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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/22/24)

The American Nightmare returns to SmackDown!

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It will be a face to face, but will it be fair and square?

Cody Rhodes was promised by The Tribal Chief that tonight’s face to face on SmackDown would JUST be the two of them. But can that be trusted?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Santos wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: A-Town Down Under VS The Good Brothers; A-Town Down Under wins and advances to the next round.
  • Naomi VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage CTRL; Iyo wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: The Street Profits VS The Authors of Pain; The Profits win and advance to the next round.

PLAY BY PLAY

Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!

The King of Lucha is finally back in action, and he is looking to settle things with the Emperor! Will the LWO finally get one over on Legado Del Fantasma? Or will Santos prove he is the future of lucha libre?

Before the match, a video promo from Santos plays. “Rey, I truly hoped that after I broke your leg, that would be enough to keep you away for good. Retired. A clean way out. You betrayed me. You knew what mattered to me, and you took it anyways. But because you once were my hero, I took pity on you. But here you are. You have left me with no other choice. I have to hurt you in ways that will be hard to watch. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.” Rey wanted this fight, now he gets it! The bell rings and the fans rally up. Santos swings but Rey ducks to then fire off fast hands! Rey ROCKS Santos, ROCKS him again, then whips.

Rey ELBOWS Santos, Santos staggers to a corner, and Rey bumps Santos off buckles. Rey bumps Santos off more buckles, then whips. Santos reverses, Rey springboards but only manages to clip Santos. Rey KICKS Santos, shakes his leg out, and he fires more forearms. He KICKS Santos’ leg to a corner, throws hands, then KICKS again! The fans rally, Rey runs up, but santos wants mercy? Rey wrenches the wristlock then goes up and up, but santos shoves Rey down! They keep the knuckle lock, Rey fires forearms, then he goes back up! FLYING RANA! The fans fire up while Santos flounders to a corner.

Rey storms up again, stomps Santos, then runs in to baseball slide dropkick! Rey gets Santos low, and tells him “L! W! O!” Rey whips Santos, Santos reverses but Rey ducks the boot, only for Santos to ELBOW him down! Santos stomps away on Rey, then drags him up. The fans boo but Santos whips then kitchen sink knees Rey down! Then Santos runs to basement DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Rey is showing his grit and the fans rally, but Santos tells them to shut up. Santos hauls Rey up, RAMS him into buckles, then waistlocks. But Rey switches and RAMS Santos into buckles! Rey runs to tilt-o-whirl and RANA Santos right outta the ring!

The fans fire up, Rey builds speed, and Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Santos sputters, Milwaukee fires up with Rey, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Santos has Rey down with a chinlock. The fans rally for Rey but Santos shifts to a motorcycle stretch. Rey fights up, the fans rally more, and Rey mule kicks! And mule kicks again! Rey is free, he throws hands then runs, but into a BOOT! Santos smirks as he watches Rey stagger back up. Santos watches Rey go to a corner, runs in and DOUBLE KNEES! Rey sputters along the ropes and Santos says LWO was all him! The fans rally for Rey but Santos says he is LWO! GAMANGIRI! Then he puts Rey up top, gets space to run up, but Rey BOOTS him! The fans fire up as Rey fires hands!

Rey whips corner to corner, Santos reverses, and Rey hits buckles hard! Rey sputters and falls back, and Santos drags him up. Santos scoops Rey to put him in the Tree of Woe! Fans boo but Santos runs in to BOOT WASH! Santos then goes corner to corner and back again, but Rey sits up! Santos POSTS himself then falls to the floor! Rey adjusts up top, to SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous! Rey drags Santos up, puts him in the ring, and then goes up another corner. Rey leaps to SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving to LARIAT! And LARIAT! And he drags Santos up to whip.

Santos sunset flips, Rey rolls through, basement dropkick! The fans fire up as Rey goes to ropes, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Rey sighs as Santos stays in this. Santos stands, Rey DROPKICKS him onto ropes! The fans fire up as Rey dials it up, SUPERKICK from Santos! Santos vows to end this, and he scoops Rey for an atomic FACEBUSTER! Santos flips Rey over to cover, TWO! Rey is tougher than that but Santos says Rey should’ve never come back. Rey is a pathetic excuse of an old man! Rey KICKS Santos, KICKS him again, and DROPKICKS him out of the ring! Rey pursues to SMACK Santos off the desk!

Rey clears the desk, and uses the hood to RAM Santos down! The fans fire up and Rey gets up on the desk now! Rey runs to SEATED SENTON Santos over barriers!! The fans are thunderous as the ref hurries to check on Santos. Santos is somehow still in this, and the fans fire up behind Rey. The ring count starts, Rey asks where Santos’ smug smile is now. Rey hauls Santos up, brings him around, SMACKS him off the desk, and then POSTS him! We’re past 5 of 10, going to 7. Rey puts Santos in, then aims from the apron. Santos runs up but Rey ROCKS him! Santos distracts the ref, someone from the crowd runs in!

This masked fan trips Rey up! OH NO, it’s DOM!! The fans boo because the Prodigal Son just has to screw over his dad! 619 from Santos!! PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

The Emperor wins because of the joker in the deck! Will Dom ever stop being a thorn in his dad’s side?

 

Bayley finds Naomi backstage.

The Role Model says hey, sister and Naomi says hey! Bayley thanks Naomi for helping her out last week. It has been hard finding friends after all that happened so Bayley appreciates Naomi being there. Naomi says Bayley doesn’t have to thank her, she knows Naomi’s got her back. And Naomi is just trying to do the right thing. But her anger is towards Iyo after what she did. She’ll feel all this glow tonight. Good! Bayley didn’t wanna drag anyone else into this but- Bianca Belair interrupts with, “Seriously? Seriously? So, you didn’t mean it when it was Naomi, but I bet you meant it every single time I got attacked, by you and Damage Control, for the past two years.”

See, Bayley isn’t sorry, she’s just sorry that it’s all catching up to her. Bianca will tell Bayley this: everything that’s coming her way, she deserves. And maybe this time, Bayley will realize that her actions have consequences. Does Bianca think Bayley doesn’t know all that? Bayley was there. She has lived through this, is still living through it, is dealing with it- Yeah and you’re getting Naomi involved in it! They argue, Naomi stops them and has Bianca leave so the two of them can talk. Bianca is the maddEST right now, but can Naomi get her to see things in a different light?

 

Cody Rhodes signs autographs.

The American Nightmare is meeting fans and killing time before his encounter with The Tribal Chief, but we see Naomi and Bianca arguing while on the move. Bianca says she told Naomi not to get caught up in the DMG CTRL stuff, she’s about to go through what Bianca did for two YEARS. Naomi wasn’t here, she doesn’t get it! Naomi tells Bianca to listen. Bianca’s feelings are valid, and so are all the things she’s saying. But Naomi can’t do anything about the past. If she could fix it, she would. Bianca knows Naomi has her back, but Naomi doesn’t back down and will do what needs to be done. And she can’t do it alone, DMG CTRL will pick them off one by one.

Just like Bianca couldn’t do it alone. Naomi heads out, will Bianca be by her side when it’s time to take on DMG CTRL?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: A-Town Down Under VS The Good Brothers!

Milwaukee is getting Grayson Waller & Austin Theory Live, and they’re taking on Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. Will the Aussie Icon and 150 Million Hit Man win against former tag team champions to get one step closer to their own shot? Or will Big LG & The Machinegun look to double down on title opportunities in Philadelphia?

SmackDown returns as The OC makes their entrance, Michin by her Good Brothers’ side, but no AJ Styles. The teams sort out and Gallows starts against Theory. Theory talks trash and pie faces Gallows, then says, “All Day!” Gallows UPPERCUTS Theory down, then brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Anderson and the OC mugs ATL. Anderson CHOPS Theory, tags Gallows, and the mugging continues. Gallows TOSSES Theory to the open corner, fires body shots, then UPPERCUTS again! Theory flounders, Gallows gets him up, but Theory throat chops! Tag to Waller, but Gallows UPPERCUTS him!

Tag to Anderson, the Good Brothers whip Waller to kick and BOOT! Waller falls out of the ring, Theory runs back in, but Anderson dodges and Gallows clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Anderson aims to PLANCHA them both! The fans fire up and the Good Brothers throw up the Too Sweet! Milwaukee joins in and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again Waller has Gallows’ leg. Gallows kicks Waller away with the free leg, then gets to a corner. Waller runs in but into a BOOT! Waller staggers, tags in Theory, and Theory runs in, but into another BOOT! Gallows snarls, choke grips, and CHOKE SLAMS Theory! The fans fire up while Gallows clutches the bad leg. Waller goes fort he OC corner but Mia Yim intercepts with an arm-drag! The fans fire up as Michin talks smack on Waller, hot tag to Anderson! Anderson SENTONS Theory, then BLASTS Waller off the apron! Anderson rallies on Theory, dodges a lariat and mule kicks!

Anderson runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up and Anderson runs up, into an ELBOW! Theory runs, but Anderson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Then a SPINEBUSTER for Waller! The fans fire up more as Theory staggers up. Theory fireman’s carries, Anderson slips free then BOOTS! Anderson goes up to FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tag to Gallows and Gallows brings Theory up. MAGIC- NO, Waller makes the save! JAB for Anderson, but then Gallows SHOVES Waller up and out! Theory rolls Gallows, Waller helps Theory get his feet on the ropes!! Theory & Waller win!!

Winners: A-Town Down Under, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Theory & Waller steal one right out from under The OC’s noses! But they’re going to be up against stiff competition next round either way. Street Profits or Authors of Pain, who will be part of the next chapter in this tag title story?

 

Naomi VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage CTRL!

The Role Model is grateful while The EST is skeptical, but Naomi herself knows she’s gotta handle business. Will she make the Evil Genius #FeelTheGlow? Or will the WWE Women’s Champion be rolling into her WrestleMania match with Bayley?

DMG CTRL makes their entrance, but where is Iyo? Asuka and Kairi are dancing all around, and wait! Iyo is beating up on Bayley!? Iyo stomps her, throws her into walls, but refs and producers rush up to shout at Iyo to go to gorilla! Iyo storms off and Naomi is even angrier than she was before! Now Iyo makes her entrance, all of DMG CTRL cheering but all of Milwaukee booing. The bell rings and Naomi runs up to fire off forearms! Iyo throws body shots but Naomi RAMS Iyo into a corner! Naomi RAMS into Iyo again and again, then SCORPION KICKS! Naomi runs Iyo side to side to bump her off buckles, then digs her boot in!

The ref counts, Naomi lets off at 4, then stomps a mudhole! Naomi brings Iyo to another corner but Iyo stops the bump to fire haymakers and forearms! The fans boo but Iyo whips, only for Naomi to reverse. Iyo BOOTS Naomi, goes up the corner and leaps, FLYING RANA! Naomi goes to a corner, Iyo runs in, and Iyo DROPKICKS Naomi down! Iyo digs her knee into Naomi, lets off as the ref counts, then stalks Naomi along ropes. Iyo facelocks then headlocks, then she CHOKES Naomi on the ropes! The ref counts, Iyo lets off, and she grins while Naomi sputters. Iyo scuffs Naomi, kicks her again, but Naomi throws body shots!

Iyo whips Naomi to a corner, Naomi goes up and up and FLYING ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up for Naomi while she catches her breath. Naomi runs up to DROPKICK! Iyo staggers back up, Naomi feels the fans’ energy, and she runs to slingshot and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Iyo stays tough but Naomi stays cool as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Iyo runs in at the corner, but is put on the apron! Iyo grabs hair but Naomi ROUNDHOUSES then HOTSHOTS! Iyo sputters as she drops back and Naomi brings her up. Naomi runs side to side to BULLDOG in the corner! Naomi then climbs up and leaps, CROSSBODY! The fans fire up while Iyo tumbles away! Naomi gets them going for “GLOW! GLOW! GLOW!” Naomi runs corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Naomi adds an ELBOW, a SLIDING KICK, then a BASEMENT BOOT! Naomi goes up and up and twerks a little, before the SUPER HIP DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!

Iyo survives and goes to the apron but Naomi drags her up again. Iyo HOTSHOTS this time! Naomi staggers back, Iyo springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK! Naomi ends up in a corner, Iyo runs in, SHINKANSEN! Iyo says iku zo, and she climbs up top! But Naomi rises first! ENZIGIRI! Iyo wobbles, Naomi goes up after her! SUPERPLEX! Roll to the cover, TWO!! Iyo survives again but Naomi keeps her cool. The fans rally, Naomi storms up on Iyo but Iyo fires a forearm! Naomi gives it back, they go back and forth and the fans fire up! Iyo KICKS, Naomi KICKS! Iyo flops over, Naomi drags her up to waistlock!

Iyo fights the lift with elbows, then runs, but into a FOREARM! Naomi runs, but Iyo follows to wheelbarrow and victory roll, STOMP 182! The fans boo but Iyo stands tall. Iyo fires up while Naomi goes to ropes. Iyo runs side to side but Naomi TOSSES her to the apron! Naomi KICKS Iyo in the ropes, then gives her a HEATSEEKER! Naomi hurries to the corner, but then DMG CTRL rushes up! The ref stops them but that distraction lets Iyo YANK Naomi down! The Evil Genius steps on Naomi, goes up and up and OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Iyo wins!

Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall

They kept it clean until they were afraid Iyo would lose, and DMG CTRL takes this win away from Naomi! Then they swarm and stomp away on Naomi! The fans boo but Naomi fights back, even though it’s 4v1! BLUE MIST from Asuka!! Naomi falls, clutching her eyes! She swings blindly in hopes of hitting anyone but then here comes Bianca! The EST is fighting to help Naomi, not Bayley, as she ROCKS and RAMS Dakota! Bianca DECKS Iyo, DECKS Asuka, and SPINEBUSTERS Kairi! Bianca rains fists on Asuka but Kairi drags her back by her ponytail! Bianca reels Kairi in for the chicken wings! GlamEST Slam!!

The fans are thunderous as Bianca is all fired up! Bianca torture racks Kairi but Dakota CHOP BLOCKS her! The numbers are still in DMG CTRL’s favor, and Iyo SHOTGUNS Bianca down! The fans rally for Bayley but is she in any shape to fight after Iyo got her? Seems not, as DMG CTRL stomps away on Bianca & Naomi 4v2. Iyo holds up her title, the Kabuki Warriors show off theirs, will nothing stop DMG CTRL from having control of the Women’s Division?

 

Cody Rhodes talks with Nick Aldis backstage.

We can’t hear what they’re saying but it surely has to do with the face to face tonight. And we can see that Paul Heyman is lurking in the background, reporting things back to his Tribal Chief. Will the promise really be kept? Will it really just be Cody, Roman and Heyman meeting in the ring tonight?

 

Jade Cargill speaks.

“Let’s make things clear. I didn’t come here to be the next anyone. Jade Cargill is a once in a lifetime, generational talent. The type of presence that makes everyone stand up straight when I enter. I don’t even have to speak, and yet I’m the trending topic. I am the headline. They’re gonna build statues of me, and you don’t have to like it. But you damn sure can’t deny it. And that’s why I’m taking my talents to SmackDown.” The storm is coming, and her first official appearance as a blue brand superstar is next week!

 

Bianca and Naomi regroup backstage.

Bianca helps flush out the blue mist from Naomi’s eyes, trainers hurry to get towels, and Tiffany Stratton has to walk in and mockingly saw, “Aww… Y’know, this is actually a good look for you, Naomi. Tootles.” Bianca wants to rip into Tiff but she has to help Naomi first. Will The EST make some time for Tiffy Time soon enough?

 

Kevin Owens talks with Nick Aldis.

The Prizefighter is a bit upset how Randy Orton was on Logan Paul’s podcast of all things. Why couldn’t Aldis have told him sooner? Aldis was trying to figure out a time, but there’s nothing they can do, Logan Paul is now a sponsor of WrestleMania. But then Pretty Deadly walk in and they want to talk with Aldis about one word: Conspiracy! Con-spi-racy~! They feel someone is against them making it to WrestleMania! Kevin says hey, hey, guys, they were talking. Oh blah blah blah. This isn’t about the match Kevin has, it’s about the one they don’t! A great tag team, by the way, that Kevin knows nothing about!

What? Kevin doesn’t know tag teams? He won the Undisputed Tag Titles last year, at WrestleMania! And the last time he was in this arena, he punched two people at the same time! So if there’s anyone who knows something about tag teams, it’s him! Pretty Deadly don’t care, that’s Kevin living in the past. Get over it! Oh, living in the past? Then how about the future? Next week on SmackDown, Pretty Deadly takes on Kevin and his partner. Partner? Who? The friend he doesn’t have? Well, Kevin has an acquaintance, and they made for a really good tag team not too long ago. Y’know what, Kevin will ask that guy to be his partner.

Kevin looks past Pretty Deadly to ask the guy if he wants to team with Kevin next week. It’s Randy Orton! Pretty Deadly is startled and Orton has them calm down. This jacket is nice, his dad used to sport the exact same kind. Oh, okay, so maybe they’ll be friends? Orton looks to Kevin and says tag match next week? Yeah, Orton would love to team with him! Yes! Perfect! See you next week, boys! Wanna hang out with The Bucks? Yeah, sure, let’s go check with them. Pretty Deadly is upset but Aldis says it’s official. And don’t be that close together. Why? DOUBLE PUNCH! Kevin says he did it again! Will Kit Wilson & Elton Prince survive #RKKO?

 

WWE Media visited AJ Styles’ home.

The Phenomenal One was preparing for his WrestleMania match with LA Knight. He missed the event last year, so- Wait, who is that honking their car horn outside? Styles goes to look, shouts at the car, but it’s LA Knight! Knight says it would be on sight so here he is! Knight runs up to TACKLE Styles! They brawl on the lawn, the footage gets a bit fuzzy, so WWE borrows some police footage. The officers hurry to break this up, Mrs. Styles shouts for them to haul Knight away, and she helps Styles back into the house. But then Styles runs up to SLAP Knight! The officers tell Styles to back off or he’ll be arrested, too.

Knight says he told Styles he was gonna find him, but Styles says Knight better enjoy his night in jail! Knight promises to find Styles wherever they go, and Styles says he’ll end Knight’s career! Knight was later released as Styles chose not to press charges, but will he bring down the hammer on Knight at WrestleMania?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: The Street Profits VS The Authors of Pain!

We know Waller & Theory are waiting in the next round, it is time to wrap things up! Will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins take the pen from the Final Testament? Or will Akam & Rezar be the ones punctuating this tag team tournament?

SmackDown returns as the Final Testament makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Dawkins runs up to ROCK Rezar, DECK Akam, then fire off on Rezar! Rezar CLUBS back, tags Akam, and the AOP mug Dawkins with a running knee! Rezar CLUBS Dawkins, Akam ROCKS Dawkins, then Akam throws body shots and an UPPERCUT! Ellering coaches Akam and he CHOKES Dawkins on ropes! The ref counts, Akam lets off and Dawkins sputters. Akam brings Dawkins around, tags Rezar, and the mugging continues. Rezar talks trash, throws knees, then whips Dawkins. Dawkins holds ropes but Rezar knees low and whips again.

Dawkins holds ropes to stop hismelf, BOOTS Rezar, then tags Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS, Dawkins DROPKICKS and Rezar falls out of the ring! Akam runs up but Dawkins dumps himo ut! The fans fire up with The Profits and Ford runs to FLY! But AOP catch him!? Ford freaks out, and The AOP BOMBS Ford into Dawkins! The Profits are down, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Rezar knocks Ford down. Cover, TWO, and Rezar hammers away on Ford! The fans boo but Rezar talks trash. Rezar drags Ford up, clinches and whips, and Ford hits buckles hard! Rezar DECKS Dawkins for good measure! Dawkins hurries up but the ref stops him, and that lets AOP mug Ford! Akam lets off in time, and Rezar brings Ford up. Tag to Akam, AOP mugs Ford more, but the fans continue to rally for the Profits. Akam KNEES Ford down, brings him around, and tags Rezar back in. Rezar drops an elbow right on Ford’s ribs! Rezar hauls Ford up, back suplexes, but Ford lands out! ENZIGIRI!

Rezar wobbles but Ford runs up! Rezar catches Ford, keeps him from Dawkins by mere fingertips, then throws him! Ford dodges Rezar to hot tag Dawkins! Akam also tags in, but the fans fire up as the Curse of Greatness rallies on AOP! Dawkins DECKS Rezar, whips Akam, but Akam reverses! Dawkins hurdles, comes back and ELBOWS Akam down! Dawkins goes out to POUNCE Rezar! Then Dawkins gets in, spins Akam and underhooks, for the SILENCER! Dawkins fires up and the fans are with him! Dawkins runs to the corner for the CYCLONE SPLASH! Tag to Ford before the ENZIGIRI! The fans fire up as Dakwins Electric Chair Lifts Akam!

Ford climbs, but Akam slips free! Ford leaps over while Akam POSTS Dawkins! Ford comes back but Akam BOOTS him down! Akam shouts to Rezar, tags him in, and the AOP gets Ford up. FINAL CHAPTER!! Cover, DAWKINS BREAKS IT! Akam hauls Dawkins up but Dawkins UPPERCUTS! Dawkins runs up, is put on the apron, and Akam DECKS Dawkins! Akam hurries to his corner, tags back in, and the AOP get Ford again. Suplex into- NO, Dawkins POUNCES Rezar again! Ford cradle counters, PROFITS WIN!!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The fans are thunderous as The Profits snatch away the victory! The plot twist was in their favor, but will this lead them to Philadelphia and the tag team championships?

 

Paul Heyman talks on the phone.

He is telling The Tribal Chief that with his very own ears, The Wise Man heard that Cody Rhodes is here by himself. “My Tribal Chief, your public awaits.” The face to face is just moments away, have both sides kept their word? Or does someone have an ace up their sleeve?

 

The Tribal Chief steps out of the car.

Roman Reigns walks his way over and Paul Heyman directs him to gorilla. The Universal Champion is on his way, and so far, there’s no sign of the Bloodline.

Roman Reigns makes his entrance!

The fans are torn but plenty put up the ones as the Tribal Chief steps on stage. This is day 1,300 as the pyro goes off, and there’s still 16 days until Roman defends the title against The American Nightmare. Roman steps into the ring and raises the belt for the second round of pyro. Heyman then holds onto the belt for Roman while the fans already chant for “CODY! CODY!” Roman paces around the ring, then sighs and takes the mic from Heyman. The fans boo but Roman says, “The Wise Man made a promise. And the Tribal Chief has kept his word. And that’s what I am, I’m a man of my word. I’m here alone, no Bloodline.

“Well, other than The Wise Man, but he’s no physical threat, you see? So, I say we bring Cody on out here to join you, Milwaukee. That’s right, he’s going to join you, because it’s time to ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans are torn but then we see Cody making his way to gorilla. He will make his entrance, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Cody finally makes his entrance. The fans sing along with Cody’s song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and Cody gets his pyro. Roman and Heyman aren’t impressed, they’ve seen it before. Cody high-fives fans in the front row and makes his way into the ring, “WHOA~ OH~!” for more pyro. The fans chant for “CODY! CODY!” again and he takes a moment to enjoy it while he gets the mic. Cody then stares Roman and Heyman down. Roman says here’s Cody, and they’ve kept their word. Roman is here by himself. How about Cody? Cody says he is as much a man of his word as Roman is, so if Roman came alone, then Cody came alone.

Roman says Heyman said he’d do that, and believed it, too. Then Cody is a fool. Cody is stupid! Hear Roman out. From Roman’s perspective, Cody isn’t fit for this job. Cody isn’t fit to be on top, fit to be the face of this company, because Cody is an idiot! Cody’s out here thinking with his heart, that people have the best intentions for him, but nobody cares. Cody needs to think with his head. Just look what he’s done the past month or so. He’s aligned himself with “little brother” Seth Rollins. There’s all kinds of problems with that, but what happened Monday? Wasn’t Cody in a bit of a jam? Where was Rollins?

Was Rollins in traffic? A plane delay? Snow? What? Because it seemed like Rollins was showing his true colors. And Rollins said something like he was gonna be Cody’s “shield.” Oof. You understand Roman was in The Shield with Rollins, right? They didn’t always do good guy things, but they had a bond. And then over time, Roman thought they were becoming family, that they really were brothers, and then what happened? Rollins stabbed Roman in the back. What does Cody think is gonna happen to him? That’s why Cody is a fool, plain and simple. Cody smirks and asks Roman if he really just asked if Cody remembered The Shield.

Cody’s pretty sure we all remember The Shield. They were unstoppable! They were undefeated! But Cody will ask this: Who was the first team that did beat The Shield? Fans like where Cody’s going because Roman is struggling to remember. Cody gives him a hint: their last name was “Rhodes.” Roman chuckles but Cody says he appreciates the “education” and “venom-laced wisdom” Roman’s dropping on us. Cody isn’t sure, but yes, he has his bullet cufflinks, so he is not unfamiliar with factions, betrayal, all that good stuff while he was off “doing nothing.” Quick jab at Roman’s Pat McAfee Show appearance.

But this isn’t a faction we’re talking about now. The Bloodline is just like Roman’s new merch says: family above all. So can Cody trust Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The fans cheer that he can but Cody didn’t ever think to do that! Milwaukee, can Cody trust Rollins? The fans cheer that yes he can! Cody then says Seth Rollins might hate Cody’s guts, and maybe Roman is right. But Cody knows one thing: Rollins hates Roman even more. And Cody will see Roman’s situation and raise him another: Can Roman his tag team partner at WrestleMania? Can Roman Reigns trust The Rock? Cody thinks we’re all perhaps a little confused.

But in the pantheon that is The Bloodline, who is really in charge? Is it The Tribal Chief? Or is it The Final Boss? Roman smirks and paces while the fans chant, “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Roman says that’s old news. Didn’t Cody say that to The Rock the other way around? Is that all Cody’s got? This is what Roman’s talking about here. “Spoken and spun like a true politician.” What are we doing? Running for office? Anyone got a baby that needs to be kissed? Cody will pull them up here to make them part of his entrance because he “loves” you! That’s all Cody does, promise this, promise that.

But Cody never delivers! He never keeps the promises! Cody’s told the people all these lies, and nothing ever comes to fruition. Wanna know why? Because Cody’s number two. And that’s with respect! Y’all would be lucky to be number two, but you aren’t even close! This is the greatest number two of all time! But that’s all Cody will ever be: number two. Because Roman is number one, forever. Heyman holds up the title as a banner but the fans rally behind Cody. Roman gets annoyed but Cody smiles. Cody tells Roman, “Let’s get real here. You grew up in this industry, same as I did.

“You were probably a little kid, looking in the mirror, wanting to be the next. The face of a generation! The biggest superstar to ever come along. The biggest pro-wrestling star. We’re talking Bruno, we’re talking Flair, we’re talking Hogan, we’re talking Rock, we’re talking Cena. I have conceded to the idea that the generation that follows us, our kids, will probably grow up wanting to be the next Roman Reigns.” Fans are torn but Roman says of course. Cody says that is Roman’s destiny, but he feels Roman is unfamiliar with Cody’s. Greatest number two? Huh. The greatest number two.

“Well, when it comes to WrestleMania, when it comes to who defeats you for this championship that you’ve held for all this time… I’m not number two. I’m the one.” Fans cheer that! Cody wishes Roman luck at Mania, and offers a handshake. Roman hesitates, but then steps back. The fans boo but Cody figured Roman would do that. Roman talks a bit more smack, mocks some Cody Crybabies, then shakes Heyman’s hand before they both step out of the ring. The fans continue to boo and that gets on Roman’s nerves, but he and Heyman still walk away. Roman says Cody is so stupid, and then he snaps his finger.

Roman grins as the music hits, because here comes The Bloodline! The face to face was kept clean, but that’s over now! Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa storm out from the crowd and Cody sees he fell for the Tribal Chief’s trap. Big Jim grins but Solo is stoic as always as they flank the ring. Cody takes off his suit jacket, ready to throw hands, but then Jimmy & Solo step away to join Roman at the ramp. Wait, Cody grins because JEY is here after all! AND Seth Rollins! The American Nightmare had Main Event Jey and The Visionary waiting in the wings, too! Just when The Tribal Chief thinks he’s clever, he looks the fool. Will The Bloodline be out of luck when all the cards are played?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here as we keep moving closer to WrestleMania weekend. Rey was rather rusty in his match with Santos but he got through it to get back to form. But oddly, I did not think Dom would even bother messing with Rey at this point with his story on Raw being his scouting of Andrade for Judgment Day. Although, LWO is not in on the tag titles, and I would think Legado is about to lose to New Catch Republic next week. We could be getting a 10 Man Tag match for WrestleMania, LWO having Rey, Carlito, Dragon Lee, Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde, so Santos, Angel & Humberto could team with Dom & Andrade for one night to face them.

Really good promo from Jade Cargill to hype up how she is now part of SmackDown. And there’s half a chance she still gets in on the DMG CTRL story with how there are still plenty of opponents to go around. Good promos from Bayley, Naomi & Bianca ahead of the great match of Naomi VS Iyo. Of course Iyo wins and with some help, and of course DMG CTRL beats Naomi and Bianca down. Jade can be the third for Naomi & Bianca in a Six Woman Tag against Dakota, Asuka & Kairi to help clear them out so Bayley and Iyo can have a fair 1v1 match for the title. Tiffany getting her insult in also makes me think Bianca will have a match with her in at least a post-Mania feud.

Great on location promo from AJ Styles and LA Knight, keeping up the tradition of grudge matches having borderline home invasion incidents. Great tag team matches in the SmackDown side of the WrestleMania ladder match build. Now sadly, Good Brothers being part of the NXT Tag Team Championship story, I knew they were losing to A-Town Down Under, and of course it had to be by cheating. Profits VS AOP was really good stuff, but with Theory & Waller through to the next round, Profits being Faces had to win so that all worked out. I would hope Profits win that, but there probably does need to be another Heel team other than Judgment Day in the tag title match, and there’s still the story of Final Testament VS Lashley & Profits that needs to be settled anyway.

Great little promo from Kevin, Orton and Pretty Deadly to set up a tag match that will help Kevin and Orton build momentum for their match with Logan Paul, but also maybe lose some as Kevin and Orton will inevitably be divided by how only one can win the US Championship. Plus, Logan can totally show up to mess with them and help Pretty Deadly win. And then, really good stuff in the Bloodline story as always. Good promos from Roman and Cody, but camera direction could’ve been better when it came time for both sides to reveal they still brought back-up. The moment itself was still very clever, as I had a feeling Cody never truly trusted Roman anyway. Two more weeks, four more nights for build, this is gonna keep getting better.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

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

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

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

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

 

Rhea returns backstage.

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

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

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

 

Triple H is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

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

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

 

Raw shares an interview from before the show.

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

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

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

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

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

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

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

 

Jey Uso VS Finn Balor!

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

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

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

 


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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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