It’s the Raw after TLC, and The Chairman makes a return! What will Vince Kennedy McMahon have in store to “shake things up again?”
- Baron Corbin VS Kurt Angle; changed to…
- 4v1 Handicap Match: Baron Corbin VS Kurt Angle, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; changed to…
- 4v1 Handicap No Disqualifications Match: Baron Corbin VS Kurt Angle, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; Angle, Crews, Roode & Gable win, and Baron Corbin is NOT Raw GM.
- Finn Balor VS Dolph Ziggler; Finn wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Dean Ambrose VS Tyler Breeze; Ambrose wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Authors of Pain VS The Revival VS The B-Team VS Lucha House Party; The Revival wins and will face Roode & Gable for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???; changed to…
- 8 Woman Gauntlet Match: Natalya wins and is the #1 contender to Ronda Rousey’s Raw Women’s Championship.
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Mr. McMahon is here!
The Chairman, Vincent Kenny McMahon, is on the Raw after TLC! And he knows we want to know what’s going on with Raw. Tonight, we find out. Raw has been on the air for over 25 years, an extraordinary feat. And that’s because the show changes with the time. “Despite one man’s brilliance, despite one man’s creativity, despite one man’s vision,” Vince can’t do this alone. Vince can do it without the fans, though. Fans boo, but then Stephanie McMahon appears! The Commissioner, and daughter of Vince, heads to the ring and gives her father a big hug. Fans boo but Vince asks they be nice. And then, Triple H appears! The Game, the COO, joins wife and father-in-law in the ring, and even gives Vince a hug.
Fans are excited to see these three in the ring, but there’s more! Shane McMahon is here! The SmackDown Commissioner joins father, sister and brother-in-law in the ring, and now we have all the power players of WWE at the same time! Stephanie says they’re all out here because they’ve all realized, “we haven’t been doing a good job lately.” They’ve all realized that there’s need for a change, and this will be a fresh start. These four will be “taking back Monday Night Raw”, and even SmackDown. These four know they are the ones ensuring the best possible experience for their fans and empowering their superstars. They will finally give fans what they want. “Something new, something fresh.” There will be new faces, new matches, and now the fans are the Authority! WWE will always be #ThenNowandForever.
But wait, here comes Baron Corbin! The Constable lost his job at TLC when he lost his TLC Match to Braun Strowman, but he seems to think he has another chance. “No one is more excited for a fresh start than me.” Fans rain down the boos and jeers, to which Stephanie makes sure Corbin understands. Corbin knows they’re all upset, but he’s so very excited to have the entire McMahon family in charge of Raw. However, those promises were amazing, but there’s something they didn’t mention. “Fair”. Last night’s TLC Match was not fair, so let’s talk this out. What will Corbin have to say? Find out after the break!
Raw returns and Corbin joins the McMahons and HHH. Fans still boo as he defends the Sacramento crowd does not reflect the WWE Universe as a whole. HHH tells the fans if they keep booing, Corbin can’t finish speaking. Corbin needs to explain himself. HHH asks the fans please stop for a moment. Stephanie wants fans to speak up, Vince is harder of hearing. But the fans eventually calm down, but Corbin riles them up again. Shane actually encourages the booing. Corbin ties to defend that he does his best. Vince tells Corbin he can be louder with his microphone. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Corbin does not take the blame. He says superstars aren’t living up to the challenge. Strowman was not supposed to be at TLC, Corbin was not prepared, and Corbin was not prepared for being outnumbered. If fans think that is fair– They do!
HHH tells Corbin that “as predictable as you are”, Corbin is here to say it’s a “travesty of justice” and hopes they all reconsider Corbin as GM. Is that it? Yes! And Corbin is thankful they’re all here to sort this out. Corbin would’ve won if not for Finn Balor, Kurt Angle and the rest. Are they letting that travesty stand? Or will they overturn the decision? Fans boo but Corbin says “Think of what we can accomplish with you guys backing me.” The McMahon Family huddles up, and then it comes down to a vote. Shane and HHH go with “No”, Stephanie says “No Chance in Hell.” Vince thinks of a way. They huddle up again and perhaps Corbin does deserve a chance. Fans don’t agree, but Corbin is willing to take that chance. Then Corbin will get that chance.
If Corbin wins a match tonight, right now, he’ll be permanent Raw GM! Just beat this man. KURT ANGLE! The previous Raw GM and Olympic Gold Medalist returns to action himself, and gets a chance to shut Corbin up once and for all! Will Corbin fail to make good on this second chance? Or will he find a way to revive his tyranny?
Baron Corbin VS Kurt Angle!
Stephanie “remembers” the special guest referee for this match. It’s Heath Slater! The One Ref Band gets to be part of this payback! Slater rings the bell and we begin!
Corbin swings but Angle counter punches! Angle bumps Corbin off buckles to then stomp and punch away! Slater lets Angle continue and whip Corbin corner to corner. Corbin reverses but misses, Angle throws him with a German Suplex! Corbin bails out of the ring while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin has Angle down. Corbin eggs Angle on while fans rally up. But then HHH returns to say he “forgot” something else. This is a Handicap Match.
4v1 Handicap Match: Baron Corbin VS Kurt Angle, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!
The rising star AND the Raw Tag Team Champions appear to reinforce Angle! Corbin finds himself flanked by the people he wronged, and now they’re getting further payback! Roode, Gable & Apollo rain down hands and stomps, then feed Corbin to Angle. Angle drags Corbin up for another German Suplex! And another! And the hat trick! Angle tags in Gable, and Gable drags Corbin up for his own German Suplex! Gable tags Roode, and the tag champs coordinate to double whip. Roode whips Gable to whip Roode in for a clothesline! Tag to Apollo for a big enziguri! Corbin bails out again but he can’t get away from Apollo and the champs! They drag him back to ringside, tossing him over barriers!
Gable puts Corbin in and Angle returns. The four of them surround Corbin, but look to Slater. Slater literally looks the other way as they stomp Corbin out! But now Shane O’Mac appears, and says he was so pumped to be in Sacramento, he “forgot” this is No Disqualifications!
4v1 Handicap No Disqualifications Match: Baron Corbin VS Kurt Angle, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!
Now the foursome don’t have to worry about Slater’s disapproval. In fact, Slater gets in on the action! Slater stomps Corbin while the others get chairs! Angle, Gable, Roode & Apollo repeat last night’s humiliation with new chair shots! They jab, they SMACK, repeat! Fans love seeing Corbin getting what he deserves! But “We Want Tables!” Gable climbs while Roode brings Corbin up, GLORIOUS Combination! Apollo climbs for the frog splash! They bring Corbin up and feed him to Angle’s Olympic Slam! Cover, Angle’s team wins!
Winner: Team Angle, Kurt Angle pinning; Corbin is NOT Raw GM
Finally, the dictatorship of Constable Corbin ends! The Lone Wolf really was all alone against his “disgruntled employees”, and now he is out of power! Who will take his place in this new Raw?
But the punishment isn’t over! Apollo, Gable & Roode set a table up in the ring, and everyone but Corbin is grinning. They haul Corbin up again, for an Olympic Slam through the table!! Now the celebration begins!
John Cena wins the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.
The Face that Runs the Place is honored to receive this award, but he wouldn’t win this award without being a friend and philanthropist to so many.
Finn Balor VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Extraordinary Man helped The Show-Off to stick it to the Scottish Psychopath. And Ziggler would return the favor, mostly to stick it to Drew McIntyre. However, neither man is thankful for the other’s help, and look to show what they can do on their own. Who will gain some major momentum as we approach the New Year?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans are already fired up as they tie up. Finn and Ziggler go around and Ziggler puts Finn on the ropes. Ziggler backs off but gives a shove. They tie up again and Ziggler gets a headlock. Finn goes to power out but Ziggler holds on. Ziggler grinds and gets the takedown. Finn moves around to make it a cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Finn with the headlock, but fans rally. Finn gets up and powers out now, then things speed up. Finn arm-drags Ziggler around and into an armlock. Ziggler quickly headscissors but Finn quickly pops out, and fans cheer this close match-up. Finn kicks low, snapmares and kicks Ziggler, then brings him up again. Finn whips and dropkicks Ziggler down! Ziggler bails out while fans cheer Finn. Finn soaks it in as we go to break.
Raw returns and Ziggler whips Finn. Finn reverses but Ziggler sunset flips. Finn rolls through to dropkick! Both men are down as Finn clutches his leg. Finn gets up and to a corner, and boots Ziggler on the way in. Ziggler keeps after Finn but Finn counter punches and chops him! Finn whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Finn to run him over with forearms! Finn fires up and gets a takedown to a double stomp! Fans fire up as Finn aims at Ziggler. Finn runs out but the Slingblade is rolled up! TWO, and Ziggler uppercuts Finn. Ziggler taunts Finn, but misses the Famouser, to get the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn keeps moving as he aims at Ziggler again. Finn runs at Ziggler, and hits the Slingblade! He takes aim again, but the shotgun dropkick goes into the Satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down but fans rally up. Ziggler sits up but Finn gets to a corner. Ziggler runs but the ZigZag is denied. Finn goes to the apron and swing kicks Ziggler down! Finn climbs but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler throws Finn into the post! ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is shocked and sore, but he gets up in a corner. He takes aim, but here comes McIntyre! Ziggler kicks McIntyre, then leaps out! McIntyre catches Ziggler but they still brawl it out! McIntyre shoves Ziggler but Finn FLIES! Ziggler clobbers Finn! Ziggler puts Finn in, FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Finn lives and the match continues! Fans rally for Finn while he and Ziggler stir. Ziggler stands first, tunes it up, but gets another Slingblade! Finn aims again, but McIntyre attacks!
Winner: Finn Balor, by disqualification
The Scottish Terminator targets both thorns in his side as he throws Finn out and gives Ziggler the Glasgow Kiss headbutt! McIntyre rains rights down on Ziggler, then yanks him right up for a Claymore! McIntyre aims at Finn, Claymore! Fans boo and jeer McIntyre as he seethes all the way to the stage. Will McIntyre eliminate Ziggler and Finn on the road to the Royal Rumble?
Dean Ambrose heads to the ring!
The Lunatic has his siren and his gas-mask wearing henchmen accompany him and his newly won WWE Intercontinental Championship. Ambrose picks up a mic while fans boo and jeer. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Fans should show more respect! But they boo. “You disgusting little people” should be bowing to Ambrose, because he made his prediction come true. Rollins spun out of control, dropped the ball in the fourth quarter and choked. Rollins failed himself and failed the fans. Ambrose doesn’t need respect, because he has the belt. And it wasn’t too long ago that Rollins had two belts, now he has none. But Ambrose is just getting started. When Ambrose is done, Rollins will truly have nothing!
Ambrose promises to take Rollins’ career, take Rollins reputation and drag it through the mud! But there’s another option. “The Moral Compass” has an obligation. Rollins can come out here and be a man of character and integrity to admit Ambrose was right! Rollins, tell everyone that Ambrose was right! Fans boo while Ambrose waits. They chant “Burn It Down!” but Rollins doesn’t appear. Ambrose waits but has a new idea. “How about an open challenge?” But not for the title, Rollins doesn’t deserve it. But maybe Rollins wants to take out his anger. Ambrose dares Rollins to appear, but he doesn’t. This proves Rollins is no hero, he’s “a selfish little whiner who always has to get his way.” Rollins lost and is too ashamed to show his face.
So Ambrose moves on to a third idea: Ambrose will stay a page from the playbook and actually give an Open Challenge for the title, to anyone not named Seth Rollins. And out comes… Tyler Breeze!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Dean Ambrose VS Tyler Breeze!
Prince Pretty wants his shot and this is his chance! Can Breeze make that Intercontinental Championship gorgeous? Or will Ambrose make an example out of him?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Ambrose goes after Breeze but Breeze is ready! Breeze throws hands, whips but Ambrose reverses. Breeze hits big forearms then stomps away in a corner! He backs off at 4 and dropkicks Ambrose! Breeze clotheslines Ambrose out! Prince Pretty is fired up while we go to break!
Raw returns and Ambrose stomps Breeze out. Ambrose laces up the legs and puts Breeze in a modified Queen Angelito stretch. Breeze endures and crawls for ropes. Ambrose grabs that arm to stomp it! Breeze crawls but Ambrose is on him with a whip. Ambrose elbows Breeze down, covers, TWO! Ambrose keeps on Breeze with a chinlock. Fans rally up as Breeze endures. Breeze fights his way up but Ambrose wrangles him down hard! Ambrose keeps Breeze grounded, but fans rally for Breeze. Breeze gets up but Ambrose knees low. Ambrose clubs and scoops Breeze, but Breeze slips out to enziguri! Ambrose is dazed, and Breeze gets up to huricanrana! To a cover, TWO! Breeze enziguris from a corner, then sends Ambrose into post! Cover, TWO!
Breeze hits the Beauty Shot heel kick! But Ambrose gets up again so Breeze climbs up. Breeze leaps, big crossbody! Cover, TWO! SUPER MODEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose survives Breeze’s best, but he is dazed. Breeze gets up and stalks Ambrose. Breeze brings him around but the Unprettier is denied. Dirty Deeds! Cover, Ambrose wins!
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Lunatic says that is the performance of a champion with character! Rollins didn’t show because Rollins– “BURN IT DOWN!” But where is Rollins?! He’s one of the gas-mask men!! Rollins SUPERKICKS Ambrose down! And then throws fast hands from all sides! The other henchmen hurry in but Rollins fights them off. Ambrose runs away with the belt while Rollins tosses the henchmen away, and SUPERKICKS another! Rollins tells Ambrose to bring the fight, but Ambrose continues his retreat. Will Ambrose back up his words and be brave enough to face The Kingslayer?
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.
The McMahons promise a fresh start, but what does that mean? Fresh faces and new opportunities! There will be tough decisions to make, but here comes Drake Maverick. These two finally meet, and Maverick introduces the “rightful” Raw Tag Team Champions, Akam & Rezar. Maverick says those titles were stolen from them. But now that the McMahon Family is here, they’ll make this right. Authors of Pain get their title rematches tonight. Now, now, hold on. The mandatory rematch clause Maverick is citing is “antiquated”, Corbin handed AoP those titles in the first place. Let’s create an opportunity. But they’re the former champions! Shane suggests AoP take on The B-Team, The Revival and… Lucha House Party! Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match! Shane wishes them luck, but the AoP are just upset. Will they make the best of this huge opportunity?
WWE takes a look at the new faces coming to the main roster!
Monsters, Beasts, Vipers, Giants. None of them compare to the Leviathan! Lars Sullivan is a dominate Freak and promises to destroy the roster.
The Lady of NXT, the Model Soldier, Lacey Evans is armed with a Woman’s Right to hit hard and class it up.
#SteaksAndWeights fuel Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic in tag team wrestling! They have a “damn good time” in the ring, and they’re COMIIIIN’!
The Loony Lass loves to play! SAnitY’s Twisted Sister finally joins her chaotic crew, who wants to play?
The Top One Percent prepares for #VictoryAfterVictory on the main roster! Will he find brand new success as he jumps from #NX3 to TV?
“Ladies and Gentlemen: The Almighty Bobby Lashley.”
Lashley and Lio Rush are in the ring, parodying Elias’ usual greeting and performance. These two will give the fans something they’ve never seen before. It turns out Elias isn’t the only gifted guitarist. The greatest music Elias ever heard was a guitar smashing into his back at the hands of Bobby Lashley! And be honest, no one here wants to hear another of Elias’ boring songs. They’re all here to witness a “true work of art.” And that is exactly what Lashley will give you. But before that, please silence phones, hold applause, and shut your mouths!
Lashley gets up with the mangled guitar, and starts posing. The double biceps, the side chest. Comparing Lashley to Elias is like comparing the Golden State Warriors to the Sacramento Kings. But of course, there’s always the “favorite pose”, the double glutes! Lio and Lashley laugh it up, but “Ladies and gentlemen, Elias.” The Drifter SMACKS Lashley with a guitar! Lashley gets back up but Elias gets away. There won’t be an encore tonight, but when will these two create another smash hit together?
Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Authors of Pain VS The Revival VS The B-Team VS Lucha House Party!
Drake Maverick knows Akam & Rezar feel robbed over the feud they had with Roode & Gable, but considering they got those titles through unfair means to begin with, they have no automatic right to a rematch. Can they rip their way through Dash & Dawson, Axel & Dallas, and the luchadores of 205 Live? Or will one of those other teams step up to the GLORIOUS challenge instead?
The teams sort out and we start with Curt Axel and Lince Dorado. They circle but Axel stays back when Lince handsprings. “Lucha! Lucha!” starts, as do the matracas. But “B-Team! B-Team! GO GO GO!” counters. The chants duel but Axel swings into a dropkick! Lince tags Kalisto and they combine for an alley-oop dropkick! Scott Dawson tags in and now The Revival revive their feud with LHP. Dawson slaps Kalisto, Kalisto fires off forearms! They brawl, and Dawson rocks Kalisto with a right. Dawson wrenches the arm and kicks Kalisto to the ropes. Dawson chops Kalisto on the ropes, but keeps his distance from AoP. He bumps Kalisto off buckles and gives European Uppercuts. Dawson mocks the lucha chant, then suplexes Kalisto. He drops an elbow, then tags Dash Wilder.
The Revival go after Kalisto together but they get a double DDT! Kalisto tags Lince, and hist the elevated splash! Lince hits the planking splash, covers, TWO! Dash scrambles and Akam tags in. Lince goes after Akam but Akam shoves him away. Lince dropkicks but Akam tags Rezar, for a pop-up and tackle into a corner! AoP mug Lince while we go to break.
Raw returns as Dash has Lince in a Gory Special! Lince endures as fans chant, but Dash reaches back to go after the mask. Dash mocks the lucha chant, but Lince pops out to arm-drag Dash! Axel tags in, Dash gets an enziguri! Axel goes after Lince but Lince handsprings to the Golden Rewind! Both Lince and Axel are down and fans rally up. Chants duel while Axel crawls. Hot tags to Bo Dallas and Kalisto! Kalisto springboards and crossbodies! Kalisto kicks and whips, Bo reverses but Kalisto springboards for a corkscrew crossbody! Fans fire up with the Lucha Dragon as he tackles Bo in a corner. Axel returns but gets the tornado DDT! Kalisto kicks Bo then whips, but Bo reverses. Dawson tags in and goes after Kalisto to throw him out. Dawson slaps Bo but Bo fires off hands!
Bo boots and clotheslines Dawson, then brings him up for the draping neckbreaker! Cover, but Dash breaks it up! Dash takes his time leaving, but Kalisto comes in to tilt-o-whirl DDT Dash down! Axel swings but gets a kick! Kalisto dodges Rezar, Bo and Dawson clothesline him out! But then Akam grabs them both, only to get haymakers. Akam shoves them back but is sent out. Lucha House Party are LAUNCHED onto both AoP! Bo and Dawson are alone, Dawson rolls Bo up but Bo rolls him back! Cover, TWO! Small package, TWO! Dawson scoops but gets another cradle, TWO! Bo shoves Dawson but Dash tags in. SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, The Revival win!!
Winners: The Revival, Dash Wilder pinning; new Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders
#SayYeah! Now that Dash & Dawson got a fair shake, they can get another shot at those tag titles! Will they be #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS against Roode & Gable?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
The Architect got back at Ambrose just a bit earlier, but he still feels rough from last night’s “disaster.” Personally, professionally, it was all wrong. He let Ambrose get in his head and take that title, and Rollins heard the crowd. Rollins takes the blame for all of that, and vows to move forward. This isn’t about his in-ring performance or titles, this is his life! “This is everything that I’ve dedicated everything to!” It’s going off the rails, but Rollins will right the ship by ending Ambrose.
But Baron Corbin comes over, and tells Rollins that everyone thought he was doing great until Rollins had to speak up. Rollins goaded Corbin into a match, Rollins is why Strowman won, and Rollins is why the McMahons are back in charge. Ambrose was right. And Corbin would take Rollins title, if Ambrose hadn’t already done that. Rollins hits Corbin! The Lone Wolf gets further comeuppance, but when will the Lunatic get his?
Ronda Rousey is here!
And the Baddest Woman on the Planet is still Raw Women’s Champion after a physical match with Nia Jax! Ronda denied the #FaceBreaker her victory, but she didn’t stop there. She got her payback on The Queen, Charlotte Flair, and The Man, Becky Lynch, by throwing them off their ladder in the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Match! The Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka, has the throne now, but what does that mean for both shows now?
Ronda smiles as fans duel. She says “I told Nia Jax she could kiss that right hand she’s so proud of good-bye. I told Charlotte Flair I was going to write the next chapter of our story. And I told Becky Lynch I am the last woman on Earth she should provoke.” Ronda didn’t come out here to justify her actions, but to define what a real champion is. “A real champion is so much more than just a title someone puts in front of your name or an object you can hold”. It’s so much more than the winner of a match. A real champion represents the limit of human potential, physically, mentally and morally. A real champion is the best the human race has to offer, and steps up to the challenge. That is why Ronda is here tonight!
Fans still duel as Ronda suggests a new tradition. Every Raw after a PPV, the champion shows up no matter what to defend their title! Ronda wants a fight, this is her open challenge, so who wants a shot!?
Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???
There’s a traffic jam at gorilla position! So many women want their shot at Ronda, the production team can’t figure out what song to play! Stephanie McMahon leads them out in front of the fans, microphone in hand. Stephanie lets Ronda know that everyone wants their shot. And they’re deserving, but there won’t be any favorites anymore. These women will all earn their shot, in a Gauntlet Match! And that’s right now! And we start with Alicia Fox, against Bayley!
8 Woman Gauntlet Match!
Who will be the last woman left to challenge Ronda for her title?!
Bayley circles with Alicia and tie up. Bayley rolls Alicia, ONE. Alicia backs off to circle with Bayley again. They tie up and Bayley gets an arm wrench. She brings Alicia down and then Mahistrols, TWO! Alicia scrambles to ropes for safety, and fans boo as she takes her time getting up. Alicia kicks low, still holding the ropes, then throws forearms. She throws Bayley down by her hair, covers, ONE. Alicia keeps on Bayley in a corner for buckle bumps, then stomps her in another corner. She backs off to snapmare Bayley to a cover. ONE, but Alicia wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally up and Bayley feeds off the energy. Alicia clubs Bayley but misses the scissor kick to get a saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Alicia runs away again and we go to break.
Raw returns as Alicia stomps Bayley. Alicia kicks Bayley down and around at the ropes. Bayley gets to a corner, Alicia throws forearms. Alicia taunts Bayley to whip her corner to corner. Bayley slips to the apron and shoulders in. She slides under to sunset flip, TWO! Alicia clobbers Bayley quick! Alicia chokes Bayley on the ropes but backs off at 4. She pulls on Bayley’s ponytail, then throws more forearms. Bayley kicks and kicks, then throws forearms. Alicia kicks low but fans rally for Bayley. Alicia whips Bayley hard into buckles! Cover, TWO! Alicia keeps her cool, but then she starts slapping Bayley around in the corner. Bayley pushes Alicia away then flapjacks her on the buckles! Bayley whips but Alicia reverses, but Bayley goes up and over. But Bayley’s ankle gives out, and Alicia boots her down! Cover, but Bayley reverses it, Bayley ELIMINATES Alicia!!
Dana Brooke comes out now, and hurries to capitalize. She goes after Bayley with an enziguri! Dana handsprings corner to corner for the elbow! Cover, TWO! Dana tries again, TWO! Dana rains rights down because she wants this chance. She puts Bayley in a body scissor squeeze and trash talks, but Bayley fights out. Bayley makes it a cover, TWO! Dana chop blocks the bad leg! The ref checks on Bayley, but she won’t quit. Dana bumps Bayley off buckles and stomps a mudhole. Dana whips but Bayley can’t even run on the leg. Cover, TWO! Dana keeps on Bayley with a chinlock but fans rally. Bayley endures the thrashing, and fights her way up. Dana throws her back down by her hair, then covers. TWO, Dana tries again, TWO!
Dana grows frustrated but she keeps on Bayley in a corner. She stomps in another mudhole, then backs off at 4. Dana taunts Bayley, but gets a Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley ELIMINATES Dana! The Huggable One continues in this Gauntlet while we go to break!
Raw returns and Bayley’s third opponent is Mickie James. Mickie has Bayley in a chinlock but Bayley fights her way up. Bayley fights back but Mickie knees low. Mickie whips Bayley to a corner, but runs into a boot! Bayley runs out but into a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Mickie is frustrated that a beat up Bayley is still going. Ronda watches backstage as Mickie toys with Bayley. Mickie drags Bayley up to choke her on the ropes. She stops at 4, but runs, only to miss and get ropes! Bayley covers, TWO! Mickie brings Bayley up and kicks, but then runs and misses, Bayley rolls her up! TWO, and Mickie flapjacks Bayley! Mickie kips up and heads up top. Bayley stands, Mickie hits the flying seated senton! Cover, TWO and Bayley sunset flips, TWO! Mickie high stacks, TWO, roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Bayley still lives!
Mickie grows frustrated, but aim to finish this. Bayley slowly stands, but denies the Mick-DDT to a saido suplex! Fans fire up with Bayley, but Mickie kicks her out of the ring. Mickie builds speed, to slide, but Bayley spins her around for a big knee! Bayley grits her teeth as she heads back up. Bayley has a bad footing on the ropes but she still elbows Mickie. She leaps for a crossbody, but can’t keep the cover! Mickie gets to a corner, Bayley runs in for a big knee! Bayley tosses Mickie out to climb back up. Bayley leaps, Macho Elbow! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Mickie survives and Bayley grows frustrated. Bayley gets up and goes after Mickie but gets body shots. Mickie steps in for a hotshot! Bayley fires herself up, but Mickie grabs hair! Bayley powers Mickie back, but Mickie elbows Bayley.
Mickie goes for the Mickanrana but is put on the apron. Mickie hits back and bumps Bayley off buckles! The Mick-DDT hits! Cover, Mickie ELIMINATES Bayley! But there’s no rest for the wicked, Ember Moon heads in! Mickie dropkicks Ember right as she slides into the ring! Mickie stomps away but backs off at 4. Ember gets up but Mickie kicks her to a corner. Mickie grinds her boot in but stops at 4. Ember gasps for air but Mickie is on her with a slap. Ember and Mickie kick each other, Mickie whips but Ember flips through the hip toss to arm-drag! Mickie runs into a leg sweep, Ember misses the dropkick! Mickie covers, TWO! Ember blocks a kick but gets a kick. Mickie runs, but she misses. Ember runs, springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Mickie slides out, because she wants a time-out. But Ember doesn’t give her one. ember runs and slides out, but Mickie kicks her on the return. Mickie wants a draping DDT but Ember fights her off. Mickie slides out and wants a bomb! Ember holds on for dear life and fights Mickie off, but Mickie trips her up! Ember hits apron while we go to break.
Raw returns and Ember slams Mickie! Both women are down but stirring. Mickie throws a forearm but Ember throws one back. Ember throws more forearms, then ducks to swing. Mickie dodges but Ember dodges and mule kicks, Ember enziguris! High stack cover, TWO! Ronda still watches backstage as Mickie gets to a corner. Ember runs in but misses, and Mickie rolls her up. She uses ropes but gets caught! The referee reprimands Mickie, but Mickie still flapjacks Ember! Mickie kips up again, then heads up top. Mickie leaps, but into a code breaker!! Ember hurries up top now, for the ECLIPSE! Cover, Ember ELIMINATES Mickie! But here comes The Queen of Harts! Natalya hits the ring but Ember rolls her up, TWO!
Natty gets Ember down, but the Sharpshooter is denied. Ember ducks the discus to SUPERKICK Natty! Cover, TWO! Ember drags Natty up into a chinlock but Natty endures. Natty works her way up and fights out, but Ember kicks her back. Ember brings Natty up to trap an arm in the standing chinlock. Natty endures the modified stretch, even as Ember clubs her on the back. Natty fights out and fireman’s carry, but Ember fights out. Ember throws forearms, then whips, but Natty reverses. Natty runs into a boot, and Ember hops up. Ember brings Natty over, tornado snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Ember clubs Natty again, then heads up top. Natty stands and gets clear of the Eclipse, to discus clothesline Ember! Cover, TWO!! The War Goddess survives and the Queen of Harts is frustrated.
Natty goes for legs but Ember fights her off. Cradle, TWO! Natty rolls Ember up, Natty ELIMINATES Ember!! Natty shocks Sacramento, but The Riott Squad heads out together. Will it be a rematch of TLC to determine a #1 Contender? We’ll find out after the break.
Raw returns and Ruby has Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures and pries her way out of the chinlock, but Ruby puts on body scissors. Liv and Sarah smirk as Ruby squeezes Natty. Natty turns around to club Ruby, so Ruby slaps Natty! Ruby wraps Natty in a guillotine now, but Natty still endures. Natty powers up and powers Ruby off with a scoop slam! Fans fire up as Natty and Ruby double clothesline! Both Ruby and Natty are down but the Squad coach Ruby up. Ruby gets up first and kicks Natty in the ribs! Ruby drags Natty up to throw her down, then brings Natty up to bump her off buckles. She stomps a mudhole into Natty but stops at 3. Natty rolls her up! TWO, and Ruby clobbers Natty again. Cover, TWO!
Ruby grows frustrated, but puts Natty in a cravat. Natty endures and fights her way back up. Natty arm-drags Ruby off, but gets a knee to the chin! Ruby throws Natty down, covers, TWO! Ruby keeps her cool, and toys with Natty, but Natty slaps her! Natty gets up but Ruby rolls her, TWO! Natty boots Ruby down, then catches her breath. She scoops Ruby but Ruby sunset flips, TWO! Natty dropkicks Ruby down! Ruby and Natty are slow to get up but Natty rallies with ax handles and lariats. Natty kicks low, then fires the fans up with a snap suplex! And another! Natty slaps Ruby then whips her to a corner. Discus meets STO! Ruby positions Natty in the drop zone then climbs up. The Squad cheer on the back senton, but it misses! Roll up, Natty ELIMINATES Ruby!
But it’s Boss Time! Sasha Banks goes at Natty, and rallies the moment she hits the ring! She blocks a kick to give a knee, then turns Natty sideways in the corner. Stock Drop knees! Cover, TWO! Natty survives but The Boss keeps her focus. Sasha puts up the four and says she wants that belt, but Natty powers her to a corner! Natty rams her shoulder in but then misses. Sasha goes up, but Natty gets under to roll her up! TWO! Sasha runs, sunset flip DDT! Cover, TWO!! Natty still lives and this match continues, after one more break!
Raw returns and both women are down. A 10 count begins, and Sasha sits up at 6. She stands at 7 and Natty follows. Natty blocks the kick to trip Sasha up, then she walks all over her to dropkick! Cover, TWO! Natty fires up the fans as she brings Sasha around. She wants the Sharpshooter but is denied with a roll up, TWO! Sasha backslides, TWO! Sasha knees Natty but Natty discus clotheslines! Cover, TWO!! Natty grows frustrated, but she wants that Sharpshooter. And she gets it! Sasha endures as Natty drags her from ropes! Fans fire up and duel as Sasha crawls. Sasha reaches but Natty drags her away again! Natty sits down deep but Sasha gets a second gas, to roll Natty into buckles! Both women are down and the ref checks on them.
Fans rally up as both women are okay to continue. Natty goes for the legs but Sasha rolls through to a Half Crab! Natty endures, crawls and reaches! Sasha shifts to the Rings of Saturn, to a cover, TWO! Bank Statement crossface!! Natty endures as Sasha pulls back hard! Natty powers Sasha around, but Sasha holds on. Fireman’s carry, but Sasha slips off. Natty throws Sasha with a German Suplex! Fans rally and duel while both women stir. Sasha gets to a corner, but Natty stands up. Natty runs in, but into a boot! Sasha elbows Natty away, then hops up. She leaps, Meteora! Cover, TWO!! Natty lives and Sasha can’t believe it! Sasha and Natty slowly stand, and Sasha wants the backstabber. Natty bucks her off, but walks into a takedown!
Sasha wants the crossface but Natty arm-drags her off. Sasha runs and rolls again, but into an inverted bomb! Natty gets the legs, Sharpshooter is on! Sasha endures as she’s far away, and TAPS! Natty wins the Gauntlet!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission; will face Ronda Rousey for the title next week
The Queen of Harts just won herself the best Christmas present ever! Natty shows Sasha respect, but here comes Ronda to congratulate her friend. Natty and Ronda celebrate this accomplishment together, but now friends must become opponents. Ronda offers a handshake, and Natty accepts it. Will friends stay friends after their title match?
Well this wasn’t what I expected from a post-PPV Raw. And sadly it wasn’t worth the hype. Vince and the McMahon family promised change and finally giving fans what we want, but this first night doesn’t quite give that impression. The only change might’ve been that there were way more commercials than I can remember being on a Raw. Did WWE need to pay some bills or something? This would’ve been a better Raw just on the virtue of keeping the flow going with less ads and more action. It’s not like having more of those commercials changed how Raw actually ran, either. The opening was a talk segment to give us this supposed “change”, and Vince’s time on his own show to shine. The only reason it wasn’t a consecutive 20 minutes is because a commercial happened 5 minutes in.
Now, I did appreciate that the McMahons were the Faces in this scenario, and gave Corbin further comeuppance. It was proper karma with the running gag of “remembering” things. However, another “change” seems to be we won’t get Angle back as GM or even someone new, like a rumored WOKEN Hardy. But perhaps if that means HHH is technically in charge, there’s a sliver of hope he’ll get this thing running as it should. In fact, Finn VS Ziggler was a really great match, but I am a bit disappointed McIntyre interfered. We’ve already been told there will be a Triple Threat for this story on the Christmas Eve edition, so that sounds like a good time. And for those who don’t already know, the Christmas Eve Raw will be recorded TONIGHT and put on tape delay. I don’t know if the live audience is lucky or being tortured…
There are also these “new faces” to address. The NXT Call-Ups have been announced in advance, but honestly I hope most of them go to SmackDown. We’ll have to wait and see how the “fresh start” affects SmackDown, but I’d imagine SmackDown will still be just as good as it was before. Therefore, they’d be able to use Lacey Evans, Heavy Machinery and EC3 much better than Raw. In fact, we were all worried about what Faces could face the Heel Daniel Bryan, maybe The Top One Percent can be that Face.
It seems Tyler Breeze is Mr. Open Challenge, with having gone back to NXT long enough to challenge Ricochet then returning to Raw to answer Ambrose’s Open Challenge. Rollins being in disguise as a gas-mask man was a standard twist, but still fitting of the story. If only Rollins interfered during the match to cost Ambrose the title. But perhaps that in itself proves Ambrose right: Rollins won’t go after Ambrose unless he can get the title back. Rollins VS Corbin will be the Christmas Eve match, and perhaps Ambrose attacks him back to keep pace. I wonder if their title rematch would be at Royal Rumble to keep them out of the Royal Rumble match… Perhaps that’s for the best if Rollins isn’t going to win to then challenge for the Universal Championship.
A Fatal 4 Way tag to determine contenders was good, and the match itself was alright. I’m sure many fans are happy that The Revival are finally back in the title scene, and I for one am glad the Raw Tag Division didn’t have to worry about pee jokes and lucha rule inaccuracies. Revival VS Gable & Roode should be a good one, if they’re allowed to go NXT level with HHH behind the wheel. Fans would be even more amazed if The Revival finally won. At the same time, we’re getting some Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn “returning soon” hype, I wonder if they finally aim for tag titles on top of singles. It’d make a lot of sense to me, at least, as Kevin would get his Grand Slam with the help of his best friend.
It seems the Raw Women’s Division has finally turned the corner to match up to SmackDown’s. Ronda wanted a match already, and the Gauntlet was a great surprise. I am genuinely surprised but pleased that Natalya is facing Ronda “next week” rather than Sasha Banks. There is story to be had with Ronda VS Raw’s NXT Horsewomen, but everyone was expecting Ronda VS Natty to have happened at some point, so this seems like a good a time as any. Ronda VS Natty, tired as they both might be, will still be a solid match, and I just hope that there’s no interference. At least not until the title match gets to a really hot point. The Riott Squad or the Samoan Dynasty might be expected given Raw stories, but I’m thinking it should be Charlotte and Becky for payback from TLC to move that story forward.
My Score: 7.7/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 3.2.2021
Tonight we know we’re supposed to get an official number one contender for the X Division championship! Will it be Black Taurus, Ace Austin or Chris Bey?
Tonight we know we’re supposed to get an official number one contender for the X Division championship! Will it be Black Taurus, Ace Austin or Chris Bey?
Beyond that, the rest of the matches seem like great building blocks. The eight man should stoke a fire between FinJuice and Good Brothers, Cardona as guest referee is gonna have some wrinkle and the Knockouts main event could be a title match anywhere with Jordynne and Deonna.
With a load of potential, let’s see what the show has in store. Speaking of potential, it seems like Deaner has to suffer through some punishment so he isn’t potentially corrupted.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 3, 2021
- Black Taurus vs Ace Austin vs Chris Bey: Ace wins via The Fold – *** ½
- Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Havok: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – **
- The Good Brother & FinJuice vs XXXL & Reno Scum: Good Brothers win via Magic Killer – N/A
- Matt Cardona Guest Referee: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers: Eddie wins via DQ – ** ¼
- Kiera Hogan w/Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo w/Kimber & Susan vs Jordynne Grace w/Jazz: Deonna wins via Roll-Up – *** ¾
Black Taurus vs Ace Austin vs Chris Bey
This works very logically given the size discrepancy. Bey and Ace continue their team work from last week and work on the bigger opponent. Quick strikes, tandem dives and tandem attacks. It’s amusing to see how seamlessly Ace and Bey work together, they could be one hell of an X Division tag duo if they wanted to get them on a similar page.
As Taurus is wiped out, Bey and Ace finally focus on each other and we get some nice classic Junior style action. Taurus eventually slides in and starts manhandling both of the other men. Taurus hits the Pop-Up Samoan Drop, a stalling Brainbuster, that Ace assists with a Dropkick, and then we start seeing a clash of styles. Taurus’ power kept both Bey and Ace reeling, but they were able to take advantage of him leaving his feet, than Madman Fulton sweeps Bey’s feet off the ropes mid Art of Finesse, so Ace gets the shot to hit The Fold and official win number one contender!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 3, 2021
Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Havok
Even though Kaleb did interfere a few times, Tenille managed to land a few early Back Elbows which Havok sold like they rocked her for most of the match. Tenille dominated most of this match, Tarantula, Taste of Tenille; but Havok started to come back.
Havok comes out of the corner, uses her size and power to her advantage, but Kaleb makes his presence known again. This allows Tenille the chance to make some space, hit the Spotlight Kick and get the upset win!
Nevaeh comes out after and beats the hell out of Kaleb, hits her Twisting DDT and they send Kaleb and Tenille running away.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 3, 2021
The Good Brother & FinJuice vs XXXL & Reno Scum
This was basically a funny squash match. FinJuice and the Good Brothers argued, tried to show one another up, and just generally disrespected the opponents. The Brothers had a moment where they purposefully tried to get in the ring so Finlay would get teamed up on, and Juice was irate.
When Finlay gets a chance to tag out, Gallows uses his size to his advantage and reaches out to pick on the fact that Thornstowe was in on the opponent’s side. So Gallows clears the ring, tags in Anderson, they toy with doing the Magic Killer to the point where Thornstowe almost wins with a Roll-Up. Anderson gets annoyed at the close call, Magic Killer and the dysfunctional quartet wins!
Very amusing, not much of a match but great entertainment.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 3, 2021
Matt Cardona Guest Referee: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers
Myers starts with a few shortcuts, like a shielded thumb to the eye and general shady tactics. Eddie hits the Manhattan Drop/Release Belly to Belly to get some space, Cardona admonishes Myers for grabbing a chair, and Eddie leapfrogs referee Cardona and hits the Tope con Hilo on Myers as we go to commercial.
When we get back, Myers is back in charge, but Eddie is doing a good job fighting back. Misawa style Elbows, a Blue Thunder Bomb, all for a two count. Myers eats a Backpack Stunner, but he’s near the ropes, so Myers gets his foot on the ropes. Myers manages to hang Eddie in ropes, he comes in, pulls something out of his kneepad to load the arm, as he hits the charging clothesline Roster Cut.
But Cardona saw the load, and calls for the DQ. So Myers tried to do his best Lex Luger impression, but no dice. Cardona disqualifies Myers, so Eddie wins after what was building to be a decent match.
Kiera Hogan w/Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo w/Kimber & Susan vs Jordynne Grace w/Jazz
An early commercial gave a little odd pacing, but it also kinda cut to all the great stuff. After the initial concept of gang up on the champ and make it a singles match was over, we saw one hell of a match. Gorgeous transitions from Jordynne and Deonna. Jordynne had a great Rolling Deadlift German Suplex, that Deonna countered by just grabbing Kiera and applying a submission. We saw Deonna slap on the Fujiwara from a few different angles, and even pulled out a nice Exploder Suplex.
Kiera is more of the stick and move striker, and even though she looked outclassed, she was never exposed. Kiera held her own given the fact that Deonna is one of the best technical wrestlers in wrestling and Jordynne is a wonderful powerhouse with an ever growing mat wrestling IQ.
Jordynne laid out Kiera, but Tasha was a great tag partner and pulled Kiera out of the ring so she couldn’t eat the pin. This gave Deonna the opportunity to roll up Jordynne and get a controversial 3 count. So the fact it was a hair’s breadth style 3 count, helps to protect Jordynne; coupled with the chaos of a triple threat.
As Deonna celebrates her ingenious ability to pull a win from nowhere, ODB hits the ring after the attack last week and beats the ever living heck out of Deonna, punctuating things with a BAM! So it looks like ODB will be getting a title shot!
Overall Score: 7/10
Now even though the Twitch channel was having technical difficulties for most of the show, it wasn’t enough to detract from a really good episode of IMPACT.
We continued to flesh out the Sacrifice card, and sprinkle enough situations that could always bleed into Rebellion. With Ace and Bey having a match next week, that could always expand the X Division title match to a Triple Threat; which honestly has been a little overdone by Impact lately, but the matches have been good – so I’ll just chalk it up to a phase. You know, we all have a Hot Topic phase, a rebellious phase, this is their Three Way Dances into Oblivion phase. I think it’s documented in a book somewhere, it’s fine.
The biggest news to come out of today however was FinJuice baiting the Good Brothers into a little proud brother title match. After the Good Brothers decided to give them a shot, Juice and Finlay definitely looked like it was part of the plan. This could be the perfect avenue to put the belts on FinJuice. Since Finlay and Juice are both in the New Japan Cup, depending on how far they get, that could be an opportunity to have the Brothers return to Japan. Maybe Machine Gun gets a chance to recapture that 2012 G1 magic this year? Timing lines up fairly well that we could get some cross company fireworks; cause God knows New Japan needs something now.
Oh and yes, Moose should still win the match at Sacrifice. I’m aware the “spoilers” say Rich won, but Moose is where it’s at.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/2/21)
It’s Dark Before the Crossroads!
Dark does 14 on the way to AEW’s Crossroads!
We’re so close to AEW Revolution but Dark is still turning out the hits! It’s a stacked card of FOURTEEN, and The Dark Order is ready to make this their show!
- Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow w/ Arn Anderson VS Chris Peaks & Louie Valle; Johnson & Solow win.
- Red Velvet & KiLynn King VS Ivelisse & Diamante; Velvet & King win.
- Top Flight VS Fuego Del Sol & Jon Cruz; Top Flight wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Tony Vega, Aaron Frye & Angel Fashion; The Gunn Clubb wins.
- Abadon VS Renee Michelle; Abadon wins.
- Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake; Grayson wins.
- Bear Country VS Baron Black & M’Badu; Bear Country wins.
- Six Man Tag: Evil Uno, Alan Angels & Colt Cabana VS Levy Shapiro, John Skyler & Ryzin; The Dark Order wins.
- Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS JJ Garrett; Caster wins.
- The Hybrid2 VS Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo; The Hybrid2 win.
- Orange Cassidy VS Steven Stetson; Cassidy wins.
- Chuck Taylor VS VSK; Taylor wins.
- Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Daniel Joseph; Vance wins.
- Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS The Sydal Brothers; SCU wins and remains a tag team.
PLAY BY PLAY
Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow w/ Arn Anderson VS Chris Peaks & Louie Valle!
If having new ring gear didn’t confirm it, having the Enforcer as coach does! Big Shotty & The Extra Talented are both part of the growing Nightmare Family! Will this new drive help them get through the Peaks ‘n’ Valle facing them?
The teams sort out, Solow starts with Valle and fans rally as they circle. Valle doesn’t like Arn being nearby, but he ties up with Solow. Solow gets the arm, wrenches and wristlocks, but Valle reverses that onto Solow. Solow ducks, slips through, and headlocks for a takeover. Valle fights to the headscissor but Solow kips out. Valle dodges the headlock takeover to waistlock back. Solow pries free, switches, then hits the takeover after all. Valle tries to headscissor but Solow fights that off. They stand, Solow wrenches, and tags Johnson in. Johnson hops up to drop ax handles on Valle’s arm! Johnson wrenches, tags Solow, and Solow goes up to also drop ax handles!
Solow wrenches, tags Johnson, and they double whip Valle for double elbows! Johnson covers, ONE, but Johnson keeps close. Tag to Solow and Johnson scoop slams Valle, for Solow to leap and knee drop! Cover, TWO, but Solow has the cording hold. Valle fights up, knees low, then tags Peaks! Peaks runs in but into an arm-drag! Solow has the armlock, Peaks endures and moves around, then pulls hair. Peaks powers out and Valle gets a cheap shot, but Solow DECKS Valle! Peaks kicks low, throws big EuroUppers, then whips. Solow reverses, but Valle tags in as Peaks tumbles out. Solow still thinks it’s Peaks and he goes after him, but Peaks trips Solow for Valle to slingshot STOMP!
Fans boo as Valle hammers away on Solow’s head! Valle grabs Solow’s arm to BITE the hand! Solow goes to ropes, kicks back and throws hands. Valle rakes Solow’s face, suplexes him high and hard, then covers, TWO! Valle drags Solow over, tags in Peaks, and they mug Solow. Peaks tags Valle back in, they double whip Solow to ropes, Solow kicks back! Solow dumps Peaks out, crawls for the corner, and hot tags Johnson! Johnson rallies on Valle, dodges him to dropkick him down! Fans fire up with Big Shotty but Peaks runs in, only for Solow to intercept with a GAMANGIRI! Johnson gets Valle up for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Johnson & Solow win!
Winners: Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow, by pinfall
Their first tag team victory is a big one! The Coach cheers on his guys, will Johnson & Solow rise up the ranks in the tag division soon enough?
Red Velvet & KiLynn King VS Ivelisse & Diamante!
Before joining the American Nightmare at the Crossroads, she’s teaming with the King to take on Las Sicarias! Will Velvet stir it up and serve some L’s before facing down Jade Cargill & Shaq?
The teams sort out and King starts with Diamante. Diamante wants after Velvet but King says she has to deal with her first. Diamante shoves King and demands to face Velvet! King gives in and tags Velvet. Diamante starts swinging but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS her back! Velvet kicks, Diamante ducks the heel kick and trips Velvet up to rain down fists! King shoves Diamante off Velvet, Ivelisse comes in, but they both stand down. Diamante headlocks, Velvet powers out but Diamante runs her over! Things speed up, Velvet dodges Diamante to calf kick! Fans fire up, Velvet dares Diamante to do something, but Ivelisse tags in.
Ivelisse and Velvet circle, feel things out, and Ivelisse ROCKS Velvet! Velvet CHOPS back! Velvet wrenches, pushes Ivelisse to the corner, and King tags in. King wrenches Ivelisse and cranks the arm, then tags in Velvet. Velvet goes up to drop ax handles! Velvet wrenches, elbow breakers, and tags in King for a hand-off. King WRINGS Ivelisse out, tags in Velvet, then whips Ivelisse for a hip toss! Velvet and King combine, wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Velvet wrenches Ivelisse again, tags King in, and feeds Ivelisse to King’s towering scoop and SLAM! King gets the fans fired up with her moshing, and trips Ivelisse up. Ivelisse drags King into a triangle hold!
But King powers up to dead lift Ivelisse! Ivelisse fights and gets to ropes for a HANGING TRIANGLE! The ref counts, Ivelisse lets go at 4 to then hotshot the arm! Diamante gets a hotshot in, then Ivelisse gives King’s arm some Sole Food! King ends up in the corner, Ivelisse stomps her down, then tags in Diamante. Las Sicarias stomp away on King, then Diamante runs to basement dropkick! Diamante drags King around, tags Ivelisse back in, and Ivelisse KICKS the bad arm! Fans rally as Ivelisse puts King’s arm in a chicken wing. King fights up and scoops Ivelisse, but Ivelisse hits a chicken wing takedown! Tag to Diamante, she wrenches the arm to give it a CODE BREAKER!
Tag back to Ivelisse, she isolates the arm and Diamante KICKS it! Ivelisse jams the shoulder, then mule kicks King back down! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse is annoyed with King and she clubs the arm. Ivelisse hooks one arm up and keylocks the other! Fans rally, King fights up and fights back, but Ivelisse chicken wings and chinlocks. King powers up to RAM Ivelisse into buckles, then throw her off! Ivelisse staggers up but into a ROUNDHOUSE! King runs to CLOBBER Ivelisse! Both women are down and fans fire up! Fans rally, Ivelisse and King crawl, hot tags to Diamante and Velvet! Velvet hits a Thesz Press!
Velvet rains down rights on Diamante, ROCKS Ivelisse, then stares down with Diamante. The forearms fly, Diamante uppercuts but Velvet ROLLING ELBOWS! DOUBLE KNEES at the ropes, and a BIG standing moonsault! Cover, Ivelisse breaks it! Ivelisse drags Diamante over but Velvet gets in between them! Diamante ENZIGURIS Velvet! Tag to Ivelisse, Las Sicarias aim but Velvet dodges the double knees! Velvet dropkicks Diamante but Ivelisse cravats and KNEES, to a butterfly suplex! Cover, but King breaks it! Diamante returns and hops on King! King powers Diamante out of the ring but tumbles with her!
Velvet rolls Ivelisse for the HEEL KICK! Velvet runs, for JUST DESSERTS!! Cover, Velvet and King win!
Winners: Red Velvet & KiLynn King, by pinfall
Victory is sweet for Velvet & King! They beat the Women’s Tag Cup winners, will this bode well for Velvet going against Jade?
Top Flight VS Fuego Del Sol & Jon Cruz!
Darius & Dante Martin are getting ready for the Revolution Tag Battle Royal and their newest chance at becoming contenders! But will the coldest team in the game today start to feel the heat against the Fire of the Sun and, uh… Mr. Jon Cruz?
The teams sort out, Darius starts with Fuego and they fist bump to show respect. They circle, tie up, and go around. Darius wrenches the arm, Fuego slips through and spins Darius for a headlock. Darius powers out, Fuego bumps shoulders but Darius comes back to run Fuego over! Things speed up, Fuego wheelbarrows but Darius makes it an O’Conner Roll! TWO, Darius tackles Fuego for a headlock but Fuego headscissors. Darius kips out, rebounds, but Fuego hits a headlock takeover back. Darius headscissors, Fuego kips free, and fans cheer as Darius sweeps, but then Fuego sweeps! Fuego covers, TWO, Darius covers, TWO!
Fuego goes to monkey flip but Darius lands on his feet and kicks the grip to dropkick Fuego down! Fuego crawls but ends up in the Top Flight corner. Darius runs in, Fuego puts him on the apron but Dante tags in. Dante runs and hits an A-List Lariat! Darius snap suplexes Fuego and Dante slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Dante wrenches Fuego’s arm, wristlocks, but Fuego handsprings and flips to spin and wrench. Dante breaks free, Fuego ducks the roundhouse, but Dante sunset flips. Fuego rolls through, Cruz tags in, and things speed up. Dante dodges and whips then hurdles Cruz to roll back and headscissor him, for a big dropkick!
Cruz goes to a corner, Dante ROCKS him with a forearm, then whips him corner to corner. Cruz reverses, runs in and blocks the boot to gamangiri! Cruz snapmares and neck snaps! Cover, TWO! Cruz drags Dante up, tags in Fuego, and they mug Dante. Fuego throws body shots, Dante ROCKS Fuego then runs, but Fuego KNEES low and hard! Fuego hip tosses and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Tag to Cruz, they double back suplex but Dante lands out on his feet! Dante dodges, shoves Cruz into Fuego, and tags in Darius! Fans fire up as Darius rallies on Cruz! Darius dodges Cruz, DECKS Fuego, then boots Cruz!
Darius hops up, leaps over and gets around Cruz to hit a STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Cruz survives but Darius tags Dante in. The Martins bring Cruz up, double whip him, but Cruz holds ropes. Cruz elbows Darius, TOSSES Dante out and SUPERKICKS Darius! Fuego tags in and monkey flips Cruz at Darius for a RANA! Cruz keeps moving and DIVES onto Dante! Cruz took a bit more out of that than Darius, but Fuego SUPER TORNILLOS Top Flight down!! Fuego drags Dante up and in, aims from a top rope, and leaps! Dante dodges, runs in but into a kick! Fuego wants the tornado, but Darius tags in!
Dante blocks the DDT, Darius helps out, and they pop-up UPPERCUT! Dante BOOTS Cruz, Darius has Fuego, LEAP FROG! Top Flight works together again, boosted back suplex to a BULLDOG! Cover, Top Flight wins!
Winner: Top Flight, by pinfall
Fast and furious doesn’t even cover it! But will Top Flight soar above all the teams in the Casino Battle Royal and hit the jackpot?
Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Tony Vega, Aaron Frye & Angel Fashion!
Billy and the boys are back in action as a trio but they’re still on a hot streak overall! Will they hit the mark again against Top Notch, Frye Daddy and The Fashionable Hombre?
The trios sort out, and after a round of rock-paper-scissors, Austin starts against Frye. Austin and Frye circle, tie up, and go around. Austin is after an arm, Frye gets the waistlock. Austin pries free but Frye gets a headlock. Austin tries to pry free again, but Frye clamps on tighter. Austin brings Frye to a knee, gets free and gets the arm, but Frye throws body shots. Frye puts Austin in a corner, lets off as the ref counts, but then ROCKS Austin with a sucker punch! Frye grins as he whips corner to corner, Austin goes up, up, and over. Austin speeds up and trips Frye to then hit a Throwback! Frye tags Fashion in as Austin fires up and fires off hype bullets.
Fashion runs in but Austin sends him into the Gunn corner! Tag to Colten, and he whips Austin in for an uppercut! Austin sets up the hoop, and Colten DUNKS on Fashion! Colten runs and does a Euro step to the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Colten brings Fashion up, wrenches the arm but Fashion claws Colten’s face! Fashion puts Colten in the corner, CHOPS, then tags in Vega. Vega says he’s got this but Colten ROCKS him with a right! Colten puts Vega in the corner, tags Austin, but the whole family gets in as they body shot, BOOT and dropkick! Cover, TWO! Austin keeps his cool and whips Vega to ropes. Vega holds ropes, elbows Austin then drop toeholds him to ropes.
Frye BOOTS Austin down while Vega distracts the ref, then Vega CLOBBERS Austin! Tag to Frye, he stomps Austin and has him in an open corner. Frye throws hands, brings Austin around and DECKS him! Fans rally for Austin but Frye drags Austin over to tag Vega in. They mug Austin, Vega toys with Austin but Austin throws a body shot. Vega CLUBS Austin, tags in Fashion, and they mug Austin now. Fashion drags Austin up to whip him back in, and Austin bounces off buckles! Tag to Vega, he taunts Colten and Billy, then drags Austin up. Vega scoops, slams, then covers, ONE! Vega is upset and he drags Austin up.
Vega whips Austin in but Austin boots back! Austin DECKS Fashion, DECKS Frye, dodges Vega and tags in Papa Gunn! Billy rallies with haymakers and then throws Frye out hard. Billy dodges Vega to scoop SLAM him! Billy fires up, runs at Fashion for a corner splash, then stands him up to kick low. SUCK IT, the FAMOUSER hits! Cover, but Frye breaks it! Austin whips Frye but Frye reverses to send Austin out! Austin drags Frye out to RAM him into the railing! Fashion swings, Billy dodges but Fashion kicks him! Fashion tells Billy to SUCK IT, but he runs into the 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
And the Gunns are still undefeated as a trio! Will they be a major part of the Nightmare Family’s continued success in AEW?
Abadon VS Renee Michelle!
The Living Dead Girl returns to make this Dark even darker! Will she start to haunt #THEDiva in her dreams?
The bell rings, Renee is rightfully afraid of Abadon and tries to run away! Abadon catches her at the apron, Renee freaks out and ROCKS Abadon! Abadon stays up by holding ropes, and then DECKS Renee! Renee gets up and Abadon LEAPS from the apron for a seated senton! Abadon rains down fists, lets off to growl and roar at whatever is around her, then she puts Renee in the ring. Abadon slithers in as fans rally up. Renee gets up, gets around Abadon and cravat KNEES Abadon. Abadon stays up so Renee kicks the leg and hammers away! Renee runs, into a LARIAT from Abadon!
Abadon roars again, drags Renee up, and TOSSES her across the ring! Renee ends up in a corner, and Abadon runs in to METEORA! Abadon growls and Renee is afraid but Abadon brings her up. Abadon reels Renee in for underhooks but Renee fights free to throw forearms! Abadon stays on her feet, shrieks and reels Renee in to RAM her with a shoulder! Abadon drags Renee up, underhooks and Gory Especials, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
And this is why the only woman to beat her is the AEW Women’s Champion, Hikaru Shida! But with Shida spoken for at Revolution, will the creeping nightmare have to wait for another match with the Full Metal Warrior?
Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake!
Player Two is back in action! He’s #BornForCombat, but will he be ready to scrap with Scrap Metal?
The bell rings and Stu ties up with JD. They’re in a deadlock, JD gets a headlock, but Stu powers out, only for JD to run him over. Things speed up, Stu dropkicks but JD stays up! JD swings, Stu dodges and CHOPS! JD doesn’t even flinch! Stu CHOPS again, throws forearms, then whips. JD blocks by holding ropes, Stu tries again but JD reverses. Stu dodges, and CHOPS again! JD felt that one, and Stu throws uppercuts and forearms! JD shoves, Stu dodges but JD CHOPS! Stu grins and laughs because this is getting fun! Stu offers a fist bump, JD gives it, and they fire off fists fast and furious! JD puts Stu in a corner, Stu turns it around but JD turns it back around!
JD fires off body shots, Stu turns things around to stomp away! The ref backs Stu off and JD runs at him, but Stu puts JD on the apron. Stu sweeps the legs and PENALTY KICKS, then slingshots for the apron senton! Fans fire up and Stu grins, and he goes back at JD, but JD tosses him into ropes to then DECK him with a forearm! JD puts Stu in, runs and drops a senton! Cover, TWO! JD KICKS Stu in the back, drags him up, and snapmares him for a knee to the back! JD clamps on a chinlock, thrashes Stu around, but Stu fights up to throw body shots. Stu clinches, JD resists the lift and elbows Stu away! JD whips Stu to CLOBBER him!
But Stu is right up and they get forehead to forehead! They egg each other on, JD CHOPS, Stu kicks and kicks and CHOPS! Stu JABS, ducks under the back hand and URENAGES! PENALTY KICK, and BIG knee drop! Fans fire up as JD gets to a corner, Stu runs in and RAMS into him! Stu runs, JD shoves but Stu springboards for a FLYING SHOULDER! Stu drags JD up, reels him in but JD clubs away on his back! JD whips, Stu reverses, but JD goes up and over?! To OVERHEAD SUPLEX! JD hops up, Stu runs in, FLYING LEG LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Stu survives and JD is surprised! Fans fire up more, JD has Stu in a drop zone and JD climbs.
Stu goes to the apron and ROCKS JD! Stu then adjusts, springboards, and SUPER STEINERS JD down! Stu hurries back up, aims again, and 450’s but has to bail out as JD dodges! SHOTGUN BOOT! JD fires up and runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL but miss as Stu moves! Stu aims, triangle jumps to TORNADO DDT! Stu runs to KNEE TRIGGER, then he reels JD in for a torture rack! THE NIGHTFALL!! Cover, Stu wins!
Winner: Stu Grayson, by pinfall
Scrap Metal just got scrapped, and Stu is leading the charge for the Dark Order! Will Stu be a contender after Revolution?
The Acclaimed speak.
Anthony Bowens & Max Caster introduce themselves, then introduce us to The Acclaimed Shopping Network! They’ve got something cool, magical and spooky for you today~! It’s the Dark Order’s Kool-Aide~! Not to be confused with Kool-Aid or Gatorade, someone has to try this live to prove what it does! Their volunteer takes a big swig, and whoaaaa~! He’s transformed into Number 100! He’s Number 10’s twin brother! He’s small and frail! Gross and stupid! And smells awful! And it’s time for an all new Acclaimed hit single!
“Platinum, Max I’m, about to draw a fine! I’m facing a guy named 10 but he couldn’t draw a dime! With his 10 cent brain, 10 dollar body! Who loves the Acclaimed? Everybody! The 10 day forecast: All rain. But you face me so you seeing them stars, main. Platinum, with the visibility. I got the ability to make the match something the fans wanna really see. Uh, you’re welcome, keep ridin’ my coattails. I’m the only one in this match who just won’t fail. More charisma in my teeny tiny toenail than you have in your whole body, oh well!
“See me in the ring, the best wrestler alive. Be careful what your knees when you steppin’ inside. Yes, the call me Platinum cuz I’m destined to shine. I’ma climb the corporate ladder one step at a time! Yo, wassup with your chest? That’s a scary skin rash. Matter fact, don’t talk, shut the zipper on your gimp mask. I be drummin’ on your neck, call it whiplash. Andre drummin’ on your back, got a big bag. Platinum, me against 10, that’s a mismatch. On B T E, every skit’s bad. In the Dark Order, you’re a hanger-on. Looking like SpongeBob with your anchor arms. Fake muscles, yeah I know you ain’t too strong.
“Wednesday Dynamite, no place to run. Try to step to the Acclaimed, I’m a gangsta, son. No, I’m not the Revolution, I’m the face of one. Platinum, Max, I’m about to call a fine. I’m facing a guy named 10 but he couldn’t draw a dime. A 10 cent brain, 10 dollar body! Who loves the Acclaimed? Everybody!”
And that’s the show for today! Thanks for joining them on the ASN, and watch Caster beat the absolute CRAP out of Number 10! Heck, he’ll do the same to JJ Garrett tonight! Get yourself some Acclaimed shirts and make everyone jealous!
Bear Country VS Baron Black & M’Badu!
Bear Boulder and Bear Bronson are ready to roar up the rankings, but they have a long road ahead. Will the #EmpBRUH and Nigerian Warrior end up lost in Bear Country?
The teams sort out, Bronson and Baron start. They circle, tie up, Baron waistlocks but Bronson switches. Baron wrenches free, Bronson reverses the whip and elbows him down! Bronson scoops Baron to SLAM him! Bronson runs and drops a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE! Bronson drags Baron up, tags Boulder in, and Boulder headbutts Baron in the ribs. Boulder throws shoulders into Baron again and again, then gets a knuckle lock. Tag to Bronson, Bear Country mugs Baron, and Bronson brings Baron up, but Baron CHOPS! Bronson doesn’t budge! Bronson puts Baron in a corner, fires off hammering hands, then lets off. M’Badu runs over but Bronson CLOBBERS him!
Baron hits Bronson but Bronson DECKS Baron! Baron ends up on the apron, Bronson drags him up and goes out to join him. M’Badu grabs at Bronson, Boulder protests but the ref is busy with him as Baron WRINGS Bronson into the apron! Bronson staggers and M’Badu CLOBBERS him! Boulder is furious but the ref has him stay in his corner. M’Badu puts Bronson in, Baron brings Bronson to the post and pulls the arm against the steel! Baron SLAMS the arm into the post, then wraps it around the other way! Baron adds a chinbar, the ref reprimands and counts, and Baron lets go of Bronson at 4. Baron pushes Bronson to a cover, TWO!
Baron CLUBS Bronson, goes after the bad arm, and M’Badu tags in. They mug Bronson, M’Badu throws haymakers, but Bronson hits back with haymakers! Bronson whips but the bad arm messes that up! M’Badu runs and SHOULDER TACKLES Bronson down! Cover, TWO! Bronson toughs it out with the bad arm, but M’Badu drags Bronson up to then hit a corner splash! Tag to Baron, M’Badu whips him in and Baron CHOPS! Baron feeds Bronson to M’Badu’s BIG sidewalk slam! There’s a miscommunication in who is legal, Baron comes back to cover, TWO! Bronson survives but Baron wraps on a cobra clutch.
Bronson fights up, throws body shots, but Baron keeps him from Boulder to hit a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Baron grows frustrated but he brings the straps down. Baron drags Bronson up, wrenches the bad arm and CHOPS! Bronson gets mad but Baron CHOPS again! And again! Bronson reels Baron in for a BEAR-SPLODER! Fans fire up and Bronson gets himself to the corner, hot tag to Boulder! Boulder rallies on Baron, DECKS M’Badu, then runs at Baron. Boulder blocks the boot to give clotheslines and elbows! Boulder whips Baron, and BACK DROPS him on the rebound! Baron staggers up, Boulder sees M’Badu coming and sends him into Baron!
Boulder SPLASHES them both! Boulder fireman’s carries M’Badu, scoops Baron, and hits the FALL AWAY SAMOAN DROP COMBO! Fans fire up for Boulder as he drags Baron around to a drop zone. Boulder climbs, and MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS as Baron moves! M’Badu climbs and leaps at Boulder for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Baron hits the BACKSTABBER! Cover but Bronson sentons onto him! Bronson DECKS M’Badu, and DIVES?!? Direct hit and M’Badu is flattened! Fans are going nuts for Bear Country as Bronson tags in! Boulder sets Baron up, Electric Chair lifts Bronson, for the BEAR COUNTRY SPLASH! Cover, Bear Country wins!
Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall
It was a tough one, but the battle belongs to Bear Country! Will Bronson & Boulder bulldoze their way up the tag ranks on the other side of the Revolution?
But wait, The Butcher & The Blade ambush Bear Country! Bunny Allie brings a chair with her as Butcher shoves Bronson out of the ring. Blade takes the chair and SMACKS Boulder on the back! Butcher RAMS Bronson into barriers and throws him over while Blade SMACKS Boulder again! Butcher sets Bronson up for Blade to stick the chair in his face, and Bunny BOOTS the chair! The chair hits Bronson’s bad arm and Bunny laughs at his pain! Eddie Kingston’s Fam shout at the cameras, “Do you know who we are?!” They are the wolves and they are going to hunt down the bears! Will they get to butcher Bear Country into bloody meat?
Six Man Tag: Evil Uno, Alan Angels & Colt Cabana VS Levy Shapiro, John Skyler & Ryzin!
Player One, Number Five and BOOM BOOM are ready for action! Will they find a way to convince Mr. Timeless, the Southern Savior & The Priest of Sin to #JoinDarkOrder?
The trios sort out, Cabana starts against Skyler. They circle, approach and Cabana gets an arm. Cabana wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits a takeover. They get up, Cabana spins around to wrench Skyler again. Skyler rolls, rams a shoulder and throws uppercuts. Skyler shoves, Cabana sunset flips and then shifts to a school boy. Skyler rolls, whips, Cabana goes up and under and DOUBLE CHOPS Skyler down! Fans fire up as Cabana wrenches then tags in Uno. Uno CLUBS Skyler’s arm, ROCKS Skyler then CHOPS him at the ropes. Uno wrenches, whips, but Skyler reverses and RAMS low! Skyler rolls Uno, tags Shapiro and Shapiro drops an elbow.
Shapiro whips, Uno reverses and headlock, but Shapiro reverses. Uno powers out, Shapiro rams him but Uno runs him over! Uno runs, Shapiro leaps but into an atomic drop! Uno bumps Shapiro off buckles, tags in Angels, and Angels runs in at Shapiro to CHOP him! Angels whips him corner to corner, climbs up and rains down fists on Shapiro! The Dark Order counts it out, and Five hits five! Angels leaps back, dropkicks Shapiro down, and covers, TWO! Angels drags Shapiro up, wrenches him and tags in Cabana. They double wrench, double wrench again, and double CHOP Shapiro down! Negative One loves what he sees as Cabana runs to leap and drop an elbow!
Cabana bumps Shapiro off buckles, bumps him again, and again, and then tags Uno! Uno runs in to back elbow Shapiro and dust his hands. Ryzin and Skyler get in but the ref keeps him back. Uno mugs Shapiro with body shots and CHOPS, then bumps him off other buckles. Uno CHOPS Shapiro down, then brings him up for elbows. Fans rally, Uno whips corner to corner, then runs in but Shapiro elbows back. Shapiro hops up, BOOTS Uno down, then tight rope walks for a FALLING FIST DROP! Cover, hot tags to Skyler and Angels! Angels baits Skyler in, dodges him to clobber Shapiro and DECK Ryzin! Angels rallies on Skyler, dodges and enziguris!
Angels handsprings and dodges Shapiro to drop toehold him to ropes! Cabana says this’ll suck, and Angels CROSSBODIES Shapiro into the ropes! Skyler puts Angels on the apron and Ryzin runs at him, but Angels SLAMS Ryzin down! Angels enziguris Skyler, and springboard side splashes! Cover, TWO! Negative One protests that count but Angels puts Shapiro out. Angels dropkicks the legs out and Shapiro crashes down! Angels drags Skyler up but Skyler SUPERKICKS! Skyler tags Ryzin but Uno tags in, too! Uno slingshot Ryzin to Cabana’s fireman’s carry, and Cabana TOSSES Ryzin into Uno’s knees!
Angels hits the WING SNAPPER, Uno hits the TWISTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, The Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
A great showing for Uno, Angels and Cabana! Will this momentum help the Dark Order in the Casino Battle Royal and lead them to those AEW World Tag Team Championships?
Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS JJ Garrett!
We heard from The Acclaimed earlier tonight and clearly, Mr. Platinum thinks he’s greater than 10. He’s about to turn it up to 11 with a diss on his opponent right here!
“We are the Acclaimed, getting all the ladies. Hey, nice mullet. What is this, the 80’s? We killing the game, you look like a broke Brian Pillman in the ring! You did it for the irony, lookin’ like a girl, write it in your diary! Got you calling out mayday, and I heard your name’s short for Va-JJ!” AEW~! The Acclaimed have arrived! But will Platinum be shining going into his qualifier against Pres10 Vance?
The bell rings and Caster circles with JJ. They approach, JJ gets a leg and dumps Caster down to then get a facelock. Caster gets a ropebreak with a foot, the ref counts and JJ lets off. Fans rally for JJ as he and Caster circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Caster kicks low and hard, then takes a bow. Caster snapmares and drops a knee but misses! JJ runs to CLOBBER Caster with a leaping lariat! Caster gets to a corner, JJ runs in but Caster dodges! JJ goes up and over, Caster hits buckles and JJ corner 619’s! JJ springboards and moonsaults but has to land on his feet! Caster is back in a corner, JJ RAMS into him!
JJ runs corner to corner but Caster arm-drags him down hard, then hits a dropkick! Caster drags JJ around, yanks on the arm, then kicks the arm before hooking it up. Caster blows a kiss before he SNAP LOCKS the hammerlock! JJ clutches the arm, but he throws body shots. Caster CLUBS JJ, clamps onto the bad arm, and brings him up. JJ jawbreakers free and headlocks, but Caster wrenches free to hit a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Caster clamps onto JJ with a chinlock, smothers JJ’s face and digs elbows in. JJ endures, fans rally up and JJ fights to his feet. JJ arm-drags free, headlocks again but Caster wrenches out.
JJ slips around to get a headlock again but Caster powers out to run JJ over! Caster gets the bad arm for a keylock and he thrashes JJ around into a seated stretch! JJ endures, fans rally up and JJ fights up again! JJ gets a ropebreak with a foot, Caster lets go, then STOMPS JJ down. JJ kicks from the mat but Caster kicks him while he’s down! Caster snapmares and drops the knee! JJ gasps and sputters, Caster drags him up and he fireman’s carries. Caster spanks JJ, puts him on the top rope, JJ tries to fight back but Caster throat chops! Caster climbs up, drags JJ up, but JJ resists the superplex! JJ shoves Caster away, but Caster comes right back and leaps right up to get JJ again!
JJ fights, hops down and HOTSHOTS Caster hard! JJ slingshots and springboards to hit the MOONSAULT! Fans fire up as JJ fires off with forearms and CHOPS! JJ whips, Caster blocks and JJ’s bad arm gives up! Caster whips, JJ goes up and STOMPS Caster down! JJ staggers but he runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! JJ drags Caster to a jackknife cover, TWO!! JJ couldn’t get all his weight on Caster, and now Bowens throws in the boombox! The ref takes the boombox away, Bowens argues with the ref, Caster pop-up LOW BLOWS JJ! Into a SNAP BRAINBUSTER! Caster goes up top, for the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Caster wins!
Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall
Caster finishes with a #MicDrop and kisses JJ’s hand. Will Caster be thanking Vance the same way after their match on Dynamite? Or will he just be kissing his best chance at the TNT Championship good-bye?
The Hybrid2 VS Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo!
Jack Evans & Angelico want to reach the titles, but that’ll be a long road if they don’t win. Will the Captain and #GoonPlatoon make that road a bit harder tonight?
The teams sort out and Angelico starts with Bravo. They circle, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a wristlock. Bravo rolls, handsprings and slips through to wrench back. Angelico spins, steps in and gets a standing armbar, to then get a facelock. Angelico wrenches to a wristlock, Bravo spins around and gets the wristlock back! Angelico rolls, spins and drop toeholds Bravo into a chinlock. Bravo fights up as Angelico grinds him, and Angelico spins through to arm-drag Bravo away! Fans cheer as things speed up, Angelico hurdles but Bravo shoves. Angelico holds ropes to dodge the dropkick, and fans cheer the exchange. Bravo tags Dean, and Angelico tags Evans.
Evans and Dean circle, tie up, and Evans waistlocks. Dean pries free, switches but Evans drop toeholds and floats to a facelock. Dean slips out to hammerlock, Evans rolls and wrenches, then gets a wristlock. Dean handsprings, wrenches, but Evans cartwheels, only for Dean to trip him up! Things speed up again, Evans hurdles but Dean shoves him to arm-drag him around! Dean mule kicks a leg, and step-up BOOTS Evans down! Tag to Bravo and they drag Evans up. They double whip Evans, Dean drops and Bravo dropkicks Evans down! Cover, TWO! Bravo keeps cool, drags Evans up, and brings him away, only for Evans to throw Bravo into buckles!
Evans distracts the ref and Angelico rakes Bravo’s eyes! Bravo swings blindly but Evans ROCKS him! Tag to Angelico, Dean dodges Angelico’s sucker punch but the ref is busy keeping Dean back. Evans trips Bravo to get a Chancery, and Angelico PENALTY KICKS Bravo in the face! Angelico covers, TWO! Angelico drags Bravo up as fans rally. Angelico JABS and KICKS and KICKS Bravo, but Bravo throws body shots back! Angelico knees low and hard, runs in but Bravo ducks the Penalty Kick! Then he jumps the sweep to tag in Dean! The Captain rallies on TH2, dodges Angelico to ENZIGURI!
Angelico ends up in the corner, Dean runs corner to corner and he hits a big dropkick! Dean dropkicks Evans, too, then dropkicks Angelico again! Fans fire up with Dean as he wrenches and reels Angelico in, salute and SPIKE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dean keeps cool, tags in Bravo, and Dean climbs as Bravo brings Angelico up. STANDING SLICED BREAD to a FROG SPLASH! Bravo covers, but Evans barrels in to break it! Dean reverses the whip but Evans boots back! Evans is on the apron, dodges Dean’s tackle and then FLYING SCREW KICKS Dean down! Bravo dodges a sweep but not the EDDY GORDO!
Angelico hooks a leg, trips Bravo up, ties up the legs, and hits the NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Tot he NAVARRO DOS MIL!! Bravo taps, TH2 wins!
Winners: The Hybrid2, by submission
Angelico puts it away, and these two are on the winning track! Will they be rolling towards the top of the tag division soon enough?
Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor VS Steven Stetson!
Freshly Squeezed is heading for Revolution to finally take the fight to The Best Man and Superbad! But will he be able to get serious here on Dark?
The bell rings and Cassidy circles with Stetson. Stetson wants Cassidy to get serious but Cassidy goes to put his hands in his pockets. Stetson rushes at Cassidy, but Cassidy dodges, and snags Stetson’s Stetson cowboy hat! Cassidy puts it on and Stetson is angry. Stetson grabs at the hat but Cassidy swats Stetson’s hands away. Cassidy trips Stetson up and ties his legs up in a very slow Sharpshooter! Cassidy shifts it down to a deathlock, and puts his hands in his pockets! Stetson drags himself and Cassidy over, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Cassidy doesn’t respond, but the ref unties the hold for him.
Cassidy walks bow legged and brings out the finger guns, but Stetson snatches his hat back. Stetson brushes the hat off but Cassidy dropkicks Stetson down! The hat goes flying, as do Cassidy’s sunglasses, and Cassidy kips up! It isn’t the cleanest, but Cassidy just rebounds and shows off his agility with more kips! Cassidy finally stands up, and the ref helps him get his sunglasses back on. Cassidy Alabama lifts Stetson but Stetson fights out and shoves Cassidy to BOOT him down! The sunglasses go flying, Cassidy staggers up to ropes, and Stetson goes to the apron. Stetson ELBOWS Cassidy in the head, then follows him around the way.
Stetson talks trash, ELBOWS Cassidy again, then talks trash to Chuck. Stetson runs corner to corner to back elbow, then keeps moving. Cassidy dodges to ORANGE PUNCH! Alabama lift, BEACH BREAK! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cassidy sends the Sparta (New Jersey) Cowboy out to pasture and is rolling towards Revolution! And speaking Speaking of that match with Miro and Kip Sabian, the Kentucky Gentleman is part of that to get payback for what they did to Trent! Will the Vision be used to show the Best Man and Superbad what’s in store for them on Sunday?
Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy VS VSK!
The bell rings, Chuck and VSK tie up and Chuck puts VSK in a corner. Chuck lets off, he and VSK reset, and they tie approach. Chuck kicks low, bumps VSK off buckles and stomps him down! The ref counts, Chuck lets off and runs in, but VSK elbows him away! VSK hops up to hit a FLYING UPPERCUT! VSK hits a backbreaker to scoop slam and standing splash! Cover, TWO! Chuck gets to ropes, VSK throws uppercuts, whips him but Chuck reverses to hit SOLE FOOD! Chuck runs to BOOT VSK down! VSK shakes the cobwebs out but Chuck is snarling. Chuck drags VSK up, snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Chuck keeps his cool, drags VSK up and DECKS him!
VSK gets to ropes, Chuck drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Chuck wrenches, whips VSK corner to corner hard, and VSK bounces off buckles and hits the mat. Chuck grins and drags VSK up, but VSK throws body shots. VSK throws a forearm, Chuck knees low and wrenches. VSK blocks Sole Food this time to mule kick, front kick and enziguri! Chuck is in a corner, VSK runs in but is put on the apron! VSK shoulder sin, steps in and TORNADO DDT’S! Chuck bails out, VSK builds speed and VSK DIVES! Direct hit and Chuck hits barriers! VSK puts Chuck in and runs corner to corner, into a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE!
Chuck scoops VSK for an URENAGE! VSK clutches his back, Chuck brings him up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! VSK survives but Chuck is furious! Chuck drags VSK back up, hoists him up top and then brings him out in a crucifix, but VSK slips off to roll Chuck up! TWO, SNAP PILEDRIVER! Chuck drags VSK up, for the AWFUL WAFFLE!! Cover, Chuck wins!
Winner: Chuck Taylor, by pinfall
The Vision had the Kentucky Gentleman seeing red, but he’s cooled off now. Will Chuck bring this kind of heat to Miro and Kip on Sunday?
Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Daniel Joseph!
Max Caster’s had a lot to say about Number 10, but actions speak louder than words. Will Vance dance with DJ Footloose and show he can drop the beat, too?
Negative One joins commentary this time and Excalibur puts on his happy face. Negative One still tells him to shut up, then says hey to Taz. The bell rings and Vance circles with Joseph. They tie up, Vance shoves Joseph down and fans cheer. Joseph gets up, circles with Vance again and they tie up. Vance headlocks, Joseph powers out but Vance runs him over! Vance runs, Joseph stays low but Vance blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Vance clotheslines Joseph out to the ramp! Vance goes out and quickly high-fives Negative One before he goes after Joseph. Vance throws Joseph back in, runs in but Joseph dodges to CHOP!
Vance CHOPS back and fire off forearms! Negative One likes that as Vance rolls Joseph and fireman’s carries. Joseph slips out, ROCKS Vance, then runs, but into a BACK DROP! Vance runs in but Joseph BOOTS him! Joseph dodges Vance’s boot, runs, but Vance comes back with the BOOT! Vance drags Joseph up, whips him, and gives him the SPINEBUSTER! Negative One is fired up for Vance as he drags Joseph to a DEAD LIFT POWERBOMB! Cover, Vance wins!
Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall
Number 10 treats Joseph like a zero! But will Vance be the Dark Order’s hero against Max Caster on Dynamite?
Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS The Sydal Brothers!
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian are determined to be tag team champions in their careers again, and the Casino Battle Royal might be their best bet. But that means they have to get through Matt & Mike tonight! Will SCU blind Matt’s third eye and bend yoga master Mike all out of shape?
The teams sort out and the Heavy Metal Rebel starts against Matt. They circle, fist bump to show respect, and then tie up. They go around, Kaz wrenches Matt to a hammerlock but Matt turns that around on Kaz. Kaz reaches for legs but can’t get any. Matt wrenches the hammerlock, they go around and around and Kaz throws Matt out! Matt lands on his feet, gets back in, and the two circle again. They tie up, Kaz headlocks and grinds Matt, but Matt powers out. Matt arm-drags Kaz around, ghost pins, TWO! Matt wrenches, tags in Mike, and the Sydal Brothers coordinate to DRAPING DOUBLE STOMP! Matt snapmares for Mike’s STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Mike is after Kaz in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Kaz goes up and over to kick, knee and LARIAT! Kaz drags Mike up and bumps him off Daniels’ boot. Tag to the Fallen Angel and he fires body shots on Mike. Daniels whips, dropkicks and covers Mike, TWO! Daniels brings Mike up to club him, then throws forearms. Mike goes to a corner, Daniels whips him to ropes and scoops, but Mike tilt-o-whirls out to dropkick Daniels to the corner! Tag to Matt, the Sydals whip Daniels, drop toehold to a basement dropkick! Matt scoops Daniels for a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives but Matt stays on him.
Tag to Mike, the Sydals mug Daniels, then Mike brings Daniels around. Daniels blocks the suplex, throws body shots, and suplexes back. Mike slips out but Daniels elbows him away. Tag to Kaz but Mike dodges and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Mike whips, Kaz holds ropes to stop, then Kaz elbows Mike away. Tag to Daniels, Kaz and Daniels HIGH LOW Mike down! Daniels drags Mike back up, scoops and slams him, then runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Mike up, tags in Kaz, and they double whip Mike to body shot and swinging neckbreaker! Kaz covers, TWO! Kaz drags Mike up, CHOPS him to a corner, and then CHOPS him in the corner!
Mike CHOPS back, CHOPS again, and he backs Kaz down with CHOPS! Mike whips, Kaz reverses but Mike blocks the hip toss, only to swing into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mike survives and Matt coaches him up. Fans rally, Kaz drags Mike up and brings him over with clubbing forearms. Tag to Daniels, SCU whips to leap frog and LARIAT, then back suplex SPLASH, to a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mike survives again and Daniels is losing his cool. Daniels drags Mike up to ROCK him, whip him corner to corner, and run in for forearms! Daniels whips Mike back the other way, Mike goes up but Daniels catches him!
Mike holds ropes, Daniels pulls him off but Mike uses that momentum for a TORNADO DDT! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kaz and Matt! Matt slingshot boots Kaz, sobats him down, dropkicks Daniels down then RANAS Kaz to a corner! Matt runs in, Kaz dodges but Matt goes up to QUEBRADA ARM-DRAG! WINDMILL KICK! Cover, TWO! Kaz survives but fans rally up. Matt calls for Mike, and Matt brings Kaz up. Kaz CHOPS Matt, scoops him but Matt slips out! Daniels runs in but Matt catches him, JAWBREAKER and SLICE! STANDING MARIPOSA to Kaz! Cover, TWO! Mike gets in, the Sydals drag Kaz up, they hook him up for a DOUBLE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Matt wants the modified crossface but Kaz resists and fights up! Fans rally, Kaz endures the cobra clutch, and uses the corner to push back! Kaz has a cover, TWO! Kaz mule kicks, front kicks and swings but Matt dodges to KNEE! Hot tag to Mike! Mike slingshot somersaults but Kaz dodges! Kaz swings but Mike goes Matrix to then ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO! Mike drags Kaz up, fans rally but Kaz throws Mike to the apron. Kaz slingshots Mike in for a CUTTER! Cover, Matt breaks it in time! Daniels gets in but Matt KNEES him! Matt runs in but is put on the apron! Matt ROUNDHOUSES Daniels back and goes up top, to leap!
Kaz pushes Daniels out of the way and Matt’s meteora misses! Matt turns around into CELEBRITY REHAB! Mike O’Conner rolls Kaz, TWO! Daniels kicks Mike low, he gives Mike to Kaz, and they coordinate for the BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)
Pressure makes diamonds, and right now Kaz and Daniels are shining! Will the Addiction be just as unbreakable and get the AEW Tag Team Championship gold?
At just under two hours, this was another good Dark. I will say, with the coming of Dark Elevation, I hope Tuesday Darks don’t have to be as long anymore. Elevation will probably have the more meaningful matches that are meant to advance story from Dynamite, as well as the matches that are more than just established name(s) VS jobber(s). I don’t know what that’ll mean for Tuesday Darks in my schedule, and the fact that Elevation is going to be on Mondays means I won’t get to it right away (though, I don’t even do that with Tuesday Dark), but it might make things a little easier in the long run. Plus, for normal viewers who just watch these programs, I would think it’s much easier to have one hour one night, then the other hour another night.
All that said, I really liked Stu VS JD, those guys can really throw hands and move around. Stu winning in singles and Uno winning in a trios match proves the Dark Order OG can get it done no matter what situation they’re in, and establishes that the Dark Order really can dominate all divisions. Caster and Vance had good matches, and it makes a lot of sense for Vance to have an easier time with his opponent than Caster did with his. But the newest Acclaimed music video was a lot of fun. Vance VS Caster could honestly go either way, but given who is already in the Face of the Revolution Ladder match, I feel like Archer is more than enough powerhouse for it, so that Caster might get the win off Bowens interfering. Plus, imagine the great diss raps Caster could come up with when he has Pentagon, Scorpio Sky, Lance Archer and Cody Rhodes to go after.
My Score: 8/10
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