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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/29/24)

SmackDown gets Jaded!

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The storm has arrived on Friday nights!

WWE’s hottest free agent is finally a SmackDown superstar! Jade Cargill returns as a proper part of the blue brand, but what will be her first move?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Randy Orton & Kevin Owens VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: The Street Profits VS A-Town Down Under; A-Town Down Under wins and advances to WrestleMania.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: New Catch Republic VS Legado del Fantasma; New Catch Republic wins and advances to WrestleMania.
  • Bianca Belair VS Dakota Kai; Bianca wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The Wise Man, the Enforcer, and “Big Jim” Uso are in the building, and will surely elaborate on what The Final Boss did to the American Nightmare last Monday Night Raw in Chicago.

 

Randy Orton & Kevin Owens VS Pretty Deadly!

While the Viper and the Prizefighter are both going after Logan Paul and the United States Championship at WrestleMania, they’re more than happy to team together again if it means humbling Elton Prince & Kit Wilson. The two tasty dishes are friends to Austin Theory, and so that makes them distant friends to the Maverick. Will #RKKO make examples out of Pretty Deadly? Or will there be quite the shocking upset in the Mohegan Sun Arena?

The teams sort out and Kevin kicks Kit! The bell rings, Kevin fires off fists at the ropes, then whips. Kevin ELBOWS Kit down, SENTONS, then covers, TWO! Kevin drags Kit up, facelocks, and he tags in Randy! The fans fire up but Kit gets away to tag in Elton. Elton and Orton circle and the fans rally for “RANDY! RANDY!” Randy and Elton tie up, Orton puts Elton in the corner, and he throws body shots. Orton HEADBUTTS, then climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count along, Orton goes to nine, then whips Elton to the opposite corner. But Kit “tags” and shields Elton! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Orton DECKS Kit!

Elton TOSSES Orton out, and Kit POSTS Orton! Orton staggers back, Elton SMACKS Orton off the desk, then Elton gives Orton a DESK BACK SUPLEX! Orton writhes from tasting his own medicine and Pretty Deadly soak up the heat while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Orton fights up from a chinlock. The fans rally up as Orton reaches out, but Kit brings him around. Orton powers up to hit a BIG back suplex! The fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tags to Elton and Kevin! The fans are thunderous as Kevin dodges, CHOPS then fires off forearms and haymakers! Kevin whips, Elton reverses but Kevin KICKS back! Then LARIATS! Elton staggers up, into an atomic drop! And DDT! Cover, TWO! Elton stays in this but the fans fire up as Kevin climbs! But Kit runs up! Kevin DECKS Kit, adjusts and SWANTONS onto knees! Double-edged but then Kit YANKS Orton down!

Orton ROCKS Kit, DECKS him, then brings him around! Orton SMACKS Kit off the desk, then clears it all off! The fans fire up but Elton CLUBS Orton first! The fans boo, Pretty Deadly mugs Orton, and LOGAN PAUL slides out from under the ring!! The fans boo as Logan BRASS KNUCKLE SUCKER PUNCHES Kevin!!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

Logan helps his mutuals all because it’d screw his enemies! Orton can’t believe what happened, but he doesn’t realize it was all the ImPAULsive Influencer! The replay shows the evidence, and now The Viper is even angrier. But wait, Logan went to hide back under the ring… Orton makes his way out of the ring, and lifts the apron skirt! Found him! Orton throws hands on Logan! The fans fire up and Orton SMACKS Logan off barriers! Logan staggers over to the desk! Orton SMACKS Logan off the desk, rains down fists, then climbs up to join Logan! The fans fire up even more as Orton drags Logan up!

But then Pretty Deadly return to CLOBBER Orton! Logan’s friends make the save, then they put Orton in the ring. They haul Orton up but Kevin’s recovered! STUNNER for Elton! RKO for Kit! Orton and Kevin look at Logan, and Orton rushes out after him! Logan runs away into the crowd but he eggs Orton on. Orton pursues, they head for the stage area, but there’s Kevin! Logan panics and goes backstage, but his challengers pursue! Logan keeps talking trash because that’s what he does best, then he takes off in his Corvette! Logan won’t be able to just run away at WrestleMania, are his days as US Champion numbered?

 

Iyo Sky speaks.

“Bayley started Damage CTRL because she was lost. It was never about helping new talent. She saw an opportunity to latch onto us and get into the spotlight again. The only reason Bayley wanted us to succeed was so she could take the credit. She’s a narcissist who loves to claim she’s a victim. And now… You all feel sorry for her? Your hypocrisy disgusts me! However, I know Bayley played a role in me becoming champion. But! I made Bayley relevant! Dakota and I felt obligated to keep her around. But our patience wore thin. We got tired of her. We outgrew Bayley. So I did what needed to be done.

“There was a time when I saw Bayley as my friend. And I’ll regret that for the rest of my life. She’s an embarrassment and a tragedy to this company. I hope after WrestleMania, I never see her again.” Iyo stands up from her seat, but BAYELY CLOBBERS HER!! The Role Model and Evil Genius brawl, and Bayley THROWS a light at Iyo! Then throws lights ON Iyo! Bayley rains down fists, Iyo kicks her away, but then Bayley TACKLES Iyo through the backdrop! The film crew rushes in to stop the brawling but it is clear the bitterness between them has reached its peak! Will nothing stop Bayley from taking control back from Iyo?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

The SmackDown General Manager says, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a monumental piece of business to take care of, but before we do that, a quick question: Who’s ready for WrestleMania?” Mohegan Sun cheers and Aldis says he loves hearing that. So then, ever since he came aboard as SmackDown GM, he has had one singular, definitive goal: Make SmackDown the number one show in ALL of pro-wrestling, all for the fans, the WWE Universe. And Aldis firmly believes the acquisition of this superstar takes him one giant step closer to that goal. So please welcome the newest member of the SmackDown roster… JADE CARGILL!

The fans fire up as “A storm… is coming.” Jade makes her entrance under mist and spotlight before all the lights come back up. Jade high-fives fans as she makes her way down the ramp, and even signs a fan’s sign. She stands with Aldis in the ring and signs on the dotted line. Then Aldis hands over the mic so Jade can say, “Hell, if you asked me, Nick, it’s about damn time.” The fans cheer that! And since they finally put pen to paper, Jade wants to make herself crystal clear. “We have one of the best female rosters in the world!” Fans also cheer that! Jade adds, “But… they’re not Jade Cargill. They’re not the headline, they are not a once in a lifetime superstar!”

And Jade will give us “another weather update. The storm… has arrived!” Statuesque with a rock solid confidence, will nothing stop Cargill from carving a path through SmackDown?

 

Backstage interview with DMG CTRL.

Kayla Braxton is with Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane & Asuka to say it has already been an eventful night for the SmackDown Women’s Division. Iyo got attacked by Bayley and Jade Cargill is officially SmackDown- Dakota interrupts to ask, “Jade? Jade?! What has Jade done besides stand there? And Bayley? Bayley is going to be embarrassed next week, at WrestleMania, thanks to Iyo. But do you know what the best part of SmackDown’s gonna be tonight? It’s gonna be when I beat Bianca in the middle of that ring! She was not even a thought in our minds, and yet she decided to reinsert herself back into our business by helping Naomi.”

Dakota says Bianca went through two years of DMG CTRL beatdowns. She wants to call herself the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, maybe if she were the smartest, she would’ve never gotten involved in DMG CTRL business. Dakota leads the way out, but will she be able to bring down the EST? Or will Bianca get even for Naomi?

 

Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre find Nick Aldis backstage.

The Unholy Union is rather… normal as they ask the SmackDown GM for some help. Isla wants to talk entrance graphics, music, etc. but Alba has her move her motormouth on. Aldis says they can talk later then. But then AJ Styles finds Aldis. Did Aldis make sure LA Knight won’t be here tonight? Like Aldis told Styles before, he asked Knight not to be here tonight. Styles says Aldis should’ve told him not to. The Phenomenal One storms off, will he have to worry about the Mega Star finding him in the Mohegan Sun?

 

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

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins punctuated their story with the Authors of Pain with a win, while Austin Theory & Grayson Waller managed to sneak one past the Good Brothers. But only one team is going to be in the Tag Team Six Pack Ladder Match, and we see Bobby Lashley & B-Fab with the Profits at gorilla. All week, they’ve been getting ready. Tonight, they cash in on those golden tickets! Grab your future with your own hands, then get those titles. They’ve even got champagne waiting! Ford & Dawkins secret handshake and head out. Will they handle business as we enter the homestretch to WrestleMania?

We get a shot of the Judgment Day backstage watching this, certainly scouting both teams. Ford starts against Waller and the bell rings. Waller kicks low, headlocks, but Ford wrenches and headlocks. Waller powers out, Ford grabs ropes to stop himself. Ford ELBOWS Waller away, but Theory anchors Ford! Waller LCUBS Ford, then throws hands. Tag to Theory, and Waller reels Ford in. Theory helps out to double suplex, but Ford lands out! Tag to Dawkins, but Ford still ROCKS Theory! Waller JABS Ford! Waller builds speed, slides, but Ford dodges and Dawkins runs in to POUNCE! Waller ends up on Corey Graves’ lap!

The fans are thunderous and the Profits are up while SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns as Waller has a cravat on Dawkins. Dawkins endures the neck wrench, fights up as the fans rally, and Dawkins throws body shots. Waller throws knees then DECKS Dawkins! Waller goes up the corner, goes along the rope, but Dawkins stands! Waller leaps but into an EXPLODER! The fans fire up while both men are down! Dawkins and Waller crawl, hot tag to Theory! Theory drags Dawkins back, but Dawkins rolls and sends Theory away! Dawkins then dodges Theory, hot tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Theory, then springboards in to FLYING ELBOW! Ford DECKS Waller, then CLOBBERS Theory!

Ford keeps moving, dodges Theory again to LARIAT! The fans fire up with Ford as he hits a BIG back suplex! Kip up, point at the sign, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ford drags Theory over, tags Dawkins, and Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts! Ford climbs, for the BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Cover, Waller breaks it! Waller drags Ford up to TOSS him out, but Dawkins DECKS Waller! Theory rolls Dawkins, TWO! Theory goes to the apron, Dawkins runs up but into a HOTSHOT! Theory somersaults n, into the SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford and the fans are thunderous! One more point at the sign, but OH NO! The Final Testament just wiped out Lashley & B-Fab!

Karrion Kross says this is good stuff, but it is very unprofessional to be drinking on the job, Bob. As for the Profits, Kross knows they’re busy, Mania is important, but you’re missing the party! Kross & Scarlett leave Lashley & B-Fab, and Dawkins is concerned. Ford says he can go help, then takes aim, FROM THE HEAVENS onto knees!! Theory covers, A-Town Down Under wins!!

Winners: A-Town Down Under, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)

The Final Testament didn’t even have to touch the Profits to mess them up! But then AOP CLOBBER them anyway!! The fans boo as Akam & Rezar mug Ford & Dawkins! LARIAT for Ford while Rezar CHOKES Dawkins against ropes! Kross then storms out here to join his soldiers. The fans boo harder as the AOP get the Profits up, for the SUPER COLLIDER!! Kross grins as he and his hellions have wrecked The All Mighty’s team all in one night. Wait! Lashley is storming his way out here! Kross tells AOP to stand down, and they let Lashley get in the ring. Lashley still CLOBBERS Kross! The AOP go after Lashley now!

The fans boo as Ellering and Scarlett coach their men on to mug Lashley. Then they set Lashley up for the KROSS HAMMER!! Kross wants Lashley to understand! Nobody goes to WrestleMania without Kross’ say! Lashley has failed! Is this the true ending of this story between these forces of nature?

 

Legado Del Fantasma heads to the ring.

While Angel Garza y Humberto Carrillo will be in action, this moment is going to be about Santos Escobar thanking Dominik Mysterio for his help last week! Is Dirty Dom somehow bridging the gap between Legado and Judgment Day? We’ll have to see, after the break.

SmackDown returns, Santos has a mic and he says he “hates to be that guy,” but he told you so~! And he wants us to remember and never, ever forget, especially the little kids with Rey Mysterio masks, that it was Santos who put Rey on the shelf for months! And Santos knows he didn’t get the amputation like he wanted, but he got the next best thing. Santos got to beat Rey in the center of this ring! Fans boo but Santos says Rey is the greatest luchador of all time. Or at least, he was. Santos says he outsmarted Rey! And all it took was one little phone call. One call to a man that despises Rey just as much as Santos does!

And with that, here comes Dominik! The fans boo as Dom struts his way to the ring and stands with Legado. Dom shakes everyone’s hand and then gets a mic. The fans boo even more but Santos tells them to shut up. Santos apologizes to Dom for them, then says from the bottom of his heart, thank you y gracias. And, an apology. Santos knows they didn’t see eye to eye at first, but now, he can say this to Dom’s face. “You were right.” They hug! The fans boo more as Dom starts to speak. Dom tells them all to shut up so he can speak! Santos adds to that, but the booing doesn’t stop. Dom huffs and puffs as they only get louder!

Dom says he will do everything in his power “to make that deadbeat’s life a living Hell!” See what you did, Rey? You always turn your back on everyone who loves you, and Santos will be damned if he lets a deadbeat, good-for-nothing father like Rey- REY IS HERE! The fans fire up as he and the Latino World Order is here! Zelina, Carlito, Cruz y Joaquin all head to the ring, and the five of them stand across from Dom y Legado. Rey has a mic of his own to tell Dom, “What a shame. A real shame. I truly believed that I was done fighting you, son.” The fans chant for the “L W O! L W O!” and that annoys Santos.

Rey says now that Santos has dragged Dom into this and Dom wants to be a part of it, Rey realized that this moment, both of them in front of him, the two men he despise the most, is truly divine intervention. And here’s why: Rey now has the opportunity to beat some respect into both of them! The fans cheer and Rey will put out this challenge: Dom y Santos VS Rey and a partner of his choosing! The fans like the sound of that! The fans also hope it’s Carlito. Rey adds on that it’ll be at WRESTLEMANIA! Dom asks, “Which one of these dorks is gonna be the one? The one from the Lollipop Guild? The one with the hair? Or the non-Latino?

Uh, it’s the newest member of the LWO, actually. DRAGON LEE!! The fans are thunderous as The Boy Wonder makes his return to SmackDown! Santos and Dom both sigh that Rey once again picks his surrogate son. Legado turns to go, but then Lopez and Zelina get into it. Lopez tells Zelina she’s just “a puny little troll,” so Zelina SLAPS her for it! Dragon steps in to stop the fight but Santos BOOTS Dragon down! So Rey DECKS Santos! Dom DECKS Rey! Carlito DECKS Dom! The rest of the teams fight now! LWO TOSS Legado to then ENZIGIRI them off the apron! But Lopez and Zelina brawl on their way out!

Santos DECKS Cruz, DECKS Joaquin, and then he and Dom fight with Rey and Carlito! Rey TOSSES Santos, Dom DECKS Rey! Rey’s on ropes, dials it up, but Carlito TOSSES Dom out! Then Dragon Lee FLIES out onto them all!! The fans are thunderous as the LWO has already won the first round! Will Angel y Humberto be able to rebound in time for their WrestleMania qualifier?

 

Naomi finds Bianca Belair backstage.

Naomi says hi to BB and they hug. Naomi just wants to wish The EST well against Dakota. And if DMG CTRL tries something, Naomi has Bianca’s back like Bianca had hers. Bianca appreciates that. And after they talked last week, Bianca realized that she can’t be mad at Naomi for doing what Bianca was trying to do the past two years, and that’s take out DMG CTRL. But at this point, it isn’t even about Bayley. Naomi’s here, and if there’s any time to take DMG CTRL down, it’s now. Naomi gets that. They’re in this together, they’re getting DMG CTRL one way or another, and it starts with Dakota. They don’t want none!

Who’s the roughest? Bianca! Who’s the toughest? Bianca! Who’s the strongest? Bianca!! You gonna snatch ’em? Snatch ’em and drag ’em! Naomi shows off she’s got EST in her hair! Bianca is all fired up now! Will Bianca put Dakota in her place on the homestretch to WrestleMania?

 

Judgment Day talks backstage.

Dom hasn’t made it back yet and Rhea wants to know what is going on with him. WrestleMania is the biggest show of the year and they’re not communicating! Did any of the boys know Dom was gonna go out there? No, he never said a word. Wait, wait, Dom didn’t even tell Rhea about this? That’s odd. Is there something Rhea needs to tell them? Rhea isn’t sure but then Dom walks in. Rhea asks him what’s going on, and again reminds him that they just talked about communication. Dom tells Mami that he’s sorry, he just wanted to make the team proud and handle business. Finn asks if there’s anything else he needs to tell them.

Yeah, he needs to go see the doctor. JD knows where to go and leads the way. Priest says this Mania is way too important for not only them as a group, but also as individuals. Rhea asks if that’s something Priest is trying to tell her. Finn says hold on. The only thing that needs to be said is that the biggest WrestleMania ever will belong to the Judgment Day! That they can all agree on. But by “The Judgment Day,” will Dirty Dom still be part of the picture?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: New Catch Republic VS Legado del Fantasma!

Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne were so close to beating the Judgment Day when it was 2v2. And now they’re one step away from getting quite the wild second chance. Will the Big Strong Boi & Bruiserweight be heading to Philadelphia? Or will Angel y Humberto prove even beat up, they’ve got a fighting chance?

SmackDown returns and the match is already underway. Dunne runs in but Humberto dodges, so Dunne just BLASTS Angel! Dunne runs at Humberto again but Humberto puts him on the apron. Angel then SHOTGUNS Dunne off the apron! Angel drags Dunne up, puts him in, then drags him to tag in Humberto. They sit Dunne up, whip and LARIAT! Humberto fires up and he drags Dunne up for kicks. Humberto CLUBS Dunne, tags Angel back in, and Angel KNEES Dunne low! Judgment Day tunes in as Angel puts Dunne on ropes. Angel CHOPS, Dunne snarls as he sits down, and Angel soaks up the heat.

But Dunne gets Angel’s fingers! Dunne bends them, but Angel ROCKS Dunne with a right! Angel runs up but Dunne sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! Hot tag to Bate! Bate CLOBBERS Angel, BLASTS Humberto, but Angel runs back up. Angel blocks a boot but not the KNEE, and Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Humberto storms in but Bate catches him, EXPLODER! Bate kips up, STANDING SHOOTING STARS, then covers, TWO! Bate runs to BLAST Angel, then he dodges Humberto to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Legado regroups on the outside but Dunne STOMPS the hands off the apron! Then he BUZZSAWS Humberto!

Bate goes up and up and uses Dunne for the boost, CANNONBALL onto Legado! New Catch Republic stands tall and Mohegan Sun fires up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Legado double whip Bate to then POP-UP, but Bate RANAS Angel! Bate then dodges Humberto, hot tag to Dunne! They dodge and GAMANGIRI Humberto, then work together, REBOUND LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO!! Cover, TWO!! Dunne snarls, tags Bate back in, and they have Humberto in a corner for TOP BINS! Humberto staggers, Bate reels him in for a fireman’s carry. But Angel manages a tag as the AIRPLANE SPIN starts! Angel waits, and he SUPERKICKS Bate! Then he SHOTGUNS Dunne! Humberto steadies himself, he sunset flips and deadlifts Bate for a POWERBOMB!

Angel goes up to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bate stays in this and the fans rally up! Angel is frustrated but he tags Humberto back in. They get Bate up, SUPERKKICK for Bate and SUPERKICK for Dunne! Humberto CHOPS Bate to the corner, puts him up top, tag to Angel. Angel y Humberto both climb, both trophy lift, SUPER PRESS SLAM!! Angel hurries to cover, Dunne STOMPS it apart! Humberto runs in, Dunne dodges, SATELLITE DDT! Angel KNEES Dunne down! Then KNEE for Bate! Angel hauls Bate up and in, looks to the sign, but Bate slips free! Bop up, BANG! Tag to Dunne, and NCR hit the BIRMINGHAMMER!! Cover, NCR wins!

Winners: New Catch Republic, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)

And with that, our Six Pack is complete! Or perhaps it’s really a dirty dozen. But in the end, will Bate & Dunne make sure the Judgment Day is no longer undisputed?

 

Paul Heyman speaks.

“‘By orders of The Tribal Chief.’ When you hear those words, you know something is about to happen. What do you think happened to Cody Rhodes on Monday? The Final Boss took out Cody Rhodes. Why? By orders of The Tribal Chief.” Jimmy Uso adds that b these orders, Jey won’t make it to Mania. It will be lil’ bro VS lil’ big brother, Solo Sikoa! By order of The Tribal Chief. Solo tells Jey, “I’ll see you next week. I’m gonna miss you. But I gotta take you out. By orders of the Tribal Chief.” Will Main Event Jey’s Road to WrestleMania be stopped right at the goal line?

 

WWE honors National Medal of Honor Day.

Retired Navy SEAL, PO Mike Thornton, shares his story. Vietnam, October 1972, his unit was sent on a reconnaissance mission. They ended up in the wrong place, ended up in a three hour firefight, then had to retreat. His team captain got hit in the temple, but Thornton didn’t leave him behind. He saved the captain’s life, and earned his Medal of Honor. On behalf of the WWE and The Chairshot, thank you, PO Thornton for your service.

 

AJ Styles heads to the ring.

The Phenomenal One checked with Nick Aldis about LA Knight, and as far as anyone knows, Knight isn’t here tonight. What will Styles have to say about this grudge’s increasing intensity? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Styles has a mic to say, “It’s been a little over a week…” He stops because fans are chanting “YEAH! YEAH!” Styles says these fans are the reason Knight came to Styles’ house and assaulted him in his own front yard! “YEAH!” Well yeah, Styles should’ve had Knight’s ass locked up in jail for what he did, and make him miss WrestleMania! But Styles has bigger plans! He wants the biggest spotlight possible for Knight, and that’s WrestleMania. “YEAH!” Styles says he will expose Knight for the “overachieving, under talented piece of trash that he is!” And yeah, Aldis asked Knight not to be here. But Styles guarantees that Knight’s here.

So, LA Knight, are you gonna walk out here from the ramp? Is this it? Then come on. Styles waits, daring Knight to show up. Knight could be anywhere! He could be up in the bleachers with the idiot fans, or even a camera man! Styles gets up in the cameraman’s face, slaps his hat off, but it isn’t Knight. Styles dares the guy to do something, then tells him to get out of the ring. At least he’s better looking than Knight, but that ain’t saying much. The fans boo but Styles asks if they’re disappointed. The fans start chanting for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” and then someone jumps the barriers! Security stops the guy and Styles says he knew it’d happen!

Wait, this is just some crazy guy who wanted to get near Styles! The security guards drag the rando away, and Styles asks if they’re done with the games. Knight, fi you can hear Styles, are we done here? Because Styles won’t be playing games at WrestleMania! Wait, the security guard who stared behind takes off hsi hat and takes off a wig! It’s LA Knight!! The Mega Star fires off on the Phenomenal One, gets him in the ring, and CLOBBERS him! Then he stomps a mudhole in, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight runs corner to corner to KNEE WASH, “YEAH!” Knight then goes out to get himself a chair!

Knight gets in the ring, aims, but Styles runs away! No chair shot, and Styles even flees into the crowd! Knight leaves it at that, but he does get a mic. Knight gets on the desk as the fans are thundeorus, and Knight takes off the security shirt to show off the new merch. “AJ, you talk about I’m trash? You gotta be the biggest piece of human walkin’ waste I have ever seen!” “YEAH!” So Knight puts it like this: run, hide, do everything you need to. But at the end of the day, at WrestleMania, Knight is not gonna ask you, and he’s not gonna tell you, because you will KNOW whose game this is, with everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” “You damn right, YEAH~!”

The grudge match has just kicked it up another notch! Will Knight win big on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Tiffany Stratton speaks.

The Spoiled Rich Girl quotes Paris Hilton of all people in saying, “Some girls are born with glitter in their veins,” and says that Paris meant Tiffany. Everyone thinks life is so much easier when you’re an insane athlete, have a gorgeous complexion, have perfectly pearl white teeth and are a main event talent. But carrying the burden of perfection is not as easy as Tiff makes it look. To her adoring fans on SmackDown, she vows to always look hot and to spare your eyes from the uggos. But two words for you: lip filler. Everyone will find out exactly what #TiffyTime is all about. Tootles!

 

Bianca Belair VS Dakota Kai!

The EST knows this isn’t a rerun or a remake but a direct sequel to her two year saga with DMG CTRL. But then, does that mean Bianca will make it through to stand tall in the end like she has before? Or will #CobraKai add to Bianca’s lowlight reel instead?

SmackDown returns as Dakota makes her entrance, surprisingly without DMG CTRL. The bell rings and the two rush in! Bianca TACKLES Dakota, rains down fists, but Dakota turns things around to give those back! Bianca pushes Dakota away, TOSSES her across the way, then runs up to RAM her in the corner! Bianca brings Dakota around to TOSS her again! And then runs in, but into a BOOT! Dakota goes up and over to roll Bianca up, TWO! Dakota swings, but Bianca blocks, spins and suplexes! Bianca rolls through to suplex again! And then she rolls through to suplex again! The fans fire up but Dakota knees free!

Dakota is on the apron, Bianca runs up but Dakota dodges, then KNEES her into the POST! Bianca tumbles to the floor, Dakota talks smack, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns once again as Dakota knocks Bianca down then covers, TWO! Dakota clamps on with a chinlock and she grinds Bianca down. Bianca endures, fights up, and she carries Dakota to RAM her into buckles! Bianca RAMS her again and again, gets free, but Dakota runs up. Bianca spins her around to suplex! Bianca keeps Dakota up to then SLAM her down! Dakota staggers around, Bianca kips up, and the fans fire up. Bianca runs in to RAM Dakota, then she climbs up the corner! The fans cheer as Bianca rains down fists! Bianca goes all the way to TEN! Then ELEVEN, but Dakota slips free to YANK the braid!

The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Bianca backflips free! Dakota runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl GUTBUSTER! Dakota staggers back up, runs up, Bianca sidesteps and just throws Dakota down! And around, and then down again! Bianca just ragdolls Dakota! Then she handsprings and MOONSAULTS, but Dakota moves! Bianca belly flops, and Dakota grabs the braid again! The ref reprimands, but Bianca uses the tug-o-war to handspring! Dakota dodges, runs in, but Bianca ELBOWS her back! Bianca then hurries to chicken wing! GlamEST SLAM! Then the handspring and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Dakota shows she’s got toughness, too, but Bianca keeps her cool. The fans rally, Bianca stalks Dakota, and Bianca chicken wings again! Lift and- NO, Dakota victory rolls to send Bianca into buckles! Dakota puts Bianca in the ropes, to then GUILLOTINE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives as the toughEST, and Dakota grows frustrated. Dakota waits on Bianca to rise, scuffs her with a kick, but the fans rally behind “E S T! E S T!” Dakota kicks Bianca around, taunts her, then kicks her again. Bianca snarls, blocks a kick, and she throws Dakota down! Bianca CLUBS Dakota, drags her up, then ROCKS her with a forearm!

Dakota gives a forearm back so Bianca throws another! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, and Dakota rebounds to ROCK Bianca! Bianca rebounds to DECK Dakota! Dakota gets up but Bianca fires more shots! Dakota shoves Bianca, Bianca blocks a boot but not the SCORPION KICK! Bianca staggers to a corner, Dakota goes Around the World! But Bianca dodges the boot! Bianca torture racks but Dakota holds ropes! Bianca puts Dakota on the apron, runs in, but she avoids the knee! Dakota’s knee hits POST! Dakota hobbles, and Bianca goes after her at the corner! They both throw clubbing shots but Bianca still climbs.

The fans rally and Bianca drags Dakota up to join her! Deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Both women are down and the fans fire up again! Both women slowly rise, and Bianca SPEARS outta nowhere! Then torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

AND NOW DMG CTRL ATTACKS! Asuka & Kairi beat up on Bianca, even using an umbrella! But here comes Naomi! The fans fire up as Naomi dodges Asuka to THESZ PRESS Kairi! But then Asuka CLUBS Naomi! Naomi ROUNDHOUSES Asuka! Naomi gives Asuka some shots now! The fans fire up, but Kairi CLUBS Naomi with the umbrella!! Then SLIDING DOUBLE SHOT! Bianca is up and goes after Kairi! Bianca DECKS Kairi, DECKS Asuka, but Dakota is up! The numbers are in DMG CTRL’s favor as always! The fans hope Bayley can find her way out here, but instead, it’s JADE CARGILL!

The fans fire up as The Storm, in a new outfit, makes her way out. DMG CTRL don’t sweat her but maybe they should! Jade gets in the ring, and she BOOTS Asuka! And then she blocks Dakota’s boo to POP-UP POWERBOMB! Kairi jumps on but Jade throws her off, gets her around, and she gives Kairi her own GlamEST SLAM! “Cover,” and Jade gets her three count! The Storm just wiped out DMG CTRL all by herself! Naomi and Bianca stand side by side with Cargill, are they going to make DMG CTRL feel very jaded this WrestleMania season?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown, lots of great go-home type stuff with just one week left before WrestleMania. Great tag match for Orton & Kevin, even with Logan cheating them, but that adds to the US Championship match. Logan gets his shot on Kevin but then runs away from Orton, bit of a wash for the math, but as I’ve been saying, the nature of the Triple Threat can keep everyone strong no matter who wins. Still thinking Logan finds a way to retain by playing Orton and Kevin against each other, though. And good promo from Bloodline with Heyman helping Roman take credit for what The Rock did to Cody but also setting up Jey’s go-home match with Solo next week, which will be great stuff.

Great stuff with LWO and Legado, and I really like the seed that is being planted with Dom and Judgment Day. Could Dom be leaving Judgment Day to join Legado? The tag match will perhaps figure that out. Just Rey & Dragon VS Dom & Santos isn’t quite as big as I thought, but we’re definitely getting Zelina VS Lopez on the side. And I like that the uncertainty with Dom has again stirred up all the other uncertainties within Judgment Day. It’s kinda funny thinking Dom is the linchpin to that group. Anyway, great tag matches in the tag title story, and of course Final Testament is why Profits don’t win. That should also be a big grudge match set up for Mania, maybe they’ll put something together next Friday.

As for the teams that got in, I am pretty confident A-Town Down Under isn’t winning. There’s speculation that they could split the titles back to Raw and SmackDown belts with strange shenanigans, and I honestly wouldn’t mind that as it’s really tricky for these “undisputed” tag teams traveling between brands. New Catch Republic would therefore be the SmackDown winners and maybe Awesome Truth are the Raw winners to really make Judgment Day agonize in the Mania aftermath. Also, with Priest talking about individual success, him losing all his belts would definitely compel him to desperately cash-in on (I would assume) the World Heavyweight Championship one more time.

An odd thing tonight, though, was Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn not being spooky scary. I don’t want this to be a sign of them ditching gimmicks, but clearly it just wasn’t clicking on main roster after waiting a little too long to have them go after the tag titles and then basically being jobbed out anyway. But then great segue from their moment to Styles confronting Aldis and then calling out Knight. Great moment for LA Knight to run Styles off, but if he’s gonna win at Mania next week, Styles has to get Knight back next Friday to turn the math around.

And great stuff in the big DMG CTRL story. Bayley going after Iyo right at the end of her vignette promo was great, that doesn’t happen enough in WWE, or wrestling in general. And with Jade Cargill “signed” to SmackDown now, I really like that she’s joining Naomi and Bianca against the rest of DMG CTRL. That is going to be a great Six Woman Tag, certainly on the Mania card to make Jade’s first WWE match as big as possible, and I would think we’re gonna see Jade, Bianca & Naomi win. We might even get stereo GlamEST Slams, aka double Jaded, as the finish. And whether Bayley wins or loses, you can bet Jade is gonna go right to the women’s title scene.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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?

 

 


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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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