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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/12/24)

Who is backed by destiny?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

The Road to WrestleMania Weekend takes a turn!

While Tony D’Angelo is headed for the NXT Championship, Trick Williams is back for vengeance on Carmelo Hayes! Will Trick whoop HIM?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contender Qualifier: LWO VS OTM; The LWO wins and advances to the #1 contenders match.
  • Lexis King VS Robert Stone; King wins.
  • NXT North American Championships: Oba Femi VS Brooks Jensen; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • High Stakes: Gigi Dolin VS Arianna Grace; Grace wins and gets to give Gigi a makeover.
  • Kiana James & Izzi Dame VS Thea Hail & Kelani Jordan Fallon Henley; Kiana & Izzi win.
  • Ridge Holland VS Shawn Spears; Spears wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contender Qualifier: LWO VS OTM!

Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin are still NXT Tag Team Champions, and they’re ready to face more competition at Stand & Deliver. A Triple Threat will be held in the near future, and the first spot is up for grabs! Will Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde represent for Latino World Order? Or will they not make it Out The Mud?

WHOA, Nima & Price attack during the LWO’s entrance! The fans boo but Scrypts applauds as his guys TOSS Wilde up and into the ring! Nima storms in, the ref has him stay back, and then the bell rings. Nima CLOBBERS Wilde, then talks trash. Nima stomps Wilde around, tags Price, and then they meet at the corner to DOUBLE FOREARM! Wilde sputters, Price brings him around, and Price whips to LARIAT! Price grins as he looms over Wilde, then hauls him up. Wilde throws body shots but Price LCUBS him down! Wilde gest around but Price elbows, and X-PLEXES! Cover, TWO! Price is amused as Wilde is still in this.

Price hauls Wilde up, tags Nima, and they put Wilde in the corner. Nima whips Price in to SPLASH, then Price feeds Wilde to the STOMP! Nima talks trash, dribbles Wilde off the mat, and brings him up again. Wilde JAWBREAKERS free, then hot tags Cruz! Nima runs in, Wilde dodges and Cruz GAMANGIRIS! Fans fire up as Cruz springboards and FLYING RANAS Nima down! Nima flops outta the ring, Price runs in but is sent out, too! The LWO build speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! Down goes OTM and the fans fire up! The LWO CLUBS Nima into the ring, then Cruz tags Wilde. Wilde & Cruz dodge to mule kick, front kick, DOUBLE KICK and “L! W! O!” BUZZSAW ENZIGIRI COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Nima swings, Wilde dodges and he fires off hands! Nima grabs Wilde, TOSSES him to a corner, then runs in. Wilde slips out to the apron, HOTSHOTS Nima, then hurries up. Nima has the ref check him, Price sucker punches Wilde! Nima then goes up to bring Wilde to the top rope! DEADLIFT SUPERLEX!! The fans fire up while Nima covers, TWO! Wilde survives and the Wolf Dogs are now watching from the perch as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Nima has Wilde in a modified cravat. Wilde fights up but Nima CLUBS him down! Nima clamps the cravat back on, but Wilde fights up as the fans rally. Wilde pries the hold open but Nima knees low! Nima whips Wilde to the corner, tags in Price, and Price sends Nima in. Wilde dodges the splash, then dodges Price to tilt-o-whirl around Nima! Wilde dodges them both to hot tag Cruz! Cruz dodges Price to DROPKICK Nima! Cruz ROCKS and ROCKS and ROCKS Price again! Cruz runs to LARIAT, but Price stays up! Cruz runs to LARIAT again, then runs again! Cruz ducks an elbow but Price scoops him!

Cruz slips free and sends Price to a corner! The fans rally with Cruz and he runs in, but Price puts him up top! Cruz is on the ropes, he springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Price grits his teeth and shakes his head. Cruz brings Price up but Price RAMS Cruz into the OTM corner! Tag to Nima, he brings Cruz around and talks trash. But Cruz fires off haymakers! Cruz whips, Nima blocks! Nima whips, Cruz slips out to the apron and Nima hits buckles! Cruz KICKS and KICKS and ROCKS Nima, then runs to duck ‘n ‘dodge. Nima scoops to tilt-o-whirl SLAM Cruz! Cover, Wilde breaks it! But Price DECKS Wilde!

Cruz springboards to FLYING CHUCK Price! Nima runs up to scoop Cruz! Cruz slips free, SOBATS, and Wilde runs to use Nima as a step! SUPER CROSSBODY takes out Price AND Scrypts! Cruz dodges Nima, Nima elbows Cruz! Nima goes up but Cruz GAMANGIRIS! Cruz hurries to the outside, and he springboards, but Nima fireman’s carries! Cruz fires elbows, Nima sits down on the top rope, and the fans fire up as Cruz fires more elbows! Cruz then adjusts, to SUPER STEINER! Nima goes flying and the fans fire up! Tag to Wilde, Cruz gives him the boost to go up and up and SPRINGBOARD 450!! Cover, LWO WINS!!

Winners: LWO, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat)

Talk about a wild match! Joaquin was all over the place, and now he and Cruz are moving forward! Tuesday, April 2nd, who wins out to Stand & Deliver?

 

NXT Media catches Oba Femi as he arrives.

They ask the NXT North American Champion how confident he is going into his title defense tonight, and Oba chuckles. “Supremely confident. Once I put down Brooks Jensen, then I’m on to Stand & Deliver.” But then Jensen confronts Oba and says say that to his face! Jensen starts pushing, security rushes in, and Josh Briggs runs up to ask what the hell Jensen thinks he’s doing! Why is he trying to piss Oba off before the title match!? Oba tells Jensen to listen ton “big brother” Briggs. And he wants Briggs to watch what he does to Jensen tonight. Jensen is fuming, is he going to burn The Ruler down? Or is he going to crash and burn instead?

 

Andre Chase talks with Thea Hail backstage.

He knows it’s been awhile since they’ve talked. Like, really talked. Yeah, it has been weird since #TowelGate. But she does really need this. Chase admits it has been weird, and says one day she’ll understand. He just wants her to know that he is always there for her. Duke Hudson walks in and asks who Thea’s partner against Kiana James & Izzi Dame’s gonna be. Jacy Jayne’s been a bit of a- No, it’s not Jacy. She and Jazmyn are hanging out without her. Okay, okay, Thea knows what they’re thinking. Jazmyn and Jacy, they’re too busy for her, Thea has no partner. But Jazmyn is an influencer! Chase says that’s not a real thing.

Oh, no, they’re real. Duke says international social media players, that’ll do it for ya. Well, whatever, Thea and Jacy don’t need to be together at all times! Jacy has her life, Thea is a grown-ass woman! And plus, Thea has other friends! Right, y-yeah, they’ve seen her with um, that girl. THEA HAS OTHER FRIENDS! She calms down and says she knows someone who has her own issues with Kiana & Izzi, and look, here she is! It’s Kelani Jordan! And she’s been wanting some payback after what Kiana & Izzi did to her. They’ve got this! No Jacy, no problem! Will the Gym Princess help Thea humble the haters?

 

Roxanne Perez is here!

She’s already in the ring but the fans boo as she gets the mic. “Last week is exactly what happens when you get sick and tired of trying to play by all the rules. That sweet, innocent Roxanne Perez, that was just happy to be here, is no longer here! And it’s in your hands. Because let’s be honest, this isn’t just something that happened over night. No, this has been boiling up inside me for months and months and months. This is a culmination of an entire year! You guys remember Roadblock one year ago. After defeating a living legend in Meiko Satomura and giving everything I had, I collapsed inside this ring.

“And yeah, of course! Of course I collapsed after four months of me carrying this entire women’s division on the back of my shoulders!” The fans do cheer that as Roxie says the pressure, the anxiety and the exhaustion she had to deal with after having the best rookie year in WWE history! And how was she rewarded? Her title was taken from her! And no one cared! No one cared! “Don’t worry, Roxanne, your time will come again! You’re still young! It’ll swing back around!” 12 MONTHS of Roxie busting her ass in steel cages, Weapons Wild, Devil’s Playground, while everyone else was too busy drooling over Tiffy Time~, and Becky Lynch winning a title she could never win.

But okay, let’s talk about it! Roxie wants to talk her and Becky face-to-face in this ring, and yet the fans acted like Roxie didn’t exist! You wanna know something? Roxie went home crying that night because of how everyone made her feel. How pathetic, right? How sad! So SCREW all of you booing her and making her feel worthless! But now, she doesn’t care! She doesn’t care about anyone’s stupid opinions. SHE is the most decorated woman in NXT history! And at the age of only 22! Breakout Tournament, Iron Survivor, Women’s Tag Team Champion, Women’s Champion, she has won EVERYTHING in NXT!

Which brings her to Lyra Valkyria. After Vengeance Day, Roxie expected Lyra to come up to her and say, “Hey, I’m sorry, Roxanne. I’m so sorry that that Latina dancing idiot and my weird little friend I pretend to like screwed up our match. So let’s run it back! Let me give you the rematch that you deserve!” NO, Roxie’s name never came out of Lyra’s mouth. Instead, Lyra went after the tag titles. Yep. That is when Roxie realized that the only way she would get what she deserved was by breaking the rules and doing it her way. And now, everyone wants to cheer her? NOW everyone wants to support her?

Well where were all of them when Indi Hartwell was holding the championship? No one cared! The NXT Universe reminds her of little Roxie: naive, confused, and they don’t know what they want! But Roxie knows what she wants now, and she doesn’t need anyone’s support or approval. It’s funny, though, the way history repeats itself. One year later, Lyra is the one taking the ride in an ambulance. And that pain Lyra is feeling isn’t the pain from her arm. No, that’s the pain of her title being ripped away from her and awarded to someone else! So now thanks to The Prodigy, you have all witnessed the rise and fall of Lyra Valkyria!

So Ava, go ahead, come on out, vacate the title and award it to the woman who deserves it! The woman who never lost it in the first place, Roxanne Perez. Ava does make her way out here, and says Roxie has so much to say. Roxie has talked about her accomplishments, but she must’ve forgotten how she completely stepped out of line last week and put Lyra in an ambulance for no good reason! Yeah, yeah, poor Lyra. Let’s all wish her a speedy recovery while Ava names Roxie the NEW NXT Women’s Champion. Uh, Ava wasn’t done talking yet, please don’t interrupt. Ava says NXT didn’t immediately strip Roxie of her title, they waited until we saw the full extent of her injuries.

And while Ava wasn’t GM last year, she does think that- Tatum is jumping the barriers! Ava calls for refs but Roxie BLASTS Tatum away! The refs subdue Tatum but Roxie eggs her on! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” while Roxie taunts Tatum crying over Lyra. Will Lyra’s superfan make sure Roxie pays for what she’s done?

 

The D’Angelo Family sits for a meal.

They’re at Ristorante Antico and admit, this is good stuff. Adriana Rizzo says what a night Roadblock was. They welcomed a new member to the family, with both brains and a bonafide law degree. Stacks says Luca’s useful. A toast to the Consigliere. Salud. Lucda appreciates that. Tony asks if he got “that thing” done. Yes, Don, that and the other thing. This guy! He takes care of business! And now, The Don has his NXT Championship match at Stand & Deliver. Rizzo already talked with their connections to Philly, and everyone is real proud of Tony, and they’re ready to pay their respects to the future NXT Champion.

Tony says give them his regards, they’ll see everyone in a couple weeks. It feels good to call his shot and hit a homerun. But this move has been a long time coming. Now, his path is clear. Stacks, you hit the music for Trick, that was perfect. The roof blew off the place, Melo freaked out, and the rest was history. Stacks says all he did was press a button, but hey, their boy, Trick, what a guy. Yeah, he’s one cool dude. Luca asks how Tony pulled that off. Tony says he just called Trick up, said he had an idea, and Trick was in. He wanted any excuse to get his hands on Melo. Then bada bing, bada boom, Philly here we come.

But wait, in steps Ilja Dragunov. The rest of the family steps aside so that The Czar can sit with The Don. Ilja smiles and says congratulations! Tony did exactly what he said he would do, and now look at him! The captain of industry, multiple business ventures, how would he say it? He has his finger in many pies? And now he has the NXT Championship match at Stand & Deliver! Tony has everything! Except this title is everything Ilja has. He has no other focuses, no other deals. Just the title. And he came here to let Tony know that no matter what Tony does at Stan d& Deliver, the title stays with Ilja.

Is that so? Afraid it is for Tony. Well, Ilja, you should know that whatever happens here, The Don likes Dragunov. What does that mean? Stacks & Luca drag Dragunov away! The Don finishes his glass of wine, puts on his hat, and tells the manager everything is okay, thanks for the meal. Stacks & Luca get Dragunov in the trunk, and Tony says let’s take a ride. The Family heads out, will they really be able to handle the Mad Dragon like he’s just some stunad?

 

Lexis King VS Robert Stone!

The Drama King pushed Suit Man Stone a little too far, said one too many things out of line, and now Stone is stepping up! Will Stone shut King up and make his family proud? Or will nothing stop the King’s Coronation?

NXT returns and Stone makes his entrance. And the moment he’s in the ring, he fires off on King! The bell rings, the fans fire up as Stone throws hands, but King shoves him away. Stone gets around to ROCK King again and again and again! King TOSSES Stone out, runs up, but Stone dodges the dropkick to then PLANCHA! The fans fire up with Stone and he puts King back in the ring. Stone climbs up a corner, leaps but King avoids the crossbody! King then KNEES Stone into a corner! King drags Stone around to stomp him, then KNEES him low! And KNEES again! King whips, KNEES, then talks trash on Stone’s family!

King wants Stone to tell his sons how much of a coward he is! King CLUBS Stone, then whips for another KNEE! Stone sputters as he drops to his knees, but the fans boo King. King aims to KICK Stone in the back! King keeps telling Stone to tell his kids that he’s a failure. King then clamps on a COBRA TWIST! Stone endures, reaches out for ropes, and the fans rally up! King brings Stone back to body shot! King scoops and SLAMS! Stone writhes, King taunts him, but Stone throws body shots! Stone CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! King KNEES low again, then CHOPS Stone off his feet!

King is mad now and he whips Stone to a corner hard! Stone drops to his knees again, but King hoists him up top! King CHOPS Stone, climbs up after him, then taunts the fans. But Stone SHOVES King down! King flounders, Stone adjusts, and he CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! King goes to a corner, Stone runs up, but into a SUPERKICK! King says “Long Live the King!” BLINDSIDE KNEE! And then King crosses the arms, reels Stone in, CORONATION! Cover, King wins!

Winner: Lexis King, by pinfall

Stone fought hard but still fell short. But then King gets Stone up to cross the arms again! But VON WAGNER runs out here! King pushes Stone away, then dares Von to do something. Von carries Stone away, will Von have to knock King off his high horse himself?

 

Backstage interview with Oba Femi.

Kelly Kincaid says we are moments away from his title defense, and we all saw what happened earlier with Jensen. Oba says what happened earlier was just an ignorant boy trying to convince himself he is ready for an impossible challenge. But in reality, the only thing Jensen displayed is that he is nowhere ready to walk in Oba’s jungle. And now, he will be slaughtered. But then Dijak walks up and says that Oba may say he’s backed by destiny, but Dijak ain’t buying it. When he’s finished playing around, we’ll see if Oba has what it takes to be a real champion. Oba chuckles but so does Dijak. Will these two behemoths face off in Philadelphia?

 

Ridge Holland Facetimes with his wife and daughter.

They say hi and he asks if they’re okay. They’re just wishing him a goodnight. And good luck tonight, please be careful. Don’t worry about him, love ya. See you tomorrow! The call ends, and Ridge finishes his warm-ups. Will the Yorkshire Grit break down the Perfect Ten until there’s nothing left? Or will he face the painful truth of his anger?

 

NXT North American Championships: Oba Femi VS Brooks Jensen!

The Ruler dominated the Men’s Breakout Tournament, cashed in on Dragon Lee, took the title and then kept it in a rematch at Vengeance Day. Jensen’s been a champion before but only in the tag division. Will Jensen be able to win the big one all on his own? Or will Oba continue this reign of destiny?

NXT returns as Jensen makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly has what it takes to reign!

The bell rings and the two tie up. Oba powers Jensen back but Jensen slips away. The fans rally for “O~BA!” as he and Jensen circle. They tie up again, Oba again powers Jensen back to ropes, but Jensen turns things around. The ref counts the break, Jensen shoves as he lets off. Oba chuckles and the two tie up again. Oba powers Jensen back, Jensen turns things around but Oba turns it back. They go along the ropes, Jensen headlocks, but Oba powers up and puts Jensen on the apron! Jensen holds on, the ref counts, and the two let off slowly. Oba then SHOVES Jensen to the floor! Jensen hurries back in but Oba CLOBBERs him!

Oba headlocks for the takeover! Jensen flails, we see Briggs and a few others watching this backstage, and Briggs still feels bad about this. Jensen fights up, but Oba wrangles him back down. Jensen moves around, fights up again, and throws body shots. The fans rally, Jensen powers out to put Oba in a corner. Jensen runs in but Oba puts him on the apron! Jensen ROCKS Oba, goes up the corner, and leaps, into a BODY SHOT! Jensen sputters and Oba CLOBBERS him again! Oba CLUBS Jensen around, stomps him, and he is toying with Jensen even. Oba ROCKS Jensen, stands him against ropes, and ELBOWS him!

Jensen flounders against ropes and Oba eggs him on. Jensen hits a body shot but Oba CLUBS him! Oba whips Jensen, Jensen holds ropes to KICK! DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Both men sit up, and Oba is having fun as the two stare down. They both slowly rise as NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen and Oba circle, feel things out, and Jensen tests the waters with jabs. Oba rushes up but Jensen slips away. Jensen still tests the waters, but Oba corners him. Jensen dodges to then haymaker! Jensen headlocks, Oba powers out, and Oba picks Jensen up, but Jensen turns that into a headscissors throw! Jensen runs, Oba picks him up again, but Jensen uses ropes to hit a takeover! Jensen grinds the headlock but Oba headscissors! Jensen kips free, runs up but into a BACKBREAKER! Jensen writhes while Oba catches his breath. Oba then runs to KNEE Jensen in the side! Jensen sputters as Oba KCKS him to the apron!

Oba drags Jensen back in, CLUBS Him, then BOOTS him! Oba stomps away at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. The ref checks Jensen and Jensen is still in this, so Oba drags him up to HIP TOSS him over the ropes! Oba KICKS Jensen in the back, but Jensen snarls. Jensen CHOPS and fires forearms! Oba ROCKS Jensen with one shot, and Jensen falls into a corner! Oba drags him from the corner to drop an ELBOW! Oba then drops another ELBOW, then covers, TWO! Oba is annoyed, but he brings Jensen up to whip and scoop, for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jensen is toughing it out, and he throws body shots!

Oba CLUBS Jensen, then clamps on a BEARHUG! Jensen endures the squeeze from those shotput tossing arms, and he throws elbows! Oba shoves Jensen away, runs up but into a BOOT! NXT returns to single picture as Oba scoops Jensen! Jensen slips free, rolls Oba up, TWO! Jensen hurries to DROPKICK Oba up and outta the ring! The fans are torn as Jensen goes to the apron, and leaps for the FOLEY ELBOW! The fans fire up while both men rise! Jensen gets Oba up and in, dodges a lariat, but Oba avoids the dropkick! Oba clinches to IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Oba then hauls Jensen up again, for another IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER!

Oba drops Jensen, covers, TWO! Briggs is anxious, he can’t watch backstage anymore and leaves that room. Oba waits on Jensen to get up, and then runs in corner to corner! UPPERCUT! Oba pulls Jensen in the chinlock stretch! Jensen endures but Briggs shows up ringside! Briggs tells Jensen to get his ass up! The fans rally as Jensen feeds off that tough love, and he RAMS Oba into a corner! Jensen staggers but Oba CLUBS him again! Oba shoves and CLUBS Jensen! Oba taunts Briggs, shoves Jensen, but Jensen elbows back! Oba storms up but Jensen ROCKS him with a haymaker! Jensen fires off hands, then whips!

Oba blocks the whip but Jensen SUPERKICKS! Jensen whips, Oba reverses, but Jensen LARIATS! And DROPKICKS! And POWERSLAMS!! Cover, TWO!! Jensen fires up, runs, but into a BACK DROP! Oba grins at Briggs, and tells him to watch. Oba hauls Jensen up, scoops him, and carries him. SNAKE EYES and then SHOTPUT BOMB! Oba roars while Briggs glares, and Oba grins as he drags Jensen back up. The fans rally and duel as Jensen grabs at Oba, but Oba stands him up. SHOTPUT BOMB again! Oba brings Jensen up, whips him, and pops him up for the POWERBOMB! Oba says this is finger-licking good!

Oba drags Jensen up again, hauls him back up, POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Oba made Briggs watch as he treated Jensen as a ragdoll, and says that is what happens! Will Dijak not be the only big man hoping to step to The Ruler next?

 

The D’Angelos arrive at their favorite bridge.

They drag Dragunov out of the trunk, but Tony has his guys stand down. Rizzo hands the title belt over, and Dragunov seethes as he steps to Tony. Tony says this wasn’t done out of disrespect. But Dragunov can’t walk into Tony’s restaurant uninvited and unannounced, and expect that to go unpunished. So is Dragunov supposed to be intimidated right now? Tony says he has walked on this bridge with many a man, then walked away alone. This isn’t one of those times. Oh, really? Tony says this is about the NXT Championship. Dragunov is the dominant human weapon that strikes fears into the hearts of his opponents.

But look where he is now. Tony could end everything with the snap of his fingers. Dragunov has power, but not like this. Oh, okay, go ahead, snap those fingers, show what The Don’s got! He will. Have a nice walk back. The D’Angelos go back to the car but Dragunov tells Tony, “One thing you’ll find out about me: I always find a way.” Tony just smiles, and Dragunov is left behind. Will The Czar find that way to counter Tony’s authority with his raw power?

 

High Stakes: Gigi Dolin VS Arianna Grace!

The Toxic Avenger wants to punch the Pageant Queen right in her face, and she’s getting that opportunity! However, the deal was struck that if somehow, someway, Gigi loses, she must subject herself to a makeover! Will Gigi slap some sense into Miss Congeniality? Or will she have to learn to lose with Grace?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Gigi powers Grace to a corner. The ref counts, Gigi lets off, and then shows punch! Grace uses ropes as defense, wanting to protect her face. Gigi says Grace has her opportunity so she has to take it. The two reset, circle, and tie up again. Grace headlocks but Gigi powers up and out. Grace holds ropes, bails out, but Gigi pursues! They run around the ring, back into the ring, but Gigi avoids Grace’s elbow drop! Gigi fires forearms on Grace, whips her to ropes, then drop toeholds her onto ropes! Gigi runs to HIP ATTACK! Grace flounders, Gigi keeps moving and DROPKICKS her! Cover, TWO!

Grace goes to a corner, Gigi runs up, but Grace dodges! Gigi gets stuck in ropes, Grace throws her down! Grace stomps a mudhole into Gigi, then lets off as the ref counts. Grace storms back up and reels Gigi in to snap suplex! Grace drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Grace clamps onto Gigi with a chinlock and grinds her down! The fans rally, Gigi fights up, but Grace whips Gigi to a corner. Grace runs in, Gigi dodges to roll her up! TWO, and Gigi cradles! TWO, and Grace goes for a leg! Gigi blocks that, turns things, but Grace fights the backslide! Grace gets the ropes, Gigi lets her go, and then Grace knees low!

Grace wrenches to SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO! Grace clamps onto Gigi with a chinbar and armlock but the fans rally up. Gigi fights to her feet, but Grace knees low and suplexes. Gigi blocks, to suplex in return! Grace staggers up, Gigi ROCKS, KICKS and KNEES her down! The fans fire up as Gigi rallies on Grace! Wrench and ROUNDHOUSE, then the ripcord and STO! Cover, TWO! Grace survives and Gigi grows frustrated. Grace goes to a corner, Gigi runs up but into an elbow! Grace LARIATS, then she says she just wants to help Gigi! Gigi needs this! Grace grabs her tiara?! Grace puts it on Gigi’s head, but the ref thinks she wants to use it as a weapon!

Grace and the ref fight over the crown, Gigi storms up from behind and Grace LOW BLOWS her! Grace acts like nothing happened, and then says this is for Gigi! Grace winds up, but Gigi LOW BLOWS back! The ref saw that one, and so Grace wins!!

Winner: Arianna Grace, by disqualification (gets to give Gigi a makeover)

Gigi can’t believe it! She got suckered in by goofy Grace! What beauty pageant bologna is she going to be subjected to now?!

 

Karmen Petrovic talks with Sol Ruca backstage.

They both really liked how the Sol Surfer made her return and got her revenge on Blair Davenport. Sol says she was waiting ten MONTHS for that moment, and she’s not done yet. Well unfortunately, since Sol’s been gone, a lot of women have been following Blair’s lead. Really? Lola Vice says yeah, really! Blair does what she wants to who she wants, and only the strong survive. That is why it doesn’t sit well with weaklings like “little karate girl” here. Oh, wow, karate girl? Lola really wants to go there? Lola tells Karmen that she can’t handle Lola in the cage or in the ring. Then let’s get in the ring and Karmen can kick her face off!

Sol has them calm down, they should save this for the ring. Lola says she is a master, Karmen is no match. She’s just basura. Lola leaves and Brinley Reece cartwheels in! She compliments Sol’s ability to defuse the situation. That’s why Brin is so excited for next week’s match! Sol’s such a great sport, and so is Brin, that’s why she’s so excited! Edris Enofe & Malik Blade walk over and apologize for Brin. They usher her away, and Sol says Brin’s got a lot of energy. Well, not everyone’s like Blair and that’s a good thing. Will Sol get back into the groove after facing #BrinEnergy? Will Karmen show Lola what a legit fighter really looks like?

 

Kiana James & Izzi Dame VS Thea Hail & Kelani Jordan!

The Calculator and her insurance policy have been working to ensure their futures in NXT by ruing the future of others, and that’s why they’ve been trying to hold Kelani down. But then they got on Thea’s bad side by agreeing with Jacy Jayne about Chase U being for losers. Will Thea & Kelani prove you can only spell “future” with “U~?”

NXT returns, and wait! Kelani Jordan is down! Thea freaks out, did Kiana & Izzi make sure Thea would be stuck all alone? Izzi & Kiana play dumb, and Thea storms out as her music plays. But is this now a handicap match? Kiana says this is what Thea gets for picking a fight with them. The bell rings, Kiana has Izzi step in and the two storm up on Thea. The ref says no, this is still to be 1v1 with tags, but then wait! Fallon Henley rushes out here! She’s also got beef with Kiana, and she isn’t gonna let Thea fight this alone! Fallon & Thea DOUBLE DROPKICK Kiana & Izzi, and Kiana falls out of teh ring!

Fallon ROCKS Izzi, Thea ROCKS Izzi, repeat! The fans fire up as Fallon & Thea DOUBLE LARIAT Izzi down! Kiana returns, but she gets DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLES! Thea clamps onto an arm, tags Fallon in, and they double wrench to double YANK the arms! Kiana clutches both elbows, Fallon wrenches but Kiana pulls hair! Kiana puts Fallon in a corner, the ref reprimands, but Kiana RAMS into her! Kiana handsprings back, runs up, but Fallon goes up and over! Fallon dodges Kiana, waistlocks and sits Kiana down! But Kiana avoids the kick! The two glare at each other, and Fallon blocks a kick! DRAGON SCREW!

Kiana flounders, tag to Izzi, and Fallon runs up. Izzi catches the crossbody, but Fallon slips out of the scoop! Fallon shoves Izzi, runs and springboards to arm-drag! The fans fire up as Fallon trips Izzi up, and CALF KICKS her down! Izzi flounders, Fallon runs, but Kiana is in the way! The former friends argue, but Izzi runs up! Fallon dodges, but then runs into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Kiana tags in and stomps away on Fallon! Kiana ROCKS Fallon, runs and KNEES Fallon down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Fallon but Kiana hauls her up. Kiana bumps Fallon off buckles, handsprings away and RAMS into her!

Tag to Izzi, Kiana feeds Fallon to a KNEE! Kiana & Izzi mug Fallon, then Izzi SLAMS Fallon down! Cover, TWO! Izzi stomps Fallon around, puts her on ropes and CHOKES her! Izzi runs to KNEE Fallon down, then covers, TWO! Izzi sits Fallon up and clamps on a neck wrench! Fallon endures, the fans rally, but then Jacy and Jazmyn show up! Thea asks what they’re doing here now, but then she cheers Fallon on. Fallon fights up, throws body shots, but Izzi CLUBS her down! Izzi drags Fallon up, tags Kiana, but Fallon BOOTS Kiana and arm-drags Izzi! Kiana hurries to anchor a foot, but Fallon still hot tags Thea!

Thea rallies on Kiana as the fans rally for her! Thea dodges Izzi to then tilt-o-whirl RANA her! Thea kicks Kiana, runs and ROLLING NECKBREAKERS! The fans fire up with Thea and Jacy sarcastically applauds. Thea POWERSLAMS then SENTONS, and shakes the ropes! IMPLODER SENTON! Cover, Izzi breaks it! Fallon runs up, dodges Izzi, then clotheslines Izzi and herself outta the ring! Thea check son Fallon, but Kiana hits her with a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Thea survives but Kiana reels her in! But Thea shifts out of the bomb to get the KIMURA!! Kiana freaks, flails, goes to ropes and DUMPS Thea out!

Kiana clutches her arm, Fallon CLOBBERS Izzi, but then Izzi BOOTS Fallon! Izzi runs up, Jacy moves Fallon out of the way!? Izzi’s BOOT hits Thea! Jacy shrugs like she couldn’t help them both, and then Kian gives Thea the BANKRUPTCY! Cover, Kiana & Izzi win!

Winners: Kiana James & Izzi Dame, by pinfall

Jacy acts like this is all Thea’s failure, but her showing up at all was a distraction! Thea gets a mic and says Jacy must really think Thea’s a loser right now. What is wrong with Jacy!? What did Thea ever do to Jacy?! What happened to their friendship!? Jacy found Thea in her most vulnerable position, and Thea thought Jacy was everything! The coolest girl in NXT! But more than thought, Thea thought Jacy was her friend! Thea finally thought she had someone that saw what Thea saw in herself, and what Thea wanted to become. Or, what Thea thought she should become? And Thea changed herself for Jacy!

And then through this entire friendship, Jacy has just become an even more rotten version of herself! Jacy is upset hearing that. Thea says she ignored that side of Jacy because she idolized her! She saw Jacy as a sister! But Thea was wrong, and she is DONE! This isn’t Thea, this is Jacy, and Thea doesn’t wanna be ANYTHING like Jacy! The fans fire up for that! Thea tells Jacy “sorry” that she’s a loser in her eyes! That she’s not cool enough for Jacy’s toxic self! But that’s fine! Because guess what? The OLD Thea is back, B*TCH! And she runs literal circles around Jacy! Will Thea get revenge on the corrosive Jacy & Jazmyn for making her ever doubt herself?

 

Riley Osborne watches backstage.

He is so happy to see Thea is back to herself! But then in steps the No Quarter Catch Crew. Drew Gulak remembers Thea. “Two steps forward, four steps back.” Riley says that’s a bit harsh, isn’t it? Charlie Dempsey says no, it’s not. Thea reached her ceiling of success when she was with him and Gulak. Oh, and they’d know that how? Well, they’re Heritage Cup Champions, so yeah. Then as Heritage Cup Champions, did they not hear William Regal say to respect where the Cup even comes from? Which just so happens to be Riley’s home country! Okay, Riley, look, you and your fancy moves have no business being near this cup.

Well neither does Dempsey! He’s born and bred in Atlanta! Okay, buttercup, just say the word and they’ll enact the Catch Clause! Ooh~, Catch Clause, huh? Axiom & Nathan Frazer walk in and say that it’s only been a few weeks, and already they’re sick and tired of that clause. As a former Heritage Cup Champion but also a rather flippy high flyer himself, Frazer is sure Riley can take on any of these four. Axiom agrees 100%. And if he needs any help, Axiom’s pretty close friends with the guy who originally held that cup. Yeah, whatever happened to that kid? But anyway, they can clear out two of NQCC, so that narrows down the odds.

Gulak says no, no. NQCC will be walking out of Stand & Deliver both the NXT Tag Team Champions and Heritage Cup Champion. Gulak has the crew head out, but will they really hold more gold after WrestleMania Weekend?

 

The Good Brothers speak.

Luke Gallows says, “The Good Brothers, NEW NXT Tag Team Champions,” sounds pretty good to him. How about you, Machine Gun? Karl Anderson says yes, he can hear Gallows say that all night long. But to get to those clowns, Bron & Corbin, these two will have to go through two teams. That starts with Hank ‘n’ Tank. Oh, the energetic big boys getting their big shot. Good for them. But bad news, guys, Gallows & Anderson were winning tag titles, “brothering” and dominating every continent on this world before Hank ‘n’ Tank even bought their first pay o’ boots!

And with stars in your eyes and butterflies in your bellies, hoping to luck your way to the big dance, Big LG & The Machine Gun are on a mission! That is lining ’em up, handing out Magic Killers to every single team there is, until there’s one left. Then that is handed out at Stand & Deliver when they win the gold. If that ain’t Too Sweet, they don’t know what is!

Hank ‘n’ Tank are watching.

Tank admits, these guys are sweet. A little too sweet, maybe, but they are sweet. But what’re they sipping? Frappuccinos? Hank prefers his coffee black! Tank says he is a cup o’ coffee! The Good Brothers sharing the love but these two didn’t get here on love! Y’know how they got here? Three years at a time, smash mouth wrestling, blue collar brawling, and honestly, everyone is already talking about Stand & Deliver. Good Brothers have the bags packed for Philly and Hank gets it, they’ve gone all over the world. But that is why they’re overlooking this match The OC is oozing confidence, but nobody expects Hank ‘n’ Tank to win.

So when Hank ‘n’ Tank win and shock the world, the only ones who won’t be surprised are Hank ‘n’ Tank! They’ll go to the Triple Threat, win that, and who won’t be surprised? Hank ‘n’ Tank! And then they’ll Stand & Deliver against the Wolf Dogs! Wait, wait, one match at a time. And then the Wolf Dogs step in because they heard the words, “Wolf Dogs.” But Corbin & Bron don’t mind. They know about being in the trenches of the grid iron. And who says Hank ‘n’ Tank can’t beat the Good Brothers? They’re ready, right? Yeah, so ready! Corbin and Bron aren’t sure but Hank ‘n’ Tank get fired up! They’re shoving and slapping and then they run off!

What the hell was that? They might keep doing that until next week! Bron & Corbin sure seem amused at the prospect, but will Hank ‘n’ Tank really shock the world? Or will they just be the first on the Good Brothers’ Magic Killer highlight reel?

 

Ridge Holland VS Shawn Spears!

Rage is a powerful emotion, but the Yorkshire Grit wants to prove it doesn’t rule him nor define him. However, The Chair Man says Ridge is just lying to himself. Will the truth be revealed? And will it set Ridge free? Or will it haunt him for the rest of his life?

The bell rings, the two run up, but then Spears gives himself up! He dares Ridge to do something but Ridge hesitates. So Spears CHOPS! Spears eggs Ridge on, so Ridge RAMS him into a corner! Spears facelocks back, brings Ridge around, but Ridge back drops! Spears sunset flips but Ridge drags him up! Spears SLAPS Ridge! Spears wants Ridge to let it out, and then Ridge swings! Spears ducks that lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Ridge is fuming, he whips Spears to a corner then runs up, only for Spears to BOOT him! Spears then dodges Ridge, CHOPS him, and ROCKS him with a left! Spears CHOPS again, then brings Ridge around.

Spears bumps Ridge off buckles, hushes the fans, and fakes the chop! Spears goes up to rain down fists! The fans count but Spears wags his finger. But Ridge shoves Spears away and POUNCES him! Ridge CLOBBERS Spears, Spears flounders, and Ridge runs up. Spears DUMPS Ridge out! The fans rally up, Ridge stands and Spears storms after him. Spears pulls Ridge’s hair but Ridge SWEEPS the legs! Spears flops down but Ridge hauls him up. Ridge CHOPS Spears, CLUBS him, then UPPERCUTS! Spears flops over but Ridge hauls him up. Ridge scoops Spears, takes aim, but Spears dares him to do it!

Ridge stops himself, so Spears POSTS Ridge instead! Spears says Ridge should just have done it, but now Spears is gonna hurt him. Spears keeps telling Ridge to give in to his anger while NXT goes picture in picture.

Spears refreshes the ring count, puts Ridge in, then storms over to him. Spears traps Ridge’s arms to rain down fists! Then Spears stomps Ridge as he lets off! Ridge flounders, Spears soaks up cheers and jeers, then CHOPS! Ridge pushes Spears back, but Spears throws hands! Spears CHOPS Ridge again, and again, then whips. Ridge reverses and Spears hits buckles hard! Ridge storms up on Spears, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Spears sits down. Ridge storms back up, he brings Spears in, but Spears wrenches out to DDT! Cover, TWO! Ridge stays in this but Spears stays on him with a KNEE in the back!

Spears clamps on the chinlock and grinds Ridge down. Ridge endures, even as Spears digs the knee in. Ridge fights up as NXT returns to single picture. Ridge pries at the hold, opens it up, but Spears spins him around to snapmare! Ridge blocks the stomp! Ridge stands, UPPERCUTS, and fires forearms! Spears flounders, Ridge whips, but Spears blocks to SUPERKICK! Spears SUPERKICKS again, and Ridge leans against ropes. Spears traps Ridge’s arms in the ropes!? The ref reprimands but Spears says Ridge failed! Spears throws hands as he continues to say, “You failed! You let me down! You let everybody down!”

Spears says Ridge let himself down, let the fans down, and he let his wife and daughter down! Ridge is getting mad so Spears tells him to use it! Ridge gets an arm free and he grabs Spears by the face! Spears stares Ridge down, daring him with his eyes! Ridge HEADBUTTS Spears, then LARIATS! Ridge rains down fists, brings Spears up and TOSSES him out! Ridge goes out after Spears, facelocks and SWINGS him into the barriers! Fans fire up as Ridge puts Spears back in the ring! Spears bails out the side so Ridge runs up to CLOBBER him! Ridge RAMS Spears into steel steps! And he pulls those steps apart!

The fans are torn as Spears flounders and Ridge moves things around. Ridge clears the desk, too! The fans fire up but Ridge dumps the candy! That’s not cool! Ridge drags Spears out of the ring, brings him to the desk, and he says Spears wanted this! CHOKE SLAM through the desk!! The fans go wild as Spears gets what he wanted out of Ridge! Ridge hauls Spears up, puts him in, and Ridge storms around to grab Spears’ chair! Ridge brings the chair in, fans are torn as Spears sits up, but Ridge takes aim! The ref stops Ridge and gets the chair away! Fans boo but Spears rolls Ridge up! TWO!!

Spears stands, Ridge scoops! Spears slips free, fireman’s carries, CORNER DEATH VALLEY but also the chair!! Cover, Spears wins!

Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall

Spears not only got the moral victory of bringing Ridge down into the darkness, but he also got the physical victory by taking advantage of that rage! Spears smiles as he says, “I did it.” Will The Chair Man continue to expose all the painful truths within NXT?

 

Trick Williams is here!

The fans fire up and chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” as he makes his way to the ring. Trick has the music stop so he can talk. He knows he usually comes out here and does his thing, but tonight, he’s struggling to find the words to say what he really needs to say. He won’t lie, he is pissed, and angry, feels betrayed! Family means something to him. When he says you’re his brother, that means he’s got your back. When he says that you’re his brother, that means he takes food off his plate to make sure you eat, too. That is what Trick did for two YEARS, Melo! He had Melo’s back! Trick watched Melo succeed and get ever accolade NXT has to offer, with a smile on his face!

Trick asks Melo, “Why? I’m not gonna lie. Melo, watching you succeed made me wanna step up my game. It made me put the extra work in. I went to Shawn Michaels’ office, and I asked him, ‘What do I need to do to take my game to the next level?'” And Melo said that he was happy for Trick! Who knew what was on the other side of Trick taking a chance on himself, but that is when “Trick Willy” was born. Trick saw it, the fans saw it, and Melo saw it, too! The fans cheer that! Trick wanted Melo to be happy for him the same way Trick was happy for Melo. But that is when he heard the whispers: Melo ain’t really happy for Trick. Melo’s making faces after Trick’s wins.

Trick didn’t believe it, but then THE John Cena told Trick that Melo’s hatin’ on him! Trick said no, Melo is Trick’s boy! Trick Melo Gang was always gonna be here. But then Trick had to check for himself. He asked if Melo attacked him. And Melo looked Trick in the eyes, and he LIED to Trick! Thinking about it, Melo lied for a long time. Melo lied about attacking Trick, he lied about Dragunov, and the part that hurt the most… Melo lied about being Trick’s brother. But that’s fine, after all that, there was one time Melo told the truth about one thing. Melo stepped in the ring and told everyone that he did what he did is because they’re not on the same level.

Trick agrees there, they’re not on the same level, and have never been on the same level. Trick doesn’t care if Melo puts on Timberland boots, stands on a stepstool with the Ludacris afro, he’ll still never been on the same level as Trick with his little punk ass! The fans fire up for that one! Trick tells Melo that Trick had Melo’s back. Melo stabbed Trick in his. So this is how they’re gonna do it. Stand & Deliver, Melo VS Trick, and it will be payback for everything Melo did and then some! And the whole crowd gonna chant, “WHOOP DAT TRICK!”

Wait, why is Meta Four coming out here now? Fans boo as Dar tells Trick to hear him now. Trick’s rise has been epic, but let’s be real. They’re sick and tired of Trick complaining about Melo smashing him up. Because the reality is, Trick deserved it! Trick tells Dar that this ain’t the same man Dar used to know. Say what you came here to say or just get outta here. Dar tells “Trickster” to calm down. They aren’t that different. At Vengeance Day, Trick lost his best friend. Two weeks ago, Dar lost his in the Heritage Cup. The difference is, Dar didn’t run home, put his head under a pillow and cry about it! Dar made a big boy decision to move on to bigger and better things!

Meta Four walks up to the ring and Trick says he already told them, he’s not in the mood. They need to mind their business and get outta here. Dar says, “Okay, Tricky, I’ll make it really simple. I’m here to steal all that hype. Because let’s be serious, there is nobody hotter than you right now.” Trick says Lash must agree, the way she’s looking at him. AW SNAP! The fans fire up but Lash says Tricky can’t even play. Listen to Dar, boo. Yeah, listen to Lash and listen to Dar. Supernova 11 is ready to blast off, and the best way to do that is by knocking Trick out. The paper tiger of NXT, the One Trick Pony Williams! They’re not gonna talk about it, they’re gonna fight about it!

Dar & Oro storm up, but Trick DECKS Dar! Then DECKS Oro! And repeat! Lash runs up, Trick blocks her punch! And then sweeps her off her feet! Lash is flustered, and KISSES TRICK!! Even Lash can’t believe it! Trick spins Lash to her feet, and LARIATS Oro! And LARIATS Dar! Trick TOSSES Oro! And TOSSES Dar! Jakara & Lash regroup with their boys, but did Trick just teal the Bougie Bully’s heart? Will Trick turn Supernova 11 down to a zero on his way to facing… HIM?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here, so much development towards Stand & Deliver. and just a lot of fun overall. Great stuff in the tag division, as alluded to by Aldis & Pearce last night on Raw. LWO beating OTM was quite the surprise, and we got good promos out of the other teams. It was really hard keeping up with Hank ‘n’ Tank, they were really high energy but that talks to their chemistry. Pretty sure Good Brothers do what they promised in beating Hank ‘n’ Tank then beating whatever teams are in the Triple Threat, which will be LWO and probably Frazer & Axiom. As good as the No Quarter Catch Crew is, I don’t think they’re tag title contenders.

And great segue of stories as Riley gets his shot at the Heritage Cup after defending Thea’s honor to the NQCC. Thea’s story was some great long term booking for NXT, and I appreciate the moral is to be accepting of your own eccentricities. “Sexy leather” Thea never felt right to me, her character put that together after seeing Jacy’s true colors, and we’re either getting Thea & Fallon VS Jacy & Jazmyn or just Thea VS Jacy. At the same time, they’ve included the story of Kiana & Izzi VS Kelani in this, maybe we get a huge Six Woman Tag? And Roxie had a strong promo, and of course Tatum confronted her, Roxie VS Tatum is gonna set up Lyra’s return and then that sets up Lyra VS Roxie for the title at Stand & Deliver, probably as Roxie’s sendoff match.

King VS Stone went about how I expected, including Von Wagner making sure King couldn’t do worse. I’m still thinking we get a Tables match out of Von VS King. Spears VS Ridge went almost how I expected. The fans love Spears but they’re willing to get behind Ridge if he’s gonna be brutal behemoth Ridge, and we got some of that tonight. Spears winning out was perhaps the surprise, as I thought he was just getting the moral victory of making Ridge lose his temper. Maybe there’ll be a rematch, maybe under No Disqualifications so Ridge can really let loose.

Speaking of disqualifications, that was a very clever way for Gigi to lose to Grace. Now Gigi will have to go through that beauty pageant etiquette makeover stuff, which will be entertaining in a goofy way, but who knows where it goes after that. Good promo from Karmen, Sol and Lola, as well as Brinley, Edris & Malik, to set up a couple matches. Lola’s picking a fight with Karmen but she’ll probably win that, while Sol will certainly beat Brin to get herself going again. It’ll also feed Brin’s story with Malik & Edris of her losing and Edris wanting to see her embrace the negative side.

Really good stuff out of the North American Championship story. Jensen had a great showing but Oba still won, and it is clear Briggs will get a shot next. Not sure why Dijak’s inserting himself into this story with how he confronted Briggs last week and then Oba this week. NXT North American Championship Triple Threat perhaps? Oba, Briggs and Dijak a big men, maybe they’ll give us something akin to Gunther VS Sheamus VS McIntyre last year in Hollywood. Great segments from Dragunov with the D’Angelos to add a new dimension to this story, making it physical power VS authority and influence, can’t wait to see how the match goes.

And of course, Trick closing out the night was awesome. Great promo from Trick, and Dar confronting Trick was quite the surprise. I thought he and Oro were getting in on the tag tournament but nope, Dar thinks he can just derail Trick and take that momentum. Trick and Lash kissing was also wild, and the fans there certainly loved it. I am pretty sure Trick beats Dar but then Melo attacks to brawl ahead of their grudge match. And as I said the other week, Trick is certainly winning to send Melo off to SmackDown full time, and then he can go after whoever has the NXT Championship post-Mania.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

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

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

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

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

 

Rhea returns backstage.

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

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

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

 

Triple H is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

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

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

 

Raw shares an interview from before the show.

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

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

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

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

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

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

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

 

Jey Uso VS Finn Balor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

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

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

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

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable!

Raw returns and Gable is at gorilla. Bronson Reed steps to him and wants to let him know that whoever wins tonight, whether it’s Gable or Sami, they won’t be champion for long. Because then the winner will have to answer to Big Bronson Reed! The theme song says it for Gable, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable makes his entrance, not sweating what comes after, only what’s happening right now. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins this massive main event in Montreal!

The fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Sami and Gable take a moment to soak it all in, then Sami fires up again. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Sami wrenches to wristlock. Gable rolls, spins, wrenches, headlocks, drop toeholds, then headlocks. Sami fights up, powers out, then drops down to hurdle. Sami arm-drags Gable, Gable arm-drags back! Sami slips around, arm-drags again, and Gable bails out. The fans cheer as Sami builds speed, but Gable gets in! Sami dodges, then he dumps Gable out! Gable stumbles from the apron, Sami builds speed, but he fakes Gable out to Arabian Press!

The fans cheer this chess game, but Gable storms in to get in Sami’s face. The fans again sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” as Raw goes to break.

 


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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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