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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (2/5/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Fourth Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Roman Reigns VS Bray Wyatt; Reigns wins and enters the Elimination Chamber match.
  • Finn Balor w/ The Balor Club VS Dash Wilder w/ Scott Dawson; rescheduled as…
  • Finn Balor & Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows VS The Revival; Balor Club wins.
  • Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali VS Drew Gulak & Tony Nese; Alexander & Ali win.
  • Asuka VS Bayley; Asuka wins.
  • Fifth Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: The Miz w/ The Miztourage VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide; Miz wins and will enter the Elimination Chamber match.
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: The Bar VS Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan; changed into…
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: The Bar VS Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns; The Bar wins by disqualification, and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Nia Jax VS Vanessa Floyd; Nia wins.
  • Sonya Deville w/ Absolution VS Mickie James; Mickie wins.
  • Triple Threat: Braun Strowman VS John Cena VS Elias; Elias wins and will officially enter the Elimination Chamber last.

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Bray Wyatt speaks.

“The Elimination Chamber is upon us!” Last year, Bray Wyatt won the WWE Championship in the match, and now he wishes to repeat. The only person in his way is his arch-nemesis, Roman Reigns! Roman has fallen so far that no one recognizes him. But Bray does. Roman lost the Royal Rumble, he lost the Intercontinental Championship yet he fakes his bravado. Bray knows the truth: Roman is a failure simply waiting to be “put out of his misery.” Bray will happily oblige. Tonight, the bottom of Roman’s spiral “holds something far worse than failure: me.”

Roman Reigns responds.

He’s some failure? Roman knows what failure really is: someone who can’t deal with adversity. He’s ahd his share of ups and downs but he’s no failure, that’s “them ark of a great journey.” ROman’s journey runs through the Chamber and “smashes into Suplex City”! Bray can’t stop Roman, the Chamber can’t stop Roman, and not even Brock Lesnar can stop Roman from becoming Universal Champion.

 

Fourth Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Roman Reigns VS Bray Wyatt!

Raw starts off with a major match as the Big Dog and the Eater of Worlds tie up once more! Which man will add another notch in this resurrected rivalry on their trip down the Road to Wrestlemania?

The bell rings and the two familiar foes circle. They tie up, and Bray powers Roman to a corner. He lets go and dares Roman to come at him. Roman runs out, they tie up again but Bray knees low to wrap on a headlock. Roman powers out then pursues to run Bray over with a shoulder. The fans have mixed reactions while Roman brings Bray up into his own headlock. Bray fights out and powers out, but misses in the corner, to lean back in his spider-walk.

“You are no match for me, Roman Reigns!” Bray boots Roman and hops up but Roman rocks him with an uppercut. Roman hauls Bray off the top rope in the fireman’s carry but Bray fights out. Bray dodges Roman to send him into the post! He then drags Roman back out, and rocks him with forearms. Cover, TWO, but Bray is not deterred. WOKEN Hardy watches from his secret location as Bray wraps Roman in a chinlock. The fans are mixed, but there are plenty rallying for Roman. The fans duel “Let’s go, Roman!” “Roman sucks!” Roman gets to his feet and fights back with body shots. Bray shoves him but Roman runs him over with lariats as he begins to rally. Bray reverses the whip but Roman hits him with the leaping lariat! Roman watches Bray roll out of the ring, so he goes out the other side and comes around the corner, Drive-By intercepted by the lariat! Then Bray throws Roman into steel steps before we go to break.

Raw returns and Bray stalks Roman before driving a knee into his back and stretching him back. Bray grows impatient with Roman’s endurance.

Roman starts getting back up while the fans continue to duel and Hardy continues to watch backstage. Roman gets Bray in the fireman’s carry and Samoan Drop! Both men are down and a ten count begins. Bray rolls while Roman sits up. Roman finds Bray in the corner and gives him the close-range clotheslines. Bray stops him short, lifts but Roman elbows out. They speed up, Bray runs Roman over with the body check! TWO! Bray keeps on Roman with a corner clothesline of his own, then hoists him up to the top rope. He climbs up and prepares a superplex, but Roman holds on! Roman uses his strength to pry his way out, then hit back with right hands. Bray staggers down but comes back with a chop. He climbs back up, and says “Anyone but you, Roman.” Roman revives and headbutts away on Bray! Roman then slips down and brings Bray out, sit-out powerbomb!

TWO! The two are down again and the referee checks on them. They’re both okay to continue, and Roman drags himself towards a corner. Roman stands up and the fans both cheer and jeer as he locks and loads. SUPER- Yurinagi counter! Back senton, too, TWO! Bray grows further frustrated, but also further manic as he laughs while pulling at his hair. The fans cheer “Let’s go Bray!” while he drags Roman up. He wants it but Roman rolls out of Sister Abigail, TWO, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman is too tired to be frustrated, he instead focuses on the Wrestlemania sign. Roman gets up and to a corner, the fans fire up both ways while he lets out the howl. He runs but Bray boots him away, SISTER ABIGAIL! TWO!! Bray is laughingly shocked at his old foe.

The fans declare “This is Awesome!” while Bray grins at Roman before unleashing hammering forearms to the back of Roman’s head. Bray drags Roman around and then to his feet. He wants a second one, but Roman revives to power out! He headbutts Bray, then ducks to SPEAR! Roman wins and is headed to The Elimination Chamber! With four spots filled, who will be the final two men to enter for a chance at The Beast?

WOKEN Hardy appears from nowhere!

And he wants to “DELETE! DELETE!” the Consumer of Terrestrial Entities! Bray knows he is there, and turns around, into a TWIST OF FATE! The Great War is far from over, who shall be the victorious being once it is finished?

 

Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan talk backstage.

The Architect asks how The Gold-Blooded Son feels. Is he even anywhere close to 100%? They have a rematch but it is the last time against The Bar. Rollins doesn’t want Jordan repeating their loss at Royal Rumble. Jordan says he’s ready, the doctors say he’s ready, so don’t worry. Rollins knows this isn’t about either individual but about them as a team. They vow to take back the Raw Tag Team Championships, can they do it?

 

Finn Balor w/ The Balor Club VS Dash Wilder w/ Scott Dawson!

The Extraordinary Man faces one of the #TopGuys 1v1, but Dash & Dawson have something to say on the way to the ring.

“In case you haven’t been paying attention”, ever since their return, this is The Revival. As such, these two are “tag team specialists”. Wherever one goes the other goes, so instead of just a singles, let’s make it a tag team match. Finn just has to choose one of his “Club Buddies” to tag in so The Revival can show them how it’s done. The Balor Club talks it over and Finn seems fine with either choice. The Good Brothers decide on The Machine Gun, and we have a new match made.

Finn Balor & Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows VS The Revival!

The bell rings and Anderson starts for The Balor Club while Dash starts for the #TopGuys. They tie up, Dash tags Dawson but Anderson gets away from their little trap. The Revival talk strategy for a moment before circling with Anderson. They tie up, Dawson puts Anderson in a corner. The break is a bit rough, and Dawson hits low with that forearm. He puts Anderson back in the corner to chop and hammer away, then whips. Anderson reverses then goes to hip toss but Dawson counters. Dawson puts on a headlock but Anderson powers out, only fro Dawson to run him over. Things speed up, Anderson arm-drags and elbows Dawson down, then does the same to Dash. Finn comes in, double whip and double body drops! The Revival bail out while The Balor Club Too Sweets, and we go to break.

Raw returns to see The Revival have turned it around and isolate Finn with an armlock. The fans rally and Finn gets to his feet. He pushes Dawson back but Dawson uses his tights to pull Finn to The Revival’s corner. Even so, Finn fights back against them both. Dawson misses and Finn throws him out. Finn crawls but Dash gets Dawson in so he can tag Dash, and then Dash pounces on Finn. He hauls Finn all the way back to his corner, then tags Dawson back in. The Revival mug Finn in the corner, focused on that arm. Dawson wrenches the arm then brings him down in a Fujiwara armbar while the fans rally.

Finn gets up and reaches for Anderson, but trips up Dawson and hits the double stomps! Dawson tags Dash back in but Finn gets the tag to Anderson! Anderson rallies, Dash reverses the whip but Anderson shotgun kicks Dash down. He also takes Dawson out before dodging Dash and giving him a jump kick! Anderson hops up, and jumps for a big neckbreaker! The fans fire up for The Machine Gun, he brings Dash up but Dash slips out. Anderson shoves Dash to ropes but Dawson holds onto his partner to save him from Anderson’s dropkick. Dawson tags in now, but Anderson is ready with the spinebuster! Dash breaks the cover, but Anderson clotheslines him out. He boots Dawson then tags Finn before giving a slingshot senton to Dash! Finn rallies on Dawson with a Slingblade, then the blasting dropkick! Dawson is in position and Finn climbs up, COUP DE GRACE! Balor Club wins! The #TopGuys bit off more than they could chew with this top team, will the next #1 contenders to the Raw Tag Team titles be #TooSweet?

 

Sasha Banks watches her loss from last week’s Raw.

The Boss had the Empress in her submission hold, only for Asuka to turn it around into hers. Sasha tapped, Asuka’s streak continues. Bayley comes in to tell Sasha to stop being so hard on herself. But the moment she stops being hard on herself, Sasha is no longer Sasha. She was so close to ending The Streak! Sasha is still the Boss, and she knows how. Bayley is going tonight, so can she get some hints? No offense, but Sasha keeps her tricks to herself. That’s fine. The Elimination Chamber is also every woman for herself, like the Rumble. Sasha did what she had to then, and she’ll do it again, if she’s in the Chamber. Then Sasha can go to Wrestlemania to end Asuka’s Streak. Bayley was thinking the same thing, but for herself. She thinks she can end The Streak? Bayley knows she can beat Sasha. And if Sasha thinks she’s good enough beat Asuka, then Bayley is, too. The two friends are getting a bit chippy, can their friendship survive making history?

 

Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali VS Drew Gulak & Tony Nese!

Cruiserweights have action on Raw as the Carolina Kid & Pakistani Prince take on “Team PowerPoint”, the Cruiserweight Crusader and the Premier Athlete. Meanwhile, the inaugural 205 Live GM, “Rockstar Spud” Drake Maverick joins commentary and is happy to represent “the most exciting show on the WWE Network”!

The bell rings and it is Ali and Nese to start. They tie up, Nese knees low then rocks Ali with a left forearm. Nese then throws Ali into a corner and unloads with body shots. He then backs off to flex and count his eight-pack before whipping Ali corner to corner. Ali goes up and over, speeds things up, and hits a big running headscissors!

Tag to Alexander, they both whip Nese, Alexander dropkicks Nese’s legs out to set Nese up for Ali’s own baseball slide dropkick. Nese rolls out to the apron, Alexander drags him back up only to get a hotshot! Alexander staggers, Nese runs him over with an elbow! Cover, ONE, so Nese tags in Gulak. Gulak runs and double ax handles Alexander down, cover, ONE again. Gulak drags Alexander up and tags Nese back in. Alexander is put on the apron, Nese hoists him up and hangs him up to straddle the top rope. Gulak runs side to side and clobbers Alexander off the top! Nese covers, Ali breaks it up, so Nese puts Alexander in a body scissors hold. Ali rallies the fans, but Gulak shouts at them to stop chanting and cheering. Alexander endures the squeeze and fights his way out, but Nese is right back on him. Nese puts him in a corner, Alexander boots out and reaches for Ali, but Nese comes back in. Nese’s kick is blocked and countered with the back elbow! Both men are down, but Alexander is crawling for his corner. Nese heads towards his, hot tags to Gulak and Ali! Ali rallies on his familiar old foe, and flapjack dropkicks Gulak down!

The fans fire up with Ali, but Gulak reverses the whip. Ali slides to a stop then elbows Gulak back, before hitting a flying tornado DDT! Nese breaks the pin! He goes after Ali, but Alexander dumps Nese out. ALexander builds speed and FLIES! Ali gets up to the top rope, and flies onto Gulak. Rol through, TWO, big clothesline from Gulak! Alexander tags in, springboards for the lariat! The fans fire up again while Alexander hits Lumbar Check! Alexander & Ali win! They won together as a team tonight, but they’re all competing for the Cruiserweight Championship. They eye the prize, but who will get to hold it come Wrestlemania?

 

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, heads to the ring.

The Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Famer is greeted with the usual and jovial “You Suck!” He explains that while history was made with the inaugural Women’s Rumble match, and that it was incredible given Raw’s own Asuka won it all, there will be more history made. Alexa Bliss will defend her Raw Women’s Championship in the inaugural Women’s Elimination Chamber match. He will now officially announce which five women will join Alexa. First, the Huggable Bayley! Then, Absolution’s Mandy Rose! The Six Time Women’s Champion, Mickie James! Absolution’s Sonya Deville! And… The Boss, Sasha Banks!

Yes, Nia Jax is not in the Chamber match, but she will have her own match at the Chamber PPV, against Asuka! We all know Asuka will face Alexa Bliss at Wrestlemania, but Nia Jax could win her way into that match to make it a Triple Threat! That said, The Goddess herself heads to the ring, and she looks very upset.

Alexa must put a stop to this. Angle is being “unjust” to her. How dare he use the Women’s (R)Evolution as part of this. This is against company policy! The Women’s Evolution is that the expectations are the same, that they are equal. Angle knows that is the policy. Then why is it that the Women’s Chamber Match, it is for the title while the Men’s Chamber Match isn’t? Does Lesnar just get to sit on the sideline? Why can’t Alexa get that privilege? The fans seem to agree. Is it because Alexa is a woman? First of all, Lesnar defended his title at the Royal Rumble while Alexa didn’t have to! She defended all the way back in October. Well she doesn’t make the matches. Why is he treating the men and women differently? Does he value Lesnar more than Alexa? Is he being sexist?!

Angle didn’t think to compare the two. His job as Raw GM is to put on the best matches. She might be trying to weasel her way out of this, but he’ll ask the audience’s opinion. Does the WWE Universe want Alexa to defend her title in this inaugural Women’s Chamber match? “YES!!” Alexa doesn’t care about the “sheep”, she demands respect! She then storms off, without another word towards the Chamber Match. Angle double checks, does the WWE Universe want to see a Women’s Chamber title match? “YES!!” The votes are in, can Alexa change this before it’s too late?

 

John Cena speaks.

The Road to Wrestlemania needs a plan to get there. Cena won his way into the Chamber, but now he can win his way to being last into the Chamber, against the Monster Among Men and The Drifter in a “match with no rules.” That’s easy!

 

Asuka VS Bayley!

The Empress of Tomorrow is still undefeated, but The Huggable One feels confident she can change that. Will history be made just weeks before the Elimination Chamber?

The bell rings and this NXT rivalry begins again. They circle, and Bayley stays away from Asuka as best she can. Bayley then tries to go after Asuka but Asuka kicks her in the leg. Asuka grabs Bayley in a facelock and floats over to a chinlock. Bayley slips out and around to a hammerlock to ground Asuka. Asuka spins around and stands up to reverse into an armlock. Bayley reverses back to a headlock, but Asuka powers out. They collide, but Asuka just gets in Bayley’s face. Bayley shoves and hits Asuka, Asuka fires back. Asuka gets the waistlock and a swinging takedown, but Bayley reverses to a side headlock. Asuka fights back and powers out again, but Bayely goes up and over. She tries a hip toss but Asuka counters with her own hip toss, then kicks away on Bayley. Asuka whips Bayley but Bayley reverses, Asuka hops up but Bayley forearms her down and out! The Empress is down but the Hugger recovers. Bayley takes aim, wrecking ball dropkick turns into a flying headscissors to throw Asuka! She puts Asuka back into the ring, but Asuka comes back with a big running hip attack! Bayley goes down and Asuka goes out to fetch her, but Bayley throws her into barriers! Both women are down while we go to break.

Raw returns to find Bayley squeezing Asuka in a grounded bearhug. Asuka gets up to her feet while fans rally, and fights her way out of the hold. She throws Bayley to ropes, then runs for the hip attack but Bayley blocks and hits a saido suplex, TWO! Bayley keeps on Asuka with stomps and punches, covers again, TWO. Now Bayley drops elbows on Asuka’s back, and returns to the bearhug. The fans continue to rally while Asuka fights out and hits back with elbows. Asuka whips but Bayley reverses, Asuka holds ropes to knee Bayley away. Bayley runs back in, for the pop-up knee! Asuka kicks away on Bayley then fires up for the low hip attack.

She keeps going, sliding knee strike, cover, TWO! Bayley and Asuka get up, Asuka goes to the top rope. She takes aim, but Bayley dodges the missile dropkick! Bayley runs and knees Asuka down, cover, TWO! She drags Asuka up and throws her to the apron, wanting the hotshot but Asuka wraps on her Asuka Lock! Bayley flails, and still hits the hotshot on Asuka, dropping the Empress to the ground. Now Bayley gets to the apron, and jumps at Asuka, to take that knee to the face! Asuka brings Bayley up and in, then covers, TWO! Asuka gets up and kicks Bayley in the chest again and again. Bayley blocks one, jackknife cover, TWO! Asuka lights Bayley up with several strikes, but Bayley ducks. Bayley2Belly blocked, Asuka gets around Bayley for the Asuka Lock’s chickenwing! Bayley reaches for ropes, rolls back, TWO!! But then she runs into the armbar!

Bayley endures, reaches, but Asuka straightens it out, Bayley taps! Asuka wins again!

They both stand up now, and Asuka offers a handshake. Bayley looks at Asuka, and accepts. There is much respect between these two, even after such a tough match. Can The Empress tough it out again when she faces the Irresistible Force at the Elimination Chamber PPV?

 

The Bar speaks.

Sheamus & Cesaro defend their Raw Tag Team Championships against Rollins & Jordan. They get to beat up the Pretty Boy & The Daddy’s Boy again! There was no resemblance of team work at the Rumble, so tonight they’ll kick off Rollins’ and Jordan’s heads again!

 

Fifth Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: The Miz w/ The Miztourage VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide!

The Hollywood A-Lister has his Intercontinental Championship back, but he wants even more of the spotlight. “When my hand goes up, your mouths go shut!” And tonight, he encourages the fans to look at the night sky, because the stars will look a lot like him. The stars are aligning to make 2018 the Year of The Miz. Just look at the evidence! He returned at #Raw25 and defeated Roman Reigns. It was the highest rated Raw in three years, and it was thanks to Miz! Then the next Raw, Miz defeated Roman again to retain the title! Roman is a world-class athlete and one of WWE’s best, yet not even he could contend with Miz’s momentum. And here’s some “insider information”, as the Super Bowl 52 winning Eagles were inspired by The Miz! “But the best is yet to come”, as Miz vows to qualify here tonight to then win the Chamber, and then face the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion”, Brock Lesnar. Wrestlemania will not only plug his new show, Miz & Mrs., but his newborn daughter will see him become the first ever Universal and Intercontinental Champion!

Raw returns to find this match already in action. Apollo holds Miz up in a vertical suplex, and then finally drop him after several seconds. Cover, TWO, but Crews is not deterred. Miz shoves him to a corner, but Crews boots back and hops up for a jumping sunset flip. TWO, Miz stacks, ONE, and they go back and forth with seated pins. Crews rolls Miz again, TWO! Jackknife cover, TWO! Miz swings but then scrambles to ropes to avoid getting hit. Crews yanks him back in and knocks him down with a spinning elbow, TWO! Miz gets to the apron, Crews brings him up but gets a hotshot. The fans cheer Miz as he takes his time getting up on the top rope. He jumps, but Crews dropkicks him out of the air!

TWO! Crews keeps going, but Miz reverses the whip and rocks Crews with a kitchen sink knee. Miz catches his breath, runs, but into the trophy lift! Crews drops Miz, standing moonsault but into Miz’s knees! Cover, TWO, but Miz puts Crews in a body scissors squeeze. Titus and Dana rally the fans for Crews, Miz shifts but Crews gets up and fights back. Crews whips Miz but Miz reverses again, Crews rocks Miz with a shotgun dropkick! Both men are down, but the fans and Titus Worldwide rally again. Crews and Miz get up, Crews mule kicks then running boots, before bringing Miz down with a leaping lariat! He enziguris Miz down now, covers, TWO! Crews keeps moving, dragging Miz up. Miz escapes the lift, then side steps Crews to get to the other corner. He runs in corner to corner, but that A-List clothesline is blocked and countered with a belly2belly!

Standing moonsault then standing shooting star! TWO, and Crews is shocked! The early celebration is cancelled while Miz crawls to ropes. Crews gets himself up while Bo check on his boss. He grabs Miz but the ropebreak gives Miz an opening to kick him in the knee. Finale countered by Crews into a roll-up, TWO! Miz whips Crews, Crews tries to go up and over but gets hung up on the top rope. Skull Crushing Finale! Miz wins and qualifies! The first step has been taken, can Miz complete his checklist to make history?

 

Seth Rollins finds Jordan, Angle and a medic backstage.

What’s going on? Jordan is sorry, but he’s not allowed to compete tonight. He was warming up and something felt off, so now he’s not cleared to compete. Rollins gets upset, and Jordan apologizes, but what do we do about the match? There doesn’t seem to be any other option than to cancel. Unless, Roman steps up?

Angle allows it, and the match is on, the true Shield boys challenge for tag team gold!

 

WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: The Bar VS Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns!

The Celtic Gladiator & Swiss Cyborg were expecting a “Daddy’s Boy” but now they’re getting the Big Dog! Roman and Rollins held WWE tag team gold together in the past, can they obtain new tag gold tonight?

The Architect starts against Sheamus and the two circle with the bell. Sheamus gets the headlock takeover but Rollins gets the headscissor counter. They separate and go again, Sheamus getting another headlock. Iowa is behind Rollins as he powers out but gets run over. Sheamus embraces the heat, but things speed up, Rollins tackles Sheamus and punches away. Rollins wrenches Sheamus’ arm but Sheamus gets away when he sees they’re headed to the Shield corner. Tag to Cesaro, he and Rollins tie up. Cesaro gets the arm wrench and wristlock, but Rollins rolls and spins to reverse the hold onto Cesaor. Cesaro knees low and hits Rollins with a stiff European Uppercut. Tag to Sheamus, The Bar stomps a mudhole into Rollins, then tag back to Cesaro. They give Super Saiyan kicks to drop Rollins, and Cesaro talks trash despite the mouth piece. Rollins ducks the whip and tags in Roman, they double whip Cesaro and shoulder him down. Cover, ONE, but Roman keeps Cesaro back. Roman yanks the arm, then tags Rollins back in, they double whip Cesaro and mock The Bar thumbs, and even copy the double mule kicks. Cover, TWO, but Rollins keeps Cesaro from Sheamus. Rollins rocks Cesrao with haymakers and a chop, then tags Roman back in, for the assisted forearm smash and feed to a boot! Sheamus runs in but into an uppercut, Rollins clotheslines him out! Lock and load, then DIVE onto Sheamus, but into the Irish Curse backbreaker! Cesaro EuroUppers Roman then throws him out before tagging Sheamus. Sheamus throws Roman into barriers, The Bar has control while we go to break.

Raw return and Cesaro has Roman in a facelock. Iowa wants Rollins back in, but Sheamus tags in first to rock Roman with right hands. Cesaro gets a cheap shot in, which upsets Rollins on the other side. Sheamus drives his knees in and then wraps Roman in a chinlock. Roman endures the squeeze, fans rally and he gets to his feet. He reaches for Rollins but Sheamus steers him the other way. Tag to Cesaro, The Bar knocks Roman down with the Bar Lariat, cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps on Roman, choking him on the ropes. Sheamus gets a cheap shot knee in, then the pop-up EuroUpper!

Rollins breaks the pin, but Sheamus drags him out to knock him down. Roman gets up and dodges Cesaro to give him close-range clotheslines! Sheamus stops him but gets rocked with an uppercut, Cesaro rolls up, TWO! Sheamus tags in just before Roman clotheslines Cesaro out, then rocks Roman with a hotshot and stiff knee. Tag back to Cesaro, The Bar brings Roman up, A-Swiss-ted White Noise! TWO! The Bar is shocked, that move usually finishes teams. Cesaro brings Roman up again, he wants the Neutralizer. Roman revives to Samoan Drop Cesaro instead! The fans fire up as Rollins returns to his corner! Roman and Cesaro crawl, hot tag to Sheamus, and Sheamus knocks Rollins down. SUPERMAN PUNCH knocks Sheamus down! Sheamus and Roman crawl, but Jordan appears?! He’s not part of the match, but he helps Rollins up and over.

Now both corners have someone to tag, hot tag to Cesaro AND Rollins! Rollins rallies on The Bar, flying blockbuster for Cesaro! He keeps going, to DIVE onto Sheamus! Then he slingshots for a guillotine legdrop on Cesaro, and with Des Moines thunderous, he runs again to DIVE on Cesaro and send him into the crowd! Rollins gets Cesaro back in, Slingblade, TWO! The Architect doesn’t slow down, he just keeps his eyes on Cesaro, but Cesaro dodges the stomp! He puts Rollins top rope and rocks him with a EuroUpper. Rollins boots him away, tornado snap suplex and roll through to Falcon Arrow! TWO! Both men are down, and the fans declare “This is Awesome!” Sheamus distracts, Cesaro thumbs the eyes, but Jordan trips Cearo up. Rollisn rolls up, TWO, mule kick! SHeamus breaks this pin, but Jordan keeps rallying for Rollins. Roman revives and tells Jordan he can go now. “We got this!”

Jordan starts leaving, Rollins hits Cesaro with the Kingslayer knee, then SUPERKICKS Sheamus! Tag to Roman, and though there’s no Ambrose, they set up the Shield Bomb! However, Cesaro grabs Sheamus and The Bar decides to run for it. The Bar has their belts, but Jordan blocks their path. He and The Bar get antsy, Jordan punches Cesaro!? This disqualifies the match!! Rollins and Roman are furious, and Jordan only now realizes what he’s done. The Bar retain the titles, and laugh all the way to the stage. The fans tell Jordan “You Suck!” because that was the last chance for Rollins to challenge The Bar. A fatal error by Jordan costs his side the gold, is there any possible way he can make this up to the Shield boys?

 

Braun Strowman speaks.

The Monster Among Men was the Last Man Standing against The Big Red Machine. And tonight, he’ll be the last man standing in the Triple Threat. At Elimination Chamber, he’ll be the last man standing. And at Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar one more time, he’ll be the last man standing as the new Universal Champion! Cena and Elias better get ready to #GetTheseHands, because nothing will stop Strowman on the Road to Wrestlemania.

Rollins reprimands Jordan backstage.

Jordan never listens and never learns. Why was he out there? Jordan was trying to help! Angle keeps the peace, but Rollins gets angrier. The only thing Rollins is sorry about is not hurting Jordan himself. Rollins storms off and Angle tells Jordan to go home to recover. Jordan doesn’t want people to talk to him that way, but Angle gets mad and shouts for Jordan to go home. When will this tension explode into more than just an argument?

 

Nia Jax VS Vanessa Floyd!

The Irresistible Force and Brutal Beauty may not be in the inaugural Women’s Elimination Chamber, but seeing as how she’s #NotLikeMostGirls, she’s content to challenge Asuka’s Streak and even face her and Alexa Bliss at Wrestlemania. As for Vanessa in the snake skin tights, Nia simply toys with her. She puts Vanessa in a corner, but then Vanessa fights out. She runs, and dropkicks Nia, but Nia uses that to add momentum to her body check! Nia wont’ let Vanessa upstage her, she throws Vanessa around and then squashes her in a corner. Then another big toss, and even the trophy lift press and drop. Nia ends it with the leg drop, Nia wins!

In-ring interview with Nia.

Congratulations, but also how does she feel about going up against Asuka for a chance to join the Raw Women’s Championship match? “Asuka, I’m the only woman in the locker room that does not fear you.” The one woman Asuka can’t beat. Nia promises to mess Asuka’s face up so that she’ll have to permanently wear that mask. And then, the Empress of Tomorrow will be the Empress of Yesterday. She didn’t break a sweat tonight, how hard will Nia have to work to defeat Asuka and break the streak?

 

Sonya Deville w/ Absolution VS Mickie James!

The Gladiator Gal has the Glampire and Golden Flower by her side, and will even have Mandy Rose in the Chamber match. Can she gain momentum off #KickieJames before they all meet in the “Every Woman For Herself” environment?

The bell rings, and Sonya circles with Mickie. She shoots in and gets the waistlock takedown, Paige declares “This is OUR House!” Sonya gets another takedown, but Mickie pries her way to the ropes. The break is a bit disrespectful, so Mickie slaps Sonya across the face! Sonya gets mad and pushes Mickie to a corner and both woman gets scrappy with the other. Mickie backs Sonya down, big Thesz Press! Mickie kicks away, then runs to run Sonya over. Cover, ONE, but Mickie keeps her cool. Sonya shoves her away, but Mickie comes back, cravat and knees to a snapmare. Mickie runs, and boots Sonya down. Cover, TWO, and Sonya keeps checking her nose. Mickie kicks away, then whips Sonya but Sonya reverses. Sonya runs in but into Mickie’s back elbow. Mickie hops up, Mandy distracts, Sonya throws Mickie down. The referee checks on Mickie, but Absolution protests this is getting in the way. Sonya hammers away on Mickie then drags her up for stiff kicks. Mickie pushes Sonya away but gets more kicks and even knees from Sonya. Absolution cheers Sonya on, but Des Moines has mixed reactions. Mickie tries to fight back but Sonya just knocks her back down, cover, TWO. Sonya takes her time with Mickie now, daring her to do something. Sonya then runs and knocks Mickie down with a knee, cover, TWO. Paige coaches Sonya to keep going, and Sonya hammers with haymakers. Mickie hits back, but Sonya simply knocks her down again. More knees from Sonya, but Mickie rolls her, Mickie wins!! Paige sicks Mandy on Mickie, and Absolution stomps Mickie out. But it’s Alexa Bliss to the rescue? She drags Mickie out of the pack, and then to the back, but Mickie says she’s just getting started. Absolution seems as confused as anyone, but in the end, Alexa made the save. Is there a change in The Goddess’s ways?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter has come to Des Moines and plays his guitar. And as always, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” He gets a strong response from “a no name town like this.” This is his first time here, because he usually just flies over it looking for better. But Elias has made it to the Chamber, and he will “solidify” himself as the last entrant. He will then “give you the greatest performance of a lifetime” at Wrestlemania. All things WWE will soon be his, because it stands for “Walk With Elias!” Elias chose not to perform at the Super Bowl so that he could be in “this god-forsaken wasteland”, big mistake. Even so, Elias has a song, all for himself. “Strowman’s not a monster. He’s just a man.” Fans boo, and Elias stops. Shut your mouths so he can focus! He starts again, but the fans boo and jeer even harder. “I’m gonna win the Chamber, then I move on to Brock. Brock should fear Elias, because with me he’ll walk.” Cena makes his entrance, and for once all the fans are happy!

Triple Threat: Braun Strowman VS John Cena VS Elias!

Mathematically speaking, the last person into a match like the Elimination Chamber wins, so the winner here will all but stamp his ticket to Wrestlemania! Who will gain a huge advantage going into that huge #1 contender’s match?

The bell rings, and Elias gets right out of the ring to let Cena take care of Strowman. Or, perhaps vice-versa. Cena unleashes hands but then runs into Strowman’s boot! Elias stays far away and we go to break.

Raw returns one more time, and we see that while Cena is down, Elias has reentered. However, Elias runs right back out of the ring, only for Strowman to pursue! Elias leads Strowman back into the ring, Cena lifts Strowman but collapses underneath. Strowman covers, Elias returns but Strowman grabs him around the throat!

Strowman backs Elias into a corner, then throws him across the way! Elias gets up, and gets clothesline’d out by Strowman. Cena escapes the ring as well, but Strowman exits the ring to walk over to where Cena and Elias have ended up. Strowman brings Elias up to simply headbutt him back down, then he brings Cena up for a headbutt of his own. The Drifter is put back in the ring, then The Face that Runs the Place. They both see Strowman climbing back up and in, and go at him together! The unlikely allies are pushed back, but Cena runs back in to hit Strowman with a shoulder tackle. Elias follows and hits Strowman with a big knee strike, and then together they clothesline Strowman out of the ring! They rush The Monster, throwing him into a post! Strowman leans against the barrier, Elias and Cena throw him back into the post. They keep on the staggered Strowman, throwing him into steel steps! Strowman is finally off his feet, but Cena grabs the steps. He smacks them off of Strowman, but Strowman stays up. Cena grabs the base steps while Elias grabs his guitar, SMASHING it across Strowman’s back! Cena lifts Strowman with all his might, for an AA onto the steps!

But then Elias pounces on Cena, and puts him in the ring. TWO, but Elias stomps Cena and rains down rights. He covers again, TWO. Elias keeps his cool, knowing Strowman is still down. The fans duel, “Let’s go Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” Cena fights back with haymakers, but Elias hits a spin-out backbreaker, cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated, but he keeps calm with Strowman still down on the outside. He brings Cena up and knocks him down again with a right, then wraps on a chinlock. Cena endures the squeeze while fans continue to duel. The fans rally, Cena slowly makes his way to his feet, only to be brought back down. Cena tries again, and gets to his feet. He powers out of the hold and blocks the kick to then start rallying with his shoulder tackles. He hits Elias with the spin-out powerbomb, and the fans know what that means. “You Can’t Se Mee!” Cena runs, but Strowman returns and scoops him, POWERSLAM! Then he scoops Elias but Elias throws him out, covers Cena, Elias wins!!

The Drifter doesn’t celebrate for long, though, because Strowman returns to punish him with a powerslam! The fans want “One More Time!” but the Monster Among Men goes to leave. Kidding! He’s going to give the fans what they want: another powerslam on Cena!

But the fans aren’t satisfied just yet, and neither is Strowman. He picks Elias up again, for Elias’ second powerslam! Well, everything comes in threes, so Cena receives a third powerslam! Elias tries to retreat, but he gets caught, and he gets a third powerslam!

The Monster Among Men may not be entering last, but will anyone keep him from being the last to leave?

 

My Thoughts:

This was definitely a more energetic Raw than usual. It opens with well-welcomed short promos that shift right into the opening match. It was rather obvious that Roman-Bray was going to put Roman in the Chamber, given it was Roman and Bray, but the match in and of itself was solid work. WOKEN Hardy appearing to get a bit of revenge on Bray was also obvious but still fun. I actually liked that The Revival declined having a singles match in favor of having a tag team match, as they are clearly 100% dedicated to tag team wrestling. Of course, it backfires on them as they end up against Balor & Anderson, one being a great singles wrestler and the other a touted tag team specialist in his own right. The Balor Club is racking up wins, I wonder if they could challenge for the Raw Tag Team Titles at Chamber or Wrestlemania. The Good Brothers VS The Bar has already been teased here and there and could be a very physical match. The Cruiserweight tag team match was also good, as it definitely worked to highlight the best parts of the Cruiserweight Division. While everyone in the Division is focused on THE Cruiserweight Championship, I hope this tag team match at least gets someone to consider opening them up to the Raw Tag Team Division so that there are more teams to use.

I’m definitely intrigued in the developments in the Raw Women’s Division. Bayley and Asuka come full circle as they have a great match, that Asuka of course wins, but then ends with Asuka showing Bayley the utmost respect with the handshake. The most interesting part is how this contrasts with Asuka VS Sasha, and how Sasha and Bayley are starting to get a bit chippy with each other, such as in their conversation backstage. They’re both in the Chamber, as Angle announced, so that might be the perfect setting for Sasha to finally turn completely Heel. Alexa Bliss protesting was both a fitting Heel reaction and a fitting issue to point out. There are a lot of real-world reasons as to why Lesnar isn’t in the Chamber and Alexa is, and Angle does well to point out a good kayfabe reason to counter. As for Alexa bailing Mickie out when Absolution is beating her down, I don’t take that so much as a Face Turn but a way back into Mickie’s good graces so that they can stick together against Absolution in the Chamber.

Now, Anti-Roman fans may have been irked by Roman trying for the Raw Tag Team Championships with Rollins, but everyone had to know that it wasn’t so much to put Roman over as to grow the rift between Rollins and Jordan and set us up for their coming feud. And I must say, it was all done brilliantly here tonight, with Jordan “accidentally” costing Rollins the titles and Rollins wanting to kick in his head. It won’t take much at this point to have them go after each other, and then we get a feud that can go right into ‘Mania. Miz VS Crews was great, Apollo continues to show those old flashes of potential but there’s nothing wrong with him losing to Miz, who is on that great of a roll that WWE is at least teasing the possibility of him being a historic dual champion. Strowman VS Cena VS Elias was a great triple threat, and a great stipulation. “Cena Wins LOL” is in fact the reason Cena doesn’t win, and then it would make the Chamber match too easy for Strowman if he won, so Elias as the purest Heel of the three gets the honor of going in last. However, with Elias going in last, I already see that as him coming in as the fresh and confident Heel to simply add more to the battered Face’s triumph. Or in other words, add to Roman’s triumph since that still feels like Vince’s go-to ‘Mania match. That all aside, Strowman continues to be a delight as he gives the people what they want, in the form of his overwhelming strength.

My score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/21/21)

Power VS Work, what wins?

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Much of AEW’s landscape could change in one night!

Never before has Dynamite been this volatile! Team Taz is going for the kill as “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to work Christian Cage over, and Ricky Starks looks to take the #1 spot from Hangman Adam Page!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS Ricky Starks w/ Hook; Hangman wins.
  • Trent w/ Orange Cassidy VS Penta El Zero M w/ Alex Abrahantes; Penta wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Tay Conti; Shida wins and retains the title.
  • QT Marshall w/ The Factory VS Billy Gunn w/ The Gunn Club; Marshall wins.
  • Christian Cage VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Team Taz; Christian wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus; Darby wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page VS Ricky Starks w/ Hook!

The Anxious Millennial Cowboy is THE #1 contender, but that could change if Absolute takes him down! Will Starks prove Hangman can’t handle the pressure? Or will Hangman be number one with a bullet?

The bell rings as Taz joins commentary to watch his guy closely. Hangman and Starks circle as fans fire up. They tie up, Starks waistlocks but Hangman throws him off. Starks headscissors, Hangman kips free and headlocks for the takeover. Starks headscissors again, Hangman kips out again and the two stare down. Fans fire up as Hangman dodges a haymaker to BOOT and CHOP! Hangman whips, Starks reverses to kick low. Starks runs, Hangman follows, things speed up and Hangman catches Starks for a SLAM! Hangman bumps Starks off buckles, stomps him down, and the ref counts so Hangman lets off at 4.

Hangman gives Hook a glance before going back to Starks in the corner. Hangman scrapes Starks’ face on ropes, lets off as the ref reprimands, and Starks grabs ropes to resist the whip. Hangman CLUBS Starks, whips him but Starks dodges only to be sent out to the apron. Starks ducks the triangle lariat, but not the second TRIANGLE LARIAT! And then Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up while Hook seethes. Hangman gets Starks up and in, Taz admits Hangman is legit, and Hangman goes back after Starks with a pump handle and half nelson! FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO as Starks SLAPS Hangman on the chest!

Fans rally up as Hangman stalks Starks to ropes. Hangman brings him up, around and suplexes, but Starks knees free. Starks swings but into a clinch. He breaks free, then sends Hangman into ropes! Hangman flounders and fans boo but Starks says he’s that much smarter. Starks stomps Hangman at ropes, bends him against them, then lets off at 4. Starks strikes a pose, Hangman CHOPS him back! Starks kicks and clubs Hangman, whips him corner to corner hard, and Hangman bounces off buckles to hit the mat! Starks drags Hangman up, snapmares and CLUBS him with the forearm to the back! Starks soaks up heat as he gets Hangman up again,

Starks whips, wraps Hangman up but Hangman powers out. Starks redirects, Hangman switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Starks rolls to his feet, but is put on the apron. Starks ROCKS Hangman, springboards, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up as both men are down. Hangman gets up, Starks clutches his leg and neck as he gets to ropes, but Starks hobbles over. Hangman ROCKS Starks again and again, then dodges to scoop, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman gets Starks back up, dead lift suplexes and hits a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Starks is tough to say the least, but Hangman won’t let off. Fans rally up for Hangman as he stalks Starks to a corner.

Hangman runs in to clothesline Starks, roll him and run, but Starks dodges the slider! Starks elbows from a corner, goes up and up but Hangman gets him for an Alabama! Starks uses that to get Hangman up for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Hangman lives and Starks can’t believe it! Starks kicks at Hangman as he gets up, and then drags Hangman up as fans rally. Starks reels Hangman in, but Hangman RAMS him into a corner! Starks still clubs Hangman, hops up the corner, and adjusts his position, only for Hangman to ROCK him with a right! Hangman climbs up, all the way up, and hits a SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!! Fans are thunderous as both men rise again!

Hangman aims with a wild look in his eye, and he LARIATS Starks inside-out! Cover, TWO!?! Starks survives and now Hangman is shocked! Hangman goes to the apron and he loads up his best! Starks flounders to his feet, slingshot but Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!?! Hangman lives and Starks is almost in tears! Starks drags Hangman up and reels him in. Hangman resists, Starks clubs away, then gets Hangman up. Hangman flips it to an Alabama! Starks drops to waistlock, Hangman switches and throws Starks to the BULLY CHOKE!!! He even hooks a leg, Starks TAPS! Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by submission

Hangman’s modified STF was absolutely devastating! But Taz tells Hangman, “You got lucky! You’re the #1 ranked wrestler here, I know you’re toughness, but you just got lucky, my friend.” Watch your back because look who’s there! HOOK chop blocks Hangman! Hook stomps Hangman, and Starks gets Hangman up. Hangman BOOTS Hook, ROCKS Starks and Hook, but then he’s still in a 2v1 situation! Brian Cage comes out now, drags Hangman up and reels him in! But here comes THE DARK ORDER! They run Team Taz off and save their friend! Will Taz’s #AbsoluteMachines have to answer to Page and his posse?

 

The Elite is arriving!

They’ve made Brandon Cutler their private cameraman? And Mike Nakazawa opens the door to their private trailer. What will Kenny Omega, the Good Brothers & The Young Bucks be up to tonight?

 

Trent w/ Orange Cassidy VS Penta El Zero M w/ Alex Abrahantes!

The Best Friends are back at 100% now that Trent’s at 100%, and they 100% want payback on Death Triangle for all the blindsides and sneak attacks of the past! But will Trent be an example to his friends as to what happens when you mess with Cero Miedo?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans fire up already. Penta and Trent approach, tie up, and Penta wrenches to a wristlock. Penta wrangles Trent down, Trent gets up to roll and trip Penta. Trent gets a headlock and cover, ONE! Penta headscissors, Trent kips free, and the fans fire up again. Penta takes off the glove, and throws it at Orange! CERO! MIEDO! Trent throws forearms and CHOPS! Penta back kicks, shouts Cero Miedo again and whips, but Trent reverse. Things speed up, Trent hits a FLYING DOUBLE KNEE! Trent gets Penta up for a SAIDO! Penta bails out, Trent builds speed but Penta trips him up to throw him into railing!

Penta goes to the ring, fans fire up and Penta builds speed, but Trent gets in to CLOBBER Penta! Penta bails out, Trent FLIES! Direct hit and they hit the railing! Trent gets up as fans fire up. Trent puts Penta in as Alex coaches him, and Trent runs in at the corner. Penta dodges, KICKS, but then misses the splash! Trent hits a tornado but not the DDT! Penta dodges to springboard crossbody! Things keep moving, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Penta reels Trent in, Cero Miedo and underhooks but Trent slips out. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK! Penta runs but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Double clotheslines collide, then Trent spins Penta to TORNADO DDT!

Fans fire up as Trent whips Penta, but Penta springboards to the DESTROYER!! Both men are down and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture!

A standing count begins and climbs, but Penta sits up at 4. Penta and Trent slowly rise, and Penta is up at about 7. Penta KICKS Trent down, and fires up again. Penta talks trash to Orange then drags Trent up to throw him out. Penta goes out, gets in Orange’s face, then goes back to Trent. Penta puts Trent up against the railing to CHOP! Trent staggers about, Alex is there to talk some trash but he backs off as Trent storms over. Penta stalks up behind Trent, has Alex rub in the new merch shirt, and then Penta powers up his hand. Trent dodges and the chop hits post! Trent ROCKS Penta with a right and AEW goes to break!

AEW returns and Penta throws down hands on Trent. The ref reprimands about closed fists, so Penta lets off to put Trent in a corner. Penta throws forearms and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Penta whips but Trent reverses, only for Penta to go up and over. Trent denies the backstabber, to then get his HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent fires up and aims from a corner, to PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives but Trent puts him in a corner and hoists him up top. Trent CHOPS Penta, climbs up but Penta slips out to SUPERKICK a leg out! Penta gets a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Trent lives but Penta keeps his cool.

Penta drags Trent up, CHOPS him in the corner, whips him corner to corner and Trent tumbles up then comes back, into Penta’s half nelson and pump handle! PUMP HANDLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! The fans are thunderous as Penta stalks Trent to an apron. Penta wants Orange to watch this, as he tucks Trent in! Trent fights free and they brawl with forearms and CHOPS on the edge! CHOP for CHOP, but Trent kicks low! Trent reels Penta in, APRON PILEDRIVER!! Both men fall to the floor, fans say “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Trent dares Penta to get up, then he runs in to SPEAR Penta down! Trent fires up and the fans fire up, too!

But Alex gets a mic to tell Trent that Penta wanted to relay a message to him. Trent sucks, his friends suck and guess who sucks the most? TRENT’S MAMA sucks! Trent gets a chair and chases Alex into the ring! But Orange is there! Orange is putting his hands in his pockets! But Penta SUPERKICKS Orange down! And Alex CLOCKS Trent with the mic!! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Penta wins!!

Winner: Penta El Zero M, by pinfall

Alex just gave Penta a huge assist in that match! Will the Best Friends have to worry about more than just Death Triangle’s three in their mission for revenge?

 

Jim Ross sits down with The Pinnacle.

The world is buzzing as we count down to Blood & Guts. JR brings up that Chris Jericho had some fiery words for this group, especially MJF. What is their reaction to that? MJF says it was called the “immortal promo.” Jericho got one thing right about the scarf. Not that he stole it from Jericho, but that he’s been rocking it since the Rosie O’Donnell show. It’s old, haggard, and it’s Spring. That means new things. Tully Blanchard is home writing up some plays, but he got them this gift. Wardlow says that Tully said it’s silk season! A new silk scarf, in the same MJF colors, and MJF is fresh.

Wardlow says that “immortal promo” being the perfect promo, almost was perfect. Jericho’s one of the best talkers. Not MJF level, but good. Jericho cut the best promo of his entire career, which is saying a lot. Until he got to Wardlow. Jericho kinda stumbled with his words there, didn’t he? Because the moment “Wardlow” came out of Jericho’s mouth, he knew he was doing something wrong. MJF says Jericho, the first ever AEW World Champion and the most charismatic man in wrestling, the GOAT, has been leading the industry for years, until now.

Now, Jericho stands in front of a bunch of B players so he looks like an A, and he wrestles a bunch of A players so he doesn’t look like a B. And when it comes to elevating talent around him, MJF gives him an F. The “Jericho rub” is really just him wrestling against guys fans already want to see, and then claiming their popularity comes from him. For example, and this is just a few: Kenny Omega, Hangman Page, Cody Rhodes, Jon Moxley, Orange Cassidy and now… MJF. Smart, and MJF doesn’t blame him. For 30 years, Jericho has been outsmarting everyone who comes his way, until now. MJF is the one man he couldn’t outsmart or hold under his thumb.

And why is that? Because he IS Maxwell Jacob Friedman. MJF isn’t just good for a 25-year-old, no. “THAT’S HORSESHIT!!” MJF is great, period! When Jericho was 25, he was curtain jerking on worldwide, but MJF? He’s a top guy who hangs around top guys! They are THE best faction in wrestling today, THE PINNACLE! And they’re all winners! MJF is still undefeated, so it was so odd to him when Jericho said he shouldn’t claim to be better than anyone until he can prove himself better than Brandon Cutler and Michael Nakazawa. Well that’s funny, because if memory serves correctly, MJF already beat Jericho! Where does that put him on the totem pole? That makes MJF better than Jericho, and he knows it.

But how about this? Instead of sending out “that stooge,” Mike Tyson, to sucker punch one of his brothers in arms, send out the family so MJF can send out his, and they beat the Pinnacle. For the sake of pride and pride alone, Jericho should try to beat MJF, because Lord knows MJF will do the same. So yes, Jericho got one thing right in the “immortal promo.” MJF is a mark. But not for Jericho, but for his spot! And so alongside his family, MJF will take that spot! Because hen you’re The Pinnacle, you’re always on top! Will Blood & Guts see The Pinnacle end The Inner Circle once and for all?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Tay Conti!

The biggest opportunity of the Brazilian Blackbelt’s life is here! There is a legacy to this title already, and Conti wants to add to it. The Full Metal Warrior acknowledges that Conti is pretty, is athletic, is skilled, and will be a champion one day, just not tonight. Shida vows to hold this title to defend it in front of a full crowd, but will Conti win it in front of those fortunate enough to be here for this match?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Shida’s reign ends before hitting its anniversary!

Shida and Conti are both wary about the handshake, so they both bow to each other instead. They circle, tie up and go around, and Conti puts Shida on ropes. The ref counts, Conti lets off and avoids Shida’s forearm! Shida shoves, kicks and whips, but Conti reverses to ROCK Shida with a right! Shida smiles! Shida fires a forearm, Conti returns it and they fire off! Shida gets the edge, knees low, then knees again! Shida knees a third time, reels Conti in but Conti blocks! They battle over the sayanagi but Conti shifts to a headlock! Shida powers up but can’t power out as Conti holds tight. Shida fights but Conti hits the sayanagi!

Conti runs, runs and KICKS Shida down! She keeps going and KICKS Shida again! Cover, TWO! Conti is right after an arm! Shida rolls, Conti keeps on the arm to wrangle Shida down, and has a chicken wing body scissor combo! Shida scrambles, reaches with a foot and gets the ropebreak! Conti lets off at 2, Shida bails out and fans are fired up as they duel. Conti aims from the apron, Shida ducks the kick then trips Conti up! Shida positions Conti on the apron, CLUBS her, then runs in to KNEE her! Shida is fired up as Conti flops to the floor! Shida drags Conti up, RAMS her into railing hard, then brings her around to whip into more railing.

Conti stops herself but turns around into an ENZIGURI! Shida then suplexes Conti for a BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Fans are thunderous and chant, “HOLY SHIDA!” Shida puts Conti in the ring, drags her around and stomps her down! Shida focuses on the back as she stomps, and digs her knees in for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Conti endures as Shida thrashes her then pops her to a body scissors! Conti resists, but Shida gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Shida digs her boots into Conti’s back to pop her off, into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Conti endures, reaches, but Shida dribbles her off the mat! Shida keeps pulling, using her chin for leverage, and AEW goes picture in picture!

Conti moves, reaches, and gets a ropebreak! Shida lets off fast but she stomps Conti at the ropes. Shida scuffs Conti to egg her on, then drops a  heavy elbow! Conti gets away but Shida hurries after. Shida scoops Conti for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shida grits her teeth and KICKS Conti in the back! Shida has Conti at ropes again, chokes her, pulls hair, but the ref counts and Shida lets off at 4. Shida drags Conti up, brings her around and bumps her off buckles. Shida then bumps Conti off them again, and stomps a mudhole! Shida storms off corner to corner to come back and SLIDING KNEE! Shida drags Conti to a cover, TWO!

Shida keeps on Conti with another camel clutch! Conti endures, fans rally, and Conti reaches out. Shida pulls hair, slaps Conti around, then drags her up, only for Conti to throw forearms! Shida eggs her on and Conti throws more forearms! Conti runs but Shida drop toeholds her to ropes! Shida runs in and KNEES Conti against ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Shida goes up and drags Conti to the top. SUPERPLEX! But Conti is right up to BOOT Shida down! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as both women are down. Shida gets up but Conti rallies! Conti wrenches, drop sayanagi! And another! And another! Conti reels Shida in for a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fans are fired up with Conti as she runs corner to corner and BOOTS Shida! Then side to side for the BOOT WASH!! Conti reels Shida in, ripcord but no roundhouse! Shida bumps Conti off buckles, fires forearms, then runs corner to corner, only to be put up top! TOP SHELF KICK! Conti keeps Shida up there, climbs up to get her, TOP SHELF BACK SENTON!! Cover, TWO!?!? Conti can’t believe Shida survived that! Conti gets Shida up, hammerlocks, but Shida RAMS her into a corner! Shida whips but Conti blocks to ROCK Shida! Conti runs, but Shida hits a KNEE! Shida gets Conti back up, for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Conti survives and Shida is furious!

Shida powers up, takes aim and runs, but Conti anchors the foot. Shida clubs Conti, hoists her up, and uses the Canadian rack to put Conti up top. Shida climbs, Conti ROCKS her! Shida forearms back, and headbutts! Shida hoists Conti up to the fireman’s carry, for a SUPER BACKBREAKER to the corner! Conti flops to the floor after “The Witch’s Shot” and the ref checks on her. Conti’s okay to continue so Shida gets Conti in, and aims, but Conti ducks the katana kick! Roll through and BOOT! Gory Especial, TAY-K-O!!! Cover, TWO!??!! Shida survives but Conti keeps going! Shida Alabama lifts Conti for the CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!?!?? How are they doing this?!

Shida gets Conti up but Conti ROCKS her with a right! And another! And another! Conti fires off, kicks but into a SLAP!! Shida reels Conti into a fireman’s carry, WITCH’S SHOT, to the KATANA KICK!! Cover, Shida wins!!

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

This battle of true warriors was an instant classic! But in the end, the champion retains her title! And now, The Doctor, Britt Baker, walks out to ruin the fun. And now that Conti has lost, Britt Baker is the #1 contender! But Shida throws her kendo stick at her! Britt scurries off, but she’ll be back for that title! Will Shida be able to keep her reign going until she can celebrate with the world?

 

Miro speaks.

“Another week, and no Kip. I hate unresolved business.” He needs his vindication, so he doesn’t care who you are! You can walk around here with your “slimy Impact mouth,” or your “emo facepaint daddy.” If you have a title, you have a Miro problem. AEW can make him jump through hoops and distractions all they want, but Miro will not be denied! The question now is: which champion does Miro beat first? Will Kenny Omega and Darby Allin both have to worry about The Best Man?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews The Inner Circle!

Chris Jericho leads his team into the ring as fans sing Judas for him. Schiavone says it was quite a moment last week with Tyson in the ring with them, and surely they heard The Pinnacle’s comments earlier tonight. Jericho says, “Who cares about The Pinnacle? I just heard the Inner Circle Squad as loud as you can be on a Wednesday night, baby!” Fans cheer for that, and then Jericho says there’s a lot of energy and here’s why: May 5th, right here in Jacksonville, it is Blood & Guts, finally for the first time ever! It’ll be the most violent and brutal match ever seen on TNT, it’ll leave a trail of tears all the way to the front door of The Pineapple. Or, Pinnacle.

And it started last week when honorary member Iron Mike knocked Cash Wheeler’s teeth down his throat! It probably caused him to have his jaw wired shut in order to eat dinner! Jake Hager says that’s right, and they have a few gifts for Cash and the Pinnacle: STRAWS! Because when the Inner Circle gets through with them, they’ll all be sucking down dinners through those for a month! “YOU SUCK!!” Wow, nice one, Hager. How do you say “straw” in Spanish, Sammy? El Sturururaw. It’s actually “pajita” but okay.

But the thing is, as they watched the Pinnacle sit-down, no one else said anything. MJF yaks on and Wardlow said something but Jericho can never pay attention to him seeing those stupid manicured eyebrows. But the others all seem like mutes! Santana says that, if his memory serves him right, since day one of those guys being in AEW, they’ve been name-dropping, calling people out and wanting to wrestle the best. But then, they wait until they have a crew behind them! That’s smart on their part. But where Santana & Ortiz come from, “we call those ‘bitch moves.'” Now boys, we saw the color of your blood! But come May 5th, we’re going to see the size of your hearts!

Jericho agrees, The Pinnacle talks behind their backs, but MJF never shuts up! Yakkity yakkity yak, but Jericho never feels any conviction in those words. MJF is still delivering lines like he’s in his high school drama class that his teacher gave him out of a script. Jericho doesn’t feel what MJF is saying. MJF is still singing showtunes on Rosie O’Donnell. MJF was great at that, but Jericho can sing showtunes, too! HE wrote one about My Jerkoff Friend tonight! Wanna hear it? The fans do! Well alright. “His name is little Jacob Friedman Max~! His head looks like a troll and that’s a fact~! He’s such a dipshit and you know it’s true~! I shoved his head down a toilet and flushed it down~! I gave him a swirly!”

Fans now chant “Swirly! Swirly!” and Jericho smirks. He’ll tell you something else: MJF’s new silk scarf? Jericho scrubbed his ass with it before Tully gave it to him! But the bottom line is this: It’s fun to make jokes about The Pinnacle and My Jerkoff Friend, but Blood & Guts will be a lesson in violence you will never forget! And what exactly are the rules? The first-time-ever, no more cutting promos out here while MJF is in the back! Next week, fact to face, Inner Circle and Pinnacle are having an good ol’ fashioned parley. That is to say, when two opposing armies meet peacefully to discuss plans.

But here’s Jericho’s plan right now: “At Blood & Guts, MJF, I am going to beat the living hell out of you! You understand me?! And if you think that’s a line from drama class, Oliver Twist, think again! Because we are crazier than you, and you know it!!” The worst is yet to come, because God help MJF, He better own your soul because in Blood & Guts, The Inner Circle will own your ass!! Is this ONE MATCH EVENT going to redefine what it is to be violent in pro-wrestling!?

 

QT Marshall w/ The Factory VS Billy Gunn w/ The Gunn Club!

After betraying the Nightmare Family and doing so at the expense of his boys, Austin & Colten, Papa Gunn is stepping up to shoot down Cody’s former friend. But will the head of the Factory just cross off another blindly loyal member of Cody’s crew?

But as soon as QT and his crew get on stage, Billy fires off on them! Billy DECKS Solow, DECKS Comoroto, and then throws QT into the ring! The bell rings, Billy fires off on QT with haymaker after haymaker, but shouts at the ref to back off. Billy goes after QT again to whip him corner to corner hard! QT tumbles up and out but Billy BLASTS him off the apron! QT hits railing, Billy goes out to ram him into more! Billy bumps QT off the apron, then back into the railing! Then an APRON BACK SUPLEX! QT crawls into the ring, Billy stalks him and QT begs for mercy, only to get a rain of fists! QT pushes Billy away then BOOTS him from below!

QT gets up to whip but Billy reverses. QT dodges, ducks but runs into a scoop SLAM! Fans are fired up as Billy storms around. QT flops out of the ring and his Factory regroup with him, but Billy runs them off. Billy gets to QT to throw haymakers! Comoroto & Solow creep closer but the Gunn boys tell them to back off. Billy DECKS QT, drags him back up, and then glares at Comoroto. Billy RAMS QT into railing again, the ref tells them to get this in the ring. Billy tells him to get the Factory back, but while the ref is busy checking on QT, Comoroto POSTS Billy! So Austin and Colten jump after him and Solow! The Gunns go after the Freak Beast and then RAM him into the stage!

The brawling continues around behind the timekeeper’s area, but at least that means Billy and QT will be 1v1. Billy gets in the ring, QT drags him up and throws clubbing forearms. Billy just gets mad! Billy fires up as QT gets worried, and QT kicks low! PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Billy lives and QT is furious! Fans chant, “QT SUCKS!” as Billy slowly sits up. QT ROCKS him with haymakers but Billy eggs him on! QT gets Billy up, throws more hands, and then QT says, “SUCK IT!” But Billy ROCKS and DECKS QT over and over! Billy whips, scoops and BLUE THUNDER BOMBS QT! But Billy isn’t done there, he fires up and tells QT, “SUCK IT!” Billy runs, but QT dodges to-

NO! No cutter! QT bails out to the ramp, Billy stalks him, and then throws him back in. But Anthony Ogogo is here! SUCKER PUNCH to the liver!! The ref missed it while checking on QT again! Fans boo as QT gets Billy up and hits the DIAMOND CUTTER! Cover, QT wins!

Winner: QT Marshall, by pinfall

The Factory earned their keep helping QT out, but they’re not done there! Ogogo gets QT a wooden lawn chair?! QT aims at Billy, but wait! Here comes DUSTIN RHODES! And the Natural hits the Gifted first with what looks to be a cattle bell! Dustin fires off haymakers, whips but QT reverses, only for Dustin to CLOBBER him! Dustin throws more hands, CHOPS QT in a corner, then throws more hands! QT shoves Dustin but runs into the POWERSLAM! Dustin fires up as he gets the cattle bell and bull rope back! He chooses not to use that, to use QT’s lawn chair! Ogogo gets QT out of the ring and rolls up his sleeves. But Comoroto is back!

Dustin dodges to SMACK Comoroto! The chair explodes but Comoroto doesn’t even budge!! The refs rush out to stop this from getting any wilder! Will the Natural lead the charge against The Factory and shut them down?

 

The Elite speaks.

Brandon Cutler lets them know that they’re live, and Don Callis starts off with some history. Callis loves history, and he tells us that as a student of history, there’s never been an assemblage of talent like there is before us. There’s the Good Brothers, Doc Gallows & Arn Anderson. There’s the Young Bucks, Matt & Nick Jackson in a romp-him and an ornate track suit, respectively. And of course, there’s Kenny “BAH GAWD” Omega, THE AEW World Champion, AAA Mega Champion, and soon to be Impact World Champion!

Matt says, “This group of individuals is the reason why business went up in Japan. This group of individuals is the reason why there is a world-famous T-shirt sold in retail stores in America. That’s us! This group of individuals are the people that sparked the movement that created the revolution called ‘All Elite Wrestling!'” Nick adds that this isn’t All Moxley Kingston Wrestling, now is it? It’s not! Omega says those two are back tonight! Oh~ no~! How is Kingston’s boo-boo doing? But you know exactly where the Elite is, so come find them! Come and knock on their door~! The Elite dares the “tough guys” to do something.

But Omega gets serious, and says that for all the people that hate The Elite, hate what they stand for and what they’re about, he has news for them. But wait, what is that honking outside? Can we stop that? Omega is upset but he has to keep going. The honking doesn’t stop, though. Can we call security? Who is that?! They see it out the window but maybe they should tell that person to shut up. Wait, it’s Moxley and Kingston in that truck!! And they definitely come get the Elite by RAMMING THEIR TRAILER!! Moxley and Kingston get out and they get the pipe! You think this is a game?! You think these two are just playing?! They smash the window and then open the trailer door!

Wait, no one is in here? Did they cut and run? Where’d they go? Moxley says stop stealing sneakers, Kingston. But The Elite doesn’t want none of these two! These two are too real! What cowards. #BitchAF. But the Elite is done! Kingston & Moxley head out after smashing the window again, and go to get some steaks. Will Kingston & Moxley not be satisfied until they’ve ripped The Elite apart one by one?

 

Christian Cage VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!

Captain Charisma wants to prove he is the workhorse of AEW and can #OutWorkEveryone. But Team Taz’s big, bad brute sure gave Christian some work last week! Will Christian be able to handle his business? Or will he just be dealing with some Town Business?

The bell rings, fans rally for Christian as he and Hobbs tie up, but Hobbs powers Christian to a corner. The ref counts, Hobbs lets off and dares Christian to show that work ethic. They circle, tie up again, and Hobbs TOSSES Christian to the ramp! Christian steadies himself, Hobbs waits for him, and Christian returns to try again. They circle, tie up, and Christian waistlocks. Hobbs pries free, switches, and then SLAMS Christian! Christian gets up but Hobbs pie faces him. Christian SLAPS Hobbs, then SLAPS him again! Hobbs scowls, gives chase around the outside and back in, and Christian throws hands! Hobbs stumbles, Christian runs and WRECKS Hobbs with a dropkick!

Fans fire up as Christian goes out, ducks a clothesline but not the LEFT HAND LARIAT! Hobbs grins as he looms over Christian. “All you had to do was say ‘yes!'” Hobbs brings Christian up and TOSSES him into the crowd of wrestlers ringside! They give Christian and Hobbs room as Hobbs pulls the curtain back. Hobbs clears more space, and again says all Christian had to do was say yes to the offer. Hobbs digs Christian’s face into the railing! The ref counts, Hobbs lets off, and the workhorse is definitely getting that work as AEW goes picture in picture.

Hobbs snarls as he comes back to get Christian against barriers and CLUB him back to ringsides! Hobbs puts Christian in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to a dragon sleeper. Hobbs mocks the Peep Show and hits the INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO! Hobbs wraps Christian up with a chinlock and grinds him down! Christian endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Hobbs knees low, whips Christian hard into ropes, and Christian sputters from that impact to his chest. Hobbs talks some trash before he pulls Christian into the ropes! The ref counts, Hobbs lets off again and takes his time dragging Christian back to center for another thrashing chinlock.

Christian endures as Hobbs leans on the hold. Hobbs headbutts Christian, throws him down, then watches him drag himself up. Christian throws body shots and haymakers! He ROCKS Hobbs, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs grins again, stalks Christian, and claws at his face before wrapping on another chinlock. Christian again endures the grind, and fans rally as AEW returns to single picture. Christian fights up, fights back with more body shots, and is free! Christian uppercuts, gets the arms, but Hobbs powers out of the Unprettier! Hobbs says that isn’t going to work on him, and he gets Christian up to TOSS him corner to corner! Christian sputters as Hobbs takes his time walking over.

Hobbs stands on Christian while looking for the peeps! Hobbs goes up and drops, but the Vader Bomb gets boots! Christian gets up as fans rally and he ROCKS Hobbs with haymakers! Christian goes again and again then whips but Hobbs reverses, Hobbs misses in the corner, Christian SWING KICKS! Christian ho8ps up, leaps and hits a FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Hobbs isn’t done that easily but Christian sticks close. Christian throws hands, chokes Hobbs on the ropes,  and stands on him! He lets off at 4 to slingshot and uppercut! Hobbs staggers away, Christian hurries back in, but he runs into the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Christian survives and Hobbs is furious!

Hobbs stalks Christian to a corner, fans fire up and Christian elbows back! Christian goes up, reels Hobbs in, but Hobbs powers out to ROCK Christian! Hobbs climbs up but Christian slips under to POWERBOMB! Christian goes back up top, for a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Christian won’t let frustration get to him as he watches Hobbs slowly rise. Christian runs in, but Hobbs BODY CHECKS him first! Hobbs wasn’t going to let Christian get Rated R, and he drags him to a corner. Hobbs runs in to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!!! Christian narrowly gets free, and now Hobbs is mad. Hobbs drags Christian up, but Christian gets around to get a SLEEPER!

Christian is a backpack, Hobbs pops Christian around! RAM into the corner, then turn around, but Christian slips out! KILLSWITCH!! Cover, Christian wins!!

Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall

Powerhouse Hobbs was looking for the peeps when he should’ve been watching Captain Charisma! It’s still up for debate if Christian is a workhorse, but he has the heart of a fighter! Will that lead him to the top of another company? Wait, Ricky Starks hobbles out to check on Hobbs. Starks didn’t beat Hangman, but will he want to push Christian to the absolute limit?

 

BIG matches are in store for next week’s Dynamite!

Penta dealt with one Best Friend, now he’s on to Orange Cassidy! Will Penta be making some Freshly Squeezed orange juice? Or will Cassidy succeed where Trent failed? And the honorary Best Friend, Kris Statlander, looks to settle things with Mrs. Superbad, Penelope Ford, once and for all! Plus, in an AEW World Tag Team Championship “Eliminator Match,” The Young Bucks will take on the Sydal Brothers! If Mike & Matt succeed, they will get a title shot at Matt & Nick down the line! And after the confrontation we saw earlier tonight, Dustin Rhodes returns to lead Billy Gunn and Big Shotty, Lee Johnson, against QT and the Factory! Will the Nightmare Family finally be avenged?

And while Ricky Starks couldn’t outdraw the Cowboy, perhaps The Machine will knock Hangman off the number one spot! Will not even the Buckshot be enough to stop the Path of Cage?

 

Jade Cargill speaks.

“Let me give you the scoop. Every manager here in AEW is looking to sign me,” because she is the hottest commodity in AEW. Matt Hardy would, for a “wee” fee, of course. Vickie Guerrero knows Cargill would be the perfect fit for the Vicious Vixens, because she is a strong, empowered woman who loves titles. Jade Cargill doesn’t need a manager, she is her own boss. If anyone is going to sign her, they better make her a hell of a deal. Is this the beginning of a bidding war for #ThatBitch?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus!

It’s a battle of two fan favorites who couldn’t be any more different! The Relentless One has been a fighting champion, and Jurassic Express’ front man has been fighting for a championship! Darby dared JB to leave the dazzling smile at the door and get down and gritty, but will JB stay true to himself and win anyway?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Jungle Boy can man-up and take the title from the Face of the Network!

Darby and JB stare down as fans rally up. Darby and JB approach as fans rally and duel, and they tie up! They are in a deadlock but JB gets leverage to push Darby back into a corner. The ref counts, Darby turns it around but he lets off on the second count. Darby stares JB down as he backs off, but JB keeps his cool. They approach again, knuckle lock, but Darby lets off as the energy builds. They try again, knuckle lock and knuckle lock, Darby sweeps a leg to cover! TWO as JB Matrix bridges out, but Darby gets him for a crucifix! TWO, and Darby is after JB with a facelock. Darby shifts to a headlock and holds on tight as JB tries to power out. Darby hits a takeover, JB rolls to a cover, ONE!

JB gets up, powers out, and things speed up. JB hits a headlock takeover on the run! JB traps an arm, uses that to turn Darby over and go after both arms for a ghost pin! TWO, but JB stays on Darby’s shoulder. Darby gets mad but he gets up, and fans sing JB’s theme song but Darby throws JB with a fireman’s carry takedown. Darby runs but JB gets him with another takeover! JB is after the arm, Darby fights up and JB wrenches to a wristlock. Darby puts JB in the corner, the ref counts and Darby whips corner to corner. JB goes up and over and rolls back, and hits another quick takeover! JB is still after the arm, and he has a top wristlock on the mat.

Darby fights up, whips JB away, but JB whips only for Darby to springboard arm-drag! Darby stares JB down as fans fire up! JB shoots in, gets a leg, trips Darby up but Darby avoids the Snare Trap with a ropebreak! JB lets off but he keeps close to get on Darby’s nerves. JB shoulders Darby but Darby shoulders him back. Darby then trips JB up and throws down furious fists! The ref counts, Darby lets off and JB bails out. Darby hurries after him but JB CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Darby POSTS JB and CHOPS him back! The ref reprimands them both to get in ring, but JB powers Darby to the railing and over them! They spill into the crowd of fellow wrestlers and AEW goes picture in picture!

Darby and JB both writhe while the ref goes out to check on them. JB gets up, but Darby staggers over. JB ROCKS Darby, knees him low, then throws him over the railing to the ring! Darby staggers around again as JB pursues. JB drags Darby up and puts him in the ring to cover, TWO! Darby grits his teeth but JB brings him up. JB whips and elbows Darby down to cover, TWO! JB keeps his cool, brings Darby up, and Darby rams JB into a corner! Darby CHOPS JB, then DECKS him! Darby whips JB corner to corner but JB reverses and Darby hits buckles hard! JB drags him to a drop zone, then climbs the corner. But Darby trips JB up first!

Darby climbs up to get JB in position, but JB fights back. Darby ROCKS JB, climbs again, and brings JB up for a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down but fans fire up! Sting is stoic as a standing count starts. JB and Darby slowly sit up, crawl to opposite corner, and the standing count stops at 7. AEW returns to single picture as Darby runs in but JB elbows him first! Then ROCKS him with a forearm, puts him in the corner, but Darby BOOTS back! Darby runs back in but into a CORNER BELLY2BELLY! And a GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Darby survives but JB holds on to TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Darby survives again and the fans are dueling again!

JB gets the waistlock back, Darby throws elbows. Darby switches, shoves, and ducks the rebound lariat to hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Darby is furious! “This is Awesome!” and almost over as only TV time remains. JB goes to a corner, Darby runs corner to corner, and BODY BLOCKS JB, to then go again with another BODY BLOCK! Darby keeps going, but JB BOOTS him again! Darby staggers, JB hops up, POISON RANA!!! Darby hits hard but flops out of the ring! JB takes aim, builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit sends Darby into railing but JB keeps going! Another DIVE! Another hit into railing but JB isn’t done! JB FLIES! DIRECT HIT!

Fans are thunderous after that tope conjilo! JB drags Darby back up and brings him around the way. JB puts Darby on the apron, climbs up to get in the ring, and only onw does Sting look worried as JB stands Darby up. JB goes to suplex but Darby uses the ropes to choke JB! Darby lets go at 4, then stands on JB’s head! He stops at 4 again, then stomps JB on the apron! The ref reprimands but Darby goes up the corner. APRON COFFIN DROP!! It hits but both men flop to the floor again! Fans are loving this “A E DUB!” main event for the “A E DUB!” TNT title! The ring count is 5 of 10 before either stirs, and Darby drags himself up and in at 6!

JB is still down, Luchasaurus shouts to him, but JB is up at 8, leaning against Luchasaurus. That’s enough for him to get in at 9.5!! Luchasaurus backs off because he was innocent, but Sting questions it! Luchasaurus defends himself to the Icon and puts a hand on his shoulder to keep him back. Sting catches that arm in a cording hold to ROCK Luchasaurus with haymakers! Sting and Luchasaurus brawl on stage! Sting kicks but Luchasaurus stays up to throw Sting down the tunnel! JB and Darby are up and they brawl in the ring! Darby shoves but JB rebounds to LARIAT!! JB gets Darby up fast for a BRAINBUSTER!! JB sits Darby up, BLINDSIDE LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!??

Fans fire up as JB gets the legs and the crossface for the SNARE TRAP!! Darby is fading fast but his hand still reaches! Darby gets his second wind and he drags himself to the ropes! JB drags Darby back to stand on the legs! And then he gets the arms, for the ROMERO SPECIAL, and a ROLLING SURFBOARD! JB then gets the legs again, SNARE TRAP!! Darby endures again as JB shifts to a cravat hold, but Darby claws at JB’s eyes! Darby gets free, but JB comes back to SLAP Darby! And slap and slap and slap! Fans are thunderous as they duel, but Darby whips. JB sunset flips, Darby rolls through to get the legs! LAST SUPPER CLUTCH!! DARBY WINS!!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

Darby wasn’t the only one who was relentless in this match, but all it took was a split second and JB got caught! But before Darby can even hold his title, Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page attack!! These two bitter egomaniacs attack Darby and JB! They stomp JB down, and get Darby up for the EGO’S EDGE!! Scorpio wants a piece, but here comes LANCE ARCHER!! The Murderhawk Monster ROCKS Ethan, drags Scorpio off Darby, and has double choke grips, only to get a DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! Ethan & Scorpio mug Archer, but STING returns! And he has the bat!

Sting and Archer run Ethan & Scorpio off before getting a swing in! Will the Icon make sure All Ego & The Face of the Revolution don’t get ahead of themselves when it comes to the TNT Championship?


My Thoughts:

This was another awesome episode, and I think the biggest news gets left behind: Blood & Guts is going to be a ONE MATCH EVENT! Commentary said it, that’s how it’s going to be, as it should be, and that is awesome! An almost two HOUR match is awesome for network television, and for a faction feud that’s gotten as fired up as Inner Circle VS Pinnacle. Pinnacle had a good interview promo but it’s just as the Inner Circle pointed out: it was just MJF & Wardlow, when we know FTR can contribute and Shawn Spears can try to add something. But I’m sure they’ll all say their piece during the “parley” next week to make it even more clear just how they’ll make their take on WarGames last as close to 120 minutes as possible.

Hangman VS Starks was a great opener, but boy that German Suplex was rough. I don’t think Hangman got enough strength into it for Starks to actually land on his feet, or at least knees, but luckily it was still enough that Starks didn’t just fold. Starks’ leg might’ve been legit since he hobbled out after Christian VS Hobbs. Hangman continuing as the #1 contender is great in many different ways. He’s going to have the story of maintaining that top spot keeping him moving while we wait to have Omega’s contender for Double or Nothing named. Hangman VS Cage is going to be awesome stuff, and it could be a point of contention with Cage and Starks about who does better.

Christian VS Hobbs was very good. Again, I don’t really see Christian as the “top workhorse,” but him taking these kinds of hard hitting matches on his return is impressive nonetheless. Christian gets the win off of Hobbs’ hubris, and Starks staring Christian down sets up another strong match-up. I feel like Christian’s first loss in AEW will be treated as a big deal, too, given how AEW hyped his signing with them and the career legacy he has. It’ll probably be to Brian Cage, given the story he has with Team Taz, to establish Brian Cage as the alpha in Team Taz.

Trent VS Penta was a good start to the series of matches Best Friends and Death Triangle are going to have. I don’t think Penta needed Alex Abrahantes to help him with that, but it is really bringing Alex into his on-screen character for him to have done that. Penta VS Cassidy will also be great, and maybe Trent gets even with Penta and Alex to help Cassidy win. And this definitely needs to culminate in a Six Man match, maybe even at Double or Nothing. If AEW is still hoping to one day bring in trios titles, these two trios are prime choices for inaugural champions.

QT VS Billy was very good, but naturally The Factory helps QT win with some cheating. Ogogo bringing out a wooden lawn chair and Dustin showing up with the cow bell bull rope makes me want Dustin and QT, and possibly members of the Nightmare Family and The Factory, to battle it out in the second-ever Bunkhouse match. Dustin & QT were a great tag team, they won that match against Butcher & Blade, it’d be very fitting if they had it out in that match to solidify The Factory as a threat to AEW. Also, kudos to Comoroto for no selling the wooden chair shot. That guy should definitely be a TNT Championship challenger after The Factory gets past the Nightmare Family.

As awesome as it was for Moxley & Kingston to return by ramming The Elite’s trailer with their truck, it kinda exposed that the Elite’s trailer promo was pre-taped. How else could the Elite have gotten out of the trailer and run off without anyone seeing it? At the same time, Moxley & Kingston are still going to need back-up if they’re to really take on The Elite. Omega and his boys might come off as cowards but that’s why they’ll use the 5v2 advantage at some point. The Sydal Brothers might be up for joining Mox since there’s a story brewing with them and Omega through Dark and Elevation, and are more than likely going to be screwed out of their match with The Bucks next week.

And of course, we got two awesome title matches tonight! Shida VS Conti was awesome stuff and made a great halfway point. Conti perhaps came the closest of any of Shida’s challengers have to winning, but Shida is definitely making it to her one year anniversary before losing. Britt makes her presence known, and knowing Britt, she’ll even make the challenge for Double or Nothing 2021 because it’ll be a PPV with the big money and the big audiences. Darby VS Jungle Boy was an awesome main event, though I found Sting a bit confrontational if he was accusing Luchasaurus of cheating. Though, he also had to end up backstage if he was to return with the bat.

Ethan & Scorpio might be in for a tag match against any combination of Darby, Sting, Lance Archer and Jurassic Express, or even a serious involving all those choices, before either one of them gets a shot at the TNT title. Scorpio did have his shot after Revolution, so maybe Ethan goes first? Either way, we’re definitely looking at the future of AEW, and possibly all of wrestling, with JB, Darby, Scorpio and Ethan right here.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 5 (4/18/2021)

Another day at the AJPW Carnival! With Zeus’ undefeated streak broken, do we see new leaders at the top of the single block?

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Welcome back to another exciting day of All Japan’s Champion Carnival. We had some solid wrestling for the previous day and we will now be at the halfway point of the tournament after this show is over. We’re gonna find out who will step up in the rankings and who will also fall behind.

Who will advance? Does anyone get eliminated? All this and more as we…dive right in.


Star Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Kento Miyahara vs. Koji Doi

Review: Time for our first match as Kento Miyahara is set to take on Koji Doi. Kento has had a bad start for this year as he’s only won one match and lost two but if he can get a win here, he’ll be in the middle on the scoreboard. Koji, however, has three losses and one more loss here could make him unable to win depending on how the next day goes. Can Koji get a second win or does Kento get a victory?

Soon as the bell rang, Koji started charging at Kento into the corner and it leads to the both of them delivering stiff shots to each other back and forth. Koji eventually turned it into a Torture Rack and had it applied until Kento wiggled out to land on his feet but Koji stopped his momentum to get the heat in a nicely done opening sequence. The two are outside of the ring now as the two tried to hit a Brainbuster onto one another into the crowd or on the entrance ramp but Koji decided to DDT him onto the ramp to apply damage to his head more. Good control from Koji to keep working on the head and needed it while Kento sells the pain well to get the crowd behind him in this match.

Koji applies the Rings of Saturn onto Kento as he pulls on his head while applying the lock but Kento would finally struggle enough to get his foot on the rope, breaking the hold. I said it before and I will say it again, Kento delivers better knees than Kenny Omega, he makes them look legit and despite still slapping, he knows the right time to do it without it looking phony, unlike Olivia. Kento hits the Blackout into the corner on the back of his head and then another one but Koji kicked out at two. Kento goes for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold but Koji broke free, elbowing him in the face before picking him up to hit the Swinging Side Slam as Kento kicked out at two. Koji attempts the Lariat but Kento ducks to hit a Blackout and used this chance to hit the Shutdown German Suplex Hold, getting the win while Koji is in last place!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter


Champion Carnival 2021 Match:
Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shinjiro Otani

Review: Time for the next match as Shinjiro Otani takes on the GAORA TV Champion, Shuji Ishikawa. Both of them are around the middle in rankings but Shuji has more points than him by one victory. If Otani can win here though, he’ll be in the middle with him and among others. Can Otani score a win here or will Shuji move up to the top spot?

The two would lock up as neither of them was getting the advantage until they were on the ropes to break it, then they would tackle each other while they’re both still standing their ground until they go blow for blow with Shuji kneeing him in the gut to get him down. Shuji is beating down Otani any chance he gets with his stomps or just hitting him, and it works since Shuji is a bigger guy than Otani and a little more well-rounded but you can see Otani getting pumped up despite being knocked down. Otani would make his comeback, having Shuji into the corner as he ran the ropes to deliver a boot to the face.

The two are hitting each other back and forth, delivering stiff shots one after another but Otani would get behind him to apply the sleeper as Shuji pushed him into the corner. Otani would sit on the top turnbuckle and slap Shuji across the face and applied the sleeper once again but the referee tells him to break the hold. Otani would deliver a Missle Dropkick but Shuji gets up to charge at him, only to be met with a Backdrop as Shuji got up again to hit the Lariat as they both go down. Shuji got up first as he hits the Tsunami and the Giant Driver but Otani was able to kick out at two. Otani fought off the Powerbomb and hits a Lariat on him but soon as Shuji kicked out, Otani applied the Cobra Clutch and gets the submission victory!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter


Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Kohei Sato vs. Zeus

Review: Time for our next match as Zeus takes on Kohei Sato. Zeus suffered his first loss at the previous show but is still at the top of the board. If Sato can win though, he’ll be up on top since he’ll have a better average than Zeus since he only lost one match himself but only has two victories. Will Zeus be able to bounce back or does Sato take control of the scoreboard?

Is Sato a little taller than Zeus? Yes, but is Zeus beefier than Sato? Fuck yeah. Sato had Zeus sat down on the mat as he delivered stiff kicks to the back but Zeus got up quickly, pulling his head in for a headlock and it just looked powerful. Zeus keeps the headlock locked in for a good while and makes sure Sato is in as much pain as possible during all of this and it’s good seeing Zeus look this dominating in his matches since he has the god of an almighty God, put that shit into use! Sato finally stopped Zeus with a knee to the gut and would deliver stiff kicks to the chest to get him down. This is just a stiff fest with the strikes and I am all for it in this match.

Zeus gets Sato down with the Chokeslam as Sato kicked out at two. Zeus is calling for the end already as he sets him up for the Jackhammer but Sato reversed it to hit the Falcon Arrow as they both go down. The two slowly get up as Sato delivers stiff forearms while Zeus counteracts with chops and it goes for a bit until Zeus hits a Lariat. Sato kicked out and Zeus turned it into the Facelock, trying to get him to tap out but Sato gets his foot on the rope! Zeus goes for the Jackhammer again but Sato powers out of it to deliver forearms to Zeus while Zeus attempts Lariats as Sato stands his ground to hit one more forearm. Sato went for a pin but Zeus kicked out and hits Zeus with another stiff forearm as Zeus kicked out again. Sato picks him up to hit the German Suplex Hold and gets the victory over Zeus! Sato is now on top of the board with three wins and only one loss.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half


Champion Carnival 2021 Match:
Jake Lee vs. Yuma Aoyagi

Review: It’s time to close up the show with our main event as Jake Lee takes on Yuma Aoyagi. Jake has a chance to be in the top spot if he can win this match and keep up his dominating run aside from the one loss. Yuma was able to score an upset victory over Zeus to stay in the game and if he can win here, he’ll be able to tie for the top spot with Zeus, Sato, and Lee. Will we have a four-way tie or does Jake move up the ladder?

They both have their arms up as if they were taunting each other or something but they would eventually lock up, Jake gets him into the ropes until the referee tells Jake to get off him. Yuma would get Jake to the ropes this time and as he broke it up, he taunts Jake by doing the taunt he used for when he was a babyface, the disrespect. This angered Jake and would kick him in the gut and gets him in a headlock to apply damage to his neck. The two started some chain wrestling until Jake lifted Yuma to make him hit the rope between his legs, causing Yuma to flop outside of the ring for Jake to work him outside. When you look at these two men, these guys are going to be your future of the company next to Kento Miyahara in the long run. Jake is a star waiting to happen and while Yuma had a slow start, he is slowly figuring himself out in the past year and if he can keep this up, he will have a bright future in the company with guys like Kento, Jake, Suwama, Zeus, Nomura, and hopefully Shotaro. While Jake isn’t being a full-on heel in this match, he still shows that side of him in the match from how aggressive he is and just taunting the referee whenever he’s told to let go of Yuma and going back into what he was doing.

Jake tosses Yuma into the corner as Yuma used this chance to bounce off and hit a Crossbody but he’s not down as he climbs to the top rope, hitting another Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Jake was able to get Yuma on his stomach, having a knee on his back while pulling on his head, stretching him out until Yuma grabbed the rope but the referee wanted to be a dick for a moment, kicking the bottom rope to make him let go and Yuma grabbed it again to make them break the hold this time. The two kept on fighting back and forth with Yuma getting up right away as Jake attempts the Giant Killing but Yuma caught his leg to push it down, hitting a spinning back kick, and Jake would hit a jumping kick to the chest as the two go down! Yuma hits two German Suplexes and goes to apply the End Game but Jake had his hand on the rope soon as Yuma was able to lock it in.

Yuma went for the Rock Star Buster but Jake fought out of it, attempting the Giant Killing again as Yuma caught his leg to turn him around, rolling him up with the European Clutch as Jake kicked out at two again. Jake tries to pick Yuma up but doesn’t budge, laying there motionless as it annoys Jake while the referee tells him to stand back so he can count. Yuma finally has some light in him as Jake goes over to him just to knee him in the face, knocking him down again. Jake tried pulling Yuma up again but doesn’t budge again, angering Jake more as he makes him sit up to knock him down with another knee. He keeps hitting Yuma with his knees while yelling at him until the referee pushed him away again. Jake had Yuma up on his knees before running the ropes and before he could get closer to him, Yuma collapsed once more. Jake is calling for the end as he picked him up for the D4C but Yuma knees his head and reverses it into a roll, turning it into the End Game! Beautiful counter as he has it locked in fully, giving Jake no choice but to tap out! Another big win for Yuma.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters


Overall: Much better night than the previous one, that’s for sure. Nothing over the top, solid action all around, and just nice wrestling with nothing going 30+ minutes all the time. We’re at the halfway point and now the competition is going to get harder from here. Let’s see where this takes us.

Favorite Match: Jake Lee vs. Yuma Aoyagi

Least Favorite Match: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shinjiro Otani

Score: 7/10


Champion Carnival Standings:

  1. Kohei Sato: (3-1) (6 Points)
  2. Zeus: (3-2) (6 Points)
  3. Jake Lee: (3-2) (6 Points)
  4. Yuma Aoyagi: (3-2) (6 Points)
  5. Shuji Ishikawa: (2-2) (4 Points)
  6. Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: (2-2) (4 Points)
  8. Shinjiro Otani: (2-2) (4 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: (1-4) (2 Points)
  10. Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)


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