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Drew McIntyre says down with Day One Uce!

Though he’s primed to go after the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Drew McIntyre looks to crush Main Event Jey Uso once and for all!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • GUNTHER VS Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh; Gunther wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • Becky Lynch VS Nia Jax; Nia wins, by disqualification.
  • Andrade VS Apollo Crews; Andrade wins.
  • Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS Imperium; Finn & Priest win.
  • Sami Zayn VS Ivar w/ Sarah Logan; Sami wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

San Antonio fires up for The American Nightmare as he makes his way to the ring. The fans sing along with the song, and “WHOA~ OH~!” get the pyro. Cody steps into the ring, the fans chant his name, and he gets the mic to ask, “So, San Antonio…! What do we wanna talk about? I’d love if we could speak about how at WrestleMania 40, in the main event, with the lights on brightest, the biggest game of the year, I will stand across from the greatest champion in company history, The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” The fans boo, but Cody says, “However… I am really unable to talk about that because of a… distraction.”

Cody says there’s a distraction that stings quite a bit. He is of course talking about… The Rock. Fans boo more, then chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Cody says last week, The Rock went to Instagram, posted a 16 minute video, then spoke at length on SmackDown. To sum it up, The Rock called the fans in Phoenix meth heads, talked about Cody’s dog, and don’t ever talk bad about Cody’s dog, and then of course, the biggest headline of all, which The Rock made sure wasn’t the headline, The Rock ever so eloquently spun things and changed the conversation.

The Rock presented a whole new challenge like the master politician that he is. No wonder people want him to run for office. Hell, Cody might even end up voting for The Rock. But Cody can’t dismiss those words entirely, because it is true what The Rock said about their conversation. The Rock poured honey into Cody’s ear, telling Cody that the people don’t want Cody VS Roman. The people want Rock VS Roman. Fans boo because that’s wrong, and Cody points out how the fans started chanting something else. The fans respond here with “We Want Cody!” Cody nods and continues by saying that he heard all that, the management all heard it, and Cody appreciates it.

The Rock of course heard all that, because then he called those fans “crybabies.” Are there any crybabies here in San Antonio? The fans fire up! But now, The Rock has presented an entirely different challenge. One that doesn’t just involve Cody, but one that involves his… friend. Yeah, they’re friends! And it’s time for that friend to come out here! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the World Heavyweight Champion, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The Visionary makes his entrance in a volt green ensemble and the fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins joins Cody in the ring, gets a mic, and then revels in the singing.

Rollins then says, “San Antonio! Welcome…! To Monday! Night! Rollins~!” The fans cheer and Rollins ask “Mr. Nightmare, what’re you thinking, my man?” Cody says obviously, Rollins has offered to have Cody’s back against The Bloodline. Rollins stood next to Cody when he got slapped across the face, and Rollins has said he’s going to be there moving forward. The plot has been incredibly twisted. Cody didn’t even think he was gonna be on the WrestleMania card anymore, but when he saw that pompous PowerPoint presentation about The Bloodline’s family being better than everyone else’s that Cody had to go back on his word.

Cody won the Rumble, it is his right, HE gets to challenge Roman Reigns. Rollins meanwhile, coming off injury, he has to face the only other guy who has pinned Cody since Cody’s WWE return in Drew McIntyre. So, what Cody is saying and has wanted to say for all the world to see: Roman & Rock are two Mount Rushmore caliber wrestlers, working together, Cody fully understands if Rollins wants to focus on McIntyre and is not onboard with having Cody’s back. Rollins scratches the back of his head while he thinks. Rollins says he respects Cody giving him the out, Rollins will take care of McIntyre, alright?

Fans cheer as Rollins reminds us that he told McIntyre, he told Cody and he told the world, there are some things bigger than us. And taking down The Bloodline is the BIGGEST thing they can do! The fans cheer more, and Rollins says this isn’t just Cody’s story that needs to be finished. It is Rollins’ story, too. Ten years ago, Rollins and Roman came in together, they wanted to take the power from the top. Rollins wanted to take the power and give it back to the people! Turns out, Roman wants to keep all the power for himself! And here’s the problem: Rollins and Cody are this close. The Rock being in The Bloodline, they are this close to Roman Reigns having absolute power.

And The Rock, well… Rollins isn’t sure about the fans but he knows Cody agrees with this, Rollins is so over The Rock. The fans chant “ROCKY SUCKS!” again and Rollins says yeah, he does suck! And he ain’t been The Rock for a long time. He damn sure ain’t been The People’s Champ! And so Rollins isn’t just gonna call him any of that. Rollins has been thinking about it, he wants a new name for The Rock. He’s now gonna be… Diarrhea Dwayne! Because he’s been running his mouth and all that comes out is wet baby poo. The fans chant “DIARRHEA!” and Rollins is amused. Guess San Antonio agrees, huh?

Rollins continues to say that The Rock gets on Instagram, and 21 minutes!? Seriously? He insults Cody’s dog and says he can make the World Heavyweight Championship “go away?” That with a snap of his fingers, because he’s the boss, he’ll make it go away. Rock, Rollins dares you to try! And get this! In case you didn’t hear him, because 21 minutes is a long time to listen to that idiot, Rock said he made pro-wrestling cool again! Fans boo and Rollins agrees there. The Rock is our wrestling savior! He made this cool! Diarrhea Dwayne, you ain’t been cool in 20 years!

But here’s what is cool: This morning, Rollins received a 100% medical clearance! He is BACK, he is ready to go, and so this Friday, Rollins will be at SmackDown to confront The Bloodline! The fans fire up hearing that! Rollins wants to know, though, as he’s asked Cody many times and told him for weeks. Rollins has Cody’s back, so what Rollins wants to know is: does Cody have his? Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cody tells Rollins that he also has a message for The Rock. “It’s been a long time since you haven’t just been handed something. I think it’s been since you had that seven bucks in your pocket, and I think you forgot.

“The People’s Champion is not in perpetuity, Rock. I am not the same man as you. I’m not gonna whine in a 21 minute promo. I am coming to SmackDown with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, I am going to stand across from you, Roman Reigns, The Wise Man, the whole Bloodline, in the great state of Texas, and this Friday, I will give you face-to-face, eye-to-eye, not whispering in your ear, crystal clear and obvious answer for what’s happening at WrestleMania!” Well, the American Nightmare & Visionary are all fired up, and it is pretty clear what’s about to happen at WrestleMania! Will this dream team tear down the Rock & Roman?

 

GUNTHER VS Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh!

Der Ring General wants challengers for his Intercontinental Championship, but he also doesn’t really take anyone else on this roster seriously. And, well, of all people to step up to him, it was Dirty Dom. Will the Prodigal Son prove the doubters wrong and find a way to bring down the most dominant Intercontinental Champion in history? Or is he going to wish he never left Papa Rey’s side?

The bell rings and Dom circles with Gunther. They feel things out, Dom kicks low but then backs away. The fans chant “Dom, You Suck!” Dom and Gunther tie up, and Gunther TOSSES Dom away! Dom staggers up and Gunther smiles. Dom and Gunther reset, then Dom goes for a leg. Gunther smothers that takedown with a facelock, then gets a leg! HALF CRAB! Dom scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Gunther lets off, and the Irish Ace coaches Dom up. Dom gets up to shove Gunther, then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Gunther TOSSES Dom to a corner! Dom dodges the chop to CHOP again!

Gunther snarls, Dom wants forgiveness and hides in the ropes. Then Dom SLAPS Gunther! Gunther chases Dom out of the ring, and around it, but then JD steps up. JD knows how to take it to Gunther, but Gunther shoves JD into a post! Gunther swings but Dom gets JD outta the way, Gunther CHOPS the POST! Dom then SMACKS the hand off the post! Dom goes up while Gunter slides in, and Dom slingshots to STOMP! Dom gets Gunther up but Gunther gets a SLEEPER! Dom pries the bad arm away for an ELBOW BREAKER! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, then goes up and up to flying- NO, Gunther disrupts that!

Gunther kicks low then CHOPS through the pain! Dom falls right outta the ring and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Gunther looms over Dom. Gunther drags Dom up, but Dom CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Dom right down! Gunther stands Dom up again, puts him in a corner, and rips that vest open! Gunther CHOPS Dom inside-out! Gunther drags Dom right back up and fans want that “One More Time!” Gunther obliges and CHOPS Dom right back down! Gunther then gets the legs, turns Dom over, and has the BOSTON CRAB! Dom endures while Gunther sits deep! JD gets on the apron, Gunther runs him off, but Dom is free to DROPKICK Gunther down! The fans boo but Dom goes up and up and TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHAS!

Dom and Gunther are both down on the outside and JD coaches Dom up. The ring count climbs, Gunther stands at 5 of 10. Dom follows and CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Dom again! Gunther shoves Dom in at 7, slides in after him, and then runs up, but into a drop toehold! Gunther’s on ropes, Dom dials it up, but Gunther LARIATS Dom inside-out! Cover, but Gunther lets off?!? Gunther wants to hurt Dom for his insolence and the fans are loving it! Gunther gets the legs again but Dom kicks and kicks and kicks! Dom is free again, but Gunther SLAPS him! Gunther reels Dom in, hoists Gunther up, but Dom hits a SUNSET BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Gunther is free and JD can’t believe how close that was! Dom hurries back up, dodges Gunther to CLOBBER him! Gunther ends up on ropes again and Dom redials! 619!! Gunther falls over, Dom goes up the corner! Shout out to Eddie with the FROG- NO, Dom has to bail through! T-REX SHOTGUN!! Gunther hauls Dom up, for the GUNTHER BOMB!! And then the BOSTON CRAB!! Dom taps, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by submission

Der Ring General made sure Judgment Day understands what stepping to him means! Will the rest of the Raw roster also reconsider challenging Gunther for WrestleMania?

 

Damage Control is backstage.

Dakota Kai, having betrayed Bayley, is still with Iyo Sky, Asuka & Kairi Sane, feeling good after SmackDown. But then Adam Pearce walks over. Just what’re they doing here tonight? Uh, wow, Pearce, you do realize the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions can go to whatever brand they want to, right? That’s how this works. Yeah, he is aware of that. But the last time they were all here, they caused chaos. So whatever they’ve got planned, he doesn’t want it. So he will rephrase the question: Why are they here? Well, since he asked so nicely, Shayna & Zoey have been running their mouths lately.

So DMG CTRL just figured, Shayna & Zoey have a match, so DMG CTRL wants to scout the competition. No worries, Pearce, you can trust them. Shinsuke Nakamura then walks over and says he and Pearce need to talk. Pearce assumes this is about the Intercontinental Championship. Yes, it is. Dakota says Pearce is busy, DMG CTRL will take care of business. Nothing to worry about! Sure. Pearce says he’ll keep his eyes on them, and then he tells Nakamura that he gets it. But Pearce has an announcement about the contender for later tonight. If Nakamura wants to talk about that, meet him in his office. Thank you.

The King of Strong Style heads out, and Pearce has his hands full tonight. Will Der Ring General have some real competition now? Will The Queen of Spades & The Hunter prove to DMG CTRL that they’re a legitimate threat?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The WWE Women’s Tag Division is heating up, and this match could go a long way to determining the next challengers for Asuka & Kairi. The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hungry for gold, will they tear up the former champions to whet their appetite? Or will WrestleMania truly become the biggest party on the WWE calendar?

The teams sort out, Kayden starts against Shayna and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna waistlocks, but Kayden uses that to victory roll. ONE, and Shayna avoids the kick. Kayden says that was close, and the two go again. Shayna runs in, Kayden dodges and wheelbarrows, but Shayna blocks the arm-drag to STOMP that arm! Kayden writhes, Shayna soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then she drags Kayden up. Shayna wrenches the arm, tags Zoey, and they hand off the wristlock. Zoey corners Kayden while Shayna runs side to side, but Kayden gets away from them both! Shayna knees buckles, Kayden dodges Zoey then BOOTS her away!

Kayden KICKS from below, runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Shayna tags back in, Zoey hangs Kayden out to dry for Shayna to KNEE her down! The hunters egg DMG CTRL on but DMG CTRL sends it back while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Katana drags Zoey up, but Zoey fireman’s carries! Zoey swings but Katana arm-drags her away! Katana runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Zoey goes out, climbs up, but Kayden anchors her! Katana then ROCKS Zoey, CLUBS away on her, and brings her up. Kayden tags in before Zoey shoves Katana away. Kayden goes up now, fires forearms, and Katana joins in. The fans rally up for the DOUBLE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Zoey survives, KC Squared are shocked, but the fans fire up! Kayden tags Katana and gets Zoey back up. Fireman’s carry and Katana climbs, to step over and RANA Shayna!

But Zoey fights free, shoves Kayden then fires forearms! Katana runs back in but is put up top! Kayden blocks the superkick to SUPERKICK back! Then she hooks Stark up, AFTER PARTY!! Cover, Shayna YANKS Katana off! Kayden runs up but Shayna gets a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Zoey rolls and stacks Katana, Zoey & Shayna win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by pinfall

DMG CTRL don’t seem that impressed, but they join everyone in the ring. Dakota asks why Zoey & Shayna are eyeing them like that. Do they not trust DMG CTRL? They’re just here to congratulate them on a good match. But uh, it got Dakota thinking. After the Kabuki Warriors defend their titles tomorrow night at NXT Roadblock, they’ll come back to Raw for Houston, a far superior city to San Antonio, and then Zoey & Shayna get a tag title match. But don’t get it twisted. You’ll both be sent home crying, just like Bayley. Shayna snatches the mic but DMG CTRL steps up to reinforce Dakota.

Shayna says, “Well, it’s about time. We’ll see you next week.” Shayna & Zoey head out, will they get the gold even before Mania? Or will that Roadblock end up too much for even Asuka & Kairi?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Dom is being checked by the medic, and Rhea tells Dom, “What did you think was gonna happen?” Dom motions that he wanted the title, but Priest tells him to take it easy. Priest says he and Finn are gonna make things right with Imperium. Finn says, “Like we always do.” They fist bump, and Priest tells JD that he’s gonna be the one to make things right with Gunther. He is? Andrade walks in, says hey to Dom and hopes that he’ll be alright. Andrade then heads out to get ready for his match. Dom says keep an eye on El Idolo, he could be big for them. Priest and Dom talk in Spanish, and it seems Priest gets what Dom means.

JD wants to talk more about this him and Gunther thing. Priest says they can talk more about it later. Just take care of Dom first. The Judgment Day holds together, but will they really be able to bring down Der Ring General?

 

Becky Lynch VS Nia Jax!

The Man won the Elimination Chamber and will face Rhea Ripley for the Women’s World Championship. However, the Irresistible Force did beat Becky 1v1 a month or so ago, and that is reason enough for Nia to say she deserves another shot. Will Becky end up A-Nia-lated again? Or will she make sure to keep The Man in WrestleMania 40?

The bell rings and the two glare at each other. Nia rushes in, Becky dodges and puts her in a corner to then stomp away. The fans fire up but the ref counts. Becky lets off, runs back up, but Nia picks Becky up to RAM her into another corner! Nia RAMS Becky again and again and again, then lets off to tell the ref to leave her alone. Nia runs back in but Becky BOOTS her! Becky then SHOTGUNS but Nia stays up! Becky runs to forearm smash! And JUMP KICK but Nia swats it! Nia fireman’s carries, but Becky sunset flips! Becky avoids a stomp, keeps moving, but Nia catches the crossbody for a POWERSLAM!

Nia snarls as she looms over Becky. Fans boo and Becky flounders, but Nia watches her go to a corner. Nia runs in to SPLASH, and then she keeps Becky from falling over. Nia HEADBUTTS Becky down, then runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Becky is hanging in there but Nia looms over her again. The fans rally for Becky as Nia drags her up. Becky throws body shots then forearms, but Nia scoops! Becky squirrels around to a SLEEPER! The fans fire up as Nia claws at the hold! Nia RAMS Becky into buckles, and again, and again! Nia THROWS Becky off her, and catches her breath while Becky flounders around again.

Nia runs in at the corner again, to back body block! Becky sits down, Nia says kiss this! HIP ATTACK! And she rubs it in! Becky sputters and coughs, Nia CHOKES Becky on the ropes! The ref counts, Nia lets off, and then she brings Becky up. Nia scoops but Becky slips free to CHOP BLOCK! The fans fire up as Becky kciks away on Nia’s hips and clubs away on her neck! But Nia SHOVES Becky away! Becky ELBOWS back, BOOTS her, then goes up the corner! Becky MISSILIE DROPKICKS! Nia staggers and tumbles out of the ring! Becky builds speed to WRECK Nia with another dropkick! Becky hurries to the corner again and goes up!

Becky CROSSBODIES, but Nia catches her! For a SAMOAN DROP to the floor! Becky is in big time trouble as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns as Becky has Nia up top and fires off fists! But Nia fights off the superplex with body shots! SUPER GOURD BUSTER! Nia then adjusts up top, grins and SUPER LEG DROPS!! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and the fans fire up! Nia can’t believe it, and she thinks through what she has to do now. Becky stirs as the fans rally up, and Nia pulls off her glove. Nia wants to use that face breaking punch! But Becky ducks it! Becky clinches, Nia throws elbows! Nia scoops but Becky RANAS free! Nia ends up in the corner, and Becky BOOTS her from the outside! Becky goes up to MOLLY-GO-ROUND! Cover, TWO!!

Becky is more stunned over how far she went flying than anything, but she refocuses. The fans rally up, Becky rises and gets them even more fired up! Becky wants Nia to get up, and she grabs the arm! Nia resists, whips Becky away, and then fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! Nia hurries to get Becky in a drop zone! Nia goes up the corner, A-NIA-LATOR FLOPS as Becky moves! Becky grabs the arm, DISARM-HER!! Nia endures, flails, powers up, but Becky flips it over to an ARMBAR! Nia kicks, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but Becky h olds on as Nia goes to the apron. Nia drags Becky out to SLING her into barriers!

Nia snarls, drags Becky back up and pushes her back in. But wait! LIV MORGAN FLIES IN! She CLOBBERS Nia into the post, and costs Becky her match!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

Liv says turnabout is fair play! Now they’re even. But then Becky gets in Liv’s face! Becky says it’s different but Liv doesn’t see it. Nia YANKS them both down! Nia throws Liv down, but Becky dropkicks! Nia still fireman’s carries to POST Becky! LEG DROP for Liv! Nia has the win, and she stands tall over two top level superstars. Will she make herself the #1 contender by any means necessary?

 

Ricochet meets with Pearce.

Ricochet points out he has kept his mouth shut, his head down, and he has done everything asked of him. But no matter what, closed mouths just don’t get fed around here. Pearce wants Ricochet to trust him. He has heard everything Ricochet has said, and has respect for him. As the champion before Gunther held the title, Ricochet’s words do carry. However, Gunther wants a challenger and Pearce has a plan. It will satisfy Gunther, Ricochet, and just about everyone else who wants to talk Intercontinental Championship. Ricochet hopes so. Pearce says he just has to trust him. Ricochet does trust Pearce, and they shake on it.

Ricochet leaves, but Priest, Finn & JD walk in. They need to talk about JD getting a shot at Gunther and the title. Oh, really? Well if JD has a sales pitch, say it now and quick, because Pearce was about to go say his thing. JD says you put him in the ring with Gunther and see what happens. That is where JD will do his talking. Gunther hurt Dom, and when you mess with one of them, you mess with all of the Judgment Day. The Irish Ace has put his hat in the ring, just what is Pearce planning for this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Becky finds Liv backstage.

The Man sarcastically claps and “congratulates” Liv on her little revenge tour. Becky already apologized, okay? And two things. One, Becky does understand why Liv did what she did, cuz she would’ve done the same damn thing. Plus when Becky did what she did last week, she did it to get back at Nia, not at Liv. And the other thing is, when Becky did it, she got the job done, Nia didn’t get up last time. Oh so The Man can dish it out but can’t take it. That’s typical. Well, what is it Liv loves to say? You can either cry about it or fight about it? Then let’s fight about it next week! Liv would love to. Then see you there.

Liv leaves but Rhea walks in, and laughs. Mami is amused at all the other superstars getting after each other, but will Becky have the last laugh at WrestleMania?

 

Adam Pearce speaks.

“As we know, the Intercontinental Championship has a rich and storied history in WWE. And if we’re being honest, Gunther’s record-setting title reign has only added to that legacy. Because of that, finding a worthy challenger has proven to be just that: a challenge. Over the last few weeks, I’ve gone up and down the roster, trying to identify potential challengers, and I finally feel like I’ve zeroed in on six men that truly deserve an opportunity. Former Intercontinental Champions Sami Zayn, Ricochet, and Shinsuke Nakamura, a pair of up-and-coming superstars in Bronson Reed and JD McDonagh, and former challenger himself, who has a very compelling case for a rematch, The Alpha Academy’s Chad Gable.

“These six men will compete next week to find out which one can outlast the others and punch their ticket to WrestleMania. That’s right, next week on Monday Night Raw, it will be a Gauntlet Match. Six men will try and run the gauntlet but only one can win. And that winner will go on to face Der Ring General, Gunther, for his Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania.” That is quite the line-up! Who makes it out of that six pack to head right for the gold?

 

Andrade VS ???

El Idolo has vowed that with his return to the WWE, he will finally make this his era! Will he prove to be truly ungovernable on his rise to the top? We find out, after the break!

Raw returns and we learn Andrade’s opponent is a returning Apollo Crews! Crews himself is a former Intercontinental Champion and United States Champion, will he prove himself worthy of something in the future? And we also get a glimpse of The Judgment Day watching this backstage. The bell rings, Andrade offers a handshake and Crews takes it. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They end up on ropes, the ref counts, and the two let off. They reset, tie up, and Crews headlocks. Andrade powers up and out, Crews RAMS him but neither man falls. The fans rally, Andrade runs and RAMS Crews.

Crews runs, Andrade follows and BOOTS him! The fans fire up, Andrade runs, but into a DROPKICK! Crews brings Andrade up but Andrade RAMS him into a corner! Andrade CHOPS, but Crews body shots and CHOPS in return! Crews whips corner to corner, Andrade tumbles up and out to ROCK Crews! Andrade hurries up but Crews ROCKS him back! Crews throws hands, climbs up, but Andrade HEADBUTTS! Crews hops down, but he CHOPS in return! Crews climbs, he and Andrade throw hands, but Crews CLUBS Andrade. Crews goes to the very top, for the SUPER DUPER PLEX! Roll through, but Andrade suplexes!

Andrade gets up, another suplex! That’s Dos Amigos, and then Andrade gives some Latino Heat before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Crews stays in this but Andrade stays cool. Andrade gets Crews up but Crews ENZIGIRIS! Andrade wobbles, Crews reels him in but Andrade arm-drags free! Andrade boot feints to ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Crews survives that shot but Andrade smirks. Andrade has the fans fire up as he calls his next shot. “SI! SI! SI!” and Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Then the hammerlock and facelock, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

El Idolo is sharp as ever, and he looks ready for more! Will Andrade be primed for a golden opportunity on the other side of WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie Redmond is with The Master Strategist and notes the talk around his highs and lows since last WrestleMania. And now, Sami has an opportunity to become the #1 contender to Gunther after next week’s star-studded gauntlet. What is going through his mind right now? Sami says he’s just thinking about how the journey has had its highs and lows. How we’ve seen his confidence shaken, but also about his belief. The path to WrestleMania has presented itself! Sami has talked about wanting to be a champion, and to do something historic, and now that his path has found him, this gauntlet is the only thing in his way of doing all that.

Sami says getting in the ring with perhaps the most dominant champion ever, this is it. There is no other path, this IS his path! This gauntlet match is do or die! He’s had a lot of matches in his career. A lot of big matches, a lot of important matches, but this one right here is THE most important one. But then in walks Ivar & Sarah Logan. The Viking shaman says she has been praying to the Norse gods, trying to understand how someone as pathetic as Sami is in a match like this, when a battle-tested warrior like Ivar is not. Ivar says it is time to put an end to the delusions! The truth is, Ivar knows he can beat Gunther.

But Ivar also knows that Sami knows that Sami can’t! Sami says he knows he can beat Ivar! And if Ivar wants to prove him wrong, juts meet Sami in that ring, tonight! Ivar says then Sami can forget about WrestleMania. He won’t even make it to next week. The War Beard is bringing the raid to Texas, will Sami make it through to the other side?

 

WWE mourns the loss of Paul “Butcher” Vachon.

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell talk backstage.

They beat Shayna & Zoey, faced the Kabuki Warriors, so why- Indi has Candice relax. They’ll get better, and get another shot to win next time. Next time?! There might not be a next time! They have to worry about the now! Natalya is there and agrees. Tegan Nox throwing her out of the Royal Rumble didn’t help their cause. Natty is not mad, though, it’s just time to regroup. Natty is the veteran, so Nox has to listen to her. Uh, Natty tried to get Nox out of the Rumble first, though. Natty tells Tegan that it wasn’t like that. Time to get hungry, forget their manners, and follow her lead. Natty heads out, and Candice is starting to think the same.

Time to forget their manners, and do whatever it takes to get their way. Uh, what’s Candice talking about? Ivy Nile asks if they’re okay, and Maxxine Dupri says she can handle this. They all go through rough patches, but Maxxine knows Candice will come out on top, looking fine and fierce! Yeah, okay. But uh, what would Maxxine know? She’s had like, what? Three matches? Candice doesn’t need a pity party from someone who can’t even lace Candice’s boots. Candice storms off, Indi apologizes for her, no idea what’s gotten into her. Indi hurries away, Ivy consoles Maxxine, is the Women’s Tag Division getting so hot that it’s gonna burn itself down?

 

Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS Imperium!

The Prince & The Punisher promised to get payback for Dom, so they’re looking to take out Der Ring General’s soldiers! Will the Undisputed Tag Team Champions prove Judgment Day still runs this? Or will Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci grab golden tickets to their own title opportunity?

Raw returns and Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Kaiser starts against Finn. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, Finn gets around to CLUB away on Kaiser’s back, then bumps him off buckles, Finn fires off hands high then low, then lets off as the ref counts. Vinci creeps up but Finn steps to him. Finn goes back to Kaiser but Kaiser claws Finn’s eyes! Kaiser blocks Finn’s kick to UPPERCUT! Kaiser snapmares Finn, fans chant for Mami, but Kaiser rains down fists on Finn! Finn flounders, Kaiser claws at him to then throw down hands.

Kaiser bumps Finn off buckles, tags Vinci, and Imperium mugs Finn. Vinci CLUBS Finn, brings him around and UPPERCUTS! Vinci taunts Finn, UPPERCUTS again, then headlocks. Finn powers out, Vinci sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn hurries to cover, ONE! Finn keeps on Vinci, RAMS him into the corner, then tags Priest. Priest ROCKS Vinci, then TOSSES him to an open corner! Priest fires off hands then stomps away on Vinci! The ref counts, Priest lets off and the fans fire up as Priest glares at Kaiser. Priest drags Vinci up to suplex, but Vinci slips free! Vinci shoves Priest, tags Kaiser, but Priest BOOTS Kaiser!

The fans rally as Priest stalks Kaiser, and ROCKS him! Priest whips Kaiser corner to corner hard, runs in, but Kaiser dodges! The splash hits buckles, but Priest ELBOWS Kaiser away. Vinci creeps up again but Priest pie faces him away. Priest turns around, Kaiser UPPERCUTS! Vinci gets mad, the ref keeps him back, Priest whips Kaiser and Finn gets a cheap shot in! Kaiser DECKS Finn for that but Priest DECKS Kaiser in return! Finn wants the tag, but Priest BOOTS Vinci down, then tags Finn. Finn & Priest get Kaiser up, double whip him to ropes, and mule kick to front kick to ROUNDHOUSE to SCISSOR KICK! Finn covers, TWO!

Finn clamps onto Kaiser with a chinlock, and he ELBOWS Kaiser in the head! Finn clamps back on, drags Kaiser up and pulls him into the COBRA TWIST! Kaiser endures, the fans rally up, and Finn reaches out to Priest. Priest reaches out in return, but they’re only just able to link up. Kaiser HIP TOSSES free, GAMANGIRIS Priest, then POSTS Finn! Kaiser & Vinci run side to side, DOUBLE DROPKICK on Finn in the corner! The fans boo but Imperium soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, Finn and Kaiser throw hands back and forth! Kaiser kicks low, CLUBS Finn, but Finn gets around to EYE OF THE HURRICANE! Both men are down, the fans rally as they crawl, hot tag to Vinci and he BLASTS Priest! Vinci & Kaiser hit a HIGH LOW on Finn! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and Vinci is furious! Vinci stalks Finn to ropes, CHOKES him, then lets off as the ref counts. Finn sputters, Vinci drags him up and around to scoop and SLAM! And ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Vinci KNEES Finn in the back, has claws in the shoulders, and Finn endures. The fans rally, Finn fights up, and Finn throws elbows!

Finn runs but Vinci blocks the boot to LARIAT! Tag to Kaiser, the fans rally behind Finn. Kaiser drags Finn up to DECK him! Finn sits up in a daze, Kaiser runs to KICK him in the side! Cover, TWO! Kaiser taunts Priest, Priest is furious, but Finn throws body shots! Kaiser knees Finn low, whips him, but Finn KICKS back! Finn DECKS Vinci but Kaiser UPPERCUTS! Finn PELES and both men fall! The fans fire up as Finn crawls around! Finn reaches out, Kaiser has no one! Hot tag to Priest! Priest DECKS Kaiser! And DECKS him again! Kaiser swings, misses, and Priest BELL CLAPS! Then FLATLINER! Vinci runs in, into a FLAPJACK!

Priest roars and the fans fire up! Priest runs corner to corner to STAGE DIVE ELBOW Kaiser! Then one for Vinci! Back to Kaiser! Back to Vinci! Priest then TOSSES Vinci, but Kaiser kicks low! Kaiser shouts “NEIN!” but Priest suplexes for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is frustrated but he looms over Kaiser. Priest vows to end it, and he hauls Kaiser up. Priest hoists Kaiser up into the crucifix but Kaiser slips free! Kaiser dodge the splash but Finn tags in! Kaiser rolls Priest up but Finn rolls Kaiser! TWO!! Finn runs to SLINGBLADE! Finn fires up, takes aim from a corner, and San Antonio is with him!

But Vinci anchors Finn! Finn kicks Vinci away but Kaiser gets Finn for the ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tag to Vinci, and Kaiser puts Finn up top. ROCKET LAUNCH, but Vinci almost loses Finn there! Vinci gets Finn back up, but Finn cradles it! Kaiser tips it in Vinci’s favor, TWO!! Vinci BLASTS Priest, runs, but Finn gets him with a SLINGBLADE! Finn reloads, runs in, SHOTGUN! Vinci hits buckles and falls into the drop zone! Finn goes up top and COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Kaiser breaks it!! But Priest rises up from below! Kaiser has Finn but Priest snarls. “This is Awesome!” as Priest drags Kaiser up and out!

Priest tags in, and he helps Finn stand. Time to fly, Prince! Finn builds speed, Priest holds the ropes down, and Finn does FLY out onto Kaiser! But Vinci rolls up Priest! TWO, Vinci dodges Priest once, but the LARIAT hits the second time! The straps come down, San Antonio is thunderous, for the SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, Judgment Day wins!

Winners: Finn Balor & Damian Priest, by pinfall

Imperium put up a hell of a fight, but they could not avoid defeat! The Undisputed Tag Team Champions are on a roll, will anyone ever stop them?

 

BREAKING NEWS on the WWE Hall of Fame!

A man who has contributed so much to the entire industry of pro-wrestling, it is only fitting that WrestleMania Weekend in Philadelphia sees the one and only Paul Heyman headlining the class of 2024!

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Jackie Redmond is excited about Heyman being inducted, and can’t wait to hear what Heyman has to say. Speaking of words of wisdom, McIntyre warned Rollins about The Bloodline last week. Does he think Rollins listened to anything McIntyre had to say? Nope, not a word. But you wanna know why? “Because Seth Rollins is a junkie. A spotlight junkie. He literally can’t help himself. When his responsibility is supposed to be right here on Raw, he sees something over here that’s hot and goes, ‘Oh, I have to latch my claws into that. I’ve got to be a part of that!’ Instead of doing what’s important over here.”

Let’s think back on some of the recent returns. CM Punk? Seth Rollins! Cody Rhodes? Seth Rollins! The Rock? Why not Seth Rollins? He should be focused on the World Heavyweight Championship and on Raw, but he’s not. He does it to the detriment of both his body and his mind. But whatever, Rollins is a grown man, he can do what he wants. So long as Rollins shows up to WrestleMania so McIntyre can put him down, since that title deserves better than Rollins. That title also deserves better than Jey Uso. McIntyre has only just wanted an apology, and even someone as dimwitted as Jey could’ve figured that out.

But McIntyre will be the bigger man. McIntyre is sorry. He knows how much Jey needs this win, how much this means to him, but there is not a chance in Hell that Jey defeats McIntyre. Jackie thanks The Scottish Terminator for his time and McIntyre says you’re welcome. Will nothing stop McIntyre from barreling through Main Event Jey to then barrel through the “co-main-event” with Rollins on WrestleMania 40, Night 2?

 

DMG CTRL makes their way to the exit.

But first, Rhea Ripley steps in their way. Champion stares down champion, and Rhea tells Iyo to stay outta her territory. Iyo scoffs and DMG CTRL leaves. Will the Evil Genius be careful not to get on Mami’s bad side?

 

Sami Zayn VS Ivar w/ Sarah Logan!

The Great Liberator has his greatest opportunity yet just next week, but the War Beard feels snubbed. Will Sami simply add on by proving why Ivar isn’t in the gauntlet instead of him? Or will Ivar ruin Sami’s last chance to make it to WrestleMania?

Raw returns and Ivar makes his entrance, Sarah Logan leading the way. Sarah wears the antler headpiece, which Michael is very excited about. And then to his delight, Sarah lets him wear the headpiece! The fans cheer for “MICHAEL! MICHAEL!” and the bell rings. Sami and Ivar tie up, Ivar shoves him away, and Sami comes back to tie up again. Ivar shoves Sami down again, and he flexes. The fans boo but Sami gets up to get around. Sami waistlocks, Ivar bucks the O’Conner but things speed up. Sami ducks, hurdles, but Ivar cartwheels to avoid the boot! Things keep moving, Sami ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sami survives, Michael is having fun having one more first in his WWE career, this must be how good ol’ JR felt wearing his cowboy hat. Ivar stomps Sami around, claws at his face, then lets off as the ref reprimands. Ivar CLUBS Sami down, but Sami sits back up. The fans rally, Sami counter punches Ivar! Sami ROCKS Ivar, whips, but Ivar reveres. Sami goes up and over, then clotheslines Ivar up and out! The fans fire up and Sami builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Ivar! Sami fires up, he pushes Ivar back into the ring, then gets in. Ivar runs up, Sami clinches, but Ivar throws elbows!

Ivar shoves Sami away, Sami ELBOWS back. Sami goes up, reels Ivar in, and TORNADO- NO, Ivar stops the DDT and he TOSSES Sami to the floor! Ivar goes to the apron, takes aim as Sarah roars, and Ivar CANNONBALLS! Down goes Sami, and Sarah shouts over Sami’s body as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again as Ivar puts Sami up top. Ivar CLUBS Sami on the back, climbs up after him, but Sami fires elbows! Ivar CLUBS Sami some more, then hoists him up! SUPER BACK SUPLEX CROSSBODY COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives Sami turning that around on him, but Sami keeps cool. Sami drags Ivar up and reels him in, but Ivar fights the lift! The fans rally for Sami, but Ivar RAMS him into a corner! Ivar puts Sami up, but Sami fires hands in return! Then TORNADO DDTS! Ivar staggers up, Sami takes aim! Sami goes corner to corner, but gets the HEEL KICK O’ DOOM! Ivar underhooks Sami and gets him up, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Sami survives and Sarah is frustrated on Ivar’s behalf! Ivar snarls as he looms over Sami, then drags him up. Ivar puts Sami back up top, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! Ivar climbs up after Sami, but Sami CLUBS Ivar again and again and again! Sami adjusts and SUPER SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it but Ivar survives! The fans rally up, Sami brings Ivar up but Ivar ROCKS him! Sami goes to a corner, Ivar runs in, but into a clinch! Sami tries but Ivar’s so big! Sami fires hands from all sides to beat Ivar down! Then he CORNER EXPLODERS! Sami then goes to the far corner and the fans fire up again!

Sami runs corner to corner, but into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar thwarts Sami’s kick again, drags him into a drop zone, and Ivar goes up! Sarah praises the Norse gods as Ivar DOOMSAULTS but FLOPS as Sami moves! Ivar is up, Sami runs corner to corner again, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

The third time was the charm, and Sami conquers the Viking Raider! But BRONSON REED CLOBBERS Sami!! Fans boo as Auszilla is here to tell us all that HE is getting his shot! Bronson climbs up now, for the TSUNAMI!! Sami gets crushed after all, will he and the rest of the gauntlet field be washed away by this same splash?

 

Backstage interview with Gunther.

Cathy Kelley is with the Intercontinental Champion, and congratulates him on his win over Dominik. Yes, thank you very much. Dom spoke a big game last week, he did step up tonight, so Gunther will give him his due. However, Gunther didn’t question the outcome. Then let’s move to the gauntlet match. How is Gunther feeling about that stacked field all vying for their shot at him? Stacked, huh? Well it should be stacked. Gunther elevated this great prize to heights never seen before. And to be fully honest, he is also flattered to see the creme de la creme of Monday Night Raw competing to challenge Der Ring General at WrestleMania.

But all they’re really earning in the end is a spot to be humiliated and outclassed by Gunther! But then in steps Chad Gable. Gunther smirks at Gable, and Gable says he is so sick of that condescending smile of his. But Gable can look past the smile. What he can’t get past is what Gunther did to Gable in their last match. The tears in the eyes of Gable’s daughter, insulting Gable as both a man and a father. Anyone else in this match, it’s just a path to WrestleMania. For Gable, this is a path to redemption. That means delivering on what he promised to do back in September: taking that title off Gunther and putting it on Gable’s waist!

And that includes wiping that smile off Gunther’s face and putting the smile back on his daughter’s face. Because Chad Gable, WrestleMania 40, this rematch, it just means more. Gunther chuckles, and leaves. Will Gable show Gunther that he isn’t a joke, but the most serious threat to his reign?

 

Jey Uso speaks.

“Hey, Drew Mac. For weeks, all I hear you do is cry and complain. Talkin’ ’bout how you want an apology from me. Hey, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’m about to do to you tonight. I’m sorry you ’bout to get this work tonight! And if there’s anything you gonna find out about me, Jey don’t play. YEET!” Main Event Jey is ready for the main event, but will he be ready to bring down the Scottish Terminator once and for all?

 

Superstars are playing WWE 2K24.

Specifically, it’s Xavier Woods hanging out with R-Truth and DIY. The Miz walks in and asks how they’re already playing the game. Woods has a hook up. Truth says he’s of course his childhood hero, John Cena. And San Antonio’s own, HBK, Shawn Michaels, and the Cerebral Assassin, HHH, are of course playing as DX. Ciampa has Woods not worry about correcting Truth. Miz says he got their “ideas” about how they can get payback. Dropping slime? Feeding them bread? Truth says it’s in case one of them has a gluten allergy. Sigh… Miz says they need to hit them where it hurts: the tag titles! Sound good?

Yeah, that’s a great idea! REGENERATION X! Woods wants to hate this, but he loves it! But wait, Truth almost lost cuz Ciampa’s being sneaky! Will #RX be the cure to the Judgment Day’s reign of terror?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso!

We’ve heard from both men tonight, and now it is time for them to put this to rest! Will the Scottish Terminator be rolling into his title match with Seth Freakin’ Rollins? Or is Main Event Jey gonna prove even YEET is bigger in Texas?

The bell rings and the fans chant “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as Jey stares McIntyre down. Jey then ROCKS McIntyre with haymakers! McIntyre shoves Jey, Jey holds ropes, but McIntyre runs up. Jey dumps McIntyre to the apron, but McIntyre blocks a kick! But then the DRAGON WHIP hits! Jey hurries out after McIntyre, SMACKS him off the desk, and then whips him. McIntyre reverses to scoop Jey, for a TOSS over the desk! McIntyre shows he can yeet with the best of ’em, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Jey is on the apron. McIntyre storms up to him, stands him up, and ROCKS him with a right. Jey wobbles, McIntyre eggs him on, “Is that all you got?” Jey GAMANGIRIS! Jey then goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! McIntyre gets up, Jey blocks a punch to give a punch! Jey throws more hands, the fans “YEET!” with each one. Jey whips corner to corner, McIntyre reverses and Jey goes up, but McIntyre KICKS him outta the air! Cover, TWO! Jey is still in this but McIntyre looms over him. McIntyre rains down fists over and over, but lets off to stomp! The fans rally for Jey but McIntyre just scowls.

McIntyre drags Jey up but Jey RAMS into him! And RAMS into him again! Jey runs but McIntyre CLOBBERS him! McIntyre drags Jey back up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS! Jey drops to his knees, but McIntyre stands over him. Jey hobbles up, goes to a corner, but McIntyre CHOPS him again! McIntyre hoists Jey up, then CHOPS again! McIntyre climbs up, fireman’s carries Jey, and tucks him, but Jey fights free! Jey carries McIntyre off the corner, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is still in this but Jey hurries up the corner! Jey aims for the USO SPLASH onto knees! McIntyre saves himself there!

Jey stagger sup, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! The fans rally while both men are down, and McIntyre seethes while catching his breath. Jey rises, McIntyre storms up to him again, and he brings Jey up. McIntyre CHOPS Jey, Jey rebounds to ROCK McIntyre! McIntyre ROCKS Jey, then clotheslines him up and out! Jey flops to the floor, McIntyre goes out to get him, and he looks to the desk! The fans don’t mind, but then McIntyre suplexes Jey to the floor! A little double-edged there but McIntyre snarls as Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns yet again, and McIntyre stalks Jey on the outside. McIntyre fires hands against the barriers, then brings Jey around to RAM him into barriers! Then RAMS him into the apron! And then back to the barriers! And then back to the apron! McIntyre pushes Jey into the ring, stalks him as he hobbles around, and then scoops him! But Jey slips free to shove McIntyre into buckles! Jey goes to a corner, McIntyre runs in, but into a BOOT! McIntyre falls and Jey crawls away to get space. The fans rally with “YEET! YEET! YEET!” and Jey rises up. McIntyre manages to stand, but Jey ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again!

Jey fires hands again and again, “YEET!” Jey puts some stank on the pop ‘n’ lock and HAYMAKER! Jey whips, McIntyre reverses and flapjacks, but Jey lands out of it! Mule kick! UPPERCUT! McIntyres wings, Jey dodges and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO! Jey grits his teeth, crawls back to a corner, and he aims as McIntyre slowly goes to the other. Jey says “UCE! OH!” Jey runs in, to HIP ATTACK! McIntyre is dazed but Jey isn’t done! Jey keeps moving, but then McIntyre bails out. The fans boo but Jey just DIVES onto McIntyre! Down goes McIntyre but Jey hurries to put him back in the ring!

Jey hurries up the corner, but fans see someone coming! Solo Sikoa?! The Enforcer is here! Jey has to jump over McIntyre, but his leg jams up! He turns around into a kick, underhooks, and FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives, and here comes Cody Rhodes! Cody did say he’s gonna hunt down the Bloodline if he has to, so he goes right after Solo! Cody SMACKS Solo off steel steps, clotheslines him into the crowd, and runs him off into the night! But McIntyre’s countdown starts! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” SUPERKICK! McIntyre stays up, so Jey SUPERKICKS again! McIntyre drops to a knee, so Jey SUPERKICKS a third time!! And SPEAR!!

The fans fire up with Jey, but of course Jimmy is here! The Bloodline always brings the numbers! Jey snarls at Jimmy, but McIntyre hits the CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Once again, The Bloodline hands McIntyre a win on a silver platter, and also finds a way to screw Jey at the same time! Jimmy doesn’t leave, either! He gets a chair! Jimmy brings the chair into the ring, grins as he eyes Jey, but here comes Seth Rollins! McIntyre is stunned as Rollins runs in, and he SUPERKICKS the chair into Jimmy! Rollins tells Jimmy just wait until Friday! But then McIntyre CLAYMORES Rollins!! McIntyre says this is just what he’s talking about! If Rollins keeps on this path, if he goes with Cody to have the tag match, this will keep happening! Do NOT be selfish and taint the World Heavyweight Championship match!

McIntyre says Rollins needs to do the right thing, but does McIntyre even know what that is anymore!? Will it not matter when McIntyre really does take the title away from Rollins?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Raw right here to really ramp things up for WrestleMania. Great stuff from Cody, Rollins and The Bloodline to bookend the show. Great promo from Cody & Rollins that all but accepts the high stakes dream team tag match for WrestleMania, and then Cody & Rollins played a great part in the main event. Really good promos from McIntyre and Jey before having an awesome main event, but of course The Bloodline interfered here. This continues to plug Jey VS Jimmy for Mania, and of course McIntyre takes advantage of everything to win against Jey and still stand tall over Rollins. Maybe he wins the world title, maybe he doesn’t, but McIntyre is certainly deserving of this top level of story.

Great match out of Dom and Gunther, and I feel like Gunther’s compliments later were fairly genuine because Dom’s sells on those chops were truly top notch. Dom of course loses, but I like that this spurred on the rest of what Judgment Day was doing tonight. Finn & Priest VS Kaiser & Vinci was also incredible, and a great win for Finn & Priest. I also really liked the group promo from Truth, Miz & DIY with Woods on the side. It is definitely going to be Awesome Truth VS Finn & Priest at Mania, but this was a really fun little bit to get the ball rolling towards that end. I also like that Dom seems interested in adding Andrade to the group. I wonder if Andrade ends up replacing someone or driving a new wedge into the group like when JD wanted to join.

And back to Gunther, great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship build. Big stuff with that six man gauntlet being announced, and I really like all six choices in that match. Sami had an awesome match against Ivar to build momentum going into that match, and then logical move for Bronson Reed to attack. Sami and Bronson are definitely the top two choices to me, but even with Bronson crushing Sami and Gable confronting Gunther in a pretty good promo, this has to be Sami’s to win, and possibly from the very first round. Sami winning that big would be very reminiscent of KofiMania, so maybe #SamiMania runs wild in Philly.

And of course really good stuff in the Women’s Division. Becky VS Nia being interfered with by Liv was a good turnaround from last week, and something makes me think Nia does the same to Liv and Becky in their match next week. I’m not sure if this somehow sorts out into a match that names a third member to the Women’s World Championship match to give us the world title Triple Threat every 10th Mania ends up having. Good little promos from the various lower tag teams, and Candice snapping on Maxxine like that was the biggest surprise. Natty is also being rather obnoxious as the veteran, I think Natty and Nox are breaking up, and maybe there’s something developing between Candice and Indi where The Way loses its way for a bit.

Shayna & Zoey of course won against Kayden & Katana, who have dropped right back down after losing the titles. But I’m a little surprised Shayna & Zoey are getting their shot before Mania, not at it. Pretty sure Kabuki Warriors retain the titles tomorrow night for Roadblock, and I’m pretty sure they’ll retain next Monday, too. I still think Bianca should join forces with Jade Cargill and essentially with Bayley to take down DMG CTRL together, though maybe only one of those title matches goes their way. Bianca & Jade taking the tag titles is the more likely, as Dakota can still be in Iyo’s corner to screw Bayley over. And Rhea confronting Iyo was great, it’d be awesome if one day, we get Rhea VS Iyo in a rematch from way back in 2018 and the Mae Young Classic.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Windy City Riot Results & Report! (4/12/24)

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NJPW starts a riot!

As NJPW lands in Chicago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Testuya Naito, defends the title against Jon Moxley! Is The Maniac going to become the face of NJPW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Strong Survivor: Matt Vandagriff VS Zane Jay; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Mina Shirakawa & Viva Van VS Alex Windsor & Trish Adora; Windsor & Adora win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita; Narita wins.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM; Vaquer wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff; TMDK wins and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Shota Umino VS Jack Perry; Shota wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi; Ali wins.
  • Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd; Team Kidd wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii; Nemeth wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

Finally, months after the betrayal, The King of Pancrase gets his chance at teaching #SouledOut Narita a lesson! Will Meanest Man in the World show no mercy? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck even now?

The Windy City knows “KAZE NI NARE~!” and then Suzuki CLOBBERS Narita! The bell rings, Narita bails out and the fans fire up as Suzuki goes after him! Suzuki stomps Narita, whips him into railing, then storms up to stomp Narita down! The fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!” as he whips Narita hard into more railing! Suzuki stomps Narita more, then CHOKES Narita with camera cables! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Suzuki lets go. The fans cheer the “MURDER GRAMPA!” as he gets a chair! Suzuki then stomps Narita, drags him up and puts his arm through railing! The ref reprimands as Suzuki pulls on the arm!

Suzuki lets off, the fans fire up more, and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki brings Narita along, SMACKS him off the apron, and the ref finally starts a ring count. Suzuki kicks away on Narita then shoves him into the ring. The fans cheer and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki whips but Narita flops and flounders out of the ring. The fans boo but Suzuki is amused. Suzuki taunts Narita, but Narita trips Suzuki and whips him into railing! The fans boo as Narita goes into the ring, builds speed, and as Suzuki gets on the apron, Narita BOOTS him back down! Narita stomps Suzuki against railing while the ring count starts.

Narita fires forearms, Suzuki eggs him on, so Narita claws the eyes! Suzuki gets in the ring, Narita storms in to stomp away at the ropes! The fans boo as Narita kicks Suzuki back out, then whips him hard into railing! Suzuki sputters, Narita brings Suzuki around to whip into more railing! Suzuki grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH Narita! The fans fire up but Narita kicks Suzuki, only to slip in the water! Narita puts Suzuki in the ring, stands on him for a cocky cover, TWO! The fans boo but Narita soaks up the heat. Suzuki rises, Narita fires a forearm then runs to BOOT! Suzuki staggers, Narita whips, but Suzuki reverses!

Suzuki runs in to BOOT Narita at the corner! The fans fire up as Suzuki fires forearm after forearm! The fans count and Suzuki goes past ten, and even tells the ref to back off! Narita sits down in the corner but Suzuki fires off more forearms! Suzuki tops it off at TWENTY! The fans fire up, Suzuki drags Narita to his feet, then snapmares Narita to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps on Narita with a SLEEPER! Narita fights up, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Suzuki switches to put the SLEEPER back on Narita! The fans fire up as Narita flails, but Suzuki drops back into body scissors! Narita is caught and the fans fire up!

Narita flails, reaches out, but Suzuki rolls him away from ropes! Narita is fading, the ref checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Narita comes back at the third and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts as Suzuki thrashes around! The ref pries at the hold, but Suzuki holds on! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets go at 4, and Suzuki gets in the ref’s face! Narita breathes again, rises up, and then runs up to KNEE STOMP! The fans boo as Narita goes to get a chair! The ref stops Narita, but Narita wedges the chair into the corner. But Suzuki kicks Narita first! Suzuki whips, follows, then shoots around to the SLEEPER!

Narita wrenches out! Narita whips, Suzuki stops himself, and then Suzuki BOOTS Narita down! The fans fire up as now Suzuki has the chair! The ref says no, the fans boo, and Narita has his push-up bar! Suzuki shoves the ref aside, PUSH-UP BAR SHOT!! Then the DOUBLE CROSSER! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

The fans boo because of course the Souled Out son of a gun had to cheat to win, but it’s surprising that he did it all on his own! Suzuki is pissed, he runs back up but the Young Lions keep him away! So the Young Lions are sent into railing for it! Will anyone ever humble Narita’s inflated ego?

 

NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM!

Having dethroned Giulia in the background of Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, La Primera feels unstoppable! But will she be able to keep up with the Highspeed Superstar? Or will Stephanie show she’s a real speed demon herself?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly a Strong Star!

The bell rings and the fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Vaquer uses her height for leverage. AZM digs her heels in to push back, and the fans rally up more. Vaquer gets around to waistlock, sit-down, roll and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, and the fans cheer as the two reset. AZM runs up to kick low, whip, but Vaquer reverses. Vaquer hurdles but AZM comes right back to shove, follow and run up again. Vaquer pops AZM up but AZM slips free to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Vaquer up! Then PENALTY KICK! SLIDING KICK! Kip up! The fans fire up with AZM and she gets them even hotter!

AZM gets Vaquer up but Vaquer JAWBREAKERS! AZM blocks a kick, gives a kick, then runs to sunset flip! Vaquer stays up, scuffs AZM and then runs to drop the leg, brother! The fans fire up and Vaquer clamps on a chinlock. Vaquer squeezes tight but AZM endures. The fans rally, AZM fights around, reaches out, but Vaquer drags her by her hair! The fans boo but Vaquer wraps on a headscissors, and she turns AZM over to RAM her into the mat again and again and again! The fans cheer as Vaquer lets off to cover, TWO! AZM stays in this but Vaquer stays calm. Vaquer looms over AZM, then springboard KNEE DROPS!

Vaquer digs her heel into AZM’s head, but the ref counts. Vaquer lets off, drags AZM up and the fans rally up. Vaquer bumps AZM off buckles, sits her down, then goes up to stand on AZM’s face! The ref counts, Vaquer steps off, and she drags AZM up. AZM fires a forearm but then falls over. Vaquer stands AZM up to HEADBUTT her down! AZM drags herself up to fire another forearm! Vaquer HEADBUTTS again! AZM forearms again and again and again! The fans fire up, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Vaquer runs, AZM gets around and spins her, snap suplex! The fans fire up while both women are down!

AZM stands, whips Vaquer to a corner, but Vaquer stops herself to CLUB AZM! Vaquer whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! AZM fires up, but Vaquer puts AZM’s leg in the ropes! Vaquer has the other leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! AZM writhes, flops out of the ring, but Vaquer goes to the apron. Vaquer watches like a hawk, but AZM avoids the kick! AZM trips Vaquer to ROUNDHOUSE Vaquer down! Vaquer slumps to the floor, AZM goes up and up and SUPER DIVING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous as AZM stands tall! AZM drags Vaquer up, puts her in, and then goes back up the corner!

AZM aims and the fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vaquer reaches out, so AZM traps that arm and pulls the other arm! Vaquer endures as AZM has a mounted armlock! Then AZM YANKS the arm into an ARMBAR! Vaquer clasps hands to fight the hold, then kicks around, ROPEBREAK! AZM lets go and fans rally as she brings Vaquer around. AZM KICKS Vaquer in the side, then drags her into a drop zone! AZM steps on Vaquer before she climbs back up. The fans fire up for the DIVING- NO, Vaquer avoids the stomps to DROPKICK!

But AZM’s right back up! She ROUNDHOUSES Vaquer, then runs, but Vaquer reels her in, BIG back suplex! Both women are down again and the fans are thunderous! The two women slowly sit up and the fans rally again. AZM fires a forearm first, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS! AZM fires another forearm, so Vaquer HEADBUTTS! Forearm, HEADBUTT, then AZM fires a flurry! Vaquer SLAPS AZM! The fans fire up as Vaquer then blocks a slap into an ARMBAR! AZM stacks it, TWO! CROSSFACE!! Vaquer pulls way back on AZM, AZM is fading, reaches out, but Vaquer rolls her from ropes!

AZM kicks around still, ROPEBREAK behind Vaquer’s back! The fans fire up as Vaquer lets go in frustration. Vaquer drags AZM up, ducks the haymaker, then spins her to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this and the fans fire up! Vaquer goes to a corner, climbs up, but AZM rises! AZM ROCKS Vaquer, but then Vaquer HEADBUTTS back! AZM ROUNDHOUSES back, goes up after Vaquer, and the fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! AZM positions Vaquer just right, hurries back up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives and neither Chicago nor AZM can believe it!

AZM drags Vaquer up, “This is Awesome!” as she reels Vaquer in. Vaquer wrenches out, EAT DA FEET! Vaquer runs, AZM follows and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Then the step over, AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Vaquer escapes the cradle, and AZM hurries to a corner. AZM runs in, but is sent into buckles! HEADBUTT HEADBUTT HEADBUTT!! Vaquer sits AZM down, runs corner to corner, METEORA! Vaquer drags AZM up and tucks her in, but AZM pops free! AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SUPERKICK! Vaquer runs, but AZM follows again! Tilt-o-whirl but no Mystica! PACKAGE BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Vaquer wins!

Winner: Stephanie Vaquer, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

AZM’s speed was there, but so was Vaquer’s strength! Vaquer keeps her THREE belts, from NJPW Strong to CMLL, but will she be able to hold onto all of them through the Summer?

Well hold on, speaking of, here comes Alex Windsor! She gets a mic to say, “Now I understand that you maybe don’t know who I am, so allow me to formally introduce myself. I am at the top of the UK Women’s Scene. I have conquered Europe, I have overcome Japan. Every single country, every single company I have been to, I have made my presence known. And trust me when I say, it doesn’t stop here. So uh, if you’re up for it, May 11th, Resurgence, you put your NJPW Strong Women’s Championship on the line against Alex Windsor!” The fans are torn on this, but Alex bloody dares Vaquer!

Vaquer looks Alex up and down, takes the mic, and says, “You’re on.” Will Vaquer be able to break the Iron Willed Windsor? Or will Alex prove she’s just as NJPW Strong, if not stronger?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have passed on the torch, but there’s a chance the fire could be blown out in the Windy City! Can The Headbanga & Young Guerilla make it through Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, Tom Lawlor AND Fred Rosser all at once? Or are we guaranteed NEW Strong Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds to win the gold!

Tensions are already running high given the beef between WCWC and their former leader, Lawlor. In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and ELP steps up to start against Hysterical Haste. The fans rally up with the bell as the two circle. They tie up, Shane headlocks, but ELP powers up and out. Shane runs ELP over, drags him back up, and runs, but ELP drops, hurdles, and drops again. ELP DROPKICKS Shane down then handsprings up! The fans cheer but Shane KICKS ELP, whips him to the corner, only for ELP to ROCK Mikey! Shane DROPKICKS ELP down! Tag to Mikey and TMDK double whip.

TMDK DOUBLE ELBOW ELP then SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, ONE, and Mikey whips ELP. Leo tags in, ELP gets around Mikey and sends him into the UPPERCUT! ELP BLASTS Shane, Leo sends Mikey to the corner to SPLASH! ELP back elbows, then feeds Mikey to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP is up, for the FALLING ELBOW! Then the high five! The fans fire up as Leo aims, but then Rosser tags in! Rosser eggs Mikey on, they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Rosser runs but Mikey ELBOWS him! Mikey runs, Rosser dodges and ROLLING ELBOWS! Tag to Lawler, the fans fire up, and NFDO RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP TACKLE COMBO!

Rosser BLASTS WCWC, drops a leg on Mikey, then scoops Lawlor to SLAM him on Mikey! Rosser BLASTS Shane, too, but Royce sneaks a tag. The fans fire up as Lawlor and Royce stare down. The two circle, but then ELP tags in off Lawlor! No filthy showdown yet, but then Royce SHOVES ELP into Lawlor, then GERMAN SUPLEXES ELP! The fans boo as WCWC BLAST Leo! Royce RAMS ELP into the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Jorel. Jorel stands ELP up to CHOP, then CHOPS again! The fans rally up as Jorel winds up, but then he pokes ELP in the eyes! The fans boo but Jorel says he’s smarter than that.

Jorel RAMS ELP into the corner, tags Royce, and then WCWC wrench and DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! ELP hobbles, Jorel sweeps the legs, and Royce deadlift suplexes! Royce holds ELP up, kicks Shane away, but then Lawlor reaches out to tag in! Royce SLAMS ELP down, but he has to exit now. Lawlor drags ELP up, and clamps on a GUILLOTINE! ELP endures, fights his way up, reaches out, but Lawlor redirects him. Rosser tags in and CLUBS ELP. NFDO double whip to ELBOW ELP down, then Lawlor hooks Rosser up, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER SPLASH onto ELP! Cover, TWO! Rosser stares down WCWC then gets ELP up.

Rosser kicks and KNEES ELP, then HEADBUTTS! Rosser HIP ATTACKS ELP, runs, but Royce tags in! Royce then knees Rosser low and TOSSES him! Tag to Jorel, WCWC BLASTS everyone else! Then WCWC double wrench and double- NO, ELP slips free of the suplex! ELP go esup and over, slips under, but Royce gets a leg! ELP ENZIGIRIS but then Jorel gets a leg! ELP BOOTS Jorel into Royce! Hot tag to Leo! The fans fire up as Leo UPPERCUTS Jorel! Royce ducks ‘n’ dodges but Leo still BOOTS him! Leo scoops Jorel for SNAKE EYES, and the BOOT! Leo choke grips Royce, but Jorel gets up! So Leo gets him, too!

The fans fire up but WCWC break the guzels to throw hands! WCWC double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! The fans fire up but TMDK attack! They double whip but Leo breaks those lines, only for TMDK to get under! BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER COMBO! NFDO fire off on TMDK! The fans fire up as NFDO double whip, but Shane JUMP KICKS Rosser and Mikey ELBOWS Lawlor! TMDK pinball Lawlor, get him up, but Lawlor slips free! Lawlor shoves Mikey into Shane, then he and Rosser clamp on, SLEEPER HOLD and CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! The fans fire up as TMDK endure!

Mikey holds Shane’s hand, but then Leo DOUBLE LARIATS all four men!! The fans are thunderous as Leo gets NFDO, DOUBLE GODSENDS!! Leo SPLASHES Jorel, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Leo tags ELP in! ELP and Leo coordinate, tune up, and Jorel stands. But Royce trips ELP! Leo still grabs Jorel, but Jorel STUNNERS! Royce LARIATS Leo up and out! Jorel KNEES ELP, Royce UPPERCUTS, feed to the POP UP POWERBOMB! And then CATAPULT into the fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Lawlor breaks it! The fans are thunderous again and Royce is furious!

“This is Awesome!” as WCWC CLOBBER Lawlor! But Rosser gets in to stand Lawlor up. The four stare down, and the filthy brawl is on! The fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! NFDO DECK WCWC, then they DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW on Jorel! NFDO aim at Royce, DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW but Royce ducks! The elbows clash, Royce BOOTS Rosser! Lawlor sweeps the leg then KNEES Royce down! But Jorel SHOTGUNS Lawlor! But he turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! And then EKP DIVES onto the others before GODSEND!! ELP is back on the apron, he climbs up Leo, but Shane sneaks a tag!

SUPER THUNDERKISS, but Shane TOSSES ELP out! Mikey gets Leo, Shane LAST SUPPER on Jorel! TMDK WINS!!

Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they don’t let an opportunity get past them! Shane & Mikey have gold, will Zack Sabre Jr. join them later tonight?

Meanwhile, WCWC are pissed! They CLOBBER NFDO for it! Royce POSTS Rosser, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES to the floor! Jorel beats down on Lawlor, then shouts in his face, “WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?” WCWC gets Lawlor up, reel him in, PILEDRIVER!! MACHO ELBOW!! Team Filthy is truly no more, and then Jorel brings out SCISSORS!! The fans boo as Royce sits Lawlor up! Jorel grabs a handful of hair, and CUTS it away! The fans boo as Jorel & Royce disrespect their mentor as they just cut random pieces away! Jorel shouts, “It didn’t have to be this way!”

The fans tell Royce he’s sick as he EATS Lawlor’s hair! Rosser manages to rise to his feet, but he’s in no shape to fight! WCWC knows that, and Jorel MAKES Rosser eat hair!! The fans are disgusted, but the WCWC leaves. Will they prove they’re truly the filthiest of them all?

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

The Roughneck and his mentor, Jon Moxley, got the win over the Scapegoat and Ren Narita just a few days ago at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now this is a more personal showdown as Shota wants to finally shut Jack up once and for all. Will there be a Paradigm Shift here in Chicago? Or will Perry prove Shota doesn’t know Jack?

As Jack makes his entrance, he has guards in riot gear. The fans are chanting “C M PUNK!” at him, but he came prepared! He has the flag of Chicago draped on his shoulders, then holds it up as he struts around. Then Jack turns around and drops the flag to reveal “CRY ME A RIVER” painted on the back of his jacket! Jack is rubbing it in everyone’s faces as he goes down to the ring, but will Shota make Jack cry?

Jack gets on a corner to soak up the heat, and Chicago sure gives him all he can handle. Though, there are some fans actually cheering “SCAPEGOAT! SCAPEGOAT!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jack puts Shota on ropes. Jack lets off clean and that surprises Shota, maybe even confuses him. The two reset, tie up again, and now Shota puts Jack on ropes. The ref counts, Shota lets off with pats on the shoulder, but then Jack SLAPS Shota! Jack bails out while fans boo, and a ring count starts. Jack grabs some water to take a sip, then he SPLASHES the fans! Shota rushes out, but the water trips him up!

Jack and Shota brawl, Shota RAMS Jack into railing, then CLUBS Jack around. Shota puts Jack in, but Jack KICKS Shota down! The fans boo as Jack stomps Shota to ropes. Jack CHOPS Shota, Shota staggers away, and Jack whips, Shota reverses, scoops, DROPS and basement dropkicks! The fans fire up with Shota while Jack flounders to a corner. Shota runs up to CLUB Jack down, then stomps him around. But Jack CLAWS Shota’s face! Jack CLUBS Shota, snapmares, and basement dropkicks to the back! Cover, ONE!! Shota is tougher than that, the fans chant “You Got Choked Out!” “No He Didn’t!” in reference to the All In video.

Jack stalks Shota, stands him up, and facelocks! The GUILLOTINE is a direct shot at #BrawlIn! The fans are torn, but then Jack snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jack says okay, he drags Shota up and he whips Shota to a corner. Jack runs up to clothesline, then he stomps Shota down. The ref counts, Jack goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Jack then hops down to drag Shota up. Shota ROCKS Jack first! Jack CLUBS Shota, whips, but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Jack again. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Not quite perfect but Shota does the Jungle Life dance! The fans sing along, Shota drags Jack up, and then clinches. Jack fights the lift, throws elbows, and he CLAWS Shota’s back! The ref reprimands, but Jack runs up, into a drop toehold! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT! The fans fire up again while Jack flops to the floor! The ring count starts, Shota takes a full lap, then returns to Jack. Shota drags Jack up at 5 of 20, puts him in at 7, and Shota goes up the corner. Fans chant for “LUCHASAURUS!” while Shota MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then clinches to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Jack is still in this but Shota keeps his cool.

Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and hits the TRI- NO, Jack slips free! Jack waistlocks, Shota standing switches, but Jack grabs the ref and then LOW BLOWS Shota!! The fans boo as Jack gets away with that one! Jack then drags Shota out, has him on the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Jack drags Shota up, puts him back in, then brings Shota around to underhook. TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up! Jack sighs, rises up and hears all the boos. Jack walks around to soak up more heat, then he scuffs Shota. Shota crawls, Jack scuffs him again, but Shota shakes his head.

Jack scuffs Shota more, pie faces him, then eggs Shota on. Shota rises up to fire a forearm! Jack puts his hair back and Shota roars! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota fires another forearm! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota staggers around, but Shota comes back to forearm! Jack sighs, then SPITS at Shota! The fans boo more and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Jack, then ROCKS him! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota ROCKS Jack, repeat! They go back and forth, the fans strongly on Shota’s side! Shota gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs Jack on, pie faces him, so Jack SLAPS back! Jack CLUBS Shota, runs, but into a DROPKICK!

The fans are thunderous as both men are down! Shota pounds the mat and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota drags Jack into a half nelson, spin and POP UP KNEE! IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Jack is still in this but Shota is still fired up! The fans are still with him as he aims from a corner! Jack slowly sits up, Shota kicks low and underhooks, but Jack wrenches out! Shota blocks the superkick to ROCK, ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Jack hops up, POISON-RANA! But Shota’s up to BLAZE- NO, Jack ducks!

Jack runs, into a pop-up! But Jack blocks the uppercut and spins Shota around, for an UNPRETTIER?! Shoutout to Christian Cage as Jack covers, TWO!!! Shota survives and Jack is furiously headbutting the mat! Jack drags Shota up, calls the end, and runs up, GLASSJAW!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives the knee shot and Jack is beside himself! The fans chant “G T S! G T S!” Jack lets his hair back down, will he listen to Chicago? Shota is in a corner, Jack aims and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Another shot at Phil Brooks! The fans are rowdy as ever as Jack flips them off, and he shoves Shota down. Jack says night-night!

Jack takes his time going up to Shota, then brings Shota up to fireman’s carry! Jack flips everyone off before the GO TO- DDT COUNTER!! The fans are electric as Shota aims from the corner! Shota says night-night to Jack! BLAZE BLADE!! Underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Shota wins!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Scapegoat was less fighting the Roughneck and more the specter of the Second City Saint, and perhaps that cost him! Shota brings Jack down tonight, but will he still bring a Paradigm Shift to NJPW?

Wait, Jack gets to his feet and offers a handshake? He suddenly respects Shota now? Shota trusts it and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack raises Shota’s hand in victory, but still flips off Chicago. Is this itself a paradigm shift in Jack’s personality?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Chicago’s other hometown hero is here, bringing the TNA X-Division Championship AND the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion with him. The Beacon is shining with gold but he wants to have the Junior Heavyweight Division spotlight on him. Will he do that by defusing the Ticking Timebomb? Or will Hiromu still be the Best of the Super Juniors?

Hiromu shows off a very jacked Daryl Jr. but Ali refuses to accept that thing as alive. Ali gets on a corner for fans to cheer, but then Hiromu gets on a corner and all the fans cheer! The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. They circle again, the fans cheer on “TA-KA-HA-SHI!” and he bows to Chicago. Ali gets the fans fired up, but then Hiromu gets the fans really fired up! Ali and Hiromu feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ali brings Hiromu down to wrench. Hiromu slips through, puts the wristlock up and over, using Ali’s own head to break the hold.

Hiromu then wrenches Ali to a wristlock, but Ali rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Hiromu wrenches, Ali wrenches, repeat! The fans fire up as Hiromu WRINGS Ali! Ali stands, uses ropes to flip through, then wrenches to hammerlock. Ali headlocks, Hiromu powers up and out, but Ali runs Hiromu over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Ali drops on the monkey flip for a cover, TWO! Hiromu sweeps the legs to cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Hiromu rolls Ali up, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Ali gets Chicago fired up again, then he shoves Hiromu. Hiromu sputters and claims Ali hit him so hard!

The ref has Ali stay back while Hiromu shouts, “Oh my gosh!” Hiromu goes to Daryl Jr. and has him sit in the center. Daryl flops over but Hiromu says Daryl can handle this. Hiromu gets fans chanting for Daryl, but Ali is annoyed by these antics. Ali says fine, he’s gonna mess Daryl Jr. up! Ali circles with Daryl, but then Hiromu slips in! Ali sees that and the fans boo. Hiromu apologizes, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu dodges, scoops up Daryl, they duck ‘n’ dodge and then Hiromu says MEOW~! Or no, Daryl says meow! Catch! Hiromu throws Daryl at Ali, Ali catches Daryl and then Hiromu dropkicks Ali’s legs out!

The fans cheer while Ali flounders, and Hiromu picks Daryl Jr. back up. Hiromu shows Daryl to the crowd, the fans cheer, but then Ali runs up! Hiromu dodges to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS again, then follows Ali around. Hiromu CHOPS again, whips, but Ali holds ropes. Ali bails out but Hiromu pursues, and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Hiromu follows Ali, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu counter punches, says “Oh my gosh,” then chases Ali around the ring! Ali suckers Hiromu into a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ring count climbs, Ali talks trash on Hiromu, then stomps him. Ali drags Hiromu up and in at 9 of 20.

Ali shouts, “What’s my name?” The fans chant for Ali and he goes in to KNEE Hiromu in the back, then clamps on the chinlock. Hiromu kicks around, the fans duel, and Hiromu has the ROPEBREAK! Ali CLUBS Hiromu as he lets off, then whips Hiromu to a corner. Hiromu reverses, runs up, but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots for the NECKBREAKER! Cover with a bridge, TWO! Hiromu stays in this but Ali stays on Hiromu with another chinlock. Hiromu endures the squeeze and the fans rally up. Hiromu fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Ali CLUBS him again. Ali whips Hiromu to a corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ali is growing frustrated but he has the fans cheering. Ali sits Daryl up in the corner so he can watch what’s about to happen. Ali of course knows this is a stuffed animal, it doesn’t matter, but he’s still gonna mess Hiromu up. Ali kicks Hiromu around, tells him he’s crazy, but then Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali knees low, runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The fans fire up while Ali flounders to ropes. Hiromu drags himself up, they end up in corners, and Ali runs in. Hiromu dodges to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Ali bails out but Hiromu goes to the apron. FLYING SHOTGUN! Ali is sent into railing!

The fans fire up with Hiromu as he stands back up. The ring count starts, Hiromu goes back to Ali but we reach 10 of 20 before Hiromu gets him up. Hiromu puts Ali into the ring, cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Ali up by his hair, then fireman’s carries. But Ali slips free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs, but Ali ducks, only to swing into a spin and suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and duel again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu stalks Ali, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ali fights free again. Ali shoves, runs in, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Ali keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again!

Ali goes again, but Hiromu LARIATS first! The fans fire up, Hiromu whips Ali to ropes, then scoops him, but Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but both men are down, and the fans rally up. Ali slowly rises, makes his way to ropes and goes up a corner. Ali reaches the top but Hiromu throws body shots and elbows first! Hiromu climbs from the outside, and fans are freaking out as Hiromu aims for the floor! Ali fires body shots to send Hiromu to the apron. But Hiromu UPPERCUTS Ali! Ali backflips, and lands on his feet!! The cameraman almost got an eyeful, though! Ali hurries up to SHOVE Hiromu down!

Hiromu hits railing, and then Ali DIVES into him! The railing is sent WAY back, commentary takes a hit, and the fans are thunderous! Ali is busted open, but he still drags Hiromu up and into the ring, then goes up the corner! The fans rally, Ali aims, 450- NO, he has to roll through as Hiromu moves! Ali comes back, but Hiromu sends him hard into buckles! The fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Ali and Hiromu are both somehow okay, as is Chris Charlton on commentary. Hiromu crawls his way over to Ali, brings him back up to the top rope, and then CHOPS! Hiromu climbs, brings Ali up, but Ali resists!

Ali throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Hiromu down! Hiromu staggers to his feet, Ali stands on the top rope, but Hiromu runs up! Ali jumps to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat, takes aim, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The X-Division/Alternative Champion is triumphant here in his hometown! And best of all, Ali shows Hiromu respect by shaking his hand. Hiromu wants Ali to shake Daryl Jr’s hand, too, and so do the fans! Ali sighs, goes over to pick Daryl Jr. up, and he shakes Daryl Jr’s hand! The Windy City cheers him on, will Ali become the champion not just Chicago needs, but that the world needs?

 

Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has lost the AEW Continental Championship and the ROH World Championship, but he is still NJPW Strong! However, this War Dog vows he will take everything from the company that, in his eyes, has all but thrown away its identity. There are no rules holding these teams back, but no one even knows who recruited who! Who drew the hotter hand to take the win here in Chicago?

Well of course Gabe got his fellow War Dog, Clark Connors, as well as The Fang Revived, Kenta, and the LEADER of Bullet Club, #GoatSlayer Rebel, David Finlay! As for Eddie, he’s already bringing a trash can of goodies as he’s got The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and TJP! The enemies of his enemies are his allies tonight, and then we add HOMICIDE! Eddie’s old friend has come around to F Kidd’s S up! Team Eddie rushes down the ramp, Bullet Club runs up to meet them, the bell rings as the brawl is on! No need for tags or count outs in this match, anyway! Homicide fires off on Kidd while TJP has Connors, Cobb has Kenta and Eddie is after Finlay!

TJP sends Connors into railing, Eddie throws Kenta over railing! Homicide and Kidd brawl, Kidd gets the edge, and Finlay helps out. TJP stomps away on Connors while digging a chair into him, and Eddie grabs the ring bell! Kidd CLUBS Eddie first, then throws hands. Homicide fires off on Finlay, Cobb UPPERCUTS Kenta! TJP brings more chairs, and one is wrapped in barbed wire! Homicide UPPERCUTS Kidd, TJP digs the wires into Connors’ head! Eddie places the bell against Connors’ head and DING! TJP kicks Finlay away, Kidd gets in the ring, and so does Homicide. Eddie joins Homicide, but then the Dogs drag Eddie out!

Homicide runs up, he CLOBBERS Kidd, then goes out to CHOKE Kidd! Finlay wraps a chinlock on Homicide, Eddie CHOPS Connors in the ring! Connors goes to a corner, Eddie fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie with a shillelagh! The fans boo but then TJP runs up on Finlay. TJP SOBATS, runs, but Finlay dodges the boot! And he ducks the blood mist! But TJP DROPKICKS Finlay out all the same! TJP runs to WRECK Finlay with a dropkick, then Cobb brings out a TABLE! The fans fire up seeing that, and the Empire gets the table in the ring. The table is put in the corner, then TJP grabs Finlay.

TJP bends Finlay back in a chinlock stretch, then feeds him to Cobb. Cobb picks Finlay up but the War Dogs save Finlay! The fans boo but TJP and Homicide turn things around on the Dogs. Everyone falls out of the ring again, TJP throws down hands on Connors but Finlay pulls TJP’s hair. Homicide has fans move aside so he can TOSS Kidd over railing! Finlay gets in the ring with a chair while Homicide SMACKS Kidd with a trash can lid! Finlay undoes the red corner’s buckle pad, Eddie CLOBBERS Connors with the trash can! Eddie even headbutts the trash can until it’s dented! But Connors CHOP BLOCKS Eddie!

Cobb SMACKS Kenta with the buckle pad, but Finlay CLAWS Cobb’s face! TJP SMACKS Finlay with a kendo stick! The fans fire up as TJP CHOKES Finlay with the stick! Kenta CLUBS TJP, grabs the stick and SMACKS TJP with it! And SMACKS him again! Cobb CLOBBERS Connors off of Eddie! Cobb rains down fists, Eddie SMACKS Connors with the trash can! Finlay has a loose skateboard deck and SMACKS Cobb with it! Eddie crotches Connors on the railing, then CLOBBERS him! Eddie then goes out to the crowd to CLAW Connors’ face, and send him into the railing! Eddie fires hands, Kenta SMACKS away on Cobb with the kendo stick!

Cobb blocks a shot and JAMS Kenta in return! Cobb SMACKS Kenta, Connors hits Eddie back! Connors then crotches Eddie on the railing! Eddie falls over, Connors talks trash on the fans, but TJP drags Finlay around. Homicide and Kidd are brawling in the crowd! Fans count as Homicide rains down TEN fists, then takes a BITE out of Kidd’s forehead! Cobb puts Kenta in the ring, TJP drags Kenta around to trap an arm, and Eddie SMACKS Connors with a stop sign! TJP puts the skateboard on Connors’ back to ride him! Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie to rain down fists! TJP HIP DROPS Connors, then Cobb brings him up.

Homicide and Kidd are still brawling somewhere in the crowd, Cobb keeps Connors down in a corner, and TJP drop toeholds Finlay down! TJP skateboards on Finlay’s back! Finlay powers up to throw TJP off, then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Eddie grabs at Finlay but Finlay hits him back. Finlay goes out after Eddie, HEADBUTTS him, but the fans rally up. Finlay throws hands, Eddie hits back! Eddie CHOKES Finlay with camera cable! Eddie rains down fists and sits Finlay down. Cobb ROCKS Kenta, then CHUCKS the trash can! Kenta ducks, the can hits post! Eddie and Connors get in the ring, Eddie fires knees.

Eddie hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX and Connors writhes. Kidd TOSSES Homicide over railing! But Homicide hits Kidd with the railing! And again! And again! Finlay and Connors mug Eddie, CLAW his eyes, but TJP hurries over to CLOBBER Kidd! Kidd shoves TJP into railing, gets into the ring, but Homicide finds a ladder! The fans cheer as Homicide gets Kidd up, reels him into a corner, and CLAWS Kidd’s back! Then TORNADO- NO, Kidd powers out to LARIAT! “I’m a MAD MAN, y’know!!” The fans boo but Kidd grabs that ladder! Kidd RAMS Homicide low, then equips the ladder like Terry Funk!

Kidd CLOBBERS Cobb, CLOBBERS Eddie, and CLOBBERS TJP as he does the ladder-copter! But then Cobb returns, GERMAN SUPLEX!! The ladder dropped away just in time but Kidd still tumbles out. Connors runs up to SPEAR, but Cobb blocks it! Canadian Rack, but Connors slips free, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and SPEARS!! Down goes Cobb and the fans fire up! Connors grabs the barbed wire off his hat, wears it as a crown of thorns, and then he drags TJP up. The fans tell Connors he’s sick as he BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS! And BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS again! Connors fires up, drags TJP back up, but gets BLOOD MIST!!

The fans fire up as TJP then sits Connors in a corner, and digs that wire in! TJP scrubs Connors’ face through the wires! TJP goes side to side for the BARBED WIRE BOOT WASH! Homicide joins in, Connors is fed to an ELBOW! And then speaking of “fed,” Homicide has a FORK! Homicide DIGS the fork into Connors’ forehead!! Kenta runs in, but blocks the fork! URAKEN! Homicide sits back but TJP kicks Kenta. TJP whips, Kenta reverses and BOOTS! Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK Homicide! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for TJP! Homicide puts TJP up top, climbs up after him, but Cobb CLUBS Kenta!

Cobb drags Kenta back but Kenta fires elbows. Kenta fireman’s carries, but Cobb’s too big! Cobb CLBUS Kenta, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into a LARIAT! TJP adjusts up top to MAMBA SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Kenta moves! Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! But Cobb CROSSBODIES! Finlay returns and SMACKS Cobb with a kendo stick! And again! Finlay whips Cobb into the barbed wire chair wedged in the corner!! Cobb falls out of the ring, but Eddie blocks the kendo stick smack! LOW BLOW! Eddie fires off shots on Finlay!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie even headbutts the stick to break it!

The straps come down, and finally, Eddie and Kidd meet! They LARIAT, CHOP, CHOP and repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd BITES Eddie’s forehead! The Mad Man spits, flips everyone off, and Kidd whips Eddie! Eddie stops himself, then clinches! EXPLODER through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie rises, barbed wire in hand! Eddie wraps his hand in the barbed wire, and he aims as Kidd rises! But then the Dogs CLOBBER Eddie! The fans boo as Finlay, Connors and Kenta all beat down Eddie! They get a steel chain to gag Eddie and sit him up!

Kidd storms around as the Dogs hold Eddie open! But Homicide returns and the fans fire up! Homicide fires off shots on Kidd! Kidd denies one cutter, shoves Homicide, but Homicide returns to CUTTER after all! Eddie meanwhile breaks free to fire off hands on Kenta and Connors! Connors hits low, CLUBS away, then he and Kenta mug Eddie. The chain wraps Eddie up, but Homicide gets Kidd up. Only for Finlay to SHILLELAGH Homicide! Feed to Kidd’s HANGING GUILLOTINE, then PILEDRIVER!! The Dogs keep Eddie down while Kidd covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

The War Dogs worked together to tear down Eddie’s team, and Finlay says they run this! But Eddie still puts up a fight! As do TJP and Cobb! It is chaos as Eddie CHOKES Kidd and Cobb throws hands down on Finlay! Young Lions and refs rush in to stop this, but Eddie and Kidd still throw windmilling haymakers! TJP still wants after Kenta, refs pull him back, and Kidd ROCKS Eddie! TJP and Cobb stand tall as the Dogs fall back. Kidd wants to tear Eddie apart, and Eddie gets a mic! “Hey! HEY! Gabe! Get in, you effing t*at! You effing b*tch! May 11th! May 11th! California! No ropes, Last Man Standing, you effing p*ssy!”

The fans are thunderous as the challenge has been made, and Kidd even gets some last shots in on Eddie! Eddie grabs the ladder but is told to stand down! Eddie gets back on the mic to say, “I’m gonna kill that mother effer!!” The fans are loving this as Resurgence will become violence, but will the Mad Man dethrone the Mad King once and for all?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Original Bro has been taking this title on Ex-BRO-dition to Major League Wrestling, where he even fought some TMDK members in Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. But now, the original star of this title division has come back to prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Will ZSJ have the answer to this Riddle? Or will the Super King prove he’s mightier than The Mighty?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “season three” gives way to a reboot!

The bell rings, 15 minutes on the clock, and the fans rally already as the two circle. They feel things out, Riddle goes for a leg but ZSJ flips him around to facelock. They go around, trade waistlocks, then break. The fans cheer as the two reset and go again. They feel things out, Riddle powers his way to a waistlock but ZSJ wrenches to an armlock. ZSJ steps over, headscissors Riddle onto his back, but Riddle moves around, and goes for the ARMBAR! ZSJ clasps hands, bridges up and rolls back, but they’re in the ropes. ZSJ still gets the KNEEBAR, but Riddle stands to pry ZSJ off! ZSJ goes for the leg again, Riddle gets away!

The fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They circle, the fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Jr~!” ZSJ pops Riddle up and drops him down into the ARMBAR! Riddle holds that off so ZSJ floats to a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, ZSJ eggs him on, and he pushes on the hold. Riddle rolls and rolls and rolls and also gets a HEEL HOOK! They duel with heel hooks, ZSJ kicks Riddle away, and the fans cheer the newest standoff. ZSJ and Riddle reset, feel things out, and ZSJ snapmares. Riddle avoids the Penalty Kick, trips ZSJ but ZSJ kicks him away. ZSJ avoids a Penalty Kick and the fans cheer again.

ZSJ and Riddle circle, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Riddle shoots around, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Riddle rolls back, drags ZSJ up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans are torn but Riddle smiles all the same. Riddle runs to BROTON but into an ARMBAR! Riddle scrambles, ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ has the DISARMER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off and the fans fire up with him. ZSJ kicks Riddle, kicks again, but then Riddle blocks. Riddle stands up, ZSJ avoids the sweeps and SLAPS Riddle back! Riddle CHOPS ZSJ down! The fans are torn again while Riddle scowls now. ZSJ rises, and Riddle KICKS!

Riddle eggs ZSJ on, KICKS him again, and KICKS him again! Riddle kicks ZSJ around, then stands him up to KICK! ZSJ eggs Riddle on now, blocks that kick, and SNAPS a toe! Riddle falls over, ZSJ gets the foot and bends the toes back to SNAP! Then he twists the other foot all around, and STOMPS the leg down! Riddle bails out as we pass five minutes, and the fans are all fired up! Riddle hobbles up and into the ring, ZSJ is on him and snap suplexes! ZSJ gets the foot, hooks the leg, then twists the other foot! ZSJ turns Riddle over, ties the legs up, and has the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Then ZSJ throws Riddle away!

Riddle storms up to CHOP! And forearm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Riddle goes to a corner, ZSJ runs in, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets go and ZSJ falls back. Riddle adjusts his shorts, goes up the corner, and leaps, FLYING KNEE into a HALF CRAB! ZSJ shifts to lean on that hold, STF, but Riddle has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer this technical exchange, ZSJ brings Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! ZSJ is still in this but Riddle BROTONS! The fans are torn but Riddle is having fun again as he goes up top. Riddle aims for the FLOATING- NO, he has to bail out as ZSJ moves!

ZSJ runs up, TRIANGLE HOLD! And he fires off ELBOWS! ZSJ squeezes with the legs but Riddle powers up to deadlift, and POWERBOMB! ZSJ sits up, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives, but Riddle crosses his arms to mock the fans. Riddle KICKS ZSJ, KICKS him again, and again! Riddle runs side to side to forearm SMASH! Then again, but ZSJ dodges to go up, around and TORNADO DDT! Into a GUILLOTINE!! ZSJ has the body scissors, too! ZSJ flails, endures, fights up, and he lifts ZSJ to then power through into a suplex! ZSJ slips free to SLEEPER! Riddle flails, throws ZSJ off, and ARMBAR!

ZSJ clasps hands to fight the hold, but Riddle works on breaking it. ZSJ lets it go so he can shift and have the ARMBAR! Riddle clasps hands but ZSJ pulls fingers! ZSJ has the ARMBAR, but Riddle shifts into the leg guard to fire shots! The ground ‘n’ pound favors Riddle, but then ZSJ catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle deadlifts, but ZSJ slips free to ZACK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! We pass ten minutes, time is on Riddle’s side! ZSJ goes to the corner, runs up, but Riddle catches Penalty Kick into the HALF CRAB! Riddle pulls on the leg but ZSJ flips Riddle off as he endures! ZSJ reaches out, even as Riddle pulls way back!

Riddle lets go to deadlift but ZSJ PELES the arm! Riddle still gets ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up! Riddle is stunned, that move almost never fails! Riddle has fans chanting “BRO! BRO! BRO!” for him as he aims, and KICKS! KICKS! And SLAPS, to then KICK! KICK! And CHOP! Three minute warning, Riddle just toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ kicks, KICKS, blocks, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Riddle wobbles ZSJ grabs a leg, but Riddle JUMP KNEES! Riddle hurries to haul ZSJ up, ripcord and FINAL FLASH!

But Riddle’s not done with ZSJ, he gets the gut wrench and tuck, BRO- VICTORY ROLL! And EURO CLUTCH!! TWO?!? Riddle escapes, but ZSJ KICKS! Then he runs up, into a FLASH KNEE!! Two minute warning, Riddle runs, but ZSJ catches him in to a ghost pin! ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

ZSJ goes from the first-ever champion to the first-ever TWO-TIME NJPW World TV Champion! Riddle is mad with himself and storms off. Is Riddle going to find a way to some other title opportunity in NJPW? Or will he come back for another try?

As for ZSJ, he gets the mic to say, “Alright, Chicago, what’s up, mates? Are we having a lovely time or what? Are you having a lovely time?” Chicago sure is! ZSJ says his year hasn’t gone well. He wanted the world title, but he had to get his baby back! Did she miss him? Also, he needs industrial cleaner, he doesn’t trust the last champion. But it’s been a minute, so this is usually where ZSJ goes talking about challengers, but he won’t bother, he’s tired, it’s straight to the pub. But he will defend this title in the US very, very soon. Cheerio, everyone, buh-bye. Wait! Someone is not letting ZSJ get away that easily, because here comes Cobb!

The fans cheer as The Imperial Unit makes his way back out here, and he steps in to the ring with ZSJ. Cobb looks at the title he’s come close to taking on multiple occasions, and ZSJ sets it down at his feet. ZSJ says not today, though, he’s tired. Cobb and ZSJ shake hands to agree on it, so when and where will we get this sequel? Wait, ZSJ tries to scoop Cobb! Cobb says nope and he scoops ZSJ! ZSJ slips away, bails out, and gets the mic back. “Hawaiian Jeffery, please may I have my championship back? And I promise, I’ll give you a championship match, just not today, I’m tired.” ZSJ also compliment’s Cobb hair.

Cobb hands the belt over, ZSJ thanks him and heads out. ZSJ is back on top of the NJPW World TV Division, but will he end up the first man to lose this title twice?

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Showoff is basically showing off now, saying he isn’t going to defend his IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion until he faces Hiroshi Tanahashi. Is he really looking past the Stone Pitbull like that? Or will Ishii not give Nemeth a choice on who has next?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Nemeth uses his height for leverage but Ishii gets around to waistlock. Nemeth switches and hooks Ishii up in the COBRA TWIST, but Ishii slips right out to waistlock. Nemeth switches, tries for the Cobra Twist but Ishii slips around again. Ishii lifts, Nemeth hooks a leg to fight it, and he switches to wrangle Ishii to a cover. TWO, they end up in ropes, and the ref has them both separate. The fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Nemeth uses his height as leverage to put Ishii on ropes.

The ref counts, Nemeth lets off, but Ishii CHOPS! Nemeth CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Nemeth CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth as fans “WOO~,” but then Nemeth throws a forearm! Ishii fires a forearm in return, they go back and forth and Nemeth gets the edge. The fans fire up but then Ishii ROCKS Nemeth again and again. Ishii runs, RAMS Nemeth, but Nemeth stays up. The fans fire up as Nemeth ROCKS Ishii, runs and RAMS him! Ishii rebounds to CLOBBER Nemeth! The fans fire up more while Nemeth flounders. Nemeth slowly rises, Ishii brings him up and bumps him off buckles.

Ishii CHOPS Nemeth and Nemeth falls over. Ishii eggs Nemeth on, Nemeth stands, and the fans rally. Nemeth fires forearms, but Ishii CHOPS him down! The fans rally behind Ishii as he looms over Nemeth. Ishii drags Nemeth up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ishii kicks Nemeth around while egging him on. Ishii slaps Nemeth around, the fans rally, and Nemeth fires body shots! Nemeth kicks, DROPKICKS, and Ishii falls! The fans fire up while both men go to corners. Ishii stands, Nemeth runs in, STINGER SPLASH! And then NECKBREAKER! Nemeth drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then winds up for the JUMPING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Nemeth is a little annoyed but Ishii is tougher than that. Nemeth reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii powers up and back drops Nemeth away! The fans fire up while Nemeth staggers to his feet. Nemeth fires hands but Ishii just scowls. Nemeth looks around as the fans say he messed up, but he still throws hands! Ishii doesn’t budge, then he just DECKS Nemeth with one shot! The fans fire up while Nemeth flounders to a corner. Ishii storms up, brings Nemeth up to the top rope, and climbs. Ishii brings Nemeth up to the very top, for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! The fans are all fired up while both men are down!

Ishii rises, looms over Nemeth, then drags him up. Ishii reels Nemeth in, but Nemeth fights the lift now! Nemeth wrenches, and jumps on, SLEEPER! Ishii has Nemeth as a backpack, but he shifts around to put the SLEEPER on Nemeth! Nemeth flails, gets around, OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Nemeth rises while the fans rally. Nemeth runs up, but Ishii denies the satellite DDT with a throw! Ishii runs up but Nemeth UPPERCUTS! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth SWATS the lariat to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and the fans fire up while Nemeth is a bit surprised.

The fans rally as Nemeth watches Ishii rise. Nemeth kicks low, runs, FAM- NO, Ishii turns the leg drop into a POWERBOMB! The fans fire up again and Ishii headbutts the buckles to fire himself up! Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks to HEADBUTT! And FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Nemeth is beside himself, but rises as the fans rally again. Nemeth goes to a corner, Ishii staggers to his feet, and Ishii runs in! Nemeth BOOTS Ishii, runs up, and LARIATS! Ishii just roars! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth but now Nemeth roars! The fans fire up with Nemeth, but then Ishii LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!!

Nemeth survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii sits Nemeth up while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks the sliding lariat! Ishii blocks Nemeth’s superkick, then ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up again while Ishii aims from a corner! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nemeth survives again and Ishii grows further frustrated. Ishii fires back up and the fans are with him as he drags Nemeth up. Ishii suplexes, but Nemeth fights it! Nemeth wrenches, HEADBUTTS, but Ishii still whips! Nemeth reverses, but Ishii bucks the Danger Zone! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK 101! Cover, TWO!!!

Ishii just gets an arm up and Nemeth’s shock is clear on his face, even with his hair over his eyes! The fans fire up again as both men slowly rise. Ishii winds up but Nemeth ROCKS him first! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Ishii rises right up! Ishii staggers, but he avoids Danger Zone to STEAL DANGER ZONE!! The fans are thunderous as Nemeth staggers up, into the LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Nemeth shocks everyone as he kicks it into another gear! Ishii rises, into the SUPERKICK 101!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Now Ishii shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down, catching their breaths.

Ishii and Nemeth go to corners, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls, and then Ishii HEADBUTTS! Nemeth rebounds to HEADBUTT, but then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Ishii BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nemeth survives that shot, but Ishii roars as he rises up! Ishii slaps himself to get back in this! Ishii drags Nemeth up, reels him in, suplexes, but Nemeth slips free, DANGER- NO, Ishii clinches! Nemeth slips free, ROCKS Ishii, SUPERKICK 101! Then he dodges Ishii to DANGER ZONE!!! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth is a Wanted Man, and this is why! He took Ishii to the Danger Zone, proving that hanging with NJPW isn’t Mission: Impossible! But will Nemeth prove he’s a Top Gun when he finally gets his dream match with President Tanahashi?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has finally been back on top of NJPW since WrestleKingdom, and he even just defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, just a week ago at Sakura Genesis. At the same time, The Maniac put out the challenge that same night, and Naito said okay! Will Naito continue to keep NJPW tranquilo? Or is there truly about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of pro-wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the winds of change start to blow!

Moxley paces as Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, and Naito tells Moxley to tranquilo. Naito really takes his time with his pants, and is finally ready. The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Naito looks around but Moxley keeps his eyes right on Naito. The two slowly circle while the fans rally and duel. They approach but Naito dodges, and the fans cheer while Moxley keeps cool. They go again, and again Naito avoids Moxley’s grip. Naito again says tranquilo, and they circle. Moxley flips Naito off, the fans are torn, but Naito doesn’t even flinch. The two circle, tie up, and Moxley puts Naito on ropes.

The ref counts, Moxley lets off, but Naito SPITS at Moxley! Naito kicks low, TOSSES Moxley out, but gets Moxley with the fake out and tranquilo pose! The fans cheer while Moxley seethes. Moxley snarls, storms in, but Naito slips away to the outside. The fans cheer as Naito continues to troll Moxley, but then Moxley rushes out to fire off forearms! Moxley whips Naito into railing, then fires more forearms! Naito hits back, Moxley headlocks, and then he SMACKS Naito off the timekeeper’s table! The fans rally as Moxley goes up and over the railing to get Naito back up. The ref reprimands but Moxley ROCKS Naito!

Moxley SMACKS Naito off the table, SMACKS him off it again, then brings Naito around. The crowd moves aside as Moxley fires hockey scrum punches. Moxley then whips Naito, but Naito reverses and Moxley hits railing! The fans fire up, Naito checks his face, then he takes a seat to relax. The fans cheer, but then Moxley BOOTS Naito down! Moxley drags Naito up, brings him around, and back to ringside so he can POST Naito! Naito falls, the fans are torn, but Moxley paces around. Moxley storms back up on Naito, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Moxley stalks Naito to the ropes, then stands on Naito’s face!

The ref counts, Moxley lets off to grab a hand, and Moxley SNAPS fingers! Moxley reels Naito in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito’s still in this but Moxley paces again. Moxley waits on Naito to get up, then KICKS him! And ROCKS him! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then Moxley KICKS a leg! And KICKS the leg, and then KICKS the leg out! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Moxley eggs him on. Moxley paces around, drags Naito up and then CHOPS! Moxley KICKS, CHPOS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley fires off ELBOW after ELBOW, then whips, but Naito sunset flips!

Moxley rolls through, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Moxley talks trash even as he puts on pressure! Naito powers the main leg up but Moxley powers it back down! Naito sits up, SPITS at Moxley, but Moxley puts on more pressure! Naito fights around, turns things over, but Moxley slips free to get the legs again. Moxley SPITS, then he turns Naito over into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito fights his way around. Moxley drops down into a modified STF! Naito again endures, moves around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets go at 4.

Moxley eggs Naito on, talks more trash, then PENALTY KICKS! Naito sits up and shakes his head. Moxley KICKS again, but Naito again sits up. Naito even smirks as he annoy Moxley. Moxley KICKS but Naito blocks! Naito CLAWS the eyes, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley CHOKES Naito, the ref counts, but Moxley lets off. Moxley storms around, the fans rally, and Naito stirs. Moxley goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. Naito rises, Moxley leaps, Naito BODY SHOTS! Naito ENZIGIRIS, Moxley drops to his knees, but Naito still has to catch his breath.

The fans rally as Naito smirks and rises up. Naito brings Moxley around to fire forearm after forearm! Naito whips, atomic drops, and then runs to ELBOW Moxley down and basement dropkick in the back! Naito whips corner to corner, runs up, JUMP KICK! He can’t get up and over so he ELBOWS then NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Naito clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench on the mat! Moxley endures, the fans rally, but Naito thrashes him around. Moxley fights up, he drags Naito up and he DUMPS Naito to the apron! Naito gets up but Moxley fires a forearm! Naito gives it back, they go back and forth!

The fans rally as the shots keep going, faster and faster! Naito ROCKS Moxley but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Naito wobbles, Moxley goes out to the apron, but Naito fights the half nelson suplex! Naito fires elbows, gets free, but Moxley ELBOWS back! And then APRON DDT! Naito flops down to the floor while the fans fire up! Moxley leaves Naito behind to mock the tranquilo! The fans are torn but Naito stirs. Naito slowly crawls, the fans rally up, and Naito stands. Naito shakes out the cobwebs, flounders into the ring, and Moxley drags Naito up. Moxley TOSSES Naito out, then builds speed to DIVE into a chair?!

The fans fire up as Naito sneaks that one! The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow still in this! Naito goes up to the apron and brings Moxley up, for an APRON NECKBREAKER! Moxley flops down while Naito leaves him behind. The ring count starts, Moxley stirs at about 3 of 20. Moxley turns over, he’s busted open! Naito counts along as we pass 10 of 20, then reach 15! Moxley rises at 17, staggers about, and slides in at 19.9!! The fans fire up and Naito is actually annoyed. Naito drags Moxley up, reels him in, and TORNADO DDTS! Moxley sits up in a daze, the crimson mask already complete on his face!

Moxley staggers back to his feet, Naito runs in, but Moxley KING KING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks both men, especially Moxley with that blood, but they’re both okay to continue. Moxley sits up as we pass 15 minutes, a quarter of the allotted hour time limit. Moxley says he’s not gonna be taken alive! Not tonight! The fans fire up with Moxley as he is ready to Die Hard! Moxley fires a haymaker, Naito gives it back! Moxley throws another, so Naito SPITS, then ROCKS him! Moxley ROCKS Naito, Naito ROCKS Moxley, so Moxley SPITS! Naito SPITS, and the forearms fly again!

The fans are thunderous as this gets fast and furious! Moxley fires a flurry, then winds up to run, but Naito gets around! Waistlock, but Moxley switches, to a SLEEPER! Naito RAMS Moxley into buckles, gets free, but the CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Moxley hurries to clamp on, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Naito flails but the body scissors are on! Blood pours off of Moxley’s head, will he give out before Naito does? The fans rally as Naito endures and fights around! Moxley uses that to get the BULLY CHOKE!! Naito fights to his feet, Moxley keeps a SLEEPER! The fans continue to rally as Naito flails!

Naito pries at the hold, then drops, victory roll! TWO!! Moxley stands, Naito wrenches and fires the heavy elbows! Again and again, and then the wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!! But that’s not all! DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives Moxley’s best shot and the fans are thunderous! Moxley snarls, the fans rally and duel, and Moxley wipes the blood from his eyes. Moxley underhooks Naito again, but Naito slips around to DESTINO!!! TWO!!! Moxley survives Naito’s best shot now! But Naito is just as confident about trying again! DESTI- NO!! Moxley slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Naito survives another shot! But Moxley won’t let up, he KING KONG LARIATS again!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Naito staggers about, but into a DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Chicago cannot believe it, but they are loving it! From WWE World Champion to AEW World Champion to now NJPW’s IWGP World Champion, this is history being made before our eyes!! The Maniac makes himself a modern legend, but what does this mean for Naito? Is Naito’s destino simply that he cannot last?

As for Moxley, he does push-ups just to show he has more in that tank! He sets the title down on the lion logo then gets the mic. Moxley says a quick prayer while the fans say, “You Deserve It!” Moxley gets the mic on to say, “Arigato gozaimasu, Chicago! Holy s*it… This was a treat for everybody here that might not ever get a chance to fly across the ocean and NJPW, an authentic NJPW wrestling show live and in person. And it was special to be a part of it here, and there’s nowhere better to have done it than right here in Chicago.” The fans cheer that!

Moxley says he’s wrestled in every building in Chicago, big, small and tiny, and the fans have been with him every step of the way. He thanks them for being here to make it special, as he now stands atop the effin’ NJPW mountain!! The fans fire up for Moxley again, “Thank You, Moxley!” Moxley says he’s just getting started, so he has a message for everyone in NJPW and around the world. First order of business as the King of NJPW is to pick who’s coming at him first! Mox calls the shots, and the long list of Japanese legends he’s defeated over the last five years is really something, but that’s the easy stuff.

Moxley won’t run or hide from the Young Lions, the young and hungry stars of NJPW! He won’t sit atop a mountain and be scared of the hungriest hunters in the game. So stepping up first, this will be the final exam for #SHOOTER!! The fans fire up, but then in runs REN NARITA! PUSH-UP BAR ATTACK!! The fans boo as Narita stomps away on Moxley! Narita gets the mic while he CHOKES Moxley to tell “Shooter, no no no. I’m next challenger, mother effer!” Narita stomps away, but then here comes The Roughneck! Narita turns tail and runs, the fans cheering “SHOOTER! SHOOTER!” Narita laughs as he retreats, but Shota helps Moxley sit up.

Moxley manages to glare at Narita through the crimson mask, and Shota gets the mic for him. Moxley says, “What the heck, man? Narita! You just graduated from being a Young Boy… to being a dead man!” Moxley just said he isn’t gonna run and hide, so if Narita wants a fight, he’ll get a fight! Will The Maniac tear apart that Souled Out SOB? Will Shota get to have his match with his mentor sometime after that?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW, and I did not think they’d have so many changes to the title landscape. Well, Vaquer retained but that’s because she only just got that belt off Giulia. And good on Windsor to step up, though I’m not sure she’ll take that title, either. Anyway, great Fatal 4 Way that also referenced the story between Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy falling apart. Great win for TMDK here, and rather surprising because I didn’t think ELP & Leo would be losing those belts. I wonder if ELP & Leo go back to the heavyweight titles for the Summer.

And then quite the surprise that ZSJ won the NJPW World TV title back. TMDK is taking over, and maybe this move was because Riddle is more an MLW wrestler than a NJPW wrestler. ZSJ VS Cobb the third time around is going to be awesome, great trilogy, and maybe Cobb wins this time. United Empire needs some positives in their post Ospreay era. Cobb and TJP did really good in helping Eddie and Homicide against what ended up being less Team Gabe Kidd and just Bullet Club War Dogs or whatever. Good win for Bullet Club here, and setting up a NO ROPES Last Man Standing for the NJPW Strong Championship is going to be awesome stuff.

Great non-title matches, too. Narita cheating Suzuki to win, but Shota winning despite Jack trying to cheat is good stuff for the Reiwa Musketeer rivals. Great fun in the Hiromu VS Ali match with Daryl Jr, aka El Hijo De Daryl cuz he had a little lucha mask. Great win for Ali, too, but he isn’t scheduled for the Best of the Super Juniors so maybe this was so Chicago gets a win. And then great match of Nemeth and Ishii with Nemeth getting a great win to keep his momentum up while waiting on a match with Tanahashi.

And of course, an awesome main event from Naito and Moxley. I should’ve known Moxley was gonna bleed, but I was NOT expecting Moxley to win the title. Great for Moxley personally, but I’m surprised NJPW made this move. Is Moxley going to bring this title to Dynasty AND Double or Nothing? Well, I suppose Moxley could tell us as much on Dynamite, but this is all still really surprising. I’m not gonna say I agree with Gabe Kidd’s claims NJPW is letting AEW get their way, but it certainly seems like NJPW is hoping AEW helps them with the American audience.

That stuff aside, Narita and Shota being winners works for them stepping up to the world title. Narita probably won’t win, but maybe Shota proves the student has surpassed the master. Might be a bit of NJPW fast tracking their new neo new musketeers, but it’s not like other companies haven’t done that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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