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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 40 Results & Report! (4/7/24)

FINISH! THE! STORY!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins and becomes the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship MITB Cash-In: Drew McIntyre VS Damian Priest; Priest wins and becomes the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Six Man Philly Street Fight: The Final Testament VS The Pride; The Pride wins.
  • LA Knight VS AJ Styles; Knight wins.
  • WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Logan Paul VS Kevin Owens VS Randy Orton; Logan wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Iyo Sky VS Bayley; Bayley wins and becomes the new WWE Women’s Champion.
  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Bloodline Rules: Roman Reigns VS Cody Rhodes; Cody wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the WrestleMania Night Two Kickoff Show!

Once again, join Michael Cole, Pat McAfee, CM Punk & Big E in discussing, analyzing and predicting the action for the biggest WrestleMania’s epic finale!

 

WWE presents part two of the sit-down interview with Triple H.

Megan Morant brings up how CM Punk made his return to the WWE in Chicago back in November, at the end of Survivor Series. How’d that all come about? HHH says it is funny. If you’d asked HHH a few weeks prior to it, all the rumor and speculation, yet HHH and Punk had no communication. But as the event drew near, there were a couple conversations that happened between Punk and Nick Khan. Khan wanted HHH to have a conversation and see where it goes. HHH had no issues, just a concern about, “What’s the fit?” It was still a longshot when it came to calling Mia Lowie on the WWE Music side of things to see about Cult of Personality.

And then Survivor Series starts, and HHH got word that they’d pay for the song, and Punk was gonna show up. So at that point, maybe five people knew. Right before Punk arrived, HHH got word that it was a done deal. Punk snuck in, HHH said hey at gorilla, and HHH told people at the break just before the main event to tell the others. There was some mixed emotions, and over the next couple of days, HHH had some “interesting” private conversations for people to air their differences. They got to a good place, and HHH will say himself this is a different Punk than before. Punk’s been nothing but a wonderful employee and addition to the team.

It has even been refreshing to work with Punk now, that they’ve kept him updated on everything even while Punk is out injured. Megan shifts things to Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins, with CM Punk on commentary. Certainly a lot of drama there between all three, but what has the dynamic been like to HHH? A lot of history there. Rollins and Punk have respect, but they’re not fans of each other. McIntyre and Punk have a lot of water under that bridge. The dynamic completely changed when they all agreed to add CM Punk to things.

Megan says WrestleMania is one thing, but even the rest of 2024 looks just as busy. What can fans expect as the year continues on? HHH says he couldn’t be more excited and motivated not just by the superstars but by the staff and crew. It makes him wake up and excited to go to work and dig in. It is hard to put things into words how excited he is for this. Then imagine five years from now, what does the WWE look like? HHH wants to reinvent all this. Well, not really “reinvent” since nothing is broken, damaged or anything like that. This is the greatest form of entertainment in the world, but HHH wants to turn it into something even more.

Mania next year, this might feel like a whole new place. Five years from now, HHH expects this to be the same heart and soul, but with a whole new bunch of ish that blows our minds. Then any final words of wisdom? Nah, HHH just feels, keep doing what you’re doing, keep sharing what you like and all that. Pro-wrestling is an escape, a fantasy world, and you can enjoy every aspect of it, just like he does. Megan thanks HHH for this time, and appreciates all he is doing for the company. HHH thanks Megan and appreciates all of us. Is The Game’s Era going to be the greatest of all time?

 

Meek Mill speaks.

“In this life, you either finish your story, or somebody else gonna finish it for you. Turn neon dreams into faded nightmares. Ain’t this what they’ve been waiting for? You ready? I used to pray for times like this, to rhyme like this, to grind like that to shine like this. Dreams are full, nightmares come true, time to marry the game and said, ‘Yeah I do.'” Snatch the glory. When they write the book of greatness, this will be the epilogue. We on one now! Ain’t no better place to be, no better city to be in! Let’s get it, one more time!

 

The War & Treaty sings God Bless America.

 

Stephanie McMahon is here!

The fans cheer as the Billion Dollar Queen of the WWE returns! Steph struts her way down the ramp and to the ring. She gets the mic and says it’s a good things are a little warmer tonight. But when she was eight years old, she was at the entryway to watch WrestleMania 1. She has seen or been part of every mania since, but WrestleMania 40 is the one she’s most proud of. This is the first Mania of the Paul Levesque Era! And tonight, fans from 64 countries and all 50 states of America are here to share this one thing we all love! And no one understands that better than HHH. So if she may steal a line from him… Are you ready?

The fans sure sound ready! No, no, no, Philly and the world over! ARE, YOU, READY?! The fans are really fired up now! Then without further ado, Steph says let’s kick off night two of WrestleMania XL!

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!

The Visionary also lost against The Bloodline last night, but now he has to focus on what he’s fighting to protect. Will he be able to survive the Scottish Psychopath that’s coming after him? Or will this finally be McIntyre’s Mania Moment, four years in the making?

McIntyre gets an entire Scottish procession but CM Punk is on commentary for this to say this is some kinda sacrilege. McIntyre walks under the raised claymores of his fellow Scotsman all the way down the ramp, then he steps into the ring. As for Rollins, he has the Philadelphia Mummers Parade playing his song on banjos, saxophones and accordions! And Rollins himself looks like a grand poobah of the owl house or something! Punk says Liberace must be rolling in his grave. The fans still sing along, “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who burns it down!

The bell rings, and CLAYMORE OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Cover, TWO!!! Rollins survives and everyone is stunned! McIntyre reloads, Punk says this is the smart play! But same goes for Rollins getting outta there! McIntyre seethes, he storms out after Rollins and CHOP BLOCKS the bad leg! Rollins writhes, McIntyre stalks him, and McIntyre hauls Rollins up to OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Rollins tumbles, McIntyre borrows his wife’s phone to tweet, “Bored at work, LOL!” Then McIntyre POSTS Rollins, spine first! Rollins hobbles, McIntyre refreshes the count, and he OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Rollins again! McIntyre sneers at Punk, then hauls Rollins up.

The fans chant for Punk, but McIntyre asks if Punk recognizes this. The underhooks are in, but Rollins wrenches out! Rollins underhooks to PEDIGREE on the floor! Rollins clutches the leg but he gets himself into the ring. The ring count is climbing, McIntyre rises at 8 and slides in at 9! Rollins runs up to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives Rollins’ best shot now, and Punk thinks this is all to impress him. But he’ll neither confirm no deny if he is, because neither guy is The Best int he World. Rollins rises up, underhooks again, but McIntyre back drops Rollins away! Rollins writhes, and McIntyre storms up again.

McIntyre ROCKS Rollins, stalks him, but Rollins ROCKS McIntyre! McIntyre ROCKS Rollins, Rollins ROCKS McIntyre, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and after, and the fans fire up! Rollins CHOPS, McIntyre CHOPS, but Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! McIntyre BOOTS Rollins, Rollins SUPERKICKS! McIntyre GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Rollins staggers but stays up, to swing again! But into a NECKBREAKER! Both men are down, but McIntyre kips up! The fans fire up and McIntyre scowls. Rollins sits up slowly and McIntyre aims from a corner. “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAY- POP-UP?! POWERBOMB!! And flip over, into underhooks! PEDIGREE!!!

But the leg won’t let Rollins cover! Rollins reloads, to CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives again and Rollins is stunned! Is the bad leg and the bad back holding back all his best moves? “This is Awesome!” as Rollins and McIntyre stir. Rollins hobbles to another corner, and he goes up a corner. McIntyre rises, Rollins SUPER- NO, McIntyre avoids the stomp, but then Rollins avoids the Claymore! McIntyre dodges, wrenches, underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO?!?! Rollins survives and McIntyre is shocked! McIntyre thinks on what he has to do, but he looks at Punk. Punk tells him to focus on Rollins.

McIntyre says night-night! Punk says of course McIntyre goes there. He must be putting the fans to sleep. McIntyre fireman’s carries Rollins, for the GO TO- CRADLE!! TWO!! McIntyre escapes, blasts past Rollins, CLAYMORE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? HOW?!?! McIntyre is getting frustrated as Rollins shows superhuman grit! McIntyre goes outside, and he clears off the English commentary desk! Punk is not intimidated, he says doubt is creeping into McIntyre’s mind. McIntyre can’t get this done in the ring so he needs furniture. McIntyre ROCKS Rollins, drags him out, and reels him in. McIntyre gets Rollins up, aims, but Rollins fights!

Rollins lands safe on the desk to BOOT McIntyre, then SMACKS him off the desk! And again! And then SUPERKICK! Rollins drops to his knees but then goes to the Spanish commentary desk! This is a bit like last night’s main event. Rollins runs to CURB STOMP McIntyre off the desk!! McIntyre falls back, Rollins gets him in the ring, but McIntyre’s up to CLAYMORE again!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Where is Rollins getting this!?! McIntyre seethes, Rollins sputters, but Rollins dares McIntyre to do it! CLAYMORE YET AGAIN!!!! Cover, MCINTYRE WINS!!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

The Visionary was beat up but still had so much to give, only for it all to be snuffed out by the Scottish Terminator! McIntyre is trying not to be emotional, but he finally holds a world championship in front of a sold out arena! And Rollins stands, emotional in his own way. He says McIntyre earned this, and then moves on. Will that seal of approval heal McIntyre’s wounds?

McIntyre brings the belt to show to his lovely wife, and she gives him a kiss in celebration. But then McIntyre looks over at Punk again. McIntyre gets on the desk to look Punk in the eyes. Punk says congrats, go have fun taking selfies for the internet with the belt. McIntyre says he still meant every single word he’s said about Punk. And he wouldn’t change anything he’s done, either. If Punk wants, he can step back in the ring, but he needs to know McIntyre will obliterate him when he does. McIntyre wants this moment framed on his wall as he holds the belt over Punk’s head, and tells him to “SUCK IT!” So Punk TRIPS McIntyre!!

The fans go nuts as Punk is no longer on commentary, and he takes off the arm brace and suit jacket! Punk CLOBBERS McIntyre with the brace! Punk stomps McIntyre again and again, taking out his frustrations on him! WAIT! Damiani Priest is here!! Punk loves it! He knows all about Money in the Bank cash-ins, and he lets Priest CLOBBER McIntyre with the briefcase! Priest says it’s go time!

WWE World Heavyweight Championship MITB Cash-In: Drew McIntyre VS Damian Priest!

Priest puts McIntyre in the ring, the bell sounds, and Priest takes McIntyre SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!! Cover, PRIEST WINS!!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

McIntyre’s moment lasted all of five minutes! The Punisher goes from Senor Money in the Bank to the man who pulled off the NEW Heist of the Century! And Punk can’t help but applaud. Judgment Day may not be undisputed tag team champions, but Priest is THE champion! Will nothing stop Judgment Day from running Raw?

 

Snoop Dogg is here!

The WWE Hall of Famer and world renowned rapper is bringing the Golden Championship with him as he joins commentary for the showdown that’s about to go down.

Bubba Ray Dudley is here, too!

The ECW Original is wearing the zebra stripes, aka he’s the special guest referee for this match, because it’s gonna get extreme!

Six Man Philly Street Fight: The Final Testament VS The Pride!

Karrion Kross & The Authors of Pain have been writing how this story goes, and it’s them always beating down The All Mighty and his Profits. However, Bobby Lashley, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins aren’t going to let it continue any longer! Will The Pride be the reason for The Final Testament’s fall? Or will Kross still bring the apocalypse to WrestleMania?

The bell rings and it fires off! Lashley LARIATS Korss up and out! Ford ENZIGIRIS and Dawkins DROPKICKS! The AOP tumble out, and the Profits go looking. They bring out a TABLE! Bubba didn’t even need to say anything! But AOP mug the Profits and send them into steel steps! Lashley hurries out but Kross hands out kendo sticks! Lashley stands his ground in the ring, even as the Final Testament flank the ring. Lashley hits Kross, hits Rezar, but Akam gets him first! Then it’s a 3v1 kendo stick smack attack! Kross talks trash, and Rezar BREAKS his kendo stick off Lashley’s back! Kross gets a chair, turns Lashley, and hits a NECKBREAKER on the edge!

Kross covers, but Dawkins breaks it! But then he gets kendo stick strikes! Ford leaps in, but Kross SMACKS him out of the air! Like a homer by the Phillies! The sicks all break apart and Rezar shows off the damage done. The AOP haul the Profits up, and Kross says have at it! SUPER COLLIDER! Kross covers, B-FAB breaks it! So Scarlett CLOBBERS her with a trash can! This is a Mixed Street Fight now as Scarlett POSTS B-Fab! Kross tells the AOP to set it up again. They get the Profits up, but Lashley makes the save! He then clinches Kross to FLATLINER! The Profits RANA free and the AOP tumble all out!

Lashley OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Kross! The Profits hurry up, and Dawkins POUNCES both AOP! Then Ford FLIES to take them both out at the barriers!! The fans are thunderous and Snoop can’t even! Lashley gets a chair, and he aims at Kross! Lashley JAMS Kross, SMACKS him, then SMACKS him again and again and again! Snoop loves it, and Lashley puts the chair down so he can URENAGE Kross right on it! Kross writhes, Scarlett panics, and Lashley clamps on the HURT LOCK!! Scarlett SMACKS Lashley with the kendo stick! That just pisses Lashley off! But B-Fab BOOTS Scarlett for him! B-Fab gets Scarlett to the apron, but Ellering gets involved!

B-Fab gives Scarlett a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP through the table!! Kross ROCKS Lashley, to hit a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross sets the chair up again, drags Lashley up, and DDTS him through the chair!! Cover, TWO!!! Kross argues the count with Bubba, but you can bet Bubba knows the difference between two and three. Kross shoves Bubba, so Bubba brings out the glasses! The fans fire up as Kross turns around, into a SPEAR!!! The Profits return, and Lashley nods to them. Bubba also approves as they open Kross up! Dawkins is up top to say WAZZUP~!! The Dudleys would approve! Then Lashley tells Ford, and Ford tells Dawkins, “GET THE TABLES!!”

The fans chant for tables as the Profits find the hardware! They get that in the ring, Lashley helps set it up, and they put it right at center. Kross is put on the table, and it already breaks! Shoddy craftsmanship! Lashley beats down Kross while the Profits go find another table! They put this one in, Ford SMACKS away on Kross with the kendo stick! This new table is set up, Ford says they’ll try this again. Ford climbs, Kross is put on the table, and the table stays together! Ford comes in FROM THE HEAVENS through the table!!! Cover, The Pride wins!!

Winner: The Pride, by pinfall

Philly is the city of extreme, and that’s just what Philly got! But will this punctuate the story with The Final Testament? Or will there be a sequel on the horizon?

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Kayla Braxton first congratulates him on the Hall of Fame induction, but then has to ask about last night, The Rock & Roman Reigns won their tag team match, tonight is now Bloodline Rules for Cody VS Roman. Can he please tell us what that means? Well yes, according to WWE Official Rules Page 88, Subsection D… Oh, c’mon, Kayla! The Bloodline Rules are determined by The Bloodline itself! No disqualifications, no count outs, there HAS to be a definitive winner. One is the Universal Champion, the other goes home to his wife, Brandi Rhodes. So tonight, Roman Reigns and The Bloodline Rules! Get it?

The Wise Man heads out, and if it is Anything Goes, what won’t The Bloodline do to make sure Cody’s story ends in tragedy?

 

LA Knight VS AJ Styles!

The Mega Star drove up to the arena in the Slim Jim-mobile, and he’s ready to snap the Phenomenal One in two! But will he really turn this into WrestleMania X L A Knight? Or will Styles make this his game now?

Styles has new music to fit his new attitude, and he runs down the ramp! Styles slides in, the bell rings right before the hands start flying! Styles puts Knight in a corner but Knight turns things around to fire hands! “YEAH! YEAH!” Knight whips, but Styles CLUBS and KICKS Knight back! Styles CHOPS Knight against ropes, runs side to side, but Knight dodges! Styles tumbles up and out, Knight RWECKS him with a dropkick! “YEAH!” Knight gets Styles up, and he SMAKCS him off the desk! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight then brings Styles for one last big SMACK! The ring count is past 5 of 10 but Knight puts Styles in at 8.

Knight storms in, argues with the ref, but Style kicks the ropes to jam Knight! Then he CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Styles stomps away on Knight’s leg, then drops knees on the knee! Styles paces around Knight, then gets the leg to DDT the foot! Knight writhes, Styles stalks him to a corner, but Knight kicks back! The haymakers fly, Styles KICKS the leg out! And he KICKS the leg again! The ref reprimands but Styles backs off. Knight hobbles along ropes, but Styles brings him around to get the leg for a SHIN BREAKER! Knight flounders away while Styles soaks up the heat. Styles storms up on Knight, drags him around by the leg, but Knight kicks with the good one!

Styles staggers, Knight stands, but Styles kicks the bad leg! SHIN- NO, Sunset Flip! TWO! Knight DECKS Styles again and again, then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! “YEAH!” The fans rally as Knight gets Styles in a corner. Knight stomps a “YEAH!” hole into Styles! The ref counts, Knight lets off to go corner to corner and back again, KNEE WASH! The fans rally up as Knight waits on Styles. Styles rises, Knight springboards to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles is still in this but the fans still cheer on Knight, “YEAH!” Knight puts Styles up top, then CHOPS! Styles almost falls off but Knight goes up after him.

The fans rally and “YEAH!” as Knight brings Styles up. Styles resists, slips under, and he Electric Chair Lifts to then SMACK Knight off buckles! GERMAN SUPLEX! Styles holds on, to atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Knight survives but Styles seethes again. Styles drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight trips him up! “YEAH!” Knight climbs up to get Styles, and he CLUBS away on Styles chest! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight BITES Styles’ forehead, “YEAH!” Knight then gets Styles up, but Styles CLAWS the eyes! Knight falls back, Styles adjusts, but Knight’s right back up! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!

Styles survives but both men are down after that one! “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise. Knight stands, he gets the fans fired up, “YEAH!” Knight drags Styles up, but Styles trips him! CALF CRUSHER!! Knight endures, reaches out, fights around, and the fans rally for him! Styles pulls back on the leg, but Knight still reaches out! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Styles lets go at 4 and is frustrated as Knight hangs around. Knight goes to a corner but Styles goes out. Styles drags Knight to the corner to SLAM the bad leg! And then Styles positions the leg, gets on the apron, and DROPKICKS the knee into the post!

Knight writhes, the ref reprimands, but Styles pushes Knight around. Styles gets Knight’s legs on either side of the post, but Knight YANKS Styles in! Styles wobbles, Knight hobbles, and Knight gets Styles’ legs to STOMP the stomach! Knight rips up floor mats!? Knight goes back for Styles, hauls him up, but Styles fights the lift. Styles back drops Knight onto the bare floor! Styles goes into the ring and wants the count out! The fans boo but the count climbs as Knight writhes. We pass 5 of 10, then 7! Knight rises at 9 and slides in at 9.99!! The fans fire up and Styles is furious! Styles KICKS Knight in the side!

Styles goes out to the apron, springboards and 450 SPLASHES onto knees!! Double-edged for Knight but better than taking the full force of that move! Styles sputters as he tumbles to a corner, and the fans rally harder for Knight! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight rises, and he ROCKS Styles with a haymaker! Styles ROCKS Knight back! Knight ROCKS Styles, “YEAH!” Styles ROCKS Knight, “BOO!” They go back and forth, Styles KICKS the bad leg! Knight JABS! JABS! And swings, but Styles ducks to PELE! Knight goes to the corner, Styles runs up but is put on the apron! Styles springboards back in, but Knight dodges!

Knight hurries to cravat, but Styles rolls him up! And then deadlifts into the- NO, Knight kicks free! Styles BOOTS from the apron, goes out and he ROCKS Knight! Styles springboards again, but Knight trips him up! Styles falls in and Knight has him! B F T!! Cover, KNIGHT WINS!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

“YEAH!” The Mega Star proves he’s more than phenomenal! His first WrestleMania is his first WrestleMania victory, will it only be a matter of time before this IS LA Knight’s game?

 

The King & Queen of the Ring are coming!

The epic tournaments return, and it all culminates on May 25th as the WWE returns to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia! Who will fight their way to the top and ascend to the thrones?

 

The 2024 WWE Hall of Fame Class is on stage!

Barry Windham & Mike Rotunda, aka The US Express! Thunderbolt Patterson! Bull Nakano! Ata Johnson is here to represent Lia Maivia, and a banner flies for Muhammad Ali! And of course, The Wise Man, Paul E. Dangerously himself, Paul Heyman! The fans cheer for “E C DUB! E C DUB!” as this incredible class shines under the spotlight.

 

WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Logan Paul VS Kevin Owens VS Randy Orton!

They say all men are created equal, but if you were to ask The Maverick, he’d say he’s levels above both of his opponents put together. Logan is ImPAULsive to say the least, but he went from trolling The Prizefighter to outright screwing The Viper over inside the Elimination Chamber. Now he’ll have to face them both, can he survive? Or are we mathematically guaranteed a new champion here in Philly?

Logan sees LA Knight’s Slim Jim car and raises him a Prime Truck, armed with a “Prime Cannon” to set off his pyro! And once again, he has a Prime bottle mascot following him. Is that gonna turn out to be KSI again? As for Kevin, he reaches gorilla, and Sami Zayn is there! Sami won the Intercontinental Championship after Kevin encouraged him, so he says, “Your turn now! Go get ’em!” Kevin makes his entrance, his ring gear and graphics echoing OG ECW, but that makes him think. Kevin goes around behind the L to go get the golf cart! Kevin cruises down to ringside, but then he hears Orton’s music hits so he backs up and offers a ride.

Orton thinks about it, and says why not. Orton hops on the back, holds on to the handrail, and Kevin cruises right back down to ringside. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s prime championship material!

The bell rings and Logan bails out! Logan won’t let #RKKO go after him like they did on Friday, but he thinks this is enough to turn them against each other. They go out after him, chase him down and pinball him between haymakers! The fans fire up and Kevin CHOPS! Orton CLUBS Logan, Logan kicks Kevin but Orton SMACKS Logan off the apron! Kevin SMACKS Logan off the apron! Orton SMACKS Logan off steel steps! Kevin SMACKS Logan off Spanish commentary! Speaking of commentary, Orton gives Logan a DESK BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up and RKKO agree to do that again! Kevin hits the DESK BACK SUPLEX!

Logan writhes, RKKO say they need to go higher! Orton drags Logan up to BIG DESK BACK SUPLEX! Kevin sees it now, and he brings Logan up to put him in the ring. They go in, stomp Logan around, then Kevin hauls Logan up to back suplex. Logan slips free, shoves Kevin into Orton, and now there’s tension. But Orton remembers, it was Logan who shoved Kevin. So RKKO mugs Logan! Orton stomps Logan’s hand, Kevin stomps the other hand! Then they do the same to the feet! The fans cheer as Kevin asks Logan, “Are you having a good time? No?” Oh well. Orton whips Logan to ELBOW him down, then Kevin SENTONS! But then who covers…?

The tension grows a bit more, but RKKO says they’ll keep going against Logan. But then Kevin stops the RKO! Orton says it was that close. The fans tell Orton he messed up, but Kevin says they might as well get it out of the way. They fire off haymakers on each other! The fans cheer as the forearms fly, then Orton HEADBUTTS! Logan DOUBLE BUCKSHOTS them down!! The fans boo but Logan rains down forearms on Kevin! Logan says this is what they get for bullying him, and he stomps Orton around. Orton goes to one corner, Kevin goes to the other, and Logan mocks Orton’s pose. Logan mocks the fans, then runs up to dribble Kevin off buckles!

Logan digs Kevin’s face into the Prime logo on the buckle, then ROCKS him! Logan runs up at Orton to STINGER SPLASH! The fans cheer for Gatorade, and Kevin SUPERKICKS Logan! Logan falls onto Orton, and Kevin says “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL, two for one! Kevin hurries up top with Logan in the drop zone! SWANTON onto knees! Logan saves himself, goes out to the apron, and he climbs up top. Logan SWANTON BOMBS Kevin, then SPLASHES Orton! Cover, TWO! Logan covers Kevin, TWO! The fans tell Logan “You Still Suck!” but Logan waits on Orton to stand. Logan drags Orton up to UPPERCUT! Orton UPPERCUTS in return!

Logan UPPERCUTS, but Orton shakes out the cobwebs. Orton UPPERCUTS and Logan wobbles. Logan UPPERCUTS, Orton UPPERCUTS, repeat! They go shot for shot, Logan throws UPPERCUTS from all sides! Orton drops to his knees and Logan wipes the sweat from his brow. The fans boo but he just grins and soaks it up. But then Orton pokes Logan in the eye! Orton TOSSES Logan out to the floor, but Kevin kicks Orton! Kevin whips Orton to a corner but Orton comes back to LARIAT! And LARIAT! Kevin swings, misses, and runs into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up as Orton smirks.

Orton has Kevin in the ropes, brings him out, but Logan ROCKS Orton! Logan slingshots but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! Orton scowls and drags Logan up. Orton puts Logan in the ropes, and then gets Kevin, too! The fans fire up as Orton has them both, DOUBLE DRAPING DDTS! The fans cheer as Orton swaggers, then he hears those voices in his head! The Viper has two targets, who wants it first? Logan and Kevin both stand, so Orton tries Logan! No RKO, Kevin SUPERKICKS! Kevin SUPERKICKS Logan, too! Then CODE BREAKER SENTON COMBO! Orton tumbles away so cover on Logan, TWO!!

Kevin rains down hands on Logan, steps on him to go to the corner and climbs up top. But Orton is back and he ROCKS Kevin! Orton throws hands but Kevin hits back! Orton pokes Kevin in the eye, climbs up, but Logan runs up to CLUB Orton in the leg! Logan gets under Orton but Orton rains down fists! Orton also punches Kevin, he alternates and gets to TEN much faster! But then Kevin HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS! Orton falls back, but Logan ROCKS Kevin! Logan goes up, but Kevin turns this around, FISHERMAN BUSTER JACKHAMMER!! Kevin goes back up to MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!!! Logan survives and Kevin is speechless!

Logan flounders his way to the outside, and Orton wants Kevin! Kevin says no to the RKO and rolls Orton, TWO! Kevin kicks, whips, but Orton slips free of the pop-up! Kevin still tries the kick but Orton block the Stunner! RKO!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Kevin survives THE move, and Orton is shocked! Kevin crawls to the apron then flops out. Orton is frustrated, but Logan slithers in. He has the brass knuckles!! The fans boo as Logan can’t just do this fair and square! But Orton ducks the haymaker, gets the knuckles, but Logan CLAWS Orton’s face! And BRASS KNUCKLE HAYMAKER!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!

Orton survives and Logan can’t understand! To be fair, surviving that is superhuman to say the least! Logan aims again, but Kevin grabs that hand! Logan gets free, BRASS BODY BLOW then BRASS HAYMAKER!! Logan gets Orton back up, reels him in and grins. Logan says watch this! RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!! The Viper strikes and the fans are thunderous! But all three men are down! Orton stirs and rises up while Philly rallies for him. Orton finds his way over to Logan, takes the knuckles away, and the fans want him to use them now! Orton says no, he lets the ref have the knuckles. Orton then looms over Logan, and prepares that field goal leg!

The fans fire up as Orton takes aim, and he runs in, only for the Prime bottle to get Logan outta there! The fans boo, that’s IShowSpeed! Streamer helps influencer, and he barks at Orton like he’s a big dog! Speed shoves Orton, talks trash, but Orton BOOTS him down! He spills the Prime, and then clears off the English commentary desk! Orton strips Speed of the costume, then drags him to the desk! Orton gets Speed on the desk, then climbs up to join him! The fans fire up as Orton’s about to meme him! BARK BARK, RKO TO THE DESK!!! Philly is electric but Logan POSTS Orton! Logan puts Orton in, goes up top, and FROG- NO, Orton move!

Kevin is there, POP-UP POWERBOMB for Logan!! STUNNER for Orton!! Cover on Orton, TWO?!?! Orton survives Kevin going Stone Cold and Kevin is beside himself! “This is Awesome!” as Logan flounders away and Kevin drags Orton up. Kevin gets Orton on his feet, whips him to ropes, POP-UP RKO!!!! But Logan runs in! Orton tosses him back out, but Logan still POSTS Orton! Logan goes up to FROG SPLASH Kevin!! Cover, Logan wins!!

Winner: Logan Paul, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

The Maverick proved he can be as opportunistic as the best of ’em! He better give IShowSpeed some of that winner’s purse for saving him. But with this big WrestleMania victory, will Logan’s ego grow exponentially from here on out?

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Iyo Sky VS Bayley!

Damage CTRL debuted at SummerSlam 2022, and it was meant to be how The Evil Genius, The Role Model and Dakota Kai would take control of the WWE Women’s Division. However, when Iyo found success and Bayley did not, things soured. It was Iyo who brought in old friends to usurp control from Bayley and then cut the deadweight away from the group. Will Bayley make Iyo regret betraying her? Or will Bayley end up regretting ever bringing Iyo back to the WWE?

Bayley’s entrance has her carried in by men in Anubis headdresses while she herself is like an Egyptian goddess. Her theme song is remixed to fit the theme, is this her way of saying she’s going to bury Iyo like the pharaohs of old? As for Iyo’s entrance, it’s a lot of herself on screen, and then she walks out in a robe that sparkles in all colors of the rainbow, DMG CTRL seeing her off. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly in control!

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They step up, tie up, and go around. Bayley headlocks for the takeover, but Iyo headscissors. Bayley kips free and runs Iyo over! Iyo bails out, Bayley eggs her on, and Iyo returns. Iyo stomps a foot, then throws Bayley by her hair! The fans still rally behind Bayley but now Iyo eggs Bayley on. Bayley gets back in, they tie up again, and Bayley powers Iyo back. They go to the mat, tumble out to the floor, then stand up. Bayley shoves Iyo so Iyo SHOTEIS! The brawl is on, and Iyo SMACKS Bayley off the apron! Iyo puts Bayley in, storms up after her, but dodges the haymaker!

Iyo handsprings, Bayley dodges, but the DROPKICK still finds her! Bayley bails out and Iyo says iku zo! Iyo runs but Bayley ROCKS her first! APRON DDT! Iyo staggers, Bayley DIVES! Direct hit with a rare low-pe from Bayley, but she shakes out a leg. Bayley puts Iyo in, pushes her to a cover, TWO! Bayley keeps cool but her leg still bugs her. Iyo bails out so Bayley WRECKS her with a dropkick. Bayley then runs to DAREDEVIL- NO, Iyo blocks the dropkick to SLAM the bad leg into the post! Iyo has her target and she gets on the apron for a HANGING HEEL HOOK! Bayley suffers, the ref counts, but Iyo lets go at 4!

Iyo hurries back in, Bayley hobbles away, but Iyo SLAMS the bad leg off the mat! Bayley goes to a corner, Iyo runs in, but Bayley BOOTS her! Iyo runs back in, blocks the second boot, and then puts that leg in the ropes to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW the other! Bayley won’t have a leg to stand on at this point! Iyo stomps Bayley around, focusing on the knees, then she drags Bayley up. The fans rally but Iyo whips. Bayley reverses, but Iyo wheelbarrows, victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives, bails out, and the fans still rally behind her. Iyo smirks as she goes out to the apron. Iyo then aims, but Bayley YANKS her down!

Bayley runs up, but Iyo ROCKS her first! Iyo brings Bayley up to whip, but Bayley reverses and sends Iyo over barriers, into the timekeeper’s area! Bayley says she’s got Iyo now, but Iyo ROCKS her first! Iyo goes up the barrier to CROSSBODY into a SPINEBUSTER! Bayley turned that right around on Iyo and the fans rally up! The ring count is 5 of 10, then 7! Bayley hurries to get Iyo up and in at 8 to keep this match alive. Cover, TWO! Iyo is still in this but Bayley KNEES her right down! Iyo goes to a corner, Bayley fires off point-blank clotheslines! The fans fire up as Bayley fires off but the ref backs her down.

Bayley reels Iyo in, fireman’s carries, and spins around, SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Iyo survives that but Bayley just goes to a corner. Bayley climbs, even with the bad leg, but Iyo SHOTEIS! Bayley’s bad leg gets caught between the ropes! Iyo hurries up to SHOTGUN Bayley to the floor! Iyo won’t stop there, she goes up the corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Bayley’s down again! Iyo roars as she rises but the fans boo. Iyo gets Bayley in, goes up and up and springboards to SHOTGUN! Then Bayley’s on ropes so Iyo DOUBLE KNEES her in the back! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives the onslaught and Philly still sings for her!

Iyo snarls, gets Bayley up, but Bayley switches. Iyo switches, Bayley switches, repeat! Bayley back suplexes, Iyo lands out and Bayley hobbles. Bayley still comes back, SUNSET FLIP BUCKLE BOMB! Then inside cradle, TWO!! Iyo escapes, Bayley’s bad leg holding back that cradle. Bayley and Iyo both stand, Bayley runs up but Iyo puts her on the apron! Bayley’s bad leg buckles, but she still avoids Iyo’s shoulder tackle! Bayley CLUBS away, but then Iyo waistlocks! Iyo drags Bayley back in, to GERMAN SULE! Bridging cover but the roll through, deadlift HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Iyo is seething but she goes up the corner now. The fans boo the OVER THE MOONSAULT but Bayley BOOTS her! A truly double-edged move to save herself but this is how much Bayley wants this! Bayley drags herself up the corner, aims, MACHO ELBOW, into a CROSSFACE!! Bayley flails, reaches out, rolls it to a cover, TWO! SLIDING UPPERCUT! Then SLIDING- CROSSFACE!!! Iyo has Bayley again, but Bayley fights and crawls around! Bayley reaches out but Iyo rolls this back, steps over, STF!!! Bayley endures all over again, but gets her arms inside the crossface to elbow away! Iyo lets her go, and Bayley clinches! BAYLEY2BELLY!!! Cover, TWO!!!

Iyo survives the classic and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley drags Iyo back up, hooks her up, but Iyo grabs at Bayley’s vest! Iyo wants to apologize? SUCKER PUNCH! Iyo manipulates Bayley’s emotions and laughs about it! But Bayley rises up to SLAP Iyo!! The fans are thunderous as Bayley says Iyo is right: they were never friends. Bayley did this for Iyo! Iyo ROCKS Bayley, Bayley fires off forearms in return! BAYLEY2- ROLL-UP! TWO!! Bayley rises, but Iyo wrenches her and underhooks! TIGER BACKBREAKER!! Iyo goes up the corner, to go OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!!! Bayley survives and shocks everyone!

The fans cheer Bayley on as hard as they can while Iyo tries to use all her Evil Genius to understand how Bayley’s still in this! Iyo fires off hands, STANDING MOONSAULTS, then she goes up to LIONSAULT! Then she goes up and up and OVER THE MOONSAULT but Bayley moves! Bayley runs up to hook Iyo up! ROSE PLANT but Iyo handsprings through?! Since when!? Iyo runs up, but Bayley LARIATS Iyo inside-out!! Bayley fights through the pain and the fans are thunderous! Bayley hobbles back up, clinches, SAIDO!! Bayley hurries to the corner and drags herself back up! MACHO ELBOW!!!

But that’s not enough for Bayley! She hooks Iyo up, ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Champion)

Justice has been served and Bayley has been vindicated! She takes control back from Iyo, adding to her already stellar résumé! Will Bayley’s star only shine bigger and brighter from here on out?

 

Backlash says c’est la vie.

That’s right, Saturday May 4th, WWE goes to Lyon-Decines, France! But who will say oui oui to championship opportunities?

 

The Philadelphia Cheerleaders help bring out Snoop Dogg!

D O Double G has a mic to say, “Yessir! If you having a good time tonight, make some noise!” The fans make some noise for sure. Snoop says he is gonna announce tonight’s attendance: 72,755! Can we have a toast to the City of Brotherly Love? The fans cheer that, too! Is anybody out there ready for the amin event? Then say “Hell yeah!” “HELL YEAH!” Say it again! “HELL YEAH!” Then that brings us to the two night total of: 145,298! WrestleMania 40 is truly XL, will things only get bigger and better from here?

 

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Bloodline Rules: Roman Reigns VS Cody Rhodes!

It has been a cold weekend in Philadelphia, and everyone has had chills going up their spines as the story continues to heat up. Reality doesn’t always have a happy ending, just look back at last year in Hollywood. “You can step away, set a new standard, ignite a revolution,” and even then, a dream may always be just out of reach. The Tribal Chief has found a way to dominate and retain this title time and time again, and again, just look back at last year. But this year, The American Nightmare vows to do everything he has to in order to right those wrongs. This year, Cody is all in, he’s going to go all out, because it is all or nothing!

If Cody loses now, he’ll NEVER get another shot at this title, because The Final Boss, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said so! Last night’s tag team match may have sealed Cody’s fate, but if there’s even a one percent chance of winning, can The American Nightmare hit the mark? Or will we all ACKNOWLEDGE the end?

As banners with his logo wave on the tron, with a warzone all around, Cody Rhodes rises up wearing a winged skull helmet, Brandi Rhodes by his side! “Wrestling has more than one royal family,” and Cody is ready for war! The fans sing along with Cody’s song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and Cody gets his pyro. Cody hugs his mom, sister and nephew at ringside, hoping to make them proud. For Roman’s entrance, he has an entire choir and orchestra performing the prelude to his theme song, then he walks out on stage, The Wise Man right behind him. He raises the title and the pyro goes off as the music continues here on Day 1316.

Roman continues down to the ring, Heyman holding up the title as the only banner The Tribal Chief needs. Roman then steps into the ring, raises the belt again, and his second round of pyro goes off. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see just how we #FinishTheStory!

The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already! And they’re all chanting for “CODY! CODY!” Roman smirks and steps forward to stare Cody down. Roman talks a little trash, then the two circle. Cody fires the fans up more, they tie up, and Roman clinches. Cody puts Roman in a corner, but then gets away before Roman can turn it around. The fans boo Roman but Roman chuckles. The two circle again, tie up, and Cody waistlocks. Roman fights the lift, ELBOWS free, then talks more trash. Roman headlocks, Cody powers up and out, but Roman runs him over! Roman puts up the one but the fans boo.

Cody gets up and Roman smirks. Roman and Cody reset and circle again. The fans fire up for “CODY! CODY!” more and Roman is annoyed. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks. Roman powers up and out, but Cody slides under, kicks low and RHODES UPPERCUTS! Cody baits Roman in, Roman runs up but into the POST! Cody has Roman on the outside and hurries after him! Cody decides to use Bloodline Rules to his advantage, and he gets a TABLE! The fans fire up as we’re going extreme already! Cody puts the table in but Roman DRIVEBY DROPKICKS! Roman chuckles as he takes the table and puts it back under the ring!

The fans boo, but Roman doesn’t give them what they want, he does what he wants. Roman brings Cody around, whips him, but Cody reverses! Roman hits steel steps! Cody sees the belt on display, then goes after Roman. Cody puts Roman back in, but Roman bails out the side. Cody is annoyed but he hurries after. Cody drags Roman up by his hair, but Roman kendo stick SMACKS Cody! Then Roman gets in to SMACK Cody again! And again! And again! And again! The fans boo but Roman tells them to shut their mouths, he’s The Tribal Chief. Roman winds up, but Cody ducks! Strike one, and Cody kicks low!

Cody gets the kendo stick now! Roman freaks out, dodges Cody, and the stick goes tumbling away! Cody kicks Roman back to then BULLDOG him down! Cody gets the legs, the fans “WOO~!” and Cody steps through! FIGURE FOUR! Roman flails right on the Prime logo! Roman grabs at the hold, CLAWS Cody’s face, and Cody lets Roman free! Roman snarls, hobbles, and Cody flounders. Roman BOOTS Cody down, stomps away on him, then stalks Cody. The fans rally for Cody but Roman wags his finger. Roman bumps Cody off buckles, then brings him around to bump off more buckles. The fans rally for Cody but Roman TOSSES Cody out.

Roman talks trash as he goes out after Cody. Roman storms up and uses the Prime tank to SMACK Cody! Roman shoves the hydration station aside, DUMPS Cody into the crowd, then pursues! Roman tells Mama Johnson he’s gonna beat Cody’s ass. But Cody hits back! They brawl with haymakers right by one of the girder supports, then Roman SMACKS Cody off it! Roman gets up on the support with Cody, but the fans boo. Roman tells fans to move aside, he’s about to chuck Cody! Roman reels Cody in, but Cody blocks the suplex! Roman throws body shots, but Cody still fights, to suplex Roman onto the support!

The fans fire up while Cody rises. Roman hobbles away, but Cody DUMPS him to ringside! Cody puts Roman in, the fans rally up, and Cody hurries in to springboard and DISASTER- NO, Roman catches and POWERBOMBS Cody! But even Roman falls back from how much that took out of him! Roman sits up, Cody crawls, and the fans rally again. Heyman grins as Roman stands and storms up on Cody. Roman hauls Cody up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Cody is defiant but Roman CHOKES him on the ropes! Roman says he’ll send Cody to Hollywood with the rest of ’em! “This is MY company, you little b*tch!”

The fans boo as Tribal Chief puts money in the swear jar, but Roman just looms over Cody. Roman kicks Cody around and laughs. Cody hobbles up, but Roman reels him in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!! Roman gets annoyed but laughs it off. Heyman says the son of the son of a plumber is not going to win this one! Roman clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench, and he grinds Cody down to the mat! Cody endures, fights up, and the fans rally up! Cody throws body shots, but Roman CLUBS Cody! Roman brushes off the fans cheering Cody on, and he back suplexes, but Cody lands out! Kick and facelock, but Roman wrenches out!

Roman hooks a leg, PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! So not quite perfect, but Heyman says Cody must love the pain if he’s still hanging around. Roman stalks Cody to a corner, and he SLAPS Cody! Roman stares Cody down, ROCKS him, and Heyman is certainly enjoying this. The fans still rally for Cody as Roman ROCKS him again. Cody goes to another corner, Roman storms up, and Roman fires point blank clotheslines! The fans count along, Roman goes all the way to TEN! Roman then runs, but Cody SUPERKICKS! Roman BOOTS back, Cody SUPERKICKS! Roman BOOTS again! Both men wobble, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Roman and Cody slowly sit up. Roman stands and he throws a haymaker! Cody gives that haymaker back! Roman hits back, so Cody hits back! They go back and forth, Philly clearly on Cody’s side! Cody gets the edge as he fires off a flurry! Cody whips, Roman reverses but Cody CLOBBERS him! Roman runs back up, Cody goes up and over! SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans are thunderous as Cody is feeling it! Even with one good leg, Cody springboards to DISASTER KICK! Cover, TWO! Roman’s tougher than that but Cody keeps calm. Cody glares at Heyman, then hauls Roman up.

Cody runs, springboards, but into a waistlock! Then dragon sleeper! Roman steals CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!!! Heyman is shocked and Roman is laughing in disbelief! “That move sucks!” Roman pretends like that’s the reason Cody kicked out, and then he goes to a corner. The fans boo as Roman locks ‘n’ loads! Roman runs in, SUPERMAN- NO, Cody dodges! JAB! JAB! JAB! JAB JAB JAB JAB! Flip, Flop, Fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Cody looks to Heaven, knowing Dusty is looking down on him! Roman bails out, Cody pursues, but then thinks about it. Cody looks at the desk, and he clears it off! The fans are loving where this is going!

Cody gets Roman up, but Roman LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Roman grins. It was only a matter of time before Roman went there, and he reels Cody in to get him up, to POWERBOMB him through the desk!! Roman then hurries to get Cody up and into the ring! But Cody’s right up, so Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES!! Cover, TWO!!! Cody survives again and Roman is beside himself! Roman eggs on the fans now and they boo as he goes back to the corner. Roman says this is the end! “OOOAH~!” Roman runs in, into a KICK! Cody springboards, CODY CUTTER!! But Cody can’t make the cover! He crawls to it, TWO!!!

Roman survives but Cody fights back his frustration and panic. The fans are still with him, and Cody roars! Roman rises, Cody dragon sleepers, but Roman fires hands from below! And a KNEE! Cody staggers back, but he runs up, into a clinch! ROCK BOT- ARM-DRAG!! Cody then dodges Roman to SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives, does that move “suck” now? Cody gets Roman back up, dragon sleepers, and CROSS RHODES!! But Cody holds on! JIMMY USO SUPERKICKS HIM!!! This was also only a matter of time! Jimmy may have lost to Jey but he isn’t gonna let Roman lose this!

Jimmy gets Cody up, Roman runs in, SUPERMAN PUNCH! But speaking of, here comes Jey!! Jimmy hurries to intercept and the Uso VS Uso battle begins again! Jey throws haymaker after haymaker, “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Then SUPERKICK! Then a SPEAR off the stage and through some tables!!! Uso cancels out Uso and Roman can’t believe it! Cody rolls Roman up! TWO!!! Cody ducks ‘n ‘dodges, but Roman SPEARS!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Cody survives again and Roman is pissed at the ref!! Roman storms around, says he’s done with this ish! Roman tells Heyman to do something but what? Roman gets Cody in the GUILLOTINE!

Cody RAMS Roman into buckles! Roman holds on, so Cody RAMS Roman into more buckles! Then Cody takes Roman tumbling out of the ring! Cody is free now, stands back up, and he runs back in at Roman! Cody SPEARS Roman through barriers!!! The fans lose their minds as Cody gives Roman a taste of his own medicine from just last night! “This is Awesome!” as Cody drags Roman up from the wreckage, into the ring, and he pounds the mat. Is he hearing voices like his old mentor, Randy Orton? CROSS RHODES!! And then another CROSS RHODES!! But then flashbacks to WrestleMania 39!! SOLO SIKOA SAMOAN SPIKES CODY!!!!

The fans boo as the other ace up Roman’s sleeve comes into play! Solo drags Roman onto Cody, handing him this on a silver platter! Cover, TWO!??!?!? HOW?!?!? Solo doesn’t believe it, even though he sees it with his own eyes! Solo is about to lose his cool, and he HAMMERS away on Cody! The fans boo as The Enforcer tells The Tribal Chief to stand! Solo says to finish this, and Roman says he knows! Solo stands Cody up for Roman, and Roman takes aim! Roman says “OOOAH~” and SAMOAN SPIKE SPEAR COMBO!!!! Cover, TWO??!?!?! How is Cody human?! Solo is pissed, but HERE COMES JOHN CENA!!!!

The fans are going nuts as Cena wants payback on Solo for Crown Jewel!! Cena fires off haymakers on Solo, then runs to LARIAT Solo up and out! Then fireman’s carry on Roman, this is for SummerSlam 2021! ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!! Cena clears off the Spanish desk, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT through the desk!! But here comes THE ROCK! Cena knows The People’s Champion well, and he goes into the ring as Rock starts heading down the ramp! The fans are losing their minds as we get Once in a Lifetime for the third time! Cena says you can’t see him, but Rock hits the ROCK BOTTOM!!

Rock tells that’s what Cena gets! The weight belt comes off, and it still has Mama Rhodes’ name on it. But wait, the SHIELD theme?!? The Rock is waiting for someone, anyone, but Roman sees Rollins first! SUPERMAN PUNCH on Rollins, who was even dressed in the old gear! The fans boo as Roman ruins Rollins’ moment, and now Rock tells Mama Rhodes she’s gonna see a repeat of Chicago! BUT THEN THE BELL TOLLS?!? Not even The Rock can believe this one! The lights go down, and when they come up, THE UNDERTAKER IS BEHIND ROCK!!! Rock sees him, takes a swing, but gets a CHOKE SLAM instead!!!

Taker then disappears with the lights, and he took Rock with him!! Roman and Cody are alone with a chair and the weight belt in the ring! Roman thinks about what he wants to use, and he goes for the chair. Cody drags himself up with the ropes, but then Roman sees Rollins is still here. Roman can’t let the past go, he SMACKS Rollins!! Rollins falls, Roman takes aim at Cody, “OOOAH~!” But Cody KICKS him first! CROSS RHODES!!! CROSS RHODES!!!! And once again, CROSS RHOOOOODES!!!!! Cover, CODY WINS!!!!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (NEW WWE Universal Champion)

Now THAT is how you #FinishTheStory!!! Brandi joins Cody in the ring to celebrate with a kiss as he, and the Rhodes Family, finally holds up THE WWE Championship! Rock and Roman regroup on the ramp while Cena, Rollins, Jey, Sami, Kevin, Randy, even LA Knight and CM Punk join Cody in celebrating. They hoist him up on their shoulders for all to see, because finally, someone dethroned The Tribal Chief! Even Mama Rhodes gets in the ring to hug her boy. Cody lets Mama hold onto the belt, everyone knowing Dusty is smiling down on them. Cody gets a mic and stands with the family to say, “Real quick, I know it’s been a long night.”

The fans cheer Cody on, and Cody says he is surrounded by greatness in this ring, in this stadium, but there are two people who he would never have made it back to WWE without. One is Bruce Pritchard, and the other is pleading to not come out here, but we have started a brand new era and that man is the leader of it, PLEASE, HHH! Come on down! Mama Rhodes hands the belt back to Cody as Pritchard and HHH make their way on down the ramp. Brandi helps Cody put the belt on, just in time for Pritchard to hug it out with Cody. HHH shakes Cody’s hand, the fans cheer, and now they hug it out, all the emotion pouring out.

HHH raises Cody’s hand in victory and the fans cheer again. Sami calls Randy over, they get Cody up again for another round of applause. The American Nightmare is living the dream, having fulfilled Dusty’s greatest dream for his son. Cody even goes out to hug it out with Michael Cole, then shakes hands with Corey Graves and Pat McAfee. Cody returns to the ring to continue shaking hands and hugging it out with everyone on Team Nightmare. And of course, Cody thanks Rollins for sticking with him until the end. They shake hands, and Rollins says Cody deserves this. HHH shakes Cody’s hand one more time, and now Cody revels in the cheers of the fans.

The pyro goes off in celebration, and Cody holds the belt up one more time. Truly, a new era has begun in the WWE, and if this is the biggest WrestleMania ever, just how much bigger will WrestleMania 41, 42 and beyond become?


My Thoughts:

What an incredible night for WrestleMania, for WWE, for pro-wrestling at all! From first match to last match, just so much great action that also worked well with all the stories being told. And Steph returned, that’s a sign of good thigs, too! The World Heavyweight Championship opening the night was a surprising move, but then it became clear they wanted this title scene to have a moment unto itself. Rollins probably survives one too many things given what he also went through last night in the tag match, but McIntyre gets his win, his moment, and then perhaps his own hubris took that moment away when he taunted Punk, got punked, and then Priest cashes in successfully. What an awesome move going into Raw in this HHH Era.

The Six Man Street Fight was great not just for action but for the fact Snoop joined commentary, Bubba Ray got to be the special guest ref, and even the ladies got involved. Great win for The Pride after all the “losses” they took along the way. With this team on SmackDown, and given how A-Town Down Under have the tag titles, The Pride could easily go after them now in this stretch to Backlash France. In fact, Logan Paul still being US Champion, Lashley can even go after him now so that the whole faction is facing Logan and his circle of friends. The Triple Threat was great stuff, and Kevin is himself so self-aware of story tropes, it was great for him and Orton to amicably start fighting each other! As I figured, those two canceled out, Logan retains, on to another Face challenger.

LA Knight VS AJ Styles was really good because it found a way to blend their styles, pun intended. LA Knight is the Attitude Era throwback beefy brawler while Styles basically helped innovate the Indy wrestler hybrid of technique and high-flying, and we got enough of both that it worked. Knight winning out was the right move, he gets payback for Elimination Chamber and gets a much needed moment of “winning the big one.” If not Lashley, LA Knight should go against Logan and the US Championship next because he’d be able to match Logan in promos while basically having another of these mixed style matches.

Iyo VS Bayley as the second-to-last match was a great honor for them, that in a way shows how important this story is to WWE right now. Iyo the international Joshi star, Bayley as one of the NXT Horsewomen and first Women’s Grand Slam Champion, these two gave us an awesome match because what else was it gonna be? Both knew each other so well given their time as allies in DMG CTRL, and it’s Bayley bringing out stuff she hadn’t in a long time that tipped the scales in her favor, I really like that Bayley actually pulled this win off. DMG CTRL lost the whole weekend, though, so you can bet they’ll want something big for Backlash as revenge.

And of course, what is there to say about the main event? Well, I did wonder at the start how wild it was gonna get, they kinda gave us just a taste of what that “fair and square” match was gonna be. But it built up through the No Disqualification stipulation, built up through the overbooking, and it was so awesome that they got Cena and Taker to get in on this. Granted, Taker was the most surprising, I was expecting glass to shatter, not the bell to toll. But hey, there’s continuity to make Taker helping Cody make sense, such as Roman beating Taker after the streak was already broken. But in the end, Cody HAD to #FinishTheStory, he DID #FinishTheStory, and so much great showing of real emotion. In a perfect world, Dustin would’ve been here, too, but hey, 99% is still damn good.

My Score: 9.6/10


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OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

JD Drake speaks.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

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

 

Matthew Menard speaks.

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

 

ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

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

 

Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

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

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

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

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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