Everyone’s still processing the mind-blowing news from the television side of WWE’s business, but their show almost never stops. So while we debated what it means that Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman will be running SmackDown and Raw, the roster was over in Japan working the first of two nights in the famed Ryogoku Kokugikan.
WWE only makes one trip to Japan a year, and it’s a country with a lot of pro wrestling tradition (and home to another of the biggest companies in the global pro wrestling), so these shows are usually more noteworthy than your average house show.
Some of that is just because Tokyo knows how to cosplay:
My first inclination was to proclaim my man doing The Man (and looking like Becky Lynch’s current Twitter avatar) or the Curt Hawkins clone the winners, but then I noticed the Bray Wyatt guy actually brought a Mercy the Buzzard prop, so YOWIE WOWIE, he wins easily.
On to the show. WWE set up the women’s tag match a couple weeks back, revealing that if former joshi mega-stars Asuka & Kairi Sane could beat The IIconics in the Sumo Hall, they’d get a future shot at Billie Kay & Peyton Royce’s belts. Well, no word yet on when Kabuki Warriors will have their Women’s Tag title match, but they earned it with this hip attack/InSane Elbow combo finish:
The other heavily promoted attraction for the Fri., June 28 event was Triple H teaming with the former Bullet Club trio of AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson in an eight man tag against Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe & Drew McIntyre. And while we wouldn’t say it was ALL about The Game, it seems like it was unsurprisingly A LOT about The Game...
Gun & Gallows also set-up a Raw Tag title bout for themselves on Saturday’s night two after The Revival retained the belts against Hawkins & Zack Ryder. Here are all the results, courtesy Wrestling With Demons:
- Hisashi Shinma (WWF kayfabe President in the 70s and 80s) was inducted into the Legacy Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.
- Ricochet def. Cesaro via pinfall to retain the United States championship
- Braun Strowman pinned Bobby Roode, then Roode got put through a table he set-up to use in a post-match assault of Strowman
- Asuka & Kairi Sane def. The IIconics to earn a Women’s Tag title shot
- Triple H & The Club def. Lashley, Corbin, McIntyre & Joe
- The Revival def. Hawkins & Ryder via pinfall with Shatter Machine to retain their Raw Tag Team championship, then Gallows & Anderson attacked the champs.
- Becky Lynch def. Alexa Bliss via submission with Dis-Arm-Her to retain her Raw Women’s title
- Seth Rollins def. Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the Universal championship
The main event was probably very good. It was definitely touted as such by many WWE wrestlers and talents on Twitter:
Hopefully Heyman & Bischoff will hear about it and maybe put Nakamura on TV again...