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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/19/24)

Main Event Jey wants the gold!

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DOWN SINCE… DAY ONE, UCE!

Gunther is the longest reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion ever, but Main Event Jey Uso looks to start his own legacy! Will Jey YEET Der Ring General off his throne?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Cody Rhodes VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Last Chance Battle Royal: Raquel Rodriguez wins and advances to Elimination Chamber.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Judgment Day VS The Awesome Truth & #DIY; The Judgment Day wins.
  • Ivar VS Chad Gable; Gable wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Jey Uso; Gunther wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes VS Drew McIntyre!

The American Nightmare has been on the Scottish Terminator’s radar, and now the two prepare to fight it out this close to Elimination Chamber in Perth! Cody still has a Universal Championship match at WrestleMania, but will McIntyre use this to gain momentum towards a World Heavyweight Championship match?

The bell rings and the fans fire up for “CODY! CODY!” Cody fires up and the fans fire up more, and the two circle. Cody and McIntyre feel things out, tie up, and McIntyre powers Cody back. Cody digs his heels in, the fans rally behind him, but McIntyre puts Cody in a corner. Cody turns things around, the ref counts, and Cody lets off. Cody eggs McIntyre on, the two go again, and Cody waistlocks. McIntyre elbows free, stalks Cody to a corner, and CHOPS! McIntyre ROCKS Cody, then CHOPS again! Cody headlocks but McIntyre powers out, only for Cody to slide under! Cody kicks low, drops, RHODES UPPERCUT!

McIntyre just scowls! Cody fires hands and runs, but into a BOOT! Cody falls over and McIntyre rains down fists! The fans boo but McIntyre CLUBS Cody. McIntyre stalks Cody to ropes, then CHOPS. Cody CHOPS back! McIntyre CHOPS again! Cody CHOPS, McIntyre kicks the legs out then CLUBS Cody again! McIntyre STOMPS a hand! Cody clutches his fingers but McIntyre looms over him. McIntyre hauls Cody up and scoops, but Cody slips free. The fans rally, McIntyre runs in but Cody TOSSES McIntyre out! The fans fire up more and Cody builds speed to DIVE into a forearm! Cody falls back and McIntyre storms up.

Cody DROPKICKS McIntyre in the ropes, then DRAPING DRAGON SCREWS a leg! Cody grabs that leg, gives a “WOO~” then steps through, FIGURE FOUR! The fans fire up, McIntyre endures, but he keeps off the mat. Cody pushes as hard as he can and the fans rally behind him, but McIntyre works on turning this around quite literally! McIntyre succeeds and now Cody endures! Cody fights his way forward, ROPEBREAK! McIntyre is free, Cody bails out, but the fans rally up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Cody fights out of a motorcycle stretch. Cody hits low then fires hands! Cody runs, but McIntyre scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grows frustrated, and he stalks Cody to ropes. McIntyre puts Cody in the ropes to CLUB him down! Then McIntyre goes out, drags Cody to the apron, and he digs his boots into Cody’s head, digging Cody into the post! The ref counts and the fans boo so McIntyre lets off, to then ROCK Cody with a right! The fans boo more while McIntyre storms into the ring. McIntyre fires hands on Cody, then CHOPS! Cody eggs McIntyre on so McIntyre CHOPS more!

Cody fires forearms in return! McIntyre kicks the legs out, then he rains down fists! The fans boo but McIntyre stomps Cody down! McIntyre sits and watches Cody rise up, then storms up to CHOP again! The fans “WOO~” as Cody goes to a corner. McIntyre talks trash on Cody, CHOPS him again, then whips corner to corner. McIntyre runs up but Cody BOOTS him! Cody runs to BULLDOG! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Cody storms up, but McIntyre hits low, CLUBS hard, then runs, but Cody follows! Cody ROCKS McIntyre, goes up and over in the corner to then SNAP POWERSLAM!

The fans are fired up again and Cody is feeling it! Cody runs to springboard, DISASTER KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps cool as McIntyre flounders. The fans rally for “CODY! CODY!” Cody runs to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Cody grows frustrated. The fans fire up again as Cody roars, and he dragon sleepers! But McIntyre knees free! McIntyre runs up, Cody ducks to clothesline McIntyre and himself up and out of the ring! They tumble to the floor and Raw goes back to break!

Raw returns again and Cody fires haymakers back and forth with McIntyre! But McIntyre kicks low and reels Cody in! Cody fights the underhooks, wrenches and JABS! JABS! JABS! The fans fire up as Cody flips, flops and flies, BIONIC ELBOW! Cody runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! McIntyre hurries to deadlift SITOUT POWERBOMB Cody! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and McIntyre is beside himself! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. McIntyre rises, he steadies himself with the ropes, and then goes to a corner. McIntyre aims, and here’s the countdown! “THREE! TWO! ONE!”

SUPERKICK from Cody first!! And then a kick, underhooks, and- NO, McIntyre wrenches out! McIntyre underhooks but Cody wrenches out to underhook back! PEDIGREE!! Both men are down, Cody can’t make the cover! The fans are thunderous as Cody forces himself back up! Cody drags McIntyre up, whips him to ropes, but McIntyre wrenches. Cody dodges the lariat to springboard, into a GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! And then underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!!! Cody survives and McIntyre can’t believe it! McIntyre looks to the WrestleMania sign as motivation, and he goes back to a corner.

McIntyre goes up a corner, but Cody CLUBS him first! Cody climbs to the very top, brings McIntyre up to join him, SUPER DUPER PLEX! Both men are down again and the fans are thunderous! Cody sits McIntyre up, springboards, SUPER CODY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! McIntyre survives and Cody is seething! Cody powers up and the fans are with him! Cody points to the Mania sign, also motivated! McIntyre rises, Cody brings him in, but JIMMY USO is here! Cody DECKS Jimmy, fans boo, but McIntyre swings! Cody dodges, dragon sleepers, but SOLO SIKOA is here, too!! SAMOAN SPIKE!! Just like Mania 39!!!

The fans boo as hard as they can, but The Rock & Roman Reigns said they’d do everything in their power to screw Cody! CLAYMORE!!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The fans boo but The Bloodline does what The Bloodline wants! Will this be the way this year’s Road to WrestleMania goes, too? Will McIntyre be able to win the Elimination Chamber with how he survived The American Nightmare?

 

Andrade speaks.

“I am a third-generation luchador. I never had a choice. My grandfather, my dad, my uncles, cousins, my wife, are wrestlers. This is my destiny. However, my family, my coaches, my friends, had many expectations. But I didn’t let that stop me. Look at me. Who I am, where I am. I define my destiny. I control my destiny. Realizing everything I have achieved, everything I am going to achieve. My destiny is here in the WWE. The Era of Andrade El Idolo has begun.” Then what is the first move of The Idol on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Cody goes to the medic’s room.

Adam Pearce checks on him. Pearce got Jimmy & Solo outta here, hit them with one hell of a fine. But whatever Cody needs, just tell Pearce. Cody says he’s fine, so Pearce has everyone give Cody some space. But then Seth Rollins walks over. Rollins takes off the sunglasses to look Cody in the eyes. Then he pats Cody on the knee and heads out. Is Cody going to accept Rollins’ offer of being the shield on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Last Chance Battle Royal!

Not only are those who lost the qualifying matches (Mia Yim, Alba Fyre, Zelina Vega, Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark) in this match, but so is pretty much every woman on Raw and SmackDown who weren’t in qualifying matches. But with only one spot left in the Chamber, who will rise above the rest to find their way to Perth, Australia?

In a surprising return, Raquel Rodriguez is here! And we all know Big Mami Cool owes “Mami” Rhea a bit of payback! Will Ricky Desperado wrangle and toss the rest of this field to get back on track? We find out, after the break!

Raw returns and Zelina Vega makes her entrance, followed by Chelsea Green, and then followed by Natalya. The Hot Mess and the Queen of Harts just got back from helping open The WWE Experience in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will they be ready for this experience to head for Perth? The bell rings and it’s chaos! Zelina is after Lopez, Zoey is after Ivy Nile, Chelsea hits Maxxine but then Xia hits them both. Maxxine boots Xia away but Chelsea shoves her! Maxxine body scissors to bring Chelsea out with her! Maxxine BOOTS Chelsea but Sarah Logan BLASTS Maxxine to ELIMINATE her! But then Raquel catches Sarah, DUMPS her and ELIMINATES her!

Fans fire up as B-Fab shoves Xia and Xia bumps into Raquel. Xia dodges Raquel, fires off kicks, then goes up, but Raquel puts her on the apron! Xia ROUNDHOUSES, RAMS Chelsea, but Raquel CLOBBERS Xia and ELIMINATES her! The fans fire up, but Isla Dawn says hi. Raquel dares the wicked witch to do something, but Alba Fyre SUPERKICKS her first! They put Raquel in a corner and Isla HIP ATTACKS! Then feed to Alba’s TORNADO DDT! They get Raquel up but she fights their combo! Raquel goes for ropes but Isla saves Alba! So Raquel TOSSES Isla! Alba helps Isla stay up, but then Raquel BOOTS them both! Raquel ELIMINATES Isla!!

The fans fire up as Raquel has three eliminations already, and she vows she’s the one heading to Elimination Chamber while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the brawling continues. Alba has Natty in a corner, Mia finds Chelsea and fires hands. Katana Chance tries to help with Natty, and Raquel EXPLODES to get free of Nox, Indi & B-Fab! Raquel TOSSES Nox up and out, but Nox holds on to ropes! Stark storms up, Nox goes after Alba, and Zelina is still after Lopez. Nox whips but Alba reverses! Nox holds onto ropes, Raquel scoops Indi. Lopez whips Zelina into a buckle! Indi holds on desperately, she wants to have her homecoming! Nox saves Natty from Alba, but then goes to whip! Natty reverses that and TOSSES Nox out to ELIMINATE her!

Natty gets payback from the Rumble but Nox smiles since that’s fair. B-Fab fires forearms on Stark, then ROCKS her! But Shayna storms up on B0Fab! B-Fab wrenches to HOOK KICK, but then Stark SUPERKICKS! Shayna & Stark TOSS B-Fab and ELIMINATE her! The Queen of Spades and Hunter work together even here, and look for another target. Lopez and Zelina are up top, and Lopez CLUBS away on Zelina. Zelina fights back with body shtos, then slips under to CLUB Lopez! Zlinea then 619s the legs out! Lopez falls, but Chelsea gets Zelina for a suplex! She puts Zelina on the apron but Zelina GAMANGIRIS back!

But Lopez BOOTS Zelina down and ELIMINATES her! The fans boo as La Madrina talks trash on La Muneca. But then Mia TOSSES Lopez out to ELIMINATE her! Fans fire up and Zelina goes after Lopez for revenge! The refs get these two outta there but they just brawl to the back! Indi stomps Mia, Mia whips Indi but Indi BOOTS! Chelsea and Candice brawl on the apron, but Chelsea CLAWS Candice’s eyes! And POSTS her! Candice falls, Chelsea ELIMINATES her! But then Indi runs up, UPPERCUTS and BOOTS Chelsea, then tries to scrape her off the apron! Shayna brings Indi around but Indi puts Shayna on the apron!

Stark dumps Indi out! Indi holds on, fights off Stark, then slingshots, but Shayna YANKS her down and ELIMINATES her! No homecoming for Indi! Katana helps Raquel with Alba, but then goes after Stark! DIAMOND DUST! Then she runs up, but Stark dodges! Katana goes up and tries to rana, but Stark shoves her down! Shayna KNEES Katana down to ELIMINATE her! Stark & Shayna keep the teamwork up, Alba TORNADO- NO, Raquel stops the DDT to TOSS and ELIMINATE her! Fans fire up as that’s number four just for Raquel! But Natty runs up to fire off! Natty whips, Raquel blocks and reverses!

Natty ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and CLUBS away! Raquel shoves Natty, BOOTS her, then reels her in! But Natty RANAS the bomb! They’re both on the apron, and Ivy SUPERWOMAN PUNCHES Natty down to ELIMINATE her! But then Stark has Ivy! Ivy dodges, kicks, but Stark blocks, only to get the DRAGON WHIP! Shayna runs up, Ivy fires kicks on her! ROUNDHOUSE for Shayna, JUMP KICK for Stark! Tilt-o-whirl but then KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Then a feed to Stark’s SLIDING KNEE! They TOSS Ivy up and out to ELIMINATE her! The final four are now Stark, Shayna, Raquel and Michin!

The fans fire up as Mia looks at the other three. Stark CLOBBERS Mia, she and Shayna mug Raquel, but Mia runs up to GERMAN SUPLEX Stark! Fans fire up as Mia hurries to TOSS Stark! Stark holds on, Mia kicks at her, but Shayna grabs Mia! Mia switches, Shayna switches and feeds the MISSILE DROPKICK! Stark & Shayna DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Mia up and out to ELIMINATE her! But then Raquel goes after them both! Shayna saves Stark, but Raquel rallies on them both! Shayna dodges one lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Raquel scoops Stark, SNAKE EYES! Stark is on the apron but Shayna fires kicks!

Raquel blocks Shayna’s big knee to DUMP and ELIMINATE Shayna! Now it’s just Raquel and Stark! But then Shayna TRIPS Raquel! Stark slingshots, but Raquel SHOVES! Shayna makes the save, but Raquel BOOTS Stark down! Raquel WINS!! Or, does she? Chelsea was still in this?!? She whips but Raquel reverses!! Raquel TOSSES Chelsea out, and NOW she wins!!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez

The fans are thunderous for Big Mami Cool going on to Elimination Chamber! Will this comeback story continue all the way down the Road to WrestleMania to face whoever is Women’s World Champion?

 

Jey Uso speaks.

“Anaheim, California, Jey Uso is now in your city! And tonight, the wait is over, Uce. Tonight, I bring down the empire, right? Tonight, I end the reign of the longest IC Champion in WWE history, Uce. So Gunther, allow me to reintroduce myself. They call me UCE, OOH~ my God, I am the new Intercontinental Champion. YEET.” Main Event Jey is in tonight’s main event, will he finally hold gold that’s all his own?

 

Rhea Ripley and Nia Jax sit down for an interview.

In different locations for obvious reasons, the Eradicator and Irresistible Force are both asked by Michael Cole about the physicality, and what they think going into this match. Rhea will be in her home country, does she have butterflies? No, she has worked for this, wanted this, and this is the first time she gets to compete in Australia as a WWE superstar. The last time she competed in Australia, she was on the independents, and that was seven years ago. Back then, she just wanted to fit in, please people, do what she was told, and wasn’t really comfortable in her own skin. There were times she even wanted to quit.

But she had a talk with herself and reminded herself who the hell she was. Rhea had to remind herself that she didn’t want to be like everyone else, she wanted to prove the doubters wrong, and that she is Rhea Bloody Ripley, and that she was the most dominant woman in the WWE. Nia mockingly says, “Aww, that’s so cute.” Nia tells “Mami” that Nia is twice her size with three times the talent. But this is so good that this is in Rhea’s homeland. Because when Nia squashes Rhea again, Mami will go home crying to her mommy.

Rhea says Nia can talk all she wants, and attack from behind all she wants, but in the end, when Nia’s in Perth, Australia, face to face with Rhea, and she hears everyone screaming for Mami, even Nia will crumble. All Nia’s momentum is going to fade away into nothing. And her nightmares will become reality when she realizes she’s just not good enough. So see you in Perth. Rhea gets up and leaves, Nia seethes. Two forces of nature are on a collision course, who will survive on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Raw presents Truthline: The Truth About The Judgment Day.

Jackie Redmond starts off with, “R-Truth and The Judgment Day, an unlikely pairing whose relationship status has always been… complicated. Was R-Truth ever really in? At times, it appeared to be a match made in heaven. Until it became a match made in hell. Earlier today, I went one-on-one in an exclusive interview with R-Truth to discuss his tumultuous relationship with The Judgment Day.”

Jackie and Truth were walking outside and she knew this was a complicated situation for him. Please take us all the way back to the beginning, the first time Truth met the Judgment Day. When he first met them, their smiles lit up the room. Footage replays of Truth just randomly being in the Judgment Day clubhouse, getting powdered sugar from the jellyrolls all over the place. Truth says it was special. Like the first time John Cena put on a pair of jorts. And it is clear this is an emotional relationship, but how much of what’s gone on does Truth blame on Priest? Priest did say “Everybody loves R-Truth! Except me.”

Footage of Priest throwing Truth all over the place, and even commentary wondering why they were so against having Truth in the group. Truth says Damian broke his heart. Truth hasn’t cried since much since the finale of This is Us. Or when the ducks left Tony Soprano. Priest was Truth’s ducks. Okay… Jackie appreciates Truth’s vulnerability and being so candid. She has one last question: It is obvious Truth’s loyalty was genuine, but after everything he’s been through, will he ever be able to let anyone in again? Truth says that this must be how Genuine felt when he wrote Pony.

But Truth has new friends: HBK, Shawn Michaels; The Game, Triple H; aka, DX! Of course he is mistaken, it’s Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa, aka DIY. But Truth says they’ll show Judgment Day you can’t bully people, can’t silence people, and cannot Nick Mysterio locked away with no access to the internet! And they’ll show them that tonight. Jackie thanks Truth for his time and Truth says Live, Laugh, Love. Will Truth at least get one thing right in that he, The Miz & DIY will teach Judgment Day a lesson?

 

Michael Chandler is here!

The UFC Lightweight Champion of the world says what’s up to Anaheim, and says we are in the presence of the most entertaining UFC fighter on the planet! Now there’s a man from Ireland who has been making him wait way too long for a fight. And he still has one dude on his mind! CONOR MCGREGOR! Get your candy ass back into the octagon, they’ve got unfinished business! God Bless, see you at the top!

 

Chad Gable speaks.

Master Gable calls out Ivar for this mission he and Sarah Logan have been on in tearing down the Alpha Academy piece by piece. They pick on Tozawa, they pick on Maxxine, and they even managed to slip past the number one guy, Otis. Gable puts an end to that momentum tonight and builds his own. It’s WrestleMania Season, so time to get serious. Ivar, leave Sarah in the back while he leaves his crew in the back, too. Tonight, it’s about Chad Gable.

Ivar responds.

“The gods demand punishment. The gods demand pain! The gods demand that our raid come to a glorious and inevitable end! I’ve vanquished every member of the Alpha Academy, and now the gods turn their gaze to the head of the bow. Chad Gable, I accept your challenge for singles competition. But beware! The gods have chosen our path, and it goes straight through you!”

The War Beard is ready to fight Master Gable 1v1, but who will still be standing by the end?

 

8 Man Tag: The Judgment Day VS The Awesome Truth & #DIY!

We just heard from Truth about this situation, and now he puts action to his words! But will Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh put him down once and for all? Or will The Miz, Gargano & Ciampa help Truth not only see the light, but see a huge victory over his “former friends?”

The teams sort out and Miz starts against JD McDonagh. The bell rings and the Irish Ace fires off on the Hollywood A-Lister! JD gets around to back suplex but Miz lands out! Miz kicks a leg out, but Finn takes a swipe! Miz stays clear to give “It Kicks” over and over on JD! Miz winds up, Finn barks at him, so Miz DECKS him! Fans fire up but JD avoids the kick! JD and Miz brawl, everyone else rushes in and the fans fire up! Miz, Truth & DIY TOSS the Judgment Day out and tell them to “SUCK IT!” Judgment Day is furious and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Dom has Ciampa down with a chinlock. Ciampa fights up, reaches out, but Dom keeps him from the DIY corner. Ciampa throws body shots but Dom CLUBS him down. Tag to Finn, they mug Ciampa, and Finn ELBOWS Ciampa in the head! Finn CHOPS, whips, but Ciampa ducks ‘n’ dodges then tags Gargano. Ciampa then slides under Finn, CHOPS him, then Gargano CLUBS him! JAWBREAKER and wrench, to a LARIAT! The fans fire up while Finn flounders. Gargano drags Finn up but Finn RAMS him into the Judgment Day corner! Priest tags in as Finn RAMS Gargano more, then Priest ROCKS Gargano!

Priest reels Gargano in for a short arm LARIAT, then he stares down Truth. Priest whips Gargano hard into buckles, then tags Finn. Priest sets Gargano out for Finn to slingshot STOMP! Finn taunts Truth, drags Gargano up, and CLUBS him into a chinlock. Finn grinds Gargano down but fans boo. Gargano endures, even as Finn shifts and almost has a Bully Choke. Gargano fights up as the fans rally, and the fans chant “We Want Truth!” Finn tags JD in, but Gargano snap suplexes free! And he trips JD! Gargano TOSSES Finn, dodges JD, tag to Truth! The fans are thunderous as Truth unleashes the shoulder tackles!

Truth gets JD for the SPIN-OUT BOMB! And then “You Can’t See Me!” Truth runs for the FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! Truth gets JD in the fireman’s carry but Priest tags in! Truth DECKS Priest, but JD HEADBUTTS Truth out of the ring! Priest is right on Truth, and POSTS him! Fans boo as Judgment Day stands over Truth and talks a lot of trash while Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns again and Truth fights up as Finn has a facelock. Truth reaches for his corner, gets a step closer, and another step, but then Finn DECKS Miz! Truth dodges Finn to hot tag Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Finn, BLASTS JD and Dom, then dodges Finn! Ciampa rallies with big lariats, then he CLOBBERS JD, too! Ciampa clotheslines Finn in one corner, clotheslines JD in another, and repeat! Ciampa then ducks double lariats to LEAPING LARIAT JD & Finn! Priest gets up but Ciampa KNEES him down! JD runs up, Ciampa ducks and rolls him into the ropes! WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa keeps going, and he TORNILLOS onto Priest!

The fans fire up with Ciampa, Dom runs up, but into a KNEE! Ciampa gets in the ring, but Finn catches him to a cradle! TWO, and Ciampa swings. Finn gets around, dragon sleeper, but Finn gloats too much! Ciampa turns it around to REVERSE DDT! Cover, JD breaks it! JD stands up, into Gargano’s SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Gargano stands up, into Dom’s SUPERKICK! Miz returns to BOOT Dom! Finn SLINGBLADES Miz! Ciampa dodges Finn, they both run, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans are thunderous as both men are down, and Truth rises up! “This is Awesome!” as both men crawl for their corners! Hot tags to Truth and Priest!

The fans fire up as Truth fires off fast hands on Priest! Truth whips, Priest reverses but Truth ducks ‘n ‘dodges to hit the LIE DETECTOR! Priest ends up in a corner, the fans echo “WHAT’S UP!?” and Truth does the splits! Truth runs in to SPLASH Priest, then clinch! But Priest fights that, choke grips, and SOUTH OF- NO, Truth slips free to kick low! Truth runs, SCISSOR KICK! Dom gets up but Truth DECKS him! Truth then sees Priest in a corner and the fans rally behind him! Truth baits Priest in, ands ends him into buckles! Then the FLATLINER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Truth can’t believe it!

Truth drags Priest up, but the rest of Judgment Day rushes in! Miz & DIY give them TRIPLE SUPERKICKS! Then they TOSS Judgment Day out, TRIPLE PLANCHAS!! The fans fire up and Truth does the splits to dodge Priest! CALF KICK! Priest flounders out and Truth smiles, as he builds speed! But Priest catches him! SOUTH OF- VICTORY ROLL! TWO!!! Priest escapes again, but Truth fireman’s carries! Priest slips free, BELL CLAP! Choke grip! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Judgment Day wins!

Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall

Truth put his heart and soul into this fight after having his heart broken, but it wasn’t enough to get payback. Judgment Day rolls on into Elimination Chamber, will they completely dominate with both the Women’s World and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships on the line?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie Redmond is now with The Great Liberator and brings up his loss to Shinsuke Nakamura, with Drew McIntyre being a part of that. How does he respond? Sami says he’s been thinking about it a lot, almost to the point of obsession. And Sami’s made a decision, a hard one, but he feels he have to hit the pause button with McIntyre. Sami’s been down this road before with this kind of obsession, and Sami knows how he gets. He gets fixated on one thing or one person, and he gets stuck. He can’t move forward, can’t see what’s in front of him, and he can’t do that again, not for WrestleMania season.

Sami knows that there is a path. He doesn’t know what it is, but it will present itself, so he has to be there mentally to see it when it comes his way. He knows that sounds crazy, maybe delusional, after losing and facing adversity. But he did not get this far by not trusting his gut, and he feels it when he knows there is a path. And not only to go to WrestleMania, but to do something historic, to cement what he is saying about being a contender! Sami knows he will be a champion again. But when will that time come? Will it be in time for WrestleMania 40?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The fans fire up as Raw enters the Big Time! Becky gets the mic and hears the fans chanting for her. Becky says, “The Man has come around to Anaheim! Wow, wow, you guys have been an amazing crowd tonight. And I’ve been lucky enough in my career that I’ve gotten to do some amazing things. So much so, that there’s not a lot of new things for me anymore. Well, except the hat. The hat is new. Do you like the hat?” Fans cheer her hat, so the hat stays. But Becky knows that in five days, for the first time in her career, she steps inside the Elimination Chamber, and with the need to win so that she can face Rhea Ripley for the Women’s World Championship.

Now, Rhea and Becky have been dancing around each other the last year or so, having uncomfortably long stare downs at random intervals, all prolonging the inevitable, and the inevitable is that Mami and The Man will collide. And when they inevitably do, it will inevitably be the fight of their lives! The fans like the sound of that. Becky says she and Rhea both live for this, both love this, but how both of them have been living this has been different. For the last year, Rhea has been front and center for everything, she is the talk of the town. She has been riding a wave of momentum that comes around once in a lifetime.

Rhea’s also been propped up by her band of merry men, the Judgment Day. Fans boo that, and Becky says, “Those Truth Haters.” But then there’s Becky. Fans cheer, and Becky says she is the biggest threat to Rhea’s championship who has been hiding in plain sight. Becky’s been fighting anyone and everyone who wants a go, propping up this division! And Becky can confidently say that at this very moment, she’s the best she’s ever bene. Fans cheer that, too!

Becky continues with the flipside of that. On the flipside of Becky being the very best she’s ever been, so is everyone else. So in five days, stepping inside the Chamber, Becky does that with five of WWE’s most promising stars: Liv Morgan; Bianca Belair; Raquel Rodriguez; Naomi; and Tiffany Stratton. While Becky doesn’t have anything against any of these women- Well, Tiffany’s kinda annoying. And while Becky has beaten most of them, it was never inside the confines of that cage of steel and glass with the ultimate prize on the line, WrestleMania hanging in the balance. Becky says she has worked too hard- Wait! Here comes Liv!

Liv has a mic and tells Becky, “I’m sorry to interrupt. But before I get started, I just wanted to say, I’m a big fan of the hat.” But what Liv isn’t a fan of is having to sit in the back and listen to Becky explain why Becky is the one to defeat Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania. Liv joins Becky in the ring and says that Becky wants to prove she’s the best. And Liv gets that, that’s very Becky of Becky. But Liv doesn’t really care about who is the best. This is about revenge! This is about redemption! This is about Liv’s life! Fans cheer, and Liv says here’s a little story. Liv and Rhea used to be tag team partners, were a great team, but then Rhea turned on Liv.

That’s okay, because Liv did move on, found success with other partners, like Raquel Rodriguez, and they became TWO-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champions. At least, until Rhea came out, cost them the titles, and then here’s where things get really crazy. Exactly a week after that, Rhea came out to injure Liv and cost Liv six MONTHS of her career, when Liv was at her very best! So while Liv has Becky here, she just wants to remind Becky that Liv was the very last person to defeat Rhea Ripley. And if after all of that- Raquel comes out! Raquel says chicas, they’re both making great points, they really are.

But it seems they’re both entirely focused on Rhea Ripley. After Chamber, who knows who the champion will be! It could be Rhea, but it could be Nia. And Raquel knows one thing for sure, there is only one woman big enough and strong enough to take on either one of them, and that’s Raquel! You saw what she did in the battle royal, right? WAIT! Here’s Naomi! The fans fire up as Becky welcomes Naomi back, and “to this tea party we’re apparently having.” Naomi thanks The Man, and asks, “What’s up, Raw?” Naomi joins the others in the ring and says she didn’t come back to just come back. She came back with a whole new purpose.

See, Naomi’s made a name for herself both in and out of the WWE. This go-around is way bigger than that for her. Naomi is here to climb back up to the top, because that is where she belongs now more than ever. But then “It’s Tiffy Time~!” Becky can’t believe Tiffany Stratton is here now. And Tiff says, “Um, excuse me, it’s Tiffy Time.” Naomi says she’s interrupting Glow Time. Tiff tells Naomi that while she was out there trying to make a name for herself, to which Naomi says, “And did.” Tiff says Naomi left an empty space. The only space Tiff is concerned about is being the Center of the Universe.

“And besides, nobody cares about the past. And looking at all of you, that is all I see.” Fans boo but Tiff says been there, done that, the future is her and her name is- The EST is here! The fans fire up as Bianca says okay, Tiff, she might be new and all, which explains why she doesn’t know what running her mouth gets her. Bianca says don’t get it twisted, she is the EST, and has been at the Tiffy Top for a very long time. And at Elimination Chamber, Tiff finds out she will never be her, do it like her, or be better than her. Now there is one thing that Bianca has done that no one else here has, and that is win the Chamber.

And this year, Bianca will continue her WrestleMania UN-DE-FEA-TED streak! Fans cheer, and Bianca says respectfully, if she has to, she’ll pin Becky, Raquel, Liv, Naomi and definitely Tiff. Because you can’t spell WrestleMania without E S T! The fans cheer, but Tiff tells Bianca that she is so last year. No, no, like literally. She peaked last year! Girl… Uh-uh. Tiff got here on Tuesday. Liv agrees, but then Tiff sucker punches her! Liv and Tiff brawl, and the others figure why not. Becky goes after Bianca and that leaves Raquel to fight Naomi! Fans fire up as things go to corners, Tiff and Liv fall out of the ring, but NIA GETS IN!

Nia CLOBBERS Bianca and Becky, then SPLASHES Raquel! Naomi fires hands but Nia whips her, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS! Liv and Tiff are on the ramp but Nia goes after them, too! Nia SHOVES Tiff, then fireman’s carries Liv! Nia POSTS Liv, then catches Tiff to TOSS her! Fans boo but Nia laughs as she gets back in the ring, to CLOBBER Bianca! Nia soaks up the heat, then she hits a LEG DROP on Raquel! Becky runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! HIP ATTACK for Naomi! And then LEG DROP for Liv! And then a LEG DROP for Becky! Nia sends a message to Rhea, will there be nothing to stop this Irresistible Force?

 

Gunther speaks.

“Tonight is the greatest night of Jey Uso’s illustrious career. Because tonight he can fulfill his big dream of becoming a singles champion in WWE. Now Jey, let me reintroduce myself. I am Der Ring General, Gunther, the longest reigning and greatest Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time. And tonight, when that bell rings, I’ll make you understand that you do not belong in the main event. Jey, I’m afraid you’ll have to keep on dreaming.” Gunther is ready for the main event, but will he (not) be ready for Main Event Jey?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

“Sami… Sami Zayn. You want to be a contender? First of all, fighters fight. True fighters don’t whine to everyone and try to get a spotlight. You want a spotlight? I’ll give you one. If you think you’re an underdog, I’ll make sure you stay that way. By defeating you again, by breaking you again, and by dragging you to the very bottom. Then you can bask in everyone’s sympathy. But I will show them that their contender is a pretender! You want more Shinsuke? Anytime, anywhere.” The King of Strong Style is not done with his old rival, will Sami even make it to WrestleMania at this rate?

 

Ivar VS Chad Gable!

No Sarah Logan communing with the Norse gods, no Otis, Maxxine or Tozawa. This is just about The War Beard battling the Alpha Academy’s fearless leader and who is the better man. Who will still be standing after the raid passes through Anaheim?

The bell rings, Gable rushes in, but Ivar BOOTS him down! Gable flounders, Ivar brings him up to CLOBBER him! Ivar then goes up a corner, but Gable runs up! Ivar shoves him away, but then Gable ROLLING KICKS Ivar to the floor! Fans fire up as Gable climbs the corner, and SUPER CROSSBODIES! Down goes Ivar and Gable returns into the ring. “A THANK YEW~!” The fans cheer, Gable goes back out and runs back in, only for Ivar to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Gable lands on his feet, ROCKS Ivar in return, then goes up the barriers. But Ivar sweeps the legs and Gable hits barriers on the way down!

Ivar hauls Gable up, to BARRIER BOMB!! Gable tumbles down and Ivar seethes while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Gable brawls with Ivar on top of a corner. Ivar scoops, but Gable SUPER ARM-DRAG COUNTERS! Cover, TWO!! Ivar is still in this but Gable gets back up. Gable fires knees and an UPPERCUT, then throat chops! Ivar swings, misses, and Gable mule kicks! Gable runs, but Ivar FLAPJACKS him! Ivar underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Ivar seethes. Ivar waits on Gable, runs up, but Gable ducks the leg lariat! Ivar is caught up, Gable CHOP BLOCKS the other leg! Gable hurries to waistlock, lifts, but Ivar elbows free. Ivar reels Gable back in, hauls him up, but Gable sunset flips it! TWO!!

Gable has the ANKLE LOCK!! The fans fire up as Ivar flails! Ivar rolls, BOOTS Gable away, and Gable tumbles out of the ring. Gable returns, ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY Ivar and himself up and out to the floor! The fans fire up as Gable hurries to bring Ivar up. But Ivar RAMS Gable into the LED apron! Ivar runs up, but Gable dodges and Ivar splashes the LED! The fans fire up as Gable hauls Ivar up, but his back won’t let him suplex! HEEL KICK OF DOOM! Gable is down, but Ivar puts him in the ring at 6 of 10! Ivar climbs a corner, aims, and FLYING SEATED SENTONS!! Cover, TWO?!?! Gable survives and Ivar is furious!

Anaheim fires up again as Gable stirs. Ivar goes up the corner again, to DOOMSAULT but he FLOPS as Gable moves!! Gable hurries to waistlock again! The fans fire up as Gable deadlifts for the GERMAN SUPLEX!! Gable stands up, and brings down the straps! Anaheim is thunderous as Gable climbs up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO?!?! Ivar survives, but Gable has the ANKLE LOCK!!! Ivar flails, reaches out, but Gable drags him away! IVAR TAPS, GABLE WINS!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by submission

The raid has been stopped, and the Alpha Academy hurries out to celebrate with Gable! “A THANK YEW~!” Will this finally settle things between the Alphas and the Vikings? Or will it only escalate things towards war?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Cathy Kelley is with the Scottish Terminator and congratulates him on the win tonight. He says he wants to take a moment to talk about Cody. McIntyre always tells the truth, and Cody has been on the run of a lifetime the last two years. Cody’s built such great momentum, only one person has pinned him up to tonight. The second person is Drew McIntyre, “The Savior of WrestleMania.” Then does McIntyre feel that was all tainted by The Bloodline’s interference? Nope. Not at all. He has heard what people have been saying, calling him a hypocrite. But what do you think went through McIntyre’s mind seeing Jimmy & Solo out there?

Of course McIntyre wanted to attack The Bloodline on sight, but he can’t think like that. This is Drew McIntyre (hands apart), this is everyone else (fingers close together). He thinks on the bigger picture. McIntyre isn’t selfish, he’s doing this for the World Heavyweight Championship, for Raw, and for the WWE Universe. He defeated Cody Rhodes tonight, now he’s going to SmackDown on Friday to face LA Knight, then fly across to the other side of the world to compete in the Elimination Chamber, one of the most brutal matches in WWE. And he is gonna win. Then he’ll go to WrestleMania, win there, because he is the true workhorse of the WWE, and the future world champion.

McIntyre heads out, but will all this truly come to fruition? Or will LA Knight and the other Elimination Chamber entrants be a massive roadblock?

 

The New Day speaks.

Xavier Woods says, “First thing’s first, let’s get it straight. Tonight, Main Event Jey Uso walks out of Anaheim, California your new WWE Intercontinental Champion. And then next week, it’s our turn.” Kofi Kingston says Imperium tried to end his career. And if he remembers right, they said they wanted to take his head. Well it seems like they didn’t get the job done! What they did do is put New Day into a mindset they don’t want New Day to be in. They’ve been targeting New Day for weeks, and there’s no surprise there. New Day’s been doing this damn near a decade. And there’s a reason teams target New Day when they wanna make a name for themselves.

It’s because The New Day are the industry standard when it comes to tag team wrestling! Ain’t nobody better than ya bois the New Day! And yeah, the New Day won the Six Man Tag, but it ain’t over. Mama ain’t singing. It ain’t over until New Day says it’s over! Because with Imperium, it has been count outs, disqualifications, fighting through the crowd, throwing steel steps and putting each other through tables. So the New Day has a little surprise for Imperium: next week’s match has no rules. Because next week, it will be New Day VS Imperium… IN A STREET FIGHT!

Kofi & Woods have kendo sticks, and they beat out the rhythm, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Will they use those kendo sticks to beat that same rhythm on Vinci & Kaiser as they beat Imperium down once and for all?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Jey Uso!

We’ve heard from Der Ring General and Main Event Jey, and now we see them put action behind those words. All reigns must come to an end some time, but will tonight be that time? Or will even Jey just be another notch on the belt?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see the difference between day 619 and day one, Uce!

The bell rings and the fans are strongly behind Jey with “YEET! YEET!” echoing out. Jey stares Gunther down, tells him to hear that, but Gunther shoves Jey! Jey SLAPS Gunther, just like last week! So Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther CHOPS Jey, CHOPS again, and Jey ends up in a corner. Gunther scoops Jey onto the top rope, to then CHOP him again! Jey sputters, but Gunther climbs up to STAND on him! The ref counts while Jey is bent back, and Gunther lets off at 4. Jey tumbles out, Gunther goes after him to CHOP again! Gunther then hits a BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Jey writhes but Gunther hauls him up.

Gunther hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Gunther seethes, Jey writhes, and the fans boo while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Gunther has Jey on the apron. Gunther hauls Jey up but Jey fires hands! Then a GAMANGIRI! Fans “YEET!” with each shot, and then Jey climbs! CROSS- CHOP!! Gunther takes Jey outta the sky, and then NECK TWISTS! Jey writhes and Gunther hauls him up. Gunther scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Jey flounders back to the apron but Gunther kicks him down. The fans rally with “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Gunther goes out to get Jey and reel him in, but Jey fights the bomb! Jey manages to back drop Gunther to the floor! Gunther hobbles to his feet, Jey turns around and ducks the lariat, to SAMOAN DROP onto the desk!

The fans fire up as Gunther tumbles, and “YEET! YEET!” rings out again. Jey feels that energy, hurries after Gunther and hauls him up into the ring. Jey then slides in, takes aim, and he runs in, but the Spear is sent into the corner! Jey UPERCUTS back, ducks the lariat, and mule kicks hard! Jey pops ‘n’ locks to UPPERCUT! Gunther’s in a corner, fans fire up and Jey throws off the elbow pads and wrist tape. “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs in, but into a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Gunther hauls Jey up, for a GUNTHER BOMB! High stack, TWO!! Jey survives and the fans are thunderous! Gunther is shocked, but he drags Jey right back up.

Gunther stands Jey up, fans rally behind Jey and Jey wrenches out to SUPER- NO, Gunther blocks to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives but Gunther gets the legs! BOSTON CRAB! Jey endures as Gunther sits deep on his back! The fans rally, Jey reaches out, and he works to turn over! The fans still rally as Gunther holds on, but Jey makes it to the ROPEBREAK! Gunther lets go fast and paces in frustration. Gunther storms back up, stands Jey up to whip, but Jey holds ropes! So Gunther UPPERCUTS, runs, only for Jey to DUMP him out! Jey builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Gunther! The fans fire up again as Raw goes back to break!

Raw returns once again and Gunther eggs Jey on. Jey ROCKS Gunther with a forearm, but Gunther ROCKS Jey back! Jey fires another forearm but so does Gunther! Jey wobbles, Gunther eggs him on, so Jey UPPERCUTS! Jey eggs Gunther on now, so Gunther fires another forearm! The shots go back and forth, “YEET! BOO! YEET!” The YEETS get the edge, Jey pops ‘n’ locks ‘n’ puts some stank on it, for the UPPERCUT! Gunther CHOPS Jey off his feet! Gunther hauls Jey back up, to CHOP again! Jey wobbles and drops to a knee, but Gunther stands him up for another CHOP! Jey staggers, rebounds, and Gunther CHOPS him back down!

Gunther demands Jey get up, then eggs him on. “I told you you’re not good enough to succeed on your own! You’re nobody!” Gunther stands Jey up, makes him look him in the eye, but Jey UPPERCUTS! Gunther CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS from all sides! Then he reels Jey in, for the- NO, Jey slips up and over the bomb, ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives, Jey isn’t quite as strong as The Tribal Chief with that move. Jey goes to ropes and watches Gunther. The fans rally up and Jey goes to a corner. Jey climbs, but Gunther runs up to SLAP him first! Gunther then CHOPS again!

Jey wobbles up top, Gunther climbs up to join him. Gunther brings Jey up for a SUPER HALF HATCH! Jey tumbles into a drop zone, Gunther goes up, GUNTHER SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Jey survives and Gunther is beside himself! The fans rally up as hard as they can while Jey stirs. Gunther hauls Jimmy up to CHOP, then has Jey on the ropes. Gunther CHOPS again, but Jey SLAPS! Gunther CHOPS, Jey forearms, repeat! The fans fire up, Jey dodges a shot, then SPEARS again!! Jey sees Gunther bailing out so he hurries, to APRON SPEAR!! Fans are thunderous again as Jey SPEARS Gunther on the floor!!

Gunther flounders, Jey seethes, and Jey puts Gunther in the ring. Jey runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and SPEARS!! Not the cleanest but it was enough! Jey goes back up, takes aim, USO SPLASH!! Cover, wait who’s ringing the bell!? That wasn’t time yet! JIMMY?!? He just couldn’t help himself! Pearce ejected Jimmy but he snuck back in to screw Jey! Security rushes in but Jimmy runs away, and Gunther CHOPS Jey from behind! SLEEPER, but Jey rolls it back! TWO!!! SUPERKICK!! Gunther falls, but then Jey DIVES onto Jimmy!! Jey gets even with his brother, hurries back up top, and USO SPLASHES onto knees!!! Gunther cradles Jey, Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

The Bloodline hit all their targets tonight, and that helps Gunther make it to day 620! Will anyone ever come as close to Jey did tonight? Or will Gunther simply reign until to the end of time?

Wait, Jimmy isn’t done with Jey, he goes right after him! Fans boo as Jimmy beats Jey down, and then lines up the shot! SUPERKICK!! Jimmy tells Jey, “You thought you was gonna reign without me?! No matter how big you get, I’m always the big brother! Always!” Jimmy stands over Jey, his own twin brother, and smiles as the fans boo. But then Jimmy goes up a corner! He mocks the bounce, then hits the USO SPLASH!! Jimmy again stands over Jey, but then just goes back to a corner, for another USO SPLASH!! No mercy from his own twin, will Jey ever get away from The Bloodline’s shadow?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Raw here, especially for a go-home. No Go-Home Syndrome tonight, I think HHH Era is the cure to that. Great continuity with The Bloodline’s promo from SmackDown, with their interference to “ruin” the awesome opener from Cody VS McIntyre, and then more interference to “ruin” the awesome main event from Jey VS Gunther. Great use of continuity with McIntyre, him bringing up the hypocrisy in his promo, and that’s good momentum going into his match on SmackDown with LA Knight that was totally recorded last Friday since there’s no way to be in Perth, Australia in time if they’re still gonna be stateside that late.

Anyway, Jey VS Gunther having Jimmy interfere is a very big tease that we’ll get Uso VS Uso for WrestleMania this year, which can be some awesome stuff, and a way for Jey to neutralize Jimmy from interfering with Cody VS Roman. Meanwhile, Rollins checking in on Cody is a good nod towards them teaming up. I still think they’re going to have an “impromptu” tag match against Grayson Waller & Austin Theory, which then leads to Cody & Rollins VS Roman & Rock, or maybe Solo if Rock isn’t ring ready. There might even be a response from Cody & Rollins on SmackDown after Chamber to keep this going.

Really good interview promo for Rhea and Nia, though it wasn’t even really an interview after they both said their part and then Rhea just left. Awesome return moment for Raquel Rodriguez getting in the Women’s Battle Royal and pretty much dominating. The fans do seem to be coming around on Chelsea (not me yet, sorry) so her trying the sneaky win was clever, but no, it had to be Raquel at this point. Great promo from all six Chamber entrants, and of course it turned into a brawl. Quite the clever surprise of Nia going after all six of them, though. Nia stands tall here because duh, she’s losing to Rhea, but Nia doing that keeps the math even between all six Chamber entrants. Though, c’mon, it’s still gotta be Becky.

Gable VS Ivar being here was a bit of a surprise, but what an awesome match and awesome win for Gable. Since Jey didn’t dethrone Gunther, it’s anyone’s guess as to who gets a shot for Mania, but I’m not sure if it’s Gable. Gable had his shots, did great but obviously he didn’t win, so I don’t know if a super serious shift in Gable’s attitude is enough to make me think he’ll win. Sami is talking about finding a path, but he’s going to have another match with Nakamura first. Maybe Sami wins the rematch and then forces a tiebreaker with Nakamura, and then Sami uses that momentum to earn a shot at Gunther? Sami did mention doing something historic, so ending Gunther’s historic reign at 665 days or whatever would be pretty awesome.

Really good promo from Andrade, too, and he says this is his era now, but a lot of wrestlers say stuff like that. I wouldn’t mind Andrade also being involved in an Intercontinental Championship story, or some other high profile story to bide his time while waiting on titles, just as long as he gets to do something. And great promo from The New Day to set up a Street Fight Tag. It’s rare we get to see intense New Day so this is going to be some great stuff as New Day quite literally fights their way back up the rankings.

And just amazing stuff again out of R-Truth with Judgment Day. “Truthline” was a great bit for the interview promo, and we got a great 8 Man Tag. Truth taking the loss was also fitting in the story, this will get that Face heat on him and The Miz as they perhaps fight their way to a tag title opportunity. Now, Judgment Day stands tall here, but then you can bet Dom & McDonagh lose to Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne this Friday on the prerecorded episode to bring the math back around. Feels like Judgment Day will sweep the night with Rhea beating Nia and then Finn & Priest beating “New Catch Republic.” Maybe HHH will one day figure out how to divide the titles but for now, it seems Bate & Dunne are gonna be fed to the Judgment Day’s reign.

My Score: 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; Candice & Indi win.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo; Andrade wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Chelsea & Piper win.
  • Jey Uso VS Finn Balor; Jey wins.
  • 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?

The teams sort out and Indi starts against Ivy. They tie up, Ivy waistlocks then headlocks, but Indi rolls to a cover. ONE, Ivy holds on, and they go around. Ivy facelocks, floats around to then flip Indi to a cover, ONE! Ivy’s right back on the headlock, but Indi fights up. Indi powers out, Ivy sunset flips, TWO! Indi scrambles up but Ivy DROPKICKS her! Ivy kicks, Indi blocks but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Tag to Maxxine and she climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Maxxine eggs Indi on, kicks low and facelocks, then talks trash on Candice. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, but Maxxine dares Candice to make a move.

The ref reprimands, Candice stands down, but Indi short arm LARIATS! Indi then tags Candice, Candice CLOBBERS Maxxine and hammers away! The fans boo but Candice SMACKS Maxxine off the mat. Candice soaks up the heat, then digs her boots into Maxxine. The ref counts, Candice lets off, and then Candice smiles as she drags Maxxine up. Candice whips Maxxine into the corner, taunts Ivy, then runs up to SLAP Maxxine! Candice fires off hands, the ref counts, and Candice lets off. Tag to Indi, she keeps Maxxine from Ivy, but Maxxine BOOTS her away! Candice tags back in, runs up and drags Maxxine back again.

Maxxine hops up, ENZIGIRI misses as Candice ducks! Candice swipes at Ivy, but Ivy dodges! Maxxine knees low and DDTS! The fans fire up while both women are down! Maxxine and Candice crawl, their partners reach out, but then Indi rushes in! The ref stops Indi, but that means he misses seeing the hot tag! The fans boo as Indi gets sneaky like Candice as she BOOTS Maxxine down! Indi puts Candice on top for the cover! The ref sees that, counts, Candice & Indi win!

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

What in the world is going on here? Is Candice’s toxicity poisoning Indi’s mind? Or are these Indi’s true colors? Either way, are Candice & Indi going to find the way to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

WWE takes a look at Damian Priest’s rise to the top.

2019, Orlando, Florida, the Performance Center. What did Priest want out of life? One thing: his name to live forever. From Punisher to homeless to NXT to main roster, Priest has proven if you bust your ass and never give up, anything is possible, even your dreams. The first Puerto Rican world champion in literal decades, he desired championships, and he knew championships would come. Legacy and infamy wait for no man, you have go grab them for yourself. He became Senor Money in the Bank, bided his time, suffered losses, and struck when the moment was right! HE had the biggest moment at the biggest WrestleMania ever, ALL RISE for the NEW World Heavyweight Champion!

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

The others sulk, but Priest tells them to snap out of it. They’re The Judgment Day, right? Right. And they still run Raw, right? Dom is gonna teach Andrade a lesson about messing with their group! And JD McDonagh, you have his back so they can get this done! The Irish Ace is fired up, he heads out with Dirty Dom, but Finn stays behind to talk with Priest. Finn feels their focus should be getting the tag titles back, but now Finn’s in this match with Jey? What’s up with that? Priest says Finn’s focus needs to be on what’s happening tonight. Priest needs The Prince to teach Jey Uso the meaning of the word “loss.” And then at Backlash, Priest teaches Jey the meaning of the word “pain!”

Is Finn good with that? Finn smiles and nods. Of course he’s good with that! They fist bump and Finn goes to warm up. So far, the group looks solid, will Mami have nothing to worry about?

 

Raw shares an interview from before the show.

Jackie Redmond was ringside as Chad Gable got some training in with the Creed Brothers to prepare for his title match with Sami Zayn. Jackie says it looks like Gable is ready. A huge opportunity tonight, the biggest match perhaps of his entire career. How much would winning the title mean to him? Gable says it is everything. Validation, vindication for all the training, his 10+ years here in the WWE, and proving it to himself. His mood is high, it’ll be a good night. But then Jackie would be remised if she didn’t ask about the crowd factoring in. They’ll be in support of Sami, how has Gable prepared for that?

Gable says when he was on the Olympic team in 2012, he was a Minnesotan in Iowa. That means not one person in Iowa wanted him to win, but he did. So he’ll do the same time. Sami’s one of the best WWE has, but Gable training Sami helped Gable find the weakness. Tonight, Gable exposes those weaknesses. Gable goes back to grappling with the Creeds, will Gable be razor sharp for his golden opportunity?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

The Prodigal Son thought he was getting The Idol of Lucha to join Judgment Day, or at least was united with him against Rey Mysterio. Neither of those things turned out to be true, and now Andrade has found himself in Judgment Day’s crosshairs. Will El Idolo make Raw tranquilo? Or will he pay for pulling one over on Dirty Dom?

Raw returns as Dom makes his entrance and Montreal boos. The bell rings, Dom and Andrade circle, and Dom wants a handshake? Andrade refuses so Dom CHOPS! Andrade rushes Dom but Dom runs away to the corner. Dom then gets a cheap shot, a headlock, but Andrade powers up and out. Dom pulls on Andrade’s hair to get him back in the headlock. Andrade powers out more thoroughly this time, and he runs Dom over! The fans cheer, Andrade storms up and he CHOPS Dom to a corner. Andrade whips corner to corner, Dom reverses, but Andrade goes up and out then ROCKS Dom! Andrade goes up the corner, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as Andrade brings Dom up and snap suplexes! Uno Amigo and the fans cheer! Dos Amigos and the fans cheer more! Andrade gives Latino Heat, but Dom suplexes! Dom has Uno Amigo, then Dos Amigos! Fans boo this time, but then Andrade hits his THIRD AMIGO! The fans cheer as Andrade puts Dom in the drop zone. Andrade climbs again, but JD gets on the apron! The ref stops JD but that lets Dom trip Andrade! The fans boo but Dom drags Andrade off the corner to stomp him! Dom then soaks up the heat and flexes, Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Andrade fights up while in a chinlock. Andrade throws body shots, then ROCKS Dom! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him! Dom shoves, kicks, but Andrade blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And DRAGON SCREW again! Dom swings a lariat but Andrade dodges to CLOBBER Dom! Andrade kips up, the fans fire up and Dom is in the corner. Fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” as Andrade goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Dom survives but Andrade puts him in the drop zone. Andrade climbs, SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT FLOPS as Dom moves! Dom goes to the apron, drags Andrade up, but Andrade fights the suplex!

Andrade throws body shots, CHOPS, and Dom flops back! Andrade goes out to the apron but Dom KICKS the ropes! That jams Andrade up, Dom reels him in! APRON DESTROYER!! Andrade flops to the floor, JD coaches Dom to hurry! Dom gets Andrade back in, covers, TWO!! Andrade survives and the fans fire up! Dom is frustrated, as is JD, but Dom wants Andrade to rise. Andrade stands, Dom DROPKICKS him onto ropes! Fans boo but Dom talks trash before he dials it up. But Andrade gets up, boot feint to ELBOW! JD gets up but Andrade DECKS him! Then the underooks, for THE MESSAGE! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

But JD attacks now! No celebrating for El Idolo, the fans boo as JD and Dom get Andrade to his feet. The mugging continues, but here comes Ricochet! Ricochet also has beef with Judgment Day and he sends Dom & JD running! Will the King of Flight help The Idol put Judgment Day in their place once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Cathy Kelley is with Main Event Jey and knows that he’s preparing for Finn Balor, but she was hoping for any comments on Tama Tonga joining The Bloodline to attack Jimmy Uso last Friday. Yeah, messing with The Bloodline, you go down a deep, dark and dangerous road. They adding members Jey didn’t even know about. As far as Jimmy goes… Well, Jey told him to come with Jey. But hey, Jey’s gotta focus on Finn. Finn about to catch a YEETDOWN here on Monday Night Raw. YEET! Jey is ready for The Prince, but will he make it through to face The Punisher?

 

Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The Hot Mess and “Lil Miss P” wanted a match and got a match on Friday, but it didn’t go their way when it turned out they were facing Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill. Management is getting an earful over and over, but will the complaints stop if Chelsea & Piper win? Or will KC Squared only add to Chelsea’s bad mood?

The teams sort out and Piper starts against Kayden. They tie up, Piper shoves Kayden down, then dares Katana to try. Katana tags in, runs up and dodges, then KC Squared pinball Piper around. They both run, but into DOUBLE LARIATS! Piper fires up, then she drags Katana up. Piper clamps on a COBRA CLUTCH and she thrashes Katana around! Chelsea tags in, RIPCORD FOREARM, then short arm LARIAT! Chelsea covers, TWO! Chelsea says this is easy work, but she runs into a BOOT! Katana then drop toeholds Chelsea into buckles! Tag to Kayden, and they meet at the corner, MULE KICK METEORA COMBO! Kayden covers, TWO!

Kayden drags Chelsea up, but Chelsea SLAPS her! Then she panics and reaches for Piper! Kayden reels her in, hammerlock and clinch, to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP, then Kayden FLATLINERS! Kayden fireman’s carries Chelsea, Katana goes up and leaps over to go after Piper! But Piper catches her! FALL AWAY SLAM! Kayden hits a SWINGING LEG DROP SLAM! Cover, but Piper SPLASHES Kayden! Chelsea covers Kayden, she and Piper win!

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

Chelsea celebrates like she did something, btu we know it was all Piper. But a win is a win, will this team find their way back to the tag titles? Will Chelsea never stop bugging management until they do?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

Cathy Kelley is with Liv to ask about Rhea Ripley vacating her title. Is this the conclusion of the revenge tour? Liv can’t even lie, she is confused by the reactions. They’re all mad at her, but for what? She isn’t the villain here. Where was the sympathy for Liv when Rhea literally ripped Liv’s shoulder out of its socket? Oh, there wasn’t any. So eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, arm for an arm. This is karma at its finest, Rhea got what she deserved. But the best part is that this isn’t the end of the revenge tour. This is just the beginning, because the end will be Liv crowned as the NEW Women’s World Champion. #WatchMe. Then when and where will this revenge tour go on the road to a new champion?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Montreal fires up for the American Nightmare, aka the NEW Undisputed WWE Champion! They sing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” and Cody gets his pyro. Cody high-fives the front row as he makes his way down the ramp, then he steps into the ring for “WHOA~ OH~!” and more pyro. Cody gets the mic while the fans chant his name, and he revels in the cheers a moment. They sing “CODY~ CODY CODY CODY~!” and he smiles. Cody then asks, “De quoi voulez-vous parler?” The fans cheer his French, and Cody says he has to thank Adam Pearce allowing Cody to still hang out on Raw even though now he’s a SmackDown superstar.

But don’t worry, Cody ain’t going nowhere. We cannot reflect on WrestleMania 40 forever, especially with a pending challenge. The first Premium Live event of the new “season,” Backlash, is going to Lyon, France, where Cody faces for this title either the fastest rising star, LA Knight, or The Phenomenal AJ Styles. But we can certainly reflect just a little. There’s a man he could talk about for hours but will keep it brief. There was a man who said he’d be Cody’s Shield… The fans sing “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for The Visionary, and Cody says that man certainly kept his word. That man is watching at home, so thank you, Seth Freakin’ Rollins.

The fans cheer and chant, “Thank You, Seth!” Cody continues by saying another “friend” that did reflecting was The Rock. The fans boo and chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Cody says it was news to him that Rock did a ten week training program, that he flew in the best talent of different skillsets and the greatest conditioning team money could by. Rock doesn’t have one more match left in him, he’s got many more. And in typical manic Rock fashion, Rock said that he’d make Cody bleed again. Cody says Rock’s probably right. Maybe Cody will bleed. But no amount of training and preparation, nothing Rock does can stop the fact that if Cody’s gonna bleed, Rock bleeds with him.

The fans cheer and Cody says when we talk Rock, we gotta talk Bloodline. The fans boo again, but Cody says he’s confused. The introduction of Tama Tonga “by order of The Tribal Chief,” yet Roman Reigns was nowhere to be found? More questions than answers, so one more bit of reflection. Cody wants to bring out a former member of the Bloodline, a man who is a friend of Cody’s, and a man whose energy you can feel from your head to your yeet. Well, thanks for laughing at the dad joke, but here is Main Event Jey Uso! Jey makes his way out and Montreal bounces with him! Even Pat gets on the desk to join in!

Jey hugs it out with Cody, then the bouncing continues. Cody tells Jey that he is the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Monday Night Raw is about to be his, and no one has earned it or deserves it more than Main Event Jey! “YEET!” Cody says Jey helped him #FinishTheStory, and Cody knows when one member of Judgment Day is present, the others aren’t far behind. Cody would love to have Jey’s back like Jey had his. The fans like the sound of that, and the two hug it out. Jey appreciates that, Uce, for sure. YEET! But hey, Jey’s gotta do this on his own, gotta just be him, The YEET Master! Mr. YEETDOWN!

Oh, how about this for a name? The NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Main Event Jey UUUUSO~! So then he doesn’t need Cody out here? Cody gets that. Good luck, friend. They hug it out one more time, the fans cheer, and Cody moves on. But oh, one other thing. Cody looks over and says, “Until we yeet again.” Jey responds with “YEET!” Will Jey be able to handle things when it’s just him? Or will The Prince be bringing backup to stack the deck against him?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Cathy Kelley is now with the Irresistible Force and hopes for her initial reactions to Rhea Ripley giving up the title. Nia says there are two types of people in this world: those who care about Rhea and those who want to see her get her revenge. Nia’s neither. She doesn’t give a damn about Rhea, and last time she saw Rhea, Nia had her. Now, Nia looks at the Women’s World Championship and wonders, who is gonna stop her from taking it? Liv Morgan? Last time they met, Nia had Liv, too. Becky Lynch? Nia had her, too.

In two weeks, there is the Draft. Nia might face someone she’s never seen before, and to them she says there are two types of people in this world: Those who fear Nia Jax, and those who learn to fear Nia Jax. No one on this planet is taking that title from her, because that is hers! Nia storms off, is she going to make everyone fear her then, now and forever?

 

Jey Uso VS Finn Balor!

Raw returns and The Prince makes his entrance. FROM BEHIND! He CLOBBERS Jey, stomps away, and the fans boo! The ref reprimands, Finn HAMMERs away on Jey, then lets off to throw off the jacket. The bell rings, Finn BOOTS Jey and fires off body shots in the corner! Finn RAMS into Jey, whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS him again! Finn flexes, the fans boo, but Finn stalks Jey to ropes. Finn CHOKES Jey, the ref counts, but Finn lets off at 4. Finn brings Jey up, but Jey ROCKS him first! And again! And again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey whips, Finn reverses but Jey sunset flips! Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Finn drags Jey up to ELBOW him in the head, then he clamps on a chinlock. Priest watches as Finn squeezes the air out of Jey. The fans rally, Jey fights up and he throws body shots. But Finn knees low! Finn ROCKS Jey, RAMS into him, then CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Jey sputters. Finn CHOPS Jey again, taunts the fans, “This your boy? This the guy you all like?” Finn RAMS into Jey again and again, then CHOPS again! Finn whips corner to corner, Jey reveres, then runs up, but Finn puts him on the apron! Jey ROCKS Finn first, goes up, but Finn anchors Jey! Jey throws hands, but Finn YANKS Jey down!

The fans boo as Finn fires off hands in the corner. The ref counts, Finn lets off at 4, but runs up to SHOTGUN Jey outta the ring! Jey flounders on the floor while Finn mocks the bounce, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn RAMS into Jey at the corner again and again, then CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner, runs up to CHOP, and then he whips the other way. Finn runs in again but into BOOTS! Jey storms up, headlocks, but Finn powers up. Jey switches sides, Finn headlocks, but Jey powers out. Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges, blocks the kick but the DRAGON WHIP hits! The fans fire up while both men are down! The fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as jey and Finn rise. Jey counter punches again, and again, and again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops ‘n’ locks and puts some stank on the HAYMAKER! Finn staggers into a mule kick!

Jey fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Finn flounders to a corner, Priest is upset so he moves on from the clubhouse. Jey says “UCE! OH!” and runs in, but Finn dodges! Hip attack hits buckles, Finn runs up, but into another fireman’s carry! Finn CLAWS eyes, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jey goes to ropes but Finn stomps away! Finn stomps and stomps and stomps, but the ref counts. Finn lets off, but comes back to SLINGBLADE Jey down! Finn aims from the corner while fans boo, but Jey SUPERKICKS first! Jey goes up top and the fans fire up, for the USO- NO, Jey has to roll through as Finn moves!

Finn SHOTGUNS Jey down! Finn hurries up top, COUP- NO, Jey dodges the double stomps! And SPEARS! Jey hurries back up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, Jey wins!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

Montreal bounces for Jey as he bounces back to win this one. But then Priest storms out here and stares down his challenger. They get face to face, the fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” but Priest holds up the world title. Jey looks at the belt, but then JD & Dom ATTACK! Priest is upset, he didn’t want that, but Finn says this is what Judgment Day does, right? They all start mugging Jey, the fans boo and chant for Cody, but Dom kicks Jey out of the ring. Dom then leaps off the apron, but Jey SUPERKICKS him! JD chases Jey down, but Jey sends JD into Finn! Jey goes up into the crowd and the fans cheer. Priest stares Jey down from afar, will Jey YEET that title right off Priest?

The cameras follow Jey backstage tot he pavilion where he high-fives fans and makes his way through to the back exit. The fans all “YEET! YEET!” as he says deuces, uces! Jey goes right outside, and he finds Sami Zayn looking up at the marquee. What’s he doing out here? Sami says over 25 years ago, the first show he ever saw in his life was right here. And now Sami is back here as the champion! Tonight, he walks in the same way he did those 25 years ago: through the front door! The fans cheer and Jey wishes Sami good luck. Sami tells the world if they wanna see the best wrestling city in the world, just follow him.

Sami now walks through the pavilion and he throws stuff around in excitement! The fans are fired up with him, they all high-five and get pictures, and he goes down the same bleachers Jey just came from. Sami is ready to give Montreal the champion they deserve, and even all of Canada by extension! Will Sami create a moment everyone will remember for the rest of their lives? Or will Chad Gable SHOOOOSH them all with a major upset?

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable!

 


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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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