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WWE MITB 2018

WWE brings the best of both Raw and SmackDown together again, but this time we go bigger and longer with a guaranteed FOUR HOUR Money in the Bank PPV! Who will be this year’s Mr. and Ms./Mrs. MITB? Will they choose to cash in on a champion tonight? Who even WILL be champion when they decide to cash in?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff show: SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The Club; The Bludgeon Brothers win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • Daniel Bryan VS Big Cass; Bryan wins.
  • Bobby Lashley VS Sami Zayn; Lashley wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Elias; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match; Alexa Bliss wins and becomes Ms. Money in the Bank.
  • Roman Reigns VS Jinder Mahal; Reigns wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Carmella VS Asuka; Carmella wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Styles wins and retains the WWE Championship.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Nia Jax VS Ronda Rousey; Nia wins by disqualification, and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Raw Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Nia Jax VS Alexa Bliss; Alexa wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match; Braun Strowman wins and becomes Mr. Money in the Bank.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Money in the Bank Kickoff show!

Renee Young joins David Otunga, Peter Rosenberg and WWE Hall of Famer, Booker T! They’re ready to recap all the matches for tonight, as well as prepare the Social Media Lounge for Daniel Bryan, so make sure to #AskBryan all your questions!

 

Kevin Owens complains.

The Prizefighter special ordered something but it wasn’t done right, and he’s upset. How does he feel after that Monster Slam last Raw? He feels “great”, to be body-slammed by a 500 lbs. monster. What kind of question is that?! He actually feels like a fool for thinking Finn Balor and Bobby Roode would stay on the same page. But nope! No one listens to Kevin! So Kevin has a different approach. Wait, is that pancake batter and maple syrup? No… What sly plan does Kevin have up his sleeve?

 

Sami Zayn adds insult to injury via social media.

The obnoxious underdog just loves trolling the Alpha Male. Will he come to regret further insulting Lashley at his family’s expense?

 

Daniel Bryan joins the Kickoff Show.

What is his response to all of Big Cass’ big talk? Cass has a sound theory, but that assumes Cass is “good”. By the way, Happy Father’s Day to both Bryan and all fathers in the WWE Universe. Time to #AskBryan questions!

“What is your game plan to beat Big Cass tonight?” The same as every time: make him tap. Bryan’s made men bigger and better than Cass tap out, or even just quit from too many knees to the face.

“Did you want to be SmackDown GM?” Well it was a mixed reaction. He had fun, but it was so hard being around what he loves to do, which is what motivated him to get back into ring shape. Plus, Talking Smack was really good!

“What advantages do you have over Big Cass?” Aside from skill, it’s his legs, lungs, and heart. Cass can’t outwork or outdo Bryan. Cass is only big, and big men tire out. Big men don’t fight for things, Bryan does. Will Bryan prove that size doesn’t matter, and that it’s all about ability?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!

The Intercontinental Champion strums what’s left of Elias’ custom guitar. No, this is a gift from John Mayer! Mayer liked what he saw and gave Rollins a replica. But kidding aside, Rollins is looking forward to tonight. Chicago, MITB, and Elias is great competition. Elias is entertaining and has a mean streak, but he’s not on the Architect’s level. To put it in a way Elias can understand, The Drifter’s greatest hits aren’t even on Rollins’ b-side. Rollins walks in and walks out with HIS title, because he fights for it every night. Will The Man stay The Man when he goes for a #WalkWithElias?

 

Samoa Joe joins the Kickoff Show.

Who is Joe keeping an eye on? He’s keeping his eye on all of them. The key to a ladder match is never taking your eyes off the prize. Does he want to get his hands on Brock Lesnar via the MITB contract? Yes, but then Kevin Owens pops in. Kevin and Joe, they’re hard-headed alphas, but they’re even better as a duo, to be unstoppable to stop Strowman! Kevin feels Joe understands. Joe does, except for trusting Kevin. He’ll never trust Kevin. It’s not about trust, it’s about logic! Together, they can stop the Monster, then become champion! Yes, that is logically. But Kevin needs to use logic and just walk away. Kevin gives up, but will he be proven right in the Men’s Ladder Match tonight?

As for Joe, this is what he does. Everybody goes to sleep, will he put down the seven other amazing stars in that match with him tonight?

 

Kickoff show: SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The Club!

Harper & Rowan have decimated and destroyed the likes of The New Day and The Usos, but the Machine Gun & Big LG are ready to show these nerrrrds what tag team wrestling is really about. Can the Good Brothers dethrone the Bludgeon Brothers and makes those titles #TooSweet?

Big Red Rowan starts against Gallows and we begin with the bell. Rowan and Gallows circle, and Rowan hits first. He puts Gallows in a corner, then whips corner to corner, but Gallows dodges and hits back with body shots. Gallows stalks Rowan but Rowan tags Harper. Harper comes in but misses, and gets an uppercut. Tag to Anderson, and the Club double whip Rowan, to then strike both Bludgeon Brothers at once. Anderson rocket kicks Harper into a Tree of Woe! Harper gets himself loose and regroups with Rowan, but that leg is slowing him down.

The Club keep on 2B, but 2B hits back. Rowan scoops and uses Gallows as a weapon on Anderson. Harper & Rowan toss Gallows away, then double facebuster Anderson on the apron. They double dropkick Gallows down!

The duo of doom are in control as they put Anderson in the ring. They embrace the heat while we go to break.

WWE MITB returns, and Harper has Anderson isolated. He rocks Anderson with an uppercut, then slingshot guillotines him into the second rope! Cover, TWO, but Harper tags out to Rowan. Rowan drags Anderson up, pumphandle and backbreaker. Rowan drags Anderson up again to club him down with a clothesline. Cover, TWO, so he stretches Anderson against the ropes. Rowan clubs Anderson again, then tags to Harper. They grind Anderson with boots, but Anderson hits back! Anderson chops but Harper uppercuts. Harper stands Anderson up for a blunt chop! He stands Anderson up to snapmare, and drop the elbow. Cover, TWO.

Harper tags Rowan, then holds Anderson down for Rowan’s splash. Cover, TWO. Gallows has barely recovered, and Anderson ends up in a headlock. Fans rally and Anderson powers up. Anderson endures the head vice, then fights out with back elbows. Rowan pushes and runs Anderson over with a back elbow of his own. Fans boo and jeer, but Rowan ignores it as he whips Anderson corner to corner. He adds the corner splash, then grins as he sees Gallows is still down and out. Rowan whips Anderson again, but Anderson hits Harper! Anderson dodges and sends Rowan into the post!

Fans fire up, and Anderson crawls. Harper tags in first, but runs into the spinebuster! Gallows returns to the apron! Hot tag brings him in! The Big LG rallies on Harper with kick after kick, then tops it off with a corner splash. Gallows boots Rowan away, then kicks Harper again. Pumphandle slam, and Gallows fires up more. Gallows uppercuts Rowan, shotgun kick from Anderson, then double clotheslines. Anderson slingshots and takes Rowan out! But Harper boots Gallows down! Anderson breaks the cover, saving the match. But Harper uppercuts Anderson out. Harper mule kicks and front kicks Gallows, then prepares a suplex, but Gallows sets up- No, Rowan stops Magic Killer. KILLER BOMB!! Cover, Bludgeon Brothers win!

Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan), Harper pinning; still WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Harper & Rowan survive their own doom, and continue to reign over the Blue Brand’s Tag Team Division. Does any team stand a chance of stopping this destructive duo?

 

WWE Money in the Bank begins!

“Pay attention”, because there’s one way to make it to the top. If at first you don’t succeed, climb, climb again. A contract that can change lives, but the opportunity literally hangs in the balance. Then, if it isn’t broken, break it yourself. “The bigger they are, the harder they brawl.” And when it all comes down to it, it’s about whoever is the Last Man Standing. “Opportunity” is Money in the Bank in a nutshell. But who will give more to answer its call and take it for themselves?

 

Daniel Bryan VS Big Cass!

It’s a rematch from Backlash, where the Human Skyscraper lost the match but won a fight. Cass tapped, but it was just so he could wallop the Goat. Now, can their grudge be settled with a 2-0 sweep from one of the best ever? Or will one of the biggest ever tie it all up?

The bell rings, and the two circle. Bryan literally runs circles around Cass while the fans cheer him on. Cass and Bryan tie up, and Cass powers Bryan to a corner. Cass mocks the “little guy” but Bryan hits back with punches and kicks. Bryan dodges Cass’ big hands to keep kicking and punching. Cass pushes Bryan down, then runs him over with a shoulder. Cass keeps moving but Bryan clears him with a jump! Bryan goes for a leg, but Cass pushes Bryan away. Bryan gets the drop toehold, and a leg, but Cass pushes him away again. Cass walks into kicks! Bryan dodges to kick more, going after that leg. Bryan whips, Cass reverses and Bryan tumbles to the apron, for Cass to blast off into barriers! Cass embraces the heat while Bryan recovers.

Cass goes out to fetch Bryan, and Chicago lets him know “You Can’t Wrestle!” He doesn’t have to, he picks Bryan up and throws him on the apron. They go back into the ring, Cass taking his time as he stalks Bryan. Cass hits Bryan with big rights, then more and more rights. Bryan falls, and Cass drops a big elbow on him. Cass drops another elbow, then covers, TWO. Cass grins and poses again, enjoying the heat. He then rocks Bryan with another haymakers. Bryan staggers around but Cass hits him again. Fans rally for Bryan, and Bryan hits back with his own haymakers. Bryan runs, but into a 7 foot high bearhug.

Cass squeezes Bryan but fans rally up. Bryan endures, elbows out, then hits back. Cass knees low, and he stalks Bryan to a corner. Cass whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over. Things speed up, but Bryan runs into a 7 foot scrapbuster! Cover, TWO! Cass looms over Bryan, taking his time with his opponent. Cass stalks Bryan again, mocking Bryan the whole time. He runs corner to corner for a 7 foot splash, then mocks the Yes fingers. Fans boo and jeer again as Cass backs up. Cass runs back in, but a drop toehold sends him into buckles! Bryan crawls away but stands up. Bryan ducks to retaliate with kicks. He kicks and kicks, “YES! YES!” then dragon screw!

Cass hobbles up but Bryan won’t stop, he dragon screws again. Cass crawls to the apron in pain, but Bryan still won’t let up. Bryan grabs the bad leg, and jams it on the edge! Fans love the aggression as Bryan drags the leg out again. Bryan wails on the knee, then swings it into the post! The Goat is a shark as he hits Cass’ leg into the post again. Cass manages to shove Bryan away, but Bryan pursues as he climbs up high. Bryan aims, and leaps for the missile dropkick to Cass’ back! Cass ends up in a corner, and Bryan runs in with a dropkick. Then another! Then, into a tilt-o-whirl takedown! YES LOCK! Cass scrambles against it while the fans fire up. Cass reaches, and gets the ropebreak. Bryan lets Cass go, and Cass gets out of the ring.

Bryan aims at Cass on the outside, but Cass tries to drag him out, only for Bryan to shove him away. Cass staggers, Bryan builds speed, and Bryan hits a wrecking ball dropkick. Bryan isn’t done, he climbs way up high, for a SUPER crossbody!! They crash and burn, but Cass takes the worst of it. Fans chant “YES! YES!” for their favorite Goat. Bryan drags Cass up and in, then climbs up one more time. But Cass trips Bryan up. Cass walks off the pain to then haymakers Bryan. Cass hits another, but fans say “Big Cass Sucks!” Bryan is rocked, and Cass climbs up to join him. Cass prepares and hits a SUPER Fall Away Slam!

Cover, TWO! Cass grows frustrated, but fans are relieved. The “Cass-Hole” looms over Bryan again before picking him up. Cass lifts Bryan in a torture rack. He uses it to bend and stretch Bryan, but Bryan fights out with fists. Cass backs up, and hits an inverted death valley! Cover, TWO, and now Cass is really frustrated. Fans rally up for Bryan, but Cass still stalks him. Cass embraces the heat, mocks Bryan’s Yes, then throws another haymaker. Bryan stands up, so Cass runs in, to get hung up on the ropes! Bryan chop blocks the leg! And then another chop block, before unleashing the YES Kicks! “YES! YES!” over and over, then… Cass grabs Bryan by the neck!

But Bryan kicks free, slips out of the choke grip, then kicks out the leg again. Buzzsaw kick! Cass flounders but Bryan fires up. “YES! YES!” echoes through Chicago, and Bryan runs, into a flapjack! Then a boot! Cover, TWO!! Cass is furious and shocked over this. He walks around, trying to understand, but fans still cheer for Bryan. Cass gets a wicked idea, and grins as he looms over Bryan again. He drags Bryan up, hoists him back into the torture rack, but that’s not all. Cass throws Bryan, but Bryan lands on his feet! They run, KNEE PLUS! But Bryan won’t stop there, he puts on the Heel Hook! Cass screams in pain, reaches for ropes, but taps! Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan, by submission

The Goat has the sweep! He’s 2-0 over the bigger men, because he is in fact the better man! Chicago cheers loud and proud for Bryan, will Bryan’s win take him back towards the WWE Championship?

 

The New Day assembles backstage.

Is Woods okay from those peppers at E3? Yeah, he’s all good. Now to go over who–who who who–goes into the Men’s MITB tonight for them? But waht does this “fool” want? Kevin Owens enters. He’s not a fool, he has gifts. Pancakes!? And plenty of Canadian maple syrup! Okay then, he can stay. He knew they were smart. But anyway, he was hoping to talk to them about how only one man is only officially in. But who? Shhhh! Okay okay, it’s a secret. One of them is in officially, but the other two could go after Strowman. “Sir! We are a lot of things. A lot of things. But we are not cheaters!” Anymore…

But that’s not what he’s asking. He just wants common sense from the others. Kevin brought all these things to negotiate a deal. They can talk it over some pancakes. Kevin’s okay, he doesn’t really like pancakes. Or most breakfast foods. Especially Booty O’s, it sucked. Whaaaat?!?!? What? “You done done it now, sucka!” Just get out of here, Kevin! Fine, be that way. But don’t blame him if Strowman destroys us all! And IHOP was right to become IHOB! Wait. Snatch the syrup! Now get!

 

Bobby Lashley VS Sami Zayn!

What started as a grievance over a bout of vertigo has escalated into questioning the Alpha Male’s service to his country. The so-called smartest man in the room has angered one of the strongest. Will Sami come to regret ever getting on Lashley’s nerves?

The bell rings, and Sami copies his pal Kevin Owens by slipping out of the ring. Sami taunts Lashley from the outside, then wants him to stay back as he returns. Fans sing for Sami, but Sami keeps his distance from Lashley. Then he slips right back out, raising the ire of Lashley all over again. Sami returns again, Chicago on his side, but Sami still wants Lashley to stay back. They circle, but Sami gets away again. Lashley pursues this time, but Sami pounces. Lashley pushes Sami away and then goes after him. Sami has the ropes, so that’s a no go. Lashley keeps trying but Sasmi thumbs Lashley’s eye! Sami hits Lashley with a running kick that sends Lashley out. Sami wants the ring count to start already.

Lashley gets up at 4, then climbs back up, but Sami kicks him back out. Sami puts Lashley into the post, then drags him up to do it again. Sami goes back in the ring to leave Lashley at the mercy of the count. The count passes 5 and Lashley staggers over. Sami stomps on Lashley as he reenters the ring. Sami clubs Lashley with crossfaces, then rains down rights and lefts. Fans chant for “Bobby’s Sisters” while Sami keeps on Lashley. Sami taunts Lashley after each punch, but Lashley blocks and crushes that hand all over again. Lashley lariats Sami down, then clears his head as he takes aim. He runs in, but into a boot. Sami hops up, leaps, but is caught! Lashley throws Sami with a Fall Away Slam!

Lashley aims again, and hits a big corner clothesline. He moves again, to tackle Sami into the corner. Sami staggers away, but reverses the suplex with elbows and chops. Sami runs, but into a spinebuster! Lashley drags Sami up, suplexes him, and then drops him. Does Sami have vertigo again? Lashley doesn’t care, and fans want that “One More Time!” Lashley gut wrenches Sami up from the mat, then just drops Sami. Then, another vertigo suplex! Fans cheer, but Lashley’s not done with Sami yet. Lashley stands between Sami and the ramp, to then deadlift gut wrench again, back into the Canadian backbreaker rack. He drops Sami again, then lifts with a third vertigo suplex! One-handed even!

Lashley slams Sami down, covers, and wins!

Winner: Lashley, by pinfall

Lashley got a good work-out at Sami’s expense. Will The Dominator move on from here towards title contention?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is here in Chicago, and Chicago is actually happy to see him. As always, he asks the crowd, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias!?” Chicago seems in favor of that. As for Seth Rollins, Elias says Rollins took a piece of his soul, so Elias will take that Intercontinental Championship. Rollins is a stepping stone on Elias’ path to the future. Elias is WWE, because WWE actually stands for “Walk With Elias”! But Chicago is filled with “loud mouth scumbags who just want attention”. Chicago agrees, “We Are Scumbags!” Yes, but please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths so he can begin.

Elias plays his guitar, but stops because he realizes Chicago is “just not worth it.” He puts his guitar away, and waits for Rollins’ entrance. The Kingslayer appears, and we can begin!

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Elias!

The Architect is ready to #BurnItDown, but will his title be taking a #WalkWithElias after all this?

The bell rings, and the two men stare down while fans cheer Rollins on. Rollins prepares, and Elias follows. They tie up, Elias gets an arm, but Rollins reverses. Rollins wrenches the wrist, but Elias gets a waistlock. Elias spins Rollins into a takedown, then wraps on a headlock, but Rollins escapes to put on a hammerlock. Elias gets up and reverses to snapmare Rollins again. Rollins slips out to the hammerlock again, but Elias stands up again. Elias gets a drop toehold, then a facelock, but Rollins goes right back to the hammerlock. Elias grows frustrated, but he gets up again and backs Rollins to ropes. They break, but Elias elbows Rollins.

Elias clubs and punches, then kicks and stomps Rollins down. He stomps Rollins at the ropes, then drags him up. Rollins blocks and counters the punch with chops, then powers out of the headlock. Things speed up, and Rollins dropkicks Elias down. Elias gets out, but Rollins takes aim and slingshots out! They go down but Rollins is up right away. Rollins chops Elias, then throws hands. Rollins puts Elias in the ring, then springboards for the flying clothesline. Elias crawls away but Rollins runs in at the corner for the forearm smash. Rollins throws hands, but the referee backs him off. Rollins goes outside to swing a kick, but Elias dodges to clobber Rollins to the apron! Down Rollins goes, hitting the apron on the way. Elias waits for Rollins to return, then puts him in a corner for furious stomps.

The referee backs him off now, but Elias goes back in with one stiff boot. Elias drags Rollins onto the apron and rams the neck into the apron edge more. Elias does it again, then covers, TWO. The Drifter keeps his cool as he stalks Rollins. Fans cheer for Rollins and boo Elias, but Elias throws more hands. Rollins blocks and counters, then whips, but Elias gets a DDT! Cover, TWO! Elias frowns at Rollins while the referee checks Rollins’ neck. Elias drops a knee, then covers again, ONE. Fans keep cheering for Rollins, but Elias keeps on Rollins with a cobra clutch. Rollins tries but can’t get out, even after two throws. Elias grinds Rollins to the mat, but fans keep rallying for Rollins.

Rollins sits up, but Elias puts his weight on him more. Rollins refuses to quit, and stands up again. Elias knees low, whips, but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins tries but Elias denies the suplex. Elias snapmares Rollins, but misses the knee drop! Elias clutches that leg while Rollins recovers. Rollins chops back, then hits the buckle shot! Rollins crawls away but boots Elias again. He goes up, but has to jump over Elias. Rollins rallies but Elias kicks low. Elias runs, but into a slingblade! Rollins clotheslines Elias out, then fires up with Chicago. He DIVES and hits Elias into barriers!

Both men are down, though, as Rollins’ neck bothers him. He still gets up first and puts Elias back in the ring. Rollins boots Elias again, then hops up for the Blockbuster. Cover, TWO! Rollins and Elias sit up, and Rollins checks his neck. He’s good, so he runs in, but is put on the apron. Rollins springboards, but now his knee buckles! Elias hits Rollins with a leaping knee, covers, TWO! Rollins almost lost it over his beat up body. Elias drags Rollins up, and shovels him onto his shoulders. Rollins fights out and slips down, but that knee hurts again. Elias rolls him up, TWO, so Elias rocks Rollins with a right. Rollins staggers, and Elias keeps going.

Elias throws hands, but Rollins returns them. They go back and forth, fans in support of Rollins. Rollins fires off lefts and rights, then runs, but into another knee! Elias swings but Rollins rolls and SUPERKICKS Elias! Cover, TWO! That bad leg holds Rollins back, but it won’t stop him. Rollins takes aim from a corner as he climbs up. He gets that leg moving, then takes aim… FROG SPLASH! But into knees! High stack cover, TWO!! Elias grows frustrated over Rollins’ fortitude. Elias climbs up high now, but Rollins hurries up and over to stop him! Rollins climbs up, but Elias resists. Elias sends Rollins back, then readjusts, but Rollins returns! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, dead lift, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are loving this as both men are down from exhausted and sore bodies. Rollins sits up first, and he goes back to the corner. Fans fire up as Rollins stomps for “Burn It Down!” Rollins aims at Elias, mule kick, to… No, Elias dodges the stomp, but Rollins keeps moving to DIVE! But Elias deflects Rollins into barriers! And then into a post! And then steel steps! Elias puts Rollins back in, climbs up top himself, and hits the Drifter’s Elbow! Cover, TWO!! We almost had a new champion, but Rollins is just too strong-willed for that. Fans know “This is Awesome!”

Elias drags Rollins up, prepares the fisherman, but Rollins grabs ropes. Elias lets Rollins go but just throws furious hammer fists on him. The referee backs him off, but Elias comes back to drag Rollins up to the top rope. Elias chops Rollins before climbing up to join him. Elias sits Rollins up, but Rollins slips down for a run. The leg gives out, Elias fishermans, but Rollins rolls up! TWO, and Elias rolls Rollins, with tights! TWO, and Rollins rolls to grab tights! Rollins wins!!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Architect steals the cheat from the Drifter, but a win is a win. Rollins has retained by the skin of his teeth, but with how much damage his body has been taking, how much longer can he keep this reign going?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!

To be clear, this is actually the third ever Women’s MITB Ladder Match, but Carmella “won” them both. Now that both Raw and SmackDown get to compete for the contract, who will be the second-ever Ms. (or maybe even Mrs.) MITB?

The eight women stand, the Raw 4 on one side and the SmackDown 4 on the other. Natty goes after Sasha Banks, and the fight sparks off! Ember Moon brawls with Charlotte while Becky Lynch CHUCKS Alexa Bliss at a ladder! Charlotte puts Ember into the timekeeper’s area, then Becky dropkicks a ladder into Natty. Charlotte gets a ladder, but it gets dropkick’d into her, too! The Lass Kicker has fans fired up, but Ember sentons into her from outta nowhere! Ember grabs that ladder and puts it in, but Natty stops her with a shove. Natty goes for the ladder but Ember puts her into steel steps. Ember continues with the ladder, all alone, but Naomi appears.

Naomi misses and Ember makes her pay. Sasha comes in, but that ladder gets SUPERKICK’d out of her hands. Ember SUPERKICKS Sasha down, then starts setting up a ladder. Naomi returns, but Ember dumps her out. Sasha hits Ember, Ember hits back with an enziguri! Fans fire up for the Prophecy of Flame as she prepares that ladder. Sasha hits Ember again, but Ember keeps herself from going into the ladder. She drop toeholds, but Sasha barely saves herself. Ember springboards them both onto the ladder!!

Fans are losing their minds with that one. Sasha rolls all the way out of the ring, but Ember is down in the middle. With no one standing, Lana appears! The Ravishing Russian knocks Ember down and picks up the ladder. She rams it into Ember’s ribs, then sets it up to facebuster Ember in it. Lana tosses that dinky ladder to grab a slightly taller one. Natty returns, and Lana shoves the ladder at her! The Queen of Harts narrowly avoids disaster, then rallies on Lana with lariats. Natty scoops Lana, and slams her on the steel! Lana writhes while Naomi returns. Naomi swings but gets sat down on the ladder. Natty runs all over Naomi to then dropkick her off it!

Fans are fired up for Natty, and she drags the ladder up. Charlotte returns to unleash Flair chops on the Hart. She chops and chops, then kicks, to exploder Natty out of the ring. Charlotte kips up, but Becky returns. The friends grab the same ladder, then tug-o-war over it. Fans duel while these two fight over the ladder. They bump each other with it, but then Naomi comes in to use it for a Super WOMAN Punch on Natty! Then Naomi ducks under, to dropkick the ladder into both Charlotte & Becky! Alexa returns, and drags the ladder away from Naomi. Naomi slingshots onto Alexa, then takes the ladder back. Sasha grabs Naomi, but Naomi kicks her away, then blockbusters to the floor.

Everyone is sore and on the outside of the ring, that is the toll this match makes superstars pay. Fans love it, “This is Awesome” already. Naomi and Ember return and grab the same ladder. Becky also returns, and goes after them both. Becky throws fire with her fists, but Naomi and Ember double kick her back. They then go back to fighting over the ladder. Becky recreates her crazy climb from last year!

But she can’t reach it, and is sent into a corner, the ladder crashing down on her head. Ember runs, and with Naomi on the other end, they double dropkick Becky underneath! Ember scrapes Becky out, and now two of the most athletic women in WWE today go 1v1. Naomi blocks a kick, to give many kicks. Ember ducks to SUPERKICK, then knee, but Naomi scorpion kicks in return. Naomi monkey flips but Ember lands on her feet, to hip toss Naomi on ladder! The fans have not stopped making noise because they love all this action. Ember sees Sasha returning, but Sasha still knees her away. Sasha drags Ember into the corner, then sets Ember on the ladder. Lana returns but gets a knee of her own.

Sasha places Lana on top of Ember, and she has a double stack for the Stock Drop knees! Lana and Ember are sandwiched on that ladder, but Sasha takes the other to set it up. The Boss begins the first climb of this match, but Charlotte stops her. Familiar frenemies stare down once again. They both scramble up but fight all the way. They bounce each other off the rungs, then stagger around. Charlotte swings but Sasha counters. Sasha wants the backstabber but Charlotte counters. Charlotte wants the suplex but Sasha lands on her feet to turn things around, yet Charlotte turns Sasha more, for a neckbreaker.

Charlotte props a ladder up sideways, then drags Sasha up. She powerbomb lifts, but Sasha slips out to the standing ladder! Sasha hits Charlotte away, then climbs, but Charlotte slows her down. Natty returns and joins in, and takes Charlotte away with a bom lift. Charlotte slips out, but Becky returns while Sasha reaches. Becky shoves the ladder, so Sasha ditches the climb for a Meteora on the Queens! But this leaves Becky alone, and climbing high! Sasha and Alexa both go after her, bring her down, and Alexa’s killer right rocks Becky! Now the Goddess climbs, but Sasha stops her. Sasha adjusts the ladder, then climbs, but Alexa follows. Becky goes after Sasha, then after Alexa. Becky joins Sasha up top.

They brawl, reach, but Lana also returns with a new ladder. Lana sets that up while Alexa stops Becky. Lana’s ladder is taller, but Sasha transfers over! Ember returns, then Natty, and all the women are going up. They all fight, Natty drags Sasha off but then Sasha returns the favor. Everyone reaches, but Natty takes Sasha for a ride rebound powerbomb into one of the ladders! Becky goes down! Ember, Lana and Alexa hold onto the taller ladder, but Natty goes up to join them. Charlotte returns to boot Natty down. Then Charlotte tries for Ember but gets knocked away. Lana and Ember brawl while Alexa returns. Charlotte sets up one ladder, and drags Ember off with a powerbomb onto said ladder!

Lana and Alexa still fight, but Charlotte rips them off, too. Backbreaker and STO for Lana, but then Charlotte drags down the tiny Alexa, but Alexa counters with a Code Red! Alexa shoves Lana, then climbs. Lana drags Alexa off and shoves her. Lana climbs, but Alexa drags her off for a killer right. “I don’t care what day it is, it’s my briefcase!” But a MACHKA Kick takes her out! “Lana, CRUSH!” Ravishing Accolade! She thrashes Alexa around, then drops her. Lana climbs, but Naomi springboards in! Naomi is there, kicks Lana away, then Becky returns to throw Lana with a Becksploder! But Naomi is working on the case!

Becky stops Naomi before she unhooks it, then smacks those legs into the rungs. Becky climbs, fights off Naomi, then reaches the top. Charlotte runs up, and the friends stare down. They brawl way up above it all. Alexa returns, and shoves them both down! But they’re not down, Charlotte SPEARS Alexa. Charlotte is alone, she drags the ladder up and climbs again. But Sasha stops her, with a backstabber! Naomi puts Sasha into the ladder, then climbs. But Lana yanks Naomi off. Lana climbs, but Natty returns for an Electric Chair! Natty climbs, but Ember SUPERKICKS her away! Ember scrambles up, but Charlotte is back again. SPEAR, onto a ladder, but Becky returns.

The friends fight, circle the ladder, but Becky blocks the spear to give a Becksploder! Becky goes up the ladder, reaches the top… But wait, Alexa tips that ladder. Becky hits the other ladder with her face! Alexa climbs, reaches the top, and unhooks it!

Winner: Alexa Bliss; becomes the new Ms. MITB

Or should we say, GODDESS in the Bank. With this weapon of a contract under her possession, will Alexa snatch away the championship from Nia Jax? Or will it be Ronda Rousey by the time Alexa gets a chance?

 

The Raw and SmackDown GMs talk backstage.

Angle is so excited that one of his superstars took the Women’s MITB Contract. Paige is happy for him, but there’s still the Men’s. She’s confident one of her men will win that to even the score. Agree to disagree, but dual branding is really working out. Angle gets to see old friends like Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. Don’t touch her roster, Angle, they bleed blue. But then, Constable Baron Corbin walks in. This isn’t about playing nice or nostalgia, but about sweeping the ladder matches. Or is he hoping to disappoint Stephanie McMahon? Paige doesn’t get this. Is Corbin still upset that his cash-in went miserably? The Glampire has fangs, but the Lone Wolf just makes sure Angle knows Raw needs to win. Will Stephanie be disappointed in her GM all over again? Or can Raw go 2-0 and have Mr. MITB on top of having Ms?

 

Roman Reigns VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!

The Big Dog and the Modern Day Maharaja wanted in on tonight’s Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match. But between Mahal screwing Roman over in a qualifier over jealousy, to Roman retaliating with aggression, this feud has brought these former champions to throwing hands. Who will prove themselves the more deserving of golden opportunities tonight?

The injured Sunil Singh manages an introduction, perhaps he won’t be a deciding factor like he usually is for Mahal. The bell rings, and Roman throws hands on Mahal. Roman punches Mahal around but then Mahal hits back. Mahal tries but Roman denies the buckle bump. Roman punches more, then whips an druns Mahal over with an elbow. Roman puts Mahal in a corner for a bump, then another. He gets the hat trick, then whips Mahla at ropes. Mahal reverses and kicks Roman, then runs, but into a Samoan Drop! Cover, ONE, and Mahal bails out. Mahal regroups with Sunil while fans rain heat on both men.

Roman walks over and rocks Mahal with uppercuts. Roman puts Mahal back in the ring, then hotshots Mahal away. Mahal is down, Roman aims but misses the Drive-By! Mahal distracts the referee, so that Sunil can STAND, and shove Roman into a post! The little faker!

Sunil sits back down to continue his act, while Mahal comes out to fetch Roman. Mahal bumps Roman off announce desks, then pushes him into barriers. Mahal refreshes the count, then puts Roman back in the ring. He stomps away on Roman, then drops ax handles. Cover, TWO, and Mahal puts Roman in a chinlock. Sunil cheers Mahal while faking more soreness. Roman endures the squeeze, so Mahal shifts to clubbing crossfaces. Mahal puts the chinlock back on, but Roman endures. Roman gets up but Mahal throws him back down. Mahal grinds Roman down, then bends him back in a half camel clutch. Roman gets up, fights with body shots, then throws hands. He whips Mahal but Mahal reverses and sends Roman hard into buckles. Mahal aims and blasts Roman off the apron and into barriers.

Mahal goes out again to bring Roman up for a slapping right hand. He puts Roman back in the ring, then drops an elbow. Mahal grins as he controls Roman, covers, TWO. Mahal pulls on Roman’s hair, then twists his head. He puts Roman against the ropes and chokes him. Mahal drops springboard knees over and over, then grinds a knee into Roman. The referee backs him off, but Mahal is still grinning. Mahal clubs away on Roman over and over, then puts him back in the chinlock. Roman endures, stands up, but Mahal throws him down. Mahal wants the fans to pay attention to him, but then he misses his knee drop. Roman gets to a corner, then boots Mahal away. Roman uppercuts Mahal and rallies with clotheslines. He whips but Mahal reverses, only for Roman to still hit the leaping lariat.

Mahal gets to a corner, so Roman runs in, but into a boot. Mahal hops up, but Roman uppercuts him out of the air. Roman gives close range clotheslines while Chicago does the wave. Roman runs, but into a big knee! Mahal covers, TWO! Mahal can’t believe it, but he won’t let it stop him. He stalks Roman, preparing for the finish. Roman fights out and wants another Samoan Drop but Mahal slips out. Mahal shoves Roman, but gets a boot in return! Cover, TWO. Roman keeps his cool while he gets to a corner. Roman locks and loads, then takes am, but Mahal ducks. Mahal gets a waistlock, Roman standing switches but so does Mahal. Mahal kicks and lifts Roman, to hit a gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! And Mahal is furious.

Mahal calms down, then drags Roman up. He puts Roman in the clutch but Roman backs him down and throws him off. SUPERMAN Punch! Cover, TWO, and Roman is surprised. Mahal crawls away, and Roman stands. Roman gets himself to a corner, and fans are a thunderous mix as he lets out the howl. Roman runs, but into a knee! Mahal puts him into a post! Roman is dazed but Mahal is catching his breath. Mahal gets up, sees Roman on the apron, and wallops him with a right. Roman hits back, and they brawl between the ropes. They go back and forth, Mahal throat chops, but Roman knees back. Roman hits a guillotine leg-drop!

Mahal tumbles out of the ring, and Roman hits the Drive-By Dropkick. Roman puts Mahal in the ring, but Sunil tries another cheat. Roman stops himself that time, and the referee sees Sunil isn’t as hurt as he acted. Mahal reaches at Mahal, but Roman uppercuts him away. SUPERMAN PUNCH to Sunil, then one to Mahal! Roman grins now, and takes aim at Sunil. He howls, and SPEARS Sunil! Roman returns to the ring, but Mahal rolls him up! TWO!! SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!

Winner: Roman, by pinfall

The Big Dog keeps The Yard under his control, and makes both Sunil and Mahal pay for getting in his way. Will Roman return to the title hunt now that he’s cleared out a fellow former world champion?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Carmella VS Asuka!

This match is all about numbers: The Empress of Tomorrow was undefeated for 523 days; The Queen of Flair gave her her first loss at Wrestlemania 34; Charlotte lost the title to the FABULOUS Princess via her MITB cash-in. Therefore, Carmella is better than Charlotte AND Asuka. At least, in Carmella’s head, that’s how the math works out. Will Carmella prove her figures are correct? Or will she realize that she, like everyone else, is NOT ready for Asuka?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin! Fans know “Asuka’s gonna kill~ you~”, but Carmella ties up with Asuka anyway. Asuka powers Carmella to ropes, then backs off. Carmella shoves Asuka, then dodges and moonwalks. Asuka swings hands, and Carmella gets to ropes. Carmella dares her to do something while she’s in the ropes. Carmella brags and moonwalks again, but Asuka waits for her to return. The referee ends up stuck between them, but Asuka blocks the sucker kick. Asuka spins Carmella, but Carmella sucker SLAPS her. Yet Asuka grins.

Carmella says she’s not scared, but Asuka chases her. Asuka hits the hip attack, then more hip bumps. Carmella ends up in a corner, but she yanks Asuka in. Asuka blocks, then swipes and slaps and kicks Carmella down. Asuka throws Carmella through the ropes to kick away on her! Carmella is dazed, Asuka blasts her off with the hip attack! Carmella wants out, and snatches her title. She’s the champion, she has the advantage. But then she turns around into Asuka’s sliding knee! Asuka signals that the belt will be around her waist soon enough.

Asuka stalks Carmella with a smile, and grabs her by her hair. Carmella pushes Asuka away, then reels her into the post! Asuka goes down, and Carmella drags her up and in. Cover, TWO, so Carmella grinds Asuka’s face into the mat. Carmella puts Asuka in a modified double chicken wing hold. Asuka rolls but Carmella stops her heel into Asuka’s head. “Is this your Empress?!” Asuka endures, and rolls Carmella again, cover, TWO. Asuka pops out and chicken wings Carmella. Carmella fights off the lock, but misses the lariat. She narrowly dodges the back hand and mule kicks Asuka. Cover, TWO, so Carmella puts Asuka in the chinbar.

Carmella wants Asuka to quit, because Carmella isn’t afraid. Fans rally up for Asuka, and Asuka gets to her feet. Asuka fights back but Carmella wrangles her back down. Carmella pulls on the facelock, but Asuka refuses to quit. Asuka fights up and out again, and wrenches Carmella’s arm. Carmella knees low, then embraces the heat. She toys with Asuka, but Asuka goes up, only for Carmella to trip. Asuka denies the steiner, but misses her dropkick. Carmella waits, but her roundhouse is blocked, into a Kneebar! Carmella gets the ropes, so Asuka has to let go. Asuka and Carmella stand, but Carmella hits first with a back elbow.

Carmella toys with Asuka but fans rally and Asuka fires up. Asuka stands, Carmella slaps, so Asuka slaps back. Pop-up knee! Then the dropkick! Asuka kicks and kicks and kicks, but Carmella blocks one, only to end up in a German Suplex! Asuka hits another hip attack! Cover, TWO! Asuka grits her teeth and gets up again. She brings Carmella up, for the shoulder breaker, into Asuka chicken wing. Carmella grabs ropes, so Asuka throws palm strikes and kicks. Asuka runs, but Carmella holds ropes down, sending Asuka out! Carmella recovers while Asuka is down on the outside. The ring count climbs, but Asuka doesn’t stand until 6. Asuka climbs up but Carmella hotshots her. Carmella kicks and Asuka falls to the floor!

Carmella leaves Asuka to the mercy of the count, but Asuka stands, so Carmella DIVES! A FABULOUS tope takes Asuka down, and Carmella hurries to cover in the ring. TWO, and Carmella is furious. Another cover, TWO, another, TWO, and Carmella shrieks. Fans hope she does that “One More Time!” Carmella stands up, waits for Asuka, but Asuka blocks to back hand over and over, to then German. Carmella rolls, Asuka sits on it, TWO, Shining Wizard! But wait, who is that in Asuka’s gear? They stand on the apron as a strange distraction to both women. The fans have an idea, but Carmella rolls Asuka! TWO, pop-up knee! Asuka keeps looking at the phony on the corner, and the mask comes off. It’s JAMES ELLSWORTH!! He’s back~!

But Carmella hits the FABULOUS Kick! Cover, Carmella wins!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall; still WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Chinless Wonder returns to help his girl again. The anniversary of their #ScrewJobintheBank, it’s the perfect sequel. At least, perfect for Carmella. #MellaIsMoney, #MellaIsGold, #MellaIsChamp, and it’s all thanks to Jamie L. Will Asuka get her revenge on them in the near future?

 

WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

From Wrestlemania’s Dream (Re)Match, to the Greatest Royal Rumble’s greatest disqualification to Backlash’s count out draw, this rivalry has only escalated in animosity. Now, in a match where there is truly nothing held back, who will be THE Last Man Standing with the WWE Championship?

The bell rings, the two men circle, and the fans are already dueling at a fever pitch. Fans settle for chanting “Both These Guys!” as Styles and Nakamura tie up and push each other. They’re evenly matched, but Styles is getting an edge. Nakamura pushes Styles back, then knees low into a takedown. Styles headscissors but Nakamura pops out, and Styles rocks him with forearms. Styles chops Nakamura, then whips but Nakamura reverses into another knee. Nakamura runs, but into a dropkick! Styles waits for Nakamura, then chops him again. He bumps Nakamura off buckles in one corner, then another. Styles snapmares and kicks Nakamura in the back. Nakamura rolls and flounders, but Styles gets him with a forearm, then a backbreaker.

The count starts, but Nakamura gets up quick. Styles comes over, but Nakamura denies the suplex. Styles shifts and knees Nakamura, but runs into an elbow. Nakamura wakls over, but Styles body scissors Nakamura out of the ring. Nakamura flounders to his feet, so Styles slingshot forearms him down! A count begins, but Nakamura is up at 5. Styles keeps on Nakamura, putting him into a barrier. Nakamura is up quick, so Styles puts him into more barriers. Styles waits while Nakamura fights the count. Nakamura is up, so Styles goes to suplx him. Nakamura pushes Styles into barriers now, then Northern Light Suplexes Styles onto the ramp!

Both men are under the count, but Nakamura up at 3. Styles stirs, and gets up at 6, so Nakamura goes after him. They go back to the ring, but only for Nakamura to set Styles on the apron for the drive-by knee! Nakamura keeps going, using the steps to help for a guillotine stomp! Styles is down and the count begins. Styles stirs at 4, up at 5. Nakamura puts Styles in the ring, then takes his time entering. Nakamura stomps and kicks Styles in the corner while fans duel again. He drags Styles up, snapmare and knee drop. Style flounders, but he’s up. Nakamura toys with him now, disrespectful kicks to the head. Nakamura throws kicks into Styles, and Styles staggers all the way into ropes. Styles can barely stand but Nakamura just kicks him down hard.

A new count begins, and Styles stirs at 3. Styles uses ropes to help himself up at 5, but Nakamura is on him again with a grinding boot into this throat. And BAD Vibrations on top of it. Styles stops it part way, and hits back with haymakers. Nakamura knees, swings but hits the back heel kick! Styles is dazed while Nakamura grins. The new count reaches 5 while Styles crawls to ropes. Styles stands again, but Nakamura just hoists him onto the top rope. Nakamura clubs and elbows those ribs, then backs off to run back in, Top Shelf Knee! Styles tumbles to apron then to floor, and a new count begins.

Nakamura grins as he follows Styles out and around the ring. Styles hits back, but Nakamura makes him pay, bouncing his face off the steps. Nakamura takes those steps, he has something sinister in mind. He bends Styles backwards to give BAD Vibrations on the step. Nakamura then tosses Styles into the crowd! Nakamura practically slithers after Styles to kick him on the concrete. Styles gets up, Nakamura kicks him down again. Nakamura drags Styles up, then knees him against the wall. Nakamura swings but Styles ducks to counter. Styles hits Nakamura again and again, then kicks Nakamura against the barriers. Styles dumps Nakamura back into ringside, then uses the barrier to springboard, but Nakamura sweeps the legs! The Phenomenal One hits the floor, and a new count begins.

Nakamura is up at 6, and Styles is on his way up, so Nakamura bounces him off steel steps again. Styles slumps down, but Nakamura won’t let the count start. Nakamura drags Styles up for more kicks, then puts him in the ring. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” to cheer on the former Club leader. Nakamura stalks Styles, still toying with him the entire time. Styles hits back, backs Nakamura down, then chops him. Nakamura ducks, Inverted Exploder but Styles lands on his feet to enziguri Nakamura into a corner. Styles whips Nakamura corner to corner, then runs in, but into a boot. Nakamura hops up, but Styles dropkicks him out of the air!

The count returns with both men down. It passes 5 as both men sit up. It reaches 8, and they stand to swing hands. Styles hits his Phenomenal Blitz! Then runs in for a corner clothesline, fireman’s carry but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura swings, misses, and Styles drops him with a wheelbarrow facebuster! Styles is up first but Nakamura isn’t far behind. Styles wants the Clash, but sensed that low blow coming! Nakamura regrets trying that trick again.

Nakamura blocks Styles’ kick, but the two bump heads on the Pele kick. Both men are under the count, but Styles is up. Nakamura narrowly avoids the sliding forearm, then hits the Inverted Exploder! Nakamura gets to a corner, fires himself up, and runs out, but into another forearm! A new count begins, but Styles is up at 6. He drags Nakamura up, fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Nakamura falls limp, but stirs as the count restarts. Styles walks away to catch his breath. Nakamura crawls to a corner and stands up at 8. Styles runs in, but Nakamura puts him on the apron. Styles hits Nakamura away, springboards but into a roundhouse!

Both men are down, but use exiting the ring to stand back up. Nakamura comes around to fetch Styles, and put him into more barriers. He drags Styles up and around while fans duel, to gordbuster Styles into barriers. Nakamura clears off an announce desk, and drags Styles back up. He suplexes Styles onto the table, but the table holds. Nakamura is fine with that, he just clears the other announce desks off. Nakamura gets up on the Spanish announce table, runs across the American table, to sliding KINSHASA Styles on the German table!

Both men are down, as Nakamura used a lot of energy. The count begins, Nakamura is up at 4. Styles stirs at 7, rolls over at 8, and gets to his feet at 9. Fans are loving this, but Nakamura is furious. Nakamura bumps Styles off the desk, against the apron and into a post. Nakamura gives more knees and kicks, then puts him in the ring. He goes searching under the ring, and to Chicago’s liking, pulls out a table! Styles stirs in the ring while Nakamura gets the table up and in. Nakamura sets the table up but Styles staggers over. Nakamura kicks Styles and Styles lands on the legs of the table. Styles rolls away, and Nakamura finishes setting up the table.

Nakamura drags Styles over to a corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up to join him. Fans anticipate what he’s after, but Styles does, too. Styles slips down and out, but Nakamura holds the ropes! Nakamura hammers Styles, and Styles bumps into the table. The table goes sideways, so Nakamura gordbusters Styles on its edge! Nakamura resets the table while the count climbs. Nakamura puts the table up in a corner while Styles gets to a corner. Styles stands at 7, but Nakamura throws him into and through the table!! Nakamura grins while the count begins.

Styles is in the wreckage and the count passes 5. Nakamura grins and counts along, but Styles wakes up at 8! He stands at 9.5! Nakamura can’t believe it. Nakamura clears the wreckage from the ring, then takes the pad off the top buckle! He drags Styles from the ropes, and throws him at the buckle, but Styles blocks just in time! Styles elbows Nakamura away, then goes to do the same. Nakamura narrowly avoids hitting the buckle. He shoves Styles away, then knees and ax kicks him down. Nakamura sets Styles on the top rope, runs in, but that knee goes into the buckle! Nakamura clutches his leg while Styles stands back up. Styles kicks out the bad leg, then again.

Fans duel again, and Styles kicks the bad leg more. Nakamura writhes, but Styles shows no mercy. “Let’s see you stand now!” The count begins, and Nakamura writhes in pain. Nakamura drags himself to ropes by 5, but Styles is on him. Calf Crusher!! Styles tortures the leg, and it doesn’t matter if Nakamura taps or grabs ropes, because that’s not the match type. Styles lets Nakamura go, and leaves him to the count. The count reaches 5 before Nakamura gets to his knees. The bad leg gives out but Nakamura still hobbles up. Styles kicks the leg again, stalking Nakamura on the apron. Nakamura slumps out but Styles escalates as he borrows a steel chair from the timekeeper’s area.

SMACK on the leg!! Nakamura writhes, but fans want that “One More Time!” Nakamura begs, but SMACK, to the shoulder! Then SMACK on that leg! Styles watches Nakamura as he pleads with him. Styles says Too Sweet, but then LOW BLOW!

Both men are down, but Nakamura stands at 3. Styles is gasping for air at 7, but he somehow stands at 9! Nakamura just fires up, KINSHASA! They’re both down again, but Nakamura is stirring. The count passes 5 but Styles hasn’t moved. Styles wakes up at 6, rolls at 8, and stands at 9.5 again! Nakamura is beside himself with this. Nakamura finishes clearing the Spanish news desk, and brings Styles up with him. He lifts Styles, but that bad knee gives out. Styles slips down and shoves Nakamura onto the steel steps! Nakamura hits face first, then staggers up, but Styles hits with a Phenomenal Forearm! Styles flounders, but grabs Nakamura, for an elevated STYLES CLASH!!

Chicago loses its mind over that one. Styles drags himself up while Nakamura flounders. The count is at 7 but Nakamura is reaching. Nakamura is up?! That was 9.75! While Chicago says “This is Awesome,” Nakamura says, “C’MON!!” Styles kicks Nakamura in the nuts! Styles leaves Nakamura down on the outside, but then Chicago encourages him to finish it. He takes aim, springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM, through a table!! Fans lose their minds again while both men are being counted again. Styles sits up and stands at 7. Nakamura doesn’t, Styles wins!!

Winner: Styles; still WWE Champion

A truly phenomenal fight from the Phenomenal AJ Styles. He holds onto the belt while Nakamura gasps for air. With the Men’s MITB Ladder Match still to come, who will Styles soon have gunning for his title?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Nia Jax VS Ronda Rousey!

This was meant to be a friendly competition between two great competitors. But from Stephanie McMahon pushing buttons to their mutual friendship with Natalya, this match became personal. In a battle of alpha females, who will prove themselves THE Baddest Woman in WWE?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this highly anticipated title match begins! Nia powers Ronda right to a corner! She rams in shoulders, then drags Ronda out to throw her by her hair! Ronda stands, but gets squashed in a corner! Nia again throws Ronda, but misses this time. Ronda staggers up, but Nia is on her with a choke hold. Ronda hits with straight rights and backs Nia up! Nia powers back and headbutts Ronda down. Ronda gets to a corner again, but Nia squashes her, again. Nia drags Ronda out and lifts her up, playing with her food. But Ronda goes after the Kimura! She brings Nia to the mat!

Nia holds on and rolls for a cover, but Ronda just shifts to a triangle. Nia deadlifts Ronda! Ronda wrangles Nia back down, but Nia tries again. And she gets Ronda up, for a sit-out powerbomb!

Ronda feels what it’s like to take one of those, and she stumbles all the way out of the ring. Nia won’t settle for the count out, and she goes around the outside to fetch Ronda. Nia toys with Ronda, then lifts her again, but Ronda tries a headscissor. No go, and Nia just swings Ronda into barriers. Nia drags Ronda up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Nia grows annoyed with Rowdy Rousey, and dares her to get up. Ronda throws hands but falls to her knees from being dazed. Nia hauls Ronda up again, for a trophy lift and slam! Cover, TWO, and Nia grows further frustrate. Ronda boots Nia away, then leaps out for a guillotine!

Nia endures, this hold has been her weakness before. But Nia powers up! Ronda sunset flips, but Nia dribbles Ronda’s head off the mat. Nia does it again, and again, then shouts “I AM THE BADDEST!” before tossing Ronda again. Nia drags Ronda up and squeezes her in a bearhug. Ronda endures, pries her way out, but Nia gets her tight again. Nia keeps squeezing, but fans rally for Ronda. Ronda uses elbows and forearms to get free. Ronda keeps swinging, but Nia stays up. Nia shoves and SAMOAN DROPS Ronda! Cover, TWO! And Nia is shocked. But Nia calms herself, she’s had tough opponents before.

Ronda kicks from the mat, but Nia kicks her back. Nia drops the leg, but Ronda narrowly avoids it! Ronda gets to a corner, stands up, and dodges Nia. Nia goes into the post, and Ronda catches her breath on the top rope. Nia pulls herself out, but Ronda pulls her in for a hanging armbar! Ronda lets go at 4, but she ends up on the outside. Nia checks her arm, but it seems to be working. Ronda gets back up, and with fans encouraging her, she goes top rope. Ronda aims, and… JUMPS! Crossbody hits!

Cover, TWO, with authority. Ronda has Chicago behind her as she works on what to do next. But Ronda focuses and fires herself up. Ronda starts swinging hands! Then a knee! Nia goes to the ropes, but Ronda wants more. Ronda manages a judo takedown! Cover, TWO!! But that only fires Ronda up more. She goes after that arm! Nia resists, rolls it over, TWO. Ronda gets around, for a saido slam! ARMBAR!! But Nia still holds on to resist. Ronda and Nia fight over the grips, and it comes down to the very last finger…! Ronda gets it, but here comes Alexa!!

Winner: Nia, by disqualification; still WWE Raw Women’s Champion

The Goddess inadvertently saves her former friend, but it was mostly to screw over Ronda. Alexa SMACKS Nia, too, then SMACKS Ronda again and again. Alexa drags Ronda up, and puts her into the post! Ronda falls out, is it time!? Alexa tells the referee, she’s cashing- Wait, Ronda is still moving. Alexa changes her mind, and SMACKS Ronda again. She even throws Ronda over teh German announce desk. Alexa goes back to the ring, but Nia’s up, until Alexa swings wild! Nia’s arm is hurting, so Alexa hits her again. She’s doing it?! She’s cashing in!?

Raw Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Nia Jax VS Alexa Bliss!

It’s official! Nia has one bad arm, but she’s not gonna refuse the challenge. Alexa kicks, DDT, and then goes after the arm. She climbs up while Nia is down, TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall; becomes the NEW WWE Raw Women’s Champion

The Five Foot Fury was #GoddesintheBank for barely 90 minutes, but it pays off! She is now the FIVE TIME Women’s Champion. But with having stolen this from Nia and Ronda, will Alexa have that belt for long?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!

It’s finally time for this PPV’s namesake match. From New Day to Rusev Day, GLORIOUS to Extraordinary, Prizefighter to A-Lister, and Destroyer to Monster, only one can be Mr. Money in the Bank.

But speaking of The New Day, they’re only allowed one member to be in this match. Awwww, Chicago, don’t you dare be sour, clap for KOFI KINGSTON, and feel~ the power~! We finally have our eight, and we begin!

The fans are strongly behind Kofi, but all 7 men realize: go after Strowman! The biggest and baddest is an obvious target, but then Miz breaks off to beat up on Finn Balor. Kevin Owens keeps the others united on Strowman, but then Roode hits Kofi, and Strowman knocks everyone away. Strowman bumps Joe on a buckle, then side slams Finn. He grabs Miz and shoves him into Roode, to then sandwich them both in the corner. Kevin runs in, but gets clobbered right down. Strowman roars and Chicago cheers with him. Strowman decides to “Get These Hands”, on a ladder. He brings one up and in, but Joe attacks from behind. Kofi leaps onto Strowman, too, and then Rusev hits Strowman. Finn hits Strowman, then Kevin runs in, to get swatted.

But Rusev and Miz and Finn and Roode all ram ladders into Strowman over and over, then bury him in steel! It’s a ladder pile, but sneaky Miz! He sets up a ladder in the ring, but that brings everyone after him. Joe stops Miz with a shove of the ladder, and Miz begs for mercy. They fight off Finn and Roode first, then Rusev. Miz grabs a ladder but Joe uses it to ram Miz into a corner. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise on Joe! Then dropkicks that ladder into Miz! Kofi squashes Miz with that ladder, then has the fans fired up as he Boom Drops on top! Miz rolls out, but Kofi brings that ladder up. Fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” as he climbs. Kevin returns and drags him off, but Kofi avoids the pop-up to get a SUPERKICK.

Kevin climbs now, but Finn is there. Familiar foes fight, and Finn gets fingers on the case. Kevin yanks him down and hits him with forearms. Finn staggers, but resists the powerbomb to takedown and double stomp Kevin. Finn climbs again, but Roode returns to stop him. Roode bumps Finn off the rungs, then decides to climb up. Finn follows, but Roode kicks. Finn back drops out of the DDT, but Roode sunset flips, only for Finn to roll through and dropkick him. Roode rolls out, but here comes Kevin with a new ladder. Kevin rams Finn’s ribs, then makes a ramp. Kevin drags Finn up and over, fireman’s carry, but Finn slips down. Finn tosses Kevin out, but Kevin drags him out to throw him into a ladder. Finn staggers, into a SUPERKICK! He’s down on the American desk, but Kevin gets an idea.

Flashbacks to Raw, and Kevin prepares the desk. Kevin brings the very tall ladder over, climbs up from the apron, but then Rusev is climbing in the ring. Kevin stops him, but Rusev fights Kevin off, Fall Away Slam onto that ramp ladder! Joe returns, and goes after Rusev, putting him into the standing ladder. Joe keeps going, whipping Rusev into a corner for the back elbow and Pele! But Kofi springboards to ax handle Joe down and out. Kofi gets the ramp ladder out, then brings the other ladder up. Fans are on his side as he climbs again. Miz returns and stops that, but then Kofi kicks him out. Kofi avoids the ladder coming down on him, then climbs up to TRUST FALL!

But wait, Roode, Joe, Miz, Kevin and Rusev catch him! Finn FLIES and bowls them all over! The fans fire up with Finn,and he brings a ladder from the pile. Strowman comes back to life! And he grabs the same ladder Finn took. Strowman jams it into Finn, holds Roode and boots Finn before running over Kofi! Joe DIVES on the Monster! Strowman goes down from that hit, but not for long. Kevin SUPERKICKS Strowman, Rusev MACHKA Kicks him. Kevin smacks Strowman with a ladder, then Rusev stomps him. Rusev keeps Strowman down while Kevin fetches a table. Kevin has Rusev help him move Strowman over. But Strowman resists, so Joe uses the Coquina Clutch to choke Strowman out! SUPERKICK added on, and Strowman is definitely out.

Joe helps coordinate, and Kevin climbs that super sized ladder. Rusev and Joe hold Strowman down while Kevin reaches the top. Kevin aims, but Strowman won’t let them recreate the spot from Raw. He fights off Rusev and Joe, but Kevin begs Strowman to spare him. Strowman doesn’t, as he climbs up to grab Kevin! Strowman brings Kevin back up to the top, and then tosses him down onto the spare tables!!

Kevin crashes and fans lose their minds. Strowman returns to the ground, and rocks Joe and Rusev with punches and boots. Kofi runs in, but is tossed onto a ladder with a choke slam! Strowman barrels down the ramp, and BREAKS THROUGH the ladder Roode and Finn were using! Miz is in the ring with a ladder set up, but now he’s all alone with Strowman. Miz scrambles up but Strowman reaches at his feet. Strowman brings Miz down, then clubs him down. Now Strowman climbs, but Joe uses a ladder like a bat. Then like a battering ram. Joe clothelines Strowman out of the ring, but Strowman is still on his feet. Joe adjusts the ladder, and Finn blasts Strowman into the timekeeper’s area!

Finn goes after Joe, another familiar foe. They brawl, but here comes Roode. These former NXT Champions brawl, Roode putting Finn into a post. Joe clubs Roode then whips him into a corner. Roode boots Joe, then hops up to jump over, only for Joe to “sit your ass down!” Joe and Rusev brawl, Joe headbutts, but Rusev dumps Joe out. Rusev roundhouses Roode, but Kofi returns to swing. Rusev blocks to roundhouse Kofi upside-down! Fans fire up, because Rusev prepares a STACK-olade! Miz grabs Rusev but gets an elbow and MACHKA Kick! Miz ends up on the stack, and now Rusev goes for a TRIPLE! But Joe comes in, Coquina Clutch on Rusev!

Rusev arm-drags Joe, then MACHKA Kicks him. The Bulgarian Brute gets the ladder up, “RUSEV DAY! RUSEV DAY!” echoes as he climbs. He reaches the top, but Miz tips the ladder! Rusev goes down, but Miz sets the ladder back up. Miz reaches the top, but Kofi is back. Kofi headbutts Miz, reaches for the case, but Miz hits back. They brawl, reach, brawl again, reach again, but Roode tips them both down. Slingblade from Finn to Roode! Finn clotheslines Miz and Kofi out in turn, then dodges Roode to kick him in return. Roode goes down, and Finn realizes he’s by a ladder. Finn climbs up, aims down at Roode, and… SUPER COUP DE GRACE!!

Finn drags the ladder up, climbs, reaches, but Strowman returns! Strowman bounces Finn off the ladder, but Joe returns. Joe runs into a MONSTER Slam, but Miz scrambles up. Strowman stops him, with another Monster Slam! Strowman climbs, but so does Finn. They both reach the top, but Kofi springboards onto Strowman’s back to hitch a ride. They all reach, but they also brawl. Kofi teeters, but Strowman swats Finn. Kofi and Strowman fight awkwardly, but Storwman throws Kofi away. Strowman keeps climbing, grabs, and retrieves the case!

Winner: Braun Strowman; becomes the new Mr. MITB

Or, MONSTER in the Bank. King Kong ain’t got crap on Strowman! Strowman and Alexa Bliss, Team Little Big from the Mixed Match Challenge, sweep the MITB ladder matches, as does Raw! Stephanie McMahon won’t be upset with Angle, but will Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar be upset that this force of nature can go after the Universal Championship at anytime, anywhere? Will Strowman #GetTheseHands on a title in the near future?

 


 

My Thoughts:

After the stinker that Backlash was, MITB redeems much of the main roster. Not all, but most of it. The kickoff match was actually so good, and I almost thought Gallows & Anderson were going to take it. But of course Harper & Rowan retain, because it was the kickoff show. Bryan-Cass opens the main show to fire up the fans even more, and it all seems to fit Bryan’s point: Cass doesn’t have wrestling skill, just size and strength. Bryan wins because he has the skills and the toughness, and hopefully this puts an end to their feud. Lashley and Sami, while having a lackluster and controversial build, did put on a good match. Chicago was on Sami’s side at first, but then Lashley got Chicago on his side with his pure power. I also hope this ends their rivalry, both men need to move on something with more substance.

Rollins does it again with that amazing IC title match. Elias is of course a star in his own right, but Rollins is just too hot not to go with. The Women’s MITB tore the house down, built it back up and then tore it down again. So much was going on, and it was all great. Even though Becky doesn’t win, the way it works out where the one true Heel wins just works in so many ways. Ronda VS Nia was great, too, Ronda really showing us all that she isn’t just for show. And with Alexa cashing in, man is that great Heel heat on her, while keeping Nia and Ronda strong.

Oddly, the timing was right on putting Roman VS Mahal next, then Carmella VS Asuka next, as they ended up the two poorer matches of the night. Chicago HATED Roman VS Mahal, and did everything they could to NOT go with it. Roman wins because duh, but Vince McMahon needs an intervention in order to realize this isn’t working. Carmella VS Asuka was good, but it got a bit deflated by the surprise-not-surprise appearance of James “No Chin but Two Hands” Ellsworth. In a vacuum, it’s great Heel moment to reunite this duo, but it kinda felt weird given how bland Roman VS Mahal was before it.

But then things picked back up. Styles VS Nakamura truly delivered with the Last Man Standing stipulation, maybe even going above and beyond. Styles has truly swept Nakamura, retaining every time, Nakamura logically should go to the back of the line. Let the men from the MITB match–Samoa Joe, The Miz, Rusev or even The New Day–give a go now. Maybe Nakamura can go after Hardy’s US Championship in the mean time. And speaking of the Men’s MITB, WOW. They somehow match or even outdo the Women’s, and Strowman is THE Monster in the Bank, as if it was going to be any other way.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/27/21)

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Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly take on the NXT Tag Team Champions, together!

Though the Men’s and Women’s Dusty Cups continue, the Prince looks to cut down Pete Dunne’s back-up! Will Finn and Kyle hold together long enough to settle things with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: MSK VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; MSK wins and advances.
  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone; Gonzalez & Kai win and advance.
  • Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Dante Rios; Rust wins.
  • Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Grizzled Young Veterans VS KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff; Grizzled Young Veterans win and advance.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado Del Fantasma VS Curt Stallion; canceled.
  • Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
  • Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Balor & O’Reilly win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: MSK VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!

The quarterfinals begin and the newest team in Nash Carter & Wes Lee takes on perhaps the most functionally dysfunctional one in the Rockstar Spud and Belfast Beast! Will MSK get another big win to follow up their shocking debut?

The teams sort out, Dain lets Maverick start against Lee. They tie up, Maverick waistlock slams Lee down and flips him over for a cover, TWO! Maverick headlocks, grinds Lee down, but Lee fights up. Lee puts Maverick on ropes, the ref calls for the break, and it is clean. Dain’s a little disappointed, he wanted Maverick to show some aggression there. Maverick and Lee circle, approach, Lee waistlocks now and slams Maverick back. Maverick slips around to facelock but Lee fights up. Maverick cranks on the facelock, Lee wrenches out and clamps onto the arm, but Maverick fights up. Lee whips Maverick to a corner, runs in but is put on the apron!

Carter tags in, Lee swings in, and it’s a fake-out to a BRONCO BUSTER! Carter bounces around, lets off and drags Maverick to a cover, ONE! Carter keeps Maverick down, tags Lee back in, slingshot senton! Lee tags Carter back in for another slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps his cool, brings Maverick up, and ROCKS him! Maverick fires back but Carter ROCKS Maverick again! Carter whips, Maverick holds ropes to deny the dropkick, but Carter trips Maverick as he heads for his corner! Maverick gets away and tags Dain in anyway! Dain throws Maverick at Carter! Then Dain DECKS Lee, and goes after Carter with fast hands in the corner!

Dain CLUBS Carter to the corner, tags Maverick in, and then whips Carter to use Maverick as a speed bump! Carter falls, Dain drops the back senton! Dain scoops Maverick to SLAM him on Carter! Cover, TWO! Maverick clamps onto Carter with a chinlock and grinds him down. Dain tags in, taunts Lee, then runs in to back elbow Carter! Dain puts Maverick on the apron, and they meet in the corner with the enziguri BOOT combo! Cover, TWO! Lee was ready to break the cover but Dain glares at him. Dain drags Carter up, fireman’s carries, but Carter slips out to tag in Lee! MSK go after Dain with fast strikes, enziguri to DOUBLE STOMPS!

Fans fire up but Dain is furious! Lee throws haymakers but Dain just tanks them! Lee goes up but Dain shoves him down! Lee crashes down and Carter checks on him! Maverick keeps Dain calm, or at least tries to, as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dain refuses to stay away and he pursues Lee outside. Carter backs off, Dain drags Lee up and CHOPS him against barriers! Dain puts Lee in the ring, stalks him, then drags him back up to bring him to the corner. Tag to Maverick, Dain digs his knee into Lee but Maverick wants him to let off. Maverick drags Lee to a cover, TWO! Maverick keeps Lee at the ropes, Dain tags in but Lee rams Maverick back. Dain kicks Lee in the ribs, brings him around but Lee throws body shots! Dain shoves Lee, Lee hits Maverick but Dain splashes Lee! Maverick tags in and he drops elbows on Lee, then a leg drop! Cover, TWO!

Maverick drags Lee back up, wraps on a chinlock and thrashes Lee around. Lee endures, Maverick cranks harder on the hold, but Lee fights his way up. Maverick headbutts low, throws elbows and puts Lee in the corner. Tag to Dain, Dain stomps Lee, then drags Lee up only for Lee to jawbreaker back! Lee leaps but Dain catches him! Carter can’t reach before Dain RAMS Lee into the other corner! Dain glares at Carter, goes back to Lee and drags him up. Tag to Maverick, and they mug Lee in the corner. Maverick brings Lee up for body shots, then snapmares him to a back senton of his own! Cover, TWO!

Maverick tags Dain and keeps Lee down for Dain to step on him! Dain drags Lee up to clamp on a neck wrench! Lee endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up. Dain shoves Lee to an open corner and hits a corner splash! Dain drags Lee up but Lee throws a haymaker! Dain DECKS Lee for it! Dain scoops Lee to SLAM him and drop another BACK SENTON! Tag to Maverick, Maverick covers Lee, TWO! Maverick keeps Lee down with a facelock but Lee works towards the MSK corner. Maverick shifts position to a headlock but Lee keeps fighting! Maverick kicks Carter’s hand away, shifts position again but Lee tosses him! Tag to Carter!

Carter rallies on Maverick, fires up and throws knees and a kick! Maverick switches the waistlock to shove Carter to a corner but Dain wants in! The ref keeps Dain back as Carter hits a GAMANGIRI on Maverick! Carter snapmare rolls Maverick and PENALTY KICKS! Carter dropkicks Dain down and fires up! Tag to Lee and fans fire up with MSK as they focus on Maverick! PUSHING MOONSAULT! Cover, but Dain breaks it! Dain drags Carter out to throw him out, but Carter kicks back! Lee dropkicks Dain out! Carter goes up to MOONSAULT onto Dain at the ramp! Lee sees that but Maverick rolls him up! TWO!!

Maverick keeps on Lee but Lee slips under and UPPERCUTS! Tag to Carter, he scoops Maverick, BLOCKBUSTER HART ATTACK! Cover, MSK wins!

Winners: MSK, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

Carter and Lee are bringing the fight to the NXT Tag Division, and will meet Lucha House Party or El Legado del Fantasma in the next round! Will MSK shock even those experienced teams in the Dusty Cup?

 

The Kings of NXT arrive.

Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan are fired up but Pete Dunne is stone cold as always. Will the One Two represent for the team tonight?

 

NXT profiles tonight’s Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic match-up!

For Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, “One year ago, an unbreakable bond was created.” And a trail of broken bodies have been left in its wake. History is just three victories away as one team looks to win the first-ever Women’s Dusty Cup! But Robert Stone speaks for his brand, saying Aliyah and Jessi Kamea have been waiting for a breakout opportunity. That starts tonight, then ends at TakeOver when they win this historic tournament. Will #CobraKai and #BigMamiCool crush the dreams of the newly redesigned Robert Stone Brand?

 

NXT shares an exclusive interview with Curt Stallion.

McKenzie Mitchell sits with the Lonestar and asks what the fans need to know about him. “You ever drive 19 hours straight one way by yourself?” She has not. Well that’s fine. Stallion has more times than he cares to remember. But the reason why was because he had to make it from West Texas to Chicago, Illinois. He looked outside his window to see tumbleweeds blowing around so he looked up at the sky to see shooting stars. He followed those stars with his eyes, and at the end of the skyline is the brightest star he’s ever seen. And that was when he realized he is THE Lonestar Stallion.

“That road I’m traveling down, it represents the life that I want to live. It represents freedom, and to maintain that freedom here in the WWE, I’m gonna strap the proverbial rocket to my back.” That rocket is the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. When he straps that bad boy on, the Lonestar becomes a super star. Then best of luck tonight. Stallion finally gets his shot at Santos Escobar, will he hit his target?

 

Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone!

Ricky Desperado crushed Rhea Ripley in their New Year’s Evil Last Woman Standing match, but with a little help from Captain Kota. Now the devious duo looks to take the Women’s Dusty Cup for their own! Will the Robert Stone Brand be a mere stepping stone to history?

The teams sort out, Raquel starts with Aliyah. Raquel dares Aliyah to bring it, they tie up, and Aliyah can’t even push Raquel back! Raquel swings and TOSSES Aliyah away! Aliyah scrambles up, Jessi tags in, and she goes after a leg. Raquel pries Jessi up to a Canadian rack and even pulls hair! Jessi fights free, sunset flips but Raquel breaks that. Jessi avoids the elbow drop to then dropkick Raquel to a corner! Jessi runs in and hits a BIG forearm! Jessi cravats, Raquel powers out and Dakota takes a swing, but Jessi avoids that only to get CLOBBERED! Tag to Dakota, she throws hands on Jessi and CLUBS her, then pushes her around.

Dakota pie faces but Jessi dodges the clothesline to scoop and SLAM! And springboard elbow drops! Cover, ONE! Jessi scowls, tags in Aliyah, and the Brand drags Dakota up to double whip. They both do the splits, Jessi hurdles Dakota for Aliyah to ROCK her, then Aliyah talks some smack. Aliyah runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Aliyah keeps on Dakota, drags her up and whips her to a corner but Dakota reverses. Aliyah goes up and over and runs back in to BOOT Dakota down! Aliyah talks more smack but Dakota gets out of the ring. Aliyah builds speed to slide but Raquel saves Dakota, and Dakota BOOTS Aliyah! Dakota puts Aliyah in, covers, TWO!

Dakota drags Aliyah up, tags in Raquel, and they mug Aliyah in the corner. Raquel drags Aliyah around to CLUB her down, then taunts her and Jessi to tag. Raquel KICKS Aliyah down, brings her up to scoop and swing for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel drags Dakota up, whips her to a corner hard then tags in Dakota. Dakota runs in to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Dakota snarls, clubs Aliyah down, then brings her up. Aliyah hits back, Dakota clubs her again, then bumps her off buckles. Dakota digs her boot in as Raquel tags in, and Raquel stomps then RAMS into Aliyah! Raquel lets off to taunt Jessi, then she bumps Aliyah off more buckles.

Raquel throws hands, tags Dakota back in, and whips Aliyah for a BIG hip toss! Then Raquel gives Dakota a boost on the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Aliyah survives but Dakota cravats to grind Aliyah down. Stone coaches Aliyah as she fights up, and Aliyah throws body shots. Dakota kicks but Aliyah blocks, only for Dakota to throw Aliyah down by her hair! Aliyah gets up, runs and hits a SATELLITE DDT! Both women are down, Aliyah and Dakota crawl, hot tags to Jessi and Raquel! Raquel CLOBBERS Jessi! Raquel drags Jessi up, fisherman and DESPERADO BOMB! Cover, Raquel & Dakota win!

Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

The unbreakable bond might’ve just broken The Brand! Will Dakota and Raquel do the same to KC Squared in next week’s semifinal?

 

Backstage interview with The Way.

McKenzie congratulates Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell on their win in the Women’s Dusty Cup. As if there was any doubt! Ever since William Regal announced this tournament, Candice knew the cup was as good as theirs. And Indi says they do not care who they face, they always find a way to succeed. Nice. Meanwhile, does Johnny Gargano have any comments on Regal discussing the North American Championship with the man who has beaten Gargano twice in Kushida? NO! Don’t say his name! Someone else talk to her. Gargano storms off, Candice follows, and Austin Theory says we do not say “Kushida” around Gargano. It’s like The Curse.

Gargano comes back having cooled off, and Theory lets him know he talked to McKenzie about Kushida. STOP! Don’t you know now to say that! About Kushida or The Curse? SHH! Both! All of it! It doesn’t matter if he has two fluke victories over Gargano, he is not getting the title. And most importantly, you don’t say his name! Gargano storms off again and Theory apologizes again about Kushida. DON’T SAY THE NAME!! The Way leaves, and WOOSH! Dexter Lumis appears from behind the curtain!! Does the Tortured Artist have his eyes on a new subject?

 

Scarlett Bordeaux reads the tarot cards.

“Foolishness tempts the course of fate. The Hierophant’s goal: pass on his wisdom, elevate his followers. Such conviction leads to… obliteration. Stay on your journey, or he will alter his.” #FallAndPray.

 

NXT shares Brie Larson’s workout, as coached by Tegan Nox!

Captain Marvel has the Shiniest Wizard guiding her fitness journey with upper body exercises! Check out the full routine on Brie Larson’s official YouTube channel, under the series, “Training Captain Marvel!”

 

Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Dante Rios!

Bivens says last week’s loss to Bronson Reed was the smallest speedbump on the journey to the top. This week, Rust has an opponent more his own size. Will Rust get back on track against an opponent Bivens picked personally?

The bell rings, they circle and tie up. Rust waistlocks and slams Rios, brings him back up to slam him again, then step all over him. Rust isn’t so sure Bivens chose a worthy opponent but Rios sneaks up to waistlock! Rust switches, Rios pries at the hold but elbows free! Rios runs, sunset flips, ONE! Rust runs into an arm-drag but then fakes Rios out! Rust headlocks, Rios powers out and hurdles then drops, but Rust fakes out the next hurdle to DECK Rios! Rust shakes out his arm, drags Rios back up and wrenches the arm from wrist to elbow to KICK! And KICK! Rust drags Rios up to stomp him down, then he hammerlocks the arm to STOMP it!

Rios writhes and shakes out his bad arm, but Rust is after the arm with a wristlock. Rust brings Rios up, clubs the arm, then wrenches to an elbow breaker! Rust hoists Rios up with the arm and spins around to then WRING Rios out! The ref checks on Rios but he’s okay to continue, and Bivens cheers Rust on. Rios throws body shots and forearms but Rust DECKS him! Rust snarls as Rios goes to a corner, and Rust runs in, only for Rios to get around and roll him up! TWO, Rios CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Rust shoves, Rios gets around to backslide, TWO! BACK HAND! Rios fires up, runs, ducks and tilt-o-whirls, to a GUILLOTINE!

Rust endures, powers up by going after the bad arm and he RAMS Rios into a corner. Rios BOOTS Rust, hops up and leaps, into an UPPERCUT! Rios wobbles into a BOOT! Cravat, for the FLIPPING SLAM! And then the roll into short arm scissor, omoplata, DOUBLE ARM BUTTERFLY!! Rios verbally taps, Rust wins!

Winner: Tyler Rust, by submission

Bivens made the right call, and he takes his phone out for a celebratory selfie standing over the fallen Dante Rios! Will the Diamond in the Rust start to shine soon enough?

 

NXT profiles tonight’s other Men’s Dusty Rhodes Classic match-up!

The Grizzled Young Veterans say they’re not here to be a runner up again. They’re here to win the whole damn thing! Leon Ruff and Kushida are two excellent singles competitors, but they won’t stand in the way of GYV proving they are THE BEST tag team of this generation. But Ruff responds by saying the game plan is simple: survive and advance. Both he and Kushida believe they can compete with any team in the tournament. Kushida says, in Japanese, that “The Dusty Cup represents everything great and prestigious about our business.” He vows that he and Ruff punch their tickets to the semifinals tonight! Who will SSSOON be recognized as the next team into the next round?

 

Backstage interview with Finn Balor!

What are his thoughts about tonight’s tag team match with Kyle O’Reilly? Before he can answer, in walks Kyle himself. Is Finn ready? Always ready. Then can Kyle trust him? What does Kyle think? Well, Kyle doesn’t have to trust Finn so long as they’re on the same page. Then see you out there. Will these two men, who put each other through Hell, stay united and put Lorcan & Burch through even worse?

 

Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Grizzled Young Veterans VS KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff!

Zack Gibson & James Drake were the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, and they want their shot at THE NXT Tag Team Championships! Gibson has the mic and says, “Another wannabe team who want to take a shot at the GYV.” Kushida in jeans and the “One Hit Wonder” in Ruff! “Lads, what makes you think your five MINUTES of tag experience can match up with our 15 YEARS?! At the end of this tournament, the nameplate on that trophy will read one thing and one thing only: The Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as Dusty Classic winners!” Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem hit the ring, but will they have to hit the brakes against the Super Junior and NXT’s ultimate underdog?

The teams sort out, Kushida starts with Gibson and they circle. They tie up, Gibson gets Kushida in a cobra twist, drags him down to a body scissor clutch and rolls him around. Kushida slips out the back, drags Gibson down to an armbar but Gibson uses legs to hook legs and shift to a headlock. Kushida slips out the back again to hammerlock an arm, but Gibson slips around to trip Kushida, only for Kushida to headscissor back. The two stand off and fans cheer. Gibson swings, Kushida dodges to kick, CHOP and CHOP! Kushida throws haymakers, kicks Gibson to the corner and throws elbows. Kushida whips corner to corner but Drake saves Gibson from buckles, and Gibson knees Kushida low!

Gibson puts Kushida in the corner, tags in Drake, and Drake runs in to back elbow! Gibson hits a clothesline and feeds Kushida to Drake’s windmill kick! Cover, ONE, but Drake keeps on Kushida with haymakers! Drake brings Kushida around, suplexes but Kushida blocks! Kushida wrenches out, headlocks, and Ruff tags in as Drake powers out. Drake ducks but Kushida hurdles and Ruff sweeps the legs! Ruff KICKS the leg and Drake hobbles, but Ruff KICKS him to a corner. Ruff runs but is put on the apron, to ROCK Drake! Ruff goes up and around and under to then dropkick again! Ruff grabs Drake to wrench the arm and tag in Kushida.

Kushida and Ruff double wrench and double elbow breaker! And double knee smash! And double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO Kushida keeps on Drake’s arm and wrenches it, then tags in Ruff. Ruff climbs up to DUMDUM STOMP the arm! Ruff wrenches, steps over and jams Drake’s arm, then wrenches again to another elbow breaker! And another! And another! Ruff brings Drake up again to PELE the arm, then knuckle locks to CHOP! Ruff goes up the corner, hops around and HURICANRANAS! Drake flounders, Ruff headlocks then facelocks and keeps Drake from Gibson. Ruff throws knees, Drake blocks the suplex and wrenches out to WRING Ruff’s arm!

Drake DECKS Kushida, then tags in Gibson. GYV coordinate on Ruff with a double suplex, but Kushida saves Ruff to ROCK Drake! Kushida dodges Gibson, Ruff goes up for a FLYING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! GYV almost got caught there as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Drake has Ruff’s arm but Ruff fights back! Ruff reaches for Kushida, throws more forearms on Drake, but Drake hauls Ruff up! Ruff sunset flips, Drake flails but eventually topples over, TWO! Drake CLOBBERS Ruff! Ruff gasps but Drake drags him up by his hair to ROCK him with a forearm! Drake tells Ruff to #GritYourTeeth and then DECKS him! Tag to Gibson, GYV coordinate for the PLANCHA BACKBREAKER! GYV taunt the fans then Gibson puts Ruff back in the ring. Gibson stays between Ruff and Kushida, drags him up, and scoops him, but Ruff slips out to hit a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as both men are down!

Gibson and Ruff crawl for their corners, hot tag to Drake and he drags Ruff away. Drake taunts Kushida but Ruff slips under! Drake gets the leg and anchors Ruff, then drags him back into a waistlock. Ruff elbows out hard, and tags in Kushida! Kushida goes up, leap sand ax handles! Kushida rallies with more forearms, then atomic drops to a whip and hip toss! Handspring basement dropkick! Fans fire up for Kushida as he aims at Drake and runs in to dropkick the arm! Kushida drags Drake back up, reels him in, hammerlock and underhook but Drake blocks! Gibson tags in, GYV mugs Kushida in the corner!

Gibson brings Kushida up, but Kushida slips out of Helter Skelter to ROCK Gibson! Kushida clamps on for an IRON OCTOPUS! Gibson endures, pries free and rolls Kushida to then throat chop! The ref reprimands but Gibson tags Drake. GYV coordinate again, Electric Chair and Drake climbs, GRIZZLED DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and shocks GYV! Drake drags Kushida up to rain down fists, then tags in Gibson. Gibson drags Kushida up, whips him to Drake for a scoop but Kushida fights out! Gibson and Drake keep Kushida away from Ruff, double whip but Kushida handsprings for double back elbows! Hot tag to Ruff!

Ruff climbs and leaps to missile dropkick Gibson! Ruff builds speed to DIVE onto Drake! Drake hits announce desk, Ruff gets back in and runs to go up, up and FLIES onto Gibson! Fans fire up for Ruff as he puts Gibson back in! Kushida coaches Ruff on as Ruff runs, twists and rebounds to LARIAT! Ruff keeps going, goes back up top, and leaps for a SWANTON FLOP! Drake saves Gibson again! Tag and Drake DROPKICKS Kushida down hard! GYV coordinate, gut wrench and TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV win!!

Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

The Ticket to Mayhem is also the ticket to the semifinals for Gibson & Drake! Will GYV repeat as Dusty Cup finalists? Will they break through to be the tournament winners and then contenders to the titles?

And to add insult to injury on Kushida and Ruff, Gargano and Theory rush out to attack them! Gargano stomps Kushida while Theory tosses Ruff! Kushida fights back with haymakers! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kushida down! Ruff gets up but Theory DECKS him, then goes out after him to DECK him again! Gargano stomps Kushida more as Theory drags Ruff up. Theory makes Ruff watch as Gargano gives Kushida ONE FINAL BEAT! Gargano holds his NXT North American Championship up in Kushida’s face, but what Theory doesn’t see is that Lumis has appeared behind him!! Theory looks over and freaks out!

Theory gets in the ring to warn Gargano, but Gargano says they have nothing to fear from “the freak.” Johnny Wrestling may not have to worry about the Timesplitter, but what about the Tortured Artist?

 

NXT finds Curt Stallion down backstage!

Someone attacked the Lonestar right before his title match! He knows it’s Legado, but what does this mean for the Cruiserweight Championship match tonight?

 

Backstage interview with El Legado del Fantasma.

It was decided over commercial that, given Stallion is in no shape to compete tonight, the Cruiserweight Championship match has been canceled. Santos Escobar says that’s really, really unfortunate, because he was going to teach “that punk” a lesson. But then Regal barges in and is just as adamant that Legado did this! Escobar says that’s not true, he has been in his room all night. Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza confirm the alibi, but that isn’t good enough for Regal. Next week, Escobar will defend his title against Stallion. And if Stallion “mysteriously” gets attacked again, all three members of Legado will face serious consequences. The ultimatum has been issued, but Legado just laughs it off.

Wait, what’s this in Escobar’s bag? The Hierophant tarot card…?! Scarlett dealt that earlier tonight! Escobar, Wilde and Mendoza are all a bit spooked, this is a bad omen. The end is near? The end is near?! Not! Legado doesn’t take any of these threats seriously, but will they have no choice when time is up?

 

Toni Storm is here!

The Lightning from Down Under gets the mic and she calls out Io Shirai! “When I want something, I don’t just wait my turn. I make it happen.” When Toni wanted to be NXT UK Women’s Champion, she took it from Rhea Ripley. When Toni wanted to win the Mae Young Classic, she did, and it was against Shirai that she did it! Now, Toni wanted to be one of the first women to win the Women’s Dusty Cup, but Shirai took that from her. So now, Toni wants to hurt Shirai and ruin her. But more than anything else in the world, Toni wants to take the NXT Women’s Championship from Shirai! Toni doesn’t have to wait any longer, Shirai is here!

The Evil Genius storms right to the ring, Toni eggs her on, but Shirai snatches the mic away! “I’ll fight you anywhere. I already made it clear. Toni, I don’t like you!” Toni trips Shirai and throws down fists! Shirai turns things around to give those fists back! They scrap back up to their feet, Toni shoves Shirai but Shirai dropkicks Toni down! Toni flounders out of the ring and Shirai eggs her on! But Mercedes Martinez BLINDSIDES Shirai! And then hits the TWO HAND CHOKE SLAM! Mercedes grins as she picks up the NXT Women’s title, but Toni gets in to take it from her. They argue over who gets it first, but Shirai dropkicks them both out! SHOTEI for Mercedes!

Shirai runs in, SHIKANSEN for Mercedes! And then Shirai goes up, only for Toni to trip her up! Toni drags Mercedes out, just so she can RAM her into the apron! Then Toni looks at the title before she HIP ATTACKS Shirai, and then HIP ATTACKS again! And again! Toni gets the hat trick, and then she picks up the belt. Toni wants a new #ShinyShiny, will she get what she wants?

 

Backstage interview with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.

Why did Swerve get in Bronson Reed’s minutes before his match last week? Get in his face? Are we pointing fingers now? Swerve had a “conversation” with Jake Atlas, Bronson got in Swerve’s face about it. But when Swerve decides to get in Bronson’s face, he’s the bad guy. Swerve is starting to understand how things go in NXT, but also how things always go. Everyone’s always blaming Swerve. So here’s an experiment: Point the finger, McKenzie. She does, at Swerve, and then he looks at the hand. How many fingers is she pointing back at herself? Get it? But no more putting the blame on anyone, Swerve’s House has a Colossal visitor, after the break!

 

Imperium speaks.

Alexander Wolfe begins by saying “Imperium stood together on American soil,” and at Worlds Collide, they showed everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. “Then everything changed.” Marcel Barthel says they were isolated in different parts of the world for the last year! And while they’ve been apart, Walter still rules as NXT UK Champion. Barthel and Fabian Aichner held the NXT Tag Team Championships, but that was not enough. Aichner says “Imperium’s power is in its unity.” Their unity will restore global domination. Wolfe’s return to NXT is only the beginning. Will a refocused and reunited Imperium regain the gold?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Era.

What are Adam Cole’s and Roderick Strong’s thoughts on their quarterfinal Dusty Cup match against the newly formed team of Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher? Nobody knows Ciampa like the Era does. They’ve gone to war with him more times than they can count, and they know how tough Ciampa is. As for Thatcher, if the tag match is anything like the Fight Pit, they have their hands full. But they’ve had their hands full ever since they came to NXT. Ciampa and Thatcher are experienced, tough men, but as a team, Cole & Strong are tougher. And as a team, Cole & Strong have more experience. There is no way “those two dorks” are going to stop the UE from becoming two-time Dusty Cup champions. And you know what that is? That is Undisputed.

 

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed!

The issues between Swerve and Atlas were spilling over backstage so Auszilla thought he’d put an end to it. But instead of squashing the beef, he just redirected Swerve’s attention to himself. Will Reed squash this beef by crushing Swerve’s House underneath him?

The bell rings and Swerve circles with Reed. Reed gets Swerve to a corner, the ref counts and Reed lets off, but Swerve KNEE TRIGGERS back! Swerve fires off hands but Reed powers Swerve to a corner! Reed gives those fists back, then tosses Swerve out! Swerve handsprings off the apron to land on his feet! Reed grabs Swerve and drags him back up! Swerve body shots and BOOTS Reed off the apron, the BOOTS him from the apron! Swerve drags Reed up and lines up another shot, but Reed blocks the boot to FLIP Swerve! Swerve tumbles hard and Reed drags him up into the ring. Reed stalks Swerve to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES!

Swerve flounders to ropes, Reed clotheslines him back out, then Reed DIVES?!?! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are going nuts as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Swerve has Reed down with an armlock. Swerve throws down forearms as he cranks on the shoulder, but Reed fights up. Swerve knees low, wrenches to a hammerlock and he RAMS Reed into buckles! Swerve keeps on the arm, hooking it with his leg. Swerve drives elbows into Reed’s head and then he pulls on the fingers. Reed fights up, Swerve headlocks, but Reed reaches out to get the ropebreak! Swerve holds on as the ref counts, and he even sneaks in some claws to Reed’s face! Swerve brings Reed up for heavy body shots and then pushes him to slingshot and somersault, only for Reed to SWAT him down!

Swerve staggers up, Reed runs him over! And again! Reed whips, and he uses a FULL BODY ATTACK! Then he drops a back senton! Swerve is gasping for air as he crawls to ropes! Reed drags him up, suplexes him, and holds Swerve up to then shift to a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Reed keeps his focus. Reed drags Swerve up, choke grips, and lifts, but the bad arm gives up! Swerve smirks as he runs in at Reed in a corner but Reed BOOTS him! The legs still work as Reed hops up, but Swerve EDDY GORDO KICKS! Swerve CHOPS Reed, climbs up, goes after the arm but throws more elbows.

Swerve cranks on the arm, for a SUPER ARMBAR DDT! HOUSE CALL! Swerve goes up, up and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives and Swerve is furious! Swerve sits Reed up and tells him to his face, “Never get in my business ever again!” Reed gets up, Swerve SLAPS him, and SLAPS him, so Reed HEADBUTTS! And LARIATS! Reed goes right up top, TSUNAMI!! Cover, Reed wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Reed crushes Swerve’s House again, will it be Swerve who never gets in Reed’s face again?

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks.

“I’ve been doing this thing for 16 years now. There are the fights you win, the fights you lose, but then there’s the fights you remember.” Timothy Thatcher pulls up a seat next to Ciampa as Ciampa says there are the fights that command respect. Thatcher says the Fight Pit changes a man both physically, mentally, and even changes his vision going forward. “Out of anguish and struggle, respect grows. That’s why I accepted the offer.” The Dusty Cup represents opportunity. Next week, against the Undisputed Era, “it’s gonna be a war.” Will this tandem of tough as nails superstars tear down even the strong combination of Cole & Strong?

 

Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!

William Regal told The Prince to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But with no friends to turn to anymore, the NXT Champion had no choice but to turn to a rival. Will the fact they have a common enemy in the Kings of NXT help Balor and O’Reilly stay on the same page?

NXT returns as Balor makes his entrance. He and Kyle stare down but they have to remember their teammates tonight, not opponents. The NXT Tag Team Champions make their entrance now, and they hold their belts up to remind us who they are. The team sort out, Oney starts against Balor and fans fire up as they tie up! Balor headlocks, Oney powers out but Balor runs him over! Cover, ONE! Balor arm-drags Oney right to an armlock! Oney gets up but Balor wrenches and tags in Kyle. Oney gets away and Burch tags in. Fans rally as Kyle and Burch circle, tie up, and Kyle headlocks. Kyle grinds Burch but Burch keeps off the mat. Burch powers out, but Kyle runs him over!

Kyle arm-drags Burch around, has the armlock, and fans fire up as Kyle shows no pain in his jaw. Kyle wrenches Burch, reaches out to Balor but Burch brings Kyle away with a headlock. Oney tags in, the One Two double wrench and double CHOP! Kyle throws a forearm but Oney EuroUppers Kyle off his feet! Tag to Burch, they hand off the wrench and Burch throws a EuroUpper of his won! Burch hits a headlock takeover and maybe now Kyle feels pain in his jaw. Burch throws short palm strikes, but Kyle rolls to a cover, ONE! Fans rally up, Kyle tries to headscissor but Burch shrugs that off.

Kyle fights up, Burch holds onto the headlock, but Kyle throws body shots. Burch scoops Kyle, Kyle slips off and wrenches to tag in Balor. Balor kicks the arm, clubs away on it, wrenches again and tags Kyle back in. Kyle CLUBS the arm, YANKS on it, then rams shoulders with Burch! Kyle wrenches, tags Balor and Balor hops up to drop ax handles! Balor wrenches, clamps on, Kyle tags back in and Kyle goes up to drop an ax handle of his own! Oney runs in but gets double back elbows from Balor and Kyle! Kyle and Balor double whip Burch to double elbow! Balor and Kyle stare down again as NXT goes picture in picture.

Oney and Burch regroup outside, Kyle waits in the ring for them to come back. The tag champs take their time returning and Burch gets in. Burch ties up with Kyle but kicks low! Burch headlocks, Oney tags in, Kyle powers out but Burch dodges the roundhouse and Oney BLASTS Kyle with the running EuroUpper! Oney rains down fists on Kyle, taunts Balor, then drags Kyle up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Tag to Burch, the champs mug Kyle in their corner, then Burch pushes Kyle against ropes and chokes him! Burch even fish hooks the jaw! The ref counts, Burch lets off and Kyle clutches his chin.

Burch brings Kyle up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper! Burch snapmares, drops knees, then covers, TWO! Burch keeps Kyle from Balor with a facelock, tags in Oney, and Oney wrenches to snapmare Kyle into a keylock. Kyle endures as Oney thrashes him around, then fights his way up. Oney cranks on the hold, Kyle throws forearms and NXT returns to single picture as Oney ROCKS Kyle with another EuroUpper! Oney half nelsons but Kyle snapmares out of the Half ‘n’ Half, hot tag to Balor! Balor rallies on Oney, hits Burch for good measure, then trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Oney down! Fans fire up as Balor stomps away on Oney at the ropes!

The ref counts, Balor stops at 4, and he sees Burch slide in so he stomps Burch down! Oney runs up to half nelson but Balor swings, only for Oney to put him in the corner! Burch tags in, Balor fights back but the One Two mugs him. Burch wrenches the arm but Balor throws forearms back! Oney tags back in, he gets Balor’s arm for an armbar DDT! Oney rains down rights, fans boo but Oney looms over Balor. Oney drags Balor up, CHOPS him, and Burch taunts Balor as he tags in. Burch ROCKS Balor, drags him up to wrench and YANK the arm, then ROCKS him with a right. Burch keeps on the arm but fans rally as Balor endures.

Balor fights up, throws more forearms, but Burch wrenches and YANKS the arm again! Balor goes to a corner, Burch runs in to clothesline! Cover, TWO! Burch drags Balor up and chinbars to then tag in Oney. Balor fights back again with forearms and CHOPS but Oney ROCKS Balor! The tag champs double atomic drop, to a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Oney keeps Balor down with a half nelson and then shifts to a keylock. Fans rally and Balor endures  as Oney leans on the hold. Balor fights up, Oney knees him low and drags him back down! Oney keeps the arm hooked with a leg then pulls on the other! Balor endures but Oney YANKS on the arm!

Fans rally but Oney drags Balor up for another EuroUpper! Balor wobbles, Oney eggs him on, then throws another EuroUpper! Balor reaches for Kyle but Oney EuroUppers, Balor PELES! Both men are down and fans are thunderous as the two crawl! Oney grabs at Balor to keep him away but Balor throws forearms! Balor keeps reaching, as does Kyle, but Oney whips Balor to the corner! Balor BOOTS back, elbows Burch then SLINGBLADES Oney! Fans fire up as Balor rises and tags in Kyle! Burch tags in but Kyle BOOTS him down! And ROUNDHOUSES! And again! KNEE for Oney! Kicks and palm strikes and knees for Burch! Leg sweep and Kyle fires up!

Burch gets to a corner, Kyle runs in to forearm smash! Kyle wrenches to an elbow breaker, then goes after a leg, but Burch SMACKS Kyle in the jaw! Kyle just fights through that to trip the leg! Burch BOOTS the jaw! Kyle runs in but into another boot! Burch goes up, missile dropkick caught to a KNEEBAR! Burch taps, Kyle and Balor win!!

Winners: Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

The Undisputed Era’s three-time tag team champion helps the two-time NXT Champion put away the current tag team champions! But wait, here comes Pete Dunne! But while they’re distracted, Oney drags Kyle out to RAM him into the boards! The Bruiserweight and Balor brawl! But Oney gets in and goes after Balor, too! Kyle returns to fight but Burch is in, the 3v2 advantage goes the way of the Kings of NXT! Oney and Burch grab Balor for Dunne to BOOT down! The Kings stomps away, then drag Balor back up, so Dunne can bend the fingers! But here come Strong & Cole! Dunne SNAPS and runs!

The UE run off the Kings of NXT but the damage has been done! Balor and the Era boys stand together against Dunn, Lorcan & Burch! But what will it take to finally settle things between the warring factions?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT on the road to TakeOver: Valentine’s Day. One thing that’s a bit disappointing but in a way intriguing is what happened with the Cruiserweight Championship. Just as we think Stallion is going to finally get his time on NXT, we get a bait ‘n’ switch and it’s somehow a way to shift things to Escobar VS Kross. Escobar namedropping Kross was a subtle indication this could happen, but I’m still surprised it has. Will Kross cost Escobar his title next week so they can feud without it? I was also genuinely surprised by Lumis popping out of the curtain after The Way had a promo. I have a feeling that with Kushida & Ruff out of the Dusty Cup, Lumis becomes Kushida’s new tag partner to go after The Way, leading into Gargano VS Kushida at TakeOver.

Speaking of, GYV VS Kushida & Ruff was a great match, but it seems a tradition now for Kushida’s team to put the other team over. Last year when Kushida & Alex Shelley reunited, they lost to GYV to send GYV into the finals, now it’s happened for the semifinals. At the same time, GYV is up against either Undisputed Era or Thatcher-Ciampa so maybe GYV does even worse this year. And with Ciampa’s promo, I just knew Thatcher would pull up a chair to join in. UE VS Thatcher-Ciampa could go either way, because there are many story reasons. Thatcher and Ciampa did well against Daivari & Nese on 205 Live but that could fall apart. But at the same time, we know UE has story still with The Kings of NXT, so Oney and Burch could try to screw UE over.

Balor & O’Reilly VS Lorcan & Burch was a great main event. I’m glad there was no dysfunction in Balor and Kyle, they were focused on the opponents, but I do find it odd that NXT continues the WWE trend where two great singles guys still beat a great tag team. The great tag team should’ve still found a way to win, but I suppose that would’ve made Kyle the fall guy, and they can’t do that if Kyle is still to be rolling towards a potential third NXT Championship match. The episode closing with Balor and the UE standing together was a really great image, but perhaps this adds to the math that UE loses the Dusty Cup match.

Imperium had a great promo, but don’t expect Walter to show up. I’m still surprised they got Wolfe out of the UK to the US but maybe the time he was gone on NXT UK was used for quarantine protocol. Depending on how things go with the North American and Tag Team Championships, I feel like Wolfe will go after the former while Barthel & Aichner obviously go after the latter. Swerve has a good promo but he still loses to Reed, so I’m not sure the point yet. Will Sore Loser Swerve return and he goes after Reed like he did Atlas? We got a great segment with Toni, Shirai and Mercedes, I’m starting to think we’re getting a Triple Threat at TakeOver: Valentine’s, just to help get through the amazing contender’s list.

MSK beats Maverick & Dain because MSK is the hot hand coming in debuting in the tournament. Lucha House Party VS El Legado could go either way, and either will make a great match-up with MSK, but does that make MSK a finalist? That’d be surprising, but perhaps in a good way. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez VS Robert Stone Brand 3.0(?) was good but naturally Kai & Gonzalez win. And while Kai & Gonzalez look like the favorites against Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, I feel like that’s reason enough for KC Squared to make it to the finals. Gonzalez is herself waiting in the wings to face Shirai, and it makes for great story if KC Squared are one match away, only to lose to The Way, Candice & Indi.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/27/21)

Will Dynamite be Just… Too… Sweeeeeeet~?

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AEW and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions, UNITE…?

Though there are tensions rising within The Elite, Gallows & Anderson will team with The Young Bucks in a HUGE 8 Man Tag match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins.
  • Y2MJF w/ The Inner Circle VS The Varsity Blondes; Y2MJF win(s).
  • Hangman Page VS Ryan Nemeth; Hangman wins.
  • Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler & Tully Blanchard; Jungle Boy wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shanna; Britt wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order; The Bucks & Good Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston!

The Murderhawk Monster and the Mad King are finally having a 1v1 contest, and it will truly be 1v1 because none of their allies are allowed ringside! Will Archer finally shut Kingston up about all the “almost” losses?

Kingston is after Archer the second he’s in the ring, and he CHOPS! Archer just grins! Archer throws his shirt off, throws it at Kingston and eggs him on. Kingston CHOPS, Archer BOOTS Kingston over! Archer runs and hits an elbow in the corner! And then goes corner to corner, hits another! Kingston avoids the third and fires off on a leg! Kingston BITES Archer’s head as they’re on the ropes! The ref reprimands, Kingston CLUBS Archer then CHOPS him again! Archer finally feels that, and Kingston puts Archer in a corner. Kingston CHOPS, Archer eggs him on, but Kingston pokes him in the eye!

Archer staggers about, Kingston elbows him on the back then goes after the leg. Kingston chokes Archer on ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then stalks Archer to another corner for kidney shots! Kingston keeps on Archer’s body, kicks the legs out, but Archer rakes eyes back! Fans rally as Archer ROCKS Kingston with a right! Kingston flounders, CHOPS back, and CHOPS again, then goes to a corner, Kingston goes up, leaps, FLYING SHOULDER! Archer stays up!? Archer shakes out the cobwebs but Kingston runs, but Archer DERAILS him! Fans fire up while Kingston sits up in a daze.

Archer stalks Kingston, drags him up by his ears, then brings him around to CLUB him. Kingston clings to Archer’s legs but Archer brings him up to CHOP him down! Fans want that “One More Time!” and Archer drags Kingston up to CHOP him again! Kingston flops down and Archer seethes as he drags him back up. Archer choke grips and CHOKE SLAMS Kingston to the apron! Kingston flops to the floor as fans lose their minds! The ring count climbs as Kingston stirs, but Archer goes out to fetch him. Archer drags Kingston up and bumps him off the camera! Talk about a close-up! “Everything is in my playground!”

Archer kicks Kingston, whips him and sends him into railing! Archer digs Kingston’s head into the railing! The ref counts, Archer lets off to scare the ref off, and then Archer goes back to drag Kingston up. Archer brings Kingston over to bounce off the timekeeper’s table! Kingston scrambles into the ring, Archer pursues and brings him up in a full nelson, for a SLAM! Archer says he’s just getting started with Kingston, and he goes to a corner! Archer grins at the camera before hopping down and putting Kingston in the drop zone. Archer goes up, spinning VADER BOMB! Cover, ONE because Archer lets off! Archer is a cat toying with his prey!

Archer drags Kingston up, Kingston breaks free but the back hand is blocked! Archer choke grips, Kingston kicks low and dropkicks legs out. Kingston runs to FOREARM Archer down! Cover, TWO! Archer survives but Kingston catches his breath. Fans rally and duel as both men slowly rise. Kingston brings Archer around, but Archer LARIATS first! Archer drags Kingston up, puts him in a corner, then hoists him up top. Archer brings Kingston out with the inverted crucifix, but Kingston slips out to shove Archer into buckles! Archer BOOTS back, Kingston flounders but Archer is on him right away. Hammerlock ripcord for the CHOKE SLAM!

Archer knuckle locks Kingston’s hand and drags him up with it. Archer CLUBS Kingston, goes up the corner, and walks the tightrope a la Old School! MOONSAULT!! But no cover because Archer still isn’t satisfied. Archer clamps on the EBD CLAW! Archer sits Kingston up, but The Butcher and Blade have Jake the Snake hostage!! Archer hurries over but Bunny Allie hands Kingston a loaded bit of tape! Kingston waits for Archer to come back, LOADED BACK HAND!! Cover, Kingston wins!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

The Fam still found a way to screw Archer over! Kingston survives, and then The Blade and Butcher drag Archer up for the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! The Fam isn’t done, either, they sit Archer back up for Kingston’s BACK HAND! Jake the Snake tries to get up but the damage has been done. Will Kingston and his henchmen continue to wreak havoc on AEW?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“Okay, let me see if I’ve got this right. The Young Bucks are the tag team champions, and they’re friends with Kenny, but Kenny’s friends with The Goody Brothers, and they’re the tag team champions, too. So now they’re all friends? They’re all one big happy family? How is that going to work? Is that going to work?” No it’s not. The Elite is like The Young & The Restless. And then there’s Death Triangle, PAC & The Lucha Brothers, who don’t like any part of The Elite. They don’t even like Moxley, because they used to be friends with Kingston who has beef with Mox. But now Moxley has to team with them at Beach Break?

Moxley is a simple guy. Cold beer, hot coffee, room temperature water and sex in the morning because it’s a great way to start the day. The only person you can trust is number one, so he only trusts his two hands. But Moxley loves Six Man Tags, so saddle up, compadres. This’ll be fun! Gang warfare! Moxley doesn’t know what happens at Beach Break, but it’ll be wild~! Incendiary ingredients on Dynamite, don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

 

Sting and Darby Allin speak.

The Icon says they’ll get on a first name basis right now. Taz, Brian, Ricky, since they’ll be in that Street Fight at Revolution, and since Team Taz loves to throw out false accusations, Sting will say their feelings are hurt. They called these two hoodlums? Really? Darby is a bit of a hoodlum, yes, but in the streets, it doesn’t matter if you play it clean or dirty. It’s all about survival! Darby chucks his skateboard through a window, and admits he is a hoodlum, no different from Sting. Sting uses the baseball bat to smash up the rest of the window! Sting admits it, too. Revolution, Street Fight, showtime.

 

Y2MJF w/ The Inner Circle VS The Varsity Blondes!

There’s a lot of history to this match, even before things in AEW. But Chris Jericho won’t hold back on Brian Pillman Jr. over it, and he expects nothing less from Pillman Jr. in return. But will that mean the first 2v2 outing of Le Demo God and the Salt of the Earth won’t be a success?

Jericho revels in the fans singing Judas for him, the teams sort out, and MJF wants to speak first. MJF wants to talk with Sammy Guevara later, and then he says is that Griff? Look at Goldilocks here. Last time they met, MJF embarrassed Griff on live television. So let’s just skip ahead to where Griff loses, okay? NOPE! Griff DECKS MJF, keeps him in the ring, then rains down more fists! MJF scrambles away, Wardlow keeps him away from Griff, but Griff gets around to get back in. MJF dodges but Griff BOOTS him down! The Inner Circle gets MJF to safety and MJF gets a chair out of frustration. The Inner Circle keeps MJF from throwing this match and MJF says Griff is dead!

MJF gets back in the ring, talks trash, then tags out to Jericho. Jericho run sin but into a drop toehold! Griff wrenches Jericho, tags in BPJ, and the Blondes double whip, kick and NECKBREAKER to a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! BPJ CHOPS Jericho, wrenches and whips, but Jericho holds ropes to deny the dropkick. Jericho runs but BPJ dropkicks him down! BPJ drags Jericho up, clamps onto the arm, but Jericho uses cheap shots to get free. Jericho whips BPJ corner to corner, but BPJ comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as BPJ whips, Jericho reveres and MJF gets a cheap shot in! Jericho DECKS BPJ then tags in MJF!

AEW goes picture in picture as MJF CLAWS BPJ and tells Griff up his! MJF digs his fingers into BPJ’s face but lets off as the ref reprimands. MJF stalks BPJ, throws punches down on him, then soaks up the heat from fans. MJF feeds BPJ to Jericho’s boot, then CHOPS him! Tag to Jericho, Jericho throws hands, then tags MJF back in. Y2MJF double whip, and double flapjack BPJ down! MJF steps on BPJ, then so does Jericho. The Inner Circle soaks up the heat, MJF drags BPJ up to CLUB him down. MJF kicks at Griff but scrambles away before he can get hit. MJF chokes BPJ, covers, TWO! MJF rakes BPJ’s eyes, rakes his face on the ropes, then headbutts him!

Tag to Jericho, MJF digs his boots into BPJ as Jericho gets in Griff’s face, then Griff goes back to stomp and bump BPJ off buckles. Jericho hoists BPJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to join him. BPJ throws hands back but Jericho clubs him. Jericho stands up on the very top, but BPJ GOURD BUSTERS him! BPJ gets up, leaps, and hits a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while both men are down and AEW returns to single picture. Hot tags to Griff and MJF! The Ivy League MVP rallies on Y2MJF but MJF kicks low! MJF runs into Griff’s HUGE back drop! Griff wrenches and ROCKS Jericho!

Fans fire up as Griff goes corner to corner, BIG splash to MJF! Whip to the corner, SPLASH for both Y2MJF! DOUBLE SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives but Griff just fires up as he drags MJF up. Griff whips MJF to the corner, hits a clothesline and tags BPJ! Griff rolls MJF for BPJ’s missile dropkick! Jericho tags in but BPJ is ready, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives by split seconds! BPJ fires up as fans rally behind him. Jericho hits back, BPJ throws forearms and chops, but Jericho DECKS him! Jericho whips then runs but BPJ dumps Jericho to the apron! BPJ runs and dropkicks Jericho down!

Fans fire up with BPJ as he fetches Jericho into the ring. BPJ aims from a corner, springboards and leaps, into a JUDAS EFFECT!! LIONSAULT!! Cover, someone took out Griff, Y2MJF win!!

Winners: Y2MJF, by pinfall

MJF adds insult to injury as he throws BPJ out just so he can stand with Jericho. The Inner Circle’s “official” team in the tag division is off to a strong start, will they go all the way to the top and take the AEW World Tag Team Championships for their own?

 

PAC speaks.

“Here we go again!” Kenny Omega is taking liberties, acting like ‘Billy Big Bollocks,” acting like he owns the place and owns this business. He has the “clown” Callis and the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions, while manipulating some and blindsiding others. SO at Beach Break, bring the Good Brothers, because Pac and Rey Fenix will show you what brotherhood is! You hit them, they hit you back! Time to face the consequences!

 

AEW shares Shaq’s message from the AEW Dynamite Awards on TNT.

“Cody Rhodes, you little punk. You want to battle, you just name the time and the day. I’ll be there.” Cody looks like a little girl with that blonde hair. Shaq suggests we do this in March, aka Revolution. What will Cody say?

Tony Schiavone is in the ring!

To respond to Shaq’s comments right now, here’s Cody Rhodes! The American Nightmare goes to the ring, along with Coach Arn Anderson. Schiavone knows they want to respond to Shaq, but also to Jade Cargill from The Waiting Room. Cody says to respond to Shaq and Jade, he’d rather just give us the “pitch.” He’d like to say March 7th, AEW Revolution, it’d be himself and Brandi Rhodes VS Shaq & Jade, but life happens. He and Brandi are having a baby. “In these moments where I am rather confused and distracted,” Cody defers to The Coach!

And if we’re wondering how much of a coach Arn is, Arn chewed Cody out for taking Peter Avalon too easily last week. Arn has been right consistently for years, they talked with Tony Khan about where Cody fits on the Revolution card, so the floor is Arn’s. Arn says he wants to earn his money because he might contradict himself, so please be patient. But the fact is, Cody’s about to be a dad. That is right on the forefront of his mind, as it should be. That is the most important thing in his life.

But think about this: June 29th, 1985. What date is that to Cody? That was when Arn saw Dusty Rhodes crawl in the ring with Tully Blanchard, fight 30 minutes, then fly home in time to see the birth of Baby Cody. Now if Cody chooses March 7th, to jump in the Revolution, do it with eyes wide open, no regrets. But Arn will point out the obvious: there is a lot of time between the birthdate and the show. Doesn’t Cody want to be part of something? It’s hard to capture the public eye but he could do that with this match.

For 19 years, Shaq dominated the court as a world-class athlete. Jade, every time she walks in, she dominates that room. But the fact is, Arn’s seen something these last two weeks, something that can’t be measured or even rational to name. Arn wants Cody to see something. In steps RED VELVET! Velvet has had her own problems with Jade Cargill, and Arn hopes Cody sees the fire inside Velvet like what Cody has in him. Velvet gets the mic to stare down the camera and say she’s here because she is FED UP of getting attacked, watching Brandi get disrespected by a “big mouth coward” who knows Brandi can’t defend herself.

Everyone knows Cody would never lay a hand on a woman. But Velvet will! Velvet is about to stir that bitch-ass up! Fans like the sound of that! Arn says that’s what he meant! Then perhaps Jade and Shaq have the ball in their court! Are we still getting a huge mixed tag match for Revolution?

 

AEW issues the official invite to the Superbad Beach Break wedding!

Kip Sabian says “my heart is in my hands My head is in the clouds. My feet have left the ground. And my life, our life, is turning around.” Penelope Ford is so excited to marry this handsome man, the man of her dreams, the best kisser. So they cordially invite us to watch their wedding, with Miro as The Best Man, and of course “Charles” Taylor the butler will be there! Surely a wedding on a wrestling program will go smoothly, right?

 

Hangman Page VS Ryan Nemeth!

The Cowboy takes on the debuting “Hollywood Hunk” as Hangman tries to shake off the awkward situation where he had to reject The Dark Order’s recruitment proposal. Will he be able to focus against this hungry and determined wrestler?

The bell rings, fans rally for Hangman but Nemeth shoots in to get a leg. Hangman gets the rope but Nemeth says he got a point like this is collegiate wrestling. They tie up again, Hangman wrenches to a wristlock but Nemeth gets around to hammerlock then headlock, two points! Hangman powers out, Nemeth bumps him but Hangman runs him over! Things speed up, Hangman fakes Nemeth out and BOOTS him down! Hangman CHOPS Nemeth to the corner, CHOPS him again, then chops but Nemeth dodges to CHOP and CHOP in return! Nemeth swaggers about but Hangman DECKS him!

Hangman stalks Nemeth to a corner, stomps a mudhole into him then walks it dry as the ref counts. Hangman drags Nemeth up to throw him to the apron, and then TRIANGLE LARIATS him to the floor! Nemeth gets up but Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Hangman drags Nemeth up, puts him back in, then fires the fans up as he runs in corner to corner. Nemeth dodges to dropkick Hangman down! Cover, ONE! Nemeth wrenches and WRINGS the arm out, and now Big Money Matt Hardy is ringside? Is he scouting? Nemeth hammerlocks an arm, headstands to put pressure on the hold, then grabs at hair. The ref reprimands and Nemeth lets go.

Hangman gets up to CHOP and forearm but Nemeth knees low! Nemeth whips but Hangman holds ropes. Nemeth kicks, whips but Hangman reverses, only for Nemeth to turn it around into a Rude Awakening! Cover, TWO! Hangman forearms but Nemeth hits back. Nemeth whips corner to corner but Hangman comes back to CLOBBER him! Hangman whips, Nemeth dodges but Hangman hits a SPINEBUSTER! Hardy seems to be cheering Hangman on as Nemeth gets to a corner. Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman rolls Nemeth, runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Hardy cheers Hangman with the fans as he brings Nemeth up to fireman’s carry. Nemeth fights out, Hangman CHOPS and whips but Nemeth reverses to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hangman gets to a corner, Nemeth runs in but Hangman elbows him back! Nemeth runs into a boot, but he ducks a lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman lands on his feet, ROLLING ELBOW! Hangman whips Nemeth to LARIAT! Then Hangman goes to the apron, takes aim, and slingshots, BUCK SHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

Hardy applauds then goes up to the ramp. Hangman sees Hardy turn to leave but invites him into the ring. Tony Schiavone hurries over to see what this is about. Hardy didn’t want to create a scene, but the reason he came out was to be in Hangman’s corner and let him know he supports Hangman. Hardy has been a bit concerned, Hangman seems lost and conflicted. That’s understandable. Hardy was part of Stadium Stampede, he knows that Hangman got burned by The Elite and he didn’t deserve it. The Dark Order wants Hangman to join and that’s just awkward.

Hardy doesn’t want anything from Hangman, just to let him know that Hangman is a good person who deserves to be happy. Hardy needed to say that and Hangman needed to hear it. Hangman is dressing alone in the hallway near catering. Hardy has a huge dressing room with plenty of space. Hangman is more than welcome to join him there, no strings attached. Hardy lets Hangman think that over, what will Hangman’s answer be?

 

Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler & Tully Blanchard!

Though Marko Stunt, Luchasaurus and the rest of FTR are all ringside, things will be a little different than usual. To make sure Cash and Tully don’t interfere, they will be handcuffed not just to each other, but to Luchasaurus! Will the wrestling dinosaur be able to keep things fair and square?

First, the ref and security help cuff Cash and Tully to Luchasaurus per the agreement. Then they all take a seat, though Luchasaurus has to make Cash sit. The bell rings and JB stares down with Dax. They tie up, Dax powers JB back to a corner but lets off as the ref calls for the break. Dax talks trash but JB shrugs it off. They tie up again, Dax headlocks but JB arm-drags free! Fans fire up for JB as he and Dax circle again. They tie up again, Dax waistlocks to full nelson but JB switches, only for Dax to headlock and hit a takeover. JB rolls Dax to a cover, ONE! Dax holds on, JB fights up and powers out but Dax runs him over!

Dax talks more trash as he looms over JB but JB gets up. JB and Dax tie up again, Dax gets another headlock but JB powers out, only for Dax to run him over again! Things speed up, Dax slide sunder but JB dropkicks him down! JB gets the legs, trips Dax, but Dax scrambles to a ropebreak! FTR wants to help Dax but Luchasaurus anchors them in the corner. Dax gets away from JB and has his team calm down, but JB puts Dax back in the ring! JB and Dax circle again as Luchasaurus and FTR sit back down. Dax and JB tie up with knuckle locks, Dax kicks low and fans boo as he CHOPS JB to a corner. Dax throws hard EuroUppers, and argues with the ref about the count before he CHOPS JB again!

JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Dax to a corner but Dax turns things around to CHOP again! Dax stands JB up but JB CHOPS back! And CHOPS again, and again! Dax kicks rather low but somehow that wasn’t a low blow. Dax drags JB up, whip shim corner to corner but JB goes up and over and rolls, only for Dax to run him over! Things speed up again, JB hurdles but Dax whips him away, but JB dodges in the corner and Dax POSTS himself! Dax reaches but there’s no tags in this match! JB KICKS Dax’s arm, wrenches it, clubs away on it, then grinds Dax down! Dax endures, Cash coaches him, but JB cranks on the shoulder.

Dax gets up, JB wrenches but Dax pulls hair to whip and ROCK JB with that uppercut! Fans boo but Dax shakes out the bad arm. Dax fires off on JB, brings him up to another headlock, but JB back suplexes free! JB clotheslines Dax out of the ring! Dax staggers around and JB slides, but the baseball slide is sent into the railing! Now Luchasaurus is upset but it’s FTR who keeps him away. AEW goes picture in picture as Dax paces about.

Dax drags JB up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper! Fans rally for JB but Dax digs his fingers into JB’s face! And then drives an elbow in! The ref reprimands, Dax puts JB in, then Dax drags JB around to drop a leg fast across the face! Dax foregoes the rest of his usual combo to NORTHERN LIGHTS and bridge! TWO, and Dax is frustrated with JB! JB crawls, Dax drags him back up, and clamps on a chinlock! JB endures as Dax grinds him down, JB fights up, and throws body shots to power out. JB gets Dax in a sleeper but Dax hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, Dax covers, TWO! Dax tries again, TWO!

Dax grows annoyed but he paces around JB. JB crawls, Dax stalks him to the ropes, and Dax digs his fingers into JB’s face again! The ref counts, Dax CLUBS JB then brings him up by his hair. Dax snapmares and wraps on a new chinlock to grind JB down. Fans rally, JB endures, but Dax grinds him down more as he shifts position on the hold. JB fights up as AEW returns to single picture, and fans still sing for him as he hits the jawbreaker! Dax staggers away, both men go to corners, but Dax runs in, only for JB to ROCK him! JB whips, Dax reverses then ducks the rebound lariat to throw JB to a corner! Dax runs in, blocks a boot but not the elbow! Or the ROLLING ELBOW!

Fans fire up as JB climbs, but Dax trips him up! Dax CHOPS JB on the back, climbs up top and brings JB up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But both men are down and their teammates are going nuts! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Dax is frustrated! Fans rally up but Dax stands first. Dax glares at JB, stomps JB in the head, then again! Fans boo but JB sits up and eggs Dax on! Dax stomps but JB gets in his face and SLAPS him! Dax SLAPS back! JB throws forearms and CHOPS, then an uppercut of his own! Dax blocks the superkick to ROCK JB again! Dax brings JB up, JB slips out to waistlock but Dax switches, GERMAN! JB lands on his feet, SUPERKICK!

JB wrenches, ducks Dax’s lariat but not the SECOND LARIAT! FTR and Luchasaurus are out of their seats and fans cheer, “This is Awesome!” Dax drags JB up, reels him back in and underhooks, but JB RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Dax reels JB back in, another lift, rebound POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Everyone goes nuts over that! Dax drags JB up to a full nelson but JB drops to resist! Dax keeps trying but JB breaks free! TO BACKSTABBER! And then a GERMAN SUPLEX! JB holds on for ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax grabs at ropes and then elbows JB away! Fans boo, Dax drags JB back up and shoves, but JB LARIATS on the rebound!

JB drags Dax back up, suplexes but Dax slips out to spin him around. Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes JB out and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally but Dax grits his teeth as he drags JB up. Dax puts JB in a corner and up on top. Dax climbs up but JB CHOPS him! And CHOPS and headbutts! Dax falls, JB adjusts, and JB leaps to crossbody! But Dax rolls through to a cover, TWO!! JB has the cover, TWO!! JB runs in, goes up Dax to victory roll but Dax sits on it! TWO and JB has the cover, TWO! JB ducks to crucifix takedown, TWO!! Dax has the Oklahoma, TWO! Dax trips and jackknifes, TWO as JB bridges up! JB spins it around, back slides but Dax turns that into a knee!

Dax waistlocks, O’Conner rolls, TWO! JB rolls Dax up, TWO! But JB has the legs! SNARE TRAP!! Dax is caught, Luchasaurus is holding FTR back as hard as he can, but JB shifts! DAX TAPS! JB WINS!

Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission

A HUGE victory for not just Jungle Jack Perry but for Jurassic Express! But just as Tully is let free, he POCKET SANDS Luchasaurus! Cash POSTS Luchasaurus, then mugs JB! FTR are sore losers, that’s for sure! Cash and Dax get JB up for the extra strong slingshots suplex! Luchasaurus gets in but they combine for a DOUBLE SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Now FTR cuffs Luchasaurus to the ropes! And they cut the dino horns off the mask! FTR want to cut JB’s hair, but Marko Stunt, SCU and Top Flight get in and run FTR off! Will the friends of Jurassic Express avenge them against FTR?

 

Team Taz responds!

“So Sting, Darby, being that we’re on a first name basis and all, Ricky and Brian are ready to destroy you come Revolution.” But Will Hobbs and Hook notice something going on, and say hey to the merchandise guys. Wait, they have the Darby gear and Sting gear, but where are the Team Taz merchandise? They weren’t given any of that. Oh is that so? Hook and Hobbs start throwing hands! And then they start throwing the staff around! Cage and Starks get in on that too, and they tear down the Sting and Darby merch to tear it up!

“You want to disrespect us?! We ain’t done!” Cage TOSSES one of the guys against the truck! And Starks SLAMS another through the table! “First name basis, huh, brother? Ricky Starks and Brian Cage are gonna BEAT YOUR ASS in that Street Fight!”

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shanna!

The Role Model is making sure she’s sharp for the grudge match with Thunder Rosa she never wanted. But Portugal’s Perfect Athlete has been slowly but surely powering up on AEW Dark! Will Shanna show that hosting The Waiting Room isn’t a replacement for getting in the ring?

The bell rings and Britt doesn’t take Shanna seriously in her DBZ inspired ring gear. The two circle, tie up, and Britt wrenches to a wristlock. Shanna spins, wrenches back and wristlocks. Britt slips through, waistlocks then snapmares to a chinlock. Shanna slips right out to wristlock again! Fans fire up with Shanna as she brings Britt up but Britt wrenches, elbow breakers and wristlocks. Shanna rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to drop toehold! Shanna dares Britt to get up, and Britt does, to power Shanna to a corner! The ref calls for the break, Britt lets off but then ROCKS Shanna! Britt wrenches, rolls Shanna and chicken wings to a chinbar!

Shanna rolls, wrenches, double arm-drags and then arm-drags again! Britt staggers into another arm-drag and then an enziguri! Fans fire up as Britt flounders to ropes! Shanna powers up but Rebel saves Britt from the Spirit Bomb Dropkick! The ref reprimands but Britt BLINDSIDES Shanna! And RAMS her into railing! And then RAMS her into the apron! The ref reprimands but Britt runs at Shanna, for a SLINGBLADE! Britt refreshes the ring count at 5 as AEW goes picture in picture.

Britt fetches Shanna into the ring, keeps her on the apron and drags her to the corner to pull the arm into the post! Rebel gives Shanna “a makeover” at the same time but the ref reprimands. Britt BOOTS Shanna back into the ring, then takes her time stalking Shanna with a sinister smirk. Shanna hits back with body shots but Britt DECKS her! Britt brings Shanna around, pulls her up by her hair and reels her in, but Shanna breaks free and rolls Britt up! TWO, and Britt kicks low to throw Shanna by her hair! Britt stands on Shanna’s face and digs her boot in but stomps as the ref counts.

Britt drags Shanna back up, cravats and cranks on the neck to then give Shanna knee after knee! Cover, ONE! Britt is surprised by that, but she drags Shanna up to SLAP her down, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Shanna whips but Britt reverses. Shanna dodges to kick and throw Britt around! Shanna runs, Britt gets up, Shanna CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps her cool as she brings Britt back up. Shanna underhooks but Britt resists to spin out and kick a leg out! Britt hits a gator roll, then drags Shanna around and into a ghost pin, TWO! SUPERKICK! Britt drags Shanna back up, reels her in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Shanna survives and Britt is upset. Britt has Rebel give her the glove, and then she stalks over to Shanna. Britt turns Shanna over, but Shanna turns the Rings into a cover, TWO! STUNNER!!

Fans fire up for Shanna as Britt goes to ropes. Shanna powers up again, runs and hits the SPIRIT DROPKICK! Shanna reels Britt back in but Rebel distracts! Britt gets around to drag Shanna down to the Rings of Saturn, and then the LOCKJAW!! Shanna taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

Give the assistant the assist, The Doctor takes the win by the skin of Shanna’s teeth. But she’s not done, she sits Shanna up and gives her the SURFBOARD STOMP! Britt then drags Shanna back into the LOCKJAW!! But here comes THUNDER ROSA!! Britt lets Shanna go so she and Rebel can retreat! Rosa runs them off, but there won’t be any running at Beach Break! Will Rosa’s wrath break Britt once and for all?

 

MJF finds Sammy Guevara backstage.

He just wants a moment, and says he did NOT tell Wardlow to get involved in last week’s Triple Threat Tag. Wardlow is literally the worst employee MJF has ever had, he docked Wardlow’s pay. No money for War Dog, and MJF promises that it’ll never happen again. Sammy asks if MJF is done. Does MJF think Sammy is stupid? Sammy sees what’s going on, even though MJF has everyone else fooled. Congratulations, though, on being a great manipulator. One of the best, really. Round of applause! Hats off to MJF. But Sammy sees what MJF is up to. Is that so? Yes, it is.

MJF asks Sammy if he really wants to play it this way. Sammy isn’t playing. The two stare down, but MJF backs away. Will the differences between these two be what tears The Inner Circle apart?

 

AEW sets the field for the Beach Break Tag Team Battle Royal!

Top Flight, Private Party, Jurassic Express, FTR, The Acclaimed, The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson, and ALL THREE duos within The Inner Circle, are in the match for a shot at the titles at Revolution! But surprisingly, so are The Young Bucks! That means if Matt & Nick Jackson win, they choose who they face at the PPV! Will the Bucks take their fate into their own hands?

 

AEW also sets some of the Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament First Round matches!

NWA Women’s World Champion, Serena Deeb, takes on the returning and inaugural AEW Women’s Champion, Riho! What a powerful first match in a surely star-studded bracket! Who else from both the United States and Japan will be competing for a shot at Hikaru Shida?

 

Backstage interview with “The Elite!”

Dasha knows it has been five YEARS since these four have been in a ring together, how are they feeling? Karl Anderson says for the first time in those five years, it is a “full blown Bullet Club Party!” Tonight, they take out the Dark Order and what else? #BigLG says if we’re gonna Biz Cliz, then they gotta Biz Cliz softly! Gyrate! Then next week at Beach Break, they BEAT UP REY FENIX! BEAT UP PAC! And their favorite thing ever, BEAT UP JON MOXLEY! So pumped up! Are the Bucks down? Oh yeah, just as pumped, just as jazzed, but uh… Just as long as “that mark stooge, Creepy Uncle Don” doesn’t get involved.

Whoa, c’mon, now, Young Bizzles, you gotta understand. Relax about Donaconda. Last week, they and Kenny took out Pentagon for them! That was all Don’s idea. Well no one asked you guys to do that! But now Kenny Omega himself walks in, and he high fives the Good Brothers. Is he interrupting something? Sorta. Well maybe they need to talk about something later. Callis comes by with a BIG bandage on his face! What is that? Hey, we all know the Bucks assaulted him- No they did not! Take that off! Omega gets the Bucks to leave Callis alone and the music hits, it’s time for the main event!

8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order!

The AEW World and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions are joining forces, but it’s not exactly a happy reunion of The Bullet Club. A lot of the tension and drama comes from the fact Don Callis is in Kenny Omega’s ear and trying to direct his life. Will Matt & Nick be able to work with Gallows & Anderson against Uno, Stu, Reynolds & Silver?

The teams sort out, and Uno starts against Machine Gun. They tie up, go around, Anderson wrenches to a wristlock but Uno slips through to headlock. Anderson powers out, but Uno runs him over! Uno brushes off, things speed up and Anderson leaps into an atomic drop! Roll up, TWO!! Anderson gets away but Uno stomps a hand! Uno bends fingers, wrenches the wrist then tags in Silver! Anderson gets away but Number 4 calls out the big man! Johnny Hungy for some Doc Gallows and Gallows tags in! Gallows laughs at Silver, and calls for a test of strength just out of reach. Silver gets face to… well, chest, with Gallows, but Gallows kneels to be on Silver’s level! Sliver fires off forearms!

Silver fires up, runs but Anderson gets a cheap shot in! And then blames it on Nick! Silver DECKS Nick, Gallows ROCKS Silver! Gallows tags in Matt, they mug Silver, then Matt throws haymakers. Matt rakes Silver’s back, whips him to ropes but Silver holds ropes! Reynolds tags in, they bait Matt in to shoulder and slingshot sunset flip! Matt slips out, Reynolds runs and flying elbows! And then dropkicks! Reynolds kicks up and fans fire up as he goes after Matt with forearms! Reynolds whips, Nick tags in and Matt slides under to whip back, Double hip toss and handspring dropkicks from Bucks to Reynolds! Then double dropkicks for Uno!

Nick SHINING WIZARDS Reynolds, BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Nick drags Reynolds up, whips him to a corner, then tags in Anderson. Anderson tags in Gallows, the Club blasts the Dark Order, then Nick whips Matt to forearm Reynolds! Nick adds a clothesline, Anderson adds the rocket kick, then Gallows corner splashes! Back suplex to the ALLEY OOP and the neckbreaker! It’s just like old times as they all Too Sweet! Gallows drags Reynolds to the corner, tags Matt in and Matt brings Reynolds up. Reynolds fires off hands in return, runs, but Anderson trips him up! Matt runs but Uno trips him up! It’s all fair isn’t it?

Reynolds scrambles, Nick gets his legs but Reynolds kicks him away! Tag to Stu and he springboard crossbodies! Stu dropkicks Gallows’ legs out, dodges Matt and dropkicks again! Nick gets in, misses, and Stu counters superkick to a leg hook and HALF ‘N’ HALF! Anderson gets in to hit Stu and throws him out but Stu ROCKS him back! Stu springboards to dropkick Gallows! Anderson runs into an URENAGE! Stu keeps moving as he goes to a corner and climbs up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives but Stu drags Anderson up to the corner. Tag to Uno as AEW goes picture in picture.

Uno and Stu get Anderson up but Gallows distracts! The ref also says he didn’t see Uno tag in so he’s not legal! Anderson shoves Stu into Gallows’ fireman’s carry and FLAPJACK! Gallows exits as Anderson covers, TWO! Anderson keeps Stu down, tags in Nick and Nick stomps Stu. Nick drags Stu up, snapmares him then tags in Mat. Fist drop and senton combo! Matt brings Stu up, snap suplexes him, then covers, TWO! Matt keeps on Stu with a chinlock and grinds him down. Stu endures, fights up and throws body shots, but Matt bumps him off buckles! Tag to Gallows and Gallows throws heavy hands from all sides!

Tag to Nick, Gallows and Nick mug Stu, and Nick DECKS Stu with a right! Nick clamps on with a facelock and he grinds Stu down. Stu endures, fights back up, throws body shots, but Nick clubs him! Nick whips, but Stu catches Nick to a fireman’s carry, and SWINGING FACEBUSTER! The Bullet Club gets in to BLAST the Dark Order corner again, stranding Stu! Matt and the Good Brothers mug Uno and the Beaver Boys, then they all set up by the apron! But Uno, Reynolds and Silver slip out of the triple apron bombs to RAM all three men into railing!

AEW returns to single picture as Nick snapmares Stu and runs, only for Stu to duck the Penalty Kick! Kip up and PELE! Stu crawls, hot tag to Silver! Silver rallies on Nick with big clotheslines! Silver whips, back drops Nick and fires up! Nick hobbles around, Silver whips him again but Nick holds ropes. Silver runs in, Nick puts him on the apron but Silver sees him go up the corner and GAMANGIRIS him down! Silver then CANNONBALLS into Anderson, BLASTS Gallows and BOOTS Matt!! Silver gets in but Nick catches him for a backslide. Silver slips out to fire off kicks and then a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but fans say “This is Awesome!”

Tag to Uno, he brings Nick up to a fireman’s carry but Nick slips out! Uno blocks the kick, hands it to the ref and hits a neckbreaker! Uno hurries up top now, and SWANTON FLOPS! Tag to Matt, he shoulders into Uno then slides under. Matt gets around Stu, and gets both the OG for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Beaver Boys attack, whip but Matt dodges to DOUBLE LARIAT! Matt is fired up now and he runs to clothesline Silver! Then one for Reynolds! One for Silver but he dodges to KICK! ROLLING ELBOW, ENZIGURI, STUNNER, GERMAN! The Beaver Blitz! Uno and Stu hit FATALITY!! Cover, but Anderson breaks it!!

Good Brothers brawl with Beaver Boys and throw them out, then Uno tags Stu! Nick SUPERKICKS Uno then SUPERKICKS Stu! Nick builds speed as the Dark Order regroups, for the ESCALARA! Nick brings Stu up, Anderson has Reynolds, DOUBLE APRON BOMB! No wait, TRIPLE because Gallows does the same to Silver! They put Stu in, Bucks and Good Brothers line up the shot, “TOO SWEET!” QUADRUPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, but Uno breaks it!! Uno saves the match but Gallows ROCKS him! MAGIC KILLER! The Bucks have Stu, gut wrench and springboard, MELZTER DRIVER!! Cover, the Elite wins!

Winners: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers, by pinfall

Whether you like it or not, the Bullet Club boys took down The Dark Order as a unified unit! And Matt gets the mic to say that next week at Beach Break, whoever wins the Tag Team Battle Royal gets a shot at the AEW World Tag titles at Revolution! But if you haven’t heard, the Bucks are in that match, too! That means if they win, they handpick whoever they want to face! And think about it. It could be anyone. They look at the Good Brothers, and the Good Brothers Too Sweet that idea! But then REY FENIX gets in and springboards to missile dropkick the Bucks!

The Good Brothers attack Fenix and drag him up, but Fenix fights out of Magic Killer! And Moxley is here to CLOBBER Gallows! Fenix FLIES to take Anderson out! And some railing, too! But Omega rushes in to go after Moxley, only to get a kick and the PARADIGM SHIFT!! The Elite were standing tall, but the Maniac and the Firebird fired the first shots! Will they and Pac avenge Penta El Zero M on the road to Revolution?


My Thoughts:

A great episode that was both go-home to Beach Break but also a step towards Revolution in March. Archer VS Kingston was good but one-sided until The Fam came out with Jake the Snake as their hostage. Kingston wins to extend the feud, I have a feeling the blow-off, in whatever form it takes, will be for Revolution. While Death Triangle is focused on The Elite, I think they can easily circle back to The Fam for the PPV and have something really wild. Sting and Darby had a decent promo, Team Taz had a decent promo in response, but the build just hasn’t felt that exciting for what it’s setting up. I hope the Street Fight is really, really good to make up for some of that.

Y2MJF VS Varsity Blondes was a lot of fun, and there was a lot of energy with The Inner Circle all ringside to have their parts to play. Naturally Y2MJF wins, they can’t lose their first time in a 2v2. Though it is an interesting move for AEW to put all the combinations, from Y2MJF to Sammy-Hager to Santana-Ortiz in the battle royal. I suppose AEW as a company doesn’t have to follow the Inner Circle’s self-imposed edict, but that perhaps means the Inner Circle all work together until the end, where in theory, MJF and Jericho would want the other two teams to bow out and eliminate themselves. The tension between MJF and Sammy will surely keep that from happening, so maybe we get the Inner Circle break-up already.

It makes a lot of sense for Red Velvet to take Brandi’s place in what was obviously going to be the mixed tag of the Nightmare Family VS Shaq & Jade. Velvet was tied into the story with Brandi, Jade and the Vicious Vixens, so this is a very good adjustment. Hangman VS Nemeth was good but a bit of a shame that it was really just the vehicle towards a story of Hardy and Hangman. I wonder if Private Party will have a part to play in this, such as warning Hangman about the ridiculous manager contracts Hardy put on them. And I would think The Dark Order also plays a part in that story since they still want Hangman for them, and maybe by Revolution, we learn who Hangman joins.

Jungle Boy VS Dax Harwood was an incredible match! Might have even been match of the night because of how close it was. There was great character work and story with Luchasaurus going back and forth with Cash and Tully, and great everything with JB and Dax in the ring. JB winning is big, but then FTR takes Luchasaurus’ horns to stand tall in their own way. With the battle royal determining Revolution challengers, there’s still a lot of story for Jurassic Express and FTR to have, and maybe the blow-off winners get their shot at say Fyter Fest or maybe Double or Nothing.

Britt VS Shanna was a good match, but of course Britt as a Heel needs Rebel to help her. That does help keep Shanna strong in a way, but Britt goes in with the momentum against Rosa. Rebel is probably how Britt wins against Rosa, too, and that could get Britt a spot in the Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament. Serena Deeb VS Riho being announced as a first round match up is great, but that honestly feels like it should’ve been a later round match. At the same time, Serena has her own title to fall back on, so it’s probably just the best possible way to get eyes on this tournament and to get Riho back into things in AEW.

We got a lot of great stuff out of the story with Omega and The Elite. Moxley had a good promo, Pac had a really good promo, and the promo before the main event was great. Callis is definitely faking or at least exaggerating what happened with him and the Bucks just to get Omega to turn against them. And so far, Bucks and Good Brothers being on good terms is the right move to me. The issue is with Callis, not them, but perhaps when push comes to shove, Gallows & Anderson take Callis’ side.

At the same time, I like that the Bucks already teased a match with Good Brothers for tag titles, that’s a good tease for Revolution. Moxley and Fenix going after The Elite to stand tall probably means Omega and Good Brothers stand tall at Beach Break to further the Bullet Club Civil War between AEW and Impact, but I wonder if any other former Club members get involved. Will Hangman have a change of heart and rejoin The Elite? Will Cody at least be asked? Will someone from Bullet Club NJPW show up in AEW to also establish that crossover? The various possibilities are all really fun so hopefully we get that going into the Summer.

My Score: 9.3/10


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