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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/16/24)

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FINALLY… The Rock has come back to SmackDown!

SmackDown is truly must-see, and not just because The Miz faces Logan Paul, but because Roman Reigns AND The Rock will both be here!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Kevin Owens VS Dominik Mysterio; Kevin wins and advances to Elimination Chamber: Perth.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Tiffany Stratton VS Zelina Vega; Tiffany wins and advances to Elimination Chamber: Perth.
  • The Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering VS Javier Bernal & Beau Morris; The AOP win.
  • Men’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Logan Paul VS The Miz; Logan wins and advances to Elimination Chamber: Perth.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Naomi VS Alba Fyre; Naomi wins and advances to Elimination Chamber: Perth.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Rock arrives backstage!

Dwayne Johnson pulls up in his own truck and finishes an energy drink as he heads inside. Will Salt Lake City smell what The Rock is cooking up for WrestleMania?

 

Men’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Kevin Owens VS Dominik Mysterio!

The Prizefighter may not be United States Champion, but he’s looking to go for something bigger and better! Will KO #JustKeepFighting until he’s facing World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? Or will Dirty Dom get to be more than just Mami’s plus one in Perth?

Dom has a mic as he makes his entrance but fans boo. Dom says “Judgment Day has a huge…” The boos are so loud, he starts again. “The Judgment Day is gonna dominate! Finn & Damian are gonna…!” Kevin acts like he can’t hear Dom over the crowd. Dom says Finn & Priest are gonna retain their Undisputed WWE Tag Team titles, and Mami Rhea is gonna stay Women’s World Champion! And then he, Dirty Dom, will win Elimination Chamber to complete the sweep! The fans get louder, Dom throws the mic away, and he gets in the ring. The bell rings, he and Kevin circle. They tie up, and Kevin headlocks.

Fans cheer, Dom pries at the hold, and he wrenches to a headlock back. The fans boo but Kevin powers his way up and out. Kevin RAMS Dom, neither falls, so Kevin dares Dom to do something. Dom runs, Kevin dodges and runs Dom over! Dom flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up! Dom shakes out his arms while Kevin eggs him on. The count starts but Dom slides in at 3 of 10. Dom kicks, Kevin blocks, and Kevin spins Dom around to kick and headlock. Dom powers up and out but Kevin runs him over again! Things keep moving, Dom hurdles but Kevin is ready to arm-drag! Dom flounders to a corner and fans boo.

Kevin frowns while Dom paces around on the outside. Dom slides back in, kicks Kevin low then headlocks. Kevin powers up and out, then drops, but Dom ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dom gets Kevin with an arm-drag then DROPKICKS him! Dom flexes but fans boo, and then Kevin CLOBBERS Dom! The fans fire up again and Kevin clotheslines Dom up and out! Kevin builds speed and he… has to stop as Dom moves out of the way. Kevin grabs at Dom but Dom drags Kevin out to SMACK him off the apron! And again! Dom whips, Kevin reverses but Dom stops from hitting steps! So Kevin DECKS him!

Kevin puts Dom in the ring, but wait! R-Truth appears from under the ring!? Truth argues with Kevin about something, and Dom WRECKS Kevin with a dropkick! Dom SMACKS Kevin off the desk, then RAMS him into the steel steps! Dom puts Kevin in, Truth shouts at Dom about how he was talking to Kevin! Dom hits a slingshot SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kevin is still in this and Truth asks where Miz was on Monday! Truth’s confusion aside, Dom stands tall and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Truth is in “Miz’s” corner as Dom has a chinlock on. Kevin endures and the fans rally up. Dom leans on Kevin, Truth coaches Kevin up, and Kevin fights up to his feet. Kevin throws body shots, then forearms! Kevin reels Dom in to back suplex, but Dom lands out of it to hit an EDGE O’MATIC! Cover, TWO! Kevin toughs it out as Dom goes Rated R there. Dom stalks Kevin, throws his shirt at Truth and tells him to leave, then he drags Kevinn up. Dom throws hands, but Kevin hits back! The fans rally as the forearms keep going, then Kevin BOOTS Dom! Kevin counter punches Dom and backs him down!

Kevin whips, Dom reverses but Kevin kicks back! Kevin reels Dom in, short arm LARIAT! Truth fires up for Kevin/Miz and the fans are with him! Kevin rises, storms up on Dom, and counter punches more! Kevin HEADBUTTS away on Dom, stomps him at the ropes, then stomps a mudhole in, but lets off as the ref counts. Dom flops out of the ring, Kevin goes out to LARIAT! Kevin asks if the fans got a good shot of that. Then SENTON! The fans fire up as Kevin drags Dom up and into the ring. Kevin sees Dom go to a corner, and Kevin says “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! The fans fire up as Kevin goes up the corner!

Kevin aims, and he FROG SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and shocks Salt Lake City! Truth says Miz is bringing business, and Kevin storms up on Dom. Kevin whips, POP-UP, but Dom slips free! Dom kicks and hits a X-FACTOR! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up for Kevin but Dom hauls him back up. Dom suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Dom hits Dos Amigos! The fans boo more and Truth gives thumbs down, but Kevin stops Three Amigos! Kevin suplexes up and over, for HIS Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! And then Dom stops Three Amigos, to hit a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives but Dom hurries up a corner!

Dom aims, leaps, FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Kevin moves! The fans fire up as Kevin climbs again! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Dom survives again and even Truth can’t believe it! Truth coaches “Miz” up, “This is Awesome!” as both men rise. Dom stops Stunner to SUPERKICK! Kevin ends up on ropes and Dom dials it up! Fans boo but the 619 hits! Cover, TWO!!! Kevin survives and Dom is furious! Dom tells Truth to get him a chair! Truth wants to be Judgment Day, right? Truth says he’s not in Judgment Day! Dom says yes he is! Truth goes over to get a chair, but the fans say don’t do it!

Truth walks back over, and just takes a seat! The fans cheer as Truth remembers reality this time! Dom runs up on Kevin, but into a SUPERKICK! And then a whip, POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall (advances to the Elimination Chamber)

The fans cheer as Dirty Dom doesn’t get what he wants, he gets what he deserves! The Prizefighter is in, will he get a massive win on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Kayla Braxton is with the Scottish Terminator, noting Kevin qualifying for the Elimination Chamber, but McIntyre says he doesn’t care who else gets in. It’ll be a lot of top superstars who all want to win, but there is only one superstar that needs to win. Not just for himself, but for Raw, the people, the World Heavyweight Championship itself. The Savior of WrestleMania is Drew McIntyre! Four years ago, his moment was stolen away, and for what? But then in walks LA Knight! “I need this, I need that, whatever! LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight says McIntyre’s going on because of this and that, his moment being stolen, whatever.

LA Knight says McIntyre’s moment will be stolen one more time at Elimination Chamber, courtesy of the man they call The Mega Star, with everybody saying L A KNIGHT, YEAH! McIntyre says Knight’s good. But all this bravado and personality, McIntyre sees through him. It comes from a place of insecurity, and Knight should be insecure. As much as the fans are behind him now, as entertaining as he is now, when that bell rings, that is when Knight loses them. He needs to produce results, titles, or else the fans will turn on you. Just look at McIntyre’s resume! It’s stacked! Knight says good thing he brought that up, and thanks for the advice, old timer.

Here’s how Knight sees it. When he sees that resume, McIntyre talks about being champion, but he hasn’t been a champion of anything since Knight’s shown up! Matter of fact, losing the people? That’s what McIntyre has done the last two years! But tell ya what, Knight thinks this is a cute little shirt, but there’s room on that tombstone for one more name. CM Punk, and DM Hunk! McIntyre’s aspirations will be buried all the same! And there he goes, right to the jokes. No, this is him being serious. Refs get in to keep this from escalating, but Knight says they’re just talking. These two will do more than just talk inside the Chamber, will either survive inside the structure?

 

Roman Reigns arrives backstage.

The Tribal Chief is welcomed by Paul Heyman and Jimmy Uso. Roman gives Jimmy a hug, which is surprising to everyone. Roman says they’re gonna go fix everything that Jey messed up. Jimmy is feeling good about it now! Jimmy & Solo follow Roman & Heyman inside, will The Bloodline look to write their story over Cody Rhodes’?

 

Logan Paul also arrives backstage.

The Maverick has his entourage and the US Championship, but he’s clearly wanting more. Will Logan get another win off The Miz as he heads for WrestleMania? Or will SmackDown actually be awesome?

 

Backstage interview with British Strong Style.

Kayla is with Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne and says Pete’s really turned around since reuniting with Tyler. With all their recent success, how do they plan on continuing that against Finn & Priest at Elimination Chamber? Pete says y’know what? Things are going great. Last week was living proof. All that’s left is for Bruiserweight & Big Strong Boi to do is walk into Perth, slap Judgment Day about, and then walk out with the tag titles. “Oh, Peter, my chum,” Tyler says, “that’s music to my ears, mate.” And they have been doing so well recently that he feels a new team name! So what’s about this? New Catch Republic!

Bate is sure Dunne loves it, he can see it in the eyes! Because these two are about to revolutionize this tag team division, but first up is unbelievable- Dom storms in and tells them to shut up! Bate & Dunne can’t beat any two members of the Judgment Day, let alone Finn & Priest! Bate says then let’s test that. Next week: Bate & Dunne VS Dom & R-Truth. Truth isn’t part of Judgment Day! You should know that! Dunne says jog on, muppet. Then it’ll be Dom & JD. Will #NewCatchRepublic have a win over one half of Judgment Day before getting the other?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Tiffany Stratton VS Zelina Vega!

The Spoiled Rich Girl wants to still be the Center of the Universe, even here on SmackDown. However, La Muneca isn’t just some stepping stone. Will the former Queen of the Ring put the brat in her place? Or will Wrestling Barbie be headed to Australia?

SmackDown returns and Tiff makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Tiff waistlocks then shoves Vega away. Tiff mocks Vega, Vega runs up and waistlocks. Tiff powers Vega to a corner, elbows free, but Vega elbows back! Vega goes up to RANA Tiff away! Fans fire up but Tiff stands to knee low. Tiff scoops Vega to SLAM her, then gloats. Tiff runs but Vega avoids the stomps to sweep the legs! Vega then baits Tiff to put her on the apron, and she KNEES Tiff down! Vega goes out to get Tiff, but Tiff whips. Vega reverses to send Tiff into the apron! Vega goes up the apron to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up with Vega as she goes back up.

Vega goes to the corner and climbs, to then ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Tiff and the fans are even more fired up! Vega waits in the ring, but she spots Legado Del Fantasma watching in the crowd. They wave hi and that frustrates Vega, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Vega fights up out of a chinlock. The fans rally, and the LWO walks out here to counter Legado being ringside. Vega fires body shots and forearms and the fans fire up! Tiff knees low, but she sees the scene being made. She suplexes, but Vega hits STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Tiff staggers, swings, Vega dodges to CLOBBER Tiff! Vega drop toeholds Tiff to ropes, then dials it up, but Tiff swings! Vega dodges, comes back, and tilt-o-whirl DDTS! The fans fire up as Vega covers, TWO! Tiff survives and Santos likes that. Vega hurries to CLUB Tiff, go up a corner, and then leaps, but Tiff dodges!

Tiff kicks low, runs, and cartwheels into the Alabama SLAM! High stack, TWO!! Vega survives and the LWO is relieved. Tiff scowls, then drags Vega to a drop zone. Tiff goes up and- NO, Vega anchors her! Tiff kicks Vega away but then Vega 619s the legs out! Tiff hits off buckles, Vega goes up, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! The fans fire up and Tiff flops out of the ring. Vega hurries out after Tiff, but Tiff knee slow! Tiff whips Vega hard into barriers! But Vega hits back! Lopez stands up to taunt Vega, La Muneca DRAGS La Madrina into ringside! Vega ROCKS Lopez, hurries back, but Tiff KICKS Vega in the ropes!

Tiff reels Vega in, SKY HIGH! And then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, Tiff wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall (advances to the Elimination Chamber)

Vega let her grudge get the better of her, Legado ends up with the moral victory here! Will the LWO get payback on Legado soon enough? Meanwhile, Tiff is moving on to Perth, will she then continue down the road to Philadelphia?

 

The OC meets backstage.

AJ Styles sulks and the others just want to talk with him. Karl Anderson doesn’t get why the others care so much. Clearly Styles has forgotten where he came from. Styles storms up into Karl’s face and pushes him! Karl pushes back, so Styles SLAPS him! Styles says HE didn’t forget nothing! Karl says if Styles was anyone else… Oh, is that what’s holding him back? Gallows has Karl cool off and Styles storms off. What is happening to the Phenomenal One that he’s treating his Good Brothers so badly?

 

The Final Testament talks strategy backstage.

Paul Ellering is getting his Authors of Pain on the same page, Akam & Rezar have their return to in-ring action here tonight! Who will suffer their wrath in the Street Profits’ place?

 

Damage Control speaks.

Iyo Sky tells Bayley, “You like to pretend like our success is all because of you. But you’re wrong. Damage Control may have started with your vision, but we made it what it was. We became champions because we are strong. Bayley, I’m not the same superstar your brought to SummerSlam a few years ago. You think you can choose to face me at WrestleMania and win? It’s Iyo’s Era! And it’ll stay that way when I embarrass you on the Grandest Stage of Them All.” Asuka calls out Dakota Kai, saying, “If you think you can turn on us with no consequences, then you’re just a stupid as Bayley!”

Kairi warns them to sleep with one eye open, because they’re coming for you! “No one is ready for Damage Control.” The Evil Genius, the Empress of Tomorrow and the Pirate Princess hold all the gold, but will they keep it all under control?

 

The Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering VS Javier Bernal & Beau Morris!

Akam & Rezar are ready to destroy on behalf of the Final Testament. Will they do just that on the Road to WrestleMania? Or will #BigBodyJavi and his buddy find a way to survive the apocalypse?

The teams sort out, Akam starts against Javi and then just CLOBBERS him! Akam hauls Javi up, clinches, and hits an EXPLODER! Javi ends up in the corner, tag to Rezar. Javi BLASTS Beau, Rezar helps drag the big man up and over for a SLAM! Rezar CLUBS away on Beau, then storms back over to tag Akam. The AOP get Javi & Beau up, for the SUPER COLLIDER!! That’s not it?! Suplex for Javi into DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, AOP wins!

Winners: The Authors of Pain, by pinfall

Well, back to NXT for Javi & Beau, with a stop by the medic’s for good measure. The AOP is continuing where they left off, will they and Karrion Kross destroy all that stand in their way?

 

Backstage interview with Logan Paul.

Byron Saxton is with “THE WWE United States Champion,” and notes this is his first match on SmackDown. Yes, absolutely right, first-ever live television match. So you’re welcome. To Byron, to the fans, you’re all welcome. Get on your phones, your computers, log on to X or whatever “peons” do, and get #ThankYouLogan trending, because tonight, you get to see him knock out Miz live on SmackDown! The only champion in the qualifying matches, he will qualify, go on to Australia, then win the Chamber. Then mark his words, he will rematch Rollins at WrestleMania to become World Heavyweight Champion.

And y’know what that’ll make Logan? WWE’s newest Double Champion. Logan Paul: Double Champ. He likes how that sounds. But will he make that one step closer to a reality? We find out, after the break.

 

Catering is brought to the Bloodline suite.

Seems The Tribal Chief is in a really good mood to be sitting down for a meal. Is this just another sign of the Bloodline preparing something big for tonight?

 

Men’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Logan Paul VS  The Miz!

The Maverick wants a rematch with The Visionary, but he’s got a rematch with the Hollywood A-Lister first. Will Logan do Miz like he did him the last time they met? Or will Miz win the sequel like he’s Rocky Balboa?

The bell rings and the fans rally as Miz and Logan circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and Logan powers Miz to a corner. Logan lets off, pokes Miz in the forehead, but Miz kicks low! Miz headlocks. Logan powers up and out but Miz runs him over! Miz checks a point on the board, then things speed up. Logan hurdles, but Miz catches him for an atomic drop! Miz CHOPS Logan off his feet, and the fans fire up as he storms around. Miz drags Logan up, bumps him off buckles, then whips corner to corner. Logan reverses, runs up, but is put on the apron. Logan ROCKS Miz, goes up a corner, and leaps to CROSSBODY!

Logan then stands up to STANDING MOONSAULT! #CrossMoonCombo, but Miz gets his knees up! Miz and Logan scrap on the mat, Miz gets a cover, TWO! Logan flounders to ropes, Miz runs up, but he blocks the boot! Miz puts the leg in the ropes, KICKS it, then runs side to side to DROPKICK the leg! Logan hobbles, Miz KICKS the other leg out! The fans fire up, Miz BASEMENT BOOTS! Cover, TWO! The fans chant “LOGAN SUCKS!” and Miz nods. We see Nick Aldis has some VIP guests in the skybox: Liv Morgan and Bianca Belair, who have already qualified; Bron Breakker, who may or may not sign with SmackDown; and Jade Cargill, who is also a hot free agent still!

Miz drags Logan up, whips him to ropes, but Logan KICKS back! Miz runs up, but into a fireman’s carry! Logan grins, ROLLING SENTONS, then he hobbles. The bad leg is holding him back but he snarls as he storms back up on Miz. Logan UPPERCUTS Miz, UPPERCUTS again, then UPPERCUTS again! Logan fires off more shots, then UPPERCUTS Miz off his feet! Logan grins but fans boo as he runs, SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Logan is annoyed as Miz goes to a corner, and he storms over. Logan CHOPS, then CHOPS again! Logan talks trash, CHOPS again, then swings, but Miz dodges!

Miz CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Logan shoves Miz away but Miz dodges to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! The “It Kicks” keep coming as Miz fires off on Logan in the corner! Miz lets off, the fans fire up, and Miz runs back in, A-LIST LARIAT! Miz shoves Logan down, the fans fire up more, and Miz RAMS into Logan. Miz brings Logan around but Logan stops the buckle bump. Logan elbows Miz, POSTS him, then triangle jump LARIATS! Miz falls and Logan goes to the apron! Logan goes up a corner to APRON FROG SPLASH!! Logan grins, fans are torn, but Miz flops down as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Miz gets Logan with the BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER! The A-List Combination leaves both men down, but the fans rally up. Miz goes to ropes, Logan stands, and Logan swings! Miz blocks to counter punch! And again! And again! And again! Miz fires off but Logan kicks low. Logan runs, but into a LARIAT! Miz rallies with more LARIATS, then he whips Logan to a corner! Logan staggers back, Miz runs up, LEAPING LARIAT! The fans are thunderous for Miz, he hauls Logan up and wrenches. Hammerlock and FLATLINER! That’s a new one for Miz! Cover, TWO!

Logan stays in this but Miz powers up to say, “MASSIVE! BALLS!” Full nelson, but Logan RAMS Miz into buckles! Logan hobbles again, runs back up, but Miz dodges the splash! Miz runs up, Logan BOOTS him, then hops up. But Miz kicks out the legs! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Logan survives but is dazed, and Miz is beside himself. The fans rally, Logan sits up, and Miz aims. Miz KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! The “It Kicks” keep going, then Miz winds up, only for Logan to duck the buzzsaw! Roll-up, TWO! Miz BOOTS Logan to a corner, but Logan kicks back. Miz blocks, puts the leg in ropes, and drops a knee on the knee!

Miz snarls, and he KICKS Logan’s leg out again! And again! Logan flounders, Miz grabs him and drags him back, but Logan grabs the apron skirt! The ref has to fix the skirt, Logan pokes Miz in the eyes! And he steals SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Miz survives his own move and Logan is shocked! The fans are thunderous but Logan slaps his bad leg into working. Logan goes to a corner, he powers up the hand, and runs up, but into a half nelson! Logan arm-drags free, sunset flips, but Miz rolls through! Miz steps through, FIGURE FOUR!! Logan flails, crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Fans boo but Miz holds until 4. Logan gets out of the ring, Miz pursues! Logan RAMS Miz into the apron! Logan tosses Miz back in, then looks for his guys. His entourage gets him the brass knuckles, but Miz CLOBBERS Logan from behind! Miz grabs the knuckles, glares at the entourage, but the ref says no knuckles! Miz tosses the knuckles, puts Logan in, and then he aims, but he has to bail out of the springboard as Logan uses the ref as a shield! Logan runs up, Miz ROCKS him first! But Logan grabs Miz’s leg to YANK him into roes! ONE LUCKY PUNCH!! Logan keeps Miz up, for an STO!! Cover, Logan wins!

Winner: Logan Paul, by pinfall (advances to the Elimination Chamber)

Logan said he was gonna go to Australia, and here it is. But will the ImPAULsive prophecy be further fulfilled inside such a star-studded Chamber match?

 

Nick Aldis meets with Bron Breakker and Jade Cargill backstage.

The SmackDown General Manager has them both looking at their potential contracts, and both of them are hesitant to make it final tonight. But then Tiffany struts in, says hi to Bianca and Liv, and knows they also saw Tiff win her qualification match. So y’know, Tiff is a little new around here and doesn’t know how the Chamber works. Does she pin Liv first? Or does she pin Bianca first? Girl, uh-uh. Bianca has actually won a Chamber match, so Tiff ain’t talking to her like that. And Tiff must be confused from getting slammed real hard. Jade tells them that she knows this ain’t happening during her big business meeting.

Bianca says yeah, Tiff, this is on you. Aldis calms everyone down, and tells Tiff that it is not the time nor the place. Tiff says she’ll see Liv & Bianca at the Chamber match. Tootles. Tiff leaves, Bianca and Liv can’t believe her. But will they settle things with Tiff soon enough? As for Aldis, he decides he, Bron and Jade should relocate. They leave the skybox, will Aldis convince one or both hot free agents to sign with SmackDown before the night is over?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Grayson Waller.

We can’t hear what The Wise Man is saying, but given the Grayson Waller Effect will have a special edition in Australia next week, is this some kind of special advice on how to… handle Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Naomi VS Alba Fyre w/ Isla Dawn!

The return at the Royal Rumble brought the glow back to the WWE, and now it’s time for the SmackDown return! Will everyone from here to Australia #FeelTheGlow? Or will Alba blaze a trail of her own on this Road to WrestleMania?

SmackDown returns and Alba makes her entrance, The Wicked Witch by her side. The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, Naomi and Alba tie up, and Alba gets around to throw Naomi by her hair! The ref reprimands but Alba smacks Naomi off the mat. Alba bumps Naomi off buckles, digs her boots in, then lets off as the ref counts. Alba CHOKES Naomi on ropes, lets off, but then Isla CHOKES Naomi! Isla gets away with it, Alba storms up but she blocks Naomi’s boot. Naomi’s rebound ENZIGIRI hits instead! Naomi runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, slides and BOOTS Alba low! Naomi runs, slides to fake Fyre’s guard out, then SMACKS her down!

Fans fire up with Naomi and she gets moving, to then SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Alba bails out, Isla coaches her, but Naomi runs up! Alba blocks the kick, drags Naomi out but Naomi BOOTS her away. Isla distracts Naomi and Alba CLOBBERS Naomi! Alba whips, Naomi stops herself and ELBOWS back! Naomi storms up to BULLDOG Alba on the steel steps! The fans fire up with Naomi again and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Alba has a chinlock. Naomi fights up, arm-drags free, and fans fire up. Naomi ELBOWS Alba, goes to a corner, then BOOTS! Alba storms back up but Naomi puts her in the corner. Naomi rallies with big clotheslines, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Fans fire up, Naomi runs up again to SHOTGUN Alba down! Naomi kips up as Alba goes to ropes, and Naomi runs to swing and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Alba survives but Naomi keeps her cool. Naomi brings Alba up as the fans rally, and Naomi ROCKS Alba with forearm after forearm! But Alba whips! Naomi reverses to CORNER BULLDOG!

Naomi pushes Alba away, goes up a corner, and Alba stands up into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Alba survives, Isla is relieved, but Naomi keeps her focus. Naomi drags Alba up, full nelsons, but Alba RAMS Naomi into buckles! Alba snapmares Naomi, Naomi gets up and comes back, wheelbarrow but Alba gives her a STUN GUN to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Naomi survives that deep cradle, and Alba is losing her cool! The fans rally up, Alba fireman’s carries, but Naomi slips free! Naomi O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Isla SUCKER PUNCHES Naomi!! Alba rolls her up, with tights! TWO!!!

Naomi survives and the fans fire up again! The Unholy Union is furious, but Alba Gory Especials. But Naomi kicks off buckles to get free! JUMP KNEE! Isla gets on the apron but Naomi ENZIGIRIS her down! Naomi tells Isla to “SUCK IT!” then she goes back for Alba. SPIKE-RANA!! Then she rolls Alba into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Alba TAPS, Naomi wins!

Winner: Naomi, by submission

Naomi fixes her hair so she looks good for her hand being raised. There’s only one spot left, to be determined by a Last Chance Battle Royal this Monday, but will Naomi be ready for all her opponents inside the Chamber?

 

Bayley walks around backstage.

Dakota Kai finds her and says she needs Bayley’s help. Did Bayley hear what Iyo and the others said? They’re going to come after Dakota, too! She doesn’t know what to do! Bayley’s the only person Dakota can trust now! Oh, really? Bayley says that yeah, she saw what DMG CTRL had to say. And she does appreciate what Dakota did for her last week, but this has been going on for months now. Bayley isn’t sure who she can trust now. Dakota says okay, yeah, she knows. She is sorry. She just thought everything would be okay after they all achieved their goals. Bayley tells Dakota that she has to understand where Bayley’s coming from. Bayley cannot do this right now.

Bayley leaves Dakota behind, but will they find they have to stand together against Iyo, Asuka & Kairi? Or will they both fall alone?

 

Nick Aldis is on stage.

The SmackDown GM says as many of us know, he has been negotiating with multiple free agents within the WWE for the SmackDown roster, and for us, the WWE Universe. And he is pleased to announce that one such individual is no longer a free agent. Welcome the newest member of SmackDown… BRON BREAKKER! The NXT Tag Team Champion has chosen to go Team Blue! Bron and Aldis shake hands, then Bron makes it official by signing on the dotted line. The fans cheer as the photo ops begin. Will the Big Bad Booty Nephew have quite the impact on SmackDown from here on out? And what does this mean about Bron’s tag team partner, Baron Corbin?

 

The Bloodline heads to the ring!

Salt Lake City is torn as The Tribal Chief leads the way for Jimmy Uso, Solo Siko & The Wise Man, Paul Heyman. Roman raises the Universal Championship high for the pyro, then smirks as he hands it back to Heyman. Heyman holds the belt up as a banner as the group continues down the ramp. This marks day 1,265 of Roman’s reign, with just over 50 days until WrestleMania 40 and the title match with Cody Rhodes. The Bloodline stands in the ring, the belt is raised again and there’s more pyro. The fans are torn, but there’s booing and perhaps chants of “CODY! CODY!” as Heyman hands Roman a mic.

Roman says “Salt Lake City…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME.” Again fans are torn, but the boos seem pretty strong here. Roman says, “Can I be honest with all of you? I wanna be honest with you. The people of Utah… Well, you’re idiots.” Fans boo that, but Roman says, “I did not say individually. I meant when we get you all together like this, you’re pretty dumb.” Fans still boo but Roman says tonight’s a big night! He doesn’t want the Utes to ruin this. Because when his cousin comes out here… “Y’all might go dumb and just, ‘Catchphrase this, oh he’s so funny!’ But this is the thing. Everything we say has meaning, it has purpose, it is information that you need to understand.

“Tonight’s history. Tonight is the greatest night ever in the WWE.” The fans chant for Cody, though. Roman smirks and shrugs that off as “The Guy Who Ruined Everything.” But tonight, The Bloodline fixes it! Tonight is about history! Tonight… is the first night that they can say The Rock is a member of The Bloodline. Fans boo but Roman grins. The mic goes back to Heyman as “IF YA SMELLLL~!” The Rock makes his entrance, taking his time walking out in an outfit reminiscent of the old days. The Rock shows off the goosebumps, the vest, and then swaggers his way down the ramp. And we will hear from the Great One, after the break.

SmackDown returns once more, and The Rock has joined The Bloodline in the ring. The Rock has a mic but the fans are even more torn than with Roman. The Rock says, “Now before The Rock drops some gospel on ya, The Rock has got some good news to share. Something that’s gonna make you happy, something that you can own. Tonight, it is official. You all, right now, right on Fox, have broken an all-time indoor attendance record.” Fans cheer that! The Rock says “Not only for the city of Salt Lake, but for the entire state of Utah, congratulations.” Fans cheer again, and The Rock says here’s the record they broke: The all-time record for a gathering of trailer park trash he has ever seen!

Fans boo but The Bloodline chuckles over how The Rock suckered the fans in. Well if they didn’t like that, they’ll love this. “Finally…! Oh, you wanna boo that? Are you sure you wanna boo The Rock? Finally, your life has meaning! Finally, you and your 51 wives will have a story to tell. And y’know what I’m talking about, you’ll have a story to tell your 600 inbred grandchildren one day. And that is what it’s like to look at greatness in the flesh, because finally, The Rock has come back to Salt Lake City!” Fans still cheer, happy to be mentioned. They even chant for “ROCKY! ROCKY!” which takes The Rock by surprise.

The Rock says they have all brought out a side of him we haven’t seen in years. This side of The Rock has always been here, “you shut your mouth, fatty, or The Rock will come out there and slap the herpes off your lips.” Wow, this really IS old school Rock. But do you wanna know why you’re getting this side of The Rock? “Because it’s The Rock & Roman Reigns, the biggest WrestleMania main event in the history of WrestleMania. You had it in your hands, and you let it go. You flushed it down the toilet. The same toilet you sat your fat asses on and sat there and tweeted, ‘We WaNt CoDy~! We WaNt CoDy~! CoDy GoTtA fInIsH hIs StOrY~!'”

The fans are laughing now and booing because they know it’s true. So let him ask you a question. “What is Cody’s story? What is his story? Let The Rock make it clear. My cousin, Roman Reigns, the Universal Champion, beat Cody’s ass last year at WrestleMania. He beat him, Cody lost the match, and now all of a sudden, Cody wants a rematch? That’s his story? That’s not how it works.” Think about how stupid that logic is! Can you apply that to other sports? Okay, he knows they all wanna chant “what” but just sit there and shut up already. This is important. The Rock is gonna educate the ignorant.

Apply that stupid logic to other sports. The 49ers just lost to the Kansas City Chiefs at the Super Bowl. What’d they do? Did the 49ers go, “What about our story? We gotta finish our story!” No, they took the lumps like men, dusted themselves off, and moved on like men! That’s what they do. But now everyone in this arena, in this city, and in this state, should understand this. It’s personal. Think about it: Michael Jordan came in here and crushed the dreams of the Utah Jazz. You boo because it’s true! Jordan did that to the Jazz, but what did the Jazz do? They took their beating like men and moved on, then worked their asses to get back to the top.

See, that’s not how the world works. You don’t get another shot at “your story” just because you want it. That’s not how it works. And the fans don’t seem to understand. They don’t because they’re “spoiled, entitled, little crybaby b*tches.” Fans boo but Jimmy grins and nods. The Rock tells Cody that The Rock is going to do everything in his power to make sure that Cody walks out of WrestleMania what he is: a loser! Everything in The Rock’s power will make sure that happens. Cody’s story is ending, The Bloodline’s story is just beginning. The most powerful duo in sports, in entertainment, and in the WWE.

“IF YA SMELLLLLL~” NO. Salt Lake City’s singalong privileges are over! They lost that. Sit there, shut up and enjoy the ride! “IF YA SMELLLLL~… What The Bloodline is cooking!” The music hits and the ones go up. Will there be no stopping The Rock & The Tribal Chief from screwing over The American Nightmare?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here, all great stuff heading towards Elimination Chamber. Really good stuff from The Bloodline tonight. I like that Jimmy was a little unsettled at first by Roman wanting a hug, and there were great details signaling how The Bloodline all felt it was an important night. I’ll admit, I wasn’t there for much of the Attitude Era, but that closing promo from The Rock felt about as close as to those days as we’re gonna get. He responded to fans while keeping on track with what he wanted to say, and The Rock pretty much stated he’s going to become the new Heel Authority Figure in WWE over this issue with Cody.

And given Heyman talking with Waller, that definitely feeds into Elimination Chamber’s segment of Cody & Rollins on the Grayson Waller Effect. I totally expect that segment to go from talk show to tag match, Cody & Rollins VS Waller & Theory, teasing the possible Cody & Rollins VS Rock & Roman for Mania. If Rock’s gonna throw everything he can at Cody to stop him from making it to Mania, then a “surprise” tag match would be a great way to do it. It technically will and it technically won’t help Waller & Theory. They’ll be involved tangentially in the biggest story WWE’s got going, but they’re definitely taking the loss so Cody (and Rollins by association) will have momentum towards Mania.

Of course AOP wins a squash match. Thank you, Javi & Beau, for being the noble sacrifices. But the important thing will be when AOP meets Street Profits, and that could go either way. Great little promo from The OC with Karl and Styles getting at each other. It feels like Styles and Karl are going to have a match at some point, who knows where that sends the story. This would be like, the third time the WWE’s Bullet Club/Not Bullet Club falls apart, unless the OC turns Heel to stay with Styles’ new attitude. And great promo from McIntyre and LA Knight to hype up their part in the Elimination Chamber. Seems like they’ll have a go-home match as well, feels like McIntyre wins but then what does that mean for Chamber and WrestleMania? Will McIntyre defy go-home math? That’d be cool.

Really good promos from DMG CTRL and former DMG CTRL. Seems Iyo’s side is keeping the name, seeing as they took the group away from Bayley. Good interaction of Dakota and Bayley, and I would think Dakota really is being honest with Bayley. As such, DMG CTRL probably finds Dakota first, and then Bayley has to save Dakota from them in return for before. And great stuff out of the qualifying matches tonight. Of course Kevin beat Dom and Logan beat Miz, but both matches were great, and I loved that Truth continues to confuse Kevin with Miz. Dom also had a good interaction with “New Catch Republic” to set up a go-home match, that will probably be the win for Bate & Dunne before they lose to Finn & Priest.

And I really liked the VIP Skybox moment. Aldis is wheeling and dealing, but he got Bron rather than Jade. It’s as I expected right after Royal Rumble: SmackDown gets the NXT Call-Ups, Raw gets the returns and debuts. There was word Jade was no longer part of the Chamber plans, but it’d be a great Raw in-ring debut if she was in the Last Chance Battle Royal anyway. Maybe she wins it, maybe she gets in the chamber, but it’s still gotta be Becky Lynch who wins the chamber match. Even so, all that does a lot to build Jade up in the eyes of the fans that never watched her career in AEW, which is the point.

My Score: 8.8/10


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OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~!

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Rhea Ripley is here!

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

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

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

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

 

Rhea returns backstage.

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

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

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

 

Triple H is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW Wrestling World Results & Report! (4/14/24)

NEVER give up!

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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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