Will NXT #BaskInHisGlory or #LiveForever?
Keith Lee defends his NXT North American Championship against Damien Priest! Plus, Charlotte Flair and Mia Yim go 1v1 for the first time in five years!
- Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Group B: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS El Hijo del Fantasma; Swerve wins.
- Candice LeRae w/ Johnny Gargano VS Kacy Catanzaro; LeRae wins.
- Charlotte Flair VS Mia Yim; Flair wins.
- Dexter Lumis VS Shane Thorne; Lumis wins.
- Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Group A: Drake Maverick VS Tony Nese; Maverick wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Damian Priest; Lee wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Group B: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS El Hijo del Fantasma!
The round robin continues into round two as Beth Phoenix and Mauro Ranallo return to commentary! Swerve fell to Akira Tozawa but there are still two more matches to rebound. Will he be able to recover against the Son of the Phantom?
The bell rings and Fantasma circles with Swerve. They approach and tie up to go around. Fantasma wheelbarrows to a takedown, cover, TWO! Fantasma says he was close but Swerve grits his teeth. The two go again, and Fantasma shoots in to waistlock and slam! He spins to La Magistrol, TWO! Swerve is frustrated already but Fantasma eggs him on. They go again, Fantasma sweeps and covers, ONE! Swerve sweeps and covers, ONE! Fantasma sweeps but Swerve is right up to headscissors! Fantasma comes back but gets a flurry of strikes! Swerve dropkicks Fantasma out and now he dares Fantasma to bring it. Fantasma stays out but Swerve goes to the apron. Swerve kicks but Fantasma gets clear. Fantasma avoids the moonsault and Swerve smirks. Swerve runs at Fantasma but Fantasma blocks to enziguri! Fantasma gives a nod to the title belt before he puts Swerve in the ring.
Fantasma kicks Swerve to a corner then CHOPS! He goes corner to corner but Swerve puts Fantasma up top. Swerve CHOPS Fantasma then hops up, to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Fantasma survives and Swerve is frustrated again. Swerve looms over Fantasma and drags him into some ground ‘n’ pound. Swerve works to get a half nelson but Fantasma resists the lift. Fantasma blocks by grabbing his own leg, but Swerve clubs him on the back. Fantasma fights free but Swerve shoves. Fantasma goes up and over and dodges to huricanrana back! Swerve bails out, but Fantasma slides. Swerve dodges, goes back to the apron and BOOTS Fantasma down! The ref starts a ring count while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Swerve grinds Fantasma down with an armlock. Fantasma endures as Swerve stands over his head while cranking the hold. Swerve shifts around to have a hammerlock but Fantasma powers his way up. Fantasma grabs at hair but the two end up on the ropes. Fantasma throws Swerve out but Swerve goes up top fast. Swerve leaps for a super sunset flip! Fantasma slips out to basement dropkick! Both men go to opposite corners. Fantasma runs corner to corner and hits double knees! Then he CHOPS Swerve before he hoists Swerve up top. Fantasma throws hands then climbs up top. Fantasma hits a SUPER STEINER of his own! But Fantasma doesn’t cover, he goes up top on his own. He leaps, for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and shocks Fantasma! Fantasma drags Swerve up but Swerve pushes him away. Swerve CHOPS but Fantasma CHOPS back!
Both men brawl with CHOPS and forearms! Fantasma gets an edge but Swerve ROCKS him in return! Both men are down but Swerve drags Fantasma around by the leg. He rolls and dead lifts Fantasma to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fantasma flops out of the ring but Swerve builds speed. Swerve FLIES, but has to land on his feet out of the Fosbury Flop. Swerve stands to get the HELL’S ARROW TOPE! Direct hit at the ramp! Both men flounder back to the ring but Fantasma has Swerve’s wrist. He reels Swerve in for a fireman’s but Swerve slips out. Fantasma arm-drags but Swerve reverses and wrenches to a crucifix cover! Swerve wins!!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall (moves up to 1-1; Fantasma falls to 1-1)
And with that, Swerve is back in the game! He and Fantasma are tied, and now it will come down to the final round! Who will take Group B as their own?
On-stage interview with Swerve.
Congratulations on a critical win in the tournament. “I told you!” Swerve has all the respect for Fantasma. They know each other from before the WWE, but Swerve has told us that he needs this more than anyone else. When the game is on the line, give the ball to Swerve. He just has one more to go to make the Cruiserweight Division into Swerve’s House.
NXT hears from Dominik Dijakovic.
Johnny Gargano is playing the victim, but Dijakovic isn’t sure what Gargano’s the victim of. Gargano wants to remake NXT in his image? That sounds awful. He wants to “revolt against the establishment,” but that establishment is what put him on 46 THOUSAND TakeOvers. Dijakovic’s family taught him to respect those who create and define him. The Garganos don’t want to do that. They rambled on and on about everything, but he never once mentioned how he’d back up his words. Dijakovic wants Gargano to back up those big words by taking on a big guy like him.
NXT shares what happened during commercials.
Fantasma was giving his own thoughts on the match with Swerve when the golden luchadors tried to strike again! Fantasma again ran them off, but this is starting to get out of hand! When and where will these mysterious masked men try again?
Candice LeRae w/ Johnny Gargano VS Kacy Catanzaro!
The #PintSizedPixie is now the Pint-Sized POISON of NXT! And Mr. Wrestling is hyping up the smartest and most thoughtful woman in the world. She steps in the spotlight she deserves, as Johnny puts it. Will Johnny’s favorite wrestler finally make her mark on the NXT Women’s Division?
The bell rings and Candice circles with KC. They tie up, and Candice pushes KC to a corner. The ref calls for the break and KC circles with Candice again. Candice calls for a test of strength, and the two lock up. Candice powers KC back but KC bridges. KC keeps her shoulders up but Candice sweeps legs. KC kips up and arm-drags Candice away! KC waistlocks and O’Conner rolls, then handsprings to headscissor Candice away! Candice dodges in the corner to snapmare and neck snap! KC gets to the apron and shoulders in. KC sweeps the legs then slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! KC drop toeholds, and then leaps for a corkscrew splash, only to land on knees! Candice pushes KC over for a cover, ONE! Candice grows frustrated but she drags KC up. She scoops KC for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TOW! Candice keeps on KC with a chinlock. Candice leans on KC but KC endures.
KC fights up but Candice throws her down! Candice drags KC away to cover, TWO! Candice gets KC in another chinlock and digs her knee into KC’s back. KC fights her way up but Candice whips. KC wheelbarrows but Candice throws her down! Gargano applauds while Candice puts on his hold. But KC rolls Candice up, TWO! Candice CLOBBERS KC with an elbow! Candice is mad now, and she CHOPS KC, then ROCKS her with a forearm! She fires off furious strikes in the corner! Candice lets up at 4 but rolls and clubs KC back down! Candice hooks the legs up in a deathlock, to then surfboard STOMP KC down! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
The “Wicked Stepsister” gives the poisonous Candice her first win in a long time. But that’s not good enough for her, she puts on the GargaNO Escape! She tortures KC, and Gargano adores it! Will this twisted fairy tale have a happy ending for Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling?
Damian Priest speaks.
“It’s almost time. My moment has arrived.” Keith must be hurting after what Priest did to him. Must be hard to take a deep breath. But the running is over. Priest finally gets to finish what he started months ago. And when the night is over, Keith will be basking in the glory of the NEW North American Champion.
NXT returns to Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher on stage.
Riddle says there has been a lot of criticism on the WWE for putting random guys together in a tag team. But Riddle and Pete Dunne are a legit team, because they won the Dusty Rhodes Classic, and then won the NXT Tag Team Championships. But Riddle and Thatcher are a real team, too. Riddle knows Thatcher like the back of his hand. If he knew the back of his hand for two weeks. But they will prove to everyone why they’re the best tag team, on the first ever episode off. THE NEWLY-BROS SHOW! What? Thatcher has no idea what’s going on as Tom Philips introduces Byron Saxton as the host of this “show.” Riddle and Thatcher take a seat, and Byron introduces them both. Legend has it, Thatcher once pulled a man’s eye out of its socket. Canned audience laughter. Is that true? Yeah. Well okay! And then Byron talks to Riddle. Riddle loves hearing the sounds of the ocean in a seashell, and loves Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Moving on, Byron talks the rules of this game show. Now gentlemen, or bros, the rules are pretty simple. Byron will ask a question, one writes their answer on the whiteboard, the other verbally guesses the answer. They start with Riddle. What did Riddle have for breakfast? Thatcher’s just confused as to what’s going on here. He has no idea! “No idea, bro!” Correct! Huh. “Bro, I don’t even know what I had. I usually wake, the wife bakes, and she’s a really good cook. … What were we talking about?” Well good thing Riddle isn’t competing tonight. But now, what is Thatcher’s favorite TV show? Thatcher doesn’t even have a TV. Really? Yes. Then has he ever considered buying one? Well if the price is right. “The Price is Right!” Wow!
But if Thatcher doesn’t own a TV, does that mean he’s never Netflix & Chill’d? Thatcher doesn’t need Netflix to “chill.” Aww yeah, now that’s a stallion right there! Right? Well, Byron probably doesn’t know. Well thanks for that, Riddle. But on to the third question! Thatcher, as a pro-wrestler, where is the craziest place that he’s done it? Obviously in a ring. But there was one time where he had a Triple Threat in a laundromat. “3 sum on a washer.” Uncanny! Riddle’s mind went straight to the gutter. But the universe has big plans for them, bro. It’s destiny. Byron senses a lot of chemistry here. So you know what that means? Time to play for the big money! This is the SPEED ROUND~! Nah, bro, speed’s not really Riddle’s thing.
But speaking of speed, Imperium attacks fast and furious! Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner attack Thatcher & Riddle! They apparently aren’t fans of fun game shows. They RAM Riddle into railing and then beat him up even more! And back suplex him up and OVER the railing onto the floor!! Riddle is wrecked but Thatcher comes back for revenge! Thatcher throws Aichner into the ring and clubs away! Barthel runs in but gets clubbing hands, too! But the 2v1 is too much for Thatcher! They beat him down then drag him to a corner. Barthel climbs up and Aichner lifts Thatcher, EUROBOMB!! Imperium talks trash to Thatcher while bringing the NXT Tag Team Championship belts into the ring. Will they be the first to challenge the “Newly-Bros” for those titles?
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Adam Cole speaks.
“Per General Manager, William Regal, it looks like next week, we’re going to get The Velveteen Dream VS Adam Cole for my NXT Championship.” The fact is, Cole is the reality, and Dream is an Experience no one ever wanted. Dream does NOT deserve this shot, but this is what Cole will do. Cole will show up, show out and leave as the longest reigning NXT Champion of all time. The Dream will end and there is nothing Velveteen can do about it. And that is Undisputed.
Charlotte Flair VS Mia Yim!
Five years ago, they were not the Queen or Head Baddie in Charge we know today. They have grown stronger, faster, tougher, sharper and better following their own paths. Charlotte says this match is to “thank” Mia for that match, but Mia wants to prove she’s not just a “good hand.” Will Mia refuse to bow down and start a one-woman uprising against The Queen?
The bell rings and the two circle. Charlotte grins as she and Mia tie up. Charlotte powers Mia to a corner but the ref counts. The break is clean and Charlotte still grins. Mia and Charlotte circle and tie up again. Charlotte headlocks and grinds Mia down, but Mia powers up. Mia can’t power out as Charlotte holds tight, and Charlotte eggs her own. Charlotte knees low then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Mia falls and Charlotte circles her. Charlotte brings Mia up to whip, but Mia reveres. Charlotte tumbles out then shoulders in hard. She slingshots to roll Mia, TWO! Mia dodges the boot and JABS! Mia kicks and knees and back kicks to PELE! Charlotte staggers, Mia CANNONBALLS! Mia steps in to tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Mia keeps focus as she stalks Charlotte. She waistlocks but Charlotte elbows out hard. Charlotte throws haymakers and has control again.
Charlotte CLUBS Mia on the back then whips her to ropes. Mia holds those ropes all Spider-Man, then baits Charlotte in. She sends Charlotte out, but runs into a forearm! Charlotte catches her breath while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Charlotte drags Mia up to throw her back out. Charlotte waits for Mia but Mia is in quick. Charlotte stomps away on Mia at he ropes! She stops at the ref’s count, to bend Mia back against the ropes! The ref counts and Charlotte lets up at 4. Charlotte puts Mia in a corner to CHOP again! Mia staggers away but Charlotte keeps after her. Charlotte wraps Mia’s arm on the ropes and pulls! She taunts Mia while slapping her around. Then she CLUBS Mia down again! Charlotte drags Mia up and whips her to ropes. Mia swings into a back suplex but lands on her feet! Mia staggers around but boots Charlotte back! Then knees! Mia goes up and catches Charlotte in the TARANTULA! The ref counts but Mia lets up at 4. Mia reels Charlotte in but Charlotte pulls hair! Charlotte elbows Mia down to the mat then takes a moment to catch her breath.
Charlotte taunts Mia as she kicks her around. “Bow down!” Mia hits back but Charlotte stomps her harder for that. Charlotte drags Mia up, but Mia counter punches! Mia forearms away but Charlotte shoves. Mia dodges to wrench and feed Charlotte SOLE FOOD! But she runs into Charlotte’s backbreaker and buckle shot! Charlotte has Mia int he drop zone and heads up top. But Mia trips her to the mat! CODE BLUE!! Cover, TWO!! Mia’s best moves aren’t enough and she can’t believe it! But she just keeps on Charlotte with kicks! This is her “welcome back” to NXT! Mia runs, but her code breaker is blocked! Charlotte has a FULL BOSTON CRAB! Charlotte says she MADE NXT! Mia endures, drags herself towards ropes but powers out of the hold! Cover, TOW! BOOT!! Cover, TWO!! Mia survives but Charlotte is smiling!
Charlotte drags Mia around, has the leg, but Mia cradle counters! TWO, and Mia grabs Charlotte for an STO! Mia keeps going, wrap the arm, but no knee smash! Figure Four to FIGURE EIGHT!! Mia taps, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission
The HBIC didn’t bow down, so she got knocked down! But The Queen may see now that this NXT is tougher than she thought. And braver, too, because here comes Io Shirai! The Evil Genius is the #1 Contender and wants to make sure Charlotte knows that right away. Shirai talks trash in Japanese, and then says in English, “Next week, you are MINE!” The NXT Women’s Championship match is happening already! Will Shirai take Charlotte’s crown away already?
NXT, “We gave you fair warning.”
Scarlet says the reckoning is undeniable. You can’t stop what is unstoppable. And next week, time is up. The clock stops. Tick tock. Karrion Kross is making his in-ring debut next week!!
Kayden Carter is with Kacy Catanzaro backstage.
KC is being checked over by one of the medical trainers after what Candice did to her. What is the medical update after that match? It’s mostly her neck, but the evaluation isn’t over. Candice and Johnny come by to warn them. This is a new NXT, so get used to it. Will the other superstars listen to this ultimatum?
Finn Balor will return to NXT!
After the incident backstage last week, The Prince is FURIOUS that he could not have his #1 Contender’s match against Velveteen Dream. He will return to expose the culprit and confront them! Who attacked Balor? And for what reason?
Dexter Lumis VS Shane Thorne!
The eerie and sadistic superstar has only gotten stranger the more we’ve seen of him. He seems obsessed with the Undisputed Era and helped Velveteen Dream to defeat them. But can he focus on The Worst with that thousand yard stare?
The bell rings and Thorne is wary of Lumis. Lumis barely moves, he just stares. Thorne rushes Lumis, dodges the clothesline and CHOPS him! Lumis shrugs it off but Thorne throws forearms. Lumis just whips Thorne and swings again. Thorne dodges but Lumis hits a Thesz Press! Lumis hammers away but lets Thorne up to uppercut! Thorne staggers around but Lumis is on him in the corner. Lumis pushes and punches Thorne but the ref backs him off. Lumis goes back but Thorne pulls him into buckles! Thorne kicks and clubs Lumis in the back, then digs Lumis’ face into the ropes! Thorne lets up to hop up and drag Lumis in. He leaps for the tornado but Lumis powers him off the DDT! Throne goes flying! Lumis DECKS Thorne back down! And then he scoops but Thorne rakes eyes! Thorne throws hands, forearms, and an uppercut! But Lumis clamps on with a choke grip!
Throne breaks free and dropkicks Lumis to a corner! Thorne runs in to hit a big calf kick! Lumis is down but Thorne keeps going to CANNONBALL! Thorne is fired up as he takes aim. He runs in but gets a SPINE BUSTER! Lumis looms over Thorne, drags him up by his hair, and then reels him in, for the SIDE EFFECT! ARM TRIANGLE! Thorne flails and kicks but the katagatami is TIGHT! Thorne fades and fades, he’s out! Lumis wins!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
The Worst just got the worst treatment of his life! Lumis cradles and comforts his fallen prey. Will Lumis continue to make victims of the NXT locker room?
NXT has a Tweet from Jordan Devlin.
“Been watching the #nxtINTERIMcruiserweight Championship tourney & I’ve gotta say, some great heart on display. Lads fighting for their professional lives. Who will be crowned the ultimate sham? Who’s gonna want the REAL Cruiserweight Champ to sign their replica title?” The Irish Ace does not mince words! Will no one in this tournament measure up to Devlin?
NXT shares footage from after last week’s episode.
Jake Atlas beat Drake Maverick in the first round of said tournament, but didn’t want him to feel so low. Atlas says he still believes in Maverick, and still thinks he’s great. When he looks into Maverick’s eyes, Atlas knows he feels the same. Maverick thanks Atlas for those words. But will those words of encouragement help Maverick get that critical first win?
Keith Lee speaks.
“Damian Priest. You took your best short, bruised my larynx.” Priest is right, Lee isn’t 100%. But Priest likes to say he will #LiveForever. That he likes to live in infamy. “So, too, will the beating that I give you.” Is the Limitless One going to make Priest regret ever targeting his title?
Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Group A: Drake Maverick VS Tony Nese!
The former GM of 205 Live and the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion both lost in the opening round. One man is going to go 0-2 and be all but eliminated from the running. Can Maverick not only win to keep his title chances alive, but win to keep his WWE career alive? Or will the Premier Athlete walk all over that for his own ambitions?
The bell rings and Maverick ties up with Nese. Nese throws him down and flexes on him. Maverick doesn’t care about that, he goes after the leg, then the waistlock and headlock. He wrenches Nese but Nese ROCKS him with that left! Maverick is furious as he gets back up, but that jaw is stinging. Nese says Maverick has to do better than that. Nese then powers Maverick to the corner and fires off with fury! The ref backs him off, but Nese gets around him to stomp and hammer away! Maverick sputters and writhes in the corner as Nese backs off. Maverick refuses to let this stop him, and he gets up on the apron. Nese waits for him to get in the ring, then snapmares him for a Penalty Kick! Maverick screams in pain but he refuses to stop here. Nese mocks Maverick, “I thought you were fighting for your life here.”
Nese stalks Maverick to a corner then drags him up. Maverick throws body shots but Nese CLUBS him down. Nese scoops and slams Maverick hard! He toys with Maverick and continues to mock him. Nese taunts Maverick’s story, but Maverick fires more body shots! Nese throat chops and the ref reprimands him. He drags Maverick up for the running bulldog hotshot! Maverick is gasping while Nese vows this tournament is already his. The ref checks on Maverick’s neck while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Nese grinds Maverick down with a chinlock. Maverick sits up but Nese wrangles him back down. Nese keeps taunting Maverick as he grinds Maverick down. Maverick fights his way up and gets to his feet. They go around, Nese snapmares and KICKS Maverick again! Maverick grits his teeth and Nese mocks his pain. “Are you gonna cry?” Maverick crawls and Nese says people love watching Maverick cry. Nese SLAPS Maverick away from the corner. Maverick sits up and seethes and Nese mocks his anger. Nese throws Maverick into buckles, but the rage is building! Maverick glares at Nese, and he throws off the armbands! Maverick fires off with fury! He hammers away in the corner but the ref backs him off. Maverick basement dropkicks! Nese powers Maverick to the top rope but Maverick boots back! Maverick leaps to missile dropkick!
Nese flounders to ropes but Maverick is on him with the SLICED- No! Nese slips out to ELBOW! Nese reels Maverick in, to German Suplex him into buckles! Maverick clutches his neck, Nese brings down the knee pad, and he digs his knee into Maverick. Nese runs side to side, but Maverick dodges! The Premier Knee only gets buckles! Maverick cravats and runs up the buckles, for the CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Maverick was so close and yet so far! But he won’t stop here, he heads up top! Maverick is ready to risk it all, and he leaps! The Macho Elbow MISSES! Is his arm broken!? Nese hops up top now, but Maverick uses the bad arm to trip Nese up! Maverick fights through the pain to climb up top. Maverick brings Nese in, SUPER BULLDOG!! Cover, Maverick wins!!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall (moves up to 1-1; Nese drops to 0-2)
Maverick’s chances still live! Albeit, it is an outside chance, but can he make it happen?
In-ring interview with Maverick.
A crucial first win that is so, so sweet! Maverick vowed to do it, and he did doubt himself, but he did it! Now it’s just him against Kushida! You heard of the Wolf of Wall Street? Call Maverick the Wolf of NXT! “I’m not frickin’ leaving yet!!” He loves this and lives this! He isn’t leaving until he is NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Devlin says it’s all a sham, but will Maverick make a believer out of him?
NXT announces three BIG matches!
First, the NXT Women’s Championship is officially on the line! Will Io Shirai dethrone the Queen in their first-ever encounter? Second, Gargano has accepted Dominik Dijakovic’s challenge! Will Johnny Wrestling #FeastHisEyes on a defeat? And last but far from least, THE NXT Championship will be defended! Will Adam Cole end the Experience once and for all in this #UndisputedDream match?
NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Damian Priest!
The Archer of Infamy has accused the Limitless One of avoiding those he knows he cannot beat. That goes back to Priest’s first main event match being a win over Lee long before Lee had the title. Priest aims to put a limit on Keith, but will he hit the mark? Or will even he #BaskInHisGlory?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this grudge match a long time coming finally begins!
Priest and Lee circle and Priest gives testing kicks. Lee shrugs them off and swings a back hand. Priest ducks but Lee reels him in. Priest elbows free and dodges Lee, but Lee rolls and crossbodies! Lee stalks Priest to a corner but Priest elbows back. Priest goes up and leaps, into Lee’s forearm! Priest flounders about but Lee is on him with a waistlock. Lee brings Priest away from ropes but Priest elbows back. Priest hesitates and Lee clotheslines him out of the ring! Lee pursues but Priest hops the railing! Lee grabs him and drags him back, but Priest sucker punches him. Lee ROCKS Priest right over the railing! The ref wants this to return to the ring but Lee has to pursue Priest. Lee military presses and TOSSES Priest back to the ring from the crowd area! Luckily there were no fans, they might have been in the way.
Lee stalks up behind Priest and pushes him into the ring. Priest gasps and gets back out, and manages to elbow Lee. He goes to bump Lee on steps, but Lee blocks! Lee glares as he throws body shots. Lee wants to powerbomb but Priest powers away. Priest is at the railing, and Lee runs in, only to get railing! Lee has crashed down and Priest grins as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Priest has Lee in a chinlock. Lee endures and fights his way to his feet. Lee pries the hold apart but Priest knees him hard in the back. Priest clubs Lee to a corner, then runs in corner to corner. He hits the big back elbow, then drags Lee out for a suplex. Lee is too much for Priest and Lee knees low. Lee dead lifts Priest, but Priest slips out to hit a stiff neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Priest rains down right hands and elbows to make Lee pay. Priest drags Lee back up and wants to try again. He gets Lee up but not over! Lee powers Priest away but Priest bobs ‘n’ weaves to ear clap and BOOT! Lee stays up, and he POUNCES Priest to buckles! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Priest gets back to the corner and uses ropes to stand. Lee crawls before he stands, and he counter punches Priest. Lee elbows and forearms, then pops Priest up for a HUGE SPINE BUSTER!
Priest flounders out of the ring but Lee TORNILLO PESCADOS!! Lee drags Priest up and into the ring to cover, TWO!! Priest survives and gets to a corner. Lee corner splashes then runs and runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Priest still lives! Lee shakes out the cobwebs and looms over Priest. Priest slowly drags himself up but Lee reels him in. Lee lifts but Priest hammers free. Priest ROCKS Lee with a right, then again! Lee is still on his feet but Priest choke grips! Lee just glares and grips Priest! Lee lifts but Priest slips away! Priest BOOTS back, then kicks the punch away to rolling elbow! He ducks Lee’s counter attack to kick and kick and swing a big haymaker! Lee gets under that, but Priest avoids the counter again, to ROCK Lee with an uppercut! Priest kicks and choke grip,s but Lee breaks free. Priest kicks again, to hit the FALCON ARROW!! But he can’t make the cover as Lee rolls to the apron!
Lee staggers around the corner, but Priest keeps his eyes on him. Priest runs and FLIES over the corner!! Direct hit into railing! Priest drags Lee up and back into the ring. He hurries up to the top rope, takes aim and leaps, for the FLYING HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives and Priest can’t believe it! But Priest wants to end it, and dares Lee to stand. Lee manages to stand, and he HEADBUTTS Priest away! Priest ends up on the apron, but he dodges Lee to ROUNDHOUSE! Priest heads back up, but Lee ROCKS him back! Lee climbs up now, drags Priest up to join him, and DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEXES!! Cover, TWO!?! Priest survives again! Both men slowly rise but Lee brings Priest in. Priest uppercuts, forearms and CYCLONE KICKS! Priest choke grips, lifts, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!?! Priest is furious!! And he grows desperate, as he grabs both the North American Championship and his baton! The title is confiscated but that’s a decoy! Priest aims at Lee, but Lee blocks the shot!! Priest says that’s impossible! Lee stands up and says, “No. I am limitless.”
Priest tries again, Lee ducks the attack and GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Lee hands the baton to the ref, powerbomb lifts Priest, for the SPIRIT BOMB! But not once, but TWICE!! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Priest was proven wrong! He could not keep Lee down, and now he is one of the defeated. With Lee still champion, will NXT forever #BaskInHisGlory?
Another great episode, but with a lot of things going as expected. No offense to Mia, but of course Charlotte was winning that match. It was pretty good, but now we get Charlotte VS Shirai and that is going to be killer. In fact, next week’s episode is going to be incredible with both the Women’s Championship and top title on the line. Gargano VS Dijakovic should be good, and we’re also getting Karrion Kross’s in-ring debut. Balor revealing his attacker is going to be a great twist for his story, and whichever way they go with it is going to be good. Lumis gets another good win, I wonder if it was him. The Newly-Bros show was so odd, and would’ve probably been just as awkward with fans in attendance. Imperium’s attack was a nice way to wrap that segment up, and deepens the NXT Tag Team Championship story. The NXT Tag Division has always risen to the occasion, so maybe a Triple Threat or bigger gives us something to really get excited about.
Both Cruiserweight matches were great. Swerve VS Fantasma was great, and Swerve now having the direct tiebreaker over Fantasma is going to be pivotal to determining Group B’s finalist. Fantasma’s story is also clearly with these mysterious luchadors, but I’m hoping they don’t stumble when it comes to revealing the motivations behind all this. And as I said last week, Maverick’s story in the vacuum of kayfabe is going perfectly. He spoils Nese’s chances and is on the verge of success. But I’m thinking Kushida has to crush Maverick’s dream in order for us to see Kushida VS Swerve in the finals, as I’ve predicted since 205 Live’s Cruiserweight 5v5. I would think the story still ends with Maverick getting a new contract, even if that flies in the face of the real releases going on right now. Devlin’s tweet was a great little bit, too. Can’t wait for the “undisputed NXT Cruiserweight Championship” match to happen.
Candice’s new Heel persona has a good showing against Catanzaro. It’s a shame they didn’t really try that hard with the “pint-sized pixie” nickname, because it would’ve given her new “pint-sized poison” nickname more sting. But clearly they’ve borrowed the fairy tale motif from Ciampa with that and the name of Candice’s new finisher. I feel like NXT is actually doing something WWE normally doesn’t: we’re going to be having feuds of all Heels. Whether it’s Charlotte or Shirai, I’m not sure either counts as a Face, even against Heel Candice. And I rather like that. And last but not least, Keith Lee VS Damian Priest was incredible! Another great match from Lee, because I don’t think it’s possible for him to have bad ones. It feels like Lee has cleared out contenders, but perhaps Killian Dain comes back around, as they haven’t had a match with each other just yet.
My Score: 9.1/10
(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.145 ~ 17TH OCTOBER 2021
N-1 Victory winner Katsuhiko Nakajima had his Heavyweight Championship match against Marufuji. Who won? What other challengers stepped up to the champions? Hisame has all the answers!
N-1 Victory winner Katsuhiko Nakajima had his Heavyweight Championship match against Marufuji. Who won? What other challengers stepped up to the champions? Hisame has all the answers!
“I am NOAH!” Katsuhiko Nakajima is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion
The mid generation in NOAH are starting to make waves over their seniors in a manner that before they had never made any progress in; Go Shiozaki finally overcame Naomichi Marufuji in a singles match, and next it was Katsuhiko Nakajima’s turn. Nakajima beat Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC Heavyweight title on the 10th October in Osaka. Nakajima, who had won the N-1 and won the championship, barely had time to pause as his next challenger appeared, Masato Tanaka. Nakajima had been speaking of his appetite, “devouring, devouring and devouring” but still being hungry.
Tanaka told him that Nakajima had not “devoured me” yet and challenged him for the belt. The title match has been set for the 30th October in Fukuoka, which is Nakajima’s hometown. After Tanaka had gone, Nakajima told the crowd, “The era is moving. I have finally taken the GHC Heavyweight! I AM NOAH”*
The first pre-match between Tanaka and Nakajima was a tag which saw Masaaki Mochizuki team with Nakajima against Tanaka and Takashi Sugiura on the 17th October in Kawasaki. Mochizuki of course had challenged Takashi Sugiura for the GHC National. Tanaka scored the first round in the pre title battles by pinning Nakajima with the Sliding D. Tanaka closed out the show, addressing Nakajima with “I am going to devour you deliciously, and tear the belt from your waist!””
*This phrase is more attributed to Go Shiozaki, but it was Katsuhiko Nakajima who said it first. Nakajima used it against Minoru Suzuki during the Suzuki Army invasion.
Eita & NOSAWA Rongai become the new GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Champions
The GHC Junior Tag Belts (which are just as chaotic as the division that holds them), changed hands in a short match on the 10th October in Osaka when Perros De Mal Del Japon’s Eita & NOSAWA Rongai defeated Hajime Ohara and Atsushi Kotoge in only four minutes and four seconds. Kotoge and Ohara were completely overwhelmed by the underhand tricks of their opponents, which included double teaming, face stamping and NOSAWA using apron interference. Afterwards, Eita spoke on the microphone;
“We are the new champions! You are below trash, we don’t need your applause! Kotoge, Ohara, they were boring today”
Backstage, NOSAWA said they weren’t interested in defending the belts against any of NOAH, and told Eita to bring someone from Dragon Gate.
HAYATA retains against Daisuke Harada, NOSAWA Rongai challenges and builds a house of cards
HAYATA retained the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship against Daisuke Harada in Osaka on the 10th October. He did the unthinkable and made Harada do something that HAYATA would never have done in the past, and that Harada has probably never done since he was a rookie, and that was to tap out. After the match, HAYATA was surrounded by Perros Del Mal De Japon like they were a pack of jackals, who made him choose a challenger. NOSAWA was at the forefront, and is probably the person that STINGER hate the most, and so HAYATA nominated him and breaking his record of not speaking for about ten months to say, “Next…NOSAWA Rongai”. NOSAWA’s face fell as everyone in the juniors knew that HAYATA was rapidly being seen as the ultimate champion, and no one was going to let him back out of it. The title match was arranged for the 30th October in Fukuoka.
NOSAWA said he would accept HAYATA’S nomination on one condition; he chose the pre-match, he chose where it was going to be and he chose the people. So what did he choose on the 17th October? A match between himself, Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji at Club Citta who would take on HAYATA, YO-HEY and Kaito Kiyomiya. It must have seemed a good way to wind Ogawa and HAYATA up, but in reality it turned around to bite NOSAWA hard and fell around him like a house of cards when Ogawa defected practically to STINGER, YO-HEY tried to somehow stay true to the team he was in (although he and HAYATA were ignoring each other practically) and NOSAWA used him to take HAYATA’S springing elbow, and Kaito Kiyomiya joined the fray as he is allied with HAYATA and Ogawa in their hatred of NOSAWA. After HAYATA got the win by kicking NOSAWA in the crotch, the three of them beat up on NOSAWA, Kiyomiya smiling as sadistically as his teammates. You can be sure that unconscious and with his tongue lolling out of his mouth as he was, NOSAWA is going to be out for revenge against all three of them.
Masaaki Mochizuki challenges for the GHC National
While Kendo Kashin attempted to throw Masakatsu Funaki off of the balcony in Osaka on the 10th October, Masaaki Mochizuki who had defeated Takashi Sugiura with the True & Strong High Kick, challenged him for the GHC National title. Mochizuki had always wanted to have a singles match with Sugiura, took the chance as under NOAH rules if you beat the champion then you can challenge the champion. Sugiura accepted the challenge, and it has been set for the 28th October in Kumamoto. Their first pre match took place on the 17th October at Club Citta, Kawasaki. Unfortunately neither Sugiura nor Mochizuki won the match, and neither got the pin over the other, as it was won by Masato Tanaka over Katsuhiko Nakajima.
Kenoh & Haoh go to Dragon Gate
Kenoh and Haoh invaded Dragon Gate who were holding a show in Kyoto to challenge the tag champions (Susumu Yokosuka and KING Shimizu). Haoh said “It seems that the next challenger is not decided, that is why we came all the way to Kyoto. What are you going to do? Do it or not?” Haoh took off his t-shirt and charged, he was taken out and he and Kenoh were told that the champions were not going to run from them and to come dressed to fight in Osaka on the 3rd November.
EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS
“Grand Square in Osaka” – 10th October 2021
“Go to the Demolition Stage” – 15th October 2021
“NOAH Sanctuary” – 17th October 2021
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Kinya Okada debuted new ring wear in Osaka on the 10th October. True to Okada’s Showa era style, his ringwear reflected this in a simple pattern of black and grey.
– Keiji Mutoh said to Kazushi Sakuraba that they should do “Double Impact” during their tag match against Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya on the 10th October. Sakuraba thought he meant the Van Dam film, but no Mutoh was referring to the “Doomsday Device” (which is known in Japan as “Double Impact”). During the match, Sakuraba did the lifting while Mutoh went to jump off of the top turnbuckle. Kenoh fortunately saved Mutoh a scolding from his doctor by knocking him down.
– Tadasuke has sworn that the Kongoh Juniors will make a comeback. This was said after wading into a mass brawl between STINGER and Perros De Mal Del Japon on the 15th October.
– Manabu Soya is showing a growing frustration with his lack of wins and apparently Kongoh. Snatching his arm away from the ref recently, and walking off when his team got the win.
– Unsurprisingly, after wrestling the equivalent of four matches in one day in a short space of time, YO-HEY ended up with a black eye.
– Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya found that they had a lot in common after their tag together in Osaka on the 10th. Teaming together against Keiji Mutoh and Kazushi Sakuraba, Kenoh said “Kiyomiya and I defeated those guys…” and then after a moment of silence, glared at Kiyomiya and walked off.
– YO-HEY made a cryptic comment following a brief moment of almost doing a tandem move with HAYATA and then doing one with NOSAWA, which NOSAWA ruined by shoving YO-HEY in the way of HAYATA’S handspring elbow, “I wanted to work together.” Was he referring to NOSAWA or to HAYATA?
– Junta Miyawaki scored a huge win in the elimination match of the 15th October when he pinned Ikuto Hidaka. Miyawaki’s second win came on 17th October when he pinned Kinya Okada.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Katsuhiko Nakajima
Challenger: Masato Tanaka, (“LEC Cleanup! presents DEMOLITION STAGE 2021 in FUKUOKA”, Fukuoka International Centre, October 30th.)
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: NOSAWA Rongai, (“LEC Cleanup! presents DEMOLITION STAGE 2021 in FUKUOKA”, Fukuoka International Centre, October 30th.)
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Perros De Mal Del Japon (NOSAWA Rongai & Eita)
- GHC National Champion: Takashi Sugiura
Challenger: Masaaki Mochizuki, (“Go on to the DEMOLITION STAGE 2021”, Kumamoto Castle Hall Civic Hall, Thursday October 28th)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Monday, October 18th: Atsushi Kotoge (36)
Monday, October 18th: Shuhei Taniguchi (45)
Friday, October 22nd: Haoh debut anniversary (16 years)
Sunday, October 24th: Go on to the DEMOLITION STAGE 2021
Start time: 17:00 JST
GIFs taken from WrestleUniverse.
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/16/21)
S-A! T-U-R! D-A-Y! NIGHT!
It’s a Dynamite weekend for AEW!
AEW went on a Rampage last night, and now its a Dynamite Saturday! And the 2021 World Title Eliminator Tournament bracket will be revealed!
- Malakai Black VS Dante Martin w/ Lio Rush; Malakai wins.
- AAA Tag Team Championships: The Lucha Brothers VS ??? w/ Andrade El Idolo; FTR wins and becomes the new AAA Tag Team Champions.
- Jon Moxley VS Wheeler Yuta w/ Orange Cassidy; Moxley wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS The Super Kliq; The Super Kliq wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Kiera Hogan; Ford wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Bobby Fish; Danielson wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best in the World is coming off another win from last night’s extra large Rampage, and fans are more than happy to see him again! Punk joins Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and good ol’ Jim Ross on commentary to watch this huge Saturday Night Dynamite!
Malakai Black VS Dante Martin w/ Lio Rush!
After finishing with The American Nightmare, the Dark Father is moving on to young and shining stars. Will the House of Black bring Angel Dorado down to the cold depths below?
The bell rings and Malakai storms right up to Dante. They tie up, Malakai waistlocks but Dante switches. Malakai hooks a leg to trip Dante and then gets a rear mount for a waistlock. Malakai drags Dante up, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante hits a headlock takeover, Malakai headscissors but Dante kips free, only to run into an arm-drag. Malakai grinds the arm, Dante reaches up to headscissor, but Malakai kips free to arm-drag again! Fans cheer the technical exchange as Dante fights up. Malakai grinds the arm, Dante endures, and fans duel as Dante fights up to his feet. Dante springs off the ropes, whips but Malakai reverses, but Dante springboard SHOTGUNS!
Malakai bails out of the ring and fans fire up as Dante builds speed, but Malakai gets in to get around and waistlock, Dante swings an elbow but Malakai ducks under to shove Dante to ropes and CLOBBER him with an elbow! Fans fire up while Dante crawls to a corner. Malakai runs in but Dante goes up and out to springboard in, into a POWERBOMB! Malakai turns Dante over for a HALF CRAB! Dante endures, fans rally up and Dante powers up to get the ropebreak! Malakai lets go at 4, glares at Lio Rush, then KICKS Dante in the leg. Dante gets to ropes, Malakai KICKS his leg again. Malakai gets the leg but Dante throws haymakers!
Malakai EuroUppers, Dante shoves and boots but Malakai blocks for an STO! Malakai gets Dante up, SHIN BREAKER, then a toss! Dante lands on his feet but his legs jam, and Malakai gets him with a bodyscissors takedown to a KNEEBAR! Dante endures and fans rally up as he pries at the hold. Dante uses his free leg to kick Malakai off the hold! Dante goes to the apron, Malakai stalks over but Dante throws forearms! Dante slingshots but Malakai anchors him to the top rope! Dante kicks and gets the sunset flip, TWO! Malakai storms over to corner Dante but Dante elbows him. Dante goes up and up and POISON-RANAS!
Fans are fired up as Malakai goes to the ramp side. Malakai crawls up the ramp, Dante builds speed and springboards to CANNONBALL! Direct hit to the ramp, and Dante puts Malakai back in the ring as fans are fired up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Dante aims from the apron, triangle jump QUEBRADA, but Malakai dodges! Dante lands on his feet but his leg jams again, and Malakai goes after the bad one. Dante breaks free, he and Malakai trade forearms, Malakai EuroUppers but Dante gets the edge with forearms! Malakai kicks the clothesline then HEEL KICKS Dante in the same instance! But Dante PELES!
Malakai staggers to a corner, Dante runs corner to corner but into boots! Malakai goes up and leaps, METEORA! ROUNDHOUSE to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dante survives and shocks Malakai! Lio grows a bit worried but fans say, “This is Awesome!” Malakai seethes, drags Dante up and drags him to a corner. Malakai goes to the apron and climbs up the corner. He drags Dante up to join him but Dante throws body shots. Dante CLUBS Malakai but Malakai throws hands back! Malakai adjusts but Dante goes up to SPRINGBOARD SUPER STEINER! Fans lose their minds but Dante clutches a knee from the landing.
Fans rally as Dante drags himself to the apron. Dante springboards again to QUEBRADA and he hits it! But his bad leg keeps him from making the cover! Dante crawls over, manages the cover, TWO!! Malakai survives, and then springs to life for a DEEP HALF CRAB!! Dante endures but Malakai can’t hold the stretch as he clutches his ribs. Malakai staggers up and grabs at Dante’s leg, but Dante skins the cat to shoulder in! Malakai staggers, Dante springboards again, but Malakai dodges! BLACK MASS!! Malakai slowly walks over to cover, Malakai wins!
Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall
Lio’s investment drops as the House of Black stands tall! But Malakai does give a nod of respect to the young man. Is there still promise for Dante yet?
Backstage interview with Jurassic Express.
Tony Schiavone notes the big 8 Man Tag they had last week, and the bumps and bruises from that match. Jungle Boy says the entire Express is banged up, with Christian Cage at home nursing his neck and JB’s own head still ringing. But JB’s sarcastic as he says thankfully Luchasaurus can even walk after that “terrifying” powerbomb. Kenny Omega and Adam Cole barge in, Omega saying someone must be desperate giving these guys promo time. Luchasaurus growls but Omega wants him to calm down. Cole dares Luchasaurus to do something, but then the Young Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK JB from the other end! And then The Elite mugs Luchasaurus!
Brandon Cutler confiscates the camera while Cole puts JB in a camel clutch to make him watch as Omega and the Bucks get Luchasaurus up for a TRIPLE POWERBOMB into a table! Nick Jackson says, “That felt GOOD! CACAW~!” Omega says they kicked Luchasaurus in the beanbags! “That’s what happens!” Will The Elite continue to bully anyone they want in AEW?
The Inner Circle is here!
Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana & Ortiz are together again after the Men of the Year and American Top Team tried to pick Le Champion apart last night on Rampage. Fans sing Judas again as the five stand in the ring. Santana gets the mic first and asks Miami what’s up! “Damn, one of the only cities we can count on to come two nights in a row, and y’all bring that same energy!” But Santana gets to the nitty gritty. While he and Ortiz have been handling business, they’ve been noticing that their boys are dealing with some American Top Team cabrones. But before he can say more, here come Men of the Year and American Top Team!
Dan Lambert has a question: Is this all the members of the Inner Circle Jerk? Or do they bring in fresh hands every once in awhile for variety’s sake? Fans boo but Lambert asks if they know how many championships American Top Team has given Miami! They should be throwing a parade! Show some damn respect! Jericho says, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Dan Lambert, the fat faced dips*it!” Lambert is furious as the fans chant that at him. Jericho says it is interesting, seeing Lambert and his nefarious Neanderthals, but Jericho has a question for Paige VanZant.
“You always seem to be wherever the Inner Circle is. You’ve got a little bit of an obsession with Le Champion, maybe? Huh? You maybe gonna try and slide into my DM’s?” She says, “You wish!” Well Jericho says it doesn’t matter, he wouldn’t touch her with her husband’s genitalia. And he sees all the pictures for the Instagram. What filter does she use? Juno, bimbo or bitch? All the jokes are done, though. Before you is a reunited Inner Circle in Miami! No more 5v1 beatings, they are ready, face to face, 5v5! They want a 10 Man Tag, The Inner Circle VS American Top Team & The Men of the Year! Choose whoever you want, because there is NOBODY CRAZIER than the Inner Effin’ Circle!!
Lambert says if it was up to him, they’d beat the Inner Circle’s asses every week and collect the paychecks. But the Men of the Year have bigger plans and that involves championship gold. Lambert sees the biggest mouth on Jericho, the longest rap sheets on Santana & Ortiz, and Hager, he’s got the biggest head on a human being Lambert’s ever seen! Does Hager step feet-first into his shirt and pull it up? The fact is, though, the only one with a title is “Tiny Tim,” so he’s the one with the stroke to get these guys the match they want. The question is, will Sammy step up for the Inner Circle and hear their terms?
Lambert won’t tell anyone his terms now, because he doesn’t wanna waste another breath on the trash balls in the city he used to call his hometown! Scorpio Sky adds that while they wait these seven days, he’ll give them something to thing about. Jericho’s brain might be a little fuzzy after another Masvidal knee, but please don’t forget that Scorpio pinned the GOAT not once but twice. Fans chant, “You Still Suck!” Sammy tells Scorpio to shut up! It doesn’t matter if it’s one, both, or all, Sammy will beat them right now! They must’ve forgotten that he’s the Spanish God and TNT Champion! Sammy says see you next week, “and guess what? I’ma kick all y’alls asses!” Will this war only escalate as the weeks roll bye?
AAA Tag Team Championships: The Lucha Brothers VS ??? w/ Andrade El Idolo!
Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero have refused to join El Idolo’s stable, so he’s brought in “Las Super Ranas,” aka The Super Frogs, to take them on and take those titles! But are these two really the best Andrade could find? Or are these just the only two willing to spend time with the arrogant Andrade?
The introductions are made, the AAA belts are raised, and we see if Las Super Ranas are feeling froggy!
Fenix starts with Super Rana Uno, they circle and tie up, Rana Uno waistlocks but Fenix switches. CM Punk points out that given their height and build, Las Super Ranas is just FTR. Either way, Ranas Uno gets a headlock takeover but Fenix headscissors. Rana Uno kips free, hits another takeover but Fenix again headscissors. Rana Uno kips free, sweeps the leg, covers, ONE! Fenix sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Fenix handsprings and fans fire up. Rana Uno offers a handshake, Fenix doesn’t, but they tie up with knuckle locks. Rana Uno rolls, wrangles Fenix down but Fenix kips up and goes around the ropes to wrench to a wristlock.
Rana Uno reaches out but Fenix keeps him from Rana Dos. Rana Uno rolls, wrenches, wrangles Fenix again and pulls at the mask! Fans boo, Fenix fights up but Rana Uno waistlocks. Fenix victory rolls to a facebuster! Fenix goes after Rana Uno’s mask in return, but Rana Dos gets in to stop that! Penta gets in to go after Rana Dos’ mask! Rana Uno kicks Fenix away, then he CLUBS Penta down. Las Super Ranas double suplex but Penta saves Fenix, and the Lucha Brothers get around to double mule kick! And off come the masks! Las Super Ranas ARE just FTR! FTR CLOBBER the Lucha Brothers with clotheslines! Fans jeer FTR as AEW goes picture in picture!
FTR paces about, Dax Harwood drags Fenix up to whip and CLOBBER! Then he hauls Fenix up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Dax stalks Fenix to ropes, tags Cash Wheeler, and they DOUBLE ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cash goes to the apron to drop a leg! Fenix writhes, Cash climbs back in and drags Fenix to center, cover, TWO! Cash craps on with a cobra clutch! Fenix endures as Cash thrashes him around then grinds him down. Fans rally up with Alex Abrahantes as Fenix fights up, but Cash keeps him from the corner. Tag to Dax, Fenix arm-drags Cash out but Dax CLOBBERS Fenix from behind! Dax sucker punches Penta, but Fenix throws body shots and a CHOP!
Dax CHOPS, Fenix CHOPS back but Dax CHOPS again! Cash hooks Fenix, Dax CHOPS then DECKS Fenix! Dax drags Fenix up, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Cash sneaks over to get a cheap shot in! Dax drags Fenix up, Cash joins in, they double suplex to hang Fenix out to dry! Fenix flies off onto the ramp, Penta runs in but FTR double elbow him out of the ring! Dax drags Penta up, Penta ROCKS Dax then GAMANGIRIS Cash! Fenix runs in, Penta gives him a boost and Fenix DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fenix rallies on FTR with forearm after forearm, then he puts both FTR side by side!
Penta goes up, DOUBLE QUE PASO! Double cover off the double stomps, TWO!! Fans rally up and Cash flounders to ropes. Penta drags him up, whips him to ropes, but Cash reverses and Dax hooks a leg! Penta still throws Cash up and out onto Dax! Fans fire up and shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix goes up top, Penta FLIES to take out Cash and Fenix LEAPS to take out Dax! The Lucha Bros put Dax in as fans lose their minds. Penta gets Dax up, “This is Awesome!” as Fenix climbs back up. But Cash drags Penta down! Penta BOOTS Cash then runs, but Cash dodges the sliding dropkick! Cash has a title belt but Penta ducks the attack to SUPERKICK Cash down!
Penta runs in but Cash TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! Fenix tightrope walks and avoids the belt shot to springboard ROUNDHOUSE! Dax O’Conner Rolls, with the ropes! TWO and Dax flies into a corner! Fenix sobats, whips, but Dax reverses! Fenix tiger feint rewinds, but Dax ducks the heel kick to ROCK him with a right hand! Dax whips, Fenix rewinds again to HEEL KICK! Down goes Dax and fans fire up! But here comes Tully Blanchard, in matching frog green! He distracts the ref, Dax has the AAA belt! Fenix goes up and up, MOONSAULT into the BELT SHOT!! Dax gets Fenix up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, FTR WINS?!?!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (NEW AAA Tag Team Champions)
Fans boo but “Las Super Ranas” FTR now have these belts! Will Andrade rub this in the Lucha Brothers’ faces forever now?
Backstage interview with Dante Martin & Lio Rush.
Tony Schiavone talks with them about the loss to Malakai Black. Lio says hey, and then says what happened tonight was meant to happen. Moments like this are just growing pains. In order to succeed, you need to fail, and that’s what Dante did tonight: failed. But he failed because of his own doing and he knows that. Lio says, “What did I tell you? Listen to me and everything will be money.” Lio just wants to take Dante on the highest flight possible. From this day forward, Dante will have a new tag team partner. And his name is Lio Rush! Lio offers a fist bump, Dante gives it but a bit reluctantly. How will Dante’s brother, Darius, and even Matt Sydal feel about this?
AEW returns with an interview with FTR & Andrade.
Schiavone finds the NEW AAA Tag Team Champions after they stole those from the Lucha Brothers. They didn’t steal anything! Andrade clearly orchestrated a conspiracy, but FTR says they are the greatest luchadors of all time! MJF joins in the celebration because these titles now belong to The Pinnacle. MJF says hey to Andrade, and “Uno momento dinero, comprende?” Andrade says if MJF wants that in a check or cash. How about both? Alright. They hand over the payment and MJF is loving it! Now remember, this was a one night only thing, okay? Mucho gracias. The Pinnacle goes off to party, but will they have to worry about Death Triangle coming for them?
Jon Moxley VS Wheeler Yuta w/ Orange Cassidy!
The AEW World Title Eliminator bracket hasn’t been revealed but the Maniac is surely wanting to be on it. Will he use The Decoder to make a final case as to why he should be in that tournament?
The bell rings and Moxley CLOBBERS Yuta! Yuta flounders, Moxley puts him on ropes to club away with crossface forearms, but he lets off as the ref counts 4. He drags Yuta up, and gives him an X PLEX! Moxley storms around, rains down furious fists on Yuta, but the ref counts about the closed fists. Moxley lets off, gets in the ref’s face, drags Yuta up, PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
As quickly as he took Yuta out, Moxley heads out! Cassidy goes into the ring to check on Yuta along with the medics, will Freshly Squeezed use the tournament to avenge his protégé?
Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.
Schiavone congratulates her on her defeat over Hikaru Shida and denying her that 50th win, but he asks about Serena’s apparent attitude change. She says it is very simple: It was only a matter of time until she had to drag this division up to HER level. During her time away, she watched this division get way too comfortable and have too much fun. But then Shida rushes in and fires off on Serena! Not getting her 50th win is one thing but this is about that crystal trophy smashed in her head right after! Will Shida get her 50th win and revenge off the Woman of 1000 Holds?
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS The Super Kliq!
Convinced that The Elite will interfere with Omega VS Hangman, Hangman’s real friends in the Dark Order called out Adam Cole & The Young Bucks! The Super Kliq already warmed up beating down Jurassic Express, will they only do worse to Evil Uno, John Silver & Alex Reynolds?
The trios sort out but the Super Kliq attacks from behind! Fans boo as they stomp Uno in a corner, stomp Reynolds out of the ring and then throw Silver to the ramp. The Super Kliq focuses on Number 4 and they bring him up for a TRIPLE- NO! Silver RANAS Cole away, then Uno rushes over to throw hands with Matt Jackson! Reynolds climbs up as Uno fires off hands on the Bucks, then Reynolds CROSSBODIES them down! The Dark Order throws Nick Jackson in, the bell rings and Uno runs in to clothesline! Reynolds adds his own, then Silver adds his! Matt runs in but Silver dodges and Matt SPLASHES his own brother!
Uno BOOTS Matt down, Cole returns but into a double hip toss and TU LO SABE! TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up for Uno, Silver & Reynolds, and Silver mocks the “BOOM!” Uno bumps Nick off buckles, tags Silver in and fans rally for “Johnny Hungy!” Silver HIP TOSSES Nick across the ring then flexes. Silver throws forearms, taunts Cole, then throws uppercuts on Nick. Silver whips Nick, Nick reverses and Cole gets a cheap shot in! Silver still DECKS Cole and BOOTS Nick! Silver BOOTS Matt, whips Nick again, but Nick holds ropes. Nick puts Silver on the apron, elbows him back, but Silver GAMANGIRIS!
Silver CANNONBALLS Cole, UPPERCUTS Cutler, but Matt SUPERKICKS him down! Matt plays like he’s sorry but he laughs as he regroups with Cole. But Uno DECKS Matt! Nick PENALTY KICKS Uno, Reynolds BLASTS Nick to the railing! Reynolds builds speed and DIVES into an ENZIGURI! The Super Kliq get Reynolds up, DOUBLE SUPERKICK to GHOSTBUSTER! Fans fire up as the Super Kliq takes the ring and stands tall. Cole even swivels his hips, he’s having so much fun! Nick puts Silver in, CLAWS him on the back then scrapes his soles on Silver’s face. Tag to Matt, the Bucks double whip and double hip toss to double handspring dropkick!
Matt taunts Uno, covers Silver, TWO! Matt wrenches Silver’s arm, bumps him off Cole’s boot, then tags Cole in. The Super Kliq stomp away on Silver in the corner, “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Cole soaks up the heat but Silver fights back! Cole kicks low and turns Silver for a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Nick, Cole drags Silver up and Nick hops up, and he drops ax handles before AEW goes picture in picture.
Nick throws forearms, Silver staggers, Nick wrenches and tags Matt. Nick wrenches, Matt goes up and Matt DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Matt kicks Silver around, taunt shim, pie faces him, but Silver SLAPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Matt rakes Silver eyes! The ref reprimands but Matt just tosses his hair while Nick chokes Silver at the ropes! Matt drags Silver up and tags Cole in. Matt sucker punches Uno, Nick hits Reynolds! Uno fights back but gets thrown out while Cole and Matt stomp away on Silver! Nick adds his stomps, Cole drags Silver up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Cole drags Silver over, Matt tags in, Matt CLAWS Silver’s back!
Matt mocks the fans rallying up but Silver throws forearms! And KICKS! But Matt RAMS Silver back into the corner! Matt fires off fast hands and stomps, lets off as the ref counts and brings Silver up to suplex. Silver blocks, Matt keeps trying but his back bothers him. Tag to Nick, he CLUBS Silver and gloats a moment but Silver blocks his suplex, too! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CLUBS Silver again. Tag to Matt, then tag back to Nick, the Bucks reel Silver in, but Silver double suplexes the Bucks! Fans fire up as Silver grits his teeth. Hot tag to Uno! Uno rallies on the Bucks but Cole kicks low. Cole whips, Uno dodges and blocks the kick to give it to the ref! NECKBREAKER!
Uno blocks Nick’s kick to take his shoe away! Nick dodges the shoe, Uno blocks the kick again, but Matt throws hands! Nick is free but Uno took his sock! Matt runs in but is tossed out! Uno elbows Nick down, and he decides to go Mankind on this! MANDIBLE CLAW with Nick’s own sock! Cole SUPERKICKS Uno down! Nick sputter from his own foot germs and Cole drags Uno up! Camel clutch, the Bucks run the ropes, but Reynolds & Silver trip them up! Silver & Reynolds get in, they give Cole the kisses! Cole realizes what’s going on, lets Uno go, and Silver KICKS him into Uno’s kangaroo boots! “GET OVER HERE!” and they TOSS Cole out onto the Bucks!
Fans are thunderous as Uno and Silver double gun! Silver goes out to fetch Cole, put him in, and Uno drags Cole up to feed to the Beaver Boy Blitz! STUNNER TO GERMAN SUPLEX! Uno hooks Cole up, SOMETHING EVIL!! Cover, the Bucks break it up in time! Uno and Silver go after the Bucks, whip but the Bucks hold ropes to then dump Uno and Silver out! “This is Awesome!” as Matt WRECKS Silver, skins the cat and Nick FLIES to take them out! But Reynolds dropkicks Matt down! Cole BOOTS Reynolds, Reynolds BOOTS back! DOUBLE BOOTS and both men stagger! 52 Fake Out! SHIN- NO! Roll up, TWO!!
Reynolds pops Cole up for a KNEE! Reynolds double underhooks, the Bucks get back in and Cole slips off the Canadian rack, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cole goes up, PANAMA SUNRISE!! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS keep Uno and Silver out! The Bucks coordinate, B T E TRIGGER! ALL ABOUT THE BOOM! Cover, Super Kliq wins!
Winners: The Super Kliq, by pinfall
A valiant effort from the Dark Order, but they just couldn’t keep up. But wait! Here comes Jungle Boy! He wants revenge for Luchasaurus, but he’s alone in a 3v1! They throw JB out, then dare him to try something. So JB gets a chair! JB rushes in, Cutler tries to hold JB off but the chair shields JB from the cold spray. JB kicks Cutler low to SMACK him with the chair! The Bucks are furious but they don’t save Cutler from the SNARE TRAP with cold spray!! Cutler taps and JB lets him go as the Super Kliq retreats. Will Jurassic Express regroup and get their revenge in The Elite at some point?
Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes arrive at Dustin’s school.
And waiting inside are Lee Johnson, Brock Anderson, Red Velvet and KiLynn King. “There he is,” Big Shotty says, “Big Hollywood. Late.” Good to see he decided to grace them with his presence. Cody’s late, and lately he’s been acting like an “arrogant piece of shit.” Velvet SLAPS Cody, but King keeps her from doing more. Arn puts Cody through the old school drill. People attack, Cody reacts. Hip tosses, arm-drags, defending and countering, tying up, but then a sucker punch. Cody gets roughed up as Arn says that in order to be a champion, he has to overcome. Shawn Dean gets Cody with a pretty good enziguri, then King SLAPS Cody.
Cody says he has no idea what’s going on here. This isn’t teaching him anything! Arn has Cody look at a picture. Does he recognize who’s in it? Arn and Dusty. Cody has said he will never do anything that’d let the kids down. Does Cody think that on that given night from the photo, any kids were booing Dusty about what he did to Arn? No, because Arn had it coming. Malakai Black has it coming. Johnson jumps on Cody but Cody elbows him away. Is the American Nightmare going to sharpen his edge so that he can cut down the House of Black?
MJF heads to the ring.
He does a few stretches then gets a mic to speak. “Silencio, por favor.” MJF says it is bad enough that he is inside the place that smells like hookers and gasoline known as “Mid Miami,” but now Justin Roberts is all dressed up as Miami Vice yet forgets how to do his job. He can’t announce MJF for his match with Darby? In that case, MJF will do it for him! “Ladies and gentlemen, just in case you are deaf, dumb, blind, stupid, or by the looks of it, very poor, hailing from the most magical place in the world, Plainview, Long Island, New York! Weighing in at a svelte 226 pounds, he’s better than you and you know it: Maxwell Jacob Friedman, M! J! F!” Alright, Darby, let’s get this over with.
Fans chant, “You Suck! You Suck!” MJF says what really sucks is that Darby isn’t here tonight. So funny, because Darby claims MJF can’t break him mentally. And yet, they have a match scheduled tonight, and Darby no shows like a gutless coward! So maybe Darby was wrong. MJF did break him mentally! Fans boo because we all saw The Pinnacle, in ski masks, mug and brutalize Darby just last week. MJF continues to play the charade and says “Let’s be honest here.” MJF then insults the one fan as “Fat boy” and says he can’t hear him over the guy’s three chins. MJF pretends to be surprised to learn that Darby was attacked last week. Did Schiavone know? This is awful!
MJF says let’s be honest, still pretty unprofessional to not show up for a match. Like, c’mon. This is why Darby will always be the number two guy in AEW. And just like Miami, he will always be #MID. Now MJF is number one! But since he cares about the fans so much, he knows they wanted him to be in action against Darby, so by God, we’ll have that happen. Wardlow, come on out. Wardlow drags referee Bryce Remsberg out and MJF wants the ref to count to ten. If Darby doesn’t appear, the ref will raise MJF’s hand in victory as the past, present and future of pro-wrestling. “Get to counting, cue ball!” The ref counts, MJF wants him to speed up, and at 9, the lights go out!
IT’S STIIIIING~! And he has his baseball bat, too! MJF shoves Wardlow at Sting while he runs away! Sting SMACKS Wardlow with the bat! Wardlow gasps and sputters and Sting dares MJF to get in the ring. MJF fires up, throws off his scarf, jacket and shirt, storms right up to the apron, but then walks away again. Will the Salt of the Earth ever get some grit and face the consequences of his actions?
AEW returns with an interview with Anna Jay.
Schiavone speaks on the tough night for the Dark Order, and Jay starts to comment, but Britt Baker walks in! Britt says “But nothing, because what we witnessed tonight was the most elite faction in all of professional wrestling, The Super Kliq Baybay beat your loser friends, the Dark Order.” They are not losers! Uh, they literally lost, so they’re losers. And Jay is with them so she is a loser, too. She’s also sadly a follower, because she’s nothing without them and Tay Conti. So go have some kumbaya with them and come back when you’re ready. Jay ROCKS Britt with a right! These two brawl, referees rush in, and again Schiavone is in the area of chaos! Will Britt and Jay be joining in the fight of The Elite VS everyone else?
Penelope Ford w/ The Bunny VS Kiera Hogan!
The Superbad Girl wants in on the TBS Championship tournament while The Fire of Hotlanta is ready to heat everything up! Will Ford put Kiera out on her way to the gold?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Ford pulls hair to put Kiera in the corner, then lets off. Kiera points a finger gun, Ford shoves her but Kiera wraps on a headlock. Ford powers out, things speed up and Ford runs Kiera over! Things speed up again, Kiera jumps but Ford avoids the Thesz Press to arm-drag Kiera down! Ford has the cording hold and she grinds Kiera’s shoulder. Kiera fights up, throws body shots, then whips Ford to a corner. Kiera runs in and clotheslines, then brings Ford out, only for Ford to ROCK her with a forearm! Ford whips Kiera to the corner, back body checks, but Kiera dodges the boot to get a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Kiera drags Ford up but Ford throws forearms! Ford headlocks to BUCKLE BULLDOG! Ford then drags Kiera out to whip hard into ropes! Fans rally up as Ford paces and AEW goes picture in picture.
Ford shoves Kiera out of the ring, talks some trash and goes out after her. Ford chokes Kiera on the railing! The ref counts, Ford lets off with her hands, but Kiera shoves her away. Ford whips Kiera into railing! Ford smirks as she paces around, then she drags Kiera up to put her in the ring. Ford takes her time getting in then she covers, TWO! Ford grows annoyed but she drags Kiera up for a headlock. Ford puts Kiera on the ropes to choke her again! The ref counts as Ford thrashes around but she lets off to then KICK Kiera in the side. Ford puts Kiera in the ropes to HOTSHOT her! The ref reprimands as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Kiera has Ford up top. Kiera CHOPS Ford, climbs up to join her, CLUBS away on Ford’s back, then stands Ford up on the very top. Kiera climbs up to SUPERPLEX! Both women are down but fans fire up! A standing count begins, the two stir and Kiera staggers up as fans rally. Kiera grabs Ford but Ford ROCKS her with a forearm! Kiera CHOPS, Ford CHOPS back! Kiera forearms, Ford gives it back, but Kiera gets the edge! Kira CHOPS, runs, Ford dodges but Kiera comes back to clothesline! Kiera rallies and SHOTGUNS Ford into a corner! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO!
Kiera stays focused as she drags Ford up. Ford breaks free to STUNNER outta nowhere! Ford then fireman’s carries but Kiera fights free to straitjacket and CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Kiera can’t believe it! Kiera gets fire dup and fans rally as she brings Ford around. Ford throws another forearm, then runs, handspring and CUTTER! Then the SUPERBAD MUTA LOCK! Kiera endures but Ford thrashes her, Kiera taps! Ford wins!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by submission
But Ford doesn’t have time to celebrate, here comes Ruby! Ruby fires off hands on Ford, and The Bunny is nowhere to be seen! Ruby TOSSES Ford, then dares her to bring the fight. The Bunny returns to reinforce Ford but they both retreat. The TBS Championship Tournament is still on the horizon, will this be settled in the bracket?
AEW hears from Miro.
“First I get beat and now you do not answer. Is that funny to you? You know I love my wife, but I can’t go home like this. Does that amuse you? Have I displeased you? Have I not bowed enough? Kneeled enough? Not given your name enough praise?” Miro says God gave him a body of granite but a neck of sand, “Is that some kind of joke?!” Miro questions where his God has gone and why he has forsaken his champion! Miro is done pleading, but he is telling us all. Miro will be his champion or his enemy. If God stays silent over his head, he will continue to snap necks under his boot. Everyone will know pain until Miro becomes champion once again!
Schiavone is in the ring!
Full Gear will be on Saturday, November 13th, and by winning the Casino Ladder Match, this man has earned a world title match! He introduces Hangman Adam Page! Fans fire up to see the Anxious Millennial Cowboy as he heads to the ring. Schiavone says Hangman and Omega, they were long time tag team partners, and then they met in the finals of last year’s World Title Eliminator Tournament. Omega won, he became champion, but now Hangman has his chance!
Hangman takes the mic to say, “Damn I’m excited for Full Gear! And in 2019, my friends and I, we left our home in Ring of Honor, we left our home in New Japan, to start All Elite Wrestling. I was excited then because I believed in our vision. I believed we could and I believed we would change the world, but it feels like the world changed us.” It sure changed Hangman. He told all of us that he’d be the first AEW World Champion, and he failed. He lost to Jericho, he lost to PAC, then he started to lose a lot more. He lost his confidence, his friends, and truthfully, himself.
“But the one thing that it felt like, for whatever reason, that I never seemed to lose, the one thing that grew week after week,” was the fans chanting “COWBOY S*IT!” And fans chant it now! To Hangman, that’s real. #CowboyShit was him taking his shot on day one. It was him winning the tag team titles with Kenny Omega and defending them every chance they got. It was learning to let the past live in the past and accept new friends into his life. It was also taking Hangman’s chance and putting it on the line, sticking his neck out for those friends. And #CowboyShit was having the balls to turn around and go home for the birth of a beautiful baby boy.
Fans chant for Hangman more, and he says, “So last week, I finally picked up the phone, I put my body on the line, I climbed the ladder to grab the chip, to grab the shot at the one thing that’s eluded me this whole time.” To Hangman, that’s the thing. “When you fall off, you get back up on the horse, you keep on riding, you keep blazing on ahead, because to me, that’s COWBOY SHIT!” Now, Hangman isn’t a fortuneteller, he won’t predict how Full Gear will go. But despite that, Hangman feels like the fans still believe in him. Fans cheer because they do! And for the first time in Hangman’s life, so does he! Fans cheer that sentiment greatly!
So the promise Hangman makes is that he will give us everything! He will give us his heart, his soul, every fiber of his being, his blood, sweat and one way or another, even his tears. The one thing that he is 100% sure about, is that we will get #CowboyShit!! Will Hangman shoot his shot and finally hit the target to take the world title home?
Bryan Danielson VS Bobby Fish!
The American Dragon already went through hell facing Minoru Suzuki just last night, but he still came out on top. The Infamous One beat the Ace of Space in Lee Moriarty, but will Bryan go 2-0 this AEW weekend?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Fish throws a knee then a forearm, then body shots and a KICK! Bryan drops to a knee, crawls to ropes, but Fish brings him around for more knees. Fish headlocks, Bryan powers out but Fish runs him over! Fish KICKS Bryan in the back, drags him back up to snapmare and KICK again! Cover, TWO! Fish clamps on with a chinlock but Bryan slips right out to hammerlock. Bryan knees Fish in the back, drags him around and hooks up the legs, then fish hooks Fish’s face! The ref reprimands, Bryan lets go at 4, and then he STOMPS the legs down! Fish rolls to a corner, Bryan brings him up to wrench and hammerlock.
Fish backs Bryan in the corner, the ref calls for the ropebreak but Fish mule kicks. Fish backs away, but comes back to throw forearms! Bryan flounders to another corner, Fish KICKS him then stands him up. Fish throws forearms, whips corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Fish KICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Bryan up, throws body shots, then whips Bryan to ropes. Bryan reverses but Fish KICKS back! And boots! Fish runs in but Bryan dumps him out! Bryan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit into railing! Fans fire up with Bryan, “SI! SI! SI!” as Bryan drags Fish up and fireman’s carries.
Fish fights out and throws forearms! Then body shots! Bryan ducks to POST Fish! Bryan goes to the apron, runs in but Fish sweeps the legs! Bryan crashes and burns as AEW goes picture in picture!
Bryan clutches a leg, Fish catches his breath. Fish gets in the ring, the ring count climbs, but Bryan is still down at 5 of 10. Bryan drags himself up slowly, the count is 7, but Bryan is in at 8! Fish KICKS Bryan’s bad leg, then drags him to center for a KNEE JAMMER! Fish punches Bryan down, gets the leg again and GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! Bryan rolls to ropes, Fish goes out to drag Bryan to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! Fish talks some smack to fans in the front row, then SLAMS Bryan’s leg off the post again! Fish goes into the ring, soaks up some heat, then talks some smack on Bryan.
Fish drags Bryan up, KNEES him hard in the corner, then puts the bad leg on the ropes. Fish throws body shots, then forearms, but lets off as the ref counts. Fish come back to KICK the good leg, then throw more body shots and haymakers. The ref backs Fish up, Fish goes corner to corner and KNEES Bryan again! Bryan gasps and sputters while stuck in the ropes but Fish keep son him. AEW returns to single picture as Fish pulls the bad leg! The ref counts, Fish lets off at 4, and then he KICKS the bad leg! And again! Bryan throws forearms back but Fish ROCKS Bryan with forearm after forearm! Bryan is stuck, the ref backs Fish off and frees Bryan.
Fans boo, Fish soaks up the heat then KICKS Bryan’s leg out. Fish runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fish gets the bad leg and turns Bryan over for a HALF CRAB! Bryan endures, fans rally up, and Bryan crawls for ropes! Bryan rolls, trips Fish and has the AKNLE LOCK! Fish gets the ropebreak but Bryan drags him away to lean on the hold! Fish fights up, Bryan reels him in, trapped leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down and fans rally up! A standing count begins, Bryan is up first and he brings Fish around to EuroUpper! And KICK! And EuroUpper! And KICK! ROLLINH- NO, Fish spins Bryan for a strike fest! But Bryan blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW!
Fish hobbles up, Bryan picks the leg again to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan drags Fish to a corner to give back the POST SLAM! Fans want more so Bryan SLAMS Fish’s leg into post again! Bryan throws forearms then sits Fish up so he can SLAM the leg again! Bryan pushes Fish into the ring, slides in and watches Fish hobble. Bryan CHOP BLOCKS the leg, then fans fire up as he KICKS, but Fish blocks! Leg capture SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and gets to a corner. Fish storms over to drag Bryan up and throw more forearms and body shots. Fish hoists Bryan up top, climbs up as fans rally, and he throws more forearms.
Fans rally and duel, “Let’s Go, Bobby!” “Bobby Sucks!” Fish stands Bryan up, for a SUPER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!! But into a KNEEBAR!! Bryan endures as Fish also has the heel hook! Bryan turns over, breaks the leg guard to get a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fish endures, kicks at Bryan but Bryan kicks back! Dueling kneebars and dueling stomps, fans are fired up! Bryan gets the edge and kicks away! Fish gets one more kick in but Bryan drags Fish around for a TWISTING Heel Hook! Fish taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
The American Dragon stands tall two nights in a row! And he has even more to celebrate as…
AEW reveals the World Eliminator Title Brackets!
Eight men have been selected and this tournament starts next Friday with Rampage! We will see: Jon Moxley VS The Dark Order’s Preston Vance! Orange Cassidy VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs! Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston! And Dustin Rhodes VS Bryan Danielson!! The American Dragon has his path to the title, can he make it through The Natural and all the other heavy hitters to go for the gold?
An awesome episode for Dynamite, a great start to their third year. Malakai VS Dante was a great opener, and I like that Malakai showed respect to Dante there. That with Lio being a bit domineering and making himself Dante’s tag partner, I feel like this is how they shift things from Dante being Lio’s protégé to being Malakai’s. And despite Malakai saying he was done with the American Nightmare, we’re still getting their tiebreaker third match. I still feel like this is all too soon for Cody and Arn. I like that Arn is trying to bring out the toughness and aggression within Cody, but again there is a bit of a rush in Cody’s story pacing that isn’t needed.
The Inner Circle has a fairly good promo segment with American Top Team and Men of the Year, but just a 10 Man Tag seems too easy. I’m thinking Lambert comes back next week with the “demands,” which will be the stipulation that brings things up a notch. There was good overlapping of things with The Elite and their enemies, going after Jurassic Express before that awesome trios match with The Dark Order. Naturally, the Super Kliq wins, they’re going to be racking up wins. I bet they could even lead the way into a trios division at this point.
FTR being the “luchadores” Andrade enlisted is a bit disappointing, but I’m sure there were reasons actual AAA wrestlers couldn’t show up to take those titles off The Lucha Brothers. Maybe there will be a match for both sets of belts at Full Gear. MJF of course pretended he had no idea about last week’s attack on Darby, but if he keeps treating Wardlow like this, that guy is totally leaving the Pinnacle. But at the same time, we might get MJF & Wardlow VS Sting & Darby before this is all said and done. Miro delivers a good promo where his faith is basically shaken and now he’s angry. I’m a little surprised he wasn’t in the World Title Eliminator but I suppose he can do more if he’s battling anyone and everyone he can on Dynamite and Rampage.
Shida and Deeb have a good brawl, as do Britt and Jay. We’re getting Britt and Jay for Rampage next week but I bet we see Shida and Deeb some time before the TBS Championship Tournament to see if that 50th win happens. Ford VS Kiera was good but it felt a bit awkward at times. This was probably the first time these two really interacted in the ring, maybe next time will be smoother. Ruby gets a bit of payback on Ford but again, the TBS Championship Tournament is where things get settled for those two, as well. We then get a great promo from Hangman to really hype up his match with Omega, I am hoping we get a response from Omega next week.
Bryan VS Fish was a great main event, though a bit shorter than expected. Naturally, Bryan wins so that he can go strong into the World Title Eliminator Tournament. All of those matches are great, and it is a great opportunity for Preston Vance. Moxley will surely win that, though, and he’ll likely face Orange Cassidy. Cassidy clearly wasn’t happy seeing Moxley squash Yuta like that, and I would think he gets past Will Hobbs. That makes for an awesome semifinal, and we’ll surely see Bryan in the final four, too.
My Score: 9.2/10
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