Raw heads for Clash of Champions at high speed!
Not only will WWE’s Four Horsewomen be in one match, not only will Raw’s King of the Ring bracket wrap, but Stone Cold Steve Austin returns to keep order!
- Cedric Alexander VS AJ Styles; Alexander wins, by disqualification.
- Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair VS Sasha Banks & Bayley; Lynch & Flair win.
- Rey Mysterio VS Gran Metalik; wins.
- King of the Ring Semifinal Triple Threat: Baron Corbin VS Samoa Joe VS Ricochet; Corbin wins and advances to the finals.
- Lacey Evans VS Natalya; Natalya wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Replay: R-Truth VS Enes Kanter; Kanter wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Replay 2: Enes Kanter VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- 10 Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders VS Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler & The OC; Rollins, Strowman, Alexander & The Viking Raiders win.
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Madison Square Garden explodes for STEVE AUSTIN!
Stone Cold is back but not to raise hell. He’s here to preside over a second try at the WWE Universal Championship contract signing. But he does crack open some Broken Skull IPA and takes a big drink! “Aw hell yeah!” It’s great to be back in MSG. And somebody told him it had been over 20 years since Stone Cold was in the Garden. And he’s here now tonight. But before the contract signing happens, Austin goes down memory lane. He’ll never forget standing here in the corner, Survivor Series, against Bret “The Hitman” Hart. He leaned on a turnbuckle, the theme song for Bret put goosebumps on Austin’s arm. Austin couldn’t believe he was going to have a chance to beat Bret Hart. WWE was worried about Austin’s neck, Vince was trying to talk him down, and Austin said, “Uh-uh!” and gave the first ever Stone Cold Stunner to the boss!
Austin remembers 1998 or some odd, Austin and Undertaker, SummerSlam, Highway to Hell! Taker went to back drop but Austin kicked Taker in the butt. Taker raised up and hit Austin in the chin, knocked him out! Earl Hebner says, “Gat dang it, boy, you okay?” Austin asked where he was, Earl said, “In the Garden!” Austin knows there were good times before, and looks forward to more good times in the future. But he is here to help to stars get done what needs to get done. You need a badass sombitch to get this contract signed. If you’re ready for that, give Austin a hell yeah. “HELL YEAH!” Austin gives an introduction for Braun Strowman! And out comes the Monster Among Men! Strowman stares down with Stone Cold, a reminder of his warning from last week. But Strowman also offers a handshake. Austin just moves on to introducing the champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
The Architect comes out, joins Austin and Strowman in the ring, and it’s time to take care of business. Austin shakes hands with Rollins and notes the contract signing interruption last week. It’s time to get this done so fans can see them get it on. Rollins gives a shout out to the Garden and New York! This is what Rollins is taking about when he says #BurnItDown! And now Austin may not know this, but the big “goon” thinks Austin has it in for him. That Rollins has a conspiracy going on Sunday. Not to step on Austin’s toes with the “WHAT?” but for once, Rollins loves it. Austin also loves it, but says the names need to be written on the contract. Rollins will oblige, but he tells his tag partner not to worry. No one is stabbing anyone in the back. Rollins is the best on the planet, and will still be that and Universal Champion after Sunday.
Rollins signs his part and Austin flips the contract around for Strowman. Strowman says first and foremost, he grew up watching and respecting Austin. But to be real, a rattlesnake is still a rattlesnake. And Rollins has nothing to worry about, either. Strowman likes being a tag team champion. But he’ll love being Universal Champion even more. “So to quote one of the greatest of all time, I’m about to open a can of whoop ass,” and Rollins will #GetTheseHands! Austin appreciates the shout out, and things are now official. But wait! The OC shows up again! What a moment! Stone Cold is back in MSG! This might be funny coming from Styles, but the OC doesn’t want none. They don’t want to rile up the Rattlesnake. Styles does his Austin impersonation, and says, “Does anybody really care about that anymore though?” MSG does!
Then what about this: “WHAT? SHUT UP!” Stone Cold, turn your attention to Styles and know that you should sit this one out or risk getting hurt. Fans still “WHAT?” and it annoys Styles. But the point is, Austin has no business here, it has to do with Strowman and Rollins. Fans just chant “WHAT? WHAT?” more! This is why no one likes New York. Then maybe put some bass in your voice. Well why don’t you shut up, “Steve.” This still has nothing to do with him. The Raw Tag Team Champions didn’t even have the gall to defend against the OC in a fair rematch. And Styles will say it again- Except that fans are calling him names. Austin wants to make sure Styles knows that about 18,000 are calling him an “A**hole.” The OC gets on the apron now, and Styles says Austin’s the A-hole. Strowman just glances at a title and has a match. Since Austin has been around for so long, the “old fart” must know how it feels.
Fans taunt Styles with “Soccer Mom!” while Austin moves the table aside. Austin tells the OC that he doesn’t know where they’re coming from, but he knows where they’re going. And #Braullins take the OC out! Strowman tosses Gallows and Anderson out, then goes out to run around the ring! Strowman steamrolls Gallows! Then chases Anderson down to club him down! Rollins stomps #BurnItDown! But Styles dodges and sends Rollins out! Only to turn around into a STONE COLD STUNNER! The Stunner returns to the Garden, and the Garden is fired up! Will the OC learn their place around a living legend like Austin? Will they also leave the Universal Championship scene alone now that the contract is finalized?
Raw returns to AJ Styles still stunned by the Stunner.
And now Cedric Alexander comes out! The Phenomenal One may be recovering, but he’ll have to face up to what he did to Alexander last week!
Cedric Alexander VS AJ Styles!
No rest for the weary or the wicked, even as Styles protests. Can Styles still win while his head’s still spinning?
The bell rings and Alexander goes right at Styles with furious fists! Then he whips Styles corner to corner hard! Styles writhes out of the ring but Alexander follows to clobber Styles down! And then Alexander CHOPS Styles against barriers, before throwing him into other barriers! Fans cheer as Alexander drags Styles up for more CHOPS! Alexander puts Styles in then stalks Styles to a corner. Alexander rams his shoulders in but backs off at the ref’s count. Alexander whips Styles corner to corner but Styles reverses. Alexander goes up and over and handsprings to headscissor Styles down! Then dropkicks the legs out to dropkick Styles in the head! Cover, ONE! Alexander tries again, ONE again. Styles scrambles to a corner but gets an uppercut!
Alexander brings Styles out to suplex, but Styles slips out and throat chops! Styles leans on ropes while Alexander catches his breath. Styles comes back to kick Alexander hard in the ribs. Alexander gets to ropes but now Styles CHOPS. Styles throws heavy forearms but Alexander gives one back. Styles gets mad as he whips, but Alexander handsprings and hits the Neuralizer enziguri! Styles flops out of the ring but Alexander builds speed. Fans fire up as Alexander FLIES! Direct hit takes out Styles! Alexander gets up and walks off the sore landing before he puts Styles back in. Styles rolls out the other end but Alexander has him on the apron. Styles hotshots the bad arm! Styles hurries in and headbutts to then an armbar DDT! Alexander writhes as we go to break.
Raw returns as Alexander fights up out of a hammerlock. Alexander forearms away on Styles with his good arm, but Styles kicks the bad arm! Alexander goes to a corner, but he knees Styles away! Fans fire up as Alexander CHOPS and punches away on Styles! Styles roundhouses but runs into a BIG Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Alexander is beside himself, but his wild eyes keep focus on Styles. Styles flounders around but Alexander brings him up. Alexander blocks a kick but misses his elbow. Alexander escapes the back suplex to hit that elbow! Styles flounders but puts Alexander on the apron. Alexander kicks back from the apron! But Anderson attacks! And Gallows!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by disqualification
The Good Brothers save Styles as they beat down the former Soul of 205 Live! But here come the VIKING RAIDERS! Erik and Ivar have a score to settle on their own end, and they run through the OC! They get Styles with knee to KNEE! Then Gallows gets Ivar’s cartwheel clothesline! Anderson gets Ace Ten Mao! Ivar and Erik each hit Gallows, then combine for spinebuster human weapon! Alexander dropkicks Styles out, before Anderson gets THOR’S HAMMER! Alexander owes the Raiders for the save! But will Alexander get Styles back at Clash of Champions? Or will someone else be chosen to fight for the United States title?
Bayley & Banks speak.
“Aww… I heard Char and Becky were waling around all mad because of what we did to them last week.” Well those two should be mad! Just like Bayley and Banks are happy about being back together. They’ll take the Boss & Hug Connection, and take that to the bank. Meanwhile, Flair and The Man simply stare daggers at each other as they prepare for their match. Which two of the Four Horsewomen comes out on top in this epic match worthy of the Garden?
Bray Wyatt says hi!
Hopefully everyone’s excited for tonight’s new episode of Firefly Fun House! Yowie Wowie! What does Bray have in store for everyone later tonight?
WWE, the V Foundation and Connor’s Cure fight against cancer.
Join the brave young boys and girls as they fight against the worst enemy out there. #BelieveintheFight.
Roman Reigns is here!
And The Big Dog is wearing Connor’s Cure merchandise to lead the charge! “Almost a year ago, I made my announcement that my leukemia had returned.” Roman had to leave, and all of the love and support the fans gave Roman gave him the strength to fight. And when Roman returned, it was that love and support that gave Roman a change of perspective. It was always about the ring, but there is more to the WWE platform. Roman wants to use this platform to raise awareness and pay it forward. He has had an incredible opportunity to visit pediatric hospitals, and that includes here in New York. Knowing it’s two nights in a row in the Garden, Roman knew he’d have a chance to visit them twice. But why go to them when they can be brought here? Roman wants everyone to know that New York’s own need their cheers.
WWE welcomes: Julius the Sarcoma Warrior! Antonio the Arrival! Miguel the Mighty M! Liam the Red Ninja! And Liana “Lilly Terror”! Roman knows these little warriors have been through the toughest fights of their lives but are standing strong. The work doesn’t end here. There are others beginning their own fight, and it is on everyone to support them. Please join the WWE and support tomorrow’s superstars today.
Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair VS Sasha Banks & Bayley!
Reunited and it feels so good, for the Boss & Hug Connection. The inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions have been on the same page this entire time, and look to both be Women’s Champions coming out of Clash of Champions. Will The Man and The Queen be able to stick together long enough to at least deny them momentum tonight?
The teams make the entrances, Bayley and Banks being the only team walking down the ramp together. But then Charlotte and Becky attack Bayley and Banks together! Becky gets thrown aside and Charlotte gets thrown into barriers! But Becky comes back with European uppercuts, and a Becksploder for the Boss! Becky puts Banks in the ring and rains down rights! Bayley saves Banks and clubs away on Becky! Becky fights back but that’s 2v1! Until Charlotte gets a chair! Charlotte starts swinging but Bayley and Banks bail out! The chaos cools off as we go to break.
Raw returns, and Becky starts with Banks. The bell rings but Banks uses the open corner as a defense against an angry Becky. Charlotte runs over but Banks gets clear of her, too. Banks backs off to tag out to Bayley right away, and now champion meets champion. Bayley and Becky tie up and Becky gets Bayley into a corner! Becky firse off with forearms and stomps, then taunts Banks to tag in. Becky puts Bayley in the Boss-Hug corner, but Banks gets back. So Becky throws Bayley out to then throw her into barriers! Becky taunts Banks about her “best friend” getting thrown around, as she does it again! The ref counts but Becky keeps throwing Bayley around. They finally go in the ring at 7, and Becky covers. TWO, but Becky brings Bayley over to Charlotte. Charlotte tags in, and the Queen slaps Bayley around. Charlotte stomps away now, then drags Bayley to bump her on buckles.
Charlotte pulls Bayley against the ropes, holding onto the ponytail. The ref counts but Charlotte lets up. Bayley shoves but Charlotte CHOPS! Charlotte scoops but Bayley slips out to throw Charlotte down by her hair! Tag to Banks and the best friends stomp away on Charlotte. Sasha grinds her boot in until the ref counts. She lets up, then tags Bayley back. They crisscross and throw Charlotte into buckles. Then they double CHOP and throw Charlotte back down. Cover, ONE! Bayley keeps on Charlotte but Charlotte hits back! Charlotte stomps a mudhole into Bayley, then Becky tags in. Charlotte keeps Bayley in for Becky to get her stomps in. Becky whips but Bayley reverses, only to miss in the corner. Becky hits the jump kick! Bayley fights off the Becksploder to then throw Becky to the apron. But Becky denies the hotshot! Becky boots Sasha but Bayley comes back to hit that hotshot after all!
Bayley distracts and taunts Charlotte while Banks gets cheap shots in on Becky! Bayley styles and profiles to tag Sasha back in. Sasha bumps Becky off the apron then puts her in the ring. Cover, ONE, but Sasha keeps her cool. Sasha drags Becky up to snap suplex her down. Cover, ONE again! Fans still sing and duel as Sasha stalks Becky to ropes. Sasha chokes Bekcy on the ropes but lets up at 4. Another buckle bump and a tag to Bayley. Becky fights back and escapes a scoop to hit an inverted DDT! Both Bayley and Becky are down and writhing. Fans rally up as they crawl, hot tags to the Boss and the Queen! This familiar rivalry sparks again as Charlotte rallies and CHOPS! Sasha is reeling as she gets more CHOPS! Charlotte whips, scoops, and THROWS Sasha overhead! Then kip-up! She BOOTS Bayley out before going back to Sasha. Sasha dodges, but gets the backbreaker to buckle shot!
Charlotte drags Sasha up to suplex, but Sasha lands on her feet. Charlotte counters the counter to a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Charlotte grows frustrated, but fans are fired up. Charlotte drags Sasha up, shoves and scoops, but Sasha tilt-o-whirls to a takedown! The Bank Statement crossface is on! But Charlotte rolls around to make it a cover. Sasha rolls, but into the Figure Four! And the Figure Eight! But Bayley runs in, only to get caught! But Bayley spins around to School Boy Becky onto Charlotte! All four Four Horsewomen are down! “This is Awesome!” in the Garden! Sasha hits Charlotte with an apron METEORA! But again all four are down while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Sasha has Charlotte bent back in a straitjacket stretch. Charlotte fights up and rams Sasha into buckles. Sasha doesn’t let go, and then turns it around to throw CHarlotte into buckles. Then she hits a running meteora, snapmare to cover! TWO, but Sasha keeps her cool. Fans rally up for “Becky! Becky!” Sasha hears all that, but bumps Charlotte to then tag Bayley. Boss & Hug mug Charlotte with CHOPS! But Charlotte hits back with forearms! Byaley barely keeps Charlotte form Becky, but fans rally up again. Charlotte powers up but Bayley puts her in a corner for stomps and shoulders. Bayley backs off to run back in, but gets a knee! Charlotte heads for Becky, but has to toss Bayley into ropes first! Hot tag to The Man!
Becky rallies on Bayley and hits Banks for good measure! Flying Firearm! Fans fire up as Becky fires off strikes. Becky runs to shoulder Bayley over! Sasha runs in but gets caught in a Becksploder! Becky runs to wreck Sasha with a dropkick! Becky then leaps for an apron forearm! Bayley runs in but gets a knee! And a roundhouse! Becky hurries up but Bayley yanks her down for a big knee of her own! Bayley runs back in, reels Becky in, but Becky turns the hug around to a takedown, only to get the backstabber! Charlotte BOOTS Sasha! Bayley body checks Charlotte! Bayley checks on Sasha and the two go after Charlotte. The double suplex Charlotte but she slips out. Charlotte dodges then baits them in for Becky’s double missile dropkick! Two frenemies for the price of one! Becky climbs up, Charlotte tags in, and Bayely gets the leg drop, brother! Charlotte climbs next, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, but Sasha just breaks it!
Becky drags Sasha out and Sasha begs for mercy. She gets EuroUppers instead! And steel steps! Becky drags Sasha into the Disarm-Her! Sasha taps, not that it matters, but Bayley saves Sasha,. Charlotte slides out as Bayley gives Becky a suplex into the barriers! Bayley gives Charlotte a GERMAN Suplex! All four Four Horsewomen are down again on the outside! And again “This is Awesome!” as Bayely puts Charlotte in. Bayley climbs high, Macho Elbow gets knees! The ref checks on Bayley, but Charlotte is hungry to attack. Sasha grabs Charlotte by the hair but gets a forearm. Bayley rolls Charlotte up, TWO!! NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, Charlotte & Becky win!!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch, Charlotte pinning
The Queen wins big for herself and The Man! Will this be the duo that have the top titles after Clash of Champions? Or will the best friends find a way to turn things back to their favor?
Backstage interview with The OC.
Given what went down as they tried to again interrupt the contract signing, and then the match with Alexander, what- What what? That they’ll pack their bags and go home? Who do you think runs Raw? Not Alexander. Whether you like it or not… Wait, Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler come by. They are having a laugh over what happened. The OC could be running Raw, if they recruited these two. The question is: where do the OC stand? Ziggler offers a handshake, and Styles takes it. Does the OC have a pair of new and GLORIOUS Good Brothers on the team? Will this new alliance lead all five men to bigger and better things in the WWE?
Rey Mysterio VS Gran Metalik!
The King of Lucha Libre was talked out of giving up by his son, Dominic, and looks to get back on track in the ring. Will he be able to return to his former glory? Or will the King of the Ropes capitalize on this huge opportunity to get a win on a lucha legend?
Raw returns as Metalik makes his entrance. The bell rings and Metalik circles with Mysterio. They tie up and Mysterio wrenches to a wristlock. Metalik wrenches it back on Mysterio then sweeps the legs. Mysterio gets up and wristlocks but Metalik gets up to handspring free. The luchadors stand off as fans build to a rally. Metalik and Mysterio tie up again, and Metalik headlocks. Mysterio fights out and sweeps, but Metalik holds Mysterio up. Metalik then monkey flips, rolls up but Mysterio turns things around into a wheelbarrow. Metalik pushes Mysterio up and over but Mysterio lands on his feet. Things speed up and both men have equal agility. Mysterio dodges the handspring to headscissor, but Metalik handsprings through. Metalik wags his finger, “No no no,” while fans cheer.
Mysterio rushes Metalik and waistlocks, then shoves Metalik to hop up. But Metalik stops Mysterio, to spin him, only to get thrown onto ropes! Mysterio runs but Metalik dodges to roll Mysterio up! TWO, and Metalik again says “no no no!” Mysterio keeps his cool as he resets with Metalik. They circle again and fans are rallying behind Rey. Mysterio kicks low then whips but Metalik counters to a powerbomb lift. Mysterio counters that to headscissor Metalik out hard! Mysterio runs, slides, but rolls through as Metalik dodges. Metalik SUPERKICKS Mysterio down! Metalik goes into the ring as Mysterio shakes out the cob webs. Metalik comes back to FLY onto Mysterio! Metalik wipes Mysterio out but both men need a moment. Metalik gets Mysterio up and into the ring, then takes aim. Slingshot, springboard, swanton! Cover, TWO! Mysterio still lives!
Metalik keeps on Mysterio with a chinlock. Mysterio endures and fans rally up behind him. Mysterio fights up and fights out, only for Metalik to knee low. Metalik CHOPS then whips Mysterio, but Mysterio reverses. Mysterio sees Metalik going up and over, and gets him with a tilt-o-whirl that sends him into buckles! Metalik flounders as Mysterio goes to the corner. Mysterio climbs up and then leaps for the seated senton! Then he keeps moving, springboard crossbody! Metalik gets to a corner but BOOTS Mysterio back! Metalik runs the ropes to dropkick Mysterio down! Metailk drags Mysterio up to suplex him to the top rope. Metalik then climbs up to join Mysterio, but Mysterio fights back. The luchadors brawl up top, and Mysterio headbutts back. Metalik body shots, then adjusts, to SUPER STEINER Mysterio off the ropes! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio survives again!
Metalik keeps his cool as he brings Mysterio up for another whip. Mysterio rolls up, SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Now Metalik survives by seconds! Mysterio keeps himself moving, and is in the corner. Metalik runs into boots, then gets another headscissor! Metalik is on the ropes, Mysterio hits 619! Mysterio climbs, drops the dime in the frog splash! Cover, Mysterio wins!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
The King of Lucha still has it in him! He shows respect to the rising star by helping him up. Does Metalik have Mysterio’s seal of approval? Will Mysterio still keep going up as he continues to climb back?
The Street Profits are hyped!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are ready for MSG! We’re going to need a bigger marquee for a 10 Man Tag match bigger than the NYC! There’s also King of the Ring in the first-ever Triple Threat Semifinals for the King of the Ring! And then LIVE this Sunday is the Clash of Champions! Raw, MSG, Charlotte pinned Bayley! The Queen wants to run it back to get her tenth reign! But then the other women’s championship match, THE MAN VS THE BOSS! No lie, Dawkins has the Boss in his predictions. And Sasha, you were right. Blue IS your color. BUt best of all, Stone Cold got #Braullins to sign the contract. Clash of Champions, Strowman and Rollins fight for the WWE Universal Championship, after defending the Raw Tag Team Championships! But all this talk of Clash of Champions, there’s an even bigger story brewing without a title.
The Profits cue up a video package to recap what happened on SmackDown in the ongoing investigation into why Erick Rowan attacked Roman Reigns. Daniel Bryan demanded an apology from the Big Dog for both the Spear and the wrong accusations, but he wouldn’t get it. Only because the Big Redwood Behemoth would attack! Rowan is no one’s puppet, and he not only beat down Roman, he put Bryan through a table! Will Rowan continue to wreak havoc on Sunday?
King of the Ring Semifinal Triple Threat: Baron Corbin VS Samoa Joe VS Ricochet!
The Lone Wolf thought he’d have a bye into the tournament finals when the Samoan Shark and the King of Flight both pinned each other. But it would be a decision by the WWE referees that instead of a double elimination, both Joe and Ricochet would join Corbin in this match tonight! With the odds not in anyone’s favor, who will move on to represent Raw in the King of the Ring tournament finals?
Raw returns as Corbin makes his entrance, followed by Ricochet. The bell rings and Ricochet throws hands. Corbin bails out but Joe clobbers Ricochet from behind! Joe jabs away on Ricochet in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Ricochet goes up and over and then speeds up to tilt-o-whirl headscissor and dropkick Joe down! Joe bails out but Corbin slides in to run Ricochet over. Fans boo Corbin but he just grins as he rams knees into Ricochet. Corbin clubs Ricochet down, then mockingly applauds. Corbin bumps ricochet off buckles then whips him corner to corner. Ricochet goes up and out to shoulder in and kick Corbin back. Ricochet springboards to clothesline COrbin down, for a standing shooting star! Cover, ONE, and Corbin gets out. Joe returns but Ricochet dropkicks him back out!
Ricochet sees two targets, and slides at Corbin. Corbin dodges but gets a dropkick-flip and enziguri! Fans duel as ricochet goes back int o DIVE onto Joe! Joe goes down but Ricochet keeps moving to FLY and take Corbin out! The One and Only is also down, but not for long, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Corbin is up on the outside while Joe and Ricochet are inside. Ricochet dropkicks Corbin away then goes to the apron. Ricochet hops on but Corbin blocks the headsicsosrs, to then swing Ricochet into the post! Corbin chuckles as he looms over Ricochet, then heads for Joe. But Joe DIVES out to ram Corbin into barriers! Joe glares at Ricochet as he throws Ricochet into the post now. Joe puts Corbin in the ring but Corbin throws forearms. Joe gives them back and now they brawl. Fans duel as Corbin throws body shots over and over. Joe ducks to SLAP away on Corbin! Joe spins but misses and Corbin uppercuts! Corbin whips but Joe reverses into an atomic drop, then runs to BOOT Corbin down! And drops the senton! Cover, Ricochet breaks it in time!
Ricochet and Joe stay in the ring while Corbin rolls to the apron. Ricochet throws hands on Joe, and CHOPS, too. Joe CHOPS back and Ricochet falls. Joe runs but Ricochet leaps to elbow back! Ricochet runs but into Joe’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool while he looms over Ricochet. Corbin slowly stirs on the outside as Joe puts Ricochet up top. Joe climbs up but Ricochet fights back. Joe headbutts Ricochet then brings Ricochet up. Ricochet resists the superplex, and Corbin adds on! Joe fights Corbin off but Ricochet sends Joe down! Ricochet leaps over Corbin, rolls, dropkick-flip but into a LARIAT! Joe hits Corbin with the elbow and PELE! Ricochet SUPERKICKS Joe down! All three men are down but MSG is loving it!
Corbin sits up first and gets to a corner. Ricochet sits up but is in the opposite corner. Joe bails out as fans continue to duel. Ricochet runs at Corbin to throw big forearms. Corbin swings but misses and Ricochet CHOPS away! Corbin shoves but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Corbin rebounds to BOOT Ricochet down! Corbin smirks as he stands tall. He circles Ricochet before bringing him up for the choke grip. Corbin lifts but Ricochet sunset flips through! TWO, and he rolls up into Corbin’s BOMB! But then Coribn pops Ricochet up for a DEEP SIX! Cover, and Joe drags Corbin out, into the Coquina Clutch! A tap-out won’t matter outside but Joe could leave Corbin for dead! Corbin pushes Joe around and they ram into everything, but Joe still holds on. Corbin starts to fade, and Joe drops down to put on the bodyscissors! But then Ricochet APRON SHOOTING STARS onto them both! Ricochet wrecks both opponents at once!
“This is Awesome!” but it isn’t done yet. The decision has to happen in the ring. Ricochet gets up first while both Joe and Corbin crawl. Ricochet chooses Joe and puts him in the ring. Fans still duel as Ricochet climbs up. Joe is in the drop zone, Ricochet 450 but has to roll through. Joe gets him in the clutch! But Ricochet uses the corner to climb out, RECOIL! Joe is back in a drop zone, and Ricochet climbs up again! Ricochet 630!! But Corbin yanks Ricochet out to throw into barriers! Cover, Corbin wins!!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall; advances to the King of the Ring Finals
The Lone Wolf takes advantage of the situation and is now one match away from being KING Corbin! Who from SmackDown will Corbin meet in the final battle for the throne?
Lacey Evans VS Natalya!
The Sassy Southern Belle already beat the Queen of Harts once, but she’ll happily do it again. Will Lacey make it a quick 2-0 against the Daughter of the Anvil?
The bell rings, and the two tie up fast and furious. They go around and end up in a corner. Lacey lets up, to flick Natty’s hair. Natty SLAPS then powers Lacey to a corner! Natty fires off but the referee pulls her away. Natty kicks then clubs then snap suplexes Lacey down! Lacey is reeling but Natty goes after a leg. Natty wrenches the leg on the mat, then drags Lacey around to a spinning toehold, into a Trailerhitch! Lacey grabs the ropes and Natty lets go at 4. Natty swats at Lacey then throws hands on the ropes. Natty will not let off Lacey until the ref pulls her away. Lacey rolls Natty but Natty pops out for the DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Natty has the legs, and then the Sharpshooter, but Lacey gets ropes already. Lacey hurries out of the ring but Natty will not let off. Lacey gets Natty with a kick and then a neckbreaker to the floor!
Lacey drags Natty up to throw onto the apron. Lacey slams Natty on the apron, then kicks away at her head! The referee reprimands Lacey, but she uses the apron skirt to smother Natty! Lacey lets up at 4 and smiles as she fans herself off. Lacey goes up to slingshot for the elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps on Natty by putting her in a corner for classy stomps. Then she hits a swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey does not let up, she puts Natty in a classy cobra clutch. But Natty fights her way up and arm-drags out. Only for Lacey to clothesline Natty down! Lacey saunters her way to a corner and climbs up. Lacey jumps, Sassiest Moonsault Ever flops!
Natty fires up, but her discus meets a roundhouse! Lacey bounces Natty’s head off the mat over and over, and is growing frustrated. Lacey throws Natty into buckles over and over, but backs off to wipe the sweat from her brow. She throws the handkerchief on Natty, then swings again. Natty BOOTS Lacey back! Natty has the legs again, for the SHARPSHOOTER! Lacey claws, but taps! Natty wins!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
Natty lets go eventually, and “returns” Lacey’s handkerchief. Will this even things between Queen and Lady? Or will the tiebreaker be even fiercer than this?
Raw shares preshow footage of R-Truth meeting Enes Kanter!
Truth is a big fan of the Knicks, and of Kanter, so Truth wanted New York to join him in reminiscing to classic moments with Kanter on the Knicks. But then Kanter would palm Truth’s head and dribble him on the mat! To cover?! And WIN!?
Winner: Enes Kanter, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Not only that, but Kanter revealed that he is wearing a uniform to match to title: the GREEN Boston Celtics jersey! MSG booed, but not for long as Truth rolled Kanter back up!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
15 times! Truth is continuing to pile on reigns as perhaps the greatest WWE 24/7 Champion now and forever!
Raw presents an all-new Firefly Fun House!
Bray says hola, amigos! And today is a very special lesson planned. STRANGER DANGER! No, Ramblin’ Rabbit. But what’s got your tail all in a twirl? There’s someone strange outside! Was it Stone Cold Steve Austin? Yes, but what is Bray going to do about it. Abby and Mercy all know strangers are bad. Huskis says Bray stopped Kurt Angle, Mick Foley and Finn Balor. No, The Fiend hurt them! The clocks are stuck at 3:16 all because of Stone Cold! STRANGER DANGER! Okay, okay, okay. Everyone just please calm down. BE QUIET!! Bray keeps the darkness away with a yowie wowie! Take turns talking, everyone. Bray will fix the clock, with a HAMMER! See? Now it’s just right. Yay~!
And Huskis, “in another life,” those people you named took something from Bray. They practically created The Fiend. And Steve is just an old rattlesnake. And you can’t blame a rattlesnake for being a rattlesnake. Remember: strangers are just friends you haven’t made yet. Look at what Rollins and Strowman did! They brought Cedric and the Viking Raiders together. Unfortunately, friends won’t help where they’re going. Because friends forgive, but The Fiend never forgets. See you in Hell, in a Cell! Bye~! See you soon~!
Is this Bray’s roundabout way of saying he will go after the Universal Champion at Hell in a Cell, no matter if it’s the Architect or the Monster?
10 Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders VS Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler & The OC!
Unlikely alliances are all over this match! The Architect and the Monster Among Men lead Erik, Ivar and the Soul of 205 Live against the GLORIOUS Show-Offs and their new friends. Will Rollins and Strowman be rolling into Clash of Champions thanks to Alexander and the Raiders? Or will Styles, Gallows and Anderson help Ziggler and Roode gain some advantages over the Raw Tag Team Champions?
The teams are ready to fight the moment Styles leads Gallows, Anderson, Ziggler and Roode out. Team sort out, and Rollins has everyone stand down so he can start. Ziggler starts for his side and these familiar foes tie up. They go around and Ziggler gets the wristlock. Rollins rolls and handsprings to reverse the wristlock back. Fans duel as Ziggler kicks back. Ziggler headlocks but Rollins powers out. Things speed up and Rollins hip tosses Ziggler down! Rollins keeps on Ziggler with an armlock, then he brings Ziggler over. Tag to Ivar and Ivar rams his knee into Ziggler. Tag to Erik and the Raiders scoop slam Ziggler, for the scoop slam senton! Cover but Styles breaks that up fast. Alexander goes right at Styles, and then things break down into brawling! Everyone fights all over the ring and ringside area. Ziggler aims at Strowman but is caught for a CHOKE SLAM! Ziggler bails out but Strowman’s team regroups and fires up as we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Alexander has Anderson in the corner. But Anderson hits back hard with a forearm, and brings him to the OC corner. Anderson throws hands then tags Styles in. Styles goes right at Alexander with stomps! The ref pulls Styles off but Ziggler and Gallows get cheap shots in. Strowman threatens them and they back off. Styles keeps on Alexander in a corner, but Alexander hits the step-in springboard complete shot! Both men are down and crawling for their corners as fans do the wave. Styles wrings Alexander’s bad arm out and Alexander is writhing. Gallows tags in, and the OC mugs Alexander. Gallows throws big hands but lets up at 4. Ziggler and Roode get cheap shots in again! Gallows drags Alexander up to give him an armbar DDT! Then he drags Alexander away to throw into buckles. Tag to Roode and Roode drags Alexander around for stomps! The ref has to back Roode off, too, but Roode comes back with a cobra clutch.
Alexander endures and fans rally up. Alexander fights his way up and out of the hold, but Roode knees low. Roode wrenches and wrings Alexander’s bad arm out again! Cover, TWO, but Roode drags Alexander away to drop knees. Cover, TWO! Roode tries again, TWO! Roode keeps on the bad arm with a Fujiwara Armbar! Alexander endures but fans rally up with Rollins and the team. Roode grinds down on the bad arm but Alexander refuses to give up. Alexander powers his way up and fights back with body shots. Roode forearms but Alexander blocks the boot to give a HARD elbow! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Roode and Alexander crawl, hot tags to Anderson and Rollins!
Rollisn blows up the OC corner to then hit a slingblade on Anderson! Gallows runs in but gets an enziguri! Anderson puts Rollins on the apron but Rollins springboards in for a flying knee! Falcon Arrow! Cover, but Roode breaks it! Roode gets Alexander’s springboard clothesline! Ziggler SUPERKICKS ALexander, Erik ROCKS Ziggler! Gallows hits Erik with the Yakuza Kick, but Ivar cartwheels and clotheslines again! Styles Phenomenal Forearm for Ivar! SUPERKICK from Rollins to Styles! Fans fire up as Rollins tags in Strowman, and then DIVES onto Gallows! Strowman has Anderson, then rams Gallows! Then Rollins DIVES onto Anderson but Strowman runs Anderson over! Rollins puts Anderson in for Strowman, to scoop and MONSTER SLAM! Cover, but Roode and Ziggler push Rollins onto Strowman! Strowman misunderstands what happened, and Rollins tries to explain. Things cool off again as we go to one last break.
Raw returns one more time, and Ziggler drags Rollins from his team. Tag to Anderson and they stomp away on Rollins. The referee backs Anderson off, but Anderson brings Rollins up for EuroUppers. Cover, ONE, but Anderson wraps Rollins in a chinlock. Rollins endures and fights his way up to a jawbreaker! He and Anderson wobble, but Anderson gets Rollins with a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson grows frustrated but he drags Rollins to the open corner. He throws forearm then puts Rollisn up top. ANderson throws hands as he climbs, and grinds his forearm into Rollins’ face. Fans boo but Rollins fights back! Rollins sends Anderson down with a headbutt, but Anderson tags in Roode. Roode intercepts Rollins but gets a boot, to a Blockbuster! Both men are down and crawling, hot tag to Ziggler! Ziggler runs into a BUCKLE BOMB!
Rollins and Ziggler are down now, and crawling for corners. Ziggler intercepts Rollins even while on the mat, so he can tag Styles first! Styles back suplexes but Rollins slips out to dodge and tag in Strowman! Strowman runs over Styles, and then again! And then a BOOT! Gallows gets in but gets hands! Strowman splashes in the corner on Styles! Styles escapes the slam then baits Strowman into the post! Erik tags in, deals with Anderson and then throws Ziggler! Roode gets Ace Ten Mao! Erik has Styles but Styles PELES! Ivar tags in, and gives Styles the seated senton! Fans fire up behind the Warbeard! Ivar climbs, Alexander tags in, and Ivar LEAPS onto the group! Alexander has Styles, but he gets boots! Styles is on the apron and hits Alexander away. Styles springboards, but into a LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander and team, by pinfall
And Stone Cold returns!? Austin hustles down to the ring to celebrate with the boys! Broken Skull beers for everybody! And together, they share a six man toast! Madison Square Garden cheers for Stone Cold and the victorious five! But will Rollins and Strowman hold it together to stay Raw Tag Team Champions even as they’ll battle for the Universal Championship? Is the Age of Alexander primed to rise again with the United States Championship as its foundation? If you’re ready for that and more this Sunday, give Stone Cold a #HellYeah!
As go-homes go, this was a pretty great one. I’ll say right now, we did not need a recap package for the SmackDown story of Roman, Rowan and Bryan, even if it was queued up by the Street Profits. And we really did not need Lacey VS Natty again so soon. Isn’t Natty’s arm supposed to be in bad shape? And do we really need 50-50 booking between two superstars not involved with Clash of Champions? Is this the weird side to them thinking ahead for Natty VS Lacey as a story headed for the next Raw Women’s Championship challenge? But speaking of, I am really surprised we did not get the Four Horsewomen match as the main event tonight. It was a great match, no doubt about it, but I was thinking this should’ve closed. It works out for Becky and Charlotte to win tonight, because my thinking is still that Banks & Bayley come away with those titles, to go after the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships next.
We got a pretty good match of Mysterio VS Metalik to really have both men shine in their true lucha style. It was another quick star-making match for a Cruiserweight wrestler, which is surely a good sign for the entire Cruiserweight Division to be taken seriously one day. At least, I hope it is. Mysterio wins to keep his story going, but I’m sure he’ll run into another speed bump down the line, like yet another rematch with Almas or Samoa Joe, before this story is over. The King of the Ring’s first ever Triple Threat semifinal was definitely a great match, but I’m a little disappointed they went with Corbin. I suppose going with Joe would’ve been some kind of obvious after Joe trash talking Gable, but now that it’s Corbin, this has to mean Chad Gable wins tomorrow night’s SmackDown match against Elias. Now whether or not Gable beats Corbin is still up in the air, but oddly enough, New York had people cheering on the idea of King Corbin. Maybe there are more Corbin fans than we knew.
Firefly Fun House was really good this week. Bray Wyatt is clearly still set for a match with the Universal Champion come Hell in a Cell, but there seem to be other things hidden inside what he was saying. The detail of the clock changing to 11:19 is surely significant. Survivor Series this year isn’t until November 24th, but the Undertaker did debut at Survivor Series back in 1990. It would be very fitting that almost 30 years later, Taker takes on The Fiend in what will truly and honestly be Taker’s last match ever, no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. This should’ve been how it went when it was original form Bray VS Taker at Mania, how it should’ve been when it was Brothers of Destruction VS Wyatt Family a few years back, so as much as I’ve always loved Taker, I hope that the torch is truly passed when The Fiend defeats him in the PPV where it all started.
The rest of the night was definitely dominated by the story involving The OC and #Braullins and all that. Austin, Rollins and Strowman had a great segment with the OC to open the show and get the contract signing out of the way. Alexander VS Styles was a good match right up to the OC attacking, but it made a lot of sense for the Viking Raiders to want after Gallows and Anderson after the tag gauntlet ended with both teams being eliminated. Now, I expected a Six Man Tag to wedge in somewhere, but then it escalated to ten and it wasn’t half-bad. Luckily they stifled some of that usual “misunderstanding” cliche with Strowman and Rollins colliding. And I am very happy to see that Alexander gets the pin on Styles to surely give us a United States Championship match on Sunday. Now whether Alexander wins that or not is also up in the air, but at least he, the other Faces, and Austin got to close out the show together with a big beer bath.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (8/18/22)
Big Strong Boy VS Scum of the Earth!
The NXT UK Championship Tournament rolls on!
It’s a double shot of the NXT UK Championship Tournament, as Mark Andrews takes on Joe Coffey, and Tyler Bate faces Kenny Williams!
- Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey; wins and advances.
- Amale VS Nina Samuels; wins.
- Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Eddie Dennis & Saxon Huxley; win.
- Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Tyler Bate VS Kenny Williams; wins and advances.
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of NXT UK will begin later today]
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.
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CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!
Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?
AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.
Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!
Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?
Death Triangle speaks.
Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?
Jungle Boy is here!
Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”
And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!
Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.
Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.
Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”
Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?
FTR & Wardlow speak.
Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”
Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!
Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!
The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?
The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.
Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.
King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!
King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!
King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?
AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.
Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.
But there’s even more on Rampage!
On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?
AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???
To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?
Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.
“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?
The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.
Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”
Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!
Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!
Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.
Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!
The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!
Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!
Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.
Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.
Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!
Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!
Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!
Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.
Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.
Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!
Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?
As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.
Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.
Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.
Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.
Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.
Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
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