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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/6/24)

Let the tournaments begin!



The King & Queen of the Ring tournaments return!

And Raw has a stacked opening round! Who will step towards the thrones that away in Saudi Arabia?


  • King of the Ring Opening Round: Finn Balor VS Jey Uso; Jey wins and advances.
  • Queen of the Ring Opening Round: Iyo Sky VS Natalya; Iyo wins and advances.
  • King of the Ring Opening Round: Ricochet VS Ilja Dragunov; Dragunov wins and advances.
  • Queen of the Ring Opening Round: Ivy Nile VS Zoey Stark; Stark wins and advances.
  • Chad Gable VS Bronson Reed; No Contest.
  • Queen of the Ring Opening Round: Lyra Valkyria VS Asuka Dakota Kai; Lyra wins and advances.
  • King of the Ring Opening Round: Gunther VS Sheamus; Gunther wins and advances.


The Judgment Day is here!

Hartford, Connecticut boos as Damian Priest, Finn Balor, JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio make their way to the ring. The Punisher is still El Campeon thanks in large part to The Prince & The Irish Ace helping him out. Priest gets a mic while fans boo more, and he says, “Main Event Jey Uso…” Fans “YEET!” in response to that. Priest asks if the fans love him. “YEET!” Well, seems the entire country of France did, too. But in the end, it didn’t matter, because Priest is still champion! ALL RISE for El Campeon! But even so, Priest feels the need to talk about what went down at Backlash.

Finn speaks up to tell “Big Man” that they went over this 100 times. Finn and JD apologized, they meant it! They’re sorry. Priest says no, they’re good. That’s not what he meant. He meant after the match. He needs everyone to know, and is saying this publicly. That was all on him, he lost his cool. They were there to support him, make sure he stayed champ, and he did. Like it or not, he is still champion, so sincerely, he is sorry, and he thanks them. JD, Priest appreciates you, man. And Finn, c’mon, you’re like a brother! They hug it out and the fans boo more. Even Dom joins in, even though he couldn’t make the trip.

Priest says no more group hug, it’s back to business. He is STILL El Campeon, Judgment Day is STILL the most dominant faction in WWE, and Finn is your NEXT King of the Ring! And seeing as poor McIntyre ain’t medically cleared, guess who gets a first round bye? Uh, FINN! They all high-five, and Finn says that means he’s one step closer to The Prince becoming The King! Bow down to the King! Finn wants Samantha Irvin to announce it, but then Adam Pearce says hold on! Finn might be confused. Yes, Drew is out, but Finn is NOT getting a bye. The fans like the sound of that! And if Finn doesn’t like it, too bad!

Pearce says being crowned KOTR is one of the biggest honors, so Finn is gonna have to earn his way! What happened at Backlash won’t happen tonight! Finn’s match is next, and his opponent now… IS MAIN EVENT JEY USO!! Hartford fires up as Jey is looking to get some payback! Will Jey YEET Finn right outta the first round?

King of the Ring Opening Round: Finn Balor VS Jey Uso!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Finn and Jey stare down, circle, then tie up. Finn rolls Jey up, TWO! Finn hurries to headlock and grind Jey down. Jey powers up and out but Finn runs him over. Cover, ONE, but Finn clamps onto an arm. Jey fights up as the fans rally, but Finn wrenches to wristlock. Jey slips around, trips Finn, gets an arm, La Magistrol! TWO, and Finn goes to a corner. Finn kicks low, bumps Jey off buckles then fires off hands and stomps! The ref counts, Finn lets off, then soaks up the heat. Finn drags Jey up, bumps him off buckles, then swings. Jey dodges to ROCK Finn! And again! And again!

Jey whips, Finn reverses, but Jey goes up and over! “YEET!” and UPPERCUT! The fans fire up with Jey, and they all “YEET!” together. Finn stands and Jey whips, but Finn reverses. Jey sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Finn CLUBS Jey, CLUBS him again, then ELBOWS him in the head! Finn stomps Jey down, then soaks up the heat. Finn drags Jey up to CLUB him again, then he clamps on a chinlock. Jey endures, even as Finn grinds him down. The fans rally, Jey fights up, but Finn CLUBS him in the back! Finn wrangles Jey down to the mat but the fans continue to rally.

Jey endures, fights back up, and the fans rally behind him as he puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Finn avoids the haymaker to CHOP! Finn throws body shots, bumps Jey off buckles, then RAMS into him again and again! The ref counts but Finn CHOPS! Jey falls, Finn covers him, TWO! The fans cheer but Finn looms over Jey. Finn drags Jey back up, DECKS him with a haymaker, then mocks the fans. Finn drags Jey up again, SCRAPES Jey’s face off the ropes, then whips. Jey reverses to TOSS Finn out! Jey builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up! Jey stands, Finn staggers around, and Jey puts Finn in the ring.

Jey hurries up but Finn hurries out the other side. The fans boo but then Jey goes around the outside. Jey uses steps to leap, but into a BODY BLOW! Finn then brings Jey around to POST him! And then Finn THROWS Jey over the desk! Finn stands on the desk to soak up the heat and mock the yeet bounce. The fans boo but Finn just soaks it up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Jey rains down fists in a corner! Fans “YEET!” up to nine, then Jey winds up, only for Finn to YANK him down! Finn then stands Jey up so he can climb up and rain down fists of his own! The fans boo as Finn goes to TEN, then CHOPS! Finn snapmares Jey, runs and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls as he paces around, then he sits Jey up to ELBOW him in the head again. Finn clamps on a chinlock and grinds Jey down. The fans rally as Jey endures, but Finn leans on the hold. Jey fights up, throws body shots, but Finn knees low! Finn CLUBS Jey again, but Jey UPPERCUTS!

Jey ROCKS Finn again, and again, and again! Jey pops ‘n’ locks and puts stank on the HAYMAKER! The fans fire up again and Jey runs in at the corner. Finn puts Jey on the apron, but Jey GAMANGIRIS! Jey goes up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Finn stays in this but Jey stays cool. Finn flounders to a corner, the fans rally up and Jey goes to the other end. “YEET! YEET! YEET!” and Jey runs in, but Finn LARIATS Jey down! The fans boo but Finn snarls as he storms over to springboard stomp away on Jey! The ref counts, Finn lets off and then soaks up more heat. Finn goes after Jey but Jey fireman’s carries!

Finn CLAWS Jey’s face to get free, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Finn aims from a corner, Jey slowly rises, and Finn runs in, but Jey denies Slingblade to whip! Jey then dodges to mule kick! UPPERCUT! SUPERKICK! Finn is down in a drop zone and Jey hurries up top! USO SPLASH but he has to roll through! Finn avoids disaster, runs back in, SHOTGUN! Jey is down but Finn makes sure he’s in the right spot! Finn goes up the corner, and COUP DE- NO, now Jey moves outta the way! SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!? Finn survives and Jey is frustrated, but then here comes Drew McIntyre! The bad arm keeps McIntyre out of the tournament but not away from the arena!

McIntyre hops the barriers, has a stare down with Jey, but Finn rolls Jey up! TWO!! Jey escapes, but Finn SLINGBLADES! Finn growls, fans taunt McIntyre with “C M PUNK!” Finn runs in, into a SPEAR!! Cover, Jey wins!!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

McIntyre storms in but Jey gets out. The Scottish Terminator has no spot in the tournament, Jey is moving on in his place! Will we soon see the crowning of #KingYEET?


Drew McIntyre complains to Adam Pearce.

It just had to be Jey Uso of all people! Punk screws McIntyre in the #1 contender’s match that Jey won, and now they’re being rewarded? This is not about Jey, this is about McIntyre’s arm! McIntyre says he doesn’t care about the arm, he could just tape it up like a real man and still compete! Not like Punk! Pearce stops McIntyre there. The world thought McIntyre’s arm was fine until he told the world it wasn’t, so Pearce had to have it checked out! McIntyre’s arm isn’t fine, so that’s why he can’t compete. McIntyre says he’s sick of this BS, then goes to his car and drives off in a huff. Another QR code pops up, but then another car pulls in. It’s CM Punk!!

Pearce says Punk is late and he says he knows, it’s been quite a weekend. Where’s McIntyre? Uh, just missed him, thank God. What? Oh. Punk feels disappointed but then asks Pearce to get the truck to play his music. Punk’s got something to say. Pearce can do that. Punk heads to gorilla and we can already hear the fans chanting his name. Punk passes by Chad Gable chewing out The Alpha Academy, then passes through the curtain! The fans sing along with Cult of Personality as The Best in the World says it’s CLOBBERIN’ TIME~! Punk goes down to the ring, and he revels in the cheers while he gets the mic.

“Is it good to be alive on a Monday night in Hartford, Connecticut or what?” The fans cheer that! Punk apologizes for being late, he had a rough weekend getting locked in the WWE HQ. By the time he got out, he realized they’re at the XL Center, so he drove straight here to be with the beautiful maniacs. He also wanted a fight with McIntyre but McIntyre left the building. So Pat McAfee, if you recall, just as McIntyre got stuck in the cheap seats, Punk said he could take care of business in less than 5 minutes and 45 seconds, the amount of time McIntyre was champ. Not that he wants to make that a thing, but hey, 5:45.

Now, Punk showed up, McIntyre just left, and this won’t be a popular decision backstage, but what if we go overtime? What if Punk stayed here long enough for McIntyre to come back? Because you know McIntyre is stopped at a redlight and isn’t texting his wife but scrolling through social media. So please, get your phones, take some pics, tweet out now that Punk is here live and in living color! And if McIntyre isn’t a coward, IF, then he will turn around and come right back to this building, at the center of the ice where that Gordie Howe skated on for the Hartford Whalers, he can catch the beating he deserves! The fans cheer that!

The fans chant for Punk, Pat does his best to get a post out, and Punk says he means what he says. He’d hold Raw hostage if he has to. He’d even ask what we wanna talk about, but that’s another guy’s thing. So instead, Punk wants to ask if they wanna hear a story. Sort of a recap. Royal Rumble in January, McIntyre DDTs Punk so hard, that when Punk posted his arm, he tore his triceps. That broke Punk’s heart. And the same for the fans. Punk thought McIntyre ruined Punk’s Mania dreams. But then Punk had a good cry, a great surgery, picked himself back up, and realized that McIntyre didn’t ruin anything. If anything, McIntyre simply postponed those dreams.

Because in baseball, they’d call Punk a Five Tool Player. he can do anything! Commentary, which is what he did at Mania! Punk’s a Five Tool Player, McIntyre is just a tool. And we’re waiting. For weeks that turned into months, Punk tuned into the show he was excited to be back on, and he heard McIntyre just run his mouth about how he prayed for Punk to get hurt and proud that he did it. McIntyre picked a personal fight with the pettiest man on the roster! Maybe even on Earth. But Punk said it last week he’d make McIntyre’s life Hell, and he meant that. But then McIntyre’s b*tching and complaining turned.

It went from McIntyre hurt Punk to “Punk ruined MY Mania plans! Punk ruined MY title aspirations! Punk broke MY elbow!” McIntyre is a hater! From how Punk looks to how he walks to how he talks! But when Punk tunes in, all McIntyre does is talk about Punk! All McIntyre does is sit in the ring like Punk! All McIntyre does is try to talk like Punk! He tries to BE Punk, and it dawned on Punk… Does McIntyre hate Punk? Or does he hate himself!? Because McIntyre is a choke artist! Not like how Punk is, that’s a very different thing. But McIntyre prayed for this. Punk is the unforgiving consequences to his actions.

“Drew, you prayed for this, and I broke your elbow. And if you show up now, or the next time I see you, I’m gonna break your face! And then I’m gonna break your heart. And all this praying you do… I don’t know if you’re a God fearing man, but the fact you haven’t shown up yet tells me that there is one thing that you fear. One name, three syllables, C M PUNK!” Punk tells McIntyre that he will find him. If he has to, he’ll chase McIntyre to Glasgow, pop out of some haggis, and hit McIntyre right in his face! Punk double checks his watch, but we’re clearly in overtime. Will the Scottish Terminator ever get past Punk?


Backstage interview with Ricochet.

Cathy Kelley is with the WWE Speed Champion, noting he has been on an absolute tear lately. But now he has a King of the Ring tournament match. What will be his biggest facing Ilja Dragunov for the first time ever? Ricochet says it is interesting. He is very aware of Dragunov and everything he has done in NXT, this is KOTR. Tonight is Ricochet’s chance, the first step, to defining a legacy. But then Braun Strowman says hey to his old teammate! They shake it out, and Ricochet is glad to have Braun back. Cathy says while he’s here, she’ll ask him why he interjected in Judgment Day’s business last week?

Braun says he had and always will be the one to stand up for the “little guy,” to take the fight to the bullies. But this isn’t about him, tonight is about Ricochet going out there and reminding everyone why he is KING Ricochet. Braun heads out, will the King of Flight look to really speed things up towards becoming a legend?


Queen of the Ring Opening Round: Iyo Sky w/ Damage CTRL VS Natalya!

Damage CTRL may be without their championships, but the Evil Genius is now chasing down a crown! Will Iyo take control of this tournament right from the start? Or will The BOAT start her journey towards truly being the Queen of Harts?

Raw returns and Natty makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Natty wrenches an arm to wristlock. Iyo moves around, rolls, kips up and wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings, then slips through to back drop! Natty covers, TWO! Natty keeps on Iyo with a waistlock, but Iyo fights the lift! Iyo switches, Natty switches back, then rolls Iyo to a HEEL HOOK! Iyo endures, kicks at Natty, but Natty SLAPS Iyo down! Iyo kicks, Natty kicks, but Iyo stomps at Natty! Natty stands but Iyo fights with more kicks! Natty stomps Iyo, steps through, but Iyo boots her away! Iyo gets up to ROCK Natty!

Iyo UPPERCUTS then fires off forearms and a CHOP in the corner! Iyo fires up, Hartford is torn, but Iyo runs in, Natty puts Iyo on the apron, but Iyo counter punches! Natty runs up, baseball slides but Iyo jumps over! Natty grabs a leg, Iyo kicks her away! Iyo fires up and ASAI MOONSAULTS, but Natty moves! Iyo rolls back to her feet, but Natty gets her up to rebound off barriers and throw into the apron! Iyo staggers, into a BOOT! Iyo hits apron again, then Natty pushes her in. The fans rally, Natty covers, TWO! Natty waistlocks to drag Iyo up, but Iyo switches. Natty bumps free, switches again, but Iyo still fights!

Iyo runs to ropes to HOTSHOT Natty! Natty staggers away, the fans fire up with Iyo and she springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Natty stays in this but Iyo stays fired up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the standing switches continue, until Natty arm-drags Iyo away! Iyo comes back, and they start trading forearms! Iyo gets the edge, then SHOTEIS! Iyo runs, but Natty scoops her to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Iyo survives and goes to a corner, but Natty runs in. Iyo BOOTS her, goes up and up, but Natty storms up after her! Natty ROCKS Iyo, climbs up, and then fires off more haymakers! The fans fire up with Natty as she brings Iyo to the very top! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Natty covers, TWO! Iyo survives but Natty is too sore to be upset. The fans rally and DMG CTRL coach Iyo as she and Natty stir.

Natty sits up first, and she heads for Iyo. Natty gets the legs, but Iyo tripos her up! Iyo gets a CROSSFACE! Natty endures, reaches out, but Iyo thrashes her around! Natty still powers up, throws elbows to get free, then whips. Iyo turns pop-up into wheelbarrow and victory roll, STOMP 182! Iyo fires up and runs, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Natty stays in this and Iyo grows frustrated! Iyo roars, reels Natty in and underhooks, but Natty back drops free! Iyo sunset flips that, TWO! Natty sits on it, TWO! Natty rolls through the sunset, but Iyo trips her! Jackknife, but Natty rolls through to get Iyo up! SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up while even DMG CTRL is shocked! Iyo flounders to a corner, but Natty is on her! Natty CLUBS Iyo, puts her up top, REBOUND SIT- NO, Iyo victory rolls, STOMP- NO, Natty avoids that to schoolgirl! ROPEBREKA! Dakota barks at Natty, Natty tells her to stop that! Natty turns Iyo over but Iyo rolls Natty into buckles! Iyo goes corner to corner, SHINKANSEN! Natty is in the drop zone now and Iyo goes up top! OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Iyo wins!

Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

A little help from Dakota Kai goes a long way for Iyo Sky! A former NXT Women’s Champion, former NXT Tag Team Champion, former WWE Tag Team Champion, former Miss Money in the Bank, and a former WWE Women’s Champion, is Iyo going to be the new Queen of the Ring? As DMG CTRL celebrates, Dakota gets a mic to say two years ago, DMG CTRL took over Raw when they took out Becky Lynch. And now they’re back to put EVEYRONE on notice! Iyo just dominated, and Dakota will stand in for Dakota who is unfortunately injured, to take on “Bird lady” Lyra Valkyria! Dakota mocks the fans by saying, “If you suck, say ‘What.'” “WHAT?” Gottee!

But anyway, now that DMG CTRL is here, Dakota gives this warning for free. Jade, Bianca, enjoy those tag titles while you still have them. And as for you, Becky, once you’re done with that charity case, Liv Morgan, DMG CTRL is going to take everything, whether they like it or not! #CobraKai is ready to strike, will she start with The Morrigan? Or will Lyra be another former NXT Women’s Champion that moves on to the next round?


King of the Ring Opening Round: Ricochet VS Ilja Dragunov!

The One and Only Speed Champion knows how to redline it, but The Mad Dragon knows how to push past limits to find new ones! Only one gets to move forward, who wins what might end up more a demolition derby than a match?

The bell rings and the the two rush in! Ricochet dodges the boot, waistlocks, but Dragunov wrenches to waistlock. Dragunov shoves, Ricochet ducks ‘n’ dodges then rolls off Dragunov’s back! Dragunov blocks a kick, flips Ricochet, but Ricochet goes Matrix! He still turns around into a CHOP! The fans fire up, but then Ricochet kips up! Ricochet smirks, but Dragunov spins to CHOP him down again! Dragunov deadlifts Ricochet, but Ricochet elbows free! Ricochet ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov rebounds to PELE! Ricochet runs to JUMP KNEE! Both men are down and the fans rally up while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns as Ricochet CHOPS Dragunov! Ricochet whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Dragunov puts him on the apron. Ricochet GAMANGIRIS, then springboards in, FLYING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Ricochet and he aims from a corner, RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Dragunov is tougher than that but Ricochet still has more to give. Ricochet waits on Dragunov, but Dragunov ducks the buzzsaw to JUMP KICK! Dragunov then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, but Ricochet throws elbows! Dragunov still GERMAN SUPLEXES! And he still holds on!

Dragunov brings Ricochet up again but Ricochet pries the waistlock open! Ricochet shows his own strength and then elbows free! Ricochet runs, handsprings, but into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ricochet lands on his feet! Dragunov runs up, Ricochet puts him on the apron! Triangle jump DROPKICK! Dragunov falls to the floor, and Ricochet takes aim! Ricochet goes up and out and up again, ASAI MOONSAULT, but Dragunov gets clear! Waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor! Dragunov puts Ricochet in, goes up a corner, and he gives Ricochet a COAST2COAST DROPKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and shocks Dragunov!

Dragunov storms around, he brings Ricochet into a drop zone, then he climbs again. The fans rally as Dragunov reaches the top, but Ricochet UPPERCUTS first! Ricochet climbs up after Dragunov but Dragunov fires headbutts! Dragunov dumps Ricochet to the apron, then steadies himself. Ricochet gets up to springboard and SUPER STEINER!! But Dragunov tumbles all the way out! Ricochet doesn’t mind, he just DIVES! Direct hit and Dragunov goes a tumbling again! Ricochet gets back in, builds more speed, and DIVES again! Dragunov still stumbles around, ends up by the ramp, and Ricochet keeps going! Ricochet FLIES!! Direct hit and down goes Dragunov!

Hartford is thunderously losing their minds while both men are down by the ramp! This match will continue, but Raw has to go to break!

Raw returns yet again and both men are in the ring, trading forearms! Dragunov ROCKS Ricochet, fireman’s carries, but Ricochet slips free to shove him into buckles! Ricochet waistlocks, Dragunov reaches back to throw down elbows! Dragunov runs, CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Cover, TWO! Ricochet stays in this but Dragunov stays on him! Dragunov drags Ricochet to the drop zone and goes back up the corner! Fans fire up for Dragunov’s SUPER SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives even with that deep hook on the pin, but Dragunov puts Ricochet in a corner. Dragunov CHOPS! CHOPS! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

Ricochet sits down but now Dragunov scrapes his boot off Ricochet’s face! Dragunov goes side to side, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Ricochet fireman’s carries, but Dragunov slips free! Dragunov BOOTS, Ricochet HEEL KICKS, and both men wobble! Ricochet fireman’s carries again, for a ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives, showing Hartford why he’s a former NXT UK and former NXT Champion! But Ricochet won’t stop, “This is Awesome!” as he drags Dragunov to a corner. Ricochet climbs now, but has to leave over Dragunov! Dragunov comes back to KNEE him low!

Dragunov runs up to KNEE Ricochet down! Dragunov still isn’t done, he gets Ricochet up and POWER- NO, Ricochet slips free, ducks the Uraken and POISON-RANAS!! Ricochet fires up, runs, springboards, but into a CHOP!! Dragunov hauls Ricochet up to POWERBOMB! H-BOMB FOREARM!! Dragunov goes to a corner, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO- RECOIL!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ricochet counters Dragunov’s best shot with one of his own, but it’s still not enough! Ricochet hurries up top, but Dragunov hurries to UPPERCUT! Dragunov goes up to go to the very top, SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Roll through, and Dragunov powers up from the corner!

FLYING H-BOMB FOREARM!!! Cover, Dragunov wins!!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Both men had speed, both men had strength, but it was Dragunov’s inhuman endurance and intensity that brought him the win! Will he look to rename this “The Czar of the Ring?” But perhaps best of all, he and Ricochet show each other respect with a handshake, and Ricochet says this isn’t the last time they’ll meet. But with this loss, will Ricochet simply have to define his legacy without the crown?


Backstage interview with Sheamus.

Jackie Redmond is with The Celtic Warrior, a former King of the Ring winner, and notes he is looking to get back there, as he takes on one of his biggest rivals in Gunther. How has he been preparing for tonight’s main event? Sheamus says that people may not know, but Sheamus has undergone medical procedure after medical procedure just to get back to the WWE ring. But it is no secret he doesn’t like Gunther, and Gunther likes Sheamus even less! Gunther gets under Sheamus’ skin more than anyone he’s ever faced. Can you imagine “King Gunther?” Unbearable to say the least, yeah?

Now, everyone knows Clash at the Castle was a banger! And then WrestleMania 39, that was a banger! Banger after banger! But tonight, Sheamus is finally gonna kick Gunther’s arse, become a TWO-TIME King, and then claim the moniker used back home in Ireland: The Ruaidrí , aka “High King.” Will tonight be the moment Sheamus finally takes down Der Ring General? Or will Gunther make his history with Sheamus repeat itself to keep Sheamus’ history from repeating itself?


Queen of the Ring Opening Round: Ivy Nile VS Zoey Stark!

The Diamond Pitbull and the Hunter both have a lot to prove in their young careers, and a win in this tournament will go a long way. But who moves forward while the other gets left behind?

The bell rings, the two circle, and Zoey runs up to RAM Ivy into a corner! Zoey fires off hands, lets off as the ref counts, then whips corner to corner. Ivy reverses, runs in, but Zoey goes up and over! Zoey has a stumble but she comes back, only for Ivy to wrench and fireman’s carry! Zoey fights free, shoves, then LARIATS! The fans are torn but Zoey storms up on Ivy. Ivy fires hands with Zoey, then headlocks. Zoey powers out but Ivy runs her over! Ivy keeps moving, then turns dropdown into gator roll! Ivy floats all over, then has a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Zoey rolls back, covers, TWO! Ivy facelocks and suplexes!

The fans cheer as Ivy holds Zoey up, then marches around! Ivy SLAMS Zoey down, then kips up! The fans fire up with Ivy and she runs in at the corner to JUMP KICK! Zoey staggers, Ivy ENZIGIRIS! Zoey ends up on the apron, Ivy brings her up, but Zoey HOTSHOTS back! Zoey hurries back up, GAMANGIRIS, and Ivy staggers away. Zoey snarls, springboards, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Ivy stays in this but Zoey stays focused. Zoey drags Ivy up, brings her around, and puts her up top on the corner. Zoey CLUBS Ivy, climbs up behind her, then goes to the very top! Zoey brings Ivy up, but Ivy throws elbows!

Zoey hops down, Ivy turns around and fans fire up, for a SUPER BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!! Zoey survives and shocks Ivy! The fans rally, Ivy drags Zoey up, but Zoey ROCKS Ivy! Ivy kicks, Zoey blocks, then ducks the enzigiri! HEEL KICK clips Zoey and she staggers. Zoey SUPERKICKS in return and Ivy falls! Zoey runs to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Ivy survives and Zoey is losing her cool! The fans rally, but Zoey rains down forearms! Zoey drags Ivy around, stomps her, then goes up a corner. Zoey reaches the top, but Ivy SLAPS her! And SLAPS, and SLAPS! Ivy goes up again, but Zoey resists the lift!

Zoey throws a HARD body shot, then CLUBS away on Ivy! Ivy hits back with heavy shots of her own! Ivy wants Zoey up again, but Zoey slips inside! Zoey then gets under, YANKS Ivy down, and then HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX! Zoey won’t stop there, she looks to end it with Z 360!! Cover, Zoey wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

A hard-hitting fight from both women, but the Hunter takes down her prey! Will she shoot down more targets on her way to the throne?


R-Truth talks with Adam Pearce backstage.

Truth says he’s got a good idea for their next tag title defense. Champions VS Champions. Pearce likes it already. Then let Truth introduce to you, the 2023-2024 Champions, the back-to-back champs! UConn head coach, Dan Hurley! The Miz steps in, says it is an honor to meet Coach Hurley, but um, Truth, you need to talk with Miz before coming up with another title match! The Awesome Truth cannot face UConn! What? Truth apologizes to Pearce, and points out that Coach Hurley is part of a small, independent wrestling promotion: NCAA! Smalltime, but this is the Dogs! Hurley does point out they’re The Huskies, not dogs. Oh, right, sorry.

Miz again explains to Truth, they can’t fight the Huskies! Why not? Because that’s basketball! Truth says a sport is a sport! And in trying times like these, we can all agree on that. Miz tells Pearce he will get back to him on their next title defense. Truth says okay. Miz, Truth and Hurley head out, Pearce feels like he needs a drink. But in steps Bron Breakker first. Pearce welcomes Bron to the flagship show and asks what he can do for him. Well, Bron wants to know why he is NOT in the KOTR tournament! Oh, yes, Pearce had a feeling he’d want answers. They can go into Pearce’s office and talk about it. Bron accepts that, but what will he be offered in place of the crown?


The Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

Finn says he feels like he’s apologizing week after week, he feels like he should’ve had this one! He should’ve had Jey! Priest and JD say it’s fine, he has nothing to apologize for. That was one loss, it happens. Finn’s still The Prince, they will rise. And JD says Finn wasn’t even 100% after that “big dope,” Braun Strowman stormed out there. Yeah, that big lug needs to be taken care of. Priest says he will be. In fact, it’ll be taken care of by JD. JD is a little surprised to hear that, and then Dom walks in, with Carlito? Priest stops Dom before he starts and says it’s actually good Carlito is here. Because one year ago, Carlito cost Priest his moment in Puerto Rico and will never forget it!

Now, Priest doesn’t know what’s going on with Carlito and Rey, but if Carlito’s looking for new friends, it ain’t here. Carlito says look, that’s the past. This is Judgment Day! They rule Raw! And that’s cool! Priest doesn’t budge, so Carlito says he needs some help. And it seems Judgment Day needs some help, too. Y’know how it goes: you scratch his back, he scratches yours. Got it? Got it. Just get him outta here. Dom tells Carlito the guys will come around. They leave, and then JD asks what that was about Strowman. Is Caribbean Cool only going to get the cold shoulder? Is the Irish Ace about to get torn up by the Monster Among Men?


Chad Gable VS Bronson Reed!

Both men have missed out on the Intercontinental Championship, but most recently it was because ol’ Shorty G screwed the Colossal Aussie over! They battle it out 1v1, but will the winner be primed for another shot at Sami Zayn?

Raw returns and Bronson makes his entrance. The bell rings and Bronson runs in! Gable dodges to CHOP, but Bronson CHOPS back! The CHOPS keep going, then Gable dodges to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Bronson grabs Gable with both hands, hauls him up for a fireman’s carry, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Gable is still in this but Bronson says he’s gonna end this! SENTON FLOPS as Gable moves! Gable storms up to waistlock!? And he GERMAN SUPLEXES Bronson!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gable doesn’t stop, he goes up top, and DIVING HEADBUTT FLOPS! Bronson SENTONS after all!

Bronson storms back to a corner and goes up top! Fans fire up as Gable gets up after Bronson! Gable clinches to SUPER EXPLODER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! And then here comes Sami!! He TACKLES Gable!

No Contest

Sami fires off hands on Bronson, too! The fans fire up as Sami stomps a mudhole into Bronson, then chases Gable away. Sami comes back to clothesline Bronson up and out! But then Gable returns! GERMAN SUPLEX! Gable brings down the straps and flexes, but the fans boo. Gable runs corner to corner, but Sami catches him for a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami storms to the other corner, runs back in, but Bronson grabs him first! URENAGE! And then URENAGE for Gable! Auszilla stands tall again, will he crush Sami and Gable to get the gold he wants?

In face, Bronson goes to gorilla and Pearce is there. Pearce asks what is wrong with them. Can’t they just settle things? Can’t control themselves? Bronson says he doesn’t care about Gable or Sami. He just wants the Intercontinental Championship! This is business to him. If Pearce wants control, then he knows what he has to do. Bronson storms off, will the only answer be to let them fight?


Gunther speaks.

“Tonight, I’m facing Sheamus in the first round of the King of the Ring Tournament. And I already heard that Sheamus is very concerned about putting on banger after banger. Well, I do not care about bangers. I care about being the greatest of all time. And if I need to expose Sheamus again for the weak-minded, people-pleasing person that he is, then so be it. Because he will be no obstacle for me to win the King of the Ring Tournament. Already, The General of the Ring, soon to be your King of the Ring.” Gunther is ready, but will he have to put on a banger if he wants to beat Sheamus again?


Michael Cole is in the ring.

And he formally introduces the Women’s World Champion, Becky Lynch! The fans fire up as Raw now hits the Big Time! Becky holds the title high as she joins Cole in the ring. She gets a mic to say, “The Man has come around to Hartford!” The fans cheer, she and Cole take their seats, and he congratulates her. As Women’s World Champion, and a multiple time champion at that, Becky surely understands… The fans chant for “Becky! Becky!” and she says she understands that these fans are awesome! Cole finishes by saying she understands she represents the WWE around the world, including this past weekend.

Becky & Seth were at the 150th Kentucky Derby, and Cole would like her to explain the outfit. The silver dress and the shiny saucer hat. Well, yes, being champion means representing at the biggest events possible, in the biggest hats possible. She isn’t sure, but she thought it looked good. But just what is that hat? Is it a hat? Becky says she got it on Etsy. Does it work? The fans sure think so! Cole says Becky can pull it off. But let’s talk WWE. The Draft rosters locked in, the Queen of the Ring tournament is underway, and Becky will be facing any number of the other competitors over the next few months.

So then, who are some of the Raw superstars she wants to step into the ring with? Yes, there is a newness in the air. The winds of change are slapping Becky in the face. And as she sits here holding the title, there are definitely a lot of superstars who wanna slap her in the face, and she loves it! She respects it, and she welcomes it. She came to Raw nine years ago, wanting to make a change, to be a groundbreaker. She feels that same energy in that locker room from all these new additions. Alba Fyre, former and longest reigning NXT UK Women’s Champion, which also makes her the longest reigning Women’s Champion period!

Isla Dawn, Fyre’s tag partner, is an enigma with passion. Kiana James is here, and Becky’s already been in the ring with her. Kiana is athletic, but you can’t trust her, though. But Becky would trust Lyra Valkyria. Cole likes that Becky brought Lyra up. Lyra is competing tonight in the first round of the QOTR. Lyra and Becky have an interesting history. They’re both Irish, and battled over the NXT Women’s Championship. Becky says yes, they did, and Lyra is the most gifted competitor she has been in the ring with. Lyra loves this more than anything. Plus, Lyra’s got that fighting Irish spirit, and that’s always worked out for Becky.

Cole also points out there’s the first-ever Queen of the Ring, Zelina Vega. Yes, Zelina is hungry, also has passion. Cole wants to talk this past month. It has been bittersweet: WrestleMania against Rhea Ripley, Becky had strep throat and- Yes, yes, she was sick. But she isn’t making excuses, the better woman won that night. Becky’s journey has always been about overcoming and she has done that. But that loss will haunt her, make her a better fighter, and it already has. Because two weeks later, Becky beat 14 others to become the NEW Women’s World- Wait, here comes Liv! The fans cheer as Liv also has a mic as she makes her way down.

Liv says, “Blah, blah blah, blah blah. This girl, that girl, Kentucky Derby, my hat~! And no mention of Liv?” Liv’s a little offended, as she has always been overlooked and underestimated. The fans cheer that! Liv says in case anyone forgot, she is a Ms. MITB, a former women’s champion and tag team champion! She beat Nia Jax in this ring just last week, not to mention she is the one who took out Rhea, you’re welcome! The fans are a bit more torn on that last part but they still cheer Liv. And Liv says after all that, the fact she still can’t get an ounce of respect literally blows her mind. Wanna talk talk talk? Then let’s talk about the match Becky just promised Liv.

Okay, let’s talk about it! Liv didn’t let her finish! In three weeks, Liv’s got it. It will happen at the King & Queen of the Ring event in Saudi Arabia. And Liv wants to talk about the things she’s done? Well, Liv’s never beat Becky! Liv sighs and says she’s glad Becky just brought that up. Because yeah, Liv’s never beaten Becky 1v1. And even after listing all her accomplishments, it wasn’t until just now that Liv realized what she’s been missing: purpose. And now that Liv has purpose, she knows she can finally beat Becky! Because Liv’s purpose is getting revenge on Rhea, taking everything that she loves, and becoming NEW Women’s World Champion!

Fans are still a little torn, but then DMG CTRL makes their way out here! Dakota has a mic to say, “Aw~! Look at that, Liv Morgan gets a title shot that she did absolutely nothing to earn!” But that’s fine. They’ll let Liv and Becky fight it out. Meanwhile, DMG CTRL has QOTR on lock! Iyo’s advanced, and Dakota will do the same. But they’re out here now to remind them who really runs Raw! Liv and Becky stand their ground, but then Liv bails! Liv laughs because why would she stick her neck out for The Man? But Becky still fires off forearms! That’s 3v1 so she gets mugged, but here comes Lyra!

The fans fire up as Lyra blows past Liv, gets in the ring and DECKS Kairi! Then ROCKS Lyra! Then repeat! Becky gets Dakota outta the ring, DMG CTRL regroups, and Morrigan stands tall alongside The Man! Lyra and Dakota will have it out after the break, who will step forward in the tournament?


Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie knows Sami is all riled up, but this issue with him and Gable is getting personal, and now Bronson adds on, things are just intensifying. Where does this end? Sami says that is all true, it is all a personal issue. This should’ve been over weeks ago in Montreal, but here we are. And then there’s this personal grudge with Gable, and now a professional one with Bronson Reed. Bronson isn’t even coming after Sami, he’s after the Intercontinental title. Sami is juggling the emotional and the business side, so how does it end? There’s only one way it can: TRIPLE THREAT at King & Queen of the Ring in Saudi Arabia!

Sami’s gotten knocked down a million times, will probably be knocked down a million more. But when the pressure is on, and this title is on the line, in Saudi Arabia, his homeland, Sami will be at his best and STILL be Intercontinental Champion! The match has been made, will Sami defy the odds like he has before?


Queen of the Ring Opening Round: Lyra Valkyria VS Dakota Kai!

Raw returns and the bell rings. The two tie right up, go around, and Lyra arm-drags Dakota away! The fans rally up as the two go again. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, then hits a takeover. Dakota moves around, fights up, and powers out. Lyra rolls over, drops down, then hip tosses! Cover, TWO! We go picture in picture to plug Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes while Lyra keeps on Dakota with a facelock. Dakota fight sup, but Lyra shifts to a cravat. Lyra then headlocks, but Dakota powers up and out. We return to single picture as Lyra goes up and over, ducks under a boot, then ENZIGIRIS! Dakota gets up, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Lyra keeps focused on Dakota, brings her up again, and FISHERMAN- NO, Dakota cradle counters! TWO! Dakota bumps Lyra off buckles, then runs corner to corner, but Lyra BOOTS back! Lyra goes up and up but Dakota YANKS her down! Lyra hits buckles on the way, and Dakota goes out to get her on the apron! BOOT! Lyra flops to the floor, Dakota grins and soaks up heat, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again as both women rise up. Lyra counter punches, then fires palm strikes! Lyra windmill CHOPS, then LARIATS! And LARIATS! Lyra SOBATS, KICKS, HEADBUTTS, KICKS then HEEL KICKS! Dakota flops out of the ring but Lyra builds speed! Lyra WRECKS Dakota with a dropkick! The fans fire up and Lyra puts Dakota back in the ring. Lyra climbs a corner, to CROSSBODY! Lyra rolls off the cover but brings Dakota up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dakota stays in this but Lyra stays calm. Lyra drags Dakota back up with a cravat, then fireman’s carries. But Dakota fires elbows to get free!

Dakota throws Lyra down by her hair, and says she’s smarter than that. Dakota drags Lyra up, puts her in the ropes, and then JUMP STOMPS her down! Cover, TWO!! Lyra survives and Dakota is annoyed. Dakota stalks Lyra, the fans rally up, but Dakota aims. Dakota runs Around the World, but Lyra dodges! Lyra rolls Dakota up, TWO! The ref almost gets hit, Lyra runs up to ROCK Dakota! Dakota shoves back but Lyra returns to forearm! Lyra runs, but Dakota goes Around the World! BOOT!! Cover, TWO!! Dakota is seething, but she hauls Lyra up to a fireman’s carry! DETONATOR- NO, Lyra blocks that kick to stand Dakota up!

Dakota ducks the roundhouse to SCORPION KICK! Lyra wobbles, Dakota runs up, but Lyra fireman’s carries through! NIGHTWING DRIVER!! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Morrigan turns fortunes around in an instant, and now she is moving on! But with Zoey Stark waiting in the next round, will Lyra be able to evade the Hunter and head for new heights?


Kofi Kingston speaks.

“This King of the Ring Tournament was supposed to be were Xavier ran it back. It was supposed to be where Xavier Woods made history by becoming the second-ever two-time King of the Ring. But Gunther took that away from him. Because of Gunther, Xavier Woods is unable to compete in this tournament, and to be honest, I don’t really know when he’s gonna be back. But what I do know is that if Gunther advances, then I can’t wait to face him and give him what he deserves. But first, I gotta get through one of the greatest of all time, the legend, the icon, the Hall of Famer, Rey Mysterio. Someone who I looked up to so much growing up.

“But with as much respect as I have for Rey, I gotta put him down unapologetically, as if my name was Kendrick Lamar or Drake. I have to win this tournament, for Woods. I have to become the next King of the Ring for Woods, in his name and his honor, because after all this time, after all these years, there’s three words that still ring as true now as they did then. And I think we all know what those three words are: New Day Rocks.” Kofi is ready to represent, but will he make it through the King of Lucha Libre?


King of the Ring Opening Round: Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Sheamus!

We’ve heard from both Der Ring General and The Celtic Warrior on their epic rivalry, and now there is another chapter added here tonight. This is most certainly going to be a banger, but who comes out of it all banged up while the other punches his ticket to round two?

The bell rings and the fans fire up already as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, then tie up. They go around, end up in a corner, but then go around and around. They end up on ropes, Gunther lets off slowly but the fans rally for Sheamus. Sheamus and Gunther reset, tie up again, and Gunther puts Sheamus in a corner. The ref counts but Gunther CHOPS! Sheamus fires a forearm! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster, and then Gunther headlocks! But Sheamus turns that into a BIG back suplex! Sheamus fires body shots and UPPERCUTS, but Gunther CHOPS in return! The shots keep going!

The fans fire up but then Gunther headlocks again. Sheamus powers out, they RAM shoulders, but then Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down! The fans are torn while Sheamus goes to the apron. Gunther storms up, stands Sheamus up, and turns him around. Gunther wants to steal Sheamus’ move! BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN, but Sheamus blocks at three! Sheamus turns around to ROCK Gunther! Gunther hits back, they brawl with the ropes between them! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther again, and then has him in the ropes! But Gunther powers up and throws elbows! Then he LARIATS Sheamus down! Sheamus sputters as he sits up, but Gunther goes out after him!

Gunther brings Sheamus up and in, but Sheamus fights the lift! Sheamus back drops Gunther onto the apron! Gunther flops to the floor, Sheamus FLYING AX HANDLES! Sheamus shouts “FELLA~!” and the fans fire up with him while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Sheamus fires hands on Gunther! Sheamus whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! Gunther CHOPS Sheamus on the back! Sheamus falls forward, Gunther uses his legs in a NECK TWIST! Sheamus writhes but Gunther throws down elbows! Gunther KICKS Sheamus in the back, then stalks him to ropes. Gunther claws at Sheamus’ face, but the ref counts. Gunther ELBOWS Sheamus as he lets off, then he drags Sheamus back up. The fans rally but Gunther clamps on a cravat! Sheamus endures, even as Gunther cranks the neck. Sheamus goes to the mat, and we get a look at the handprint on his shoulder!

Gunther grinds the hold but the fans continue to rally. Sheamus gets that second wind and fights up to throw body shots! Sheamus is put in a corner for a CHOP! And another CHOP! But Sheamus eggs Gunther on!? Hartford fires up for it as Gunther CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sheamus fires forearm sin return! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther, whips, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Gunther swings, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Gunther staggers, Sheamus scoops, but Gunther slips free to CLUB him! Gunther runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is still in this but Gunther drags him right back up.

Gunther reels Sheamus in, but Sheamus fights the lift! Sheamus fireman’s carries, to a WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still in this and Ludwig Kaiser is relieved. Gunther goes to the apron, Sheamus storms after him. Sheamus drags Gunther up, but Gunther HOTSHOTS him back! Gunther then runs, but into a scoop! POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Gunther survives and goes back to the apron, but Sheamus just storms up after him. Sheamus has Gunther against the ropes! The fans fire up for the BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus goes all the way to TEN, then past it to SEVENTEEN before Gunther flops over!

The fans are thunderous and Sheamus is feeling it! He beats his chest, the fans shout with him, and then Sheamus runs in! But Gunther gets around the Brogue to waistlock! Sheamus elbows free of that, runs up again, but is hung up on ropes! Sheamus still elbows Gunther away, but Kaiser traps Sheamus’ leg like Woods’ was last week! Gunther CHOPS Sheamus on the back! Gunther pulls on the leg, the ref counts, and Gunther lets off at 4. Gunther argues with the ref, allowing Kaiser to DROPKICK the leg!! The fans boo as Sheamus falls! The ref suspects something, though! The ref EJECTS Kaiser!! The fans cheer while Kaiser is furious!

Gunther is disappointed Kaiser got caught, but also smirks because the damage has been done. The ref checks on Sheamus, Sheamus refuses to let him call this, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Gunther has Sheamus’ leg in a HEEL HOOK! Sheamus CLUBS at Gunther, but he falls back, and that’s a cover! TWO, and Sheamus fires more hands on Gunther! Gunther KICKS Sheamus down, that’s a cover, TWO as Sheamus sits up! Sheamus still endures, he kicks and kicks and kicks with his free leg, and that gets Gunther to let go! Both men stand, Gunther runs up to kick the bad leg! Gunther rips the kneepad right off to then drop knee on knee! Sheamus clutches the joint but Gunther pushes him down! Another knee right on the knee! The fans boo while Gunther drags Sheamus up.

Gunther reels Sheamus in but Sheamus resists the lift! Sheamus fireman’s carries, but the bad leg won’t let him! Gunther KICKS the leg out! Gunther then brings Sheamus up, to CHOP the leg! Sheamus drops down, Gunther winds up, and Gunther runs, but into a LARIAT from Sheamus! The fans fire up again as Sheamus hobbles over. Sheamus reels Gunther in, Canadian Rack, but again the bad leg stops him! But then he KNEE CAPS Gunther!! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives but Sheamus falls back to a corner. The fans rally up as hard as they can for Sheamus as he stands back up. Sheamus runs in, but the leg jams!

Gunther reels Sheamus in, GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! But Gunther has the leg for a HALF CRAB!! Sheamus scrambles forward, ROPEBREAK! Gunther lets go, to STOMP the leg! Gunther then storms his way to a corner and climbs up! Sheamus stands and ROCKS Gunther first! And ROCKS Gunther again! Sheamus turns Gunther around, and uses the corner to help in the lift! CELTIC CROSS!! Sheamus crawls to the cover, TWO!! Gunther survives, but Sheamus is too sore to be upset. “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise again. Sheamus hobbles over, stands Gunther up and fires a forearm! Gunther KICKS the leg, then GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Sheamus sits up and shouts, “C’MON!!” The fans are thunderous as Sheamus rises, and he KNEE CAPS again!! Sheamus goes to the corner, runs up, BROGUE!!! But Sheamus can’t make the cover! Sheamus has to crawl over, now he has the cover, TWO!!! Gunther survives because of the delay!! The fans are losing their minds, but then Gunther hooks Sheamus with a leg to get that leg! HALF CRAB!! Sheamus endures, reaches out, fights forward, but Gunther drags him away! HALF CRAB and it’s deep!!! But Sheamus is still reaching out! Hartford is trying their hardest, too, but Sheamus taps! Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by submission (advances to the next round)

Hartford feels robbed! Kaiser played a part in Gunther’s victory to ensure Sheamus lost! Will Imperium do it all again in the quarterfinals? Or will the winner of Kofi VS Rey make sure justice is served?

My Thoughts:

A great Raw to not just follow an awesome Backlash, but to get things going for King & Queen of the Ring. A bit of a shame that they couldn’t do ALL eight matches here tonight, leaving Shayna VS Zelina and Kofi VS Rey for a house show coming up. That’s nice for the people at the coming live event but kinda lame for everyone else who would’ve watched it on TV. But great promo from Kofi to help us understand that Woods is out of action and Kofi must now avenge him. As such, I figured Gunther would win against Sheamus, but it feels a bit booty for it to be because Kaiser helped out. I suppose that keeps Sheamus strong in the loss in case Sheamus aims for the Intercontinental Championship, the one thing he still hasn’t had.

Really good match from Ivy VS Zoey, good win for Zoey. Great match from Iyo VS Natty, and great win for Iyo. A shame that Asuka is hurt, but Lyra VS Dakota was still a great match. Dakota taking the loss was probably better in the end, Lyra getting a win over Asuka might’ve been a bit much too soon. The interview promo segment with Becky was a bit lacking, even with them poking fun at Becky’s Kentucky Derby outfit. But then Liv showed up and livened things up, no pun intended. Good Heel move in ditching Becky, leaving Lyra to of course make the save to also segue into the match. Becky VS Liv for Saudi Arabia is going to be awesome, and I feel if Liv wins, it’s because she cheats.

Another funny promo from Awesome Truth, and Bron even had a good part as he of course plays entitled new kid on the block. Good promo from Ricochet and with Braun making a surprise appearance. Ricochet VS Dragunov was awesome stuff, perhaps match of the night. Ricochet is Speed Champion so it’s not like he had to win here. Also if you can’t tell, I haven’t been covering WWE Speed because it’s on Twitter/X instead of other, better social media. Dragunov got an awesome win off Ricochet here, there is a very good chance Dragunov meets Gunther in the Raw bracket finals before going to KQOTR.

Good detail during Punk walking to the ring to give us Gable being mean Gable again. Really good start of a match with Gable and Bronson, and naturally Sami got involved to return the favor from Gable’s attack. And naturally, this brings about a Triple Threat. Bronson stood tall tonight because logically, why wouldn’t he? He’s big, mean, and so far his emotions haven’t been a liability like it has with Gable and Sami. He’s laser focused, and if it wasn’t for the match being in Saudi Arabia, I’d think he’d win the title because Sami and Gable cost each other. Instead, this might be more like the other Triple Threats we’ve seen so far (Logan VS Randy VS Kevin, and Bayley VS Naomi VS Tiffany) where the champion manages to find the opening and retain the title.

And very good intertwining of stories again as McIntyre’s story with Punk sidetracks him again and then Judgment Day still gets hit with payback as Jey Uso gets in the tournament. Great match from Finn VS Jey, and real good promo from Judgment Day with Carlito backstage. I think Dom just needs to admit that he wants to do like LWO Wolfpac or something with other Latino wrestlers going into a new rivalry with Rey. It’s also funny that Priest is sending tiny JD against Braun Strowman, knowing JD is gonna get eaten alive. And then CM Punk had a great promo to again tear into McIntyre, though he was definitely stretching just a little bit to make it to six minutes or so. And honestly, why not find a way to stretch this to Clash at the Castle Glasgow in June to really get the crowd all hot.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/23/24)

Do you want a taste!?



Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

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


  • 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.


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)

It’s a mix and match night!



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!


  • 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.


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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