Backstage: Charly Caruso is standing outside the trainer’s room with an update on Tyler Bate, informing us he’s suffered an injury to his AC joint, but is cleared to compete in tonight’s finals of the tournament.
In The Arena: Finn Balor heads to the squared circle to a huge ovation, The Demon King speaks about what a great tournament it has been and is proud to play a small part in what’s taken place over the weekend. Finn says the reason for it is the fans in the UK who made it all happen, Balor stating let’s not wait any longer to find out who will be the first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion.
Match #8 – Finals for the WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate
William Regal shows both men the title they’re fighting for during the introductions. They tie-up at the bell and Bate works Dunne to the corner, The Bruiserweight switches out, breaks clean and we’ve got a stalemate. They lock-up again and Dunne backs Tyler to the corner, doesn’t break clean and slaps him across the face, Bate simply smiling back at him. This time they lock knuckles, Bate takes Dunne down with a wristlock, The Bruiserweight works to his feet, knocks him down with a chop and starts to target the bad left arm. Tyler rolls through a wristlock, breaks the grip and pops up with a dropkick, tells Dunne to bring it and The Bruiserweight backs off to the corner, then pulls himself back to his feet.
Dunne calls for a test of strength, Tyler doesn’t take it, picks the leg and goes to work with a heel hold. The Bruiserweight kicks himself free, Bate cartwheels to avoid the bump, they lock-up again and jockey back-and-forth for position, roll to the outside in the collar & elbow, Dunne finally gets a hold of the arm and wraps it into the barricade. Tyler gets fired up and they exchange right hands on the floor, Bate gets the best of it with a heavy forearm, rolls Dunne into the ring, slides in and The Bruiserweight goes back to the arm, driving him shoulder-first into the top turnbuckle. He puts the boots to Tyler in the corner, stomps away at the injured shoulder, wants to send him into the ring post now, but Bate turns the tables and Dunne hits the steel shoulder-first, then spills outside.
He pulls himself back in the ring and charges Tyler in the corner, Bate gets the boot up, it’s blocked, he counters out with a knee lift, then rocks him with a big right hand. Tyler to the 2nd rope for an uppercut, throws Dunne with an exploder suplex for a count of 2, hooks him for the Tyler Driver 97, but The Bruiserweight yanks on the arm to escape. He drills Bate with a spinning back elbow, Tyler looks to rebound off the ropes with a wheel kick, Dunne side-steps it, connects with a double stomp to the bad arm, then sets for the Bitter End. Tyler counters into a small package that almost steals it, powers him up into the airplane spin, reverses course, then back the other way around before slamming Dunne down for a near fall.
Bate tries to get some feeling back in his arm, reaches down to pull The Bruiserweight up, Dunne surprises him with a triangle hold, Tyler powers him up into a powerbomb and breaks free. Dunne rolls out of the ring to get his feet under him, Bate hits the ropes and launches himself over the top with a moonsault plancha, throws The Bruiserweight back inside, heads up top for a 450 double stomp, but still can’t put it away. Dunne tries to beg Tyler off, hooks the arm, takes out his mouthguard, ducks under a kick and connects with the Bitter End, but now Bate kicks out just before the 3 count.
The Bruiserweight quickly hooks on a kimura lock to the bad arm, Tyler drags himself towards the bottom rope, but Dunne rolls him back to the center of the ring. Bate refuses to tap-out and gets to a standing position, Dunne hooks on a body scissors for extra torque, Tyler reverses and dead-lifts him into a brainbuster, drapes the arm over and gets a count of 2. He waits for Dunne to get back to his feet for a german suplex, Dunne flips to his feet, they slug it out in the center of the ring, Bate rebounds off the ropes after a haymaker for a wheel kick, delivers another, then sets for the Tyler Driver 97 and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWE United Kingdom Champion: Tyler Bate (Tyler Driver 97)
- After The Bell: Triple H, William Regal, Fit Finlay & Finn Balor all enter the ring, The Game presents Tyler with the title and raises his hand in the air before strapping the championship around his waist. They leave the ring to Bate and he celebrates as the confetti flies.
EA’s Finisher: Obviously with an event that is almost exclusively matches part of a tournament, you’re always going to have the issue of having to squeeze all of the matches onto the card. Plus, it’s going to get a little repetitive with the every match involving all the same bodies over and over again. Regardless, adding Neville to this card with Tommy End, who had tons of buzz after just being signed, is a great way to break up the monotony. Again, I’m not a fan of tournament-style events, but with the launch of NXT UK and the history of success Triple H has had with getting NXT off the ground, this will likely be looked at as an historic event down the road that started it all.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne
2 – Neville vs. Tommy End
3 – Mark Andrews vs. Pete Dunne
Attitude Of Aggression #275- The Big Four Project Chapter 3: Royal Rumble ’88 & WrestleMania IV
The Attitude Of Aggression returns for Chapter 3 of The Big Four Project, a chronological analysis, review, and discussion about WWE’s Big Four PPVs/ Premium Live Events. On this Episode, Dave welcomes back the one and only PC Tunney to discuss two more immensely important events in pro wrestling history, the inaugural Royal Rumble and WrestleMania IV. The 1988 Royal Rumble was different than any other Rumble in history and not just because it was the first. Dave and Tunney break down the fascinating history of the first installment of an event that would evolve into an annual favorite for many in the WWE Universe. From there, the guys recap the surreal events that led to the end of Hulk Hogan’s 4-year reign as WWF Champion and set the stage for, arguably, the most important tournament in WWE History at WrestleMania IV. Macho Madness reached new heights that night. But was Savage the first choice of Vince McMahon to emerge from Atlantic City with the gold that night? We have the whole story for you here on Chapter 3 of The Big Four Project!
About Chairshot Radio
The rebirth of Chairshot Radio will see a rotating cast of hosts delivering you new shows and content. Sports, Entertainment, and Sports Entertainment is the umbrella under which we seek to invade your earballs. So sit back, relax and LET US IN…
For the latest, greatest and up to datest in everything pro wrestling, sports and entertainment head to TheChairshot.com and remember to ALWAYS #UseYourHead.
About the Chairshot Radio Network
Created in 2017, the Chairshot Radio Network presents you with the best in wrestling and wrestling crossover podcasts, including POD is WAR, Women’s Wrestling Talk, Chairshot Radio daily editions, The #Miranda Show, Badlands’ Wrestling Mount Rushmores, The Outsider’s Edge, DWI Podcast, Bandwagon Nerds, the Greg DeMarco Show, 3 Man Weave, Five Rounds, Turnbuckle Talk, The Reaction and more! You can find these great shows each week at theChairshot.com and through our distribution partners, including podcasting’s most popular platforms.
The Chairshot Radio Network
Your home for the hardest hitting podcasts and radio shows!
Listen on your favorite platform!
Chairshot Classics: What I Watched #15 – AAW Defining Moment 2018
Harry covers a show that helped to continue Sami Callihan’s 2018 infamy. AAW Defining Moment should be a fun trip down memory lane!
Apologies for the slight delay getting to this but it’s Harry here once again. And for as verbose as I can be at times, I don’t feel the need to waste any time getting to this one. This is the second part of the double shot for AAW on ‘All In’ weekend in Chicago.
The WayBack Machine takes us to August 31st, 2018 as we once again arrive at the Logan Square Auditorium (and oh boy does that become important later) for AAW’s Defining Moment 2018.
What I Watched #15
AAW Defining Moment 2018
Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL
Runtime: 3:18:22 (HighSpotsWrestlingNetwork)
Commentary By: Tyler Volz (PBP) and Marty DeRosa (Color)
- Match 1: Curt Stallion/Jake Something def. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana, Something pins Cabana @ 8:41
- Match 2: Shane Strickland pins Darby Allin, top-rope Swerve Stomp @ 13:30
- Match 3: Jessicka Havoc def. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders, pinning Cruise with a Chokeslam @ 2:52
- Match 4: OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) def. Ace Austin/Brian Cage, Dave pins Austin @ 5:55
- Match 5: AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © pins DJ Z (Shiima Xion), roll-through on CBB with tights @ 13:30
- Match 6: AR Fox/Myron Reed def. Bandido/Flamita, double cover @ 15:42
- Match 7: Maxwell Jacob Friedman taps Marko Stunt, Salt of the Earth @ 10:41
- Match 8: Sami Callihan pins Jimmy Jacobs, Cactus Driver on a bridged guardrail @ 17:52
- Match 9: AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © def. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett, Cobb pins Fitchett @ 14:19
- Match 10: AAW Heavyweight Title- Brody King pins ACH ©, All Seeing Eye (Whiplash) @ 22:46
Curt Stallion/Jake Something vs. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana
*The match was decent but nothing special. A pretty big win for Something at the end with the three count over Cabana, who has a storied past in Chicago and was one of the biggest names in independent wrestling. That said, I personally don’t love the flukish nature that Something pins Cabana, as I think Something could have used a defining pinfall to really give him a rub going forward.
Cabana usually makes for a fun watch and I’ve grown to enjoy Ace Romero the more I see him (he especially stands out for Limitless, which I hope to get to one day soon). Jake Something is a huge star in the making and you can see it even early in the run of AAW that he has. Stallion is what Stallion is. Solid opener, but nothing you’ll remember post show. (**½)
Darby Allin vs. Shane Strickland
*Showstealer, plain and simple. Strickland had been with AAW for a while but to the best of my memory, it was more often in a tag team with Keith Lee (funny how that works out with 2022 eyes on it, as Swerve and Keith are the current AEW tag champions at the time of writing). I do believe this is only Darby’s second match in AAW (the prior being a five-ish minute loss to Brody King). Both guys are huge names now and with efforts like this, it’s easy to see how. Darby tries to keep pace with Swerve and is able to do so for a good portion of the contest until Swerve finds that next gear down the stretch and puts Allin down with the Swerve Stomp to a massive (deserved) ovation from the crowd. (****)
Jessicka Havok vs. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders
*I dislike handicap matches in general. However, unlike certain other writers for this site, I don’t mind intergender wrestling. But the suspension of disbelief gets lost here when you have two dudes the size of Cruise and Manders struggling with Jessicka Havok, who should realistically not being coming in at 100% after taking the Ganso Bomb from Brody King through the chairs the night before. I won’t rate the match due to the Larry Csonka (RIP) Rule of not rating anything shorter than three minutes, but I’m calling this a miss regardless. (X)
OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) vs. Ace Austin/Brian Cage
*The Brothers Crist come out to ringside to stand next to Havok after said match and call out Brody King and Jimmy Jacobs. They get one of those two men as Jacobs makes his way out, but informs Dave and Jake that neither he nor Brody will be facing them due to having prior obligations, but he did find the perfect opponents for OI4K. As for the opponent, Cage does make for a good size fill-in for Brody King. Ace Austin is a OI4K trainee that hadn’t quite made a name for himself at the time but has since turned into a pretty good wrestler, having just competed for NJPW in Best of the Super Jr’s as well as being Impact Wrestling’s X Division champion for a while.
The match itself was not memorable at all. I will admit to typing this review on a bit of a delay and other than the finish (a Tiger Driver ‘98 by Dave to Austin), I don’t remember anything that happened during the course of the contest. Not the best impression for these four men to leave. (**)
AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © vs. DJ Z
*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I like DJ Z. I liked him more under his previous identity, but this was him using the Impact Wrestling name for more notoriety with the casual fan. That being said, despite DJZ winning a three way relatively quickly the night before while Trevor was in a war with Ace Romero, I never felt the title was in jeopardy here. For as much as I like DJZ’s run with AAW, this misfortune of his injury just so happened to coincide with Trevor Lee becoming one of the hottest acts on the undercard and there wasn’t anything in the build up to the rematch (despite some good promo work from Z) that made me think that the strap was switching here.
As for the match itself, they have really good chemistry together and that isn’t a surprise given how many of the same promotions they were working for at the time as well as their history in AAW up to this point. I do think this match does a nice job of setting the stage for a return match as it is DJZ’s offensive attack at the end of the contest that gets reversed into the cradle (with a handful of tights) for the finish. The nature of the victory leads me to believe that the story with these two isn’t over quite yet. (***½)
AR Fox/Myron Reed vs. Bandido/Flamita
*This was similar to the main event the night before, but didn’t have the same crowd investment that match did. Bandido and Flamita once again shine here and it is easy to see why they become semi-regulars in AAW after this weekend. AR Fox and Myron Reed (Team Firefox, as they were referred to by Sarah Shockey) get a massive victory with a double pinfall following stereo 450 splashes. This sets up Fox and Reed for a title match against the winners of WRSTLING vs. Besties later in the night, but honestly, I think that Bandido/Flamita was the better pairing to have go forward to a title shot. Firefox had previously unsuccessfully challenged for the tag belts and if I’m being fully honest, I prefer AR Fox as a singles wrestler over being in a tag team. Good match, but I think the wrong team wins. (***½)
Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Marko Stunt
*Marko had just made a name for himself at GCW’s Lost in New York (a show I have watched) and this was a way for him to break out back in his Midwest home. MJF has been on a hot streak point up to this point (believe he is the current CZW Heavyweight champion, though I don’t think he ever actually defends that title) and MJF would make himself a known commodity the next night opening the ‘All In’ PPV against Matt Cross (in a losing effort)
Easy story to tell with MJF taking the much smaller Stunt lightly and Marko making him pay for it. It is unfortunate that more people didn’t get to see what Stunt is capable of, because his run in the indie scene before he went to AEW was quite special to watch due to his ability to connect with a crowd (no different here). The finish sees MJF take advantage of the arm work that he did early in match and after Marko escapes a fujiwara armbar, MJF is able to catch Marko in ‘Salt of the Earth’, a wakigatame (Marko on stomach as MJF applies a cross-armbreaker) for the the tapout. Very good work and Marko does really well for himself in his debut with another high end US Independent. (***)
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan
*Ooooh, boy. A lot to unwrap with this one. Let’s get the match first, because the drama that it creates leads to the fallout that has to be discussed. It is honestly a pretty standard Sami brawl for the time frame. PWG used to have what was known as the “Sami Sprint”…by which it would be Callihan vs. Opponent and the match would run anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes of hard hitting back and forth action with little in terms of a cohesive story or selling. Pretty much a ‘can you top this?’ kind of situation. This feels like that in a sense because the match features both Sami and Jimmy going into their well of tricks (the crowd brawling, the spike, the guardrail that gets used in the finish) while maintaining the crowd reaction from the prior night’s tag match. Fittingly, the finish is visually impressive as Callihan hits the ‘Cactus Driver’ (pulling piledriver) on a guardrail bridged across two metal folding chairs to secure the three count. (***½)
The bigger story coming out of this is that this match almost costs AAW the Logan Square Auditorium and almost ends even more disastrously personally for Callihan. At one point, Callihan and Jacobs are brawling over by the stage in the venue (traditionally used for concerts) where Callihan buries Jacobs under a portion of the stage. Callihan then starts winging metal sitting chairs (not the standard folding ones you see in most companies because the four legged dinner table type chairs) at Jacobs. A voice comes over the house mic telling Callihan to stop, causing a loud visceral boo from the crowd. Callihan more or less tells said voice to “fuck himself” and hurls more chairs at Jacobs.
At first, I thought it was Danny Daniels telling Callihan to stop, but it turns out it was actually building management. This becomes important when after the three count goes down, building security surrounds the ring to escort Callihan out of the building as they were pissed at Sami for throwing chairs that the venue used for other events. As I’ve heard the story, Callihan thinks this is part of a storyline and begins to push the security guys until one of them shows Callihan that he is carrying a real pistol and will use it if necessary. Things break down from there with the rest of OI4K getting involved and eventually Sami is escorted to the back (and presumably out of the building).
How much of this is real? How much of this is scripted? How much of this was sensationalized for additional attention? I don’t have the answers for those questions. I do know that cooler heads would prevail and AAW was able to continue running at LSA, however I feel the truth lies somewhere in the middle. It may have been a planned altercation to play off the recklessness of Callihan. It may have been a real reaction from the building to what they perceived as damage to personal property. The old axiom in wrestling is “believe none of what you hear and half of what you see”. Overall, it makes for a great story with a relatively happy ending all considered. But man does it take the wind of the crowd for quite a while. And I will have to check out the follow up AAW shows to see what the fallout truly is.
AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © vs. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett
*Trevor Lee’s promo before the match is not one I can do justice. I recommend the show in general, but Trevor’s asshole smarmy heel persona in AAW (Impact Superstar Trevor Lee) is one of the best things going in the company.
Match is good but you’d have to expect that from the four men involved. Kingston and Cobb work surprisingly well as a team and despite being on separate pages for most of the bout, Vega and Fitchett do link up for a few double teams (corner enzuigiri/Kippou kick combo being standout among them) to continue to prove why they are one of the best tag teams in pro wrestling (still are to this day, though not known as the Besties in the World anymore). The finish sees the final stab from Vega to Fitchett as Vega chooses to take Scarlett to the back after she gets knocked off the apron, leaving Fitchett alone to take a one-two combo of the Backfist to the Future from Kingston that staggers him into a Tour of the Islands from Cobb to finish the contest. The ring work is on point, the story is very well told and you can hear the disappointment from the crowd when Vega chooses the hussy over his long-time tag partner. (****)
AAW Heavyweight Title- ACH © vs. Brody King
*Unfortunately, something gets lost during the course of this contest through no direct fault of the participants. As I understand it, Brody King got concussed relatively early in the bout. Credit to ACH for keeping things together as well as he did, but I would be curious to see what they are capable of with both competitors at 100% capacity for the full duration of the match.
As for the match, it does tell a pretty good story. ACH comes in still pretty beat up from the match with Jeff Cobb the night before. However, ACH lets his pride (or perhaps his ego) get the better of him as he once again tries to hang step for step, strike for strike and move for move with a man much bigger than he is. It ends up coming back to bite him at the end as a distraction from Jimmy Jacobs allows Brody King to take a distracted ACH up into the All Seeing Eye (fireman’s carry into a Michinoku Driver) for the three count to crown a new champion. Slightly cheap on the distraction ending but does help get Jimmy some of the heat he lost earlier in the evening back after dropping the contest to Callihan. (***½)
THE FINAL REACTION
Overall, a better show then the day before but not without a couple flaws. Obviously, the big story to come out of this show would be the fact that AAW almost lost Logan Square Auditorium due to the issues in the Callihan-Jacobs match. Thankfully, those would be resolved and to my knowledge, AAW is still running there. But it gets awfully hairy there for a few.
The highs: two four star matches on this show and they come in completely different type contests. Eddie Kingston continues his march of dominance in AAW and cuts one hell of a promo at the end of the show to run down how ACH let him down by losing the title. Marko Stunt has a fun debut and quickly gets the crowd behind him. The lows: that handicap match helped no one and the tag match that followed wasn’t much better. The main event isn’t what it could have been either, but that’s a case of shit happens with the early concussion to King. I will also say that I thought Sarah Shockey did a better job on color commentary yesterday then Marty DeRosa does here.
We’ll call it an 8 overall. As I said, it is a better top to bottom show then Destination Chicago is. And while high on the guest stars (for obvious reasons), you also get a really good look at what the overall AAW roster is all about too. I look forward to coming back to AAW down the road (ironically, upcoming shows are a double shot as well for the ‘Jim Lynam Memorial’ tournament), but I do want to mix in some other odds and ends before I do so.
Best Match/Moment: Shane Strickland vs. Darby Allin
Worst Match/Moment: The Havok handicap. Especially when you consider what Steve Manders would come to mean for AAW, it’s a really inauspicious debut.
Overall Show Score: 8/10
MVP: Eddie Kingston. The key part of a match that tied for best match of the night honors and absolutely shows why he is viewed the way he is when it comes to talking with an amazing promo to close out the show.
So, where does ‘What I Watched’ go from here? I go on vacation in about a week’s time and will be gone for most of August. I spoke to Andrew and what I hope to do is reformat the ‘All In’ report that I did to the new style so you guys have something to tide you over. As for where I go when I get back from vacation…well, the Peacock WWE Network watch-through that I am working on has reached a show that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen (and if I have, it has been quite a while). Therefore, ‘What I Watched’ #16 will be ECW’s Guilty as Charged 1999 to set the tone for a year where all hell breaks loose in two of the three major promotions. Hopefully, you guys enjoy the ‘All In’ redo to hold you over and I’ll be back later in August with Guilty as Charged. I appreciate everyone who has been checking these out and if you’ve missed any, feel free to click on my name at the top of the article to check out my archive. Thanks for reading.
Down The Wire: A Piece of Idaho w/ Gianna Cefalu
Tom and Dave are joined by KLEW TV Reporter, formerly of the PAC-12, Gianna Cefalu.
Down The Wire: NBA Scout Mike Vandegarde
On this week's episode of DTW, Tom and Dave are joined by former Philadelphia 76ers Scout, Mike Vadegarde.
Down The Wire: Former Zappers QB Jason Stewart
Tom and Dave have a new guest joining Down The Wire and it's the former QB from the Zappers, Jason...
Down The Wire: Sell Josh Hader & Wisconsin’s State Fair Top 10 New Foods
Tom and Dave get very local on this new episode of Down The Wire, from sports to food to the...
Down The Wire: Disappointments and Baker Mayfield
Tom and Dave have a big episode planned for number 75! But then all hell breaks loose...
Chairshot Radio: Musical Chairs S2:E2- Miles Davis & Black Star Riders 
S2:E2 of Musical Chairs sees the guys go in different but equally interesting directions. Pat covers the incomparable Miles Davis,...
Bandwagon Nerds #144: Ezra Miller is Trash
This week on the Bandwagon, Patrick O’Dowd and David Ungar revisit the state of DC film projects discussing the Ezra...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Cannons – Fever Dream (2022)
The JAR decides to kick back on a summer day and just vibe to some electro synthwave. How does Cannons...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (8/14/22)
Fallout from Treasure Island 3!
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (8/13/22)
So! Much! Gold!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/16/22)
And your semifinalists are...!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)
A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/14/22)
Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/13/22)
Breathe with the Switchblade!
DWI Podcast #336: The Nose Job
This week we give our thoughts on the progressions of Liv Morgan as Women's Champion and Triple H as the...
Andrew’s IMPACT Emergence Results & Match Ratings: 8.12.2022
ALEX SHELLEY VS JOSH ALEXANDER! CHAMPIONSHIP! TONIGHT! 'NUFF SAID!
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Rampage by the Lake!
Podcasts7 days ago
Greg DeMarco Show: Kat Dennings Listens To This Podcast
AEW Coverage4 days ago
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Podcasts6 days ago
The #Miranda Show: Women’s Wrestling Is Back, Pal!
Podcasts5 days ago
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: WWE Talent Rehires, Transformers 36th Anniversary and much more!