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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/23/24)

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SmackDown gives us a preview of the Elimination Chamber!

Drew McIntyre faces La Knight and Liv Morgan faces Tiffany Stratton in first-ever 1v1 showdowns, but who will gain last minute momentum before stepping inside the sinister structure?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Liv Morgan VS Tiffany Stratton; Tiffany wins.
  • Bron Breakker VS Dante Chen; Bron wins.
  • Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne VS Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh; Bate & Dunne win.
  • The Street Profits w/ Bobby Lashley & B-Fab VS The Authors of Pain w/ The Final Testament; The AOP win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS LA Knight; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bianca Belair is here!

The fans cheer as the EST makes her way to the ring, ready for the Elimination Chamber in Perth. But for now, she’s ready to watch this opening contest!

Liv Morgan VS Tiffany Stratton!

The Revenge Tour is going through Perth, and Liv lets Bianca know she’s watching her watch her. But will Liv make an example out of the Spoiled Rich Girl? Or will #TiffyTime start even before the Elimination Chamber?

The bell rings and Liv circles with Tiff. The fans rally as the two rush up. Liv dodges, Tiff blocks a kick but Liv ROCKS her! Tiff bails out and says she does this on Tiffy Time, not their time. Tiff says the Chamber is tomorrow, she’s gonna go. But Liv chases her down and throws her into barriers! Bianca applauds that, and then Liv sends Tiff into steel steps! Liv pushes Tiff in, covers, TWO! Liv stalks Tiff to a corner, runs up but is sent into buckles! Tiff then runs back to DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Tiff is annoyed and she stomps Liv around. Tiff puts Liv in a corner but Liv throws body shots!

Tiff CLUBS Liv, bumps her off buckles, and then bumps her off more buckles. Liv flounders but Tiff stands her back up. Tiff scoops, Liv slips free and BACKSTABBER into an Oklahoma Roll! TWO, but Liv stays on Tiff with a chinlock then chinbar. Liv facelocks, whips, and Tiff ends up in a corner. Liv runs up to back body block, then she rolls, but runs into a BOOT! Even Bianca felt that one. Tiff then DOUBLE STOMPS Liv down! Cover, TWO! Tiff is further frustrated but she drags Liv up. Tiff TOSSES Liv to a corner, then runs up to SPLASH! Tiff keeps moving, but Liv gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!

Liv hurries but Tiff bails out! Fans boo but Liv tells Tiffy to cry about it, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Tiff CHOKES Liv on ropes, then YANKS the ropes to jam her up! Tiff clamps onto Liv with a chinlock and she grinds Liv down. The fans rally, Liv fights up, and she throws body shots. Tiff ROCKS Liv, fans boo, but Tiff mocks Liv. “Wanna cry about it?” Liv throws body shots instead! Tiff CLUBS Liv, mocks Liv more, but Liv ROCKS her again and again and again! The fans fire up with Liv but Tiff knees low. Tiff runs, but Liv ROCKS her again! Bianca likes that! Liv runs, Tiff follows and KNEES low! Tiff runs but Liv reels her in! Tiff ELBOWS back, swings, but Liv dodges to CLOBBET Tiff!

Liv rallies with big shoulder tackles, then kicks, KICKS and ENZIGIRIS! Tiff falls over abut Liv kips up! The fans fire up and Bianca is feeling it as Liv runs up at Tiff. Back body block and a roll, to the SHINING WIZARD! Liv pushes Tiff out of the corner, goes up and FLYING CODE BREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Tiff survives, she isn’t a former NXT Women’s Champion for nothing. Liv keeps cool, though, and watches Tiff go to ropes. Liv runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Tiff is frustrated again and both women are down. The fans rally, Tiff drags Liv to a drop zone, then goes to the corner.

Tiff goes up and up, PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- NO, she has to roll through as Liv moves! Tiff runs back in but Liv DOUBLE STOMPS her! Liv then wrenches and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP CRADLE! Cover, TWO!! Liv grows frustrated but she watches Tiff rise. Liv brings Tiff up but Tiff JAWBREAKERS fere! Liv runs back in but no Code Breaker! Tiff cartwheels and ALABAMA SLAMS! High stack, TWO!! Liv survives and Bianca is doing her best to contain her excitement. Liv and Tiff slowly rise, Tiff drags Liv back to a drop zone and goes back up the corner. The fans rally as Tiff goes up and up, but Liv anchors her!

Tiff hits Liv away, but Liv comes back to springboard SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Tiff survives and Bianca is as fired up as the fans! Tiff goes to the desk, Liv goes out after her, but Tiff sends her into the desk! Tiff puts Liv in, then SLAPOS Bianca for the hell of it!! Bianca rushes up, the ref stops her, and Liv O’Conner Rolls Tiff! But the ref is busy with Bianca! The ref finally sees the cover and counts, TWO and Liv is sent into Bianca! Down goes The EST, and Tiff rolls Liv up! TIFF WINS!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall

The Center of the Universe just got the better of two former champions by using them against each other! Is that the exact strategy she’ll use inside the Chamber to put us all on #TiffyTime?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Kayla Braxton is with the Scottish Terminator and notes we’re just 12 hours away from him having what he’s called the “biggest match of his career.” What is his mindset ahead of The Elimination Chamber? McIntyre says, “One day. It feels like my entire life and career has led to this moment, this match. Every twist and turn, every moment of heartbreak. My greatest love, wrestling. My most dysfunctional relationship. That title needs me as much as I need it. If I lose tonight, if I lose at Chamber, if I lose at Mania, it was all for nothing. If I lose, my entire career is about as useless as CM Punk’s return to the WWE.”

McIntyre chuckles a bit, and sees Bobby Lashley walk over. Lashley says that was brutal, but he gets it. There was all this hype around CM Punk, then he gets hurt. Some of the memes McIntyre’s been posting, and that T-shirt he made, it has Lashley dying laughing. It’s almost as comical as WrestleMania 37, when Lashley beat McIntyre, put him in the Hurt Lock, and made him pass out. He should’ve seen his face. The hype is real, Drew. Lashley leaves, but will the Terminator look to tear down the All Mighty inside the steel structure?

 

Ashante THEE Adonis is in a rush.

He tells whoever he’s with to hurry up, cuz he looks good. It’s Cedric Alexander! He’s feeling good, too. Wait, what’re those? What? Red’s a good color on him. Yeah but his pants look like he got in a fight with his cat. Okay, okay, hold on, he’s got it. Cedric rethinks his look, and goes with a striped shirt and slacks. Where’d he get the shirt, tho? Babies R Us? He about to rip outta that thing. This is whack. Okay, hold up. Look number three is brown slacks, with a black shirt that has several shades of brown. Still no.

Cedric then tries on Adonis’ spare overalls that he wrestles in! Cedric gets it now. No, man, c’mon. They’re done. But later in the day… like, way later… They’re finally in the “right” look: leather pants, a cargo vest, and mirrored sunglasses. That’s bananas! No, he looks like Will.i.am. Or money. Money? Must be talking crypto. Adonis and Cedric may not agree on fashion, but will this be a hot new tag team to hit the scene?

 

The Bloodline sits in the private suite.

Roman Reigns smiles and Jimmy Uso laughs as they talk about what went down on Raw. Roman should’ve seen the look on Jey’s face, he was like, “How could you do this to me?” Uce, it’s NO YEET. Seriously, Jimmy got Jey right in the face, Roman should’ve seen it. Roman says hold on. Who sent Jimmy to Raw to do that? Oh, uh, Heyman did. The Wise Man called the play, Jimmy ran the play. Jimmy double and even triple checked, and that’s what he did. He ran it to perfection, really. So Jimmy is gonna stooge Heyman? Gonna sell him out like that? Roman laughs it off, though, because he called the play.

Jimmy nods and says okay. Then he did it right, right? Yep, perfection. Touchdown, Bloodline. But Roman leaves Jimmy hanging on the handshake. Heyman then hurries in and says Grayson Waller is here. Bring him in. Yes, My Tribal Chief. Heyman hurries away, and Roman says this should be good. What is The Tribal Chief going to tell the Aussie Icon ahead of the advertised Grayson Waller Effect with Cody Rhodes as the guest?

 

Bron Breakker VS Dante Chen!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew, one half of the NXT Tag Team Champions, is here to layeth the smack down now that he is officially signed to the blue brand! Will he do exactly that as we continue down the Road to WrestleMania? Or will his NXT classmate prove he’s also worth of bigger things?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Bron waistlocks to then SLAM Dante down! Bron then puts Dante in a corner, runs in, but Dante dodges. Dante comes back to DROPKICK, but Bron CLOBBERS him in return! Bron storms around, the fans rally up and bark, and Bron headlocks. Dante powers up and out but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges, blows through the lariat to LARIAT right back! The fans bark more and Bron stalks Dante to the apron. Bron drags Dante up but Dante HOTSHOTS back! Dante throws hands then springboards, but Bron POWERSLAMS the crossbody! The fans fire up as the straps come down!

Bron aims from a corner, roars and runs in, SPEAR! Cover, Bron wins!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall

Fast and furious, and also victorious, Bron makes an impact on SmackDown! Will everyone else, even The Tribal Chief, have to worry about this juggernaut coming down the tracks?

 

Backstage interview with The Judgment Day.

Kayla is with Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh at gorilla, and says Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate have been on an absolute roll. The Bruiserweight & Big Strong Boi will challenge for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships at Elimination Chamber, so this match tonight with Dom & JD will give them an opportunity to scout the competition. Finn says, “Scout the competition? Kayla, the word ‘competition’ makes it sound like they have a chance, when in reality, they don’t stand a snowball’s chance in Hell against us!” Priest adds, “Besides, after our boys handle business tonight, the only thing left to do at Elimination Chamber is gonna be to pick the bones.”

Priest & Finn fist bump Dom & JD and send them off, will The Prodigal Son & Irish Ace be able to bring down the New Catch Republic?

 

The LWO talk backstage.

Cruz Del Toro tells Joaquin Wilde that they gotta take care of Legado. Every week, it’s the same thing. Wait, here comes Elektra Lopez. What does she want? She just wants to say that the last few weeks she’s watched them, it’s just sad. The LWO is basically dead. Where’s Rey? What has following him even done for them? But that is just a result of their bad choices. Maybe next time, their loyalty will be better. If there is a next time. La Madrina leaves, so that Angel & Humberto can jump Cruz & Wilde from behind! They beat Cruz & Wilde down, and then set them up for Santos Escobar to tell them they turned on him! They abandoned him! This is the price they pay, and it’s only the beginning.

Refs and security rush in, as do Carlito and Zelina Vega. The war between these factions is only escalating, what will it take to end this once and for all?

 

Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne VS Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh!

SmackDown returns as Bate & Dunne make their entrances. The teams sort out and Bate starts against JD as familiar foes. They circle, tie up, and JD wrenches to wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls and rolls! Bate is free, and he eggs JD on. JD and Bate tie up, Bate headlocks, but JD pulls hair! The fans boo but JD has the headlock now. JD grinds Bate but Bate fights up and powers out. JD runs Bate over, flexes, then runs. Bate drops, hurdles and rolls back, but JD stops himself. Bate kips up, grins, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock, Bate rolls back and headscissors to then bring JD to a corner by walking on his hands!

Bate goes along the ropes to then RANA JD out of the ring! The fans fire up and JD storms back in. Bate hurdles then MONKEY FLIPS JD! Tag to Dunne, Bate keeps JD away from Dom and the two double whip. They DOUBLE BACK DROP JD and fans fire up! Dunne drags JD up, snapmares him then kneels on him. Tag to Bate, Dunne sets up as Bate goes up, KNEE-BOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO! The fans rally behind Bate as he stands JD up. Bate whips, JD reverses but Bate holds ropes. Bate ELBOWS JD, DECKS Dom, then dumps JD out! JD throws Bate down by his hair! Fans boo but JD gets in to drag Bate up.

JD snapmares Bate by ropes, tags Dom, and Dom soaks up the heat before he slingshot SENTONS! Cover, ONE!! Dom is annoyed but he brings Bate up. Dom throws hands, tags JD, and they mug Bate in the corner. JD brings Bate up to UPPERCUT down. Tag to Dom, he and JD double whip while fans boo. Bate reverses to send JD up and out! Then Bate DECKS Dom, brings him around, UPPERCUTS and whips him to the corner. Dom reverses. Bate goes up to headstand, then he BOOTS Dom away! Tag to Dunne, Dunne CLOBBERS Dom! Dom wants mercy but Dunne gives him knees to the arm instead!

Dunne pulls on the other arm to bend the fingers, twist the wrist, and even the elbow! The fans fire up as Dunne then stomps Dom in the ribs! Dunne SMASHES Dom’s knee again and again and again! Then he twists the foot in a modified toehold! Then Dunne STOMPS the foot! Dunne wrenches Dom, tags Bate, and they double top wristlock! They STOMP both arms!! Dom can’t even clutch his arms now, but Bate whips him to a corner. Dom reverses, but Bate goes up and over. It wasn’t the cleanest, but Dom distracts the ref so JD can dump Bate out! Fans boo and Dunne protests, but Dom BLASTS Dunne! JD PENALTY KICKS Bate!

Fans boo but Dom soaks it up, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and JD drops a FALLING AX HANDLE on Bate! Cover, TWO! JD argues with the ref but the fans rally for Bate. JD sits Bate up but Bate fires body shots! JD JUMP KNEES Bate down! JD tags Dom, puts Bate in the corner, and Dom stomps a mudhole in! The fans boo but Dom lets off to flex. Dom then gets away from Dunne, drags Bate up, and he taunts Dunne before hitting Uno Amigo! Fans boo but Dom hits Dos Amigos! Dom stands Bate back up, gives some Latino Heat, but Bate stops the Third Amigo to suplex Dom in return! The fans fire up while both men are down and crawling! Hot tags to Dunne and JD!

Dunne ENZIGIRIS JD, ENZIGIRIS Dom, then GAMANGIRIS JD! And ENZIGIRI to GERMAN SUPLEX! JD flounders, Dunne STOMPS those hands! Then STOMPS them again! Then BUZZSAWS JD down! Dunne hauls JD back up, for the X PLEX! Cover, TWO! JD survives but Dunne drags JD back up. Dunne CHOPS JD to the corner, tags Bate in, and they reel JD in for a DOUBLE- NO, Dom saves JD from the suplex! Fans boo but then Dom sees he’s alone with British Strong Style! Bate & Dunne fire off fast hands from all sides! The fans love it but the ref reprimands! Dunne backs off, JD runs in but Bate sends him into Dom!

Bate now fires off hands on both JD & Dom in the corner! The fans fire up more as Bate beats JD down, then eggs Dom on. Dom runs up, into the fireman’s carry! And the AIRPLANE SPIN! Around and around and around and around, Bate then DUMPS Dom out! But JD rolls Bate up with tights! TWO, and Bate gives JD an AIRPLANE SPIN! The fans fire up as Bate hits the SPINNING SLAM! Bate tags Dunne in, then they coordinate, TOP BINS for JD in the corner! They set JD up for the REBOUNDER GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO!! Cover, Dom breaks it! Fans boo and Bate is frustrated with Dom.

Bate UPPERCUTS Dom, runs up, but Dom TOSSES Bate out hard! Dunne clotheslines Dom out for it! But JD kicks a leg out! Ripcord, but Dunn sunset flips it! TWO!! Dunne SLAPS JD, JD HEAD- NO, Dunn forearms! But JD ducks the enzigiri! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dunne lands out! Dunne rebounds, JD ducks the lariat and SPANISH FLIES on the return! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and JD is furious! The fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” as JD climbs! MOONSAULT onto knees! Dunne saves himself and then reels JD in! Dunne wrenches but JD has the ropes! JD HEADBUTTS in return!

JD distracts the ref while Dunne ends up on ropes. Dom dials it up to 619!! Fans boo but Dom flexes as he gest away with it. But Bate says Bop up, BANG! JD runs at Bate but is sent into POST! Dunne grabs an arm to SNAP the fingers! Tag to Bate, and they get JD hooked up, DOUBLE TYLER DRIVER!! Cover, Bate & Dunne win!

Winners: Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, by pinfall

But wait, here come Finn & Priest! They’re upset that their boys lost, but then Bate DECKS Finn! Priest storms up but Dunne leaps at him! Only for Pries to toss Dunne in! Priest grabs each man but they fire off hands! The fans fire up as Bate & Dunne BLAST Priest off the apron! Finn & Priest regroup and run up, but then Bate & Dunne dodge, and they CLOBBER Dom & JD on the way out! The New Catch Republic has momentum going into Elimination Chamber, but will they come out of it the new Undisputed Tag Team Champions?

 

Logan Paul hangs out with Austin Theory & Grayson Waller.

The Maverick and A-Town Down Under are all admiring each other and themselves, but in steps Kevin Owens. Are they seriously all just looking at themselves? Wow, what a “great” hobby. But he’ll make this quick, since he feels gross being near all of them. He just wants to say, he truly, truly hopes Logan finds a way to bring the brass knuckles to Australia, because Kevin would love to use them to punch Logan again inside the Chamber. Honestly, what Kevin really wants is for them to catch Logan smuggling in the brass knuckles so they’ll have no choice but to send him back to the US. But hey, either will do. See you there, maybe. And where’s Austin’s shirt?

Theory and Waller are annoyed, and Logan doesn’t know why they didn’t just jump Kevin. He was right there, it was 3v1, they could’ve. Oh, true… Heyman walks over and asks if that was Kevin Owens. Y-Yeah, that was him. Heyman never liked him. They agree there. Oh, and today is Waller’s lucky day. The Tribal Chief wants to talk with Waller. Really? Heyman takes Waller away, leaving Logan and Theory a little jealous. They wish they’d be talked to by The Tribal Chief. But will this private meeting not be so nice?

 

Dakota Kai is being helped to the medic!

Nick Aldis and a referee help Dakota as she limps on a bad leg. Did Damage CTRL get to her just like they promised? Is Bayley going to realize it was a mistake not to make Dakota an ally?

 

The Street Profits w/ Bobby Lashley & B-Fab VS The Authors of Pain w/ The Final Testament!

What was supposed to be a Six Man match weeks ago never got going, so now they’ll try this at just 2v2. Will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins put the fear of the All Mighty into Akam & Rezar? Or will the AOP write the Profits out of this story?

SmackDown returns and The Final Testament makes their entrance together. The teams sort out, and the fans rally as Ford starts against Akam. The two stare down, then Ford rushes up to DROPKICK! Akam stays up but then Ford DROPKICKS Rezar! Rezar stays up, Akam RAMS Ford into the corner, Rezar tags in, and the AOP mug Ford! Rezar CLUBS Ford, stalks him to ropes, and Kross talks some smack. Rezar brings Ford up but Ford fires body shots! Tag to Dawkins, they whips and DROPKICK Rezar to a corner! Rezar comes back but the Profits run him over! The Profits coordinate, BACK SUPLEX SPLASH! Dawkins covers, ONE!!

Dawkins keeps on Rezar but Rezar RAMS him into the AOP corner! Akam tags in, the AOP mug Dawkins now, then shove Dawkins down. The fans boo but Akam whips Dawkins to ropes. Dawkins holds ropes, BOOTS back, then sends Akam out! Rezar runs up but Dawkins dumps him out! The fans fire up and Dawkins builds speed! Dawkins FLIES to take out the AOP at the ramp! The fans fire up more and Kross is frustrated as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and The AOP mugs Ford again. The fans boo but the AOP soak it up. Rezar brings Ford around to CLUB him in the chest! Rezar soaks up more heat, clamps on a neck wrench and twists Ford’s head! The fans rally as Ford endures, and Ford fights up. Rezar CLUBS Ford, tags Akam, and the AOP coordinate for an ATOMIC KNEE! Cover, TWO! B-Fab is worried, Lashley might be a little bit concerned, too, and Akam CHOKES Ford on the ropes. The ref counts, Akam lets off and he tags Rezar. The AOP mug Ford more but the fans continue to rally. Rezar talks trash as Ford goes to the apron.

Rezar taunts Dawkins, then drags Ford up. Ford RAMS into Rezar, RAMS him again, then slingshots, but into a HAYMAKER! Ford falls and the fans boo but Rezar reels Ford back in. Rezar CLUBS Ford down, then hauls him up. Scarlett grins but B-Fab coaches Ford. Ford endures a facelock squeeze and he fights up. The fans rally, Ford throws body shots but Rezar shoves him. Ford mule kicks Rezar, DECKS Akam, then KICKS Rezar! Ford runs up but Rezar avoids the enzigiri! Rezar whips but Ford reverses to POST Rezar! Rezar flops down and Ford crawls as fast as he can! Hot tags to Akam and Dawkins!

The fans fire up as Dawkins rallies with big lariats! Akam kicks low, whips but Dawkins hurdles and FLYING ELBOWS! The fans fire up with Dawkins as he runs to CYCLONE SPLASH! Then ENZIGIRI! Dawkins reels Akam in, for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins keeps his eyes on Akam, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Akam fights free, goes to a corner, and Dawkins runs in. Dawkins only gets buckles, then a BOOT! Akam shouts to Rezar, tags to him, and AOP sets Dawkins up, THE FINAL CHAPTER! Cover, Ford breaks it!! Ford runs up at Akam but Akam TOSSES Ford out! Akam snarls and tags back in.

The AOP get Dawkins back up, seems they just need to revise the ending. But Dawkins BOOTS Rezar away then ROCKS Akam with a right! Dawkins tags Ford and Ford climbs! Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Akam, and Ellering should know this move! Ford goes up for a BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY!! Cover, Rezar breaks it!! Rezar throws hands on Dawkins, but Ford SUPERKICKS Rezard! Dawkins returns to clothesline Rezar and himself out of the ring! Ford hurries to Akam but Akam grabs at him. Ford mule kicks but Akam blocks! Akam scoops but Ford slips free! Ford ENZIGIRIS Akam right down!

The fans fire up with Ford and he climbs a corner! Ford tells Kross to “SUCK IT!” but Scarlett distracts the ref! Kross SHOVES Ford down! Fans boo but B-Fab YANKS Scarlett down and Lashley CLOBBERS Kross! Lashley RAMS Kross into barriers, fires off hands, then fireman’s carries! Lashley runs but Kross slips free! Lashley ELBOWS Kross, Kross still POSTS Lashley! Kross gets an arm, takes aim at Lashley, and CHAIR SHOT on the arm!! Lashley writhes, did Kross just break that arm!? Ford grabs at Kross but Akam BOOTS him down! Akam then tags Rezar, and they get Ford up, to DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, AOP win!

Winners: The Authors of Pain, by pinfall

Kross helped figure out the ending to this chapter, and he may have done more than just win a match. If Lashley’s arm isn’t good for the Elimination Chamber, can Kross take credit for ruining his Road to WrestleMania?

 

Dakota is checked by the medics.

It seems the knee took damage. Bayley walks in and asks if she can have a minute. Aldis and the medic walk out, and Bayley asks what happened. Dakota confirms it was DMG CTRL, they got her in the locker room. Bayley says she should’ve known. They’re using Dakota to get to her! Dakota says this isn’t Bayley’s fault. If she was in Bayley’s shoes, Dakota wouldn’t have trusted her, either. After everything Bayley did for Dakota, Dakota let Bayley down. Bayley says no, Bayley should’ve been there. DMG CTRL will not get away with this. Dakota says she meant what she said. She has Bayley’s back. If she has to earn Bayley’s trust again, then so be it.

Dakota says she and Bayley are gonna make DMG CTRL pay. Bayley nods, and it seems she still has one ally in this fight. But will they be able to make it through the Road to WrestleMania when the numbers aren’t in their favor?

 

The Bloodline waits in the suite.

Jimmy goes on about how he told Jey that they don’t need him anymore. But then Heyman walks in and presents Grayson Waller to Roman Reigns. Roman has Jimmy scoot over so Waller can sit next to him. Jimmy does as told and Waller takes a seat. Roman wants to tell Waller something, but for his ears only. Waller nods and leans in closer. Roman looks Waller in the eyes, but we cut away! Just what does Roman want Waller to do when it’s showtime in Australia?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Elimination Chamber!

The Kickoff Show will feature a Women’s Tag Team Championship match! The Kabuki Warriors will represent DMG CTRL against Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell! Will the Poison Pixie help #IndiWrestling have a truly impressive homecoming?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

After the ambush by Legado on the LWO, Carlito is going to handle business by taking Santos Escobar on in a Street Fight! Will Caribbean Cool crush the Emperor of Lucha once and for all? Or will it be the other way around? And whether the Kabuki Warriors retain the titles tomorrow or not, they’re going to settle things with Bayley & Dakota Kai in a tag match! Will the Role Model & #CobraKai get even with DMG CTRL on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Lashley gets checked by the medics.

They ice his elbow but he says he’s fine. Then in walks McIntyre. McIntyre has Lashley calm down, and says, “I’ll pray for you.” We know McIntyre doesn’t mean that in a nice way, but is there any hope Lashley can still compete inside the Chamber?

 

Drew McIntyre VS LA Knight!

The Scottish Terminator is putting so much on the Elimination Chamber, but also on this match tonight. Will McIntyre make The Mega Star just the first victim on his Road back to WrestleMania? Or will we see whose game it is, with everybody saying L A KNIGHT, YEAH?!

SmackDown returns and McIntyre now makes his entrance. The bell rings and wait, Logan Paul makes his way out here. The Maverick clearly wants to share in the main event spotlight given he’s also going to be inside the Chamber tomorrow morning. Logan joins commentary as Knight and McIntyre circle. They tie up, go around, and end up going along the ropes. They go in a corner, out of a corner, to another corner, and fans chant “LOGAN SUCKS!” the entire time. Logan revels in it, but McIntyre has Knight in a corner. Knight avoids the haymaker, then fires hands in return! McIntyre kicks low to ROCK Knight!

McIntyre CHOPS Knight, fans “WOO~!” and McIntyre whips. Knight BOOTS from the corner, goes up and leaps, FLYING LARIAT! Knight storms up to whip but McIntyre reverses. Knight turns back drop into NECKBREAKER! Knight stomps a mudhole, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” The ref counts, Knight lets off and then spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Knight runs up, ROCKS McIntyre, but no BFT yet! McIntyre scoops, Knight slips free to roll him up, ONE!! McIntyre GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Knight falls and even Logan winces from that. Knight goes to the apron but McIntyre storms over.

McIntyre has Knight int he ropes, stares Logan down, but Knight DUMPS McIntyre out! Logan laughs, Knight aims and runs up, FLYING LARIAT! Down goes McIntyre and the fans fire up with Knight! Knight refreshes the count, then gets McIntyre up to fire hands. Knight whips, McIntyre reveres and reels Knight in, OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to the floor! McIntyre rolls into the ring, but then wait, Kevin Owens appears! Kevin gets a chair, just to join commentary! Kevin says oh no, this is bad as McIntyre has Knight under the ring! CATAPULT GUILLOTINE into the ring frame!

Kevin says he was right, and Logan says that was ruthless. McIntyre glares at both Kevin and Logan, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and McIntyre grinds Knight down with an armlock and chinbar. The fans rally as Knight fights up, and Knight throws body shots. Knight whips but McIntyre reverses, Knight goes up but McIntyre BOOTS him out of the air! McIntyre hurries to cover, TWO! McIntyre rains down fists while Kevin and Logan bicker with each other. McIntyre lets off on Knight to look up at the WrestleMania sign. McIntyre goes back to Knight, drags him up, and puts him in a corner. McIntyre CHOPS, Knight CHOPS back! Knight CHOPS and CHOPS but McIntyre kicks the leg! McIntyre CHOPS Knight to then suplex and TOSS him!

Fans rally and McIntyre stalks Knight, to then stomp him on the head! Kevin says that’s rather disrespectful. McIntyre pushes Knight around, soaks up the heat, and then puts Knight in a corner. McIntyre winds up to CHOP! McIntyre CHOPS again, whips corner to corner, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up as Knight drags himself along with ropes. McIntyre rises, storms up, but Knight counter punches! Knight JABS, JABS, “YEAH! YEAH!” Knight then winds up, but ducks McIntyre’s counter to atomic drop! Knight whips, McIntyre reverses, but Knight goes up and over clean now, to LARIAT!

Fans fire up as Knight kicks and DDTS McIntyre down! Cover, TWO! Knight drags McIntyre up, cravats, but no BFT! McIntyre kicks low, CLUBS Knight down, and then goes to a corner. Fans boo but McIntyre glares at Logan and Kevin before he goes up and out! McIntyre climbs the corner, but Knight leaps right up at him! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Knight can’t believe it! The fans rally as hard as they can behind Knight as he stalks McIntyre. Knight suplexes but McIntyre slips free! McIntyre kicks low, underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK! But knight flounders away before McIntyre can cover,

McIntyre goes to a corner, he wants the countdown! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAYMORE misses as Knight moves! Knight hurries to drag McIntyre out and SMACK him off the desk! And again! And again! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Kevin agrees with those, “Yes, true, correct.” Knight then says “YEAH!” and gives McIntyre one last SMACK! Knight refreshes the ring count, talks trash on Logan, but Logan says to focus. McIntyre DECKS Knight and Logan says see, he was right. McIntyre TOSSES Knight into Kevin! And then McIntyre gets Knight up into the ring! Kevin attacks McIntyre!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

KO hands McIntyre the win there, but then McIntyre SHOVES Kevin into Logan! McIntyre uses his enemies against each other but Knight comes back for more! “YEAH!” Knight puts McIntyre in the ring, but he gets a kick! Logan and Kevin brawl their way into the ring, Knight wrenches out of the Future Shock this time, and now the B F T hits!! Logan fires hands, but here’s Lashley! SPEAR for Knight!! Logan KICKS Lashley’s bad arm! But Kevin kicks Logan for a STUNNER! Lashley SPEARS Kevin!! The All Mighty doesn’t care about pain, he still dominates with even one good arm! But then he turns around into a CLAYMORE!!

The Scottish Terminator kips up just to show off, and the fans boo as he stands tall! But wait, RANDY ORTON is here!! RKO!!! The Viper truly strikes outta nowhere! Will it only take one shot for Orton to have his title shot at Seth Freakin’ Rollins?


My Thoughts:

A great go-home here, especially for being pre-recorded last week. Good recap packages and hype packages, and even stuff still set up for next week’s SmackDown. Really good promo and ambush from Legado on LWO, and the Street Fight they set up is going to be some really good stuff. Same goes for the promo out of Dakota and Bayley. I really hope this isn’t DMG CTRL luring Bayley into a trap where Dakota was never really on Bayley’s side, Bayley really should have an ally against the trio given there’s no possible reunion with Charlotte Flair or Sasha Banks. Now, DMG CTRL can totally make Bayley think Dakota’s still on their side and really mess with Bayley’s head, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Good match for Bron to squash Dante and have his first win as a SmackDown superstar, but obviously that’s all it was gonna be to start. The bulk of Bron’s story is still on NXT, and I feel like Corbin should start showing back up on SmackDown to support Bron, but also hope that Bron can put in a good word with Corbin to get him signed back to SmackDown. That in itself is a good way to put tension between the Wolf Dogs that then costs them the tag titles against Chase U or something like that. And speaking of tag teams, pretty good promo from Cedric & Adonis to introduce their team. They’re both great in the ring, are pretty good as talkers, they can make for a solid combo.

Great tag team match from Bate & Dunne VS Dom & JD. Dom & JD really are like junior versions of Priest & Finn so it works out. But of course Bate & Dunne win against Dom & JD because they’re not going to win at Elimination Chamber, certainly not with how go-home math tends to go. And we certainly got a lot of that in the Elimination Chamber match go-home math tonight. Tiffany got the win on Liv and stood tall against Bianca because Tiffany is not winning, but she’ll surely have a good showing in there.

Likewise, Kross doing damage to Lashley’s arm during the tag match was so Lashley would have a logical reason why he can’t win. That bad arm will hold Lashley back, and this will give us Kross VS Lashley at WrestleMania in a grudge match. Good promos between Lashley and McIntyre, and great main event from McIntyre VS Knight with Logan and Kevin both ringside. That final brawl almost had us thinking McIntyre was standing tall, but then Orton makes that great appearance, so the math would say Orton isn’t winning. Rollins VS McIntyre may have happened many times on the way to this point, but with no CM Punk now, doing it one more time seems like a good default move to me.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

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

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

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

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

 

Rhea returns backstage.

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

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

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

 

Triple H is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

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

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

 

Raw shares an interview from before the show.

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

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

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

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

 

 


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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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