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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 40 Results & Report! (4/6/24)

And so it begins!

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It’s the biggest dream team tag match in WrestleMania history!

To determine if the WWE Universal Championship is fair and square or Bloodline Rules, Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins take on The Rock & Roman Reigns! Will this weekend become a #FreakinNightmare for The Final Boss & Tribal Chief? Or will that be the other way around?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Becky Lynch; Rhea wins and retains the title.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Six Pack Ladder Match: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS #DIY VS The Awesome Truth VS The New Day VS New Catch Republic VS A-Town Down Under; A-Town Down Under win the SmackDown titles and Awesome Truth win the Raw titles.
  • Rey Mysterio & Andrade El Idolo VS Dominik Mysterio & Santos Escobar; Rey & Andrade win.
  • Jey Uso VS Jimmy Uso; Jey wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Naomi, Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill VS Damage CTRL; Naomi, Bianca & Jade win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Sami Zayn; Sami wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • The Dream Team Tag Match: Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins VS The Rock & Roman Reigns; The Rock & Roman win and establish Bloodline Rules for the Universal Championship match on Night Two.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff Show!

Join Michael Cole, Pat McAfee, CM Punk and Big E for this TWO HOUR kickoff show, as they discuss, analyze and predict all of the action on the first night of the biggest WrestleMania Weekend of all time! Punk even says you can’t have a Philly WrestleMania without #PhilE! Get it?

 

Meek Mill speaks.

“Every city lives by a code. Only difference is, when you crack that Philly code, you put the whole world on notice. Tonight, we got some mess around and find out type o’ guys. Straight up code breakers. So if you come for The Bloodline, you best not miss. We been showin’ out for 40 years, and we got forever to go. And it’s about to be legendary. Philly, WrestleMania, let’s get it!”

 

Triple H has a sit-down interview.

Megan Morant is with the The Game, the Cerebral Assassin, the Chief Content Officer of the WWE at the WWE headquarters. She thanks him for taking this time during this busy part of the year, and starts with a tough one: How’s he doing? He’s great. There’s no better time than WrestleMania season, and especially for the biggest Mania ever. First Mania under TKO, what’s that like? TKO sort of coming in allowed WWE to think outside the box. They’ve been able to look at things with fresh eyes and you’ll see that going forward from now on. It is different, but it is fun.

Six weeks ago, the Mania main event looked rather different. But here we are, Mania Saturday. How does HHH adapt and evolve? HHH notes that things were different. It started with The Rock saying he wanted to come back and get involved. There’s one thing about The Rock is that he’s known this business his entire life. He listens to fans, hears their reactions. The best stories are when you can blur the lines of real-life and fiction, and they have followed the path most intriguing to the fans. This is now everything it should be.

Megan notes the “complicated” history between HHH and The Rock. What is the dynamic now that they both have executive level responsibilities? It is funny to think of how their careers are wildly different yet also parallel. It’s rather poetic going into WrestleMania 40. Looking back at Rocky Maivia and Hunter Hearst Hemsley, it’s so hard to imagine them both being where they are today. The Rock is the biggest star in the world yet HHH still sees him as that young guy. It’s just fun.

Megan notes HHH also has the most experience in a WrestleMania ring than anyone in WWE today. Does he miss any part of performing? Not the physicality. But it is interesting that in your career, it is rather self-centered. “Can I deliver? Can I still do it?” Being in the leadership role is now more external, more collaborative, and having a building full of talented people, the roster and the crew. It is more fun and exciting than even his wrestling career. They’re an entertainment company, they keep that in mind as they work on it. If they’re having fun working, you’ll have fun watching.

This is just part one of this interview, watch the rest of this interview tomorrow as part of night two!

 

Peter Rosenberg and Braun Strowman are at Cheekie’s & Pete’s!

They’re having some Wheatley American Vodka, and they’re talking the Dream Team Tag Match. Braun would be nervous but confident, because Cody Rhodes is gonna #FinishHisStory. Big day, big weekend, big thirst! Braun wants to make some American Mules for the fans! The fans cheer as he starts pouring the drinks, and they all toast “CODY! CODY!” Will everyone be drinking to Cody’s success? Or will there be some drowning of sorrows instead?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie Redmond is with the Great Liberator and speaks to how she’s been along for the ride on Sami’s WrestleMania journey. He said he’d find a way, here it is, he faces Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship. There have been highs and lows, but where is Sami at right now? Sami says the interesting part is the “right now” thing. Maybe an hour ago, his answer would be different, and an hour from now it’ll be different again. It’s been that crazy of a day, and part of it is that reality is setting it about what’s going down. Sami knows others wouldn’t admit this, but he’ll say it: he’s nervous.

And he knows others interpret that as self-doubt but that’s not this. These are the kinds of nerves that happen when you’re ready to go to war. Ready to push through something you didn’t know you had, ready to be tested in a way no planning could prepare you for. So right now, Sami will say that he’ll use that. He’ll ride the nerves, accept them, and use them as he goes to war. Jackie says Sami wanted to prove to everyone that they were right about him, so she wishes him luck. Will Sami be able to take everything he’s felt up to this point and use it against Der Ring General?

 

Backstage interview with Trish Stratus.

Cathy Kelley is with the living legend, and she has had many Mania moments, and even faced Becky Lynch. Does she have any predictions? Trish has faced off with Becky inside a steel cage, a Match of the Year contender. And Trish will say that Becky is the best she’s ever stepped in with. Now “Mother” Trish hasn’t stepped into the ring with Mami Rhea, but we all know Rhea’s been unstoppable since winning the world title. Hard to stay if Becky can stop Rhea. Speaking of stepping into the ring, is Trish returning to action in WWE any time soon? Trish says never say never.

 

Backstage interview with JBL.

Kayla Braxton is with John Bradshaw Layfield and asks how excited he is for the weekend. JBL says his first Mania was HBK ziplining in from the ceiling. JBL retired at Mania, he saw the greatest matches ever, such as HBK VS Taker. His college buddies pitched in so they could all watch Hogan scoop slam Andre! Mania makes you immortal. Hearts will be broken, legends will be created, he can’t wait. Any particular match? Yes, JBL met Rey Mysterio when Rey first came to the WWE, and JBL knew Rey was a deadbeat dad even then. He’s like a lucha libre Darth Vader, it’s horrible. But Dominik Mysterio is like Gandhi, a man who persevered through prison and then turned his life around to be a great role model. JBL can’t wait to see Dom get justice on his father.

And then of course, the main event. Roman Reigns is a modern day Bruno Sammartino, and he’s gonna team with The Rock to take on Daddy’s Boy Cody and Seth Freakin’ Rollins, he can’t wait.

 

Tom Rinaldi relates a story of sports and charity.

In one crucial moment, a championship belt sparked a bond between a boy in need and the player who helped. The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII, from offensive lineman Trey Smith to the Chiefs Assistant GM Mike Borgonzi. They had their parade on Valentine’s Day 2024, and the community was all united by that moment. To match the rings, the WWE gave the team a Legacy belt. Trey loved having that belt, it was glorious. But as the parade was ending, everything changed as a shooting between angry teens broke out. The Chiefs staff was evacuated, and Trey saw Joey, Mike’s son.

Joey was really scared seeing everyone running to get away. There were so many ambulances, he was really nervous. Trey sat with Joey, could tell Joey was panicked, and his parents didn’t know what to do to calm him down. Mike was sure the fear came from the possibility that the shooter was on the bus. Trey thought how to calm Joey down, and behold, his WWE Legacy belt. Little did Trey know, Joey loves the WWE. Rey threw his shirt to the crowd, and Joey caught it! Joey got to even be Rey for Halloween with that shirt. Joey held onto the belt, and just talked pro-wrestling. He calmed down, and that was a great relief.

Trey telling Joey he was a champion helped Joey forget about the chaos outside. Jill, Joey’s mom, was so grateful that Trey was there with them. Joey thought about his two favorite things, the WWE and the NFL, and it helped him be brave. These childhood moments do carry over into adulthood, so Mike is sure that moment in time changed Joey. When looking back on that day, Joey brings up Trey, the WWE Legacy title, and that Trey let Joey have the belt because he’s the champ. It meant a lot to Joey, he keeps the title by his bed at night to encourage him.

So what is a hero? Joey says a hero is someone who, just like Trey, can help those who are afraid and cheer them up. Trey helped Joey through that scary time, so that’s why Trey’s a hero. And speaking of, Tom welcomes Joey and Trey to the show! Joey got to meet Rey, and Joey thanks Rey and the WWE for giving him such a great experience. Tom says Joey’s an incredible kid. Trey, could this be part of his future? Trey thinks back to being a kid watching WWE, he loves it. Tom says this is a great story, a special bond, and that’s what WWE helps bring into the world. Stay tuned for more kickoff show after this.

 

Jackie Redmond and Wade Barrett tag in for the panel.

Obviously Michael Cole & Pat McAfee need to make their way to commentary, it’s probably gonna take all 45 minutes left to get there. The fans chant for CM Punk, but then they even chant for Jackie.

 

Backstage interview with Judgment Day.

Cathy Kelly is with Finn & Priest, and note they’ve been dominant the past few months. But are the odds stacked against them tonight? Priest is pissed because of course they’d be pissed about this situation! They’re the best, no one team can beat them, so now they stack the odds! Five teams?! Seriously? But Finn says they can keep stacking them up so Judgment Day can keep knocking them down! Finn & Priest fist bump, united, but will they still fail to retain all their titles?

 

WWE honors local Philadelphia non-profits.

Fly Forward, Yeah Philly and The Lighthouse are all given commemorative titles, but that’s not all! In partnership with Slim Jim, WWE awards these organization $50 THOUSAND!! The fans cheer the community champions, here’s hoping that money helps even more people.

 

Backstage interview with Natalya.

Cathy is with the Queen of Harts who has a lot of Mania moments, but what match is she looking forward to? Well, Philly is the City of Brotherly Love, so she wants to see Yeet VS No Yeet, Jey VS Jimmy. She’s Team YEET, but she’s so excited to see how far these two came. Naturally, she loves looking back to Bret VS Owen, Hart VS Hart, WrestleMania 10, so it’s fitting that WrestleMania 40 is also Brother VS Brother. Cathy says Natty looks so lovely right now she’ll just leave it at that, and sends it over to Kayla.

Backstage interview with Dominik Mysterio & Santos Escobar.

Kayla Braxton is with Dom & Santos, but how much does strategy change – Dom says nothing changes, they just want to destroy The LWO. Andrade will learn what happens when you turn on Santos, and Rey will finally pay for turning on those who loved him. Santos agrees with Dom: the strategy remains the same, they will ERADICATE Rey and the LWO. Will Dirty Dom and the Emperor finally get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Sit down interview with Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins.

Jackie Redmond asks them… What do they wanna talk about? Clever, and they fist bump Jackie over it. Jackie says after all the history they had, what is it like to be teaming together? Cody knows they put each other through hell, but they both know what it’d mean if this were to become a Bloodline dominated WWE. The Rock has power on the Board of Directors, what else was Rollins supposed to do? Who else would step up if not Rollins? Jackie also brings up how Rollins got to know Dusty Rhodes back in the day. How much did that motivate this partnership?

Rollins takes the sunglasses off to get serious. Dusty believed in Rollins when he didn’t even believe in himself. Dusty was the first person in the WWE that told Rollins to be himself. And so Rollins being under that learning tree means a lot. What would Dusty make of this partnership? A Dusty Kid and one of his sons. Cody is sure that Dusty seeing the inaugural NXT Champion at WrestleMania, he’d be so proud. Dusty’s fingerprints are all over the WWE in 2024. Then this will probably also be hard to talk about, but what about the confrontation with The Rock in Chicago?

Cody says it was embarrassing more than anything. And the last thing The Rock should’ve done was embarrass Cody. Cody wants to see what it’ll be like facing The Rock in a fair fight. Jackie brings up the ambush in Brooklyn, and Rollins says The Bloodline underestimates their opponents. Rollins has had Roman’s number every step of the way, and that hubris and complacency for Roman is gonna bite him on the ass. The Rock hasn’t wrestled in 12 years, and got hurt the last time he did. Roman has been holding on by fingertips, needing the Bloodline in every title match. Bet it all on Cody & Seth for this one.

Then final question: If they lose, Cody’s match becomes Bloodline Rules, Anything Goes. How massive are the repercussions if this doesn’t go how they hope? The reality is, it was always Bloodline Rules. So it can’t be anything other than a win this time. This is their moment, their time, they are united: just win. Some risks are worth taking, they need this win, and that’s what they will do. Confident as they are, can Team Freakin’ Nightmare pull it off?

 

Coco Jones sings the American National Anthem.

 

Triple H steps out on stage!

Philly knew The Game was here, but now The Game walks out to see the people! He takes a moment to revel in their cheers, then heads down to the ring. HHH gets on the corner for his signature pose and the fans cheer even more. HHH then gets a mic to say, “Man, I live for this. Welcome to a new time. Welcome to a new era! Welcome to WrestleMania!!” The fans fire up for that, and HHH takes his leave, having made his message short and sweet. Are you ready for The HHH Era?

 

WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Becky Lynch!

When it comes to the Raw Women’s Division, Mami has been on top for an entire YEAR, having taken this throne from The Queen, Charlotte Flair. But now, Rhea runs into The Man, and The Man wants to get back to the Big Time! Will Becky show Rhea that dominance doesn’t last forever? Or will Rhea simply eradicate another of the Four Horsewomen?

Becky’s entrance includes a quote from her autobiography, Not Your Average Average Girl. “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will complete you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will destroy you.” Becky found what she loved. She wasn’t good at it, but she wanted to be, and that was enough. She was addicted to the euphoria, and couldn’t believe anyone wanted to do anything else. Average height, average weight, average upbringing, average anxieties, yet she has done some extraordinary things. For she is… THE MAN! Becky steps through the cover of her book and WEARS her book, because she lives it!

As for Rhea, she has Motionless In White live to perform her theme song! They eat, sleep, bleed the demons in your dreams, and Rhea is ready to rock Philadelphia! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly on top tonight!

The bell rings and the fans fire up as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Rhea shoves Becky down! The fans duel already as Rhea eggs on The Man. Becky scowls, and then SLAPS Rhea! Rhea SLAPS back! Then Rhea whips Becky to a corner, runs up, but Becky dodges. Rhea blocks the jump kick, puts Becky on the apron and bumps her off buckles! Becky sputters, Rhea brings her in but Becky HOTSHOTS an arm and POSTS Rhea’s shoulder! Becky goes up, MISSLE DROPKICKS, and Rhea tumbles out. Becky builds speed and slides, but Rhea blocks the kick! Rhea Electric Chair Lifts, but Becky gets free to kick the arm! Then FLYING FOREARM!

Becky hurries after Rhea, puts her in the ring, then storms back in. Rhea swings, Becky bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS her back! Becky swings, but Thea gets under, atomic FACEBUSTER right on the Prime logo. Then Rhea NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Becky scrambles away but Rhea smiles. Rhea sees Becky go to ropes. kicks her around, then puts her in a corner. Rhea bumps Becky off buckles, RAMS into her, and RAMS in again. The ref counts, Rhea lets off, Becky kicks back. Rhea ROCKS and DECKS Becky! Rhea hauls Becky up, reels her in, and she suplexes, but Becky cradle counters! TWO, and Rhea deadlifts Becky!

Rhea SLAMS Becky on the mat, covers, TWO! Rhea is a little amused that Becky’s hanging in there. Rhea pushes Becky around, but Becky fires forearms! Rhea kicks low, CLUBS Becky and CLUBS her again. Rhea whips, DROPKICKS and Becky flounders. The fans rally up as Rhea dusts herself off. Rhea stalks Becky, gets a leg, drags her around with it, then stomps her into a drop zone. Rhea shows some Latina Heat and goes up top. The fans are torn but Becky is after Rhea to SUPER ARM-DRAG! Both women are down and the fans rally up again! Becky crawls her way to ropes, Rhea runs up but Becky counter punches! And again, and again!

They trade haymakers, body shots, and forearms! Becky UPPERCUTS, SOBATS, but Rhea kicks low, stomps a foot, and SMASHES Becky off a knee! But Becky fights the suplex to TORNADO DDT! Becky hurries to cover, TWO! Rhea is still in this but Becky keeps her cool. Becky stands, gets the fans fired up again, then brings Rhea up. Rhea fights the clinch, whips Becky to a corner, then runs up, but Becky dodges! JUMP KICK! Rhea is stuck in the ropes now, and Becky goes up to APRON LEG DROP! Becky gets Rhea up to clinch and BARRIER BECKSPLODER! Rhea writhes, Becky puts her in the ring, and Becky climbs a corner! THE MAN’S LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!

Rhea is still in this and seething, but Becky brings her around. Becky SLAMS the bad arm off the mat, SLAMS it again, and again! Becky goes to mount but Rhea pushes her away! Rhea runs up, into an ELBOW! Becky goes up and up and leaps, into Rhea’s arms! Rhea pops Becky up to a fireman’s carry, for a DROP! And a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Rhea is shocked! Rhea seethes, dribbles Becky off the Prime logo, then drags her up. Rhea pump handles, RIP- NO, Becky slips free and shoves, BACKSTABBER! Shoutout to The Boss, and Becky gets the ARMBAR! Rhea flails, kicks around, but she’s going away from the ropes!

Becky keeps the arm extended, but Rhea stacks her, and deadlifts, to POWERBOMB! Becky holds on, so Rhea BOMBS her again! And BOMBS her again!! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Rhea is beside herself! Rhea looks around as she thinks of what she has to do now. Becky drags herself up, elbows back, but Rhea HEADBUTTS! Rhea whips, but Becky wrangles an arm to TWEAK it! But Rhea BOOTS her for it! Cover, TWO! Rhea is losing her cool, and she hammers away on Becky! Rhea KICKS Becky in the side, CLUBS away, but Becky CHOPS! Rhea CHOPS, they CHOP and CHOP and SLAP and CHOP!

The fans fire up and “WOO~!” and Rhea HEADBUTTS again! Rhea runs in, but Becky POSTS her! Then Becky has Rhea in the ropes, DISARM-HER!! The ref counts, Becky lets off at 4.52! Becky BOOTS Rhea into the post! Rhea falls back, Becky adjusts, THE MAN’S LEG DROP BLOCKED into the PRISM TRAP!! Becky endures the Cloverleaf and reaches out, but Rhea drags her back! Becky still fights forward, but Rhea drags her back again! And then drops down to body scissor! Becky is caught right on the Prime logo, but she uses her arms as best she can to fight around! They roll and roll, into a cover! TWO!!

Rhea gets up, ROUNDHOUSES Becky, but Becky stays up. Rhea pump handles, RIP- NO, Becky slips free to MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Rhea survives and shocks everyone, especially Becky! “This is Awesome!” as Becky thinks on what she has to do now. Becky grabs the arm but Rhea moves around. Rhea shoves Becky away, but Becky gets around. Rhea turns the backslide around to flip Becky up and over! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Becky survives and everyone’s shocked all over again! Rhea asks just what the what, and she pushes Becky to a drop zone. Rhea goes up top, but the bad arm bothers her.

Becky hits ropes to trip Rhea up! Rhea gets stuck up top, Becky ROCKS her! Becky climbs up, throws haymakers, windmills away on Rhea, then climbs to the very top. Becky brings Rhea up, for a SUPERPLEX! Roll through, ARMBAR! Rhea moves around, but Becky uses that to get the DISARM-HER!!! Rhea is caught now, but she kicks and pushes up! Rhea Electric Chair Lifts! Becky throws hands, then victory rolls to the outside! Rhea lands on her feet to bring Becky around, ELECTRIC CHAIR SLAM to the floor!! Rhea fires up and the fans fire up, too! Rhea puts Becky in, climbs a corner, and FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Becky does it again, but how?!

Rhea is furious, and she tells Becky she could’ve made this a lot easier on herself. Becky’s on the apron, Rhea goes up the corner. Rhea drags Becky up, to deadlift SUPER- NO, Becky fights that off! Becky pops free to UPPERCUT, HOTSHOT, and then climb up after Rhea! Becky clinches for a SUPER MAN- NO, Rhea slips free! HAYMAKER! Pump handle, RIPTIDE BUCKLE BOMB STYLE! Then another RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s World Champion)

One year and counting for Mami! It took more than even she expected it to, but if Rhea can beat even the Big Time, will anyone ever stand a chance of stopping her?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Six Pack Ladder Match: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS #DIY VS The Awesome Truth VS The New Day VS New Catch Republic VS A-Town Down Under!

From Judgment Day to Judgment Day, we see if the boys can follow Mami’s example. However, The Prince & The Punisher aren’t just facing one team, or even two teams. FIVE teams from both Raw and SmackDown get their shot in what very well could be the biggest tag team championship match then, now and forever! Now, there is a sliver of hope: the match doesn’t end until BOTH the red and the blue belts are brought down! Can Finn & Priest come away with at least a little gold? Or will it all be gone in one fell swoop?

To go along with R-Truth thinking they’re DX, Gargano & Ciampa have a very DX inspired graphics package and ring attire so that Truth won’t have to face the truth. Meanwhile, Kofi Kingston is Rocky while Xavier Woods is Creed, and they’re ready to go as many rounds as needed! All the introductions are made, the belts are already hanging in the balance, and we see if the Judgment Day stays golden!

The bell rings and all five challenger teams go after the champs! The fans fire up as Finn gets mugged outside while Priest gets mugged inside! Then things spill out as everyone goes for ladders! The different teams go after each other, Finn hits a POST, and then A-Town Down Under get ladders under each set of belts! They want to get it all done all at once! DIY, Awesome Truth and New Catch Republic stop them, then they all fight over who gets to climb! Miz gets ahead on the Raw belts, as does Truth for SmackDown, but everyone goes after them now! NCR brawl with DIY, A-Town Down Under join in, and then new Day sneak in the middle!

Kofi tips the Raw Ladder! Woods tips the SmackDown ladder! They each reach for belts but the Judgment Day go after them! Kofi gets SMACKED off rungs, Woods is put in an corner! UPPERCUT from Priest! Kofi keeps Finn from climbing so Finn TOSSES him out! Dunne goes after Finn, Finn ROCKS Dunne! Priest CHUCKS a ladder at Waller & Theory! Dunne is sent into a ladder by Finn! Ciampa’s back, but Priest sends a ladder into him! The Judgment Day put ladders in corners, they mug Bate, and then puts Bate against a ladder. Priest runs up, but Bate moves, Priest splashes onto the rungs! Bate ROCKS Finn, then torture racks him and a ladder!

The fans fire up as the AIRPLANE SPIN gets going, Jumbo Jet style! Kofi gets in but gets SMACKED! The ladder falls away but the spin continues for Finn! Bate stops at about ten, then TOSSES Finn onto the ladder! Bate calls to Dunne but Woods drags Bate out! Ciampa CHOPS Waller down, Woods brawls with Bate, Dunne BOOTS Theory! Bate & Dunne climb the tallest ladder standing! The other teams are brawling, and so NCR say go! DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!! The fans are thunderous as all the other teams get wiped out! NCR get the ladders in the ring and go for the SmackDown belts first.

Dunne RAMS into Priest to keep him away as Bate goes up. But Priest lifts Dunne, to RAZOR’S EDGE him into Bate and the ladder! Bate takes the worse of the falls, and Priest goes up! Priest has to choose which belt first, but Miz CLUBS him down! Miz full nelsons, but Priest fights it! The ladder is tipped over, Priest ROCKS Miz! Finn joins in to CLUB away on Miz and knee him down! The Judgment Day move the ladder aside, but Truth… wants to tag in!? Did he get hit so hard he forgot what kind of match this is?! Judgment Day whips Miz to a the ladder, Miz stops himself and doges, hot tag to Truth! Truth does the splits to dump Priest!

Truth runs to rally with the big shoulder tackles! Finn swings, into the SPIN OUT BOMB! Truth gets up and the fans are with him as he says, “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Truth runs, shimmy and FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! Then fireman’s carry, and ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT through a ladder! Truth covers but that’s not the kind of match this is! Truth counts it, he feels he won. Miz reminds him, this is a LADDER match! GO up! Priest choke grips Awesome Truth but they kick back! THE AWESOME FINALE! Truth tells “HBK” to tune up, so Gargano tunes up! SWEET CHIN MUSIC for Priest! And then a PEDGIREE from “HHH!”

The fans fire up as #RegenerationX coordinates, and they get ladders up under the belts! Miz & Truth have the blue ones in sight, DIY has the red! The fans cheer this on, but then Waller TIPS Awesome Truth! Theory TIPS DIY! The fans boo as A-Town Down Under now has to go and climb! Waller has the blue belts down, they’re the SmackDown champions!

A-Town Down Under are NEW Smackdown Tag Team Champions

Well, whether we like it or not, they’ve got half the prize here! Theory gets the ladder set up for the red belts, but New Day mugs him first! Bate says Bop up, BANG on Waller! He and Dunne then get Waller up to DOUBLE POWERBOMB through a ladder bridge!!! The fans lose their minds as the Grayson Waller Effect just got brutally neutralized! New Catch Republic then moves on to WRECK the New Day with dropkicks! They hurry to stop Ciampa getting his ladder in, and they RAM him into barriers! Gargano is up, Dunne runs up but Gargano DUMPS him! Bate runs up into a GAMANGIRI! Gargano CANNONBALLS onto Dunne and Finn!

Ciampa RAMS Bate into the Prime drink tank! DIY say, “GET THE TABLES!” Philly fires up as now they go Team 3DIY! Truth helps out to set things up ringside as fans cheer for “E C DUB! E C DUB!” And not just one but THREE tables! Dunne DECKS Truth, Ciampa has Woods at the ropes. Gargano joins in, but Kofi saves Woods from the double suplex! Kofi hits TROUBL EIN PARADISE, Ciampa keeps Gargano from falling in ladders! Woods KNEES Ciampa, he and Kofi mug Ciampa, then SMACK him off another ladder bridge! Woods goes to the top and takes aim! Tightrope and LIMIT BREAKER on the ladder!!

Woods writhes, Kofi gets the ladder bridge outta the way, then TOSSES Dunne as he runs in! Kofi BOOTS Miz, Woods climbs, but Finn is back! Kofi kicks him, kicks Priest, brawls with Bate, and then kicks Miz! Woods and Kofi both climb, so Kofi SUPER TRUST FALLS to take everyone out!! Woods reaches out for the red belts in hand, but Theory CLUBS him! And KNEES him, and TOSSES him! Theory hurries to adjust the ladder, the fans boo! But NCR return! They drag Theory down, and bend his fingers! Dunne SNAPS Theory’s digits, then he and Bate hit the  BIRMINGHAMMER!!

Dunne holds the ladder in place, Bate climbs, but Gargano’s back. Dunne runs up but Gargano puts him on the apron, GAMANGIRI! Ciampa climbs to intercept Bate! Gargano slingshots, ONE FINAL BEAT through a table!!! Bate and Ciampa brawl while fans lose their minds, and Bate touches belts! But Ciampa Alabama Lifts! SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!!! The ladder falls with them!! Philly again loses their minds, and wait! Truth rises up! Truth sees the belts, he sees the ladder, and the fans cheer him on! Truth stands the ladder back up, hurries to climb, but JD MCDONAGH attacks!? The Irish Ace YANKS him down, DEVLINSIDE!!

JD calls to Judgment Day as the fans boo as hard as they can! JD hurries to get Finn in and up the ladder! JD even helps Finn climb! Finn reaches out, but Woods returns! And Kofi! Kofi has a chair to SMACK JD! Woods fires off on Finn, then lets Kofi SMACK him, too! And again! JD sees he’s alone now, and the New Day carries the ladder over to tip it! JD falls through the tables!!! And then New Day resets the ladder, only for Priest to BOOT Woods! Priest CLUBS Kofi down, has him in the crucifix, RAZOR’S EDGE onto a chair!! Priest storms up the ladder while fans boo, but Priest just soaks up all that heat.

Priest grabs the belts, but MIZ returns! Miz fires off hands to bring Priest down! Miz grabs onto the belts, but Priest choke grips Miz! SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN! It wasn’t the cleanest given the ladder itself is beat up, but Priest chucks it to get a new one. Truth is there but Priest BOOTS him! Priest stands this new ladder up, and the fans rally for Truth to get up! Truth rises again and he TIP the ladder! Priest hotshots off ropes, and into a fireman’s carry! ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT out of the ring! Truth hurries to get the ladder up again! Truth climbs and the fans are thunderous already! Truth grabs the belts, brings them down, and Awesome Truth win!!

The Awesome Truth are the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions

Judgment Day loses it all as Truth finally has a WrestleMania moment! He and Miz celebrate finally reigning together, will they make the rest of 2024 truly AWESOME?

 

Rey Mysterio & Andrade El Idolo VS Dominik Mysterio & Santos Escobar!

It was just last year that the father and son battled, and now on the biggest WrestleMania ever, this blood feud has escalated! The former La Sombra and the former El Hijo Del Fantasma are themselves multi-generational luchadores, each with their own ideas of what lucha libre should be. In shocking fashion, Andrade rejected Dom & Santos to join Rey, will they make him regret it? Or will the Prodigal Son and the Emperor of Lucha finally be humbled?

Naturally, both sides bring all their back up in the rest of the LWO and Legado Del Fantasma. The teams sort out and Rey starts against Santos. Santos JUMP KNEES, whips, then drops. Rey ducks ‘n ‘dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Santos staggers, Dom tags in and the fans boo. Dom stares Rey down but Rey smirks. Rey runs up, Dom dodges and kicks low! Dom reels Rey in, gives some Latino Heat, but Rey slips right out! Rey BOOTS, then tags in Andrade! Andrade CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Dom! Dom falls, Andrade DECKS Santos! Dom kicks low, CHOPS back, then runs, but into the boot feint and ELBOW!

Dom bails out, Andrade tags Rey, and they combine to wheelbarrow RANA to send Santos out! Andrade then climbs up, Rey climbs up onto Andrade’s shoulders, and they DOUBLE DECKER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and the fans all fire up! Rey bumps Dom off barriers, then brings him around to SLAP him! Dom gets into the ring, Rey goes up a corner to slingshot and RANA! Dom hits POST, then Rey takes off his belt! The ref reprimands, but Dom mule kicks! Dom whips Rey to the apron, but Rey ROCKS him! Rey springboards but Dom DECKS him! The fans boo but Dom KNEES Andrade off the apron!

Dom has the ref pay attention as he tags in Santos. Santos then KICKS Rey in the side! Fans boo as Santos puts Rey in the ring. Santos steps in to LEG DROP! Santos rains down fists, then he drags Rey up. Santos talks trash, whips Rey to ropes, and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Rey is tougher than that but Santos drags him up. Tag to Dom then Santos whips, BACKBREAKER and Dom slingshot SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Dom is annoyed but the ref defends his count. Dom facelocks to keep Rey away from Andrade. Rey fights up as the fans rally, and he throws body shots! Rey runs, but Dom UPPERCUTS him down! Cover, TWO!

Dom is annoyed and he brings Rey up to tag in Santos. They double whip Rey to ropes, then ELBOW him down! They both run to DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Santos is annoyed, and he drags Rey up to put him up top. Santos climbs, he pulls on the mask, but the fans boo! The ref reprimands, Santos lets go to then bring Rey into the Tree of Woe. Santos goes corner to corner, runs in, and PENALTY KICKS Rey out of the Tree! Santos smiles as he drags Rey up, snapmares, and clamps onto a seated Cobra Twist! Rey endures, the fans rally, and Andrade reaches out. Rey fights up, throws hands, but Santos shoves him to a corner.

Santos runs up but Rey BOOTS him! Rey bumps Santos off buckles, climbs up and he rains down fists! But Santos Electric Chair Lifts Rey! Rey throws hands, shifts around, but Santos blocks the sunset! Rey sits up to go again, CODE RED! Both men are down, the fans rally up, hot tags to Dom and Andrade! El Idolo rallies on Santos and Dom, DRAGON SCREW for DRAGON SCREW! Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Dom! Andrade kips up, the fans fire up, and Andrade sees Dom in a corner! Andrade has the fans chanting “SI! SI! SI!” Andrade runs to CIEN SHADOWS! Andrade then goes up the corner, MOONSAULT!

Dom moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Dom stays in this but Andrade whips him to ropes. Dom reverses, dodges, and NECKBREAKERS! Dom crawls, as does Andrade, hot tags to Santos and Rey! Rey goes up to SEATED SENTON! Then he runs to RANA Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up and the fans love it, but Dom runs in! Rey TOSSES Dom, redials, 619!! Andrade goes up to ARIHARA MOONSAULT Dom down! Rey then goes up but Angel distracts the ref! Humberto anchors Rey and Santos GAMANGIRIS! Santos then goes up to get Rey for a SUPER DUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Rey survives! Lopez gets mad at the ref, but Zelina YANKS her down! Zelina goes up the corner now to ASAI MOONSAULT! Down goes Lopez, Angel is mad, and Carlito has to keep Zelina from getting after him! That’s fine, Cruz Del Toro FLIES out onto Angel! Humberto DIVES onto Cruz! Carlito RAMS Humberto into Angel! Wilde says let’s get a Mania moment! Carlito and Cruz agree! BOOSTED CROSSBODY takes out Angel & Humberto!! The fans are thunderous, but Santos runs up at Rey! DOUBLE KNEES in the corner, then Santos POSTS Rey! The ref sorts out the chaos on the outside as Santos tells Dom to bash Rey’s head out!

Wait, who are these guys in lucha masks!? They’re huge! They POST Dom, then put him in the ring! Just what happened here!? Santos is freaking out, Andrade CLUBS Santos and Rey puts him on ropes, too! DOUBLE 619!! Then Andrade gives Dom THE MESSAGE! Rey hits the FROG SPLASH on Santos! Cover, LWO wins!!

Winners: Rey Mysterio & Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

But seriously, who’re these towering dudes in the lucha masks? They take off the masks, and surprise! Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles! Fly, Eagles, Fly indeed! Will this finally be enough to humble Legado?

 

Jey Uso VS Jimmy Uso!

Two twins that were down since day one, but torn apart by pride and jealousy, these two will battle in just the third-ever Brother VS Brother singles match in WrestleMania history. This is twin VS twin, Uso VS Uso, YEET VS NO YEET, who will establish their own identity once and for all?

Given the deal they made just this past week, Jey gets Lil’ Wayne to be part of his entrance! Jimmy comes out here solo, so Jey DIVES right onto him! The fans fire up and “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as Jey POSTS Jimmy! Jey ROCKS Jimmy, POSTS him again, and then pushes Jimmy into the ring. Jimmy gets up, swings, but the bell rings as Jey dodges! Jey fires haymakers, whips, but Jimmy holds ropes. Jey clotheslines Jimmy up and out! Jey throws off the vest and he DIVES onto Jimmy again! The fans fire up as Jey gets Jimmy up and into the ring. Jimmy comes back, into a GAMANGIRI! Jey goes up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Jimmy sputters but he survives and flounders to the corner. Jey takes aim from across the way, runs in, but Jimmy pops him up, SAMOAN DROP! Not the cleanest but Jimmy finally gets his vest off. Jimmy aims from the corner now, runs in, HIP ATTACK! Jey sputters now while fans boo. Jimmy keeps going, and he HIP ATTACKS again! Big Brother Jimmy shows no mercy as he then runs up to BOOT Jey down! Jimmy soaks up the heat for being Mr. No Yeet, then runs in again. Jey BOOTS Jimmy back! Jey goes up, leaps, but into an UPPERCUT! Jimmy grins as he says this is too easy. Jimmy eggs Jey on as Jey slowly rises.

Jey stands, into a SUPERKICK! Jey falls, Jimmy throws up the one, but the fans boo. Jimmy runs up to SUPERKICK again! Jimmy eggs Jey on more, and Jey stands again. SUPERKICK! Jey leans against ropes as Jimmy eggs Jey on. Jimmy aims, SUPERKICKS, and Jey flops around against ropes! The fans chant “JIMMY SUCKS! JIMMY SUCKS!” Jimmy says he doesn’t suck, and he SUPERKICKS Jey back down! The fans boo more but Jimmy just revels in it. Jimmy goes up the corner, mocks Jey’s bounce, but the fans give thumbs down. Jimmy aims at Jey, to USO SPLASH, but he has to roll out as Jey moves! Jey SUPERKICKS now!

Both Usos are down and the fans rally up! Jey and Jimmy slowly rise, they stare down, and oddly they both smile. Jimmy throws a haymaker, so Jey gives it back! Jimmy UPPERCUTS, to Jey HAYMAKERS! “NO YEET! YEET! NO YEET! YEET!” and repeat! Jey ducks to fireman’s carry, but Jimmy fights free! Jimmy mule kicks, UPPERCUTS, but Jey returns the mule kick and the uppercut! Jey blocks a kick but Jimmy DRAGON WHIPS! So Jey PELES! The fans fire up as both Usos are evenly matched! This will come down to who makes the smarter move! Jey grins, Jimmy gets mad, and the fans rally up as the hands fly!

Jey fireman’s carries again, but Jimmy fights free again. SUPERKICK! Jey wobbles, but then he SUPERKICKS! Jimmy goes to ropes, Jey eggs him on now! Jimmy returns, to SUPERKICK! Jey rebounds to SUPERKICK! Jimmy goes to a corner, Jey eggs him on, so Jimmy SUPERKICKS again! Jey SUPERKICKS again! It’s a Superkick Party as Jey SUPERKICKS Jimmy in a corner! Jimmy’s dazed and Jey fires up! The fans rally, Jey SUPERKICKS again! Jey wants Jimmy to get up, and eggs him on! “I’m your twin brother!” Jimmy wobbles, the fans rally, and Jey goes corner to corner to SUPER SUPERKICK!! Jimmy falls in a heap!

The ref checks Jimmy but somehow, he’s still in this! Jey tells Jimmy to get up, he knows this isn’t it. Jimmy rises up, Jey says “Line ’em all up, knock ’em down!” SUPER- NO, Jimmy puts up the guard and Jey holds back! The fans boo, they don’t think Jimmy is sincere. Jimmy is apologizing?! He’s sorry for what he’s done!? The fans still don’t believe Jimmy, but what does Jey believe? Jimmy reaches out a hand, apologizes some more, and Jey takes it! The Usos hug it out! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS!! The fans knew it all along! Jimmy hurries up top, to USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Jey survives and Jimmy is shocked!

The fans fire up with “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey crawls to a corner, Jimmy aims from the other. Jimmy glares at Jey as he rises, and then Jimmy runs in, SPEAR from Jey!! Jey drags Jimmy to the drop zone, goes up the corner, and USO SPLASH!! Cover, JEY WINS!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

It was Uso VS Uso, twin VS twin, and YEET wins out! Jey stands tall, is this the end of the family feud?

 

Six Woman Tag: Naomi, Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill VS Damage CTRL!

While Bayley got betrayed by her own team, she isn’t the only one that has beef with Damage CTRL. The Glow, The EST and even SmackDown’s newest star can’t stand how Asuka, Kairi Sane & Dakota Kai think they run this, and they’re taking a stand! Will this power trio tear down DMG CTRL once and for all? Or will not even the GlowEST Storm be ready for the Empress of Tomorrow, the Pirate Princess and #CobraKai?

Fitting of the Kabuki Warriors’ style, they have Japanese maidens waving fans and sprinkling cherry blossoms around for their entrance. The theme song seems to even have a Japanese remix now. As for Naomi, Bianca & Jade, they descend from the sky, ready to not just glow but to shine! The trios sort out, Asuka starts against Naomi and the fans rally up. Asuka and Naomi circle, tie up, and go around. Naomi headlocks, Asuka powers up and out and tags Kairi. Naomi ducks the Kabuki Warriors to SHOTGUN them both! Naomi kips up, runs at Kairi, basement dropkick! Naomi drags Kairi int position, SPLIT LEG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Kairi scrambles up, Naomi runs in but is put on the apron. Kairi runs up but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi goes up, but Asuka runs over! Naomi ROCKS Asuka but Kairi goes after the hair! The ref backs Kairi off but Dakota BOOTS Naomi down! The fans boo but DMG CTRL uses numbers to their advantage as always. Kairi goes up to SUPER FLYING KABUKI ELBOW! DMG CTRL talks trash and soaks up the heat, then Kairi puts Naomi in. Cover, TWO! Naomi stays in this but Kairi clamps onto Naomi. Kairi drags her over, bumps her off buckles and tags Asuka. The Kabuki Warriors double whip to bypass, KICK, AX KICK, BULLDOG and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!

Naomi stays in this but Asuka stays on her. The fans rally, Asuka gives thumbs down, but Naomi throws body shots! Asuka SLAPS Naomi, but Naomi blocks the buzzsaw! Naomi spins Asuka but Asuka SLAPS her down! Asuka whips Naomi to the corner, runs in, but Naomi BOOTS back! Naomi fires off on Dakota and Kairi, then DOUBLE STUNNERS! The fans fire up and Naomi stands, but Asuka runs in! Asuka blocks kicks but not the REBOUND ENZIGIRI! Naomi crawls, but Asuka tags Dakota! Dakota anchors Naomi’s feet, brings her back, and Kairi runs up! Jade BOOTS Kairi, Naomi gets free to hot tag Bianca!

Bianca rallies on Dakota, DROPKICKS her down, then gets Asuka for a BACKBREAKER! Kairi returns, but Bianca wrenches and suplexes! Bianca holds Kairi up, marches around then SLAMS her down! Bianca kips up, the fans fire up, and Bianca runs to RAM both Kabuki Warriors in a corner! Bianca climbs up, and she rains down fists on them both! The fans count all the way to TEN, but Dakota runs in! Bianca backflips up and over, then scoops Dakota to a GUTBUSTER! Asuka runs up, SPINEBUSTER! Kairi goes up but Bianca ROCKS her first! Bianca trophy lifts Kairi to then DROP her onto Asuka and Dakota!

Bianca fires up, builds speed and handsprings to MOONSAULT! Three for one, triple cover! TWO!! The fans fire up as Bianca points to Jade! But Dakota gets the hair! Dakota puts Bianca on the apron, avoids Bianca’s shoulder and STOMPS her down! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kairi, and she tags Asuka. DMG CTRL gets Bianca up, Asuka CODE BREAKERS and Kairi BLOCKBUSTERS! Asuka then SLIDING KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Bianca’s the toughEST for a reason, but Asuka brings her up. Asuka whips Bianca to the corner, runs up, and ELBOWS! Dakota tags in, but Bianca fires off forearms on everyone!

Asuka mule kicks, she and Dakota bring Bianca around. But Bianca handsprings out of the double suplex, dodges the double lariats, hot tag to Jade! DMG CTRL is worried now! They run up, Jade DECKS Asuka, BOOTS Dakota, then choke grips Asuka for a CHOKE SLAM! Kairi is up top, she leaps at Jade, but Jade catches her! Jade swings Kairi around to a BACKBREAKER! Jade says Kairi chose the wrong one! Dakota runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Jade back drops her hard! Jade fires up, runs up, and STINGER SPLASHES! Jade brings Dakota around, suplexes to a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Kabuki Warriors break it!

Bianca gets in, she wrenches Kairi to a torture rack! But Asuka makes the save! Kairi waistlocks, but Bianca ducks, BLUE MIST into Kairi! BUBBA BOMB for Kairi, Bianca LASHES Asuka with the braid!! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Dakota runs up at Jade, but Jade turns wheelbarrow into chicken wings! JADED!! Cover, Jade’s team wins!

Winners: Naomi, Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill, by pinfall

Her first WrestleMania, and Jade makes it a victorious one! Will this win lead all of the #Big3 to big things in the near future?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Sami Zayn!

Der Ring General has reached Day 667 of his reign, adding to the historic record with every defense. However, the Great Liberator vowed to do something truly historic for this WrestleMania, and dethroning the “greatest Intercontinental Champion in history” would certainly fit the bill! Chad Gable helped train Sami to be ready for this, will it all pay off? Or will nothing stop Gunther from keeping this mat sacred?

Before the match, Sami’s wife and son visit him backstage. They tell him tonight is the night. He can do it! Sami is so happy his son believes in him, and blows a kiss. Gable is there to tell him it’s time. Sami is ready, but Gable says he can’t go out there with him. Really? After all that training? Gable says Sami got this on his own, he always did, but don’t forget: you owe Gable a favor. Sami nods and shakes Gable’s hand. Sami goes up the long ramp to gorilla, then turns the corner to see Kevin Owens there! Kevin gives him a push and a hug, and tells him to go do it! Sami goes through the curtain to gorilla, then out on stage because it’s time!

As for Gunther, he has Imperium accompany him on stage, and they take his coat for him before he goes down to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just what kind of history is made here tonight!

The bell rings, the fans rally up for Sami as he circles around Gunther. They feel things out, circle some more, and they tie up. Gunther puts Sami in a corner, the ref counts, but Gunther lets off slowly. Sami sees chop and puts up his guard, and Gunther laughs. Gunther pie faces Sami, so Sami CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Gunther shoves Sami back, Sami dodges the chop to CHOP, CHOP and then climb up! Sami rains down fists and the fans count. Gunther stops Sami at 7, swings, but Sami dodges to CHOP! CHOP! And whip, but Gunther reverses! Sami goes up but Gunther catches him to a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Sami writhes while Gunther paces. Gunther drags Sami up, CHOPS again, and Sami staggers away to ropes. Gunther gives Sami kicks then BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Sami up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Sami writhes more, but Gunther paces. Gunther stands Sami up just to CHOP him down! Gunther eggs Sami on, CHOPS him again, and Sami falls back over. Sami shakes his head as he rises back up, but Gunther UPPERCUTS! Sami goes to a corner, the fans duel, and Gunther storms up. Sami CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Gunther UPPERCUTS! Gunther runs to clothesline! Gunther puts Sami up top to CHOP again!

Gunther climbs up to STAND on Sami and bend him against the top rope! The ref counts, Gunther lets off, and Sami flops down to the mat. Gunther soaks up the heat and grins as Sami sits up. Gunther storms up on Sami and stands him up, to CLUB him on the back! Sami scowls but Gunther UPPERCUTS Sami right down! Sami’s wife is in the front row coaching Sami but Gunther talks trash. Gunther stands Sami up to KICK, and KICK, and CHOP! Sami flops down, but Gunther stands Sami up. Sami CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS! Repeat! The fans “WOO~”, Sami dodges Gunther to LARIAT! The fans and Mrs. Zayn fire up!

Sami brings Gunther up, but Gunther CHOPS! Sami roars as he stays up, so Gunther CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Sami CHPOS, JABS, fires off haymakers and fast hands! The fans fire up as Gunther has to cover up! Gunther shoves Sami, Sami BOOTS the lariat, then HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES! Gunther staggers up, into another HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Gunther LARIATS Sami right down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Gunther is annoyed. Gunther storms up on Sami, stands him up, but Sami CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Sami down! Gunther hauls Sami up but Sami fights the lift! Sami wrenches, CHOPS, CHOPS and SLAPS!

Sami goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Gunther flounders to a corner and the fans fire up! Sami takes aim, runs in, HELLUVA- SLEEPER! Gunther squeezes tight but Sami arm-drags free! Sami gets around, but Gunther headlocks to fight the Blue Thunder! Sami slips out the back to CLUB, CLUB, crossface forearm and repeat! Sami lifts, Gunther slips out, SLEEPER! Body scissors added on, Sami is caught on top of the Prime logo! The fans rally as Sami endures and reaches out! Sami moves around, fights to his feet, and Gunther’s a backpack on him! Sami marches his way forward, reaches his hand out, but he’s also turning red!

Gunther shifts to GERMAN SUPLEX Sami away from ropes! Sami flounders to a corner, Gunther runs in, but into a clinch! CORNER EXPLODER! The fans fire up as Sami goes to the opposite corner, then runs in, but into a T-REX SHOTGUN! GUNTHER BOMB!! High stack, TWO?!?! Sami survives and the fans fire up! Gunther is surprised and thinks on what he has to try now. The fans rally as hard as they can for Sami as he rises up. Sami wobbles and hobbles his way to a corner, Gunther runs in, and Gunther HELLUVA KICKS!? Gunther grins as he parodies Sami’s best move, and then stands Sami up.

Gunther runs, Sami follows! HELLUVA KICK!!! Cover, TWO!!! Gunther survives and Sami can’t believe it! Sami refocuses, goes back to a corner, and he waits on Gunther to stand. Sami runs back in, but into a LARIAT!! Gunther hauls Sami right up, GUNTHER BOMB!! Deadlift and ANOTHER GUNTHER BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Sami shocks everyone, including Gunther! Philly is thunderous as Sami is still in this, but Gunther talks trash to Sami’s wife! Sami’s wife gives it right back to Gunther, so Gunther SLAPS Sami, CHOPS Sami, and stands over him. Gunther sits Sami up to KICK him!

Sami is on ropes, Gunther CHOKES him! The ref counts, Gunther steps away, but then stomps a mudhole in! The fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” but Gunther stomps more! The ref backs Gunther down, Sami drags himself up with ropes. Gunther soaks up heat, runs up, and LARIATS Sami back down! Gunther wants the ref to check Sami, but Sami is already sitting up! Gunther is annoyed, he again talks trash to Sami’s wife and family, and even says Mrs. Zayn should get in the ring to check on her husband. She just coaches Sami on instead, so Gunther hauls Sami up, GUNTHER BOMB right on the Prime logo!

Commentary is starting to get worried for Sami, but the fans are torn. Gunther grins as the ref checks Sami, but Sami still wants to fight! Gunther goes up, GUNTHER SPLASH! Gunther smiles, he’s just toying with Sami now! Gunther goes up the corner again, to GUNTHER SPLASH again!! The fans boo, but Gunther decides he’ll top it off. Gunther taunts Mrs. Zayn, but Sami is stirring! Sami is rising! The fans are firing up as Sami is firing up! Gunther can’t believe this, but he hurries up top! Sami HELLUVA KICKS the legs!! Sami goes up, brings Gunther to the top rope, for a TOP ROPE BRAINBUSTER!!! The fans lose their minds!

Sami aims, Gunther stands, and Sami gives him a HELLUVA KICK!!! Gunther sits down int he corner, Sami goes back to the other side, and the fans are thunderous for the HELLUVA KICK!!!! Gunther falls, Sami covers, SAMI WINS!!!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)

“Historic” might be an understatement! Something about this is miraculous yet also inevitable! Sami once again holds the Intercontinental Championship after making the impossible possible! The Zayn family celebrates Baba Sami bringing home the gold, will this be the best reign Sami’s had yet?

 

Nick Aldis and Adam Pearce are here!

The General Managers of SmackDown and Raw want to take a moment to thank everyone live and everyone around the world making this truly the biggest WrestleMania of all time! And they’ve only just begin. All night long, the fans have given the WWE their passion and energy, and as we prepare for the biggest tag team match of all time, please give a little bit more. On behalf of the WWE, and the 72,543 beautiful souls that have filled the seats in The Linc, thank you!

 

The Dream Team Tag Match: Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins VS The Rock & Roman Reigns!

The American Nightmare won the Royal Rumble for the second year in a row, and his moment of hesitancy created this entire mess we’ve found ourselves in. The Final Boss and Tribal Chief who escalated things, and now this main event will directly affect tomorrow night’s main event! If The American Nightmare & Visionary win, Roman Reigns must finally have a title match that is fair and square, no Bloodline allowed ringside. However, if Cody & Seth lose, it’s the exact opposite! Bloodline Rules, anything goes, and The Rock has promised time and again to make Cody suffer and bleed! Then will Night Two be by the book? Or will it turn into a #FreakinNightmare?

The fans of course sing along with Cody’s song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and he gets his pyro. Cody also hugs his mom, Michelle, at ringside before handing the Freakin’ Nightmare belt to his father-in-law, Otis Friedman, who battled cancer and chemo to be here. Rollins makes his entrance and the fans again sing, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins’ robe has quite the long train, and it’s a hybrid of blue velvet on one side and a gold ‘n’ black leaf pattern on the other. But then the lights drop down for The Rock’s Brahma Bull Black Adam entrance, “ACTIVATING V.10.0. FINAL BOSS ENGAGED.” Lightning and fire, and The Rock steps out on stage!

The Rock shows off The People’s Championship, as bestowed upon him by Lonnie Ali, wife to the late, great Muhammad Ali. And after The Rock makes it down to the ring, Roman finally makes his entrance, Paul Heyman by his side once again. Roman holds up the Universal Championship and gets his pyro as he stands her on Day 1315. Roman makes his way into the ring, holds the belt up again, and has his second round of pyro. The introductions are made, because the stakes are raised, and we see if The Bloodline gets their way like always!

The teams stare down and the fans fire up, but this still has to be 1v1. The ref wants them all to calm down and sort things out, but the stare downs only get more intense! Neither side is budging, not wanting to be the side that concedes first. The ref still insists, there have to be legal men and men waiting on the corner. Rock and Roman talk it out, fist bump, and Roman steps up! Cody and Rollins shake hands as Rollins steps up. Roman is amused and the fans fire up as we see the Shield brother rematch. They circle, the fans sing “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins is amused now while Roman is annoyed.

Roman and Rollins feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. They go around, Roman headlocks, but Rollins powers up and out. Roman runs Rollins over and Rollins tumbles. Roman puts up the one, as does The Rock, and Roman says Rollins already knows, “I’ll run the b*tch over real quick.” Rollins and Roman reset, go again, and they tie up. Roman headlocks, Rollins powers up and out, but Rollins drops down to hurdle and redirect! Rollins ducks ‘n’ dodges to mule kick! Roman sputters, Rollins wrenches and reaches for Cody, but Roman breaks free! Rollins smirks as Roman seems to be avoiding Cody.

Cody still wants to tag in and the fans want to see it, so Rollins tags Cody! We get our appetizer of the Universal Championship match as these two circle, and they tie up. Cody wrenches, wristlocks, and UPPERCUTS the arm! Cody CLUBS the arm, wrenches again, then whips. Roman reverses, runs in and clotheslines! Roman mocks the fans chanting for Cody, then CLUBS Cody down. Roman CLUBS Cody along the ropes, headlocks, but Cody powers up and out. Cody drops, hurdles, and kitchen sink knees! Cody ROCKS Roman, ROCKS him again, then UPPERCUTS! Roman headlocks, Cody powers up and out, but Rollins misses the tag.

Roman ducks ‘n’ dodges but hesitates, unsure if Rollins is making a move. Cody and Roman reset, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder. The Test of Strength goes around, and Cody wrenches to wristlock then headlock. Now Rollins tags in as Roman powers up and out. Cody ducks, Roman stops as he sees both Cody and Rollins there. The fans rally up as The Rock reaches out! Rollins smirks and Roman looks around. The fans chant “ROCKY! ROCKY!” so Roman tags him in! The fans fire up as the World Heavyweight Champion and the People’s Champion finally circle and feel things out. They tie up, and Rollins digs his heels in.

Rollins starts to push The Rock back, but Rock SHOVES Rollins down! Rollins sits up and nods as he admits, that was good, The Rock’s not just putting on Hollywood muscles here. They reset, tie up, and Rollins waistlocks, headlocks, hammerlocks then shoves The Rock! Rollins mocks The Rock to show it takes more than size to keep up with him. The fans sing “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” but also chant for “ROCKY! ROCKY!” The two tie up again, go around, and Rock puts Rollins in the ring. The ref counts, Rock lets off slowly, but then kicks low and hard! The Rock talks trash, throws hands, then DECKS Rollins!

Rollins flounders up, The Rock swings again but Rollins counter punches! And again and again and again! Rollins whips Rock to the corner but Rock comes back to LARIAT! Rock dares Cody to #JustBringIt! The fans fire up, they want to see it, too! Rollins stands, and he tags in Cody! The fans fire up as now Cody gets a chance to avenge that attack in Chicago! Cody and Rock stare down, circle, and tie up. Cody powers Rock back but Rock puts Cody in a corner. They go along the ropes, then back to center, then break. The fans rally as the two stare down again. Cody and Rock hear the energy building, and then the hands fly!

Cody counter punches, throws hands, but Rock kicks low! Rock whips, Cody reverses to kick and drop, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody bumps Rock off buckles, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him! Cody stomps a mudhole in, then fires more hands! Cody bumps Rock off buckles, throws more hands, and he ROCKS The Rock! Tag to Rollins, they mug Rock and Philly fires up! They double whip Rock, DOUBLE ELBOW him, then Roman runs in! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUTS, and Rollins SLINGBLADES! The fans fire up as Cody and Rollins watch Rock and Roman regroup. The ref wants things to calm down, one in and one out.

Cody and Rollins say okay, but then they fire off on Roman & Rock! Cody TOSSES Roman out, Rollins pursues Rock. Cody SMACKS Roman off the apron, Rollins sends Rock into the #HydrationStation! Roman turns things around on Cody, Rollins SPITS Prime into Rock’s face! Rock’s mama is there to yell at Rollins! Rollins ROCKS Rock, Rock CLAWS Rollins’ face! Rock SMACKS Rollins off steps! Rock says the ref counts this match out, he’s fired! Rock says IDGAF, The Rock is The Final Boss! Roman and Cody keep brawling up the ramp, Rock brings Rollins up, and Rollins CLOBBERS Rock with a Prime tank! Cody SMACKS Roman off the ramp!

Rollins DUMPS Rock over barriers and right into the crowd! Rollins pursues, the fans fire up as the brawling gets even closer! Rock SMACKS Rollins off the girder support! Rock tries again but Rollins blocks to SMACK Rock off the support! Then he SMACKS Rock off railing! Roman is sent into the giant L on stage! Foreshadowing? Rollins winds up to ROCK Rock! Roman kicks Cody, Rollins and Rock keep brawling! Roman suplexes but Cody blocks! Rock SMACKS Rollins off a trash can! Cody snap suplexes Roman on stage! Rock CLOBBERS Rollins with a trash can! Rock drags Rollins up but Rollins blocks the railing bump!

Rollins bumps Rock off railing, then ROCKS him again. Rock staggers away, Rollins pursues, and HEADBUTTS him! Rock and Rollins are returning to ringside as they go, but then Rock SMACKS Rollins off railing. Rock takes a swig and SPITS water in Rollins’ face! Probably tastes better than Prime. Anyway, Rock brings Rollins around, Rollins throws body shots and he TOSSES Rock back over. Meanwhile, Roman and Cody are now brawling down the ramp to ringside! Rollins goes up the barrier, to AX HANDLE Rock down! Rock flounders, Rollins stalks him, and Rollins whips Rock into barriers! Rollins puts Rock in the ring and says it’s harder to do this bell to bell, isn’t it?

Rollins goes up the apron, but Rock distracts the ref and Roman CHOP BLOCKS Rollins! Rollins’ leg only just recovered to 100%, he’s already clutching the knee and hobbling around. Rock goes out to KICK the bad leg! Rock finds Cody and DECKS him! Rock & Roman get Rollins in the ring, and Rock gets the leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Rollins writhes but Rock brings him over to a corner. Rock SLAMS the bad leg against the post! Rock gets the leg again and he SLAMS the leg against post again! Cody protests but the erf’s hands are tied by The Final Boss. Rock rolls into the ring, tags Roman, and they stomp Rollins around.

The Bloodline picks Rollins apart, and then Roman bumps Rollins off buckles. Roman gets the bad leg in the ropes and pulls! Rollins fights but Rock kicks the leg from the outside! Cody protests, but again the ref is too scared of The Final Boss’ authority! Roman gets Rollins’ leg, trips him, and then steps over to a HALF CRAB! Rollins endures, the fans rally up, but Roman sits deep! Cody coaches Rollins, the fans rally up, and Rollins grabs at a leg. Rollins turns back over and he KICKS Roman away! Rollins throws hands, CHOPS, but Roman kicks low! Roman DECKS Cody with a sucker punch! Rollins dodges Roman to clothesline him out!

Roman staggers up, Rollins goes to the apron, but The Rock is there to attack! Rock whips Rollins into steel steps! The fans boo as Rock continues to abuse his authority! He whips Rollins back into the steel steps! Roman stomps Rollins, the ref keeps Cody back but that’s because Cody isn’t the boss. Rock puts Rollins in for Roman while Roman taunts Cody. The fans boo as Roman holds up the one to the sky, then Roman brings Rollins up. Roman whips Rollins hard into the corner and Rollins falls! Rock tags in, he drags Rollins up, and Rock whips Rollins back in hard! Rollins falls in a heap, Roman tags back in.

Rock & Roman get Rollins up, they double whip him into the corner hard, and Rollins falls again! Rock intimidates the ref, Roman taunts Cody, and then Roman also intimidates the ref. Rollins slowly rises, hobbles along the ropes and to a corner, but Roman HEADBUTTS him. Roman winds up to fire off the point-blank clotheslines! Roman goes all the way TEN, then brings Rollins around so he can run and BOOT Rollins down! Roman stares Cody down, puts up the one, and smiles as he soaks up the heat. Roman goes to the open corner, he locks ‘n’ loads, then takes aim at Rollins. Rollins stands, into the SUPERMAN- NO, Rollins gets around to NECKBREAKER!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Rollins and Roman crawl, hot tag to Rock and Rock gets Rollins’ legs! Rock drags Rollins away, then LOW BLOWS quite blatantly! But the ref is too intimidated to say anything about it! Rock whips Rollins to CLOBBER him! Rollins sputters but Rock stomps him around. Rollins glares in defiance but Rock stands him up. Rollins ROCKS Rock! Rock ROCKS Rollins! Rollins ROCKS Rock, Rock ROCKS Rollins, repeat! Rock gets the edge with those haymakers, but Rollins PELES! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Rollins crawls, Roman panics and calls to Rock! Roman just runs in, Rollins TOSSES him!

Rollins hurries but Roman YANKS Cody down! The fans boo but Rock is on Rollins with a takedown, step through, and THE PEOPLE’S SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are torn as Rollins endures! Rollins grips his hair, grits his teeth, reaches out, but Cody gets in to SLAP Rock!! The fans fire up as Cody defies The Final Boss’ authority! Rock runs up, so Cody HOTSHOTS him! Rollins SUPERKICKS him! CURB STOMP!!! But the bad leg gives out!! Rollins clutches the knee, the fans are thunderous as he and The Rock crawl! Hot tags to Roman and Cody! Cody rallies on Roman with haymakers! Cody whips, Roman reverses but Cody CLOBBERS Roman!

Cody goes to a corner, goes up and over, then SNAP POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Cody takes aim, runs, and springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! The fans fire up again as Cody drags Roman up and runs to springboard, CODY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Cody is frustrated, but he still has some cards to play. Cody storms around, glares at The Wise Man, and then calls his shot! Dragon sleeper, CROSS- NO, Roman snapmares! Cody avoids the Superman Punch, springboards, into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Roman is a little surprised!

Roman sees he has a bloody nose, and he’s furious! Nobody makes Roman bleed his own blood! NOBODY! Cody rises, Roman aims from the corner, “OOOAH~!” Roman runs in, but Cody sunset flips the spear! TWO!! Cody dodges the Superman Punch, goes up and up and Rollins tags in before a SUPER CODY CUTTER!! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Roman survives and Rollins can’t believe it! Rollins taunts Heyman, and Heyman says he hates Rollins’ song! The fans sing it anyway, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins aims from the corner, runs up, but Roman pops him up! POWERBOMB! Rollins flounders, Roman staggers, but “OOOAH~!”

Roman runs in, Rollins KICKS him! Cody tags, SUPERKICKS, and then Rollins SUPERKICKS! Roman rebounds, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Cody says this is it, and Rollins runs up, CURB STOMP!! CROSS RHODES!!! Cover, Rock YANKS the ref out! The fans boo as The Rock skips intimidation and just abuses the ref! Rollins runs up but Rock kicks low! Rock whips Rollins into barriers, then dares Cody to do something. Roman LOW BLOWS Cody first!! Roman runs to SPEAR!! Rock shoves the ref in to count this, TWO?!?! Cody survives and Rock is furious! Roman can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous!

Roman is losing his cool, and he hammers down fists on Cody’s head! Roman scuffs Cody with the heel of his boot, then drags him up into the GUILLOTINE FACELOCK!! Cody flails, grabs at Roman’s leg, but he’s fading! The fans rally, Cody gets a second wind, but even that is being squeezed out of Cody! The ref checks, but Cody comes back to life! Roman is shocked, so Rock trips Cody! They’re under the ropes, this should be a ropebreak! The Rock dares the ref to defy him, but Rollins CURB STOMPS Roman!! The leg hurts again, but Rock is on Rollins to TOSS him out! The Rock storms back to his corner and tags himself in.

The Rock hears the fans booing, which only upsets him more. The Rock then remembers his promise to Mama Rhodes, aka Michelle. Rock takes out the Mama Rhodes weight belt! He tells her the belt already tasted blood, now it’ll taste Mama’s tears! Rock storms into the ring, but Cody kicks back! Cody has the belt! Rock ROCKS Cody first! Rock wags his finger, the ref gets the belt away, Cody JABS! JABS! And JABS! Flip, Flop, Fly, BIONIC ELBOW! The fans fire up for Dusty as Cody powers up! Cody runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! The fans go nuts because they know what follows! The Rock stands over Cody, and he takes off an elbow pad!

The Rock runs side to side, but Cody gets up to CODY CUTTER!! The fans are thunderous all the same, and Cody roars as Rock rises up. Cody dragon sleepers, but Roman’s back to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Rock, Roman and Cody are down, Rollins is on the outside with his bad leg. The fans rally as Roman seethes and stands back up. Roman aims from the corner as Cody slowly rises. “OOOAH~!” Roman runs in, Rollins gets Cody outta the way, SPEAR TO ROCK!!! The fans go nuts, Cody and Rollins each get Rock and Roman! DOUBLE PEDIGREEES!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? HHH isn’t gonna be happy his finisher just failed twice in the same match!

The fans are thunderous as Cody and Rollins regroup. They strategize, fire themselves up, and then they go out to get each man. Cody fires off on Rock but Rollins goes up! SUPER CROSSBODY onto Roman! Cody clears off the English commentary desk but Rock CLAWS Cody’s face! Rock SMACKS Cody off steps, then clears off the Spanish commentary desk! That desk sure has been through a lot today… Rock SPITS water at Cody, then brings him around to SMACK off the Spanish announce desk. Rock scoops, tells Mama Rhodes to watch her son. Rock SLAMS Cody on the desk, then gets up on the desk with him.

Rock drags Cody up, clinches, but Rollins anchors Rock’s foot! Rock kicks Rollins away, but Cody throws elbows! Cody clinches, to ROCK BOTTOM through the English commentary desk!!! But Roman SPEARS Rollins through barriers!! The fans lose their minds over both these things! Cody manages to rise up, and he drags Rock from the wreckage. Cody puts Rock in the ring, but Roman hits a DRIVEBY DROPKICK! Roman drags himself up, Rock tags him in, and Roman glares at Cody. Roman hobbles while Rock says to end that POS. Roman stomps Cody around, shouts “HE DON’T BELONG HERE!” then DECKS Cody!

Roman paces around Cody some more, DECKS him again, but Cody leans on Roman’s leg. The fans boo as Roman looms over Cody, then ROCKS him again. Roman stands Cody up, but Cody ROCKS Roman! Roman ROCKS Cody, Cody ROCKS Roman, repeat! The haymakers keep going, Cody then body shots! Roman UPPERCUTS! Cody rebounds, gets around, CROSS RHODES!!! Cody drags Roman up to CROSS RHODES AGAIN!!! And then they get up again, but Rock LASHES Cody with the weight belt!! Cody drops to his knees, Roman SPEARS him back down!! Roman looks to Rock and Rock reaches out. Roman tags Rock in, and Rock snarls as he stands over Cody.

The fans boo as The Final Boss clearly insists on ending this match himself. Rock hits his Brahma Bull stance, Cody rises up, into the clinch and ROCK BOTTOM!! But Rock won’t end it there, he wants to hit the most electrifying move in all of sports entertainment! He raises the one to the sky, goes side to side, for the PEOPLE’S ELBOW!! Cover, Bloodline wins!

Winners: The Rock & Roman Reigns, by pinfall (The Universal Championship will be Bloodline Rules)

After bending the rules right until they broke and then bending them even more, The Final Boss gets the win and has sealed Cody’s fate. Will the only ending left for Cody’s story be a tragic one? Or is there some sliver of hope for Cody, even with the deck stacked so heavily against him?


My Thoughts:

An awesome first night for the biggest WrestleMania ever, though I’m really surprised we got a two-hour kickoff show with not one kickoff match. Well, I’m not disappointed, I was having dinner during the kickoff show anyway. Fun stuff in the kickoff show, too, with Big E and CM Punk being part of it. I really like that they grouped the Judgment Day related matches all together all at the start. Great match from Rhea VS Becky to open, and great win for Rhea after dealing out a lot of damage to Becky. The ladder match was awesome stuff, and I predicted half of that right. A-Town Down Under won the SmackDown titles but then got taken out for the rest of things, and how great for Awesome Truth to win. Now surely Priest will be desperate and want to cash in on something tomorrow to make up for this.

Rey & Andrade VS Dom & Santos was really good, but given all the overbooking, it might as well have been the huge 8 Man Tag between LWO and Legado. But a slightly surprising move that LWO won out then, though getting some Eagles players involved makes some sense given how closely WWE and NFL have been working together for a long time. And there’s a chance the feud only escalates from here going towards Backlash. Really good stuff out of Uso VS Uso, though it felt like it lagged in the middle as Jey just gave superkick after superkick to Jimmy. Jey winning was the right call with how much grief he’s been given by Roman and Jimmy.

Amazing ring gear from pretty much everyone in the Six Woman Tag, especially The GlowEST Storm mixing country and sci-fi. They were like space cowgirl bounty hunters or something, and as I said the other night, of course they won. Jade’s Mania debut goes her way, and surely she will stick together with Naomi & Bianca until some combination of the three take the tag titles off Kabuki Warriors. Awesome stuff in the Intercontinental Championship story. Sami didn’t need a big fancy entrance, just one that was emotional because it had his family, his trainer and his best friend all encouraging him.

Awesome stuff that Sami won, too, I wasn’t really sure if it was gonna happen. At the same time, Gable said Sami owes him now, so maybe Gable gets a title shot now? That’d be wild if Gable only trained Sami to make sure he could beat Gunther and then use what he learned about Sami against him to win. And of course, great stuff out of the main event tag match. Though, night one only went past the 11 PM Eastern mark because the entrances took so long. Roman & Rock winning was of course happening to put all the pressure on Cody, and Bloodline Rules, Anything Goes, that means no “Dusty Finish” to rob Cody of a proper ending to this story. Cody will surely assemble the WWE Avengers to battle The Bloodline, and somehow, someway, Cody wins and ends Roman’s reign.

My Score: 9.2/10


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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.

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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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