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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/25/24)




What do you see~? CM Punk on your TV!

With Monday Night Raw coming to Chicago, it was only natural that CM Punk would be here! What will he have to say this close to WrestleMania?


  • Ricochet VS JD McDonagh w/ Dominik Mysterio; Ricochet wins.
  • Candice LeRae w/ Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile; Candice wins.
  • The New Day VS #DIY; No Contest.
  • Andrade VS Giovanni Vinci; Andrade wins.
  • Sami Zayn VS Bronson Reed; Bronson wins.
  • Jey Uso VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Jey wins.


Cody Rhodes is here!

Chicago fires up for the American Nightmare and sing along with the song, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets both rounds of pyro, then steps into the ring. The fans cheer in him and he revels in it a moment before saying, “So, Chicago…! What do you wanna talk about? I mean, I could say nothing. You get it, right? We’re in that final, awkward two weeks before WrestleMania where the time for talk is really over, the time for action has arisen, the wagon is in the barn. Last week on SmackDown, well even before SmackDown, in his media rounds, Roman Reigns…” The fans boo here. “Roman Reigns said a lot, particularly on my friend, Pat McAfee’s show. Let’s hear it for Pat.” The fans cheer here.

Cody says there’s 15 THOUSAND here, let’s hear it for Pat! The fans cheer more, and Cody has them dial it back, it’s just Pat. What about Michael Cole? The fans cheer for Cole, and Cody says see, that awkward two weeks. There are people freaking out backstage, Cody isn’t sure where they’re going with this. Oh, right, Roman Reigns. The fans boo again. Cody says yes, Roman Reigns, he referred to Cody as a politician. The fans chant “Roman Sucks! Roman Sucks!” Cody continues by saying Roman would double down in their face-to-face and say Cody’s been making promises he cannot keep, and that got under Cody’s skin.

The reason being: this city more than any other that when Cody makes a promise, he absolutely, 100% keeps it! The fans are all in on that! Cody says there was a unique ask. A man last night used a sign to ask Cody if he’d be the best man and the guy’s wedding. So explain that to Cody’s wife: Cody is going to this guy, Anthony’s wedding, and paying for the bachelor party. Honey, who is Anthony? No idea. But he’s still doing it! A little boy named Hudson is having a birthday party, asked if The American Nightmare would be there, and Cody said absolutely!

The Wrestling Club, men and women just wanting to attend WrestleMania, both nights. Cody says this and asks for nothing in return. The reason Cody does what he does is lost on Roman Reigns. Roman thinks it is desperation. Maybe it should be, as this is Cody’s final crack at the Universal Championship. But it isn’t desperation. Cody dresses how he dresses, talks how he talks, walks how he walks and spends all this time for a simple reason. He pretends to be the champion because the champion isn’t here! The fans fire up and chant for Cody again.

Cody says he has filled the air, filled the ring with positive platitudes. He clearly respects The Tribal Chief. But make no mistake, Cody is fully aware that Roman Reigns is the man who screwed Cody out of the biggest dream he’s ever had in his life last year at WrestleMania. So while Cody respects Roman, please understand that he also hates Roman’s guts! And it is totally fine if Roman hates Cody, too. It is Cody’s fault that Roman and his cousin can’t have this “wank fest” they were hoping to have at Mania. And it is pretty simple: It is Cody’s fault because he won the Royal Rumble! Not once, but twice!

Now, everyone knows the winner of the Rumble points at the sign. And if Cody has learned anything, pointing at that sign, WrestleMania 39 and now WrestleMania 40, Cody cannot do it alone. He said he’d ask for nothing back but this time, he is. April 6th, the biggest tag match in WWE history, Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins VS Roman Reigns & The Rock, will you, the fans, ride with him? The fans cheer yes! Cody says on April 7th, hopefully what will be a fair fight with Roman Reigns, will the fans fight with him? The fans cheer yes again! Then how about we have a little moment here with 15 thousand strong.

If Cody is going to point at the WrestleMania sign, please point along with him. Cody looks around and asks if they’re ready. The fans cheer, and Cody points. Everyone points with him! And pointing at the sign means just what Cody said: WrestleMania 40, two main events, defeating The Final Boss, defeating- WAIT! The Rock is here tonight!? The Final Boss promised he’d be here on April 1st but maybe that was the prank all along! Chicago can’t believe it, but The Rock, in another Versace vest, goes right to the ring. The Rock hits his pose on the corner, then steps inside. The Rock walks past Cody to pose on another corner.

The Rock then paces around Cody, and the fans are torn between cheers and jeers. The Rock stares Cody down, the fans start losing their minds, and then they calm down as the stare down continues. “This is Awesome!” as The Rock and Cody continue to stand still. The Rock finally steps forward, and now Chicago chants for “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” The Rock then holds his hands out to his side, showing that he comes in peace. He even puts his hands behind his back before stepping closer. The stare down intensifies and The Rock says something without a mic. Fans want to know what he said, but then The Rock steps away.

Cody seems confused, and then The Rock exits the ring. Fans boo, hoping there was more to this surprise than just the surprise. Cody’s confusion shifts to frustration but The Rock just goes up the ramp to take his leave. The fans chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” but The Rock just smirks and chuckles. The Final Boss exits to the back, but just what was this visit about?


Backstage interview with The Rock.

Jackie Redmond waves him down and asks what we all want to know: What exactly did he just say to Cody out there? The Rock says to go ask Cody. The Rock continues making his exit, will we be able to get an answer out of Cody?


The Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

Priest is throwing darts with Finn while Rhea & Dom talk. Rhea gets it, Dom has unfinished business with his dad, but he could’ve told them his plan. Rhea would’ve loved to join in. Plus, communication is key. Dom says Mami’s right, sorry. Won’t happen again. Priest says cool, and now to the business at hand tonight. JD, you better handle Ricochet like they know he can. Finn is sick and tired of JD & Dom being made to look like fools against that clown! Priest has Finn calm down, and they trust JD will take care of things. Priest also has a plan for how the odds can be in their favor at WrestleMania. Finn loves it!

JD says no worries, he’s got Ricochet’s number tonight. Rhea says just win. Please? Dom assures Rhea that he will make sure things go their way. Good. They all fist bump and the boys head out.

Ricochet VS JD McDonagh w/ Dominik Mysterio!

The One and Only is currently 2-0 with Judgment Day, having beat The Prodigal Son 1v1 then beating the Necessary Evil at the start of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet. Will it be a hattrick for the human highlight reel? Or will the King of Flight fail to trump the Irish Ace?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Ricochet puts JD on ropes but JD turns things around. The ref counts, separates the two, and the fans chant “DOM, YOU SUCK!” Ricochet gets distracted by Dom and JD sucker punches him! JD brings Ricochet up to whip, then he ELBOWS Ricochet down! Dom cheers, the fans boo, and JD lifts Ricochet up. JD back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet rolls off JD’s back, rolls under then handsprings back to headscissor! Kip up and DROPKICK!

JD tumbles outside, Ricochet builds speed, but he fakes JD out with the handspring! Then he FLIES the other way! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Ricochet is feeling it as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and JD has Ricochet in a corner. JD RAMS into Ricochet, stands him up, and the fans rally for Ricochet as JD CHOPS! Ricochet fires forearms in return! Ricochet runs, but JD kitchen sink knees! The fans boo but JD clamps on a rear bearhug! Ricochet endures the squeeze, throws elbows, then reaches out, tot he ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, JD holds on, but Ricochet fires elbows! JD lets go, Ricochet swings, but into an URENAGE! STANDING MOONSAULT FLOPS as Ricochet moves! The fans fire up and Ricochet dodges a haymaker to handspring and BACK ELBOW! Both men are down but Chicago rallies up!

JD goes to ropes, Ricochet stands, and JD swings! Ricochet blocks, fires shots in return then a JUMP KNEE! JD goes to a corner, Ricochet runs corner to corner, but JD puts him on the apron! Ricochet RAMS into JD, springboards and FLYING LARIATS! The fans fire up for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this, but Ricochet stays cool. Ricochet waits on JD to rise, the fans rally behind him, and JD stands. Ricochet fireman’s carries, pop-up, but JD blocks the kick! JD stands Ricochet up but Ricochet TIGER WALL KICKS then ENZIGIRIS! Ricochet runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!

JD hurries to suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and Dom is beside himself! JD goes to ropes, Dom coaches him up, but the fans rally for Ricochet. JD storms back up on Ricochet, drags him up, and puts him in a corner. JD puts Ricochet up top, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! JD climbs up after Ricochet now, but Ricochet fights the clinch! Ricochet CLUBS JD again and again, then adjusts his position. SUPER POISON-RANA!! Ricochet fired up, he runs in, RECOIL!! Cover, Dom helps with the ropebreak!! The fans boo as Dom saves JD! Ricochet is mad at Dom but Dom gets away.

Ricochet hurries to springboard and 450 onto knees!! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and the fans are thunderous as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Ricochet trades forearms with JD. Ricochet BOOTS JD, but JD ducks the heel kick to DISCUS LARIAT! JD reels Ricochet in to SITOUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up again as Ricochet stays in this! JD is beside himself, but Dom coaches him back up. JD has an arm, but Ricochet ROCKS JD first! JD kicks Ricochet, Ricochet fires SLAP after SLAP, but JD fires Kawada Kicks! Ripcord, but DESTROYER!! Ricochet turns things around on JD and he hurries up a corner! The fans are thunderous ag Ricochet climbs! Dom panics, he gets on the apron! The ref tells him to stop!

The fans boo, but Dom SLAPS the ropes to trip Ricochet! The ref says that was blatant, so he EJECTS Dom! The fans fire up as Dom gets what he deserves! JD panics now, but he hurries to go after Ricochet! But Ricochet shoves him back down! SHOOTING STAR CROSSBODY!!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

Dom tried to screw Ricochet over but he just gave Ricochet the highlight of the night! Now that he’s 3-0, does The One and Only just have Judgment Day’s number?


CM Punk is here!

Chicago’s own gets a warm welcome as he steps out on stage in the Allstate Arena. His arm is in a brace, but he’s still able to check and say, “It’s Clobbering Time!” Punk also high fives and shakes hands on his way down the ramp and around the ring. Punk gets a mic then stands on top of the desk! The fans cheer, then Punk hops down to get in the ring. “Oh, I gotta lot of things I wanna say and a lot of business I gotta get to, but before that, is it good to be alive in Chicago on a Monday night or what?” The fans cheer that! Punk continues by saying everyone is asking Punk if he’s gonna be at WrestleMania. The short answer is: YES!

Punk says everyone is asking how his elbow is doing. Not great, not 100%. Not medically cleared, but dammit, his mouth works. We’re not on Netflix yet, April knows what he’s talking about. But not only are people asking if he’ll be at Mania, but people have suggestions. Is he gonna host it? Who knows. Ten years ago, he would’ve thought hosting Mania was beneath him. But he wants to be in front of the fans, he wishes Mania was in Chicago. Hint hint. But people say Punk’s great in the ring, on the mic, at commentary, why not be a referee? He thought, “Hmm… Is there a title match that maybe needs the ‘most impartial’ referee?” Who knows.

But is seems people also talk about him. A lot of people talk about him. Even if they hate him, they certainly need to talk about him. Pat McAfee! You got a little program, right? Punk apologizes for not being a regular listener, but he had a guest on that show by the name of Roman Reigns. Fans boo Roman again, as they did earlier. Punk sat back and thought why did Roman need to bring little ol’ one-armed Punk up? Roman earned that right, Punk respects him for it. But Punk has a feeling that him coming back and climbing his way up, while Roman’s on the way back down, they’ll see each other soon.

Another guy that likes to talk about Punk is Seth Rollins. Fans are torn here but Punk says they go way back. They don’t see eye to eye, mostly because Rollins wears high heels now and has somehow found a way to make himself taller than Punk. But LOL’ing that Punk hurt his arm paying the price of being a pro-wrestler since he was 15 years old, maybe Rollins has earned that right. Though coming from someone with two bad knees, that’s funny. Someone who has NOT talked about Punk, not a word, is The Rock. Maybe because 10 years ago, The Rock remembers coming face to face with The Second City Saint, and realizing his arms were just too short to box with God!

The fans fire up remembering back to those days. Punk says, “Then there’s Drew McIntyre.” Punk hasn’t said a word, because he doesn’t perpetually live on the internet. Punk handles business live and in living color! Because when you’ve got a problem in Chicago, you handle it face to face like a man! Well speak of the Scottish Terminator, and here he comes! Punk tells them to turn off that stupid song off, no one wants to listen to it! The fans cheer that! Punk says he ain’t medically cleared but he ain’t looking for a match, so McIntyre should get his b*tch ass in here! Fans chant “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” for that one.

McIntyre says he would love to get into that ring and beat Punk’s arse, but doesn’t he remember what happened the last time? McIntyre stomped that stupid little arm because Punk deserved it. McIntyre prayed for this, and it happened. Punk asks if McIntyre is really the Scottish Psychopath in a kilt, or just a troll in a skirt? Let’s find out! McIntyre says this is 2024, you could get canceled for talking like that. But no, tonight is perfect. McIntyre couldn’t have prayed for better. Punk is in the ring, hurt, we’re less than two weeks to Mania, we’re in Chicago, McIntyre is in the World Heavyweight Championship match. This is divine intervention!

McIntyre realizes he’s wearing the shirt, this was bad manners. McIntyre shows off that first on the checklist that’s on the back is “Injure CM Punk.” Punk tells McIntyre that he never had to put another man’s name on a shirt just to sell it! McIntyre takes off that shirt to show off his other shirt, the tombstone meme. McIntyre says that was a struggle because of his big biceps, something else Punk’s never had. McIntyre then gets on the desk so everyone can see him. McIntyre the most ironic thing about this: Punk is straight edge. Never drinking, never doing drugs, yet he spends all his time in rehab.

McIntyre sees in Punk’s eyes that he doesn’t like McIntyre. And Punk thinks McIntyre hates Punk like Rollins does. Maybe at one time, McIntyre did hate Punk. And maybe those issues do need resolving. But right now, McIntyre doesn’t hate Punk. Punk completes him! Punk says boo this man, tell him who you paid to see. But McIntyre says no, when he can’t get that last rep using weights Punk could never manage in his prime, that weight magically goes up. In the Elimination Chamber, when McIntyre was the first man up, 30 minutes in, burst eardrum, equilibrium shot, couldn’t possible win, McIntyre thins of Punk and he gets the job done! Punk is his muse!

Punk says he can’t hear a word McIntyre’s saying from way over there. Maybe get in this ring and say it right into Punk’s good ear. C’mon, coward! McIntyre says he’d love to get into the ring, but he knows what Chicagoans are like! Punk probably has a weapon to shank McIntyre with before Mania! Punk rests on the mat, but then McIntyre sits cross-legged. Don’t look up the kilt, pervs. But c’mon, Punk, listen to McIntyre. McIntyre knows Punk wants to be at Mania, so does McIntyre. McIntyre wants Punk to be in the front row. Punk honestly believes he should be in McIntyre’s spot, but he shouldn’t.

People are starting to realize what McIntyre has known all along, and that is that McIntyre has always been The Chosen One! Chosen One?! Who chose you!? Who?! What was that guy’s name?! You got the balls to say that? Then what paragon of virtue chose McIntyre back in the day? It ain’t anyone in Chicago! It ain’t anyone in San Antonio, when they went off the air chanting “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” McIntyre says yes, please, get it all in while you can. Punk’s still gonna be out for months anyway! McIntyre’s all excited, he feels like a fan right now.

But maybe, since McIntyre is on commentary, if Punk wants to be part of the show, and he’s only good at talking, Punk could be guest commentator for the World Heavyweight Championship! Then he’d have to watch as McIntyre finally has his moment when he raises the world title in front of live fans! But wait, here comes THE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins! The fans sing along, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” as Rollins struts his way down to ringside. Rollins steps into the ring with Punk, looks him up and down, then gets a mic for himself. The fans continue to sing as Rollins also looks at McIntyre.

Rollins turns around to stare Punk down, the singing giving way to “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” Rollins then tells Chicago, “Welcome to Monday… Night… Rollins! And now that we’ve firmly established whose show this is, whose show this has been, and whose show this is going to be…” The fans continue to chant “CM PUNK!” “If you two children…” Punk says this may be Rollins’ show but this is HIS city. Rollins says yes, this may be an away game for him, but if Punk and McIntyre are done trying to out troll each other, let’s get to business.

If these morons had even one brain cell between the two of them, they’d know they don’t make decisions in regard to the world title match when you’re NOT in it! Rollins then says since they wanna take everyone’s opinion’s into account aside from the champ’s, why not take a poll of the entire city of Chicago? So, WrestleMania 40, Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship, should Punk be on commentary? Chicago starts chanting “REFEREE! REFEREE!” Punk smiles at that. But Rollins says if you don’t know, the bad arm is his counting arm. Punk then gets down and uses his left arm to count three!

The fans cheer, and Punk says in all fairness, he probably wouldn’t be able to be fair “with these two dip*hits” anyway. McIntyre says keep it PG, Punk. Rollins is amused and the fans continue to chant for Punk. Rollins says you wanna know what he thinks? Nope. Oh, well, that’s ironic. Because Rollins doesn’t think about Punk. In fact, Punk hasn’t crossed Rollins’ mind since the last time they were in this ring together. Rollins doesn’t give a damn about Punk. If Punk wants to be on commentary, a referee, it doesn’t matter! But the irony is, Punk talks about everyone needing him, but the fact is… Punk needs Rollins to have a WrestleMania moment.

Commentary is great to Rollins, as the irony of Punk narrating Rollins’ finest hour is not lost on Rollins. And truthfully, the way things are going for Punk, that’s about as close to a world title as Punk’s gonna get again. So look, Punk can do whatever he wants at Mania, but the one thing Rollins needs him to know and to do… is stay out of Rollins’ way. Punk nods and says okay, it is decided. Punk will put some cans on, sit with Michael Cole and the Cole Miners, and even Pat, do some commentary.

And Punk will guarantee, he will do something that McIntyre, with the lipstick on his boots, polish in his beard and that stupid sword, and something that Rollins, with his bellbottoms, his world title, his wife, and Punk’s ten year absence could never do: Make these two interesting! Now hit the music! Cult of Personality plays, Punk takes his exit, but McIntyre says no, Punk doesn’t get the last word! He’s not even in the match! McIntyre says the only thing he is obsessed with is the title! Punk is obsessed with McIntyre because McIntyre is living the dream! Punk is McIntyre’s biggest stan, write him back just to chill. Truly yours, This is Phil.

Rollins SUPERKICKS McIntyre! The fans fire up, and Rollins runs up, to CURB STOMP!! McIntyre may have had the last word, but Rollins is the one who sends a message! If Punk is going to be on commentary, will he have to eat his words when The Visionary makes it through Mania? Or will he have to eat his words when the Scottish Terminator stands tall?


Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

“Jey Uso gets to go to WrestleMania XL to have his dream match against his brother. It’s unfair. Why? Why does Jey’s dream get to come true? What about Shinsuke Nakamura’s Dream? Tonight, Nakamura is going to turn Jey’s dream into a nightmare!” The King of Strong Style wants to ruin the Road to WrestleMania, but will nothing stop Uso VS Uso from happening?


Candice LeRae w/ Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile!

The Poison Pixie has been getting more and more toxic, and the Diamond Pitbull isn’t standing for it anymore! Will Ivy get back at Candice for how she treated Maxxine Dupri? Or will Candice find a way to get through this tiny titan?

The bell rings, the two rush in, and Ivy hits a SPINEBUSTER! Ivy rains down fists on Candice, then runs up to run Candice over! Candice goes to a corner but Ivy runs up to DROPKICK! Ivy then brings Candice around, suplexes, and she holds Candice up! The fans fire up and Candice tries to get free, but Ivy SLAMS her down first! Cover, TWO! Candice flounders to ropes, Ivy runs up, but Candice drop toeholds her onto ropes! Candice dropkicks Ivy to the floor, wants the ring count, but also wants Indi to get involved. Candice distracts the ref, and Indi hesitates. Ivy gets int he ring but Candice hammers away on her!

Candice TOSSES Ivy back out, again distracts the ref, and again wants Indi to get toxic with her! But Maxxine gets on the apron tot ell Candice to stop that. Candice BLASTS Maxxine, then she fakes a knee injury! She blames Maxxine for it! The ref is distracted again, this is Indi’s third chance, but she doesn’t do anything. Ivy runs up but the ref holds her back! Candice then trips Ivy, high stack with feet on the ropes! Candice wins!

Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall

Another win by bending the rules of decency, and Candice celebrates all the way up the ramp! Indi has no idea what to make of this, is Candice losing her way?


The New Day talks with #DIY backstage.

Kofi Kingston wants to know why is it DIY, Do It Yourself, when there’s two of them. It makes no sense! Ciampa laughs that off and says why’re they still The New Day when they’re no longer new. Wait, is that Paul Heyman in the back talking with McIntyre? Anyway, Woods says what’ll be new is DIY at Mania, since they’ve never been good enough to get there before. Gargano says New Day has how many wins at Mania? ZERO! Kofi says tonight is friendly competition, okay? But Mania will be real interesting. Wait, in step The Awesome Truth, with R-Truth sporting the Chicago Sox MLB Legacy title, as made by WWE.

Truth says this is gonna be the best match ever! Yeah, the Six Pack Ladder Match is gonna be something else. No, Truth is talking about tonight. The NEW~ DAY~ VS DX! Truth is so hyped, he told JBL that Miz & Truth are going to join commentary. Miz says it’s McAfee, and Truth says gesundheit. What? Miz tries to explain to Truth that it isn’t JBL, it is McAfee now. Oh so JBL changed his name again? Never mind… Truth is still hyped! Will “DX” be able to do it themselves tonight? Or will the New Day show they’re still as fresh as they were on day one?


The New Day VS #DIY!

Raw returns as these teams are already in the ring, with The Awesome Truth on commentary. Truth asks where JBL’s cowboy hat went, and McAfee tries to explain he’s Pat. Kofi starts against Ciampa, they circle, tie up, and Ciampa headlocks. Kofi tops wristlocks, then spins to a headlock, then spins to a waistlock. Ciampa throws elbows to get free, runs up and CHOPS! The fans rally as Ciampa goes up to MONKEY FLIP, but Kofi flips through to land on his feet! Kofi then dodges and DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Kofi brings Ciampa up to whip, Ciampa ducks ‘n’ dodges then tags Gargano! Ciampa slides under, CHOPS, and Gargano LARIATS!

Ciampa JAWBREAKERS, Gargano ripcords and Ciampa LARIATS! The fans fire up and Gargano CHOPS Kofi in a corner. Gargano whips, Kofi reverses but Gargano goes up and rolls Kofi to schoolboy, but Kofi ducks the kick to FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Gargano, HEADBUTTS him to the corner, and Woods says it is time to turn up! The stomping stampede begins! Kofi tags Woods, stomp stomp stomp, then tag back to Kofi. Kofi stomps again, then Woods tags back in. Woods stomps away, then tags back to Kofi. Ciampa runs up, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Ciampa falls into a corner, New Day runs to DOUBLE HYDRAULIC DROPKICK!

The fans fire up, and Truth says we’ll be right back with action after this break!

Raw returns again and Ciampa has New Day in corners! He clotheslines Woods, clotheslines Kofi, then back to Woods! Ciampa keeps going, he dodges New Day to DOUBLE LARIAT them down! The fans fire up with Ciampa and he tags in Gargano. Ciampa & Gargano ENZIGIRI-KNEE COMBO on Kofi! Then Woods runs up, but Ciampa catches him! ENZIGIR, FOREARM, and ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! New Day ends up on the apron, Ciampa KNEES them down! Ciampa holds the ropes open for Gargano to DIVE! Down goes New Day! But then JUDGMENT DAY attacks them all!

No Contest

The fans boo and Truth says they’re on commentary, they can’t fight right now! Woods is sent into steps, Finn & JD have Gargano and Kofi int he ring, then Priest CLOBBERS Kofi! And he stomps Gargano! Ciampa gets in to DECK JD! Ciampa fires off on Finn but Priest POSTS Ciampa! The fans want Truth to do something but Finn hits a DDT on Gargano! Dom goes up top to FROG SPLASH! Miz has had enough! Miz and Woods get in to fire hands! Truth says he’s on commentary, he wasn’t gonna fight! FLATLINER for Woods! Miz gets mugged! SOUTH OF HEAVEN for Miz! Then they see Truth and Truth panics! They owe him money!

Truth wants this to go to break but it doesn’t work like that. Finn tells Truth if he wants a break, they’ll break him! Priest puts Truth in the ring! But Truth DECKS Finn! And DECKS Dom! And CALF KICKS JD! And TACKLES Finn! Priest storms in, drags Truth up, and has him right up for the RAZOR’S EDGE!! Priest then drags Truth into position for Finn’s COUP DE GRACE!! Priest’s plan of beating the absolute snot out of Raw’s contenders is a success, but will this really make things easier for them at WrestleMania?


Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Jackie is with the American Nightmare and of course everyone is talking about that moment in the ring with The Rock. The Rock told us to ask Cody for what he said, can Cody share that? Cody apologizes to everyone but it isn’t something Cody would like to repeat. However, it was a promise that The Rock cannot keep. Cody heads out, is nothing going to stop The American Nightmare from finishing his story?


Backstage interview with Gunther.

Cathy Kelley is with the Intercontinental Champion and says in a few moments, we will see Giovanni Vinci face Andrade. But before that, Cathy wants to ask his thoughts on what Sami Zayn said last week, that Gunther is looking in the eyes of the man that will take him down at WrestleMania 40. Gunther says he would’ve answered directly, but Sami then stormed out like a child. So Gunther has thought to it, there isn’t much to say. Those words were empty. Deep down, Sami doesn’t believe he can win. And we’re in Chicago tonight. There are thousands of “shlubby nerds” sitting out there who are just like Sami Zayn. And all of them don’t believe Sami can win, either.

Matter of fact, Gunther doesn’t believe Sami can even beat Bronson Reed tonight. Then will Gunther be out there to watch that match and scout Sami tonight? Gunther chuckles and again says he doesn’t believe Sami will win tonight. Gunther takes his leave, but will he regret underestimating the underdog?


Andrade VS Giovanni Vinci!

El Idolo promises to make this his era, but he’s still gotta prove it. Will this be the first big step towards making WWE tranquilo? Or will Imperium make the mat sacred?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, then Vinci pie faces Andrade! So Andrade CHOPS Vinci! Vinci throws hands, CHOPS, and whips, but Andrade reverses. Vinci whips Andrade away but Andrade tranquilos int he ropes! Vinci runs up, but Andrade blocks a kick to CHOP and whip. Vinci reverses, runs up, but is put on the apron! Vinci ROCKS Andrade, springboards in, but into a DROPKICK from Andrade! Vinci bails out, the fans rally up, and Andrade hurries to the corner. Andrade smiles as he climbs, and SUPER MOONSAULTS! A shoutout to his Queen, and Andrade puts Vinci back in.

Andrade goes up the corner again, to MOONSAULT, land on his feet, and MOONSAULT again! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Andrade stalks Vinci. Andrade hauls Vinci up, snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Andrade brings Vinci up but Vinci throws hands! Vinci suplexes, Andrade lands out but Vinci UPPERCUTS! Vinci runs, into a BOOT! Andrade runs, Vinci follows and CROSSBODIES! Vinci fires up while fans boo, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Vinci has Andrade in a cobra twist. But Andrade powers out to hip toss Vinci away! Andrade ROCKS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Vinci kicks, Andrade blocks, and DRAGON SCREW! Andrade gets that leg again, another DRAGON SCREW! Andrade runs, CLOBBERS Vinci, then kips up! The fans fire up and Andrade aims as Vinci goes to a corner. Andrade runs corner to corner and back again, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives but Andrade stays cool. Andrade drags Vinci up, waistlocks, but Vinci throws elbows. Vinci puts Andrade in a corner, blocks a boot and CLOBBERS Andrade!

Vinci hauls Andrade up, reels him in, but Andrade slips out of the bomb! Andrade waistlocks, Vinci fires elbows and a CHOP! Vinci runs, into the boot feint and ELBOW! Underhooks and ANARCHY SUPLEX! Or as Andrade calls it, THE MESSAGE! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

The Message was sent and it was clear! But will anyone heed that message? Or will Andrade make his way to the top of the WWE despite no one listening?


Rhea Ripley heads to the ring!

Chicago fires up as The Women’s World Champion, with Dominik Mysterio by her side, makes her way down the ramp. They step into the ring and fans cheer for “MAMI! MAMI!” as Rhea gets the mic. Rhea tells Dom, “I feel like I’m not getting enough attention.” Fans cheer more, but Rhea says she feels like a certain someone isn’t giving her their full attention. Dom says it’s not him. Rhea says Becky Lynch continues to fight week after week, and honestly, Rhea could’ve gotten Becky’s attention by attacking her. But no, Rhea was being respectful. But now she’s getting impatient! WrestleMania is just around the corner, and don’t you think Becky should be giving Rhea her full attention?

Tell ’em, Dom. Dom takes the mic and fans boo. Dom says Becky- IS HERE! The Man interrupts Dirty Dom since no one wanted to hear him anyway, and Chicago fires up as she heads to the ring. Becky gets in the ring, checks all sides to get the fans cheering, but Rhea just smiles. Becky gets a mic to say “The Man has come around to Chicago!” The fans cheer, and Becky says look at her coming out here when Rhea’s fresh as a daisy. Becky doesn’t have to wait until Rhea’s wrestled a 20 minute match before feeling confident enough to confront her, which is what Rhea’s done the last month now.

But no, no, Rhea, Becky could never do that to Rhea. Because Rhea doesn’t wrestle on TV anymore! Rhea laughs that off and asks, why would she want to compete before the biggest match in her career? Rhea doesn’t have to get in this ring just to get these people’s attention. She could just post a photo or video online, and watch the freaks eat it up! Right, Dom? Exactly. It is that easy for Rhea. Rhea doesn’t have to prove herself again and again, week after week- Becky fakes gagging and says listen to yourself, Rhea! This is the problem! They have very different interpretations of what it is to be a champion.

Rhea thinks all she has to do is post her ass on the internet. But for Becky, it is about busting her ass night in and night out! The fans seem to be of both minds, but Becky says this is the thing: there will always be someone newer and younger, someone hotter. But the long game in this business is skill and merit. And survival! It is how you come back after you are in the muck, when the chips are down, and when you’re not “The Chosen One” anymore. But Rhea hasn’t felt that yet. But at WrestleMania, The Man will give Rhea that experience. Rhea says okay, yeah, Becky’s right. Becky’s been through everything. We get it.

Becky IS a survivor, no one can take that from her. In fact, she reminds Rhea of something! Becky’s a roach! Really hard to kill, but it isn’t impossible. Now while Rhea won’t take it that far, she wants to leave Becky alive to sit on the couch and watch Rhea do what she does, with her daughter calling Rhea “Mami!” The fans fire up now as Becky squares her jaw. Becky tells Rhea this is her one pass. You mention Becky’s daughter again, those will be the last words you ever say. You think that’s just a fun little line you can throw out? It’s not funny! Understand, Becky’s dad never got to meet his granddaughter.

Becky knows her dad was proud of her for everything she’s ever done in this ring, but the one thing he would’ve been most proud of is the mother she’s become! So that might be a joke to you, but that ain’t a joke to her! The fans fire up again but Rhea rolls her eyes. Becky says again that is NOT a joke to her! And Rhea says she didn’t attack out of respect? There is nothing respectful about Rhea! Rhea didn’t attack because she knows when she throws the first punch, there’s no going back. At WrestelMania, neither one of them will ever be th esame gain. The mics drop and the two get face to face. Dom has Rhea stand down and fans boo.

Becky says yeah, hide behind your boy. That’s a first. Dom gets up in Beck’s face now, so Becky DECKS him! Then the hands start flying between Man and Mami! Rhea shoves Becky, BOOTS her down, then POSTS her! Becky falls back and Rhea says you don’t do that to HER Dom! Rhea goes out to help Dom up and they retreat. But Becky runs out to CLOBBER them both!! The fans fire up as Becky and Rhea brawl on the ramp! Refs rush in to stop this, Dom hurries to get Rhea to safety, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!” Becky gets free and DECKS Dom again! The brawl resumes and more refs hurry!

Dom again gets up to keep Rhea back but things are explosive to say the least! Who will be standing when they’re finally allowed to have it out?


Chad Gable and Sami Zayn cross paths.

Gable finishes his talk with Maxxine to then talk with Sami. Gable wants to talk about how they ending things last week. Sami says no, there’s nothing to say. Gable said his part, thinking Sami can’t beat Gunther, and that’s his opinion. Gunther feels the same, and that’s his opinion. Gunther even thinks Sami can’t beat Bronson, so tonight is about proving Gunther wrong. Gable says no, it’s not about Gunther. Bronson Reed is who is in front of Sami, and this is what Gunther wants. Gunther wants to ruin Sami’s focus! Sami’s gonna let him? Focus on the task at hand, get your head outta your ass!

Sami stares Gable down, and says yeah, he’s right. WrestleMania is two weeks away, Sami knows what he needs to do tonight. And he appreciates that Gable said it. They shake hands, Sami heads out. But will the Great Liberator be able to avoid the Tsunami? Or will he be crushed by the Colossal Aussie heading his way?

Sami Zayn VS Bronson Reed!

Raw returns as Sami makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sami headlocks, but Bronson picks Sami up. Sami thrashes the hold, the fans sing “Ole~ Ole ole ole~!” Bronson powers out and he runs Sami over! Bronson drags Sami up, HEADBUTTS him, then whips. Sami holds ropes to stop himself, then ELBOWS Bronson away! Sami dodges Bronson, drops down, then hurdles over, to bypass and TOSS Bronson out! The fans fire up and Sami builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Bronson! The fans fire up again as Sami stands again. Sami puts Bronson in the ring, then goes to the corner.

Sami climbs, leaps, but Bronson catches him! But Sami fires elbows to get free! Sami CHOPS ROCKS and whips, but Bronson blocks! Bronson whips Sami, Sami ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bronson CLOBBERS him! Bronson stalks Sami, drags him up, and then ROCKS him with a right. Sami leans against ropes, and Bronson CHOPS him! Sami sputters and falls out of the ring, but Bronson goes to the apron! Bronson waits as Sami rises, and then runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Sami takes a tumble while Bronson soaks up the heat, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Sami fights up from a facelock. Sami throws body shots, forearms, but Bronson scoops to SLAM! Bronson then runs to ELBOW DROP! Sami sputters, Bronson has a bloody nose, but Bronson stands up and brings Sami around. Bronson whips, Sami KICKS back! Sami runs up, LARAITS, but Bronson stays up! Sami CHOPS, CHOPS and runs, to LARIAT again! Bronson is still standing, so Sami fires more CHOPS! Bronson CHOPS in return! Bronson whips again, Sami goes up and over! Then LARIAT!! Bronson falls and the fans fire up! Sami stands, but wait, Gunther is on stage!

The fans boo as Der Ring General ends up scouting after all. Sami stares Gunther down, but Bronson waistlocks! Sami fires elbows, gets around, but he can’t lift Bronson! Or can he!? Bronson fights with elbows, then HEADBUTTS! Bronson runs in at the corner, but Sami dodges the splash to roll Bronson up! TWO!! Bronson escapes, Sami is frustrated but Gunther smirks. Sami brings Bronson up, kicks low, and clinches. Sami scoops, but falls over under Bronson’s weight! Bronson then kicks Sami, gets him up, ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Sami stays in this but Bronson snarls.

The fans rally for Sami as Bronson has him in a corner. Bronson CHOPS, CLUBS and repeat! The ref counts, Bronson puts Sami up top but Sami fires hands! Sami kicks and kicks and kicks, then he reels Bronson in! TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Bronson ends up in a corner! Sami glances at Gunther, runs in, but into a LARIAT! SENTON! Bronson puts Sami in the drop zone and goes up! TSUNAMI!! Cover, Bronson wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Gunther said Sami couldn’t beat Bronson, and his very presence made that a reality! Can Sami win the mind games Gunther is playing? Bronson says he should be the one going to Mania, will this win make sure he’s first in line on the other side?


Jey Uso speaks.

“Okay! C’mon, Shinsuke Nakamura Uce! Huh!? You hating on me, saying my dream match about to become a nightmare. Look! The problem is, you’ve been sleeping on Main Event Jey Uso for way too long. And tonight, you about to get woke, Uce!” But then in steps Solo Sikoa. And Jimmy Uso. Jimmy says, “No Yeet.” The Bloodline leaves, simply giving Jey a warning. Will Jey stay strong going towards Uso VS Uso? Or will the King of Strong Style make his own dreams come true?


Sami Zayn is furious backstage.

Gable finds him and has him calm down. Also we can see Dom talking with Andrade in the background, perhaps working on that recruitment spiel. Sami says he let Gunther get in his head. He knew what Gunther was doing and still let him get in his head! How?! How does Sami let that happen!? With everything at stake, how… Gable says this is what Gunther does, he’s been telling Sami. Gunther plants the seeds of doubt. Gable was in the ring with Sami, Sami showed physicality and resilience. Sami is one of the best Gable’s ever been in the ring with. But with Gunther, it’s about m ore than physicality. It is mental!

Gunther will beat you down again and again with those doubts, and you can’t do that. You wanna make it to the other side of Mania with your hand raised? You need a different approach. And if that’s what Sami wants to talk about, he and Gable can talk. Sami says okay. Is Gable going to help Sami do things the Alpha way?


Rollins finds Jey at gorilla.

Jey’s getting ready for the main event but Rollins says something doesn’t feel right about tonight. Rollins and Cody have Jey’s back if he needs it, but just get that W. They fist bump and Jey says, “YEET!” Main Event Jey heads to the ring, will he be able to handle the King of Strong Style before The Bloodline decides his time is up? We find out, after the break!

Jey Uso VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Raw returns as Nakamura makes his entrance. The bell rings and the fans fire up already. The two tie up, Nakamura puts Jey in a corner, and the ref counts. Jey turns things around, but Nakamura pulls hair! Nakamura swings, Jey dodges and he fires body shots and haymakers! “YEET! YEET!” Jey whips, Nakamura reverses but Jey stops himself to come back and UUPPERCUT! Nakamura bails out, Jey builds speed and he DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Nakamura runs in to AX KICK Jey down! Nakamura then whips Jey to a corner, but Jey reverses! Jey runs in but Nakamura dodges the splash, and Jey hits post!

Nakamura puts Jey on the top rope, then runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Jey is still up there, so Nakamura hushes the fans and runs in to TOP SHELF KNEE again! Jey tumbles to the floor, Nakamura mocks the bounce, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and both men are down. They both stand, Jey blocks a haymaker to fire haymaker! “YEET! YEET! YEET”! Jey pops ‘n’ locks and puts some stank on the HAYMAKER! Jey whips, Nakamura reverses but Jey ducks and mule kicks! Then UPPERCUTS! Then kicks, but Nakamkura blocks! The DRAGON WHIP still hits! Nakamkura falls into a corner, the fans fire up and Jey says “UCE! OH!” HIP- NO, Nakamura dodges the hip attack! Nakamura comes back, blocks boots, puts Jey in ropes and KICKS, to then SLIDING GERMAN! Nakamura hurries in to cover, TWO! Nakamura is frustrated but the fans rally.

Nakamura goes up a corner, takes aim as Jey rises, and FLYING- NO, Jey gets away! SUPERKICK! The fans fire up but Nakamura BLINDSIDE KINSHASAS!! The fans fire up, but then they boo as Jimmy & Solo storm over the barrier! But wait! Cody & Rollins intercept! They brawl with the Bloodline, and Cody brings Jimmy up the ramp! Cody sends Jimmy into the LED boards and then backstage. Meanwhile, Rollins POSTS Solo, then CLOBBERS him over the barrier! Only for McIntyre to attack Rollins! Now Rollins meets POST! And then FUTURE CSHOCK to the floor! The fans chant for Punk but what can he do?

Jey snarls at McIntyre, but Nakamura gets him for a SLEEPER! INVERTED EXPLODER but Jey lands out! SUPERKICK! And SPEAR!! Cover, Jey wins!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

The Bloodline tried to ruin Main Event Jey’s night, but he comes away with a win! Rollins still got got for it, and we see Jimmy and Cody brawling even in the back! Cody ROCKS Jimmy with haymaker after haymaker, then THROWS him into doors! But Solo has caught up! Cody fights Solo, SMACKS him off a table, then rains down fists! But then THE ROCK sucker punches Cody!! The Rock SMACKS Cody off the table! “Look at you now, boy!” The Rock SMACKS Cody off trash cans, then shoves him around. The Rock CHUCKS the can at Cody! You think Rock was just gonna let Cody talk trash!?

The Rock brings Cody around to RAM him into production cases! The Rock dumps a toolbox’s contents all over Cody and continues to say, “Look at you now.” The Rock whips Cody into spare railing! And he chucks another trash can! They spill out into the parking lot in the back and The Rock says this is perfect, Chicago! They were upset The Rock didn’t say anything? He’s got your attention now, doesn’t he? The Rock cusses Chicago out, and he stalks Cody into the rain. The Rock rips Cody’s shirt up, and kicks him around in the puddles. The Rock stands Cody up to ROCK him with another right, and eggs him on.

Cody hobbles and crawls but The Rock just kicks him down. The Rock says he’s the Final Boss. You wanna run your mouth and be a hero? The Rock has Cody against the ledge! The Rock then whips Cody into the side of his own buss! Cody staggers around, and The Rock says just look at your hero now, world. The Rock tells Mama Rhodes to look at her son. The Rock has a special gift for you now, Mama! Another throw into bus! The Rock stomps Cody’s legs, and says this is what happens. The Rock again throws Cody into the Nightmare Express one more time!

The Rock tells the world that if they wanna know why The Rock is the Final Boss, “Did you think for one single, solitary second that The Rock was gonna let this piece of trash talk a bunch of s*it? NO! Not by a long shot! Because at the end of the day, to all you Cody Crybabies, to him, to Mama Rhodes, and to everybody, at the end of the day, it didn’t have to be like this. But it is like this now, because of him, of Cody Rhodes! He stuck his nose in The Rock’s business. Oh, and the prophecy has come true. Look at this.” Cody sits up, forehead bloodied. The Rock DECKS Cody, then looks at the blood on his hand.

The Rock wants Mama Rhodes to watch as he SMACKS Cody off the picture of Pharaoh. And then SLAPS Cody! Mama Rhodes, here is that special gift. The Rock brings out a custom weight belt, but it now has “MAMA RHODES” on it instead! The Rock is a man of his word! He said he’d put Cody’s blood on this belt, and then her tears. The Rock makes sure the cameraman looks at this as The Rock smears Cody’s blood all over the white leather. There’s the blood, and then The Rock brings Cody up. Look at your son, Mama Rhodes! The blood on his face! This is gonna happen at Mania, too! Cody’s blood, on The Rock’s hands.

Cody’s dad talked about hard times, and Cody’s gonna learn about hard times. The Rock will learn you some hard times, for life! This is what happens, MOTHER EFFER, when you mess with The Final Boss! The Rock RAMS Cody into the door of the bus one last time, and lets him fall over. The Rock spits on Cody, then looks to the camera. “Look at your son, Mama Rhodes. It didn’t have to be this way. But now, this is the only way.” Is this how Cody’s story will end at WrestleMania 40?

My Thoughts:

A great Raw here, though the major bulk of what was so great was The Rock. He surprised us during Cody’s promo to open the show, and then holy crap everything we just saw to end the show. Cody getting beat down, bloodied, in the rain, like a gritty action movie, was definitely not expected, but it definitely amped things up. At the same time, how can Cody not be winning in the end? The Rock cut a promo aimed at “Mama Rhodes” the entire time, put Cody’s blood on the belt, Cody has to win the Universal Championship belt from Roman. And that is regardless of what happens on Night One in the dream team tag match. Cody will win if it’s fair and square, he will win if it’s Bloodline Rules, because that is what the hero does after facing all this adversity.

On the side of all that, great stuff with Bloodline. Jimmy & Solo showing up wasn’t just to intimidate Jey, they wanted after Jey, too. Great match of Jey VS Nakamura even with that, and with how Cody & Rollins set both men up for taking falls. Heyman talking with McIntyre after that really good promo segment of McIntyre, Rollins & Punk was a great detail in this story, as this HHH Era has been great about doing. Now, there’s still next week, so you can’t say McIntyre standing tall tonight automatically means Rollins wins. Go-home math might not even apply to this feud with Punk now on commentary, and let’s be honest, even Priest still being Mr. MITB is a factor on this title.

As such, great stuff from Judgment Day all night. Great group promo before the great match of Ricochet VS JD, and great win for Ricochet. Great promo from New Day, DIY & Awesome Truth with Truth again being a comedic genius. But then Judgment Day “ruining” the great tag match of New Day VS DIY was of course the move Priest was talking about. They wipe out the Raw field but I wonder if they try to do the same this Friday on SmackDown to at least one of the winners in the little tag tournament that’s going on. Maybe to New Catch Republic since those guys came super close to winning 2v2.

We got an awesome promo segment turned brawl with Rhea, Dom & Becky. That punch to Dom was so good, and kudos to him for taking it. And in relation to Judgment Day, Andrade got a great match out of Vinci and a great win. The match was originally supposed to be against Ivar, commentary said Ivar wasn’t cleared to compete, hopefully it isn’t anything serious for Ivar, he just got going again. Maybe part of this was they didn’t want Andrade beating Ivar, and also that Andrade’s new finisher wouldn’t work on a man as big as Ivar.

Candice VS Ivy went pretty quick but Candice faking the bad leg was very clever, especially with how she didn’t show mercy to Katana’s “bad leg” last week. Indi has to confront Candice and have it out with her, even if it isn’t at Mania or in a kickoff show. I’d also appreciate if there was some connection between this story and DIY, Gargano should also be concerned why Candice is getting like this. Meanwhile, great stuff with Sami, Gable, and Gunther. Good promos, great match from Sami VS Bronson, and it was actually a good move for Sami to lose. Sami is frustrated, but Gable is there to apparently be his coach now, so that’ll be good stuff.

My Score: 9/10

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




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?


  • 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; win.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Andrade El Idolo; wins.
  • Jey Uso VS Finn Balor; wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable; wins and


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!


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?


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

NEVER give up!



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?


  • 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.


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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