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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (3/11/19)

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Raw heats up in the homestretch! Will Finn Balor retain the Intercontinental Championship against Bobby Lashley? Will Batista confront Triple H in person?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shelton Benjamin VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; Black & Ricochet win.
  • Nia Jax w/ Tamina VS Natalya; Nia wins, by disqualification.
  • Kurt Angle VS Apollo Crews; Angle wins.
  • Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin; No Contest.
  • Falls Count Anywhere: Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.

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The SHIELD is here!

And they start off Raw by walking down the stairs in Pittsburgh! Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were victorious in their #OneLastTime match with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley at Fastlane. The Shield goes to the ring as fans give them a huge ovation. Roman picks up a mic and says, “Over the past few months, I’ve come to realize that life is short and tomorrow is not guaranteed”. If last night was truly the last time together, he has no regrets. Roman was in the ring doing what he loves with people he loves. Roman asked them for a favor and his brothers didn’t let him down, and he is forever grateful.

But as we all know, we’re on the Road to Wrestlemania. There are three men who need to handle their business. Roman hasn’t had a singles match in over five months, so let’s correct that tonight! Ambrose is fired up because has business to handle, too. Not even Ambrose knows what it is, but good luck with it. And the real business is Rollins’. How many years has he chased the dream? Fans chant “Slay the Beast!” Roman doesn’t want to speak for Rollins but that’s exactly what he’ll do! Rollins is in the main event, he is going to beat Brock Lesnar, and he’s going to take that WWE Universal Championship. And he’ll do it while everyone chants, “Burn It Down!” Roman and Ambrose hug Rollins and hand over the mic. And just like at Fastlane, we get one last Shield fist bump.

Rollins stays in the ring while Roman and Ambrose leave together. He gazes up at the Wrestlemania sign while fans continue to chant. “Last night at Fastlane, The Shield burned it down!” But ladies and gentlemen, it’s Paul Heyman. The Advocate to the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion “and Mr. Rollins’ conqueror in the main event of Wrestlemania,” BROCK LESNAR, is here. Rollins likes that, and also shouts, “BROCK! LESNAR!” The man who dominates his opponents. The man who dominated the Big Show, ran through Samoa Joe, took Braun Strowman to Suplex City, annihilated Goldberg. Well Heyman appreciates Rollins is doing his shtick for him. But yes, that’s Brock Lesnar.

Rollins marvels at THE BROCK LESNAR that had a real tough time getting by Daniel Bryan, and got pushed to his limits by AJ Styles. THE Brock Lesnar who came so close to being beat by Finn Balor. That Brock Lesnar? Heyman says, “Touche.” Seems to Rollins that Lesnar has a problem with guys who are Rollins’ size, stature, speed and style. And with all due respect to Finn, Styles and Bryan, but there is only one uniquely suited to defeating Lesnar: “Seth Freakin’ Rollins!” Rollins tells Heyman they have just over three weeks. Run your mouth all you want, because Rollins is going to Mania, taking the title off The Beast and bringing it home to Raw every single week!

Heyman is actually at a loss for words. But he says there will be NO slaying the Beast! Rollins runs down names, but he’s not telling the whole story! Lesnar had no time to prepare for those men. Shrug shoulders all you want but there’s no booing when Heyman’s talking! Lesnar VS Mahal became Lesnar VS Styles. Lesnar VS Styles became Lesnar VS Bryan. And Lesnar VS Strowman became Lesnar VS Finn! Each time, Lesnar had less than two weeks to prepare! So “with all due respect”, Rollins runs his mouth like he knows Lesnar rather than knowing all the F5’s he took! If Rollins wants to meet Lesnar, then Heyman gives BROCK LESNAR another video package. It’s a lot of F5’s and German Suplexes.

“Ever since you won the Royal Rumble,” Brock Lesnar has had his “sadistic fantasies” about what he’ll do to Rollins. Lesnar is prepared for Rollins in the main event of Wrestlemania. Does Rollins really think he knows Lesnar? He doesn’t know Lesnar. Because behind Rollins is Shelton Benjamin!? Benjamin suplexes Rollins around a lot like Lesnar would! The Gold Standard leaves Rollins down, is he going to soften the Architect up for the Beast?

 

Shelton Benjamin VS Seth Rollins!

Raw returns and this match begins! Rollins goes right at Benjamin but Benjamin throws him down. Rollins gets back up but Benjamin turns it around to a scoop slam. Benjamin grins and Heyman on commentary claims this is not a conspiracy. Rollins waistlocks and headlocks but Benjamin wrenches out to a keylock. Benjamin gets a headlock and takeover, then grinds his forearms into Rollins’ face. Heyman says Lesnar isn’t here because he’s busy training for Wrestlemania, as he is an athlete. Rollins fights his way up but Benjamin keeps the headlock. Fans rally and Rollins powers out. Benjamin runs Rollins over but things speed up. Rollins runs Benjamin over with an elbow!

Rollins CHOPS Benjamin then whips to ropes. He dropkicks Benjamin down and out of the ring! Rollins pursues and throws haymakers and chops! He bumps Benjamin off barriers and puts him back in the ring. Rollins throws haymakers and has Benjamin in the corner. Rollins CHOPS Benjamin more, then whips corner to corner. Benjamin reverses but runs into a boot. Rollins hops up, blockbuster! Fans fire up as Rollins stomps “Burn It Down!” Rollins aims at Benjamin, runs in, but Benjamin dodges. Benjamin suplexes but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins dumps Benjamin out to then build speed, into a kick! Benjamin covers, TWO! The Architect is in trouble while we go to break.

Raw returns as Rollins endures a chinlock. Fans rally and he fights his way up. Rollins fights back with body shots but Benjamin knees low. Benjamin dumps Rollins out then throws him into barriers! Benjamin throws Rollins into apron then back into barriers then runs him over with a clothesline! Heyman takes a phone call, and we can only assume it’s Lesnar. Benjamin puts Rollins in the ring and shakes his head. Benjamin doesn’t seem impressed with the #1 contender. He drags Rollins up for a powerbomb but Rollins resists. Rollins overhead bridges, TWO! Benjamin powerbomb lifts but Rollins huricanranas Benjamin into buckles! Heyman confirms, Lesnar called and is upset by what commentary is saying about Heyman. Heyman also confirms that Lesnar will be here next week on Raw!

Fans fire up for Rollins as he CHOPS Benjamin. Rollins climbs up but leaps over Benjamin. He keeps moving, slingblade! Benjamin gets to a corner and Rollins runs in. Benjamin puts him on the apron but Rollins kicks back. Rollins springboards for a flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps his cool and takes aim at Benjamin. Benjamin dodges the kick and German suplexes Rollins! Benjamin drags Rollins up for another German! Fans rally but Benjamin taunts Rollins. Benjamin fireman’s carry, but Rollins slips out to SUPERKICK! And mule kick, to Curb Stomp! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Architect overcomes Heyman’s little ploy and picks up momentum for Wrestlemania! If Heyman is right and Lesnar is appearing next week, will Rollins have some “questions” for him?

But wait, here comes Finn Balor! Pittsburgh welcomes Balor Club, and his Intercontinental Championship! The Extraordinary Man shakes hands with The Architect, and heads to the ring. But Bobby Lashley glares via the titantron. Finn defends that very belt, up next!

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley!

The Rocky Mountain Machine claims Finn is simply “borrowing” the title, given Finn pinned Lio Rush and not Lashley in their odd 2v1 championship match. Lashley takes his shot to take the belt back, will he hit his mark? Or will the Road to Wrestlemania stay Too Sweet?

Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance, and it really is without Lio Rush. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Finn and Lashley circle and tie up. Lashley waistlocks and slams Finn right down. He drags Finn up to bump him off buckles then stomp a mudhole into him. Lashley backs off at 4 but comes back to choke Finn on the ropes. He lets up at 4 again, and Finn staggers away. Lashley clubs Finn in the corner then stalks him. He puts on a neck wrench but Finn endures. Fans rally for Finn but Lashley shifts to the other direction. Lashley puts Finn on ropes to club and choke him. Lashley lets up to run but into a dropkick! Finn keeps on Lashley but Lashley powers him to a corner!

Lashley rams his shoulder in then runs corner to corner. Finn evades but his kick is blocked for an elbow! Lashley joins Finn on the apron, hauls him up, but Finn resists the suplex. Finn sends Lashley down with a dropkick, then Penalty Kicks! The Extraordinary Champion has control while we go to break.

Raw returns as Lashley grinds Finn down in a chinlock. Finn fights his way up as fans rally behind him. Finn pries the hold loose and fights back with fury! He runs but into a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Finn lives but sputters for air. Lashley stomps Finn down then circles him like a shark. Lashley drags Finn up for a powerbomb, but Finn fights free again. Finn sends Lahsley out but Lashley drags him out! Apron back suplex! Lashely covers, TWO! Lashley grows frustrated but looms over Finn. He toys with Finn then brings him up. Lashley throws a haymaker then wraps on the chinlock. Lashley shifts to an armlock and grinds his forearm on Finn’s face. Finn endures and works against this hold. But Lashley knees low and prepares the bomb. But Finn back drops! Lashley sunset flips but Finn rolls through, dropkick!

Finn boots Lashley from a corner. Finn throws forearms on the run, and knocks Lashley over! Lashley gets to a corner but Finn CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Finn goes up but gets caught! He slips out and trips Lashley for double stomps! Fans fire up while Lashley sputters. Finn aims but runs into Lashley’s arms! Lashley rams him into one corner then to the opposite! Lashley gut wrenches to the Canadian rack, but Finn slips out and rolls up! TWO, but Finn keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl long dart! Lashley runs corner to corner, but into a slingblade! Lashley gets up fast but staggers to a corner. Finn runs in to shotgun dropkick! Lashley’s down in the drop zone, Finn climbs up! But who is ringing the bell? Lio Rush!! Lio snatches the belt and shouts that it doesn’t belong to Finn!

Finn gives chase, but sees Lashley coming. Finn kicks Lio down, then slingshots, into a SPEAR!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Man of the Hour redeems himself as he helps Lashley take the belt back! The Rocky Mountain Machine is again champion, but will Finn find a way back to Wrestlemania?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

He takes on Roman Reigns later tonight, but people still bring up Corbin’s “out of line” comments. What did he even say? Footage replays from October as Corbin belittled Roman’s leukemia, and acted like Roman shouldn’t come back. Yes, Corbin said that. But he’s not worried about other people’s feelings. Corbin just wanted Roman gone from the ring. But now he’s back. Overcoming that disease surely took it’s toll, and after Fastlane, no one is 100%. Corbin’s been the one carrying Raw on his back while Roman was away. He promises to house train the Big Dog, but will he get bit?

 

Ronda Rousey is here!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet and Raw Women’s Champion heads right to the ring and picks up a mic. At Fastlane, she interfered directly in the match between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, practically handing Becky a spot in the title match at Wrestlemania. But she doesn’t give a damn what “bandwagon b*tches” think when they all cheered when Becky beat her with a crutch. Becky’s their hero because they’re all cowards. But Becky and Charlotte will have nowhere to hide. There is no sanctuary, Ronda is going to desecrate their place of worship on the Grandest Stage of Them All. It’s why Ronda wanted them both in one match, so she can expose WWE as the carny con-artists they are. And no one can stop her!

In fact, the WWE could even make this a Handicap Match and Ronda wouldn’t break a sweat. Anyone who believes in Becky, Charlotte or this charade is a joke! But just as Ronda’s about to leave, Dana Brooke appears to respond. Dana tells Ronda this is enough. Enough of Ronda’s venom. Dana is the woman with nothing left to lose in the WWE! She won’t let Ronda disrespect hits company or its fans! Dana may not be the big time fighter, but she loves this company and this business! She’s worked so hard just to be here, just to have some respect, and to prove that she belongs! Each week, Dana fights for her chance, but barely even gets the time of day! So Dana may not be a household name, but all she wants is just one chance.

Dana brings up that Ronda has made a habit of defending after a PPV, so Dana wants to accept that challenge. Ronda kicks Dana down! And then grounds ‘n’ pounds! Dana bails out but Ronda pursues to throw her around! Ronda puts Dana back in the ring and rolls her into the Piper’s Pit! Referees rush the ring and Ronda spares Dana. To SLAP a ref! Ronda picks up her jacket and her belt and takes her leave. Will Ronda simply toy with The Queen and The Man at Wrestlemania?

 

Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!

The Unexpected Duo of Dutch Destroyer and King of Flight were robbed of a proper Raw Tag Team Championship match by the GLORIOUS Duo once, and then they were in the way in the Triple Threat at Fastlane. But now they look to settle things directly! Will Aleister & Ricochet make Roode & Gable #FadetoBlack?

Raw returns as Roode & Gable finish their entrance. The teams sort out and Gable starts with Aleister. Gable throws forearms but Aleister fires them back! Gable tackles Aleister to the corner and tags in Roode. They double whip but Aleister rolls off their backs. Aleister dumps Gable out and fires off on Roode. He sweeps the leg but Roode dodges the knee to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode keeps on Aleister with kicks and body shots. Roode puts Aleister in the corner and CHOPS! Tag to Gable and Roode suplexes Aleister. Roode then back suplexes Gable for the splash. Cover, TWO! Gable keeps on Aleister with a figure four knot to chinlock. Aleister endures as Gable digs an elbow in. Fans rally up but Gable tags in Roode. The GLORIOUS Duo stomp a mudhole into Aleister.

Roode drags Aleister up for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Roode wraps on a rear bearhug and squeezes tight. Aleister fights and fans rally. Aleister fights out but Roode shoves for another spinebuster, but Aleister sunset flips. TWO, and Roode knees low. Roode whips Aleister to an open corner but misses! Tag to Ricochet! Ricochet rallies on Roode and Gable gets a neckbreaker! Ricochet dodges Roode to huricanrana him to a corner! He rams his shoulder in then springboards, btu Roode dodges. Tag to Gable and Ricochet fights off Roode. Gable catches him in a waistlock. Blockbuster Chaos Theory! Bridging cover, TWO! Ricochet lives but Gable tags Roode back in. They coordinate but Ricochet disrupts the combo. Gable lands on his feet but so does Ricochet. Ricochet spins Gable to lariat!

Ricochet rolls Roode out of the DDT, TWO! Roode has Ricochet, TWO! Tag to Aleister! Roode has Ricochet but gets a roundhouse! To a spinning knee! Ricochet dropkicks Gable, Roode takes BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister & Ricochet win!

Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Black pinning

The air strike strikes and wins again! Will the NXT all-stairs still find a way to take over the main roster?

But The Revival attacks from behind! The #TopGuys ruin the celebration, but they back off when Roode & Gable walk up. Who will make their way to Wrestlemania to challenge Dash & Dawson for those titles?

 

It’s time for A Moment of Bliss!

The Goddess walks on set and takes her seat. This is a very special episode, because the 1 BILLION social media followers have been buzzing. Not just about The Shield’s farewell address of the Intercontinental Championship change, but about Alexa’s scoop. She knows who the Wrestlemania host will be this year. Think about who they’ve had. Kim Khardashian is not as big as this person. The Rock is not as electrifying as this person. And The New Day aren’t near as positive as this person. This year’s host is none other than… Alexa Bliss! Yes, it’s The Goddess herself! She gets to host Wrestlemania!

It’s such a shock, she had nothing prepared, but well, the only thing she can say is… “It is such an honor for the WWE Universe, you’re welcome.” Fans know “You Deserve It!” and so does she. Finally, the brightest star will be on the grandest stage. This has been your Moment of Bliss.

 

Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.

Does The Monster Among Men regret assaulting Colin Jost? He and Michael Che will be the guest correspondents at Wrestlemania. Well Jost better stay away from Strowman. Because Strowman liked jacking Jost up. An attendant says Strowman’s car is here. What car? The Monster has a mystery on his hands while we go to break.

Raw returns, and there’s a car with a card. The attendant reads it: “Dear Mr. Strowman, we both said and did things we regret.” On behalf of the Saturday Night Live cast, Jost got him this car. Don’t destroy it like you did Vince’s limo because there are no more title matches to screw him out of. “LOL”, your friend, Colin Jost. See you at Mania. Well it does look nice. But Strowman rips the car apart! It’s too small for Strowman, anyway. What’s under the hood? Strowman rips it and the front bumper off! Strowman tells the attendant to send this piece of the car to Jost and let him know the next time they meet, it’ll be live from New York. Is SNL gonna #GetTheseHands?!

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter returns to his hometown and they’re glad to see him! Strowman did not appreciate that gift, but Elias is sure Pittsburgh will appreciate his. Elias promised himself not to return home until he was a hero everyone could believe in. Well, here he is. Elias begins to play, and fans cheer. He’s got just one question for everyone: “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Steel City sure does. Statistically speaking, it is a miracle Elias is such a success. Because there is overwhelming evidence that being born in Pitt means you’ll be an enormous waste of life. Elias returns home and is quickly reminded of just how miserable everyone is here. And those miserable people hold the great ones back.

That is what Elias told Antonio Brown. “Tony, you’ve already got their money, now do whatever you can to force a trade.” And now he looks great in silver and black. But here comes No Way Jose and his conga line! Jose even has a new look! But Elias wrecks him with a dropkick! And throws him into barriers! Elias runs through the conga line and rains down rights on Jose. Elias scares off the rest of the party people before giving Jose Drift Away on the ramp! The frustration has finally boiled over and the fiesta’s done. Will Elias ever truly have his moment?

 

WWE proudly announces that Harlem Heat is headed to the Hall of Fame!

Booker T and Stevie Ray ruled over tag team wrestling in WCW as 10-time world tag team champions! Such an accomplishment still stands tall today, “now can you dig that, SUCKAAA~!?”

 

Lacey Evans walks out!

The Sassy Southern Belle struts to commentary, but her strut to the back is interrupted by Nia Jax & Tamina. Nia and Tamina just shrug her off and head to the ring. The Irresistible Force takes on the Queen of Harts for what happened at Fastlane!

 

Nia Jax w/ Tamina VS Natalya!

Once again, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match did not go the way the Samoan Dynasty wanted, and they took it out on The Boss & Hug Connection after the match, and even Beth Phoenix who was on commentary! The Queen of Harts rushed to rescue her good friend but got beat down, too. Can Natty get revenge on the Irresistible Force on the Glamazon’s behalf?

Raw returns as Natty makes her entrance, and she has a mic. Natty tells Nia and Tamina that after what they did, it got Natty thinking about who has her back. She used to think it was Ronda, but seems she didn’t know her that well. Natty doesn’t trust Nia and Tamina, but she does trust this woman: The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix! Beth returns to Raw to be Natty’s back up! The Queen of Harts hits the ring and we begin!

Natty goes right at Nia with fast hands, but Nia runs her over! Nia drags Natty up and tosses her to a corner. Nia runs into boots but Tamina grabs a foot! Beth protests while Nia squashes Natty in the corner. So Beth goes after Nia herself!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

But The Glamazon keeps fighting, sending Nia out of the ring! Tamina runs in but Beth takes care of her, too! Some of the most physically powerful women in the WWE are ready to fight, but when and where will the Samoan Dynasty have to answer to the Divas of Doom?

But wait, the Boss & Hug Connection come for revenge in gorilla position! Security and officials do their best to stop this scrap, but this is far from over! Will Sasha Banks & Bayley get their own revenge on Nia & Tamina?

 

Cars pulls into the arena parking lot.

And who emerges? Dave Batista! The Animal, with quite a bit of security, heads inside!

 

Triple H is here!

The Game saw The Animal arrive, so he’s going to wait for him in the ring. HHH dares Batista to show up and fans even chant for him. The music hits, and Batista walks out on stage! But so does his personal security. The bodyguards walk ahead of Batista on the ramp and fans boo. Batista picks up a mic but takes a moment as fans chant and jeer. HHH speaks first. “You just gonna stand there looking like a nose-ring model or are you gonna come to the ring like I asked you to and face me like a man?” Nice guards, by the way. Probably for HHH’s protection, right? Batista speaks. The security is because Batista’s not stupid. He learned, he paid attention to the two dirtiest players in the game: HHH, and Ric Flair. Batista admits the guards are here for his protection. Where’s the sledge hammer?

But HHH’s biggest mistake was underestimating him. Batista says they’re doing this by his terms. Give Batista what he wants. That’s all he needs. HHH isn’t giving “Dave” a damn thing. Why should he? How many times has Batista quit the WWE? And HHH is supposed to hand Batista stuff? Because he’s a Hollywood star now? HHH isn’t giving Batista anything, which leads us to the next option: since Batista won’t go to HHH, HHH will go to him. HHH will walk up the ramp, tear his way through the Guardians of the Indies, and beat Batista’s ass on stage! Batista says that’s not happening. HHH can try, but Batista will be long gone.

Batista admits he quit, but because he wanted to get away from HHH holding him down and looking down on him. It’s all HHH has ever done. Batista has wanted one thing for years, and he’ll get it or he’ll hurt those HHH loves! HHH is NOT giving Batista anything but the beating he deserves! So be a man, get in the ring, and take it. But Batista knows HHH wants it, too. He sees that it’s tearing HHH inside. HHH won’t give Batista what he wants because he wants to be in control. But Batista wants it, and HHH won’t give it to him. HHH vows it’s the beating and nothing more. No, Batista wants HHH at Mania! Is that what this is about?! Beating up a 70-year-old man and hiding behind bodyguards because of a match!? If that’s what Batista wants, “YOU’RE ON!!”

Batista thanks HHH. One last match for Batista to end his career on his terms. Because he’ll use it to end HHH’s career on his terms. See you at Mania. Batista turns to leave, but HHH says Batista’s right. But dig down deep, Mr. Hollywood. Find whatever scrap is left of the REAL Animal, because the match is on HHH’s terms. “Bring everything you have, because there will be no rules, no restrictions,” NO HOLDS BARRED!! The Game has laid down the law, but will it be #GameOver at Wrestlemania?

 

Kurt Angle is here!

Pittsburgh’s own Olympic Gold Medalist returns home to the loving ovation of “You Suck!” Angle goes to the ring and he even looks dressed to compete. “23 years ago, I left Pittsburgh to compete in the Olympic Games.” And yes, he won a gold medal with a “broken freakin’ neck.” Then Angle traveled with the WWE and pro-wrestling for the next 20 years. He has competed against any number of legends and icons, but Pittsburgh has always been his home. That’s why he wanted to say this here. At Wrestlemania, Angle competes in his farewell match. Angle thanks the WWE, every superstar he ever shared a locker room with, and all of the fans along the way. He literally had the time of his life. The fans chant “Thank You, Kurt!” but he thanks them. Angle feels it’s only right for one last match in Pittsburgh, too!

Kurt Angle VS Apollo Crews!

One of Angle’s biggest fans gets to compete against him for the first time, and the last time. Will Angle kick off his farewell tour with success or failure?

Raw returns and the bell rings. Angle and Apollo tie up and Apollo gets the headlock. Angle powers out but Apollo runs him over. Things speed up and Angle hip tosses Apollo then arm-drags him. Angle gets the armlock and Pittsburgh cheers. Apollo gets up and powers Angle to a corner. Apollo throws body shots then whips corner to corner. Angle counters but runs into a boot. But Apollo runs into Angle’s belly2belly! Angle runs in but misses and Apollo drops him with a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps on Angle with a suplex then covers, ONE! Apollo stays on Angle with a chinlock. Fans rally for Angle and Angle fights his way up. Angle fights out and throws hands but Apollo throws some back. They go back and forth but Angle gets a German Suplex! Angle holds on for another! And the hat trick! Cover, TWO!

Angle stalks Apollo as the younger star stands up. Angle Slam escaped with an arm-drag! Enziguri! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Angle survives but Apollo doesn’t let up. Apollo heads up top, and leaps! Frog Splash FLOPS! Angle Slam! Cover, Angle wins!

Winner: Kurt Angle, by pinfall

Pittsburgh celebrates with their hero! Angle shows Apollo respect with a handshake, Apollo returns it with a hug. The farewell tour begins with a victory, but will it end with one at Wrestlemania?

 

Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!

The Big Dog has his first singles match in five months, and it’s to silence the sarcastic and obnoxious Lone Wolf. Will this still be Roman’s Yard? Or will Corbin take advantage of Roman’s time away?

But Drew McIntyre attacks first! The Scottish Terminator rains down rights on Roman, but he isn’t done there. He throws Roman right into a post! The referee checks on Roman while McIntyre glares from above. McIntyre goes out and drags Roman up, but Roman fights back! Roman uppercuts but McIntyre Claymores! McIntyre looks down upon a rocked Roman, then dares him to get up and fight. Roman crawls while McIntyre takes aim again. McIntyre Claymores Roman into a post! “I promise you, Roman!” McIntyre says. “This is just the beginning!” Referees and medics come to Roman’s aide and keep McIntyre back. Roman does his best to clear his head, but insists he’s fine.

Seth Rollins appears to check on Roman, but Roman tells him he’s okay, too. Rollins walks with Roman to the ramp, all the while assuring him it’ll be fine. Roman walks on his own at the stage, but he’s definitely still dizzy. Will Roman be alright to eventually make his singles return?

 

The Shield walks with Roman backstage.

Ambrose is furious but Rollins assures them Roman will get checked out and it’ll be fine. Roman accepts and goes into the trainer’s room, but Ambrose huffs and puffs up to HHH. “I want to fight Drew McIntyre, tonight.” And in Falls Count Anywhere. HHH gives Ambrose the match. Will the Lunatic reek revenge on the Scottish Terminator?

 

Falls Count Anywhere: Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre!

But as McIntyre makes his way back out, he tells Dean, “I just want to know one thing. Are you gonna take this beating like a man? Or are you gonna squeal like your pathetic brother, Roman?!” Ambrose rushes McIntyre on the ramp! The bell rings and the fight is on! McIntyre suplexes but Ambrose counters to his own! McIntyre gets off stage but Ambrose leaps onto him! Ambrose throws McIntyre into barriers and they break through to the crowd! McIntyre hits back but Ambrose bumps him off barriers .And again! Ambrose chases McIntyre up the stairs and throws headlock punches. McIntyre rakes Ambrose’s eyes then chops him back. They go up the stairs and throw more CHOPS! Ambrose chases McIntyre again as they head further up.

McIntyre hits back and drags Ambrose the rest of the way up. McIntyre bounces Ambrose off the hand rail then brings him to the top. He scoops and throws Ambrose into the wall! Fans chant for Ambrose but McIntyre drags him up to bring him to the edge! Ambrose holds on for dear life and bites McIntyre’s fingers! Ambrose jumps with ax handles! And he smashes McIntyre with a garbage can! This fight will continue all over the arena while we go to one last break.

Raw returns once again, and Ambrose kicks over the ref to get at McIntyre. They go back down the stairs as Ambrose throws forearms. McIntyre gets away from Ambrose but Ambrose pursues. McIntyre rocks Ambrose and covers, TWO! He stands Ambrose up and they start chopping! They go back to barriers and Ambrose dumps McIntyre over. Ambrose climbs the barrier and leaps, into McIntyre’s overhead suplex! McIntyre pulls the steel steps apart, and aims at Ambrose. He rams the steel into Ambrose’s head! Cover, TWO! McIntyre brings the steps up again and holds them high up. He runs and rams Ambrose again! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grows frustrated with Ambrose but he deadlift suplexes him down! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally for Ambrose while McIntyre drags him back into the crowd. McIntyre throws forearms. “I’m going to take out The Shield one by one.” Ambrose low blows McIntyre to shut him up! And he fires off furious fists from all sides! Ambrose paces about but McIntyre jabs him with a chair, and SMACKS him on the back! McIntyre brings Ambrose around and snake eyes on barriers! McIntyre stalks Ambrose with the chair, but Ambrose kicks back. Ambrose bumps McIntyre off production trunks. He puts McIntyre on it, and takes him for a ride! Ambrose rams McIntyre into another trunk! Then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! McIntyre drags himself up but Ambrose bounces his head off the trunks. McIntyre and Ambrose end up near commentary and then on stage.

Ambrose pursues McIntyre, cradle on the stage! TWO, and McIntyre rains down rights on Ambrose again. McIntyre drags Ambrose up and to the announce desk! He clears it off but Ambrose back suplexes him on it! Ambrose leaps on and rains down rights of his own. Ambrose fires up but McIntyre low blows back! McIntyre jams a pencil in Ambrose’s eye?! And then scoops Ambrose to long dart him into the LED boards! He does it again! Cover, TWO! Ambrose still lives, but he can barely stand. McIntyre mocks Ambrose but Ambrose SLAPS him! McIntyre slaps back, then slaps Ambrose around. He drags Ambrose through railing and hammers away. Ambrose is stuck, CLAYMORE!! The railing breaks off! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The Scottish Terminator wrecks Roman and brutalizes Ambrose! Will he finish his mission of shattering The Shield for good on the Road to Wrestlemania?

But somehow, Ambrose rises?! How is Ambrose still moving!? CLAYMORE again! We go off the air as McIntyre storms off. When and where will he look to do the same to The Architect?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well this certainly wasn’t a bad Raw. The Shield’s farewell speech was mostly by Roman but it was well done, and it segued into Rollins’ segment with Heyman and Benjamin smoothly. Rollins’ and Heyman’s debate over Lesnar was pretty good, and both had valid points. Naturally Rollins wins against Benjamin to keep him strong, though I wouldn’t expect Lesnar’s appearance next week to turn into him giving Rollins another beating. Lesnar will likely leave laughing to keep with his usual pattern. The rest of The Shield had quite the night, too, with Corbin setting Roman up for a trap like that. McIntyre is still on his own mission to end The Shield, and wrecking Roman gets him heat and Roman some sympathy.

WWE still needs to be careful not to overdo Sympathetic Roman, but for this, it’ll be fine. Ambrose VS McIntyre was really fun, and that ending was incredible. I’m hoping for Roman & Ambrose VS McIntyre & Corbin at Mania. It won’t violate the One Last Time as it won’t be the full Shield. Rollins has Lesnar to take care of, so Roman and Ambrose can be victorious on their own to shut up Corbin and McIntyre. This allows Ambrose to ride off into the sunset should he really be leaving, and leaving indefinitely. Angle also has his own farewell coming, and probably a more real one than the rest. Apollo was a good choice to start this farewell tour, as both fan and truly athletic competitor. Angle can take on any number of superstars for his final match, but both putting them over or Angle leaving on top would be great.

I was really surprised to see Finn lose the Intercontinental Championship, but it worked for it to be because Lio Rush interfered. Finn will surely want payback on both of them, but whatever match we get, I would hope Finn wins it by beating Lashley directly. Elimination Chamber was about Finn getting the title at all, so Wrestlemania should be about him overcoming a beefy opponent. Ronda’s explanation wasn’t quite what I expected, but it does up her Heel persona. As does denying poor Dana a title match. Ironically, WWE wants Ronda to be a Heel but this way of acting is what’s getting fans to like her again. I’d hope for more from Becky and Charlotte on SmackDown tomorrow. As for Dana, maybe she should go to SmackDown, they’ve got more room there.

The “face-to-face” of HHH and Batista was interesting. The dialogue was good but the fact no action happened was a bit of a let down. But now that it’s No Holds Barred, the match is going to be even more fun. Alexa Bliss announcing herself as the Wrestlemania host was clever, but it sounds like Alexa still isn’t quite ready for an in-ring return. A shame, because I think she and Lacey Evans would’ve had a good program. All Lacey’s done since is strut about. Maybe something happens at Wrestlemania that at least causes a confrontation between them. And it definitely sounds like there’s going to be a confrontation between Strowman and Jost. That poor car… Elias was great on the mic as always, and he wrecks No Way Jose. Maybe Double J shows up next week and we get back to that.

Aleister & Ricochet VS Roode & Gable was really good, but I’m hoping they get to shine on the main roster in singles matches more. Granted, there is the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic that Aleister & Ricochet are in, but after that and once their main roster call-ups are permanent, both of them could try for the Intercontinental or United States Championships with great results. Of course, with The Revival attacking them, things might not be down as far as the Raw Tag Team Championships. Given the complications on NXT with Tommaso Ciampa’s neck surgery, I wonder if Aleister & Ricochet end up competing on both TakeOver and Mania… The Women’s Tag situation is going how I expected, Divas of Doom are looking as the likely legends team. SmackDown will need to have their own response for these titles to be cross-branded, though.

My Score: 8/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 3.2.2021

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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Black Taurus vs Ace Austin vs Chris Bey

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

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

Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Havok

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

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

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

The Good Brother & FinJuice vs XXXL & Reno Scum

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

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

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

Matt Cardona Guest Referee: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overall Score: 7/10

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

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

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

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

 


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

It’s Dark Before the Crossroads!

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AEW Dark 2

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow, by pinfall

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

 

Red Velvet & KiLynn King VS Ivelisse & Diamante!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Red Velvet & KiLynn King, by pinfall

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

 

Top Flight VS Fuego Del Sol & Jon Cruz!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Top Flight, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall

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

 

Abadon VS Renee Michelle!

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

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

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

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

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

 

Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Stu Grayson, by pinfall

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

 

The Acclaimed speak.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bear Country VS Baron Black & M’Badu!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

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

 

Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS JJ Garrett!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall

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

 

The Hybrid2 VS Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Hybrid2, by submission

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

 

Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor VS Steven Stetson!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

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

Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy VS VSK!

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

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

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

Winner: Chuck Taylor, by pinfall

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

 

Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Daniel Joseph!

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

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

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

Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8/10


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