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Mitchell’s All In Results & Report! (9/1/18)




Stars collide as ROH, NJPW and NWA combine for this amazing event, as funded solely by The American Nightmare & Young Bucks! Are you all in for All In?



  • Zero Hour: The Briscoes VS Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky; SoCal Uncensored wins.
  • Zero Hour: Over Budget Battle Royal; Flip Gordon wins and will face Jay Lethal later tonight.
  • MJF VS Matt Cross; Cross wins.
  • Stephen Amell VS Christopher Daniels; Daniels wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Tessa Blanchard VS Britt Baker VS Madison Rayne VS Chelsea Green; Tessa wins.
  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Nick Aldis VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes; Cody wins and becomes the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Chicago Street Fight: Joey Janela w/Penelope Ford vs. Hangman Adam Page; Page wins.
  • ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal VS Flip Gordon; Lethal wins and retains the ROH World Championship.
  • Kenny Omega VS Pentagon Jr; Omega wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Marty Scurll; Okada wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Young Bucks & Kota Ibushi VS Rey Mysterio, Bandido & Fenix; Kota Ibushi & The Young Bucks win.


WGN America presents All In: Zero Hour!

The fans are all in, the commentary is all in, and this show is set to begin with “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Yes, the NEW ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions and the (self-proclaimed) All In Trios Champions, are here! Cody welcomes the fans but technical difficulties make it difficult. Let’s blow the budget now while we’re at it! Does Chicago love pyro? Yes! Well here’s PYRO! … Oh. Maybe not. There’s still some glitches to work out. Maybe Matt forgot to pay the guy. Let’s try again. PYRO! There it is. Okay, pull back, pull back. This everything wrestling show needs a random cameo from a legend. Here’s a hint. “What a rrrrush!” And yes, there is The Road Warrior, Animal!

Not just that, but does Chicago like free merchandise? Hot Topic, Pro-Wrestling Tees, give them their merch! Staff comes out with t-shirt guns and shoots them off for the crowd. Cut to a Pro-Wrestling Tees commercial featuring Joey Ryan. His shirt rips? Oh no! This was Joey’s only shirt. But wait, here’s a brand new one! “Thanks, Pro-Wrestling Tees!” Get yours, today!

Back to the show, it’s time for in-ring action!

The Briscoes VS Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky!

The SCU are Rocky and Apollo tonight as the Heavy Metal Rebel and The Closer take on #DemBoyz ahead of their eventual ROH World Tag Team Championship match.

Scorpio gives a shout out to Chicago, “This is the worst town I’ve ever been to!” Fans still cheer, because tonight, this is history! Tonight, everyone here is a part of a revolution. Because tonight, “We Are All-In!” Now Kaz has three letters so please say along to make his day. “S C U!” But #DemBoyz aren’t in a fun-loving mood, as per usual. Can SoCal Uncensored score some non-title momentum for when The Addiction go against the brothers from Sandy Fork?

Kaz and Jay start with the bell and fans fire up. The two circle but Mark is lurking. He stays back as Kaz enjoys the fans chanting “All In! All In!” Jay sucker punches Scorpio and Mark goes after Kaz! The Briscoes stomp out Kaz then double whip to then double forearm Kaz down. Fans boo and jeer but Jay stays on Kaz with European Uppercuts. He tags to Mark, and the Briscoes put Kaz in an open corner. They corner whip then run in but Kaz fights them off. Scorpio returns to slingshot headscissor Mark! He double stomps Jay and gives Mark a kick and a sweep. Kaz hits the swinging wrecking ball, and fans fire up with SCU. Kaz keeps on Mark with forearms while Scorpio returns to his corner. COrner to corner whip leads to a leg sweep, cover, TWO.

Kaz wrenches then tags to Scorpio. Scorpio climbs for double ax handles. He rocks Mark with a big right, then rope a dopes. Scorpio whips but Mark reverses and Jay gets a cheap shot. Scorpio gives him a punch then fires off on mark. He throws Mark out only for Jay to clobber him! Mark slingshots for stomps, then drags Scorpio to his corner. Mark chops Scorpio and tags Jay, and they mug Scorpio. Jay keeps between Scorpio and Kaz, then gives more EuroUppers. He stomps a mudhole while Mark holds Scropio down. The ref has to keep Kaz back so Mark chokes Scorpio then lets Jay get more stomps in. Tag to Mark but fans rally for Scorpio. Mark suplexes for a brainbuster, then covers. TWO, but the Briscoes keep their cool.

Mark kicks Scorpio around then chops him again. He hushes the crowd so we can hear that next one. Scorpio fights back with big rights! Mark gets around him and drags him back. Jay tags in and he mudhole stomps Scorpio right down. Fans boo and jeer but Jay stands Scorpio up. Jay whips and dropkicks Scorpio, then tags Mark back in. They continue to mug Scorpio, Mark rocking Scorpio with an uppercut. Tag back to Jay, and Jay snapmares Scorpio to a chinlock. Fans rally up and Scorpio feeds off the energy. Scorpio fights out but Jay headbutts him down. Jay whips but Scorpio dodges to headscissor! Mark stops Scorpio but gets shoved, hot tag to Kaz! Kaz rallies on both Briscoes, throwing kicks around, then a DDT for Jay! Mark runs in but gets a waistlock. They roll back, but Jay comes in. Northern Lights! TWO!!

Kaz almost had both Briscoes but the fans are all fired up for him. He whips Jay but Jay reverses. Kaz holds ropes and Jay runs in but is put on the apron. Jay gets the guillotine leg drop! Mark runs in, but Scorpio belly2belly throws him out! Then Kaz slingshots to huricanrana Mark! Fans are thunderous and this is just the start of the night! Kaz regroups the Briscoes, Scorpio FLIES onto them! SCU has control and fans on their side as they put Jay in. Scorpio slingshots for a cutter! Kaz gives Mark a cutter, and they BOTH roll back to Dragon Sleepers! The Briscoes endure the holds, crawl towards each other, and Jay rakes Kaz’s eye! Kaz lets Mark free, and then Jay goes after Scorpio! He throws Scorpio out but Kaz throws hands. They brawl back and forth and Kaz fires off jabs.

Kaz runs, but into  an elbow. Mark gets a cheap shot, then Jay boots Kaz out. Jay boots Scorpio while Mark gives Kaz a blockbuster! Mark feeds Kaz to Jay, Jay gives Kaz the stiff neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Jay drags Kaz up again for EuroUppers. Tag to Mark, and the Briscoes have Kaz in another open corner. They double whip him corner to corner, and hit the clothesline train. Mark holds Kaz up, Jay jumps, Redneck Boogie neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Kaz isn’t done, but Scorpio is kicked back down. Fans rally up while The Briscoes put Kaz up top. Mark climbs and Jay prepares himself, but Scoprio trips Jay and puts him into railing! Then SUPER Steiner for Mark! Kaz climbs down while Scorpio gives Jay a kick. Alley-oop to tornado DDT! But then Mark gets the Urenage Backbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Mark survives!

But SCU is far from down, they bring Mark back up. Mark fights and Jay boots Scorpio in the back of the head! He feeds Kaz to Jay Driller! Mark goes up, Froggy-Bow! Cover, Scorpio breaks it! Jay rains rights on Scorpio for keeping this match going. The Briscoes throw Scorpio out then focus on Kaz. Jay electric chair lifts while Mark climbs, but Kaz sees Doomseday coming! Powerslam counter while Scorpio hits Jay with a flying knee, cover, SCU WINS!!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, Frankie Kazarian pinning

That was so fast and furious, call Kaz and Scorpio Brian and Roman! With this big win over the champs, does that mean The Addiction has a chance of winning the titles down the line?


Backstage interview with Kenny Omega.

Why is the interviewer standing like that? to make him look taller. No, be casual. The day has finally come. How does he feel about tonight? Pentagon, a former Impact World Champion, and Omega is THE IWGP Heavyweight Champion. They’re wrestlers of the people so they’re giving the people this dream match. Pentagon may not be ready, but Omega is. Omega wants to make this match an instant classic. Omega knows how great and how popular and how hardcore Pentagon is. But Omega is ready to perform in front of the world, and put his best foot forward. That, and he wants to make this day one we remember forever. How will the Best Bout Machine do against the Bone Collector in their dream match tonight?


All In takes a quick look at tonight’s main event.

The NWA World Champion, Nick Aldis, has something The American Nightmare, Cody, wants. The NWA World Championship itself was a belt many greats in pro-wrestling have held, including Cody’s own father, The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. But Aldis wants something in return. So since Cody doesn’t have the ROH World Championship to match, he put up his literal Ring of Honor. Aldis accepted this collateral, but will Cody get the ring back and the belt with it?


Over Budget Battle Royal!

It’s unclear if this is a 15-man or a full 30-man, but the one thing everyone knows is that the winner will get a shot at Jay Lethal’s ROH World Championship later tonight on the main show! Stars from ROH, NJPW, NWA, Impact Wrestlnig and even Lucha Underground are here. Who will be the last man, or woman, left standing in the ring?

The bell rings and it explodes! Everyone brawls in such chaos, but Bully Ray Dudley already bends the rules. He goes through the second rope with El Chico to powerbomb him THROUGH A TABLE! He drags Chuck Taylor out to whip him into barriers, but then Trent Baretta DIVES! Trent takes Bully out for his best friend, but then Jordynne Grace DIVES on Trent! Only for Ethan Page to boot her in the face! He brawls with Rocky Romerao but Colt Cabana springboard Asai Moonsaults on them! Somehow it’s just Tommy Dreamer and Billy Gun left in the ring while everyone else brawls on the outside. The old veterans build speed and… Carefully climb out to fight with everyone!

This is less a battle royal and more a fight as Billy Gunn says “SUCK IT!” But Moose gives him a boot! Moose gives wrestler after wrestler a jab, then winds up for… everyone to hit him back! He gets cornered but then explodes out! He pumps up and climbs up, for a big crossbody! But Brian Cage catches him! Everyone helps Brian put Moose on the apron. Moose fights back again, but he’s taking too long showing off. Marco Stunt ELIMINATES Moose?! But he celebrates too long, Punishment Martinez boots him right out. The Best Friends go after Martinez, then decide to hug! Only to get a boot! Trent is mad now, but he runs into a tilt-o-whirl slam. Chuckie gets a step-stool cutter! Chuckie ends up on the outside but Ethan fights back. Trent helps his best friend out, to double suplex.

Ethan survives and Son of Gunn helps out to suplex the Best Friends in. Cage suplexes Tommy Dreamer back in! But then The Machine gets a kick and a forearm. Marco Stunt returns! Only to get tilt-o-whirl slammed. Cage comes back to back Cutler down. Cutler springboards onto Cage! Bully bullies Stunt, but he keeps Stunt from being eliminated right away. Cutler is also out, but the Best Friends keep each other in. Ethan keeps fighting them, but he runs into Rocky’s kick! The former Roppongi Vice work together, but Ethan rocks Rocky, too! But the Best Friends give him a tornado DDT! Then they give Jimmy Jacobs a crucifix cutter! Then they hug! Only for Martinez to throw them BOTH out! He ELIMINATES Best Friends.

Rocky fires off on Martinez, only to be thrown out. Rocky returns and springboard huricanranas! Then Rocky gives a clothesline train to all four corners. And Bully just because. He keeps going forever, until Cage clobbers him! Cage ELIMINATES Rocky Romero! Cage targets Cheeseburger but gets booted back. Burger flies, but is CAUGHT! He escapes, SHOTEI!! SHOTEI for Etha, SHOTEI for Martinez! Burger ain’t done, but Cage pops him up to F5 him out! Cage ELIMIANTES Burger! But now the Machine and the Monster stare down. They brawl immediately! Martinez whips but Cage reverses to huricanrana?! They keep going, tilt-o-whirl from Martinez! Cage blocks the boot to SUPERKICK! Martinez ducks the discus to give the heel kick!

Cage denies the choke slam, Marinez denies back, but Hurricane gives Martinez HIS Choke Slam! And he does the same to Cage! The Monster and Machine are no match for a Superhero! But Ethan goes after him, only for Tommy Dreamer to stop him. Maritnez has Hurricane, and things move to the apron. Hurricane and Ethan fight off the other two to then fight each other. Ethan boots and ELIMINATES Hurricane, but Cabana’s flying bionic elbow ELIMINATES Ethan! But Dreamer introduces a trash can?! “E C DUB!” echoes out as Dreamer fires off with a cookie pan! He uses the lid on Austin Gunn, then the can itself on Martinez. Martinez wobbles and comes back with the choke grip. Dreamer bites out and fires off jabs. He wears polka-dots for Dusty, bionic elbow! Death Valley Driver on top! But then Bully hits Dreamer to ELIMINATE him!

But Marco Stunt is back? His chops don’t matter, though. Bully gives Marco a bomb lift, but Papa Gunn helps out while Son Gunn knocks Bully down. Jimmy Jacobs fires off but gets a hip toss to neckbreaker! Austin calls him names, but Jimmy rips the jewels! Martinez kicks Gunn down, then lets Jimmy say “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle! And “Suck it!” Double underhook, but Papa Gunn saves his son. Only for Jimmy to give him a kiss? “Suck this, bitch!” Billy throws Jimmy out, then has to fight off Martinez. Martinez still gets Billy with a roundhouse! Martinez roars, but Austin Gunn ELIMINATES HIM!! The Son and the Father hug it out. Only for Bully to ruin it and ELIMNATE Austin! Billy gives Bully a Famouser! But then Billy and Cage come face to face.

They brawl with heavy hands, and Billy runs, but into a trophy lift! Cage ELIMINATES Billy Gunn! But Marco Stunt returns, for a pop-up code breaker!! Bully grabs Marco to ELIMINATE him once and for all. The final four are Bully, Cage, Cabana and Grace. Grace swings on Cage but then fireman’s carry and squats Cage! But Cage slips out, lifts her and tosses her! Then powerbomb lift for a buckle bomb! Cage misses in the corner, she electric chairs to powerbomb HIM! Then she ELIMINATES Cage with a clothesline! Fans are thunderous, but Bully has to go after her, now. Jordynne gets in Bully’s face, and she wants him to chop her. He just rakes her face and puts her on the top rope.

Bully climbs up, but Cabana lurks behind. Jordynne sends Bully down, Cabana helps her ask “WAZZUP!?” Headbutt to Bully’s balls! But Bully still whips and ELIMINATES Jordynne. Now it’s just Bully and Cabana. These two have been fighting over how Bully’s been treating Cheeseburger and Flip Gordon. Bully runs Cabana over and climbs up, but misses his back senton! Cabana uses the chair! SMACK! He jabs Bully again then throws him, but Bully reverses! Bully ELIMINATES Cabana and WINS!! Wait, he forgot about Chico! Chico is FLIP GORDON!! AND FLIP ELIMINATES BULLY!!!

Winner: Flip Gordon

Yes, this was Over Budget, but Flip is ALL IN! Flip gets revenge on Bully while getting his first shot at the ROH World Championship! Is Flip going to reach the top of the mountain later tonight?!


MJF VS Matt Cross!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman swears he “is better than all of you and you know it”, but will he prove to be better than M-Dogg tonight?

The bell rings and we begin. MJF and Cross tie up. MJF gets a headlock but Cross powers out, only to get run over by MJF. Max shows off with that handspring, but things speed up and Cross shows off with the superhero landing! MJF does give credit, that was good. He offers a handshake, but that’s the oldest trick in the book. Cross still accepts it, to get a low kick. MJF throws Cross out to then build speed, but he fakes Cross out. “I don’t have to flip to get over.” But Cross swing kicks him back. Cross climbs and dodges MJF to then tilt-o-whirl headscissor MJF away. MJF rolls out while Cross handsprings. Cross aims and runs, to handspring senton, the Sasuke Special!

Cross soaks it in on the stage, then comes back to fetch MJF. He puts MJF in the ring then climbs up top, but MJF rolls all the way away. Cross hops down and runs in, but MJF uses a referee shield. MJF gives a sucker punch and then he puts Cross into a post! MJF keeps bragging as he snapmares and arm wringers. Cover, TWO, but MJF keeps on the arm. He stomps the hand, then embraces the boos and jeers. MJF drags Cross around for a seated armlock. He tells fans to shut up as they rally up. Cross feeds off that energy and throws body shots. He chops MJF but MJF ducks to wring the arm out again. MJF keeps on that arm, hammerlock and gutwrench powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Cross survives but MJF grows frustrated.

MJF mocks the “old man”, then clubs away on the bad arm. He hoists Cross up to then climb up with him. MJF prepares that arm but Cross fights back with the other arm. Cross has MJF turn around, to then SUPER STEINER! MJF writhes while Cross rests that bad arm. Fans rally up again and Cross stands. He dodges MJF to rally with that good arm. Cross runs, manages a handspring, then a springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Cross keeps his cool while MJF rolls to a corner. MJF drags himself up, Cross runs in but into an elbow. MJF double stomps the bad arm! Then double underhook, Package Shoulderbreaker! Cover, TWO! The referee checks on Cross but he’s okay. Fans rally once more while MJF gets up.

MJF toys with Cross, but Cross slaps him back! Now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth. Cross gets an edge, but MJF SPITS in Cross’ eyes. Cross swings, MJF dodges but is flipped back to poke the eyes. MJF unwinds the dirty bird, but runs into a bicycle kick! He comes back with an elbow but Cross comes back with a wheelbarrow takedown to double stomps! Both men are down and a 10 count begins. Fans rally as Cross stirs. Cross rolls to a cover, TWO, and MJF gets the modified armbar!

Cross endures as MJF pulls back. He makes it a cover, TWO, but Cross ends up on the apron. MJF hotshots the arm, then tucks Cross in for a jumping piledriver! Cover, TWO!! And MJF is shocked! He shouts, “It’s MY time, old man! Not yours!” MJF climbs, moonsautls but lands on his feet as Cross dodges. Cross rebounds and cutters! Then he climbs up quick, for the Shooting Star! Cover, Cross wins!

Winner: Mike Cross, by pinfall

M-Dogg does it big for this main-show opener! He shows the younger generation how it’s done, will this lead to bigger and better things for the veteran?


Backstage interview with…?

Sean Mooney speaks NOT to the Fallen Angel, but the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion! There’s a reason we’re all here, and we’er all looking at it. The most-coveted 10 pounds of gold is why Cody wants to step into the spotlight and etch his name in history. It isn’t about walking in someone’s footsteps, but taking a step towards immortality. Aldis can’t sit around and chat, he has to prepare.


Stephen Amell VS Christopher Daniels!

The Green Arrow and Prometheus are here to represent Bullet Club against SoCal Uncensored! Will the archer of Queen City knock down the Almighty ROH Grand Slam Champion and declare, “You Have FAILED This City”!?

Daniels doesn’t respect Amell, but Amell doesn’t really like Daniels. Daniels SPITS on Amell, so Amell swings! He ends up in a full nelson and put on the mat. Daniels shows off some spicy dance moves, but Amell gives him a chop. AMell dares him to chop back, so Daniels does. It’s a chop fight! Daniels swings but ends up in a waistlock. Amell slams him down then walks all over him in return. Amell bows but Daniels goes after him in a corner! Daniels stomps a mudhole into Amell, then backs off at the ref’s count. Amell boots Daniels back then jumps and over to dropkick Daniels down! Amell enziguris, too! Daniels staggers, Amell clotheslines him out. Amell goes out to fetch Daniels and puts him into railings.

Amell gets a table!? This is payback for an ROH Eight Man Tag where Amell went through a table. He bounces Daniels off it, then climbs up onto the apron with Daniels. Daniels denies the throw and escapes into the ring. Amell follows and ax handles Daniels down. Amell grinds his boot into Daniels’ chin, but backs off at the ref’s count, to then do more boot grinding. Daniels gets up and gives Amell a back suplex! Amell lands on his face, and Daniels kicks him while he’s down. Daniels kicks him again, and fans chant “Fallen Angel!” Daniels lifts Amell for a hammerlock and body shots. He puts Amell in a corner for more shots, then puts him into the buckles. Daniels goes to suplex, and makes it a gutbuster. Cover, TWO! Daniels is annoyed but he keeps on Amell with clubbing forearms.

Fans rally as Amell endures a bearhug. Amell feeds off it to get to his feet and fight back with elbows. Amell runs but into a shoulder to the stomach. Daniels dumps Amell down to go after the legs. Daniels positions Amell for the Arabian Press. But NO cover, because Daniels wants to rub it in first. Cover, ONE, but Daniels has Amell at the ropes. The table is waiting, so Daniels drags Amell up. Amell resists the suplex and fights back. Amell hip tosses Daniels in and gives a lariat. He drags Daniels up in dragon sleeper, but Daniels reverses. Amell mule kicks Daniels down, then suplexes, GREEN Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!

Amell puts Daniels in a corner and fires off a clothesline. He backs off to an adjacent corner and climbs up, and fans fire up with what’s coming. Amell steadies himself, COAST2COAST! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives Amell’s wild idea, then ducks the enziguri. Daniels steps on Amell, Best Moonsault Ever! Cover, TWO!? Amell survives because Daniels didn’t get all of it. Daniels decides the table should finish this, and he brings Amell up top. Daniels joins Amell up and on the opposite end. Amell resists for the sake of his career. Daniels falls on the apron then tumbles to the table! Amell fires himself up, flies! But he crash lands as Daniels dodges!! Fans lose their minds as Amell truly crashes and burns!

Both men are down, and a ring count begins. The count passes 5 but the two barely stir. The fans chant “Broken Arrow!” The referee, Jerry Lynn, puts Daniels AND Amell in the ring?! He doesn’t want a count out, he wants a real finish! Daniels is upset, but the ref decides he’s NOT a ref! Jerry throws the shirt at Daniels and Daniels start shoving. Amell rolls Daniels up!! TWO, but now Daniels is furious. He throws hands on Amell, but the ref backs him off. Amell wants more! Daniels gives more, but the ref backs Daniels down again. Amell stands and flips Daniels off. Daniels grins and gives Amell Angel’s– No, Amell Northern Lights it! TWO!! Daniels hits an urenage backbreaker, then Best Moonsault Ever! It’s clean, Daniels wins!

Winner: Christopher Daniels, by pinfall

Despite the referee overstepping some bounds, the former ROH World Champion wins. Amell pushed Daniels to the limits of his temper, but Amell is also respectful. They shake hands, and Amell raises Daniels’ hand in victory. The two celebrate together, is this the last we’ve seen of Amell in the ring?


Fatal 4 Way: Tessa Blanchard VS Britt Baker VS Madison Rayne VS Chelsea Green!

Four of the best women from around the world and various promotions compete to prove who is the best woman here tonight. This could also lead to some big things in both the Knockouts and Women of Honor Divisions, who will gain major points towards a title opportunity?

The bell rings and all four women check each other out. Madison offers the Code of Honor , and while Britt takes it, Chelsea has to force herself to. Tessa… refuses with a forearm! Chelsea scares Tessa with that scream, and Madison goes after her on the outside. Tessa reverses the whip to send Madison into railing. Britt and Chelsea go cover for cover, but it’s all TWO. They back off while Chelsea takes out Tessa. Britt arm-drags Chelsea around, then puts on a headlock. Chelsea tries to power out but is reversed. She blocks the hip-toss but Britt keeps trying. Britt back flips and arm-drags Chelsea the other way. She runs but Chelsea stops her to then sassy acrobatic arm-drag Britt away. Fans love crazy Chelsea but Tessa clobbers her with a clothesline!

Tessa dodges Britt to clothesline Chelsea. She then kicks Britt down and runs in corner to corner for a big forearm smash. Tessa goes again but gets a boot. Britt hops up but gets kicked down. Madison returns but gets an elbow. Tessa gives Britt a draping code breaker! Tessa and Madison speed up, Madison gets a cover, TWO! She rolls Tessa again, TWO. Madison tilt-o-whirls and throws Tessa! Fans rally but Tessa rocks Madison with a forearm back. Tessa drags Madison up, scoops to a trophy lift, and she throws her onto Chelsea and Britt! Fans love this show of strength, but Britt and Chelsea drag her out of the ring. They leave her behind and speed up, Chelsea boots Britt down! Chelsea builds speed to DIVE! She wipes Tessa AND Britt out.

Chelsea puts Tessa in, but Tessa rocks her with a right. Tessa builds speed, and FLIES onto Britt and Chelsea! Madison returns and climbs up, to LEAP onto all there! Fans fire up with Madison as she drags Britt into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Madison keeps her cool. Madison forearms Britt at the ropes then whips, but Britt slingblades in return. Tessa returns but gets a slingblade. Chelsea returns, and gets a slingblade! Cover, TWO! Britt keeps on Chelsea with forearms and a whip. Madison waistlocks and ripcords to the Rayne Check! Cover, but Chelsea breaks it. Tessa bumps Chelsea on buckles, then clubs Madison. Tessa lifts, holds and slams Madison. She runs at Chelsea but gets only post! Chelsea runs in, boot wash!

Britt gets an elbow, Chelsea reverses but gets reversed back to a saido suplex. Tessa has Britt but Britt escapes and denies several times, until she gets the full nelson flat liner! Madison tilt-o-whirl DDT’s, but Chelsea LEAPS for missile dropkick! It hits Tessa, leaving Madison to go after Britt on the top rope. Madison climbs up from the outside, and hits a SUPER Rayne Check! But the fall takes a lot out of her, she only crawls to a cover, TWO! Tessa is relieved while Madison is furious Britt survives. Chelsea CURB STOMPS Madison! Then she turns Madison, Unprettier! SUPERKICK to FLYING Magnum! SUPERKICK!! Cover, on Chelsea, TWO!? Britt can’t believe it but fans are loving it.

Britt drags Chelsea up, TKO! Cover, but Tessa rolls Britt off! TWO, so Tessa waistlocks. Britt standing switch but Tessa rocks her with an elbow. Madison runs in, crucifix to bomb! Cover, but Britt breaks it! Fans are fired up as Britt goes after Madison. Britt rocks her with a forearm, then Fisherman swinging neckbreaker. Cover, but Chelsea breaks it! Fans know “This is Awesome!” Chelsea wants the Unprettier, and gets it! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Britt survives again but Chelsea is furious. Chelsea goes after Tessa, kicks low to hit the DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!? And Chelsea can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous with a standing ovation! Chelsea brings Tessa up but Tessa gets a hammerlock DDT! Cover, Tessa wins?!

Winner: Tessa Blanchard, by pinfall

The second-generation super woman gets that one by seconds, as both Madison and Britt almost broke the cover. The Impact Knockouts Champion shows the world what it takes to be champion, but will one of these other three women get a shot at her title down the line? The good thing is, they all celebrate together to celebrate world-class women’s wrestling.


NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Nick Aldis VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes!

The National Treasure and the American Nightmare are going to prove one way or another that pro-wrestling is big enough for the entire world! With such high stakes on the line, who will make history on this already history-making night?

The introductions are made and the belt is raised by THE Earl Hebner, who explains this is only to be won by pin or submission. He is honored, wishes them both the best of luck, and we begin!

Fans are already thunderous for this match that is somehow not the main event but feels like it’s already that. The two men shake hands and start circling. The two tie up, then break. Fans chant “All In! All In!” as Cody and Aldis tie up again. Aldis gets an arm wrench to wristlock, but then Cody gets a leg. They end up at the ropes and Cody backs off. Cody cartwheels and strikes a pose. Aldis lounges, then circles with Cody again. The two tie up again, Cody gets a hammerlock. Aldis rolls and handsprings to reverse. Cody uses ropes to flip through and reverses. Cody gets a headlock but Aldis lifts. Aldis powers out but Cody slips under, only to get run over. Aldis and Cody start trading hands! Cody powers out of the headlock but Aldis runs him over.

They speed up, Cody drops Aldis with a dropkick! Cody builds speed and DIVES! He almost takes a header, but that’s why it’s a tope suicida! Fans fire up with Cody as he rocks Aldis with a right hand. They keep throwing hands, Cody suplexes but Aldis counters with his suplex. Hebner checks on both men and they’re both okay. Aldis drags Cody up and rams him into a post. Aldis puts Cody in the ring for a chop, then another chop. He whips corner to corner and Cody hits buckles hard. Aldis drags Cody up and fisherman, Perfect Plex! TWO, but Aldis is on Cody with a chinlock. Fans rally up and Cody feeds off it. Cody fights back and whips, but Aldis reverses. Cody hits buckles hard again, but Aldis is on him. Aldis gives Cody a forearm, then a haymaker, then another corner to corner whip.

Cody stops himself and collides shoulders with Aldis. Aldis fires back with strikes but Cody gets the drop-down uppercut! Cody runs but double clotheslines bring them both down. Fans rally as Hebner counts. Cody and Aldis stand to brawl, SUPERKICK from Cody! Dragon sleeper, but Aldis snapmares out. Aldis gives Cody a back suplex but Cody slips out. Double crossbodies take them down now! Aldis rolls out to walk it off, but Cody catches his breath in the ring. Cody aims from the corner, but he flies into a forearm! Both men are down on the outside, and Hebner asks Brandi to keep her distance. Cody and Aldis slowly stir, but it’s Aldis who gets to the ring. Hebner puts up the X, Cody doesn’t look good.

Hebner lets Aldis know the situation, and here comes Diamond Dallas Page. It is a shame this match looks to be ending this way, and fans hope Cody can recover. DDP checks on Cody, and it looks like Cody wants to keep going. Hebner and DDP aren’t sure, but here comes Sean Daivari. He and DDP get into an argument, and Daivari shoves DDP!? Daivari shoves Hebner, too! So DDP gives him the Diamond Cutter! Daivari just felt the bang, and fans cheer DDP on. DDP goes back to Cody. Aldis himself comes out while Hebner dismisses DDP. Apparently this match is still going! Aldis drags the bleeding Cody into the ring and goes after the wound! Fans boo Aldis, they don’t appreciate him wanting to win like this. But Cody hits back! Cody goes up and over, and hits the powerslam! Cover, TWO!

The American Nightmare has a crimson mask but the heart of a lion as he gets back up. Aldis shoves Cody to a corner, but runs into Cody’s boot. Cody climbs, Moonsault MISSES! Aldis scoops and sets Cody onto the top rope for a Top Shelf Knee. Aldis then climbs, for the SUPER Fall Away Slam! Fans rally while Aldis climbs. Aldis aims and leaps, for the Frog Splash! Cover, TWO! Cody survives, but Aldis won’t let up. He grabs the legs but Cody shoves him away. Cody gets the Figure Four! Cody gives a shout-out to his father’s famous victory. Aldis is in a figure four cover, TWO! Cody wrenches more and Aldis falls back again, TWO! Aldis works to roll, and he reverses the pressure! Cody rolls it through more to get a ropebreak! The two free each other from the hold, and are now on the apron.

Aldis kicks but misses, Cody trips him onto the apron! Aldis still scoops Cody, to a running slam! Both men are down again as Hebner checks on them. Aldis gets back in and wants a ring count. Hebner counts while fans rally up. Brandi coaches her husband up, and he stirs at about 5. Aldis sees Cody gets up so he goes back out. Aldis puts Cody in the ring, then chops him in a corner. He whips but Cody reverses. Aldis goes up but Cody gets him in Alabama Slam position. Cody can’t slam him, though, that lower back hurts too much, so he just dumps Aldis off. But Cody tries again anyway, for a SPINNING Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Cody can’t believe it, but he’s too exhausted to really show frustration.

Fans fire up as Cody tunes up the band. It’s another shout out, but his Beautiful Disaster misses! Aldis hits a powerbomb! TWO, but into King’s Lift cloverleaf! Cody endures but Aldis is slowly losing grip. Fans rally and Brandi coaches Cody. Cody drags himself to ropes but Aldis drags him away! Cody gets a second wind, but Aldis sits on the hold. Aldis works to keep his grip on, but Cody works to get up a third time! Cody powers his way to Brandi, and gets a ropebreak! Aldis is frustrated but Cody looks like he’s out again. Brandi is worried for him, but Aldis shows no mercy as he drags Cody away. Aldis lifts, for a piledriver! Aldis doesn’t cover, he positions Cody, then climbs up top.

Brandi gets in the ring to beg he not do this, but Aldis doesn’t care. Aldis leaps, Brandi becomes a shield for the ELBOW DROP!! Aldis didn’t mean to do that, but fans all boo and jeer anyway. Hebner checks on Brandi as she rolls out. What do we do now? Aldis just covers, TWO!! Brandi’s sacrifice is not in vain! Aldis drags Cody up, runs, but Cody follows for Beautiful Disaster! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!? Somehow Aldis survives Cody’s best move! Aldis gets up but Cody throws hands. They brawl with big hands, then Cody jabs. Aldis stops that, but runs into a kick. Cody grabs those arms, turns Aldis around, and with all his might in that bad back, lifts Aldis. Aldis slips out, but Cody keeps him from stealing moves. Cody whips, Aldis sunset flips, Cody sits on it! CODY WINS!!

Winner: Cody, by pinfall; NEW NWA World Heavyweight Champion

Is this real?! Cody is now the NWA WHC?! Yes, he is! The Rhodes Family is victorious, the Rhodes Family is eternal! Cody follows his father’s footsteps while putting his own mark on history. Brandi proudly helps Cody put the belt on around his waist. What new heights will Cody reach now that he carries the torch for this truly legendary ten pounds of gold?


Chicago Street Fight: Joey Janela w/Penelope Ford vs. Hangman Adam Page!

The Problem Solver might be slowly breaking, being driven crazy by the Sleazy One and the mystery of who murdered the Master of the Dickplex. But he’ll have to clear his mind if he wants to be better than the Bad Boy of Wrestling in a match where anything goes. Can Hangman keep his wits about him to get it done in the Windy City?

Joey taunts Hangman even as Hangman makes his entrance. The bell rings and Hangman ducks the clothesline. Joey ducks one but gets a boot and forearms from Hangman. Hangman throws Joey out hard already, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on Joey against the railings. Hangman puts Joey in, but Joey builds speed to DIVE back! Joey wipes Hangman out then puts him in the ring. Joey embraces the cheers and jeers but Hangman boots him down. Hangman climbs up top, for the SUPER ASAI! And he wipes Joey out again! Hangman blows out the pistol before putting Joey back in the ring. Fans duel but Hangman brings out the first chair. Hangman brings that into the ring and sits it up. He kicks Joey but Joey fires off forearms. Joey roars and runs, but into the roaring elbow.

Hangman lifts Joey for the pumphandle fall away, ONTO the chair! Hangman drags Joey over for a corner, TWO. Joey rolls out again but Hangman follows him out. Hangman reveals there’s a literal Cracker Barrel barrel! He whips Joey at the barrel, but Joey reverses and sends Hangman into the crowd! Joey sets up a chair by the barrel, step stools to wipe Hangman out! Fans celebrate that insane attack with Joey as Joey fetches Hangman. They go back to ringside, and Joey wants to keep using the barrel. He rolls it down the way, but Hangman jumps over it! Joey still rocks him with elbows, and Hangman ends up in the crowd again. But he slingshots to BUCK SHOT! Down goes Joey, but Hangman is down from exhaustion.

Hangman is up first and he starts fetching things again. He brings out a table! Hangman puts Joey in the ring for now, then sets up the table on the outside. Fans cheer him on as he goes back to the ring. Joey crawls over but Hangman drags him up in the corner. They’re on the top rope, but Joey holds on. Joey fires back with forearms, then fireman’s carry into a Death Valley Bomb into the other corner! Cover, TWO! Joey grows frustrated, as does the Bad Girl, but Joey keeps going. Penelope helps him bring out a ladder! Joey also fetches the barrel, which he uses as part of a ladder bridge. Joey throws hands on Hangman, then hoists him onto the ladder. Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does Hangman! Hangman stops Joey on the top rope, to then torture rack and BURNING HAMMER onto the ladder!!

They both crash onto the steel and then to the floor! Fans lose their minds over that one. Hangman gets up and puts Joey back in the ring. Hangman wants something more, so he brings out a trash back. He shows the bag off but here comes Penelope! She hops on Hangman’s back but he tosses her off. Penelope keeps going with a SLAP! Hangman grimaces, but she handsprings to evade! Then she goes Matrix, into a Bad Girl Stunner! Hangman flounders and she climbs up top, to LEAP onto him! Penelope crossbodies Hangman down! Hangman flounders away but she keeps chase. She clubs away and Hangman is on the table. Joey jumps in for the ELBOW! They crash through the wood, and the referee checks on them both.

Joey sits up, but Hangman barely stirs. Joey drags Hangman up and over to the stage. He bounces Hangman off the steps, then gets in the spotlight as he gets some running room. Joey takes aim, “shoots” and runs Hangman over with a clothesline! But Joey has something more, as he looks around wherever he can. He moves things around and has yet another table! He and Penelope set that up in the walkway, but then there’s a second table! The tables are carefully placed side-by-side as Joey goes back to Hangman. Hangman SUPERKICKS Joey! Then, powerbomb lift, and powerbomb THROUGH THE TABLES!! The referee finds Joey in the wreckage while fans lose their minds all over again.

Fans call Hangman a “Joey Killer!” but Hangman shows no remorse. He drags Joey up and to the ring, then takes off the elbow pad. Joey stands and Hangman slingshots, for another Buck Shot! But he’s not done yet, he lifts Joey for Rite of Passage! Cover, but Penelope breaks it! That’s technically legal! Hangman is furious, but Penelope has that bag. She grins as he snatches it away. Wait, no, this is a second bag. Hangman pours this bag out, to reveal those cowboy boots! The cursed boots from Being The Elite! Hangman might as well have seen the ghost of Joey Ryan. Penelope picks up a boot, but gets a SUPERKICK for it!

Hangman tells that boot what’s what, but Joey SUPERKICKS Hangman! Cover, TWO!! No supernatural boots will screw Hangman over. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Joey goes in search of something more. He finds a fresh ladder and puts it in. Then he puts a new table in! Joey stands the ladder up, then sets the table up. Joey drags Hangman up and onto the table. He clubs away to keep Hangman there, then climbs up top. But Hangman climbs up to join him! They brawl, hangman falls, but he has HIS bag, the MURDER PHONE!! Joey fights but Hangman clubs him and wraps the cord, for a SUPER RITE OF PASSAGE, THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

Hangman’s past came back to haunt him, but he used it to his advantage. The “Joey Killer” he may be, but a win is a win. Will he continue to rise up the ranks of all professional wrestling?

But wait, the lights go out! Joey Ryan died, but his DICK LIVES!! Yes, the Druids of Dongs line the ramp as the Sleazy One rises! The Res-Erection is real, and Hangman is the most shocked of anyone in the building! Joey RYAN joins Hangman in the ring, greases himself up, and tucks the lollipop away. Hangman says Joey died, he did it himself! But Joey just makes him touch his crotch! Joey flexes and flexes and FLIPS! Hangman flounders, Joey makes him eat the lollipop! SUPERKICK! The Sleazy Phenom hands Hangman over to his phallic followers, and they take Hangman away. Has Joey Ryan just made Hangman “Rest… In… Penis”?!


Jay Lethal prepares backstage.

Someone stomps him, to give him Macho Man glasses? Oooooh~ YEEAH~!

ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal VS Flip Gordon w/ “Lt.” Brandi Rhodes!

The Captain of Flip Army surprised us all when he pretended to be El Hijo de Chico, and now he’s truly All In! Will Flip make an even bigger splash when he takes the title from the Franchise Player? Or rather, BLACK MACHISMO!!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the Mega Powers handshake is used for the Code of Honor. The bell rings and we begin!

Lethal and Flip circle, Flip throws Lethal off the waistlock. They circle but Lethal takes away Ms. Elizabeth. Wait, no, that’s Brandi. Lethal wants her to stay in HIS corner! No, she’s not with you, Lethal. But he still insists she stay. Lethal returns to Flip and gives him a knee. He jabs then whips but Flip ducks to arm-drag. Flip runs and slides under to arm-drag Lethal again. Flip chops then whips, but Lethal whips Flip, Flip crossbodies. Cover, ONE and Flip arm-drags Lethal. Lethal whips but Flip runs him over. Flip does it again and covers, ONE. Flip keeps moving but Lethal throws him out. The Captain skins the cat, only to get clothesline’d out.

Lethal goes to the top rope, and Brandi’s seen this enough already tonight. She moves aside as Lethal hops down. He gives chase and they go into the ring. Brandi reminds him she’s not Elizabeth, but he lifts her like she is! Fans love this shout out to history, but Brandi slaps Lethal’s shoulder. It snaps Lethal out of it, and he’s suddenly no longer Machismo. He still fights Flip but Flip boots him in a corner. Lethal chops Flip then whips him again. Flip boots him again but Lethal hip tosses. Lethal misses the dropkick but Flip hits his shooting star. Cover, TWO! Flip chops then whips Lethal, but Lethal holds ropes. Flip flips through his dropkick then handsprings around to avoid Lethal. Fans love Flip’s flips but Lethal doesn’t.

Flip sends Lethal out and DIVES! That’s one, but Flip hits another DIVE! Flip is copying Lethal, right up to the FLYING hat trick! Flip drags Lethal up and in, then climbs high. He jumps for the turning splash, TWO! Flip keeps his cool as he keeps his eyes on Lethal. Lethal stands and slips out of the back suplex. Flip slips out, but Lethal slips out. Flip counters to a wheelbarrow cover, TWO. Lethal rolls Flip, TWO. Lethal turns for a backslide, TWO! Flip sunset flips, TWO! Lethal bicycle boots to enziguris, but Flip back flips for the moonsault! Both men are down and the ref starts a count. Fans rally while both men stir. Lethal rolls to the apron but Flip drags him up. Lethal gives a forearm, but Flip fires back. They brawl with the ropes between them, and Lethal bumps Flip off a buckle.

Lethal climbs up but gets Kinder Surprise! He falls inside the ring and Flip climbs up again. Flip 450 but he bails out, into a Lethal Combination! Cover, TWO! Lethal can’t believe it, but this match continues. Lethal drags Flip up and chops him off his feet. He aims at Flip, calls for it, but Flip counters to a roll up! TWO, Flip hits a jumping knee! Flip keeps going, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Flip is so close but still so far from the biggest win of his life. Fans duel as Flip and Lethal stand. Flip chops then runs, to springboard, but into a torture rack! Lethal wrenches that rack, then hits the inverted rolling senton. Lanny says Lethal should go up. He gives him that shoulder slap, and Machismo is back! Lethal scoop slams and climbs up top! Lethal aims, Hail to the King!

But not just once, he’s going up top again for… a second! But twice isn’t enough, the fans want a third, so Machismo gives us a THIRD Hail to the King! Cover, TWO!? Flip Hulks up!! He has the spirit of a warrior! Lethal keeps hitting Flip, but Flip gives him the Finger Poke of Doom! Flip fires off forearms and haymakers. He whips Lethal to a boot! Fans let Flip hear it, brother, but he has to handspring out of the clothesline. Flip PELE to Spring-blade! He isn’t done here, as he heads up top again. Flip aims and leaps, but Lethal gets under. Flip fireman carry, Samoan Pop to running shooting star! But not just that, corkscrew moonsault, the Cancun Tornado! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are electric for this! Flip hoists Lethal up top again, gives him a chop, then a SUPER– No! Lethal blocks the Steiner, but Flip gives him heel hammers. Flip jumps up, SUPER Cutter! Then LETHAL INJECTION!! Cover, Lethal wins!!

Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall; still ROH World Champion

The Franchise, Black Machismo, it doesn’t matter which side of Lethal it is, he is all champion. Flip was so close to a win, but he did win Lethal’s respect. They shake hands to keep the Code of Honor, and then Flip brings Lethal in for a hug. What will it take for Flip to finally get himself some gold?

But here comes Bully Ray! He bulldozes them both! The ECW Legend turned evil scourge of wrestling lashes Flip with the chain. But Lanny comes in to defend the young star’s honor. Bully just kicks him in the balls. Bully isn’t done there, either, as he looks for something under the ring. Even after that street fight, there’s still a table. Bully puts that in the ring, and then sets it up with an evil grin. Wait, here comes Colt Cabana! Chicago’s own SPEARS Bully and throws right hands! Cabana, Flip and Lethal regroup to take care of Bully. Lethal and Flip lift Cabana, “OOAH!” for a powerbomb through the table! Bully gets what he deserves, will he finally stop being a bully?


Kenny Omega VS Pentagon Jr!

The Best Bout Machine finally meets the man with Zero Fear in a singles match! Whatever name the Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling star goes by, he is one of the best in the world already. Can he prove to the world he belongs when he takes on another of the best in the world today?

Fans are already thunderous for this meeting of wrestling titans. The bell rings and this dream match becomes reality. Omega and Pentagon slowly circle as the Terminator Drums start already. Pentagon hushes the crowd, to declare “CERO! MIEDO!” Omega dismisses that, but Pentagon carefully takes off that glove. He tosses it to the ref, but Omega slaps Pentagon! Pentagon kicks then headlocks. Omega powers up and things speed up, Pentagon kicks Omega out of the roll! Pentagon pursues Omega on the outside with a kick to the leg. Pentagon throws forearms in a corner, then whips Omega. Omega reverses but Pentagon goes up and over for a backstabber! Omega rolls out and Pentagon builds speed, but fakes Omega out for “CERO! MIEDO!”

Omega returns but gets kicked out. Pentagon runs again, but into Omega’s huricanrana! Omega gets those Terminator Drums going again while Pentagon rolls out. Omega builds speed, but Pentagon returns, to slingblade! Pentagon builds speed to FLY onto Omega! Fans fire up with Pentagon as he kicks Omega in the leg. Pentagon drags Omega up and chops him against railings. He kicks Omega again, but Omega hits back. They brawl, then have a chop fight. Pentagon whips Omega right into railing! Omega stands and boots Pentagon away. Omega runs but into Pentagon’s powerslam! The referee checks on Omega but he’s okay. Pentagon gets up and gets the fans chanting “Cero Miedo!” between Terminator Drums. He puts Omega back in the ring, then against the ropes, for a sharp chop.

Omega sits on the rope, stinging from that, but comes back to chop away on Pentagon. Pentagon kicks back and Omega falls to his knees! Omega hobbles to a corner but Pentagon is on him with a corner to corner whip. Pentagon gives a clothesline, then whips Omega again. Omega reverses to a fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton, but the moonsault gets knees! Pentagon whips but Omega dodges, running DDT! Pentagon rolls out but Omega has him in his sights. Omega hears the drums and slingshots for a springboard crossbody! Direct hit! Omega drags Pentagon back up and in, then climbs up, for the missile dropkick! He keeps going, fisherman for Aoi Shoudou! Cover, TWO! Pentagon even says “No!”, because he won’t die.

Omega keeps on Pentagon as he loads up and “BANG!” Omega runs, but Pentagon SUPERKICKS! Pentagon runs, but Omega waistlocks. Standing switch to German Suplex but Omega lands on his feet for the roaring elbow! Omega full nelsons for a Snap Dragon Suplex! He lifts with the electric chair, but Pentagon fights out to a Backstabber! Cover, TWO! Pentagon sits up and fans rally up for him. He stomps Omega and climbs up to the top, but Omega dodges the stomps. Omega clobbers Pentagon with a lariat, then fireman’s carry to a Death Valley! Cover, TWO! Omega grows a bit frustrated now, but he still has plenty in his arsenal. Pentagon gets to a corner, Omega loads up and… V-Trigger!

Then Omega puts Pentagon up top, moves fast, but Pentagon holds on. Omega clubs away to loosen Pentagon up, but Pentagon slips under to tuck Omega in, SUPERKICK! Pentagon is up quick, for the Tree of Woe stomps! Cover, TWO! Pentagon drags Omega up for the package, but Omega slips out to a back slide. Pentagon is up, V-Trigger!! But “CERO! MIEDO!” So Omega gives him another V-Trigger! Pentagon somehow stays conscious as he again declares, “CERO! MIEDO!” Omega gives him a Wily Bomb! V-Trigger! Cover, TWO!! And a ropebreak just in case! Omega drags Pentagon away, electric chair lifts, but Pentagon spins out to kick low. Package lift but Omega slips out. Pentagon pump handles TO the package driver! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are again electric as these two are still not through! Pentagon follows Omega to the apron. Omega revives to chop Pentagon. He gives a forearm, then a boot, but Pentagon dares him to hit more! Omega boots him again but Pentagon keeps egging Omega on. Omega obliges, but Pentagon blocks to counter. That kick was dangerously low, and then Fear Factor ON THE APRON!! Fans lose their minds all over again as the referee has to check on Omega. Omega is somehow still okay, and Pentagon puts Omega back in. Pentagon climbs but Omega holds the ref, he still gets double stomps! Cover, TWO?! The cover may have been lazy, but Omega still had to endure.

Pentagon drags Omega up but Omega slips out to STEAL Fear Factor!! Cover, TWO?!? Omega doesn’t stop, V-TRIGGER! And then, electric chair, but Pentagon fights it off again! No, not the Dark Armbar! YES, THE DARK ARMBAR!! Omega writhes in pain, but Pentagon gives him another Fear Factor! Cover, TWO!??! Fans reach a fever pitch and give a standing ovation as they chant “ALL IN! ALL IN!” Omega and Pentagon crawl towards each other. Pentagon insists, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Omega blocks the kick! Pentagon kicks from the other side, then runs, but into a V-Trigger! Omega hits the Poison-Rana, covers, TWO! Omega keeps going, V-Trigger again, into the electric chair… ONE-WINGED ANGEL HITS!! Cover, Omega wins!!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall

The Wrestling Angel and the Wrestling Demon battled their hearts out, but the Best Bout Machine of NJPW takes the victory. Pentagon still took that arm, but wait, now the lights go out again. Is this a real life botch? But when they come back on… Pentagon doesn’t look like Pentagon as he attacks Omega in a corner! This supposed Pentagon runs Omega over, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Fans know who this is now, it’s CHRIS JERICHO!!! All In is Jericho! He gives Omega another code breaker! Y2J, the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion, has history with the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Jericho takes the mic and says, “Kenny Omega. I’ll see you on the Jericho Cruise.” The Rock ‘n’ Rager at Sea looks to be where these two will settle their grudge, who will come back to dry land the victor?


Kazuchika Okada VS Marty Scurll!

The Rainmaker has been teasing the Villain with the Cruiserweight Division being his only place to go after this match. However, The Villain shows some opioniated finger-pokers backstage what he thinks of their critique. Can Scurll cause a spot of bother in Chicago to show Okada what a Junior Heavyweight can do?

The bell rings and once again, fans are immediately electric. Scurll and Okada slowly circle while the fans duel. Okada and Scurll stand face to face, then circle. They tie up and Okada puts Scurll against the ropes. Okada fakes his chop, but pats Scurll’s shoulders. Scurll grimaces as he and Okada circle. Okada puts Scurll on the ropes but Scurll turns it around. Scurll copies the fake chop, to flex those “heavyweight” muscles! Okada swings but Scurll gets a waistlock. Okada standing switch but Scurll switches back to a hammerlock. Scurll has Okada on the mat, then covers, TWO.

Okada gets up to a wristlock, but Scurll spins and rolls to another wristlock then hammerlock then headlock. Okada powers out and they collide with shoulders. Neither man moves, and fans fire up as Okada shows off the pecs. Scurll runs and collides, but he takes some damage for it. Scurll dares Okada to run now, so Okada does, and he runs Scurll over. Okada shows off his muscles, then scoops. Scurll slips out and kicks low, to then try and suplex. Okada blocks, and Scurll’s back bothers him. Okada kicks low then whips. Scurll reverses to send Okada into buckles, then he fires off chops and EuroUppers. The referee reprimands Scurll for scratching Okada, so Scurll just flexes. Okada gives Scurll forearms, then back elbows. He whips Scurll hard, then runs in, but Scurll dodges.

Scurll kicks low, suplexes, but he can’t get Okada up. Okada suplexes and gets Scurll up for the slam! Okada drags Scurll up for a snapmare, then runs but into an elbow. Scurll EuroUppers, then SUPERKICKS from the apron! Scurll runs to DIVE! Okada hits the railings from that “Low-pe” and fans “Woop Woop!” for Scurll. Scurll embraces it as he drags Okada up for chops. He chops Okada more as they go around the corner. Scurll chops Okada against the timekeeper’s table, then puts Okada in the ring. Scurll takes his time as he drags Okada up and around. He wrenches the arm to bring Okada back down, then hammerlock stomps! Scurll runs, but into the flapjack! Okada catches his breath while checking his arm. Okada drags Scurll up and around for the neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Okada keeps his cool.

Okada throws Scurll out and rocks him with EuroUppers. Then he tops it off with a DDT! Okada leaves Scurll behind and the referee starts a count. Scurll sits up at 5, but Okada goes out to fetch him. Okada slingshots for the senton, then watches Scurll stand. Scurll chops, but it doesn’t make Okada flinch. Scurll chops again, but Okada dares him to chop more. So Scurll does, only to get rocked by a right! Okada sits Scurll up for a straitjacket stretch. Scurll endures as fans rally up for him. Scurll feeds off the energy as he stands up. He pries his way out of the hold, and he turns it around, but Okada powers it back. They struggle against each other, and Scurll gets the turn going his way! Fans fire up for him more, and he gets the hold onto Okada! Then backstabber!

Both men are down, but fans build up to another rally. Scurll drags himself up while Okada stands. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Fans duel again as Scurll runs, but into Okada’s boot. Okada runs, but into the 52 Fake Out! Scurll has Okada down as he pumps the fans up again. Scurll whips but Okada reverses. Okada runs but Scurll dodges to swing kick and tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Scurll keeps his cool as he thinks of what to do. The chant is now “Let’s go, Marty, Let’s go!” Marty double underhooks but Okada reverses. They reverse whips and Okada hits the back elbow. Okada runs for another back elbow, then DDTs Scurll again. Cover, TWO! Okada wants Scurll to stand, and then hoists Scurll up. Scurll sunset flips, TWO, but Okada kicks him.

Scurll gets the back elbow, fakes Okada but only a little. Okada boots but Scurll clotheslines! Scurll runs but into Okada’s uppercut, but Scurll gets the brainbuster outta nowhere! Scurll gets up and works on an idea. He drags Okada up, but Okada blocks the driver. Scurll’s back also bothers him, so he walks it off. Fans fire up and it gives Scurll the will. But Okada gets him in the reverse neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada rolls out while Scurll is down and fans build up again. Okada climbs, but slowly. Scurll gets up to rock him with an uppercut! Scurll climbs up but they brawl it out. Okada forearms Scurll and Scurll teeters. Scurll forearms and Okada teeters. Scurll tries again but Okada continues to fight back. Okada hits Scurll but Scurll refuses to fall! Scurll ear claps, then SUPERPLEX!

Okada is down but Scurll can’t make the cover before Okada rolls over. Scurll slaps then forearms, but Okada uppercuts. Scurll shoves, Okada rolls him but Scurll sits on it! TWO and Okada has it, TWO. Scurll has a cover, TWO and Okada, TWO. Scurll again, TWO! Super close, but Scurll POWERBOMBS OKADA! High stack, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Scurll wonders what he has to do to finish this. He drags Okada up with the double underhook but Okada powers him to a corner. Okada hoists Scurll up but Scurll kicks him away. Okada denies the tornado to John Woo dropkick Scurll back! Now Okada climbs, for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Scurll survives and Okada is shocked.

Okada drags Scurll up, but Scurll blocks the gut wrench. Okada clubs Scurll and gut wrenches, but Scurll spins to DDT! Scurll scoops, but Okada reverses, TOMBSTONE! And he calls for it! Okada drags Scurll up with the waistlock. He taunts, “2, 0, 5!” But Scurll takes the fingers, and SNAPS them! Fans say Okada messed up, but then Okada dropkicks Scurll! Okada swings Scurll, but Scurll dodges Rainmaker, for CHICKEN WING!! Scurll doesn’t have it fully locked, and Okada rolls over to his stomach. Okada stands while Scurll holds on, for a backpack drop! Okada is free, but Scurll rises to Chicken Wing again! Scurll is still close, but Okada is already turning purple as it is! Okada sits up again, rolls back to a cover, TWO!

Scurll walks into the scoop but slips out. He shoves Okada into the ref! Scurll gets his umbrella, but Okada ducks it. Scurll opens the umbrella to deny Rainmaker, then STEALS Rainmaker!! Cover, TWO!? Okada survives the cheat AND his move! But fans are loving this either way with another standing ovation. Scurll spins and “CHICKEN WING!” But Okada reverses to HIS Rainmaker!! Fans know “This is Awesome” as Okada stands again. Scurll dares him to hit, and Okada hits him with a forearm. Scurll stands back up, wanting more. Okada obliges, but Scurll won’t back down. Scurll wants more, so Okada gives more. Scurll once again stands. Okada grins, but Scurll spits AND slaps him! Okada grabs Scurll around the throat, but Scurll gets those fingers. But Okada breaks free to discus lariat, then RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

The former IWGP Heavyweight Champion outlasts the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. The Villain did all he could, but not even he could stop the Rainmaker. Will Scurll find a way to improve and prove he can hang with the big boys?


Six Man Tag: Kota Ibushi & The Young Bucks VS Rey Mysterio, Fenix & Bandido!

The Golden Elite take on the King of 619, the NEW AAA Mega Champion, and one if not the fastest rising star in lucha libre to close out this amazing and historic event. Which side of this international instant classic will take the first ever All In main event victory?

Bandido and Matt Jackson start. Bandido shoves, so Matt shoves. It becomes a brawl real quick, then things speed up. Matt dodges Bandido to headlock, but Bandido headlocks. Matt powers out but Bandido back elbows. He flies then handsprings under the clothesline to headstand. Things speed up againas Bandido FLIES onto Matt! He puts Matt in, then whips Matt. Matt slides while Nick tags, and the Bucks work together to hip toss and dropkick Bandido down. Bandido tags out to Fenix who FLIES in on both Bucks! The Bucks try to work together but Fenix rallies! Fenix acrobatically arm-drags Nick, then roundhouses. Nick ducks to roundhouse Fenix, but he runs into Fenix’s rolling cutter! Cover, TWO! Fans love this fast and furious action as Fenix shouts “ANIMO!”

Nick kicks Fenix away and tags in Kota. But Fenix tags in Mysterio! Fans are ready for the Golden Star VS Lucha Wolverine right now. Mysterio runs, things speed up, and Mysterio headscissors Kota. Things keeping going, Ibushi catches Mysterio and he bucks out of the waistlock. Mysterio dodges the buzzsaw and moonsault, and fans fire up again. Ibushi and Mysterio tie up, Mysterio snapmares out of the hammerlock. Mysterio kicks Ibushi but Ibushi KICKS Mysterio. Ibushi drags Mysterio over and Matt tags in. Matt clubs and whips Mysterio, but Mysterio boots back. Mysterio rolls and hits the DDT! Tag to Fenix who SUPERKICKS Matt! Fenix whips but Matt ducks to waistlock. Matt kicks, runs, wheelbarrow to facebuster!

Fans rally as hot tags go to Ibsuhi and Bandido. Ibushi gives the strike fest but Bandido gives his. Bandido’s shining star misses, but Ibushi’s kick hits. Ibushi moonsault knees, cover, TWO! Bandido resists the German and Fenix just misses. Ibushi PELES them both! Tag to Nick Jackson and he fires off kick after kick. Shining wizard for Fenix, then clothesline bulldog combo for both! Fans fire up again as Nick MOONSAULTS, then Ibushi MOONSAULTS! But Mysterio joins in, he springboard huricanranas, to slingshot springboard ASAI! He bowls everyone down, but Fenix wants his. Fenix corkscrews onto the Golden Elite! Bandido takes a turn with a TOP ROPE corkscrew! Everyone is down from this wrestling demolition derby, but they pair off in different areas.

Mysterio stalks Ibushi while Nick leads Bandido to the stage. Matt appears on stage, to FLY!! Matt cannonballs and bowls Bandido and Fenix over! Fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Matt & Nick have Bandido, buckle bomb kick! Ibushi tags, and Bandido is set up for the powerbomb German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Bandido survives but Ibushi tags Matt in. The GOlden Elite whip but he holds ropes, to come back with a TRIPLE Huricanrana! Tag to Mysterio! Seated senton for Matt. Nick sunset flips but Mysterio rolls through to kick. Matt has the wheelbarrow hold but Mysterio sends him into Nick. Matt’s on the ropes, 619 BLOCKED! Tombstone scoop, and Ibushi wants to join in. But Fenix stops that with a tightrope penalty kick!

Bandido SUPERKICKS Matt, then alley-oop huricanrana takes out Nick! Mysterio and Fenix work together, headsicssor to SUPERKICK to THE 619, to the rolling Destroyer!! Bandido finishes it off with a Poison-Rana! Then the double DIVE onto Ibushi & Nick! Mysterio frog splashes! TWO!? Matt survives thanks to Dad Strength, but the tribute to Eddy is appreciated. Mysterio coordinates his team as they hoist Matt up top. Fenix has Matt with Mysterio but they’re both sent down. Bandido swing kicks Matt, then climbs up. SUPER BLOCKBUSTER SLAM! Cover, but Nick breaks it up!

Nick kicks but Bandido counters and rolls off his back, to handspring headstand, but Nick SUPERKICK! Mysterio gets SUPERKICKS! Fenix gets SUPERKICKS! Ibushi returns and Matt hits rolling senton, Ibushi splash, Ibushi moonsault, Nick 450! The Golden Bang for Your buck! Cover, Mysterio breaks! But Bandido still gets the Meltzer Driver! Cover, The Golden Elite win!!

Winners: The Golden Elite, Matt Jackson pinning

What a wild way to end this world-changing event! Alongside Ibushi, The Bucks take the win at the event they put together. Is this only just the beginning of something truly amazing?



My Thoughts:

What is there to say? The only faults were the technical difficulties and those were in the preshow, which Cody & The Bucks play off perfectly.  This was practically perfect. SCU VS Briscoes was just the opener for the Zero Hour preshow, and that thing tore it up! Great to see SCU get the win here, but I’m wondering if this means anything towards The Addiction VS The Briscoes for the ROH World Tag Team Championships. At the same time, Daniels VS Amell was solid, and Amell earns lots of respect for that table spot. Arrow is a great show, but if CW ever brings it to an end, I think we have a place for Amell to belong.

Then that was the most chaotic battle royal ever, with so many stars from all over, and that amazing twist was so great. I had the weirdest feeling Flip Gordon would be in disguise, and he was! Flip wins and then he has an AMAZING match with a partially Black Machismo Jay Lethal. But given how ROH is planning a big episode with the Ironman ROH WHC match, Lethal VS Gresham, Lethal had to go over. Flip is still not there yet, but if he isn’t at least ROH World TV Champion within the next six months, that’s a damn shame. Also give me more Jordynne Grace. She’s the current Women Superstars Uncensored Spirit Champion, but she deserves to be a star in many more promotions.

MJF VS Cross was a surprise, I don’t remember that being announced. Cross is also Son of Havoc on Lucha Underground, so between that and this, Cross is practically the best wrestler most people don’t know. The Women’s Fatal 4 was great, and really raises the bar for many American promotions that have women’s wrestling. I have not seen ROH give us Sumie Sakai VS Madison Rayne for the WOH Championship, but Tenille Dashwood was on commentary saying she gets her own shot soon. I had a feeling Sumie was going to retain but this definitely leads to that conclusion. Tessa wins, which works because she was really strong in this match, quite literally. This Fatal 4 could’ve been a title match in itself, so that means it will take something truly incredible to defeat her when the title is on the line.

I was surprised to see the NWA WHC match where it was, I really thought this was going to be in a triple header with Omega-Pentagon and the Golden Elite, but being earlier didn’t hurt. There was a lot of story going into this match, and it all works towards the surprise of Cody winning. Brandi and that elbow drop spot was also surprising, and clearly the reason Cody was under the announce desk for so long was because he had to blade a bit. Cody winning this belt, on top of him wanting the IWGP US Championship, I would just love if he was suddenly a cross-promotion dual champion. Hangman VS Janela was great for its action and for integrating BTE. Joey Ryan “returning from the dead” with dick-ciples was so stupid yet perfect for his Undertaker parody. I’d love an extended Hangman VS Ryan program in ROH.

Omega VS Pentagon was so great, and I really thought this could’ve worked as a main event. Omega and Pentagon go the distance and were so great at escaping and stealing finishers, it could’ve been for any title and it was perfect. Jericho showing up was another great surprise, and I love that it’s revisiting their Alpha Club story. There’s the cruise as Jericho mentioned, but I would love if this somehow leads into title for title, IWGP Heavyweight VS Intercontinental Champion. Okada VS Scurll was also great, and I love that Okada used his 205 taunt. I suppose Okada had to win because of his own story of coming back up, but it would’ve been so great if Scurll won to throw the taunts back at Okada.

Then that Six Man Tag was so fast I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed a move or two. Mysterio, Fenix and Bandido worked so well together, but so did Ibushi & The Bucks. It makes sense that The Golden Elite wins because this was pretty much Bullet Club Presents: Amazing Wrestling, but it also works that it had to happen quick. The only flaw here was running out of air-time to show the great celebration for everyone and the entire crowd. But that makes those moments something special just for the Chicago crowd that they’ll surely remember forever.

My Score: 9.8/10

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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023

Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?



Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.

Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.


  • Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
  • Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
  • Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
  • Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
  • X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
  • IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
  • Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
  • Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****



Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham

With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.

A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.

Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.

Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.

Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.

Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic. 

Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers

Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.

A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!

So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title. 

Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo

Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.

Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.

Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.

Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself. 

Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO

Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story. 

Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.

PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him.  PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.

Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.

Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.

X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)

Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey. 

Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.

Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.

Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.

IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)

It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.

 Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.

Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.

The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.

Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!

Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer

This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt. 

Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.

Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the  camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.

Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.

Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table. 

Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry.  Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now! 

Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin

Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.

Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to  his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.

Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.

Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.

Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.

Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.

Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.

Overall Score: 7/10

Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.

The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)

It’s a family feud!



Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.

While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?


  • Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
  • Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
  • WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
  • “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.


Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!

The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!

Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!

Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!

Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!

Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”

Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.

“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.

“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?


BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!

The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?


Charlotte Flair is here!

Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.

“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”

“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?


Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!

The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?

SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.

Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!

Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!

Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.

She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!

Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?


WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!

The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?

The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.

Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!

Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)

Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.

And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?


Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.

Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?

SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!

McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”

McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.

Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!

Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?

“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!

SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.

Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!

Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!

Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!

Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?


The Street Profits are fired up backstage.

Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.

Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?


It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!

And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.

Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?

“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.

Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.

Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!

Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?

My Thoughts:

A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.

Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.

Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.

Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.

And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.

If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.

My Score: 8.8/10

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