fire up and Truth says “You Can’t See Me!” Truth fireman’s carries JD, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT! But Dom gets JD outta there! Fans boo but Truth is on top as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and JD has Truth down with a chinlock. Truth fights up as the fans rally, and Truth throws hands! JD returns the shots, they brawl, and Truth gets the edge! JD kicks but Truth blocks to then shove JD into a corner! JD staggers, Truth runs to shoulder tackle! And shoulder tackle! The fans fire up as Truth hits the SPIN-OUT BOMB! Truth says “You Can’t See Me!” But JD KICKS Truth from below! Truth does the splits to duck the lariat, then CALF KICKS JD down! And Truth resets, “You Can’t See Me!” FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! JD staggers around, Truth fireman’s carries, but Priest storms up the apron!

Truth is distracted, JD slips free to O’Conner Roll with tights! TWO!?! Truth escapes, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and hits the LIE DETECTOR! Fans fire up as Truth kicks low, runs the ropes, but JD avoids the Scissor Kick! JD kicks low, reels Truth in, DEVLINSIDE! Cover, JD wins!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall

The Irish Ace finally avenges that loss to Truth months ago that started this whole mess, and Priest even hugs it out with him. The fans boo as Finn runs in, but Truth dodges! Truth fires hands on JD, on Dom, TACKLES JD, but Finn drags Truth away! Truth TOSSES Finn! Truth stares Priest down, but JD storms up! Truth DECKS JD and JD ends up on ropes! Then Priest DECKS Truth! Priest stomps Truth, Dom and Finn join in, then JD gets up to add kicks! Fans boo as they rip away Truth’s shirt, but here comes DIY! Ciampa & Gargano have chairs, and the fans fire up as they run Judgment Day off!

Ciampa & Gargano dare the thugs to do something but Judgment Day retreats. Seems Truth has more allies in this fight, will he and DIY tear down The Judgment Day?

 

Cody Rhodes finds Sami Zayn backstage.

Cody thanks Sami for having his back last week with Nakamura & McIntyre. Sami says he always has Cody’s back, and Cody says it’s the same for Sami. And Cody heard what Sami had to say earlier. Sami isn’t the only one who believes in Sami, Cody does, too. And more importantly, the fans believe in Sami. Sami hugs Cody and thanks him. Cody wishes Sami luck, will Sami be able to take down the King of Strong Style?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The fans fire up as Raw enters the Big Time! Becky goes to the ring, gets the mic, and smiles as the fans chant her name. Becky says, “The Man has come around to Lexington, Kentucky! And I just saw a very interesting sign over here. I guess I’m going to the prom in 2034. We are officially on the Road to WrestleMania, and it has been crazy! It has been wild, it has been chaotic, it has been confusing at times, but it’s been unpredictable, and I love that about this. And man, I love this. I love this business so much. I was 15 years old the first time I stepped foot in a wrestling ring, and I have been obsessed ever since.

“And that obsession has been great, at times. Most of the time. It is the reason I have gotten to travel around the world, it is the reason I am in front of you fine people.” The fans applaud, and Becky says that it is also the reason a girl who once failed gym class went on to main event WrestleMania! The fans cheer that, and Becky says it is how she met her husband, why she has her daughter, but it is also why she’s missed loved ones’ birthdays, weddings, and her own father’s funeral. And Becky’s daughter may only be three years old, but she’s already had to have very difficult conversations with her.

Becky has had to explain to her daughter why her mother’s face is busted open and bloody, why she couldn’t pick her up with her separated shoulder, why Daddy wants to fight Maui from Moana. Becky will also be going to Elimination Chamber, so she knows her daughter will see her face smashed against steel, body bruised and broken, but her daughter will also see the brutality her mother is capable of. Fans fire up for that! Becky says she is obsessed with this, and she has never been more obsessed with getting a title back, something she has not held in almost two YEARS, and it starts with the Elimination Chamber, and then facing one of the most dominant champions we’ve ever seen.

Becky knows a lot of people love “Mami.” You dig Mami, and think no one can beat her. The fans do chant for “Mami! Mami!” But Becky knows she ain’t just anyone. And Rhea ain’t ever faced anyone quite like Becky. So whether you love Rhea, hate Rhea, love Becky or hate Becky, Becky wants to make a little toast here. Can she get a drink? They hand her a cup of lemonade, and she toasts the wild ride we’re about to go on all the way to Mania. So if you’ve got a drink, or even popcorn or just a fist, raise it high! Cheers to Rhea Ripley, “enjoy your last few weeks as champion.” Bottoms up!

But wait, here comes Nia Jax! Fans boo as the Irresistible Force makes her way out to the ring with a mic of her own. Nia tells Becky, “I know we’ve had our differences. But I have something to say to you, and I’d like to get in the ring with you, please.” Becky allows it and Nia steps inside. Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Nia but Nia tells Becky, “I have so much respect for you.” Fans boo, sensing the fakeness. But Nia says if her mom was half the mother Becky is, Nia would be so lucky. God willing, if Nia ever becomes a mother and can lead an example like Becky… “My God, you’re gonna win that match at Elimination Chamber. I know it.

“With that passion and that drive for your little girl, there is nothing that’s gonna stop you from winning that match and going to WrestleMania.” Fans boo the crocodile tears and then Nia says, “Just like nothing’s gonna stop me from beating Rhea Ripley and becoming Women’s World Champion. And at WrestleMania, it’s-” RHEA IS HERE! The fans fire up as THE Women’s World Champion storms her way down to the ring! Rhea slides in, dodges Nia, and TACKLES her! The fans fire up as Rhea rains down fists! Nia hits Rhea back, HEADBUTTS her, then SHOVES her at Becky! Becky and Rhea stop from colliding, but Nia SPLASHES them both!

The lemonade spills, Nia fireman’s carries, but Rhea slips free! Nia DECKS Rhea, but Becky MISSILE DROPKICKS Nia! The fans fire up as Nia is sent tumbling! Becky and Rhea stare down now and the fans are torn. But then Rhea gets around Becky to BOOT Nia off the apron! Rhea says Nia will have to KILL her to take the title! One way or another, Nia and Rhea will collide in Perth, but will Becky be waiting on the other side?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Jackie Redmond is with the Scottish Terminator, and congratulates him on qualifying for the Elimination Chamber match. But before then, he will face Cody Rhodes 1v1. How does it feel to be one step closer to the World Heavyweight Championship? McIntyre says all he’s ever done is tried to give the fans what we want. Cody was second guessing himself about his story, and no matter what Cody says, the reason Cody chose Roman is because McIntyre pushed him in the right direction. Now, Rollins is playing hero, but he wanted Cody in a match for himself, even though the fans didn’t want it. That’s selfish!

“Ask yourself: who’s really the bad guy here?” Cody should be thanking McIntyre, not fighting him! People are saying McIntyre just wants Cody VS Roman so McIntyre can have the match with Rollins. That’s not how this works! McIntyre is the underdog! He had to beat AJ Styles, one of the best in the world, just to get into the Chamber, one of the most dangerous matches ever! McIntyre is doing things the right way. The Drew Way! McIntyre tells Cody, mate, get yourself out of this match with him while you still can. Cody doesn’t need this right now.

Two things Cody should be avoiding: being in McIntyre’s prayers; and being in a fight with him. Because then, Cody might not even make it to Mania. Just like CM Punk. McIntyre sneers, but will the American Nightmare not run away from this fight?

 

R-Truth regroups with DIY.

Truth appreciates them making the save. Well, their ol’ pal, The Miz, gave them a call, knowing Truth might need the help. And plus, they weren’t going to pass up a chance to mix it up with Judgment Day again. Yeah, who would’ve thought? Truth being saved by DX! The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, and The Cerebral Assassin, Triple HHH! How’s Road Dogg doing, by the way? But anyway, Truth’s got two words for ya~! Thank you! Oh. Well at least it wasn’t the other two words. And Gargano does see himself as a sexy boy. But will Truth ever get his head right if he’s going to win this fight?

 

Men’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: LA Knight VS Ivar w/ Sarah Logan!

The Mega Star of SmackDown is looking to get Raw in Lexington, YEAH! But will the Elimination Chamber know whose game it is? Or will the War Beard bring the raid to Perth?

Raw returns and Ivar makes his entrance. The bell rings and Knight circles with Ivar. Then Sarah takes a swipe! Ivar RAMS Knight into the corner, stomps away, but lets off to haul Knight up. Ivar underhooks and lifts but Knight slips free! Knight JABS, JABS, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight dodges Ivar’s clothesline to kick and DDT! Ivar flounders out of the ring but Knight builds speed to WRECK Ivar with a dropkick! The fans fire up as Knight smacks Ivar off the desk! And again, and again, and again! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight winds up for one last SMACK, but Ivar staggers away and slides into the ring.

Knight drags Ivar back out, fires more hands, then RAMS him into the barriers! The fans fire up but Sarah stares Knight down. Knight goes back for Ivar but Ivar FLAPJACKS him onto the barriers! Ivar snarls, the fans boo, but Sarah smiles as Ivar runs in, SPLASH against the barriers! Knight sputters and the Viking Raiders soak up the heat as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ivar goes up a corner, but Knight ROCKS him first! Knight goes up after Ivar, but Ivar resists the superplex! Ivar throws body shots, shoves Knight away, but Knight comes back and springs right up top! SUPERPLEX! The fans are thunderous, Knight crawls to the cover, TWO! Ivar survives and even Sarah seems shocked! Sarah shouts for Ivar to get up, “This is Awesome!” as Knight throws hands! Ivar ROCKS Knight right back! But Knight ducks the leg lariat, to scoop!? But the back gives out! Ivar runs up, into an ELBOW! Knight runs up, but into a scoop and SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Knight survives and bails out but Ivar pursues. Ivar drags Knight up but Knight HOTSHOTS him back! Knight hurries back up, RAMS but into underhooks! Ivar brings Knight back into the ring, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives again and Sarah is fuming! Ivar aims from a corner while the fans boo, but he runs in, only for Knight to avoid the Bronco Buster! Knight KNEES Ivar, then scoops! POWERSLAM!! Knight keeps moving, BIG ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Ivar isn’t done yet and Sarah looks around in concern. Knight stomps a mudhole, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!”

Knight goes to the far corner, but Sarah gets on the apron! She shouts at him, but Ivar storms up! Knight dodges, Ivar almost runs into Sarah! Knight cravats but no BFT! LEG LARIAT O’ DOOM!! Ivar drags Knight to a drop zone and climbs! DOOMSAULT misses!! Knight gets Ivar for the B F T!! Cover, Knight wins!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

“YEAH!” The War Beard flew too high and came crashing down, and now The Mega Star has a spot in the Chamber! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! Will Knight then take that world title match for WrestleMania in Philly?

 

Sami heads to gorilla, but comes across McIntyre.

They stare down, but McIntyre says he’ll make it simple: “Keep my name out of your mouth, and your nose out of my bloody business.” Sami says McIntyre’s in his way. McIntyre scoffs, and steps aside. Sami heads out, ready to face Shinsuke Nakamura. Will Sami still find that path to WrestleMania? Or will Nakamura keep his promise of tearing Sami’s soul away?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Raw!

After “DX” made the save, they will team with The Awesome Truth against The Judgment Day in an 8 Man Tag! Will Gargano, Ciampa, Miz & Truth be able to slow Finn Balor & Damian Priest down before the Undisputed Tag Team Championships are on the line at Elimination Chamber? And speaking of, after SmackDown sorts out Shotzi VS Tiffany and Naomi VS Zelina, the losers of those matches join Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark & Mia Yim in a Last Chance Battle Royal! Who will be lucky enough to still join Becky, Bianca and Liv inside the sinister structure?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell.

He assures them that the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships will- Chelsea Green interrupts. She heard about that Last Chance Battle Royal. So before she speaks to “upper management,” she will assume that Pearce did the right thing and put her in it. Why is it so hard for her to understand that Pearce IS “upper management?” And no, there is no final decision, there are a LOT of other women who want this opportunity, too. Chelsea explains this to him: WrestleMania 40 is to be the biggest WrestleMania of all time, and it can NOT be that without Chelsea! Indi tells Chelsea that not everything is about Chelsea!

Indi needs this shot for herself, so she can compete in her home country! Pearce says he and Aldis are working together on something big, it will involve both Raw and SmackDown, so there is a lot to consider. CONSIDER?! Chelsea is a (former) champion, Adam! She should not be “considered!” She needs a 1v1 match, not some Loser Battle Royal with people like Indi and Candice and Zoey and Shayna! FIX IT! But then she turns around and sees Zoey & Shayna. They were stopping in to talk about the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, but Shayna would love to take Chelsea’s hopes and dreams and do to them what she’ll do to Chelsea: tear them apart, limb by limb!

Chelsea nervously smiles and tells Adam to tell her that his glasses work. Please tell her he did not see them there. She has to speak to management! Well he needs a drink. Just what is cooking between the GMs of Raw and SmackDown? Will it be a Hot Mess like Chelsea?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

This match may have come about because of last week’s off-air confrontation, but this story dates back to when both men were in NXT. There has been a lot of history between these men in those eight years, this could be another instant classic. But will Sami keep his path to WrestleMania clear? Or will the King of Strong Style be far more than just a speedbump?

The bell rings, the two circle, and the fans rally up. The two tie up, Sami wrenches to wristlock, but Nakamura puts Sami on ropes. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off slowly but Sami pushes him away. They reset and circle again, then feel things out. They tie up, Sami headlocks, but Nakamura powers Sami to ropes again. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off slowly but then KICKS Sami! The ref reprimands but Nakamura tells Sami, “C’MON~!” Sami snarls, still runs in after all, and Nakamura throws knees! Nakamura headlocks and grinds Sami but the fans rally up. Sami powers up and out, things speed up, and Sami hurdles to then DUMP Nakamura out!

The fans fire up and Sami builds speed to then fake Nakamura out! Sami says “C’MON~!” and Nakamura is mad now, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Sami paces around Nakamura. Sami headlocks, then bumps Nakamura off buckles. Sami pushes Nakamura out, goes up, and he AX HANDLES Nakamura down! Stack cover, TWO! Sami keeps cool, he drags Nakamura up but Nakamura RAMS him into the corner! Nakamura fires off knee after knee, then digs his boot in for BAD VIBRATIONS! Nakamura lets off, fireman’s carries to put Sami on the top rope, and then runs to TOP SHELF KNEE! Nakamura shoves Sami down, covers, TWO! Nakamura tries another cover, TWO! Nakamura is frustrated but he scuffs Sami around. Fans rally for Sami as Nakamura paces, then Nakamura KICKS!

Nakamura scuffs, then KICKS! Nakamura grins as Sami sputters, and then Nakamura KICKS! And KICKS, but Sami blocks! Only for Nakamura to ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Nakamura clamps onto Sami with a chinlock but the fans rally up. Sami fights to his feet, reaches out, and he snapmares free! Sami goes to a corner, Nakamura runs up but into an ELBOW! Sami boots but Nakamura blocks! Nakamura puts Sami in the ropes, KICKS him, and runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans boo but Nakamura just soaks it up as he covers, TWO! Sami survives and Nakamura seethes. Nakamura clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Sami down.

Sami fights up, but Nakamura reels him in! INVERTED EXPLODER, but Sami lands on his feet! Sami waistlocks, Nakamura elbows free and runs, but Sami scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives but Sami stays focused. The fans rally up behind Sami, he brings Nakamura up, and he ROCKS Nakamura with haymakers! Sami fires hands, whips, but Nakamura reverses. Sami goes up and over and clotheslines Nakamura out of the ring! The fans fire up as Sami builds speed, and Sami FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! A hard landing for both men, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Nakamura KICKS away on Sami in a corner! The fans boo but Nakamura just KICKS Sami more! Sami blocks one and the fans fire up! Sami CLUBS the leg, fires forearms, but Nakamura hits back! They brawl, the fans fire up behind Sami but Nakamura gets the edge. Sami gets the edge in return! Nakamura throws more shots, but Sami eggs him on! Nakamura fires a strike fest but Sami gets around! Nakamura grabs ropes, ELBOWS Sami, Sami ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura aims from a corner, “YAO~!” KINSHA- NO, Sami dodges to BLUE THUNDER!! Cover, TWO!!

Sami can’t believe it but Nakamura survives! Nakamura and Sami crawl to corners, and Sami runs up, only for Nakamura to bail out! The fans boo but Sami goes out after Nakamura, to bring back a classic! DAREDEVIL DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Nakamura remembered back to eight years ago! Sami flops into the ring, Nakamura goes up! FLYING KNEE to the back! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Nakamura is furious! Nakamura KNEES away on Sami’s head ‘n’ shoulders! Nakamura scuffs Sami, slaps him and knees him, then BOOTS him! Sami sits up but Nakamura stomps him down at the ropes!

Nakamura goes back up the corner, aims again, another BLINDSIDE FLYING KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Sami survives and shocks Nakamura! Nakamura slaps Sami over and over, taunts him, then pushes him down. Sami shakes his head and the fans rally up again. Nakamura makes Sami sit up, but Sami pushes Nakamura away. Nakamura slashes his throat, vowing to end this! But Sami KING KONG LARIATS first!! Sami is all fired up and Lexington is with him! Sami rises, drags Nakamura up and JABS! SLAPS! And fires off more palm strikes! Nakamura ends up in a corner as Sami hammers away!

The ref backs Sami up, but Nakamura runs in! Sami catches him, CORNER EXPLODER! The fans fire up again as Sami goes to the far corner! Nakamura rises, but here comes McIntyre! Sami stares McIntyre down, but Nakamura dropkicks a leg out! BLINDSIDE KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

Fans boo as “The Drew Way” seems to mean “screw over people you don’t like just because you can!” Sami had this one in the bag until the Scottish Terminator showed up, and now McIntyre & Nakamura look to do to Sami what they were doing to Cody last week! They stomp away on Sami, throw down fists, and fans boo as hard as they can! But then here comes Cody! Cody returns the favor and he DECKS Nakamura! Cody brawls with McIntyre, getting a jump on next week! McIntyre kicks low, scoops, but Cody slips free! Springboard, CODY CUTTER!! And then Nakamura gets in, but Cody catches him for a CROSS RHODES!

The fans cheer as the American Nightmare sends the Scottish Terminator running! Will Cody put McIntyre in his place on the Raw before Elimination Chamber? Or is this fight just a trap game before WrestleMania?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw with a lot going on, and not just for Elimination Chamber. The Six Man Tag was a great opener, with a great win for Jey. I’m surprised the Intercontinental Championship is now next week, but at the same time, there’s talk of Gunther having Visa issues so he can’t leave the USA right now. And I suppose it’s just too much to stretch this out another month so it can happen at Mania, so might as well have the title match happen on TV. I don’t know if that changes the outcome, but it’d be amazing if Jey got to win his first singles title, off of such a historic and dominant champion as Gunther, and it’s on cable.

Great Elimination Chamber qualifiers tonight. I came in here thinking storylines would get in the way of Lashley AND Knight making it through, yet both of them won without any issue. I’m learning to be patient in this HHH Era, so perhaps there’s something still to come in terms of AJ Styles VS LA Knight. But mostly, I really thought Bronson Reed was getting in so he could be the Australian in the match for Perth to cheer. At the same time, hometown hero pops might mess up what’s supposed to happen in the match as far as tone. As for Liv VS Stark, a really good match, and Liv was of course winning, she’s got her own reasons for going after Rhea.

Speaking of, awesome promo from Becky, really good promo from Nia being all fake, and then great little brawl. Rhea and Becky stand tall, you can bet that’s still the Mania plan. Really good promo involving Pearce, Indi, Candice, Chelsea, Shayna and Stark right after the news of the last chance battle royal. As it looks, Tiffany and Naomi are advancing to the Chamber match, so Shotzi, Zelina, Shayna, Stark, Mia Yim and however many others are in that match are gonna have a good one. Of just the five known names, something seems fitting that it’d be Shotzi getting in so she can just go wild in the Chamber, but maybe Indi could get in for that hometown pop?

At the same time, I do like the hint at something brewing for RawDown, possible a big Women’s Tag match to determine WrestleMania challengers. Meanwhile, great stuff with R-Truth and Judgment Day, really good match from Truth VS McDonagh, and I like the 8 Man Tag they set up for next week. But just when you think Truth can’t outdo himself, he has a new misunderstanding over DIY/DX, which legitimately cracked me up. Maybe Judgment Day wins the 8 Man Tag, given they’re going into a tag title match, but who knows, maybe British Strong Style shows up on Raw to get at Finn & Priest and that puts the math in Judgment Day’s favor.

And great stuff out of the ongoing world title story. Awesome promo segment from Cody and Rollins that definitely keeps the dream team tag match idea alive. If that match happens, it definitely has to be part of Night One before both top titles are on the line on Night Two. Great promo from Sami and Nakamura, though I wish they did better about subs when looking away from the tron, and an awesome main event to hearken back to NXT TakeOver: Dallas. McIntyre also had a good part to play, and of course he cost Sami here. If McIntyre doesn’t win the Chamber, there’s a very good chance he and Sami have a grudge match at Mania. Sami had that hilarious and awesome match with Johnny Knoxville, he and McIntyre can definitely have an amazing and serious match.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/15/24)

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

Tonight on Raw, Sami Zayn returns home to Montreal as NEW Intercontinental Champion, but will he lose that title already to Chad Gable?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sheamus VS Ivar; Sheamus wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers; DIY wins and will challenge The Awesome Truth for the titles.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri; win.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Andrade El Idolo; wins.
  • Jey Uso VS Finn Balor; wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

Montreal fires up for Mami as she makes her way out to the ring, but her arm’s in a sling! She holds up the Women’s World Championship with her good arm before going to the ring, clearly not in a good mood. Adam Pearce is waiting in the ring, and Rhea gets a mic. The fans cheer “MAMI! MAMI!” but Rhea says, “So… Obviously, you guys know what’s going on right now, yeah? After the attack last week from Liv Morgan… I’ve now been told that I’m stuck on the bench for quite a few months.” Fans are upset but Rhea says she’s also been informed, told, whatever, she’s pissed! Y’know why? Because she has to vacate the one thing that means the most to her, her world title!

The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but there’s no getting around this. Rhea takes a long look at the belt and the fans call BS. Rhea says it sure is BS. This title right here, this means the most to her in her entire life! And that’s why this is so painful. Rhea sets the belt down on the mat, and gives it one last look. Rhea pulls at her hair in frustration, but the fans chant, “Thank You, Mami!” Rhea says, “Revenge tour? This is all because your stupid little revenge tour, Liv! Are you kidding me?” Rhea could’ve actually had respect for Liv, if she’d done this face to face! Instead, she blindsides Rhea like the coward Rhea knows Liv is!

And Rhea knows why Liv did it! It’s because Rhea would’ve dropped Liv right where she stood! So this is a warning to whoever wins her Women’s World Championship. When Rhea comes back, she’s coming back for BLOOD! And not just because of injury, but because when she finds Liv back there, they’ll have to lock her up in Montreal jail! But speaking of, here comes Liv! Pearce already goes to the ropes and security is there to keep Liv back. Liv is laughing, Rhea storms out after her! Security stays between them both, Liv dares Rhea to try something with one arm! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but Pearce says nope!

Pearce ushers Liv away, Liv laughing all the way. Rhea is frustrated, so she HEADBUTTS a guard! The fans cheer, but when and where will Rhea’s revenge tour come looking for Liv?

 

Rhea returns backstage.

Judgment Day is there to see her off with a group hug. Damian Priest says they know when she comes back, she’ll make Liv regret ever messing with her, and even more badass than she is right now! Cuz she is Rhea Bloody Ripley, and they love her. She thanks them, and tells them to keep Judgment Day on top. Rhea heads out, will the boys be able to keep things together without Mami?

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

After months away with his own injury, the Celtic Warrior is back! And that means Monday Night Raw is now Fight Night, fellas! He’s never felt better, but will the Viking Raider make him feel awful already?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and welcome Sheamus back. Sheamus smiles and ties up with Ivar. They go around, break, then tie up again. Sheamus headlocks, Ivar powers up and out, but Sheamus RAMS him! Ivar rebounds, RAMS Sheamus, but Sheamus steadies himself. The fans chant “Let’s Go, Sheamus!” and the forearms start flying! Sheamus gets the edge, whips, but Ivar reverses. Sheamus ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Ivar! The fans fire up while Ivar goes to the apron! Sheamus storms up and grabs the arms, but Ivar HOTSHOTS Sheamus away! Ivar goes up, but Sheamus ROCKS him first!

Sheamus fires haymakers, then climbs up after Ivar to fire more! The fans fire up as Sheamus fireman’s carries Ivar, into the SUPER WHITE NOISE! Sheamus fires up and the fans are with him as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar has Sheamus in a chinlock. The fans rally, Sheamus fights up, and Sheamus throws body shots. But Ivar UPPERCUTS back! Ivar runs, but Sheamus scoops to POWERSLAM! The fans fire up and Ivar goes back to the apron. Sheamus storms up, brings Ivar up, and hooks him in the ropes! The fans fire up as we get BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And Sheamus goes all the way to TEN! Ivar slumps down, flops into the ring, and Sheamus hauls him up. Fireman’s carry, but Ivar elbows free! Ivar BOOTS Sheamus, then HEEL KICKS! Sheamus falls, Ivar goes up! VIKING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Sheamus survives and Ivar pulls at his hair in frustration! Sheamus goes to a corner, but he eggs Ivar on! Ivar storms up on Sheamus to rain down fists! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Ivar lets off. Sheamus still eggs Ivar on! Ivar and Sheamus throw hands and Sheamus gets the edge! Ivar shoves, cartwheels, and knees low! Ivar runs, springboards, but into a KNEE! Ivar staggers around, Sheamus brings the kneepad down, for the KNEE CAP! Ivar falls, the fans are thunderous as Sheamus beats his chest. Ivar stands up, into the BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior is back, as is his classic theme song! He feels better than ever, looks better than ever, is he going to make one more run at the top of the mountain?

 

Triple H is here!

Montreal fires up as The Game walks out to the ring! He joins Adam Pearce in the ring, and there’s a podium with a cover on it. HHH gets a mic to say, “You guys are on fire tonight, I gotta tell you that.” The fans cheer again, and HHH continues by saying it is hard to believe that only eight days ago, we were in the midst of the biggest WrestleMania of ALL time. “WrestleMania 40, kingdoms fell, nightmares began, and a whole knew era started.” The fans cheer that, too! Pearce says the new era certainly started for the Tag Division. It has never been bigger, better, or deeper. WWE walked in with one set of champs, and walked out with two.

That is why Raw and SmackDown deserve titles they can be proud of going into the new era. So what does the boss say? Should we bring the champs out? Then please welcome The Awesome Truth! Fans fire up as Miz & R-Truth make their way, carrying the red tag team titles. Miz & Truth get mics, and the fans chant “You Deserve It!” Miz pats Truth on the shoulder cuz he really does. The fans cheer as Miz raises Truth’s hand, and Truth lets Miz hold on to the belt so he can do the splits! He’s still got it, too! HHH then says he wants to be the first to say, what’s up? Also, congratulations. HHH shakes their hands as he says they won probably the biggest tag match in history.

And Truth, HHH has to say from a certain perspective, seeing Truth have that Mania moment, to quote The Miz, it was awesome. But the thing is, this is a new era. So if they are going to represent this brand and those titles, then they need to do it in a way that represents an all new era. So going forward, they will now be the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! And as such, they will be carrying THESE! Brand new belts that look like miniature World Heavyweight Championships! Truth is losing his mind! Now, now, he has seen a rabbit come out of a hat, and birds come out of a hat. Even a lady got cut in half and walked away from it. But he’s never seen a trick like that!

What? Truth says he knows good magicians, and HHH just made titles appear outta thin oxygen! That boy good! Right? The fans cheer, but only Truth is the one confused here. HHH asks Miz to explain. HHH is not a magician. That’s what a magician wants you to think. But Truth doesn’t really trust magicians. Not after Lil’ Jimmy. Everyone used to be able to see Lil’ Jimmy. So what else is HHH hiding? Miz says this is what they wanted. This is one of the most important times in WWE history! This is their chance to elevate the Tag Division! Their chance to take these new belts to new heights! That is why Pearce and HHH-

HHH!? WHERE?! Truth, that’s this guy! Man, Houdini’s got Miz fooled, too? He’s one crafty little genie. But Truth sees right through you, Tommaso Ciampa! Miz sighs and says he’ll try one more thing. Because we are in Montreal! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Miz is pretty sure they’re ready for Sami Zayn. But Miz tells Truth in French, that they’re getting new belts. OMG really!? “OUI! OUI! OUI!” So they can take ’em? Oui! OUI! As in yes, but anyway, HHH speaks up. Can he just go? He takes the old belts, then hands over the new belts. HHH wishes Pearce luck on handling it from here.

HHH leaves, Awesome Truth hold up the awesome new belts, and Pearce asks why Truth made the boss leave. Who? HHH. He just left. That wasn’t HHH! Pearce says while we still have brain cells that function, the only thing left is to figure out some new challengers! Time for a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Tag Match! And that’s right now!

WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers!

Speaking of Ciampa, the REAL Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are still in that title hunt, but so are Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, and so are Julius & Brutus! Which team defies the odds to head for an awesome showdown with Miz & Truth?

Raw returns and the Creeds make their entrance, followed by The New Day. There’s a QR code that flashes on screen… Then the teams sort out and one man starts for each. Brutus steps to Woods and Gargano, and Montreal rallies with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods says “O~ CANADA~!” The three approach, feel out, then Brutus DECKS Gargano! Woods CLUBS Brutus, has him in a corner and rains down fists! Brutus shoves Woods away before five but Gargano runs up to add on! Gargano gets five, Brutus shoves him away then ROCKS Woods! Brutus ROCKS Gargano, scoops Woods, but Woods rolls him up!

Gargano rolls Woods! Brutus rolls Gargano! Then deadlifts to BOMB him into Woods! Brutus breaks through their double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT back! Tag to Julius, the Creeds get one each, and they suplex! Kofi and Ciampa save their tag partners, then they all DROPKICK the Creeds! The fans fire up as DIY and New Day brawl! DIY get the edge, they whip, but New Day dodge to BLAST the Creeds! DIY then TOSS New Day out, and they BLAST the Creeds! DOUBLE PLANCHAS, but the Creeds catch DIY! But then New Day both FLY out! Down goes everyone, Awesome Truth applaud New Day, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and there’s a collision in the ring! The fans fire up as Ciampa, Julius and Kofi all slowly sit up. Kofi CHOPS Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, Kofi ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS Julius, Kofi mule kicks Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, BOOTS Kofi, then brawls with Julius! The fans rally up as the forearms go faster and faster! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! But theN Julius JUMP KNEES! Kofi returns, TROUBLE IN- NO, Julius blocks the kick to an ANKLE LOCK! Ciampa KNEES Julius down! Brutus CLOBBERS Ciampa, Woods MISSILE DROPKICKS Brutus!

Woods turns around, SLINGSHOT SPEAR from Gargano! Kofi JUMP KNEES Gargano! Julius clinches Kofi for an EXPLODER! Julius kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT, onto knees! Gargano SUPERKICKS Julius, Kofi rolls Gargano! Gargano slips out to BUZZSAW! Gargano goes up and out to the apron, he and Ciampa meet to ENZIGIRI KNEE COMBO in the corner! Then Gargano CANNONBALLS onto everyone else! Ciampa hauls Kofi up for PROJECT CIAMPA!! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi survives and even Miz & Truth are surprised. The fans cheer for “TRIPLE H!” to keep Truth’s illusion going. Ciampa tells Kofi “SUCK IT!”

Ciampa gets Kofi up, Kofi wrenches out to dodge and hot tag Woods! Woods GAMANGIRS then TORNADO DDTS! Gargano shoves Woods to a corner, but Woods BOOTS! HONOR ROLL! Brutus gets in but Woods BELL CLAPS! Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges, slides under, ROLLING ELBOW! Woods calls to Kofi, tags him in, but Ciampa BOOTS Woods! Kofi uses Woods to POMMEL HORSE KICK! New Day POSTS Ciampa, then WHEELBARROW FAMOUSER!! Cover, Julius drags Kofi right up! OVERHEAD SUPLEX! But Woods is back up top! Woods leaps, into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Gargano runs up, Julius blocks a kick! OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Julius kips up but into Ciampa’s waistlock! Julius switches, to GERMAN SUPLEX! The straps come down, Brutus tags in, and the Creeds get a team each! Brutus SPLASHES DIY to then O’Conner Roll! Gargano runs up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Julius DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS New Day!! Quadruple cover, TWO!!! All four other men kick out, Julius tags back in! Brutus goes up, Julius Electric Chair Lifts Ciampa! “This is Awesome!” and then Kofi SHOVES Brutus off the corner, into Woods’ SUPERKICK! Kofi goes up, Julius fights Ciampa off. Julius goes up but Woods sneaks a tag! SUPERPLEX for Julius, but LIMIT BREAKER from Woods!

MEET IN THE MIDDLE by DIY!! Cover, DIY WINS!!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the World Tag Team Champions)

Awesome Truth loved every minute of that match, but now they’ve got to face their friends in #RegenerationX. Will Miz & Truth be able to hold on to their newly minted titles? Or will Ciampa & Gargano prove when it comes to becoming World Tag Team Champions, you gotta do it yourself?

 

Drew McIntyre watches the highlight reel of last week’s main event.

And he’s smiling? Maybe even chuckling? Jackie Redmond says that after watching it back, she was not expecting this reaction. McIntyre laughs, as he BOOTS the TV screen in! Jackie understands now as McIntyre storms off. CM Punk got the better of McIntyre last time, but will it be no laughing matter when the Scottish Terminator gets his hands on him?

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri!

The first time around, the Poison Pixie bullied Maxxine the Alpha Queen into such a state that winning was easy. But then The Diamond Pitbull helped Maxxine get even with Candice, though it was Indi Wrestling that took the hit. Who finds the way to win this tense tiebreaker?

 


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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

Kazuchika Okada’s leaving NJPW meant vacating the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles. Now a tournament will be held in one go to crown new champions! Who NEVER stops until they make it reign?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – Puzzle Presents: Touyuu VS Axe Wang; Touyuu wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and advance to tonight’s main event.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins and advances to tonight’s main event.
  • Tiger Mask & Satoshi Kojima VS El Desperado & Shoma Kato; Tiger Mask & Kojima win.
  • HANAKO VS Starlight Kid; Starlight Kid wins.
  • DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita; Douki wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura; Bishamon wins and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and are the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire!

The Ace may also be President of NJPW, but that doesn’t mean he’s retired! He wants to get these Six Man titles back, will the Clown Prince and the Hulking Kazakh help him do that? Or will Great-O-Khan, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman conquer the Six Man Division?

The fans rally for “SACHOU! SACHOU!” as he shows off the abs. Then the trios sort out, and while Oleg gets in Khan’s face, we start with Callum and Tanahashi. The fans cheer, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tanahashi finds a point of leverage and powers Callum onto ropes. The ref counts, Tanahashi lets off cleanly, and the fans applaud. Callum and Tanahashi reset, tie up again, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes and grinds the hold but Callum pulls hair! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Callum lets slowly. But then Callum kicks low! Callum whips Tanahashi hard into a corner!

Callum runs corner to corner but into an ELBOW! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! The fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars, but Callum gets to his feet in a huff. Yano and Oleg both reach out, but Tanahashi tags Yano. The fans fire up for Yano but Akira tags in. Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Akira protests but he lets Yano have his fun. Akira then shadows Yano as he turns around. Yano is confused, turns around but Akira stays behind him. Akira then shoves Yano into the corner! Yano loses the pad and Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira runs, rolls and basement dropkicks! Crowns up and the fans cheer.

Akira drags Yano over, tags in Khan, and Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! The Empire double whip but Yano holds ropes and tags Oleg! The fans fire up but The Empire mugs Oleg first! They double whip but Oleg holds ropes, to then come in and DOUBLE SHOUDLER TACKLE! Khan gets up but Oleg throws him with a fireman’s carry takeover! Callum runs in to BOOT Oleg, then runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS Callum and sends him flying! The fans fire up as Oleg hauls Khan up, but Khan CLAPS at him, twists an ear and CLUBS it, then clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Khan then BLASTS Tanahashi and Yano off the corner!

Khan stomps away on Oleg, drags him back up, then Mongolian CHOPS! Oleg staggers, Khan Mongolian CHOPS again! And again! Oleg falls, Khan cocky covers, ONE! The fans rally as Khan hauls Oleg up in a facelock. Khan brings Oleg to the corner, tags Callum, and the Empire mugs him. Callum CHOPS, then tags Akira. Callum bumps Oleg off buckles, Akira CHOPS, then they double whip. Callum runs in to forearm SMASH! Akira runs in to clothesline! Feed to the DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Akira as he and Callum coordinate, back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Akira drags Oleg up and around to facelock, but Oleg throws body shots.

Khan tags in, he and Akira mug Oleg, and Khan CLUBS Oleg down. Khan drags Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Oleg whips, Khan reverses to NORTHERN- NO, Oleg fights the suplex, so Khan RAMS him into the corner! Khan turns Oleg around, CLUBS him, and then climbs up. The fans cheer as Khan sits on his throne! Oleg flails, the ref reprimands but Khan hops down. Khan then HIP TOSSES Oleg down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Khan kicks Oleg around then whips. Oleg reverses and lifts, but Khan claws the ear! Oleg lets Khan down but avoids the lariat to DROPKICK Khan down!

The fans fire up while both men are down. Hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as Sachou rallies on Khan with FLYING FOREARMS! Then he BLASTS Callum and Akira off the apron! Tanahashi runs in at the corner, but blocks Khan’s boot! DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up as Akira runs in, and gets a DRAGON SCREW! Callum steps in, but Tanahashi gets his leg! Tanahashi waves bye before the DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up with Tanahashi and he waits on Khan. Khan rises, Tanahashi runs in, but Khan sidesteps and TOSSES Tanahashi! But Tanahashi skins the cat! Only for Khan to waistlock!

Tanahashi fires elbows, but Khan ducks the shotei to HITSUJIGOROSHI into MARINE! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Khan and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Callum! Callum runs up to whip Tanahashi, but Tanahashi reverses. Callum stops himself, comes back, but into a spin, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans rally as Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up with Yano, he whips Callum at the bare corner! Callum stops himself, Yano runs in, but Callum dodges so Yano hits bare buckles! Callum runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and BOOTS Yano down! The Prince of Speed shows why that’s the case!

The fans fire up with Callum as he goes Around the World for a DROPKICK! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives, but Akira DROPKICKS Oleg down! Khan joins in, The Empire gets Yano up. They mug Yano in the corner, whip him corner to corner, then Khan runs in. Khan clotheslines, Akira clotheslines, and Callum runs to trip and STOMP Yano down! Cover, TWO!! Yano stays in this and the fans rally up again. Callum scowls and drags Yano to a drop zone. The Empire brawls with Tanahashi and Oleg while Callum climbs. The fans fire up as Callum aims, SHOOTING STAR, but he has to land out as Yano moves!

Tanahashi returns to dropkick Callum’s legs out! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi! Oleg scoops and SLAMS Khan! Akira dodges Oleg to ENZIGIR! The fans fire up, Akira runs and RANAS, but Oleg blocks it! Oleg swings Akira around to Shake, Rattle and- SUPERKICK from Callum! Tanahashi returns again, Callum ducks the shotei but then Tanahashi ducks the heel kick! SHOTEI! Yano rolls Callum up, Yano’s team wins!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

The Ace, the Joker and the Rook snatch the win and are now in the title match! Will this hot hand take the pot? Or will they be trumped by the winner of the next match?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Shingo Takagi is once again NEVER Openweight Champion, but he, Yota Tsuji & Bushi are looking to add to the LIJ trophy case. But Evil, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho want to make up for their losses, will they find redemption through this tournament? Or will everything be tranquilo in Taiwan?

Sho gets the mic to say he hates being here in Taiwan, so he wants to win, get the titles, and get outta here as fast as he can! The fans boo but Sho just taunts them all. He tells LIJ to get out here already, so LIJ makes their entrance. Takagi shows off that he cleaned up that NEVER Openweight belt from all the black spray paint Evil defaced it with! The fans cheer Takagi, Yota and Bushi in turn, and LIJ fist bump. But the House attacks! The fans boo but the bell rings, and Kanemaru has Yota in the ring. Evil KNEES Takagi, then steps on the NEVER Openweight title! Sho DECKS Bushi, Kanemaru whips Yota, but Yota comes back to run Kanemaru over!

Yota runs to SPLASH, cover, TWO! Yota keeps cool and he brings Kanemaru up. Yota reels Kanemaru in, suplexes, but Kanemaru fights it! Yota ROCKS Kanemaru, ROCKS him again, and then again! Yota runs but Sho is there! The fans boo but Kanemaru CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Kanemaru whips Yota to the corner, and surprise! Evil takes the blue buckle pad away! Yota hits bare steel, then the House BLASTS Bushi and Yota! The fans boo but Kanemaru drags Yota up. Sho SMACKS Bushi off apron, Kanemaru TOSSES Yota, and then Sho and Kanemaru stomp away. The fans boo more, but then Evil whips Takagi at the edge of the stage!

Takagi stops himself by flailing and wobbling! The fans are relieved he stays safe, but then Evil CLAWS Takagi’s back! Sho puts Yota in the ring, Kanemaru covers, TWO! Kanemaru tags Sho, Sho scuffs Yota around and taunts him. Yota rises up, fires a forearm, but Sho eggs him on! Yota fires another forearm so Sho CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Sho throws Yota out then gets in the ref’s face, Evil JAMS Yota with a chair! The fans boo but Evil taunts them. The ref has to keep LIJ from going after The House, and Evil puts Yota in for Sho to cover. ROPEBREAK! Sho is upset but he steps on Yota’s arm. Tag to Kanemaru, he and Sho DOUBLE KNEE DROP!

Kanemaru drags Yota up, whips him to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Gene Blast stays in this for his team but Kanemaru stomps away. Kanemaru then scuffs Yota, taunts him, but Yota just gets mad! The fans rally for Yota as Kanemaru gives him more kicks. Yota stands to ROCK Kanemaru, ROCK him again, and ROCK him again! But Kanemaru CLAWS eyes! Tag to Evil, the ref is again told to stop LIJ, and Evil CHOKES Yota with a House of Torture shirt! Evil shoves Yota down, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but Yota’s tougher than all that.

Evil stands Yota up, wrenches and whips Yota to a neutral corner. Evil runs in, blocks a boot, but Yota reels him in for the STOMP! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Yota and Evil crawl, hot tag to Takagi! The Rampaging Dragon runs up but Sho & Kanemaru drop away. So Takagi runs Evil over, scoops him and SLAMS him, but Evil avoids the senton! Sho & Kanemaru get in to stomp Takagi, double whip, but he holds ropes! Then DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBERS! But Evil CLAWS Takagi’s eyes! Evil runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up as Takagi gets Evil back up.

Takagi suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Evil is tougher than that, but Takagi then says in Taiwanese, he’s not done! But Takagi still uses Japanese for “TOKI GA KITA! <THE TIME HAS COME!>” The fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Then he fires down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Evil! Takagi runs, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Takagi moves the ref aside, but Evil blocks the kick, gives it to the ref, and mule kicks Takagi down! The standard formula works out, and Evil tags Sho. Sho laughs as he runs up in the corner, clothesline! Then he brings Takagi around, wrenches, kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks the superkick!

Takagi JABS, then YUKON feints to DDT! The fans fire up again and Takagi encourages them to get louder. Takagi hurries over, tag to Bushi! Bushi fires forearms on Sho, runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Bushi falls, Kanemaru steps in, he and Sho double whip Bushi to ropes. Bushi gets under the double elbows and shoves Kanemaru into Sho! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS! The fans fire up, and Bushi BLASTS Evil for good measure! Sho swings, Bushi spins him, DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this for the House but the fans rally behind Bushi. Bushi brings Sho to a corner, whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses.

Sho runs up, Bushi dodges, Yota STINGER SPLASHES! Takagi clotheslines, then feeds Sho to Yota’s V-TRIGGER! Sho wobbles, Bushi BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives the onslaught but the fans rally for Bushi. Bushi drags Sho up, but Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Bushi down! Takagi JUMP KNEES Kanemaru! Evil whips Takagi into bare buckles! Evil mule kicks Yota, whips him, and Yota also hits bare buckles! Bushi dropkicks Evil’s legs out! Bushi drags Sho up, reels him in, but Sho breaks free and CLAWS the eyes! Sho runs, into a dropkick to the legs! Bushi SMASHES the knee, then ties the legs up! RIVERA!!

Sho endures, flails, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Evil distracts, Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS! Sho is free, he has his Torture Tool! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho drags Bushi up, reels him in and tucks the arms, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

Like always, The House finds a way to cheat their way to success! Will The King of Darkness and his pawns find a way to trump Team Go Ace? Or will Sachou get to personally punish this faction for all their nefarious deeds?

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

Japones Del Mal and the Ichiban Young Punk each staked their claim to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, to the point that Douki left with the belt! If possession is nine-tenths of the law, then who will be the de factor champion after tonight?

The moment Douki’s on the apron, Fujita dropkicks him down! Fujita then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Douki and the fans fire up! Fujita drags Douki up, puts him in the ring, then springboards to SWANTON BOMB! The bell rings, Fujita covers, TWO! Fujita runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Douki, but Douki throws elbows. Fujita ducks to CHOP, then he runs, only for Douki to do the splits! Fujita tumbles out, Douki builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit in return and the fans fire up again! The ref checks both men, they’re both okay to continue.

Douki sits up first, the ring count starts and Douki POSTS Fujita! Fujita falls over, Douki drags him up, and then DDTs to the floor! Douki slides in at 10 of 20, leaving Fujita to the count. The count reaches 15 before Fujita sits back up! Fujita flounders around at 17, 18, but springs in at 19! Douki drags Fujita up, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Douki CLUBS Fujita again, drags him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Douki keeps on Fujita with a chinlock. Fujita endures the knee digging into his back, reaches out, and kicks around. The fans rally more as Fujita keeps moving forward, to the ROPEBREAK!

Douki lets off in frustration, then drags Fujita back up. Fujita fires forearms but Douki eggs him on. Douki then knees low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fujita is still in this and the fans cheer again. Douki whips Fujita but Fujita holds ropes to block! Douki tries again, knees low, then whips. Fujita reverses, CHOPS, but Douki HELL STABS! Douki runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! It was only a grazing blow but enough to knock Douki down! The fans rally up and Fujita hurries after Douki. Fujita fires a forearm, an UPPERCUT and a CHOP! Fujita whips corner to corner then runs in, to CHOP! Fujita snapmares Douki, then goes up, out and waits.

Douki slowly rises, Fujita springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Douki shakes his head, he’s tougher than that. Fujita drags him up, reels him in, and suplexes high and hard! Fujita keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fujita grows frustrated but he drags Douki up. Fujita waistlocks, goes to ropes, but Douki bucks the O’Conner. Fujita CLUBS Douki, brings him back, but Douki fights the lift. Douki switches, spins Fujita around and drops down, ITALIAN STRETCH 32! Fujita scrambles, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Fujita escapes by a literal foot! Douki lets go in frustration and the fans rally.

Douki turns Fujita to Gory Especial, but Fujita fights free! Fujita arm-drags Douki away, then runs up, but into a BOOTS! Douki goes to the apron, RAMS into Fujita, then slingshots for DAY- NO, Fujita stays up, pops Douki around, but Douki sunset flips! Fujita rolls through, rolls Douki and hooks the legs up, REGAL STRETCH! Douki endures and the fans rally up! Douki claws at the mat but Fujita has those legs trapped! Douki still fights but Fujita pulls way back! Douki doesn’t give in, he gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while Fujita lets off in frustration. Fujita drags Douki up, spin him, but Douki fights the lift!

Douki throws elbows, runs, but Fujita reels him in! Douki kicks free but then Fujita ducks the enzigiri! Fujita waistlocks to deadlift, but Douki wheelbarrows! Victory roll, TWO! Douki goes for the full nelson! Fujita fights, so Douki shifts for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Douki spins and spins, REINEDA! And then ghost pin, TWO!! Fujita escapes, but ends up in the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls and Fujita is already red in the face! Fujita reaches out, Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Fujtia is fading! The ref checks, but Fujita gets a second wind! Fujita kicks around, reaches out, but Douki pulls!

Fujita’s fading again! The fans rally harder as Fujita gives one last kick, to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and the fans cheer! Douki rises, goes to the apron, and takes aim for DAYBREAKER!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and Douki is furious! The fans rally, Douki gets the legs and turns Fujita over. Wheelbarrow, lift, but Fujita fights the rest! Fujita fires elbows, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Douki tumbles away and the fans fire up while both men are down. Fujita rises, the fans rally, and Fujita brings Douki up. Douki ENZIGIRIS, but Fujita ENZIGIRIS! Fujita runs, but Douki ELBOWS! Douki runs but Fujita BOOTS then HEEL KICKS!

But Douki stays up! Douki runs up to LARIAT! But then Fujita rises!! Both men run, and Fujita LEG LARIATS! Douki crawls to ropes, Fujita runs in, STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita roars, the fans fire up, and Fujita deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Douki survives but Fujita stays on him! Suplex, but Douki fights free, wrenches, hammerlocks, rolls, then drags Fujita up into Gory Especial! DODON NO JUTSU! Backslide cover, TWO! Douki just hops over Fujita to hook him up again! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!! Bridging cover, Douki wins!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

And “still” IWPG Junior Heavyweight Champion, at that! If Douki can put on a match like that and pull off the victory, will nothing stop him from becoming the Best of the Super Juniors?

Oh no, Sho attacks! He wants his belt back! The fans boo as he stomps away on Douki then picks up the belt. To be fair, Sho is still the actual champion, but he takes aim with the belt! Douki dodges to ENZIGIRI! Then he reels Sho in for the torture rack, and swings for the SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up as Douki takes the belt back! The Murder Machine tried and failed to take the belt back, will he also fail to stay a champion through the Spring?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi only just got these title back, but they’re fighting champions so they’re already putting them on the line! Will it be lights out in Taiwan? Or will the Cold Skull & Heat Storm bring gold back to Just5Guys?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Chaos still reigns!

The teams sort out and Hashi starts against Yuya. The bell rings and the fans rally for Yuya as the two circle. They tie up, Yuya wrenches to a wristlock, but Hashi spins, wrenches back, and then hammerlocks. Yuya switches that onto Hashi, but Hashi drop toeholds. Hashi floats to a headlock but Yuya pops out the back to hammerlock again. Hashi rolls, headscissors, but Yuya fights that off to keep the headlock. Hashi keeps his shoulders up, fights to his feet, then rolls Yuya to get his own headlock. Yuya headscissors, Hashi kips free and the fans cheer! Hashi and Yuya circle again, feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Yuya shoots around to headlock.

Yuya grinds the hold, Hashi powers up but can’t power out as Yuya holds tight! Yuya grinds Hashi to the mat but Hashi endures and fights back up. Hashi throws body shots, powers up and out, but Yuya RAMS shoulders! The fans cheer as the two stare down. Yuya runs, RAMS Hashi again, but Hashi gets in Yuya’s face. Yuya shoves, runs, but Hashi ELBOWS! Hashi runs, but into a hip toss! And arm-drag! Yuya DROPKICKS Hashi, then BLASTS Goto for good measure! The fans fire up and Yuya goes back for Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again. Yuya whips, Hashi holds ropes, then BOOTS back!

Goto gets in, he and Hashi run Yuya over! Bishamon coordinate, ZANMAI! Sanada storms in but Goto kicks low! “SE NO!” and they DRUM away on Sanada’s back! The fans fire up with Bishamon, and Goto stomps Sanada to a corner. Hashi has Yuya in the opposite, then they whip. Sanada & Yuya reverse to send Goto and Hashi into each other! DROPKICKS send Bishamon out, then STEREO PLANCHAS take them down! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada brings Goto up. Yuya brings Hashi up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hashi fires a foraerm, but Yuya eggs him on.

Hashi fires more forearms, then CHOPs! Yuya CHOPS Hashi down! The fans fire up, but the ref says to get this in the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up and puts him in. The fans applaud and Yuya storms in after Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Yuya CHOPS Hashi in the corner, CHOPS him again, but Hashi CHOPS back! Yuya knees low, then CHOPS Hashi down! Tag to Sanada and the fans rally up. Sanada drags Hashi up, reels him in, and Sanada CLUBS Hashi on the neck. Sanada CLUBS Hashi again, but Hashi throws body shots! Sanada CLUBS Hashi down, then stomps him at the ropes.

The ref reprimands and counts, Sanada stops, then drags Hashi back up. Sanada knees Hashi into the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but blocks a boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and ties him up for Paradise! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans cheer Sanada on as he then runs to DROPKICK Hashi out of Paradise! Sanada then drags Hashi up and around, reels him in, but Hashi fights the suplex! The fans rally as Sanada powers up, but Hashi still fights it! Hashi goes to suplex but Sanada slips free! Sanada blocks the superkick to CLUB the leg! Snada runs, Hashi dodges, BLOCKBUSTER!

Sanada flounders and Hashi crawls, but Yuya jumps in! Yuya drags Hashi up but Hashi SPIN BACK KICKS! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs in at a corner to clothesline Sanada! Then he runs corner to corner to clothesline Yuya! Sanada kicks and whips, then he sends Yuya in. Goto dodges Yuya, CLOBBERS Sanada, then kicks Yuya! Goto snap suplexes Yuya onto Sanada! The fans fire up and Goto brings Sanada up. Fireman’s carry, but Sanada flails free! Goto elbows free of the waistlock, then kicks and whips. Goto runs in, but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada QUEBRADAS, but Goto gets under!

Goto runs up but into a fireman’s carry! Goto slips free, Sanada throws more elbows! Sanada runs, Goto follows, but Sanada ELBOWS! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Sanada lands on his feet as Goto moves! Then Sanada basement dropkicks! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada and Goto stir, and Sanada crawls for his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya storms up on Goto, brings him up and reels him in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Goto stays in this but Yuya stays calm. Yuya drags Goto up, underhooks the arms, but Goto fights the lift! Yuya still tries, but Goto lifts Yuya to back drop him! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Yuya goes to a corner, Goto crawls to ropes. Goto stands, runs up, but Yuya ELBOWS him! Yuya runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Both men are down again and the fans rally! Goto crawls his way over, hot tag to Hashi! The fans cheer as Hashi fires off a forearm, body shot and CHOP! Yuya falls, the fans fire up, and Yuya goes to a corner. Hashi runs up to CHOP! Hashi whips to CHOP! Then he mule kicks, turns Yuya, but Yuya fights the neckbreaker! Yuya whips, Hashi reverses but Yuya CLOBBERS him! The fans fire up as Yuya kips up, and Sanada jumps in. They get Hashi up in a corner, and whip corner to corner.

Yuya runs in to CHOP! Sanada runs in to ELBOW! Sanada feeds Hashi to Yuya’s arm-drag! And then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Hashi roars as he rises, but then a DOUBLE BOOT takes him down! Cover off #Just2Boots, TWO! Yuya is a little annoyed but Sanada keeps Goto out of the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up, underhooks, but Hashi fights the lift! Hashi wrenches out, Yuya ducks the lariat and waistlocks, but Hashi RAMS him into buckles! Goto runs in to clothesline Yuya! The fans fire up as Goto BLASTS Sanada off the apron! Bishamon fires up, they bring Yuya around, feed to the fireman’s carry, and FIERCE FLASH!

The fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for the finish! Goto dragon sleepers, Hashi grabs the legs, but Sanada CLUBS Hashi! Goto pushes Yuya aside but Sanada kicks him to whip him. But Goto reverses to fireman’s carry! But Sanada slips free! Only to run into HIDDEN GAP! And then they get Sanada up! But Sanada kicks free of Hashi! Goto fights Sanada’s suplex, Hashi gets the legs, but Sanada kicks free of Magic Killer! Sanada then puts Goto up for MAGIC SCREW! The fans fire up again as Hashi runs in! Sanada ducks, feed to Yuya’s UPPERCUT! DOUBLE CHOP! ENZIGIRI! Cold Skull & Heat Storm watch Hashi rise, SHINING WIZARD!

The fans fire up as Yuya brings Hashi back up, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY BOMBS! Cover, Goto breaks it! Sanada TOSSES Goto out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya roars, goes to a corner and climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Yuya grits his teeth and roars! Yuya drags Hashi up, reels him in. Yuya traps the arms, but Hashi fights the Deadbolt! Yuya CLUBS away on Hashi, then tries again. But Hashi CHOPS! Yuya PELES! Yuya gets Hashi back up, swings him around, but Hashi LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans rally even harder! Hashi and Yuya stir, and head for each other.

Yuya gets in Hashi’s face, but Hashi fires a forearm! Yuya fires back! Hashi fires another, so Yuya HAYMAKERS! Hashi throws another forearm, Yuya fires another haymaker, repeat! They go back and forth, pick up speed, and the fans rally harder and harder! Hashi gets the edge, then CHOPS! Yuya roars, but Hashi DOUBLE CHOPS! Hashi roars, runs, but into a DOUBLE CHOP from Yuya! Goto returns but Yuya dodges! Feed to Sanada’s DROPKICK! Sanada & Yuya double whip Hashi to a corner, then Yuya runs in. Hashi dodges, dropkicks Sanada’s leg, then he sends Yuya into Sanada! SUPERKICK!

Yuya staggers, Hashi brings him around, and Hashi fires forearm, body shot and CHOP! Hashi runs, but Yuya spins him around! DEAD- NO, Hashi fights the suplex and Goto LARIATS at the ropes! Then spin and tuck, KARMA ROLL! Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Yuya can’t believe he got caught, but he did! Goto & Hashi

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture!

Ace-sachou and the Clown Prince bring back the high school “Yankee” bad boy look as they prepare to face some real punks! Will they and big bad Boltin tear down the House? Or will the King of Darkness make sure Everything is Evil again?

The introductions are made, but then the House attacks! They TOSS Tanahashi aside, then TOSS Yano, and Evil CLAWS Oleg’s face! Sho digs a chair into Tanahashi’s leg! Red Shoes is so busy with Sho that he misses Kanemaru’s WHISKEY BOTTLE SHOT on Oleg! The fans boo but the match hasn’t started, there’s nothing Red Shoes can do about any of this! Kanemaru & Evil then mug Yano on the outside, and use spare wrist tape to hogtie him! The bell finally rings as Sho puts Tanahashi in the ring, and Sho CHOKES Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho steps off, but Kanemaru stomps away on Yano!

Yano calls for help but Oleg is down and the House mugs Tanahashi! The fans boo but the House soaks up the heat. They stomp Tanahashi more, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil and Kanemaru split the wishbone, and then Kanemaru CLUBS Tanahashi. But Tanahashi fights back with forearms! The House mugs Tanahashi again! Red Shoes reprimands, there has to be a 1v1! Kanemaru stays the legal man as he drops elbow after elbow on the bad knee! Tanahashi endures the toehold, so Kanemaru shifts to drag him over. Tag to Evil, he and Kanemaru split the wishbone again! Tanahashi writhes but Evil drags him around.

Evil stomps away on the bad leg while Sho keeps Yano and Oleg down on the outside. Evil has Tanahashi on ropes but the fans boo. Evil CHOKES Tanahashi, Kanemaru and Sho join in, and then Evil covers. Red Shoes refuses because of all the shenanigans. Evil stomps Tanahashi drags him from ropes to cover, TWO! Wait, who rings the bell? That’s Sho of course, and the fans boo. Red Shoes and Sho argue, and Sho acts like that was all Abe-san. Red Shoes knows better than that, so the match continues. Evil tags Sho, Sho stomps Tanahashi around, then Sho drags Tanahashi by the leg to DDT the foot!

Tanahashi writhes, Sho tags Kanemaru, and Kanemaru storms up to get the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru eggs Tanahashi on, stomps the bad leg, but Tanahashi glares at him defiantly! The fans fire up as Tanahashi rises, and he fires off forearms! But Kanemaru claws the eyes! Kanemaru runs, Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up, Tanahashi crawls, and Yano’s free of the tape! Hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up as Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Shiro is free and Yano throws him to Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands Kanemaru, Kanemaru defends his innocence, but Yano SLAPS Kanemaru on the head!

Yano whips Kanemaru but Kanemaru reverses! Yano stops from hitting bare buckles, Kanemaru runs in, but Yano sends him into the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano stays fired up and the fans join in. Yano gets Kanemaru up but Kanemaru body shots, elbows and runs! But Yano atomic- NO, Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes! So Yano CLAWS the eyes! Yano runs, but Evil trips him! Sho stomps Oleg down, Evil drags Yano out, and Evil CLAWS Yano’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil and Kanemaru distract him so Sho can CHOKE Yano with a chair! Sho then drags Yano up, puts him in the ring, and Evil takes off his shirt.

Red Shoes says no, he doesn’t trust Evil with the shirt. Red Shoes confiscates the shirt, but Evil has a tag rope! Evil CHOKES Yano with the tag rope! The fans boo as Evil gets away with that one! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and Evil is upset with Red Shoes! Evil drags Yano up, wrenches, and YANKS the arm, to then CLUB it! Tag to Sho and he runs up to wrench Yano’s arm and bend the fingers! Sho wrenches again to ELBOW BREAKER! Yano falls but Sho tags Kanemaru. Sho pulls on the bad arm while Kanemaru goes up, and Kanemaru AX HANDLES the arm! Kanemaru wrenches the arm, YANKS and YANKS and wrangles Yano!

Kanemaru isolates the arm with atop wristlock, and STOMPS it! Then Kanemaru hits an ARM WRINGER! Kanemaru stomps Yano, BLASTS Tanahashi, then tags Sho. They get Yano up, Kanemaru wrenches the arm and Sho climbs, to AX HANDLE! Sho grins while Yano writhes, and Sho stomps Yano around. Sho bends the fingers, twists the wrist, then gets Yano up to wrap his arm around ropes. Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Sho lets off but distracts Red Shoes so Kanemaru can bend the arm! Evil tags in, he storms over, and he bumps Yano off buckles. Evil then TOSSES Yano out, and gets in Red Shoes’ face again!

Sho CHOKES Yano with the chair, then Kanemaru drags Yano up. Kanemaru wrenches and hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Sho then puts Yano in while Tanahashi protests. Red Shoes tells Sachou to stand down, and Evil covers. Red Shoes is late to the count, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this and Evil is furious! The fans cheer, though, and Evil drags Yano up. Yano pulls hair! Evil kicks low, whips, but Yano reverses for the hair-pull takedown! The fans rally up, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg CLOBBERS Evil, BLASTS the House, then scoops Evil to SLAM him! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Oleg stays cool and he deadlifts Evil! Sho & Kanemaru attack, they reel him in, but Oleg fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX them! The fans fire up as Oleg deadlift GUT WRENCH PLEXES Sho! Then he deadlifts Kanemaru for Shake, Rattle and THROW! The fans fire up as Oleg fires forearms on Evil, then gut wrenches. But Evil CLAWS the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil reels Oleg in. Oleg fights the fisherman to clinch and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Oleg hauls him back up! Fireman’s carry, but Evil slips free! Evil shoves Oleg at Red shoes, then LOW BLOWS!

Fans boo but The House BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! The House then gets Oleg up, whips him to a corner, Sho forearm SMASHES! Kanemaru ELBOWS! Evil clotheslines! Snapmare and the set-up! Yano gets in but Red Shoes is distracted! Kanemaru DICK CHOPS! Cover, TWO!! Oleg survives and the fans fire up! Evil is shocked, but he vows to end this now! The fans boo but Evil drags Oleg up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Oleg fights free! Evil knees low, runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS him! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg crawls his way over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as The President BLASTS the House!

Tanahashi keeps going to CLOBBER Evil! Tanahashi fires forearms and body shots, then he scoop SLAMS Evil into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool as the fans fire up. Evil wants mercy but Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Evil ducks it, and whips Tanahashi into bare buckles! Tag to Sho and Kanemaru BLASTS Yano! Sho & Kanemaru double whip, Sho runs up to forearm smash! Feed to Kanemaru’s basement dropkick! They DOUBLE SMASH the knees! Sho clamps on the KNEEBAR!! Tanahashi endures, the fans rally, but Yano stomps Sho!

Kanemaru CLAWS Yano’s eyes and TOSSES him out! Evil gets in with the chair! Red Shoes stops Evil but Sho sneaks his Torture Tool! The Murder Machine wants to do this like he did to LIJ! Sho lines up the shot, but Tanahashi ducks! But WHISKEY MIST is there! Roll up, OLEG BREAKS IT!! The fans fire up as the House goes after Oleg! They TOSS Oleg, then they intercept Yano! They double whip, Yano holds ropes to taunt them! Yano ducks Kanemaru, shoves him into Evil, then shoves Red Shoes aside so he can DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Sho staggers up, winds up with the wrench, but Yano dodges!

SHOTEI from Tanahashi, then he SLINGBLADES Sho down! Oleg returns and he hauls Sho up! Oleg fireman’s carries Sho, and hits the ROLLING SENTON! Tanahashi is up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Team Go Ace wins!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

A huge victory for The Ace of the Universe, for the Producer, and for the Young Lion! Oleg goes right from new kid on the block to a champion alongside two living legends! The House regroups, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for the new champs, Yano presents Oleg with his own high schooler blazer! It might be a couple sizes too small, but Yano still helps Oleg get it on! Oleg smiles as he is presented one of the belts, and is truly part of the club! Yano gets Shiro the buckle pad to join in on the photo op! And of course, they do the squat! Tanahashi-sachou then gets the mic so that he may speak. “Long time no see, Taiwan! Thank you very much, xièxiè.” Fans applaud his use of Mandarin! Tanahashi continues to say that NJPW hasn’t been able to visit Taiwan in some time, “but we’ll be back a lot from now on!” The fans love the sound of that!

Tanahashi vows to “keep NJPW fired up in Taiwan,” and that they’ll see them again very soon. “And finally… Taiwan, ASHITEMAAASU~!” The fans cheer and once again, the bad boy champs squat for the photo op. Will this unique trio lead the way into a brighter future for not just NJPW, but for the entire Wrestling World?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW’s return to Taiwan, though things went about how you’d expect as far as results. Great stuff in the non-title matches, and really great win for Douki over Fujita. Douki giving Sho a taste of his own medicine with the theft of the belt is great, I hope Douki literally holds onto the belt until the final round of the Best of Super Juniors. Great tag title match from Bishamon VS Sanada & Yuya, with a great win for Bishamon. I figured Yuya was taking that pin, but he and Sanada make a pretty good team, maybe they’ll try again.

And great stuff in the NEVER Openweight Six Man tournament, but I had a feeling it was going to be Tanahashi’s team winning in the end. At least, once it was them against House of Torture, it was certainly clear. It wasn’t even that Tanahashi is President of NJPW. Evil wasn’t gonna just get a belt to replace the NEVER Openweight title, and Takagi wasn’t gonna be Mr. NEVER right away, so why not put these belts back on Tanahashi and a team he now leads. Great honor for Oleg as he hasn’t even gone from Young Lion to established guy with a gimmick. Oleg’s shown he can have fun and goof around, I think he’ll be a great third man to Tanahashi & Yano.

My Score: 8.7/10


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