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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/2/24)

Who’s ready to Stand & Deliver?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Revenge is so close, you can almost taste it!

Before all the grudge filled matches at NXT Stand & Deliver, we get Melo and Trick face to face, and Lyra and Roxie BOTH on Supernova Sessions! Are these combustible elements going to pop off tonight? Or can they all save the fireworks for WrestleMania Weekend?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: The LWO VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS The Good Brothers; Axiom & Frazer win and will challenge The Wolf Dogs for the titles at NXT Stand & Deliver.
  • Fallon Henley w/ Thea Hail & Kelani Jordan VS Jacy Jayne w/ Jazmyn Nyx, Kiana James & Izzi Dame; Fallon wins.
  • Von Wagner VS Lexis King; King wins.
  • Karmen Petrovic w/ Natalya VS Lola Vice; Lola wins.
  • Oba Femi VS Joe Gacy; Oba wins.
  • Arianna Grace VS Wren Sinclair; Arianna wins.
  • Sol Ruca VS Blair Davenport; Sol wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: The LWO VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS The Good Brothers!

Two teams that lost out in the Dusty Cup Classic and one team that’s just Too Sweet all fight for their shot at the gold! Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin are waiting, who else will Stand & Deliver?

WHOA! Frazer and Cruz DIVE onto the Good Brothers! They then get Luke Gallows in the ring, the bell rings, and this Triple Threat seems to be tornado rules as Joaquin and Axiom go after Big LG! But Big LG grabs them first, shoves them away, then BOOTS Axiom and ELBOWS Joaquin! Tag to the Machine Gun, they double whip Axiom, but Axiom KICKS back! Axiom runs, pop-up MISSILE DROPKCIK! Anderson goes after Axiom but Joaquin DROPKICKS him! Joaquin brings Axiom up but Axiom cradle counters, TWO! Joaquin ducks a buzzsaw, victory rolls, TWO! Joaquin knees low, ROCKS Anderson, then helps Axiom RANA Anderson!

Joaquin kicks, runs, but into Axiom’s SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Tag to Frazer, he jumps over Anderson then comes back. Anderson blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Frazer runs, dodges, and QUEBRADA to get Anderson in ta dragon sleeper! Axiom gives him Wilde and we get a DOUBLE DDT! Cover on Anderson, TWO! Cover on Wilde, TWO! The fans rally up, Frazer considers his options, and he elbow drops on Wilde. Frazer then goes up and up and PHOENIX- NO, he has to bail out as Wilde moves! Wilde Atomic Drops then pop-up KANGAROO KICKS! Then he dodges Frazer to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally while Wilde brings Frazer up. Wilde scoops and SLAMS Frazer, stomps him, then tags in Cruz. Cruz goes up but Axiom GAMANGIRIS first! Axiom goes up after Cruz but Wilde is after him! They all brawl up top, but Frazer adds on! Frazer goes up to get Cruz while Axiom has Wilde, but Gallows & Anderson get involved! The fans fire up but the Cruiserweights all resist! So Anderson TOSSES Frazer! Axiom fights back but Gallows UPEPRCUTS him! Only to turn around into a DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans are thunderous for the “L W O! L W O!” as Wilde goes up, to SUPER SKY TWISTER!!

The fans fire up as LWO regroups, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Cruz & Wilde go back out after the others, and they bring Frazer up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Cruz whips Frazer, DROPKICKS and covers, TWO! Cruz drags Frazer over to Wilde, tags him in, and the LWO double whip. They ELBOW Frazer down, then coordinate for the HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cruz then runs to LIONSAULT! Cover, Anderson breaks it! Anderson BOOTS Wilde, stomps Frazer, then TOSSES Wilde out! Anderson drags Frazer up, scoops and SLAMS, then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Anderson drags Frazer up, tags Gallows, and the Good Brothers mug Frazer. Gallows drags Frazer up to HEADBUTT him down!

Gallows DECKS Wilde off the apron, then stalks Frazer, Gallows runs to BOOT Frazer down! Gallows covers, TWO! Frazer toughs it out but Gallows rains down fists! Gallows drags Frazer up, shoves him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS! Tag to Anderson and he drags Frazer up. Gallows gets Wilde and DECKS him again! The Good Brothers double whip Frazer to the open corner but Frazer goes up, over, under, and then ENZIGIRIS Gallows! Hot tag to Axiom! Axiom fires off hands and CHOPS on everyone! DROPKICK for Wilde, then a spin and FOREARM for Anderson! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING RANA ARM-DRAG COMBOS!

The fans fire up as Axiom kips up, and he is feeling the energy! Axiom sees Wilde climbing and GAMANGIRIS him first! Wilde wobbles, Axiom ROCKS him with a forearm. Axiom fires more forearms, but Wilde RAMS into him. Wilde climbs up but Axiom GAMANGIRIS again! NXT returns to single picture, Axiom goes up top, and the fans fire up for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Wilde survives and the fans fire up again! Axiom keeps his cool, tags Frazer, and Frazer climbs. Frazer aims to FROG SPLASH! Axiom goes up to FROG SPLASH, but he bounces up into Anderson’s deadlift POWER- NO, Axiom RANAS Anderson into a POST!

Gallows runs up, Frazer BOOTS him and springboards, into a BOOT! Axiom springboards, into an UPPERCUT! Cruz runs up, into an UPPERCUT! Gallows TOSSES Cruz, ROCKS Wilde then whips, but Wilde BOOTS him! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from Axiom & Frazer! Then they and Wilde work together, BOOSTED SLINGSHOT DDT!! Cover, but everyone breaks it!! The fans are electric for “NXT! NXT!” making this the opening match! Wilde shoves Axiom away, tags Cruz, but Axiom CLUBS Wilde then SUPERKICKS Cruz! Axiom and Frazer coordinate, and Frazer goes up top! SUPER CANNONBALL takes out Wilde and Gallows!

Frazer hobbles on that ankle but Axiom takes it from here, for the GOLDEN- NO, Anderson SHOVES Axiom onto everyone! Then Anderson aims to SLINGSHOT SENTON onto them all!! Cruz is up, he runs and goes up, up and ESCALARA TORNILLO!! The fans are thunderous again as Cruz puts Anderson in and climbs again! Cruz tightrope walks to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cruz goes back up, to PHOENIX FLOP! Gallows gets in, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER on Cruz! But Axiom SUPERKICKS Anderson! Wilde SUPERKICKS Gallows! Wilde and Axiom DOUBLE LARIAT! Then DOUBLE LARIAT! Then Axiom CROSS COUNTERS!

Axiom runs to DIVE onto Gallows! Frazer drags himself up a corner to 450 SPLASH Cruz!! Cover, AXIOM & FRAZER WIN!!

Winners: Axiom & Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships)

Just as it looked like things were gonna be Too Sweet, the team that’s too fast, too furious takes the win! Kelly Kincaid joins them in the ring to congratulate them, but how are they feeling? Frazer says ever since they started this team, they have NEVER slowed down! And now they’re heading to the biggest Stand & Deliver of all time! And even though they pulled off some crazy stuff tonight, just you wait and see what they do next! Axiom says Bron & Corbin are good, but they are unstoppable! This Saturday, Philadelphia, you will here… “AND NEW~!” But then the Wolf Dogs appear on the perch! Will the Wolf Dogs not be intimidating by all the barking?

 

Lexis King speaks.

“It’s such a shame, isn’t it? It’s a brutal business. And not everyone is cut out for it. But then again, not everyone is The King. And Mr. Stone knows all too well about that. As does Von Wagner. Which is what baffles me as to why Von wants another shot at The King. What’d you say, Von? You’re gonna take care of me? Well lemme tell you something, dummy! You can’t even take care of yourself. And that’s what Mr. Stone has been trying to do for over a year now. He’s been trying to guide you in the right direction. Von, you couldn’t put one foot in front of the other if it wasn’t for Stone. So what makes you think in his absence that you can hang with The King? Because you can’t.

“And it’s gonna be the same old song ‘n’ dance, and everyone’s gonna be happy when they look up and see The King’s hand raised in victory.” The Drama King has a good laugh, but will Vicious Von be the one having the last laugh on the last NXT before WrestleMania Weekend?

 

NXT Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.

The Czar is heading out and they ask him how he feels tonight’s dinner with Tony D’Angelo will go. Do they mean if he’s nervous? He’s not. But is he on high alert? Wait, who put a boot on his car? What is this about? An SUV pulls up and a cousin of Tony’s says he should’ve paid those parking tickets. Need a ride? No, Dragunov will find a way. Ilja, that wasn’t a question. You don’t want to keep The Don waiting. Dragunov sighs, and he hops in the back. Tony keeps playing games, but he’s also got the upper hand. Will the Mad Dragon be able to do something about that before Stand & Deliver?

 

Fallon Henley w/ Thea Hail & Kelani Jordan VS Jacy Jayne w/ Jazmyn Nyx, Kiana James & Izzi Dame!

The Cowgirl was a better friend with better advice for Thea than the toxic Jacy ever was, and now the battlelines have been drawn! Will Fallon have everyone saying YEEHAW before Stand & Deliver? Or are things only going to get more and more toxic?

NXT returns and Jacy makes her entrance, her new crew following right behind. The bell rings and Fallon circles with Jacy. They tie up, go around, and then end up on ropes. Jacy arm-drags Fallon but they keep the collar ‘n’ elbow. They’re in a deadlock, even on the mat! They roll and roll, then stand up. Jacy pulls hair, gets a waistlock, but Fallon breaks free to switch. Jacy fights the lift, elbows free, then whips. Fallon reverses, elbows, and runs, to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Jacy up! Fallon runs up to CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Fallon whips Jacy to a corner, runs up to ELBOW her, then keeps going. But Kiana takes a swipe!

The fans boo, Fallon is distracted, but Jacy CLOBBERS Fallon from behind! Fallon falls out of the ring, stands up, and Jacy baseball slide dropkicks! Jacy rains down fists, and Kelani has to keep Thea from tearing into everyone on Jacy’s side! Jacy puts Fallon in the ring, runs up, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jacy bumps Fallon off buckles, then middle buckles, then middle buckles again! Jacy whips, Fallon sunset flips! TWO, and Jacy hurries to ELBOW Fallon back down! Jacy is frustrated, and she CLUBS away on Fallon. Jacy clamps on a chinlock, Fallon endures, and Thea & Kelani get the fans rallying.

Fallon fights up, powers Jacy back but Jacy sends her into buckles. Fallon BOOTS Jacy, ROCKS her with haymakers, but then Jacy blocks. So Fallon HEADBUTTS! Fallon DECKS Jacy, CLOBBERS her, then body shots, ELBOWS and CHOPS! Jacy sputters, Fallon KNEE SMASHES her! The fans fire up but again Kiana gets in Fallon’s way! So Thea DIVES out onto Kiana! Izzi goes after Thea, Fallon hits Jacy with the FACEBUSTER! Kelani helps Thea against Izzi & Kiana but then Kiana & Izzi turn that around! So Fallon goes out to ROCK Kiana, ROCK Izzi, and threatens Jazmyn! Fallon hurries back in, but Jacy KNEES her down!! Cover, Jacy wins!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

The Toxic Rockstar just rocked Fallon! The mean girls get away with another one, when will karma catch up to them?

Cameras follow said mean girls backstage, and Jacy says it feels damn good to be back on top! This is why Jacy did all of this! Lowering herself and pretending to be Thea’s friend, as well as liking her pitiful professor and smug classmates? Let’s be real for a second. She was never Thea’s friend. She saved Chase U, made that calendar, all to regain the spotlight that should’ve never been taken from her! And now she’s where she should be: THE Attraction of NXT. Ava Raine says yeah, yeah, cute story, Jacy. Let’s move along, this is live TV. Jacy and crew leave, and then Thea storms in! She wants to get her hands on Jacy so bad!

Fallon and Kelani also protest and Ava tells them all enough! She’s heard them all out, so simple answer: Stand & Deliver, Six Woman Tag! Thea and her team are all fired up, will they get to slap the smug smiles off of Jacy, Kiana & Izzi all at once?

 

Josh Briggs speaks.

“For the last two years, you’ve known me as a tag team competitor. But recently, an absolute legend gave me some good advice.” JBL told him he has great talent, but he also wants Briggs to show NXT who he really is. Briggs’ highlight reel shows just how he followed that advice, and Briggs says that this Saturday, he stands on his own and delivers the fight of his career. The North American Championship is on the line, will the Man of Mayhem overcome BOTH Dijak and Oba Femi?

 

Von Wagner VS Lexis King!

We just heard how The Drama King is calling Von out, so now it’s time to back up all the talk! Will Von avenge Robert Stone’s pride? Or will this just be another crowning achievement for The King?

NXT returns as Von makes his entrance. And he rushes right in to go right at King! Von SPINEBUSTERS right at the bell, and he rains down fists! King kicks Von away, runs up but Von counter punches! Von clotheslines King up and out of the ring! Then he goes out to whip King into barriers! The fans fire up with Von as he storms around, and he keeps King from getting away into the ring! Von RAMS King into the barriers, the fans fire up more, and then Von tosses King back in. But King comes back, only for Von to avoid the elbow drop! Von knees low, bumps King off buckles, then bumps him off more buckles.

Von brings King up to TOSS across the way! King flounders to a corner, Von stomps and throws hands! TH eref counts as Von stomps a mudhole in, but Von lets off at 4. The fans rally as Von goes corner to corner, but King BOOTS back! King goe sup, leaps, but into Von’s arms! Von FALL AWAY SLAMS! The fans fire up while King flounders. Von storms up but King CHOPS! Von CLUBS King, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but King dodges! Von POSTS himself, then King goes out to the apron! KNEE! Von falls back, King storms in, and King stomps away on Von.

King taunts Von, talks trash, then drops elbows! Cover, ONE!! Von shows his toughness but King CLUBS Von! King CLUBS Von again, puts him in a corner, and then uses ropes for leverage as he digs boots in! The ref counts, King lets off at 4, but the fans boo. Von kicks low, but King fires hands and a CHOP! Von CHOPS back! King CHOPS again, and again, then whips. Von reverses but King turns Von for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Von’s still tougher than that, but King clamps on to rain down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The fans rally, King crossface forearms, then he clamps on a chinlock.

Von endures as the fans rally up for him, and he stands up! King becomes a backpack as Von RAMS him into buckles! Von gets free, but then King jumps back on! Von throws King away, coughs and sputters, and King SUPERKICKS! King mule kicks a leg, then says Hail to the King! But he runs into a POWERSLAM! The fans fire up with Von as King staggers around! Von DECKS King, DECKS him again, then whips him to ropes. King KICKS back, but Von just gets mad! King runs, but into a BOOT! Von is all fired up and the fans are with him! Von hauls King up to underhook and BUTTERFLY SLAM!

Von prepares the big hand but King flounders to the apron. Von pursues, but King kicks. Von blocks, choke grips, and APRON CHOKE SLAMS!! King writhes and Von is roaring! Von clears off the desk and the fans fire up again! Booker T & Vic Joseph get their things then move aside. Von drags King up and reels him in, and the fans chant for “TABLE! TABLE!” But King fights the bomb! Von CLUBS King, lifts again, but King DDT COUNTERS! The ring count is 7 of 10! King slides in, he wants those last counts faster! Von stands at 8, hurries in at 9, but King gets him in the ropes! CORONATION!! Cover, King wins!

Winner: Lexis King, by pinfall

One slip-up and it all costs Von! Will King’s ego grow until it’s even bigger than the arena with this win?

 

Ava Raine visits Carmelo Hayes’ room.

Melo’s private security lets her in and she assures Melo that no one is in trouble. But given how heated things are between Melo and Trick, she has told the ref scheduled for their match to be much more lenient and use his discretion, as we must have a winner. Melo likes the sound of that, and Ava says tonight, there are extra refs and security in case things get out of hand. Well, what Melo has to say to Trick, make sure your boys are ready, because his will be. Ava leaves, but can she and Trick really trust… HIM?

 

Natalya talks with Karmen Petrovic backstage.

The Queen of Harts knows the real-life Beatrix Kiddo has this under control, but just watch out for Lola’s kicks. Roxanne Perez walks over and says three months ago, Roxie would’ve listened to Natty’s every word. Oh, really? Yeah, but now, Roxie doesn’t need Natty or any of her former heroes. Roxie heads out and Karmen says Natty shouldn’t worry about her. It’s go time. Karmen helped Natty but it didn’t work out last week. Will Karmen take care of cooling off Latina Heat herself? That match is next!

 

Arianna Grace is backstage.

And she’s already giving Gigi Dolin a bad grade on punctuality. But instead of “Giorgina” arriving, it’s Wren Sinclair. What’re these? Isn’t Wren a “curious little bird?” Arianna lightly slaps Wren’s hands away from the dresses, and says these are some of the finest gowns money can buy, they’re for Giorgina. But Arianna is a little nervous for her trying them on. But Arianna is sure Gigi will look great. Wren says Gigi already looks good the way she is. Aren’t beauty pageants about being who you are and not worrying about fitting in? Wren, are you implying that Arianna is changing Gigi for the worst? Kinda…

Arianna is baffled, astonished and appalled! She can’t even believe she’s saying this, but those are fighting words, Miss Sinclair! What? Arianna is just trying to make the world a better place and Wren just… just…! Arianna is texting Giorgina right now, so these dresses will have to wait! Arianna storms out with the clothing rack, but will she regret losing her cool?

 

Karmen Petrovic w/ Natalya VS Lola Vice!

NXT returns as Karmen makes her entrance, the Queen of Harts by her side. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, Karmen tests the waters with kicks first, but Lola has good defense. Lola then goes in for a leg, but Karmen slips around to waistlock. Lola switches, grabs an arm, ARMBAR! Karmen clasps hands to block, then she stacks, TWO! Lola ducks a kick, Karmen ducks a kick, and the fans cheer the standoff. Karmen shows she can shake her hips like Lola, too! The two tie up, Lola puts Karmen on ropes and KNEES low! Lola gets a leg, trips Karmen, but Karmen kicks free! Lola clinches but Karmen fires forearms!

Lola body shots, then whips! Karmen goes up to SOBAT! Then Karmen spins, to DISCUS LARIAT! That’s very Natty like! Cover, TWO! Karmen clamps onto an arm but Lola endures. Lola fights up, Natty coaches Karmen to keep on her, and Karmen wrenches to wristlock. Lola wrenches to KICK low! Lola shakes out the arm, drags Karmen up and knees low! And again! And again! Karmen falls, Lola tells Natty this is what her little friend gets. Karmen sits up but Lola KICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Lola clamps on with a chinlock and she thrashes Karmen around! Karmen endures, the fans rally up, and Karmen fights to her feet.

Karmen throws elbows, but Lola waistlocks. Karmen pries the hold, throws more elbows, but Lola puts on a full nelson! Karmen claws the hold open, drops and KICKS Lola away! Lola runs back up but into a BOOT! Karmen runs up to KICK, KICK and KICK! Then a wrench and LEG SWEEP! The fans fire up and Karmen aims from the corner. LION’S BARRAGE! Cover, TWO! Lola survives but Karmen fires more forearms. Karmen whips, Lola reverses and URAKENS! Karmen is dazed, and Lola has the legs! Lola steps through, and fans go wild as she steals the SHARPSHOOTER!! Karmen endures, but Lola stares Natty down! Karmen taps, Lola wins!

Winner: Lola Vice, by submission

The Mayor of Vice City shows Natty that she can do it just like a Hart! Will nothing stop Lola from turning up the heat?

 

The SUV continues down the road.

Dragunov wait sin silence as Tony D’s men drive him to “The Selica.” They arrive, and tell Dragunov to go, Tony’s waiting inside. Dragunov exits the SUV, and he carries the NXT Championship with him to the door. The guy waiting there knocks, and the door opens. Dragunov steps inside and sees another guy working with a table saw. Blatant intimidation aside, Dragunov continues on. Another man is working with a nail gun. This guy leads the way further in, and finally, a table set for two. Dragunov takes his seat, and now The Don walks in, accompanied by Stacks, Rizzo and Luca Crusifino. Tony takes his seat, everyone standing around, and we’ll check in a little later…

 

NXT presents an all new Supernova Sessions.

The Meta Four is all here, and Noam Dar says, “Hello, hello, hello! Hear me now! Live from the Moon, welcome to another edition of Supernova Sessions live in the USAAA~! We are one week from Stand & Deliver. Mensah, tell me, who will be standing and delivering all over that show?” Oro says it’s Meta Four, brother! Jakara says yes, they’re the hostesses with the mostesses. Lash says the biggest Stand & Deliver of all time needed the biggest stars in the galaxy, okay? Okay! Correct as always, because that is them. But to tonight’s business! Welcome to the ring, ROXAAANE~ Perez! The fans boo not just Dar’s bad The Police impersonation, but also the Prodigy of bitterness’s entrance.

Roxie joins Meta Four in the ring, is given a mic, and then takes a seat. Dar says “ROXAAANE~,” you were late! Roxie doesn’t care, bring her out here. Rude. But okay. Ladies and gentlemen, their other guest, the NXT Women’s Champion, Lyra Valkyria! The fans cheer the Morrigan but she looks anything but in a good mood. She gets in the ring, glares at Roxie but Roxie just waves and asks about the arm. Meta Four has them all stand down, keep it classy. Let us take a moment to talk about Saturday. Roxie can’t wait! That is the day she gets back the title she never lost. Ugh, here we go again! Just stop, okay? Just stop.

Lyra is so sick of Roxie say the same damn thing over and over and over again! Wanna know why Roxie is NOT NXT Women’s Champion? Uh, because it was taken from her? No, it’s that Indi Hartwell climbed the ladder faster than Roxie. Last year, even! At Stand & Deliver! Roxie had her opportunity to regain the title, and she failed. Oh, but that wasn’t Roxie’s fault, no, she never blamed herself for it. She blamed Indi. Or wait, what about their match at Vengeance Day? Roxie lost that one, too! But that wasn’t her fault either, was it? No, she blamed Lola Vice because she cashed in the Breakout Tournament contract.

But no no no, that was all Lola. That was so unexpected and shocking. Like when Roxie won the title in the first place! Oh, but it isn’t okay when Lola does it? Should Lyra keep going? Roxie says stop talking like you know her, cuz you don’t! Lyra’s been riding high as the number one woman the last six months. She doesn’t know what it is to lose that title. But on Saturday, Roxie will make sure Lyra does. Roxie will knock Lyra off her high horse an dwatch her fall all the way down. Then we’ll see how good that moral compass really is. She’ll learn a champoin is made not after they win a title, but after they lose it.

This is a whole new Roxanne Perez, Lyra, and at Vengeance Day, she probably never could’ve snapped Lyra’s arm the way she did a couple weeks ago. Roxie didn’t have it in her then. But now? Now, Roxie does. And the funny thing is, Lyra thinks all of this broke her? Losing the title broke Roxie? No…! It only made her dangerous. Lyra says okay, still hearing “your title” this and that. Lyra doesn’t remember it being Roxie’s title when Tiffany had it. And it damn sure wasn’t Roxie’s title when Becky had it. But Roxie surely has excuses lined up there. Let’s hear them. No, wait, save it. Because Stand & Deliver will be a fight. Biggest show of the year.

And wanna know the difference between the two of them? While Lyra wins, all Roxie does is b*tch! OHHH~! And then Lyra says after Stand & Deliver, Roxie’s gonna have a lot more to b*tch about. Dar freaks out, but then Roxie gets up. Lyra wants to be seen as the perfect champion, but trust Roxie, there’s no such thing. Not even the great Lyra Valkyria~! But Roxie’s got a whole year of rage built up, and Stand & Deliver is where she lets it all out. Roxie then ROCKS Lyra with a haymaker!! Lyra comes back with a HEEL KCIK!! The fans fire up, as does the Meta Four! Lyra gets Roxie up, to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER through the table!!

The fans are thunderous and Meta Four can’t even! The Morrigan stands over mean little Roxie, but will she do this all again in Philadelphia?

 

Dijak speaks.

“In that ring, I’m the law. A clear stream of justice. And I hand that down with great conviction and reckless abandon! I don’t care who you are, I can break any man!” His highlight reel also shows his dominance. Dijak didn’t come back to make friends. He came to collect championships. Dijak is the superior big man in NXT, and he will prove it!

Oba Femi is watching.

The Ruler tells Josh Briggs and Dijak that at Stand & Deliver, he will show them both why he IS the North American Champion. Then he continues to gorilla to then head for the ring! The man backed by destiny will not waste time talking, he will start showing! Will he toss Joe Gacy like he’s just a shotput? Or will the madman of NXT do the unthinkable?

Oba Femi VS Joe Gacy!

NXT returns and Gacy makes his entrance. But then Shawn Spears attacks from behind with a chair! Spears tells Gacy to laugh now! Spears then backs off as Oba storms out. Oba gets Gacy up, puts him in the ring, and the ref check with Gacy. Gacy says he still wants the match, this is what he came for! Gacy stands, the bell rings, and Gacy fires off haymakers on Oba! Oba hits back, then whips Gacy away to CLUB him in the back! Oba stomps Gacy, drags him up, then ROCKS him again. Oba whips, Gacy KICKS back, then Gacy swings, but into the URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Oba then stomps Gacy around, taking out his anger.

Oba drops an elbow, then drops another elbow! Oba drags Gacy up but Gacy grins as he SLAPS Oba! Oba DECKS Gacy! Oba drags Gacy from ropes, drops another elbow, then makes Gacy look at him. Gacy grabs at Oba but Oba drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Gacy toughs it out and grins as he goes to ropes. Oba throws more hands, then he whips corner to corner hard! Gacy bounces off buckles, falls, and Oba runs in to UPPERCUT! The fans rally behind Oba while Gacy flounders. Oba storms up to whip corner to corner, then runs up to UPPERCUT again! Gacy falls out of the ring but Oba goes after him.

Gacy CHOPS Oba, goes to the apron, and then Gacy runs up, into a CHOP! The fans are thunderous after that gunshot like smack! Gacy writhes into the ring, Oba storms in and he grabs legs. Gacy kicks and kicks and gets free, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS, and haymakers and repeat! Oba shoves Gacy away, runs up, but Gacy ducks to ENZIGIRI! Gacy reels Oba in, for a SAIDO! The fans fire up as Gacy hurries up, goes to ropes, and LIONSAULTS! Gacy keeps moving, handsprings, UPSIDE- NO, Oba scoops, to LAWN DART Gacy off buckles! Then SHOTPUT BOMB! Oba roars and the fans fire up with him!

Oba stalks Gacy, drags him back up, but the ref wants him to back off. The ref checks Gacy, throws up the X, and that’s the end!

Winner: Oba Femi, by referee stoppage

The Ruler’s power was perhaps too much even for Gacy, and Oba is moving on towards Stand & Deliver with momentum. But will he have enough power to throw down two opponents who are very much his equals in size? Or will there be a new champion by the end of the madness?

 

Tatum Paxley finds Lyra backstage.

Tatum asks what that was out there, and Lyra says that was Roxie pushing her to her mental limit, and Lyra had to tap into something else to deal with it. Tatum says okay, but that’s not Lyra. Tatum knows Lyra. Lyra’s the champion, the- Tatum, no time for theories or feedback or whatever. Okay, maybe Lyra is right, but Lyra is willing to do anything to keep this title at Stand & Deliver. Even if it means not being herself. Lyra storms off and Tatum seems concerned. Will the Morrigan bring out her dark side to deal with Roxie’s edge?

 

Arianna Grace VS Wren Sinclair!

We saw Miss Congeniality lose her cool simply talking to the new girl, and now she actually wants to fight when not fighting was the whole crux of her getting on Gigi Dolin’s case. Will Arianna win despite her hypocrisy? Or will she have to learn to lose with grace?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Arianna powers Wren to a corner but Wren powers her way back. Wren waistlocks, Arianna wrenches free, but Wren rolls, wrenches and headlocks back. Wren hits the takeover, the fans duel, and Arianna fights up. Arianna powers out but Wren runs her over. Things speed up, Wren fakes Arianna out on the return to then headlock and hit the takeover again! The fans cheer the exchange, but Arianna fights up. Arianna powers up and puts Wren on ropes. The ref counts, the two break, and Arianna takes time to slow-wave to the fans. Wren makes that into a high-five!

Wren gets around Arianna, but Arianna bucks the O’Conner! Wren trips Arianna, then runs to BULLDOG! Cover, ONE!! Wren clamps onto Arianna, puts her down for another cover, ONE! Wren waistlocks, Arianna fights up, and she powers Wren into a corner. The fans rally, the ref counts, and Arianna breaks free. But then Wren blocks the cheap shot mule kick! Arianna apologizes but Wren spins her, reels her in, and hits a BIG atomic drop! Arianna hobbles around, and Wren DROPKICKS her down! Wren whips, Arianna holds ropes and avoids the dropkick! Arianna bumps Wren off buckles, stomps a mudhole, but stops as the ref counts.

Arianna brings Wren out to SAYANAGI! Then she pushes Wren down to elbow drop! Elbow drop! And then she scrapes her sole off Wren’s face! Arianna gets the legs for the BOSTON CRAB! Arianna sits deep on it but Wren endures! The fans fire up as Wren turns things over, kicks one leg free and then kicks some more! Arianna staggers back, comes back, but misses the elbow drop! Wren rolls Arianna up, ONE!! Arianna trips Wren, has the legs again, but Wren fights the turn! Wren throws Arianna away and fans fire up! Arianna storms up, but Wren CHOPS! Arianna swings, but gets another CHOP!

Wren fires forearms, whips, but Arianna reverses. Wren LARIATS, LARIATS and then ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up as Wren runs, but Arianna avoids the scissor kick! Arianna shoves, Wren CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Wren Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Wren whips Arianna to a corner, runs up, but Arianna avoids the splash! Arianna reels Wren in, O’Conner Bridge, with ropes!! Arianna wins!!

Winner: Arianna Grace, by pinfall

Not very ladylike to win by cheating again, but perhaps that’s exactly what she learned from being a pageant queen… Is Arianna going to make Gigi over in her image one way or another?

 

NXT checks in on Dragunov and The Don.

The tension from earlier continues, but Tony smiles and says thanks for coming. He heard Dragunov had some parking trouble? Don’t worry, he can get it taken care of. Dragunov has to admit, the depths of how far Tony will take things to get the mental edge is impressive. Tony wants Dragunov to understand where he is sitting, and what this means for him. What this place is symbolic of. Dragunov says last week, when the “Consigliere” dropped the invite, Dragunov was shocked by the location, sure. But he did his homework, and in Tony’s world, this is a very scary place. Damn right it is! This place doesn’t represent the end of Dragunov. Yet.

This dinner here represents the end of Dragunov’s title reign. Oh, Tony, Tony, Tony… Many a man have said this before, but on one so far has been able to do it. Well Tony ain’t anybody! He’s The Don of NXT! And if you think what Tony’s done up to this point is impressive, than this Saturday, he makes it look like child’s play. Like what? Tony said it himself, Dragunov is unbreakable! So Dragunov gives Tony his respect as a force in NXT, as The Don. But this is Ilja Dragunov, and nothing will stop him from leaving Stand & Deliver as THE NXT Champion. Dragunov grips the table, but Tony grips the wounded hand!

Tony asks if Dragunov sees the faces of these “mooks” around him. Their eyes. They’re just ready to pounce. Tony could’ve taken Dragunov out at any moment, or even right now. But Tony lets off the hand and says he won’t. He’ll do it while the whole world is watching this Saturday. Tony will break the unbreakable, and The Don will leave Stand & Deliver the NXT Champion. Tony tells Dragunov it’s nothing person, it’s just business. Tony snaps his fingers, and dinner is served. Tony tells Dragunov to enjoy his last supper. Tony and his crew leave, but will he be eating his words in Philadelphia?

 

Sol Ruca VS Blair Davenport!

This showdown has been a long time coming! Another of Blair Davenport’s ambush victims wants revenge, but will she have it? Or must everyone still beware of Blair?

NXT returns as Blair makes her entrance. The bell rings and Blair SHOTGUNS first! Sol ends up in a corner, Blair UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Sol stops herself, ELBOWS back, then kicks low. Sol UPPERCUTS, trips Blair, and handsprings over to then SUPERKICK! Blair flounders, Sol whips her to a corner, but Blair reverses. Sol goes up and over, arm-drags Blair, then has the cording hold! The fans cheer but Blair fights up. Sol wrenches, wristlocks then straight arm levers! Sol carries Blair around to then SLAM her down! Sol rolls, then drops a knee into the short arm scissor!

Sol pushes up, Blair keeps her shoulders up, but Sol shifts to have the wristlock again. Blair fights up, Sol wrenches, but Blair ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Blair whips, Sol reverses and fireman’s carries! Sol DROPS Blair, then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sol keeps on Blair with a facelock, but Blair kicks the bad leg! Blair whips., then hip tosses, but Sol handsprings through to FACEBUSTER! Sol DROPKICKS Blair against ropes, then clotheslines her up and out! The fans cheer, Sol goes to the apron, but Blair takes a swipe! Sol handsprings and handstands to dodge! Then handsprings again, to PENALTY KICK!

The fans rally, Solo runs up, but Blair sends her into steel steps! Blair then gets that bad leg, SHIN BREAKER on the steps! Sol writhes, Blair soaks up the heat, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Blair drags Sol up, puts her in the ring, and then reels her in for another SHIN BREAKER! Sol writhes and clutches the leg, but Blair puts it on ropes to dig her boots in! Then she STOMPS the leg! The ref reprimands, Sol writhes, but Blair brings her up. Blair snapmares Sol into ropes! Blair YANKS the bad leg, then pushes Sol to a cover, TWO! Sol toughs it out but Blair drags her from ropes. Blair has the leg, and SMASHES the knee on the mat! Blair kicks Sol around but Sol throws body shots. Blair drags Sol around, hooks the bad leg up, and SNAP LOCKS it! Blair puts pressure on the leg, then stands up again for another SNAP LOCK!

Sol endures, but Blair stands up again. Blair pulls Sol’s hair to keep her from ropes! The ref reprimands, so Blair lets off to drop an elbow on the knee! Sol tries to chinlock but Blair shrugs her off. Blair stomps and YANKS the leg, then steps over. But sol BOOTS Blair into buckles! Sol rolls Blair up, TWO! Blair reels Sol in, SHIN- NO, Sol sunset flips! TWO! Blair gets up, gets the leg, but Sol throws hands! Blair hits Sol back, and NXT returns to single picture. The slapping palm strikes continue, but then Blair ducks the enzigiri! Blair then has the leg, but Sol uses the lift to handspring up and PELE! The fans fire up while both women are down!

Sol crawls her way to ropes, but Blair storms up. Sol throws body shots, but Blair ROCKS Sol with a forearm! Sol ELBOWS, Blair ROCKS her again! The forearms fly, but then Blair sweeps the leg! No mercy in this dojo! Blair runs, but Solo runs her over! And runs her over again! Then a one-leg springboard to SHOULDER TACKLE! Sol hobbles over, brings Blair up and whips, but Blair reverses. Sol barely makes it back and Blair kicks the legs out! Blair then drags Sol up, reels her in, but sol fights the suplex! Sol suplexes Blair and they both go up and out to the floor!! Both women are down on the outside while fans fire up!

The ring count starts as both women stir. Sol stands at 3 of 10, pushes Blair in at 4, then hurries up. Blair runs up but Solo ROCKS her! And DECKS her! Sol shakes the bad leg out, ONE LEG SPRINGBOARD SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Blair survives and Sol is beside herself! Sol drags Blair back up, reels her in, suplexes, but Blair slips free to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives and the fans fire up! Blair grows frustrated, then she drags Sol up. But Sol wrenches and drop toeholds Blair into buckles! Sol runs up, Blair puts her on the apron, but Sol HOTSHOTS Blair back! Sol then goes up the corner, aims and CARTWHEEL DDTS!! Cover, TWO!?!

Sol can’t believe Blair survived but Sol goes up and up and SOL- NO, Blair snatches Sol first! Blair then drags Sol up to suplex, FALCON ARROW! And then, KAMI- ROLLUP!! Sol wins!!!

Winner: Sol Ruca, by pinfall

Blair’s soul may not have been snatched, but Sol still takes the win! Will nothing stop the surfer from riding a wave of momentum to the top of the NXT Women’s Division?

 

Dijak finds Briggs backstage.

They both saw what Oba did to Gacy. But that ain’t happening to Briggs, he’s taking that title. The hell he is, Dijak’s the one winning. Oba finds them both and tells them neither of them will become champion. HE will remain! Oba holds up the belt now, but will he still be holding it after all these big meaty men are done slapping meat?

 

Ava Raine is in her office.

She doesn’t wanna toot her own horn, but this Stand & Deliver card is looking pretty good. And then Joe Gacy quite literally crawls his way into her office, claiming he is okay. Spears, his chair, then Oba. Gacy wants Spears on Saturday! He’s okay! Well, okay, why not? Spears VS Gacy on the Countdown Show, this Saturday! Gacy smiles, is he going to make The Chair Man wish he stayed in the back tonight?

 

Carmelo Hayes heads to the ring.

The final face-to-face between what was Trick Melo Gang is about to begin, and all the security is ready. Trick makes his entrance second, but the fans fire up for him, unlike HIM. Trick gets a mic and Melo takes off the sunglasses. Trick says, “Here we are, face to face. I guess we should both be happy. We main eventing the biggest show of the year. But it wasn’t supposed to be like this. Trick Melo Gang built a bond so strong that the whole world had to take notice. Trick Melo Gang built a bond so strong, you and me, the first two Black men to main event a PLE on WrestleMania Weekend ever.” The fans cheer that!

And as much as Trick wants to be excited about that, he is having a hard time because… He’s going to war with the man he used to call brother. Melo says when you put it like that, he’s gotta admit, Trick came a long way. A long way from that dark match on SmackDown in Virginia, Trick’s third match ever. Trick admits, he was nervous that night. He didn’t know if he belonged. But he looked to his side, and his brother was there for him. Melo remembers that. And it was like that. But one thing Trick’s gotta realize, at one point it was Melo & Trick against the world. Now, at Stand & Deliver, it’s Melo VS Trick. And the world will be watching.

Just like they watched Trick ruin everything! Trick says nah, dog! That was Melo. Oh, Melo ruined it? Of course he ruined it! When the “hero” gets to tell the story. But Melo will put this into perspective. Imagine these championships were like their girlfriends. Melo lost the NXT Championship, Trick lost the North American Championship, and Trick wanted to get the NA title back. But then Trick went behind Melo’s back and tried to take Melo’s girl, the NXT Title, knowing damn well Melo was trying to get her back. Is that what brothers do? Make that make sense, Trick!

Because the look of shock on Melo’s face when Trick got himself added to the #1 contender’s match, do you know what that look was? That was Melo realizing that at the drop of a beat, Trick went from brother to enemy! Trick says if that’s how Melo wants to tell it, fine. But they both know that’s not how things went down. Trick started to blow up, Melo knew it, Trick knew it. Trick came to Melo, asked Melo, and saw him face to face and said he wanted to take a chance on himself. Melo said he was happy for Trick. In fact, he said he did the same thing to get his career jumping. And now Melo wants to pull this with Trick?

Melo admits, he said that and meant that. He was paving a way the whole time! But Trick… Trick wanted to believe all the hype, listening to all the people, them telling Trick he was ready for a position that wasn’t open to him yet. That whole time, that position was Melo’s and it’s still his. It doesn’t matter if Melo has a title or not, at the end of the day, Trick’s always gonna take a back seat to him. Everyone knows it, and Trick needs to know it. Trick says those days are long gone. Melo chuckles and says Trick used to be so humble. What happened to him? But Melo gets it, he does. Trick’s been hot for six months! Congrats! You did it! Melo’s been hot for three YEARS!

And to break it down like this, and really listen to this, the fans love you when you’re shining, when you’re on the rise. But when it’s the next guy’s turn, they switch you like Nintendo. Quote that! Oh, now it makes sense. Trick sees that this is what it’s all been about. This is what Melo’s mad about. Trick knows Melo better than anybody, and so Trick knows that Melo is envious. Melo is jealous that the fans love Trick Willy and it’s all over his face. Melo says it could be so simple. Envious of what? What the people think? At Stand & Deliver, these people won’t be in the ring with Trick, Melo will! And the people can’t help Trick!

Melo and Trick will be in that ring, and Trick learns the hard way why Melo’s been on top for so long, why he’s the man, why they call him HIM, and why it is that when Melo shoots, Melo Don’t Miss! Nah, Melo, you learned the hard way that Trick’s the one to knock you off the hill! That Trick’s the man around here now! And if Melo didn’t learn it by now, he’ll learn it at Stand & Deliver when everybody in Philly is chanting “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” And then Trick will whoop that ass! Melo makes a move, a guard gets in the way, so Melo DECKS the guard! Then Melo’s security moves forward so Trick DECKS one of them!

The fans fire up as the brawl is own between Trick and Melo, the guards doing what they can but getting hit by haymakers, too! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” Melo and Trick start tossing bodies, and then it’s just the two of them! They fire off hands, so now superstars have to rush out here! The fans still want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but this will just have to wait until the main event of Stand & Deliver! Will the City of Brotherly Love see these former brothers tear each other apart? What will be left of them after it’s all said and done?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here as a go-home episode, but it felt like it dragged on by the end just to make sure there was time for the final segment. Trick and Melo had a good closing face to face, but the brawl wasn’t quite as wild as expected. I’m still leaning towards Trick winning to send Melo off to SmackDown, and it will be a great moment and match all the same. Dragunov and Tony D had good throughline story tonight, and for a moment, I was thinking Dragunov was going to relate things about his childhood as a Russian boy in a German neighborhood to show the Italian American he knows nothing of intimidation. But Tony still seems to have the edge, so the math is certainly favoring Dragunov winning out, provided Tony doesn’t cheat.

Great move with the Triple Threat tag opening, as it was just awesome, but I did not think Axiom & Frazer were winning. Or perhaps, I just wasn’t expecting Good Brothers to lose. But I suppose if Gallows & Anderson were facing Bron & Corbin, it was a bit obvious to say Bron & Corbin were winning. Now with it being Axiom & Frazer, the match really can go either way. Bron still has to end up on SmackDown full time, so the titles could go to Axiom & Frazer, allowing them to lead the way for the Tag Division into the Summer and Heatwave in Toronto. There are plenty of teams waiting for their chance, so there’d be no shortage of feuds to book.

Really good match from Sol VS Blair to be our main event match, and really good quick pin win for Sol. I feel like with the rest of Blair’s “victims” still on the shelf, or back on the shelf in the case of Nikkita Lyons, the story of Sol and Blair really should continue from here so there can be a definitive winner. Really good match from Arianna VS Wren to keep Arianna’s momentum up without Gigi being part of tonight’s promo. And a good match from Lola VS Karmen but perhaps too quick to really give us a feel for it. Lola winning using Natty’s move makes it feel like there’s going to be a rematch with Natty but isn’t this supposed to be about Lola and Karmen?

Good promo from Lexis King and good match with Von but I’m not sure what the endgame of the story is now. Stone didn’t show up, King only won with an opportunistic finisher, but I suppose a promo next week could get things moving. Good promos from Dijak and Briggs, and even from Oba. Spears attacking Gacy was fitting of their story and set up their match for Stand & Deliver, but hard to say if Gacy was legit rocked during the match with Oba that called it off. Gacy’s match is in the kickoff show so if he’s not okay by Saturday morning, they can probably call it off and nothing is affected necessarily, but here’s hoping Gacy really is just fine.

Great stuff with Fallon VS Jacy helping cue up the Six Woman Tag, and that will be a really good match. Jacy won here, had a promo putting herself over, so I would hope the Faces win at Stand & Deliver. And then great stuff with the NXT Women’s Championship story. Good Supernova Sessions, with Lyra really showing some edge of her own as she tells Roxie to shut up about the past and just accept she lost fair and square. Great spot of Lyra putting Roxie through a table, and Tatum being unsure about edgy Lyra is an interesting detail. Tatum made sure Lyra won last time, is she going to end up being why Lyra loses this time? I still feel like Roxie’s primed for her call-up, same as Melo and Bron, so maybe Tatum waits to turn on Lyra until after Lyra retains the title.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

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

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

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

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

 

Rhea returns backstage.

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

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

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

 

Triple H is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

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

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

 

Raw shares an interview from before the show.

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

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

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

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

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

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

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

 

Jey Uso VS Finn Balor!

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

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

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

 


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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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