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Will Bayley avenge herself against Damage CTRL?

Before fighting Iyo Sky for the WWE Women’s Championship, Bayley is after Dakota’s head! Will Bayley get even with the snake, #CobraKai?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: LWO VS Legado Del Fantasma; Legado wins and advances to the next round.
  • Randy Orton VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Orton wins.
  • Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Dragon Lee; Santos wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: New Catch Republic VS Pretty Deadly; New Catch Republic wins and advances to the next round.
  • Bayley VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage CTRL; Bayley wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Rock is here!

The fans fire up as the Great One makes his entrance, and then the theme transforms into his Hollywood Rock remix. He goes right to the ring, where a chair, a table and a mic stand await. The fans cheer for “ROCKY! ROCKY!” and he smiles. The Rock picks up the mic, the fans chant even louder, and then The Rock says usually, every single week, he comes out here and he torches and scorches every city that he’s in. “But tonight, it’s different.” The fans cheer that! The Rock says this city is different. Years ago, when The Rock first started his wrestling career, he started right here in Memphis, Tennessee.

The fans continue to chant for “ROCKY! ROCKY!” and he says he started here, every Saturday morning on Channel 5, and every Monday night at the big top flea market. Does anyone here remember his name from back then? “Flex Cabana.” He doesn’t know what he was thinking but he went for it. This city is different, so The Rock will say it like this. He loves you, too, he appreciates that. This is how The Rock will say it. “FINALLY…! The Rock has come back… home!” The fans cheer for that! Memphis, The Rock is home, it has been years. Do they wanna have fun tonight? Well The Rock promises they’ll have some fun.

Memphis, home of the blues, of Elvis Presley, and of country. The Rock loves the blues and country, do they want a song? The fans cheer so The Rock says yeah, let’s sing a song. He has War & Treaty’s Max, as well as Memphis’ own Yella P. The Rock will sing a little song here tonight. Another fans shouts “I love you~” and The Rock thanks her for that. She sounds like someone The Rock could love: drunk ‘n’ horny. But The Rock will cover a lot of stuff, but what he’ll cover first is what will happen to Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. Max strums the guitar, Yella P plays the harmonica, and The Rock gets into it.

“The Rock is gonna come lay the smacketh down on your blonde Cody ass and your best friend, the clown. I’m gonna whoop that ass and break your back. Or maybe I’ll just beat you with my fanny pack!” The Rock has the classic pic on the tron! “There’s gonna be so much drama. You’ll truly have no choice but cry to your mama.” Yeah, you know who he means. Mama Rhodes! Cody Rhodes’ mama! Rock is a mama’s boy. Any mama’s boys out there? Yella P confirms. Well here’s a little story about how Cody was born, it is historically accurate, as all of The Rock’s stories are.

“Dusty’s youngest son was just what he feared. He tried to raise him right but he turned out too weird.” STARDUST!? “That’s when Dusty said with total frustration, that drugs and cheap condoms were a bad combination! I know it keeps Cody awake to know he wasn’t planned, and he was a mistake. It’s okay, Cody, the important thing is you’re here now. And you’re not alone going into WrestleMania. You’ve got a tag team partner, that living embodiment of cringe, Seth Rollins. Got a little song for him, too.

“Cacklin’ and dancin’ is all that you do. No wonder that your wife is more popular than you. You’re so damn desperate to make them all cheer, but The Rock is gonna make that title disappear! You’re simply an embarrassment, son. Just like Ja Morant when he’s waving a gun. I love you, Ja!” The fans boo but The Rock says get well soon. But that should cover it. They got Cody, his family, Rollins… The Rock feels they must be leaving someone out. Oh yes, the Cody Crybabies! This one’s for all of you!

“You’re all so entitled, obnoxious and brash. Some of you have sex, but you have to pay cash. Your hero’s gonna bleed, and need some stiches. So whine about that, you crybaby b*tches! There’s some lines you just don’t cross. You all can kiss the ass of the Final Boss!” The Rock wants to do that again. “There’s some lines you just don’t cross. You all can kiss the ass of the Final Boss! We love you, Memphis!” The fans cheer The Rock concert’s return, and he says he liked it, too. And now The Rock wants to move things along. He wants to say something. They had fun, but here’s another kind of fun.

Last week on SmackDown, Cody Rhodes did something to The Rock. The world heard it, The Rock felt it, let’s take a look back. The Rock is of course referring to the slap Cody gave The Rock after being called “the mistake.” Fans in the present boo and The Rock smiles. Yeah, Cody finally manned up, grew a pair, and took a swing. Cody slapped the hell out of The Rock. But what’d The Rock do? He smiles. Then Cody went on Raw and The Rock and the world was waiting to hear the response to the biggest moment in Cody’s career. Was he gonna cut a passionate promo? What was he gonna do? How was Cody gonna respond to the moment that made him famous?

Cody talked about his mother, how he can’t hand the title to Dusty Rhodes but he sure can to Michelle Rubio. The Rock says Cody cried. By crying! He turned into a b*tch!? That’s how he responds!? Cody can’t handle the title to Daddy so he’ll hand it to Mommy~! You ain’t handing anybody anything! Cody, The Rock doesn’t wanna talk to you, but to one person, and that’s your mom! Mama Rhodes, The Rock knows you are watching and listening. You don’t know The Rock but you will in ways you wish you hadn’t. So Mama Rhodes, let The Rock break this down for you: Your son, Cody, took something from The Rock, and The Rock will make Cody pay, make the family pay, and make Mama pay.

WrestleMania Night One, Rock & Roman beat Cody and Seth, which brings them to Night Two, Bloodline Rules. Mama Rhodes, The Rock knows that you just can’t wait for Cody to #FinishTheStory. You want it so badly, to have the belt so bad, but that ain’t gonna happen. That belt stays around the waist of The Rock’s cousin, Roman Reigns.  And now, Mama Rhodes, you are gonna get a belt. But it’ll be The Rock’s belt. And it’ll be this belt here. Fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” as The Rock brings out a big Brahma bull weight belt. It’ll be something a lot like this. He’ll take this belt and beat Cody with it. The Rock will whip the piss out of Cody and make him bleed

The Rock will tear skin and flesh, whip Cody like a dog over and over again. And Cody’s blood will be on this belt. When The Rock is down whooping Cody and Roman is done beating Cody 1-2-3, The Rock will take this belt, soaked with Cody’s blood, and walk over to Mama Rhodes. Mama Rhodes needs to be in the front row so the world can see as The Rock walks over and hands this belt over. She will be crying like her son, and that is okay. Because then The Rock will whisper in her ear, with all the blood and tears on this belt, he will say, “Michelle… What can I say, except you’re welcome.” Fans are torn over the Moana reference.

The fans do still chant for “ROCKY! ROCKY!” and he says, “If you smell what The Final Boss is cooking.” The Rock flipped the switch from fun to frightening almost too easily. Will he and Roman Reigns write a tragic ending to Cody’s story?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: LWO VS Legado Del Fantasma!

Judgment Day isn’t happy that a Six Pack Ladder Match is how they’ll be defending these titles, but all the teams of Raw and SmackDown are sure for it! Will Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde have multiple tag title opportunities for WrestleMania Weekend? Or will Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo take this one for familia?

The teams sort out and Cruz starts against Humberto. They rush up, Cruz dodges to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! Cruz whips, Humberto reverses but Cruz slips free of the scoop. Humberto SUPERKICKS, tags Angel, and they set Cruz up for the LEAP FROG ATTACK! Humberto feeds Cruz to Angel so Angel can DECK him! Cover, TWO! Angel clamps onto Cruz, stands him up, and CHOPS him against ropes! The ref reprimands as Angel CHOKES Cruz, and Angel lets off to whip and mule kick! Cruz sputters, Angel brings him around and tags in Humberto. Legado mugs Cruz, then Humberto puts Cruz in an open corner.

Humberto whips corner to corner, Cruz slips out to the apron and Humberto hits buckles! Cruz GAMANGIRIS, springboards and FLYING RANAS! The fans fire up and Wilde tags in. LWO double whip Humberto to DOUBLE ELBOW, then they sit Humberto up for DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Humberto bails out, Angel runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as LWO builds speed, and they DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit at the ramp on both Angel and Humberto, and LWO points to the WrestleMania sign! Wilde puts Humberto in, covers, TWO! Wilde stays on Humberto with a whip and ELBOW, then elbow drop! Cover, TWO!

Wilde drags Humberto over to tag in Cruz. The LWO double whips again, to DOUBLE ELBOW, then they run, for the HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cruz adds a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Memphis still fires up with LWO as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cruz fights out of a chinlock. But Humberto CLUBS Cruz down, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Humberto is frustrated but he drags Cruz around. Humberto CHOPS Cruz, but Cruz CHOPS Humberto! Humberto kicks and CLUBS and stomps away on Cruz! The ref reprimands, Humberto lets off, and he puts Cruz in the corner. Tag to Angel, Humberto whips Angel at Wilde for a SHOTGUN! Humberto puts Cruz up top, Angel GAMANGIRIS! Angel then tags Humberto back in, the cousins both go up, and they get Cruz up in a DOUBLE PRESS SLAM!! Cover, Wilde breaks it!!

The fans fire up as Wilde BLASTS Angel! But Humberto BOOTS Cruz! Cruz rolls Humberto up, TWO! Humberto runs up, Cruz ducks and shoves him, then SPANISH FLIES! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Cruz and Humberto crawl, hot tags to Angel and Wilde! Wilde goes right up to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Atomic drop and KANGAROO KICK for Angel! NECKBREAKER for Humberto! The fans fire up with Wilde and he runs in to ELBOW Angel! Then he goes side to side, springboards, and RANAS to get Humberto! SUPERKICK on Angel and Wilde keeps moving! TORNADO DDT! Cover, Humberto breaks it!

Cruz goes up to springboard and MISSILE DROPKICK Humberto! Cruz builds speed and slides, but Humberto dodges to then RAM Cruz into barriers! But Wilde runs up, only for Angel to SUPERKICK! Tag to Humberto, feed and pop-up PUNT!! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Legado Del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

LWO tried but perhaps they were too greedy. Will Cruz & Wilde still have a shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships for Stand & Deliver? Santos Escobar is also in action tonight, will Legado own the night?

 

Onstage interview with LA Knight.

Kayla Braxton welcomes the Mega Star and says since Elimination Chamber, he has been on a quest to find AJ Styles. Has he had any luck? Knight asks for the mic so he can “cook” for a minute. Kayla obliges, and Knight tells Memphis, “LEMME TALK TO YA! AJ Styles…” Fans boo the Phenomenal One, and Knight brings up Styles saying Knight needs to be humbled. Now you’re talking his language. Now you’re saying what he wants to hear. Knight is right here, come on out to humble him! Fans echo “YEAH!” but nothing happens, and that’s what Knight figured. Another week Styles doesn’t show up, and why is that? Styles ain’t big enough for this ride.

“Napoleon Styles out here making empty threats,” acting like Knight ain’t looking for him. HUH!? Styles sees it fit to fly all the way to Australia, yet he can’t drive his keister over here to Memphis? And all the while, he says “X marks the spot, LA Knight marks the spot. NAH NAH! LA Knight spots the marks. And the biggest mark walking is AJ Styles, YEAH.” So with that in mind, if Styles doesn’t have enough tingle in his loins to come here to SmackDown, Knight knows where Styles won’t be able to help but show up. Knight wants Knight VS Styles at WRESTLEMANIA! The fans like the sound of that!

Knight tells Styles that Styles says Knight walks around like he owns the place. Knight might not own the place, but at WrestleMania, Knight will own Styles’ ass! That means Styles learns whose game this is, with everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But then Styles attacks from outta nowhere, with a chair! The fans boo as Styles then uses the chair to sit right on Knight’s neck! Styles picks up the mic to say, “I accept.” Refs and producers rush out here to get Styles to back off, but now the grudge match is set! Will the biggest WrestleMania ever also be the most phenomenal?

 

Logan Paul meets with Nick Aldis.

The United States Champion says hey to the SmackDown General Manager and asks, “What’s the plan?” Plan? Yeah, the punishment on Randy Orton. The chaos that happened last week. He slithered in, interrupted the biggest sponsorship moment in WWE history. He RKO’d Logan’s business partner right on the logo! What’s the plan? Aldis just smiles and Logan gets it. No dwelling on the past, right? But Orton should apologize, y’know? Not for Logan, he could care less. But for Aldis. Aldis could be in serious trouble. Think about the precedent it sets. The impact it could have on SmackDown and all of WWE.

Aldis says it’d set a great precedent if Logan requested that apology from Orton in person. Oh, Logan has to do it? Well it is Aldis’ job to make that happen. Is it? Yeah, it is. But of course, how can Aldis do his job when he can’t even find Logan an opponent for WrestleMania? Logan leaves with that, is he going to regret just about everything he just said to Aldis?

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Kayla finds The Wise Man walking along with Solo Sikoa & Jimmy Uso, and startles him. She just wanted to ask if The Bloodline had a response to Jey Uso’s WrestleMania challenge to Jimmy. Jimmy says YES, there is a response! “Yeah! Little brother out there talking that big noise, huh? You forgot, didn’t you? You forgot that before The Right Hand Man, before you becoming a Main Eventer, before you becoming the longest reigning tag team champion in WWE, you was MY little brother! I raised you! Man, you followed me everywhere. I told you I got you. Last year at WrestleMania, it was me and you. This year at WrestleMania, it’s me VS you! Ey, Uce! Big Bruh got you! You want me? YEET!!”

Jimmy has spoken, and we have our Uso VS Uso match! Which side wins this Uso Civil War in the City of Brotherly Love?

 

Randy Orton VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

The Viper not only took down KSI with an RKO last week, he and Kevin Owens humbled A-Town Down Under. But now the Aussie Icon wants his 1v1 in hopes of redeeming himself. Will Orton suffer the Grayson Waller Effect? Or will the Apex Predator be immune?

SmackDown returns and Orton makes his entrance. Orton does his pose a couple extra times just to get the fans more fired up. Waller gets impatient, and then out comes Logan Paul. Well, Aldis did tell him to get that apology in person, so maybe this is that. Waller blindsides Orton, the bell rings, and Waller climbs up to rain down fists! The fans boo but Waller wants Logan to see this. But Orton FLAPJACKS Waller off buckles! Orton climbs up and the fans fire up as Orton says these are for Logan, too! The fans count along, and Orton goes all the way to nine, but then Waller YANKS Orton down!

Waller DUMPS Orton out, goes out after him, but Orton kicks back! Orton SMACKS Waller off the desk, but Waller fights the back suplex! Waller hurries away into the ring but Orton drags him right back out! Orton TOSSES Waller into the timekeeper’s area! Orton glares at Theory, then looks Logan up and down. Waller SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOTS Orton on the desk! Theory says Waller’s the man but the fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Waller has a cravat on Orton to crank the neck. Orton endures, fights up, but Waller puts more pressure on the neck wrench. Logan confirms that he is demanding an apology here tonight, but Orton throws body shots. Waller fires knees in return! Waller whips, Orton comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up as Orton rallies, then he dodges Waller to SNAP POWERSLAM! Orton sees Waller go to the apron and he brings Waller in through the ropes! The fans fire up but Waller steps in to DUMP Orton back out! Theory applauds but fans boo. Waller runs, slides, but into the DESK BACK SUPLEX!

The fans rally up as Orton agrees, he wants one more time! DESK BACK SUPLEX! Theory and Logan are both frustrated for Waller as Orton puts Waller in. Orton slides in, Waller crawls away and wants mercy. Theory gets on the apron but Orton sees him. Theory talks trash, Waller runs up, but Orton sends him into Theory! Down goes Theory, Waller is put in the ropes! The fans fire up and Logan gets mad as Orton laughs and hits the DRAPING DDT! The fans are thunderous as Orton tells Logan this is what he’s getting instead of an apology. Orton hears the voices, Waller rises up, but then Theory gets Waller outta there!

The fans boo but Orton drags Theory up into the ropes! DRAPING DDT for Theory! The fans are fired up, Waller somersaults in, into an RKO!! Logan is beside himself as Orton covers, and Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

Orton blows a kiss to Logan as he stands tall over Logan’s little friends. But Theory CHOP BLOCKS Orton! Logan laughs as Theory DECKS Orton with a haymaker! Theory then sets Orton up for Logan as he slides in. The fans boo as Logan talks trash on Orton. Logan kisses Orton’s forehead, then loads up that heavy right. But here comes Kevin Owens! Logan is worried as KO BLASTS through Waller and gets in the ring! Kevin fires hands on Theory, Theory runs away, and then Logan falls back! The Maverick turns tail, Kevin helps Orton up, but Orton almost RKOs him!! Kevin is upset but Orton explains he thought it was-

THEORY RUNS UP! But into a STUNNER! And then an RKO!!! Kevin and Orton love the combo! Logan tries to play that off by saying he’s still US Champ, so none of this matters. But then Aldis walks out and “apologizes” for interrupting. But he wanted to follow-up on earlier. A couple of things. First, was Logan able to get that apology? No? Okay. Secondly, Aldis has determined Logan’s opponent for WrestleMania! Oh, sorry, he misspoke. He determined Logan’s opponents for Mania. Logan doesn’t like where this is going. Aldis says Logan will defend the title against Kevin Owens and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat!

Logan freaks out, but even Kevin and Randy are a little tentative about this. Will the Prizefighter or the Viper be the one to strike first and take that title from Logan?

 

Backstage interview with Damage CTRL.

Kayla is with Asuka, Kairi Sane, Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai ahead of Dakota’s match with Bayley. Bayley seems determined to take DMG CTRL down one by one before WrestleMania, so- Dakota stops Kayla there to say Bayley is not going to take them out and then make it to Mania! But they know Bayley is watching. Dakota tells Bayley that she will break her! And anyone who feels sorry for Bayley has lost their damn minds! DMG CTRL’s break-up is her doing! She was jealous of Iyo, threatened by Asuka & Kairi, and so in order for DMG CTRL to grow, they had to cut Bayley loose.

So this is a message not just to Bayley but to all the chicks in this locker room! DMG CTRL runs this! #CobraKai is ready to take a bite out of Bayley, but will Bayley still take the head off the snake?

 

Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Dragon Lee!

Angel & Humberto already did their Emperor of Lucha proud by moving forward in the tag team tournament. However, this battle is about the grudge growing between these two second-generation luchadores. Will Santos top off the night for Legado with one more big win? Or will the Boy Wonder avenge himself for all the blindsides and beatdowns at Legado’s hands?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Dragon CLOBBERS Santos, CLOBBERS him again, then fires off haymakers! Dragon whips, Escobar reverses but Dragon RANAS! Escobar bails out, Dragon builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up! Dragon pushes Escobar into the ring, hurries in after him, and then slips around the haymaker to reel Escobar in! Escobar fights the bomb, runs up in the corner, but Dragon pops him up to SUPERKICK him down! Escobar staggers, into an ENZIGIRI! Dragon brings Escobar around, reels him in again and the fans fire up for the SITOUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!

Escobar goes to a corner, Dragon runs in and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep! But Angel runs up so Dragon has to SUPERKICK him first! Then COMBINACION DRAGON! The fans fire up, but now Humberto tries! Dragon FLYING RANAS Humberto onto Angel! Dragon returns to the ring, and into a fireman’s carry! PHANTOM DRIVER! Cover, Escobar wins!!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

The king used his pawns to get the better of Dragon Lee, and now Legado beats him down again! But wait! Here comes Carlito! Caribbean Cool DECKS Humberto, CLOBBERS Angel, then runs after Santos! Santos runs away, so Angel gets the BACKSTABBER! Humberto runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER onto Angel! Santos CLOBBERS Carlito now that he has a clear shot! The fans boo as Santos says Carlito ruined his moment! Santos POSTS Carlito, but here comes REY MYSTERIO! The fans fire up as the LWO’s leader returns once again, and he storms right to the ring. Santos dares him to do something, but Rey says the same.

Santos swings, Rey dodges and fires off hands! Santos shoves but Rey rebounds to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Santos ends up on ropes! But then he bails out before Rey can connect with the 619! Rey gets the mic to ask why Santos is running away! Remember what Santos said? It was supposed to be them together as familia. Then he’ll get what he wants. Next week, 1v1, Rey VS Santos! And Rey promises that from the bottom of his heart, Rey WILL slap that stupid arrogant smile off Santos’ face! The fans like the sound of that! Will Santos finally pay for his betrayal?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: New Catch Republic VS Pretty Deadly!

Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne were cheated by The Judgment Day back at Elimination Chamber, so they’re right back in the mix with this qualifier. Will the Big Strong Boi & Bruiserweight take a big step towards redemption? Or will Kit Wilson & Elton Prince be saying #YESBOY to their own opportunity?

The bell rings, Bate and Kit tie up and Kit wrenches to a wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls and gets free. The fans rally, the two knuckle lock, and Bate rolls back to then trap Kit in a headscissor! Bate handstand walks to bring Kit over, then he goes up the corner to tag in Dunne. Bate RANAS Kit, then Dunne runs up to wrench and wristlock. Dunne bends the fingers, isolates the arm, and he STOMPS it! Kit shouts in pain but Dunne keeps him down to get the other arm! Kit shouts to Elton for help but Dunne bends the fingers again! And again! Kit writhes but Dunne isolates that arm to STMOP it, too! Elton reaches out but Dunne STOMPS Kit’s arm again!

Kit stands, Dunne runs up but Kit puts him on the apron. Dunne ROCKS Kit, CHOPS Elton, then catches Kit’s arm! Dunne bends the fingers again, but the ref counts. Dunne lets Kit go, and Elton trips Dunne up! Kit dropkicks Dunne, covers, TWO! Kit hammers away on Dunne, drags him over and tags in Elton. They mug Dunne in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. Pretty Deadly lets off to taunt Dunne, but Dunne CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dunne fires forearms but Elton trips him with a single leg takedown! Elton rains down fists, then tags in Kit. Pretty Deadly gets Dunne up so they can mug him, but Dunne CHOPS again!

Dunne CHOPS and CHOPS then he BLASTS Elton! Dunne blocks Kit’s kick to DRAGON SCREW that leg! Kit writhes, hot tags to Elton and Bate! Bate rallies on Pretty Deadly, fires off UPPERCUTS on Elton and whips. Elton reverses but Bate tilt-o-whirls to RANA! The fans fire up as Bate then runs in to UPPERCUT Kit! Then he UPPERCUTS Elton! Back to Kit, then back to Elton! Bate pushes Elton down, Kit runs up, but Bate catches the leap! The fans fire up for the EXPLODER! Bate then RUNNING SHOOTING STARS Kit, and fireman’s carries Elton! AIRPLANE SPIN! The fans fire up as Bate goes around and around!

Bate keeps going and going and going, and gets about 20 rotations in before he finally stops! Bate and Elton are both very dizzy, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Bate kicks Kit away! Kit goes to a corner, and he runs up to UPPERCUT Bate down! Kit hurries to then bring Bate up and suplex, but Bate fights it! Bate suplexes Kit now, and gets him up and over! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kit and Bate crawl, hot tags to Elton and Dunne! Dunne ENZIGIRIS Elton, ENZIGIRIS Kit, then CLOBBERS Elton! Kit slides in but Dunne STMOPS the hands! Dunne then goes out to APRON X-PLE! Dunne hurries back in, dodges Elton and SNAP GERMAN SUPLEXES! Elton staggers up, X-PLEX into the ARMBAR! Elton flails and stacks Dunne, TWO!

Dunne lets Elton go, but then STOMPS the hands! And BUZZSAWS Elton down! Tag to Bate, they coordinate, TOP BINS in a corner! Dunne sets Elton up for Bate’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Kit breaks it! Dunne CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Kit in return! Kit yoyos to LARIAT Dunne down! But Bate UPPERCUTS Kit! Elton runs up, Bate dodges, REBOUNDER into a BOOT! Elton tags Kit, they DOUBLE POST Bate & Dunne! Pretty Deadly then set Bate up for something new, ASSISTED WHEELBARROW BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and Pretty Deadly is furious! Kit hammers away on Bate then tags in Elton!

Elton fires up, runs, but Bate says Bop up, and BANG! Then REBOUNDER and a tag! They get Elton up, BIRMINGHAMMER!! Cover, New Catch Republic wins!

Winners: New Catch Republic, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

A big win for British Strong Style, and now Bate & Dunne are one match away from going to WrestleMania! Will they be able to take down Legado to punch their ticket to Philadelphia?

 

Bayley VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage CTRL!

The Role Model brought #CobraKai and Iyo Sky back to the WWE, and there’s no denying that things soured at some point. But even so, DMG CTRL’s mutiny to excommunicate Bayley was brutal, and Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! Will Bayley unleash just some of that fury on Dakota before going for the Evil Genius? Or is her Road to WrestleMania about to hit an abrupt end?

The bell rings and Bayley TACKLES Dakota! The fans fire up as Bayley fires off fists, but Dakota bails out. DMG CTRL shields Dakota for a moment, but Bayley gets Dakota in the ring. The fans fire up with “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” as Bayley storms after Dakota, but Dakota SLAPS Bayley! Bayley is even angrier than she was before, and she picks Dakota up to RAM her into a corner! Bayley fires off fast hands, the ref counts, but Bayley lets off. Dakota is a bit worried, but Bayley just hammers away on her again! The ref counts, Kairi gets up, but Kairi also gets away before Bayley gets her. Dakota runs up but Bayley puts her on the apron!

Bayley ROCKS Dakota, slides out and trips Dakota up, so Dakota hits the apron! Bayley then has Dakota draped out, snap suplex to the floor! Bayley dares DMG CTRL to come get her but the ref has them stay back, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Dakota grinds Bayley down with a chinlock. The fans rally for Bayley as she fights up and throws body shots. Bayley is free, but Dakota gets around to roll her up! Bayley rolls through and KNEES Dakota down! The fans fire up but DMG CTRL is frustrated. Bayley goes to a corner, Dakota goes to the adjacent. But Asuka takes a swipe! The ref reprimands, Bayley still runs at Dakota, but Dakota DOUBLE STOMPS her down! Cover, TWO! Dakota drags Bayley onto ropes, CHOKES her, but lets off as the ref counts. But Asuka gets a cheap shot in! The fans boo, Dakota covers, TWO!

Dakota drags Bayley up, whips, but Bayley reverses to put Dakota in ropes! HOTSHOT STUNNER! Dakota flops around and Bayley goes up the corner! Dakota rises to GAMANGIRI first! Dakota then hurries up top, brings Bayley up, but Bayley resists! The fans rally as Bayley DECKS Dakota! Bayley adjusts, aims, and MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Dakota survives and DMG CTRL is relieved. Bayley waits as Dakota rises, and she reels Dakota in! BAYLEY2- NO, Dakota slips free to waistlock! Bayley switches, but Dakota PELES her down! Dakota digs her boot into Bayley, then lets off so Kairi can go after Bayley! But Bayley turns that around on Kairi!

Iyo has to save Kairi from Bayley now, but Dakota runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Bayley staggers up, Dakota runs Around the World, but Bayley catches the boot for a RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Bayley rains down fists and the fans fire up again! Bayley TOSSES Dakota out, but Iyo gets in! Iyo aims with her belt, but then Asuka & Kairi run in! Bayley DECKS the Kabuki Warriors, then Iyo dares her to bring it! The fans fire up, but Dakota returns! Dakota anchors Bayley’s foot, Iyo CLOBBERS Bayley! The fans boo as DMG CTRL mugs Bayley!

Winner: Bayley, by disqualification

DMG CTRL gloats, but here comes NAOMI! Naomi runs up, ROUNDHOUSES Dakota, RAMS Kairi, and then gives Kairo a HEATSEEKER! Asuka runs up into a BOOT, and then a KNEE! Naomi fires off but Iyo SHOTGUNS Naomi down! DMG CTRL tosses Naomi out, they do NOT want to feel the glow. DMG CTRL mugs Bayley more, TRIPLE DROPKICKS! Iyo goes up, Bayley is set up like a hammock, OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Bayley has an ally out there after all, but is it not going to matter when DMG CTRL has control?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here, and after waiting since Monday (and hearing The Rock dropped another social media promo), him opening with the return of The Rock Concert was a great move. The Rock gave us comedy but he also gave us serious and menacing, this build continues to be a lot of fun. Also a really good promo from LA Knight to bring out AJ Styles and make their match official, and an equally good promo from Jimmy to respond to Jey for their match. Each night probably gets one grudge match, maybe coordinating Jey VS Jimmy with Cody VS Roman on Night Two so that it fits into the overall Bloodline story.

Great stuff for Legado Del Fantasma tonight, but of course they were beating LWO in the tag match. We just saw Cruz & Wilde win their way into a tag title contender’s match on NXT, they weren’t going to get in on the Undisputed WWE tag title stuff, too. Dragon losing to Santos so quickly was a bit of a letdown to me, but it was at least highly protected with all those distractions going on. And while Carlito shows up just to get beat up, Rey showing up to give us Rey VS Santos next week is good stuff. I would think Rey wins that, but that probably depends on any WrestleMania plans for LWO and Legado.

Great tag team match for New Catch Republic VS Pretty Deadly, and with Legado waiting in the next round, of course NCR wins as Faces. Bate VS Dunne probably make it through Legado, too, again depending on WrestleMania plans for Legado. Authors of Pain, Street Profits, Good Brothers and A-Town Down Under are also part of this, and while AOP VS Profits can go either way, I would think Good Brothers lose. They’re already a big part of NXT’s tag title plans so Gallows & Anderson aren’t pulling double duty. Plus, Waller & Theory kinda need this win. Orton and Kevin got the better of those two again, and the Triple Threat I was sensing is now a reality.

And really good stuff with DMG CTRL’s story. Bayley getting a win by DQ seems a shame because she should be able to beat Dakota, but DMG CTRL wasn’t gonna let that happen. Naomi trying to make the save was a good touch per last week’s promo, but I suppose DMG CTRL was still going to stand tall when they still have the numbers advantage. As I said last week, Naomi probably ropes Bianca Belair into this story given Bianca’s past feud with DMG CTRL, Naomi & Bianca VS Kabuki Warriors for the tag titles would be a good addition to the Mania card.

My Score: 8.8/10


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OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~!

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Rhea Ripley is here!

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

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

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

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

 

Rhea returns backstage.

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

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

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

 

Triple H is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 


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

NEVER give up!

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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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