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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/1/24)

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Monday Night Raw… ACKNOWLEDGE THEM!

The last Raw before WrestleMania may be April 1st, but this is serious business! The Rock AND Roman Reigns are in Brooklyn tonight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: The Judgment Day VS The New Day & #DIY; Judgment Day wins.
  • Sami Zayn VS Bronson Reed; Sami wins, by disqualification.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri; Ivy & Maxxine win.
  • Ricochet VS Ivar; Ricochet wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Damage CTRL VS Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark & Tegan Nox; DMG CTRL wins.
  • Bloodline Rules: Seth Rollins VS Solo Sikoa w/ The Bloodline; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

The first hour of tonight’s Raw is commercial free!

 

The Rock is here!

The Barclays Center fires up as the lightning strikes and The Final Boss struts his way down to the ring, bringing back the cowhide vest. The Rock goes into the ring, poses on the corner, and the fans cheer. The Rock then goes across the way to pose on the other corner. Brooklyn chants “ROCKY! ROCKY!” as The Rock catches a mic. The boos start coming in now as The Rock stands under the spotlight. The Rock revels in the cheers and the jeers, then says, “I made that boy bleed. The Rock took his hands and he wrapped it around that little head, and I rammed that boy’s head into that bus, and I split his head wide open. And there was blood all over The Rock’s hands!

“And just as promised, The Rock took his blood, and wiped it on that belt. And now the only thig missing from that belt is the tears of Mama Rhodes.” The fans are again torn, but The Rock continues. The Rock is a man of his words, he whispered to Cody and said he would make Cody bleed, and that is what The Rock did. And ALLLL~ the Cody Crybabies did not like that! All the Cody Crybabies around the world were so upset that The Rock made their hero bleed! Any crybabies here tonight? There are plenty of fans that speak up, but still plenty more that cheer on The Rock. The Cody Crybabies didn’t like it but The Rock laughed.

The Rock laughed at grown adults crying about the whooping The Rock put on Cody that he said he would, like Cody was just a dog. Now there are some reactions The Rock saw that stopped him in his tracks. Here’s the footage. The Rock cues up a video of a little girl watching Raw last week and getting upset. She vowed she’d never watch Raw again until Rock went away! Same for another girl on TikTok, thinking Cody died. Brooklyn is again torn over the childhood trauma The Rock caused. “Now as you see, stuff like that, it breaks The Rock’s heart. Just like I know that it breaks your hearts, too. Like a lot of you, you got little ones at home, Rock’s got little ones at home, too.

“The Rock is a proud three-time Girl Dad. So when I see our little ones crying like that, it breaks my heart. However… To those mommies and daddies of all those little kids who were crying, The Rock wants you to take your little kids right now, put ’em in front of the TV, right now! Because Uncle Rock is gonna drop some gospel on ya. Uncle Rock and everyone here tonight, little boys and little girls, here’s the deal: There are moments in life where a man has got to do what a man has got to do. And there are moments in life where we gotta do what we gotta do. And there are moments in life where people stick their nose in business that it doesn’t belong.

“There are moments in life where people talk SH*T when they shouldn’t be talking sh*t! And that is exactly what Cody Rhodes did! So there are moments in life like now where The Rock has just gotta beat that punk ass down over and over and over again!” Again the fans are torn on that. The Rock asks if Brooklyn feels that. What they’re feeling is the energy, the mana, because right now, professional wrestling is cool. Right now, the ratings have skyrocketed because of The Rock. Right now, tonight, you have set a record for the largest gate in the history of Raw ever, congratulations! Brooklyn cheers themselves for that.

And The Rock says there is one reason why: FINALLY…! Blood was shed. Finally, we are five days out from Mania. And finally, The Final Boss has come back to Brooklyn! The fans cheer that, and The Rock tells Brooklyn that he didn’t come alone. Because now, Roman Reigns makes his entrance! He leads the way for Paul Heyman, Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa, then holds up the Universal Championship for the pyro. This is Day 1,310 with just six more until Roman defends the title against Cody Rhodes. The Bloodline joins The Rock in the ring and those who cheered The Rock also put up the ones as we get the second round of pyro.

Heyman is handed the title and hands Roman a mic. Roman tells Brooklyn, New York, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME.” The ones go back up, and Roman continues by saying, “Now if you’ve seen my A&E bio last night, then you already know this. But if you look at my hoody, then you’ll clearly understand that it’s Family Above All. And that’s how I’ve always felt, that’s how I’ve always operated, and I wouldn’t come to Raw for no reason. No, no, no. I came here to acknowledge my family.” The fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” for Jey Uso but Roman says NO yeet! And if you continue to yeet, Roman will just leave. So the yeet continues!

Roman apologizes for the idiots distracting him, he is just trying to do some business here. And he’s trying to put his family over, so please, shut your mouths! Roman wants to take this opportunity to thank his cousin, The Rock, because to be completely transparent, this will be the easiest Mania of Roman’s life! A tag team match to determine the stipulation for Sunday night, c’mon! They’re gonna SMASH those fools! And then Bloodline Rules and that means they’ll have their way with Cody! And for that, thank you, Rock. But that’s not all! Rock went above and beyond as usual, and he made that boy bleed.

If you didn’t see it yourself, you saw it all over the internet. The Rock whooped Cody, not because Roman need it, but damn was it good to see it. And for that, thank you, Rock. Rock put his family above all, just like Roman, and that sets an example only The Final Boss can set. That is how you lead! Cody, you’re not fit for these shoes, for this role, you’re just lucky to be here! When The Bloodline was making this cool again back in 2020, Cody was off somewhere else doing a whole lotta nothing. Then he saw what The Tribal Chief was doing and was like, “I need to be a part of that!” The Bloodline was nice, they allowed Cody back, but enough is enough.

The Bloodline cannot allow Cody to knock Roman off the top of the mountain. Roman’s children cannot afford Cody doing that. The Usos’ kids can’t have that. The Final Boss’ kids can’t have that! This is THEIR mountain! THEY run this! And on Sunday… It ain’t ever gonna be more crystal clear- “BURN IT DOWN~!” Seth Rollins is here! The Bloodline is already upset, but where is Rollins? He’s coming down through the crowd! Rollins has the mic as he waves to Roman from their old hangout spot. The fans sing “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” and Rollins revels in it a moment before speaking.

“Now, if you two idiots think I’m walking into that ambush after what you pulled on Cody Rhodes last week, then you are even stupider than I thought you were! You wanna pull that crap on me? Then you gotta come on up here and fight the whole city of Brooklyn!” The fans like that idea! Rollins says last week, The Bloodline crossed the line. So the time for talk is over! He is ready for a fight! Roman chuckles at that but Rollins doesn’t mean five days from now, no! He wants to fight TONIGHT! The fans really like that idea! So here’s what Rollins is thinking. Biggest Mania of all time, so tonight in Brooklyn, biggest Raw of all time!

Rollins thinks that Brooklyn deserves the biggest Raw main event of all time! So… you think this is all here because of you, right? You think you’re responsible for all of these people filing into this building tonight? How about you put your money where your mouth is? How about tonight, in the main event, it’s Seth Freakin’ Rollins VS The Final Boss, THE ROCK!!” The fans REALLY like that idea! Or maybe ol’ DJ ain’t got the balls? BUT! His cousin, The Tribal Chief, he might have grown a set the last few years, who knows. So if The Rock won’t, then Rollins will be more than happy to take on Roman Reigns!

Rollins will leave it up to them! Who fights the real champ? They can even name the stipulation! A cage, Bloodline rules, ladder match, First Blood since that’s Rock’s thing. But who’s got the balls? Rollins grins as fans chant for Rock. The Rock raises his mic and points at Rollins. The Rock will tell that punk something right now. Rollins comes out here, runs his mouth, challenges Rock and Roman, the most dominant Universal Champion in the history of the WWE, challenge the Final Boss, but did he not see what Rock did to his partner? Beat his brain in and gave him brain damage! Rollins doesn’t want none of that! Not at Mania, and not tonight!

Rollins ain’t fighting The Rock, or Roman Reigns. The fans boo that idea, but The Rock says they can sit there, shut their mouths and enjoy the ride he’s taking them on! Rollins is a tough, crazy SOB and The Rock knows it. Bu the ain’t fighting them tonight. But they’ve always got a plan. Fans now chant “ROCKY SUCKS!” Rock looks to Roman, Roman nods and looks to The Enforcer. Solo Sikoa steps up with mic in hand to say, “Yo, Seth. You ain’t fighting The Tribal Chief tonight. You not fighting The Final Boss tonight, either. You’re fighting ME tonight.” The fans still boo but Rollins says it turns out Solo’s got the biggest sack in the Bloodline. “You’re on.”

The Rock tells us that it will be Rollins VS Solo on the biggest Raw of all time, leading into the biggest Mania of all time. But here’s the thing: It’s BLOODLINE RULES. See you later, boy. The Visionary did give The Rock the upper hand, but will he be able to turn things around and still win the biggest Raw main event ever?

 

Rhea Ripley was on The MMA Hour.

She was with Ariel Helwani to talk about their Mania showdown, but Becky Lynch called in. The Man asked if Mami needs attention, she’s right here! Like, in the building! Becky was let in, then got right in Rhea’s face. The arguing from last week continued in the studio, but security pulled Becky back so things wouldn’t get physical.

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Cathy Kelley is with The Man to discuss that confrontation. Would she care to comment on that? Becky says she’s here to finish what she started. She’ll go to the ring later tonight, if Rhea cares to answer the call. Becky storms off, is this already heated Raw going to hit The Big Time before it’s all over?

 

8 Man Tag: The Judgment Day VS The New Day & #DIY!

Finn Balor, Damian Priest, JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio attacked Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano last week in hopes of improving the odds in WrestleMania’s Six Pack Ladder Match. However, that only united their enemies against them! Can the Prince, the Punisher, the Ace and the Prodigal Son still make it through to this weekend? Or will this be where the tables turn?

But the moment the Judgment Day is ringside, they’re all blasted off the apron! Then DIY and New Day coordinate, QUADRUPLE PLANCHAS! The fans fire up as all of Judgment Day falls over! Gargano puts Finn in, the bell rings, but Finn kicks back! Finn throws hands, bumps Gargano off buckles then fires off fists! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and he tags Dom. Dom runs up to BLAST New Day, then he comes back so he can mug Gargano. Dom snap suplexes Gargano for Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! But Gargano fights off the third, so Dom tags Finn. Gargano suplexes Dom then avoids Finn’s elbow drop! Dom runs up, Gargano TOSSES him, but Finn and Gargano DOUBLE LARIAT!

Both men are down and the fans rally up. Finn and Gargano crawl, hot tags to McDonagh and Ciampa! Ciampa CLOBBERS JD, BLASTS Priest, then fires off on McDonagh! Ciampa CHOPS, ROCKS then whips, but JD reverses. Ciampa CLOBBERS JD, then CLBOBERS Dom! Ciampa keeps moving, he clotheslines JD in one corner, then clotheslines Dom in another! Ciampa keeps going, another clothesline for JD, and another for Dom! Kofi tags in before Ciampa clotheslines JD again! Dom & JD run up but Ciampa dodges to then DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans fire up and Ciampa scares off Finn! But Priest SUPERKICKS Ciampa! Kofi is up top to FLYING AX HANDLE Priest!

Kofi BLASTS Finn, dodges JD then LEAP- BOOT from JD! JD whips, Kofi goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this but Kofi SUPERKICKS Priest! Kofi has the fans behind him as he brings JD up. JD cradle counters, TWO! Tag to Woods, Kofi GAMANGIRIS JD and Woods steps in to TORNADO DDT! Kofi goes up top to SUPER TRUST FALL on Finn! Woods fires up and reels JD in, for a BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Cover, Dom breaks it! Fans boo but Ciampa runs in! Dom dodges to drop toehold! Dom dials it up, but Ciampa blocks the 619! Gargano BOOTS Dom down! Gargano runs, Ciampa holds the way open, Gargano DIVES!

Direct hit and the desk is part of it! Woods aims at JD, mule kick and reel in, for a POWER- NO, JD slips free, ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPANISH FLY! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Woods and JD crawl, reach out, hot tags to Ciampa and Priest! Ciampa fires off CHOPS and forearms all over, but Priest shoves him! Ciampa dodges to BOOT Priest! Ciampa then brings the kneepad down, runs up, but into a LARIAT! But Kofi is up top! Kofi leaps, but into Priest’s grip! Gargano is back but Priest BOOTS him! CHOKE SLAM for Kofi, then Priest gets Ciampa! Canadian Rack, for the RAZOR’S EDGE! Cover, Judgment Day wins!

Winners: Judgment Day, by pinfall

Senor Money in the Bank cleans up for the team, and they’re all rolling into WrestleMania! Will Priest & Finn be able to keep all their belts when they have to bring all the belts down to win? Or will they be anything but Undisputed in the end?

 

The Bloodline is backstage.

The Rock and Roman watch as Solo prepares his mind. Solo’s ready, they’ve got this on lock. Roman should get outta here. Rock says yeah, that’s fine. Where’s Roman going? He’s gotta write the speech. Oh, right, for The Wise Man. Someone’s gotta induct him. Hall of Fame! Hit Roman up if you need anything. Heyman says that for anyone watching who don’t understand, Roman Reigns is going to induct The Wise Man into the Hall of Fame this Friday. Heyman kisses The Rock’s hand and thanks him before heading out. Will The Final Boss be able to handle this without The Tribal Chief?

 

Sami Zayn and Chad Gable went to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

Sami appreciates Gable helping him train. Is Sami ready to change his approach? Yeah. Let’s do this. They study film of Gunther as Gable says this could very well be the hardest match in Sami’s entire life. All this power game can be avoided if you can grab a leg. Watch for that chance. Gable also puts Sami through drills to hit his limit and then push past it. Faster, faster, faster! Harder! Keep going! Sami is definitely tired, and then Gable adds on with a sleeper of his own! Sami taps, and then gets mad at Gable. What was that!? Gable says Gunther’s not gonna care if you’re tired. Run it again. No, not again!

Sami doesn’t know what Gable is doing running him into the ground this close to the big match! Does Gable really think Sami’s not good enough? Gable says no, Sami is BETTER than good enough. Sami main-evented Mania last year, but that’s when he had the hunger. The hunger is gone now! Gable wants to bring that back out, but Sami won’t let it out. What is holding Sami back? Sami says he’s not holding back but Gable begs to differ. What is it, Sami? What is it? Sami admits, he’s afraid! Is that what Gable wanted to hear? Sami’s afraid of letting people down, of letting himself down! Everyone who has believed in him!

Sami doesn’t want to see his wife’s disappointed face, or his son crying! Just like Gable’s daughter. Gable gets that, right? Right? Gable says he gets it better than anyone. And yet he still told Sami he couldn’t win? That wasn’t Gable saying what Sami wanted to hear, he was telling Sami what he needed to hear. Sami is at his best when people are doubting him, so find that hunger and prove them all wrong, together. Sami nods, and the training continues. Find the fighter, the fire, the edge, and bring it out! Sami goes through the drills again and again, and then even one more time after that! Gable says that’s the fire!

And when Gable tries his surprise, Sami is ready this time! They hug it out, but will all of this training truly forge Sami into the fighter that can beat Gunther? Guess we’ll see after tonight’s colossal rematch!

 

The Judgment Day regroups at the clubhouse.

Rhea says they really are ready for WrestleMania. Priest says they saw how it went down on The MMA Hour, is Rhea all good? Yeah, she’s good, she just has Becky’s attention. And then hey, Legado’s here! Dom welcomes Santos Escobar, Elektra Lopez, Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo in, to the surprise of the rest. Priest pulls Dom over and says they gave Dom their blessing for the Mania match, but this? This is too much. Cut the crap. Priest is gonna go make a call. Rhea scolds Dom and Dom wants her to tell Priest not to be so angry. Fine, she’ll talk with Priest. But remember, they need to get this communication thing right, okay?

Dom says yeah, he knows. Rhea tells him he can have his friends here. Dom introduces everyone, Santos thanks them for having him. How about they play darts? Dom hands Santos the darts and Santos takes aim. Just what is going on with The Prodigal Son these days?

 

Sami Zayn VS Bronson Reed!

Raw returns as Auszilla makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Bronson eggs Sami on since he wanted this rematch. The tie up, Bronson shoves Sami away, then flexes. Sami runs up to fire forearms! The fans fire up as Sami COHPS, but Bronson shoves Sami again. Sami returns, gets around and waistlocks, but Bronson backs him up! Sami uses that to send Bronson into buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bronson TOSES Sami to the corner, runs up, but Sami dodges to CHPO, CHOP and CHOP! Sami climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans count along, but Bronson stops this at seven! Bronson throws Sami away, kicks low, then brings him up.

Bronson whips, Sami ducks ‘n’ dodges to then sunset flip! Bronson stays up, but Sami avoids the hip drop! Crucifix pin, TWO! Sami fires off body shots on Bronson, then LARIATS! Bronson stays up, Sami runs, but Bronson CLOBBERS him! Bronson eggs Sami on again, then brings him up. The fans sing “OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~!” but Bronson CHOPS Sami down! Bronson stands Sami up, CHOPS again, then whips Sami to ropes. Sami goes up and over then clotheslines Bronson up and out! The fans fire up as Sami builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Bronson! The fans fire up with Sami as he stands!

Sami puts Bronson in the ring, goes up and LEAPS, but Bronson catches him! Bronson RAMS Sami into buckles, then hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Gable is watching backstage, coaching Sami though he can’t hear him. Bronson throws hands, then whips Sami to the corner. Bronson runs up but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up and up and AX HANDLES! Bronson drops to a knee so Sami goes up the other corner, AX HANDLE! Sami goes up again, AX HAN- NO, URENAGE and ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Sami survives and Bronson grows frustrated. Bronson puts Sami up top then ROCKS him!

Bronson climbs up after Sami, fireman’s carries, but Sami fights and flails! Sami shifts to SUPER SUNSET FLIP BOMB! Cover, TWO! Bronson survives and Sami thinks what he has to do. The fans fire up as Sami waits. Sami kicks low, and tries to fireman’s carry!? Bronson’s too big! Sami almost has Bronson up, but Bronson slips free, fireman’s carries Sami, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and frustrates Bronson, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bronson sits Sami up to CLUB him in the chest again and again and again! Then he HEADBUTTS Sami down! Sami sits up and shakes his head! The fans rally, Bronson has Sami on ropes and ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Sami staggers, Bronson reels him in, but Sami fights the lift! Sami wrenches, knuckle locks, then CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Bronson survives and now Sami is frustrated, but the fans rally again. Sami brings Bronson up, but Bronson RAMS him into a corner! Bronson runs in, into a clinch!

Sami tries but Bronson’s too big for the exploder! Bronson elbows Sami, reels him in, ANARCH SUPLEX, to a SENTON! Bronson says this is it, and he goes up top! The fans freak out, but Sami rises! Sami ROCKS Bronson, then he climbs up! Bronson fights Sami off and Sami falls! Bronson adjusts and takes aim again, TSUNAMI FLOPS!! Sami avoids disaster and the fans fire up! Bronson is in the corner, Sami goes corner to corner, but oh no! Gunther drags Gable out here by a leg!! The fans boo as Der Ring General beat up on Coach Gable just to get at Sami! Sami runs up the ramp but Gunther gets away, so Sami checks on Gable,

Sami looks around for medical help, but Gunther BOOTS Sami down!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by disqualification

Gunther just gave Sami the match but then he continues to give Sami a beating! Sami is sent into the LED wall, then Gunther LARIATS Sami down! The fans boo as Gunther CHOPS Sami, then talks trash! Gunther brings Sami up to SLAP him down! Gunther rains down forearms on Sami, talks more trash, then says the games are over! Gunther hauls Sami up to BOOT him back down! Gunther tells Sami to stop dreaming! Gunther drags Sami up again, and CHOPS him! Sami wobbles, so Gunther CHOPS him down! Gunther holds the Intercontinental Championship up high while standing on Sami, is this going to be how it happens in Philadelphia? Or will it end up worse?

Wait, Sami is still moving? Sami kicks and flails and rises up, and that upsets Gunther! Brooklyn cheers Sami on as he makes it to his feet! So Gunther BELT SHOTS Sami down!! Gunther scowls as he leaves, is he going to snuff out that fire inside Sami one way or another?

 

Jey Uso is backstage.

Main Event Jey is hyped, because he finds Lil’ Wayne! They say hey, and Jey says if Wayne is free next weekend, come to Philly, Uce. WrestleMania 40, Jey gonna whoop his brother’s ass, Uce, what you say? Lil’ Wayne says yeah, he’s coming. Say less, Uce! YEET! See you there! WrestleMania, you already know.

 

Damage CTRL is here.

Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Asuka & Kairi had a rough Friday Night SmackDown, but they’re looking to redeem themselves on Raw. They’ll be in action tonight, will the Evil Genius and her cohorts prove they’re still in control?

 

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

The Poison Pixie continues to get more and more toxic, and #IndiWrestling isn’t sure what to do about it. But the Diamond Pitbull and Alpha Queen have an idea: beat Candice up! Will they get payback on the pixie? Or will Candice have a new way to tear them down and take the win?

The teams sort out, Candice starts against Ivy and they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Candice pulls hair! Ivy puts Candice in a corner, but then Candice uses ropes as a defense! The ref counts, Ivy backs off, and Candice hurries away to tag Indi. Indi and Ivy tie up, Ivy wrenches an arm to a wristlock then steps over to wrangle Indi to a cover. TWO, but Ivy keeps on Indi with a wrench, YANK, and then she tags in Maxxine. Maxxine goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Maxxine wrenches but Indi scoops to SLAM! Indi drags Maxxine up, wrenches, then tags in Candice. Candice throws Maxxine by her hair!

Candice CLUBS Maxxine down, then grins as she looms over her. Candice bumps Maxxine off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in. The ref counts, Candice sits Maxxine down to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Candice lets off to flex on Ivy, then she goes back for Maxxine. But Maxxine cradle counters, TWO! Candice DECKS Maxxine, HAMMERS away on her, then covers, TWO! Candice is annoyed but she CLUBS Maxxine again. Cover, TWO! Candice brings Maxxine over, CHOPS her, then taunts Ivy. Candice runs in but Maxxine moves! Candice only gets buckles, Indi tags in! Indi drags Maxxine back but Maxxine BOOTS her, tag to Ivy!

Ivy dodges INdi, BLASTS Candice, then KICKS, KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES Indi! Ivy runs to tilt-o-whirl RANA Indi! Indi blocks one kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Ivy runs around the way to CALF KICK! The fans fire up, Ivy goes up, but Indi CLUBS Ivy first! Indi climbs, Ivy DECKS her! The ref checks Indi, Candice SHOVES Ivy down! The fans boo but Indi saw that. Indi isn’t happy, but Maxine tags in! She DROPKCIKS Indi into Candice, rolls Indi up deep, Maxxine & Ivy win!

Winners: Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri, by pinfall

Now Candice is more upset that Indi let them lose! But is the real problem here the toxicity levels in LeRae?

 

Jey finds Rollins backstage.

Jey’s just the man Rollins wanted to see. Jey says Rollins is one crazy dude, but hey, it’s Bloodline Rules, right? Anything goes. If they try something shady, Jey’s got Rollins’ back like Rollins had his last week. Rollins is glad he said that. Let’s walk ‘n’ talk. The Visionary and the Yeet Master talk strategy, will they be able to thwart The Bloodline’s numbers game even without Cody Rhodes here tonight?

 

Drew McIntyre is in a funeral home…?

He hears the voices of CM Punk and Seth Rollins as he goes to the altar and tests the mic. “Look in my eyes. What do you see? CM Punk has no match in Philly. On January 27th, the world lost the opportunity to see an out of shape has-been main event WrestleMania when his brittle, fragile body failed him worse than it did in the UFC. Punk’s triceps, like the rest of us, wanted to get as far away from him as possible. Now we’re left with a thin skinned guy who saw Jared Leto’s Joker and based an entire personality off of it. Seth ‘Cringe Lord’ Rollins.

“Seth, you’re broken. You already have one foot in the grave. Your pride has convinced you you’ll survive The Rock, Roman and The Bloodline, and you’ll still beat me. You deserve all the beatings coming your way. You deserve all the pain and suffering and misery because you have begged me for it. You deserve to have the casket close on your championship reign. And at WrestleMania, I will do just that. I will take that broken down old workhorse out back and put him down once and for all. Amen.” The Scottish Terminator is preying on The Visionary, but will he really get everything he wants?

 

Ricochet VS Ivar!

As The One and Only continues his momentum, he now shifts from Judgment Day to Ragnarök! Will Ricochet continue to add to his highlight reel? Or will the raid continue where it left off?

The bell rings, the two rush in, and Ricochet dodges to RAM Ivar! Ivar brushes himself off, so Ricochet runs to wheelbarrow! Ivar blocks the arm-drag, and he whips Ricochet to ropes to then CLOBBER him! The fans boo as Ivar beats his chest, then he drags Ricochet up. Ivar whips, Ricochet rolls off Ivar’s back then rolls under to handspring and RANA! And then DROPKICK! Ivar tumbles out, Ricochet takes aim and PLANCHAS, but has to roll through as Ivar dodges! Ivar kicks low, underhooks, and lifts to a Canadian Rack! Ricochet slips free, mule kicks from the apron, then goes up, only for Ivar to clip the leg! Ricochet takes a tumble and Ivar stands tall as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar grinds Ricochet down with a chinlock. Ricochet endures, fights up, but Ivar CLUBS him! Ricochet throws body shots in return, but Ivar knees low! Ivar hauls Ricochet up to back suplex, but Ricochet lands out! Ricochet goes to a corner, dodges, and Ivar hits buckles! Ricochet SUPERKICKS, then runs in at the corner, but right into a SEATED SENTON! Ricochet writhes and goes to the apron, but Ivar goes out to clamp onto his neck! Ivar drags Ricochet up, shoves him into the LED apron, and then takes aim. He hit one of these in the commercial break, and runs in, SPLASH only into LED!

Ricochet didn’t let that splash hit a second time, and he gets in to build speed! Ricochet SASUKE SPECIALS! The fans fire up for that one, and Ricochet puts Ivar back in! Ricochet points up, goes up, and the fans fire up again! 630- NO, Ricochet has to bail out of that as Ivar moves. Ricochet runs back in, is put on the apron, but he GAMANGIRIS! Then he springboards to FLYING LARIAT! The fans fire up again as Ricochet STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Ivar stays in this but Ricochet stays cool. Ricochet wrenches, fireman’s carries, but Ivar’s so big! Ivar slips free as Ricochet’s back gives up!

Ricochet ducks the heel kick o’ doom, handsprings to BACK ELBOW, then tries again! Ivar gets under Ricochet to HEEL KICK O’ DOOM! Then the underhooks, for the TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Ivar can’t believe it! The fans rally as Ricochet goes to a corner. Ivar runs in to BRONCO BUSTER only buckles! Ricochet runs up to TIGER WALL KICK, V-TRIGGER, and Ivar wobbles! Ricochet springboards but Ivar catches him! SPINNING POWERSLAM! Ivar roars, runs, and SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives again and Ivar is furious!

Ivar hurries up a corner, the fans freak out, DOOMSAULT FLOPS!! Ricochet again avoids disaster and he goes to a corner. Ivar runs in, but Ricochet catches the splash?! FALL AWAY SLAM!! Ricochet is showing he can go Super Saiyan as he goes up top, for the 630 SENTON!! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

The momentum continues to build for the King of Flight! Is Ricochet going to be primed for golden opportunities on the other side of WrestleMania?

 

We check back in at the Judgment Day clubhouse.

The game of darts is now to hit the stolen mask of Rey Mysterio. But Priest is upset that somehow, Ricochet has still not been handled. Are they NOT The Judgment Day!? JD says damn right they’re The Judgment Day! But hey, JD is gonna be in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with Ricochet, so the Irish Ace will have his chance to get Ricochet, and he will. Finn says please do. He is getting sick and tired of Ricochet! What kind of name is “Ricochet” anyway? Dom says don’t worry, he is confident JD will handle that situation. But for whatever reason he doesn’t, Dom has just the guy for the job.

And in steps Andrade El Idolo. Come estas? Priest says tranquilo, all good. Dom introduces Santos and Andrade, and the two multi-generation stars shake hands. Dom says if Andrade takes care of Ricochet, they’ll make him a full member of Judgment Day. The others are a bit taken aback Dom is the one making that call, but Andrade likes the offer. So they need him? N-No…! But he’s going to take care of this Ricochet business, right? Dom says he wants Andrade to take care of this. Andrade says okay, then. They shake hands on it, and Rhea says enough. Becky’s going to the ring, so Rhea’s gonna say “hi.”

Mami heads out, and Priest asks Dom if they’re using his darts. Dom says no, he told them not to use those. Dom is thinking he’s a shot caller now, but are his shots going to hit or miss?

 

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

Just as she said she would, Becky is here to bring Raw into the Big Time! Becky gets a mic to say, “The Man has come around to Brooklyn! And she came here lookin’ for a fight! Now I started one earlier, but we don’t have to wait ’til WrestleMania to finish it. We can finish it right here, right now. Rhea Ripley, we have done all the talking that we need to do. So come on out here and fight me!” The fans like that but Adam Pearce walks out to say no. The fans boo and he says that’s fine, boo all you want. He’s the April Fool for trying to do the right thing. But they are NOT doing this tonight. After what he saw earlier, he cannot jeopardize one of the biggest matches on the biggest Mania of all time.

Security walks out here and Pearce knows what Becky wants, but she has to wait until WrestleMania. So please, he is asking nicely, leave the ring. Wait! Here comes Rhea! Becky is all fired up but Pearce says no, save it for Mania, Rhea! We’re just days away! Rhea says she’s not saving nothing but he says she has to. Please. Rhea sighs, steps back and says okay. But then she shoves him aside and fires off on the guards! She gets in the ring and throws hands with Becky! The fans fire up, Rhea trips Becky and rains down fists! Security rushes in to stop them and pull them apart, but Becky LOW BLWOS one and DECKS the other!

Becky goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES the pile!! Becky finds Rhea in there and throws hands back! The security recovers, gets in the way, but the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!” The champion and challenger are separated, but we’ve got no less than five days until this fight will happen! Will Mami keep her reign going? Or will Becky make the biggest WrestleMania into Wrestle-MAN-ia?

 

Damage CTRL speaks.

Dakota Kai says Bianca Belair, Naomi & Jade Cargill can celebrate their big moment from SmackDown all they want. But that doesn’t change the fact that DMG CTRL is the most dominant faction in women’s wrestling. Does Dakota need to remind people who holds the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships and THE WWE Women’s Championship? At WrestleMania, they prove to Bianca, Naomi, Jade AND Bayley that DMG CTRL is the future! But for now, they’re on Raw to see if anyone has what it takes to prove them wrong. But the reality is, WrestleMania XL is the biggest Mania of all time, and it doesn’t get much bigger than DMG CTRL.

#CobraKai is spitting fire and venom, but she and the Kabuki Warriors will need to put their money where their mouths are as they go up against Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark & Tegan Nox, after the break.

 

Rhea and Becky are still after each other backstage!

Adam Pearce is caught in the middle quite literally as security struggles to keep them apart! Becky gets loose to fire shots on Rhea! Pearce says get her outta here, and the security guards drag Becky away. Even Dom gets involved and Pearce says to control his Mami!

 

Six Woman Tag: Damage CTRL VS Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark & Tegan Nox!

#CobraKai and the Kabuki Warriors are all very familiar with the Queen of Spades, The Hunter and The Welsh Firecracker, so there’s animosity here even without factoring in titles and brand warfare. But then will Dakota, Asuka & Kairi continue to dole out damage? Or will they start to lose control as the walls start closing in?

The trios sort out, but DMG CTRL CLOBBERS their opponents! Nox ends up alone in the ring, and Dakota soaks up the heat while looming over her former teammate. Dakota stomps Nox, drags her up and whips her to a corner. Then Dakota tags Kairi and she tags in Asuka. The Kabuki Warriors double whip, bypass, KICK, AX KICK, BULLDOG and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Iyo still likes what she sees as Asuka stomps Nox. Tag back to Kairi, tag back to Dakota, and DMG CTRL coordinate. Ichi, ni, san- Shayna & Zoey get in to stop that! Then they and Nox all waistlock someone, TRIPLE GERMAN SUPLEXES!

The fans fire up as DMG CTRL sits up, into TRIPLE PENALTY KICKS! Then Shayna & Nox run to baseball slide dropkick Asuka and Dakota! Zoey aims, springboards, and CROSSBODIES DMG CTRL down! Iyo is NOT happy anymore, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kairi BLASTS Nox off the apron! Kairi marches, then runs up on Shayna, but Shayna BOOTS the Sliding D away! Tag to Zoey and she rallies on the Kabuki Warriors! The fans fire up with Zoey and she baits Asuka into a corner, Zoey goes up and over, ducks under a kick then waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kairi runs up, but Zoey gets around to wrench and ROCK and ELBOW! Zoey whips Kairi to a corner, runs up and RAMS her, then goes right to the apron! Zoey shoves Kairi away, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Kairi survives but Zoey keeps her from DMG CTRL’s corner.

Zoey suplexes, Kairi fights and DDTS! Both women crawl for their corners, reach out, and hot tags to Dakota and Nox! The former Team Kick meets again but Nox fires off on Dakota! Nox LARIATS, then CHOKE SLAMS! Dakota gets up to swing but Nox blocks to then HEADBUTT! Nox reels Dakota in to suplex and KNEE SMASH! Dakota wobbles, Nox runs up, and PENALTY KICKS again! Nox runs in at the corner, CANNONBALL! Nox drags Dakota to a cover, Asuka breaks it! Shayna runs up , ducks a kick, and has the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Kairi drags Shayna by a foot! Asuka gets loose to ROUNDHOUSE!

Zoey SUPERKICKS Asuka! Kairi CLUBS Zoey and TOSSES her, but Zoey lands on the apron! GAMANGIRI! Kairi staggers away, Zoey springboards in, but into a SUPERKICK from Dakota! But Nox rolls Dakota! TWO, and Dakota runs up! Nox dodges, comes back, UPPERCUT! Dakota falls into the corner and Nox runs in, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Dakota goes side to side to BOOT! Tag to Asuka, she tags Kairi! Kairi goes up, Asuka has Nox in position, InSANE DDT!! Cover, DMG CTRL wins!

Winners: Damage CTRL, by pinfall

Iyo joins her team in the ring so they can hold up all their gold! Will nothing stop them from reigning over the Women’s Division?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Cathy Kelley is walking with the World Heavyweight Champion to gorilla as he prepares for the main event. Big weekend ahead at WrestleMania 40 with a lot on the line, so why take a match with Solo Sikoa? Rollins says he only has one gear, and it’s pedal to the metal and empty the tank! He doesn’t know if she knows him that well, but he’s always got a plan B. The Visionary keeps on going, and there’s Drew McIntyre… McIntyre smirks as he stares Rollins down, and Rollins says he ain’t dead yet. McIntyre says yeah, yet. Rollins goes through the curtain as his music plays, and it’s go time!

The biggest Raw right before the biggest WrestleMania, and this could very well be the biggest main event in Raw’s history! But will Rollins survive what is a clear sampling of what could happen to Cody Rhodes next Sunday? Or will he be made an example like Cody was last Monday?

Bloodline Rules: Seth Rollins VS Solo Sikoa w/ The Bloodline!

Raw returns as Solo makes his entrance. And Rollins BLASTS him off the apron! The bell rings and Rollins DIVES onto Solo! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Rollins fires hands on Solo, brings him around the way to SMACK off the apron, then SMACK him off barriers! Rollins CHOPS, the fans fire up as Rollins CHOPS and ROCKS, but Solo hits back! Fans say “We Want Tables”! already but Rollins kicks low and SMACKS Solo off the apron first. Rollins ROCKS Solo, whips, but Solo reverses! Rollins stops himself, then dodges Solo, and Solo hits steel steps head first! Rollins kicks low, underhooks, but Solo fights the Pedigree!

Solo RAMS Rollins into the apron, then SMACKS him off the desk! And SMACKS him off it again! Solo snarls, has cameramen move, and he TOSSES Rollins over the barriers into the timekeeper’s area! Solo soaks up the heat, goes back for Rollins, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Solo off the barriers! Rollins has a chair, and he CHUCKS it at Solo! Solo stays up, so Rollins CHUCKS another! And another! And another! Solo finally falls after the fourth one and the fans fire up again! Rollins storms up, has a chair, and he JAMS Solo, to then SMACK him on the back! Rollins sits the chair up, brings Solo around, DDT to the chair!

Rollins snarls, the fans fire up, and Solo writhes. Rollins looks around, then decides to go looking under the ring. And the fans love it as he brings out a table! Rollins puts the table in the ring, sets it up, but then Solo gets in! Solo CLUBS Rollins, fireman’s carries, but Rollins fights with elbows! Rollins gets free, SUPERKICKS and Solo wobbles! Rollins runs to SUPERKICK and Solo flops onto the table! Rollins hurries up a corner, but Solo hurries up after him! Solo ROCKS Rollins, climbs up, then fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Solo fireman’s carries, and SUPER SAMOAN DROPS through the table! The fans lose their minds as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Solo has Rollins down against steel steps. Solo SMACKS Rollins off the steps, and again! Solo talks trash, rains down fists, then storms around. Solo gets space, runs back in, but Rollins moves! The hip attack hits steel! Rollins hobbles up, pulls the steps apart, and the fans fire up! Solo stands and Rollins RAMS him down with the steel! The fans fire up with Rollins and he looks back under the ring. Yep, here’s another table! The fans cheer again as Rollins again puts the table in the ring. Rollins sets it up, even though that didn’t go so well for him the first time… Rollins then drags Solo up from the apron.

Rollins tries but Solo resists the suplex! Solo suplexes to HOTSHOT Rollins! Rollins sputters and Solo storms in. He wants to repeat wat we saw earlier as he gets Rollins back up! Solo HEADBUTTS Rollins to the corner, hoists him up, then UPPERCUTS! Rollins sways up top but Solo goes up after him! Solo fireman’s carries again, but Rollins fights and flails! Rollins shifts, SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB through the table!! The fans are thunderous again, but Solo rises!? Into a CURB STOMP!! Solo flops out of the ring, and Jimmy’s here to SUPERKICK! Anything goes so of course this was going to happen!

But wait! Here comes JEY! Jimmy grins as Jey makes good on his own promise! The Usos fire hands at the ramp, a preview of their own big WrestleMania showdown! The fans fire up as Jey ROCKS Jimmy again and again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey keeps Jimmy moving, and the brawl goes backstage now! But then Jey is tossed back out, BY THE ROCK! The Final Boss tips the scales back in The Bloodline’s favor as he TOSSES Jey into the LED, then shoves him backstage for Jimmy to handle. The Rock makes his way down to the ring, Rollins glaring right at him. The Rock gets in the ring, the fans are torn, and The Rock dares Rollins to do something,

Rollins grins…? BECAUSE CODY RHODES IS HERE?!? Not cleared but not caring, The American Nightmare has the fans singing his song while he throws hands on The Rock! Cody fires shot after shot, stomps and kicks, then DECKS The Rock! No Roman around, the Bloodline ran out of cards to play! Rollins & Cody clear the desk, they bring Rock over and SMACK him off the desk! Rollins rains down fists, SMACKS Rock off the desk, then Cody drags him up! Cody says a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, right? Cody clinches, but wait! ROMAN REIGNS IS HERE!? The Tribal Chief trips Cody, throws him down, but Rollins goes after him!

Roman TOSSES Rollins away, gets him up, and then POSTS him! Did Roman trick us like Rollins tricked Rock? The fans want CM Punk but there’s nothing Punk can do about this! Rock puts Rollins in and Roman runs up, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then Rock has Cody up, puts him in, and Roman aims from the corner! “OOOAH~!” SPEAR!! The Rock gets in the ring to talk trash on Cody for pulling this stunt, and Roman says this is what you’ll see for the rest of your career! “This is it! This is everything!” Roman and Rock shake hands and hug it out while the fans boo. Then Roman checks his watch. Raw’s still got some time.

Roman takes off the belt! It’s another custom one just for Cody! Rock LASHES Cody, then LASHES Rollins with it! The Rock lets Roman have the belt while fans boo and cuss them out. Roman LASHES Cody! Then he LASHES Rollins! Another for Rollins, another for Cody, repeat! The Rock says Rollins wants more, and holds him down so Roman can LASH Rollins again! Then another for Cody! Rollins gets up, grabs Roman, but Rock gets the belt while Roman GUILLOTINE CHOKES Rollins! Rock LASHES Rollins again and again, then calls to Solo. Solo has Cody on the ropes, pulls him in, and Rock rips the shirt away! Rock winds up to LASH Cody again!!

Cody writhes, but Rock LASHES him again! Roman says this is what happens when you mess with The Bloodline!! Roman says someone needs to come up with a plan to take this from him. But this is a vice grip, so they ain’t never gonna take this from him! Rock stands over Rollins and Cody as the fans chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Roman joins Rock, holding the Universal Championship belt alongside The Rock’s weight belt. Will this be how night one of WrestleMania goes? Will this be how every WrestleMania goes from here on out? Or is there still hope for Cody & Rollins to overthrow the Bloodline’s tyranny?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Raw tonight, especially as the go-home to Mania. Though, it certainly started feeling like a go-home by the end. The commercial free first hour certainly made for many more commercial breaks in the later hours than usual, so it kinda killed a lot of the fun. But that first hour was great stuff, with a great opening promo to set up the main event. The main event was still great stuff, too, with Rollins bringing in Cody, only for Roman to also still show up. It’s a bit of a shame if this was The Bloodline outsmarting Rollins trying to outsmart them, like one too many steps in mind game logic. But at the same time, and depending on how things go with SmackDown, this is Bloodline standing tall so that one way or another, Cody wins out in the end.

Good tag match from Candice & Indi VS Ivy & Maxxine, and great move in the story for Candice & Indi to lose. The wedge between Candice & Indi has to be forced in more and more so them losing and Indi taking the blame is a good way of doing that. Really good promo from Dakota and really good Six Woman Tag to give DMG CTRL momentum going into their Mania Six Woman Tag with Bianca, Naomi & Jade. And great training vignette from Gable and Sami ahead of Sami’s rematch with Bronson, but also a great rematch. Sami’s the first person I’ve seen in awhile that dodged the Tsunami, but of course Gunther gets involved. Like with the Bloodline story, SmackDown could give us another segment, but the math is saying Gunther actually loses, which is nuts.

And I am just digging all of the story intertwining from The Judgment Day. Becky and Rhea bring the story even to Ariel Helwani’s show, then to this show, and I really thought they were going to go wild like Becky, Charlotte and Ronda did a few years ago. But there’s also this continued dysfunction in Judgment Day where Dominik is doing all this stuff without even telling the others, and it’s such a twist from where a few months ago, it felt like Priest was going to leave the group because of his MITB failings. Dom inviting Legado to Raw and to the clubhouse is a great detail towards my thinking that Dom is leaving Judgment Day to join Legado instead.

Ricochet VS Ivar was an awesome match, probably the actual best match of the night, and Ricochet’s win getting on Judgment Day’s nerves is also a great detail. Andrade being tasked with also taking out Ricochet, that could be a sign that either he or Ricochet is winning The Andre the Giant Battle Royal. That battle royal will be a lot of fun like always, and here’s hoping that in this HHHBK era, the winner of the battle royal actually does something substantial afterward. Ricochet or Andrade having that win under their belt could really help them go for the Intercontinental Championship in the run-up to Backlash France and Bash in Berlin.

The 8 Man Tag from Judgment Day VS New Day & DIY was really good stuff, but there are a lot of details in this that hint at least some form of loss at WrestleMania. Commentary made sure to let us know here that the Undisputed Tag Team Championship Ladder match is about bringing both sets of belts down, not just one or the other. This is the very clever and very subtle way of saying the Undisputed titles could easily return to being the Raw and SmackDown exclusive titles. All it would take is one of the SmackDown teams *cough* New Catch Republic */cough* taking the blue straps down, and then even if Judgment Day gets the red straps, that’s all they leave with and it upsets the group.

Of course, worse case scenario for Judgment Day is that one of the other Raw teams *cough* Awesome Truth */cough* take the red straps, leaving Judgment Day with nothing but Rhea’s title, and Priest will desperately cash-in on the World Heavyweight Championship match. And McIntyre had such a great fake funeral promo, how could it not be McIntyre taking the title off Rollins and possibly having to fend off Priest to keep it? Depending on what the rest of the year has for Rollins, whether Marvel movie stuff or even actually resting up from being all banged up, he could definitely pass the baton on to McIntyre and Priest to feud into the Spring and Summer.

My Score: 8.9/10


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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; 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?

 


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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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