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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/8/24)

Truly, a new era begins!

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Great0The biggest Raw After Mania ever!

Finally, after 1,316 DAYS, Roman Reigns has been dethroned! Cody Rhodes is the NEW WWE Universal Champion, but where does his story go from here?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Ilja Dragunov; Dragunov wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Judgment Day VS The Awesome Truth & ???; The Awesome Truth & John Cena win.
  • Indi Hartwell w/ Candice LeRae VS Roxanne Perez; Roxie wins.
  • Sami Zayn & Chad Gable VS Imperium; Zayn & Gable win.
  • Chelsea Green VS Jade Cargill; Jade wins.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso VS Ricochet VS Bronson Reed; Jey wins and will challenge for the title at Backlash.

PLAY BY PLAY

The first hour of Raw is commercial free!

 

Triple H is here!

The fans are thunderous already as The Game makes his way to the ring as we now live in HIS era! The fans all cheer him on as he gets the mic. Philly says, “Thank You, Hunter!” and he says “Here’s the thing, I came out here to thank you. I came out here to thank you, because less than 24 hours ago, you all made something very special happen. I can now really tell you that was the greatest WrestleMania of all time. By every single metric there is, by every single standard there is, and by everything that you said, it was the biggest WrestleMania ever. So I simply came out here to say… Thank you.”

Saturday night, HHH had the privilege of standing here to welcome us to WrestleMania. Now he is here to welcome us to Monday Night Raw. Saturday, HHH also welcomed us to a new time and a new era, so right now, HHH wants us all to welcome the man who will lead us into that new era! Please welcome… the NEW Undisputed WWE Champion, The American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes! Philly fires up as Cody makes his entrance, Universal Championship on his shoulder! They sing along with the song just like they did last night, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets his pyro and continues down to the ring.

Cody gets on the corner to pose for the second round of pyro, then steps inside to join HHH. They shake hands like they did just last night, and Cody kisses the belt before he holds it up. HHH even raises Cody’s hand in victory! Cody then gets the mic from HHH, but the fans first chant, “You Deserve It!” Cody revels in it, then HHH says before he leaves, he just wants to say congratulations. Cody does deserve this, and congrats on bringing an end to one of the most incredible title runs of all time from Roman Reigns, to headlining probably what is truly the greatest Mania of all time. And that in Cody’s first night, he sets an attendance record, the largest gate in the history of Raw! Over 20 THOUSAND people are here!

But before HHH goes, he got a call last night some hours after Mania ended. A couple guys Cody’s known a long time said they made something special for Cody, and they wanted HHH to share it with Cody. HHH said no, he’s gonna share it with everyone! Now, they had to make special room, so there was no room for the tron. Forgive the look and the feel of these tinier monitors, but Cody, this is for you. The video package plays, Rise Up by Andra Day as the music. Cody winning the Rumble, pointing at the sign, pointing at Roman, having the fans cheering, and then we even look back to Cody’s younger days: Dashing, Masked, Stardust, and his exit from here, to him becoming All Elite.

Cody himself gets emotional watching this all, with how WrestleMania 39 ended compared to how WrestleMania 40 ended, complete 180 degree turns. And at the end of the video, the fans cheer Cody on, and Cody hugs it out with HHH. Cody then clears his throat, kneels in the ring and sets the belt down to kiss it again. Cody then says, “So, Raw After WrestleMania… Philadelphia…! Whaddya wanna talk about?” The fans cheer again and chant for “CODY! CODY! CODY!” Cody felt that he knew what he wanted to talk about, this whole business. Something he heard. Samantha Irvin… The fans fire up for Samantha!

Cody is sure she knows what he’s gonna ask. Please, one more time. Samantha smiles and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the NEW~ Undisputed! WWE Champion~, The American Nightmare…! CODY! RHOOOOODES~!” The fans cheer that one and Cody says it was two years ago, Raw After Mania, Cody came out here, laid out his goals, dreamed openly, and last night, that dream became reality. Cody has been told the altitude in Philly is 39 feet above sea level, but the air feels a little thin in here. It is because the fans and Cody here and now are standing on top of the mountain!

The previous champion previously on top, The Tribal Chief… The Head of the Table… Roman Reigns. 1,316 DAYS as champion, we don’t have to like him, but Cody certainly acknowledges what Roman has done. And perhaps Roman is the most important superstar of our generation. The fans do chant, “Thank You, Roman!” for his part in this story. Cody continues to say yes, thank you, perhaps the most important superstar in this generation. And Cody was the man destined to beat him. A big thing they ask when you get into pro-wrestling is, “What is your why? Why are you doing this? Why do you pay the price? Why do you make the sacrifices?”

Cody knows they have a unique set up tonight, but please if they could indulge him, he wants to show us his main why. His baby girl cheering him on, saying, “Papa, finish the story!” That is Cody’s “Libby Curls,” and he wants her to know that when he goes to work, he goes to work in the main event! That when Papa is fighting, he is no longer fighting as challenger but as champion! The fans cheer that! Cody says he is in a unique situation now. He used to stand in line, but now that line is to get to him. Ladies and gentlemen, his name is Cody Rhodes. Once undesirable, became undeniable, and now stands here UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPION!

The fans cheer again, but “IF YA SMELL~!” The Rock is here! Carrying The People’s Championship, The Final Boss struts his way down to the ring. The Rock steps into the ring, gets a mic, and fans are torn between booing and chanting “ROCKY! ROCKY!” Rock stares Cody down, and the fans chant for “UNDERTAKER!” After all, The Dead Man did choke slam The Final Boss last night. The Rock smirks, but then fans boo as he starts to lift the mic. Now the fans chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Rocky chuckles, lifts the mic, but the fans boo again. Rock says he’s a lot of things, and he gets booed more.

Fans tell Rock to STFU but he’s barely said a thing with all this booing. The Rock says, “The Rock is a lot of things, Philadelphia, but ‘sucks’ isn’t one of ’em.” The fans then tell Rock he’s an A-hole. Rocky chuckles, even as the fans boo, and says, “Now before we begin, The Rock came out here… To deliver flowers to Cody Rhodes. And also say that Philadelphia broke another record for the largest gathering of trailer park trash!” The fans boo that one even harder, but Rock tells them to cheer that now, you piles of trash! The fans go back to saying STFU. Cody holds up his belt and the fans cheer. The Rock holds up his, and the fans boo.

The Rock says he came out here, no fireworks, no blood spilled, just The Rock and Cody so The Rock can give Cody his flowers. “Cody Rhodes, you did it. They can chant what they want but this is between you and The Rock. You did it, you completed the story. You faced all odds and you beat Roman Reigns in the middle of that ring, 1-2-3. You think, Cody, all the stuff that you had to overcome, The Rock made you bleed, The Rock got your blood on his hands, The Rock ripped your clothes, split your skin, and you still did it all. You won, you completed your story, Rock even made a belt, it was a special belt, he whooped you like a dog, boy.

“He even put a special name on that belt: Mama Rhodes. No disrespect, she was so happy those past couple nights, especially last night, she was so happy. Big smile on her face. She was proud of her boy, as she should be. Y’know who else had a big smile on their face? Your daddy in Heaven.” The fans chant for “DUSTY! DUSTY!” and Cody does his best not to get emotional. The Rock says as we all know, Dusty was Rocky’s hero. And as most known, The Soul Man and the American Dream were great friends. Rock isn’t sure his dad was proud with all that he did to Cody, but The Rock just doesn’t care.

But tell you what, Cody. You did it. You finished the story, and just look at that belt. Brand new belt, look at it! It’s beautiful. New plates on it and everything. But no no no, The Rock knows they wanna say his belt is fake, but this came from Muhammad Ali’s widow. When The Rock joined the Nation of Domination and became the People’s Champion, Ali gave him that moniker, so this belt means so much to Rock. But Rock wants to ask Cody something. Is there any way The Rock can hold the Universal title? The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” Rock promises no fireworks, no harm. They both grew up in pro-wrestling. Rock’s hold every belt in the WWE, except that one.

Cody thinks about it, the fans still say don’t, but Cody asks if Rock wants to hold it. Rock does. Rock can hold this one, for a moment. So long as Cody can hold Rock’s. Rock says of course! It’d be an honor. Rock and Cody carefully hold out their belts to each other, they make the trade, and the fans chant “This is Awkward!” Rock says this just feels right. Rock thanks Cody, and then hands the belt back. Cody does the same for The People’s Championship, and Rock thanks him again. That meant a lot. So then, Cody, as you know, and as many know, The Rock has got to go away for a little while now. Fans boo that!

Rock knows, he doesn’t wanna leave, either. He loves pro-wrestling, because he made it cool again. Cody made it cool again! Some fans sing “Hey hey hey, goodbye~!” Rock wants Cody to remember, he’s going away. But when Rock comes back, whether Cody is champion or not, Rock’s coming back after him. Cody says he is looking forward to it. The fans cheer that! Rock says the world will look forward to that. And here is something very critical. Cody had the biggest Mania win of all time, beating Roman Reigns in the middle of this ring 1-2-3. However, less than 24 hours before that… The Rock beat Cody in the ring 1-2-3.

So therefore, Cody’s story with Roman might be over, but his story with The Rock… has only just begun. The fans cheer that! Cody says he believes that, because The Rock’s the boss now, right? The Final Boss, but also on the TKO Board, he is the literal boss. That is right. Then Cody won’t dispute that but Rock can’t dispute this: Cody’s THE champion. Cody is THEIR champion! “And boss… that means I’m your champion.” The fans cheer Cody on, and The Rock says yes, Cody is the champion, the world champion, and The Rock’s champion. But one last thing before The Final Boss rides off into the sunset. He has something to give Cody.

Again, no fireworks, no physicality. The Rock reaches into a pocket, and he brings out something that he slips into Cody’s hand. “You don’t even have to open your hand to know what this is. Don’t you ever break my heart again. If you smell what The Final Boss is cooking.” The Rock takes his leave after leaving Cody with one powerful ultimatum. When and where will The Most Electrifying Man look to settle things with The American Nightmare for what happened at the biggest WrestleMania of all time?

 

The WWE 2024 Draft is coming!

April 26th on SmackDown and April 29th on Raw, we shake things up again! And that means the stars of Raw, SmackDown AND NXT are all up for grabs! Who will end up where, and what will they do with their new futures?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Ilja Dragunov!

The King of Strong Style may not have been part of the biggest WrestleMania of all time, but that only adds to the darkness that has been growing inside him. However, he’s up against NXT Champion, who DID Stand & Deliver! Is The Czar going to show the power of the golden yellow brand on the biggest Raw After Mania ever?

The bell rings and the two rush in! DYNAMIC DROPKICK from Nakamura! Dragunov gets up, he and Nakamura fire off forearms, but Nakamura fires off a strike fest! He gets Dragunov down to KNEE and KNEE and KNEE! The fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” but Nakamura KICKS Dragunov down! Nakamura kicks Dragunov around but Dragunov just feeds off it! Nakamura pie faces Dragunov, KICKS, but Dragunov rebounds to PELE! The fans fire up, Dragunov runs in, JUMP KNEE! Dragunov snapmares Nakamura, goes up, SUPER KNEE DROP! The fans fire up with Dragunov, and he waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Dragunov holds on tight, brings Nakamura up, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Philly is again Suplex City as Dragunov drags Nakamura back up! Nakamura pries free and wrenches to hammerlock, then whip! Dragunov goes through the ropes, CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! The fans fire up for “ILJA! ILJA!” and he rises! Dragunov climbs a corner, leaps, and SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Nakamura moves! Nakamura runs up, blocks boots, puts Dragunov in ropes to KICK and SLIDING GERMAN! Nakamura hurries back in, goes up, and FLYING KNEES Dragunov down! Cover, TWO! Dragunov is still in this and Nakamura seethes.

Nakamura aims from a corner while the fans rally up. “YAO~!” But Dragunov dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nakamura is right up, BLINDSIDE KINSHASA!! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives and Nakamura is furious! Nakamura drags Dragunov into a chinlock! The fans rally for Ilja as he fights up, pries open, and headlocks! Dragunov KNEES Nakamura, and CHOPS! Then he reels Nakamura in, but Nakamura back drops free! JUMP KNEE! But Dragunov JUMP KICKS! Dragunov reels Nakamura in, gets him up, and POWERBOMBS him down! H-BOMB FOREARM!! The fans fire up as Dragunov roars!

Dragunov aims from a corner, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO MOSCOW! Cover, Dragunov wins!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall

The current NXT Champion pins a former NXT Champion and proves stars come through that brand! Will The Czar be a first round pick come the WWE Draft?

 

The Judgment Day is here!

They may no longer be undisputed, as we see Finn Balor without any of the tag titles, but he stands with JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio in the ring. Finn has a mic to say “To all the haters, to all the doubters, to everybody who thought that Rhea couldn’t beat Becky Lynch, to everybody who thought that Damian couldn’t cash in and become Senor World Heavyweight Champion, I just want each and every one of you to know you were all… wrong! HAHA!” Dom goes to speak but the fans boo. Dom says, “AND STILL the WWE Women’s World Champion…! My Mami, Rhea Ripley!” Fans doo cheer as Rhea makes her entrance.

Rhea joins the boys in the ring, holds up her belt, and gives it a kiss. Rhea has a mic to say, “WrestleMania, it was almost perfect. But y’know, we have a couple new problems that we need to deal with. But two things came out of this weekend, one thing being that Mami is always on top! And the other one being… that this is a new era for The Judgment Day!” Finn says without further ado, may they present to you your NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Damian Priest! “ALL RISE!” as The Punisher has new graphics and a new theme to go with his new title! He even has a great new suit for the occasion.

Priest joins Judgment Day in the ring, they all hug it out, and Priest gets a mic now. The fans here chant “You Deserve It!” Priest says damn right he does. Now, the “Terror Twins” stand before you as world champions! So it goes without saying that they always rise to the occasion. The whole world needs to follow suit, and ALL RISE for the Judgment Day! TRUTH!? R-Truth is in here holding up the Raw Tag Team Championship! Not again! Get out! Truth just wanted to celebrate all of them! He brought the tag titles BACK to the Judgment Day! The fans cheer but Truth says hey, let’s change subject.

Truth knows how the group is a little picky on picking people for the group, so Truth wants to talk about bringing in “AWESOME~!” The Miz makes his way out, his Raw Tag Team title on his shoulder. Miz tells Truth that he doesn’t want to be in Judgment Day. And he knows Truth deep down doesn’t want to be in Judgment Day, either. He’s NOT in Judgment Day! Yes he is! Miz brings Truth over to his side of the ring, but even the fans chant “YES HE IS!” Miz says since Judgment Day are introducing new champs, then Miz will introduce your NEW Raw Tag Team Champions, The Awesome Truth!

Finn says they think they’re so funny, huh? But what’s funny to Finn is that The Awesome Truth are gonna have the shortest tag team reign in WWE history! Since they came out here to spoil the celebration, why not put the titles on the line right here, right now?! Truth says that sounds like fun, but they can’t. There are only three of them. What? How is Truth counting three? It’s not Lil’ Jimmy, is it? It is. But right, right, Truth says they can have a Six Man! Truth, Miz & the man you can’t see. Wait, what? JD recaps: Miz, Truth, and some guy they can’t see, against Judgment Day? They’re on!

Miz wants to physically see this third man. Aw dog, you will! Truth wanted to bring him to come celebrate, but he knew this guy would want to team with them instead. So without further ado- Judgment Day mugs Awesome Truth! The fans boo as Awesome Truth gets thrown out of the ring and Judgment Day stands tall. But seriously, does Truth have a third man ready or what? Guess we’ll find out, after the break!

 

Six Man Tag: The Judgment Day VS The Awesome Truth & ???

Raw returns and the match is already going as Dom brings Truth up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo, then Dos Amigos! Dom gets Truth up again, gives some Latino Heat, but Truth fires body shots! Dom knees low, tags JD, and they mug Truth. JD stomps away on Truth, the ref counts, and the fans rally up. JD lets off, argues with the ref, but that lets Dom get cheap shots in. JD AX HANDLES Truth down, then brings Truth up to CHOKE him! The ref counts, JD lets off at 4, then stalks Truth. JD dares Truth to tag the invisible man, then drops a knee. JD clamps on with a chinlock but the fans rally up again as Truth endures.

Truth stands, reaches out for Miz, but JD throws Truth by his hair! Tag to Dom and Dom stomps Truth! Dom covers, TWO! Truth stays in this but Dom drags him from Miz. Dom whips Truth to a corner, runs up, but Truth dodges! Dom hits buckles, staggers, and Truth hot tags Miz! Miz springboards to CROSSBODY! Miz DECKS JD, KICKS Dom again and again and again, “YES! YES! YES!” Miz lets off to go corner to corner, to A-LIST LARIAT! Miz BOOTS Finn, slides under Dom to roll him up, TWO! Miz kicks a leg out, to but JD runs up! Miz gets him, too! DOUBLE BASEMENT DDTS! Cover on Dom, TWO!

Miz builds energy and the fans rally up! Miz says “MASSIVE! BALLS!” Dom arm-drags the full nelson away, Miz ELBOWS Dom, but then Finn CLOBBERS Miz! The ref missed that checking on Dom, Truth protests, but that lets Finn & JD mug Miz! They whip Miz into barriers! The fans boo but Judgment Day is on top as Raw goes picture in picture.

Miz sputters, Dom drags him up and puts him in the ring. Dom storms in after Miz, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in JD. JD stomps Miz, sits him down, then digs his boots in. Miz tags Finn, Finn drags Miz up but Miz fires off hands on them all! Finn RAMS Miz into the corner, then sets him up for JD to trip and TORNILLO! Tag to Dom and he slingshot SENTONS! Tag back to Finn and he slingshot STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Judgment Day soaks up heat, and Finn ELBOWS Miz down. Finn CHOKES Miz on ropes, lets off at 4, and Dom gets another cheap shot! Miz goes to the apron, Finn brings him up, but Miz fights the suplex!

Miz RAMS into Finn, goes up and over to sunset flip but Finn rolls through to DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Finn is frustrated but he brings Miz up. Finn bumps Miz off buckles, tags Dom, and Dom brings Miz around. Dom taunts Truth, then Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! Then some Latino Heat, before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Miz stays in this and Dom is frustrated! Dom drags Miz up, brings him over, tag to Finn. Finn snapmares and chinlocks Miz to grind him down again. Miz still endures, he reaches out, and Raw returns to single picture. Miz throws hands, reaches out, but Finn holds him back!

Miz keeps fighting but Finn whips. Miz KICKS back, only for Finn to run up, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans rally up, JD tags in! JD gets Miz’s legs, Miz BOOTS him away, but Dom YANKS Truth down, and RAMS him into steel steps! The fans boo but Dom and Finn stomp away on Truth! JD stomps away on Miz, then rains down fists! The fans boo as JD flexes. BUT HERE COMES JOHN CENA!! Truth did say it was someone you can’t see! Cena gets on the corner and he reaches out for Miz! Miz dodges JD, hot tag to Cena! TH efans fire up as Cena rallies on JD with the shoulder tackles! SPIN-OUT BOMB!

The fans fire up and Truth joins in! Finn gets a SPIN-OUT BOMB, too! Then Miz gives Dom a SPIN-OUT BOMB! Philly is thunderous as we get TRIPLE “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” And then TRIPLE FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLES! Is that 15? Anyway, fireman’s carries for TRIPLE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS!! Triple cover, The Awesome Truth and Cena win!!

Winners: The Awesome Truth & John Cena, by pinfall

The Judgment Day lose out on this one because The GOAT helped out in the clutch! How much more awesome is this new era going to be?

 

Bronson Reed speaks.

“When I step into the ring, I don’t just step in there to win. I step in there to break my opponents! And winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was just the beginning. Tonight, Drew McIntyre, Jey Uso, Ricochet, you are all going to learn a lesson in Raw dominance. Because I am here to conquer and prove who the real Heavyweight Champion should be.” That’s right, it is a Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match! Four of the biggest and the baddest stars line up, but will a Tsunami wash away the pretenders?

 

Dom regroups with Rhea backstage.

To think Cena would actually show up! But Rhea says Cena is not their problem. Dom trusted Andrade and Andrade betrayed him, that is their problem. Is Dom gonna deal with it or not? Dom will go talk to Pearce. Dom heads out, but then LIV MORGAN hits Rhea with a chair!! Liv fires off on Rhea, the Revenge Tour back again! Refs and producers rush in to stop Liv, Dom returns and they tell the cameraman to get outta here! Will Liv be able to get the revenge she’s wanted with Rhea still Women’s World Champion?

 

Indi Hartwell w/ Candice LeRae VS Roxanne Perez!

The Poison Pixie isn’t involved in this match, so #IndiWrestling is hoping to do things her way. But speaking of doing things her way, the NEW NXT Women’s Champion is here! The Prodigy did things her way and took this title off Lyra Valkyria, will she look to get some payback on the woman who took this title from her?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “NXT! NXT!” again. Roxie offers a handshake, Indi reaches out, but Roxie SLAPS her! Roxie laughs, Indi swings but Roxie gets around to jump on for a SLEEPER! Roxie is a backpack as Indi RAMS her into the buckles! And RAMS her into buckles again! Indi THROWS Roxie off, CLOBBERS her, then runs, but Roxie avoids the elbow drop! Roxie dropkicks the legs out, then CLUBS away on her! Roxie says Indi never deserved the NXT title! Indi shoves Roxie away, then scoops her! Roxie slips free, hooks Indi up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Roxie is frustrated but so is Candice.

Roxie throws Indi down by her hair, stomps away on a leg, then she bends Indi’s leg in a standing toehold! Indi BOOTS Roxie away with the free leg! Roxie gets the leg again, but Indi kicks her again! Roxie staggers, Indi FLAPJACKS her from her knees! Indi runs up to LARIAT! And LARIAT! And then kick, CLUB, and JAB! Roxie falls, goes to a corner, and Indi runs up, only for Roxie to dodge! Roxie UPPERCUTS, then wrenches to reel Indi in! Indi whips, Candice trips Roxie! The fans boo and Indi is upset. She wants to do this on her own! Candice gets on the apron to reason with Indi but the ref tells her to get down.

Indi goes back to Roxie, but Roxie CLAWS Indi’s eyes! The ref was too busy with Candice! SOBAT and POP ROX! Cover, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Both NXT champions show up and both of them win! Candice is upset with Indi but it’s Candice’s own fault! When will the toxicity stop?

 

Jey Uso finds Sami Zayn backstage.

The NEW Intercontinental Champion not only has the belt but he has a new shirt: “Yo Khadija! I did it!” Sami says Jey’s got that big Mania win, too. They’re proud of each other, and for old time’s sake, they secret handshake! YEET! Sami heads for gorilla, what will the new champ have to say in celebration?

 

Natalya finds Roxanne backstage.

Natty tells the champ she’ll see her tomorrow night on NXT. Roxie says no, you’ll see her on Roxie’s show. Roxie heads out, is the Queen of Harts going to rain on Roxie’s parade already?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

Philly cheers on the Canadian Rocky Balboa as he brings the Intercontinental Championship to the ring. Sami gets the mic while the fans sing his song. Sami holds up the belt, they cheer, and Sami says “Boy oh boy. I, um…” The fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Sami says he means this from the bottom of his heart, he can’t tell them how much that means to him. Sami has been so lucky these last few years at WrestleMania. He’s done some rather historic things, and this year, he really wanted to do something historic, and he’s pretty sure he did. But that’s not entirely true. The person that made history here is Gunther.

The fans boo and Sami says yeah, sure, but you can’t take anything away from him. 666 DAYS as champion! Gunther IS without question the best Intercontinental Champion of all time! But guess what? SAMI BEAT GUNTHER!! The fans cheer that! The fans now sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Sami smiles. Sami wants to talk about that for a second. He can’t take all the credit, he had help here, and as corny as it might sound, he got help from the fans. There were times he didn’t believe in himself but they did, so they helped him with that. And seeing his wife and son at the curtain, that helped him.

And seeing his brother in arms, Kevin Owens, firing him up at gorilla, that helped him! But there is one other guy that helped Sami, too. Wait, here comes Imperium… Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser walk out here, but it is Kaiser who says that for the past two YEARS, Der Ring General put all his heart, all his dedication, all that hard work, into making the Intercontinental Championship the most prestigious championship within the WWE! And let Kaiser tell you, it breaks his heart to see someone like Sami holding exactly that title right now. The fans boo but Kaiser says just look at Sami! He looks just like all these Philadelphia PEASANTS!

“Congratulations, WWE Universe! Your new Intercontinental Champion looks like a BUM!” But don’t worry! On behalf of Der Ring General, Imperium is here to make this right. The fans boo as Kaiser & Vinci flank the ring. Sami dares them to try something, but “SHOOOOSH~!” Chad Gable is here! Gable helps Sami have even numbers, “A THANK YEW~!” They dare Imperium to bring the fight now, but perhaps this will end up a tag match, player! We’ll see, after the break!

 

Sheamus is on his way back, fella!

The Celtic Warrior has been away, but one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history loves to fight! But just when and where will we see Sheamus return to put on banger after banger after banger?

 

Sami Zayn & Chad Gable VS Imperium!

Raw returns and yes, tag match it is! Gable starts against Vinci and they feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Vinci kicks low and wrenches! Gable CHOPS, rolls, bridges, and handsprings to then wrench and headlock, spin, hammerlock, and drop toehold! Gable has the arm and the fans cheer! Vinci fights up, CHOPS, then scoops, but Gable slips free! Gable waistlocks, goes to a corner, O’Conner Roll! TWO, Gable goes up and CROSSBODIES! Vinci gets up but Gable arm-drags to a cording hold! Gable brings Vinci up but Vinci pulls hair. Vinci whips, Gable goes up and over and keeps moving.

Gable ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Vinci runs to CLOBBER Gable first! Vinci flexes but the fans boo. Vinci UPPERCUTS Gable to the corner, tags Kaiser, and Kaiser bumps Gable off buckles. Kaiser soaks up the heat, runs up, but blocks a boot! “NEIN!” and UPPERCUT! Gable falls, Kaiser soaks up the heat, and he rains down forearms on Gable’s head! The ref counts, Kaiser stomps Gable at the ropes! Kaiser taunts Philly, then brings Gable up. Gable back drops free! Hot tag to Sami! Gable feeds Kaiser to Sami’s AX HANDLE! Sami bumps Kaiser off buckles, goes up, and AX HANDLES again! Sami runs up, blocks a boot, and CHOPS!

Sami brings Kaiser around but Kaiser RAMS him into buckles! Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Sami, and Vinci UPPERCUTS! The ref reprimands but Sami hits back with forearms and elbows! Vinci kicks low, headlocks but Sami powers out. Sami drops, hurdles, but Kaiser tags in! Sami TOSSES Vinci but Kaiser runs up! Sami TOSSES Kaiser, too! Tag to Gable and he goes up, to SUPER CROSSBODY Imperium down! “A THANK YEW~!” Gable and Sami high-five and they get Vinci back in. Gable goes up, Vinci stands, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Gable brings Vinci up again, tags Sami, and Gable hands Vinci off.

Sami suplexes, Vinci fights it, and Vinci headlocks. Vinci puts Sami on the ropes, the ref counts, but Kaiser cheap shots Sami! Vinci stomps Sami, drags him into the ropes, then tags Kaiser! They meet at the corner, DOUBLE DROPKICKS sandwich Sami! The fans boo and Imperium soaks it up as Raw goes picture in picture.

Kaiser CHOKES Sami at the ropes, lets off at 4, and he KICKS Sami in the side! Kaiser fires haymakers at the ropes, but Sami hits back! Kaiser drop toeholds Sami down, then fishhooks Sami’s face! Kaiser ELBOWS Sami in the head, then wags his fingers at the fans. Kaiser tags Vinci, then clamps on a neck wrench. Vinci stomps Sami down! Vinci snapmares Sami, chinlocks, and he grinds Sami down. Sami fights up, throws body shots, but Vinci scoops to SLAM! Vinci then DECKS Gable just because! Vinci scrapes his soles off Sami’s face, then taunts him. Vinci stalks Sami to ropes, CLUBS him, then CHOKES him!

The ref counts, Vinci lets off, but then Kaiser gets a cheap shot in! Kaiser soaks up the heat while Vinci CLUBS Sami to a corner. Vinci CLUBS away on Sami, brings him to the Imperium corner, then tags Kaiser. Imperium mugs Sami, then Kaiser whips. Kaiser catches Sami into a SLEEPER! Sami endures, reaches out, but Kaiser keeps Sami from Gable. Sami starts to fade, fights up, and he has Kaiser as a backpack as he storms his way forward! Gable reaches out, Raw returns to single picture, but Kaiser brings Sami away! Sami gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans rally up!

Sami and Kaiser crawl, hot tags to Gable and Vinci! Gable fires off on Vinci with forearms and UPPERCUTS! THROAT CHOP! Vinci swings, but Gable dodges to muel kick! Gable runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Kaiser returns, into an atomic drop! Then EXPLODER! Vinci is back, but he gets an atomic drop and EXPLODER! The fans fire up and Gable runs at Kaiser to CROSSBODY Kaiser and himself out! But Gable keeps moving, he goes ot the apron to CANNONBALL Kaiser down! Gable rights right back up a corner, to DIVING HEADBUTT! Just enough of a hit and Gable covers, TWO! Maybe not enough of a hit then…

Gable gets Vinci in a drop zone and he goes up top again! MOONSAULT, but Gable has to land out as Vinci moves! Vinci kicks low, suplexes, but Gable slips free! Gable waistlocks, powers Vinci to a corner but Kaiser tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Vinci still kicks out, Kaiser GAMANGIRIS! Vinci BACK SUPLEXES, then he hauls Gable up! Kaiser is up top, EURO BOMB!! Cover, Sami breaks it!! Vinci TOSSES Sami, he and Kaiser reset! Vinci tags in, they get Gable back up, but the fans rally for Gable! Gable back drops free! Kaiser leaps, into a GERMAN SUPLEX!! The fans are thunderous as Gable gets Vinci!

Kaiser and Vinci hold hands to stop the suplex, but then Sami waistlocks Kaiser! DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! But then Sami and Gable hold on! DOUBLE GERMANS again! And then DOUBLE GERMANS again! A double hattrick, “A THANK YEW~!” Sami tags in, he gets Vinci down for an ANKLE LOCK! Gable approves, but Kaiser YANKS Gable down! And he ENZIGIRIS Sami! Kaiser rains down fists but the fans boo! Gable CLOBBERS Kaiser and the fans fire up! Gable whips, Kaiser reverses to TOSS Gable! Sami clotheslines Kaiser up and out! Vinci runs up but Sami catches him! CORNER EXPLODER!

The fans fire up as Sami goes to the corner and takes aim! But then he looks to Gable, and tags him in! HELLUVA KICK and a CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Gable & Sami win!

Winners: Sami Zayn & Chad Gable, by pinfall

A great win for the champion and the man who helped train him! Wherever Gunther is, is he upset at seeing his men fail? Will Gunther have to come back and do something about it?

 

Jey Uso speaks.

“Yeah, yeah! WrestleMania 40 was personal, Uce. Went toe to toe with my Bloodline. But tonight, it’s just me, Uce. Fatal 4 Way! Drew McIntyre: YEETDOWN! Ricochet: YEETDOWN! Big Bronson Reed: YEETDOWN! And if you want Jey Uso to be the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, lemme hear ya say, YEET!” “YEET!”

 

Ricochet prepares backstage.

The One and Only, the King of Flight, is more about actions rather than words, so he’ll let his actions speak for him in tonight’s main event. Will Ricochet add more to the highlight reel on his way to the world title?

 

Andrade El Idolo meets with the many General Managers of WWE.

He shakes hands with Adam Pearce, Nick Aldis and Ava Raine before taking his leave. The GMs all know he’s a great talent, and Aldis has to give it to Pearce for recruiting him to Raw. But too bad he put in all that work just for Aldis to snag Andrade in the upcoming draft. Oh, is that so? Cuz Pearce sees a couple of rosters full of people that’d look real good on Raw. Ava says let’s not forget that you never know who could end up on NXT. For now, let’s keep it civil. She has a good point, healthy competition is good, and putting aside their differences is for the betterment of all three shows. And what a WrestleMania weekend!

But then Chelsea Green screeches for Adam and he immediately wants to talk trades. The Hot Mess says these three think they did something special, don’t they? But she wasn’t part of it! The biggest Mania ever and they didn’t include her?! If they don’t think she’s gong to talk to top brass, they are sadly mistaken. Oh, don’t worry, Chelsea, they are aware. They saw her emails. The texts. The DMs. Which is why Pearce has a special answer for Chelsea. That’s what she likes to hear! She wants HER moment! Then she won’t be disappointed. If she goes to the ring now, her moment awaits. Chelsea squees and heads out, but just what are the GMs planning to serve up?

 

Chelsea Green VS ???

The Hot Mess perhaps proves that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but is this going to be a good thing or a bad thing? The lights go down, and “A storm… is coming.” Okay, definitely bad! Can Chelsea hope to survive JADE CARGILL?

The bell rings and Chelsea says this is not fair! This was supposed to be HER moment! She wants them to cut this match, but the fans tell Chelsea she messed up. Jade BOOTS Chelsea, gets her up, and chicken wings for JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall

Chelsea throws a fit but at least she can says she was Jade’s first opponent in a 1v1 match. Will Jade be the one making moments here in 2024?

 

The Alpha Academy celebrate with Sami backstage.

Otis, Tozawa & Maxxine loved the Suplex City, but Sami asks them to give him a minute with Gable. The others head out and Sami tells Gable thanks for the help. Sami knows he owes Gable a favor, so after that great match, how about they call it even? What? Even? Well, Sami had the match won but he handed it to Gable, that’s even, right? No, no, no, Sami. When Gable said Sami owed him a favor, he- Okay, okay, Sami stops Gable there. Sami was kidding, he of course knows what Gable wants. He does? Yeah. A title match. Gable does deserve a chance at this, perhaps more than anyone. So Sami would be honored to face Gable for this title.

Sami says they can even do it next week, in Montreal! Gable and Sami shake on it, and the match is set! Will Gable take full advantage of this favor and take that title off Sami? Or will Sami use what Gable taught him to then beat him in front of friends and family in Montreal?

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso VS Ricochet VS Bronson Reed!

The Scottish Terminator storms to the ring and tells them to cut his music! What happened last night was complete and utter BS!! The fans taunt McIntyre with “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” McIntyre says five minutes and 46 seconds. That’s how long his moment lasted. They find this funny? Well, that’s five minutes more than most of you slobs last in bed, so shut it! And before he flies off the handle, he wants to tell Rollins that he may not like Rollins, but he respects Rollins for standing by his convictions, going out on his shield, and they shared a moment that only warriors know about, so McIntyre thanks you for that

But then… That bondage styled Undertaker, Damian Priest, screwed it up! McIntyre would say he’ll whoop Priest’s ass, but he’d probably enjoy it! The MITB briefcase is a joke! It cost McIntyre the title TWICE, and it cheapens everything Rollins and McIntyre did! Priest stole it from him! McIntyre is coming after Priest, he’ll make Priest a transitional champion! That belt belongs to McIntyre! Fans are torn, but McIntyre isn’t done there. Priest may have cashed in, but he didn’t cause this. The only reason it happened is because of that prick, CM PUNK! McIntyre told Punk what he’d do. McIntyre said he’d win the title, have his moment, and he rubbed it in Punk’s face.

But then it was no accident that McIntyre was in striking distance. He said what he had to say, but Punk did nothing. Punk put the headphones on, made jokes, went into business for himself, he’s a coward! The second McIntyre looked away, Punk tripped him up, took off that arm brace and bashed McIntyre int he face! So you thought this was bad before? McIntyre knows Punk’s gonna disappear, go into hiding, but it will be on sight! McIntyre is going for Punk’s weakest part, but it just so happens Punk’s entire body is his weak point! But the ranting ends as Main Event Jey makes his entrance! McIntyre throws a fit, but THE main event is here, after the break!

Raw returns and Bronson makes his entrance, followed by Ricochet. The bell rings and McIntyre goes after Jey while Ricochet is after Bronson! McIntyre CLUBS Jey on the taped up back, then he fires off on Bronson! Bronson hits a SAIDO on McIntyre! Bronson CLOBBERS Jey out of the ring, but Ricochet DUMPS Bronson out! The fans fire up, Ricochet builds speed, and he goes up, and up and ESCALARA CANNONBALL! Ricochet takes down everyone and the fans fire up as Raw goes picture in picture.

Ricochet brings McIntyre up, ROCKS him, then he kicks Bronson. McIntyre rakes Ricochet’s eyes! Then whips him hard into barriers! McIntyre ROCKS Ricochet, puts his shirt over his face, and CHOPS! Ricochet sputters but McIntyre drags him around the way. Jey fires hands on Bronson while McIntyre gives Ricochet SNAKE EYES off the desk! McIntyre then scoops Ricochet, but Ricochet slips free to POST McIntyre! Ricochet looks around, then looks at the apron skirt. Bronson beats up Jey in the ring, and then Bronson stands on Jey’s neck! Jey can only endure as Bronson thrashes him! Bronson then brings Jey up to RAM him in the corner!

Ricochet finds something under the ring: A TABLE! Ricochet puts that in the ring, but McIntyre CLOBBERS him! Bronson CLUBS Jey, McIntyre puts Ricochet in the ring, and Bronson stands on Jey’s ribs! McIntyre drags Ricochet up, CHOPS him in a corner, and Ricochet falls to his knees. McIntyre soaks up the heat while Bronson puts Jey in another corner. Bronson runs up, but Jey dodges, Bronson hits POST! McIntyre reels Ricochet in and suplexes, but Ricochet knees free! Then ENZIGIRIS! McIntyre wobbles, Ricochet runs but McIntyre scoops for a BACKBERAKER! McIntyre grabs the table and stands it up in a corner.

McIntyre rallies the fans as he drums the table, then brings Ricochet up. McIntyre scoops Ricochet, aims, but Ricochet slips free! Ricochet SUPERKICKS, McIntyre wobbles, but McIntyre blocks Ricochet’s kick! McIntyre FLIPS Ricochet, then deadlifts him for a POWERBOMB! Cover, Jey breaks it! The fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” but McIntyre THROAT CHOPS Jey! McIntyre runs up, but Jey TOSSES him out! Jey builds speed but Bronson is there to CLOBBER him! The Colossal Aussie runs to ELBOW DROP! Bronson soaks up the heat, drags Jey up, and HEADBUTTS him back down! Bronson eggs Jey on, then HEADBUTTS again!

Bronson goes corner to corner and HIP ATTACKS Jey! Ricochet gets up but Bronson DECKS him! Bronson drags Jey back up, takes aim, and he hauls Jey up! Jey slips free and SUPERKICKS! Bronson wobbles, so Jey runs to SPEAR, but Bronson smothers it!! Bronson scoops Jey, RAMS Ricochet with him, then runs in to POWERSLAM through the table!! The fans fire up while Raw goes picture in picture.

Bronson drags Jey from the wreckage, kicks him to the floor, then clears out the wreckage. Bronson sees Ricochet on the apron again, storms up, but into a GAMANGIRI! Ricochet GAMANGIRIS again! Ricochet springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bronson ends up in a corner, Ricochet runs up to forearm smash! Ricochet runs corner to corner again, for another forearm smash! Ricochet keeps going, but runs into an URENAGE! Ricochet flounders and writhes, but Bronson drags Ricochet back up. Bronson HEADBUTTS Ricochet and he falls back against ropes. Bronson storms up to get Ricochet’s legs, and YANKS him up for a SLAM!

Bronson clamps onto Ricochet with a neck wrench, but Ricochet endures even as Bronson leans on him. Ricochet fights up, fires forearms, but Bronson ROCKS him! Bronson runs up, but Ricochet DUMPS Bronson out! Ricochet DROPKICKS McIntyre off the apron, then goes out to AX HANDLE! McIntyre staggers, Ricochet fires off on him as they go around the way. McIntyre hits back, and CHOPS Ricochet! Ricochet CHOPS back! And CHOPS, and CHOSP! McIntyre scowls as he CHOPS again! McIntyre scoops Ricochet for a big SNAKE EYES! McIntyre CHOPS Ricochet, then CHOPS him again! Ricochet falls into the front row!

McIntyre soaks up the cheers and jeers, then drags Ricochet back to ringside. McIntyre puts Ricochet in but Ricochet HOTSHOTS McIntyre back! Bronson returns and he brings Ricochet around! Raw returns to single picture as Ricochet fires hands. Bronson kicks and whips but Ricochet handsprings, only for Bronson to catch him! Ricochet elbows free, then PELES! Bronson staggers to a corner, Ricochet sees McIntyre return, TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Ricochet has targets in corners, and he runs to forearm McIntyre! Then he forearms Bronson! Back to McIntyre but McIntyre catches Ricochet! RAM and OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Ricochet ends up at Bronson’s feet! Bronson TOSSES Ricochet over McIntyre! The fans fire up as now Auszilla meets the Scottish Terminator! The fans chant for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” as the forearms start flying! McIntyre CHOPS, but Bronson CHOPS! “WOO~! MEAT!” echoes out, but then Bronson shoves and SPLASHES in a corner! Bronson whips corner to corner, McIntyre dodges and scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER?! Cover, Jey breaks it! Ricochet also returns, Jey dodges McIntyre to SUPERKICK! Ricochet joins in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS, but McIntyre only drops to a knee! Bronson joins in, too?! TRIPLE SUPERKICKS take McIntyre down!

Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Bronson! Bronson says up, so DOUBLE SUPERKICKS hit again! Ricochet blocks Jey’s superkick, spins him, but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Ricochet is back to V-TRIGGER! Bronson LARIATS Ricochet! Jey SPEARS Bronson!! Cover, MCINTYRE BREAKS IT! The fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” McIntyre drags Jey up first, brings him around and puts him up top. McIntyre CHOPS Jey, climbs up after him, but Jey fights the superplex! Jey throws body shots, McIntyre wobbles, and Jey HEADBUTTS! McIntyre sits on the corner, Jey HEADBUTTS him into the Tree of Woe!

But Ricochet goes right up! Jey HEADBUTTS him down! Jey stands, but McIntyre sit sup to SPIDER SUPLEX! But Ricochet DROPKICKS McIntyre! Bronson BUCKLE BOMBS Ricochet onto McIntyre! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bronson is furious but he SENTONS Ricochet! Ricochet is in the drop zone now and Bronson climbs! But McIntyre drags Bronson down! Bronson knocks McIntyre off the apron, then FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Bronson clears off the Spanish commentary desk! This keeps happening! GLASGOW KISS first! Then McIntyre POSTS Bronson!

Bronson staggers, so McIntyre HEADBUTTS again! Bronson is on the desk, Jey DIVES to take out McIntyre! Jey hurries up the corner, and he aims at Ricochet! But Ricochet kips up to ENZIGIRI! Jey falls, Ricochet goes up! Ricochet has his choice of targets, and he’s thinking big! SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH through the table!!! The fans lose their minds as Ricochet takes Bronson out! McIntyre and Jey meet in the ring, “This is Awesome!’ as the haymakers fly! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey puts some stank on the UYPPERCUT! But McIntyre kicks low, FUTURE SHOCK!! Kip up and then he loads up in the corner!

McIntyre has the countdown! “THREE! TWO! ONE!!” CLAY0 NO, CM PUNK is here?! He trips McIntyre up and that pisses McIntyre off! But a SUPERKICK hits! Then a SPEAR!! Jey hurries up top and Punk is laughing at McIntyre again, USO SPLASH!! Cover, JEY WINS!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

Punk bounces along with Philly as Main Event Jey takes the main event win! McIntyre has even more reason to hate Punk, what is he going to do now? As for Jey, is he about to YEET the title right off of Priest?


My Thoughts:

What a great Raw After Mania! Maybe not the biggest or greatest, but it was great. Though, that commercial free first hour was apparently just so The Rock wouldn’t have to worry how long it took for him to get his promo out with the fans going back and forth between different chants. We did get such a great celebratory video package for Cody, but I was really expecting The Rock’s confrontation with Cody to directly set up a title match for Backlash. Rock did note how he pinned Cody, aka he should be #1 contender to the Universal title. But if not Backlash, then maybe SummerSlam, which I’m sure Cody makes it to that point as champion somehow, and that will be some epic stuff.

And for a Raw After Mania, not a lot of like call-ups or returns, but at the same time, they did tell us that in three weeks, we’re getting the Draft back! Well, okay, I’m not that excited, Drafts aren’t always needed in my opinion, but hey, it’ll be reason for call-ups and trades. Cody will surely be on SmackDown via the Draft, no need to trade someone to Raw. And I did like the GMs talking and teasing that there will be things happening. Jade showed up to squash Chelsea, Dragunov and Roxanne got to have really good matches with former champions, but I would think the NXT champs stay on NXT at this point.

Great stuff out of Judgment Day, and I really like everything about Priest’s world champion presentation. Especially that suit, that was a really good suit. And I love that for just a moment, Truth forgot where he stood with Judgment Day. But great Six Man Tag, and of course Truth being so adamant about a guy we can’t see, it was a sign Cena was showing up. Great win for Awesome Truth & Cena, and I think the feud with Judgment Day continues where now perhaps Finn and JD are the duo going after the tag titles since Priest will have his world title to worry about instead. And of course Dom is facing Andrade 1v1 and Liv got to go after Rhea to set that up for Backlash.

Great stuff with Sami tonight, with Imperium of course going after him but Gable of course backing him up. Seth VS Gable for the title in Montreal, that is going to be so much fun. Now, I’m pretty sure Sami wins that to get his first defense in the books, and maybe it pushes Gable into going Heel. Whether Alpha Academy follows Gable into that, who knows. Also good to see Sheamus getting a return hype video, maybe he gets the Intercontinental Championship before the year is out so he can complete that ultimate WWE checklist.

And of course, back to Priest needing to defend his title, awesome stuff in tonight’s Fatal 4 Way main event. Bronson had a good promo, Jey also had a good promo, and McIntyre’s ranting promo before the match started was also great. But of course McIntyre hating on Punk, that gave Punk more than enough reason to screw McIntyre over. Jey getting the win is great stuff, he and Priest are going to have a great match, but I feel like there still needs to be something with Ricochet and Judgment Day after the weeks of them getting at it. Maybe Ricochet watches Jey’s back since Judgment Day will surely use numbers against Jey on the way to Backlash.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.

PLAY BY PLAY

JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?

 

ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?

 

The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?

 

Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”

 

ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?

 

Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?

 

8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?


My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; Despe wins, by disqualification.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; Sho wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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