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The King of Strong Style isn’t done with the American Nightmare!

Just when Cody Rhodes was free and clear, Shinsuke Nakamura comes back for revenge, in the first bull rope match on Monday Night Raw in SEVENTEEN YEARS!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: #DIY VS The Creed Brothers VS Imperium VS The New Day; DIY wins and advance to the #1 contender’s match.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Becky Lynch VS Shayna Baszler; Becky wins and advances to Elimination Chamber: Perth.
  • Mixed Tag: Akira Tozawa & Maxxine Dupri VS Ivar & “Valhalla” Sarah Logan; Ivar & Sarah win.
  • The Miz VS JD McDonagh w/ Dominik Mysterio; Miz wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the titles.
  • Bull Rope Match: Cody Rhodes VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Seth Rollins is here!

St. Louis fires up for the Visionary, the Revolutionary, the World Heavyweight Champion, and they sing his song! “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins has a brace on the leg so no competing tonight, but he still gets the mic and revels in the “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins tells St. Louis, “Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!” The fans continue to sing and Rollins smiles. Rollins says this sounds like a pretty big pop to him. Because he is a Visionary, a Revolutionary and “Seth! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS!” Another big pop, how ’bout that? But it has been one hell of a week in the WWE. And after last Friday, Rollins certainly smells what’s cooking.

Fans boo and Rollins is surprised. The fans chant for “CODY! CODY! CODY!” and Rollins senses they want Cody. The fans cheer that! Well, good news for the fans tonight, because Rollins wants Cody, too! And after last Friday, he’s got more questions than answers so Rollins ain’t wasting no more time! Cody Rhodes, c’mon down! And so he does! The fans now cheer on The American Nightmare and sing his song, “WHOA~OH~!” Cody joins Rollins in the ring and gets himself a mic. “So, World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and St. Louis…! What do we wanna talk about?”

Fans chant “ROCKY SUCKS!” and that takes Rollins by surprise. Rollins says he has to be honest, he didn’t think he was ever gonna hear that one. But it has been a hell of a week for Cody. Fans chant “We Want Cody!” and Cody revels in it. The “ROCKY SUCKS!” returns, and Rollins says he’ll cut to the chase. Rollins gets what Cody is going through, he’s been there, but we need answers. Last week, Rollins said his WHC is the most prestigious championship in the entire industry and stands by those words. St. Louis, understand, if Rollins is being perfectly honest, he needs this match as much as Cody does.

Fans boo but Rollins is being real right now. He’s gotta know that he is better than he was the last time they did this dance. He’s gotta know that he is the best! And the only way he can know if he’s the best is if he tests himself against the best, and Cody Rhodes, YOU are the best! Fans cheer that! So let’s cut the crap and let’s have an answer. Is Cody gonna fight Rollins at WrestleMania?! Cody looks around as the fans say “NO! NO! NO!” but then here comes Drew McIntyre! The Scottish Terminator steps on stage, down the ramp, and into the ring. McIntyre gets himself a mic, and he says, “I think I speak on behalf of everybody when I say… What the hell?”

McIntyre laid both men up perfectly for Mania and now they’re gonna screw it all up! Rollins is the only other person that hates CM Punk as much as McIntyre does! Rollins knew how bad Punk would be for the WWE, and McIntyre took him out! They were supposed to be talking about their main event match for the WHC at WrestleMania! Fans seem to like that! McIntyre even had a shirt made! He unzips his hoodie to show the meme! The extra small for Rollins is in the back. But why did Rollins have to get in Cody’s head? And Cody, don’t listen to Rollins! Cody has GOT to #FinishTheStory! McIntyre fakes being dramatic but fans still cheer.

McIntyre says we’ve been talking about it for two years now, and wants Cody to realize all the work he put in on TV, off TV and the media events. Cody EARNED his moment!! Don’t let McIntyre down, don’t let the Rhodes family down, and don’t let the fans all around the world down! McIntyre doesn’t wanna go there, because everyone else already does, but he was close to the man down in Florida Championship Wrestling. Don’t let Dusty down! Cody rolls his eyes and Rollins says hey, don’t be a prick, Drew. What in the world even makes McIntyre think that if Cody doesn’t accept Rollins’ challenge that McIntyre just automatically gets it?

They’ve done the dance twice, and uh, McIntyre lost. McIntyre says we all know there were outside reasons as to why he lost. But is this pot calling kettle black? Didn’t Rollins lose to Cody three times? Then here’s something nice he’ll say. McIntyre heard everything Rollins had to say last week, and everything Roman had to say last Friday. If Rollins is that insecure, McIntyre will tell him personally. Rollins has done an amazing job with the WHC! He worked his ass off every single week to make it mean something, it IS the workhorse title! Ignore Roman, ignore the fans. This is a case where when they fight for Roman’s title, no one “fights” for it, the family gets in the way every time.

Did it to McIntyre, to Cody, to everyone! The WHC is the title of “may the best man win!” Except, y’know, the couple times where stuff screwed McIntyre over, but still. And he has Cody hold on, he’s not done yet. Fans boo that but McIntyre says if Rollins was a real workhorse, he would’ve been shot dead the first time. But 17 injuries later, it is time for someone to do that. Rollins has done an amazing job taking the title this far, but it is time for McIntyre to take it from here. Then McIntyre GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Cody fires off on McIntyre, DECKS him out of the ring, but McIntyre just grins as he gets up.

The fans fire up behind Cody as he defends Rollins, but McIntyre says maybe it SHOULD be Cody who faces Rollins. Will the Scottish Terminator still get what he wants one way or another?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: #DIY VS The Creed Brothers VS Imperium VS The New Day!

We already know Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne await, but now Raw pits the best of its tag division against each other! Will it be Gargano & Ciampa, Julius & Brutus, Vinci & Kaiser or Kofi & Woods that meet British Strong Style this Friday Night SmackDown?

The teams sort out, and just like on SmackDown last Friday, only two teams are legal at a time. Therefore, Ciampa starts against Woods. The fans rally as these two circle, and the chant of “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” echoes out. Ciampa and Woods tie up, Ciampa headlocks, but Woods powers up and out. Ciampa runs Woods over, then things keep moving. Woods hurdles, then DROPKICKS! Woods brings Ciampa up, tags Kofi, and Kofi RAMS into Ciampa! Woods rolls Ciampa for Kofi to SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Kofi wrenches Ciampa, tags Woods, and they hit the speed combo! KICK, LARIAT, SPLASH and FIST DROP! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Woods brings Ciampa up again and wrenches. Tag back to Kofi, he climbs up, and he DOUBLE STOMPS Ciampa’s arm! Kofi scares off Imperium, waistlocks Ciampa but Ciampa elbows free. Things speed up, Kofi hurdles, hurdles, but Ciampa slides to BOOT Kofi! Vinci tags in off Ciampa, but Ciampa DECKS him for it! Kofi DROPKICKS Ciampa but Kaiser POSTS Kofi! Imperium meets at the corner for the DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Kofi is down, Imperium soaks up the heat, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kaiser CLUBS away on Kofi in the ropes! The fans rally, the ref reprimands, and Kaiser lets off. Kaiser keeps Kofi from the corners but Kofi throws body shots! Kaiser CLUBS Kofi down, then brings him up to whip. Kofi goes up and leaps away from Vinci to CLOBBER Kaiser! Both men crawl, hot tags to Vinci and Woods! Woods rallies on Vinci, BLASTS Kaiser, then whips Vinci to LEG LARIAT! Ciampa gets in to whip Woods but Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Julius whips Woods, runs in but into a BOOT! Woods hits the HONOR ROLL! Fans fire up as Woods dodges Vinci to SUPERKICK!

Vinci goes to ropes, Woods runs but Gargano tags in to SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Woods falls out, Brutus runs in! Brutus sends Gargano into Ciampa but DIY stops from colliding. Ciampa then pushes Gargano so he can ELBOW Brutus! Gargano then cravats Brutus, Ciampa gives Gargano the boost, SLICED BREAD! DIY then aim at The Creed Brothers on the outside, DOUBLE PLANCHAS! DIY sit on the apron, they applaud and pat themselves on the backs! But then they turn around and Kofi DOUBLE SHOTGUNS them down! The fans fire up as Kofi builds speed, but Imperium trips him up! Imperium mugs Kofi while fans boo!

But then Gargano DIVES and wipes Imperium out! But Julius goes up and up and SUPER CANNONBALLS onto everyone!! The fans fire up as those five men are down, but then Woods climbs a corner! But Ciampa CHOPS him first! Ciampa throws body shots, climbs up and fireman’s carries Woods, but Woods CLUBS away on Ciampa! Ciampa CLUBS Woods back, the others are brawling, and Ciampa manages the fireman’s carry again! SUPER AIR RAID CRASH onto everyone!!! The fans are losing their minds as all eight men are down at ringside! “This is Awesome!” as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Gargano brawls with Julius while Vinci has Brutus up top. Brutus tries to lift Vinci! Vinci fights that to BACK DROP Brutus onto both Gargano and Julius! But Ciampa then ROCKS Vinci! Ciampa goes up after him, fireman’s carries, but Vinci throws down elbows! Vinci CHOPS Ciampa, then Kaiser joins in. Imperium goes after Ciampa but The New Day join in! They get Imperium, we get a TOWER OF DOOM!! The fans lose their minds over the Double Powerbomb Superplex, but now Brutus climbs! Brutus aims at Kaiser, to MOONSAULT!! Cover, but The New Day breaks it!

The fans rally up again, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Vinci tags in and he LARIATS with Brutus! And they LARIAT again! Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges and BODY CHECKS Brutus! Vinci turns around, into a JUMP KNEE from Julius! But Julius turns around into an ENZIGIRI from Gargano! Kofi swings, misses, and ends up in the schoolboy, but he ducks the kick! FAMOUSER for Gargano! Kaiser DISCUS LARIATS Kofi, but Woods fireman’s carries Kaiser to a GUTBUSTER! Ciampa puts Woods in ropes to V-TRIGGER him down! Ciampa runs, but Brutus POUNCES!! The fans are torn as Brutus turns around, Vinci CROSSBODIES!

But Brutus rolls through! Brutus has Vinci in an ANKLE LOCK!! The fans fire up, but then Kaiser runs in! Julius intercepts, OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Julius kips up, he gets Gargano for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Julius kips up, Kofi is up top! Kofi leaps, but into a clinch and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! But Ciampa jumps on Brutus! Julius drags Ciampa off Brutus, then he blocks Woods’ superkick! DOUBLE OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!!! And the straps come down! Brutus still has Vinci’s leg, but Gargano, Kaiser, and well, EVERYONE attacks the Creeds!! All eight men are down in the ring and the fans are loving it!

Vinci clutches his ankle, “This is Awesome!” as the teams all stir and regroup. Kaiser runs up at Woods to BLAST him down! But Kofi CROSSBODIES Kaiser and himself out! New Day mugs Kaiser, but Vinci LEAPS in! Those four brawl right in front of commentary! Brutus is up top! BRUTUS BALL!! Those five go down and the fans go nuts! Brutus drags Vinci up, puts him in, and Julius is there! Electric Chair but Ciampa tags in before the BRUTUS BALL TOWER! Ciampa KNEES Brutus down! Gargano SUPERKICKS Julius! DIY aims at Vinci! MEET IN THE MIDDLE!!! Cover, DIY WINS!!!

Winners: #DIY, by pinfall (advance to the #1 contender’s match)

The fans give this one a standing ovation, it was an absolute classic! And in the end, the Sicilian Psycho and Johnny Wrestling are heading to SmackDown for a showdown with the Big Strong Boi & Bruiserweight! Will Ciampa & Gargano get another shot at Finn Balor & Damian Priest? Or will it be British Strong Style that faces Judgment Day?

 

Shayna Baszler speaks.

“The last time I was in an Elimination Chamber match, I destroyed everybody in it in order to get to Becky Lynch. But that didn’t go the way I wanted. But tonight, I don’t have to do all that. I get Becky right away, and I can take care of her and tear her apart limb by limb.”

Becky Lynch speaks.

“Last time I fought Shayna Baszler, I wanted to beat her because my title was on the line. But this time, when I face Shayna, I need to beat her because my future is on the line.” The Man is ready, the Queen of Spades is ready, but who proves they are worthy of going to Perth and fighting for a WrestleMania moment? We find out, after the break!

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Becky Lynch VS Shayna Baszler!

Raw returns and Shayna makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally for Becky and Shayna is annoyed, but they tie up. Becky waistlocks but Shayna wrenches. Becky gets around but Shayna again gets the arm. Becky clinches, Shayna hammerlocks, headlocks, but Becky slips out to a headlock. Shayna switches then SLAMS Becky down. Becky moves around, goes for an arm, but Shayna rolls and headlocks. Becky slips out again, still wants the arm, steps over, but Shayna stays up. Becky tries the Oklahoma Roll but Shayna blocks that! Shayna goes for the sleeper but Becky JAWBREAKERS! Becky then victory rolls, TWO!

Becky wants the arm again! Shayna shoves her away and the fans cheer the standoff. Zoey Stark watches as her tag partner circles with Becky. Shayna kicks, Becky dodges but then Shayna dodges back! Becky dodges the Penalty Kick, wants the arm, but Shayna arm-drags! Shayna then KNEES Becky in the corner! The fans boo but Shayna just soaks it up. Shayna stalks Becky, drags her up and around to then SLEEPER! Becky runs to ropes and throws Shayna out! Fans fire up as Becky runs, and she WRECKS Shayna with a dropkick! Becky then aims from the apron, leaps, but into the SLEEPER! Becky fights free but Shayna ROUNDHOUSES her!

Shayna storms up on Becky, puts Becky’s hand inside the steel steps’ handle, and STOMPS! Becky writhes, fans boo but Shayna soaks it all up again as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the forearms are flying! Becky gets the edge but Shayna shoves her. Becky UPPERCUTS, SOBATS and runs, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Shayna! The fans fire up and Becky runs in at the corner to forearm again! Then she clinches, but Shayna fights around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Becky sits up, into the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Becky toughs it out but Shayna taunts the fans, “That’s your hero?!” Shayna gets Becky’s arm, isolates it, but the fans rally up. Becky avoids the stomp! Then she clinches, but Shayna fights the lift! Becky slips around to SLEEPER, but Shayna goes after the arm!

Becky changes sides, but Shayna arm-drags free. Becky runs in but is put on the apron. Becky ROCKS Shayna, goes up, and she leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the DISARM-HER!! Shayna endures, fights up, and shoves Becky into ropes! Becky sputters to the apron, Shayna shakes out her arm, and she runs up, into a KNEE! Becky has Shayna in the ropes, ROUNDHOUSES her, then goes up top! But Shayna GAMANGIRIS first! Then she TOSSES Becky down! Shayna runs up to KNEE Becky again! Cover, TWO!!! Becky survives by nanoseconds and Shayna is beside herself.

Liv Morgan is watching, she has a qualifier next week. The fans rally, Shayna stalks Becky and waistlocks, but Becky throws elbows. Becky switches, Shayna switches, repeat! Becky hits the EYE OF THE STORM! Cover, TWO! Shayna survives and Becky thinks what she has to do. Becky fires herself back up and the fans are with her! Becky wants Shayna to get up, and then she storms up to clinch. But Shayna slips free, rolls Becky and has the ANKLE LOCK!! Becky endures, reaches out, but Shayna drags her back! Becky moves around, goes the other way, and she rolls! Shayna ends up on the apron, Becky hurries to UPPERCUT, SOBAT and fire off furious fists!

The ref counts, Becky lets off to go to the corner. GUILLOTINE- NO, Shayna avoids the leg drop to HOTSHOT the arm! Shayna wraps that arm around the ropes and tuck sit into Becky’s own leotard! Shayna goes up, but Becky gets loose! Becky ROCKS Shayna first, climbs up after her and they brawl! Becky fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then gets Shayna up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through to the ARMBAR! Shayna blocks but Becky breaks the grip! Shayna rolls, gut wrenches and SLAMS Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives again and Shayna sighs in frustration. Shayna storms up and kicks Becky around.

Shayna says Becky can’t beat her and she knows it! But Becky SLAPS her! Shayna returns fire, they slap and slap and chop, then KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Becky flails, reaches out, pushes back to cover, TWO, into the ARMBAR!! Shayna rolls, gut wrenches, but Becky rolls through! She rolls Shayna, dodges the knee, and clinches! MANHANDLE SLAM!! cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (advances to Elimination Chamber)

For the first time ever, Becky will be inside the sinister structure that is THE Elimination Chamber! Will Becky use that massive match to return to the Big Time?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

Cathy Kelley says Liv is in her own qualifying match next week against Zoey Stark, how is Live feeling since her return? Well first, Stark is pretty incredible. “But respectfully… these girls have absolutely nothing to do with my business. And my business has absolutely nothing to do with these girls. I had almost one whole year of my career taken away from me, Cathy Kelley. Now just think about that for a second. That is a really long time. So next week… is about my revenge. And my revenge is about Rhea. Ripley. Watch me.” Liv calls out the Eradicator, will the Road to WrestleMania be headed for ObLIVion?

 

Adam Pearce meets with Drew McIntyre.

The Raw General Manager doesn’t understand what McIntyre is doing, so he wants McIntyre to make it make sense. What is it about “not medically cleared” that McIntyre doesn’t understand? CM Punk isn’t cleared, McIntyre goes after him. The World Heavyweight Champion is out there on one leg, and McIntyre headbutts him! But since McIntyre doesn’t seem to understand “not medically cleared,” how about this? If McIntyre goes home and checks his bank account to find a few zeros are missing, then that means he’s been fined! And if he sees that stupid meme shirt again, Pearce will double it!

What Pearce wants is to maintain some order around here. McIntyre says okay, but instead of shouting at him, why not just do your job? And at this moment, to Pearce’s surprise, Rhea Ripley heads to the ring! McIntyre says she doesn’t look too happy so Pearce should deal with that. Yeah, nice advice. Pearce heads out and McIntyre says at least there’s one strong leader around here.

As for Rhea, the fans fire up as she makes her way to the ring. The Women’s World Champion is taking things into her own hands, and also gets a mic. The fans chant for “MAMI! MAMI!” but Rhea says yeah, Becky Lynch just qualified for the Elimination Chamber. “But I’m not out here to talk about qualifying matches! I’m out here because I want Nia Jax, in this ring, one-on-one, so I can rip her BLOODY HEAD OFF!!” Rhea advises Nia to show up right now so she can fight her! But Pearce says hold on, no, no, no. They both know this is NOT the time for this. Everyone can see Rhea is upset, but this isn’t happening right now.

Fans boo, they wanna see it. Pearce understands what Rhea is after, so here’s what he’s done. He’s giving Nia Jax to Rhea, for the title at Elimination Chamber: Perth. Is that good? Rhea says yes, so Pearce says good, but please, we have to keep the show going. WAIT! Here comes Nia! Rhea grins, Pearce is furious, and he hurries to stop Nia, only for her to blow right past him! Nia ROCKS Rhea, Rhea ROCKS Nia, and Nia bumps into Pearce! Nia and Rhea fire off furious fists, and then Rhea RAMS Nia into the corner! Pearce shouts for security to rush in there! Rhea hammers away on Nia but security pulls her back!

The fans boo, Nia shrieks, then she runs in to CLOBBER them all!! Nia SWATS the security left standing, then shrieks again! The fans boo but Nia goes up the corner! Pearce says no but too late, A-NIA-LATOR!! Nia tells Rhea she’ll see her in Perth! Nia then SLAPS Rhea before soaking up the heat and taking her leave. Is Rhea going to learn to be more careful with what she asks for?

 

Mixed Tag: Akira Tozawa & Maxxine Dupri VS Ivar & “Valhalla” Sarah Logan!

The Alpha Academy’s Stamina Monster and Alpha Queen are ready to represent, but will they be able to settle the score with the Viking Raiders? Or will all their heart and determination be trampled by the raid?

Raw returns as Ivar & Sarah make their entrance. The teams sort out and then all the teams just rush in! Tozawa & Maxxine dodge to DOUBLE SCREW HIGH KICK! Ivar falls out but Sarah stays up, and she kicks Maxxine into the corner! Tozawa rips the shirt open and the fans go wild! Sarah rushes Tozawa, he dodges to then DIVE onto Ivar! Direct hit and down goes Ivar! Sarah whips Maxxine, she goes up and over to sunset flip! Not the cleanest, but still a cover, TWO! ENZIGIRI! Maxxine handsprings to BACK ELBOW! “A THANK YEW~!” Tozawa tags in, he goes up, and he CROSSBODIES, but Ivar catches him!

Maxxine goes up, she CROSSBODIES and topples Ivar! Double cover, but Sarah breaks it! Sarah swings, Maxxine dodges but not the SOUTHPAW! Sarah drags Maxxine out, but Maxxine LARIATS in return! The ladies are down, Ivar runs up to LEG LARIAT OF DOOM! Tozawa flounders, Ivar goes up, but Maxxine asks hey, h old on. But then Sarah gets Maxxine, POP-UP HEADBUTT! But Tozawa GAMANGIRIS Ivar! Tozawa goes up, SUPER SUNSET FLIP- NO, Ivar blocks that one! He kicks Tozawa away, then choke grips, for a deadlift into the SUPER POWERSLAM!! Cover, The Vikings win!

Winners: Ivar & Sarah Logan, by pinfall

The Academy tried the same trick as last time, but it didn’t work out like before. Will nothing stop the raid from storming up the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Judgment Day talks backstage.

Finn Balor looks at the two options in the #1 contender’s match. Pete ‘n’ Tyler, DIY. Pete ‘n’ Tyler, DIY. Doesn’t matter to him who they beat. What about Damian Priest? Priest says it doesn’t matter to him, either. Dom shows up, says hey to everybody, and says Rhea is good, just not happy. Give her some space. JD McDonagh says Rhea will be alright. And Nia’s got her work cut out for her now when Rhea gets her hands on her. Priest says no doubt. Rhea’s got her division on lock, and they’ll continue having theirs on lock. Bet. Tonight, JD handles The Miz.

R-Truth walks in and says que paso! What’re y’all talking about? Priest sighs and Truth apologizes for being late. JD says Truth is so lucky he has a match with Miz, or else he’d wipe the floor with Truth. Truth says JD should wipe the windowsills, those’re getting dusty. Dom keeps JD back and they head out for gorilla. Truth knows what’s going on. He feels bad, but he’s in-in now, right? All that before was a pre-initiation, and last week’s beating was a re-initiation, right? Truth, no! There was no initiation EVER. What planet is he even on? Priest, you deal with this. Finn is out. Truth says Finn must feel bad.

Priest tells Truth… Never mind, make yourself at home. Much obliged, DP! Truth sits down, and sees they got a box of shirts just waiting to be sold. And then he gets an idea. What even is going on with Truth’s Judgment Day status anymore!?

 

The Miz VS JD McDonagh w/ Dominik Mysterio!

The Hollywood A-Lister made the save for Truth but also got beat down, so now he wants his payback! Will Miz trump the Irish Ace? Or will he suffer at the hands of the “Necessary Evil” once again?

Raw returns and Jackie Redmond interviews The Miz at gorilla. After what happened last week, and considering Truth’s “tumultuous” relationship with Judgment Day, how is Miz approaching tonight’s match? Miz knows Truth still believes he is Judgment Day 4 Life, and Miz isn’t sure if that means Truth is crazy or a genius. But one thing about Truth is, he finds that fine line between crazy and genius and that is why we love him, that is why we always have his back. Truth thinks that was an initiation last week, but Miz says that is a declaration of war! The battlelines have been drawn, and the Judgment Day have no idea what’s in store!

Because he is The Miz, and he is…! AWESOME~! The music hits and Miz heads to the ring. The bell rings and Dom distracts Miz so that JD can CLOBBER him! JD drops elbows on Miz, stomps away at the ropes, but he lets off to bring Miz up. JD bumps Miz off buckles, stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. JD whips Miz to ropes, ELBOWS him down, then talks trash. JD drags Miz up, DECKS him, then stalks him to ropes again. JD CHOPS Miz, whips him to ropes, but Miz catches the dropkick! Miz CATAPULTS JD into the buckles! Then Miz runs not LARIAT JD down! The fans fire up as Miz glares at Dom.

Miz stalks after JD, throws knees and has him in a corner. Miz whips corner to corner, JD tumbles up and out then back in, Miz back drops him away! Fans rally, Miz runs up and clotheslines JD up and out! JD flounders around, Miz goes out after him, but he keeps his eyes on Dom. Miz whips JD hard into barriers! JD tumbles up and over into the timekeeper’s aera and Miz storms up. Miz brings JD up to suplex JD to the floor! Miz grins and fans cheer while JD writhes. The ring count climbs, Miz revels in the cheers, and then Miz brings JD up. Miz SMACKS JD off the desk! Miz puts JD in the ring and aims, but Dom creeps up.

Miz BOOTS JD, JD distracts the ref, and Dom grabs at Miz! Fans boo but JD BLASTS Miz into the desk! Fans boo more, and even Michael Cole and Pat McAfee tell Dom he sucks! Dom just shrugs, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Miz throws elbows to get free of a chinlock. JD knees low, whips Miz to a corner, but Miz BOOTS back! Miz runs up, but into an URENAGE and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Dom argues the count but the ref says it was fair. JD drags Miz to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but here comes Truth! The fans fire up as Truth is now being a merchandise seller? He throws the R-Truth edition Judgment Day shirts! The fans cheer as Truth goes along, hands shirts, throws shirts, and so on. JD refocuses, MOONSAULTS, but Miz BOOTS him! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Truth is still going through the crowd!

Miz hurries after JD and throws haymakers! Miz backs JD down, kicks and kicks and kicks in the corner! Miz goes corner to corner as the fans fire up, A-LIST LARIAT! Fans fire up and Truth gives more shirts out. Miz goes up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dom is annoyed by all the things, but Miz fires up to say, “MASSIVE! BALLS!” Full nelson and- NO, JD arm-drags free! JD runs in but Miz TOSSES him out! Miz then WRECKS Dom with a dropkick! And RANAS JD for good measure! Truth has made it ringside while Miz puts JD in. Truth puts a shirt on over Dom’s head! Dom is upset, it’s not his size! Miz BOOTS Dom down!

The fans fire up, Truth is confused, and Miz gets in to get JD up. JD HEADBUTTS Miz back!! Miz falls, JD goes up, and Truth helps Dom back up. JD MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives and Truth calls to JD! Truth brings out JD’s cut! Money money money~! JD grabs the money, figures why not, and then Miz full nelsons! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Miz wins!!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

The money goes flying so Truth hurries to grab it up! Dom argues with Truth about what’s going on! Miz leaves the winner, is Truth’s blend of genius and madness going to be just the thing that tears the Judgment Day down?

 

Imperium meets with Pearce.

Kaiser wants to make absolutely sure, because it is very, very important. Is everything prepared? Pearce says he’ll say it again and much slower: Everything, will be, just as they discussed. Gunther will have a great ceremony, don’t worry about it. It better be, because we are talking OVER 600 DAYS as Intercontinental Champion! This has to be absolutely perfect! It will be just as discussed, Gunther will be more than happy, and if they don’t mind, he needs the room because he has a very important meeting. Speaking of, there’s a knock at the door. And in walks Bron Breakker! Bron smiles at Imperium, Imperium takes their leave.

Pearce welcomes Bron, thanks him for his time, and wants Bron to know that whatever Nick Aldis has promised, he’s overpromised, but Pearce is willing to beat it. They go over the contract, and Bron has a lot to think about. The Wolf Dogs won the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, but is Bron only gonna be in it for himself?

 

WWE followed CM Punk through his week.

It was time for surgery on his triceps. Always a “fun” day. Punk was checked in, went under, and some time later, he was done. Punk knows the hardest part is doing the simplest things. He is in pain, but it is more mental than anything. He can power through physical pain and therapy, it is the mental and emotional that are the challenge. But the Best in the World plans to have the best comeback of all time.

 

Imperium is in the ring.

Fans boo but Ludwig Kaiser has the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen… I demand all your gratitude for the longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion… SIX HUNDRED DAYS of… Derrrrrr RIIING GENERAL~! GUUUNTHERRR~!” And with that, Gunther makes his entrance, and he gets pyro! The fans boo as Gunther is handed the mic, but he just smiles. Gunther says, “To the surprise of absolutely nobody, I’m standing here today, celebrating the jubilee of 600 days as Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. But to be honest, Ludwig, I really appreciate the gesture of setting all of that up. But I don’t want it anymore going forward.

“Because what’s the point? 600 days, 700 days, 800 days. ONE THOUSAND DAYS! All of that is a given anyway! Because one thing will never change, and that is Der Ring General being the greatest and longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time! And the matter of fact is, I’m running out of competition here. There is no man back there that is worthy of challenging me for this great championship. I mean, who is it? You tell me!” “USOOO~!” The fans fire up as Main Event Jey makes his way out! Jey goes to the ring, and even Pat is bouncing along to the beat.

Jey is all fired up as he gets himself a mic, the fans chant “YEET! YEET! YEET!” “Main Event Jey Uso is now in your citaaay~!” Gunther gets it, yeah, it’s fun. Simple gestures for a simple audience. Fans boo the insult but Imperium chuckles. Gunther says the last time they saw each other, Gunther eliminated Jey from the Royal Rumble. So he expected Jey wanted to have a word with Gunther, but this is not the way. This is still a celebration, so this is disrespectful. Fans chant “YEET! YEET!” but Jey says no disrespect, Uce. Gunther’s earned his stripes. We all see the work he’s put in. 600+ days, the longest IC Champion in WWE history, the Ring General, Gunther!

Gunther thanks Jey for that. But he also has to say, Jey is accomplished himself. One of the most decorated tag team champions of all time. “Yeet!” Jey was part of the best tag team in WWE history. “Yeet!” Heck, Jey even holds the record for longest reigning tag team champions of all time. “YEET!” And best of all, Jey only had to put in 50% of the work! Fans boo that and Jey says Gunther’s got jokes. But see, this is why Gunther is confused. Unlike Jey, Gunther achieved all of this doing ALL the work, on his own. Fans boo that, but Jey says that just means Gunther’s about to get 100% of this work then! Fans cheer that!

Jey says, “Allow me to reintroduce myself! They call me UUUUSO~! 1000+ days as tag team champ! First tag team to main event WrestleMania! And uh oh, it’s 2024! First singles champion, and if you want Jey to be the NEW Intercontinental Champion, then let me hear ya say ‘YEET!'” “YEET!” The fans want it, Jey wants it, and Imperium is confused. Gunther says good for Jey. After 15 YEARS, Jey finally has the guts to step out of the shadow of his family to achieve something for himself. So Gunther will put it plain and simple: Jey is not the first and he won’t be the last that wants to ride on Gunther’s coattails.

But when Gunther beats Jey, he will beat him worse than his own family ever did! Gunther will beat Jey so bad, he’ll wish for the good ole days where fans couldn’t tell Jey & Jimmy apart! Fans boo but Gunther mocks “Uce!” then shoves Jey! Jey TACKLES Gunther! Imperium jumps on Jey, they mug him, but here comes The New Day! Woods & Kofi run Imperium off, their own issues still not settled! Woods says it is 3v3 now, let’s go! When and where will we see that match? And will we see Gunther VS Jey at WrestleMania?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

“Cody, you want to fight me so badly, fine. You chose a Bull Rope Match because you thought it’ll bring you an advantage. But the only thing it will do is bring embarrassment to your family name when I beat you in the match your family made famous. That is what you will get from this match. Pain. Loss. Shame. I see people saying, ‘We Want Cody~.’ But no, no, no, no. want Cody!” The King of Strong Style will get Cody, but will he regret not leaving well enough alone?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The Empress of Tomorrow & Pirate Princess are back on their thrones after winning these titles a couple weeks ago, but the former champions are looking to keep the party going. Will KC Squared be better prepared this time? Or is no one ever ready for Asuka & Kairi?

Raw returns as the Kabuki Warriors make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if DMG CTRL still has control!

The teams sort out and Katana starts against Asuka. The bell rings, the two circle and the fans rally. They tie up, Asuka throws Katana away and then taunts her. Katana comes back, dodges Asuka and fires forearms! Katana runs, but Asuka dodges to then CLOBBER Katana! The rest of the Raw Women’s Tag Division watches as Asuka stomps Katana around. Asuka kicks Katana, taunts her, and pie faces her over an dover. Asuka smothers Katana into the mat but the ref counts. Asuka lets off, she drags Katana up and talks trash, but Katana SLAPS her! Asuka says okay, and she gives Katana some Kawada Kicks!

Asuka throws Katana by her hair, then stalks her. Katana fights the waistlock, slips under then goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! Roll-up, TWO! SOBAT and Asuka backs away! Katana runs up, Asuka dodges but Kayden tags in. Asuka runs back up, Katana dodges the hip attack to KICK Asuka! Kayden drags Asuka out, Kairi goes after Kayden, but Katana WRECKS the Kabuki Warriors with a dropkick! Kayden then sends Asuka into Kairi, and Katana runs in for the ALLEY-OOP ATTACK! Down go the Kabuki Warriors! Katana says those titles are coming back home with them, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Kairi drags Kayden over. Asuka tags in. the Kabuki Warriors double whip to bypass, KICK, AX KICK, BULLDOG and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps on Kayden while the other teams are still watching. Asuka keeps Kayden from Katana, Kayden fires forearms! Asuka ROCKS Kayden, whips her to an open corner, then runs up. Kayden BOOTS Asuka, dodges Kairi, then dodges Asuka! Kairi hurries to tag in and climb up! FLYING KABUKI- NO, Kayden avoids the elbow to then GAMANGIRI! Kayden crawls, but Kairi anchors her by a leg! Kairi drags Kayden away but Kayden BOOTS her! Hot tag to Katana!

Katana trips Kairi, BLASTS Asuka, then BULLDOGS Kairi! Fans rally, Katana ducks ‘n’ dodges to SHOTGUN! Kairi ends up in a corner, Katana stomps a mudhole in! Katana roars, the fans fire up, and she A-LIST LARIATS! Katana puts Kairi in ropes, KNEES her, then goes up! GUILLOTINE DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and Katana grows frustrated. Katana hauls Kairi up, whips her to ropes, but Kairi holds ropes and Asuka tags! Kairi BOOTS Katana, Asuka hits the CODE BREAKER! BLOCKBUSTER added on! The fans boo but the DOUBLE SLIDING FOREARM hits! Cover, TWO!!

Katana survives but Asuka coordinates with Kairi. Asuka hauls Katana up but Katana fights the lift! She trips and jackknife bridges, TWO! Katana BLASTS Kairi, dodges Asuka and RAMS her! Katana whips, Asuka reverses but Katana reverses back! Katana blocks the boots, ROCKS Asuka and has her in the ropes. Tag to Kayden, and Katana runs corner to corner for the ALLEY-OOP METEORA! Katana then goes up, Kayden sets Asuka up, AFTER PARTY!! Cover, KAIRI BREAKS IT! Fans boo but Katana TOSSES Kairi! Kayden drags Asuka around and wants to go for more! Tag to Katana and she goes up!

But Kairi trips Kayden! The Keg Stand crashes ‘n’ burns! Kairi then sends Kayden into steel steps! Asuka runs up to BUZZSAW Katana! Tag to Kairi, she climbs and Asuka dragon sleepers, In-SANE DDT!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Asuka & Kairi ruined the party before, and they ruined the party again! But will nothing stop DMG CTRL from having control of the gold?

 

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

It was before the show began that they sat in the bleachers to talk. It is no secret that Sami’s faced adversity lately. He was in the stands since arriving, what is going on in his mind? And how much of it involves Drew McIntyre? Sami says he has been thinking a lot, and some of it has to do with McIntyre. He’s had a great year, and he remembers back to this time just last year. The period between the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber, the biggest match of Sami’s career, facing Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship in his hometown. Cinderella story, he comes up a little short. He’s learned to not let that eat him up.

But then there was a conversation he had after that match that he can’t get out of his head. Triple H pulled him aside, saw Sami was down, but said he had nothing to be down about. Sami gave the performance of his life out there. Sami is Rocky Balboa, the underdog. Rocky overcame all these obstacles, and sure he lost in Rocky 1, but he goes the distance, makes a name for himself. That is what Sami did that night. And Sami wants us to know, in the ring, he will fight like that every single night. Really, he will give 100% of himself every single time, like it is life or death, because it is for him. If he doesn’t feel alive in the ring, he might as well be dead.

Sami will fight like an underdog, but he isn’t just an underdog anymore. He is a contender now. And he is a contender who will be champion again. Then what is it about being champion? Is there part of him that feels he has something to prove? Yeah, of course. Part of him wants to prove it to himself, but he also wants to prove it to the people in these seats, proving it to them. Proving that they didn’t believe in Sami for nothing. They have believed in him, so he wants to prove they are right for doing so. That is what this is about now. Jackie thanks Sami for his time, will Sami have his time at the top soon enough?

 

Bull Rope Match: Cody Rhodes VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Fourteen feet of braided rope, a cast-iron cowbell in the middle, and no rules holding them back! That is what this match has, but what this match means is the American Nightmare continuing a legacy and the King of Strong Style looking to end it. Nakamura attacked Cody out of nowhere at a house show over the weekend, will he make sure Cody falls with the entire world watching? Or will nothing keep Cody from finishing his story?

Fans sing along with Cody’s song for his entrance, but they also sing along with Nakamura’s song for his entrance. The ref straps the bull rope onto Cody’s wrist, and then onto Nakamura. Nakamura gathers up the slack already but the ref has him hold on. The strap is secure, Nakamura tosses the slack to Cody, and then ROUNDHOUSES Cody down! The fans boo but Nakamura fires off knees! The bell rings and this is on record now as Nakamura grins. Fans boo more but Nakamura paces around. Cody staggers to his feet, and he kicks low to RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody and Nakamura fire forearms and the fans fire up!

Cody whips, kitchen sink knees, then shakes the cowbell! The fans cheer for that but Nakamura bails out. Cody pursues, and pulls on the rope to remind Nakamura there’s no leaving! Cody then YANKS Nakamura into the barriers! Cody rains down fists right in front of the fans, the fans fire up, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Cody uses the rope to YANK Nakamura into a post! The fans fire up as Cody YANKS Nakamura back in! Nakamura falls back, but Cody uses the rope to drag Nakamura to his feet, and YANK him in again! Cody gets in the ring, reels Nakamura in like a fish, and then headlocks for a punch! Fans fire up with Cody, Cody runs, but Nakamura YANKS the rope to mess up the springboard! Nakamura stalks Cody, stomps him around, then drags him up. Nakamura bumps Cody off buckles, KICKS him in the corner, then KICKS him again. Cody staggers to a corner, the fans rally, but Nakamura gives Cody BAD VIBRATIONS~!

Nakamura paces but Cody goes outside. But Nakamura YANKS Cody into the apron! Nakamura drags Cody back in, he stands on Cody’s hand, then drops a knee on Cody’s head! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is annoyed but he kicks Cody around. Nakamura stands on Cody’s neck, talks trash, but Cody powers up! Nakamura stomps him back down! Nakamura gathers up the slack to LASH Cody! Then he fireman’s carries Cody to put him on the top rope. Nakamura CLUBS Cody, runs back in, and hits the TOP SHELF KNEE! Cody falls, Nakamura covers, TWO! Nakamura paces around, kicks at Cody, and then KICKS Cody!

Cody grits his teeth but Nakamura KICKS again! The fans rally for Cody but Nakamura kicks, only for Cody to block! Nakamura ENZIGIRIS! Nakamura runs but Cody dropkicks the legs out! Cody steps through, FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~!” and Nakamura endures! Nakamura reaches out, grabs the cowbell and CRACKS Cody! Cody lets go of the hold but both men are down as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Cody fights up out of a headlock. But Nakamura knees low, reels Cody in, and back suplexes, only for Cody to land on his feet! Cody waistlocks, Nakamura elbows free then runs, but Cody follows to CLOBBER Nakamura! Cody goes to a corner, he baits Nakamura in and dodges, SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up with Cody, and he runs to springboard, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is still in this but Cody fires off haymakers. Cody whips Nakamura but Nakamura reverses, then blocks boots to put Cody in the ropes! ROUNDHOUSE and SLIDING GERMAN!

Fans boo but Nakamura storms back in to KNEE Cody in the side! And again! And again! Nakamura paces around, opens up the shirt and he takes aim. KIN- SUPERKICK! Cody then springboards, CODY CUTTER!! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Cody rises, fires off forearms but so does Nakamura! They go back and forth, harder and harder, and the fans rally! Nakamura fires a strike fest, but Cody blocks the kick to CLUB the leg! Cody JABS, JABS, JABS, then flips, flops and- NO, Nakamura kicks low! But Cody avoids the Ax Kick! BIONIC ELBOW! But Nakamura PELES! The rope might’ve been involved in it, too!

Nakamura drags Cody up and reels him in, INVERTED EXPLODER! Nakamura then aims from the corner, runs in, but Cody rolls him up! And rolls through to underhook, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Cody is beside himself! Cody grabs the cowbell! Fans fire up as he shakes it up, and then aims at Nakamura! Nakamura rises, but he uses the RED MIST!! Cody flails blindly while fans boo, but Nakamura clamps on! Cody snapmares free! Dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES!! Cody finds Nakamura, covers, TWO!!! Nakamura survives and Cody is stunned! Cody wipes the mist from his face and stands back up.

Cody storms up on Nakamura but Nakamura CRACKS him with the cowbell again! And again! And again! And again! Then KIN- NO, the cowbell was Cody’s shield! Nakamura hobbles, kicks, but Cody ducks it! ROPE YANK LOW BLOW!! And then a YANK to throw Nakamura around, into the CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The American Dream is surely smiling down on his son after this one! Cody finally puts an exclamation point on this chapter with Nakamura, and surely he’ll be in Las Vegas for this Thursday’s WrestleMania Press Event. WAIT! McIntyre CLOBBERS him from behind!! The Scottish Terminator rains down fists and elbows while the fans boo, but there’s nothing that can stop McIntyre! He aims from a corner, CLAYMORE!!! McIntyre looks up at the WrestleMania sign, is he planning to do Cody like he did to CM Punk?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here, even with them following up the moment on SmackDown that was head-scratching for some and infuriating for others. I do want to note that when it came to the World Heavyweight Championship and Universal Championship situation, commentary was doing their best to smooth it over by saying nothing was official and that this week’s press event in Vegas would be where it is all hashed out. At the same time, that means nothing, it surely does feel like they’re still defaulting to Cody VS Rollins and Roman VS Rock, and clearly everyone in St. Louis was of the mindset that this is a dumb move.

To that point, Cody and Rollins did their best to handle the fans chanting what they wanted to about “We Want Cody (VS Roman)” and “Rocky Sucks!” I also really liked Drew McIntyre voicing those opinions of the fans not liking this change, while still riding that line of being sarcastic and passive aggressive. Also, I really like that McIntyre made the meme into a shirt, I hope WWE sells copies of that to make some serious money. McIntyre beating up Rollins and brawling with Cody, then arguing with Pearce, and then of course attacking at the end of the night, I would hope we get McIntyre VS Cody on the road to Cody VS Rollins, with McIntyre hoping to use that as his way to the title.

Cody VS Nakamura in the Bull Rope Match was great stuff, too, and of course Cody won. Not sure where Nakamura goes from here, outside of perhaps getting in on a Men’s Elimination Chamber match of some sort. Maybe there will be one to determine a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship. Jey getting in on Gunther’s “celebration” was a good promo to tease that match, but Gunther obviously isn’t gonna just give Jey the match so Jey has to earn it. Winning the Chamber would be a great singles win for Jey to then get his title match, which could also be an even greater win for Jey.

And speaking of that segment, great set up for a Six Man Tag of Imperium VS Jey & New Day, too, that’ll be a lot of fun. I also like that Bron got to join in during Imperium’s meeting with Pearce to plug his story. I almost want Bron to do a Steiner Math promo on the three brands, aka “THEY SAY ALL BRANDS ARE CREATED EQUAL!” Bron & Corbin are headed for the tag titles but Bron is also being courted by Raw and SmackDown, we could get some interesting story stuff across the entire week of WWE programming with this.

Awesome Fatal 4 Way Tag, and while everyone got a great showing, I do like that it’s DIY winning out. Ciampa & Gargano VS Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne is most certainly about two of HHH’s favorite teams facing off, but I’m not complaining because that match is going to be awesome stuff and both sides deserve something big. But DIY just had their shot, so I would love seeing British Strong Style win to move on to WrestleMania for their big moment. In a perfect world, Trent Seven would get to come back for full British Strong Style so that Seven could counter Judgment Day’s extra guys, but Seven only just signed with TNA Impact back in December.

The Mixed Tag was a little disappointing because it was over so quickly. But I figured Ivar & Sarah would win, and this probably gives Ivar momentum going into the potential Men’s Chamber match. Really good Women’s Tag Title match, about the same as the previous, but I wish the fans got a bit more fired up at the start. They were booing Asuka & Kairi being they’re the Heels, and that is good, but I wish they’d been doing that more to show they were still awake out there.

And once again, great stuff from Judgment Day all night. Rhea VS Nia for the title at Elimination Chamber makes sense, as that leaves the Women’s Chamber match to determine a WrestleMania opponent. Becky VS Shayna was awesome stuff tonight, and of course Becky wins. Liv has a good promo, and maybe it’s just me but she leaned into the crazy girl stuff a little much there. But Liv VS Stark will be a really good match next week, and I would think Liv wins. Not sure who else is getting in this match with quite a few women in the tag division right now. Unless… Jade Cargill makes her return to action? That’d be pretty cool.

And pun not intended but awesome stuff with Miz, Truth and the Judgment Day boys. Another hilarious promo where Truth still doesn’t get that he isn’t actually part of Judgment Day, and then Priest just letting him stay because it’s easier than beating him up again. And then of course Truth finds a way to cost JD McDonagh against Miz. Maybe Awesome Truth isn’t so much getting a title match with Judgment Day but a grudge match with like JD & Dom. Either way, Truth being the comedic genius he is, a national treasure in pro-wrestling, he deserves to be part of WrestleMania somehow, and that’d be a fun way to get there.

My Score: 8.8/10


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The New Beginning comes to an end!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

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

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Can Papa Gunn breathe with the Switchblade?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

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

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

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

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

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

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

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

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

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

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

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

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

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

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

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

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

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

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

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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