Time to Burn It Down in Hell (in a Cell)!
Bray Wyatt forgives, but “he” never forgets! Will Seth Rollins be able to #SurviveAndPrevail against the waking nightmare that is The Fiend?
- Kickoff Show – Lacey Evans VS Natalya; Natalya wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- Tornado Tag: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan & Luke Harper; Reigns & Bryan win.
- Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali; Orton wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors; The Kabuki Warriors win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS The Viking Raiders & ???; The Viking Raiders & Braun Strowman win, by disqualification.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Street Profits Surprise: Carmella w/ R-Truth VS Tamina Snuka; Tamina wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- King Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable; Gable wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Crowd Cameo: Tamina Snuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt; Referee Stoppage, Rollins retains the WWE Universal Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, Booker T and Sam Roberts in recapping and predicting the action on the scariest night of WWE!
Bliss-Cross talk to the panel!
The Goddess and her crazy gal pal heard when we all did that Asuka and Kairi Sane are coming for the titles. Bliss isn’t sure why. Kairi just cosplays being a pirate. The fighting champions have beaten all the teams, and would just like to see a team earn a shot. Booker T disagrees, both Asuka and Kairi have resumes worthy of another try and get an upset. Alexa says those were individual accomplishments. For that matter, Alexa was the five-time (five-time etc) Women’s Champion in her own right. But what have Asuka and Kairi done as a team? Nikki says the champs proved everyone wrong, and that continues tonight. They’ll be undefeated against the Kabuki Warriors! Confident as can be, will Bliss-Cross hold onto the gold against #JoshiRoyalty?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla Braxton asks the nine-time Women’s Champion about her rematch with Bayley. Charlotte fell short at Clash of Champions, but that’s the past. Charlotte prefers to talk the Fox SmackDown debut and that tap out she got out of Bayley. Bayley’s tough girl act is just that: an act. But Charlotte IS the Queen of All Eras and she WILL be the TEN-TIME Women’s Champion. WOO~!
Lacey Evans VS Natalya!
The Sassy Southern Belle and the Queen of Harts are far from through with each other. Will Lacey end this with her Woman’s Right? Or will Natty finally dig her claws into Lacey and make her tap out?
The bell rings and the Golden 1 cheers for Natty as she ties up with Lacey. Natty headlocks and gets the takeover, but Lacey headscissors out with a grin. Natty pops out and now Lacey frowns. They circle again and Lacey kicks low. Lacey wrenches to a wristlock then brings Natty down for a cover, ONE. Natty gets up but Lacey is on the arm again. Lacey wrenches, wristlocks, but Natty rolls, spins, handsprings and arm-drags Lacey down! Fans cheer as Lacey backs off. Natty soaks it all up and Lacey grows annoyed. The two circle again and tie up. Natty waistlocks, drops down, trips Lacey and spanks her! Natty floats to a facelock but Lacey slips out to hammerlock, and spank back! Lacey pulls hair but the ref reprimands her. Natty moves around, Lacey facelocks to headlocks. Headlock takeover, but Natty rolls her to a cover. ONE, and Lacey holds on.
Fans rally for Natty and Natty elbows free. Natty shoves but Lacey runs her over! Fans boo as Lacey grins and soaks it all up. Lacey drags Natty up to whip into the corner. Lacey runs in but Natty dodges to lift, rebound, but Lacey counters with a takedown! Cover, TWO! Lacey claws at Natty’s face but Natty counters to an armbar! Lacey flails and rolls to get the ropebreak with her legs. Natty stomps Lacey as she lets up, then goes at her at the ropes! Lacey rolls Natty up, TWO! Natty trips Lacey, steps through, but Lacey scrambles! Lacey gets another ropebreak, and Natty lets up. Natty chases Lacey out of the ring but then dares her to “get your ass back in this ring!” Lacey cools off by commentary, but Natty comes running. Lacey kicks Natty and throws her into steel steps!
WWE goes picture in picture as Lacey drags Natty’s leg to the steps. Lacey stomps the shin on the steel! And again! The referee reprimands Lacey but she just smiles as she drags Natty up and into the ring. Lacey traps Natty’s face under the apron! She smothers Natty but lets up at the ref’s count. Lacey turns Natty around to kick at the bad leg. Lacey gets up on the apron as we return to single picture, and she chokes Natty on the ropes! The ref counts, Lacey lets up, to then slingshot elbow drop! Lacey drags Natty to a cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, but she goes after the bad leg with stomps and yanking. Natty clutches the knee as she gets to a corner, but Lacey stomps a mudhole. Lacey laces the leg on ropes to pull! Fans boo but Lacey runs in for the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey is annoyed but she drags Natty around to hook the bad leg. Lacey puts on her on Sassy STF, then adds an arm to it.
Fans rally for Natty as she endures being bent. Lacey dribbles Natty’s face off the mat! Then she smashes the knee! Natty clutches her leg and the ref backs Lacey off. Lacey dropkicks Natty while she’s down then covers, TWO! Lacey drags Natty around again, stomping and yanking the leg. Lacey clamps on with a chinbar and armlock but fans rally up. Natty gets up, fights out, but Lacey throws her down by her hair. Lacey grits her teeth as she drags Natty around by the leg. Lacey steps through, wanting to steal the Sharpshooter! But Natty SLAPS Lacey off her! Lacey flounders to ropes while Natty gets up. Lacey comes back to SLAP and CHOP, then snapmare to stomp the leg! Lacey wants to try again, but Natty uses her good leg to shove Lacey out of the ring!
Natty hurries to a corner for safety, but Lacey returns. Lacey runs in to stomp and club away! The ref backs Lacey off but Lacey comes back for another swing. Natty boots Lacey out of the air! Discus clothesline gets intercepted! Lacey drags Natty to a drop zone and goes to a corner. She climbs up, then jumps up, Sassiest Moonsault Ever! FLOPS! Natty hurries to get Lacey’s legs, step through, and turn over for the SHARPSHOOTER! Lacey taps, Natty wins!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
The Queen of Harts toughs it out as Lacey let her ego get the best of her. Lacey stands up and Natty gives HER a Woman’s Right hand! Maybe that’ll punctuate and end this rivalry.
Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.
The Beacon of Light is looking to recover from setbacks. It’s like one step forward, two steps back. “It is beyond frustrating.” Missed opportunities knock him down, but he won’t stay down. Next week, the WWE Draft helps him start fresh. But Randy Orton walks over to laugh. Momentum? Orton remembers a time when Ali had momentum. And he remembers stopping it flat. Ali does remember that, too. Forget next week. Let’s have a match TONIGHT! Orton thinks about it, and accepts the challenge. Will the Viper strike Ali down again? Or will Ali fly higher than ever before?
Backstage interview with Erick Rowan.
The rivalry between him and Roman Reigns has only intensified, but he isn’t done yet. The Lumberjack Match was a battle, but this is a war. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan think they’re tough, but they’ll learn in the Tornado Tag Match, with no rules keeping them safe, everyone will finally respect Rowan and Luke Harper. The Big Dog and Lil’ Pup Dan “get put down for good.” Will the Yard be under new ownership tonight?
A villainous structure was born…
Designed to imprison, destined to torture. “A structure so evil, it alters the lives of all who enter.” And once again, it has returned. For more souls. For their destruction. The Architect promises to #SurviveAndPrevail, but he has to #LetHimIn. The Man and the Boss have business to settle, but the Cell might end it all. More than that, there are grudges, there is bad blood, and there is pain. “See you in Hell!”
Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks!
Why wait to settle scores? The second-ever Women’s Hell in a Cell match opens the show! The Boss and The Man have made history back and forth, but who takes the honor of winning the Red Brand’s belt inside the blood red cage of pain?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the Cell is lowered…
But Sasha attacks already! The Cell not even all the way down! She rams Becky off the sides, then they end up outside the Cell! Sasha snap suplexes Becky on the ramp! Sasha laughs as the referees reprimand her. The Cell finishes descending while Sasha throws Becky into barriers! The refs tell Sasha to take this back inside, but Sasha won’t let up! She keeps throwing Becky around, then finally leaves her behind. Fans are divided and dueling as The Boss brags and boasts. “Five time champion: me!” The referees check on Becky, and Sasha taunts her. But Becky kicks the door into Sasha! Then fires of forearms! They’re finally inside the Cell, but the ref needs the two to stop brawling for the bell to ring!
Becky puts Sasha in the ring, the referee checks on Sasha, and the door is finally locked shut. This match actually begins, and Becky snatches the chain off the door! She makes them a knuckle duster to punch away on Sasha’s body! And club on her back! Uppercut and dropkick and Sasha drops out of the ring! Sasha crawls around, wanting out. But Becky snatches her away and throws her into cell walls! Becky scrapes Sasha into the fencing as fans are thunderous! Becky puts the chain on the door herself now, and finally locks them in. Becky goes back to Sasha but Sasha kicks her in the leg! Sasha whips Becky into steel! Sasha fires off hands but Becky gives them back! Becky whips Sasha into steel steps! Sasha is writhing, but Becky fetches a TABLE from under the ring! Becky puts the table in the ring, then get a LADDER! Sasha attacks with a CHAIR SHOT! TLC now stands for Tables, Ladders and Cell!
Sasha sticks the ladder in a corner but Becky gets Sasha back with that chair! SMACK to the back! Becky throws Sasha into the ring and sets that table up in a corner. Becky sits the chair up while fans continue to duel. Sasha cradles Becky, TWO! School boy, TWO! Another try with a bridge, TWO! Becky swings into a backslide, TWO! Sasha wants the arm but Becky knees back. Becky bounces Sasha off the chair! And again! And again! Sasha’s arm ends up in the chair like Clash of Champions! But she roundhouses Becky away! And dropkicks the chair into Becky’s face! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her focus as she uses the chair to stand up. Fans want he table but Sasha swings the chair! Becky dodges, and catches Sasha into a Becksploder! Sasha bails out, but Becky wrecks her with a dropkick! Sasha bounces off the Cell, so Becky dropkicks again! And again! Fans are fired up as Becky throws Sasha into the ring. Sasha spins around to kick Becky back!
Sasha is on the apron and LEAPS! Meteora INTO the ladder! That was double-edged for Sasha, but that’s how much this title means! Then Sasha throws the ladder into Becky! The referee checks on Becky while Sasha soaks up the cheers and jeers. Sasha drags Becky up into the ring, covers, TWO!! Becky survives all that damage but Sasha won’t let up. Sasha drags Becky up to throw her back out. Sasha puts Becky’s arm inside the gap of door and frame, and just jams it over and over and over! Becky finally gets free but Sasha drags her up to throw the arm into the apron. Sasha puts Becky in, covers, TWO! Sasha is losing her cool, but she puts Becky’s arm through the chair! To SMASH it! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps on that arm, but Becky endures. Becky fights up and clubs Sasha, only for Sasha to wring her out!
Sasha has the chair again and sits it near a corner. Fans still duel as Sasha slams Becky’s arm on the chair. Sasha sits Becky in the chair, throws some forearms, but Becky keeps her from climbing. Sasha fires off forearms, then leaps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Sasha is losing her cool! Sasha goes out to fetch another chair from under the ring. And she sticks it in a wall? Sasha puts another chair in the ring and aims at Becky. Becky dodges to roll Sasha, TWO! Sasha has the chair but Becky kicks it into her! Sasha runs to the apron but Becky kicks her. Sasha ducks a kick to give a kick but Becky dropkicks her into the wall again! Both women are down, but the fans rally up. Becky sits up first and flounders. Sasha rises and returns tot he ring, but Becky is on her with uppercuts and kicks. Becky bounces Sasha off the post! Then leaps, misses, but still gets Sasha, for a Becksploder into steel wall!
Becky puts Sasha in, grabs the chair and sets it up upside-down. Sasha hits Becky with forearms but Becky gives them back! The Man and the Boss brawl, but Sasha kicks first. Sasha runs, but Becky drop toeholds her onto the chair! And then BULLDOGS her! Cover, TWO!? Sasha survives and Becky is beside herself. Sasha crawls to a corner but Becky runs in. Sasha puts her on the apron but Becky kicks back. Becky climbs up but Sasha trips her up with a kick of her own. Sasha fetches that chair, but Becky blocks it to give it back. Becky throws the chair, and missile dropkicks it into Sasha! Cover, TWO! Sasha survives and then escapes to the outside. Sasha finds something already while Becky calms herself down. Becky hobbles over to where Sasha went, but Sasha SMACKS her with a kendo stick! And smacks and smacks and smacks!
Sasha has two kendo sticks, and wedges them in a corner. Sasha moves the ladder aside to bring Becky up. Sasha bounces Becky off the side of the ladder, then throws her at the sticks! Becky blocks to throw Sasha into the sticks! Sasha is down, but Becky is finding more chairs. Becky sits the chair on the sticks, and then gets a third stick. With the chair firmly in the corner, Becky goes back to Sasha. But Sasha fires back on Becky! Becky throws forearms, shovels Sasha onto that seat, and then fires off more shots! Becky goes to the apron, takes aim at the corner, and LEAPS to dropkick Sasha off the chair!! The fans are losing their minds over that insane innovation! Becky gets up and drags Sasha back into the ring. Becky climbs up top as fans agree “This is Awesome!”
Becky leaps for a BIG leg drop, cover, TWO!! And Becky is almost in tears. But then she talks to herself, working out what to try next. Fans chant “Table! Table!” and Becky agrees. Becky gets that table up on its feet, but Sasha hits a Backstabber! Sasha drags Becky over to the corner and throws forearms. “I’m the Boss around here!” Sasha hoists Becky up and then makes sure the table is in the right spot. Sasha climbs up to join Becky, but Becky fights back! Becky slips down, Sasha holds on and fights back, and then adjusts. Sasha METEORAS Becky through the table!! Cover, TWO!?! No one can believe Becky lived! The referee clears the wreckage and Sasha returns to the ladder and hanging chair. Sasha doesn’t go for either of those, she has a new kendo stick! And she uses it in a Bank Statement crossface!!
Becky endures, turns purple, but wriggles her way under the bottom rope. There’s no ropebreak, but Becky keeps moving to get out of the ring entirely. They now tug o’ war for the stick, and Becky wins, to SMACK away on Sasha! Becky drags Sasha back around to whip, but Sasha reverses to send Becky into the hanging chair! Sasha’s method appears through the madness as she now puts Becky back in. Sasha brings chair after chair after chair with her! Fans are anticipating what plan the #Blueprint has, because it involves even more chairs! Some chairs even hit Becky as they’re tossed in. Sasha gives Becky a CON-CHAIR-TO! Repeatedly! Sasha gloats and soaks up all the noise. But she’s far from done. She climbs up, gloats more, but Becky throws chairs back at Sasha! Then climbs up top, SUPER BECKSPLODER, ONTO THE CHAIR PILE!! DISARM-HER!! Sasha pulls hair, grabs at chairs, but taps out! Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Man and The Boss went to Hell and back! And the one to get out of it the champion is STILL the Lass Kicker! Will Sasha be able to come back for more? Or has Becky moved far beyond anything Sasha can comprehend?
Tornado Tag: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan & Luke Harper!
Dominance: doubted. Respect: absent. Violence: guaranteed. These four are let off the leashes known as tag ropes and can run absolutely wild! Will the Big Dog and “Lil’ Pup” stand up to the fangs of these rabid timber wolves? Or will their powers combined keep the Yard?
The bell rings and the brawl begins! Roman has Harper while Rowan has Bryan! Rowan stomps Bryan down then helps Harper with Roman. They put Roman in a corner and throw hands. Harper whips Rowan but Roman boots back! Roman throws Harper out, Rowan clotheslines Roman out. Rowan turns around to get a missile dropkick from Bryan! Bryan kips up and fans fire up as Bryan DIVES onto Harper! But Rowan gets Bryan with a scoop. Roman saves Rowan with a leaping SUPERMAN PUNCH! Harper clutches that leg but Bryan won’t let him be. Roman throws Rowan into barriers, but Harper throat chops Bryan! Harper CHOPS Bryan against the barriers while Roman puts Rowan in. Roman lifts but Rowan fights back. Rowan shoves and dropkicks Roman down! Yes, Rowan hit a dropkick! But Rowan misses the splash! Roman fireman’s carries to a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Harper and Bryan are still on the outside but fans fire up for Roman in a corner. Roman aims, lets out the battle cry, but runs into a Harper SUPERKICK! Harper covers, TWO!! Harper and Rowan say how close that was, but then Rowan drops an elbow. Cover, TWO! Harper drags Roman up and to a corner, to CHOP and uppercut. Rowan adds haymakers and CHOPS of his own. Harper mule kicks, but Bryan returns to attack! But that’s 2v1 and Bryan gets kicked down. Harper and Rowan stand on Bryan but Roman saves Bryan! Roman uppercuts and haymakers, but he gets mugged 2v1. Rowan grinds his foot into Roman’s head, then backs off. Roman bails out while Harper whips Bryan into barriers. Rowan comes around to body check Roman! The two then take the steel steps, and Harper brings Roman up, for Rowan to SMASH him in the face!
Roman falls but Rowan steps on him. Rowan leaves Roman for dead while Harper puts Bryan in the ring. The titans focus on Bryan in a corner, throwing big hands and grinding their boots in. Rowan whips Harper for Harper to body check Bryan. Harper feeds Bryan to Rowan’s big heel kick! Cover, TWO! Harper drags Bryan up and gives him to Rowan. Rowan Electric Chair lifts Bryan while Harper climbs. Roman revives to ROCK Harper! Bryan victory rolls, TWO! Rowan bodies Bryan then boots Roman! Rowan won’t let Bryan embarrass him, but then he gets caught! Bryan wants the LeBelle, and locks it in!! But Harper breaks it up, and drops elbows on Bryan! Harper stares almost blankly, but he puts Bryan in a corner. Harper seems to talk some trash before he feeds Bryan to Rowan’s scoop, and JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Rowan stomps Bryan in frustration, but he and Harper have an idea.
Fans boo as Harper and Rowan lift Bryan up again. Rowan full nelsons and lifts, but Bryan fights out! Bryan lands on his feet out of the back suplex, then baits Rowan into a post! Bryan fires haymakers on Harper but Harper knees low. Harper whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to keep moving. Bryan dodges, but runs into a Michinoku Driver! Roman returns to break the cover! Rowan returns to drag Roman out of the ring, but Roman gives him an uppercut! Roman uppercuts Harper, then runs to hit the leaping lariat! Roman fires off point-blank clotheslines in the corner! Roman gets all 10, runs, but Rowan dumps him out! Bryan dropkicks Rowan! Bryan drop toeholds Harper into buckles, to kick in the back! Bryan fires off Yes Kicks in the corner! Fans echo “YES! YES!” each time, then Bryan runs corner to corner, into another scoop! But Bryan slips out to dropkick the bad knee!
Fans fire up and so does Bryan! Now we get some real Yes Kicks! From all sides! Bryan aims, but the buzzsaw misses. Rowan trips and drags Bryan out hard! But Roman hist a Drive-By dropkick on Rowan! Harper DIVES! Harper hits the announce desk!! All four men are down as referees check on them. Somehow even Harper taking that header doesn’t stop him. But the fans are loving this as the titans clear off the desks! Rowan and Harper go from the German to the American to the Spanish desk, and then they even pull off LED apron pads! Bryan is their first victim, face first into the LED! Roman is next, Rowan scoop slamming him! Then he scoop slams Harper onto Roman! Rowan drags Bryan back over, and Harper dumps a desk hood on him. Rowan rips up the timekeeper’s area to have part of the barriers! Deja vu as Harper brings Roman up. Rowan runs in, and they RAM Roman into the front row!
Harper and Rowan scare just about everyone on commentary, and Rowan has a pencil…? Rowan breaks the pencil as if a metaphor for Bryan. Rowan puts Bryan on an announce desk and Harper is already there. They haul Bryan up, full nelson lift, but Bryan huricanranas Harper away! Roman SPEARS Rowan through a desk!! Both men are writhing in pain, Rowan’s arm and Roman’s knee! All four men are down again and fans are losing their minds. Harper and Bryan have made it into the ring, and Bryan runs corner to corner to dropkick! And again! And a third time! Harper wobbles but stays up, so Bryan hoists him up top. Bryan climbs up to join Harper, for a SUPER STEIN- NO! Harper blocks to a SUPER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!? Harper can’t believe Bryan survived! Harper gets up, paces about, and then drags Bryan up. Snap Dragon Suplex! Then a Half ‘n’ Half! And a third, but Bryan lands on his feet! Roman rises to SUPERMAN PUNCH! PLANET’S KNEE! SPEAR!! Cover, Roman and Bryan win!!
Winners: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan, Reigns pinning
Somehow, the Big Dog and the Goat survived! They took down the giants tonight, but does this end the war for respect?
Roman stands up, and Bryan manages to drag himself to his feet. The uneasy allies did do this together, so Bryan offers another handshake. Only to take it away. But then he offers a hug! Flashbacks to Team Hell No, and fans say, “YES! YES! YES!” Roman isn’t so sure, but fans boo his reluctance. Roman smirks, and hugs it out with Bryan! Will these two continue to team together as big changes continue to come to the WWE?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Universal Champion has suffered mind games and malicious attacks, but how has he prepared for The Fiend? Rollins has been wondering for the last 48 hours. He’s done so much already, from slaying a King to a Beast to a Monster Among Men, but he has faced nothing like this… Fiend. What he will endure tonight will truly be the greatest test of his career to date. But Bray Wyatt can play all the games he wants. When the Cell lowers, the door locks and the bell rings, Rollins will have no choice but to fight, win, survive and #BurnItDown. At least, Rollins hopes so. Will Rollins end up abandoning all hope when he enters that steel structure?
Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali!
The Viper wants to once again break the Beacon of Light’s spirit and halt his momentum in the WWE. However, once bitten and twice shy doesn’t apply to the cardiac Cruiserweight once known as the Heart of 205 Live. Will the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling make Ali finally look before he leaps? Or will Ali take a leap of faith and finally get back on track?
The bell rings and Ali circles with Orton. They tie up and Orton wrenches Ali to a wristlock. Orton yanks on the arm, wrenches more, then grinds Ali down to the mat. Ali works his way up, rolls then handsprings to wrench Orton back. Ali has Orton on his knees now, but Orton gets up to pull hair. The ref reprimands and Orton lets up in the corner, to CHOP Ali! Ali grits his teeth but Orton brings Ali into another corner to bump off buckles. Orton throws a European Uppercut then another CHOP. Ali crawls away but Orton drags him up by his hair. Ali fights back with CHOPS of his own! And forearms! But Orton pokes Ali right in the eye! Orton whips Ali corner to corner but runs into a boot. Ali climbs up but Orton shoves him to the floor! Ali writhes while Orton paces in the ring.
Orton goes out to fetch Ali and kick him in those ribs. Orton suplexes Ali to gourd buster him on the desk! Ali coughs and gasps but Orton drags him up for a back suplex to the desk! Ali writhes more but Orton keeps the ring count fresh. Orton smirks as he lets the ring count get Ali this time. Ali crawls over at 7, stands at 8, and gets in at 9.5! Orton looms over Ali and drags Ali up to go after the legs. Orton stomps away on Ali’s stomach and chest! Ali endures a boot being dug into his sternum, but Orton lets up to throw Ali out again. Orton fetches Ali again, clearing off the announce desk for another back suplex! But Ali lands on his feet to dropkick Orton down! The ring count climbs past 5 but Orton hits Ali and whips him into the post! Orton gets back into the ring while Ali gasps and sputters. Orton goes back out to put Ali in, covers, TWO!
Orton keeps Ali close by pulling on his hair. Orton reels Ali into body scissors, and you can see the red mark the post has left on Ali. Orton holds onto an arm and chinbars Ali, too, but Ali still endures. Orton shifts to a chinlock with those scissors, but fans rally for Ali. Ali punches Orton’s leg and gets free of the scissors. But Orton holds tight on the chinlock, keeping Ali down. Orton clubs Ali’s bad ribs, but fans still rally. Ali fights his way up and fights back, but Orton clubs him down. Orton whips Ali to a corner, but Ali kicks back! Orton staggers, Ali uppercuts back! Ali fires off elbows and CHOPS, backing Orton down. But Orton knees low to those bad ribs! Orton whips Ali, but Ali flapjack dropkicks! Orton bails out of the ring but Ali builds speed, and Ali DIVES! He sends Orton over the desk!
Ali grins as he gets up and LEAPS over the desk to tackle Orton! Ali fires off forearms and then brings Orton back to the ring. Orton hits those bad ribs again, then puts Ali in first. Ali kicks Orton as he enters! Orton staggers up and Ali whips corner to corner. Orton reverses, Ali slides to stop and slip out. Ali roundhouses back, somersaults, facebuster! Cover, TWO! Orton still lives and Ali is growing frustrated. Ali fights through the pain to stand back up, and he brings Orton up to whip. Orton reverses again, spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Ali still lives and Orton is annoyed. Orton drags Ali up by his ear, then boots, but Ali blocks to heel kick back! Orton flounders down to a drop zone, and Ali hurries to go up top! Ali aims, 450 but he has to roll through as Orton dodges! Orton wants the RKO but is denied! Ali leaps, tornado DDT!
Orton is down again, Ali climbs back up fast! Ali aims, leaps, 450 Splash FLOPS as Orton dodges again! Orton grins as he hobbles over to Ali under the bottom rope. Orton drags Ali up through the ropes as fans cheer, and he gives Ali the draping DDT! Fans know what comes next and cheer as Orton hears the voices in his head! Orton waits for Ali to rise, and then comes up, RKO- Ali handstands!? Crucifix, TWO! Orton misses in the corner, Ali roundhouses back! Ali somersaults in, into an RKO!! Truly outta nowhere! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Viper strikes and wins, certainly helping his own chances for a championship shot. But even Orton nods a little bit of respect to Ali. Will Ali be able to snap back from this as the WWE Draft looms on the horizon?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors!
Asuka and Kairi Sane won against Fire & Desire, but that doesn’t seem like enough to The Goddess and her crazy best friend. Will the Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess show Bliss-Cross they’re more than worthy? Or does not even #JoshiRoyalty stand a chance against two best friends?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this surprise tag title match begins!
Kairi and Nikki start with the bell, and Kairi offers a handshake. She wants to show that there are no hard feeligns here. Nikki takes it, but Kairi uses that to whip her out of the way as Kairi goes after Alexa! Kairi then goes after Nikki with big haymakers from all sides! Nikki backs down, tag to Asuka! Kairi feeds Nikki to Asuka’s boot then throws Nikki down! Asuka toys with Nikki at the ropes, then hip attacks Alexa away! Sliding knee to Nikki! Cover, but positioning complicates things, ONE! Asuka is upset but she kicks Nikki around. The fans duel as Asuka whips Nikki in. Kairi gets her shot in but Nikki fires back! Nikki dodges to tag Alexa! The Goddess gives Asuka an STO! Knee drops, then Insult2Injury! Asuka gets up but Alexa SLAPS her! And then ROCKS her! Cover, TWO!
Alexa seethes as she drags Asuka over. Tag to Nikki and Alexa whips her in for a splash. Alexa runs in to SLAP Asuka again! Nikki snapmares Asuka to a cover, TWO! Nikki growls but Asuka fires off on her! Nikki blocks the back hand to jawbraeker! Tag to Alexa but Asuka sends Nikki out. Nikki traps Asuka in the apron skirt and Alexa wrecks with a dropkick! The friends high-five but Kairi runs in. ALexa ROCKS Kairi, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Alexa! And then throws Alexa into the barriers! Asuka mule kicks Alexa down, then puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO! Asuka tags Kairi and Kairi spins Alexa around, wrenching her hair…? Kairi uses the hair to pull Alexa back against the ropes! Kairi lets up to CHOP Alexa down! Kairi soaks up both good and bad vibes, but Alexa rolls her up! TWO and Kairi ax kicks Alexa down!
Kairi tags Asuka and the Kabuki Warriors mug Alexa with grinding boots. The ref counts and they let up, for Asuka to drag Alexa up and whip her to a corner. Asuka hits a corner hip attack, then is on Alexa at the ropes with a cobra twist! Asuka lets up at the count of 4, but Nikki protests. Asuka drags Alexa off the ropes and toys with her. Fans cheer for Nikki to get in, but Asuka keeps toying with Alexa. Alexa shoves Asuka but Asuka gets the leg for an Ankle Lock! Alexa endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak, only for a second! Asuka drags her away and grapevines! Fans rally as Asuka shifts to a Half Crab! Asuka shifts to a heel hook, but Alexa works her way around to headlock! But Asuka throws her down by her hair! Asuka tags Kairi, and they mug Alexa in the corner again. Kairi marches and bops Nikki before hitting a Sliding D! Cover, but Nikki protests! But Kairi protests back, because the Kabuki Warriors would’ve won! Kairi covers again, TWO!
Kairi drags Alexa up to tag Asuka. They mug Alexa more but Alexa fights back. Asuka swats Alexa down, then toys with her more. Alexa keeps fighting back, but that kick is caught into another Ankle Lock! Alexa rolls but Asuka holds on! Alexa tries again, and rolls to send Asuka into ropes! Both women are down but heading for their corner. Hot tags to Nikki and Kairi! And it’s Crazy Nikki Cross that rallies! Nikki fires up as Kairi goes to a corner. Nikki runs in for a big splash, to a bulldog! Nikki wrecks Asuka with a dropkick, then head up top. Kairi stands, Nikki leaps, Cross-Body! Cover, TWO!! Nikki won’t let up, she has Kairi with the fisherman, but Kairi slips out to Alabama lift. Kairi Alabama SLAMS Nikki into the drop zone! Fans fire up as Kairi prepares to weigh anchor! InSANE Elbow GETS BOOTS! Nikki drags Kairi up, puts her on the ropes, draping PURGE! But Asuka breaks the cover!
Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Alexa away! Asuka drags Kairi over and tags in to go after Nikki. Asuka kicks away on Nikki’s chest, then her ribs. And then her face! Asuka grins as he goes for the buzzsaw, but it gets caught! Nikki holds tight, but Asuka SLAPS her. Asuka runs, into a LARIAT! Nikki fires up again, beckons to Bliss, but Kairi is after her. Alexa leaps to cannonball! Down they both go, leaving Nikki alone with Asuka. Asuka SPITS GREEN MIST! ROUNDHOUSE!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!!
Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
Tajiri would be proud! The Empress and the Princess take the titles for their own! Will the Joshi Royalty reign through the rest of 2019?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS The Viking Raiders & ???
AJ Styles and his Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, have been running roughshod over Raw ever since reuniting, but they’ve still got a long way to go before they’re truly running the show. Erik and Ivar have been bringing the raid right to the Club’s doorstep, but in order to fight in this 3v3, they’ve recruited… BRAUN! The Monster Among Men wants to make sure Styles, Gallows & Anderson #GetTheseHands, but will the trio of Warbeards be better than Phenomenal?
The teams sort out and Machine Gun Anderson starts against Ivar. They tie up and Anderson headlocks. Ivar powers out and has Anderson in a corner. Anderson runs out to headlock again, but Ivar uses his power again. Anderson holds tight but Ivar powers Anderson up to a fireman’s carry. Anderson slips out and waistlocks, but Ivar bucks him off. Ivar runs Anderson over! Fans roar with Ivar as he drags Anderson up and wrench. Ivar shoulders Anderson down then grinds on that arm. Anderson endures and works his way up, but Ivar wrenches and shoulders him down again. Ivar whips, Anderson reverses and dodges, to throat chop! Anderson tags in Gallows and Gallows whips Anderson in, only to get the seated senton! Gallows throws uppercuts on Ivar then whips him corner to corner. Ivar tumbles out to the apron to forearm back! He even rocks AJ Styles!
Ivar climbs, leaps over Gallows, roll to hot tag Erik! Erik fires off knees and a rolling elbow! Gallows whips but Erik goes up and over, to shotgun knee Gallows back! And then throw Gallows with an Exploder! Gallows bails out, Erik builds speed, but Anderson distracts the ref as Styles intercepts! The OC get away with that one as Erik tumbles out to the floor. Erik gets up and into the ring at the ref’s count of 3, but he gets a ROUNDHOUSE for it! Gallows drags Erik up and scoops for a Fall Away Slam! Erik flounders up and Gallows stomps and uppercuts him around. Gallows throws big body shots and more uppercuts, then tags in Styles. The United States Champion goes at Erik with Gallows help. They double whip but Erik throws Gallows out! Styles fires off on Erik, then hits Ivar! But Strowman catches Styles’ hand! Gallows trips and YAKUZA Kicks Strowman!
Erik swings on Styles but Styles ducks to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Styles stays between Erik and Ivar, then brings him over. Erik fights back but gets knees for it. Styles kicks Erik but Erik punches back. Styles drags Erik to the OC corner to CHOP. Tag to Anderson, and Anderson fires off EuroUppers. Erik fights back, but Styles is out of the way already. Anderson gives Erik a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson chinlocks Erik and grinds him down on the mat. Fans build to a rally and Ivar is chomping at the bit. Erik fights up, breaks free and ROCKS Anderson! Anderson backs away while Erik crawls, tag to Styles. Styles hits Ivar down! But runs into a back drop from Erik! Both men are down now, and Strowman is back! Strowman tags in!
Strowman runs Styles over, blasts Gallows off, then runs Styles over again! Strowman puts Styles in a corner for a headbutt, and corner to corner splash! Fans fire up with the Monster, and the Monster sees everyone is on the outside. Time to take a lap! Strowman runs around the way to run over Gallows! Then Anderson! Then Styles! Strowman puts Styles in, and Styles flounders about. Styles stands, Strowman runs in, but only gets post! Styles chop blocks a leg out! Strowman hobbles but Styles is on him, Calf Crusher!! Styles cranks back hard but Strowman endures long enough for Erik to WRECK Styles! Erik throws Anderson out but Gallows BOOTS! Ivar cartwheel LARIATS! Phenomenal Forearm for Ivar! Styles aims at Strowman in a corner, runs in, but gets buckles! Strowman scoops but Anderson attacks again! The OC aim at Strowman, YAKUZA KICK! The ref can’t restore order and calls for the bell!
Winners: Strowman & The Viking Raiders, by disqualification
The OC continue to stomp away, but the Raiders return! They go after the Good Brothers, sending Gallows out, and feeding Anderson to knees! Then they both DIVE to take out them both! Flying Viking Raiders wreck Gallows and Anderson, but Styles stalks Strowman. Styles drags Strowman up, but Strowman throws him into a corner! Styles boots back, forearms then springboards, but Strowman SWATS Styles out of the air! Strowman shows the power of that fist! Is Strowman ready to slug it out with Tyson Fury on Raw tomorrow night? Will he also find himself lined up for another United States Championship match after wrecking Styles?
The Street Profits are hyped!
Montez Ford says the Hell in a Cell has been a complete 360! Tell ’em, Dawkins. Dawkins, stop looking at your phone. Fam, he IS focused! WWE Draft is coming up, and that includes a showcase on Raw! Right, and the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury, will be around! Did Dawkins stutter? But even more than that, who is Dawkins’ top 5? Ford, right? Fam, Ford you ain’t even on Wikipedia! Wait, the FABULOUS Truth run in! They stumble into the Street Profits and someone rolls Carmella up! That person wins the 24/7 Championship!!
Winner: Tamina Snuka, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
The Daughter of Superfly is back!? And has the title! But Tyler Breeze appears. He eyes the belt but Tamina DECKS him! The Profits help Truth and Mella up, but what happened? Where’s the 7/11 24/7 European Championship go? Tamina took it! Which way did she go. That way. The profits point different directions. In that case, split up! Thanks for nothing, fam. #HitTheStairs. But will Carmella get that title back before the end of the night?
King Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable!
The Lone Wolf King should thank “Shorty” for his custom crown, cape and scepter. If Gable hadn’t lost his cool during the King of the Ring Coronation, Corbin would still be wearing the generic regalia. Will Corbin “thank” Gable with another defeat? Or will it be the king that feels lowly in this newest rematch?
The fans troll Corbin with the “S T D!” chant The Rock invented from Friday. Corbin is upset but Gable makes his entrance out so this match can begin.
Corbin takes a moment, however, to grab a mic. Corbin waits for the boos to settle down, and says he is also disappointed that he has to face Gable again. “Especially after the night I had on Friday Night SmackDown, when I put The Rock in his place!” The fans must respect the King of the Ring, as he is their glimmer of hope. Corbin understands they all have it tough. But just remember, “Gable always has it worse.” Corbin won’t belittle Gable, but Gable’s used to being little. But since Gable won’t be big enough to be taken seriously or man enough to beat King Corbin, “from the bottom of my heart,” Corbin hopes Gable’s career is like him: short. In seriousness, Corbin decrees that Gable’s new name IS “Shorty.” Fans still say Corbin is “S T D! S T D!” Corbin goes to the ring, puts his crown away, and we finally begin.
Gable runs right at Corbin with the rolling heel kick! Waistlock slam to a full mount and clubbing crossfaces! Gable holds on as Corbin stands, but Corbin throws Gable off! Gable kicks low then throws forearms. He has Corbin in a corner, and has the Ankle Lock! Corbin holds the ropes but can’t hold on, and Gable trips him up. Corbin rolls and shoves Gable off but Gable rebounds with a clothesline! Gable rains down rights but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin scoops but Gable slips to a sleeper hold! Corbin bumps Gable off buckles, then runs Gable corner to corner to ram him into the post! Gable slumps out of the ring and Corbin mockingly applauds as he fetches him. Corbin throws Gable into the post again! Corbin puts Gable in then in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and haymakers before he whips corner to corner hard! Gable bounces off buckles, Corbin covers, TWO!
Corbin keeps his cool as he throws Gable at ropes. Gable rebounds and Corbin throws forearms. Corbin punches Gable against ropes, but fans still call him an “S T D!” Gable shoulders in from the apron then slingshots, but into a right hand! Corbin dares the fans to say something but then just brushes them off. The ring count climbs and Corbin already says he’s won. Gable climbs up at 5 and in at 7, but Corbin stomps him down. Corbin wraps on a chinbar with half nelson, but fans rally up for Gable. Gable fights his way up, fights back, and breaks free! But Corbin shoves Gable, only for Gable to dodge. Corbin slides out, then in, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Corbin seethes as Gable survives. Corbin drags Gable up to club him back down. Corbin mockingly applauds again for “the little guy.” Gable does get up but Corbin is on him with another clubbing arm. Corbin has Gable in the corner, and he hoists Gable up top.
Fans rally for Gable but Corbin throws a swift right! And another! The ref reprimands Corbin but Corbin tells the ref to back off. Corbin climbs and has Gable, but Gable fights back! Gable forearms away then headbutts Corbin down! Gable hits a big missile dropkick! Both men are down but Gable drags himself to the corner. Corbin gets up but so does Gable. Corbin runs in, but Gable dodges to waistlock. Corbin standing switches and back suplexes, but Gable lands on his feet! Corbin runs in, Gable dodges again. Corbin slides out, slide in, but Gable dodges to leap, into a SPINEBUSTER! Matchbox cover, TWO! Fans taunt Corbin more but he’s too busy arguing with the ref. Corbin pops Gable up but Gable headscissors and basement dropkicks! Gable gets up, throws big forearms and elbows, and says “Think I’m too short?!” Gable fires more forearms and fans fire up with him!
Gable runs, but into a scoop! But he spins through, waistlocks, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and shocks Gable! Gable crawls to a corner, and fans are rallying up behind him. Gable runs corner to corner, rolling kick! He keeps going, another rolling kick! A third time, but Corbin POWERBOMBS Gable! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Corbin can’t believe it! Corbin is frustrated and out of breath. Corbin drags Gable up to the top rope again. But Gable gets him in the hanging armbar! The ref counts and Gable lets go at 4! To then drag Corbin to the corner, and swing a leg into the post! And again! Corbin writhes but Gable gets back in. Corbin back drops but Gable sunset flips, TWO! DEEP SIX OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Gable still lives and Corbin is too tired to be angry.
Corbin gets up first but fans rally behind Gable. Corbin throws big right hands, and mockingly applauds again. Fans boo and jeer Corbin as he looms over Gable. Gable drags himself up but gets punched back down. “Stay down!” Corbin drags Gable up to punch again but Gable counter punches! Corbin powers Gable to the apron but Gable shoulders in. Gable runs, slips out of End of Days to mule kick! Rolling neckbreaker! Gable’s up high, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! ANKLE LOCK! Corbin can’t reach ropes despite his longer limbs, but he does get under a rope. Gable grapevines to torture Corbin before letting go at 4. Corbin hobbles up but Gable comes around, into an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Corbin walks off to the timekeeper’s area, and grabs his dark scepter! The Lone Wolf King wants to crown Gable his own way. Gable dodges, the ref takes the scepter, Gable rolls Corbin up! Gable wins!!
Winner: “Shorty” Gable, by pinfall
Wait, that’s not really his name! Well, whatever, Gable got the better of the cocky king! Will Gable finally win some respect now?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair!
The Huggable One has gone bad under the influence of The Boss. However, The Boss failed to win the Raw Women’s Championship. Can Bayley keep some gold for herself? Or will The Queen become the TEN-TIME Women’s Champion?
Wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion, Tamina, runs out into the crowd! She looks around for any contenders that might try to get the jump on her. R-Truth comes by and the chase is on behind international commentary! Tamina uses Funaki as a shield! Truth says it’s time for kung-fu fighting! Tamina is confused, but Funaki looks to fight back? Truth doesn’t want none, so Tamina shoves Funaki into him! Tamina turns around, to get a FABULOUS Kick from Carmella! Carmella lets Truth cover? Truth does, and Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
TWENTY TIMES! TWENTY TIMES! And off goes the FABULOUS Truth, returning us to our regularly scheduled programming.
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this SmackDown Women’s Championship match begins.
Bayley and Charlotte circle and Charlotte rushes Bayley. Bayley dodges but they both smirk. Bayley boots but Charlotte dodges. Bayley comes back to get Charlotte the second time, but then Charlotte spins Bayley for a neckbreaker. Charlotte throws Bayley down by her hair, then pie faces her. Charlotte whips and CHOPS Bayley down! Charlotte slaps Bayley around then whips, to CHOP her down again. Fans “WOO” as Charlotte whips Bayley to a corner. Bayley goes up and crossbodies, but she flops as Charlotte dodges! Charlotte puts Bayley in a full Boston Crab! Bayley drags herself over to ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Charlotte lets up and Bayley bails out, only for Charlotte to grab her by her ponytail. Bayley rakes Charlotte’s eyes! And then clobbers Charlotte from behind! Bayley rains down rights then covers, ONE.
Bayley elbows Charlotte in the back, then throws forearms. Charlotte gets up but Byaley whips her to a corner. Bayley runs in and rams her shoulder in. Bayley rams her shoulder in more, then rolls to wacky waving run into Charlotte’s knee! Charlotte clotheslines Bayley down, then dares Bayley to get back up. Charlotte CHOPS away again! Bayley is reeling but Charlotte keeps chopping! And then Charlotte Exploder suplexes Bayley away! Charlotte kips up and the fans are dueling as she runs back at Bayley. Charlotte blocks boots and then puts Bayley’s leg on the ropes. Bayley dodges the knee drop but Charlotte decks her! Charlotte runs but Bayley slides and trips her up! Bayley drags Charlotte out to drop her on the floor! Bayley drags Charlotte around to throw the leg into the LED apron! And again! The ref counts and reprimands but Bayley backs off to bring Charlotte up into the ring.
Bayley gets in but Charlotte throws hands. Bayley sweeps the leg to stomp away on the leg. Cover, ONE, but Bayley stalks Charlotte tot he ropes. Bayley puts Charlotte in a corner to pull the leg against ropes. Bayley lets up to then turn Charlotte around and swing that leg into the post! Charlotte hobbles up but Bayley knocks her over to cover. ONE, but Bayley yanks on the bad leg. Bayley has a Half Crab on Charlotte. Charlotte endures as fans duel. Charlotte rolls around, gets Bayley for a cover, TWO! Bayley knees low and throws Charlotte to the apron, for the hotshot! Charlotte falls, Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley stalks Charlotte and is after the bad leg. Bayley “WOO” but Charlotte denies the Figure FOur steal! Roll up, TWO! Charlotte hobbles on her bad leg, and Bayley whips her at the corner. Charlotte tumbles out to boot back in! Bayley is down and Charlotte brings her over to the corner. Charlotte returns the favor and throws a leg into the post! And again!
The referee counts and Charlotte gets in at 5. Charlotte chop blocks the leg out! Then sweeps the leg! And again! Bayley hobbles around but Charlotte runs in, only to be sent into buckles. Charlotte hist a backbreaker to Natural Selection! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Bayley saves herself but Charlotte laughs it off. But Bayley kicks the bad leg! Bayley gets up but Charlotte tackles her to a corner! Charlotte drops the knee on Bayley’s knee! Charlotte climbs up now, and MOONSAULTS, onto knees! Charlotte slumps out of the ring, and Bayley kicks her away. Bayley hobbles after Charlotte, but runs into a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte laughs despite her bloody lip. Charlotte drags Bayley around and throws her bad leg into the LED board! The ref counts past 5 as fans duel hard as ever.
Charlotte puts Bayley in at 8 and goes after the leg! Figure Four, Cradle Counter! TWO, and Charlotte runs in, but Bayley blocks the boot! Bayley hangs the leg up, rolls Charlotte, but the ref sees her feet on the ropes! No count, and Bayley pleads with the ref. Charlotte BOOTS Bayley, trips her up, Figure Four! Figure EIGHT! Bayley taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Queen has her tenth reign! This was inevitable, but to think it happens here! With the WWE Draft coming, will Bayley be forced to give up on the Blue Brand’s belt? Bayley throws a tantrum, knocking the steel steps over! When a referee checks on her, she shoves him away. “Why does it always happen to me?!” Will Bayley be able to wipe away the tears to try again?
Backstage interview with Chad Gable.
Chad embraces being called “Shorty,” because you also have to call him a winner. Corbin says Gable wasn’t man enough to beat the king, but just go ask Corbin what it’s like to “come up short.” Gable’s win was his most important one yet. Corbin didn’t know when to quit, but he’s not smiling anymore, is he? Gable finally showed he is the bigger man. But then Corbin attacks from outta nowhere! Corbin is not a winner, but he is a big sore loser! He throws Gable down the hall! The king is a tyrant, will his iron fist crush Gable’s spirit?
WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt!
No one was sure what to make of the New Face of Fear’s newest form, and no one could understand what the Firefly Fun House was. Bray has already done a lot of physical and psychological damage, from WWE legends and icons to the Extraordinary Man, Finn Balor. But now he wants gold, and he’ll go after his “best friend,” Seth Rollins to do it. But Rollins promises to #SurviveAndPrevail, no matter what Bray throws at him. Will Rollins cling to both hope and title? Or will the nightmare never end?
The introductions are made and the Cell is already down. The belt is raised, and the end of this hellish night begins!
The fans duel as Rollins and Fiend fight under red light! Fiend throws Rollins off but Rollins comes back! Rollins runs but into a headbutt! Rollins bails out but The Fiend keeps his eyes on him. Rollins goes around the ring but The Fiend won’t leave him alone. Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” as Rollins finds a kendo stick! The Fiend backs off, Rollins gets in and SMACKS! But it does nothing! SMACK, but still nothing! The Fiend grabs the stick, then uppercuts Rollins. The Fiend runs into an elbow, Rollins hops up, ax handles get caught for an urenage! The Fiend goes after Rollins on the outside, throwing big uppercuts! Rollins staggers, but The Fiend throat chops him! Then throws him into the side of the Cell! Rollins crawls away but The Fiend chases him down to throw him into more Cell walls! The Fiend drags Rollins up to throat chop again, then squash him into the walls.
The Fiend waves hi to the Fireflies, then he whips Rollins across the way, into steel steps! The Fiend is upset with the camera man, he was kinda in the way. So he whips Rollins into steel steps on the other corner! The Fiend looks under the ring, but Rollins rams him with steel steps! And again! And again! Rollins has The Fiend down, the only person to do that ever! Rollins hurries to get something. He brings out a TABLE! Rollins puts the table in the ring, but The Fiend rises. So Rollins DIVES to ram him into the steel! Rollins keeps moving to DIVE again! Rollins throws the Fiend into steps, then goes back to the ring. Rollins quickly sets up the table, but The Fiend rises again. Fans are loving the table being there as Rollins runs again. Rollins DIVES, but into SISTER ABIGAIL into the steel! The Fiend roars and the fans cheer as he puts Rollins in.
The Fiend stalks Rollins as fans echo “YOWIE WOWIE!” The Fiend sees the table, and perhaps has a sinister idea. The Fiend has Rollins up but Rollins fights out! Rollins PELES The Fiend! Then SUPERKICKS! The Fiend is on the table, Rollins hurries up top, FROG SPLASH through the table!! But he bounces off of the cover! Rollins hurries over but The Fiend is rising again. The Fiend stands up tall and it scares Rollins. Rollins SUPERKICKS then runs, CURB STOMP! Byt The Fiend hops up?! SUPERKICK again, but no Curb Stomp! Sister Abigail again!! Cover, TWO!! The Fiend is furious and he hammers away on Rollins’ head! The Fiend stops, and considers something else. Like he did to Finn, NECK SNAP! The ref checks on Rollins but he’s alive. The Fiend laughs, then tells the ref to back off. The Fiend tosses Rollins out before he goes out to find something new to use.
From under the ring, The Fiend brings out… HIS MALLET!! The Fiend brings his bludgeoning buddy over and Rollins hurries to his feet. The Fiend uses the mallet to ram Rollins into the steel! He headbutts Rollins down, but Rollins is up to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! Rollins gets up again, Curb Stomp ON the mallet! The Fiend flounders into and Rollins aims from the corner. Rollins springboards, flying knee! The Fiend wobbles, so Rollins tries again! Springboard flying knee, but still the Fiend stands. SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and CURB STOMP! CURB STOMP! CURB STOMP!! This is starting to look like Rollins beating down Strowman, but The Fiend keeps rising! Rollins underhooks, PEDIGREE! ANOTHER CURB STMOP! Cover, ONE?! SUPERKICK! Rollins runs again, another Curb Stomp! Another Curb Stomp! Rollins spams everything he has, but The Fiend is still conscious! This must be the tenth Curb Stomp in one match! Rollins only stops because he’s tiring himself out.
The Fiend is still stirring, so Rollins goes to a dark place in his own mind. Rollins finds a chair and puts it in the ring. Rollins has the chair and looks at The Fiend as he’s down on the mat. Rollins is careful as he walks over, unsure if The Fiend is still moving. CHAIR SHOT TO THE HEAD! Cover, ONE?!? Rollins is freaking out as he hurries for more things. He gets a ladder! Rollins sticks the chair on The Fiend’s face, then brings the ladder up. Rollins uses the ladder in a CON-CHAIR-TO! Cover, TWO!?! Is The Fiend immortal?! Rollins panics and looks for something more. Rollins tosses in several kendo sticks, and brings in a toolbox. Rollins sets the ladder on The Fiend’s face now, sticks the chair inside it like a steel sandwich, and then has the toolbox. Rollins SWINGS the toolbox on the pile over and over! The tools go flying but Rollins still hammers The Fiend’s head! Then he wedges the box in where it can fit.
Rollins throws a chair in frustration, because he still isn’t sure if The Fiend is finished. But then Rollins sees something else under the ring. Rollins picks up, the SLEDGE HAMMER! Triple H’s personal favorite might be Rollins’ salvation. Rollins brings the sledge in but the ref wants him to consider what he’s actually doing. He might kill Bray Wyatt! Rollins understands what the ref is saying. Rollins rests against the ropes, but fans might be egging him on. Rollins SMASHES the pile!! The referee calls the match off!?
Referee Stoppage; Rollins retains the WWE Universal Championship
Fans are upset, this isn’t how they wanted the match to end! Not just that there is an end to a match with no disqualifications, but also that Rollins went too far. He may have ended Bray’s career! The referees and medics get the cage up and check on The Fiend. But Rollins shouts at Bray. Bray grabs Rollins by the jaw!! The Fiend still lives!! And he smothers Rollins with a Mandible Claw!! He drags Rollins up to throw him out! Rollins bounces off the stretcher, but Bray brings Rollins up for another Sister Abigail!! And now, he rips up floor mats to expose the concrete…! The Fiend drags Rollins over, drags him up, and hits yet another SISTER ABIGAIL!
Referees reprimand him, but The Fiend chases them all off. Then he chokes Rollins with another Mandible Claw! Rollins is spitting up blood!! The Fiend somehow survives what no man should have, but perhaps he is no longer a man? Will Rollins survive the damage done to him this night? Will Bray’s laughter that echoes out haunt him for the rest of his days?
Weird that a PPV ends up feeling a lot like that SmackDown Fox debut. The pacing on this was much better, but it basically had the same feel at the end. First, it should be noted WWE didn’t have much of a match card until literally the day of this PPV. We got a lot of matches out of nowhere, that were all rather good. Tonight’s Lacey VS Natty was probably their best, but it seems Vince isn’t through with this story as Raw gives us a Last Woman Standing between them. Depending on who wins, I’m thinking the WWE Draft helps get them to a show where they can get a title match. Especially if it’s Lacey, and there’s still the embargo on her having a Raw title match while Becky has it. Which is another thing, I’m actually surprised Becky still has the title. I was of course hoping a “Two Woman Power Trip” would begin with Bayley and Banks, but that would require a sweep from them. Sasha and Bayley both lose, despite both matches in a vacuum being pretty good stuff. This sounds like both USA and Fox networks wanted to have top champions, and I guess Sasha and Bayley aren’t enough for them.
In Becky’s case, that makes sense, she is incredibly over. But in Charlotte’s case, seems odd the historic tenth reign comes at this time, unless you account for the Draft being this Friday. Seems Fox doesn’t want to share a story with USA where their respective women’s champions also stay a team and have those tag titles. Speaking of the tag titles, good to see them be defended while the other titles take a break. Of course, those Raw and SmackDown Tag titles are a bit more predictable, in that the Draft will bring Revival over officially, and then just go from there. The Kabuki Warriors being borderline Heels was an interesting take, but we got a great match out of that. I loved that the green mist came into play! And now Asuka and Kairi are tag champs, as they should’ve been months ago. Let’s just hope WWE figures out what to do with the Women’s Tag Division before the Draft gets here. Hopefully they don’t just get rid of them because of network disagreements. Chances are we’ll hear about this decision on WWE Draft night on SmackDown.
That Tornado Tag was amazing! Roman, Bryan, Rowan and Harper all did great work to follow up that Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell. I was rather surprised it was made a Tornado Tag at all, but that was for the better, and it kept anyone from cheating to win. Bryan and Roman winning was also a surprise, and I’m surprised no one got injured. There were many parts in this I was worried for them all. But depending on how the Draft goes, this might have been all for a dream team moment of Roman and Bryan. At the same time, Fox could fit the bill for both stars and SmackDown has a new team to go for the tag titles or something. I did not see Strowman being the mystery partner for the Viking Raiders, but perhaps I should have. This was mostly to plug Strowman’s coming celebrity feud with Tyson Fury, but everyone still looked great in the match. Styles did great in selling the monster punch after, too, reminding us he can be just as funny as anyone. Corbin VS Gable was great, thankfully Gable wins, but sadly those “Shorty G” rumors looked to be true all along.
Orton VS Ali was a great surprise, and while it had an Orton style pace, it still has Ali style action. Orton of course wins because he’s still Orton. Though, Ali winning out of that handstand RKO counter would’ve been amazing. Again, the Draft will have a lot to say about what title Orton might try for, if any. I was also glad to see some 24/7 Championship shenanigans. Tamina can at least say she’s had a title now. But to think the Women’s Division only got a week with the belt. That seems like a shame, but it’s back on Truth and in the Men’s Division. That’s cool for Truth, he gets 20 reigns. But I fear with Fox being involved, they’ll insist on any other number of celebrity champions. They should’ve kept it on Carmella so they could still do that, but with a fresh take.
And now, I must talk about the red steel elephant in the room. It was odd to have red lighting everywhere, to the point where the Cell no longer needed to be red, this would’ve done it. But at the same time, I can see they were going for a horror movie feel. That also was apparent with the booking of the action. Bray was no selling a lot of things like he was Michael Myers from Halloween. That was fine, until we started infusing weird Brock Lesnar tier move spamming. Superkicks aside, Bray shouldn’t have survived the dozen or so Curb Stomps. What that means is, they shouldn’t have had Rollins use over a dozen Curb Stomps, especially if they were going to move to insane levels of weapon spots. This is where a lot of the confusion, frustration and disappointment comes in. Did Rollins need to go to this level? What was the grounds of the “disqualification”? Attempt at murder? I suppose that’s always a clause in a title match rule book, since WWE doesn’t do Death Matches.
Actually, last year’s HIAC main event ended in stupid controversy, with Lesnar’s interference ending Roman VS Strowman. Though, I suppose making The Fiend overpowered to take all the damage he did, then still rise up and attack Rollins was actually worse. Vince shouldn’t have tried to write a horror movie and make it a pro-wrestling match, he should’ve just booked a normal match. Fans would’ve still been upset if The Fiend lost, but I feel like going to this degree only made it worse. So as I said to start this segment, it ends like SmackDown on Fox did: a great lead up to a finish fans all hate, but apparently networks don’t.
My Score: 7.7/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!
The Super Juniors are so close, they can almost taste it!
NJPW continues on and the Super Jr. Tag League is almost done! Is it inevitable that Ace Austin & Chris Bey are finalists in the tournament? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?
- Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa VS Oskar Leube & Kosei Fujita; Leube & Fujita win.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo; Douki & Kanemaru win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; win.
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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira!
The Time Jet may be out of the running, but they could use this moment to turn it all around! Will Kushida & Knight find #Time2Fly? Or will Catch 2/2 not be denied their spot in the finals?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and fans applaud as Knight starts against TJP. Fans rally as the two circle. TJP avoids Knight’s rush at the legs, gets around to a waistlock, but Knight switches. TJP sits, pries at the hold, but Knight brings him up to SLAM him down! Knight floats to a facelock, TJP rolls but Knight stays with him, but TJP slips away. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. Knight and TJP circle, knuckle lock, and TJP spins to wrench and wrangle Knight with a top wristlock.
Knight rolls, stands, TJP wrenches his arm again. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud while TJP works on a return. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, but Knight stops the headscissors to CHOP! Fans applaud as TJP staggers to ropes. Knight CHOPS TJP again, then whips TJP to ropes. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Knight flexes and fans applaud. TJP runs, they RAM shoulders again and Knight stays up. Knight says TJP doesn’t have it, but TJP kicks low! TJP runs, but Knight hurdles over! TJP rebounds, and he blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Fans applaud while Knight endures.
TJP drops for a ground cobra cradle, TWO! Knight whips, TJP stops himself and comes back to tie Knight’s one arm up, and he YANKS Knight’s other arm back! Fans applaud while TJP drags Knight away. Tag to Akira and Catch 2/2 mug Knight. They double whip but Knight DOUBLE FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES them down! Fans fire up as Knight brings Akira up. Knight wrenches Akira, tags Kushida, and he hands off the wrench. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, then tags Knight back in. They hand off the wrench again, tag, and then hand it off again! Kushida CLUBS Akira’s arm, wrangles him down, and traps the arm to TWIST!
Fans applaud as Kushida drags Akira up to wrench again. Tag to Knight, they hand off the wrench again and again and again! Then they double snapmare to double knee drop both arms! Fans applaud but TJP runs in! Into a drop toehold and PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida & Knight secret handshake, then they double whip TJP to a corner. Then they double whip Akira into TJP! Kushida runs in to back elbow sandwich the champs! Knight runs in to STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH the champs! Knight pushes Akira aside to whip TJP corner to corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira returns for a RAILGUN DROPKICK!
Fans rally as Akira drags Knight up to CLUB him on the neck. Akira stomps Knight in the corner and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Akira stops at 4, then tags TJP. Catch 2/2 drag Knight up, they double whip him to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! TJP sits Knight up to KNEE him in the back! TJP drops knees on the arm, then on a leg. Then TJP has the leg for a standing toehold. Knight endures, even as TJP twists the ankle! Fans rally, Knight fights up and stands. TJP stays clear of the haymakers but Knight breaks free. Knight kicks with the other way but TJP blocks it!
TJP slips around, but Knight ENZIGURIS TJP down! Fans rally, Akira grabs Knight’s legs but Knight kicks him away. But TJP runs past Knight to BLAST Kushida! Knight run sin but TJP goes up and over to get a TARANTULA! Akira intercepts Kushida at the apron for a TARANTULA! Fans fire up for the double shoutout to Tajiri, and Catch 2/2 lets off as the ref counts. Akira returns to his corner, TJP stalks Knight and fans rally up. TJP drags Knight up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot SENTON! Tag to Akira, and he runs to go up the Electric Chair! “Take Picture!” But Knight JET FLIGHT DROPKICKS Akira down!
Fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida climbs up and AX HANDLES TJP down! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Akira, then whips him to ropes. Akira reverses but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Kushida dodges to PELE! TJP kicks Kushida, runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel, basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he winds up, but Akira blocks the Buzzsaw! Akira whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida reverses. Akira sunset flips but Kushida stays up! Kushida has the arm, for an ARMBAR! The fans fire up as Kushida pulls back, but Akira rolls to the ROPEBREAK!
Kushida lets go quickly and fans rally up. They clap for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he wrenches Akira’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida aims, but Akira dodges the Penalty Kick! Akira CHOPS, but Kushida ROCKS! Akira SUPERKICKS, but Kushida SHOTEIS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight hurries after Akira, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Knight runs in and Kushida runs in from the apron, SPLASH ENZIGURI COMBO! Knight hoists Akira up top, climbs up after him, but TJP gets in! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Knight, but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira!
Knight fights free of TJP while Kushida has a KIMURA on Akira! TJP lets Knight go to go after Kushida! TJP has the Electric Chair Lift, but Kushida fights free to get the HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Knight jumps to SUPER STEINER Akira! Fans fire up and Knight leaps, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TJP SLAMS Kushida onto it! Fans fire up while Kushida throws TJP out. Knight drags Akira up, fans clap “TIME TO FLY!” They double suplex but Akira fights it. Akira ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! But Knight knees low! Time2Fly double whip but Akira shotguns the clothesline apart! And TJP runs in to DOUBLE BULLDOG!
Fans fire up and TJP blocks a kick to spin around, LEG CAPTURE BACK SUPLEX for Knight! Kushida DECKS TJP! Akira GERMAN SUPLEXES Kushida! Knight SLIDING SHOULDERS Akira down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Knight sits up, he brings TJP up but TJP throws a forearm. Knight forearms back, so TJP forearms again. The forearms keep going, then TJP UPPERCUTS! Knight UPPERCUTS in return! The forearms return, Knight gets the edge! Knight runs, into a ROLLING SOBAT! TJP runs, ducks a lariat and SUPERKICKS! TJP runs, into a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and fans fire up again!
Knight runs corner to corner at TJP, but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and fans are thunderous! TJP drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight is up! Knight springs up to join TJP, he throws body shots, but TJP hits back. Fans rally as TJP slips under and trips Knight! Knight is in a Tree of Woe, TJP helps Akira walk the tightrope, for a MISSILE WOE DROPKICK! Knight is down in another drop zone and TJP goes back up! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida CLUBS Akira, CLUBS TJP, then BUZZSAWS Akira! Kushida runs, but into an ALLEY-OOP!
Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 sit Knight up! 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!
Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
That’s two more points for a dozen total! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions prove they are THE best tag team in the division?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush!
The Wild Hips haven’t had much luck in the league, but they’re not giving up! Will Taguchi & Connors stampede through Direct Drive & The Bad Child? Or will the Men of the Hour still have time on the clock?
Taguchi and Connors reach into their bags, and they have beer again! Fans applaud, and the Wild Hips offer some to Yoh & Lio. Really? Right now? Sure! Think of it like a party. Fans applaud but Yoh & Lio aren’t sure, they’re technically working. Yoh and Lio take a can each, Connors & Taguchi crack theirs open and drink. Fans applaud, it’s now or never for Lio & Yoh. They argue it out, but Lio says his stomach doesn’t feel good. Connors understands and fans applaud. The beers are put aside for now, and the teams sort out. Lio starts with Connors and fans rally up at the bell. Lio and Connors circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock.
Connors shoots in but Lio sprawls and facelocks. Connors slips out to facelock and then waistlock then back to a facelock. Lio slips out to waistlock, they stand up, and Connors pries free to switch. Connors drags Lio down, goes back for a facelock, but Lio switches that onto Connors. Connors fights back up, throws a knee, and fans applaud as Connors headlocks. Lio powers up and out but Connors runs him over! Fans applaud again and Connors runs the ropes. Lio drops, then redirects to whip Connors. Connors redirects, too, and then again! Lio handsprings to dodge, then he mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Lio covers, TWO!
Lio has the fans rally up, and Lio wrenches Connors’ arm. Tag to Yoh, they double whip Connors and double kick. Yoh whips Lio but Connors avoids the scissor kick! Lio whips Yoh now but Connors avoids Yoh to rebound and run them both over! Fans fire up with Connors and he calls to Taguchi. Taguchi hops in, Connors EuroUppers Yoh. Yoh is in one corner, Lio is in the other and the Wild Hips combine. WHIP HIP into Lio! WHIP HIP into Yoh! And then another for Lio! And another for Yoh! Then Taguchi WHIP HIPS Connors into Lio, and then WHIP HIPS him into Yoh! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump.
Taguchi sets up on the corner and Connors brings Yoh around. But Yoh reverses and sends Connors into the Funky Weapon! Lio returns to LARIAT Connors down! Taguchi hops down and runs at Yoh, but Yoh atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh scoops and SLAMS Taguchi, then he and Lio hook Taguchi’s legs into the ropes! Not quite a Tree of Woe, more a Bush of Woe. Fans rally as Lio and Yoh fire up. They hook up, ROLLING DIVING HEADBUTT into the Bush! Fans fire up while Taguchi flops over. Yoh drags Taguchi to the apron, and he uses the ropes in a Paradise Lock!? Yoh learned a form of Paradise!
Connors returns but Yoh kicks him down. Yoh drags Connors up to ROCK him with a forearm, and then stomp him in the corner. Tag to Lio, he and Yoh double whip Connors to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then Lio runs to get a wheelbarrow boost from Yoh, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lio taunts Taguchi then clamps onto Connors with a sleeper and body scissors! Yoh plays defense, but Taguchi can’t get free anyway. Connors fights up with Lio as a backpack, and he RAMS Lio into the corner! Yoh tags in, Connors hurries to his corner, but he can’t tag Taguchi like that! Lio whips Connors to the corner, Yoh & Lio mug him!
Yoh & Lio drag Connors up again, throw forearms and haymakers, then Yoh has Connors on ropes. Yoh throws more forearms, puts him back in the corner, but Connors fights back with forearms and elbows! Fans rally, Connors crawls, but Lio drags him up for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Yoh & Lio drag Connors up and double whip. Connors ELBOWS Yoh away but Lio kicks him low. Lio runs, Connors drops and POUNCES Lio into Yoh, and Yoh falls on Taguchi! Taguchi’s free from Paradise! Fans fire up as Connors hurries over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, and he HIP ATTACKS Yoh at the ropes! Then HIP ATTACKS Lio at the ropes!
Taguchi keeps going, another HIP ATTACK for Yoh! Another HIP ATTACK for Lio! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Yoh! Fans fire up and Taguchi takes aim from the apron. Springboard and MISSILE HIP! Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up but Yoh swings, into a waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows! Yoh catches the hip attack into a waistlock, but Taguchi elbows free. Taguchi fakes Yoh out into running into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs side to side! PEOPLE’S T-BAG!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up. Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!”
But Lio gets in the way, and offers the beer! He wants to have the drink now? Lio gets the fans to applaud for it, and they crack open the beers. They drink, and Lio hits a STUNNER on Taguchi! Lio laughs at Taguchi falling for it, then he HAANDSPRING KICKS Connors off the apron! Lio hurries to get another drink of beer, then he builds speed! But then Lio feels queasy! Connors runs in to SPEAR Lio down! Fans fire up, Connors drags Yoh up but Yoh throws forearms! Yoh ROCKS Taguchi, UPPERCUTS Connors, but runs into DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! The Wild Hips combine their powers, take a drink, and show the RED UNDIES! CROSS HIPS!!! Cover, Lio breaks it!!
Fans fire up and Connors throws Lio out. Taguchi stands back up and fans rally. Taguchi stands Yoh up, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Yoh up into chicken wings! But Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!!! But Taguchi has OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Yoh flails, reaches out, moves around, and Connors keeps Lio on the outside! Yoh scrambles to get a BEER! Yoh stands up to make Taguchi drink!! Taguchi chugs, Yoh shakes him up!! Taguchi is dizzy now, but he SPITS the beer! He’s gone from The Rock to The Game! Taguchi kicks low, runs, but into 3K!!!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!!
Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taguchi & Connors earn 0)
It’s all about the game and how you play it, but the Wild Hips got beat at their own game! Will Yoh & Lio close in on that outside shot to the finals?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo!
Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master got the biggest win they could by beating the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will that momentum help them finish strong? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them right before the end?
Both sides argue about the other needing to be thoroughly checked. After all, Douki has the pipe and Kanemaru has the whiskey, but the Murder Machine has a wrench and the Spoiler has his choker. But for now, the teams sort out and Dick starts against Kanemaru. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Dick powers Kanemaru to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kanemaru dodges the sucker punch and tells the ref that’s what he was talking about! Dick apologizes, and offers a handshake. Kanemaru says don’t even bother with that. Dick shakes Sho’s hand and Sho hops in to shake the ref’s hand. Dick also shakes the ref’s hand.
Douki steps in and the House of Torture offers him a handshake, too. Douki & Kanemaru reach out to accept, but then they block the cheap kicks! Douki throws Sho’s foot into Dick, then he throws Sho out while Kanemaru rolls Dick up! TWO!! Dick escapes, Douki goes out after Sho while Kanemaru stalks Dick to the corner. Dick pokes Kanemaru in the eye! Dick then whips corner to corner but Kanemaru reverses. Dick BOOTS Kanemaru, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Tag to Douki, Suzuki-Gun SMASH both knees! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Dick around, then puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP DROP!
Fans rally while Douki drags Dick up. Douki kicks low, whips Dick to ropes, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Dick swings but Douki shoulders into him. But Sho trips Douki up! Dick BLASTS Kanemaru, Sho stomps Douki around by commentary. Sho drags Douki up, brings him all the way to the back wall, rakes the eyes, and then goes into the rear stage area! Sho sends Douki into the wall! Dick keeps after Kanemaru while Sho whips Douki at the edge! Douki keeps from falling, he turns around and Sho BOOTS him off the stage! Fans applaud as Sho stands tall. Sho stomps Douki in front of the back row, then says to turn our attention back to ringside.
The ring count starts while Dick waits on Douki. Sho wants the count to go faster, and then he touches the Super Jr. Tag League trophy. Fans rally as Douki stands, and he hurries up the aisle! We’re at 12 of 20, Sho gets on the mic to shout that this is over! Sho rings the bell himself! The ref tells Sho no, but Sho makes the ref raise his hand in victory. Doukik returns! But Sho and Dick mug him! The ref reprimands them, counts, but both Sho and Dick let off at 4. Douki fights up but Dick fights off the scoop. Dick throws body shots and he CLUBS Douki down! Dick scoops and SLAMS Douki down! Dick then clamps onto Douki’s arms for a motorcycle stretch!
Fans rally as Douki endures and reaches out. Douki gets the ROPEBREAK, and Dick lets off. Dick scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then he tags Sho. Sho runs to BLAST Kanemaru, then he and Dick mug Douki. Douki hits back but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho shoves Douki down, brings him back up, and throws him out of the ring. Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Douki! Dick puts Douki back in for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, the ref refuses because of shenanigans. Sho stomps Douki then covers, TWO! Fans fire up while Sho is upset with the ref. Sho drags Douki back up but Douki throws forearms! Sho rakes the eyes!
The ref reprimands but Sho grins as he brings Douki up again. Douki blocks the suplex and fans rally. Sho powers Douki up but Douki fights it. Douki powers Sho up, but Sho bends Douki’s fingers! Sho suplexes but Douki slips out! Douki waistlocks but Sho elbows free. Sho runs, but into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru stomps on Sho then BLASTS Dick! Kanemaru whips, Sho reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru drags Sho up, SHIN BREAKER and then a dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru steps through for a FIGURE FOUR!
Sho endures the leglock and Kanemaru trashes about! Dick gets in to stomp away on Kanemaru! The hold is undone but the ref reprimands Dick. Kanemaru drags Sho around, stomps the legs, but Sho bends the fingers! So Kanemaru rakes Sho’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, Kanemaru kicks Sho and runs. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs but now Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Kanemaru kicks low, ELBOWS Sho in the head, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! Tag to Dick and the House of Torture stomps away on Kanemaru. They whip him corner to corner, then Sho runs in.
Kanemaru dodges Sho, kicks Dick and sends him into Sho! ENZIGURI for Dick! Fans fire up while all three are down! Douki calls out and Kanemaru heads that way! Hot tag to Douki! Douki goes up to CROSSBODY! Dick staggers up, Douki dodges him to springboard BACK ELBOW! Douki drags Dick into the drop zone, for a RUNNING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Dick up and hooks him up! But Dick fights the Gory Especial to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! CROSSFACE!! Fans rally while Douki endures! Douki reaches out, claws his way over, but Dick rolls him way!
But Douki slips out to waistlock! He baits Dick into a double pump handle and he flips Dick over! Douki then rolls Dick into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans fire up while Dick endures! But then Sho drags the ref out! Sho gets in to stomp away on Douki! The Young Lions check on the ref while Sho gets his wrench! But Douki gets his PIPE! Fans fire up as Douki’s is bigger! Sho still swings but Douki dodges! Douki swings but Sho dodges! Douki blocks the wrench attack and Sho drops it! Douki JAMS Sho with the pipe, then CHOKES him with it! But Dick slides in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! But Kanemaru takes a swig!
Yujiro & Evil rush out from the back! But Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Yujiro! Then he KICKS the ropes to hit Evil down low! Then Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Dick! But Sho LOW BLOWS Kanemaru! Everyone falls at the same time! Fans fire up and rally as the ref returns! The ref can’t make heads or tails of what happened, but Dick and Douki stay in the ring. Dick drags Douki up, underhooks, but Douki blocks the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Douki down, drags him back up and tries again. But Douki wrenches out! Dick rakes the eyes! Dick gets the whiskey and tags a swig!? But Douki HELL STABS! The whiskey spews into the air!
Douki drags Dick back down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!! Dick verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!!
Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)
Incredible! Douki the underdog has gotten his team to three wins in this latter half of the tournament! Is this a sign that things are finally clicking for Japones Del Mal?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán!
The Flying Tigers may not have a shot at the finals, but they can shoot down another team’s chances! Will the Sniper of the Sky and the Junior Heavyweight legend eliminate LIJ? Or will the Black Mask y El Inmortal stay alive for one more round?
The teams sort out, Eagles calls out Titan, so LIJ fist bumps. Fans applaud as Titan and Eagles circle. They tie up, Eagles wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Eagles endures the wristlock now, but he uses the ropes to flip through and wrench back. Titan endures now, rolls, kips up and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Fans rally as Titan wrenches again. Titan whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but Titan goes up and over to handspring away. Fans cheer and things keep moving. Titan jumps over, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! But Titan handstands walks!
Titan rolls, handsprings, and fans fire up as things keep moving. Titan hurdles, Eagles counters the arm-drag to a takedown, and then he handsprings to basement dropkick! Fans cheer the opening exchange as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Titan, brings him over, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger and he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Titan down! Tiger stomps Titan, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Tiger runs but Titan DROPKICKS him in return! Fans rally and Titan rolls to tag in Bushi! Bushi stomps Tiger, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS again!
Bushi pushes Tiger out, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes after Tiger’s mask! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops going after the laces to pull at the chin! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi stops at 4. Bushi stomps Tiger down, then he tags in Titan. Titan climbs while Bushi drags Tiger up. Bushi wrenches an arm and Titan DOUBLE STOMPS it! Titan kicks Tiger around, then mule kicks him. Titan snapmares Tiger to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally and Eagles coaches Tiger, but Titan stands Tiger up. Tiger throws body shots, then throws KICK after KICK! Titan blocks a kick but Tiger SPIN KICKS him away!
Fans rally, Tiger rolls and hot tags Eagles! Eagles springboards up and over Titan, BLASTS Bushi, then RANAS Titan! Fans fire up as Eagles WHEEL KICKS Titan and kips up! Titan bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Bushi trips Eagles up! Titan mule kicks Tiger, CLUBS him down and gets back in the ring. Titan KICKS Eagles while he’s down, then he tags Bushi. Fans rally as LIJ mug Eagles, then double whip him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow Titan, and then sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to a lift, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Titan BLASTS Tiger!
Fans rally up as LIJ loom over Eagles. They kick Eagles around, drag him up and double whip again. Eagles reverses to send Bushi away and then he knees Titan low. Bushi returns and Eagles sends him into Titan! Titan falls, Eagles mule kicks Bushi then runs, BASEMENT DROPKICK BLINDSIDE LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Eagles crawls for his corner, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top and CROSSBODIES Bushi down! Titan CLUBS Tiger, holds him up, but Tiger BOOTS Bushi and KANGAROO KICKS Titan! Bushi returns, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Tiger brings Bushi back up. Tiger underhooks Bushi but Titan runs in! Tiger mule kicks Titan, Eagles runs in to KICK, and then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Titan down! Fans fire up and Bushi fires forearms on both Flying Tigers! Bushi fires off on Tiger, but Eagles SOBATS Bushi! Eagles cravats Bushi and Tiger gives him a boost into the ASAI DDT! Roll and feed to the underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Titan breaks it! Eagles throws Titan out and Tiger goes to a corner. But Titan POSTS Eagles! Tiger reaches the top but Titan attacks him first! Titan ROCKET LAUNCHES Tiger off the corner!
Bushi crawls to the LIJ corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan roars, fans fire up, and Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in and suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER, to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Tiger is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger goes to a corner, Titan powers up and runs in, LOCO- NO, Tiger BOOTS Titan away! Then crucifix takedown! TWO!! Into the REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Titan endures, flails, Eagles intercepts Bushi into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! But Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! The Flying Tigers let LIJ go and Eagles kicks Bushi out.
Eagles rallies the fans and he joins Tiger in bringing Titan up. The Flying Tigers double whip Titan to a corner, Eagles goes to the apron. They both run in, ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up as Tiger brings Titan up to the top rope. Bushi rushes in but Eagles springboards and missile dropkicks the legs out! Tiger climbs up after Titan, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives, but Tiger has a KIMURA! Titan endures as Tiger also traps his head! Bushi barrels through Eagles to break it up! Fans rally as Bushi fires forearms on Eagles.
Eagles knees low, Bushi ducks a roundhouse to spin Eagles into a DDT! Tiger fires off on Bushi, knees low and SOBATS! Tiger runs, but into a DROPKICK! Bushi runs to BLAST Eagles! Then Bushi builds speed to DIVE onto Eagles! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in to a fireman’s carry, and spins for the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives again and fans fire up! Bushi returns as Tiger goes to a corner. Titan runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Bushi hits the CODE BREAKER! Titan springboards, but slips! Angel Inmortal is more a diving headbutt botch! Bushi hurries to get Titan back up and Titan resets.
Bushi watches Eagles while Titan COAST2COAST dropkicks Tiger!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective! LIJ stay alive for another round, will they make the Super Jr. Tag League finals tranquilo?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!
The #GLEATSAUCE holds their fate in their own hands! If they win, they take over the top spot! If they lose, their bubble bursts right before the end! Can Zayne & Lindaman stop the Inevitable? Or will Ace & Bey keep things Too Sweet?
The teams sort out, Zayne steps up and calls out his former friend, Ace. Ace & Bey Too Sweet and then point finger guns at Zayne. Lindaman says, “Boo~!” but Ace starts against Zayne. The fans rally as the two stare down, but then Ace tags out to Bey. Bey & Ace laugh at Zayne thinking he was going to get his way. Zayne and Bey circle, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. They go around, Zayne puts Bey on ropes but he stares Ace down. Red shoes counts the break, Zayne lets off with a pat on Bey’s shoulder. Bey acts like he’s gonna punch, but he just hands Red Shoes some of his gold chains that’re coming loose.
Zayne and Bey reset as fans rally up, and Bey gets around to waistlock. Zayne works on the hold but Bey shifts to a headlock. Zayne throws body shots, then elbows, then he powers out, only for Bey to pull on Zayne’s beard! Bey laughs and flexes while Red Shoes reprimands.
Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 6-2, 12 points
TJP & Akira: 6-2, 12 points
Yoh & Lio: 6-2, 12 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The best tag teams collide!
Will The Acclaimed hold onto their forever reign?
In an epic clash, The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, FTR! Will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood move up to FOUR belts tonight?
- Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Ricky Starks wins and will challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
- AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Joe wins and retains the title.
- Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
- Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan; Jade & The Baddies win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!
Another year, another battle for that coveted $150,000 diamond ring! But things are a little different, as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, our NEW AEW World Champion, has the prerogative to not participate in this match. Instead, think of this more as a #1 contender’s battle royal with the winner getting to choose when and where they face MJF for that ring. Ricky Starks vows that when he wins this match, he’ll make next week’s title match into a Winner Takes All! Will this be an Absolute Victory for Ricky Starks? Or will someone else in this crowded field take that diamond ticket instead?
Fans go wild as Starks makes his entrance, and then they go wild as “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry makes his entrance. We already have Brian Cage, The Butcher, The Blade, Orange Cassidy, Captain Shawn Dean, Matt Hardy, Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Kip Sabian, Dalton Castle and The Boys at ringside, but wait! Here comes The Natural, Dustin Rhodes! Fans fire up for the hometown hero, the bell rings, and everyone rushes into the ring! Well, almost everyone as Kip plays things a bit more shrewdly, and even Castle & The Boys wait as things sort out. Cassidy takes his time because that’s just the way Freshly Squeezed rolls.
The Butcher brawls with Dean, The Blade is after JB and Dustin is on Hardy while The Firm’s All Ego and #TAIGASTYLE mug Starks. Castle slides in to help Starks out, and Kip yanks Cassidy out under the bottom rope, wanting to continue things from Rampage’s All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match! Kip RAMS Cassidy into railing! Ethan bumps Castle off buckles and Starks turns things around on Moriarty. Ethan CHOKES Castle while The Boys protest. Castle hits Ethan back, Moriarty turns things around on Starks to rain down fists. Starks stops that and hits an atomic drop! Hardy helps Ethan by going after Castle.
Dustin digs his boots into Ethan while Hardy dribbles Castle off buckles. Kip throws Cassidy around ringside, Dustin bumps Ethan off buckles. Dustin CHOPS Ethan, Cassidy turns things around on Kip but Kip sends Cassidy into the apron! Fans rally for Starks, Castle gives Hardy a raspberry? Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Dean throws hands on Cage. Kip and Cassidy are finally in the ring and Cassidy bounces Kip off buckles. And again! And again! Butcher CLUBS Cassidy down! Butcher and Kip work together on Cassidy but he kicks at them. Cassidy gets free, dodges Kip, and runs in at Kip, only for Kip to send him up and out!
Cassidy holds onto the ropes, but Kip BITES one of Cassidy’s hands! Cassidy still skins the cat to headscissor Kip! Kip resists, pushes Cassidy away, but Cassidy hits him back! Blades sucker punches Cassidy and drags him off! Blade ELIMINATES Cassidy, then POSTS him! Fans boo but the damage is done and Kip is all smiles. Dustin runs at Kip and hits a DESTROYER! Dustin clotheslines Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but then Butcher CLUBS Dustin! Butcher fires off hands but Dustin gives them back! They brawl with haymakers but Butcher knees low! And again! Butcher fireman’s carries but Dustin fights free!
Dustin is on the apron, he throws hands on Butcher while fans go nuts over Starks narrowly avoiding elimination at the hands of Matt Hardy! Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Hardy kicks at Starks. Moriarty is after Castle in a corner while Butcher rakes Dustin’s eyes! Butcher CLOBBERS Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Blade high-fives with Butcher while staying safe on the outside. Butcher fires off on Dustin, Cage throws Castle out! Cage KNEES Castle off the apron, but The Boys catch him! Cage ROCKS Castle again, the Boys keep Castle up again! And again! They carry Castle to safety on the other side of the ring!
But Cage is there! Cage swings, Castle ducks to ROCK Cage back! Castle gets in safe, but Cage scoops him! Cage TOSSES Castle out onto the Boys and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but JB DROPKICKS Cage out of the ring! Cage stays on the apron, he ROCKS JB in the ropes, suplexes him, but JB slips out to waistlock! Cage elbows JB away, but JB SUPERKICKS Cage! Meanwhile, Starks is fighting off both Hardy and Ethan Page! He gets them to back off, before he DOUBLE AX HANDLES them both down! JB goes up a corner, he leaps at Cage, APRON METEORA! JB ELIMINATES Cage! Prince Nana is furious but fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!
JB checks his leg as he gets in the ring. Moriarty is right on JB by pulling his hair! Moriarty UPPERCUTS JB, has him in a corner, and digs his boots in! Ethan stomps Dean while Hardy rushes Butcher. Butcher dumps Hardy but Hardy holds the ropes! Hardy fights his way back in, he CLUBS Butcher down, and Ethan applauds. The Firm give Hardy thumbs up as Hardy picks Butcher up and works to dump him out! Butcher holds on while Moriarty stomps Starks and Ethan keeps on Dean. Butcher fights off Hardy, then catches his breath leaning against ropes. Ethan makes Starks look at the camera before he CLUBS him down!
JB CLUBS Ethan! Moriarty full nelsons JB but JB elbows him away. JB digs a boot into Ethan and Starks joins in! They let off, drag Ethan up, and they work together to pick Ethan up! Ethan fights and Hardy helps Ethan for The Firm. Hardy bumps Starks off buckles again and again and again! JB fights Ethan off while Hardy shouts, “DELETE! Dean turns things around on Moriarty JB stomps Ethan then CLUBS Butcher. Dean scoops and SLAMS Moriarty while Hardy tries to throw Starks out again. But Starks drags Hardy up and over instead! Hardy dangles but so does Starks! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan hurries to save Hardy!
Starks fights Hardy but Ethan HOTSHOTS Starks! Starks sputters, Hardy gets in safe. Butcher fights off JB and Dean, but Dean fights him with forearms. The Firm all mug Starks, but fans rally up behind Starks. Starks fires off on Butcher while he can but Butcher ROCKS Starks! Starks runs to BLAST and ELIMINATE The Butcher! But then The Firm jumps right on him! Moriarty throws Starks out but Starks stays safe on the apron. Starks ROCKS Moriarty, JB runs in to RANA Moriarty up and out to ELIMINATE him!! But Morrissey BOOTS JB while he’s hanging on, and that ELIMINATES JB!!
Fans boo, Morrissey isn’t even really in this match! But Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t done with JB, either, as they drag him up, APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Hardy meanwhile hits Dean with a SIDE EFFECT! The refs reprimand, Moriarty and Morrissey back off, leaving Ethan, Hardy, Starks and Dean as our final four. Hardy drags Starks up to give him a SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo, but then Ethan tells Hardy to stop doing his V1 and raise Ethan’s hand in victory. But Ethan hasn’t won yet! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and then Ethan tells him to get Starks up. Hardy does as told, The Firm mugs Starks, and then they put him on the ropes.
Starks holds on as both Hardy & Ethan lift, but Dean makes the save! Dean fires off hands on Ethan! Hardy goes after Dean, but Dean fires off hands on Hardy! Dean UPPERCUTS Hardy but Ethan CLUBS Dean! Ethan whips Dean, Dean gets around, FLOAT-OVER DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Stokely is upset but Dean drags Ethan up to throw him up and over! Ethan holds on desperately and Hardy kicks Dean! TWIST OF FATE! Ethan shouts to throw Dean out and Hardy tells Ethan to do it. Ethan says fine, he drags Dean up and tosses Dean to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous as now Starks is 2v1 against The Firm!
Ethan tells Hardy to do his job and help him win. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” But he BLASTS Starks! The Firm mugs Starks and fans boo hard as ever! Ethan feeds Starks to the facelock, TWIST OF- NO, Starks shoves Hardy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Ethan fires off on Starks, it’s just the two of them now! Starks wrenches and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans are thunderous as Starks is electric! He runs in but Ethan dodges the Spear! ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan snarls, he drags Starks up, fireman’s carry, but Starks RANAS Ethan out! STARKS WINS!!
Winner: Ricky Starks (#1 contender to the Dynamite Diamond Ring)
But to rain on the parade already is MJF! The AEW World Champion and #TripleB, the Big Burberry Belt, are here with a mic as fans boo hard as they can. The fans then cheer on Starks and MJF smirks. MJF tells Starks, “I’ll be with you in one second.” MJF then says, “Bryan Danielson, a little birdy told me you didn’t wanna show up tonight, and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is because you’re terrified of me. And I don’t blame ya, bud. After what I did to your boy, Willy Reegs, I’d be scared, too.”
Fans boo but MJF says, “Because I’m a bad, bad man. And that’s why in a week from now, I’m gonna be a FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, F-F-F-FOUR-TIME beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. And I will still be the holder of the grandest prize of ’em all, the Triple B, baby! Now Richard, people seem to really like you around here, huh?” Fans cheer Starks on again, and MJF says “They talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. And trust me, you are very talented, you really are. But you wanna know the truth, bud? Here’s the truth, Absolute.” Fans tell MJF to STFU but he just shrugs that off.
MJF says the truth is that in comparison to MJF, Starks is the Absolute drizzling sh*t! Or should MJF say, “You’re a roody poo candy ass!” After all, Starks stole literally everything else from that guy. But no offense, Richard, you’re just “a Dollar Store Dwayne.” So MJF will call Starks “The Pebble.” So here’s what happens next week in the main event of Dynamite, little Pebble. Fans chant for the “PEBBLE~! PEBBLE~!” MJF says he’s gonna put The Pebble in his pocket, hop in his brand new Porsche, because unlike all the “simple-minded humanoids” of Austin, MJF is rich. MJF will drive Pebble to the nearest body of water, take him out of his pocket, and skip “your scrawny little pigeon-toed ass all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA so you can wrestle on YouTube where you belong!”
Fans boo but Starks just smirks. MJF says “Facts don’t care about your feelings, Texas!” But MJF doesn’t care that Starks is Absolute, because MJF is a Generational Talent, and his Reign of Terror has only just begun. MJF soaks up the heat and then Starks pushes right past him to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer on Starks but MJF tells them all to shut up. Starks tells “Maxi Pad”, which fans now chant at MJF, that he should’ve expected a fifth-rate Roddy Piper to come out here and try to steal the spotlight. Oh~, he trashed the city! OH~! He trashed the fans! How much more shtick does MJF got? Cuz the low hanging fruit is running dry!
Starks says every week, MJF walks out here smelling like paint thinner and ass, having spray tanned his eczema to where if he took his shirt off, his back would look like he laid on an ant colony for seven hours. MJF has his crappy shoes, pants that are never ironed, a shirt that is too small, that stupid scarf, and that even dumber haircut, and he acts like he’s better than Starks?! Give us a break!! Fans are fired up hearing that! “Everything about you screams, ‘Cheap.’ The cheap suits, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat. Oh my God, and you are our new AEW Champion, huh? Well here’s the thing. With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about!
“The difference between you and me is that when these people got behind me, I gave them a reason to keep going. When they put faith in you, you let them down. When Regal put faith in you, you let him down. But brother, when it comes to Ricky, I delivery on time, every time, every night, every week, every month! And you can take your little ass to Greece for three months because oh~, you didn’t get paid enough! Oh~, you got out politicked by somebody smarter than you! But the fact remains is that I’ve been here, busting my ass. You wanna talk responsibility? Let’s talk about the fact that you avoid responsibility! You avoid any type of pressure.
“I show up to sign meet ‘n’ greets, where you, you don’t care! You just blow it off because hey! Everybody hates Max, so he has nothing to lose, right? Yeah, well, guess what, buddy? There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking you. And beside your nose being a lot darker than the rest of your body, me on the other hand, I live with dignity, I live with respect. You know nothing about that! When I lived in my car in South Austin, guess what I was doing? I was grinding! I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself! When it comes to that woman right there, it’s MY responsibility to get her a car, to get her a house.
“And you think because you paid people, because you kissed ass, that Maxwell ‘I’m better than you,’ you can get whatever you want? Please, gimme a break.” Fans are all fired up! Starks tells MJF that next week is a BIG deal. Starks is putting up and shutting MJF up for once in his miserable, narcissistic, punk-ass little life! MJF doesn’t deserve the title but Starks does! Wrestling on YouTube? Guess what? Been there, done that, busted his ass to get here! He never needed a name to make it here, and he doesn’t need one to beat MJF’s ass! He is Ricky Starks, he is stand ten toes down right here.
Next week, Starks smacks that mole of MJF’s neck, stomps a new hole right into MJF, and then he takes that title! Fans are thunderous for Starks as he says he’s doing MJF a favor he’s never had done in his life: Starks takes the responsibility off this “little boy’s” plate. MJF LOW BLOWS Starks! Fans boo as MJF takes off the belt, the scarf, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF puts the ring on, takes aim, and fans shout “F YOU MAX!” But Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are THUNDEROUS as MJF falls out of his shoes and then falls out of the ring! Starks holds up the world title, will he be holding that and the Dynamite Diamond Ring at the end of Winter is Coming?
Darby Allin speaks.
“May 12th, 2021 was when I lost the TNT Championship. From that time ’til now, I feel like a lot of people have all said to me, ‘Darby Allin is being slept on. Darby Allin is forgotten about.’ Well it’s up to me to wake everyone up, and I’m gonna win that TNT Championship. I said that this crowd chants one thing, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well Joe, you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Austin, Texas without it.”
Samoa Joe responds.
“Darby Allin, the curious little dead boy. I know exactly what you see when you look at me. You see a crucible that you wanna put yourself through. You see the violence that I inflict and you say to yourself, ‘That is a trial I can endure.’ Well, Darby, tonight you’re gonna learn that curiosity has a price that is about to get real expensive.” Will the Relentless Underdog put it all on the line just to get back that title? Or will he fail to dethrone the King of Pro-Wrestling Television?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“You think last week got a little outta hand? I don’t. In fact, I’m starting to really, really like The Cowboy, Hangman. Because he fell off his horse, dusted himself off, and got right back in the saddle, and he did his talking with his fists. There’s not enough of that around here. There’s too much talking. This is All Elite Wrestling, not All Elite Talking. There is no Blackpool Microphone Club. This is COMBAT! This is the sport of kings! Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this Weekend at Final Battle, this Friday night on Rampage, we bring back 100 proof, in-your-face, ass-kicking wrestling! Jericho Appreciation Society. I’m so over the Jericho Appreciation Society.
“I’m gonna be out there tonight, just to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. And this weekend, we put the JAS in our rearview mirror for good! Hangman Page, you want another piece? You know where to find me.” The Maniac heads out, but will he be able to focus on the JAS with the Cowboy coming for him?
AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!
#TwoBeltJoe has been intimidating and brutal even when he’s had no belts. How much more vicious will he become in order to keep his throne as King of TV?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and we see if Darby wins, or even survives!
The bell rings and fans rally as Darby and Joe stare down. Fans do sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe steps up to Darby, daring him to do something. So Darby fires off fast hands! Joe puts Darby in a corner, but Darby dodges him to fire off hands again! Joe shoves Darby away, but Darby SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring! Darby keeps moving to DIVE, but Joe casually moves aside and Darby crashes into railing! Joe grins as he goes back for Darby while fans lose their minds. Joe CLUBS Darby, drags him up, and sits him on the apron to then SWING him into the railing! And SWING into the apron! And back into railing!
Fans are torn but Joe soaks it all up. Joe goes back for Darby, and he tears up the floor mats! Joe drags Darby up and smacks him off the apron. Darby flounders around in a daze, but Joe drags him back up. Joe puts Darby in the ring, just to drag him out after refreshing the ring count. Joe then hits Darby with a BIG back suplex to the floor! Darby writhes, but at least that was a padded part. Joe refreshes the count himself now, and he drags Darby back up. Joe brings Darby to the bare patch now, and fans boo while the ref counts. Darby fights the lift but Joe still gets Darby up! Darby bends Joe’s fingers to get free!
Darby runs in, but Joe POWERSLAMS Darby to the bare concrete!! Joe shouts at Darby, “Do you wanna die, Darby?! HUH!?!” The ref checks Darby while AEW goes picture in picture.
Joe leaves Darby behind while he clutches an arm and his ribs. Joe returns, having refreshed the count, and he puts Darby in the ring. Joe stalks Darby, mockingly applauds, and then drags Darby up. Joe CHOPS Darby and he flops down into a corner. Joe stands on Darby’s neck, the ref counts, and Joe lets off at 4. Joe smirks as he paces around. Darby drags himself up in a corner but not very far. Joe drags Darby up but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Joe is fired up and he drags Darby into a neck wrench! Darby endures, even as Joe looms over him. Joe throws Darby down but fans rally up.
Darby flounders about and it amuses Joe. Darby kicks back, manages to kick harder, and he BOOTS Joe away! Darby stands to throw more body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe snarls, he drags Darby back up, and he dumps Darby to the apron. Joe drags Darby up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe JABS Darby, and then runs him side to side to POST him! Fans lose their minds again and Joe pretends he can’t see where Darby went. Doc Sampson checks Darby and the ring count starts. Fans count along while Joe just strolls around the ring and flexes. Darby is somehow okay to continue, and he crawls his way over at 5 of 10.
Darby flounders up at 7 and in at 8! Fans cheer but Joe is annoyed. Joe asks Darby what more has to happen. Joe kicks him around, Darby gets mad. Darby SLAPS Joe and it staggers him! Darby runs, gets around, but Joe hits an atomic drop! And then runs to BOOT Darby down! Then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this though he goes to the apron, and Joe can’t believe it! But then Joe builds speed! But Joe has to bail out as Darby slides back in! Darby PLANCHAS, but into a fireman’s carry! Darby fights free to RAM Joe into steel steps! Darby then goes up the corner for a SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Darby staggers about, but he pushes Joe into the ring. Darby keeps moving, COFFIN- NO, the splash is caught to a SLEEPER! But Darby drops to KICK Joe away! Darby slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER!! Joe stays up so Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives but Darby has new life! Fans are giving a standing ovation as Joe and Darby rise. Joe goes to a corner, Darby runs in but into the URENAGE! Joe drags Darby up and puts him on the top rope. But Darby claws Joe’s face! Joe CHOPS Darby, climbs up after him, and hoists Darby up. But Darby BITES Joe’s forehead!! Joe falls back, Darby adjusts, COFFIN DROP!! Into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!!
Darby flails, he reaches out, but the sleeper and body scissors squeezes tight! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, until those eyes roll back! Darby is OUT, Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
Darby fought his heart out, but we are still in the #TwoBeltJoe Era! Darby manages to stand up again, and he says he’s not dead! Joe has to put him down for him to stop! Darby dares Joe to keep fighting, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe grabs Darby’s own skateboard and he brings it over. Fans boo as Joe scares off the ref with the board! Joe then drags Darby up, puts the board down wheels up, and he puts Darby on the corner. Joe tucks Darby in! MUSCLE BUSTER on the wheels!!! Darby isn’t even moving, but Joe still puts the COQUINA CLUTCH back on!! The ref reprimands, more refs rush out but HERE COMES WARDLOW!!
Wardlow rushes to the ring and Joe runs away! Fans cheer on “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” as he reminds Joe that they’re not through with each other! Joe moves on to ROH Final Battle to defend his ROH World Television Championship against Juice Robinson, will Joe make it through The Booster only to find Wardlow’s World waiting for him?
Backstage interview with Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy.
Tony Schiavone says there is a No Physicality Agreement in place as these two are here to talk. What is on Cassidy’s mind? Cassidy doesn’t know what Kip is doing, but he doesn’t need to do this. If he wants a title shot, just ask. Kip says, “How convenient, my sweet little Clementine. You wait until an unprovoked attack by Dustin Rhodes. I’m hurt. You just don’t want me at my best.” Cassidy says if Kip isn’t gonna fight this Friday on Rampage, then find someone who can. Kip ponders the idea, and heads out. Cassidy asks Schiavone if that’s a yes. Seems so. Then who will crazy Kip find as a Superbad proxy to take on the All-Atlantic Champion?
Chris Jericho speaks.
“Initially, what started out as a deliberate desecration of the legacy of ROH has now led me to become the greatest ROH Champion of all time. Oh, the irony. Claudio, you don’t have the belief that you can beat me when it counts and become the ROH World Champion once again. Isn’t that true? That is why I’m gonna beat you at Final Battle, and it is why you’re gonna have to join the Jericho Appreciation Society. But Claudio, I am telling you this right now, it is going to be the best thing for you. I am looking so forward to taking you under my wing, and most importantly, I am looking so forward to beating you at Final Battle. I’ll see you then, Claudio. All Honor The Ocho.”
Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley!
Speaking of the war between JAS and BCC, another battle happens here in Austin! Will “Rock Hard” Hager & the “Dragonslayer” use sports entertainment to gain the momentum before the Final Battle? Or will the Swiss Superman & Decoder use a pro-wrestling solution on their JAS problem?
The teams sort out and Yuta starts against Garcia in a preview of their ROH Pure Championship rematch set for Saturday. They circle, then Garcia tags to Hager. Hager and Yuta circle, but then Hager has everyone hold on. Because he’s brings out the purple bucket hat, and throws it to Claudio! Hager says Claudio needs to get used to wearing that. Claudio considers it, he holds the hat up, but then he PUNTS the hat to the crowd! Hopefully Austin likes that hat. Hager KNEES Yuta, CLUBS him, then back suplexes! Yuta lands on his feet, CHOPS Hager, but Hager swings. Yuta dodges but Hager CLOBBERS Yuta!
Hager drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles and tags Garcia in. The JAS mugs Yuta with a CHOP and some stomps. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in but he lets off at 4. Yuta gets up to COHP and forearm and repeat! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Yuta whips, Garcia reverses and runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops Garcia to SLAM him, then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a pull of the ear, then he tags Claudio. BCC double whip and DOUBLE BOOT! Garcia scrambles away, tags Hager, but Hager runs into a drop toehold! Claudio facelocks then armlocks while fans chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!”
Claudio chinbars then goes after an arm, but Hager throws elbows. Hager ROCKS Claudio with rights, whips him corner to corner, but Claudio goes up and over. Claudio hip tosses then covers, ONE!! Claudio keeps on the arm, tag to Yuta, and Yuta climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Yuta wrenches, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in but into a BOOT! Yuta hops up, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS Hager down! Garcia runs in but Yuta slips around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Garcia bails out, Yuta builds speed and Yuta DIVES to take out both Hager and Garcia! Fans fire up as Yuta puts Hager in.
Yuta climbs up, but Sammy distracts! Garcia shoves Yuta off the top and Hager catches him! Claudio protests but Moxley grabs a chair! Hager SLAMS Yuta down while Moxley storms after Sammy. Hager runs to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives, Moxley backs away from Sammy, but Hager tags Garcia in. Garcia and Hager mug Yuta, Garcia throws EuroUppers and forearms. Yuta fights back with forearms and elbows of his own! Garcia kicks low then CHOPS Yuta down! Garcia fishhooks Yuta’s face, pushes him down, then argues with the ref. Garcia storms after Yuta, but then sucker punches Claudio!
Yuta headbutts Garcia low! Garcia suplexes, Yuta turns it around to suplex and he puts Garcia up top. Yuta climbs up after Garcia, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Garcia and Yuta crawl, Moxley coaches Yuta up, but Garcia tags Hager! Hager runs in to BLAST Claudio! Hager bumps Yuta off buckles and digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts, Hager lets off, and Garcia CHOKES Yuta while the ref is busy with a protesting Moxley. Sammy also gets a shot in before Garcia lets Yuta go. Hager looms over Yuta, drags him up and chicken wings the arms.
Yuta endures as Hager grinds a shoulder, but fans rally up. Yuta fights up, reaches out, but Hager whips him away from Claudio. Yuta holds ropes then he dumps Hager out! Hager hurries back up to drag Yuta out! Hager RAMS Yuta into railing! And then Hager puts Yuta back in to cover, TWO! Hager hauls Yuta up, tags Garcia in, and the JAS mug Yuta again. Garcia grinds his forearm into Yuta’s face, fishhooks Yuta’s nose, and he talks trash to the fans. The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and he snapmares Yuta to then mock Claudio’s cannon arms. Garcia wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Yuta down. Yuta endures while Garcia pushes up for added pressure.
Moxley and Claudio coach Yuta as he fights his way up. Garcia clinches but Yuta JAWBREAKERS free! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl. Yuta reaches out, but Garcia drags him away! Yuta slips under to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and slips around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and both men crawl again. Hot tags to Hager and Claudio! Fans fire up as Claudio rallies on Hager with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Claudio whips Hager to a corner for a BIG uppercut! Then he whips Hager corner to corner for another BIG uppercut! Claudio fires off more EuroUppers, but the ref counts.
Claudio lets off at 4, then jukes to EuroUpper again and again and again! Claudio puts Hager up top, EuroUppers again, then climbs up to join him. Claudio stands on the very top, for a SUPER STEINER! It wasn’t the cleanest but it worked! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives but clutches a shoulder. Claudio trips Hager to have the legs! Fans fire up but Garcia hops on with a SLEEPER! Claudio stays up, Yuta climbs, and Claudio SLAMS Garcia down for Yuta’s DIVING SPLASH! Fans fire up, but Hager trips Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio turns, BOOTS Hager, only for Hager to lift! Claudio sunset flips through, to get the SWISS SWING!!
Fans count along, Hager goes around and around and around for TEN! Sammy is freaking out as Hager staggers, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Hager is still in this but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Hager in, Gotch Lifts, but Hager back drops! Claudio lands on his feet, dodges, but Sammy stops the springboard! The ref reprimands, but Moxley trips Sammy off the apron! Moxley DECKS Sammy and fans fire up! Claudio finishes the leap, but into a SPINEBUSTER from Hager! Hager has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Claudio endures, reaches out, but Hager drags him from ropes! Garcia runs in to intercept Yuta!
Garcia has Yuta’s legs for the DRAGON TAMER!! The JAS have double submissions and fans boo! But Claudio rolls to send Hager into Garcia! EUROUPPER! Cover, BCC wins!!
Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall
Fans fire up and Moxley joins his brothers in the club to celebrate! Tony Schiavone joins them all to interview them. He knows they just got a big win ahead of a big night on Saturday, but they have to talk about what happened at Full Gear. Here is an interview Schiavone did with William Regal a few weeks back that might explain some things.
The footage plays and Schiavone talks with his “long time friend,” Regal. Regal says it will be 30 years in January. Full Gear was unbelievable, but Schiavone wanted to know about how all that transpired. Regal told Schiavone before that “people are only going to see this if something bad happens to me. And when you’re somebody like me, and spent your life being as horrible as I have, you’re always expecting something bad to happen.” Schiavone says Regal is the Villain of Villains. Well, Regal took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. And MJF seems to be made about emails and this and that, so Regal just gave MJF what he wanted.
MJF is world champion now. But do you know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Because now, everyone in the company will be chasing MJF. Regal realized a few months ago that the three veteran members of the Blackpool Combat Club don’t need Regal around anymore. He’s “surplus to requirements.” But he knew they wouldn’t let him go, either. But he needed to show them why they don’t need him, and why they can teach Wheeler Yuta how to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world, because they’ve all got that capability. “But you have to lead by example.”
So hopefully, and Regal knows he will, because Moxley is a very calculating man, Moxley will understand this. “The reason I did what I did, and to lead by example, was to teach you the final thing that I could ever teach you. Always stay one step ahead, and make sure you always keep eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club ’til the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.” Lord William Regal’s message ends, and Schiavone says that was two weeks ago, before what MJF did. He knows they’re all a bit speechless, but does anyone have a comment?
Moxley takes the mic to say, “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling! You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, ROH Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is OVER! These men make a statement. This Friday night on Rampage, I make a statement! I’m gonna challenge any wrestler in the world to come right here in this ring and find out just where you stand on the food chain. This Friday on Rampage, I make a statement! At Final Battle, they make a statement! Pro-wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”
The fans fire up hearing that from Moxley, but who will step up to his Open Challenge? And can Claudio and Yuta both take back the ROH titles to restore that honor to those championships?
The House of Black speak.
Malakai says, “This company has allowed itself to be corrupted. Corrupted by people that point fingers at others while still holding the shovel in their hands that they used to dig the graves for others. And now, it is sick and it is dying. And perhaps it is time for myself and the House to… put down this corruption. Ms. Hart, what is the crime?” Julia steps out from the shadows to say, “The crime is treason.” Malakai asks “Mr. Matthews, what is the verdict?” Buddy walks out from the shadows to say, “Verdict: War.” “And Mr. King, what is the sentence?” Brody walks out to say, “It as if you throw a side of beef to a pack of wild dogs. We will tear the meat from the bone. The sentence is extermination.”
Malakai says it has been decided. “To anyone that has an issue with what we have done over the past two weeks, or anything that’s been said here, well next week Wednesday, come one, come all.” The House of Black drifts into the shadows, who will be the first to be torn apart?
AEW returns with Jamie Hayter’s sit-down interview.
Tony Schiavone sits with the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion, and he notes that last week, she asked the question, “Why not a sit-down interview with me?” Well, here we are, and the floor is hers. Hayter says Saraya got a sit-down, cool. Toni Storm got one, alright. But not with Hayter? That baffles her. So no, Schiavone, you ask her something. What does he wanna know? Well, Schiavone notes the AEW Women’s Division has been blossoming. Great competitors are showing up, and this week on Rampage, we will see Hikaru Shida VS The Bunny for Shida’s Regina di Wave Championship. What are Hayter’s thoughts on the division?
Hayter says it is getting “interesting.” But unfortunately for everyone else, Hayter is on top now. And everyone is trying to grind their way to the top to get her title. She will do her duty as champion to be both reigning and defending. Hayter will have a very, very close look at that Regina de Wave title match on Rampage. “Thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW Women’s World Championship, does it?” Schiavone says nothing does, and Hayter agrees. This is AEW. But Hayter will “give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match, they get to wrestle me for the AEW Women’s World Championship, if they dare.”
Schiavone says Hayter’s going to be a fighting champion and she says that’s right. She is a fighting champion, “and a bloody good one at that.” Who will be the Regina di Wave Champion after Rampage? And will they accept Hayter’s challenge to them?
Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan!
The UN-DE-FEA-TED AEW TBS Champion got her belt back but got rid of the weak link, as she puts it. Red Velvet is back, Leila Grey is still around, but Kiera Hogan got kicked to the curb! Will Kiera get revenge on #ThatBitch with help from the Coach & Student? Or will Jade be undefeated even in trios action?
The teams sort out, Jade starts against Skye. The fans rally up but Jade says no, she’s above Skye. Tag to Velvet and Velvet gets her return to action already. Velvet and Skye tie up, they go around, and Velvet wrenches to a wristlock. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks back. Then she slips around to hook, but Velvet blocks the arm-drag. Velvet brings Skye up but Skye shifts sides to arm-drag Velvet from the other arm! Velvet staggers up and fans fire up. Skye and Velvet tie up again, Velvet headlocks but Skye snapmares free. Skye steps over an arm, and wraps Velvet up for a creative take on La Magistrol, TWO!
Velvet has a cover now, TWO! Skye has it back, ONE! Velvet has the cover again, TWO! Fans fire up for that exchange, and Velvet has to admit that was good. Velvet offers a handshake, Skye accepts, and then Skye turns to her partners. But Velvet throws Skye down by her hair! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Velvet bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Grey, the Baddies double whip to double CHOP! Grey covers, ONE!! Fans rally, Grey drags Skye up to whip her to a corner. Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey then headlocks but Skye denies the bulldog to kick the legs out! Grey blocks a superkick but Skye spins through to KICK Grey down!
Fans fire up as Skye drags Grey back up, tag to Rayne. Skye & Rayne double whip, trip and basement dropkick Grey! Rayne covers, ONE!! Rayne drags Grey up to bump her off buckles! Tag back to Skye, Rayne snapmares but Grey scrambles away to tag in Velvet! Velvet ducks Skye’s clothesline to come back, but Skye dodges to SUPERKICK! Velvet flops to the outside and fans rally as Skye builds speed. Skye falls into the apron skirt trap! Velvet fires off on Skye! The ref reprimands, Velvet lets off, then she climbs over Skye to stand on the apron while AEW goes picture in picture.
Velvet stirs it up and has a taste while Skye flops out of the skirt. Velvet puts Skye back in the ring, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Velvet bumps Skye off buckles, tags in Grey, and Grey taunts Rayne and Kiera while Velvet uses Skye as a boxing bag! Jade also talks trash on Skye while the ref reprimands Grey and keeps Kiera back. Grey hurries over to pull Skye’s hair! The Baddies mug Skye, then Grey tags in. The Baddies double suplex Skye high and hard! Jade applauds her team while Grey covers, TWO! Grey is annoyed but she rains down fists on Skye. Grey wraps on a headlock and she grinds Skye down.
Fans rally as Skye endures. Grey stands over Skye while pulling on the hold, but Skye still fights her way up. But Grey wrangles Skye back down! Grey grinds the hold, Skye keeps her shoulders up, and fans rally again. Skye fights up a second time, she throws body shots, and then she JAWBREAKERS! Grey staggers away, tag to Velvet, and she runs to BLAST Rayne! Velvet stands Skye up to mule kick, then she covers, TWO! Dynamite returns to single picture as Velvet tells the ref something’s in her eye, while choking Skye with a knee! The ref notices the choke, she counts and Velvet steps off at 4. Velvet talks trash to Rayne, covers Skye, TWO!
Velvet drags Skye up but Skye breaks free. Velvet mule kicks, brings Skye around and- NO, Skye slips out of the Final Slice! DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as Skye and Velvet crawl. Velvet grabs Skye’s leg to keep her from her team, but Skye fights up to stand up. Velvet throws the leg down, but they both SUPERKICK! Both women go down again and fans fire up! Skye crawls, as does Velvet, hot tags to Kiera and Jade! Jade storms up, Kiera dodges and Kiera fires off forerams and CHOPS! Jade shoves back but Kiera SHOTGUNS Jade! Kiera sees Grey coming and tosses her out! Kiera goes side to side to BOOT WASH Jade!
Velvet runs in but Kiera sends her out now! Fans fire up with Kiera while Rayne DECKS Grey! Kiera runs in but Jade blocks the boot for a SPINEBUSTER!! Jade taunts Kiera, drags her up to chicken wings, but Kiera switches out! Hot tag to Rayne! Rayne dodges jade, ENZIGURIS, then reels her in! Ripcord, RAYNE- NO, Jade ROCKS Rayne first! Then chicken wings, for the JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!
Winners: Jade Cargill & The Baddies, by pinfall
Just as Kiera was on fire, she let off to see if Rayne could stop Jade. Jade was not stopped, she is 43-0 overall now, and still TBS Champion. Will The Baddies continue to dominate AEW?
Backstage interview with Saraya.
Tony Schiavone is with The Revolution on a very festive set. Schiavone congratulates Saraya on her return to action and the win, and she thanks him for that. Saraya is actually surprised Britt isn’t- Oh, wait, here she is. Britt says no one needs to worry now. And Britt also congratulates Saraya on “the biggest win” of her entire career. It will never happen again. Also, Britt was thinking about something Saraya mentioned to her. Something about everything being handed to her on a silver platter. But Saraya came to AEW, and her first match was a PPV match against “the biggest star in the Women’s Division.”
So here’s one more thing handed to Saraya: Tickets to the Kia Forum, for the January 11th edition of Dynamite. Saraya can be front row and watch Britt be the star that she is, or maybe she can step in the ring again. Saraya tells “Baby girl,” she would love to beat Britt again. Of course! Round two! Uh, no, Britt didn’t say it’d be against her. Saraya forgot that Britt has the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, with her at all times. Except right now. But it will be a tag match, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya and whoever Saraya can find to tag with her. But good luck, Saraya will never beat Britt & Hayter.
Britt heads out and Saraya asks Schiavone if he wants to get in the ring. Britt brings Schiavone with her so Saraya accepts that she’ll have to find someone. She has a little over a month, who will The Revolution invite to her house?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Jon Moxley’s open challenge has been answered by THE FUTURE! Konosuke Takeshita is stepping up to take on The Maniac, will Konosuke be the one to make a statement? Plus, we see Moriarty & Morrissey of The Firm in action, we hear from Ruby Soho and Tay Melo about their renewed feud, and we hear from Athena ahead of her ROH Women’s World Championship match against Mercedes Martinez!
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to prove they’re the best, so that means facing the best! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been AEW World Tag Team Champions before, but they want to make history be becoming FOUR BELT CHAMPIONS! Will FTR stand for #FourTitleReigns? Or will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player prove they are AEW’s Forever Champions?
Caster of course has a rap on deck! “Acclaimed on the mic, it’s about to be a problem. You the Top Guys but you ’bout to the bottoms. Whole world just scissoring. We gonna beat y’all down right in the ring! FTR, you’re a joke. I think your name stands for Find The Remote! Yo, you just a hocker. You gonna lose just like Herschel Walker.” Bowens gets the mic to say, “AUSTIIIIN, TEXAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does! The introductions are made, the AEW belts are raised, and we see who has what it takes to be THE BEST team in the world!
The teams sort out and fans are thunderous for both teams. Bowens and Dax start, they circle, and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens smirks and conducts the fans while Dax keeps his cool. They tie up, go around, and Dax puts Bowens in the corner. Tag to Cash but Bowens gets away. Cash and Bowens circle now, and we see Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett all watching backstage. Cash and Bowens tie up, Bowens headlocks but Cash turns it around. Bowens powers out but Cash runs him over. Things speed up, Cash hits a headlock takeover but Bowens headscissors. Cash kips free and hits another headlock takeover.
Bowens headscissors again, Cash kips free again, avoids a sweep and waistlocks to roll and bridge to a cover, TWO! Cash hits another headlock takeover but Bowens rolls that to a cover, TWO! Bowens and Cash stand off and fans fire up. Cash talks with Dax, then Bowens tags Caster in. Cash tags Dax, Caster swaggers and taunts Dax. They circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Caster powers out, Dax runs him over! Things keep moving, Caster hurdles and hip tosses! Caster then dropkicks Dax, arm-drags him, and he grinds the shoulder! Fans fire up as Caster brings Dax over. Tag to Bowens, they hand off the wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! But Dax ROCKS Bowens!
Dax bumps Bowens off buckles, CHOPS him, and fans “WOO~!” Bowens fires forearms in return, then CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS! Bowens CHOPS! Bowens fires more forearms, then whips, but Dax blocks a hip toss, only for Bowens to block a hip toss, and repeat! They go around and around, they end up on the ropes and the ref counts. Fans fire up as Dax slowly lets off, but Bowens shoves him. Cash steps in, but then so does Caster, and things are heated between the teams. The ref has them cool off, but then the brawl erupts! Austin is loving this as Cash UPPERCUTS Caster while Bowens has Dax in the corner!
Caster gets up, he dodges Cash to clothesline Cash out! Cash lands hard while Dax turns things around on Bowens. Dax ROCKS Bowens but Caster scoops him to SLAM him! Bowens goes up, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up and Bowens calls to Caster. They SCISSOR FINGER! Bowens tags Caster back in, then he drags Dax up. The Acclaimed mug Dax, Caster whips but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Caster! Dax ties Caster up, but Caster punches and BOOTS his way out of the Sharpshooter! Caster has the legs now, and he figures out the hook. Cash runs in but Bowens trips him! Bowens steps through, The Acclaimed have DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!!
Fans are thunderous as FTR endures! Dax crawls, ROPEBREAK, and The Acclaimed let off. FTR regroups on the outside while Daddy Ass SCISSOR FINGERS his boys! Caster goes out to ROCK Dax, and Bowens is after Cash. Cash POSTS Bowens, Dax ROCKS Caster! Cash BOOTS Caster, Dax moves the apron skirt out of the way so Cash can bump Caster right off the edge! Then they put Caster under the ring, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE Caster with the ring frame! Caster writhes while checking his teeth, and FTR SCISSOR FINGER! Fans aren’t sure what to make of that as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cash mocks the fans with the scissor fingers while Billy checks Caster. Dax shouts at him to get back, then he puts Caster in the ring. Dax storms up on Caster and BOOTS him down! Tag to Cash, and Dax bumps Caster off Cash’s knees. Caster staggers, Cash CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Caster flops over and Cash soaks up the cheers and jeers. Caster gest to ropes, Cash is on him with a EuroUpper! Cash flexes and then drags Caster up to snapmare. Cash clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Caster around. Caster endures as Cash grinds him down into the mat. Caster fights up, throws body shots, but Cash shoves and RAMS into him!
Cash headlocks, then short arm LARIATS Caster down! Tag to Dax, he drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax drags Caster up and around, for a BIG back suplex! Tag to Cash, he stays between Caster and Bowens, and he sits Caster up for the chinlock. Caster endures again as Cash grinds him back down. Fans rally, Caster fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Caster throws body shots, arm-drags free, but Cash KNEES Caster down! Cash brings Caster up to CHOP him, then he hoists Caster to the top rope. Cash ROCKS Caster, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Caster resists, throws body shots, and fans fire up!
Caster shoves Cash down! Caster adjusts, CROSSBODIES, and both men are down! Austin is thunderous as both men crawl. Team Double Jay all critique what they’re seeing, wanting someone to capitalize. Hot tag from Cash to Dax! Dax stays between The Acclaimed and he DECKS Caster! Dax takes a swing on Bowens but he avoids it, and then Dax turns around into a BIG back drop! Hot tag to Bowens! Bowens rallies on FTR with haymakers and elbows! Bowens kicks Dax low, then CLUBS and CLUBS and ELBOWS and CLUBS away on Dax! Fans fire up with Bowens and he dodges Cash to mule kick, front KICK and FAMOUSER!
Dax returns but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS Dax down! Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens grows frustrated. Billy coaches him through it and fans are dueling. Bowens watches Dax rise, to mule kick, front KICK and FAM- NO, Dax slips out to GERMAN SUPELX! Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax drags Bowens up again, but Bowens switches! They go to ropes, O’Conner, TWO and Cash is there! Bowens stops from running into Cash, but then Dax rushes in! Bowens moves, Dax stops from running into Cash! Bowens runs in, Dax moves, and Bowens does run into Cash!
Cash goes down, Bowens wobbles, Dax O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Dax stops himself in time from hitting buckles, but he turns around into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens is beside himself! Fans are thunderous all over again! Bowens drags Dax up, ducks his haymaker, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Bowens elbows Cash, ROCKS Dax, then wrenches Dax’s arm. Dax ROCKS Bowens, reels him in, Cash goes up! SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bowens survives and FTR can’t believe it! Cash cools off, he drags Bowens around and tags in Dax.
Fans rally for Bowens but FTR drag Bowens up again. They double suplex, but Caster SPEARS Cash! Bowens cradles Dax, TWO!!! Bowens ROLLING ELBOWS Dax down, then tags Caster! They roll Dax into Caster’s wheelbarrow, Bowens runs around, WHEELBARROW CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives again and The Acclaimed can’t believe it! The Acclaimed hurry as fans duel again. Caster drags Dax up, coordinates with Bowens, but Dax slips out of the bomb! Dax BOOTS Caster into Bowens! Bowens falls out, Cash slides in! Dax whips, but Caster fights the flapjack! Bowens shoves Cash into Dax!
Dax stays up and swings on Caster, but Caster dodges! Caster gets Dax up, but now Dax fights the flapjack! Cash CLOBBERS Bowens! Dax sunset flips, Caster rolls through and runs at Dax! Dax POSTS Caster with that! And then the BIG RIG!!! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time!!! Fans are shocked and FTR cannot believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Cash watches Bowens on the apron. Cash runs in to BLAST him to the railing! Dax drags Caster up, he hoists Caster up top then tags Cash. Dax climbs up after Caster while Cash goes to the other corner. But Bowens DECKS Dax! Cash leaps but into the ARRIVAL!! Caster adjusts, for the MIC DROP FLOP!!
Cash avoids disaster, but Bowens CLOBBERS Dax! Bowens swings at Cash, but into a Gory Especial, and GORY BOMB!! Caster rolls Cash up! TWO!! Caster BOOTS Cash, CHOPS him, but Cash DISCUS LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!! Cash drags Caster up, short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! Cash reels Caster in, hauls him up, POWERBOMB! Jackknife, but Caster rolls it through!! THE ACCLAIMED WIN!!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
FTR is shocked! Caster & Bowens win by the skin of their teeth, but all it takes is a moment! But to show respect to Cash & Dax, they offer up the scissor fingers. FTR join in on a HUGE SCISSORING! But then from the back, the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are sarcastically clapping. Austin tells FTR, “So close! Legacy, bye-bye. And Colten, the fans thought we would get involved? Haha, no. You guys are TRASH!” Colten says, “But Austin, they’ve had a pretty good year. And we don’t want it to end yet. So we got you guys some Christmas presents.”
Austin & Colten bring out a couple stockings, and Austin reads the card. “Oh, it looks like it’s written in blood. It’s from… DEM BOYS! The Briscoe Bros! Saturday, Final Battle!” But wait, there’s more! In the stockings, Austin & Colten bring out DOG COLLARS!! The Briscoes want a Double Dog Collar Tag Team Match! “Merry Christmas, b*tch!!” Jay & Mark Briscoe threw out the challenge, and FTR are all for it! But will the three-belt champions soon lose one of those in the most brutal way possible?
A pretty awesome episode for AEW here as a go-home to a lot of things going on under the AEW umbrella. For one, great battle royal to open the night. I knew Starks would win but AEW still does a great job with the chaotic nature of battle royals, and in using them to give us a lot of story at once. I bet Jungle Boy moves on from Luchasaurus & Christian Cage (for now) by taking on The Firm after that just nasty looking apron choke slam JB took from Morrissey. Plus, there was a lot going on with Matt Hardy and Ethan Page, Hardy is going to be conflicted all the way until the moment Hardy can’t take it anymore and he rebels against The Firm.
Then after the win, Starks and MJF have an amazing promo. Starks tore into MJF, but because Starks stood tall tonight, I’m pretty sure MJF retains his title and diamond ring. A bit of a shame for Starks then, but he’s proven himself a world title picture guy, so surely Starks finds his way back around during MJF’s “reign of terror.” Great promos from Darby and Joe ahead of their title match, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone take a powerslam to bare concrete and still wrestle. I figured Joe would retain, though, as he now has Wardlow coming for him. Joe VS Juice happens at Final Battle, Joe surely retains there, too, and then I think we get Joe VS Wardlow for Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash. Joe can try ducking Wardlow but he can’t duck him for three months to get to AEW Revolution.
Speaking of one of the things to come out of the battle royal, I like that Cassidy and Kip had an interaction. But at the same time, Kip using what happened in the battle royal as an excuse not to face Cassidy for Rampage was pretty good Heel stuff. Cassidy could be facing just about anyone with Kip able to bring anyone in, but I would love if they used this moment to bring Miro back. There’s a lot of reasons why, from Kip being the guy who brought Miro into AEW to begin with, and Miro wanting the All-Atlantic Championship from how he almost had that title in the first place. And that’d be something to make Rampage an amazing episode.
Good promos from Hayter, Saraya and Britt, and I like that Hayter wants to be a fighting champion. She helped hype up Shida VS Bunny, and now that the winner gets a title match, that’s going to be even better stuff. I think Shida wins to retain, and then Shida and Hayter can have a big match for one of the holiday episodes. Britt challenging Saraya for a match in January is pretty interesting stuff, and of course it’s a tag match so Britt doesn’t have to face Saraya 1v1. I think Saraya ends up bringing Toni Storm into that match, and there’s a way to get them all into the title scene. I would love if this led to Britt VS Hayter to give us the story they could’ve/should’ve before.
Good match from The Baddies VS Kiera, Skye & Rayne. It was rather awkward booking that Kiera tags in right as she was doing great, but someone needed to take that loss other than her. Jade stays undefeated but Kiera could be the one they’ll build into taking the TBS Championship off her. Kiera is also returning to her “Fire” look from Women of Wrestling, so that’s pretty cool. Kiera and Jade can go full Starfire VS Blackfire from the Teen Titans and that’d be a great little nod to both their nerdier sides given all of Jade’s great cosplay ring gears for her big matches. Now, sadly, Bow Wow might still be a distraction for Jade, but at least Kiera will be someone we’ve seen in AEW and not someone brand new brought in just to beat Jade.
Great promo from Moxley to call out Hangman while hyping up BCC VS JAS. And good promo from Jericho to hype up his match with Claudio. Great tag match as well, and BCC winning out makes sense. The go-home math adds up to where JAS finds a way to retain the titles. Regal having a video message that was rather “If you’re seeing this, I’m dead” trope. But I’m a little perplexed by Regal’s logic, and by the BCC more or less shrugging it off. I thought it would’ve been more effective if someone attacked during that moment but I supposed that’d be too much given BCC VS JAS has to still wrap up. Moxley VS Konosuke will be great stuff, but Moxley is surely winning, and then Hangman probably comes out to make a challenge for Winter is Coming or New Year’s Smash.
Really good promo from The House of Black, and who knows who they’ll face first, because it’s all to bide their time until Death Triangle VS The Elite settles. Then the House can go after the AEW Trios Champions for the next feud. And then we got an awesome tag team championship main event. Acclaimed VS FTR was borderline PPV level, but I’m honestly surprised The Acclaimed won. This really should’ve been a bigger moment than it was treated, because we were then just given the Ass Boys being the proxies to the Briscoes. This is sadly a spotlight on how Tony Khan isn’t able to handle both companies at once, because one, should we not have had FTR VS Gunn Sons by this point? The Gunns have been pestering FTR for so long, they should get a shot at the ROH titles!
Yes, Briscoes VS FTR Part 3 with dog collars is going to be awesome stuff that makes Final Battle even better, but c’mon. Unless FTR is dropping those belts to Briscoes, it’s going to be even worse when the Ass Boys take the titles off them. I know FTR has been busy with the other two belts of theirs, but c’mon. The Gunns were mocking FTR a couple months ago at Battle of the Belts 4, that should’ve given us a promo of the two teams arguing, an ROH tag title match happens, and there, done. Ass Boys get their shot, they miss, they move on to try the AEW World Tag titles because The Firm wants all sorts of belts.
My Score: 8.9/10
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