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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (6/4/18)

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With only two episodes of Raw before Money in the Bank, the Red Brand enters the home stretch. Two former Universal Champions in Finn Balor and Kevin Owens face off, while The GLORIOUS Bobby Roode will try not to #GetTheseHands from Braun Strowman! Plus, Nia Jax tunes up against Ronda Rousey’s friend, Natalya!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elias & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns; Elias & Mahal win.
  • Curt Hawkins VS James Harden; Harden wins by Disqualification, no free tacos.
  • Nia Jax VS Natalya; Nia wins.
  • Braun Strowman VS Bobby Roode; Strowman wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Battle Royal: The B Team wins and will challenge The Deleters of World for the titles at Money in the Bank.
  • Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks & Ember Moon VS The Riott Squad; initial decision reversed, the Riott Squad wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor; Finn wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

“Ladies and Gentleman: Elias.”

The Drifter opens Raw to a strongly negative reaction. But even so, Elias tells Houston that “I am the man who carries the power of wind in my fist” as he plays his guitar. He asks as always, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” But it should be of no surprise that Elias is the first face we see, because he is WWE’s most valuable asset. He will become even more valuable when he becomes the next Intercontinental Champion. Money in the Bank will see Seth Rollins learn that WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Speaking of Rollins, we saw what Elias did to him last week, smashing him with a guitar and leaving him in a pile of dirt and pain. But think about how Elias felt smashing that guitar. But as the great artist he is, he turned that pain into a song.

While Elias plays his guitar, footage of that attack replays so that everyone knows just how he hit Rollins. “The Man has fallen down.” That title will be Elias’ trophy, “because the Architect has lost his ground. The Man has fallen down. Just like the Rockets when Golden State comes to town.” But guess who else is in town? The Intercontinental Champion, Seth Rollins! Elias is ready to swing that guitar at Rollins, but Rollins stays at a safe distance. Rollins paces around the ring, with fans on his side. Elias dares him to enter, but Rollins makes sure to grab an equalizer! Rollins has a chair! Elias starts to back away as Rollins walks up into the ring. They stand off, armed with weaponry, and circling in the ring.

Elias makes a full lap before swinging, but the chair smacks the guitar away! Now Rollins has Elias cornered, only for Jnder Mahal to jump Rollins from behind! The fans boo as the Drifter and the Maharaja stomp away, but here comes Roman Reigns!

The Big Dog runs in but has Mahal and Elias on him. He still fights them, and even Sunil Singh, off! He uppercuts them all out of the ring, and helps his Shield Brother stand up. Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, appears!

Angle has everyone hold on. Elias and Mahal aren’t getting away, because now, it’s a tag team match! Mahal & Elias must face the Shield Brothers, after the break.

 

Elias & Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns!

Raw returns and the match begins with Roman and Mahal. However, Mahal decides to tag out to Elias, so Roman tags to Elias. Elias tags to Mahal, so Rollins to Roman. And around again. And again, and again. The Shield stops the cycle and go after Mahal and Elias! Rollins slingshots out onto Mahal while Roman throws Elias into barriers. Rollins puts Mahal back in the ring, then chops away. Mahal puts on a headlock but Rollins powers out. Things speed up and Rollins dropkicks Mahal down. Rollins picks Mahal up and tags to Roman. Rollins whips and then Roman whips Rollins in for the forearm. Roman back elbows Mahal down, then tags back to Rollins. They double whip Mahal, and double shoulder down. Cover, ONE, and Mahal powers Rollisn to his corner. Elias tags in, but Rollins fights back, only to get clobbered from behind.

Elias keeps on Rollins with a tossing hotshot at the ropes. Cover, TWO, and Rollins gets to the ropes. Elias chokes him against them, but backs off at 4. Elias drags Rollins up but Rollins punches back. Rollins reaches but Elias whips and lariats Rollins down. Elias taunts Rollins before putting him in a neck wrench. Elias shifts to a partial cobra clutch, but fans rally. Rollins fights up but Elias wrangles him away into a chinlock. Elias trash talks him but Rollins feeds off the fans’ rally. Rollins stands, but Elias wrangles him back down into a deeper chinlock. Elias wrenches back but Rollins endures. Fans keep rallying, and Rollins stand up to reach. Elias knees low and whips but Rollins kicks him away. Elias blocks the suplex and drops the knee, but misses! Both men crawl, hot tag to Mahal to deny the tag.

Mahal whips, but Rollins boots Mahal away! Rollins throws Mahal out, and hot tag to Roman! Roman rallies on Mahal! This is a preview to their grudge match as Roman hits the leaping lariat. Roman uppercuts Elias for good measure, then clotheslines in the corner for Mahal. He hits all 10, then runs but into Mahal’s boot! Roman rebounds and his HIS boot. Mahal manages to tag Elias, but Elias runs into a boot for himself! Fans fire up while Roman gets to a corner. Roman locks and loads, then takes aim, but Mahal steps up. Roman uppercuts Mahal, but Elias escapes to the outside. Rmoan sees that and exits, to come around the corner. Roman goes for the Drive-By, but Sunil saves Mahal and Elias clobbers Roman! The Shield boys are in trouble while we go to break.

Raw returns to Roman enduring a chinlock. Elias stands Roman up for jabs, then a straight right. Mahal tags in and he hotshots Roman, covers, TWO. Mahal keeps on Roman with elbows to his head and crossfaces before another chinlock. Roman endures again, but Mahal ditches the hold to drop a knee. Mahal keeps on Roman, then tags Mahal so they can stomp and drop more knees. Cover, TWO, but Elias brings Roman up for more jabs. Elias takes a shot at Rollins just because, but Roman throws haymakers now. Roman whips but Eilas reverses and elbows Roman down. Cover, TWO, and Elias grows frustrated. Tag to Mahal, and Mahal kicks Roman back down. Mahal wraps Roman back in a chinlock, but fans rally again. Roman powers up but Mahal runs, into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down but crawling, hot tags to Elias and Rollins!

Rollins hits a Thesz press and throws hands, then the slingblade! He hits Mahal for good measure, then boots Elias to hit the Blockbuster!

Cover, TWO, but Rollins’ neck slows him down. Elias gets to a corner, but Rollins runs in. Elias puts him on the apron, but Rollins springboards up and over. Rollins dodges the knee to hit the Falcon Arrow! Cover, Mahal breaks it. Mahal glares down at Rollins and brings him up, but Roman SUPERMAN Punches Mahal down. Roman waits for Elias to get in position, and hits the Drive-By dropkick! Rollins adds the mule kick, then stomps for “Burn It Down!” Sunil distracts on the apron, but Rollins just flinches him off. Roman catches Sunil but Mahal saves his sidekick. Mahal puts Roman into steel steps, then into the crowd! Elias rolls Rollins, TWO! Enziguri from Rollins, a DIVE onto Mahal! Rollins hits the barrier neck first! Sunil drags out a chair, and goes after Rollins.

Rollins sees him first, and snags that chair away. Rollins glares at Sunil but Elias catches him, DDT on the chair! The referee reprimands Elias but what’s done is done. Elias crawls up to his feet, and drags the limp Rollins up. Elias hits Drift Away! Cover, Elias & Mahal win!

Winners: Elias & Mahal, Elias pinning

Rollins was less than 100% but The Drifter still pinned him. Elias wants to be the Intercontinental Champion, and he’ll do just about anything to get that title. Will he play Rollins’ swan song at Money in the Bank? Will Mahal also win and kick The Big Dog out of The Yard?

 

Curt Hawkins VS James Harden!

The Fact Checker made a bold prediction and promise. Fans know what he promised: when he wins, everyone wins a free taco! But his opponent is James Harden. No not THAT Harden. But he is from Houston. Hawkins is thankful to Harden for being part of history. The bell rings and they tie up. Hawkins puts Harden in a corner, Hawkins rocks him with punches and stmops. He whips Harden corner to corner, and Harden hits buckles hard. Hawkins keeps on Harden with another whip, then a scoop and slam! Hawkins waits for Harden to get up, but Harden dodges him. Harden hits back, but Hawkins makes him pay with a clothesline! Fans chant “We Want Tacos!” has Hawkins waits for Harden stand up. But Baron Corbin appears!

The Lone Wolf is grinning, which is a bad sign for Hawkins, Harden, and the tacos. Corbin hits the ring, END OF DAYS for Harden!

Harden wins by Disqualification; no free tacos

Hawkins hits 200 losses! And only Corbin is happy. Corbin smashes Hawkins with tacos! Then Corbin dumps the table onto Hawkins, adding insult to injury. Fans boo, mostly because they wanted tacos. Will Hawkins ever get out of his losing streak? Or will Corbin continue to ruin everyone’s fun?

 

Kurt Angle meets with Baron Corbin.

“What was that all about?” Corbin will explain that later. He wants his opportunities, and so he went over Angle’s head to Stephanie McMahon. She has a message for Angle. “Due to several questionable judgments,” Stephanie is creating a checks and balances system. Corbin is the Constable of Raw now! The Lone Wolf is going to enforce Stephanie’s will over Angle?!

 

Nia Jax VS Natalya!

The Queen of Harts took offense to The Irresistible Force implying her friend, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, can’t put on her best moves. But to make sure Nia doesn’t treat Natty too rough, Ronda is here on commentary!

Will Natty help expose some weaknesses in the Raw Women’s Champion for Ronda to take advantage of? Or is the Irresistible Force truly unstoppable?

The bell rings, and Natty circles with Nia. They tie up, and Nia pushes Natty down. Nia taunts Natty, but Natty keeps her cool as they tie up again. Natty gets a headlock, but Nia is too strong for her to throw. Nia powers and pushes Natty off, but Natty comes back with a clothesline. Nia isn’t backed down at all, so Natty gets around to a waistlock. Natty is easily bucked off but Natty dropkick Nia. Nia shoulders Natty back down, then again. Natty rolls out of the ring to catch her breath while we go to break.

Raw returns to Nia squeezing Natty in a chinlock and half nelson. Natty endures and fights her way up to jawbreaker her way out. Nia comes back, but Natty tries to scoop! Nia headbutts Natty down before she can manage it. Natty gets to a corner, then boots Nia away. Natty runs out, and wheelbarrows to the facebuster! Nia staggers, and Natty dropkicks her down. Fans rally for Natty while they stand. Natty goes after Nia with forearms and kicks and even a slap. Natty kicks again, then whips, but Nia blocks with strength. Nia whips Natty to a corner, but misses the splash. Natty catches her breath, then discus clotheslines Nia down! Cover, TWO! But Rousey can tell how close Natty was there.

Natty and Nia stand, and the fans fire up for the Queen of Harts. Natty runs on Nia, but one of her knees gives out. Nia scoops Natty, Samoan Drop! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia, by pinfall

Rousey is more worried for Natty than herself. Even Nia shows some concern for the former champion. Rousey also comes over, and checks on Natty as well. Nia wants to show she’s concerned, but Rousey won’t let her near. Nia bumps Rousey, and Rousey takes offense. They stare down, and Rousey tells Nia to leave.

Nia still wants to show concern for the hurt and frustrated Natty, but she keeps her distance. Natty is helped out of the ring, and Rousey follows after. Can the Baddest Woman on the Planet prove to Nia she’s ready to be champion? Will Natalya be able to return to the ring so she can compete in the Women’s MITB Ladder Match?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Roode.

What is his mindset going into his first ever MITB Ladder match? Ecstatic! He’s in the most life changing match in WWE, and Roode thrives in the spotlight. Roode wants to make history, because that contract is a sure-fire way to becoming the next Universal Champion. And when that all happens, it will be Absolutely GLORIOUS! But what about tonight’s match with Braun Strowman? That’s a different story. Roode’s been in the business 20 years yet no one is like Strowman. Roode will have to use every trick in the book, and maybe that can help him win. Other than that, Roode just hopes to survive.

Braun Strowman VS Bobby Roode!

The Monster Among Men vows to be Mr. MONSTER in the Bank, and he has a very good chance of doing that. Can Roode hope to NOT #GetTheseHands this close to MITB?

Raw returns to this match as the bell rings. Strowman and Roode stare down. Roode rushes Strowman but Strowman shoves him away to then roar triumphantly. Roode stands back up and manages a headlock, but Strowman powers him off. Strowman runs in but Roode dodges. Roode chops but it does nothing! Strowman throws Roode across the way! Then Strowman runs corner to corner, but into boots. Roode hops up but Strowman grabs his throat! He scoops but Roode silps out to chopblock! Roode kicks and kicks, then goes for the DDT. Strowman is too big for that and he just flapjacks Roode down. Fans want Roode to “Get These Hands!” and Strowman stalks Roode to a corner. Strowman uses a butterfly suplex to throw Roode! Fans cheer as Strowman waits for Roode to stand.

Roode rolls to a corner, and back elbows Strowman away. Roode boots Strowman, then dodges to send Strowman into a post! He surprised himself with that, and now he hurries to the outside. Roode starts looking under the ring, and brings out a ladder! A preview of MITB, as Roode prepares the ladder as a bridge. Roode grins as he hurries back into the ring. Strowman stands up, but Roode is confident. Roode baits Strowman into chasing him, and leads him around, to the ladder! But Strowman stops to avoid running into the steel. Roode gloats, but Strowman BREAKS THE LADDER, with his bare hands!!

Roode is afraid, and he runs away for real! He stumbles, and Strowman catches him, to put him into the barriers. Strowman drags Roode up and tosses him into the ring. Strowman stomps over and lifts Roode up, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Strowman, by pinfall

The Monster conquers again! Strowman broke a ladder tonight, will he use ladders to break the other opponents in the MITB match?

 

Kevin Owens watches backstage.

Charli Caruso comes in for an interview and asks his thoughts on all of this. Kevin knows Strowman is big, Roode has a robe and the sky is blue. But who cares about them? Or anyone from SmackDown? Kevin only cares about winning. Finn Balor is a perfect example as to why the WWE Universe is clueless. Everyone loves Finn and the Balor Club, and Too Sweet. Was it Too Sweet when he failed in his match against Strowman? Kevin cost him that match, though. That’s besides the point! Kevin is going to win tonight, and prove to everyone that Finn is just a “made-up Irish myth.”

 

Ronda Rousey is with Natalya in the trainer’s area.

There was a pop in her leg and it just hurts now. Rousey helps Natty with the crutches, and Nia comes in to apologize. Natty understands, but her MITB chances are looking bad. Rousey is upset but Natty defends Nia. Nia says Natty is her friend, too, and Natty defends Ronda to Nia. The friends of Natty argue but she shouts for them to stop. These things happen, so Natty just needs some time. Rousey and Nia ar both worried, but they’re both still upset with each other.

 

The Deleters of Worlds head to the ring!

The WOKEN Yin-Yang is in Houston with their Raw Tag Team Championships, because they want to witness in person, who their opponents for Money in the Bank will be. The Battle Royal is up next, so how does it feel to watch the entire Division to fight for their chance? “Many men lust for power. It’s in their nature, man. It drives them, it consumes them, and ultimately it destroys them.” But any team that has the audacity to take on this team should know that they are not just facing men, but Woken Warriors! They will face fireflies! And they will face wrestling gods, and learn what it means to be WOKEN~! Ye-e-e-e-e-es! They are like magic, but so much more. Their Essences transcend space and time, and now, they are the Raw Tag Team Champions! They have awoken the WWE Universe, and ask… Is Renee WOKEN? Yeah…? WONDERFUL~!

Now it is time for the Battle Royale to commence. Senor Benjamin– WAIT! Wyatt wants it to be known, that no matter which team wins, they will first suffer and be… DELETED!!

Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Battle Royal!

All the other teams of the Raw Tag Team Division fill the ring and only the last team standing will earn a golden opportunity at MITB. Will the “undefeated” B Team be able to overcome The Ascension, Titus Worldwide, The Fashion Police, The Revival, the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions of Slater & Rhyno AND the devastating duo of Dolph & Drew? Or will they be dumped out and defeated for the first time (since their redesign)?

The bell rings and they brawl while Jojo makes the explanations. Ziggler and McIntyre patiently wait on the outside while all the others fight it out. Axel saves Bo from The Ascension but then McIntyre and Ziggler jump in. McIntyre chops with Viktor, while Titus chops Ziggler. The Revival work on Apollo but then McIntyre chops with Scott Dawson. Ziggler survives on the apron as he hotshots Titus away. Viktor goes after Ziggler while Titus goes after Rhyno. Konnor beats up Slater while McIntyre continues on Dawson.

Ziggler survives again but brawls with Apollo. Ziggler goes after old foe Breeze, but Breeze dumps him to the apron. The Show-Off slingshots back in, but then is tossed back tot he apron! Ziggler jumps up, Breeze eliminates him!! He and McIntyre are ELIMINATED together! Not that he cares, he wrecks Slater and Fandango, and Ziggler returns to SUPERKICK people! Ziggler and McIntyre combine on Bo, CLAYMORE ZIGZAG!

Fans boo while the referees force them to leave. The Show-Off & Stud are pissed but this match continues without them, after the break.

Raw returns, and the brawling keeps going. Titus was eliminated during the break, so Apollo goes with him. The #TopGuys work on the Fashion Police but their friends The Ascension save them. However, this only gets Viktor whipped at Fandango, and Fandango tosses Viktor all the way out! The Ascension are ELIMINATED! But then so are the Fashion Police as Dash & Dawson toss Fandango! This leaves the Revival, Slater & Rhyno and The B Team! The Revival work over Rhyno & Slater in turn while The B Team catch their breaths. Bo becomes a target now, but he fights them off. Axel saves his partner and it’s a fight between the four. Dash & Dawson take them down, then whip Slater into the Shatter- No, Rhyno ELIMINATES Dash and therefore the team! Slater SUPERKICKS Dawson for good measure.

The B Team pounces! Axel clubs Slater but he brawls with Rhyno. Rhyno goes after Bo, too, but runs into boots. Axel kicks and DDT’s Rhyno down. Bo and Axel work together to bring Rhyno up and toss him out. Rhyno holds on, and Slater wakes up. The B Team sees their surrounded, big knee and a heel kick from Slater! Slater gets Bo in the scoop, but Rhyno is knocked away! The B Team wins!!

Winners: The B Team; they will challenge for the Raw Tag Team Championships at MITB

Axel & Bo toss Slater out for good measure, and they’re STILL “undefeated”!! The B Team are the #1 contenders, can they become “undefeated” Champions?!

 

Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!

The Alpha Male is in Houston, and is prepared for his grudge match with Sami Zayn at MITB. Sami has accused Lashley of giving him a case of vertigo, then went and used actors to imitate the Lashley sisters. But from where Lashley comes from, he does things the old fashioned way. If Sami wants to talk more trash, say it to his face. Saim’s music hits, but Sami doesn’t walk out.

Lashley waits, but the Underdog responds from way over in the crowd. Lashley wants Sami to enter the ring with him? “YES! YES!” “Not a chance.” Because the last time they were in the ring together, Lashley assaulted Sami. Sami shook Lashley’s hand but Lashley almost broke that hand. Sami couldn’t even cook his organic tofu steaks or hold the mic with that hand.

But that’s okay, because Sami is a genius! His brain never stops working, never stops scouting. Sami has great insight to the real Lashely with the power of Instagram. It turns out, Lashley loves posting inspirational quotes! Sami has some ready, and they’re up on the Titantron. “They told me to think outside the box. I showed them there is no box.” Wow, mind-blown! That’s deep. Like, Sami Zayn levels, almost. Next, “Apply for that job. Date that person. Buy that plane ticket. Move to that city. Do all the things that scare you, they’re worth it.” That one is a strong one. A personal one for Sami, because he’s felt scared to do things, too~! But now he can do anything thanks to Lashley’s Instagram. This is good, really it is. Maybe too good.

Most of these here simply Texans just think “Lashley is a genuinely good person”, but an intellectual like Sami digs deeper. Sami logged into an anonymous alt account and DM’d Lashley. But instead of a nice reply, Lashley copy-pasted a link to this: the Bobby Lashley Fan Club! “Can you believe the ego?” And surprise surprise, for only $19.99 you can get a Lashley headband. For $39.99, get a shirt! “Don’t you see what’s going on here? It’s all a ruse!” It’s a scam to fool everyone. But Sami is too smart for these tricks. Sami, where are you going with all this? Where is he literally going? Sami sure loves lurking his Instagram. Lashley hoped Sami would have the decency to face Sami face to face. Sami doesn’t talk to liars, Bobby. “If that’s even your real name.”

Lashley isn’t sure whether to laugh with, laugh at or pity Sami. Sami is leaving, but Lashley would appreciate not selling this match at the expense of his reputation. But everything about Lashley is a lie! Right down to the fake smile! Does Lashley even have sisters? Was he ever in the Army? Oh did that hit a nerve? Maybe just maybe that was another Lashley lie. Lashley gets angry and Sami steps back even from atop the stairs. Fans chant “USA! USA!” in support of Lashley, but Sami keeps shrinking away. Will Sami pay dearly for all those comments come MITB?

 

Backstage interview with Jinder Mahal.

The Modern Day Maharaja has escalated things with Roman Reigns. What is the root of their issue? “Roman is a jealous, bitter man.” ROman sees a conspiracy when in fact, he’s the only one getting opportunities. Those opportunities should go to Mahal. It’s why Roman speared Mahal before his MITB qualifying match. “But there is something in the air.” The winds of change blow, and Roman will find himself in a storm.

Roman Reigns responds.

His reaction to Mahal’s comments is that Roman is not bitter. Mahal forgot who Roman Reigns is and what he’s done. What has Mahal done around here lately? Nothing! Mahal is the one who expects to be handed things. Mahal takes offense that they aren’t doing this face to face. Roman tells Mahal to shut up. If he wants to do this face to face, they can. They’re both still here, so Roman’s gonna go find Mahal.

The Big Dog is on the hunt, but when he spots Mahal, Mahal is just as ready. Mahal throws Sunil at Roman but that doesn’t stop Roman! They brawl with heavy hands, then Roman puts Mahal into a garage door! Security and referees come in to stop this fight from happening. Mahal and Roman are ready to tear each other up, will they even make it to MITB?

 

Six Woman Tag: Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks & Ember Moon VS The Riott Squad!

The Goddess, the Boss & The Prophecy of Flame are all in the Women’s MITB Ladder match, but must team up tonight to keep momentum going towards the PPV. Will this trio hold together against the chaotic but united Ruby, Liv & Sarah?

The bell rings and Ember starts against Ruby. They circle and tie up, and go around the ring. Ruby arm-drags Ember, and the Squad cheers. Ember gets a headlock but Ruby reverses. Ember whips but Ruby arm-drags, yet Ember stays on her feet with the handspring. They tie up again, Ruby elbows out of the waistlock to then shoulder Ember down. Things speed up and Ember trips up Ruby to then slingshot splash! Cover, TWO, but Ember keeps on her. Sasha wants to tag but Alexa intercepts. The Goddess takes Ruby from the War Goddess and wrenches on Ruby’s arm. Alexa whips but she hurts her leg! Ruby goes after her but Alexa hurries to tag out to Sasha. Alexa limps away, is she giving up on the match? Raw goes to break while Sasha and Ember look at the retreating Goddess.

Raw returns and this unofficially becomes a handicap match. Liv has Ember in a bodyscissors and chinlock, but Ember stands up to walk to her corner. Liv drags Ember back into the Squad’s corner, and tags in Ruby. Ruby tags in Sarah then whips Liv in for a forearm. Ruby runs in for the shoulder, then they feed Ember to Sarah’s pop-up headbutt! Cover, TWO, and The Squad is frustrated. Sarah tags Ruby, and they stomp Ember. Ruby drags Ember up by her hair, then puts her in a double chicken wing. Ember endures the thrashing, then bucks Ruby off with the ropes. She crawls towards Sasha but Ruby drags her away. Ember stands but Ruby throws her down by her hair! Ruby goes back over but Ember rolls and hot tag to Sasha!

Sasha rallies on Liv, and gives a knee for the kick. Sasha hits Sarah, then double knees on Liv. Liv puts Sasha on the apron but Sasha kicks her away. Ruby returns but Sasha kicks her away. Sasha slingshots in but Liv disrupts that and bumps Sasha’s face off buckles! Liv adds the double stomps! Cover, TWO, and Liv can’t believe it. Liv keeps on Sasha while tagging Ruby. Ruby stomps, then tags Sarah, this is a Squad stampede. Liv tags in and stalks Sasha while fans rally for her. Liv puts Sasha in a seated full nelson but Sasha feeds off the fan energy. Sasha kicks back and reaches but Liv denies the tag. A double clothesline takes both of them down!

The fans rally, but the Squad sneaks around the side to trip up Ember. Ember fights them off with kicks, then hurries back up, only for Liv to blast her back. of Sarah htis Shotgun Knees that send Ember flying! Sasha rolls up Liv, TWO, Liv dropkicks Sasha. Cover, TWO, and Liv shrieks. She hammers away on Sasha, then drags her up to the Squad corner. Ruby tags in, then tags Sarah. They try the train again but Sasha fights back. Sasha jumps up and hits Meteora on Sarah and Ruby! Sasha is down, but so is Ember. HERE COMES BAYLEY!

She tags in!? She rallies on Sarah! Bayley hits a knee, then a Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley and team wins!

Winners: Sahas, Ember & Bayley, Bayley pinning

The Huggable One makes a surprise appearance, but it was just in time. She helps Ember and her sometimes-friend Sasha win, does this put Bayley back in Sasha’s good graces?

 

Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin see the finish.

The Lone Wolf wants to know what’s up with that. It’s none of Corbin’s business. But Corbin is the Constable now, and nowhere in the book it says you can do what Bayley just did. Angle needs to find those three and tell them that this win doesn’t count. Or else, Stephanie will. Angle concedes, is this how it’s going to be on Raw now?

 

The “winners” are backstage.

“What a rush!” Alexa quit, but Bayley made the save. Sasha agrees, and wishes Bayley was the one– Don’t. This was good enough. Ember thinks they should just hug this out already, because she wants to celebrate. However, Angle finds them, and as Corbin said, this win is reversed. Bayley wasn’t legal, The Squad wins instead. Unfair as it is, does this nullify everything Bayley just did for Sasha?

Corbin also talks to a referee about this.

“This job’s not for everybody.” Is everyone getting the shakedown now that Stephanie has appointed “Constable Corbin”?

 

The Big Show is here!

The Giant is back, and he’s here with members of Team Texas for the Special Olympics. “We want to welcome these tremendous athletes” as they compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Big Show is honored to have met these athletes year after year, they inspire him to be a better person. Special Olympics embodies what it means to show love and support and Big Show is proud to be by their side. “Together, we all can make a difference.” Please show your support for the Special Olympics, inclusion, and the fun of sports! And speaking of inclusion, it’s FINN BALOR! Balor Club is for Everyone!

Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor!

Not only is this a Raw first-time-ever of two former Universal Champions, this is also a rematch that dates back to their NXT Championship match where the Extraordinary Man took the title from the Prizefighter. Both men are on the verge of an even bigger prize, who will gain momentum ahead of MITB?

The bell rings and they tie up. Kevin powers Finn to a corner, but Finn avoids the sucker punch to chop away. The referee backs Finn off given the ropebreak, and Finn honors it. Kevin comes back and the two circle. Kevin gets the waistlock, then the slam, and then he slaps Finn in the head. “Was that Too Sweet?” Finn kicks away on Kevin, and Kevin hobbles out of the ring. Kevin takes his time with the ring count, then returns at 5. He and Finn circle again while fans duel. Kevin kicks and clubs Finn down, then puts him in a headlock. Finn pushes but Kevni holds on, “Who’s Too Sweet now?” Kevin hits the headlock takeover and traps an arm. He makes it a cover, TWO. They stand up, Finn powers out but Kevin runs him over. TWO, but Kevin gets the chinlock all over again.

Finn endures the hold, and stands up again. Finn powers out and avoids Kevin this time, to then arm-drag Kevin down. Now Finn has Kevin in a hold, but Kevin stands up and puts Finn in a corner. Kevin body shots Finn, then stomps him. “That’s why this is MY show!” Kevin stomps Finn more, then drags him up for a chop. Finn staggers but Kevin whips. Finn reverses, sunset flip but roll through to a dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Finn puts Kevin back in the armlock. Kevin works his way up, but Finn wrenches the arm. Finn goes to a hammerlock, but Kevin backs him down. Kevin elbows at the break, and the ref reprimands him, but Kevin just stomps Finn again. Kevin kicks and stomps, then stops at 4. Finn stands up but Kevin whips Finn hard corner to corner. Cover, TWO, and Finn gets to a corner.

Kevin stalks Finn, and swiftly chops him. Kevin whips Finn again, but then Finn dodges and slips out to swing kick Kevin down! Finn climbs up, but Kevin rolls out to avoid the Coup de Grace. Finn has Kevin on the defense while we go to one last break.

Raw returns once more, and Finn fights his way out of a chinlock, only for Kevin to wrangle him back down. Kevin mocks Finn, “That was so close.” Kevin keeps up the squeeze, shouting that the MITB contract is already his. Fans rally for Finn, and Finn powers up again. Kevin clubs him stiffly on the back, but Finn boots out of a corner. Finn runs and rallies with a big forearm smash. Finn runs but into Kevin’s boot. Kevin hops up while Finn is dazed, but Finn swing kicks him down! Finn climbs up now, but Kevin rolls out again, so Finn adjusts plans and FLIES!

Finn takes out Kevin with the leap, and fires himself back up. He drags Kevin up and into the ring, but Kevin rolls out again. Finn grabs him and brings him back up, but Kevin hotshots the arm.

Kevin stomps the writhing Finn and goes right after the arm. Kevin then stands on Finn’s other arm before slamming the bad arm. Fans cheer for Finn while Kevin puts him in a double wristlock. Finn endures and powers up again, but Kevin wrangles him back down. Fans keep rallying, and Finn stands up again. Kevin wrenches the arm and brings Finn back down. Finn refuses to give up, so Kevin lets go. Kevin goes for the senton but Finn avoids it! Finn and Kevin slowly stand, and Kevin kicks low. Kevin clubs Finn again, and fans boo. Kevin stands Finn up and whips but Finn reverses. Finn prepares the body drop but Kevin goes for the powerbomb! Finn blocks the lift, then dumps Kevin down for the double stomps! Both men are down from exhaustion.

Finn sits up first, but Kevin gets to a corner. Kevin stands up but Finn is on him with furious strikes! Finn won’t let Kevin get away, he keeps going, then whips Kevin corner to corner. Running chop, then another whip. Kevin reverses but Finn reverses back, elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn has the fans on his side as he gets to a corner. Finn tries the slingblade but Kevin rolls him up, TWO, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO, and Kevin can’t believe it. Kevin stands while fans cheer Finn. Kevin grimaces as he drags Finn up and throws him to ropes. Finn slingblades off the rebound! Fans fire up while both men stand, Finn blasts Kevin to a corner with the dropkick! Kevin hits buckles and hits the mat, but now Finn climbs up.

Finn takes aim once more, but Kevin uses the ropes to trip him up! Finn gasps for air while Kevin puts him in the Tree of Woe. Kevin stomps and stomps and stomps, but the referee counts him. Kevin won’t stop, so the referee calls for the bell!

Winner: Finn, by disqualification

The Prizefighter went too far, and now he loses the match. But that only makes Kevin angrier! He brings Finn into position, and then climbs up to the top, FROG SPLASH!

Kevin has that old familiar look of seething anger again as he stares up at the briefcase. Kevin grabs a ladder from under the ring, another preview to MITB. He puts the ladder in the ring while the referee checks on Finn. The referee tells Kevin to stop this, but Kevin doesn’t listen. Kevin stands the ladder up, then tells everyone to watch as he climbs it. Kevin reaches the very top, and then has an even more sinister idea now. He turns around, for… Well, no, maybe not from that height. Kevin comes down a couple rungs, and thinks about it again. This hesitation allows Finn to get up and smack Kevin into the ladder! Finn blasts Kevin with another dropkick, and now FINN gets that crazy idea. Finn climbs, and climbs, and climbs… SUPER COUP DE GRACE!!

The double stomp hits from ten feet up, and then Finn goes back up. Finn returns to the top of the ladder and takes down the briefcase! Will we see this all over again in the Men’s Money in the Bank match? Will Finn become the Extraordinary Man in the Bank?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid Raw overall tonight, but it only did so much to help sell MITB to those who aren’t already planning to watch. Elias opening was a nice touch, as was the confrontation with Rollins, but it was a biit too formulaic to have it become a Teddy Long style tag match. Though, the match was still fun, and apparently Houston likes Roman. It was good for Elias and Mahal to win to first set up the IC title match, and then add fuel to the Roman-Mahal grudge match. Corbin apparently moves up in the world now that he’s the “Constable”. Now he gets to ruin everyone’s fun, not just Hawkins and his taco giveaway. Also nice gag with “James Harden” getting a win.

Nia VS Natty was pretty good, and it worked to feed the Nia-Ronda story, where Nia “hurts” her leg, and it gives her two mutual friends a new reason to not get along. Braun continues to be the best thing ever with that bare-handed ladder breaking. How is he NOT the favorite to win? And obviously the B Team were the favorites in the Tag Team Battle Royal, I just wish they let McIntyre & Ziggler last longer. I did enjoy their meltdown and how they attacked everyone else. I feel like it would’ve been better if they’d messed up the match for everyone else, and then there’d need to be something else to determine contenders.

Tonight’s Lashley-Sami segment was better than the others, but it still feels like something isn’t clicking. The match will be great, naturally, but it just seems like this isn’t what either of them should’ve been doing towards MITB. The Six Woman Tag was pretty good, and it was another clever move for Alexa to be “hurt” and back out so that Bayley can make an “illegal” save, as pointed out by Constable Corbin. I’m starting to think they’re making a shift from Angle & Lashley VS Kevin & Sami to Angle VS Corbin. That’s not so bad, as Kevin VS Finn was incredible, and this could become a great program should neither guy win MITB.

My Score: 8/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 3.2.2021

Tonight we know we’re supposed to get an official number one contender for the X Division championship! Will it be Black Taurus, Ace Austin or Chris Bey?

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Tonight we know we’re supposed to get an official number one contender for the X Division championship! Will it be Black Taurus, Ace Austin or Chris Bey?

Beyond that, the rest of the matches seem like great building blocks. The eight man should stoke a fire between FinJuice and Good Brothers, Cardona as guest referee is gonna have some wrinkle and the Knockouts main event could be a title match anywhere with Jordynne and Deonna.

With a load of potential, let’s see what the show has in store. Speaking of potential, it seems like Deaner has to suffer through some punishment so he isn’t potentially corrupted.

Ratings:

  • Black Taurus vs Ace Austin vs Chris Bey:  Ace wins via The Fold – *** ½
  • Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Havok: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – **
  • The Good Brother & FinJuice vs XXXL & Reno Scum: Good Brothers win via Magic Killer – N/A
  • Matt Cardona Guest Referee: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers: Eddie wins via DQ – ** ¼
  • Kiera Hogan w/Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo w/Kimber & Susan vs Jordynne Grace w/Jazz: Deonna wins via Roll-Up – *** ¾

 

Results:

Black Taurus vs Ace Austin vs Chris Bey

This works very logically given the size discrepancy. Bey and Ace continue their team work from last week and work on the bigger opponent. Quick strikes, tandem dives and tandem attacks. It’s amusing to see how seamlessly Ace and Bey work together, they could be one hell of an X Division tag duo if they wanted to get them on a similar page.

As Taurus is wiped out, Bey and Ace finally focus on each other and we get some nice classic Junior style action. Taurus eventually slides in and starts manhandling both of the other men. Taurus hits the Pop-Up Samoan Drop, a stalling Brainbuster, that Ace assists with a Dropkick, and then we start seeing a clash of styles. Taurus’ power kept both Bey and Ace reeling, but they were able to take advantage of him leaving his feet, than Madman Fulton sweeps Bey’s feet off the ropes mid Art of Finesse, so Ace gets the shot to hit The Fold and official win number one contender!

Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Havok

Even though Kaleb did interfere a few times, Tenille managed to land a few early Back Elbows which Havok sold like they rocked her for most of the match. Tenille dominated most of this match, Tarantula, Taste of Tenille; but Havok started to come back.

Havok comes out of the corner, uses her size and power to her advantage, but Kaleb makes his presence known again. This allows Tenille the chance to make some space, hit the Spotlight Kick and get the upset win!

Nevaeh comes out after and beats the hell out of Kaleb, hits her Twisting DDT and they send Kaleb and Tenille running away.

The Good Brother & FinJuice vs XXXL & Reno Scum

This was basically a funny squash match. FinJuice and the Good Brothers argued, tried to show one another up, and just generally disrespected the opponents. The Brothers had a moment where they purposefully tried to get in the ring so Finlay would get teamed up on, and Juice was irate.

When Finlay gets a chance to tag out, Gallows uses his size to his advantage and reaches out to pick on the fact that Thornstowe was in on the opponent’s side. So Gallows clears the ring, tags in Anderson, they toy with doing the Magic Killer to the point where Thornstowe almost wins with a Roll-Up. Anderson gets annoyed at the close call, Magic Killer and the dysfunctional quartet wins!

Very amusing, not much of a match but great entertainment.

Matt Cardona Guest Referee: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers

Myers starts with a few shortcuts, like a shielded thumb to the eye and general shady tactics. Eddie hits the Manhattan Drop/Release Belly to Belly to get some space, Cardona admonishes Myers for grabbing a chair, and Eddie leapfrogs referee Cardona and hits the Tope con Hilo on Myers as we go to commercial.

When we get back, Myers is back in charge, but Eddie is doing a good job fighting back. Misawa style Elbows, a Blue Thunder Bomb, all for a two count. Myers eats a Backpack Stunner, but he’s near the ropes, so Myers gets his foot on the ropes. Myers manages to hang Eddie in ropes, he comes in, pulls something out of his kneepad to load the arm, as he hits the charging clothesline Roster Cut.

But Cardona saw the load, and calls for the DQ. So Myers tried to do his best Lex Luger impression, but no dice. Cardona disqualifies Myers, so Eddie wins after what was building to be a decent match.

Kiera Hogan w/Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo w/Kimber & Susan vs Jordynne Grace w/Jazz

An early commercial gave a little odd pacing, but it also kinda cut to all the great stuff. After the initial concept of gang up on the champ and make it a singles match was over, we saw one hell of a match. Gorgeous transitions from Jordynne and Deonna. Jordynne had a great Rolling Deadlift German Suplex, that Deonna countered by just grabbing Kiera and applying a submission. We saw Deonna slap on the Fujiwara from a few different angles, and even pulled out a nice Exploder Suplex.

Kiera is more of the stick and move striker, and even though she looked outclassed, she was never exposed. Kiera held her own given the fact that Deonna is one of the best technical wrestlers in wrestling and Jordynne is a wonderful powerhouse with an ever growing mat wrestling IQ.

Jordynne laid out Kiera, but Tasha was a great tag partner and pulled Kiera out of the ring so she couldn’t eat the pin. This gave Deonna the opportunity to roll up Jordynne and get a controversial 3 count. So the fact it was a hair’s breadth style 3 count, helps to protect Jordynne; coupled with the chaos of a triple threat.

As Deonna celebrates her ingenious ability to pull a win from nowhere, ODB hits the ring after the attack last week and beats the ever living heck out of Deonna, punctuating things with a BAM! So it looks like ODB will be getting a title shot!

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Now even though the Twitch channel was having technical difficulties for most of the show, it wasn’t enough to detract from a really good episode of IMPACT.

We continued to flesh out the Sacrifice card, and sprinkle enough situations that could always bleed into Rebellion. With Ace and Bey having a match next week, that could always expand the X Division title match to a Triple Threat; which honestly has been a little overdone by Impact lately, but the matches have been good – so I’ll just chalk it up to a phase. You know, we all have a Hot Topic phase, a rebellious phase, this is their Three Way Dances into Oblivion phase. I think it’s documented in a book somewhere, it’s fine.

The biggest news to come out of today however was FinJuice baiting the Good Brothers into a little proud brother title match. After the Good Brothers decided to give them a shot, Juice and Finlay definitely looked like it was part of the plan. This could be the perfect avenue to put the belts on FinJuice. Since Finlay and Juice are both in the New Japan Cup, depending on how far they get, that could be an opportunity to have the Brothers return to Japan. Maybe Machine Gun gets a chance to recapture that 2012 G1 magic this year? Timing lines up fairly well that we could get some cross company fireworks; cause God knows New Japan needs something now.

 Oh and yes, Moose should still win the match at Sacrifice. I’m aware the “spoilers” say Rich won, but Moose is where it’s at.

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/2/21)

It’s Dark Before the Crossroads!

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AEW Dark 2

Dark does 14 on the way to AEW’s Crossroads!

We’re so close to AEW Revolution but Dark is still turning out the hits! It’s a stacked card of FOURTEEN, and The Dark Order is ready to make this their show!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow w/ Arn Anderson VS Chris Peaks & Louie Valle; Johnson & Solow win.
  • Red Velvet & KiLynn King VS Ivelisse & Diamante; Velvet & King win.
  • Top Flight VS Fuego Del Sol & Jon Cruz; Top Flight wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Tony Vega, Aaron Frye & Angel Fashion; The Gunn Clubb wins.
  • Abadon VS Renee Michelle; Abadon wins.
  • Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake; Grayson wins.
  • Bear Country VS Baron Black & M’Badu; Bear Country wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Evil Uno, Alan Angels & Colt Cabana VS Levy Shapiro, John Skyler & Ryzin; The Dark Order wins.
  • Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS JJ Garrett; Caster wins.
  • The Hybrid2 VS Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo; The Hybrid2 win.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Steven Stetson; Cassidy wins.
  • Chuck Taylor VS VSK; Taylor wins.
  • Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Daniel Joseph; Vance wins.
  • Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS The Sydal Brothers; SCU wins and remains a tag team.

PLAY BY PLAY

Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow w/ Arn Anderson VS Chris Peaks & Louie Valle!

If having new ring gear didn’t confirm it, having the Enforcer as coach does! Big Shotty & The Extra Talented are both part of the growing Nightmare Family! Will this new drive help them get through the Peaks ‘n’ Valle facing them?

The teams sort out, Solow starts with Valle and fans rally as they circle. Valle doesn’t like Arn being nearby, but he ties up with Solow. Solow gets the arm, wrenches and wristlocks, but Valle reverses that onto Solow. Solow ducks, slips through, and headlocks for a takeover. Valle fights to the headscissor but Solow kips out. Valle dodges the headlock takeover to waistlock back. Solow pries free, switches, then hits the takeover after all. Valle tries to headscissor but Solow fights that off. They stand, Solow wrenches, and tags Johnson in. Johnson hops up to drop ax handles on Valle’s arm! Johnson wrenches, tags Solow, and Solow goes up to also drop ax handles!

Solow wrenches, tags Johnson, and they double whip Valle for double elbows! Johnson covers, ONE, but Johnson keeps close. Tag to Solow and Johnson scoop slams Valle, for Solow to leap and knee drop! Cover, TWO, but Solow has the cording hold. Valle fights up, knees low, then tags Peaks! Peaks runs in but into an arm-drag! Solow has the armlock, Peaks endures and moves around, then pulls hair. Peaks powers out and Valle gets a cheap shot, but Solow DECKS Valle! Peaks kicks low, throws big EuroUppers, then whips. Solow reverses, but Valle tags in as Peaks tumbles out. Solow still thinks it’s Peaks and he goes after him, but Peaks trips Solow for Valle to slingshot STOMP!

Fans boo as Valle hammers away on Solow’s head! Valle grabs Solow’s arm to BITE the hand! Solow goes to ropes, kicks back and throws hands. Valle rakes Solow’s face, suplexes him high and hard, then covers, TWO! Valle drags Solow over, tags in Peaks, and they mug Solow. Peaks tags Valle back in, they double whip Solow to ropes, Solow kicks back! Solow dumps Peaks out, crawls for the corner, and hot tags Johnson! Johnson rallies on Valle, dodges him to dropkick him down! Fans fire up with Big Shotty but Peaks runs in, only for Solow to intercept with a GAMANGIRI! Johnson gets Valle up for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Johnson & Solow win!

Winners: Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow, by pinfall

Their first tag team victory is a big one! The Coach cheers on his guys, will Johnson & Solow rise up the ranks in the tag division soon enough?

 

Red Velvet & KiLynn King VS Ivelisse & Diamante!

Before joining the American Nightmare at the Crossroads, she’s teaming with the King to take on Las Sicarias! Will Velvet stir it up and serve some L’s before facing down Jade Cargill & Shaq?

The teams sort out and King starts with Diamante. Diamante wants after Velvet but King says she has to deal with her first. Diamante shoves King and demands to face Velvet! King gives in and tags Velvet. Diamante starts swinging but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS her back! Velvet kicks, Diamante ducks the heel kick and trips Velvet up to rain down fists! King shoves Diamante off Velvet, Ivelisse comes in, but they both stand down. Diamante headlocks, Velvet powers out but Diamante runs her over! Things speed up, Velvet dodges Diamante to calf kick! Fans fire up, Velvet dares Diamante to do something, but Ivelisse tags in.

Ivelisse and Velvet circle, feel things out, and Ivelisse ROCKS Velvet! Velvet CHOPS back! Velvet wrenches, pushes Ivelisse to the corner, and King tags in. King wrenches Ivelisse and cranks the arm, then tags in Velvet. Velvet goes up to drop ax handles! Velvet wrenches, elbow breakers, and tags in King for a hand-off. King WRINGS Ivelisse out, tags in Velvet, then whips Ivelisse for a hip toss! Velvet and King combine, wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Velvet wrenches Ivelisse again, tags King in, and feeds Ivelisse to King’s towering scoop and SLAM! King gets the fans fired up with her moshing, and trips Ivelisse up. Ivelisse drags King into a triangle hold!

But King powers up to dead lift Ivelisse! Ivelisse fights and gets to ropes for a HANGING TRIANGLE! The ref counts, Ivelisse lets go at 4 to then hotshot the arm! Diamante gets a hotshot in, then Ivelisse gives King’s arm some Sole Food! King ends up in the corner, Ivelisse stomps her down, then tags in Diamante. Las Sicarias stomp away on King, then Diamante runs to basement dropkick! Diamante drags King around, tags Ivelisse back in, and Ivelisse KICKS the bad arm! Fans rally as Ivelisse puts King’s arm in a chicken wing. King fights up and scoops Ivelisse, but Ivelisse hits a chicken wing takedown! Tag to Diamante, she wrenches the arm to give it a CODE BREAKER!

Tag back to Ivelisse, she isolates the arm and Diamante KICKS it! Ivelisse jams the shoulder, then mule kicks King back down! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse is annoyed with King and she clubs the arm. Ivelisse hooks one arm up and keylocks the other! Fans rally, King fights up and fights back, but Ivelisse chicken wings and chinlocks. King powers up to RAM Ivelisse into buckles, then throw her off! Ivelisse staggers up but into a ROUNDHOUSE! King runs to CLOBBER Ivelisse! Both women are down and fans fire up! Fans rally, Ivelisse and King crawl, hot tags to Diamante and Velvet! Velvet hits a Thesz Press!

Velvet rains down rights on Diamante, ROCKS Ivelisse, then stares down with Diamante. The forearms fly, Diamante uppercuts but Velvet ROLLING ELBOWS! DOUBLE KNEES at the ropes, and a BIG standing moonsault! Cover, Ivelisse breaks it! Ivelisse drags Diamante over but Velvet gets in between them! Diamante ENZIGURIS Velvet! Tag to Ivelisse, Las Sicarias aim but Velvet dodges the double knees! Velvet dropkicks Diamante but Ivelisse cravats and KNEES, to a butterfly suplex! Cover, but King breaks it! Diamante returns and hops on King! King powers Diamante out of the ring but tumbles with her!

Velvet rolls Ivelisse for the HEEL KICK! Velvet runs, for JUST DESSERTS!! Cover, Velvet and King win!

Winners: Red Velvet & KiLynn King, by pinfall

Victory is sweet for Velvet & King! They beat the Women’s Tag Cup winners, will this bode well for Velvet going against Jade?

 

Top Flight VS Fuego Del Sol & Jon Cruz!

Darius & Dante Martin are getting ready for the Revolution Tag Battle Royal and their newest chance at becoming contenders! But will the coldest team in the game today start to feel the heat against the Fire of the Sun and, uh… Mr. Jon Cruz?

The teams sort out, Darius starts with Fuego and they fist bump to show respect. They circle, tie up, and go around. Darius wrenches the arm, Fuego slips through and spins Darius for a headlock. Darius powers out, Fuego bumps shoulders but Darius comes back to run Fuego over! Things speed up, Fuego wheelbarrows but Darius makes it an O’Conner Roll! TWO, Darius tackles Fuego for a headlock but Fuego headscissors. Darius kips out, rebounds, but Fuego hits a headlock takeover back. Darius headscissors, Fuego kips free, and fans cheer as Darius sweeps, but then Fuego sweeps! Fuego covers, TWO, Darius covers, TWO!

Fuego goes to monkey flip but Darius lands on his feet and kicks the grip to dropkick Fuego down! Fuego crawls but ends up in the Top Flight corner. Darius runs in, Fuego puts him on the apron but Dante tags in. Dante runs and hits an A-List Lariat! Darius snap suplexes Fuego and Dante slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Dante wrenches Fuego’s arm, wristlocks, but Fuego handsprings and flips to spin and wrench. Dante breaks free, Fuego ducks the roundhouse, but Dante sunset flips. Fuego rolls through, Cruz tags in, and things speed up. Dante dodges and whips then hurdles Cruz to roll back and headscissor him, for a big dropkick!

Cruz goes to a corner, Dante ROCKS him with a forearm, then whips him corner to corner. Cruz reverses, runs in and blocks the boot to gamangiri! Cruz snapmares and neck snaps! Cover, TWO! Cruz drags Dante up, tags in Fuego, and they mug Dante. Fuego throws body shots, Dante ROCKS Fuego then runs, but Fuego KNEES low and hard! Fuego hip tosses and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Tag to Cruz, they double back suplex but Dante lands out on his feet! Dante dodges, shoves Cruz into Fuego, and tags in Darius! Fans fire up as Darius rallies on Cruz! Darius dodges Cruz, DECKS Fuego, then boots Cruz!

Darius hops up, leaps over and gets around Cruz to hit a STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Cruz survives but Darius tags Dante in. The Martins bring Cruz up, double whip him, but Cruz holds ropes. Cruz elbows Darius, TOSSES Dante out and SUPERKICKS Darius! Fuego tags in and monkey flips Cruz at Darius for a RANA! Cruz keeps moving and DIVES onto Dante! Cruz took a bit more out of that than Darius, but Fuego SUPER TORNILLOS Top Flight down!! Fuego drags Dante up and in, aims from a top rope, and leaps! Dante dodges, runs in but into a kick! Fuego wants the tornado, but Darius tags in!

Dante blocks the DDT, Darius helps out, and they pop-up UPPERCUT! Dante BOOTS Cruz, Darius has Fuego, LEAP FROG! Top Flight works together again, boosted back suplex to a BULLDOG! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Top Flight, by pinfall

Fast and furious doesn’t even cover it! But will Top Flight soar above all the teams in the Casino Battle Royal and hit the jackpot?

 

Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Tony Vega, Aaron Frye & Angel Fashion!

Billy and the boys are back in action as a trio but they’re still on a hot streak overall! Will they hit the mark again against Top Notch, Frye Daddy and The Fashionable Hombre?

The trios sort out, and after a round of rock-paper-scissors, Austin starts against Frye. Austin and Frye circle, tie up, and go around. Austin is after an arm, Frye gets the waistlock. Austin pries free but Frye gets a headlock. Austin tries to pry free again, but Frye clamps on tighter. Austin brings Frye to a knee, gets free and gets the arm, but Frye throws body shots. Frye puts Austin in a corner, lets off as the ref counts, but then ROCKS Austin with a sucker punch! Frye grins as he whips corner to corner, Austin goes up, up, and over. Austin speeds up and trips Frye to then hit a Throwback! Frye tags Fashion in as Austin fires up and fires off hype bullets.

Fashion runs in but Austin sends him into the Gunn corner! Tag to Colten, and he whips Austin in for an uppercut! Austin sets up the hoop, and Colten DUNKS on Fashion! Colten runs and does a Euro step to the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Colten brings Fashion up, wrenches the arm but Fashion claws Colten’s face! Fashion puts Colten in the corner, CHOPS, then tags in Vega. Vega says he’s got this but Colten ROCKS him with a right! Colten puts Vega in the corner, tags Austin, but the whole family gets in as they body shot, BOOT and dropkick! Cover, TWO! Austin keeps his cool and whips Vega to ropes. Vega holds ropes, elbows Austin then drop toeholds him to ropes.

Frye BOOTS Austin down while Vega distracts the ref, then Vega CLOBBERS Austin! Tag to Frye, he stomps Austin and has him in an open corner. Frye throws hands, brings Austin around and DECKS him! Fans rally for Austin but Frye drags Austin over to tag Vega in. They mug Austin, Vega toys with Austin but Austin throws a body shot. Vega CLUBS Austin, tags in Fashion, and they mug Austin now. Fashion drags Austin up to whip him back in, and Austin bounces off buckles! Tag to Vega, he taunts Colten and Billy, then drags Austin up. Vega scoops, slams, then covers, ONE! Vega is upset and he drags Austin up.

Vega whips Austin in but Austin boots back! Austin DECKS Fashion, DECKS Frye, dodges Vega and tags in Papa Gunn! Billy rallies with haymakers and then throws Frye out hard. Billy dodges Vega to scoop SLAM him! Billy fires up, runs at Fashion for a corner splash, then stands him up to kick low. SUCK IT, the FAMOUSER hits! Cover, but Frye breaks it! Austin whips Frye but Frye reverses to send Austin out! Austin drags Frye out to RAM him into the railing! Fashion swings, Billy dodges but Fashion kicks him! Fashion tells Billy to SUCK IT, but he runs into the 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!

Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall

And the Gunns are still undefeated as a trio! Will they be a major part of the Nightmare Family’s continued success in AEW?

 

Abadon VS Renee Michelle!

The Living Dead Girl returns to make this Dark even darker! Will she start to haunt #THEDiva in her dreams?

The bell rings, Renee is rightfully afraid of Abadon and tries to run away! Abadon catches her at the apron, Renee freaks out and ROCKS Abadon! Abadon stays up by holding ropes, and then DECKS Renee! Renee gets up and Abadon LEAPS from the apron for a seated senton! Abadon rains down fists, lets off to growl and roar at whatever is around her, then she puts Renee in the ring. Abadon slithers in as fans rally up. Renee gets up, gets around Abadon and cravat KNEES Abadon. Abadon stays up so Renee kicks the leg and hammers away! Renee runs, into a LARIAT from Abadon!

Abadon roars again, drags Renee up, and TOSSES her across the ring! Renee ends up in a corner, and Abadon runs in to METEORA! Abadon growls and Renee is afraid but Abadon brings her up. Abadon reels Renee in for underhooks but Renee fights free to throw forearms! Abadon stays on her feet, shrieks and reels Renee in to RAM her with a shoulder! Abadon drags Renee up, underhooks and Gory Especials, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

And this is why the only woman to beat her is the AEW Women’s Champion, Hikaru Shida! But with Shida spoken for at Revolution, will the creeping nightmare have to wait for another match with the Full Metal Warrior?

 

Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake!

Player Two is back in action! He’s #BornForCombat, but will he be ready to scrap with Scrap Metal?

The bell rings and Stu ties up with JD. They’re in a deadlock, JD gets a headlock, but Stu powers out, only for JD to run him over. Things speed up, Stu dropkicks but JD stays up! JD swings, Stu dodges and CHOPS! JD doesn’t even flinch! Stu CHOPS again, throws forearms, then whips. JD blocks by holding ropes, Stu tries again but JD reverses. Stu dodges, and CHOPS again! JD felt that one, and Stu throws uppercuts and forearms! JD shoves, Stu dodges but JD CHOPS! Stu grins and laughs because this is getting fun! Stu offers a fist bump, JD gives it, and they fire off fists fast and furious! JD puts Stu in a corner, Stu turns it around but JD turns it back around!

JD fires off body shots, Stu turns things around to stomp away! The ref backs Stu off and JD runs at him, but Stu puts JD on the apron. Stu sweeps the legs and PENALTY KICKS, then slingshots for the apron senton! Fans fire up and Stu grins, and he goes back at JD, but JD tosses him into ropes to then DECK him with a forearm! JD puts Stu in, runs and drops a senton! Cover, TWO! JD KICKS Stu in the back, drags him up, and snapmares him for a knee to the back! JD clamps on a chinlock, thrashes Stu around, but Stu fights up to throw body shots. Stu clinches, JD resists the lift and elbows Stu away! JD whips Stu to CLOBBER him!

But Stu is right up and they get forehead to forehead! They egg each other on, JD CHOPS, Stu kicks and kicks and CHOPS! Stu JABS, ducks under the back hand and URENAGES! PENALTY KICK, and BIG knee drop! Fans fire up as JD gets to a corner, Stu runs in and RAMS into him! Stu runs, JD shoves but Stu springboards for a FLYING SHOULDER! Stu drags JD up, reels him in but JD clubs away on his back! JD whips, Stu reverses, but JD goes up and over?! To OVERHEAD SUPLEX! JD hops up, Stu runs in, FLYING LEG LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Stu survives and JD is surprised! Fans fire up more, JD has Stu in a drop zone and JD climbs.

Stu goes to the apron and ROCKS JD! Stu then adjusts, springboards, and SUPER STEINERS JD down! Stu hurries back up, aims again, and 450’s but has to bail out as JD dodges! SHOTGUN BOOT! JD fires up and runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL but miss as Stu moves! Stu aims, triangle jumps to TORNADO DDT! Stu runs to KNEE TRIGGER, then he reels JD in for a torture rack! THE NIGHTFALL!! Cover, Stu wins!

Winner: Stu Grayson, by pinfall

Scrap Metal just got scrapped, and Stu is leading the charge for the Dark Order! Will Stu be a contender after Revolution?

 

The Acclaimed speak.

Anthony Bowens & Max Caster introduce themselves, then introduce us to The Acclaimed Shopping Network! They’ve got something cool, magical and spooky for you today~! It’s the Dark Order’s Kool-Aide~! Not to be confused with Kool-Aid or Gatorade, someone has to try this live to prove what it does! Their volunteer takes a big swig, and whoaaaa~! He’s transformed into Number 100! He’s Number 10’s twin brother! He’s small and frail! Gross and stupid! And smells awful! And it’s time for an all new Acclaimed hit single!

“Platinum, Max I’m, about to draw a fine! I’m facing a guy named 10 but he couldn’t draw a dime! With his 10 cent brain, 10 dollar body! Who loves the Acclaimed? Everybody! The 10 day forecast: All rain. But you face me so you seeing them stars, main. Platinum, with the visibility. I got the ability to make the match something the fans wanna really see. Uh, you’re welcome, keep ridin’ my coattails. I’m the only one in this match who just won’t fail. More charisma in my teeny tiny toenail than you have in your whole body, oh well!

“See me in the ring, the best wrestler alive. Be careful what your knees when you steppin’ inside. Yes, the call me Platinum cuz I’m destined to shine. I’ma climb the corporate ladder one step at a time! Yo, wassup with your chest? That’s a scary skin rash. Matter fact, don’t talk, shut the zipper on your gimp mask. I be drummin’ on your neck, call it whiplash. Andre drummin’ on your back, got a big bag. Platinum, me against 10, that’s a mismatch. On B T E, every skit’s bad. In the Dark Order, you’re a hanger-on. Looking like SpongeBob with your anchor arms. Fake muscles, yeah I know you ain’t too strong.

“Wednesday Dynamite, no place to run. Try to step to the Acclaimed, I’m a gangsta, son. No, I’m not the Revolution, I’m the face of one. Platinum, Max, I’m about to call a fine. I’m facing a guy named 10 but he couldn’t draw a dime. A 10 cent brain, 10 dollar body! Who loves the Acclaimed? Everybody!”

And that’s the show for today! Thanks for joining them on the ASN, and watch Caster beat the absolute CRAP out of Number 10! Heck, he’ll do the same to JJ Garrett tonight! Get yourself some Acclaimed shirts and make everyone jealous!

 

Bear Country VS Baron Black & M’Badu!

Bear Boulder and Bear Bronson are ready to roar up the rankings, but they have a long road ahead. Will the #EmpBRUH and Nigerian Warrior end up lost in Bear Country?

The teams sort out, Bronson and Baron start. They circle, tie up, Baron waistlocks but Bronson switches. Baron wrenches free, Bronson reverses the whip and elbows him down! Bronson scoops Baron to SLAM him! Bronson runs and drops a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE! Bronson drags Baron up, tags Boulder in, and Boulder headbutts Baron in the ribs. Boulder throws shoulders into Baron again and again, then gets a knuckle lock. Tag to Bronson, Bear Country mugs Baron, and Bronson brings Baron up, but Baron CHOPS! Bronson doesn’t budge! Bronson puts Baron in a corner, fires off hammering hands, then lets off. M’Badu runs over but Bronson CLOBBERS him!

Baron hits Bronson but Bronson DECKS Baron! Baron ends up on the apron, Bronson drags him up and goes out to join him. M’Badu grabs at Bronson, Boulder protests but the ref is busy with him as Baron WRINGS Bronson into the apron! Bronson staggers and M’Badu CLOBBERS him! Boulder is furious but the ref has him stay in his corner. M’Badu puts Bronson in, Baron brings Bronson to the post and pulls the arm against the steel! Baron SLAMS the arm into the post, then wraps it around the other way! Baron adds a chinbar, the ref reprimands and counts, and Baron lets go of Bronson at 4. Baron pushes Bronson to a cover, TWO!

Baron CLUBS Bronson, goes after the bad arm, and M’Badu tags in. They mug Bronson, M’Badu throws haymakers, but Bronson hits back with haymakers! Bronson whips but the bad arm messes that up! M’Badu runs and SHOULDER TACKLES Bronson down! Cover, TWO! Bronson toughs it out with the bad arm, but M’Badu drags Bronson up to then hit a corner splash! Tag to Baron, M’Badu whips him in and Baron CHOPS! Baron feeds Bronson to M’Badu’s BIG sidewalk slam! There’s a miscommunication in who is legal, Baron comes back to cover, TWO! Bronson survives but Baron wraps on a cobra clutch.

Bronson fights up, throws body shots, but Baron keeps him from Boulder to hit a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Baron grows frustrated but he brings the straps down. Baron drags Bronson up, wrenches the bad arm and CHOPS! Bronson gets mad but Baron CHOPS again! And again! Bronson reels Baron in for a BEAR-SPLODER! Fans fire up and Bronson gets himself to the corner, hot tag to Boulder! Boulder rallies on Baron, DECKS M’Badu, then runs at Baron. Boulder blocks the boot to give clotheslines and elbows! Boulder whips Baron, and BACK DROPS him on the rebound! Baron staggers up, Boulder sees M’Badu coming and sends him into Baron!

Boulder SPLASHES them both! Boulder fireman’s carries M’Badu, scoops Baron, and hits the FALL AWAY SAMOAN DROP COMBO! Fans fire up for Boulder as he drags Baron around to a drop zone. Boulder climbs, and MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS as Baron moves! M’Badu climbs and leaps at Boulder for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Baron hits the BACKSTABBER! Cover but Bronson sentons onto him! Bronson DECKS M’Badu, and DIVES?!? Direct hit and M’Badu is flattened! Fans are going nuts for Bear Country as Bronson tags in! Boulder sets Baron up, Electric Chair lifts Bronson, for the BEAR COUNTRY SPLASH! Cover, Bear Country wins!

Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall

It was a tough one, but the battle belongs to Bear Country! Will Bronson & Boulder bulldoze their way up the tag ranks on the other side of the Revolution?

But wait, The Butcher & The Blade ambush Bear Country! Bunny Allie brings a chair with her as Butcher shoves Bronson out of the ring. Blade takes the chair and SMACKS Boulder on the back! Butcher RAMS Bronson into barriers and throws him over while Blade SMACKS Boulder again! Butcher sets Bronson up for Blade to stick the chair in his face, and Bunny BOOTS the chair! The chair hits Bronson’s bad arm and Bunny laughs at his pain! Eddie Kingston’s Fam shout at the cameras, “Do you know who we are?!” They are the wolves and they are going to hunt down the bears! Will they get to butcher Bear Country into bloody meat?

 

Six Man Tag: Evil Uno, Alan Angels & Colt Cabana VS Levy Shapiro, John Skyler & Ryzin!

Player One, Number Five and BOOM BOOM are ready for action! Will they find a way to convince Mr. Timeless, the Southern Savior & The Priest of Sin to #JoinDarkOrder?

The trios sort out, Cabana starts against Skyler. They circle, approach and Cabana gets an arm. Cabana wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits a takeover. They get up, Cabana spins around to wrench Skyler again. Skyler rolls, rams a shoulder and throws uppercuts. Skyler shoves, Cabana sunset flips and then shifts to a school boy. Skyler rolls, whips, Cabana goes up and under and DOUBLE CHOPS Skyler down! Fans fire up as Cabana wrenches then tags in Uno. Uno CLUBS Skyler’s arm, ROCKS Skyler then CHOPS him at the ropes. Uno wrenches, whips, but Skyler reverses and RAMS low! Skyler rolls Uno, tags Shapiro and Shapiro drops an elbow.

Shapiro whips, Uno reverses and headlock, but Shapiro reverses. Uno powers out, Shapiro rams him but Uno runs him over! Uno runs, Shapiro leaps but into an atomic drop! Uno bumps Shapiro off buckles, tags in Angels, and Angels runs in at Shapiro to CHOP him! Angels whips him corner to corner, climbs up and rains down fists on Shapiro! The Dark Order counts it out, and Five hits five! Angels leaps back, dropkicks Shapiro down, and covers, TWO! Angels drags Shapiro up, wrenches him and tags in Cabana. They double wrench, double wrench again, and double CHOP Shapiro down! Negative One loves what he sees as Cabana runs to leap and drop an elbow!

Cabana bumps Shapiro off buckles, bumps him again, and again, and then tags Uno! Uno runs in to back elbow Shapiro and dust his hands. Ryzin and Skyler get in but the ref keeps him back. Uno mugs Shapiro with body shots and CHOPS, then bumps him off other buckles. Uno CHOPS Shapiro down, then brings him up for elbows. Fans rally, Uno whips corner to corner, then runs in but Shapiro elbows back. Shapiro hops up, BOOTS Uno down, then tight rope walks for a FALLING FIST DROP! Cover, hot tags to Skyler and Angels! Angels baits Skyler in, dodges him to clobber Shapiro and DECK Ryzin! Angels rallies on Skyler, dodges and enziguris!

Angels handsprings and dodges Shapiro to drop toehold him to ropes! Cabana says this’ll suck, and Angels CROSSBODIES Shapiro into the ropes! Skyler puts Angels on the apron and Ryzin runs at him, but Angels SLAMS Ryzin down! Angels enziguris Skyler, and springboard side splashes! Cover, TWO! Negative One protests that count but Angels puts Shapiro out. Angels dropkicks the legs out and Shapiro crashes down! Angels drags Skyler up but Skyler SUPERKICKS! Skyler tags Ryzin but Uno tags in, too! Uno slingshot Ryzin to Cabana’s fireman’s carry, and Cabana TOSSES Ryzin into Uno’s knees!

Angels hits the WING SNAPPER, Uno hits the TWISTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, The Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

A great showing for Uno, Angels and Cabana! Will this momentum help the Dark Order in the Casino Battle Royal and lead them to those AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS JJ Garrett!

We heard from The Acclaimed earlier tonight and clearly, Mr. Platinum thinks he’s greater than 10. He’s about to turn it up to 11 with a diss on his opponent right here!

“We are the Acclaimed, getting all the ladies. Hey, nice mullet. What is this, the 80’s? We killing the game, you look like a broke Brian Pillman in the ring! You did it for the irony, lookin’ like a girl, write it in your diary! Got you calling out mayday, and I heard your name’s short for Va-JJ!” AEW~! The Acclaimed have arrived! But will Platinum be shining going into his qualifier against Pres10 Vance?

The bell rings and Caster circles with JJ. They approach, JJ gets a leg and dumps Caster down to then get a facelock. Caster gets a ropebreak with a foot, the ref counts and JJ lets off. Fans rally for JJ as he and Caster circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Caster kicks low and hard, then takes a bow. Caster snapmares and drops a knee but misses! JJ runs to CLOBBER Caster with a leaping lariat! Caster gets to a corner, JJ runs in but Caster dodges! JJ goes up and over, Caster hits buckles and JJ corner 619’s! JJ springboards and moonsaults but has to land on his feet! Caster is back in a corner, JJ RAMS into him!

JJ runs corner to corner but Caster arm-drags him down hard, then hits a dropkick! Caster drags JJ around, yanks on the arm, then kicks the arm before hooking it up. Caster blows a kiss before he SNAP LOCKS the hammerlock! JJ clutches the arm, but he throws body shots. Caster CLUBS JJ, clamps onto the bad arm, and brings him up. JJ jawbreakers free and headlocks, but Caster wrenches free to hit a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Caster clamps onto JJ with a chinlock, smothers JJ’s face and digs elbows in. JJ endures, fans rally up and JJ fights to his feet. JJ arm-drags free, headlocks again but Caster wrenches out.

JJ slips around to get a headlock again but Caster powers out to run JJ over! Caster gets the bad arm for a keylock and he thrashes JJ around into a seated stretch! JJ endures, fans rally up and JJ fights up again! JJ gets a ropebreak with a foot, Caster lets go, then STOMPS JJ down. JJ kicks from the mat but Caster kicks him while he’s down! Caster snapmares and drops the knee! JJ gasps and sputters, Caster drags him up and he fireman’s carries. Caster spanks JJ, puts him on the top rope, JJ tries to fight back but Caster throat chops! Caster climbs up, drags JJ up, but JJ resists the superplex! JJ shoves Caster away, but Caster comes right back and leaps right up to get JJ again!

JJ fights, hops down and HOTSHOTS Caster hard! JJ slingshots and springboards to hit the MOONSAULT! Fans fire up as JJ fires off with forearms and CHOPS! JJ whips, Caster blocks and JJ’s bad arm gives up! Caster whips, JJ goes up and STOMPS Caster down! JJ staggers but he runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! JJ drags Caster to a jackknife cover, TWO!! JJ couldn’t get all his weight on Caster, and now Bowens throws in the boombox! The ref takes the boombox away, Bowens argues with the ref, Caster pop-up LOW BLOWS JJ! Into a SNAP BRAINBUSTER! Caster goes up top, for the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Caster wins!

Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall

Caster finishes with a #MicDrop and kisses JJ’s hand. Will Caster be thanking Vance the same way after their match on Dynamite? Or will he just be kissing his best chance at the TNT Championship good-bye?

 

The Hybrid2 VS Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo!

Jack Evans & Angelico want to reach the titles, but that’ll be a long road if they don’t win. Will the Captain and #GoonPlatoon make that road a bit harder tonight?

The teams sort out and Angelico starts with Bravo. They circle, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a wristlock. Bravo rolls, handsprings and slips through to wrench back. Angelico spins, steps in and gets a standing armbar, to then get a facelock. Angelico wrenches to a wristlock, Bravo spins around and gets the wristlock back! Angelico rolls, spins and drop toeholds Bravo into a chinlock. Bravo fights up as Angelico grinds him, and Angelico spins through to arm-drag Bravo away! Fans cheer as things speed up, Angelico hurdles but Bravo shoves. Angelico holds ropes to dodge the dropkick, and fans cheer the exchange. Bravo tags Dean, and Angelico tags Evans.

Evans and Dean circle, tie up, and Evans waistlocks. Dean pries free, switches but Evans drop toeholds and floats to a facelock. Dean slips out to hammerlock, Evans rolls and wrenches, then gets a wristlock. Dean handsprings, wrenches, but Evans cartwheels, only for Dean to trip him up! Things speed up again, Evans hurdles but Dean shoves him to arm-drag him around! Dean mule kicks a leg, and step-up BOOTS Evans down! Tag to Bravo and they drag Evans up. They double whip Evans, Dean drops and Bravo dropkicks Evans down! Cover, TWO! Bravo keeps cool, drags Evans up, and brings him away, only for Evans to throw Bravo into buckles!

Evans distracts the ref and Angelico rakes Bravo’s eyes! Bravo swings blindly but Evans ROCKS him! Tag to Angelico, Dean dodges Angelico’s sucker punch but the ref is busy keeping Dean back. Evans trips Bravo to get a Chancery, and Angelico PENALTY KICKS Bravo in the face! Angelico covers, TWO! Angelico drags Bravo up as fans rally. Angelico JABS and KICKS and KICKS Bravo, but Bravo throws body shots back! Angelico knees low and hard, runs in but Bravo ducks the Penalty Kick! Then he jumps the sweep to tag in Dean! The Captain rallies on TH2, dodges Angelico to ENZIGURI!

Angelico ends up in the corner, Dean runs corner to corner and he hits a big dropkick! Dean dropkicks Evans, too, then dropkicks Angelico again! Fans fire up with Dean as he wrenches and reels Angelico in, salute and SPIKE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dean keeps cool, tags in Bravo, and Dean climbs as Bravo brings Angelico up. STANDING SLICED BREAD to a FROG SPLASH! Bravo covers, but Evans barrels in to break it! Dean reverses the whip but Evans boots back! Evans is on the apron, dodges Dean’s tackle and then FLYING SCREW KICKS Dean down! Bravo dodges a sweep but not the EDDY GORDO!

Angelico hooks a leg, trips Bravo up, ties up the legs, and hits the NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Tot he NAVARRO DOS MIL!! Bravo taps, TH2 wins!

Winners: The Hybrid2, by submission

Angelico puts it away, and these two are on the winning track! Will they be rolling towards the top of the tag division soon enough?

 

Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor VS Steven Stetson!

Freshly Squeezed is heading for Revolution to finally take the fight to The Best Man and Superbad! But will he be able to get serious here on Dark?

The bell rings and Cassidy circles with Stetson. Stetson wants Cassidy to get serious but Cassidy goes to put his hands in his pockets. Stetson rushes at Cassidy, but Cassidy dodges, and snags Stetson’s Stetson cowboy hat! Cassidy puts it on and Stetson is angry. Stetson grabs at the hat but Cassidy swats Stetson’s hands away. Cassidy trips Stetson up and ties his legs up in a very slow Sharpshooter! Cassidy shifts it down to a deathlock, and puts his hands in his pockets! Stetson drags himself and Cassidy over, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Cassidy doesn’t respond, but the ref unties the hold for him.

Cassidy walks bow legged and brings out the finger guns, but Stetson snatches his hat back. Stetson brushes the hat off but Cassidy dropkicks Stetson down! The hat goes flying, as do Cassidy’s sunglasses, and Cassidy kips up! It isn’t the cleanest, but Cassidy just rebounds and shows off his agility with more kips! Cassidy finally stands up, and the ref helps him get his sunglasses back on. Cassidy Alabama lifts Stetson but Stetson fights out and shoves Cassidy to BOOT him down! The sunglasses go flying, Cassidy staggers up to ropes, and Stetson goes to the apron. Stetson ELBOWS Cassidy in the head, then follows him around the way.

Stetson talks trash, ELBOWS Cassidy again, then talks trash to Chuck. Stetson runs corner to corner to back elbow, then keeps moving. Cassidy dodges to ORANGE PUNCH! Alabama lift, BEACH BREAK! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Cassidy sends the Sparta (New Jersey) Cowboy out to pasture and is rolling towards Revolution! And speaking Speaking of that match with Miro and Kip Sabian, the Kentucky Gentleman is part of that to get payback for what they did to Trent! Will the Vision be used to show the Best Man and Superbad what’s in store for them on Sunday?

Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy VS VSK!

The bell rings, Chuck and VSK tie up and Chuck puts VSK in a corner. Chuck lets off, he and VSK reset, and they tie approach. Chuck kicks low, bumps VSK off buckles and stomps him down! The ref counts, Chuck lets off and runs in, but VSK elbows him away! VSK hops up to hit a FLYING UPPERCUT! VSK hits a backbreaker to scoop slam and standing splash! Cover, TWO! Chuck gets to ropes, VSK throws uppercuts, whips him but Chuck reverses to hit SOLE FOOD! Chuck runs to BOOT VSK down! VSK shakes the cobwebs out but Chuck is snarling. Chuck drags VSK up, snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Chuck keeps his cool, drags VSK up and DECKS him!

VSK gets to ropes, Chuck drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Chuck wrenches, whips VSK corner to corner hard, and VSK bounces off buckles and hits the mat. Chuck grins and drags VSK up, but VSK throws body shots. VSK throws a forearm, Chuck knees low and wrenches. VSK blocks Sole Food this time to mule kick, front kick and enziguri! Chuck is in a corner, VSK runs in but is put on the apron! VSK shoulder sin, steps in and TORNADO DDT’S! Chuck bails out, VSK builds speed and VSK DIVES! Direct hit and Chuck hits barriers! VSK puts Chuck in and runs corner to corner, into a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE!

Chuck scoops VSK for an URENAGE! VSK clutches his back, Chuck brings him up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! VSK survives but Chuck is furious! Chuck drags VSK back up, hoists him up top and then brings him out in a crucifix, but VSK slips off to roll Chuck up! TWO, SNAP PILEDRIVER! Chuck drags VSK up, for the AWFUL WAFFLE!! Cover, Chuck wins!

Winner: Chuck Taylor, by pinfall

The Vision had the Kentucky Gentleman seeing red, but he’s cooled off now. Will Chuck bring this kind of heat to Miro and Kip on Sunday?

 

Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Daniel Joseph!

Max Caster’s had a lot to say about Number 10, but actions speak louder than words. Will Vance dance with DJ Footloose and show he can drop the beat, too?

Negative One joins commentary this time and Excalibur puts on his happy face. Negative One still tells him to shut up, then says hey to Taz. The bell rings and Vance circles with Joseph. They tie up, Vance shoves Joseph down and fans cheer. Joseph gets up, circles with Vance again and they tie up. Vance headlocks, Joseph powers out but Vance runs him over! Vance runs, Joseph stays low but Vance blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Vance clotheslines Joseph out to the ramp! Vance goes out and quickly high-fives Negative One before he goes after Joseph. Vance throws Joseph back in, runs in but Joseph dodges to CHOP!

Vance CHOPS back and fire off forearms! Negative One likes that as Vance rolls Joseph and fireman’s carries. Joseph slips out, ROCKS Vance, then runs, but into a BACK DROP! Vance runs in but Joseph BOOTS him! Joseph dodges Vance’s boot, runs, but Vance comes back with the BOOT! Vance drags Joseph up, whips him, and gives him the SPINEBUSTER! Negative One is fired up for Vance as he drags Joseph to a DEAD LIFT POWERBOMB! Cover, Vance wins!

Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall

Number 10 treats Joseph like a zero! But will Vance be the Dark Order’s hero against Max Caster on Dynamite?

 

Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS The Sydal Brothers!

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian are determined to be tag team champions in their careers again, and the Casino Battle Royal might be their best bet. But that means they have to get through Matt & Mike tonight! Will SCU blind Matt’s third eye and bend yoga master Mike all out of shape?

The teams sort out and the Heavy Metal Rebel starts against Matt. They circle, fist bump to show respect, and then tie up. They go around, Kaz wrenches Matt to a hammerlock but Matt turns that around on Kaz. Kaz reaches for legs but can’t get any. Matt wrenches the hammerlock, they go around and around and Kaz throws Matt out! Matt lands on his feet, gets back in, and the two circle again. They tie up, Kaz headlocks and grinds Matt, but Matt powers out. Matt arm-drags Kaz around, ghost pins, TWO! Matt wrenches, tags in Mike, and the Sydal Brothers coordinate to DRAPING DOUBLE STOMP! Matt snapmares for Mike’s STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Mike is after Kaz in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Kaz goes up and over to kick, knee and LARIAT! Kaz drags Mike up and bumps him off Daniels’ boot. Tag to the Fallen Angel and he fires body shots on Mike. Daniels whips, dropkicks and covers Mike, TWO! Daniels brings Mike up to club him, then throws forearms. Mike goes to a corner, Daniels whips him to ropes and scoops, but Mike tilt-o-whirls out to dropkick Daniels to the corner! Tag to Matt, the Sydals whip Daniels, drop toehold to a basement dropkick! Matt scoops Daniels for a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives but Matt stays on him.

Tag to Mike, the Sydals mug Daniels, then Mike brings Daniels around. Daniels blocks the suplex, throws body shots, and suplexes back. Mike slips out but Daniels elbows him away. Tag to Kaz but Mike dodges and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Mike whips, Kaz holds ropes to stop, then Kaz elbows Mike away. Tag to Daniels, Kaz and Daniels HIGH LOW Mike down! Daniels drags Mike back up, scoops and slams him, then runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Mike up, tags in Kaz, and they double whip Mike to body shot and swinging neckbreaker! Kaz covers, TWO! Kaz drags Mike up, CHOPS him to a corner, and then CHOPS him in the corner!

Mike CHOPS back, CHOPS again, and he backs Kaz down with CHOPS! Mike whips, Kaz reverses but Mike blocks the hip toss, only to swing into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mike survives and Matt coaches him up. Fans rally, Kaz drags Mike up and brings him over with clubbing forearms. Tag to Daniels, SCU whips to leap frog and LARIAT, then back suplex SPLASH, to a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mike survives again and Daniels is losing his cool. Daniels drags Mike up to ROCK him, whip him corner to corner, and run in for forearms! Daniels whips Mike back the other way, Mike goes up but Daniels catches him!

Mike holds ropes, Daniels pulls him off but Mike uses that momentum for a TORNADO DDT! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kaz and Matt! Matt slingshot boots Kaz, sobats him down, dropkicks Daniels down then RANAS Kaz to a corner! Matt runs in, Kaz dodges but Matt goes up to QUEBRADA ARM-DRAG! WINDMILL KICK! Cover, TWO! Kaz survives but fans rally up. Matt calls for Mike, and Matt brings Kaz up. Kaz CHOPS Matt, scoops him but Matt slips out! Daniels runs in but Matt catches him, JAWBREAKER and SLICE! STANDING MARIPOSA to Kaz! Cover, TWO! Mike gets in, the Sydals drag Kaz up, they hook him up for a DOUBLE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Matt wants the modified crossface but Kaz resists and fights up! Fans rally, Kaz endures the cobra clutch, and uses the corner to push back! Kaz has a cover, TWO! Kaz mule kicks, front kicks and swings but Matt dodges to KNEE! Hot tag to Mike! Mike slingshot somersaults but Kaz dodges! Kaz swings but Mike goes Matrix to then ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO! Mike drags Kaz up, fans rally but Kaz throws Mike to the apron. Kaz slingshots Mike in for a CUTTER! Cover, Matt breaks it in time! Daniels gets in but Matt KNEES him! Matt runs in but is put on the apron! Matt ROUNDHOUSES Daniels back and goes up top, to leap!

Kaz pushes Daniels out of the way and Matt’s meteora misses! Matt turns around into CELEBRITY REHAB! Mike O’Conner rolls Kaz, TWO! Daniels kicks Mike low, he gives Mike to Kaz, and they coordinate for the BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)

Pressure makes diamonds, and right now Kaz and Daniels are shining! Will the Addiction be just as unbreakable and get the AEW Tag Team Championship gold?


My Thoughts:

At just under two hours, this was another good Dark. I will say, with the coming of Dark Elevation, I hope Tuesday Darks don’t have to be as long anymore. Elevation will probably have the more meaningful matches that are meant to advance story from Dynamite, as well as the matches that are more than just established name(s) VS jobber(s). I don’t know what that’ll mean for Tuesday Darks in my schedule, and the fact that Elevation is going to be on Mondays means I won’t get to it right away (though, I don’t even do that with Tuesday Dark), but it might make things a little easier in the long run. Plus, for normal viewers who just watch these programs, I would think it’s much easier to have one hour one night, then the other hour another night.

All that said, I really liked Stu VS JD, those guys can really throw hands and move around. Stu winning in singles and Uno winning in a trios match proves the Dark Order OG can get it done no matter what situation they’re in, and establishes that the Dark Order really can dominate all divisions. Caster and Vance had good matches, and it makes a lot of sense for Vance to have an easier time with his opponent than Caster did with his. But the newest Acclaimed music video was a lot of fun. Vance VS Caster could honestly go either way, but given who is already in the Face of the Revolution Ladder match, I feel like Archer is more than enough powerhouse for it, so that Caster might get the win off Bowens interfering. Plus, imagine the great diss raps Caster could come up with when he has Pentagon, Scorpio Sky, Lance Archer and Cody Rhodes to go after.

My Score: 8/10


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