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Mitchell’s WWE Fastlane Live Report! (3/11/18)

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All images courtesy of WWE’s official Twitter, and the WWE Network streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match, Six Man Tag: Tye Dillinger & Breezango VS Mojo Rawley, Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable; Dillinger & Breezango win.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Rusev w/ Aiden English; Nakamura wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Bobby Roode VS Randy Orton; Orton wins and becomes the new WWE US Champion.
  • Naomi & Becky Lynch VS Natalya & Carmella; Natalya & Carmella win.
  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos VS The New Day; no contest.
  • WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott; Charlotte wins and retains the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • WWE Championship Six Pack Challenge: AJ Styles VS John Cena VS Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn VS Baron Corbin VS Dolph Ziggler; Styles wins, and will face Shinsuke Nakamura at Wrestlemania 34.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Show-Off will be in the Social Media Lounge!

Use #AskDolph for a chance to get your questions answered ahead of Dolph Ziggler joining the wild Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship!

 

Baron Corbin speaks.

“Everybody in the Six Pack Challenge tonight wants the same thing”, and that’s to be the WWE Champion. Well that’s funny, because the Lone Wolf doesn’t care what they want or what the fans want. He only cares about what he wants: Corbin wants to be “The Face of Disappointment”; Corbin wants to be the guy to ruin all their Wrestlemania Moments; and most of all, he wants to point to that Wrestlemania sign so that Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, AJ Styles and John Cena remember him as the guy who took their dreams and turned them into nightmares. Will Corbin live his dream of ruining everyone else’s tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The New Day.

They’re ready to share pancakes with Charly, but she asks them their mind-set for tonight’s match. The Usos have said the New Day are soft and stale, but the New Day don’t care about what the Usos say. There is no team that embodies the E of WWE. People work multiple jobs just to come to these shows for entertainment. And no team entertains in or out of the ring better than The New Day! Usos say New Day is soft, stale, and stuck in the past, but then tell us how the New Day became four time tag team champions in a fraction of the time it took the Usos to become relevant?

Furthermore, the Usos became relevant off the hard work the New Day put in! Usos want to talk about #DownSinceDayOne, but that bond wasn’t their choice. The New Day chose to be brothers, to be Wrestlemania hosts, to be history-making tag team champions and to put the Tag Team Division back in the spotlight! Tonight, the New Day choose to leave the Usos laying while they become five time WWE tag team champions! And here, a pancake for the road. The New Day is fired up, but will they keep that flame burning or will the Usos put it out?

 

Sunil Singh and Jinder Mahal join the Kickoff Panel.

“The Modern Day Maharrrrrraja” says hello to everyone, but points out that he, “the Uncrowned United States Champion”, was left out of review packages. He stood tall over both Orton and Roode in recent weeks, so why is he not part of the match as a triple threat? The fans believe it’s because “Jinder Sucks!” This disrespect from the WWE Universe and SmackDown management is insulting, especially given Mahal being forced into a double header to try and become champion. Mahal has had a great year aside from this, such as not being on the SmackDown Top Ten List.

But that aside, Mahal brings up Roode as an “egotistical mania” and a “liar”! He wants to be the true United States Champion. Who does he want to face, then? It won’t matter! Mahal has gotten the best of them both! He will watch this match closely somehow, will he like what he sees when it’s all over?

 

The Social Media Lounge brings Dolph Ziggler his questions.

The Show-Off has a busy night ahead of him, but he feels like a million bucks. He’s waited for even a shred of a chance of main-eventing Wrestlemania as a world champion. Does he regret giving up the US Championship? No, not at all. At a certain point, you reach milestones, and sometimes those titles don’t mean what they should. Ziggler brings up “King” Booker T and his peasants, but Ziggler has just flat out stopped caring what the WWE Universe wants. He’s proven himself time and again, and he’s “got bigger fish to fry” tonight. In that case, are his best days behind him? No! Ziggler’s never been hurt, he’s always here, because he wants to prove how great he is, without giving a damn about what people think. Booker T likes what he hears!

Time for questions: “Do you thnik this might be your last chance at the WWE Championship?” Maybe. Every day could be the last chance to prove his legacy. Every live event, every SmackDown, even this Wrestlemania, could be his last. Can the Show-Off show the world that he isn’t done yet?

 

Kickoff Match, Six Man Tag: Tye Dillinger & Breezango VS Mojo Rawley, Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable!

The Perfect Ten teams up with The Fashion Police to show #MojoRising and “American Alpha 2” aren’t #ReadyWillingAndGable to keep them down! Can he, Prince Pretty & WWE’s Lord of the Dance gain some ground in the SmackDown Singles and Tag Team Divisions?

The bell rings and Gable starts with Breeze. Gable baits Breeze in and catches him, to throw him back out. He tells Breeze, “You’re a joke!” while Fandango tags in. Fandango has Tye get him his wrestling head gear! The fans love how “serious” Fandango is taking this match. He ties up with Gable but Gable gets a waistlock and slam. Fandango takes off the head gear and tags out to Breeze. Gable gives Breeze an advantage, and dares the “moron” to do something. So Breeze says “giddy-up”!

Gable gets up and swings, but Breeze dropkicks back. Benjamin comes in but gets a dropkick. Mojo comes in, Fandango hits him with an atomic drop and Tye hits a dropkick of his own. Breeze goes after Gable, but Gable evades to monkey flip Breeze out and onto his face!

Control goes to Gable’s team while we go to break.

WWE Fastlane returns, and Benjamin has control of Breeze as he arm-drags and knee drops. Benjamin drags Breeze around into an armlock with chinbar, but the fans rally for Breeze. Breeze fights his way up and reaches for his corner. Benjamin reels Breeze in for an armbar DDT, cover, TWO. Benjamin tags to Gable, and they both lift Breeze for double knees, kicks and more knees. Cover, TWO, but Gable puts Breeze back in an armlock. Breeze endures and fans rally again. Prince Pretty gets up and reaches again, but Gable wrenches and reels him into an overhead belly2belly! Cover but Fandango breaks it, so Gable tags to Mojo.

Mr. Killer Instinct stalks Breeze, then gives him a swift jab. The fans taunt, “You Can’t Wrestle!” but Mojo ignores it to headbutt Breeze. Mojo says he doesn’t care about being a wrestling wrestler, and then carries Breeze into his team’s corner. He rams shoulder after shoulder then throws Breeze to the mat. Mojo stares Tye down and then points to laugh, before giving Fandango a sucker punch! Breeze revives and enziguris Mojo down! The fans rally while both men crawl, hot tags to Tye and Gable!

The Perfect Ten rallies! He sees Mojo coming and knocks him down, then gives Gable a running chop. Gable reverses the whip but Tye runs him over! The fans chant, “TEN! TEN!” and Tye lifts Gable. Benjamin saves Gable but Fandango takes out Benjamin. Gable reverses another whip and rolls Tye up, TWO! He comes right back with the rolling kick! Tag to Benjamin, Benjamin drags Tye up while Gable climbs up. Powerbomb lift but Tye fights out. Gable jumps into the Beauty Shot! Tye dumps Benjamin out for Fandango to take care of. Mojo rolls up Tye, TWO! SUPERKICK! Then, short Tie Breaker! Cover, Tye & Breezango win! Will this help them finally return to SmackDown television?

 

The Race to Wrestlemania is on.

There’s only so much time left before we reach The Grandest Stage of Them All, so every championship SmackDown has is on the line to see who earns a spot. The Road to Wrestlemania narrows, who will get through this high-speed collision course?!

 

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Rusev w/ Aiden English!

The King of Strong Style already has his spot at Wrestlemania thanks to winning the Royal Rumble. However, the Bulgarian Lion wishes to get payback for his friend, the Drama King. Can “Rusev Daaaaaay~” ruin the Rockstar’s ride down to New Orleans? Or will a new holiday emerge to change the WWE calendar?

The bell rings and Rusev circles with Nakamura while the fans duel with “Rusev Day!” “Nakamura!” Nakamura and Rusev feel it out, and Nakamura lunges in. Rusev blocks and floats to a waistlock to then throw Nakamura down. Cover, ONE, but Rusev gets hold of a facelock. Short fireman’s carry and cover, TWO, and now Nakamura gets a waistlock. Nakamura keeps Rusev from ropes, but Rusev reverses into a wristlock. Rusev digs an elbow into the armlock, then wrenches again. He reels Nakamura into a headlock but Nakamura powers out, only for Rusev to run him over. Rusev speeds things up but narrowly avoids a kick from Nakamura. He then runs out but into Nakamura’s block, flip and knee. Nakamura snapmares and knee drops, cover, ONE.

Nakamura brings Rusev up and wrenches his arm. Rusev knees low and rocks Nakamura with a haymaker. The fans keep dueling, and Rusev goes after Nakamura’s arm. He gives a quick shoulder breaker before wrenching the arm again. Nakamura rolls and cartwheels to reverse the hold. He gets a headlock but Rusev powers Nakamura to ropes. The ref calls for the break, but Rusev swings on Nakamura. Nakamura evades, and then says, “C’MON!”

Rusev doesn’t fall for it, he rolls out of the ring. He regroups with English to cool things off, but Nakamura still says “C’MON!” Rusev brushes it off, grinning as he paces. Nakamura dares Rusev to get in while the referee counts, but Rusev takes his time. He does reenter, to then exit again.

Nakamura gets fed up with that, and goes right after Rusev! He strikes, then puts Rusev on the apron for a big knee lift. Then a knee drop! Rusev goes down, and Nakamura puts him back in again. The fans keep dueling while Nakamura climbs up, but Rusev catches him with a full body attack! Rusev keeps on Nakamura by whipping him into barriers, then ramming him into the apron edge. He rams Nakamura into more barriers, then puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Rusev keeps his cool as he stalks Nakamura. He stomps Nakamura, then drags him up by his hair into a cobra clutch. Nakamura endures the squeeze, and the fans rally. He fights out of the hold, then rolls Rusev into a heel hook!

Rusev reaches and crawls and gets the ropebreak. Nakamura lets go, but then swings a kick, to end up in a swinging side slam!

Cover, TWO! Rusev hobbles on that bad leg, the heel hook clearly did some damage for the short time it was on. Rusev glares at Nakamura before dropping running elbows. He slows down because of the bad ankle, but fans keep dueling. Rusev puts Nakamura into a half straitjacket hold. Fans rally and Nakamura gets up and fights out. Rusev knees low and backs Nakamura down, then whips to ropes. Nakamura evades, dynamic dropkick! Nakamura stands up and starts kicking away at Rusev’s chest. Rusev blocks one but not the other, and staggers to a corner. Nakamura runs in corner to corner for a knee, then lifts Rusev onto the ropes for the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO!

Nakamura doesn’t slow down, he just rams knees into Rusev’s ribs. He drags Rusev up with a facelock, even a guillotine, but Rusev picks him up, only for that bad leg to bring him back down. Rusev tries again, but the leg keeps him down. Nakamura keeps squeezing, but Rusev uses what power he has to lift Nakamura for a Fall Away Slam! Rusev gasps for air, recovering while Nakamura is stirring. Rusev stands up first but Nakamura unleashes the strike fest! Nakamura runs, but into a pop-up knee to roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Rusev can’t believe it! He keeps gasping for air while Nakamura has eyes glazed over.

Rusev glares at Nakamura and stomps about to prepare himself. He throws in a kick but Nakamura rocks Rusev with more strikes. Rusev kicks back, kicking Nakamura’s legs, but Nakamura knees Rusev down for an ax kick! Nakamura takes aim, firing up for his finish, and runs in only for Rusev to side step him. Rusev then rolls Nakamura, TWO, into the Accolade! But Nakamura resists and reverses to a Sunset Flip, TWO! Nakamura swings a kick, Rusev ducks, but that second kick catches Rusev on the back end! Nakamura returns to a corner and takes aim. He runs out, but into a MACHKA KICK!!

Rusev is slow to a cover, and arrogant at that, TWO! And now Rusev is doubting himself. English and the fans chant “Rusev Day!” to encourage him. He says “MACHAK!” and goes for another Accolade, but Nakamura slips out to KINSHASA Rusev in the back of the head! Nakamura isn’t done there, he gives Rusev a KINSHASA to the front!

Cover, Nakamura wins! The King of Strong Style conquers the Bulgarian Brute, can he do the same to whoever he faces at Wrestlemania?

 

WWE United States Championship: Bobby Roode VS Randy Orton!

Regardless of what anyone thinks, or what Jinder Mahal says, this isn’t personal between The Viper and The GLORIOUS One. Roode wants to become the greatest WWE United States Champion ever, while Orton wants to check it off to finally become a WWE Grand Slam Champion. Who will take a step towards history with a victory here tonight?

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The belt is raised, the bell rings, and we begin! Orton and Roode circle then tie up, Roode gets the waistlock. Orton gets the standing switch but Roode works his way out of the hold. Roode goes after the wrist, wrenches the arm and yanks on the shoulder. Orton drops to a knee, but stands back up to drop toehold Roode down. He puts Roode in the front facelock but Roode spins out, the fans applaud this momentary stalemate.

Roode and Orton tie up again, Orton gets the headlock. Roode powers out but Orton runs him over, then poses. Orton speeds things up but now Roode runs him over, and Orton gets to a corner. Roode stares Orton down from across the way before circling again. They tie up, Roode gets a headlock, but Orton powers out again. Roode runs Orton over and hits HIS pose. Now Roode speeds things up, Orton back elbows Roode down. Orton watches Roode get to a corner, and stares him down now. The fans chant “RKO! RKO!” for the Viper, but Roode just grins before tying up again.

Orton puts on another headlock, Roode powers him to a corner. Orton gives a European Uppercut in the break, but Roode chops him back. Roode checks his jaw before whipping Orton corner to corner. Orton comes out, evades and goes for the RKO but Roode narrowly avoids it. Roode catches his breath on the outside while Orton brushes off the chop. The ref begins a count but Roode comes in, Orton allowing him. Fans start dueling while they tie up again. Roode gets the headlock but Orton powers him to a corner now. The break is tense again, Roode catches Orton with a chop. Orton hits another EuroUpper then whips Roode corner to corner. Roode goes up and over and goes for the DDT, but Orton narrowly escapes now. Orton composes himself while Roode grins and fires up.

Jinder Mahal watches this backstage, and is apparently dressed to compete.

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Mahal shakes his head while Orton walks back into the ring. Roode allows it, then they tie up again. They push each other at the ropes, going back and forth, but Orton ends up on the inside. The break isn’t clean as Orton kicks low and then hangs Roode up on that top rope. Cover, ONE, but Orton isn’t frustrated. Orton stalks Roode, stomping away as only Orton can. He drags Roode up to kick him in the ribs. Roode gets to a corner, and Orton gives him a haymaker. Orton whips corner to corner but Roode fires out with a lariat. Cover, ONE, and Roode takes a moment to catch his breath while Orton checks his shoulder. Roode stomps that hand, and a knee drop. Cover, TWO, but Roode keeps on Orton with a chinlock.

Orton endures, the fans rally, and Orton stands up. Roode keeps on him, shifting position to bring Orton back to his knees. Orton tries again, and fights out with body shots. Roode kicks back, then drags Orton up for a suplex. Orton blocks, and counters with his own suplex! Both Orton and Roode need a moment to catch their breath. Orton stalks Roode but Roode swings first, only to be countered with right hands. Roode evades and rallies with clotheslines! He gives on in the corner, then brings Orton out for a neckbreaker. Roode climbs up while Orton is down, takes aim at him, and hits a flying clothesline! Orton goes down again, and Roode fires up. He winds it up, and GLORIOUS Pose!

Roode grabs Orton, but Orton rolls, TWO! Now Orton rallies with clotheslines of his own, and evades Roode to hit the spinning powerslam!

Roode rolls to the apron but Orton knows what to do with this. The fans cheer while Orton drags Roode between the ropes. Orton has Roode but Roode throws Orton to the apron. Roode turns around but into a hotshot! Orton slithers in but runs into boots. Roode hops up again, GLORIOUS Blockbuster!

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Cover, TWO! Roode keeps his cool while Orton gets himself to a corner. Roode chops Orton again, then whips corner to corner. Orton reverses but ROode goes up, only to be caught and put on the apron. Roode hits back but his shoulder is caught with a kick, then the Draping DDT! Fans cheer for it, and Orton hears the voices in his head. Orton stalks Roode, but Roode avoids another one. He kicks low, but Orton counters the DDT and sits on the sunset, TWO! Roode staggers but evades to clothesline Orton out of the ring. Roode catches his breath while Orton crawls on the ground. He then rolls out to stalk Orton. They go around the corner, and Roode whips Orton at the time keeper’s area, only for Orton to reverse and send him into those barriers! Then, ORton lifts Roode to back suplex him onto those barriers!

Roode writhes on the ground while the count reaches 7. Orton puts Roode in at 8, covers, TWO! Orton keeps his cool as he stands back up. He stalks Roode now, and drags him over to a corner. Orton hoists Roode up to the top then gives him right hands. He climbs up to join Roode, and prepares, but Roode resists. Roode tries to pry Orton off, and clubs him back. Roode has a plan, and adjusts, sunset flip and powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Roode slumps over, tiring out from this fight. He drags himself up and thinks on what he has to do to win. Roode gets himself back over to a corner and climbs back up top. Orton revives and trips him up! Orton climbs up again, and with a weakened Roode, he hits the top rope SUPERPLEX!

The impact was so strong, Orton can’t crawl to the cover right away. He makes it over to Roode, covers, TWO! Now Orton feels frustration over falling short of putting his opponent away. They both stand up and start throwing haymakers. Roode kicks, Orton kicks, Roode punches and Orton staggers. Orton comes back with a kick to the ribs but Roode punches back. Orton hits a EuroUpper, and another, but the third is countered to a backslide, TWO! Roode goes for the DDT, Orton slips out but the RKO is denied, GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! TWO! Roode is again at a loss for what to do. He sits, head in hands, as he thinks everything over.

Roode eyes the Wrestlemania sign, and stands up. He wont’ let Orton deny him, and grabs a waistlock. Orton elbows Roode back and Roode staggers to a corner. Orton runs in but into more boots. Roode hops up and jumps, but into the RKO!!

Cover, Orton wins! The Viper is the NEW United States and Grand Slam Champion!

Orton makes history, but he doesn’t celebrate long as Jinder Mahal comes out to the ring.

The Maharaja glares at The Viper, and the “Uncrowned United States Champion” storms right up to the ring. Mahal steps into the ring with Orton, and attacks the exhausted champion. However, Roode slides back in and hits Mahal with a GLORIOUS DDT!

The former champion then grabs the new champion, to give him a GLORIOUS DDT, too!

Roode’s mission of becoming the greatest United States Champion may be put on hold, but can he regain the gold when he has a rematch with Orton on the homestretch to Wrestlemania?

 

Sami Zayn finds Kevin Owens backstage.

Kevin is not in the mood to talk to Sami, or is Sami here to lie to him again? What is Kevin talking about? Sami knows what Kevin is talking about! Sami promises to lie down for Kevin in the main event but then Helluva Kicks him on SmackDown?! Yes, Sami did that, because he meant laying down in the championship match. Who cares about SmackDown? This is tonight, this is still Sami “your Guardian Angel.” Count on Sami to- Kevin leaves, not hearing Sami finish. Will Sami still keep his word? Or will Kevin get him before he gets Kevin?

 

Naomi & Becky Lynch VS Natalya & Carmella!

A war of words on social media led to a SmackDown singles match. Then a war of words backstage led to this tag team match! Which duo will down the other to step up towards the top of the SmackDown Women’s Division?

The Lass Kicker starts with the FABULOUS Ms. Money in the Bank. They tie up, pushing each other to ropes. Becky brings Carmella off the ropes and rolls her up, TWO, but Becky says it was close. Carmella shoves Becky, Becky shoves back. Carmella goes to slap but almost ends up in the Disarm-Her! She gets to ropes and screams for the break, to then sucker kick Becky. Natty tags in, and the Queen of Harts kicks Becky low before hitting a snap suplex. She walks on Becky and taunts Naomi but Becky rolls her up, TWO.

Becky arm-drags Natty, then brings her over to tag in Naomi. Double snapmare leads to double kicks, then Naomi hits the sliding slap! Cover, TWO, but Naomi keeps on Natty with a chinlock. Natty fights out and shoves Naomi, so Naomi kicks back. Naomi dodges a swing and headscissors Natty down! Natty ends up in a corner but dodges Naomi for the rebound sit-down and runs, but Naomi counters with a wheelbarrow stunner! She then drags Natty into position, hops up but Carmella distracts. Natty uses that to get Naomi with a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Natty embraces the heat as she poses and taunts. Cover again, TWO, so Natty drags Naomi over to her corner. Carmella tags in, they both throw Naomi down by her hair, then split the wishbone.

Carmella keeps on Naomi and bumps her off her boot to then stomp a Fabulous Mudhole. She moonwalks away, then hits the Fabulous Bronco Buster! Cover, TWO, so Carmella grinds Naomi’s face into the mat. She drives elbows into Naomi before thrashing her in a chinlock. Carmella mocks the glow while fans rally for Naomi. Naomi gets up and fights back with wild body shots. Carmella slips out of the scoop to then yank Naomi down by her hair! She brings Naomi back over by her hair to tag in Natty. Natty brings Naomi up and snapmares into another chinlock. Natty taunts the Naomi fans but Naomi endurse while fans rally again. Naomi fights up and arm-drags out, but jumps for a tag only for Natty to carry her all the way back.

Tag to Carmella, and Carmella puts Naomi in a hanging headscissor hold! Carmella lets go at 4, then uses Naomi’s hair to pull her against the ropes! Naomi slaps Carmella, Carmella slaps her back, and then clubs away with forearms. She leaves Naomi on the apron to knee her back, covers, TWO. Tag to Natty, and Carmella whips but Naomi reverses to tackle Carmella into the corner! Natty comes in and pulls Naomi away, but Naomi escapes the back suplex to tag Becky! Becky rallies on Natty with clotheslines and a calf kick. She kicks and throws Natty with a Becksploder!

Natty ends up in a corner, and Becky takes aim. Becky runs for the Straight Fire-arm, but Natty puts her on the apron. Becky knocks Natty away then climbs up, and jump for the missile dropkick! Natty tags Carmella but Becky keeps rallying even on Ms. MITB. Carmella jawbreakers, Naomi tags in to roundhouse and sunset flip, TWO! Naomi whips but Carmella avoids Rear View. Carmella whips but Naomi tags while springboarding for the roundhouse. Becky climbs up again, and hits a super leg drop! Cover, Natty breaks it!

Naomi comes back in but Natty throws her out the other side. Becky throws Natty out, but Carmella evades in the corner. Becky back elbows and climbs up again, booting Carmella down. Natty distracts, allowing Carmella to hit the FABULOUS Steiner! Cover, Naomi breaks it just in time. Carmella gives Naomi a sucker punch, then hurries to get her briefcase! Becky intercepts, but still runs into a FABULOUS Kick!

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Cover, Carmella & Natty win! Teamwork and deception win out, but will Carmella have the confidence to cash-in tonight?

 

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos VS The New Day!

As if the amazing back and forth between these two teams during 2017 wasn’t enough, they go one more time in 2018! Can Jimmy & Jey finally earn a spot on Wrestlemania’s star-studded stage? Or will the Power of Positivity finally break out of the Penitentiary to prove why they’re the greatest in WWE now, then and forever?

The belts are raised and Jimmy starts with Xavier Woods. They trash talk, pointing to the Wrestlemania sign. Things get heated, and Woods throws the first punch. The brawl goes back and forth, Jimmy rocking with an uppercut. Woods whips but Jey tags in, then waits until Woods isn’t looking to slip in and SUPERKICK Woods down!

The Usos isolate Woods to stomp a mudhole into him in their corner, tagging in and out a la the New Day’s stampede. They even stomp to “New! Day Rocks!” rhythm. Tag back to Jey, and Jimmy holds Woods in for Jey to forearm smash. Cover, TWO, but Jey keeps on Woods with a chinlock. Woods endures the squeeze and fans rally for him. He gets to his feet and arm-drags out, then slides under to tag in Kofi! Springboard clothesline and Kofi rallies with double ax handles. He dropkicks Jey down, then Jimmy, then hits a jumping clothesline on Jey. Kofi runs, “New Day!” boom drop! He gets the fans going as he takes aim at Jey, but Jey blocks Trouble in Paradise. Kofi escapes the back suplex but not the dragon whip kick.

Tag to Jimmy, and Jey runs in only for Kofi to stomp him down. Kofi clotheslines Jimmy back out, not realizing he’s legal. Kofi sees Jey, and decides to copy the running hip attack! It connects!

But then Jimmy returns to run Kofi over! Mule kick to uppercut, Woods comes in but gets the pop-up Samoan Drop! Jimmy dodges Kofi to clothesline him back, and steal the Boom Drop! Jimmy then copies the New Day clap, and takes aim at Kofi, for a chance to steal Trouble in Paradise! Kofi ducks under, tries his own, but Jimmy dodges that to tag Jey. Jimmy scoops Kofi, Jey climbs up, and they steal the Midnight Hour!!

Jey hurries to cover, TWO!! Kofi survives his own team finisher, but Jey keeps eyes on him. He runs in corner to corner, but Kofi dodges the splash! Jey and Kofi are down, Woods is back on his corner. Kofi crawls over but Jey anchors his feet. Kofi kicks Jey away and tags Woods! Woods dodges Jey to knock Jimmy down, Jey rolls up, TWO. They speed up, SUPERKICK but Woods still hits the roaring elbow! SUPERKICK from Woods to Jey, Kofi swing kicks Jimmy and Woods SUPERKICKS again! Another SUPERKICK to Jey, and Kofi tags in. Kofi climbs up, takes aim, and Woods hits another SUPERKICK, then launches for the Uce Splash!!

He hits, he covers, TWO!! The New Day can’t believe it! They stole the Usos’ moves but it didn’t finish them off, either! Kofi tags Woods back in, and the two go to opposite corners. They’re preparing to steal another move, but Jimmy shoves Kofi down. Woods runs in but is sent out, and Jimmy gets his brother back up. The Usos build speed together, and they both FLY!

The Usos wipe out all of the New Day! All five men are down on the outside, when the Bludgeon Brothers appear!

The menacing Harper & Rowan head down to the ring, armed with their hammers. Big E gets up first, and gets knocked down first! The match is thrown out but the Bludgeon Brothers keep going, beating up each Uso and then Kofi and Woods! Kofi is sent flying into a post, and Jey is sent into stairs. Jimmy is fed to the Scrapbuster!

Big E is brought into the ring, as is Woods. Rowan puts Woods on the apron, for a double boot sandwich!

That’s not all for Woods, he suffers a double draping suplex! Then Harper & Rowan turn their attention to Big E in the corner. Harper rams Big E while Rowan throws Kofi, then Harper throws Big E out so Rowan can come around and run him over! The Bludgeon Brothers return their attention to the Usos, taking one each for the powerslam sandwich! They stack the Usos, then Harper becomes a weapon for the scoop slam senton. Rowan tops it off with the big body splash, but they’re still not done!

Harper sits Jey up against steps, and then they get the hammers. Rowan swings, but Jey narrowly avoids the hit! However, Harper just body checks Jey into the crowd! The Bludgeon Brothers start to leave, but then decide they’re not done with Woods yet. Harper sets up steel steps and Rowan brings Woods over, for a powerbomb to the steps!!

The Bludgeon Brothers finally leave, having completely annihilated the SmackDown Tag Team title scene. Who will even be left standing to claim those titles with Harper & Rowan around?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

The Phenomenal One has the odds stacked against him. What does that do his confidence? He’s been talking about the odds for weeks now, and compared to other WWE Champions, this is probably the hardest any champion has worked to get to Wrestlemania. But Styles has a smile on his face because he’s done this his entire life. Styles did the impossible and made it phenomenal. His Wrestlemania Moment starts tonight. Styles has beaten all of the men in this match tonight 1v1, so– Shinsuke Nakamura appears!

Nakamura wishes Styles good luck. Nakamura wants Styles to win so that at Wrestlemania- Just stop, Shinsuke! Styles will make it to Wrestlemania to defend the title and it’ll be Nakamura who gets beat! Nakamura seems to like the sound of that. Will both Nakamura and Styles get what they want on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott!

The Squad leader and the Queen of Flair are each 2-0 on the other’s allies, and now one will get the clean sweep along with the title. Who will win to take the SmackDown Women’s Championship all the way to Wrestlemania?

The belt is raised, the bell rings, and it begins. Ruby gets the waistlock and wristlock, wanting her finish! Charlotte narrowly avoids that, and they circle again. Ruby gets the headlock and takeover but narrowly avoids the Figure Four. They circle again as “WOO!” echoes out with the fans. They tie up, Charlotte reversing a wristlock but Ruby grabbing hair. Charlotte gets to ropes and Ruby lets go, only to kick the rope to jack the jaw! Ruby puts on a headlock, Charlotte powers out, then catches Ruby for a Fall Away Slam!

Charlotte runs in but Ruby boots her away. Ruby hops up but Charlotte runs in again, only for Ruby to turn that into a sleeper. Charlotte bumps her off buckles but Ruby holds on, so they tumble to the apron and the floor! They both stand up but Charlotte rams Ruby into barriers. She then throws Ruby back into them, and then into the ring. Charlotte then spots someone creeping up behind, it’s Sarah Logan AND Liv Morgan!

The Squad has assembled, but Ruby is the one to strike with a sucker kick to the back of Charlotte’s head! Ruby puts Charlotte back in the ring, and hits the Riott Kick! Charlotte goes down, Ruby covers, TWO!? Ruby’s best move didn’t finish Charlotte? Ruby drags Charlotte up and dumps her out, then claims something got in her eye. This allows Sarah & Liv to slink around to where Charlotte is, but Naomi & Becky appear to back them off.

The Squad can’t do anything now that #RoyalGlowFire is all together. Ruby puts Charlotte in the ring and rains down rights to make up for that. The Squad cheers while the fans jeer, but Ruby hits Charlotte with a snap suplex. She rolls through to try another but Charlotte counters with a slingshot suplex! Ruby crawls away, Charlotte runs in but into a mule kick. Ruby uses Deadly Nightshade to ram Charlotte into buckles! She dumps Charlotte down again, then climbs up to fall back for the stage dive senton. Cover, TWO, but the Squad taunts Charlotte. Ruby drags Charlotte up and bounces her off the mat a couple times. The Squad applauds as Ruby drags Charlotte up into a straitjacket hold. Especially when Ruby adds her knees into it.

Charlotte endures the bending and stretching but fans are rallying for The Queen. Charlotte works her way back up to her feet, but Ruby bends her all the way back! Ruby gets on top of Charlotte, and makes her look at her friends. Ruby says “They’re gonna see you fail!” as she thrashes Charlotte around. The fans keep rallying, and Charlotte feeds off the energy to get up. Ruby reels her out for an STO! Cover, TWO, and Ruby grows frustrated. She stomps on Charlotte before going to a corner and climb up again. She cannonballs but gets knees to her back! Charlotte evades but Ruby puts up boots, only to end up in a draping neckbreaker! She doesn’t cover, she climbs over and up, but Ruby shoves her down! Charlotte hits barriers! Charlotte stirs with the ring count, so Ruby runs and DIVES! But she’s caught, into an exploder!

Ruby hits barriers, and Charlotte climbs up to then MOONSAULT on Ruby! Charlotte drags Ruby up and in, then covers, TWO! Charlotte tackles Ruby into the takedown but Ruby pushes her away. Ruby stands up, but Charlotte leaps for a big knee strike! Ruby staggers, Charlotte runs in, but misses and hits buckles. She still boots Ruby away, then climbs up, but Ruby rocks her with a forearm. Ruby climbs up, slapping Charlotte on the way, and hits a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! And Ruby can’t believe it! She grimaces as she thinks of what to do next.

Ruby brings Charlotte up to give her chops! But Charlotte only grows stronger, and slaps Ruby back before giving her those Flair chops! Chop after chop after chop, then even more chops! Charlotte whips but Ruby holds ropes, only to end up in a backbreaker and shot into the ropes. Ruby gasps but kicks Charlotte back to push Charlotte into buckles! Then the Squad slink in to provoke Becky & Naomi! The referee catches Becky & Naomi, and ejects them! The Squad goes after Charlotte behind his back! But then the referee suspects something, and decides to eject Sarah & Liv! Now it’s back to just champion and challenger, as it was meant to be!

Ruby protests, but doesn’t see Charlotte returning. Charlotte chops, then back suplex, then boots! She’s not done, she puts on the Figure Four, but Ruby counters with a small package! TWO! Ruby wants another Riott Kick but Charlotte reverses to whip Ruby. Ruby goes up, but no Deadly Nightshade this time. Charlotte swings Ruby out then in for an inverted Alabama Slam on buckles!

Charlotte catches her breath as Ruby staggers and flounders in the corner. Ruby staggers out, Charlotte runs in, SPEAR! Then, Figure Four to Figure Eight!

Ruby taps, Charlotte wins! The Queen retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship! She gets the 3-0 sweep to keep her throne as the top woman on the Blue Brand!

Wait a minute, Asuka’s here?!

Raw’s Empress of Tomorrow is here on a SmackDown Pay-Per-View?! And she enters the ring to be face-to-face with Charlotte! Asuka did win the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble match, and has yet to state which title she wants, so is this her way of challenging Charlotte? She has a huge grin on her face, and the fans are chanting “YES! YES!” Asuka then points at the Wrestlemania sign, that pretty much clears it up! If nobody is ready for Asuka, will Charlotte be ready for her in time for Wrestlemania?!

 

SmackDown Commissioner, Shane McMahon, appears!

Shane O’Mac is here to watch this important and incredible main event that he essentially had a hand in creating.

 

 

WWE Championship Six Pack Challenge: AJ Styles VS John Cena VS Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn VS Baron Corbin VS Dolph Ziggler!

What was a triple threat eventually spiraled into a Fatal 5, and then finally slammed into this star-studded six man one-fall match when the Face that Runs the Place desperately wanted a Road to Wrestlemania! Whether it is John Cena making history as a 17-time world champion, the Phenomenal One keeping his Wrestlemania Dream (Re)Match alive, or one of the other four shocking the world, only one man can face the King of Strong Style on the Grandest Stage of Them All!

The tension mounts, the bell rings, and Sami runs right at Cena only to end up in an AA! Kevin tries, but he runs into an AA! Corbin tries, gets an AA! Ziggler, into an AA! Styles fakes Cena out, not letting Cena complete the set. The fans are fired up seeing this amazing match-up once again.

Cena and Styles circle, but the dueling chants are thunderous. They tie up, Cena gets the headlock, Styles powers out. Cena runs Styles over, and embraces the cheers, jeers and boos. Styles springs up to hit back, but Cena gives his own haymakers. They go back and forth, “Yay!” for Styles and “Boo!” for Cena. Styles misses, Cena gets the fireman’s, but Styles lands out of the AA to kick and go for the Clash. Cena counters into the fireman’s carry, but Styles slips out to the apron. Styles backs Cena off, but then everyone else returns. From Styles to Kevin to Sami to Ziggler and Corbin, they all eye Cena.

Cena realizes the situation he’s in, and so do the fans. They chant “YES! YES!” and Cena ends up in a 5v1 beating! He takes punches, stomps and kicks, then is thrown right out of the ring. That leaves the other five to brawl as they see fit! Kevin throws Styles out while Ziggler and Corbin force Sami out, but the brawls continue even on the outside. Styles rocks Kevin, but Corbin pounces on Styles! Ziggler puts Sami into barriers while Corbin does the same to Styles, then Corbin rocks Kevin with a forearm. Sami fights back on Ziggler while Corbin puts Styles in the ring. Kevin hits Corbin, Corbin bowls Kevin into barriers.

Corbin returns in the ring and Styles rolls him up, TWO! Styles dumps Corbin out, but then Sami grabs Styles. Standing switch and roll up, TWO, so Styles throws Sami out. Kevin comes in, whips but Styles reverses the pop-up into a roll-up, TWO. Styles hits Kevin with a wheelbarrow facebuster! Corbin returns but Styles kicks him to sliding forearm him down. Ziggler in, gets an Ushigoroshi! Sami runs in but into Styles’ boot. Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Kevin breaks the cover, saving both “friend” and match. Sami slips out, leaving Kevin alone with Styles.

Styles puts Kevin on the apron but Kevin hits back. Kevin climbs up, but Styles revives to stop him short. They brawl while Styles climbs up, and Styles wants the superplex. Kevin resists, hits back and sends Styles down. Corbin returns to throw Styles out but Sami boots Corbin, for Corbin to boot back. Cena returns and runs Corbin over! Ziggler in, and hits Cena with the satellite DDT! But then Kevin frog splashes on Ziggler!

Styles breaks the cover just in time, and all six men are down. Kevin and Styles are the first up, the fans dueling again. Styles and Kevin brawl back and forth, a revisit from the US Championship rivalry. Styles unleashes a strike fest, Kevin breaks the combo with a right hand, but Styles hits the Pele! He hurries to bring Kevin into the Clash but Kevin sends Styles up and out. Corbin returns, but runs into a back elbow. He still grabs Kevin by the throat, for a Choke Slam Backbreaker! Ziggler in with the Zig-Zag!

But Cena’s back, and runs Ziggler over with the signature shoulder tackles. Cena hits Ziggler with the spin-out bomb, but he sees Sami coming in, so he uses another spin-out bomb to set Sami right beside Ziggler. Deja vu to Elimination Chamber, “You Can’t See Me!” and TEN Knuckle Shuffle! Cena targets Ziggler, fireman’s carry, but Ziggler counters with a Famouser!

Cover, TWO! Ziggler is frustrated, but stands up and stalks Cena. He tunes up the band a la HBK, and Cena stands, but dodges! Takedown, into the STF! Ziggler flails and reaches, but Styles returns to break up the hold. Cena staggers up, Styles grabs him in the Clash, but Cena counters with a fireman’s carry, only for Styles to counter back! STYLES CLASH!!

Cover, but Sami breaks it just in time! Sami rains rights down on Styles, then lefts, going wild on Styles. Corbin comes back in while fans declare “This is Awesome!” and brawls with Sami. Sami gets the edge but Corbin knees low to throw Sami out. Sami shoulders back in and bumps Corbin off buckles, only for Corbin to uppercut him out of his slingshot! Corbin runs at Kevin, but slides out then in to lariat Kevin! Styles returns, but runs into a deep Deep Six! Ziggler returns, but his satellite is thrown off, for End of- No, Ziggler slips out! Corbin runs at him, but Ziggler side steps to send Corbin out. Corbin lands on his feet and drags Ziggler out to toss him over barriers. The Lone Wolf pursues the Show-Off, ramming him into more barriers. Then Corbin barrels into Ziggler, busting him through the Plexiglas hockey boards!

Ziggler and Corbin are down and out, leaving things to Kevin, Styles, Sami and Cena. Kevin goes after Styles with a boot, then tears apart the American announce table! AND the German announce table! He puts Styles on one, and drags him to his feet. Kevin shouts, “This is MY show! MY title!” But Styles enziguris Kevin! Kevin falls to a knee, then falls to his stomach. Styles clobbers Sami into the time keeper area while Kevin stirs. Cena sees Kevin and the tables, and hurries over! Cena lifts Kevin in the fireman’s carry, but Kevin fights out. Styles runs in, but into the announce desk AA!!

Cena gets Kevin up and into the ring, but Kevin gets to a corner and boots Cena away. Sami clobbers Cena with a clothesline, but Cena ends up out of the ring. This leaves the “best friends” alone in the ring. Everyone is expecting something, and even Kevin expects a fight. But Sami reminds Kevin the promise he made. Sami is a man of his word, so he’s going to do it. The fans want a fight, but Sami lies down!

Kevin isn’t sure if he can trust this, and fans sure don’t want it this way. But Sami says this is Kevin’s chance, so do it! Kevin doesn’t trust Sami, he grabs Sami by the throat, but then Sami counters with a small package! TWO! And then they brawl! That’s what fans want!

The fight spills to the outside, Kevin putting Sami right into barriers. Kevin then brings Sami into bomb position, and lifts Sami up, but Sami saves himself by grabbing ropes. Kevin joins Sami on the apron and tries from there, but Sami resists to back drop Kevin onto the apron. They both fall to the floor, and Shane sits nearby to watch and enjoy it. However, Sami locks eyes on Shane. “Is this what you wanted? Got a good enough seat, Shane?!” Shane stands up to Sami, but Sami continues to accuse the “tough guy” of conspiring to drive the two apart. Sami sees Kevin coming and dodges, the SUPERKICK goes into Shane!

Kevin sees what he just did but isn’t all that bothered by it. Sami then hits Kevin with the daredevil DDT! Sami is enraged while the fans continue to say “This is Awesome!” He drags Kevin up and in, and takes aim from opposite corners. Sami runs but into the SUPERKICK! Ziggler returns, but Kevin bucks the Zig-Zag away to then Pop-Up Powerbomb! Cover, Shane drags the referee out?! Shane screws Kevin all over again! Kevin glares at Shane, but then Sami HELLUVA Kicks! Only for Shane to drag Sami out! Now Shane’s screwed Sami all over again! Ziggler uses this opening to go for a cover, but Sami breaks the cover just in time! Shane backs off to his seat again while Sami, Kevin and Ziggler are all down.

Corbin returns, and runs Cena over with steel steps. Corbin puts the steps into the ring, and takes aim to run Sami over. He aims at Ziggler and runs Ziggler over. Then he hits Kevin. Corbin grins as he sees Cena returning, dazed and wobbly. Corbin runs at Cena, but Cena blocks the steps! Cena kicks Corbin and hits him with the stairs, three times! Cena puts the steps down, and lines it up. Fireman’s carry, AA to the steps!

Cover, but Ziggler barely breaks it in time. Corbin gets away, and Cena feels the frustration. Ziggler crawls to ropes, Cena lifts the steps, and tosses them! Ziggler evades and SUPERKICKS, but Cena back with an AA! Roll through, to another- No, Kevin is back and he hits Cena with the Pop-Up Powerbomb! PHENOMENAL FOREARM OUTTA NOWHERE!! Styles wins!! Styles uses the chaos to his favor to defy the odds and retain the WWE Championship! That keeps the Wrestlemania Moment he and the King of Strong Style both wanted right where it is!

But while Styles basks in Phenomenal glory, Cena wallows in uncertainty. Is there no way for the still only 16-time world champion to make it to Wrestlemania 34?

 

My Thoughts:

There was a lot of confusion and awkwardness in the build to this SmackDown-only PPV, but Fastlane itself did a lot to push that aside and give us great action tonight. They didn’t really give much time to advertise the kickoff’s six man tag, but the match itself was pretty good considering how poorly Tye, Mojo, Breezango & Benjamin-Gable have been used. If anything, that match should be reason enough to give these six to do relevant things in the near future. Opening the main show with Nakamura-Rusev, and in an extended match, was a really good move for everyone. It gives people exposure to Nakamura, it gives fans plenty of Rusev, and therefore gets the show heated up right away.

Though, the opening pace of Roode-Orton kinda killed some of that. It got better by the end but it would’ve been great if they managed some of the energy created by Nakamura-Rusev. Mahal coming out was somewhat telegraphed by the kickoff as well as his backstage viewing, but I thought it would’ve been as interference. Him just calling out Orton was better, actually, especially with Roode ruining Mahal’s attack while also attacking Orton. Many feel the plan is a triple threat for the US Championship, and that can still work with how this was set up at the end. The Women’s Tag was fun, with only a few mishaps, and mostly surprising that Carmella won.

The Smackdown Tag Team title match was full of great surprises, like both teams using the other’s signature moves to try and defeat them. It speaks to how familiar they are with each other after all the matches they’ve had. Then Harper & Rowan showing up to “ruin” the match and brutalize all five of them was incredible. I don’t know why the Wyatt Family wasn’t used like this when it was three (and then four) of them, but given the kayfabe injuries for Xavier Woods and how this has become personal for the Usos and New Day, I imagine another triple threat for SmackDown at Wrestlemania with these three teams.

The SmackDown Women’s Championship match was great. Ruby was able to keep up with Charlotte, and there was some good story with The Squad, Naomi & Becky showing up, to then get banned later. Charlotte winning was expected, but Asuka showing up was not! It’s great to see her going after the champion who would give her the best match, but it did keep Carmella from cashing in. Maybe Carmella will try in the last four weeks we have before Wrestlemania, but maybe she will wait until after.

Then that Six Pack Challenge, that was a really great match. The Fatal 5 from last SmackDown was fun, and this did improve upon it thanks to Cena’s presence. I didn’t expect him to dish out so many AA’s just to start things off. Shane just can’t help himself, though, can he? This speaks a lot to what we’ve heard about the rest of the ‘Mania card, though… Styles VS Nakamura is still happening, so that’s great. Cena’s fate is still undetermined, but that might lead to something really great for him and fans.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 10.6.2022

The GO HOME to Bound for Glory! What kind of last minute changes (if any) happen tonight?

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Well we’ve got the GO HOME for Bound For Glory! It is definitely a little odd for the biggest PPV in the company to be two weeks after Victory Road; but hey the matches look pretty damn good.

Kaz gets a tune up match before his title shot, but you have to think if Kenny King can get a win; he’d make the title match a Triple Threat. As well as a Maclin vs Moose showdown with Sami Callihan as referee.

So we get to see how they hype the PPV and how the rest of the PPV shakes out!

Ratings:

  • Kenny King vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via Chicken Wing – ***
  • Gisele Shaw vs Mia Yim: Yim wins via Eat Defeat – ** 1/2
  • Special Referee: Sami Callihan: Moose vs Steve Maclin: Maclin wins via Callihan’s Revenge – ***
  • Swingerellas w/Zicky Dice & Johnny Swinger vs Taya & JesSICKa w/Rosemary: JesSICKa wins via SICK-ishi Driver – N/A
  • Matt Taven w/Mike & Maria vs Alex Shelley w/Chris Sabin: Shelley wins via Shellshock – *** 1/4

 

Results:

Kenny King vs Frankie Kazarian

Collar and Elbow/Headlock tie ups start the match before the Rope Run Shoulder tackle spots. A lot of World of Sport style counter wrestling, different take overs, cradles and eventually Kaz takes advantage of an opening with a big Lariat combo.

Kenny baits Kaz into trying his Guillotine Leg Drop on the apron, but pulls his head back in and then Planchas on his head. Leg Lariats, Leg Drops, Rising Knee Strikes, all great offense from King before Kaz tries a few reversals to catch a breath. King charges and Kaz does an Overhead Belly to Belly toss into the corner.

Scoop Slam into the Springboard Guillotine from Kaz for 2. Kaz tries for the Chicken Wing, but rams Kaz face first into the turnbuckle. T-Bone Suplex Hold from King for 2. Royal Flush attempt from Kenny, Eddy Gordo kick into Tiger Driver…only 2! Royal Flush again, but Kaz grabs the ropes and falls back into a Chicken Wing. The Heavy Metal Rebel gets the submission win!

Gisele Shaw vs Mia Yim

Mickie James comes out on commentary to scout Yim a little going into their Bound For Glory match.

Gisele and Mia start off in mostly a stalemate, but Gisele still jaws over at Mickie. After a little counter play, Mia hooks in a Front Neck Choke, but Gisele powers up and slams Mia into the corner. Mia tries an Outside-In Enzuigiri, Gisele blocks it, Stun Guns and then wipes out Mia with a Tornillo.

Commercial break comes back with Gisele leaving her feet when throwing Mia into the corner and then mocking Mickie James. Mia tries to fight back, Final Cut from Gisele for 2. Gisele goes for a stomp, misses, Buzzsaw Kick, misses, and Mia lights her up with Knife Edge Chops. Spinning Rope Assisted Enzuigiri into a Green Killer puts an end to Mia’s offense. Rope run strikes leads to Gisele hitting a great Step Over Dragon Kick but Mia responds with a Headbutt as they’re both down for a second. John Woo Dropkick from Mia, Senton in the corner for 2, Mia tries to set up and Eat Defeat, but Gisele throws her into the ropes. Backbreaker/Flatliner combo gives Gisele a 2, Mia retreats to the corner a little, Gisele chases and then gets caught with an Eat Defeat.

Impact Flashback Moment: TNA PPV #28: 1.22.2003 Raven attacking Jeff Jarrett

Special Referee: Sami Callihan: Moose vs Steve Maclin

Moose comes out all taped up, hits ribs and his mid section. While Maclin looks fine and Sami has a black eye. I like the setup since Moose being banged up before the Gauntlet lends more reason to him not winning yet nit getting hurt by a loss.

Early on, the action in the ring is secondary to Sami Callihan hamming it up. He turns his back on corner strikes, stops counts and chants “WRESTLING” at the crowd. He’s really just letting things go, I think even Red Shoes would even think this is a little too rules light.

Sami’s very sarcastic and campy delivery of checking on wrestlers and starting occasional counts is great. He also congratulates people on big haymakers with the sarcastic “GOOD JOB”. The wrestling is a pretty good slugfest so far, but Sami takes away from the action with his antics; but that’s also the role he’s purposefully playing. Callihan plays into their desire to beat on each other, but the satire of the “Ref Machine” isn’t something I could tolerate often.

Standing 10 count, Sami stops at 4 and tells them to “GET YOUR ASS UP”. Which starts a chant, of course. Maclin hits the Crosshairs, and then Sami is hamming it up and takes his sweet time starting a count. Moose hits Go To Hell, but Sami got bounced and started talking to the crowd instead of counting. Light Out miss, KIA miss, round-a-bout, Lights Out, 1-2-FUCK YOU. Cactus Driver ’97 on Moose and Maclin. Sami puts Maclin on Moose and counts 3.

I am so happy this was a Joe Hendry vignette. 

Swingerellas w/Zicky Dice & Johnny Swinger vs Taya & JesSICKa w/Rosemary

JesSICKa has such great intro music. I’m glad they repackaged her into something somewhat entertaining since Havoc was not worth anything anymore.

JesSICKa throws the one in the corner, Taya hits her with the Seeing Shadows Knees in the corner, Rope Hung Sliding German Suplex and then Jess comes in and hits the SICK-ishi Driver.

It was a squash match, but trying to build JesSICKa is solid.

Matt Taven w/Mike & Maria vs Alex Shelley w/Chris Sabin

A little talking and then Taven lights up Shelley. They start some counter wrestling, Taven grabs Shelley, almost hits The Climax; but Shelley counters it into a Border City Stretch attempt, and Taven powders.

Coming back in, Shelley has control with a Headlock, followed by a soccer kick to the shoulder blades. Shelley tries to speed up, Taven keeps up well and drops Shelley with a Dropkick. Bennett trips Shelley and then Sabin trips Taven in a classic eye for an eye tweener style the Guns love.

After some outside the ring antics, Shelley comes back in, charges Taven in the corner and connects. Tries to follow up but a little over aggression and admonishment from the ref gives Taven a few opportunities. Commercial break and Taven hits a nice Backbreaker for a near fall, into a Bow and Arrow stretch, Side Russian Leg Sweep into Lion Sault from Taven – no one’s home!

Slow crawl to their feet, a quick back and forth, Soccer kicks, Border City attempt, but no. Shelley keeps wrist control locomotion chops, arm breaker into – Taven’s Leg Lariat. Lion Sault from Taven for 2. Drop Toe Hold into the turnbuckle, Tornado DDT from Shelley. Bennett gets involved, Sabin equals things out, Superkick into Shiranui and Maria  puts the foot on the ropes. Ref sees Maria, but still breaks his count anyway. A little back and forth, Kick of the King into Aurora Borealis, knees up, pinfall counters…only 2! Penalty Kick, Shellshock attempt, Bennet attacks as the referee is distracted. Just the Tip from Taven, Shellshock from Shelley and Shelley wins!

Jordynne doesn’t speak well and Scott did carry a lot of the early speaking parts of the contract signing. Masha stayed silent, so hearing the champ/babyface having to brag about their resume is a little corny. Masha only says one thing really, and that’s “Masha’s Gonna Kill You” and literally flips the table onto Jordynne. 

The cliché contract brawl expected and the fact that Masha hit the Russian Death Device through the table, makes you think Jordynne will retain. 

Overall Score: 6.5/10

Solid in ring work, the video packages were good and got the point across for the bigger matches. Alisha and Eddie kinda mirroring Gisele and Tom Brady is pretty hilarious as well. The finish to the show did hurt it a little. The crowd peaked at the Sami antics, everyone loves when the Guns are in action as tag or singles…and then a color by numbers contract signing is meh.

A few of the fun story beats with Killer Kelly and Tasha, Joe Hendry and Swinger drama is a great way of showing how to weave in lower card stories without a big name or title involved; and to keep it intriguing.

Do I think this would’ve helped someone on the fence decide to purchase Bound for Glory? No, I don’t. But at this point, Impact has a niche audience so at least the card looks promising.


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/5/22)

Happy Dynamite Anniversary!

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AEW Year 4

AEW Dynamite starts on Year 4!

AEW celebrates the Dynamite Anniversary in a big, BIG way! Perhaps biggest of all, Daniel Garcia teams with Bryan Danielson to take on Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • MJF VS Wheeler Yuta; MJF wins.
  • Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal; Darby wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
  • Six Woman Tag: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena w/ Saraya VS Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb & Penelope Ford w/ Britt Baker; Storm, Nightingale & Athena win.
  • Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose; Hangman wins.
  • Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara; Jericho & Guevara win.

PLAY BY PLAY

MJF VS Wheeler Yuta!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman is poised to go after the AEW World Championship whenever he wants, but he may have gone and upset the wrong one. The Blackpool Combat Club’s Decoder looks to prove MJF is not better than anyone, but will that be the case? Or will the Devil of AEW have another trick up his sleeve?

The bell rings and Yuta dares MJF to make a move. Fans rally behind Yuta and MJF is upset. MJF approaches, but then dodges Yuta to strut. MJF dusts himself off as fans duel, and then MJF and Yuta tie up. MJF pulls Yuta’s hair and pushes him backward into a corner. The ref counts, MJF lets off slowly, but Yuta avoids the sucker punch to ROCK MJF over and over! Yuta stomps away, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. MJF reverses, Yuta goes up and over and arm-drags MJF around! Yuta fakes MJF out on the third to do his own strut! Fans cheer, MJF rushes in but into a DROPKICK!

Yuta wrenches MJF around into an OLYMPIC SLAM! Fans fire up as Yuta climbs a corner! But MJF slow rolls away to the far corner. Yuta hops down, storms up but MJF uses ropes as a defense. Yuta pushes past the ref but MJF YANKS him into the buckles! MJF stomps away now, but lets off as the ref counts. MJF scowls while fans duel and MJF drags Yuta up. MJF whips corner to corner to WRING Yuta out into the buckles! MJF then soaks up the cheers and jeers. MJF mocks a fan in the crowd then goes back to Yuta. MJF CLAWS Yuta’s back, then KNEES Yuta in the back. MJF clamps on a chinlock but Yuta endures.

Fans rally and Yuta pries at the hold. Yuta fights up, throws body shots, then an elbow. Yuta waistlocks but MJF mule kicks a knee. Yuta JAWBREAKERS back! Yuta runs but MJF scoops for a BACKBREAKER to a gut wrench and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans duel while MJF argues the count. The ref defends that two is two as AEW goes picture in picture.

MJF CHOKES Yuta! The ref reprimands but MJF lets off. Yuta sit sup and gets to ropes. MJF CHOKES Yuta on the ropes! The ref counts, MJF lets off again, and Yuta sputters to a corner. MJF drags Yuta up, whips him corner to corner, and MJF back drops Yuta! MJF poses and fans duel, but then MJF tells them all “Up yours!” MJF whips Yuta to ropes, and he back drops Yuta again! MJF paces around, scowls at the fans, then he drags Yuta up in a corner. MJF whips corner to corner hard and Yuta bounces off the buckles. The ref checks but Yuta refuses to stop here. MJF whips Yuta hard into the other corner!

Yuta falls to the mat again while MJF tells DC off. MJF then storms over to Yuta and digs his boot in at the corner. The ref counts, MJF lets off at 4, and then he drags Yuta up. Yuta ROCKS MJF! And again! And again! Yuta fires off forearm after forearm, but then MJF throws Yuta down by his hair! The ref reprimands but MJF scowls again. MJF drags Yuta up again, bumps him off buckles, stares down the fans again, then he wrenches Yuta to whip corner to corner. Yuta reverses as Dynamite returns to single picture and MJF hits buckles hard! Both men are down, a standing count begins, and fans rally up.

MJF stands and he storms over, but Yuta cradles! TWO! MJF kicks low, whips Yuta to ropes, but Yuta kicks back! Yuta waistlocks, MJF flails and grabs the ropes. Yuta drags MJF from the ropes, and he avoids MJF stomping his feet! And again, and again! MJF elbows free, whips Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta holds on and drags MJF back up, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Yuta drags MJF up again, for the THIRD GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! #SuplexYuta drags MJF up again, for a FOURTH GERMAN! Fans fire up as Yuta kips up! Yuta roars and he hurries to a corner.

Yuta goes up top, but MJF rolls away again. Fans are torn but Yuta runs in this time, but into an elbow! MJF goes up and DOUBLE STOMPS Yuta’s arm! MJF grabs the bad arm, but Yuta switches around to waistlock! MJF fights the German, slips an arm in and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips, Yuta ducks ‘n’ dodges to whip, but MJF blocks. MJF whips, dodges, but Yuta jumps! MJF blocks the rana into a POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives the powerbomb backbreaker fusion and MJF is beside himself! Fans rally and William Regal criticizes MJF for sulking rather than pouncing.

MJF kicks Yuta and slaps him around. Fans duel as Yuta eggs MJF on. MJF slaps so Yuta SLAPS! And ROCSK! And CHOPS! And repeat! ROLLING- NO, MJF kicks first, but Yuta blocks it! But then MJF pokes Yuta in the eye! The ref reprimands but MJF runs, into Yuta’s ENZIGURI! MJF wobbles and sits back and fans fire up with Yuta. Yuta shakes out his bad arm, CLAWS MJF’s face, then stands him up to CHOP! Yuta whips, MJF sunset flips, TWO! Yuta sits on the cover, TWO! MJF sunsets again, TWO! Yuta sits, ONE! MJF sunsets, ONE! Yuta, ONE! MJF, ONE! Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat! Fans are loving this!

MJF has the sunset again, TWO! Yuta jackknifes, TWO as MJF bridges! MJF spins things around to hook the arms, but then swings Yuta out into a gut wrench! But Yuta fights it to turn that around! MJF fights it back again! But then Yuta victory rolls, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! Yuta has it back, TWO! MJF has it again, with crossed legs! TWO!! Yuta escapes, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! DC is thunderous for this one, and this is just the first match! They cheer for “A E DUB!” as a standing count begins. The count passes 5 of 10, then reaches 8! Yuta and MJF stir, sit up at 9, and they both stand at 9.5!

Yuta is in the corner, MJF runs in, but Yuta slips out! Yuta DECKS MJF, drags himself up top, but MJF gets up to trip him up! MJF sits Yuta up and hops up to join him, to then cravat! MJF drags Yuta onto his shoulder and then into the gut wrench! But Yuta kicks his heels together to fight that! Yuta slips back, and he CLAWS MJF’s face! Yuta then adjusts position, tightrope walks to SUPER STEINER! MJF flounders away and out of the ring, but Yuta DIVES! Direct hit and MJF moves the railing back! The fans are thunderous again as Yuta puts MJF in! Yuta hurries up top, but MJF starts rolling! And he flips Yuta off! YUTA STILL DIVING SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Fans are thunderous and Yuta can’t believe MJF survives! Yuta drags MJF up but he’s dead weight. “This is Awesome!” as Yuta gives MJF HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! MJF is a bobblehead, and then Yuta shifts him around into the SEAT- NO! MJF slips out to get SALT OF THE EARTH!! Yuta endures as MJF pushes that arm! Yuta shifts around, reaches out, but MJF drags Yuta away! OVER-THE-BACK FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Yuta taps, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by submission

Fans are torn, but one thing that’s rather surprising here: MJF did things fair and square! Yuta gets up and he turns MJF around! Yuta wants MJF to acknowledge the fans on this one. Yuta offers a handshake! MJF isn’t sure, but Yuta says MJF can be a man here and shake Yuta’s hand. MJF is conflicted, but he reaches out… Only for Lee Moriarty to attack from behind! The Firm’s #TAIGASTYLE strikes, but MJF is mad?! MJF tells Moriarty that he did NOT order that. This is Moriarty going against MJF’s orders! Stokely Hathaway comes out, eating a pear, and he holds out MJF’s Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF says he doesn’t want it like this, but Stokely tells him to just do it!

MJF takes the ring, puts it on, and Moriarty sits Yuta up. Fans boo but here comes Regal! Regal puts on the BRASS KNUCKLES! Stokely and Moriarty bail as fans chant for Regal. Regal gets in the ring with MJF, dares him to use the ring on him. Fans tell MJF that “YOU F’D UP!” MJF tells Regal he’s not gonna do this, and he storms off. Was this a moment of MJF having a change of heart? Is that even possible?

 

AEW looks at the THREE YEARS of history behind tonight’s main event.

Chris Jericho brought together a group known as The Inner Circle: himself, Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager, and Sammy Guevara. The young Spanish God has been Jericho’s protégé since the beginning of Dynamite. On the other side, Daniel Garcia came in with “2Point0,” Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker, while The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, came in alone to shake up the foundation of AEW. Bryan told Jon Moxley, “What if we took someone like Wheeler Yuta under our wing? What if we took someone like Daniel Garcia away from 2Point0?” That was the beginning of the Blackpool Combat Club.

As for Jericho, his Inner Circle soon fell apart, because Santana & Ortiz didn’t “appreciate” Jericho. But Hager and Guevara stayed by Jericho’s side in the Jericho Appreciation Society, which took in Garcia & 2Point0. Then cut to Anarchy in the Arena, the bloodiest faction warfare in AEW history, and perhaps in all of professional wrestling. Or perhaps, in sports entertainment. The JAS came out the winners as Jericho and Hager took Bryan out together. But Bryan didn’t stay away long, and he had a battle with Garcia. This started planting a seed in Garcia’s head, and Jericho questioned Garcia’s loyalties.

Bryan VS Garcia II went the American Dragon’s way and that infuriated Jericho. Garcia didn’t appreciate Jericho ruining the moment, but then Garcia had his own moment by taking Wheeler Yuta’s ROH Pure Championship. Jericho would do the same to Claudio Castagnoli and the ROH World Championship, but in a far less honorable way. Bryan made one more plea to Garcia that he could be BCC, but Jericho told him to shut up! Jericho has vowed to “desecrate” ROH and what it stands for. Will he do just that as he takes on the pro-wrestlers, Bryan Danielson & Daniel Garcia?

 

Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.

Tony Schiavone says that showdown of BCC VS JAS is in tonight’s main event. Matthew Menard shouts at the camera, “Daniel Garcia! After everything we have been through together, you wanna spit in our face and team with Bryan Danielson? No problem! But you take a gift, a gift that this man (Chris Jericho) gave you, that hat, and throw it on the ground?!” Hager sure likes the hat. Angelo Parker says they walked into AEW together. 2Point0 loves Garcia. He is family! But it seems Garcia has lost his way.

Jericho says Garcia is a petulant child who sticks his finger in the light socket even though he’s been told not to. But that’s okay. It is that rebellious nature that brought him to the JAS. But Garcia needs to remember that every trick he was taught, he was taught by them. They taught him how to be a great sports entertainer. Schiavone says, “You’re talking about systematic cheating, right?” To-may-to, to-mah-to, Schiavone. Lessons will be taught, lessons will be learned, and Jericho just hopes Garcia makes the right decision. Sammy shouts, “And if you don’t…! We’re gonna end you.”

Jericho says, “Speaking of ending, Bryan, tonight is gonna be a taste of what you’re gonna get in Toronto. I’m gonna desecrate the legacy of ROH. I’m gonna leave Toronto as the Ring of Jericho Champion, and still be the Ocho.” Jericho has issued his title match challenge to Bryan Danielson, but will he end up losing here tonight?

 

Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal!

The Relentless One dared this former ROH World Champion to do things truly 1v1 with no one in their corners, and surprisingly, the challenge was accepted! Will Darby prove he is worthy of gold in time for Full Gear? Or will it be a Lethal Injection that puts the rising star down?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Lethal and Darby tie up, Lethal gets around to a waistlock but Darby switches. Lethal switches back, Darby switches again, Lethal switches again, but then Darby slips away. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. Darby and Lethal tie up, Darby headlocks, but Lethal slips through and wrenches into a headlock of his own. Darby pries free, headlocks back and hits the takeover. Lethal headscissors, Darby moves around to get free and get the headlock back, but Lethal back suplexes. Darby lands on his feet, Lethal arm-drags him down, but Darby shifts around to get the headlock back!

Lethal fights up as fans rally, and Lethal wrenches free. Lethal wrenches, wrenches, hammerlocks, but Darby reaches back. Fans rally and duel, Darby hammerlocks, but Lethal spins. Darby spins with him to keep the hammerlock, and then again! Lethal runs to ropes to throw Darby out. Darby hurries back in as Lethal slides out, and Darby eggs Lethal on. Lethal rushes in but Darby sidesteps. Lethal hooks Darby to whip, but Darby goes up, steadies himself and springboards for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up as Darby sweeps and covers, ONE! The two stand off again and fans cheer. Darby smirks and he offers a handshake.

Lethal considers it, but he kicks low! Lethal whips Darby to a corner, runs in but Darby goes up and over. Darby comes back to monkey flip but Lethal handsprings through. Lethal comes back to monkey flips but Darby lands on his feet! Darby stops from running into the ref, only to turn around into a dropkick to the legs! Lethal looms over Darby, drags him around by the bad leg, and isolates the leg to stomp the knee! And then springboard STOMP it! Darby clutches his leg and crawls away but Lethal KICKS Darby’s leg into the corner. Lethal drags Darby up for a SHIN BREAKER! Darby hobbles back but Lethal stands him up.

Lethal whips corner to corner but Darby falls over halfway! Fans rally and duel as Lethal stalks Darby. Darby kicks out Lethal’s legs! Lethal falls right into the GUILLOTINE! Darby pulls on the head but Lethal fights up. Darby body scissors to add on but Lethal CLUBS away on the back leg! Lethal suplexes, but Darby slips around to a REVERSE DDT! Not quite a Scorpion Death Drop but still effective! Darby crawls to a cover, TWO! Fans rally as AEW goes picture in picture.

Darby and Lethal slowly rise, and Darby fires off forearms! Lethal wobbles, Darby runs the ropes, but Lethal CHOP BLOCKS Darby off the ropes! Darby crashes down and Lethal paces. Lethal grabs the leg, drops elbow after elbow on the knee, and then keeps dropping more elbows! Lethal lets off after TEN elbows, and fans fire up. Lethal looms over Darby, covers, TWO! Lethal looms over Darby again, drags him up, and suplexes, only for Darby to cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, and he CLOBBERS Darby! Lethal catches his breath, drags Darby by the bad leg and puts that leg on the ropes. The ref reprimands, so Lethal drags Darby from the ropes.

Lethal drops another elbow on the knee! Darby claws at Lethal but Lethal pulls back on a toehold! Darby endures while AEW goes to break.

Dynamite returns and the ref counts as Lethal digs his boot into Darby’s leg. Lethal lets off at 4, goes to the far corner, and he waits on Darby to get up. Fans rally, Darby drags himself up and Lethal runs in. Lethal blocks Darby’s boots, hooks the bad leg in the ropes, and STOMPS the leg down! Darby hobbles, Lethal reels him in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Darby writhes and clutches his leg again but fans still rally. Lethal puts Darby up top, CLUBS the bad leg again and again, then climbs up to join Darby. Fans duel, Darby throws body shots, and then he ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! Darby stands up, but Lethal grabs the bad leg.

Darby CLUBS away on Lethal, but Lethal SUPER DRAGON SCREWS! And then gets the legs, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Darby endures and fans “WOO~!” as Lethal puts on the pressure. Darby swipes at Lethal but can’t reach. Darby reaches for the ropes now, fans rally as he crawls and drags Lethal with him, but Lethal drags Darby away! Lethal puts on as much pressure as he can, but Darby turns things over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets off in frustration and Darby goes to a corner. Lethal runs in, but into an elbow! Darby hops up the corner to get a boost, but Lethal denies the Throwback!

Darby’s leg jams and he hobbles, Lethal runs to handspring! LETHAL- NO, Darby table tops the Injection! Lethal sits up, Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives and fans fire up again. But wait, there’s Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh! They honored the request until now, and now they’re storming down to ringside! Darby climbs a corner but sees Sonjay, and then Lethal trips Darby up! Sonjay cheers but Lethal tells him and Satnam to go to the back. Lethal says he has this 1v1, but then Darby runs in to RANA! Darby has the cover, TWO! Lethal sunsets but Darby rolls through to come back with a prawn hold! Lethal rolls through that, but Darby sunsets!

Lethal rolls through the sunset to push Darby to one, only for Darby to roll through and step through! LAST SUPPER! DARBY WINS!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

Sonjay & Satnam showed up, and maybe that cost Lethal! Lethal is frustrated, but Darby wants him to hold on. Darby is telling Lethal that he’s better than Sonjay & Satnam. Darby wants to shake hands on this, and fans chant “YES! YES!” Lethal is conflicted but Darby gives him a shove. Lethal shakes Darby’s hand! The only ones not happy about it are Sonjay & Satnam! But will they just have to accept that Lethal actually has some honor?

 

AEW looks closely at The Embassy.

Prince Nana says, “The day has come, my friends.” Originally under Tully Blanchard Enterprises, Prince Nana bought the managing rights to the Gates of Agony, Toa Liona & Kaun, and The Machine, Brian Cage. The Embassy is back, and the GOA will come after every single piece of gold in every single tag team division! And as for the TNT Championship… Brian Cage keeps hearing that this is somehow his comeback. It’s not a comeback, this is his arrival! And while Wardlow has had a hell of a year, that changes tonight, because he faces The Machine, the Swolverine!

And after tonight, Cage adds one more name to the list: The NEW AEW TNT Champion. “The answer to the question, ‘Who’s better than Brian Cage?’ is still, ‘Nobody.'” Nana tells everyone that you know the song: We in the money~! We in the money~! But will they be singing that song all the way to the bank?

AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The Clash of the Titans will have nothing on this! The Maestro of Mayhem has been conducting Powerbomb Symphonies week in and week out, but now he runs into a man very much his physical equal. Will the Machine not survive the war that’s coming? Or will this be the night the music died?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and in DC, THIS IS WAAAR~!

Fans rally up for “WARD~LOW!” as he stares down with Cage. Cage ROCKS Wardlow, powers him back and fires off in the corner! Cage RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then lets off to soak up the heat. Wardlow shakes out the cobwebs to then grab Cage and put him in the corner! Wardlow fires off body shots and RAMS his shoulder in again and again! Wardlow lets up, whips corner to corner, but Cage comes back to LARIAT! Wardlow stays up! Wardlow LARIATS, but Cage stays up! They stare down again and fans fire up as the haymakers start flying! Wardlow and Cage go back and forth, but Wardlow gets the edge.

Cage KNEES low, whips Wardlow to ropes, but Wardlow ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up from that insane agility, and Wardlow runs, only for Cage to duck and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Wardlow ends up on ropes, Cage dials it up!? 619- NO!! Wardlow blocks the call, for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans are fired up for Wardlow, but Nana is shouting at Cage to get up! Wardlow says it is time, and he drags Cage up. Wardlow reels Cage in, but Nana distracts Cage and the ref on the apron. The ref reprimands, but Cage Alabama Lifts Wardlow, for a SIT-OUT ALABAMA SLAM! Wardlow goes to a corner and Nana says to finish this!

AEW goes picture in picture and Cage goes to Wardlow. Cage digs his boot in, the ref counts and Cage lets off. Cage mocks the fans clapping for Wardlow, and he runs in side to side for a BOOT WASH! Cage then drags Wardlow up, scoops him, and carries him around to do bicep curls! And then FALL AWAY SLAM, without falling! Cage flexes while soaking up the heat. Cage drags Wardlow up but Wardlow throws body shots. Cage BOOTS Wardlow back down! Wardlow sees Nana talking smack and takes a swing, but Cage stomps Wardlow down. Cage digs his boot in, lets off at 4, and then drags Wardlow up again.

Cage scoops Wardlow to SLAM him, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Cage clamps onto Wardlow with a chinlock to keep him down. Wardlow endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Cage KNEES low again, then has Wardlow in a corner for a BIG haymaker! Cage whips but Wardlow reverses, but Cage goes up and over to roll Wardlow. Wardlow slips free but Cage basement BOOTS him down! Nana cheers that agility and Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Wardlow up but Wardlow throws body shots. Cage knees low again, ROCKS Wardlow with a right, then HEADBUTTS him into a corner.

Cage KICKS away on Wardlow in the corner, soaks up the heat, and then storms up on Wardlow. Wardlow throws hands as Dynamite returns to single picture, and he backs Cage down! Cage JUMP KNEES back! Wardlow staggers, Cage storms up in the corner to wrench and whip. Wardlow goes up and up and hits WHISPER IN THE WIND?!? No one can believe it but that’s what happened! Cage staggers up but into Wardlow’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Cage staggers up again, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Nana is freaking out as Wardlow waistlocks again. Cage throws elbows, but ends up in an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Fans fire up as Wardlow has Cage in a drop zone! Wardlow climbs up a corner, but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Wardlow goes to the apron, Cage climbs up and he brings Wardlow up! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow survives and Nana is pissed! The ref defends the count but Cage looms over Wardlow. “This is Awesome!” as Cage says this is it! Suplex and- NO, Wardlow slips out to shove Cage to ropes, POP-UP SPINEBSUTER on the return! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow is frustrated but Nana rallies for Cage. Wardlow brings Cage up, winds up, but Cage ducks to fireman’s carry! F5!! Cover, TWO!!

Nana can’t believe it! He thought it was over already! Cage roars at Wardlow, brings him up, and reels him in. Fans boo as Cage wants to steal the Symphony! But Wardlow slips out to HEADBUTT! Cage roars, spins, but into another HEADBUTT! Wardlow shakes it off, winds up and LARIATS! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Nana is even more panicked, Wardlow brings Cage up and in, for the POWERBOMB! But Wardlow is just getting going, fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” Wardlow conducts the DC choir and drags Cage back up! POWERBOMB THE SECOND! Wardlow is feeling it now, and he brings Cage up “ONE MORE TIME!”

Wardlow reels Cage back in, for POWERBOMB THE THIRD! And roll through to the FOURTH!! Cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Machine pushed the War Dog, but not far enough! Wait! The Gates of Agony attack! The Embassy will not let Wardlow enjoy his victory! But here comes SAMOA JOE! The ROH World TV Champion gets in the ring to HEADBUTT Kaun and RAM him into the buckles! Fans are thunderous as Joe fires off JABS and haymakers! Cage and Toa go after Joe, then Cage goes back for Wardlow. This is 3v2 in the Embassy’s favor, and even Nana gets a shot in! But here comes FTR!! The ROH World Tag Team Champions storm right up to the ring, and now The Embassy bails out! Things are even now, and that’s not good for them!

Nana wants Toa & Kaun to stand down but fans are thunderous for Cash & Dax. The Embassy retreat, but will the Gates of Agony look to take away those ROH belts from the three-belt champs?

 

Britt Baker speaks.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as the Face of the AEW Women’s Division but most importantly, as a Role Model, I feel morally obligated to answer the question that everybody’s been asking. And the answer is no, Saraya will NOT be wrestling in AEW. The doctors have NOT medically cleared her to compete. So let’s ship her off in some bubble wrap and send her on her way. But I guess that officially makes this my house now, right? Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.”

 

Six Woman Tag: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena w/ Saraya VS Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb & Penelope Ford w/ Britt Baker, Rebel & Kip Sabian!

A revolution has come to the AEW Women’s Division, and with the backing of the former WWE Diva’s Champion, the Interim AEW Women’s World Champion leads another battle against the Forces of Britt Baker! But will having Saraya’s support help Storm, Willow & Athena win the night? Or will someone score themselves a shortcut to a title match instead?

The trios sort out and Willow starts against Hayter in a rematch from last week’s Rampage. They circle, fans rally for both, but then Hayter tags out to Mrs. Superbad. Willow tags to Athena so Athena and Ford circle. Things speed up, Athena hurdles then drops but Ford leaps over. Ford comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor, but Athena handsprings through! Fans cheer as Athena and Ford reset. Ford runs in but into a sweep! Athena SHOTGUNS Ford down, then drags her up. Athena wrenches, whips, but Ford goes up the corner to BOOT back. Ford leaps but Athena catches her for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Athena drags Ford up with a facelock but Ford RAMS her into the corner. Ford RAMS again, lets off, and both Hayter and Deeb hold Athena in place for the handspring back elbow! Tag to Deeb and fans cheer the Professor of Pro-Wrestling. Deeb EuroUppers, takes Athena off her feet, then fires up. Deeb whips Athena to ropes, Athena ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Tag to Storm, and she SHOTGUNS Deeb down! Storm drags Deeb up and TOSSES her across the way! Storm wrenches, CLUBS away on Deeb, and fans are torn. Britt protests, Saraya tells her to shush, and Storm runs to BOOT Deeb down!

Storm drags Deeb up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to uppercut! Storm holds Deeb in place, Hayter protests but the ref is busy with her so Athena gets in to forearm smash! Willow gets in to back body block! Storm HIP ATTACKS! Storm then drags Deeb up to reel her in. Hayter distracts again but Storm DECKS her, then DECKS Ford for good measure. But Deep CHOP BLOCKS Storm! Deeb rains down fists and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.

The ref reprimands but Deeb lets off. Deeb glares at Athena and takes a swipe, then stands Storm up. Deeb EuroUppers, Storm staggers, and Deeb brings her around to bump off buckles. Deeb stomps a mudhole into Storm, then tags Ford. Ford pushes Storm back in to stomp a mudhole of her own! Tag to Hayter and she stomps away on Storm! The ref counts, Hayter lets off to drag Storm up into a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Hayter hurries to keep Storm from her team and bumps her off buckles! Storm is down, Hayter tags Ford, and Ford drags Storm up to put on ropes. Ford CHOKES Storm and thrashes around, but lets off as the ref counts 4.

Ford argues with the ref but this is a distraction so Britt can CHOKE Storm! Britt lets off before she’s caught, and then Ford YANKS Storm into the ropes! Storm falls over, Ford drags her up again and wrenches to a wristlock. Tag to Hayter, she goes up and drops AX HANDLES on the bad arm! Hayter drags Storm up, tags Ford back in, and Ford goes up to drop AX HANDLES! Ford brings Storm around, tags Deeb, they mug Storm and Deeb brings Storm around to snapmare. Deeb wraps Storm up in a straitjacket stretch as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally and Storm fights up to arm-drag free!

Storm stands to fire forearms on Deeb! Deeb goes low to get the takedown, and GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Storm clutches her leg while Deeb DECKS Willow! Athena avoids a shot, but Deeb hooks up Storm’s legs in a deathlock. Athena runs in, Deeb kicks her first, but Athena fights the suplex. Willow runs in but so does Hayter, and Hayter kicks Willow. STEREO SUPLEXES with the SNAP LOCK on the side! Fans cheer, they acknowledge that was good stuff. Deeb tags Ford, she drags Storm away, but Storm kicks her away! Ford tags Deeb ack in, and Deeb grabs Storm’s leg! Storm ENZIGURIS Deeb, hot tags to Hayter and Willow!

Fans fire up as Willow dodges and LARIATS Hayter! And ELBOWS! And BOOTS! Willow snarls, drags Hayter up to whip, and she hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, Deeb breaks it! Deeb stomps Willow, drags Hayter over and tags in. Deeb brings Willow up to throw uppercuts! Deeb CHOKES Willow on the ropes but the ref counts. Deeb lets off, Rebel talks trash and brings out a crutch! But Saraya snatches it! And then she swings on Rebel and Britt! Fans fire up, Deeb is distracted, and Willow cradles her! TWO! Deeb runs, Willow gets around to push and POUNCE! Fans fire up with Willow but Deeb tags Ford!

Ford runs in but into a scoop! Ford slips off to HEEL KICK! Willow goes down, but Athena reels Ford in for a Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER CODE BREAKER! Deeb SPEARS Athena! Storm SHOTGUNS Deeb! Hayter runs in, for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER to Storm! Willow rises to SUPERKICK Hayter! Ford returns, goes Matrix to doge and CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Willow survives! Ford drags Willow up, runs to handspring, but Willow SHOTGUNS her while upside-down! Willow hauls Ford up, gut wrenches and DOCTOR BOMBS!! Cover, WILLOW’S TEAM WINS!

Winner: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena, by pinfall

But Britt gets in to ruin the celebration because she gets in Saraya’s face. Britt keeps talking trash about if Saraya ain’t cleared, she doesn’t need to be here. But Saraya ROCKS Britt! Fans fire up as the brawl is on!! Hayter, Deeb, Ford and even Rebel get in, the brawl explodes! DC is loving this! Saraya TOSSES Britt out, and now she has Rebel all to herself! Rebel begs for mercy, but she gets a BOOT instead! Saraya shouts, “This is MY house!” Will Saraya prove to Britt that she can still go?

 

Backstage interview with Rush, Jose & Private Party.

Tony Schiavone notes that El Toro Blanco is taking on The Cowboy, Hangman Adam Page tonight, but it seems Jose The Assistant has “called the troops together.” And he did so because while Private Party showed up for work tonight, they haven’t been showing up in the ring. Jose has clips to prove it. Last week, Rush and Hangman brawling, but NO Private Party backing Rush up. Then the week before that, when Rush led The Butcher & The Blade in that blindside of Hangman, still no Private Party! Jose promises that Rush will blast Hangman again tonight. Rush tells Private Party to “do the right thing tonight!”

Jose lets Private Party know that they know Matt Hardy’s been talking with them. They better choose the right side in this. Jose and Rush leave, but will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy do what’s right? Or will they do what La Faccion Ingobernables wants?

 

The Acclaimed head to the ring!

Fans are fired up as there’s balloons and a podium. Max Caster has the mic, so “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed on the mic, what I’m saying is hot. Even in the senators are insider trading our stock. We will never be approved like a home loan. We did it on our own cuz we homegrown! Even Joe Biden is lovin’ it. He said, ‘Scissor me timbers,’ and didn’t even stutter it! Yo, we put ’em away. Hands up cuz it’s National Scissoring Day!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “WASHINGTON DEEEE CEEEEE! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Fans fire up and sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” as the champs go to the podium.

Bowens says he is glad they’re singing that, cuz Daddy loves to scissor! But Washington, D.C, welcome to the very first ever National Scissoring Day celebration! It is a very special night, unlike anything in our great sport’s history, and it is brought to you by The Acclaimed, the most popular team in ALL of professional wrestling! Caster adds, “That’s right!” The winningest team in AEW! That’s right! The best damn homegrown team in AEW history! THAT’S RIGHT! And today, it was made official thanks to every single fan. The “Scissor Me Daddy Ass” T-Shirt is the NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER IN 2022!!

Bowens says most importantly, The Acclaimed, your #ForeverChamps, have brought home gold! That means AEW no longer stands for All Elite Wrestling. No, it stands for ACCLAIMED EVERY WEDNESDAY! But now, this is cause for celebration, and the Acclaimed celebrate by scissoring. Bowens knows a thing or two about that. They used to Babe Ruth the Sultan of Swat, so you can call Anthony Bowens the Sultan of Scissors! And there may be a few of you tuning in for the very first time tonight because National Scissoring Day was trending all day long. Let’s break it down for you. Scissoring is a handshake, a sign of friendship, and a sign of true teamwork.

The Acclaimed understand that the people want to be represented by a real team. “Not two dudes who were thrown together like Keith Lee and Sneaky Swerve.” Fans boo to support that point. Bowens says “Sneaky Swerve” would like us to believe that he and Keith deserve to be AEW Tag Team Champions. Sneaky Swerve would like us to believe that he and Keith are the most popular tag team in the industry. But they’re WRONG! EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! “Swerve, this isn’t your house.” Billy Gunn takes over here and says, “This is Daddy Ass’s house! Now for everybody in the building, and the millions…” “AND MILLIONS!” “… of people at home, it’s National Scissoring Day!”

That said, Billy was sent down to City Hall today, because he’s a big deal, and he was asked to present The Acclaimed with this. Billy brings out a big package wrapped in gold. Could it be…? The Acclaimed unwrap the package and… it’s the SCISSORS TO THE CITY! Y’know, like you see when someone has to cut a big ribbon. Bowens is all fired up, but he’s running with scissors! Billy tells him don’t do that. Bowens apologizes, and Caster goes to the podium. “Folks, at this point in the service, we’d like everybody to turn to your right and your left to offer a sign of peace to your neighbor via scissoring. Peace be with you, Anthony.” The Acclaimed scissor finger and the fans join in!

“And as National Scissoring Day comes to a close, I wanna talk about greatness. Yeah, guys, I wanna talk about greatness. About 40 years ago, here in this city, Washington DC, greatness was achieved when Washington won the Super Bowl. Yeah. Super Bowl 17. A lot of people here probably don’t remember that. I wasn’t even born yet, but it means a lot to me, because my dad was on that championship team.” Fans cheer for that, and Billy even hugs Caster. Caster continues to say, “And his Super Bowl ring is his prized possession. He wears it proudly to this day. And he achieved greatness here all those years ago, just like The Acclaimed achieved greatness when we won the AEW Tag Team titles.

“But this city represents, also, the ugly side of America, the division in our country. But one thing we can agree on is that everyone loves The Acclaimed.” Fans cheer that! So put your scissors up right now! Cuz it’s their duty to bring everyone together. Today, there is no Left or Right, no blue or red. “The Acclaimed wears pink, and everyone looks good in pink, baby! We are the People’s Choice, we are the People’s Voice, and we’re gonna make history here tonight. We’re gonna do the first-ever bipartisan scissor to unite this country. Let’s do it!” Fans fire up as the trio puts up the fingers… “Whose House?” Swerve Strickland is here to rain on the parade!

Fans boo but Swerve has a mic to say, “This is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever seen. Oh, congratulations on your whole number one selling T-shirt on AEWShop.com. Congratulations, Billy. Now some more kids can go to school and get suspended again in this decade like they did two ago. These are your tag champ role models you want for your children? These guys, right? Y’know what? Those two tag team championships shouldn’t even be on your shoulders, they should both be on Billy’s, because if it wasn’t for you, Swerve In Our Glory would still be tag team champions.”

Fans boo but Swerve says that for him and Keith to get back to what they do, they gotta get back to business. That means taking Billy out. So next week, in Toronto, it’ll be “Daddy Ass” himself, Billy Gunn stepping into whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” And it’ll be one-on-one. And don’t even think about bringing those two fingers up in Swerve’s face. You do that, Swerve will make sure Billy never uses that hand again. Because we all know rock beats scissors every day. Swerve even has a rock in his hand! But wait, Mark Sterling is storming out here? Sterling says, “I don’t wanna say I told you so, but I told you so! Paper covers rock, pal!”

Sterling brings back his petitions and says he’s been calling out Swerve for being a jerk for months! No one was listening, but Sterling expects that from the “idiots” in the crowd and watching at home. But the Acclaimed should wanna hear him out. They need Sterling. Fans boo that. But Sterling says they need him to beat Swerve because they can’t do it themselves. We saw Grand Slam, there was some controversy. So let’s all join together so Sterling can represent them in the fight against Swerve, and seal the deal tonight! Let’s give the people what they want, and that is the three of them scissoring Sterling! What?

Sterling turns around into a CHOP! And then Billy scoops to SLAM Sterling! Caster and Billy open Sterling up for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS!! Swerve rolls his eyes and leaves but Billy says wait! Before Swerve leaves, Billy ACCEPTS! Next week, Toronto Dynamite, Swerve VS Billy! But okay, Swerve can leave now, because The Acclaimed has just one more thing to do. They… SCISSOR!! But will Swerve Strickland crush Daddy Ass when Dynamite goes north?

 

AEW looks at The Dark Order VS Death Triangle!

Alex Reynolds says that this Friday will be bittersweet. It’s the second anniversary of Mr. Brodie Lee’s last ever match, but also the night that the Dark Order beats Death Triangle to become NEW AEW World Trios Champions! But PAC responds by telling Dark Order that while their “recipe” is fine, Death Triangle’s “ingredients are just a little bit more premium.” Preston Vance says, “What better way to win the Trios Championships than on the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match.” Penta El Zero Miedo says Death Triangle is the best trio in the universe, because they have CERO MIEDO!

John Silver mocks Pac’s accent when he says The Dark Order is coming for the Trios Championships! Not bad. But will it really be the Dark Order’s time to shine when Death Triangle is on a Rampage?

 

Backstage interview with Madison Rayne & Skye Blue.

Schiavone introduces the coach of the AEW Women’s Division, and she says it has been great being here. In the few months she’s been here, she’s seen endless potential in the division, particularly in Skye. Skye is truly a rising star and she’s becoming quite the wrestler. But TayJay, Tay Melo & Anna Jay “A S,” walk over and say this is a joke. Madison, as Skye’s coach? What Skye really needs is a sports entertainment coach, to give Skye charisma, personality and flair. Skye says for once, TayJay might be right. She could work on her “charisma” while they can work on their wrestling. But uh, there’s two and two, and then Rampage this Friday. What do they say?

Tay says that’s perfect! Because as Jericho always says, sports entertainer always beat pro-wrestlers. TayJay head and Madison copies Matthew Menard by saying, “It’s gonna be enter-tening.”

 

Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose!

The Cowboy and El Toro Blanco were the last two in the Golden Ticket Battle Royal, and in the end, Hangman won the prize. But things are far from settled between these two, will Hangman also avenge John Silver? Or will he get the horns before ever making it to the title match?

The bell rings and fans are thunderous already for “COWBOY S*IT!” Rush rushes in, Hangman dodges and fires hands. Rush gives them back, they brawl and fans fire up! Rush ROCKS Hangman but Hangman comes back to CHOP! Rush CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, and now it’s a CHOP fight! Rush fires up and eggs Hangman on so Hangman CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hangman shakes out his hand, runs, but Rush blasts past, gets around and waistlocks. Hangman switches but Rush switches back to shove Hangman away. Hangman goes up and out to the apron but Rush rolls back to tranquilo!

Jose anchors Hangman’s foot! Rush then rushes in to DECK Hangman! Rush goes out after Hangman to drag him up and RAM him into railing! Rush brings Hangman around to SMACK off the chair in the corner, then he drags Hangman up again. Jose distracts the ref so Rush can use the camera cable to LASH Hangman! And then CHOKE him! The ref sees something’s up and reprimands, Rush lets off at 4. Rush soaks up the heat then drags Hangman up to RAM into more railing! Rush keeps on Hangman as AEW goes picture in picture.

Rush RAMS Hangman into steel steps! The ref reprimands, Rush puts Hangman in the ring and he soaks up more heat. Rush gets in as Hangman goes to a corner, and Rush looms over him. Rush drags Hangman up, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Rush whips corner to corner, runs in and KNEES Hangman, then snapmares him down for a basement dropkick! Hangman writhes but Rush tranquilos again. Rush soaks up more heat from DC, then stalks Hangman to another corner. Hangman CHOPS back, so Rush CHOPS. Hangman CHOPS, Rush CHOPS, the CHOP fight is back!

Rush ROCKS Hangman with a right, sits Hangman down in the corner and digs his boot in. The ref counts, Rush lets off and “apologizes,” but Jose CHOKES Hangman behind the ref’s back! Rush pretends he can’t hear the ref, and Jose lets off before he gets caught. Rush stomps Hangman more, then drags him up to slingshot suplex! Rush CHOKES Hangman but the ref counts. Rush lets off and “apologizes,” but then he tells the fans to shut up. Rush goes back to Hangman, kicks him around, but Hangman throws body shots! Rush KICKS Hangman down, then stomps him more! Rush pretends to take Hangman’s head off and kick it into the crowd.

Dynamite returns to single picture, and Hangman throws hands! Rush ROCKS Hangman, whips him to ropes, but Hangman reverses. Rush ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY, but into Hangman’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman fires up with the kip up! Fans fire up, but Rush kips up to ROCK Hangman! Rush soaks up the heat, and MJF is backstage with his poker chip. Rush KICKS Hangman, whips him corner to corner, but Rush runs in to be put on the apron. Hangman triangle jump LARIATS! Fans fire up as Hangman then aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Rush! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Rush up and into the ring.

Hangman catches his breath and fans rally up behind him. Hangman slides in, Rush runs in but Hangman dodges! Rush leaps, into a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Rush is still in this but fans rally behind Hangman. Rush goes to a corner, Hangman storms over and he gives scuffing kicks. Hangman eggs Rush, Rush gets up and Hangman CHOPS! Rush choke grips Hangman but Hangman throws forearms. Rush doesn’t budge and he eggs Hangman on, so the forearms come in! Rush ROCKS Hangman back! Hangman sits in the corner, Rush stomps away on him, then stands on his shoulders! The ref counts, but Hangman powers up!

Hangman lifts Rush as he stands on the shoulders! Hangman then gets Rush in position, POWERBOMB! Hangman goes right into the jackknife bridge, TWO!! Rush survives again but fans rally for Hangman. Hangman snarls and goes to the apron. He throws off the elbow pads, but Rush runs in! Hangman ROCKS Rush first, but Jose anchors Hangman again! Hangman kicks Jose away, slingshots, BUCK- HEADBUTT! JUMP KNEE! And then the tuck, for a STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Hangman survives and shocks Rush! But Rush tastes his own blood coming from a busted nose, and he revels in it!

Hangman goes to a corner, Rush takes aim and goes corner to corner! Rush runs in, but Hangman LARIATS! Hangman reloads, slingshots, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

The Cowboy puts the bull away and is heading to Cincinnati with momentum! But wait, Private Party heads out! Are they going to do “the right thing?” Wait! Here comes MOXLEY! The AEW World Champion isn’t gonna let Quen & Kassidy rough up his challenger. Moxley gets a mic and gets in the ring as Private Party backs away. Moxley and Hangman go forehead to forehead, and Moxley says, “I’ve been waiting for this for three years. Three years of AEW Dynamite. Three years of watching you, three years of studying you because I knew this was coming. Three years of us circling each other. Between the two of us, we’ve beaten just about everybody there is to beat here in AEW. Except each other.

“On October 18th, at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, my home arena, the arena I literally grew up in… For real, I used to smoke and drink under the bridge outside.” But on that Tuesday night, Moxley and Hangman will be one last man standing here in AEW. In 13 days, Cowboy, Moxley leaves his house, walks down the street, shows up at Heritage Bank Center, and will break Hangman’s face. Moxley will choke Hangman until he turns blue, because he is in the way of Moxley being the one true top guy in AEW, of being the world champion, and of being THE best in the world!

“And I’ve all the respect in the world for your abilities, I have all the respect in the world for your talents. I admire you as a person. But when that bell rings, with the world championship on the line, I ain’t got any gaddamn respect for anything.” Hangman takes the mic and says, “If you’ve been waiting for this so long, where the hell are you going right now?” Fans like the sound of that! Moxley gets back in the ring, fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Moxley says, “You’re a sweet kid. And like a lot of kids around here, you say a bunch of bulls*it and your mouth gets you in trouble. I’m gonna let you off the hook just once. But this is your final warning. You’ve got 13 days. You watch your damn mouth.”

Moxley leaves, having put it in simple terms. But MJF is smiling as he watches this backstage. Whether it’s Maniac or Cowboy, will The Devil come to collect from the winner?

 

Backstage interview with Willow Nightingale.

Schiavone says that was a big win tonight as Willow got the pin, her career is on the upswing. Willow thanks Schiavone for that, she is stoked! But she’s more than just “happy to be here,” she is on a roll! At Battle of the Belts, she wants to challenge for the AEW TBS Championship! Uh, what? The Baddies barge in and give Willow trash. Willow shoves Leila & Kiera back, but Jade says, “What? I already beat you like, twice.” Singles and tag! So it seems Willow just wants to be #39. Willow says Jade may have beaten her twice, but how about a third? Jade’s sure confident that she’ll go 39-0, but no one is undefeated forever! So what if Jade actually does go 38-1, and it’s Willow who is “The One!?”

Willow looks at the title then takes her leave. Will she be the one to leave with that title on Friday? Or will Willow’s roll hit a wall?

 

Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol!

Captain Charisma leads the way for his own personal kaiju, both of them having battered and bruised Jungle Boy after their betrayals. Will Luchasaurus continue to demolish all put in his path? Or will the Fire of the Sun burn down the towering tyrant lizard?

The bell rings, Fuego rushes in, but Luchasaurus catches him with a choke grip! For the CHOKE SLAM! But that’s not enough for Christian, and Luchasaurus drags Fuego up again. Straitjacket, torture rack, EXTINCTION!! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

Christian is all smiles, but he still wants Luchasaurus to take out the trash. Luchasaurus gut wrenches Fuego to a Crucifix, but HERE COMES JUNGLE BOY! He has a chair and he JAMS Luchasaurus with it! Fuego is spared but JB SMACKS Luchasaurus on the back! Luchasaurus falls out of the ring but is right back up! Christian keeps Luchasaurus from rushing back in at the angry Jack Perry! JB gets a mic to say, “Look at me, you traitor! You were my best friend in the entire world. You were my BEST FRIEND! And after everything that we have been through together, you chose him. And you broke my heart.”

JB takes a moment before he continues. “But now, I am going to break your fingers. I am going to break your nose. I am going to break your arm! I am going to break you piece by miserable piece until I break YOU! You pick the time and you pick the place, I’ll be ready.” Christian snatches the mic to say, “I told you not to come back this week, Jungle Boy. And it’ll be just as easy for us to step into this ring, drop you, and leave you in a pool of your own piss and blood. But y’know what? You got me thinking here. You said we pick the time and place? Well we’re in your nation’s capital of Washington, DC. And apparently I’m the only honest person in Washington, DC, because I can tell you right now, that match will not be happening in this cesspool in front of these losers!”

Fans boo but Christian says the time is next week on Dynamite! The place is Christian’s hometown of Toronto! Will Jungle Boy finally get his revenge in front of Christian’s hometown crowd?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Friday Fight Night!

On top of the AEW World Trios Championship match of Death Triangle VS Dark Order, the match of Skye Blue & Madison Rayne VS TayJay is official! Plus, the AEW Tag Team Championship contenders race heats up as Smart Mark’s stable of Tony Nese & Josh Woods will take on the Varsity Blonds. Then, after the tense confrontation earlier, Jon Moxley brings the Blackpool Combat Club’s Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli with him to take on Rush & Private Party!

Plus, Battle of the Belts just gets better! First, Jade VS Willow for the AEW TBS Championship is now official! Will Willow become the one in 38-1? And after their own tense confrontation, FTR will defend their ROH World Tag Team Championships against The Embassy’s Gates of Agony, Toa Liona & Kaun! And of course, win or lose from Rampage, Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! Will #JustTrent be facing a two-belt or one-belt Bastard to close out the night? Speaking of which…

AEW looks closer at PAC VS Trent!

The Bastard says, “Trent Beretta. You’re upset that I hurt your little buddy, are ya? Your ‘best friend.'” Trent says “Pac calls himself a Bastard. I guess it’s cuz he talks in a fake scary voice and he makes mean faces. And he needs to use a hammer to win matches and hurt our friend.” Pac says Cassidy blindsided him and yet Pac’s the bad guy. Trent says this Friday, he gets revenge. And he won’t need a hammer to hurt someone. But Pac says, “I’m a bastard, what did you expect? But at Battle of the Belts, I’ll have no problem hurting you, as well.” Trent says, “NEW All-Atlantic Champ. Hands in, boys.” Chuckie T is there to join in, but will Best Friends be celebrating a vengeful victory?

 

Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!

The ROH Pure Champion has been torn between the influence of his hero in The American Dragon and his mentor in The Wizard. He has also been torn between the definitions of a “professional wrestler” and a “sports entertainer,” and which one fits him best. But one thing is for sure, Garcia wants some respect from Jericho, not cheap gifts and cheap tactics! Will Garcia and his hero humble the ROH World Champion and the Spanish God? Or will the Jericho Appreciation Society just sports entertain their way to another cheap victory?

The teams sort out and Garcia starts with Jericho, student against mentor and ROH Pure Champion VS ROH World Champion! Fans chant, “F YOU SAMMY!” while Jericho wants to uphold the Code of Honor. Garcia hopes he’s honest, and shakes Jericho’s hand. Jericho doesn’t try any tricks, they circle, and tie up. Jericho arm-drags Garcia fast and then holds up his hands in victory. Sammy rallies Jericho but Jericho and Garcia tie up. Garcia denies the arm-drag and wags his finger. Jericho rushes in, Garcia gets around to trip Jericho up, floats all over him, and mounts! Fans cheer but Jericho is upset.

Garcia gator rolls Jericho around, floats around again and slaps away on Jericho’s head! Garcia kicks dirt at him, too! Jericho is upset more, and he CHOPS Garcia! Garcia CHOPS back! Jericho CHOPS, Garcia CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Jericho reverses, and Sammy trips Garcia up! Sammy pretends he didn’t but fans boo. Sammy tags in while Jericho seems hesitant, and Sammy rains down fists! Fans boo but Sammy stops to taunt Bryan. Sammy goes back to Garcia, he drags Garcia up and CLUBS Garcia. Sammy suplexes, Garcia slips out and shoves to dropkick the legs out!

Sammy crawls but Garcia tags Bryan! Bryan dodges Sammy to DROPKICK Jericho! Bryan fires off on Sammy with haymakers, then he EuroUppers Sammy hard in the corner! Bryan KICKS away in the corner, whips Sammy corner to corner, but Sammy reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over! Bryan keeps moving, he ducks Sammy to DIVE onto Jericho! Bryan sees Sammy coming and ROCKS him out of the tope! Bryan goes up top and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture!

Sammy staggers, into Bryan’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Bryan kips up and fans fire up. Bryan waits on Sammy to sit up, to give him a KICK! And a KICK! And a KICK! Sammy sits up but into more KICKS! Then the BUZZ- NO, Sammy ducks to roll Bryan up! TWO, into the omoplata! LEBELL LOCK!! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Bryan! The ref reprimands but too late, Jericho tags in. But Bryan drop toeholds Jericho to get the arms! CATTLE MUTILATION! Jericho endures but Bryan tips over to then chicken wing Jericho for a TIGER- NO, Jericho victory rolls through and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!!

Bryan endures now as Jericho sits deep! Garcia gets in but Jericho lets off. The two stare down, but Bryan rolls Jericho up! TWO, and Bryan CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers! Bryan fires off more uppercuts, whips Jericho to ropes but Jericho reverses and CLOBBERS Bryan! Jericho then DECKS Garcia with a sucker punch! Jericho seems conflicted after he did it, but he turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Sammy tags in, goes up top and leaps, but Bryan catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Sammy ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up and runs in, to DROPKICK! Sammy wobbles, into Bryan’s BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!

Dynamite returns to single picture, Excalibur assures us that is the final commercial break, and Bryan climbs up top! Jericho trips Bryan up, Sammy GAMANGIRIS! Sammy goes up top after Bryan, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans rally up, but Sammy rains down fists. Sammy snarls and fires up, and he sits Bryan up for a chinlock. Sammy then pushes Bryan down to stomp. Sammy tags Jericho, they double whip and double shoulder Bryan over! Sammy spins and poses with Jericho, Le Sex Gods are back at it. Jericho drags Bryan up, tags Sammy back in, and Jericho CHOPS!

Jericho and Sammy mug Bryan with haymakers and CHOPS, then Sammy whips. Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges as fans bring back “F YOU SAMMY!” DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down, fans rally up and both men crawl, hot tags to Garcia and Jericho! These two stare down and fans fire up more. But Sammy jumps in, only for Garcia to DECK him outta the sky! Garcia and Jericho stare down again, and the brawl is on! Fans are thunderous as Garcia gets the edge! Garcia stomps a mudhole, the ref counts but Garcia won’t let off so the ref backs him down! Garcia is fired up and so are the fans.

Jericho stands, Garcia choke grips but Jericho breaks that, only for Garcia to ROCK him with a right! And then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up as Garcia goes again, but Jericho trips him! But Garcia turns Walls into a DRAGON SLAYER!! Jericho endures Garcia’s take on the Sharpshooter, fans fire up, but Sammy gets in to SUPERKICK Garcia down! Then Sammy FLIES to take out Bryan! Sammy says he’s the best, but fans chant, “You Still Suck!” Jericho covers Garcia, TWO! Jericho drags Garcia up to CHOP him. Garcia grits his teeth, Jericho CHOPS again.

Jericho CHOPS but Garcia glares at him. Jericho CHOPS, Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, but Jericho avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT onto knees! Jericho hurries to tag Sammy and Sammy hurries up top. Sammy leaps, but into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Sammy flails, Garcia shifts to a CROSSFACE!! Bryan intercepts Jericho, to get a CROSSFACE!! Fans are thunderous for the double crossfaces, but Sammy and Jericho move around. So Bryan and Garcia shift position for STEREO HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan dumps Jericho out and he helps Garcia put Sammy in a corner.

Bryan hauls Sammy up top, then he and Garcia both climb up. They bring Sammy up for a DOUBLE SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But Sammy lands on his feet!! Sammy wags his finger, and SCREW HIGH KICKS Garcia! Sammy dodges Bryan to then STANDING SPANISH FLY! Sammy reels Garcia in, back suplex KICK! Cover, TWO!! Garcia is still in this and Sammy is furious! Fans say “You Still Suck!” as Sammy torture racks Garcia. GO TO- NO, Garcia blocks the knee to SLAP Sammy, and SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Jericho drags Garcia off! But Bryan FLYING KNEES Jericho down! Garcia pushes Sammy but Sammy fires off forearms!

Sammy roars, runs, but into a BOOT! Garcia runs, into a SUPERKICK! Garcia rebounds to LARIAT Sammy inside-out! Both men are down in the ring, Bryan EuroUppers Jericho outside! Bryan runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER on the timekeeper’s table! Jericho drags Bryan up to suplex Bryan through the table!! They’re down on the outside now while fans lose their minds! Garcia sits up, he gets Sammy’s arms and drags him up. Garcia turns but Sammy fights free to JUMP KNEE! Torture rack, GO TO HOSPITAL!! Garcia is down but Sammy isn’t done, he rains down fists! Sammy wants to hurt Garcia for leaving the JAS!

Sammy goes to the corner, goes up top, SHOOTING STAR onto knees!! Garcia has the legs, for the DRAGON SLAYER!! Sammy endures as Garcia sits deep, but Jericho CLOBBERS Garcia with the ROH title belt!! Fans boo but the ref missed it as she was checking on Sammy! Sammy crawls himself to cover Garcia, the JAS wins!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

Another cheap trick and the sports entertainers win! The rest of the JAS comes out to celebrate with them, and of course SamTay kiss. Jericho still seems torn having to do this to his protégé, but is this all the more reason for Garcia to leave the JAS and join the BCC? Can Bryan redeem himself and ROH by taking the world title away from Jericho? Or is the future of ROH nothing but the OCHO?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for AEW to celebrate the Dynamite Anniversary while also serving as a go-home to “Friday Fight Night.” However, with that, the elephant in the room needs to be addressed. After getting at it via Twitter, Sammy and Andrade couldn’t help but throw down backstage in person. Tony Khan sent Andrade home when Sammy’s been the instigator the whole time, but Sammy was scheduled for tonight’s main event so oF CoUrSe SaMmY sTaYs~! I agree with a fan sign I saw tonight: HIRE HR EXPERTS. This shouldn’t be happening to a company that is meant to be the positive alternative to what WWE was under Vince. Ironically, while scraps happened (Jericho oddly being a part of a few), it never went like this with Vince.

But some credit must be given to Tony Khan, him pivoting from the hyped up Mask VS Contract of Vance VS Andrade to a fun AEW World Trios Championship match was good thinking. The Dark Order sadly won’t win, despite it being the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match and by proxy, a night to remember his memory, but Vance was likely losing his mask anyway so a bit of a silver lining. Pac and Trent also have a good promo vignette for their 1v1 title match, but I think Pac is sweeping the night. And I think after Pac wins, Ethan Page needs to call him out since that was the story set up weeks ago when Ethan said he wanted that All-Atlantic title.

We got an awesome opener from MJF and Yuta, and of course MJF wins to have momentum for his inevitable cash-in. However, I am really intrigued by how The Firm took initiative and did the Heel stuff for him. MJF didn’t want it that way because perhaps deep down, he really does respect Yuta given their history from before AEW. Regal stepping up was also really cool, and I guess we’ll see how this goes. MJF watching Hangman VS Rush was also a nice touch. Hangman VS Rush was an awesome match, too, and LFI putting the screws to Private Party is really good stuff. Moxley defending Hangman to preserve their match is good stuff, and they had a great promo interaction. BCC is definitely winning against LFI by pinning Private Party and that’ll push #HardyParty VS LFI/AFO.

Great match from Darby VS Lethal, and I should’ve figured Sonjay & Satnam would still show up at some point. We got a similarly intriguing moment where Darby got Lethal to show some respect, and maybe Lethal is on his way to changing things. Great TNT Championship match, Wardlow and Cage are guys who both defy expectations for their musculature, but I had a feeling Wardlow would retain. Great brawl as The Embassy goes after Wardlow, only to bring out Samoa Joe and FTR. FTR VS GOA is going to be good stuff, but FTR will surely retain. And of course Luchasaurus wins his match, it wouldn’t have mattered who that was. JB showing up was a great surprise, and now we’re getting JB VS Luchasaurus in Toronto, that’ll be great stuff.

Great Six Woman Tag, and it really was great that Willow got the pin. Willow going after the TBS Championship was a bit of a surprise, but I suppose Face VS Heel dictates this match-up. I’m a little surprised this is happening when we got a tease of Jade VS Nyla last week, but I guess they just want to get Jade to 40 already. Jade will beat Willow, she’ll probably beat Nyla, and then who knows, maybe the 41st match is where Jade finally loses. As for Storm, I feel like they definitely need to push Hayter since fans love her, too.

At the same time, they are definitely teasing Saraya’s return to the ring and she’ll definitely have a match with Britt, either 1v1 or a tag match so it isn’t all on Saraya in case there’s ring rust. Skye & Rayne VS TayJay will be a decent match for Rampage but that promo was not the best. On one hand, TayJay may have a point that Skye is still green in presenting a personality. But Skye saying TayJay, each part having proven themselves in the ring these last three years, is bad. To me, Tay and Jay could each believably take down Rayne, because I still don’t see “it” in Rayne.

National Scissoring Day was hilarious stuff, and was proof that fans really do love The Acclaimed. But while I expected the Gunn Sons to interrupt because of how they’ve been talking crap, it was whose house? SWERVE’S HOUSE! Swerve VS Billy is going to be great, but I would think Swerve wins. Maybe Keith & Swerve have to beat Austin & Colten to get that rematch? Or do we get a Triple Threat again to clear out multiple teams at once? I did like that Sterling just expected The Acclaimed to side with him against their common enemy of Swerve, only for Sterling to take the hit.

I will say, for the backstage crap that went down between Sammy and Andrade, we still got a good group promo from the JAS, a great vignette to hype up the main event, and a great main event match. Unfortunately, Sammy’s nuclear heat detracted from the story that was going on, maybe they should’ve just called an audible and put Hager or one of the 2Point0 boys in there. And in the end, the JAS cheats again because duh, they’re Heels. But with Jericho VS Bryan III for the ROH World title is going to be great stuff next week. With Jericho getting the win here tonight, I would think Bryan wins next week, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I also totally expect Garcia to have a match with Jericho to decide his fate: join BCC as a pro-wrestler, or be stuck in JAS as a sports entertainer.

My Score: 8.8/10


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