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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (1/15/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Bar VS Titus Worldwide; Titus Worldwide wins.
  • Cedric Alexander w/ Goldust VS Tony Nese w/ Enzo Amore; Alexander wins.
  • Asuka VS Nia Jax; Asuka wins by referee decision.
  • The Revival VS Solow & Starks; The Revival wins.
  • 2-on-1 Handicap Match: The Miztourage w/ The Miz VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins.
  • Sasha Banks w/ Bayley & Mickie James VS Sonya Deville w/ Absolution; Sonya wins.
  • WOKEN Matt Hardy VS Heath Slater w/ Rhyno; Hardy wins.
  • Finn Balor w/ The Club VS Seth Rollins w/ Jason Jordan; Rollins wins.

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Raw’s biggest monsters are superhuman.

The Beast, Brock Lesnar, does not fear the Big Red Machine nor the Monster Among Men, but each challenger is doing their best to make him afraid. Kane would ambush Lesnar, but then Braun Strowman attacked them both! On top of that, Strowman used a grappling hook to bring down several tons of steel upon Lesnar and Kane! Kane would slip away into the shadows, but Lesnar needed to be taken away in an ambulance. What further destruction will be wrought on the road to the Royal Rumble?!

 

BRAUN STROWMAN heads to the ring!

The Monster Among Men is in San Antonio, and speaks to the WWE Universe. “I want to tell you all a short story.” It has a happy ending. “A Beast and a Machine met a Monster at the Royal Rumble, and the last one standing, was the Monster Among Men. And he became the new Universal Champion.” Raw General Manager Kurt Angle appears!

And he brings security guards with him. Strowman explains he was telling a story. Angle has his own story to tell, and it doesn’t have a happy ending. Strowman threatened lives and cost thousands of dollars in damage. He tells Angle “It could’ve been a lot worse.” Angle says since he is in charge of every superstar and staff member on Raw, what is he supposed to do if they get caught in the crossfire? Strowman did his job, Angle should do his. But that wasn’t doing his job! Wrestlers settle things in the ring. Strowman does things when he wants, and how he wants. If Strowman wants to tear down Suplex City, he’ll do it. If he wants to kick down the door to Hell, he’ll do it. And if he wants to be Universal Champion, then he will. Then be lucky Kane and Lesnar can still compete. But it won’t be a triple threat anymore. Because Strowman won’t be in it. Angle officially fires Strowman!

Fans are in an uproar over this! Angle takes his leave of the ring, fans tell him “You Suck!” for real, but Strowman storms his way up the ramp. The security guards keep him in line, but what will be the consequences of this termination?

Strowman is fuming backstage.

He glares at the security guards escorting him. “Make me leave!” What will be the state of Raw when we return from break?!

 

Strowman heads for the exit, still fuming.

One guard tells him “You gotta leave!” Strowman snaps and starts beating them all up! They fly into the garage doors, get decked by big right hands, and one poor sap is thrown across the spare tables. “Fire me, I’ll wreck everybody in here!” The Monster Among Men is on a warpath, is there anyone who can stop him!?

 

The Bar VS Titus Worldwide!

The Celtic Gladiator & Swiss Cyborg want to get even with Titus O’Neil & Apollo Crews so that they can keep momentum going into the Raw Tag Team Championship rematch at the Royal Rumble!

The bell rings, young Crews starts with Sheamus. They circle, tie up, Sheamus powers Crews to the Bar’s corner. Tag to Cesaro, the Bar stomps a mudhole into Crews. Cesaro wrenches and tags to Sheamus, double whip and double hip toss but Crews lands on his feet! Crews dropkicks Ceasro, Sheamus whips but Crews goes up and over to handspring and dropkick him. Crews brings Sheamus over, tag to Titus. The Real Deal keeps on Sheamus with a whip and a shoulder tackle, then the barks. Titus gives Sheamus a European Uppercut and an open hand chop. Sheamus kicks back and drives in a knee, tag to Cesaro. Cesaro gives his EuroUppers and chops to Titus, fans troll Sheamus with “You Look Stupid!” The EuroUppers continue, but Titus powers Cesaro back and to a corner for sharp open hand chops! Titus taunts Sheamus before chopping Cesaro more. Cesaro turns it around and returns those chops, but they seem to be firing Titus up. Titus powers Cesaro back again, and gives an extra hard chop. Titus scoops and slams, dares Sheamus to do something, then tags Apollo. Apollo keeps on Cesaro, big scoop slam to a big elbow drop!

Cover, ONE. Crews suplexes Cesaro but Cesaro slips out to tag Sheamus. Apollo keeps moving but gets a cheap shot knee from Sheamus and a EuroUpper from Cesaro. Sheamus climbs up, and hits a flying clothesline! The Bar is fired up while fans boo, we go to break.

Raw returns, and Crews fights out of the Bar’s corner. Crews jumps for a tag but Cesaro catches him. Cesaro puts him back in the corner, tag to Sheamus, backbreaker and Cesaro gives the elbow!

Cover, TWO, so Sheamus wraps on a chinklock. He shifts it to a keylock, Dana rallies the fans. Crews gets to his feet, fights out, but Sheamus shoves him back, enziguri! Both men down, Titus Worldwide rallies the fans. Sheamus tags Cesaro, Crews tags Titus! Titus rallies on Cesaro, then gives hammer fist after hammer fist before a big biel across the ring! The fans bark with TItus, he goes corner to corner for the splash and slam! TWO! Titus keeps on Cesaro, whips but Cesaro kicks away. Tag to Sheamus and The Bar mule kicks Titus together. They bring Titus up, Crews returns and he shovels Cesaro out. Deja vu from last week as Sheamus goes for Brogue and Apollo flips back, but The Bar knew what was coming this time as Cesaro decks Crews. Sheamus kicks Titus and chokes him against the ropes, EuroUpper cheap shot! Roll-up, TWO! Sheamus knocks Titus down, tag to Cesaro. Cesaro brings Titus up, prepares but Titus counters. Cesaro jams a knee while Titus tags and Crews climbs up. He turns around, Crews flies in! Crossbody cover, TWO, right to Moonsault! Sheamus breaks the pin. Titus returns, The Bar throws him out. The Bar Lariat runs Crews over, and they tag and coordinate. Jason Jordan appears?

Titus & Crews use the distraction to shove down Cesaro and roll Sheamus up!! Titus Worldwide wins again!! Seth Rollins comes out to reprimand Jordan but Titus Worldwide celebrates! The Bar is furious, will they get revenge at the Royal Rumble?

 

Strowman storms down the halls, looking for Kurt Angle!

The Monster finds it and kicks in the door! Angle isn’t there, but that only pisses Strowman off more!

Strowman wrecks everything in the room, then storms back out.

Strowman is headed for catering!

Everyone, RUN! Too late, he’s already here. He throws over all the tables, then choke slams Curt Hawkins through the buffet! The man serving cake is stunned, but Strowman spares him to have a big bite of it.

Where will the Monster Among Men go next on his search for vengeance?

 

Enzo Amore & Tony Nese head to the ring.

The Certified G, Bonafide Stud and Cruiserweight Champion are in San Antonio, how you doin’? Braun Strowman IS a Monster Among Men, but so is Enzo! Enzo could be stitched up and taped up like Frankenstein’s Monster, but he’ll still walk out the ring the champion. Wait, if Enzo is Frankenstein, what is Cedric Alexander? Dracula, because he sucks! Alexander got some of Enzo before, but if he wants more, get through “Tony Freakin’ Abs!” Alexander comes out and has his new friend, Goldust!

“Enzo, how dare you compare yourself to the great Boris Karloff. If you were a film, you’d go straight to DVD.” Alexander, on the other hand, is a “box office smash. A blockbuster!” And when Alexander wins at the Royal Rumble, there’ll be one world to describe him: Champion. But Goldust has a word for Enzo, and Alexander delivers it: S A W F T!

Braun Strowman tears up a hallway.

He throws steel chairs at the walls and knocks over fencing. Strowman pushes a dumpster and almost runs over referees! No one and nothing is safe from his wrath.

Cedric Alexander w/ Goldust VS Tony Nese w/ Enzo Amore!

Alexander puts on a headlock, Nese slips out and puts on a wristlock. Alexander rolls and spins then trips Nese up. Things speed up, Nese runs Alexander over with a back elbow. Cover, ONE, so Nese keeps on Alexander with stomps, to Enzo’s liking. Nese brings Alexander up and gives him a forearm, Alexander responds with a chop. Nese knees then whips, Alexander slips over the back and rolls under to handspring headscissor then dropkick Nese down. Fans fire up, Alexander runs corner to corner for a shoulder tackle, but then Nese trips him up on the top rope. Enzo wants Nese to capitalize, Nese gives a top shelf kick, and then a gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO, but Nese stays on Alexander with left hands. Nese taunts Alexander, embraces the heat and shows off the abs while Alexander gets to ropes. They go to the corner, Nese chops and knees, then puts Alexander in a Tree of Woe. The referee counts, Nese lets up so that he can get Full-Contact Cardio. Enzo checks his abs, not on Nese’s level.

Cover, ONE, Nese wrenches Alexander’s neck. Enzo taunts Alexander, promising things will get worse for Alexander. Fans rally, but Nese drops a leg on Alexander, TWO. Nese puts on the neck wrench again, Goldust stalks behind Enzo and scares him off with the “HRAH” before mocking the Enzo Shuffle. Alexander gets up, fights back against Nese, stiff forearm rocks Nes. Nese fires back, Alexander staggers back, corner to corner whip. Alexander dodges, then hits back with an uppercut. Enzo is furious, fans rally, Alexander dropkicks a leg out so Nese hits buckles. Alexander goes tot he apron and kicks Nese’s head back. Fans fire up, step-in complete shot! Alexander kip-up then runs in but is pu ton the apron, right ot the springboard lariat! TWO, Alexander can’t believe it. Goldust keeps fans rallying, Alexander gets up and drags Nese from the ropes. Nese resists, grinding Alexander with the headlock. Nese gives a back elbow but Alexander still tries, Nese slips out. Alexander rolls but Nese sits down, TWO! Nese kicks back, then knee lift, but Alexander blocks and gives back an elbow. ALexander whips but Nese slips under, pumphandle but escape, LUMBAR CHECK!! Alexander wins! And Enzo is upset. Will the Carolina Kid quiet Enzo once and for all to become the new Cruiserweight Champion?

 

Angle finds his office is a wreck.

“Iv’e never seen anything like it.” Strowman is like a wild elephant or something. Angle must call in a SWAT team. A referee lets Angle know Strowman is headed right for the production trucks! That’s $12 MILLION right there! Angle hurries to save the show, and money.

Strowman has arrived in the garage.

And yes, he has found the TV truck. Strowman vows to smash it and take this show off the air! “If I smash this right now, will it shut off all these monitors in here?” Strowman storms into all the rooms and makes a mess of each, intimidating everyone else inside.

He shouts for them to leave, they leave. Strowman storms out, but where did he go? The workers go back to their stations, but wait. Why are the engines starting!? Strowman detached and is driving the truck from the trailer! To then tip it over!? Angle arrives and tells Strowman the police are on their way. However, Angle gets his own call, so Strowman continues to tip the truck over!

And then he roars at Angle before storming off to who knows where. He keeps the security guards from walking too close, he’s headed to ringside!? San Antonio hoops and hollers, they want Strowman to do anythign he wants. So he storms over to the announce table and captures Michael Cole! He lifts Cole and carries him away. ANgle appears and begs Strowman stop. The cops aren’t coming, Stephanie McMahon has rehired Strowman! Strowman is still going to compete at the Royal Rumble! Just spare Michael Cole. Strowman does… NOT! He THROWS Cole at the security guards!

They bowl over like pins, Strowman roars in victory and takes his leave. With Strowman on the path of destruction he is, will Kane and Lesnar even survive?

 

Todd Philips takes Michael Cole’s place on commentary.

“I wish I was here under better circumstances.”

 

Asuka VS Nia Jax!

The Empress of Tomorrow is still undefeated, but the Brutal Beauty of the Irresistible Force wants to change that before the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble match.

The bell rings and the two circle. Nia rushes but Asuka kicks back and goes for a leg. Nia throws her off but Asuka is right up.

Asuka circles with Nia again but goes after an arm, only to be thrown off again and again. Nia lunges, Asuka gets the waistlock but Nia powers out. Asuka throws hands, Nia shoves her away, Asuka comes back with an attempt at the Octopus Stretch! She gets it, and pulls on that arm. Nia powers out again, but Asuka is right back with kicks. Asuka runs, but into a backbreaker! Asuka gets to a corner, Nia drags her up to throw her across the way. Nia rushes in, Asuka boots Nia back and fires off elbow strikes. Nia blocks a whip to then run Asuka over with a lariat. Fans are thunderous both ways as Nia stalks Asuka. Nia reaches down, armbar surprise from Asuka!

Nia moves and tries to make it a cover, but Asuka holds on tight to bring Nia down. A second wind, and Nia deadlifts and powerbombs Asuka to a corner! Both women recover while we go to break.

Raw returns and Nia has Asuka in a bearhug!

Asuka endures the squeeze, and fights back with elbows. Nia brings her up into the bearhug again, but Asuka slips up and over for a sunset flip. Nia denies it, sits down but misses, sliding enziguri from Asuka! Both women are down again and a ten count begins. They get up and go right at each other again, Asuka giving off back hands and back kicks. Nia lifts Asuka, pops her up, but sunset flip! TWO! Asuka fires herself up and kicks away at Nia’s chest. Nia gets under one kick, lifts Asuka up, POWERBOMB! Nia is too tired to cover, she rests against ropes. Now she covers, TWO! Nia is furious, but she gets up and keeps her eyes on Asuka. She drags Asuka up, Asuka revives and slips around for a victory roll into a KNEEBAR!

Nia endures the hold, crawls for ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Asuka lets go, stands up, but Nia throws her right out of the ring. Nia catches her breath before pursuing. Asuka goes to kick but is blocked and shoved into the apron. Fans are thunderous again while Nia drags Asuka up. Asuka kicks out a leg and Nia falls right on the steel steps! Nia tumbles out, clutches that leg in pain, and the ring count is at 9 when she gets back in. Both women are down, the referee checks on each of them. Nia drags herself up with the ropes, but she can barely walk. She doesn’t want to give up, but the referee has to call it. Fans are displeased, but Asuka still wins. Alexa Bliss comes out to check on her best friend while Asuka takes her leave. The Empress’ streak continues, but can Nia even compete in the Women’s Rumble at this rate?

 

Kurt Angle sorts through the wreckage of his office.

Jason Jordan comes in, and thanks Angle for having faith in his Gold-Blooded Son.

Angle says “You’re welcome”, but he’s not in a very happy mood. Jordan saw what happened, and says he’d been keeping close to Angle to make sure Strowman didn’t do anything to him. Angle apologizes for not realizing Jordan was there. Jordan knows, and “on behalf of my partner, Seth Rollins”, they’re ready for the Royal Rumble. As for tonight, Jordan wants to help Seth Rollins make up for his loss last week. Maybe a match would help him stay sharp, and Jordan has an idea on the opponent: Finn Balor! Good idea. Let Rollins know, because that match is happening.

 

WWE celebrates Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

“LONG LIVE THE DREAM”. Ten bells and a moment of silence for the man whose dream changed America.

 

Alexa Bliss helps Nia Jax with her leg.

The Goddess and Raw Women’s Champion also apologizes for roping Nia into a fight with Asuka. Alexa never thought this would happen! Maybe Alexa was wrong. Enzo Amore comes in.

Is she okay? Yes. Is his ankle okay? Yeah, he’s okay. Alexa says she’s got this, but Enzo says he’s got this, and Nia chooses Enzo. Alexa leaves, the Certified G feels bad Nia got hurt, too. Is this budding romance blooming before our very eyes?

 

The Revival VS Solow & Starks!

Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder look to bring things back to a time of tag team wrestling where it was #NoFlipsJustFists! As such, the bell rings and Dawson throws those fists onto Solow in a corner. He brings Solow up and kicks away before hitting a snap suplex, then a stiff lariat.

Dawson drags Solow over and tags Dash, big flying knee! Dash stays focused, and dares Solow to tag Starsk, who Dash goes right after anyway. Fireman’s carry to a flipping backbreaker, Dash then tags Dawson, the assisted gordbuster onto Starks! Dawson stalks Starks and slaps Solow! Tag to Dash, Dawson throws Starks into Solow before hitting a Shatter Machine! The Revival wins, SAY YEAH!

In-ring interview with Charly Caruso.

Is she sure she wants to do this? Think about it. She’s giving a live mick to these two on live television. “What you just witnessed is tag team excellence.” That has been missing, because people want to go play video games or see what social media is doing. Not these two. They are “students of this game.” All Dash & Dawson want to do is master holds and win matches. In which case, which old school legends are they most excited to meet at #Raw25? The New Age Outlaws? Shawn Michaels? Stone Cold Steve Austin? “Those guys?” There is nothing cool about beer baths and crotch chops. The Revival aren’t sports entertainers, they’re pro-wrestlers! They’re as real as it gets, and WWE knows it. The WWE doesn’t want Revival to succeed, because they can’t control The Revival. There will be all sorts of stars and celebs from around the world at Raw 25th Anniversary, but this is The Revival’s Universe. They will set the tone for Raw for the next 25 years!

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter has made it to San Antonio, not that anyone in San Antonio wants him. Even so, he still asks “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” He wishes Michael Cole well, but he’s here for two other reasons. First: to teach the WWE Universe a lesson, that will better us all for it; WWE stands for “Walk With Elias!” And don’t you forget it. Second: the Royal Rumble is coming, and with many superstars involved such as Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor or Randy Orton, Elias is more concerned with a certain someone and he has a song for them. “Talked to my father, told him I hope Cena comes my way. I’ve got retribution for him, for what he did on Christmas Day. I’ll eliminate John Cena, I’ll throw him to the floor, Drown his sorrows, with 28 more.” Unlike the Spurs, who are destined to fail. The fans really hate that line. Well it’s not like the Spurs can do anything to him. And, then Elias gives a musical introduction The Miz and his Miztourage!

2-on-1 Handicap Match: The Miztourage w/ The Miz VS Roman Reigns!

The Hollywood A-Lister gets his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship at the 25th Anniversary show, but he’s going to have Bo Dallas & Curt Axel to soften up The Big Dog as much as they can before then. Before that, however, The Miz wishes to speak. He returned to Raw after a six week absence, and fans welcomed him back. That felt awesome, but it was only six weeks. The reason why fans welcomed him is because they could tell The Miz was the spark missing from Raw. The Miz got his rematch, then laid waste to Roman Reigns, and it all felt awesome. It was one of those “unforgettable moments” that makes Raw so great, but those kind of moments are what The Miz does. That’s why USA Network gave The Miz & Maryse their own show! Miz will over-deliver a moment that will last for 25 years, “the title is mine!” The Miz made it prestigious, relevant, and it will be his again! “And that’s gonna feel awesome.”

Roman Reigns appears, and he wants at The Miz right now, but must settle for the sidekicks. The bell rings and the match finally begins. The Miz tries to distract, but Roman is ready for the cheap shot from Axel, Roman decks Axel with an uppercut. Then Roman gives one to Bo! The Miz backs off, Roman pursues anyway. The referee keeps Roman back, Bo comes up but Roman knocks him back down. Miz tries but is backed off, so Axel clobbers Roman from behind. The Miztourage get Roman up and throw him into steel steps. Miz trash talks while the Miztourage gets Roman up and in the ring,. Axel covers, TWO, another try, TWO again. Axel puts Roman in the corner and stomps away, tag to Bo, and now BO stomps away. Fans are thunderous both ways for Roman, tag to Axel and Axel keeps up the mudhole. Tag to Bo, Bo stomps a mudhole, then they embrace the heat. Bo drags Roman up for a big lariat, cover, TWO. Bo wraps a chinlock on Roman, Miz likes what he sees. Roman endures, Axel says it’s done already. Fans keep up the noise both ways, Roman wills himself back up. Bo gives Roman knees, then goes to suplex, but Roman blocks. Roman turns things around and tries to suplex Bo to the apron. Axel bails Bo out, Bo drives Roman down with DDT! TWO, The Miz is still confident in his Miztourage. Bo stands up, drags Roman around, but then Roman resists. Fans keep dueling while Bo reaches for a tag, Roman pulls Bo away so Bo gives him a forearm. Roman gives one back, Bo gives one, Roman backs him down with forearms. Axel tags in, he clobbers Roman with forearms, then whips. Roman reverses, Samoan Drop!

Both men are down, Bo gets back on the apron, but Axel is on the far side. Axel runs but Roman blocks him, to bring him back into the open corner! Axel boots Roman away, then walks for Bo, Roman just takes out Bo! Roman has Axel all alone, and he knwos it. He starts rallying on Axel with clotheslines, then a whip to the jumping lariat. Fans cheer and jeer, Roman gives those close-range clotheslines in a corner. Bo comes in, gets a back elbow, then a big kick! Roman throws Axel into Bo, boot-powered DDT on Axel! Fans are thunderous again, Roman locks and loads. Miz distracts again, Bo comes in but is clothesline’d out. Axel is up, SUPERMAN PUNCH brings him down! Roman goes outside again, builds speed, and jumps for a SUPERMAN PUNCH onto Bo!

Miz runs, Roman has him! They go in but Miz slides out, Axel capitalizes with a roll-up! TWO!? SPEAR! Roman wins! The Big Dog defends his Yard against two opponents, does the Miz stand a chance when it’s just 1v1?

 

Sasha Banks w/ Bayley & Mickie James VS Sonya Deville w/ Paige & Mandy Rose!

The Legit Boss has her good friends ringside to make sure the Glampire and Golden Rose don’t interfere with her match against the Gladiator. Who will get a step ahead this close to the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble match?

The bell rings, the two circle, Sonya gets the waistlock throw. She dares Sasha to get up again, she does, Sasha gets the crossface! Sonya gets out of it quick, now Sasha dares her to come back. Mandy distracts, Sonya is upon Sasha with shoulders in a corner! Sasha elbows back, whips Sonya but is reversed. Sasha goes up but Sonya drives in knees and body shots, a big knee onto Sasha’s head. Cover, TWO, but Sonya isn’t deterred. She puts on the body scissors, then grinds a forearm on Sasha’s face. Paige declares “This is OUR House!” but fans rally for The Boss. Sasha gets up, and backpack rams Sonya into buckles before throwing her off. Sasha throws hands, then forearms, runs and into a tilt-o-whirl headscissors. She dropkicks Sonya down, Sonya ends up in a corner. Sasha runs in with double knees and then again, she climbs up but Sonya is ready to roundhouse her out of the sky! Cover, Sonya WINS! The Gladiator shocks The Boss, can she and Absolution shock the world at the Rumble?

 

Jason Jordan checks in with Seth Rollins backstage.

Is The Architect ready? Always, but they need to talk. They’ve discussed it before, but Jordan steps out of line and that comes down on Rollins. Jordan just wants Rollins to have a chance to redeem himself. If Rollins wants, they can undo the match. No, that’s not Rollins’ point. Rollins wants to settle things with Finn, but he wants Jordan to understand they’re teammates. Jordan doesn’t speak for Rollins, okay? It’s not about what Jordan did, but how he did it. Jordan understands, and lets Rollins finish preparing.

 

WOKEN Matt Hardy VS Heath Slater w/ Rhyno!

The WOKEN WISDOM vows to DELETE all put before him in the squared circle, will he succeed once more in battle?

Slater gets a headlock, then slips to a wristlock. Hardy hits back and hits hard, “Fight me!” Hardy puts on a DELETE headlock, Slater powers out, Hardy just falls on Slater and hammers away. Slater scrambles to ropes, the ref backs Hardy off but Hardy drags Slater back, apron skirt with him. Slater scrambles out the other side now, but Hardy is still on him with haymakers. The referee backs Hardy off, Hardy laughs in Slater’s face. Slater tries to escape but Hardy pursues, and haymakers Slater out of the ring. Rhyno regroups with Slater, wanting him to toughen up. Slater isn’t so sure, but #YouCanDoItSlater! Slater gets in the ring with Hardy and kicks low. He hammers away on Hardy now, then stomps away. The fans hoop and holler with Rhyno while Slater drives elbows into Hardy’s shoulder. Hardy bites Slater’s hand! They separate, Hardy rocks Slater with a haymaker, then a German Suplex into buckles! Hardy keeps hammering away, then runs in for a clothesline and Side Effect! Cover, TWO! Hardy vows to DELETE DELETE DELETE as he bumps Slater’s head off the buckles.

Then, neckbreaker! Hardy isn’t over, he DELETE DELETE DELETE Twist of Fate! WOKEN Hardy wins! When will the Great War finally flow over into our reality?

 

WWE’s Hall of Fame 2018 class begins with: GOLDBERG!

From “out of obscurity” into WCW, and then from WCW to WWE. From Undefeated World Heavyweight Champion to split-second Universal Champion. And now, he shall be truly immortalized in WWE’s own HoF!

 

Finn Balor w/ The Club VS Seth Rollins w/ Jason Jordan!

A rematch from the inaugural Universal Championship match, will the Architect or the Extraordinary Man gain ground on the Road to the Royal Rumble?

The bell rings, and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop woop!” Rollins gets the headlock, Finn tries to power out but Rollins holds on. Finn tries again and succeeds, things speed up and Finn hits a couple arm-drags to bring Rollins to the mat. Rollins gets up and puts Finn on ropes, then arm-drags Finn in return before running him over with forearms. Rollins kicks Finn while he’s down, then brings him up for chops. Finn gets to a corner, Rollins throws hands and stomps. He stops at 4 and tauntingly puts up Too Sweet, which Jordan likes. Rollins snapmares and puts Finn in a chinlock. Finn gets up, Rollins knees low then whips, Finn reverses, sunset flip rolled through, dropkick! He clotheslines Rollins out, goes to the apron, Penalty Kick!

Jordan coaches Rollins up and the Club regroups while we go to break.

Raw returns to Finn working over Rollins’ leg in a corner. Rollins fights out, Finn comes back in but takes the boot, Rollins hops up for the flying blockbuster!

The Architect has to clutch his bad leg, though, but he still uses the good one to drive Finn out of the ring. Rollins takes aim, builds speed, and DIVES to send Finn into barriers! Jordan coaches him up, Rollins gets moving despite the bad leg. The Good Brothers coach Finn but Rollins puts him in the ring, then hobbles over for a one-legged neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Rollins puts Finn in a cravat to go after the neck. Finn endures, gets to his feet, Rollins knees low and gives a running ax handle. Fans duel, Rollins gets up and stalks Finn. He drives in another ax handle to Finn’s neck, but Finn fires back with forearms. Rollins hits back and suplexes but Finn slips out to a standing switch, Rollins elbows him away. Finn gets to a corner, Rollins runs over but Finn boots him away now. Finn rallies with forearms, then takedown to double stomps! Rollins rolls to ropes while Finn checks his chin. Finn fires up while Rollins stands up, running chop in the corner. Corner to corner whip, but reversed, Finn goes up and over. Finn runs back at Rollins but Rollins boots him back, Finn PELES Rollins out of the blockbuster. Finn grabs Rollins in the dragon sleeper, for the elbow drop! TWO, and The Balor Club can’t believe it. Jordan coaches Rollins on some more, even as he and Finn slowly get up. Finn takes aim, slingblade reversed into Rollins’ slingblade!

TWO, and Finn gets to where the Good Brothers stand. Finn stands up, Rollins runs in and hits the forearm smash. Rollins keeps going, another forearm. Finn denies the third time with HIS Slingblade! He runs out again, but into a SUPERKICK! TWO, and everyone is tense. The fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop woop!” while both men stir. Rollins is on Finn, Finn elbows out and chops back. Finn throws hands, Rollins ducks, ripcord, but Finn forearms Rollins back. Rollins with the PELE outta nowhere! Both men are down, fans are fired up. Rollins gets himself up, and on one leg, PHOENIX– no, Finn evades and Rollins rolls through. Finn blasts Rollins with the dropkick! He keeps going, getting to the top rope. Rollins springs up, SUPERPLEX and roll through for Falcon Arrow! TWO! San Antonio declares “This is Awesome” while Rollins climbs up again. He takes aim, FROG SPLASH into knees! TWO!? No one can believe that was it, it looked close. But here comes The Bar!

Sheamus & Cesaro storm down to the ring and Jordan ends up cornered between them and The Good Brothers. He ducks out, the other four fight! Finn FLIES onto them all! He returns into the ring, Rollins gets a swing kick form him, and Finn climbs up! Fans fire up, Coup De Grace– no, Rollins evades this time and Finn rolls through. Cesaro gets on the apron, Finn knocks him off, and Rollins takes a swing. Finn ducks it and runs, but Jordan trips him up! Rollins hits the CURB STOMP! Rollins wins! Jordan goes in to celebrate with him, can these two work as a team to keep those Raw Tag Team Championships?

The Balor Club regroups in the ring, helping their leader to his feet.

Finn seems worse for wear after taking Rollins’ Black Out Curb Stomp. Controversy aside, can Finn recover and be ready for the Royal Rumble?

 

My Thoughts:

A wild but entertaining Raw here tonight. Braun Strowman was probably the best part of this night, and will be the best thing this entire week in WWE. From him getting fired to wreaking havoc so heinous he was rehired in roughly an hour, nothing can beat The Monster Among Men. I’m glad Alexander VS Nese wasn’t just a repeat of everything from last week’s 205 Live, it was pretty fast and crazy by the end and of course Alexander goes over again to keep himself strong going towards his match with Enzo. That match can still go either way depending on what The ‘Zo Train does, but it’s feeling like Alexander’s time. Asuka VS Nia Jax was very competitive, and the referee decision type finish was a surprise, but also a good way of keeping things uncertain between the two. And they were able to cleverly tie it into Nia’s story with Enzo. Sonya VS Sasha ended oddly fast, but that feeds into her MMA style gimmick a bit better, since many a time, MMA matches end out of nowhere.

Raw also seems to be building its Tag Team Division again by having Titus O’Neil look strong while Jordan still screws The Bar over. It is too late to really say they can shove Titus Worldwide into the Royal Rumble Raw Tag Team Championship, but on the Road to Wrestlemania, Titus Worldwide can use these wins as selling points towards challenging whoever comes out the champions. The Revival is staying strong, but mostly against jobbers, and I fear they’re approaching Ascension levels of “pride before the burial”. Their promo about being real wrestlers gives me hope, but I also hope they don’t try and get into fights with “old school” tag teams the same way Ascension did. One team that won’t be near the titles is The Miztourage after Roman finds a way to overcome odds and defeat them. There’s still a chance Miz takes the Intercontinental title from him at Raw 25th Anniversary, but Roman himself could be building a lot of momentum towards something more. Slater & Rhyno also aren’t looking good after losing to Strowman one week and WOKEN Hardy this week. The Balor Club’s Good Brothers are still good as they took the brawl to The Bar. Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins was a really great choice for an “impromptu” main event, it was solid stuff. But I’m not sure which is bigger: ref botch or return of the stomp? The Balor Club could find a way to use that as to why they should challenge for those tag titles next and in a New Day/Free Birds rule kind of way. That aside, it also shows that–while dirty–Jordan helping Rollins is a show of them becoming a proper team.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Revolution Results & Report! (3/7/21)

This is going to be an EXPLOSIVE Revolution!

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AEW Revolution 2021

AEW’s Revolution returns for 2021!

The Revolution returns and AEW is raising the stakes! Who will survive the EXPLODING BARBED WIRE DEATHMATCH to be World Champion!?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buy-In: Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Rebel Maki Itoh; Baker & Itoh win.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Y2MJF w/ Wardlow; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
  • Casino Tag Team Battle Royal: Death Triangle wins and will challenge for the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Ryo Mizunami; Shida wins and retains the title.
  • Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy; Miro & Sabian win.
  • Big Money Match: Hangman Page VS Matt Hardy; Hangman wins and will receive Hardy’s Q1 earnings.
  • Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Penta El Zero M VS Scorpio Sky VS Max Caster VS Lance Archer VS ???; Scorpio wins and will challenge for the AEW TNT Championship.
  • Street Fight: Team Taz VS Sting & Darby Allin; Sting & Darby win.
  • AEW World Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jon Moxley; Omega wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Revolution Buy-In!

Sting’s return is nostalgic, historic, and shocking! He saw something of himself in Darby Allin, but why is he in AEW? Sting did not leave under his own terms a few too many times, and he won’t do that ever again. Darby doesn’t just remind Sting of himself with the paint, but the aura and the way he thinks. Team Taz thinks Darby is obsessed with Taz, but it has been the other way this whole time. Team Taz claims their number game is playing fair, but Sting and Darby having baseball bats and skateboards is dirty. So to get dirty, it’s going to be a STREET FIGHT! There’s respect but no fear here. “It’s all about survival.” Who survives when civility is thrown to the curb and the only rule is to win?

Aneki was on the edge of retirement when AEW Double or Nothing 2019 called to her. First wrestling for AEW left her wanting to come back for more. She has won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, and she won’t let this chance pass her by. With a reinvigorated passion, she won the Japanese Bracket by beating one of her greatest rivals in Aja Kong, and then she brought all that emotion and tension to win the whole thing against Nyla Rose. Hikaru Shida remembers first meeting Mizunami in 2010, and her bragging that even if Shida wrestled for 100 years, she could never beat Mizunami. They’ve faced off three times, and have gone to DRAWS three times!

But now, 11 years later, we’ll see if someone can finally win! Mizunami didn’t retire all so she could beat Shida! Shida has been a fighting champion for half a year now, and has built a bridge between Japan and the world, and vows to be the one to cross it! Will Shida prove she’s the best Women’s Champion in the WORLD?! Or will she have to admit Aneki is still too great.

Young Bucks and two singles wrestlers as a team? “Here we go again.” Revolution 2020 was the Bucks VS Hangman & Omega, and the Bucks lost. Is that in the back of their minds? Of course! They don’t want to repeat history. They’ve changed tag team wrestling in the world, but took longer than expected to get the AEW World Tag Team Championships. It felt a lot like the independents in some ways. But after what Y2MJF have down to them and their family, “two egomaniacs who think they can do whatever they want,” the Bucks are sick of it. Is the bond of Y2MJF real? Who knows. What hasn’t Jericho done? What can’t Jericho be? But then there’s MJF, “a piece of shit.”

Jericho sings the praises of MJF, who is only 24 and is already a top name in pro-wrestling. MJF has only done that after being on TV for just over a year! But they’re so alike, will that only cause them to break apart? The Bucks say this could’ve just been standard pro-wrestling war of words, but Y2MJF went and made it personal. Attacking their friends, attacking them, attacking their FATHER, Y2MJF have gone too far! MJF asks if there is a right and wrong when it comes to winning. That move alone will do damage to the Bucks more than any wrestling move could. But will this emotional attack only motivate the Bucks to go from beating to hurting Y2MJF?

Big Money Matt was upset that he couldn’t outsmart the Cowboy, and now is trying to make him pay for it! But a win and a loss aren’t just on the line, a massive amount of revenue is, too! The loser’s 2021 first quarter financial earnings will be given to the winner! Hardy threatens to hurt Hangman Page both directly and indirectly, but will Hardy morally bankrupt himself first?

To be the Face of the Revolution, you have to take risks. And there’s little riskier in wrestling than a Ladder match! But the reward is worth the risk, because only one can go after the TNT Championship! It is just as important to AEW as the world title is, because of the Open Challenge legacy and the memory of Brodie Lee. Every man has something to prove, from Scorpio Sky wanting his breakthrough, Cody Rhodes who wants to recapture former glory, to Platinum Max Caster wanting to prove the worth he already feels he has, to Lance Archer wanting what should’ve been his all along, to Pentagon showing what Cero Miedo is truly about! But there is a wild card left to be revealed! Who will lead the way as the Face of the Revolution?

“You can only roll the dice so many times.” Moxley knew something would happen at some point. As many challengers as he took on in 2020, he knew he’d get caught up. But the way for it to happen just left a bad taste in his mouth. Don Callis says those who live moment to moment can’t understand how he and Kenny Omega planned this out. This wasn’t just a few weeks or a few years. This was all being worked towards for 27 YEARS! The Invisible Hand has guided Omega from the shadows, and so the “insects” are of course unable to grasp this. There’s no such thing as family in the business, but there is between Callis and Omega.

Callis and Omega think on another level. Callis’ plan has made Omega the Michael Jordan of wrestling, as he should be! And the Good Brothers are his powerful back-up. Moxley doesn’t care if it’s AEW, NJPW, Impact, everyone’s trying to take him out. Good luck, because you’re not the first, and won’t be the last. Callis says Moxley is a cockroach, but this Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch will be his extermination! Moxley and Omega have already raised the bar on intensity and violence, but this is a legendarily lethal stipulation! And Omega says it will be so humiliating for Moxley to look himself in the mirror and say that not only couldn’t he outwrestle Omega, but outdo him in something right up his alley!

Moxley knows this is all designed to destroy him, but it is his responsibility to take Omega out. If this is the end, then Moxley can’t think of a better way to go. Will barbed wires, explosions, and whatever the hell else these two bring to the fight be enough to end it?

 

Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Rebel!

The former NWA Women’s World Champion teams with the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion to silence a common enemy! But will the Dentist and her assistant be the ones smiling at the end of this kickoff?

Britt has a mic but no Rebel? It seems she’s excused her sidekick from this match because of the “brutal” attack from Nyla Rose! But Tony Khan and Britt got a second opinion, and Rebel hobbles out with a crutch! Rebel can’t compete, so Britt has a replacement! This is the perfect substitute for tonight, it’s… MAKI ITOH!! The Cutest in the World, the Fired Idol, has joined Britt in battle! But will Itoh-chan outshine even the Face of the AEW Women’s Division?

Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Maki Itoh w/ Rebel!

The teams sort out and Riho starts with Britt. they tie up, go around, Britt spins Riho to full nelson and snapmare, but Riho turns that around to a wristlock. Britt gets up, wrenches and snapmares but Riho slips back out to the wristlock! Britt throws body shots, gets to ropes and steps through. The ref counts, Riho lets go at 4, and fans boo as Britt takes a second to shake her arm out. Britt returns, kicks Riho low, then throws forearms. Britt whips, Riho handsprings through and dropkicks Britt down! Things speed up, Riho dropkicks again! Riho whips Britt, Britt reverses but Riho tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Britt down!

Riho drags Britt up, brings her over, but Britt gets away. Rosa and Itoh tag in and fans are fired up! Rosa isn’t amused by Itoh’s double dirty birds, but they tie up. Rosa waistlocks, Itoh pries free and wrenches to a hammerlock. Itoh headlocks, fans rally for Rosa and she gets an arm to drag Itoh down. Rosa flips Britt off as she puts Itoh in a facelock. Itoh switches, headlocks, but Rosa powers out. Itoh rams Rosa but Rosa stays up and flexes. Itoh runs but Rosa rams her! Itoh gets frustrated but she throws forearms, Rosa forearms back! They go harder, and Rosa ROCKS Itoh! Itoh forearms back, Rosa fires off and ROCKS Itoh again!

Itoh cries?! Rosa asks what the heck. Itoh stomps Rosa’s foot! She suckered Rosa in! And then flips her off! Itoh runs, but Rosa runs her over! Rosa drags Itoh up, whips her but Itoh reverses. Itoh runs in and hits a back elbow! Itoh whips, follows and hits a bulldog to her knees! Itoh fires up and does a pose, “Who’s the cutest in the world? ITOH-CHAN~!” She rains down fists, but Rosa turns it around to an Electric Chair SNAKE EYES! Itoh staggers and Rosa brings her over to tag in Riho. Rosa snap suplexes Itoh for Riho to run, wheelbarrow with Rosa and SPLASH on Itoh! Cover, TWO!

Riho drags Itoh up, wrenches and drop toeholds her to ropes, then dials it up! 6 1 9 connects! Cover, TWO!! Itoh survives but Riho drags her over to bump off Rosa’s boot! Tag to Rosa, she snapmares Itoh to a cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Itoh with a short camel clutch, and Riho DECKS Britt! Riho runs to basement dropkick Itoh, Rosa covers, TWO! Rosa brings Itoh up, tags Riho, but Itoh throws a forearm! Riho hits back, but so does Itoh! They go back and forth, even leaning into the shots! Riho knees Itoh then runs, but Britt trips Riho up! Fans boos Britt throws Riho into railing! Rosa protests but the ref is distracted, and Rebel helps Britt get Riho in! Rebel isn’t hurt at all!

Itoh fires up her head and runs, but the Kokeshi FLOPS! Itoh tags to Britt and she drags Riho up for forearms! Britt cravats, fans rally for Riho but Britt throws knees! Britt flips Rosa off then drags Riho around to stomp her! Britt drags Riho up, and hits a half hatch suplex! Cover, TWO! Britt is annoyed but she drags Riho to ropes and stands on her! The ref counts, Britt lets off at 3 but Rebel swipes Riho with a shirt! Itoh tags in and mugs Riho to then snapmare and clamp on with a camel clutch! Riho endures as fans rally, and Riho reaches out with legs for the ropebreak! The ref counts, Itoh lets off at 3, and then she stomps Riho down.

Itoh brings Riho up to bump off buckles and whip her corner to corner. Itoh runs in but Riho dodges! Riho hotshots Itoh! Riho hurries up top, leaps, and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!! Itoh survives again but Riho goes to her corner. Hot tags to Rosa and Britt! They brawl, Rosa runs and CLOBBERS Britt! Rosa fires up more and runs in to A-LIST LARIAT Britt down, for the SWINGING METEORA! Rosa rolls and runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Rosa drags Britt up again, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Rosa still isn’t done, she sets Britt up for a big back senton! Cover, TWO! Rosa grows annoyed but she vows to finish Britt!

Rosa drags Britt up, suplexes but Rosa slips off to waistlock. Itoh tags in as Britt puts Rosa in the corner, and then Britt whips Itoh in for an elbow! Itoh feeds Rosa to Britt’s SLINGBLADE! Itoh fires up that head, and hits the FALLING KOKESHI! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Itoh sighs. Itoh drags Rosa up, flips her off, but Rosa kicks for a STUNNER!! Hot tag to Riho and she DECKS Britt again! Riho KNEES Itoh, but Britt SUPERKICKS her! Rosa enziguris Britt, Itoh kicks and whips Rosa! Itoh runs but into a boot! Rosa runs but into a spin and TORNADO DDT! Rosa bails to the apron but Itoh drags her back in and goes to a corner! Itoh climbs, for the SUPER KOKESHI, but she FLOPS!

Riho runs in to KNEE, but into a HALF CRAB?! Itoh has Riho caught!! Riho endures, and she gets the ropebreak! Itoh lets go in frustration but fans are fired up! Itoh drags Riho back up, throws another forearm but Riho hits back! Itoh forearms again, Riho returns it, and they’re fast and furious! Riho gets the edge, but Itoh HEADBUTTS the forearm! Itoh HEADBUTTS again! Both women stagger, Itoh hot tags to Britt! Britt gets Riho for an AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Rosa breaks it in time! Britt grabs at Riho but Riho ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Rosa! Rosa runs at Britt, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO! Britt cradles Rosa then rolls her and rolls her to a backslide, TWO!

Britt reels Rosa in for a DDT! Cover, TWO to the ghost pin, TWO!! Rosa mule kicks Britt down! Rebel gets on the apron to distract but Rosa grabs her arm! Britt runs in but Rosa sends her into Rebel! Rosa fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, but Itoh breaks it!! Rosa throws Itoh out and Riho LEAPS down onto her! Rosa scoops Britt but Britt slips out to SUPERKICK! Britt shoves Rosa at the ref, Rebel CRUTCH SMACKS Rosa!! Britt rolls Rosa, Britt and Itoh win!!

Winners: Britt Baker & Maki Itoh, by pinfall

That crutch wasn’t a crutch but an ace in the hole! Will this help Britt get past her issues with Rosa? Or will Rosa only want to double down and go for broke the next time she gets her hands on Britt?

 

AEW mourn the loss of Jim Crockett Jr.

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Y2MJF w/ Wardlow!

Dysfunction in the Inner Circle may have cost them Sammy Guevara, but somehow, someway, the combination of Chris Jericho & MJF came out as THE team to face the champions! Will Matt & Nick make the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla and Salt of the Earth regret thinking they could ever be a better tag team?

Fans sing Judas for Jericho, the introductions are made, and the belts are raised. Teams sort out, and the Revolution begins with gold!

Jericho and Nick start and Nick tackles Jericho to rain down fists! MJF gets in but Matt tackles him! The Bucks rain down fists but Y2MJF run away! Matt clubs MJF, throws haymakers, and Nick does the same to Jericho! They brawl and Jericho tries to flee into the crowd of wrestlers! Nick drags him back and ROCKS him with rights! Matt ROCKS MJF, MJF rakes Matt’s eyes! Jericho whips Nick into railing, MJF does the same to Matt on the other side! They trade dance partners to whip the Bucks into each other! Fans boo but Jericho CLUBS Matt and MJF rakes Nick’s eyes! Y2MJF put the Bucks in the ring but then the Bucks run to DIVE! They take Y2MJF down and fire off hands!

Matt and Nick put Y2MJF in, then shoulder into them to slingshot and double sunset flip, to DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS! Y2MJF endure, and grab each other’s hands to stop them from tapping out! The Bucks let MJF go, Jericho gets a ropebreak but Nick stomps him down. Nick tags Matt, the Bucks whip Jericho but he reverses. Nick goes up and over and Matt SPEARS him down! Matt gets MJF with headscissors, and Nick dropkicks MJF down! Fans fire up while Wardlow checks on his boss. Nick tags in, Matt sets Jericho up, and Nick hits the DRAPING SWANTON! Cover, MJF breaks it!

Nick ROCKS MJF, throws him out, then handsprings, only for MJF to anchor a foot! Jericho triangle dropkicks Nick down! Jericho scrapes Nick off the apron and distracts the ref so MJF and Wardlow can mug Nick! Fans boo but MJF plays innocent. MJF puts Nick in for Jericho and he gets Nick up for a back suplex! Jericho looms over Nick, tags MJF back in, and Y2MJF double whip to double FLAPJACK Nick! MJF steps on Nick and so does Jericho, and then they mock the Bucks’ pose! Nick crawls for Matt but MJF clubs Nick down. Y2MJF double back suplex but Nick lands on his feet, dodges them both, and tags in Matt!

Matt rallies on the challengers and fires off endless haymakers and CHOPS on MJF! Matt fakes MJF out to hit a DDT! MJF says he’s hurt, Matt runs but Wardlow dumps him out! Jericho snap suplexes Matt, Wardlow BOOTS him down! Fans boo as Wardlow gets away with that. Jericho mockingly claps for Matt and MJF stands on Matt’s hand. MJF talks trash to fans then stomps Matt’s arm! MJF struts around then clubs Matt. MJF chokes Matt, tags Jericho, and Y2MJF mug Matt. Jericho suplexes Matt high and hard, then drags him up to whip him into the corner. MJF tags in and they mug Matt.

Y2MJF double suplex Matt and hold him up for a count of 10, to flip fans off while slamming Matt down! Cover, TWO! MJF wraps on a chinlock and grinds Matt down but fans rally up. Matt fights up, throws body shots, but MJF throws him down by hair! MJF smirks and he storms over but Matt boots him! Matt elbows Jericho away but MJF drop toeholds to a facelock! Fans rally, Matt fights his way up, and Northern Light Suplexes MJF away! But Jericho trips Nick off the apron! MJF WRINGS Matt into buckles! Cover, TWO! A close call, but MJF drags Matt up, MJF bumps Matt off Jericho’s boot then tags Jericho in.

Jericho throws hands, tags MJF back in, and they double whip to double- NO! Matt DOUBLE DDT’s the flapjack! Fans rally, Matt crawls, hot tag to Nick! Nick rallies with haymakers on Y2MJF, then kick, ROUNDHOUSE, front kick, SPIN KICK! SHINING WIZARD for MJF, dirty bird BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE for Y2MJF! Nick keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS Jericho from the apron! Nick slingshots at MJF for the FACEBUSTER! Then the cartwheel moonsault for Jericho! Slingshot DESTROYER for MJF!! Cover, TWO!? MJF is tough, you have to give him that! Nick puts MJF in the corner, MJF fights back but Matt tucks him in for CHEEKY NANDOS!

The Bucks tag, and they shout out Motor City Machine Guns with the SLICED BREAD BOMB! Cover, TWO!!? MJF is even tougher than expected! Matt keeps his cool as he drags MJF up. MJF headlocks and punches Matt! Tag to Jericho and he runs in, into Matt’s LARIAT! Matt rains down fists on Jericho, then runs, but into Jericho’s takedown! Jericho wants the Walls! But Matt reels Jericho in for a cradle, TWO!! Jericho blocks the superkick, spins Matt but Matt SUPERKICKS Judas Effect! Tag to Nick but MJF anchors Nick! Jericho reverse the gut wrench to a TOMBSTONE! Nick springboards but misses, and Jericho gets him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!!

Nick endures as Jericho sits deep! Fans rally and duel, Nick drags himself over, Matt tags in! Matt SUPER- NO! Jericho trips Matt to get the WALLS OF JERICHO again!! Matt endures, turns, and throws hands on Jericho! Matt throws Jericho away, brings Jericho around and CHOPS him! Jericho goes to bulldog but Matt puts him in the corner! MJF tags in and backslides Matt, TWO!! Matt shoves MJF and leaps, but into a POWERBOMB! cover, TWO!! MJF is furious, but “This is Awesome!” MJF seethes as he looms over Matt and gives him toying kicks. Fans boo but MJF soaks up the heat. “SUCK IT!” MJF kicks, then shouts “SUCK IT!” again!

MJF keeps kicking and telling Matt to “SUCK IT!” MJF winds it up but Matt scoops him! Jericho gives Nick a CODE BREAKER before the Meltzer Driver! MJF victory rolls, TWO!!! Matt narrowly escapes but he ‘s put on the apron. Matt aims but Wardlow distracts so Jericho can use FLOYD THE BAT! MJF hits the HEATSEEKER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Y2MJF can’t believe Matt survives but the fans are thunderous! MJF drags Matt up, bumps him off Jericho’s boot, then tags Jericho in. Y2MJF mug Matt, then shout at him to stay down. They double whip Matt corner to corner, Jericho runs in but Nick KICKS him down! MJF gets dumped out, hot tag to Nick!

Nick climbs up and Matt goes to another corner. Matt LEAPS at MJF and Nick CROSSBODIES Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Nick is frustrated. Nick throws hands on Jericho over and over, but Wardlow grabs at Nick! Nick dodges, JUDAS EFFECT hits Wardlow! Nick rolls Jericho, TWO!! Nick runs but Jericho throat chops him! LIONSAULT into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, MJF breaks it?!? The Bucks dodge his punch to SUPERKICK PING PONG!! MJF is drooling, as he takes a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Jericho! Tag back to Matt and the Bucks vow to end this!

Matt gut wrenches Jericho, Nick aims from the stage and springboards, MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

The challengers may have been a new team, but they were a strong team, just not the best team! Now the Bucks will watch the Casino Tag Team Battle Royal very closely! Who will be stepping up to face Matt & Nick next?

 

Casino Tag Team Battle Royal!

Speaking of, two teams will start this match, and every 90 seconds, a new team will be thrown in at random. A team is only eliminated when both members are gone, so even one person left could win it for their partner! The first two teams are… Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall, the Natural Nightmares, and The Dark Order’s 5 and 10, Alan Angels & Preston Vance! But will either of these two teams be standing at the end of it all?

The bell rings and the clock is counting! The Nightmare Family and Dark Order have buried the hatchet, but then QT ROCKS Vance! Angels ROCKS QT and Dustin CHOPS away on Vance! They brawl, Vance CHOPS Dustin, Angels KICKS away on QT! QT turns things around to ROCK Angels while Dustin whips Vance. Vance goes up and over and builds speed, into Dustin’s POWERSLAM! Dustin kicks, but Vance sees the uppercut coming and BOOTS him away! Angels rains down five fists but QT puts him in the apron! WT BOOTS Vance but Angels KICKS QT! Angels slingshots for a CODE BREAKER, then SHOTGUN FALL AWAY SLAMS with Vance! MOONSAULT onto QT!

Fans fire up but Dustin DOUBLE BULLDOGS the Dark Order! The countdown is done and out come… PROUD ‘N’ POWERFUL, Santana & Ortiz! And they rush the ring to rally on the Nightmares! They kick and chop and CHOP! QT comes back to ROCK Santana while Ortiz stomps the Dark Order. Santana fireman’s carries QT, Ortiz joins in, NECKBREAKER DEATH VALLEY! PNP get Angels but he escapes the double team. He throws kicks, dodges Santana and ENZIGURIS! Angels keeps moving but Ortiz follows, only for Vance to BOOT Ortiz! Ortiz is on ropes, Angels runs to CROSSBODY him against them!

QT gives Angels a CUTTER! And then throws and ELIMINATES Angels! But then Vance throws QT over! QT holds on, the countdown is done and next is… The Sydal Brothers! Matt & Mike BOOT PNP, slingshot in and Mike dropkicks! Mike enziguris Santana for Matt’s FLYING METEORA! The Sydals fire up and go Matrix to avoid Vance! They KICK and KICK and KICK and KICK, then QUESTION MARK KICK Vance! The Sydals hit the DOUBLE LIGHTNING SPIRAL! QT is after Ortiz, Mike is after Santana, Dustin throws Vance up and over but Vance holds on! Vance survives while Santana fights the Sydals.

The Sydals CHOPS away on Santana, Dustin bumps Ortiz off buckles, and the countdown is done! The next team in is… MORE Dark Order, it’s Uno & Stu! They rally on the Nightmares, and RAM Dustin to then BOOT him! Matt Sydal runs into a BIG Urenage! Mike gets fed to Uno’s TWISTING COMPLETE SHOT! PNP mugs the OG, and then throw Mike out to ELIMINATE him! The Dark Order brawls with PNP, Stu KNEES Santana! Ortiz CHOPS and CHOPS but then gets fed to the Electric Chair toss POWERBOMB! Vance joins in to SPINEBUSTER Ortiz! Santana BOOTS and SUPERKICKS and CLOBBERS them all in return!

Dustin is after Stu with a BIG back suplex, the countdown is done again, and we get the GUNN CLUB! Austin & Colten are repping for Papa Billy and the Nightmares Family, and they rally on everyone that isn’t Dustin or QT! Colten whips Austin to uppercut Uno! Austin whips Colten to DUNK ON Stu! Colten dropkicks Uno, Austin hits the QUICK DRAW on Stu! Vance SEPARS Austin, Matt fires off on Colten! Ortiz whips Mike Sydal out, Santana BOOTS him down! The Sydal Brothers are DONE! PNP go after the Nightmares, the Dark Order go after whoever else, and the countdown is done again. The next team in is… Cezar Bononi & “Pretty” Peter Avalon!

The Pretty Boys run in and rally on the Gunn Brothers! Then they ROCK Uno! Avalon is fired up but Bononi did most of the damage. Avalon jawbreakers and enziguris Austin, then Bononi scoops and SLAMS Colten for Avalon’s basement dropkick! Avalon keeps on Austin while Bononi bumps Colten. QT saves Dustin from PNP and throws uppercuts. Uno and Vance go after Ortiz, Dustin CLAWS Bononi’s back! Bononi throws haymakers in return, Uno and Vance scoop Ortiz. The countdown finishes and the next team is… the Varsity Blondes! Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. hit whoever, and they CHOP and SPLASH Bononi! They double suplex, but he double suplexes them right back!

Coltsen powers Bononi to a corner. Austin gives Avalon a FAMOUSER! Then Austin ELIMINATES Avalon! He and Colten celebrate bot Bononi goes after them! Bononi whips, Austin dodges and clips Bononi’s leg! Colten hits a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Brothers get BOnoni, but QT DUMPS the Gunns out?! The Gunns are DONE, but Dustin says the Nightma reFamily was supposed to work together! QT gets mad at Dustin and he ELIMINATES himself!? What is going on with QT?! But the countdown is done and out comes BEAR COUNTRY! Bronson & Boulder storm in and spin BPJ for a SPINEBUSTER! Griff gets a kick and Uno is scooped, for the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Fans fire up for Bear Country as they roar!

The Bears go after Stu but he DOUBLE PELES! Stu tries to torture rack Boulder?! He gets him up bot Bronson saves his partner! Boulder BOOTS, and throws Stu out to ELIMINATE him! Dustin attacks Bronson, Boulder digs knees into Griff! Vance CHOPS Bononi, Griff goes after Dustin. The countdown is done and the next team is… Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus get in, JB RAANAS Ortiz then dropkicks Santana! Luchasaurus DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS the Blondes’! The Dark Order go after Luchasaurus, Santana and Ortiz give JB the back suplex, but JB double headscissors them! JB clotheslines and ELIMINATES Ortiz!!

Bononi DECKS JB, but he turns around into Luchasaurus’ TAIL WHIP! Luchasaurus clotheslines and ELIMINATES Bononi, the Pretty Boys are DONE! Griff fires off on Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus tosses him to ELIMINATE him! Santana goes after JB but JB body scissors and ELIMINATES him! PNP are DONE! Uno runs in but is put on the apron! Stunt helps out to RANA Uno into a post and ELIMINATE him! But here comes The Butcher & The Blade! The wolves are ready to hunt and they hit Vance and BPJ! Vance fires back but BPJ gets ELIMINATED! No more Blondes, and then JACK EVANS helps ELIMINATE Vance?! No more Dark Order at this point!

The Bears, the wolves, Dustin and Jurassic Express are still battling! Boulder throws Dustin out but he survives! Dustin hits back but Blade & Butcher are after him! Dustin holds on, throws hands, but they club him down! Bunny Allie helps out and they ELIMINATE Dustin! No more Natural Nightmares! BUt here comes PRIVATE PARTY! Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have new gear to go with their new attitude thanks to Matt Hardy. They go after JB, JB rocks Kassidy but Quen throw shim out! JB slingshots in, rebounds but misses, the Party mug him with DOUBLE ENZIGURIS! Quen stomps Boulder, Kassidy is after JB but Luchasaurus CLUBS Quen.

Butcher & Blade focus on Bronson, Private Party is after JB, but JB holds on with help from Stunt! The countdown is done again, and here comes SCU~! Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels take the fight to Private Party! They double hip toss and POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER to Kassidy! Bronson attacks back but Kaz ROCKS him, SCU hits a HIGH LOW! SCU CHOPS Luchasaurus and double whip, but Luchasaurus fights them off! HEADBUTTS all around, then a double choke grip! but SCU slip out of the slams, Bear Country work together to ELIMINATE Luchasaurus! But then Butcher dumps and ELIMINATES Bear Country!!

But the Bears drag Butcher out to mug him! They put Butcher back in for Daniels to go after, and the next team is… DEATH TRIANGLE!! PAC & Rey Fenix rush in, Blade gets a BOOT and a FOREARM! Everyone gets SUPERKICKS and DROPKICKS! They each throw out one, Quen and Blade are ELIMINATED! Butcher LCOBBERS Death Triangle but SCU goes after Butcher! SCU tries to throw Butcher out but Butcher fights them off. Daniels BOOTS Butcher, Kaz ROCKS Pac, Fenix runs in to fire hands with Daniels! STO for Fenix! Daniels throws Fenix to ropes but Fenix goes Spider-Man! The countdown is done and in comes… the last of the Dark Order!

Alex Reynolds & John Silver fire up and fire off on SCU! Silver BOOTS Daniels at the ropes, then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! Reynolds gets JB to TOMBSTONE him onto Daniels! The Dark Order give Quen a combo then the DARK DESTROYER! They whip Kassidy out and ELIMINATE him! Butcher CLOBBERS the Dark Order, but SCU dumps him out and ELIMINATES him! No more Fam! SCU, Death Triangle, Dark Order, and JB alone all brawl! JB ends up in a 2v1 for that reason while Fenix takes it to Daniels and CHOPS him! Fenix knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and Daniels trips him, only for Fenix to body scissor and ELIMINATE Daniels!

Reynolds puts JB on the apron but JB drags him out to join him! They brawl, Reynolds BOOTS JB but JB pops Reynolds up an dover a post to ELIMINATE him! Pac ROCKS Kaz, Kaz throws hands back! They brawl, Kaz mule kicks but Pac gets around to back suplex Kaz up and out! SCU is DONE!! Death Triangle stands together while Silver and JB are left for their teams. And the brawl is on again! Fenix CLUBS JB down, Silver ROCKS Pac. Fenix uses a camel clutch to grind JB down then throws him out, but JB holds on! Silver fights back as Pac puts him on the apron, and he enziguris Pac down! Fenix ROCKS Silver but he holds on for dear life!

JB whips Fenix, Fenix reverses but JB dodges the sobat! JB dumps Fenix out but he lands on the apron to enziguri JB away! Fans rally up for all these fan favorites as Silver and Pac fires off forearms! They go back and forth, over and over, and Silver KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Silver runs, but Pac dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Pac whips, Silver reveres but Pac reverses back! Silver clings to the ropes! Pac runs, but Silver BOOTS him! Fenix tightrope walks and KICKS Silver to ELIMIANTE him! NO MORE DARK ORDER!! And now Death Triangle stand together against JB!

Fans rally for JB but Fenix and Pac mug him! JB tries to fight back but Pac back kicks, front kicks and back kicks again. JB avoids the dropkick and dumps Pac out to ELIMINATE him!! Things have changed and now JB stands with the Firebird! Fans are thunderous as these two CHOP back and forth! CHOP for CHOP for CHOP but JB gets the edge! JB kicks, hops up and spins to body scissor and arm-drag! JB keeps moving but he slides out the bottom. Fenix DIVES through the middle! Fenix almost breaks his own ass on the railing!

Fenix puts JB in and the refs argue what was top and what was middle! Fenix is still in this, and he springboards, into JB’s SUPERKICK! JB whips, Fenix reverses, JB REBOUND LARIATS! JB hits a POISON RANA!! Fans are fired up as JB gets Fenix up and throws him, but Fenix goes Spider-Man to HEEL KICK! Fenix clotheslines JB out and ELIMIANTES him!! Death Triangle wins!!

Winners: Death Triangle (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)

The Bastard and the Firebird are headed for the Young Bucks! Will Penta El Zero M complete the triangle in tonight’s ladder match?

 

Backstage interview with Paul Wight.

Any hints for who AEW is singing tonight? Well everyone has been asking, but the only ones who know are him, Tony Khan, and the person themselves. Wight is going to really elevate AEW with Dark Elevation, so in the spirit of teamwork, here’s a hint: No one can outwork this talent. Who could that be?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Ryo Mizunami!

The Full Metal Warrior has been waiting for this moment, but so has Aneki! Mizunami won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, but will she win the title? Or will Hikaru Shida break the streak of draws to win 100 years earlier than Mizunami’s claim?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this rivalry turned Revolution begins!

Shida and Ryo stare down as fans rally up. Shida offers a handshake, Ryo takes it, but Shida is ready for the forearm this time! Ryo respects that and the two circle. They tie up, Ryo powers Shida back but Shida waistlocks then headlocks. Ryo switches, Shida powers out but Ryo runs her over! Shida kips up and Ryo likes that. Shida speeds up, redirects and comes back, but Ryo runs her over! Ryo fires up and so do the fans as she runs in to forearm Shida in the corner! Ryo CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, and machine gun CHOPS! Kojima would be proud! Ryo powers up but Shida turns things around to bump her off buckles!

Shida fires off machine gun forearms! Shida powers up but Ryo puts Shida in the corner to CHOP and CHOP again! Another round of machine gun chops, and Ryo lets off to power up and do a dance, to CHOP again! Fans fire up, Ryo powers up and does her pantomime, but Shida hits a RANA! Shida smirks as she goes back to whip Ryo corner to corner. Shida runs in and KNEES Ryo down! Shida puts Ryo on the apron and CLUBS her, then gets space to run in and KNEE her back in! Fans fire up with Shida, Ryo staggers around but Shida gets a chair! Shida stands the chair up, runs in and launches, but Ryo blocks the knee to TOSS Shida into the crowd of wrestlers!

Ryo swaggers about while the ref checks on Shida. Shida drags herself up and Ryo drags her back to ringside. Ryo puts Shida in, and drops a leg to the back! But Shida powers up to try a stretch muffler, only for Ryo to FAMOUSER! Ryo runs to drop a leg, brother! And another, brother! And a third, BROTHER! Cover, TWO! Ryo pulls Shida into the half camel clutch! Shida endures, moves around and gets a ropebreak! Ryo stomps Shida, drags Shida up, but Shida thrwos forearms! Ryo swings but Shida spins her, but Ryo blocks the hip toss! Ryo kicks low, whips Shida corner to corner, but Shida goes up to mule kick and KNEE back!

Shida climbs, headscissors and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Shida climbs again, Ryo stands, Shida missile dropkicks Ryo down! Cover, TWO! Shida grits her teeth, drags Ryo up and reels her in. Ryo blocks the suplex, throws forearms, and runs in to clothesline Shida to the ramp! Shida gets up, KICKS Ryo back, and then bumps Ryo off buckles! Shida climbs up, brings Ryo up, but Ryo resists Shida’s suplex! Shida hops down to throw forearms, then fireman’s carries, but Ryo slips around! Shida blocks the sunset flip to CRUNCHIE Ryo to the ramp!! Fans chant “Holy Shida!” as the champ leaves challenger behind!

The ring count gets to 5 of 10 but Ryo crawls over. Shida is there to leap up and drag Ryo to the corner, DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Ryo is still in this and Shida is furious! Shida toys with Ryo a bit, but Ryo gets fired up! Ryo stands and forearms away on Shida! Shida takes it to DECK Ryo with one! Shida drags Ryo back up but Ryo double clutches the arms for a HEADBUTT! And another! Machine gun headbutts?! Shida ROCKS Ryo, Ryo CHOPS and LARIATS! And then LARIATS again!! Ryo runs to LARIAT a third time! Ryo fireman’s carries to hit a DEATH VALLEY PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO?!? Shida survives and Ryo is furious!

Ryo drags Shida up, reels her into another fireman’s carry, but Shida slips off to roll and ROCK her! Shida runs to TAMASHI!! But Ryo is right up to LARIAT again!! But Shida is right up to TAMASHI AGAIN!! Both women are down and fans are thunderous! Fans rally as a standing count begins, but it’s not until 5 that either stirs. Ryo and Shida crawl for each other at 7, and they sit up. The count is done, Shida throws a forearm but Ryo returns it! They both grin as they keep throwing BIG forearm shots! Ryo eggs Shida on and Shida ROCKS her again! Ryo forearms, Shida forearms and Shida gets the edge, only for Ryo to ROCK Shida again!

Ryo keeps hitting, she powers up and Shida wobbles and falls! Ryo drags Shida up again, and clinches for an URENAGE EXPLODER! Shida stands up and Ryo SPEARS! Ryo fires up again, and she goes to the corner! Ryo climbs up, takes aim, and hits the SUPER LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shida survives and Ryo is beside herself! Fans again chant “Holy Shida!” but Ryo drags her up. Ryo brings Shida up to scoop, but Shida victory rolls the driver away! Shida can’t hold the cover and Ryo gets to a corner. Fans rally and duel, Ryo runs but into Shida’s knee and enziguri! Shida tries the suplex, Ryo slips out but into a STRAITJACKET GERMAN! But Ryo is right up, to BLINDSIDE LARIAT!!

Fans fire up again as Ryo drags Shida, but Shida hits a FALCON ARROW!! Shida can’t cover but she kips up and runs, to TAMA- NO! Ryo blocks but Shida knees and ROCKS and BLINDSIDE TAMASHIS! Then the FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shida keeps moving, but Ryo LARIATS her again! Both women go to opposite corners, run at each other, but the KNEE hits first! Ryo staggers up and Shida runs in to get around the lariat, and eye poke! INSIDE CRADLE, TWO!! TAMASHI! But Ryo cradle counters the cover?! TWO!! Shida ENZIGURIS Ryo! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!”

Shida drags Ryo up, reels her back in, to suplex and SIDE SLAM! Shida wants one more, and gets another TAMASHI!! Cover, TWO?!?!? How is Ryo doing this!? Shida “draws her sword,” to SPINNING KNEE! High stack cover, Shida wins!!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

Shida finally defeats one of her greatest rivals and retains the title! But Nyla Rose runs in to attack! Vickie Guerrero laughs as Nyla stomps Ryo, too! But Shida attacks Nyla back! Shida and Ryo stand united against Nyla but here come Britt and Itoh! They attack Shida and Ryo! Rebel gets in with the crutch but Nyla stands in Britt’s way. Nyla laughs, she’ll allow this. Rebel CRACKS Shida, and Britt stomps Shida! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! Rosa runs off Nyla and Itoh and especially Britt! Will Rosa help Shida and Ryo get revenge on these Vicious Vixens and wily weasels?

 

AEW Double or Nothing 2021 is coming!

May 30, in Jacksonville, Florida, AEW raises the stakes again!

 

Backstage interview with Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy!

They’re ready for their battle with Miro and Kip Sabian, but they go after them first! Kip slams Cassidy on a road case, and Miro SMASHES Chuck’s face into GLASS!! “Play my music!”

Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy!

The Best Man drags the Kentucky Gentleman out to the ring, forcing him to have this match on Miro’s schedule! Chuck is bleeding from getting glass to the face, and Kip talks trash as Miro throws Chuck’s denim jacket away. They throw Chuck into the ring and Miro gets a mic to egg “Charles” on. Chuck has a way out of this but he keeps saying no! Miro could’ve brought Chuck with him to the moon, but Chuck keeps saying no! Miro can make this stop if Chuck just says the words. Chuck asks Miro to wait, and Miro sits him up. Chuck says, “Ring the damn bell!” And then he SLAPS Miro! The bell rings, and Miro CLOBBERS Chuck!

Miro puts Chuck in the corner, he stomps away on Chuck, then reels him in to CLOBBER him again! Miro is furious as he rains down rights on Chuck’s bloody wound! The ref reprimands and Miro lets off, and he enjoys having Chuck’s blood on him. Tag to Sabian, and he springboards into missile dropkick Chuck down! Sabian taunts Chuck, bumps him off buckles and stomps away! The ref counts, Sabian lets off, and Miro talks more trash. “You had a chance!” Sabian digs his knee into Chuck, tags Miro in, and Miro chokes Sabian! The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4, then seethes as he ROCKS Chuck with a haymaker! And then stomps away on Chuck in the corner!

Tag to Sabian, and Sabian runs corner to corner to dropkick Chuck down! Chuck is bloody, but he BOOTS Sabian back! Sabian is steamed, but he runs into the SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Chuck reaches but there’s no one to tag after what happened to Cassidy! Fans rally, but here comes Cassidy! Sore as he is, and as slow as he is before, Cassidy ends up crawling on the stage. Miro heads that way, but the Sloth was playing possum! ORANGE PUNCH for Miro! Chuck DECKS Sabian, and tags in Cassidy! Cassidy fires up to run in, but Sabian avoids the punch! Cassidy standing switches and DIVES! Direct hit into railing, then Cassidy puts Sabian in for the DEEP IMPACT FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Fans rally for Cassidy as he drags Sabian back up. Alabama lift but the back denies the rest! Sabian ROCKS and pop-up KNEES Cassidy, to the GUTBUSTER DROP! Sabian seethes then PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Sabian hits the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Miro slowly rises on the outside but Sabian drags Cassidy up. Fans rally as Sabian gets Cassidy up for a torture rack! Cassidy lands on his feet out of the flip, Chuck tags in and Cassidy tilt-o-whirl DDT’s! Sabian staggers and Cassidy gets Sabian up. Chuck climbs, STRONG ZERO, BEACH BREAK STYLE!! And then the AWFUL WAFFLE!! Cover, but Miro breaks it in time!

Fans boo as Miro gets up, but Cassidy stares him down! Penelope distracts the ref, Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Miro laughs at the shin kick attack! Penelope keeps distracting the ref over Kip, but then Cassidy dodges! ORANGE- NO! ROUNDHOUSE! Miro suplexes but gets STUN-DO GMILLIONAIRE! Penelope will not leave the re falone and Cassidy hits an ORANGE PUNCH! Miro stumbles, Penelope is in Orange’s way! Miro shoves Cassidy into Penelope?! Miro doesn’t even care, he ROUNDHOUSES Cassidy, and scoops him for a BEST SLAM!  Chuck BOOTS Miro but Miro CLOBBERS Chuck! The ref warns Miro that he isn’t legal!

Miro throws Sabian in, tags in, but Chuck gets a cradle! TWO!! ROUNDHOUSE for Chuck! And the BEST KICK! Miro shouts and stomps Chuck, for GAME OVER!! Chuck taps, Miro and Sabian win!!

Winners: Miro & Kip Sabian, by submission

The Best Man has made Chuck and Cassidy suffer, and now he is a winner! But does Sabian even understand what Miro did to Mrs. Superbad? Does

 

Backstage interview with the Inner Circle.

No tag titles for Y2MJF, no title shot for Proud ‘n’ Powerful, what is next after they failed tonight? Failed!? Does Marvez want to get his ass kicked!? The Inner Circle SHOULD be tag team champions and the Bucks know it! But look how depleted they are! But they’re an army, and like any great army, they’ll change their battle plans. The Inner Circle War Council will give us some changes, and we’ll hear about them this Wednesday. MJF agrees, and has been thinking about this. It is time for a change, and that will make the Inner Circle that much better. But what does that all entail come this week’s Dynamite?

 

Big Money Match: Hangman Page VS Matt Hardy!

The Cowboy knew not to trust “Big Money Matt,” the greedy, conniving “carny” that he is. But Hangman’s fast one got turned around on him, and now it’s an all or nothing bet! Who gets ALL of the loser’s the 2021 Q1 profits along with the last laugh?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, end up in a corner, and Hardy lets off, but Hangman avoids the sucker punch! Hangman fires off haymakers and CHOPS and stomps! Fans fire up as Hangman backs off, but Hangman whips only for Hardy to reverse. Hardy gets a sleeper but Hangman back suplexes him down fast! Hangman brings Hardy up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hardy pulls hair to ROCK Hangman with a haymaker, but he runs into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up, aims from the apron, but Hardy bails out! Fans boo but Hangman just hops down to pursue. Hangman storms up to kick Hardy and then TOSS him over the railing!

Hangman hops the rail, brings Hardy up and hits a SNAKE EYES On the next rail! Hangman climbs the guard rail to LEAP and hit a double ax handle! Hardy is down but fans fire up for Hangman! Hangman tosses Hardy back to ringside, follows him, and puts him in the ring. Hardy bails out as Hangman slides in, but Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman goes back out but Hardy throws body shots! Hangman throws forearms, but Hardy sends the forearm into the post! Hardy gets the arm and wraps it around the crossbar! Hardy pulls on the fingers, the ref counts, and Hardy lets go. Hardy BITES the fingers, then JAMS them into the post!

Hardy brings Hangman up the steel steps the SMACK the hand, then SMACK Hangman’s head! Hangman’s hand is stuck in the gap, Hardy BOOTS the steps!! Hangman clutches that arm as Hardy gets back in the ring. Hardy refreshes the count, goes back out and drags Hangman in by his bad fingers. The fans rally and duel as Hardy knuckle locks and wrenches the wrist! Hardy grinds Hangman down, and then he BITES more fingers! The ref counts, Hardy stops at 4 to then step over and wrench the arm again. Hangman endures, fights up and throws headbutts and body shots! Hardy clubs Hangman to bump him off buckles and RAM him in!

Hardy ROCKS Hangman with a right, whips but Hangman resists. Hardy clubs the hands, then whips Hangman hard into the other corner! Hangman bounces off buckles and hits the mat while Hardy soaks up the heat. Hardy taunts Hangman, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Hangman comes back to ELBOW Hardy down! Hangman uses ax handles and a whip, but Hardy reveres. Hangman gets around to ROCK Hardy, but that was the bad hand! Hangman fights through the pain, but runs into a SIDE EFFECT that he makes a crucifix! TWO!! Hangman fireman’s carries Hardy for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and duel as Hangman goes to the apron. Hangman shakes out the bad hand, Hardy runs over but into a boot! Hardy ROCKS Hangman with a haymaker, then suplexes Hangman in. Hangman slips out to throw Hardy to the apron. Hardy stands into Hangman’s TRIANGLE LARIAT! Hangman aims and PLANCHAS, but Hardy dodges! Hardy kicks low and hits a TWIST OF FATE to the floor! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Hardy gets in the ring, and he’ll let the count take care of Hangman now. The count climbs to 5 before Hangman sits up. Hangman stands at 8, and gets in at 9.5! Hardy stomps Hangman then stands on his head! The ref counts, Hardy stops at 4.

Hardy drags Hangman up, puts him through ropes and pulls him back! The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, and he brings Hangman around for elbows. Hardy whips Hangman corner to corner, runs in, but Hangman boots him! Hangman goes up the corner, but Hardy clubs him down! Hardy pulls but Hangman holds the ropes! Hangman’s bad hand can’t, and Hardy hits the SUPER GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Hardy grows annoyed but he drags Hangman up. Hardy cravats, Hangman endures, and Hangman throws body shots. Hardy CLUBS Hangman, brings him up and whips him to ropes, but Hangman dodges. Hardy dodges Hangman, both run, and both LARIAT!

Neither man is down so they LARIAT again! Hangman hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Hardy staggers to ropes, Hangman runs, and he clotheslines Hardy and himself out of the ring! Hangman goes to the corner, climbs up, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and both men go down! The ref checks but Hangman drags Hardy into the ring. Fans rally for “A E DUB!” as Hangman climbs again. Hardy stands, Hangman leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Hardy survives and crawls to a corner. Hangman gets up and runs in to clothesline! Hangman rolls Hardy and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Hangman as he drags Hardy up. Alabama lift, but Hardy avoids Dead-Eye!

Hardy ELBOWS Hardy, and hits a modified NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up as Hardy goes to the corner and climbs up. Hardy powers up too long and Hangman goes up to clinch! Hardy fights with body shots, slips under to CLUB Hangman, then drags Hangman into the crucifix for a SIT-OUT RAZOR’S EDGE! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and duel, but Hardy calls for his shot! Hangman slowly rises, Hardy kicks but Hangman blocks and spins! Hardy blocks the lariat to kick again, but no Twist! Alabama to the DEADEYE!! But Isiah Kassidy distracts the ref! Quen is also there and he’s calling to Hardy! Hangman runs Kassidy off but sees Quen. Quen gets away, too, and Hardy rises.

Hangman goes to Hardy, but Hardy swings on him. Hangman dodges to DECK Hardy! Kassidy gets in, Hangman CLOBBERS him! Hangman BOOTS Quen, then DIVES to take Kassidy out! Slingshot, into a SIDE EFFECT!! And TWIST OF FATE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hangman survives and shocks Hardy! Hardy tells Quen to go up top, but here comes the DARK ORDER! They rush Private Party! They keep Hardy’s party down, Hangman BOOTS Hardy, but is put on the apron! The Dark Order is there to catch Hangman when he falls! BUCK SHOT!!! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall (Hardy owes Hangman his Q1 earnings)

And the Dark Order is there to celebrate with Hangman! Hangman brings it in for a group hug! Colt Cabana even has beer! Hangman cracks them open and takes a sip. That must taste good! But will the Cowboy be rolling in the green like Scrooge McDuck now that he has Big Money Matt’s dough?

 

Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Penta El Zero M VS Scorpio Sky VS Max Caster VS Lance Archer VS ???

The American Nightmare was the first to hold the TNT Champion, but that doesn’t mean he’s the one who represents the revolution that is AEW. Will Cero Miedo, SCU’s Closer, Platinum Max or the Murderhawk Monster take the brass ring into their own hands? But wait, who is the mysterious sixth entry? It’s #AllEgo, ETHAN PAGE!! Will Ethan make the biggest impact in his debut?

The bell rings, everyone is wary of everyone else, but Archer and Cody go after each other! Scorpio is after Ethan while Penta chases Caster! Ethan stomps Scorpio, chokes him, then lets off. Archer digs his boot into Cody, Ethan stomps Scorpio and Caster stomps Penta. Ethan throws Scorpio into railing, Penta turns things around on Caster and POSTS him! Archer CLOBBERS Cody  out of the ring, then goes out to CLUB him! Archer bumps Cody off the stage floor, Scorpio throws hands on Ethan. Ethan ROCKS Scorpio, Penta KICKS Caster’s leg! Archer has a ladder and he RAMS Cody in the bad shoulder! And then TOSSES the ladder at Scorpio and Ethan!!

Archer goes out to throw Penta around and BOOTS Caster down! Archer goes back to the ring, stands the ladder up just to RAM it into Penta! And RAM it again! And then Ethan, and then Penta again! Archer stands the ladder up but Penta SUPERKICKS It into him! And then hits a SLINGBLADE with the ladder included! Penta has the ladder now and he runs at Scorpio! Scorpio gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Penta and ladder away! Caster gets in, blocks the German to arm-drag and dropkick Scorpio! Fans boo as Caster calls for reinforcements! Jack Evans has the boombox, but Vance gets out there to SPINEBUSTER Evans on the ramp! That’s payback for Dynamite!

Vance leaves Evans down but Caster still gets the boombox, Cody hits a DISASTER KICK! Ethan stands the ladder up! Ethan climbs, Cody chases after! Archer pushes the ladder, choke grips Cody and Ethan but Cody kicks and Rhodes uppercuts! Ethan BOOTS Archer, he and Cody whip Archer into the ladder! Cody shakes hands with Ethan but Ethan kicks him low! Ethan RAMS Cody with the ladder! Caster uses the boombox to SMACK Ethan! And BASH Scorpio! Caster goes out to SMACK Cody with the boombox! And then LEAPS to SMASH it down on Cody’s bad arm! Penta returns to the ring slowly and he has the ladder to himself.

But Penta sees targets on the outside, and he runs up the ladder to LAUNCH! Direct hit onto Caster and Cody! Archer gets in and sees targets, too. He dropkicks Penta back down, then goes for the ladder. But Ethan steps in to CUTTER Archer to the ladder! Ethan drags Archer over and puts him in the ladder to SLAM it closed on him over an dover and over! Scorpio gets in and sneaks up on Ethan to fireman’s carry! Ethan slips off, scoops Scorpio, and SLAMS him down! Then he crucifix lifts to SPLASH MOUNTAIN Scorpio onto ladder and Archer!! That ladder might be broken, and same goes for Scorpio and Archer!

Ethan fetches a new ladder, brings it over, moves the busted one aside and then sets up the new one. Cody gets up but Ethan DECKS him! Ethan climbs, Archer tips the ladder, and Penta hits Ethan with a BACKSTABBER! Penta hurries to climb the ladder now but Cody hurries in with a springboard missile dropkick! Direct hit sends Penta down! Cody drags Penta up but Penta SUPERKICKS first! Penta has Cody on the outside where a ladder bridge has been set up! Cody fights out of the driver to fireman’s carry, but Penta fights out of that! Penta brings Cody to the ladder bridge, CERO MIEDO for a LADDER DESTROYER!!!! Fans lose their minds as Penta perhaps breaks Cody’s arm and himself!

Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as medics check on Cody and Penta. Ethan goes to suplex Scorpio at a ladder but Scorpio suplexes Ethan to the floor! Caster climbs the ladder because no one else is around! Scorpio hurries in and knocks Caster down! Cody has to be taken to the back, Caster throws Scorpio out, and then Caster climbs again. Scorpio gets a new ladder in but Caster stomps Scorpio. Scorpio YANKS Caster off the ladder! Scorpio climbs, Cody takes a moment at the entrance but medics tell him to go to the back. Caster brings a bigger ladder up and he climbs! Scorpio reaches for the literal brass ring but Caster brawls with him!

Caster and Scorpio wobble, Archer climbs up to join them! Archer choke grips each of them but Ethan CLUBS Archer! Ethan goes up the other side and everyone is grabbing for the ring! They brawl, Scorpio SMACKS Archer off the ladder, as does Caster, and Ethan! Ethan and Caster brawl, Scorpio is after the goal! Scorpio ROCKS Caster with haymakers, then BOOTS him down! Scorpio adjusts, reaches, but Penta CLUBS Scorpio! Scorpio hops off, Penta stalks up behind him and throws more forearms! And a SUPERKICK! Fans rally for Penta and he feeds off it as he starts to climb! Scorpio hurries after and CLUBS Penta!

Scorpio climbs, throws haymakers then BITES Penta through the mask! Scorpio gets Penta for a SUPER NECKBREAKER! Ethan returns! He climbs a ladder, pushing the other out of the way! Caster climbs up the other end to intercept Ethan! They brawl, Caster rakes Ethan’s eyes! Caster climbs up higher and sunsets over for a SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Ethan is a heap in the corner but Scorpio and Caster hurry around. Scorpio clears space, hits Caster, then hurries up the ladder. Caster drags Scorpio down but Scorpio ROCKS him! And then THROWS him into the ladder! Scorpio resets the ladder, sets it down, then SLAMS Caster on it!

Scorpio hobbles to a corner and fans rally up as Scorpio climbs. Jake the Snake lurks but the ref keeps him back. Scorpio FROG SPLASHES Caster and ladder!! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” as Scorpio fights through the pain to get back up! Scorpio stands the ladder back up, Archer gets in but Scorpio fires off hands! Archer trips Scorpio and CATAPULTS Scorpio, but he uses that to get up higher!! Archer drags Scorpio back down, then runs in but into a BOOT! Scorpio goes up, but Arc her KNEES him and Scorpio lands through a ladder bridge!! Penta SUPERKICKS Archer, pops Ethan up top, SUPERKICKS Archer again, then mugs Ethan.

Caster runs in but is SUPLEXED onto Ethan! SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE takes Archer down! Penta is alone and he stands the ladder! Penta climbs, Ethan flounders after and they brawls at the top! Ethan reaches, Penta ROCKS him then pokes his eye then bumps him off buckles! CERO MIEDO- Ethan pulls the mask! Ethan shoves Penta, and CODY returns?! Cody has his weight belt! He SMACKS Caster, he SMACKS Ethan, and then RAMS Ethan into the ladder! Cody fires off with the good arm! Arn Anderson says this is reckless but Cody hits a CROSS RHODES on Ethan!! Cody stands the ladder in a corner, climbs up, and with Ethan in the drop zone, Archer intercepts!

Archer fires off hands on the bad arm! Cody holds on with the good arm, but Archer brings Cody along for a SUPERPLEX! Caster is up top and he hits the MIC DROP on the bad arm! Caster fires up, gets a ladder up under the brass ring, and he climbs! Penta hurries up to fire haymakers but Caster hits back! They brawl, Penta bumps Caster’s head off the ladder again and again! CERO! MIEDO! But Caster kisses the hand, only for Archer to SHOVE the ladder over! Caster and Penta hit ropes! Archer gets Ethan for a CHOKE SLAM! Cody runs in, for a CHOKE SLAM!! Penta gets a CHOKE SLAM!!! Caster is back and SLAPS Archer, only to get a choke grip. Caster SLAPS him again, so Archer DECKS Caster!

Archer drags a ladder in place, picks Caster up, and BLACKOUT BOMBS him on the ladder!!! Fans are thunderous as Archer is alone with a ladder! Jake the Snake is pumped as Archer stands the ladder up and climbs! But Ethan clubs Archer. Archer barely felt that! Archer hops down just to DECK Ethan! Archer climbs again, but Ethan is back?! LOW BLOW!! Now DQ in a ladder match, and Caster hits SPLASH MOUNTAIN! But Jake the Snake reels Ethan in for a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE!! Fans go nuts but Penta SUPERKICKS The Snake! Penta climbs now, but Cody returns!

Cody CLUBS Penta, throws haymakers and bumps Penta off the ladder. Cody goes up and up and SUPER CODY CUTTERS!! Cody climbs, Penta crawls about, and Penta gets a CHAIR! Penta SMACKS Cody with the chair! Wait did Arn give Penta that chair?! Penta drags Cody off the ladder and climbs it. But Scorpio gets the chair to SMACK Penta! And then SMACK the legs! Penta falls, clutching his foot! Scorpio hurries up, but Cody follows from the other end! Fans rally and duel, the two meet and Scorpio grabs for brass ring but Cody ROCKS Scorpio with haymakers! Cody keeps throwing hands, grabs the brass ring, but Scorpio SLAMS the bad arm on the ladder!

Scorpio rises, and tells Cody he’s NOT the Face of the Revolution! Scorpio shoves Cody down, reaches up, and grabs the brass ring off the hook!! Scorpio wins!!

Winner: Scorpio Sky (NEW #1 contender to the AEW TNT Championship)

The Closer finishes this off and he’s THE Face of the Revolution! Scorpio was able to #ReachForTheSky, but will he cash this in to have the title? We find out this Wednesday on Dynamite!

 

AEW presents their newest signee!

We count down to the big moment, and the wrestler who comes out is… CHRISTIAN CAGE! Captain Charisma is All Elite! And the All Elite Peeps are happy to hear it! Christian takes the contract and the pen, soaks in the moment, and signs on the dotted line! Will Christian #OutworkEveryone and turn that #OneLastMatch into #OneMoreTitleReign?

 

Street Fight: Team Taz VS Sting & Darby Allin!

Ricky Starks & Brian Cage are #AbsoluteMachines, and are ready to do damage to the Icon and the Relentless TNT Champion! Will things finally be settled between the scorned Taz and the underdog Darby?

Speaking of Taz, he’s stuck on commentary because Tony Khan wants to keep things fair. We go to the undisclosed location where this fight is going down. Starks walks out, decked out in vest and jeans and he joins Cage in his lime green sports car. They drive on to a vacant lot, and walk over to the abandoned warehouse. They find a ring set up, so they step inside that. But while there’s a referee, where are…? Wait, the lights go down, Darby’s music plays, and a small army of Stingers lead the way! Darby skateboards along, and a truck drives down the road. The “hoodlums” patiently wait for their generals, and Darby hitches a ride from Sting’s truck!

Sting and Darby arrive, having mixed and matched face paint designs. The bell rings, the hoodlums fire up, and t Sting whips Darby at Cage! Sting fires off on Starks. Cage puts Darby in a corner but Darby gets up, and springboards to bounce off the wall! Cage catches Darby to TOSS him onto hoodlums! Team Taz mugs Sting now. Cage stomps Sting to a corner and Starks joins in. Cage goes out to find Darby but he throws tires at the hoodlums to clear them out! And then he throws hoodlums! One takes an APRON BOMB! Darby rushes back in but Cage RAMS him into the post!

Cage hauls Darby around with one hand, and hits a SNAKE EYES off railing! Cage uses his shirt to CHOKE Darby, and they leave Starks and Sting behind in the ring. Starks fires off hands on Sting, but Sting reverses the whip to CLOBBER Starks! Cage RAMS Darby around into pillars and posts, but Sting hits a STINGER SPLASH on Starks! Sting military presses for a SNAKE EYES! Back to Cage and Darby, Cage CLUBS Darby towards hard wood floors. Cage hauls Darby up but Darby fights off the bomb to CHOP BLOCK a leg! Darby fires off hands, Cage shoves him and fireman’s carries, to RAM Darby into a wall! Cage military presses and TOSSES Darby into double doors!

Darby crawls but Cage hauls him up into this dark room off to the side. Sting hits Starks with another STINGER SPLASH, and then he CLOBBERS Starks out of the ring! Starks staggers and retreats but Sting follows behind him. Sting SMACKS glass with the bat to let Starks know he’s coming for him! Starks tries to get away but String THROWS the bat him! Starks avoids it, but he tells Sting he’s NOTHING without the bat. So Sting tosses the bat to kick and throw Starks around! Sting dribbles Starks off the wall then rains down rights and lefts! Sting stomps Starks down, then stands him up to SLAM him against the wall!

Sting leaves Starks behind to go find Darby and Cage. Cage throws Darby along as they go up the steel staircase. Cage suplexes Darby and holds him up while walking up the stairs! Cage SLAMS Darby into a trash can! “Who better than Cage, Darby, huh!?” Cage kicks Darby along and Darby crawls, but Cage stands on Darby’s head! Cage grins, digs his boot in harder, but Sting turns Cage around to throw into ladder! And Darby dropkicks Cage into rusty wall! Sting and Darby mug Cage 2v1! Taz gets worried but the mugging just gets worse! Starks returns to SPEAR Darby into another room! Starks comes back to throw hands on Sting!

Starks has a pipe and he JAMS Sting! Then shoves a barrel into him! Starks keeps after Sting and uses the barrel to CHOP BLOCK Sting! Sting falls against a bunch of spare filing cabinets! Starks SLAMS Sting against them, but Sting hits Starks low! Cage runs in but Sting dodges and the trash can lid hits Starks! Sting throws hands on Cage, Cage knees low, but Darby returns to hop on Cage! Darby has a sleeper, Sting throws hands on Cage, but Cage hits back! Cage shoves Sting into a crate, then RAMS Darby into one! Cage brings Darby up and reels him in, but Sting uses the fire extinguisher! Darby SMASHES a glass bottle on Cage’s head!

Sting and Darby drag Cage up and DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER him through a table! But Starks has a 2×4 to SMACK Sting! Darby and Starks brawl with big slapping haymakers! Darby fires off, backs Starks down, but Starks knees low! Starks runs but Darby sends him into a post! Darby climbs the post to SUPER COFFIN DROP through a palette! But POWERHOUSE WILL HOBBS attacks! Hobbs BOMBS Darby into the post, and then calls in Hook! Hook throws Darby with a sayanagi! Sting rises but so does Cage! Cage stalks up behind Sting and kicks him low, to then RAMS him into a wall! And CLUB him down!

Team Taz regroups and they mug Darby 3v1! Hook talks trash to Darby, Hobbs holds Darby up and Cage throws body shots. The two behemoths swing Darby into and through spare window frames!! Team Taz leaves Darby for dead and Hook KICKS Sting! Hook drags Sting up to throw hands, and now Sting is taking a 3v1 mugging! Starks rises and does his best to follow after. Cage uses a snow shovel to SMACK Sting! And SMACK him again! Darby rises?! And he has Sting’s bat! Darby tosses the bat to Sting! Sting uses the bat to SMACK away on Team Taz! He even BREAKS the bat on Cage’s back!! Sting picks up the shovel and BASHES Cage!

Darby takes aim and he SUPER MACHO ELBOWS Cage through the flooring!! Sting looks over and lets what happens happen. Sting goes back to find Starks in the ring but Starks elbows Sting away! Starks dodges the Stinger Splash, and it’s BARE BUCKLES to Sting’s chest! Starks runs and dodges and SPEARS! Cover, TWO!?! Sting survives and Starks can’t believe it! Starks gets up to throw slapping palm strikes on Sting but Sting ROCKS Starks with a right! Starks low blow mule kicks Sting, gets Sting up, but Sting fights the powerbomb to sunset flip! TWO!! Sting and Starks slowly rise, and Sting walks over. Starks elbows but into the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting and Darby win!!

Winners: Sting & Darby Allin, by pinfall

Taz can’t believe that his team lost! But is Darby even in any shape to fight and defend his title for Dynamite?!

 

AEW World Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jon Moxley!

Three sides are barbed wires. There are explosives set to go off if the barbed wires are pushed far enough. There are three “Triple Hell” spots that go off on contact! And if the match isn’t over after 30 minutes, ALL explosives go off! This match could end the Cleaner’s title reign, but could it end someone’s career?!

AEW isn’t risking anything, the ref is even wearing a fireproof hazard suit and plastic face shield just in case. Moxley wears a jacket that is in tribute to Atsushi Onita, and then has a sip of liquid courage to help him to the ring. Omega wears a shirt that already commemorates this moment in history, and Callis joins commentary to guarantee he has overseen all of this. This is a “special send-off” for Moxley. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Moxley finishes off that flask as we see what gives first: title reign or wrestling career!

Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Omega stare down. “This is Awesome!” already as Omega and Moxley slowly circle. The clock is ticking on that 30 minutes but these two don’t seem to be in any hurry. They tie up, and Omega tries to push Moxley to barbed wire! Moxley holds firm but Omega claws at Moxley’s face and hair! Moxley turns things around! Omega fights back now by clawing at Moxley’s face and hair! They go the other way and are dangerously close, but Moxley tries to pull Omega in! Omega pushes Moxley, Moxley headbutts Omega! Omega throws a haymaker and now it’s a brawl! Omega CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat!

Omega kicks low, headlocks, but Moxley tries to push him back. Omega brings Moxley around but has to stop himself from going into the other ropes! Moxley gets close but Omega cranks on the headlock. Moxley hits a back suplex! Omega holds on with the headlock and thrashes Moxley around! Moxley sits up, Omega clubs him, and throws a forearm! Omega BITES Moxley’s forehead! Omega whips but Moxley stops himself! Moxley dodges and Omega has to stop himself! Moxley kicks Omega and suplexes but Omega fights that off! Omega ROCKS Moxley, whips him but Moxley reverses!

Omega hits the corner panel, which is safe, but he runs into a fireman’s carry! Moxley goes to throw Omega but Omega gets away! Fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. Omega and Moxley slap some nerve into themselves and the fans rally up. Moxley and Omega throw JABS back and forth, then forearms! Omega rakes Moxley’s eyes! Omega runs to the safe ropes to rebound and BOOT! Moxley stays up, Omega BOOTS, then runs again, but Moxley clothesline him out to the ramp! Moxley pursues, gets a chair and tosses it in the ring! And then a kendo stick, and then a chair wrapped heavily in barbed wire!

Moxley has Barbie the Baseball Bat and SMACKS Omega with it! The barbed wire gets Omega in the stomach, then Moxley brings it around on Omega’s face to hit a Russian Leg Sweep to the stage! Moxley gets the kendo stick back and he SMACKS Omega on the back! And again! Omega gets back to the ring but Moxley has both bat and kendo stick! Moxley dual wields ! But Omega is dumping out some POCKET SAND!! Moxley swings wild but Omega taunts him. Omega kicks Moxley low, and whips Moxley to barbed wire, BANG! The first explosion goes off and fans lose their minds! Callis thinks that’s it but Moxley still breathes! Omega covers, TWO!!

Omega has the kendo stick and he SMACKS Moxley down! And again! And then SMACKS a leg! Moxley writhes but Omega has a trash can. Omega SMASHES the can on Moxley’s head! Omega stands the can up, gets Moxley’s leg, and hits a SHIN BREAKER to the can! Moxley writhes again and Callis is loving this! Omega gets the kendo stick and he uses it to choke Moxley! Moxley fights but Omega SMACKS him, then KOTARO KRUSHERS to the can! Cover, TWO! Omega goes after the bad leg and yanks on it, then drops down with a FIGURE FOURE! Moxley endures the leg hold but his face is bleeding! The ref checks, Moxley refuses to quit, and Moxley reaches around.

Moxley grabs the barbed wire wrapped chair! He grinds it on Omega’s legs like razor sharp sandpaper!! Omega lets Moxley go to check his legs and even hands. No blood, and Omega ducks the barbed wire bat attack! Omega full nelsons but Moxley breaks free! Moxley runs but Omega THROWS him into the barbed wire board and BREAKS IT!! If Moxley wasn’t bleeding before, he is now! A crimson mask is about to have sleeves to match as Moxley is prying himself. Omega drags Moxley around, but has to carefully climb the ropes to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Omega says that’s alright, he gets the kendo stick to SMACK Moxley over an dover! And then SMACKS him on the back of the head!

The count is 20 minutes left before the big explosion. Omega wants the figure four but Moxley boots him at ropes! BANG!! Omega staggers, into a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! BANG!!! If explosions were scores, Moxley is up by one! Fans lose their minds again and say “This is Awesome!” Omega crawls, Moxley follows, but Omega drags Moxley up first. Moxley gets an EXPLODER! Omega is down while Moxley peers through his crimson mask! Moxley drags Omega up, has both wrists, and reels him into a pump handle! Omega fights the suplex off and elbows Moxley, to full nelson! Moxley blocks the Dragon Suplex to throw Omega off! EXPLODER through the other barbed wire board!

Both men are down, but Omega is not stuck in the wires like Moxley’s. Moxley sets the chair up and has to wipe blood away from his face so he can see again. Omega slowly rises, Moxley tells him bang bang, and reels him in for underhooks. Omega fights free, and ROLLING ELBOWS Moxley, to then Electric Chair! Moxley escapes to GERMAN SUPLEX Omega onto the can! Moxley gets up, reels Omega into a SIDEWALK SLAM onto the barbed wire chair!! The jeans are hooked in the wires for a moment but Omega frees his legs. Moxley rips part of the wire off the chair?! Flashback to his I Quit match with Eddie Kingston, Moxley has the barbed wire arm!

Fans are calling Moxley a “Sick F*ck!” as he aims at Omega! Omega fights back with forearms! Moxley wobbles but power sup, Omega BOOTS him! Moxley spins around to LARIAT with the left hand! Moxley aims with the dangerous right, but Omega ducks to SNAP DRAGON! Omega drags Moxley back around for another SNAP DRAGON! Moxley is right up!? V-TRIGGER! BARBED WIRE LARIAT!!! Fans are still thunderous as Moxley and Omega rise. Moxley fires up and he reels Omega in, but no Paradigm Shift! Omega shoves Moxley and himself to ropes! BANG!!! That explosion might’ve been the biggest yet! The ref calls for water to wash Omega’s eyes out!

Omega and Moxley crawl out from under the ropes, blood and smoke and light all reasons why their vision is impaired. They both stand on the edge, fans rally and duel, and Omega JABS! Moxley JABS, Omega JABS, then CHOPS! Omega CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley throws forearms. They brawl, Moxley rakes Moxley’s eyes and bloody wound! Omega brings Moxley around but Moxley resists the hip toss to hell! Omega clubs away on Moxley, Moxley hits back, and BITES Omega’s head! Moxley headlocks then KNEES Omega! Omega wobbles, Moxley brings him in, throws more knees, and then underhooks! DEATH RIDER TO HELL!!! They crash on the “mines” and BOOM!

Moxley writhes but he’s in the worst spot! Omega is ironically safe from the wires because he took that header. Moxley makes sure no blood is from his arms. He is clean, but he carefully frees himself from the wires. Omega is now bleeding from the forehead and fans are thunderously dueling. Moxley and Omega lock eyes from across hell, and Moxley gets a LONG strand of barbed wire for his own. Moxley hurts himself just to bend the wires around to a shape he can wield. Moxley then puts Omega in the ring, stalks after him, and sits him up to BARBED WIRE PUNCH him! And again! And again! Omega manages to stay seated upright, but we get a FINAL COUNTDOWN~!

Moxley hurries to get Omega up, and hits a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Omega is still in this, Moxley covers again, TWO!! How much longer do they have?! Moxley drags Omega up again, underhooks, but Omega drops and LOW BLOWS! Omega brings Moxley in, brings him up and POWERBOMBS! High stack, TWO!! Moxley flounders about, moves things out of his way, and Omega grabs at the ref?! Moxley stands, Omega steadies himself and V-TRIGGERS! Moxley is still up, for another V-TRIGGER from Omega! Omega Electric Chair lifts Moxley, for a ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, BANG because of the ropebreak!! Moxley survives the match only because he risked his life!

Moxley gets the barbed wire bat! Omega writhes as the flash blinded him again! Moxley roars and rises, fans are thunderously dueling again, but here come the GOOD BROTHERS! Karl Anderson gets in but gets SMACKED by the bat! Luke Gallows gives Omega an extra thicc Barbie, for him to HOMERUN! It had an explosive inside?! Callis says THAT was their secret trump card! Cover, TWO!?!? Omega is furious with the ref and tears off a sleeve of the hazmat suit! The Biz Cliz set Moxley up, as well as a chair! Five minutes left before the explosion, ONE WINGED ANGEL to the chair!! The chair crumbles, as does Moxley, and Omega covers, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)

Callis laughs and says this was all strategy! Callis declares Omega not just God of Wrestling, but the God of Deathmatches! But it was only because of Gallows & Anderson that Omega survives with his reign intact! Callis warns his guys that there’s still a countdown in progress! Biz Cliz doesn’t care, they throw the ref away and mug Moxley more! Omega throws things out of the ring and at the ref! Gallows & Anderson handcuff Moxley! They stomp Moxley, Omega says this is what Moxley wanted and this is what he got! Anderson makes sure Moxley’s forehead wound keeps bleeding! But the clock is ticking, are they going to leave Moxley for dead?!

Omega uses his Extra Thicc Barbie to DIG Moxley’s forehead open! Two minutes left, the Biz Cliz needs to get going! Omega SMASHES Moxley in the stomach with the bat, then SMASHES him on the back! Fans boo but Omega isn’t done adding insult to injury! They make us look at Moxley’s bloody face! Wait, wait, wait! NOW we get a final countdown! ONE MINUTE AND COUNTING! Callis says it should be fine, but he’ll be going over here just because. RUN, BIZ CLIZ, RUN!! Moxley is stuck in the ring with only 30 seconds left!

Wait, Eddie Kingston and The Fam are here?! Kingston still cares about Moxley! He tries to get Moxley out but his Fam leaves him behind!! HURRY, KINGSTON!! NOOOO~! Kingston covers Moxley- Oh, what? Sparklers and firecrackers? Was Callis trolling? Or was his “Moxley Extermination Chamber” a dud? Kingston doesn’t want to leave Moxley. Is he actually out cold or is he just being dramatic? Point is, Moxley is in awful shape. Will he ever be able to compete again?


My Thoughts:

I know we just saw an underwhelming finish as far as the “final explosion,” but this was still another incredible AEW PPV. The Buy-In match’s surprise of Maki Itoh was awesome, because I was oddly wondering if anyone else from the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament Japan bracket made the trip. The Buy-In match itself was great stuff, too, but of course Britt cheats to win. Then later, after the awesome Women’s Championship match, I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t Big Swole who attacked Shida after her great promo on AEW Dark. I suppose setting up a great Six Woman Tag is good, and I suppose Swole will crash the match to start beef with Shida, but I would’ve preferred if actual story was put first.

Not to be mean, but for the hype we got over the last few days, talking about a WWE Hall of Fame contender and then tonight’s line about “they can outwork anyone,” I was not picturing Christian at all. And not just because I was hoping WWE would do more with Edge & Christian once Mania season is over. Christian is great on the mic, but from what I remember, only good in the ring. I just feel like this is a little too “Instant Classic” Christian Cage back when he went to TNA Impact, or even when he returned to WWE in 2009 and ended up their ECW Champion. He could probably be a TNT Championship contender, but I’m not seeing world title potential.

The tag title match was a great opener, and for just a second I thought Y2MJF were going to cheat those belts away from the Bucks, but it is much better for THE tag team to win this time. Plus, we’re going to see an “Inner Circle War Council” segment happen on Dynamite, and I bet MJF starts to suggest replacements for the “weaker” parts of the faction. I am surprised Santana & Ortiz didn’t win the Casino Tag Battle Royal but that could feed into the “war council” and the suggested substitutions. Death Triangle winning is great, but I wish they’d been able to make it the Lucha Brothers in this case. Penta didn’t win the ladder match, so what’s he going to do now? Or will Death Triangle use Freebird rules?

The ladder match was also great stuff, and that was pretty big for Ethan Page to debut through that match. Max Caster had a scathingly good rap this time (which I couldn’t get written down because B/R Live doesn’t allow pausing or anything), I hope that turns up somewhere. I appreciate that they did everything to make us think Cody was going to swipe this from the others, since that was what we were all thinking anyway. But in the end, Scorpio Sky winning this a great move, and Scorpio is going to have a great match with Darby. Though, I guess that means Darby lived, we did see him fall into the abyss with Cage…

Speaking of, that Street Fight cinematic was great, but the moment before Darby tosses the bat to Sting so clearly was just an edited shot of Sting in like a green screen moment. I should’ve figured Sting would not only be on the winning side but get the win himself. We may criticize WWE for their use of part-timers and returning legends, but Sting is the one case where he’s gotten raw deals wherever he goes, so maybe AEW can be where he properly retires, whenever that will be. I wouldn’t be surprised if his partnership with Darby continues as more of a mentor, but then is his tag partner when needed.

Miro’s attack before the grudge match was a good touch, it makes sense he’d do something like that. I’m a little disappointed Trent didn’t come out to be Chuck’s tag partner, but I guess if Miro was meant to win this, they’d want to save Trent’s heroic return for another time. I hope Miro shoving Cassidy in Penelope and Sabian being a bit upset about that is the cracks in the foundation. Miro and Sabian have had their time as a team, they should both be back to singles competitors, and it could be because Miro is selfishly reckless and putting both Sabian and Penelope in harm’s way.

The Big Money match was really good, and I’m surprised Hangman won, but it was great for Dark Order to counter Private Party. I wonder where things go from here, especially with Hardy not having big money anymore. Will he desperately try and get Private Party to do things so that the money they make becomes the money he makes? Though, I suppose Hangman could point out that he will get 100% of the 30% Hardy is taking from Private Party, and then Big Money Matt is left broke. And then Hangman and the Dark Order can throw big money parties to rub it in Hardy Party’s face.

Then holy crap and a half that Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. We got a great detail in the ref wearing the safety gear, we got some good references back to the Lights Out Match from Full Gear, though a little disappointed there was no barbed wire wrapped broom. There was a great reference back to the I Quit match with the barbed wire forearm and knuckles, and I liked that the explosions were used so Moxley could survive a One Winged Angel without really surviving it. The One Winged Angel is a properly protected finisher in an era where false finishers are the standard way of upping a match’s star level and a wrestler’s power level.

Omega got great Heel heat for needing the Good Brothers to help. It kinda sucks that they did that but clearly Omega was meant to win so how else would he do that? I liked that Kingston hurried out to save Moxley because deep down, they’re still friends. It makes sense that The Fam stayed Heel because they didn’t care enough to help, and that could also cause tension in that group. To me, Kingston no longer needs to be in charge of them and they don’t need to listen to him, that story kinda ran its course by the time Pac returned to reunite with the Lucha Brothers.

Now yes, the final explosion was not anywhere near what was promised by, well, anything. Callis said he accounted for everything so the dud should be pinned on him, and a lot of the next phase of the story should branch from that. Callis should admit that he didn’t let the final, “end it all” explosion be as big as it could have just in case all the screw job tactics screwed up and it was Omega left for dead. Then with Kingston and Moxley, it’d be a bit too comedic for them to say Kingston passed out from the heightened drama and fear for his life, but that’s the only way to salvage his sell. We all know the sparklers and such were NOT dangerous at all.

And in reality, we know Tony Khan couldn’t go as big on the ring explosion as even just the pyro they do on stage. As great as it would’ve been to see a lot more fire, and then maybe the ring falls apart with Kingston and Moxley riding it out, we have to remember there are surely going to be AEW Dark matches recorded tonight for Tuesday’s broadcast, and rebuilding a demolished ring would just add too much time onto their busy night. Speaking of which, I hope the Dark After Revolution isn’t that many matches. A lot of people were on tonight’s card, we might only need half a dozen or so matches to get the handful of people left off their ring work for the week.

My Score: 9.6/10


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Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/7/21)

New Japan Cup, day 3!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2021

Will the United Empire start to rule over NJPW?

Will Ospreay wants to prove he is the best in NJPW, and that means becoming IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! But first, he must win the Cup! Will the Commonwealth Kingpin get through Tenzan to do just that?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Zack Sabre Jr VS Gabriel Kidd; ZSJ wins and advances.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances.

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8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

In perhaps the biggest shock of the NJCup, the Dragon slayed the Rainmaker! But can Kazuchika Okada at least get some revenge with High Voltage, the Stone Pitbull and the Fierce Warrior by his side? Or will having Death Mask, Cold Skull and the Uncontrollable Charisma help Shingo Takagi roll into his match with Hirooki Goto?

The teams sort out and Ishii stares down with Sanada. The ref has Ishii give Sanada space, and after the LIJ fist bump, it will be Goto starting against Takagi! We’re getting a preview of NJCUP’s second round and fans rally up! Goto and Takagi circle, tie up, and Goto headlocks. Takagi powers out, rams Goto but both men stay up. Takagi runs, rams but Goto fires forearms! Takagi gives them back, they go fast and furious back and forth and fans rally up! Goto gets the edge, runs and rams Takagi, but Takagi rebounds to run him over! Goto avoids the back senton to hit a headlock takeover. Takagi headscissors, Goto kips free and they tie up again.

Goto puts Takagi in the Chaos corner and Sho tags in. Goto and Sho stomp Takagi, Ishii gets a shot in, and Sho wrenches Takagi to a wristlock and elbow breakers! Sho wrenches more, hits more elbow breakers, then whips Takagi to ropes. Sho elbows Takagi down, covers, TWO! Sho is right on Takagi with a double wristlock! Fans rally, Takagi gets up and gets the ropebreak. Sho lets off but tags in Okada, and Chaos hits the LIJ corner! Okada goes after Takagi, and Chaos gets in for quadruple hammering! Fans rally with “O-KA-DA!” “TA-KA-GI!” Okada drags Takagi up to forearm. Okada whips, Takaig reverses, Bushi gets a cheap shot in, and then LIJ hits Chaos back!

Takagi clamps onto Okada with a chinlock while Ishii and Sanada brawl. Sanada rakes Ishii’s eyes while Takagi shifts to a motorcycle stretch on Okada. Bushi tags in and LIJ mugs Okada. Takagi CLUBS Okada, and Bushi uses his shirt to choke him! LIJ goes after Chaos and the ref is busy with all of them! Bushi stomps Okada, lets go and gets his shirt out of the way. Bushi chinlocks and claws at Okada’s face but the ref reprimands and counts. Naito tags in and both Naito and Bushi stomp Okada down. Naito gets the legs and turns Okada, but Okada resists and gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Bushi tries to break Okada’s grip, but Naito lets go first. Naito drags Okada up to CLUB him!

Bushi and Naito double whip Okada, then double elbow him down! Basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO! Naito drags Okada up as fans rally, and Sanada tags in. LIJ mugs Okada, Sanada CLUBS Okada, and fans continue to rally. Sanada throws forearms and has Okada in a corner. Sanada clubs Okada but Okada hits back! Sanada knees low, whips Okada corner to corner but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into Sanada’s boot! Sanada runs but into Okada’s BOOT! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada tags in Ishii! Ishii dodges a boot, Sanada dodges a clothesline, and Sanada shoves Ishii to a corner. Sanada runs in but Ishii dodges. Ishii runs in but Sanada dodges.

Sanada runs back in but Ishii boots him! Ishii runs but into Sanada’s boot! Sanada whips, Ishii reverses, but runs into Sanada’s boot! Sanada runs but into a forearm! Ishii whips, Sanada reverses, but Ishii rebounds and runs him over! Bushi runs in but Ishii sends him into Sho’s knee! Takagi runs in but Sho and Ishii both kick him. They double whip Takagi but Takagi DECKS Goto! Takagi runs back but into double shoulders! Naito runs into double hip tosses, and a KICK sandwich! Ishii has Sanada while Chaos keeps LIJ out. Ishii CHOPS Sanada, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Ishii talks trash to Sanada but Sanada CHOPS Ishii! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!

Ishii eggs Sanada on then CHOPS him back down! Ishii whips corner to corner, Sanada elbows then QUEBRADA, but Ishii gets under! Ishii runs into a fireman’s carry, that Sanada throws into the dragon sleeper! But Ishii slips out to suplex, only for Sanada to slip out. Ishii elbows Sanada but runs into a basement dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up! Sanada drags Ishii up, but Ishii blocks the back suplex! Ishii elbows free, gets around and waistlocks but Sanada elbows him. Ishii puts Sanada in a corner to clothesline! Ishii whips but Sanada goes up and out to springboard missile dropkick! Fans fire up as both men are down again!

Sanada and Ishii crawl for their corners, hot tags to Goto and Takagi! Fans fire up as Goto fires off on Takagi! Goto whips, Takagi reverses but Takagi blocks the boot, and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes Goto up and over, covers, TWO! Takagi keeps his cool and fans rally. Takagi sits Goto up for elbows to the shoulder, then runs, but Goto ducks the sliding lariat! Goto kicks, whips, and runs in to clothesline! Goto keeps going, but clotheslines collide! And again! Takagi fires up but Goto follows, only for Takagi to dodge, but Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Goto tags in Sho, and Sho DECKS Bushi!

Sho aims at Takagi in a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Sho whips, Takagi reverses, but Sho comes back to LARIAT! Takagi stays up, Sho dodges and runs to SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Sho keeps his focus and brings Takagi up. Takagi resists the lift out of the waistlock but Sho CLUBS him to the corner. Sho whips Takagi corner to corner, runs in but Takagi dodges! Naito hits the rocket kick! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! LIJ hits Chaos’ corner and then Bushi enziguris Sho! Takagi picks Sho up, he and Bushi combine for a BACKSTABBER SPINEBUSTER! Takagi sits Sho up, runs, and hits a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans fire up with Takagi!

Takagi drags Sho up, pump handles and fireman’s carries. But Goto kicks Takagi down! Bushi spins Goto to a DDT! Okada CLOBBERS Bushi, Naito runs in to dropkick Okada! Ishii gets Naito with a back suplex, but Sanada dropkicks Ishii! Sanada and Takagi double whip Sho but Sho SPEARS Sanada! Takagi fires boxing elbows, but Sho comes back with boxing elbows of his own! Sho runs but Takagi clotheslines him at the rope! Takagi runs but into a KNEE! Takagi elbows, JABS, but Sho gets around to waistlock! Sho feeds Takagi to Okada’s EuroUpper! Okada DECKS Naito then leaves it to Sho! DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Sho takes aim with the bow, and reels Takagi in to double pump handle, but Takagi back drops free! Takagi winds up but Sho swats the clothesline! Sho runs, into the elbow, and LEFT LARIAT! Fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi builds speed, PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Takagi brings him back up! Pump handle fireman’s carry, LAST OF THE DRAGON! Cover, LIJ wins!!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

And the Dragon keeps on slaying! Will he do the same against Goto? As for Ishii and Sanada, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when Stone Pitbull collides with Cold Skull!

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Zack Sabre Jr VS Gabriel Kidd!

The Submission Master won the 2018 NJCUP but has yet to truly reach the top! Will he make this Young Lion #JustTapOut and look to repeat history?

The bell rings and ZSJ circles with Kidd. They feel out the grapple and tie up, and ZSJ wrangles Kidd down with a wristlock. Kidd gets up, wrenches, but ZSJ rolls free fast. They go again, tie up with knuckle locks, and Kidd has power to bend ZSJ back. ZSJ bridges and rolls and wrenches, but Kidd spins and wrenches through to wrangle ZSJ down! Kidd has the wristlock, ZSJ fights up, rolls and hooks a leg, but Kidd wrangles him down with strength! Kidd bends the fingers, the elbow, but ZSJ slips out to get a hammerlock. They end up on ropes, Red Shoes wants them to break but they both keep fighting for control. ZSJ backs off and fans cheer the exchange.

Kidd and ZSJ reset, feel out a new grapple, and ZSJ gets Kidd into a straitjacket stretch! Kidd endures, moves around, and powers the straitjacket onto ZSJ! Kidd digs his knee and then his forehead into ZSJ’s back, but ZSJ powers up, bridges and puts the straitjacket back on Kidd! ZSJ bends Kidd against his knees but Kidd flips up and over to put the straitjacket back on ZSJ! ZSJ fights up, wriggles free, wrenches and wrangles Kidd with a wristlock. Kidd reaches up to get a headscissor takedown! Kidd is after an ankle but he keeps on the headscissors. ZSJ moves around, pops free and has Kidd’s legs in a butterfly deathlock!

Kidd tries to fight back but ZSJ digs his elbows into Kidd’s knees! Kidd keeps his shoulders up, throws ZSJ off, and fans cheer as the two stand off. Kidd and ZSJ circle, fans rally again, and the two feel out another grapple. Kidd and ZSJ tie up, Kidd gets a wristlock but ZSJ counters with a chinbar. ZSJ shifts to get a facelock but Kidd gets a leg takedown. Kidd has a standing toehold and cranks the foot, but ZSJ endures and rolls to roll free! ZSJ and Kidd circle, they tie up again, and Kidd puts ZSJ against ropes. ZSJ pushes back with forearms, Kidd clinches, but Red Shoes calls for a break. Kidd and ZSJ keep fighting for control but Kidd backs off.

ZSJ and Kidd tie up again, are in a deadlock, but ZSJ gets a wristlock and drags Kidd down into headscissors! Kidd pops free, rolls, but ZSJ holds onto the wrist. Kidd rolls, slips through, wrenches and shovels ZSJ up and over! Kidd wrenches, clamps onto the arm and has a chinbar! ZSJ endures but Kidd wrenches to a wristlock, then a one-armed lift and SLAM! Kidd is right back on the arm and he bends the fingers. ZSJ reaches up for headscissors but Kidd twists the wrist to fight that off. ZSJ kips up, wrenches, reaches down to trip Kidd, but Kidd boots ZSJ away. Things speed up, ZSJ stops to roll Kidd to a full nelson! Kidd breaks free, ZSJ snapmares but Kidd gets a leg for a toehold!

ZSJ rolls but Kidd cartwheels through. ZSJ dodges Kidd’s dropkick and traps Kidd’s head for a NECK CRANK! Fans cheer that technical exchange while Kidd holds his neck. Fans rally up as ZSJ stalks Kidd. ZSJ brings Kidd up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper, and another, and another! ZSJ BOOTS Kidd down, then stands on him in the corner. ZSJ gets a leg and pulls it against ropes! Red Shoes counts, ZSJ lets go at 3, and he paces around. ZSJ kicks Kidd, kicks more, but Kidd eggs him on. Kidd gets up, ZSJ pie faces but Kidd throws big forearms! ZSJ gets the arm and wrenches Kidd down to a double wristlock in the ropes! Red Shoes reprimands and counts but ZSJ lets go at 3.

Kidd gets out of the ring, Red Shoes goes out to check on him, but ZSJ patiently waits inside. A ring count starts, Kidd is in at 5 of 20, but ZSJ is on him with a cravat. ZSJ grinds Kidd down, fans rally up, and Kidd endures. Kidd fights his way up, scoops ZSJ, but ZSJ fights that to snapmare Kidd back down! ZSJ cranks on the cravat, but Kidd fights up and throws body shots. Kidd tries to power out but ZSJ just hits another snapmare! ZSJ taunts Kidd while cranking on the cravat. Kidd fights up, throws body shots and scoops to SLAM ZSJ! Fans fire up as both men are down. Kidd gets fans to rally with “OI! OI! OI!” but ZSJ headbutts low.

ZSJ headlocks, Kidd powers out, dodges ZSJ and runs him over! Fans fire up with Kidd as he runs corner to corner at ZSJ for a big clothesline! Kidd snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Kidd grits his teeth as he EuroUppers ZSJ! ZSJ EuroUppers back, then steps over to go for a leg but Kidd sits on the cover! ONE as ZSJ sunset flips but Kidd rolls through! Kidd gets the legs and goes to turn ZSJ, but ZSJ drags Kidd down! Kidd gets back up, tries again, but ZSJ gets a leg free to kick and kick! Kidd eggs ZSJ on, then turns him to the HALF CRAB! ZSJ endures, scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Kidd lets go at 4, but he drags ZSJ up.

Kidd reels ZSJ in, waistlocks, but ZSJ resists the lift. ZSJ double wristlocks but Kidd rolls him over! TWO, and Kidd ROCKS ZSJ with a forearm! ZSJ walks that off but Kidd ROCKS him again! ZSJ pushes Kidd with a shoulder so Kidd forearms ZSJ again. ZSJ eggs Kidd on, Kidd EuroUppers! Kidd throws more forearms but ZSJ EuroUppers back! Kidd forearms, eggs ZSJ on, but ZSJ EuroUppers again! Fans rally as Kidd ROCKS ZSJ again! ZSJ throws a forearm, Kidd returns it, and things get fast and furious! Fans fire up as the forearms fly and ZSJ ROCKS Kidd, only for Kidd to DECK ZSJ! Kidd fires up and he drags ZSJ up again. Kidd throws forearms over and over on ZSJ in the corner!

ZSJ falls down and fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” again. Kidd drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ SLAPS Kidd! Kidd grits his teeth but ZSJ SLAPS him again! ZSJ drags Kidd up but Kidd SLAPS ZSJ down! Kidd drags ZSJ up again to suplex but ZSJ slips out and drags Kidd to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Kidd endures, ZSJ hops on for a mounted armbar! Kidd moves around as ZSJ cranks the arm more, and Kidd still gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go but PENALTY KICKS Kidd down! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ grows annoyed but he kicks Kidd in the back! ZSJ toys with Kidd, eggs him on but Kidd eggs ZSJ on! ZSJ PENALTY KICKS again! ZSJ runs, Kidd gets up to dropkick ZSJ down! Cover, TWO!

Kidd drags ZSJ to a waistlock but ZSJ counters to a guillotine! But Kidd powers through that to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up for Kidd as he and ZSJ slowly rise. Kidd has ZSJ in a waistlock, drags him up, but ZSJ elbows him, Kidd holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kidd keeps firing up with “OI! OI! OI!” and he underhooks ZSJ. ZSJ drops to drag Kidd into a sunset but Kidd counters to a prawn hold! TWO!! ZSJ uppercuts into underhooks! Kidd gets ZSJ up but ZSJ slips out, to get the COBRA TWIST! Kidd reaches for ropes but ZSJ grabs at that arm. Kidd pops free to hip toss ZSJ down! But ZSJ gets Kidd for a TRIANGLE HOLD!

Kidd tries to dead lift but ZSJ drags him down! ZSJ double guns as he squeezes tighter with just legs! Kidd taps, ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (advances to the next round)

ZSJ holds on to make Kidd suffer, and other Young Lions have to pry ZSJ off Kidd! The Submission Master gives mocking head pats to the Kidd, but will he be able to make the rest of the tournament #JustTapOut?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Will Ospreay!

Ikari no Mogyu has led “the resistance” against the United Empire, but now he faces their leader! Will Tenzan chop down the “Commonwealth Kingpin” and head for revenge on the rest? Or will Ospreay join Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan in glory?

Before the bell, the two get in each other’s face and start shoving. The bell rings and they fire off forearms! Fans rally already as the two go back and forth. Ospreay knees low, runs but gets run over! Tenzan unleashes Mongolian Chops! Ospreay flounders away, Tenzan runs and clotheslines Ospreay out of the ring! Ospreay flounders up but Tenzan is there to club Ospreay! Ospreay CHOPS and ROCKS Tenzan back, then brings him up to reel in. Tenzan avoids the piledriver by back dropping Ospreay! Tenzan sees Ospreay’s Rev-Pro British Heavyweight title and picks it up, but he decides not to use it. Tenzan stomps Ospreay around the outside and even rake Ospreay’s eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands, Tenzan puts Ospreay in but Ospreay catches him at the ropes with a kick! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Tenzan writhes while Ospreay grits his teeth. Ospreay drops a knee, grinds it down for a cover, TWO! Master Wato rallies with the fans as Ospreay throws Tenzan out. Ospreay goes out to whip Tenzan into railing! Ospreay uses a cravat to bend Tenzan back against railing! Red Shoes reprimands, Ospreay lets off and he drags Tenzan up. Ospreay throws clubbing elbows, but Tenzan hits back. Ospreay clubs Tenzan and puts him on the apron! Ospreay goes up, for a GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Ospreay shoves Tenzan in, covers, TWO!

Fans rally up, Ospreay looms over Tenzan. Ospreay drags Tenzan up, bumps him off buckles, and throws forearms. Tenzan eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay throws forearms into the gut! Ospreay clubs Tenzan, digs his boot in, but lets off as Red Shoes counts. Fans rally and Tenzan kicks Ospreay low! Tenzan kicks Ospreay again, throws a haymaker, but Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay turns Tenzan for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ospreay clamps on with a chinlock but Tenzan endures. Fans rally up, Tenzan fights to his feet, and Tenzan elbows, only for Ospreay to clamp on with a cravat! Tenzan endures, grabs at Ospreay’s face, but Red Shoes reprimands.

Tenzan throws body shots, Ospreay CLUBS him, but Ospreay runs into the WHEEL KICK! Tenzan fires up, and unleashes more Mongolian Chops! Ospreay goes to a corner, Tenzan stomps him and throws a headbutt! Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! And headbutts again! Tenzan goes out and climbs up! Fans fire up as Tenzan drags Ospreay up, and hits the FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Tenzan CLUBS Ospreay, and calls his shot, for the BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Tenzan grows annoyed, and he stomps Ospreay around. Ospreay throws a forearm but Tenzan gives it back! They go back and forth, Tenzan kicks low then whips.

Ospreay reverses, runs in, but Tenzan puts him on the apron. Ospreay ROCKS Tenzan then PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay reels Tenzan in for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Ospreay grows annoyed but fans fire up again. Tenzan rises, Ospreay brings him to a fireman’s carry but Tenzan fights it off. Ospreay fires forearms and ROCKS Tenzan with the last, to run and BOOT! Tenzan stays up, Ospreay runs, but into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Tenzan runs, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Ospreay grits his teeth. Ospreay goes to the corner, aims and springboards, but Tenzan HEADBUTTS Pip Pip Cheerio down! Then he FALLING HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO!

Tenzan gets Ospreay for the ANACONDA VICE! Ospreay endures as Tenzan thrashes him about! Ospreay fights, reaches, but Tenzan turns him away from ropes! Ospreay keeps fighting and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Tenzan lets go fast and fans rally up. Tenzan brings Ospreay up, scoops, but Ospreay slips out to COBRA CLUTCH SUPLEX! Ospreay aims from a corner, Tenzan rises, ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is furious, he even put some extra spin on the discus! Ospreay reels Tenzan in, underhooks, but Tenzan resists the lift! Ospreay hits some Kowata Kicks and then runs, but Tenzan swings! Ospreay gets around to HOOK KICK!

Ospreay fires up, but runs into a BIG LARIAT from Tenzan! Fans fire up as Ospreay stumbles about, into Tenzan’s scoop! T T D!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Tenzan wants the Anaconda Vice again! Ospreay flails and reaches as Tenzan thrashes around again. Ospreay fights up, but Tenzan hits the ANACONDA BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives again but Tenzan heads up top! Ospreay anchors a leg but Tenzan clubs at him! Ospreay tucks Tenzan in! CHEEKY NANDOS! And then Ospreay gets Tenzan up for a LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!?! Tenzan survives and fans fire up, but Ospreay calls his shot!

Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tenzan survives and no one can believe it! Ospreay gets up, reels Tenzan in, underhooks and gets Tenzan up, but Tenzan slides off to headbutt! MONGOLIAN CHOP! And again! Tenzan fires up, scoops but Ospreay resists! Ospreay elbows away on Tenzan, scoops him, and pops him up to a fireman’s carry, for a SIT OUT SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan survives but Ospreay takes off the armband! Ospreay brings Tenzan up, around, and hits a DREAM CRUSHER ELBOW! Ospreay keeps going, underhooks and lifts, for STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

And the United Empire has swept their first round opponents! Is there no stopping them taking over NJPW? Ospreay gets the mic and says, “Oi, Yamana-shy~!” He perhaps got Yamanashi wrong on purpose, but he mocks the fans for cheering and knowing where they come from. “Tenzan, guys like me, and I’ve said it before, think that your best days are behind you, my friend! But after tonight’s performance, I see you’ve still got some more fight in you, Tenzan-san.” Ospreay says that he is the Kingpin, the Billy Goat, the British Heavyweight Champion, and the best bet for winning the entire NJCUP!

So Ospreay will say this: “Tell me the best! Show me the best! But until they step in the ring with me, you all need to be reminded I am Will Ospreay, and I am on another level!!” The Commonwealth Kingpin and leader of the Empire has said his piece, but will win the whole damn thing?


My Thoughts:

A very good installment for the New Japan Cup, though yes I skipped the entire first half this time. But the 8 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and Takagi continuing his momentum from the biggest win yet makes sense. Takagi is rolling towards his match with Goto, and as I said the other day, I’m very certain Takagi wins. There is great character interaction between Ishii and Sanada, that match is going to be great stuff, too. ZSJ VS Kidd tripped me out, I thought my player accidentally got into 1.5 speed, but that’s just how fast those two were going. Kidd is showing promise with being able to keep up with ZSJ, but naturally ZSJ wins as Kidd is still a Young Lion.

Tenzan VS Ospreay was also really good, but I had a feeling Ospreay would win. Cobb VS Evil, Khan VS Yano and Ospreay VS ZSJ will all be really good one way or another, and honestly can all go any number of ways. However, because I don’t see Empire VS Empire happening, even though this is a tournament arc, if Evil wins, Khan wins. If Cobb wins, Yano finds a way to beat Khan. Ospreay could be the member that goes the farthest, because he really needs to be given the opportunities to prove he’s in the uppercard now. He lost to Okada at WrestleKingdom but now Okada has lost to Takagi, so maybe Ospreay can even rub all this in Okada’s face the next time they meet.

My Score: 9/10


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