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Mitchell’s WWE Backlash Results & Report! (6/14/20)

The GREATEST Wrestling Match EVER?

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WWE Backlash 2020

Will this be the Greatest Backlash ever?

The WWE is putting a lot of pressure on two of the best ever, but somehow, someway, Randy Orton and Edge WILL have the GREATEST Wrestling Match EVER!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Crews wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Bliss-Cross VS The IIconics; Bayley & Banks win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Nia Jax; Double Count-Out, Asuka retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • WWE Universal Championship Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS The Miz & John Morrison; Strowman wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
  • WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; McIntyre wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; No Contest.
  • Edge VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Backlash Kickoff Show!

Join Scott Stanford, Peter Rosenberg and more in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action for tonight!

 

Renee Young, Booker T and JBL discuss Backlash!

The Raw Women’s Championship was given to Asuka, so what are her chances against Nia Jax? JBL agrees with Nia that the title was handed to Asuka, but that motivates Asuka to fight against that asterisk. Asuka is a proud, great and deserving champion, so she’ll look to wipe off that asterisk. Renee points out that Nia earned her title opportunity against Natalya and Charlotte Flair. Booker T says Nia has been waiting for this moment for a long time. She will be 1v1 with a champion. As far as Asuka being given the title, she was Ms. MITB but couldn’t cash in. The mind set may not be right for Asuka, but the time is right for Nia.

So it’ll be a short run for the Empress of Tomorrow? Booker says that when it comes to the coming up star, it’s not about who got the champion, it’s about the challenger. Nia has played the game, waited her turn, and seeing from social media, she goes out hurting people. Vader, Sid Vicious, they had reputations of hurting people, but they were also world champions. But even Becky Lynch says Asuka is one of the best, so is this really one and done? JBL wants the wambulance for getting hurt in pro-wrestling. Booker has a point, Sid and Vader were great champions, so Nia can be a great champion. The longer this goes, it will favor Asuka, but she didn’t get her moment. This will be her moment. If Asuka loses, that will hurt her more than enough. Stay tuned as these three will be back later.

 

Backstage interview with Christian and Ric Flair!

Captain Charisma and The Nature Boy have each chosen a side, Team Edge VS Team Orton. Charly Caruso asks Ric to support his argument why Orton will win. Well, Orton lost to Edge in a Last Man Standing Match, and though that was phenomenal, they’re going to stay in a 20 square foot ring. Orton is at his peak, Edge is back after 9 years trying to get back. Orton will walk out of the ring, staying the greatest in-ring performer in the history of the WWE.

Christian says he’s seen that smile on Ric’s face. Ric’s repeated himself so much, he believes it. But Edge wasn’t on vacation those 9 years. Yes, Orton was born into this business, but it wasn’t enough to get him to the top fast enough. Orton used Ric and HHH to fast track his way there. Orton may be great, but he just wants to take the easy way every time. So here’s the reality: tonight, Orton, who has never had to work hard for a thing in his life, versus Edge who has had to scratch and claw over and over and over in life. Grit and determination overcomes natural talent! A heated debate to be sure, but tonight will be about living up to the hype! Can Orton and Edge together truly give us the GREATEST Wrestling Match Ever?

 

Renee, JBL and Booker T discuss more of the show.

The Street Profits and Viking Raiders finally get to settle things from their Anything You Can Do series, and we’re all excited for their Raw Tag Team Championship match. Who comes away with the titles? Booker didn’t like that the Profits got lured out to playing a bunch of games, but that means the Vikings have them right where they want them. JBL says that he doesn’t like playing games, either. You fight and win championships. Montez Ford is one of the best pure athletes, though, so JBL is voting for the Profits.

And of course, given all the anticipation, will the rematch of Edge and Orton BE the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever? After an amazing recap video package, the panel makes their predictions. An insane amount of pressure naming it this, but will these two crack under the pressure? AW HELL NAW~! JBL lists all the accomplishments both men have under their belts, so the pressure isn’t there. this is Rock VS Stone Cold, Taker VS HBK, HBK VS Hart, and others. Can they do? Abso-freakin-lutely! But with the loss at Mania, Orton was the one who wanted this normal rules match. Does he need this win? Booker says Orton has always had a lot of pressure on his shoulders, from his grandfather and father. Orton is coming up on 20 YEARS. Right around that mark, a switch turns on and you just know everything in that ring. That’s where Orton is.

Edge won his first Intercontinental Championship in 1999, but he was injured. That’s hard to come back from, but he is at the 20 mark. The advantage goes to Orton but we’re gonna see something from Edge. Renee does bring that up. Edge had a great Mania but he’s still 9 years behind. JBL says Edge can probably come back, but JBL doesn’t bet on “probably.” Orton’s father knew he’d be this amazing. Orton and Edge have done everything, but that 9 year gap could be something he can’t overcome. If JBL is betting, the slight advantage is Orton. Seems Orton has a sweep on this panel, but can he put on such a performance?

 

Kickoff Match – WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega & Angel Garza!

The young reign of the hungry star is about to be tested! Will Apollo deny El Idolo in this rematch from a few weeks ago? Or will Almas reign once again?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this kickoff finally kicks off!

But wait! Kevin Owens comes out, and looks to be joining commentary. The bell rings and Almas fires off on Apollo. Almas headlocks, Apollo powers out and the two collide. Apollo doesn’t budge and he dares Almas to try again. Almas runs, Apollo hurdles, drops down and dropkicks, only for Almas to deflect it! Almas headlocks again but Apollo fights out. Almas goes up and over and headlocks again, but Apollo pries at the hold. Apollo fireman’s carries but Almas fights out to the apron. Almas dragon sleepers with the ropes! The ref counts. Almas lets go at 4 but drags Apollo out to club with forearms. Almas brings Apollo to the ramp for knees, but Apollo back drops him down onto the plating! Kevin knows how that feels, and it’s not fun. Apollo refreshes the count but Almas grabs at him on the apron. Apollo mule kicks Almas away, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and Apollo is on his feet!

Apollo brings Almas up as the crowd fires up, and he puts Almas in the ring. Apollo drags Almas up, suplexes, and holds Almas up! After five, he slams Almas down! Cover, TWO! Vega grows concerned but the crowd rallies for Apollo. Almas elbows but Apollo lifts. Almas lands on his feet and baits Apollo into buckles! Vega chants “SI! SI!” and Almas runs corner to corner, for CIEN SHADOWS! Kevin also knows how those feel. Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives and Almas is frustrated. Vega keeps him focused and Almas gets to the corner. Almas climbs up top but Apollo CHOPS him! Almas forearms back but Apollo CHOPS and forearms! And CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! Apollo climbs up top, brings Almas up with him, but Almas trips Apollo up! Almas CHOPS away on Apollo to put him in the Tree of Woe, but Apollo avoids the Woe Stomps! Almas runs back in, for an OVERHEAD suplex into buckles!

Vega panics while both men are down! Apollo and Almas stir while Vega coaches Almas on. The crowd rallies for Apollo and he dodges Almas to ROCK him with rights! Apollo rallies with clotheslines and tackles Almas to a corner! Apollo rams his shoulder in over and over, then whips corner to corner, for a big corner splash! The crowd fires up with Apollo as he SPINE BUSTERS Almas! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives but Apollo keeps his cool. Apollo watches Almas stand, brings him up, but the Olympic Slam becomes an arm-drag! But Almas runs into a dropkick! Apollo gets to his feet slowly and then goes to the outside. Garza lurks and Kevin warns him to stay back. Almas hits Apollo with forearms then goes to suplex. Apollo resists, throws body shots, and suplexes Almas!

Almas lands safely on the apron but the two brawl. They CHOP each other, but Almas kicks low. He has Apollo in the ropes, SLINGSHOT DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Apollo lives and Almas can’t believe it! Vega is losing her cool, too, but the crowd is rallying for Apollo again. Almas drags Apollo up and reels him in. But Apollo suplexes, only for Almas to slip out and BOOT back! Apollo flounders but enziguris back! And then military presses for the SLAM! Standing moonsault! Standing shooting star! Cover, but Garza distracts the ref! So Kevin brings Garza down for a STUNNER! Apollo likes that, but Almas suckers him in! Hammerlock, but no DDT! CREWS MISSILE!! Cover, Apollo wins!!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

The Prizefighter helps Apollo keep his prize, and Vega knows it. Will KO and Apollo continue to work together to keep things fair and square?

 

Sheamus speaks.

“Jeff Hardy. Let’s not worry about what happened Friday night during our contract signing.” Tempers flared and things got out of hand. But as the bigger man, Sheamus will let bygones be bygones. Because the truth is, Sheamus knows how much pain Hardy is really in. It must be so hard to present yourself as a beacon of hope when you know deep down, it’s not the real you. This clear headed Hardy is a flicker of false hope before he reverts into the depraved human he’s meant to be. Hardy can smile and be positive on the outside, but he can’t deny the demons just below the surface. He can’t deny he’s the brain dead has-been that is an embarrassment to his friends, family and himself. That’s the true Jeff Hardy. And tonight, Sheamus will remind the WWE Universe of that when he Brogues Hardy off the wagon and back into obscurity. Will the Celtic Warrior satisfy his own addiction of ruining the Charismatic Enigma’s comeback?

 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

Hogan VS Andre. Savage VS Steamboat. The Rock VS John Cena. HBK VS Austin. Taker VS HHH. “And at Backlash, it’ll be Edge VS Orton.” Challenge accepted! One man has gone from nothing to legend. Everything has led him to this moment. If you think the Ultimate Opportunist backs down now, than you don’t know him. “It’s not arrogance. It’s destiny.” Never has there been a more gifted wrestler in the WWE. The Legend Killer, the Apex Predator, the Viper. He is going to end one more legend. Together, opposed. If they have even a chance to prove they can do this, it’s against each other. Living legends, undisputed icons, and their defining moment. One man writes the last chapter between Orton and Edge. Tonight, will we see this generation’s Greatest Wrestling Match Ever?!

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Bliss-Cross VS The IIconics!

Three dynamic duos who have all held the gold at least once will battle to prove who are THE best friends of the WWE! Will the #GoldenRoleModels stay strong? Will Alexa and Nikki take the titles back? Or will Billie Kay and Peyton Royce make the Women’s Tag Division IIIICONIC again?

Before their entrance, Kayla Braxton interviews the champions, but Bayley cuts her off. Why don’t they introduce the inaugural and “without a doubt” BEST tag team champions ever properly? The Blueprint and #BayleyDosStraps! Well Dos Straps, if you lose the titles, will you lose your friendship? Wow, so deep, Kayla. But Sasha points out Bayley is the most dominant woman in SmackDown history. And as they said, this friendship is unstoppable. Kayla is trying to get in Bayley’s head. But guess what? After raising their hands in victory, Kayla can look in the mirror to realize how stupid she is. Next time, send Charly. They are unbeatable, unstoppable and undeniable! Will all this confidence go to waste against two strong opposing teams?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this title three way begins!

In this special triple threat, a member of every team is active, making this an even wilder Triple Threat Tag to begin with! To begin, it’s Bayley, Nikki and Billie. Peyton gives Billie some last pointers while the crowd rallies for Nikki. Billie tells them to shut up but Nikki DECKS her! Bayley and Nikki brawl but Nikki starts hitting both Bayley and Billie. Billie and Bayley hit Nikki then throw her down. Only for Bayley to DECK Billie! Peyton tags in but Bayley whips Billie into her! Nikki climbs on but Sasha tags in. Billie waistlocks but Nikki knocks her away. Sasha runs in but into another waistlock. Ssaha switches and goes to roll but Alexa tags in to ROCK her! All three teams are in and the crowd fires up for the stand off. Everyone cools off and Alexa circles with Sasha and Peyton.

The crowd rallies for “LEXI! LEXI!” as she, Sasha and Peyton approach. Peyton DECKS Alexa, rolls Sasha, but Alexa rolls Peyton! Sasha breaks the pin with a kick and swaggers about. Sasha clubs Peyton then knuckle locks to arm-drag her down! Cover, TWO! Peyton swipes but Sasha jumps, only for Peyton to kick and snapmare. Backslide, Gory Especial, Sasha slips out but Peyton sits! TWO, and Sasha sunset flips. TWO, and Sasha kicks Alexa. Sasha and Peyton double whip but Alexa ROCKS Sasha and rolls Peyton! TWO, to a ghost pin! TWO, Sasha rolls Alexa! Peyton rolls Sasha, bridges, but Alexa slips in to break it up! The crowd cheers this fast and furious exchange as the three stand off again. But then they each sucker punch an opponent! Alexa, Sasha and Peyton stand off, but then the partners all come in. It’s another triple stand off, into a six woman brawl!

Alexa throws Billie out, Peyton throws Bayley out and Nikki rams Sasha. Alexa brings Peyton around, shouts to Nikki, and whips Peyton into Sasha. Alexa runs in to SLAP Peyton, then she SLAPS Sasha! Nikki tags in to corner splash Sasha, then bulldog, into a HEEL KICK! Peyton covers, TWO! Sasha gets to Bayley and tags her in, but the ref didn’t see it! The ref makes Bayley tag for sure, and she argues with him. Bayley ROCKS Peyton, then RAMS Nikki into the corner. Bayley goes wacky waving, but misses! Billie tags in and BOOTS Nikki! She high stacks, but Bayley breaks it! Billie and Byaley argue while stomping Nikki. They get Nikki in a corner and stomp a mudhole together. But then Billie ROCKS Bayley to suplex her! Billie shouts, “IICONIC!” and strikes a pose. Billie swipes at Alexa then complains to the ref. Billie wheelbarrows but Sasha POUNCES Peyton! Bayley rolls Billie, TWO!

Bayley lifts Billie, Sasha sucker punches Alexa, bu Billie sunset flips! TWO and Bayley has the wheelbarrow, they steal the IIconic combo! Cover, but Nikki breaks it! The crowd is fired up and rallying again as Bayley goes after Nikki. Bayley rams Nikki into a corner, clubs her with forearms, then hoists her up. Billie throws Bayley by her hair then throws forearms at Nikki. Nikki hits back, clothesline bulldog combo! All three women are down and the crowd rallies up! Hot tag to Alexa! The Goddess rallies on Bayley, Peyton tags in but she gets hit, too! Alexa ROCKS Bayley, STO’s Peyton, then dropkicks Bayley down! Alexa hits Insult 2 THESZ PRESS! Alexa rains down hands, then Thesz Presses Sasha! Peyton runs into a third Thesz Press! Alexa is all fired up, Billie talks smack and gets SMACKED! Alexa dodges Bayley and Peyton to double crossbody!

Alexa puts Bayley in a corner and fires off stomps and forearms! Bayley throws her to the apron then tags Sasha, Sasha brawls with Alexa, but Peyton SPEARS them down and onto the others! All six women are down and “This is Awesome!” Peyton puts Sasha in but Bayley hurries after. Billie stops Bayley and wheelbarrows, IICONIC-CLASM! Sasha swings and grabs Peyton but she pops free! INVERTED MAGIC KILELR! But Bliss-Cross dropkick the IIconics down! Nikki turns Peyton but she fights free! Nikki dodges the heel kick and catches Peyton, Bliss-Cross hits the FLAPJACK DDT!! Billie throws Nikki but Nikki throws her out. Those two brawl on the outside and take each other out! Alexa goes up top, aimed at Peyton! TWISTED BLISS! But Sasha gets in to cover Alexa! Sasha & Bayley win!!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

#BayleyDosStraps is still a thing! The role models are still golden, but are they truly unstoppable? They have a return to NXT this Wednesday, will Bayley and Banks shine bright on the black ‘n’ gold?

 

Braun Strowman pulls up to the arena.

His Plymouth Grand National has a new windshield, so clearly The Miz and Morrison didn’t do as much damage as they thought. The Monster Among Men brings his things out of the trunk and heads inside. Will he mash the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century up worse than their spy van?

 

Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus!

The Charismatic Enigma does not deny his inner demons exist, but he has overcome them to come back to the WWE Universe. However, the Celtic Warrior preys on those weaknesses in an effort to purge Hardy from his locker room. Will Sheamus break Hardy with one last Brogue? Or will Hardy prove nothing can break his spirit this time?

The bell rings and the crowd is already rallying behind Hardy. Hardy and Sheamus tie up, Sheamus gets a headlock and takeover and grinds his forearms into Hardy’s face! Hardy gets up, gets a leg, then a waistlock. Sheamus backs him up into buckles then throws hands. Hardy slips out and headlocks but Sheamus works to power out. Hardy holds on tight but Sheamus pulls hair. Sheamus puts Hardy in a corner and the ref counts. They break at 4, only for Sheamus to shoulder in! Sheamus throws forearms and then shouts that the piss wasn’t funny. Sheamus stomps Hardy then rips at his mesh shirt! The crowd boos as Sheamus drags Hardy up and whips. Hardy kicks back then dropkicks the legs out! Hardy stomps Sheamus’ legs as Sheamus scrambles about. Hardy stomps a mudhole into the legs but the ref backs him off. Sheamus gets up but Hardy just tackles him down!

Hardy clubs Sheamus down and chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, Hardy lets up, but Sheamus clobbers him! Sheamus hobbles and says the crowd is to blame for this. Sheamus drags Hardy up to throw European Uppercuts then stomps him at the ropes. Sheamus scrapes his boot on Hardy’s face but lets up at the ref’s count. Sheamus drags Hardy around and whips him to ropes. Hardy holds ropes and dumps Sheamus to the apron. Hardy runs to dropkick the legs out! Sheamus hits the floor but Hardy pursues. Hardy runs and leaps off the steps, to clobber Sheamus towards commentary! The crowd fires up as Hardy drags Sheamus up. Hardy bounces Sheamus off the announce desk then puts him in the ring. Hardy grabs the steel steps and pulls off the top! The ref tells him not to, so Hardy puts the steps down. Hardy wants to win so he throws forearms on Sheamus in the ring.

Hardy suplexes but Sheamus blocks. Sheamus powers Hardy to a corner and throws elbows over and over! Sheamus backs off at the ref’s count but he comes back to drag Hardy into a suplex! He SLAMS Hardy on the top crossbar and Hardy flops to the apron. Sheamus catches his breath before heading back over. Sheamus drags Hardy up and scoops him for a swinging slam! The ref checks on Hardy but Sheamus climbs up. Sheamus leaps to drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Hardy survives but Sheamus looms over him. Hardy hobbles up but falls down, and Sheamus tells the crowd and fans that they’re all enablers! Sheamus digs his boot into Hardy at the ropes then puts him on the apron. Sheamus drags Hardy back in and scoops him for an IRISH CURSE Backbreaker! And another! Cover, TWO!! Hardy still lives and the crowd rallies for him.

Sheamus wraps Hardy up in a chinlock but the crowd rallies up. Hardy fights to his feet and throws elbows. Hardy jawbreakers free! Sheamus still comes back with a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus grows frustrated but he walks off the bad leg. Sheamus shouts at commentary to call this right, he’s not frustrated at all. Sheamus cranks on Hardy with a chinlock and even smothers his face! The ref reprimands and the crowd rallies. Hardy fights up and fights back, to waistlock and shove Sheamus to buckles! Then hits a back suplex! Both men are down but the crowd fires up. Hardy gets up and throws haymakers! Hardy runs, but into a LARIAT! Sheamus goes to a corner and climbs up again, but he takes his time taunting the crowd. Hardy stands, ducks the flying clothesline, and elbows Sheamus away! WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and Hardy grits his teeth.

Sheamus throws hands but Hardy gives them back. Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy clotheslines! Atomic drop and takedown to the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps moving, falling splash! Cover, TWO! Hardy is too tired to be frustrated, but the crowd still has energy to give him. Hardy watches Sheamus stand and he calls his shot. Kick and Twist but Sheamus rolls him up! TWO, and Hardy tries again. Sheamus blocks but gets the spinning mule kick! Sheamus comes back, Hardy dodges the Brogue to hit a SLINGBLADE! Hardy drags himself to the corner while Sheamus is in the drop zone. The crowd cheers Hardy as he climbs, but Sheamus intercepts Hardy with forearms! Sheamus climbs up to join Hardy, but Hardy fights him back with body shots.

Hardy pushes Sheamus down hard, then adjusts to stand up. But Sheamus trips him up and Hardy falls to the mat! Sheamus brings Hardy up, WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus can’t believe Hardy survives again! Sheamus looms over Hardy as the crowd rallies hard as ever. Hardy staggers to a corner but Sheamus has his legs. Sheamus stomps Hardy down then laces the legs for the CLOVERLEAF! Hardy endures, reaches and crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Sheamus lets go at 4 but he’s still frustrated. Sheamus stomps Hardy and kicks him to a corner. Hardy gets to the apron but Sheamus drags him up by his torn up shirt. “Do you know how long I’ve waited for this? I’m gonna help you with those demons!” He uses the Bodhrain to beat those demons out of Hardy! And then again!

Hardy flops to the apron but Sheamus drags him inside. Sheamus drags Hardy all the way to the far corner and hoists him up top. Hardy holds onto the top rope for dear life, and slips off to POST Sheamus! TWIST OF FATE!! Hardy hurries up top and the crowd is fired up again! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!? Sheamus saves himself by mere seconds and no one can believe it! Hardy and Sheamus head out, and Hardy uses the steps to get up on the barriers. Hardy runs and leaps, into a BROGUE!! Sheamus puts Hardy in and wants another. Hardy stands, to get another BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior makes Hardy look at him while he’s down on the mat. Hardy has fought off his inner demons, but he was just mauled by a Great White. Will Hardy be able to recover from this defeat? Or will he be stuck wallowing in shame?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & John Morrison.

Oh hi, Kayla. No time for media, they are preparing to become co-Universal champions. Well, that’s just it. It was announced earlier that the rules of the Handicap Match changed. The one who pins Strowman becomes the SOLE Universal Champion. What? Well, that’s fine. As long as one of them becomes champion instead of Strowman, that’s good enough. Strowman may have fixed his windshield, but he won’t be able to fix how it feels when his title is in THESE hands. But just then, Otis and Mandy Rose walk over. Otis says that while these two said some mean things about him, like he’s pregnant with a roasted turkey, he wants them to know he MIGHT cash in. So even if Miz and Morrison win, they may not be champion for very long. Will the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century have the title in their hands at all tonight?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Nia Jax!

The Empress of Tomorrow won the Ms. Money in the Bank match, but she won so much more than she realized. Becky Lynch gave the title to her as she stepped away to become a mother, but the Irresistible Force says Asuka is not worthy. Will Asuka prove Nia wrong once and for all?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this collision a long time coming finally happens!

Asuka and Nia circle and Nia runs in. Asuka fires off strikes but Nia shoves her. Asuka boots the punch but Nia blocks the back hand. Nia scoops, but Asuka slips to a sleeper! Nia elbows free but Asuka comes back to tilt-o-whirl! Asuka wants the arm but Nia powers her away again. Nia grabs Asuka by the head to headbutt! Asuka ends up in a corner, but she ROUNDHOUSES back! Nia stays up but Asuka bumps her off buckles again and again! Nia swats Asuka away with a back hand of her own, but she runs into a tilt-o-whirl! IRON OCTOPUS! Asuka cranks on the arm but Nia endures! Nia stays standing, pries free, and tosses Asuka off! Asuka gets to her feet but Nia CLOBBERS her down! Asuka sits up but Nia drags her up. But Asuka goes after the arm again!

Nia swats Asuka off but Asuka does it again. Nia shoves, Asuka returns, Nia runs her over! Nia tosses Asuka by her hair to a corner! Asuka flounders up and Nia corner splashes, to then toss Asuka the other way. The crowd rallies for Asuka but Nia scoops Asuka for a slam. Nia covers, TWO! Nia pushes Asuka towards ropes but the crowd continues to rally. Nia brings Asuka up and stretches her against the ropes. She lets up at 4 then stalks Asuka to a corner. Nia toys with Asuka but Asuka kicks back. Nia drags Asuka up but Asuka keeps fighting. Nia shoves Asuka, then pops her up for a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Nia grows annoyed. The crowd keeps rallying but Nia looms over Asuka. Nia drags Asuka up to a cobra clutch and leans on her. Asuka endures, the crowd continues to rally, and Asuka fights with elbows.

Asuka spins out and jumps on for a guillotine! Nia powers her way free to suplex Asuka up and JACKHAMMER her down! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Nia is losing her cool. Nia cools off and toys with Asuka. Asuka gets mad as Nia taunts her with, “Where’s Kairi?” Asuka back hands and back kicks and runs, but into a firemen’s carry! Asuka sunset flips but Nia stays up! Nia jumps but sits down on the mat! Asua runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Asuka keeps on Nia with kick after kick, then goes after the arm again. Nia denies the whip and sends Asuka the other way. Asuka goes up and missile dropkicks Nia down! Asuka keeps going, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Still not enough but Asuka covers out of exhaustion! TWO, and Asuka gets angrier.

The crowd continues to rally as Asuka and Nia go forehead to forehead. Asuka fairs off kick after kick, but Nia catches one for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Nia can’t believe it. Asuka gets to a corner, Nia gets up in a huff, and Nia runs corner to corner. Asuka dodges and POSTS Nia! Nia drags herself out while Asuka fires up with the crowd. Asuka goes up top but Nia headbutts her first! Nia climbs to join Asuka, but Asuka gets her with a hanging armbar! Asuka drags Nia over and out to the floor! Asuka aims at Nia, FLYING ARMBAR! The ref counts as Nia shifts to dead lift Asuka and swing her into barriers! The count is passed 5 and climbing! Nia drags Asuka up at 8, but Asuka slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! THE COUNT HITS 10!!

Double Count-Out; Asuka is still Raw Women’s Champion

Asuka survives Nia but not even she is satisfied with that! She goes to the apron to hit a FLYING HIP ATTACK! Nia goes down in a heap and Asuka leaves with the belt. Is this furious feud far from over?

 

MVP is on the phone.

He wants 20- no, 30! 30 bottles of the best champagne. They’re going to celebrate Bobby Lashley’s win tonight, so nothing but the best. Speaking of, the security team- Wait, he’ll have to call back. Lana walks over and says this is the greatest night in “my Bobby’s” career. She claims this is because of her work as his wife and manager. MVP stops her right there and says this is something she and Bobby need to talk over. And by the way, it was NOT his idea to keep Lana backstage, so perhaps she needs to talk with her husband. But she isn’t going to, because she’s too scared to hear the truth. Now if she’ll excuse him, MVP is going to attend to the NEW WWE World Champion. Will Lana finally get to the heart of the problem between her and “her Bobby”?

 

WWE Universal Championship Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS The Miz & John Morrison!

The Monster Among Men hasn’t had the best time when outnumbered. Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura took the WWE Intercontinental Championship from him together, so the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century will try to do the same. However, just like when Strowman took on the Artist Collective, only one man from the opposing team can be champion. Will the A-Lister and the Guru of Greatness agree to let what happens happen and support the other in becoming champion? Or will neither of them #GetTheseHands on the title?

But before the match, Miz & Morrison grab the mics to speak. They know that only one can become champion, but that means they need something to pump them up. How about they share something extra special with the WWE Universe? That’s right, the music video sweeping the nation! The PPV debut of their hit single, “HEY! Hey Hey!” Roll it! The video begins, and actually gets past the intro this time. And to the chorus! That’s incredible! But the second verse barely begins before the #StrowmanExpress barges in! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this numbers game begins!

Miz starts with Strowman and they circle. Morrison starts up the chanting of “Hey Hey! Ho ho!” and then Miz backs off to tag him in. Morrison circles with Strowman but Miz gets a cheap shot! Strowman tries to go after Miz but Morrison fires off strikes. Strowman clubs and throws Morrison to a corner! Morrison dodges in the corner, then dodges the boot! Morrison kips up, gets away and tags Miz back in. Strowman seethes as Miz takes his time getting in the ring. Miz goes around the way but Morrison sneaks up behind Strowman. Strowman senses it and runs Morrison off, but Miz fires haymakers! Miz dodges Strowman, tags Morrison in, double shotgun dropkicks put Strowman in a corner! Morrison runs in but Strowman puts him on the apron. Morrison hits back and springboards, but Strowman catches him! Morrison gets away with parkour, but he runs into a HARD right hand!

Morrison crawls and Miz tags in. Miz realizes he’s going to be alone with Strowman and hesitates on the apron. Strowman rushes over but Miz hotshots him back! Miz throws haymakers and backs Strowman down, then BOOTS! But Strowman stays up! Miz is afraid again and tries to reason with Strowman. Miz goes to tag out but no Morrison. Strowman BOOTS Miz down and Morrison returns, but Strowman sends him into Morrison! That counts as a tag, oddly enough, but Strowman tosses Miz out hard! The Strowman Express builds up speed but Miz and Morrison get back in the ring. FLYING CHUCK takes Strowman down! Miz tags in to hit a wrecking dropkick! Morrison FLIES to wreck Strowman into barriers! The Monster is in trouble as Miz and Morrison stalk up behind him. Miz puts Strowman in and slithers up behind him. Strowman sits up to get an IT KICK! Cover, ONE!

Miz clamps on with a chinlock and leans on Strowman. Strowman endures but he’s already turning red. The crowd rallies and Strowman powers up with Miz as a backpack. He powers Miz to the corner, Morrison tags in and chop blocks the leg! Morrison kicks Strowman down, stomps him, then moves to ground ‘n’ pound! Strowman powers out but Morrison kicks and stomps more. Morrison sits Strowman up for a point-blank Wizard! Tag to Miz and they bring Strowman up together, DOUBLE DDT! Cover, ONE?! Strowman is still tough but he’s slowing down. Miz stalks Strowman and throws more It Kicks! He kicks and kicks and kicks, then kicks even more. Miz and Morrison sing Hey! Hey Hey, but Miz runs into a RIGHT! And a back elbow, and a BOOT! Strowman ROCKS Morrison, then TOSSES Miz!

Strowman runs corner to corner but Morrison tags and saves Miz! Strowman POSTS himself, and Morrison hits Antone FLYING CHUCK! Strowman staggers about, swings on Morrison, but gets a THIRD Flying Chuck! SHINING WIZARD! Tag to Miz and Miz climbs up top, for a flying ax handle! Miz looks to finish this, he full nelsons, DOUBLE STOMP FINALE COMBO!! Morrison covers, but Miz drags him off?! Instinct or ego? Miz realizes his mistake and lets Morrison cover, TWO!! Morrison is tossed out of the ring! Miz panics and hurries, but into a CHOKE SLAM! Morrison springboards, into an uppercut! Strowman scoops Morrison, for the MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall (still WWE Universal Champion)

One major Miz-take and now neither Miz nor Morrison is champion! The Strowman Express is still on the track and he laughs at the Greatest Tag Team. Will the Monster Among Men continue to build momentum until he is completely unstoppable?

 

Backstage interview with the NEW Intercontinental Champion, AJ Styles!

The Phenomenal One is congratulated, but he has a special announcement. He could’ve taken the night off, and he certainly neared it last Friday. He has a special invitation open to everyone for this coming SmackDown. The greatest champion in the WWE should have the greatest presentation! He wants everyone to be there, including Daniel Bryan. Why? Because Bryan has the most to learn. Bryan fights for his dreams, but Styles makes his dreams happen. Styles lives in the real world. Bryan is certainly one of the greatest to lace up the boots, he’s just not phenomenal. Just what will this championship presentation be this Friday Night SmackDown?

 

WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

The Scottish Stud waited a long time to finally have a shot at the world title. He not only won the Royal Rumble to earn his shot, he finally slayed The Beast, Brock Lesnar, at WrestleMania! But the Rocky Mountain Machine has also waited a long time to have his shot at the world title. Montel Vontavius Porter motivated Lashley to finally free Lashley, and here we are. Will this finally be Lashley’s moment to make it to the top of the WWE mountain? Or will the Claymore kick him all the way back down?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the moment of truth is here!

But before the bell, MVP gets in McIntyre’s face, McIntyre shoves him away, and Lashley clamps on the FULL NELSON! The ref tries to pry Lashley off but he thrashes McIntyre about! The ref calls for back-up and more refs rush out! But Lashley drags McIntyre down to the mat with body scissors! Lashley is like a bear trap clamped onto McIntyre, and he doesn’t let go until McIntyre is red and gasping for air. Lashley paces, a shark smelling blood in the water. McIntyre manages to breathe and the refs ask if he wants this match. McIntyre DEMANDS this match still happen, so the bell rings. Lashley rushes in to tackle McIntyre to a corner! Lashley rams his shoulder in over and over, then clubs McIntyre’s back. He bumps McIntyre off buckles and throws haymakers. The crowd boos as Lashley suplexes and SLAMS McIntyre down! Cover, ONE!?

McIntyre still has a lot so Lashley tries another cover. ONE, and Lashley is shocked. MVP says Lashley needs to keep on McIntyre, and Lana watches proudly backstage. Lashley bumps McIntyre off buckles and throws more hands. The ref counts as Lashley digs his boot in, and Lashley lets up at 4. Lashley clubs McIntyre more then roars in frustration. Lashley runs corner to corner, into a KNEE! McIntyre CHOPS Lashley back, then runs, but Lashley follows to LARIAT! Cover, ONE! Lashley tries again, ONE! Lashley digs his knee into McIntyre then cranks on an arm. He pulls McIntyre’s jacket off and then rams his knee into McIntyre’s spine over and over. Lashley clamps on with a chinlock and bends McIntyre back. MVP says that’s how to do it, and Lashley waistlocks. McIntyre fights out, standing switches, but Lashley spins around, only to get a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!

Lashley spins McIntyre for a neckbraeker! Cover, ONE!! Lashley grows frustrated as he looms over McIntyre. Lashley knocks McIntyre down and McIntyre is gasping again. MVP says to not let up, so Lashley drags McIntyre up in a corner. Lashley chokes McIntyre on the ropes, the ref counts, but Lashley lets up at 4. McIntyre coughs and sputters, but Lashley stands on McIntyre’s throat! The ref counts, Lashley lets up, and then brings McIntyre up for a scoop. The crowd rallies and McIntyre sips out to shove and clothesline Lashley out! McIntyre keeps on Lashley and rams him into barriers! And then again! The ref starts the ring count and MVP gets in McIntyre’s face again. MVP backs off, but McIntyre whips Lashley. Lashley reverses to scoop and TOSS McIntyre to the floor! MVP says Lashley has him, so finish him! Lashley fireman’s carries McIntyre to POST him!

McIntyre is down in a heap and Lashley high-fives MVP. Lashley taunts McIntyre before dragging him up and into the ring at 8. McIntyre manages to roll out the other side but Lashley pursues. Lashley runs at McIntyre, but McIntyre TOSSES Lashley into barriers! Both men are down but MVP keeps coaching Lashley. McIntyre drags Lashley up for a snap suplex to the floor! McIntyre drags Lashley up again to put in the ring at 7. McIntyre doesn’t want a count-out win, and the crowd rallies behind him for it. Lashley mule kicks but McIntyre haymakers. The two behemoths brawl and CHOP! Lashley kicks but McIntyre CHOPS again! And again! McIntyre whips, Lashley reverses, but McIntyre comes back to LARIAT! McIntyre keeps moving, and BOOTS Lashley! Lashley wobbles, McIntyre goes up top, and hits a flying ax handle! McIntyre is down, but he still manages to kip up!

The crowd rallies as McIntyre fireman’s carries Lashley. Lashley fights free and runs, into a SPINE BUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! Both men are down and MVP coaches Lashley again. McIntyre and Lashley stand, but Lashley spins McIntyre to shove. McIntyre kicks back, runs, but into the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPINE BUSTER! Cover, ONE?!?! HOW?!? MVP is still shouting to stay on McIntyre, so Lashley drags him back up. Lashley POSTS McIntyre again, then hauls him up for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, ONE!! McIntyre is not slowing down but MVP says Lashley should use something he can’t kick out of. Lashley waits for McIntyre to get up. McIntyre gets to ropes, stands, but walks into the FULL NELSON! McIntyre resists, Lashley keeps trying, but McIntyre uses the buckles. Lashley bumps McIntyre off the buckles, then climbs up to club him from above!

McIntyre Electric Chairs, Inverted Alabama, but Lashley holds on for dear life! Not enough, and McIntyre SLAMS Lashley down! Cover, TWO! MVP is relieved that Lashley survives. Lashley stands first and gets back to a corner. The crowd rallies and McIntyre goes to the far side. McIntyre runs in, but Lashley puts him on the apron. McIntyre hotshots Lashley then climbs up again. McIntyre leaps, but into a takedown! CROSSFACE! McIntyre endures as Lashley cranks back, but McIntyre fights back to his feet. McIntyre scoops and gut wrenches Lashley, for a TOMB- NO! Lashley gets a takedown to an ANKLE LOCK! McIntyre flails, rolls, and kicks Lashley away. Lashley comes back, but the Spear is turned into a KIMURA! McIntyre learned something from Lesnar and is using it on Lashley! Lashley endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! McIntyre lets go at 4 and MVP grows worried.

Lashley gets up on the apron, McIntyre brings him over and bumps him off buckles. McIntyre climbs, drags Lashley up, and clubs away with forearms. McIntyre brings Lashley to the very top, SUPERPLEX! But both men are down! The crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” at this rate but it has to end at some point. MVP gives Lashley more tips but McIntyre kips up again! McIntyre gets to the corner and starts the countdown! But he runs into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley and MVP cannot believe it! And to make matters worse, here comes Lana! The Ravishing Russian doesn’t care about things, she is saying the ref is cheating. McIntyre shoves Lashley at Lana, Lashley stops himself, but Lashley turns around into the GLASGOW KISS! Lashley bumps into Lana, who falls on MVP! CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

MVP gets up and is distraught! All the hard work to turn the Rocky Mountain Machine around, and it was ruined by a Ravishing Russian. Lashley doesn’t even help Lana up off the ground! Is the romance finally through? As for McIntyre, he survived so much from Lashley and comes out on top. Will anyone ever be able to conquer #ClaymoreCountry?

 

There’s a brawl in the parking lot?!

The Street Profits and the Viking Raiders are throwing hands! They’re supposed to battle over the Raw Tag Team Championships tonight, but what happened to the respect found during the Anything You Can Do Series?! Erik throws hands on Ford while Dawkins and Ivar brawl. They’re dangerously close to Strowman’s Grand National, and then Ford HIP TOSSES Erik onto the windshield!! “Fam, that’s Braun Strowman’s car!” RUN FOR IT! The Profits and Vikings bail, but the brawling continues all the same! Ivar rocks Dawkins but Dawkins bounces him off trunks. Dawkins helps Ford against Erik, and then throw him into a garage door! Then the golf clubs come out! Except, Erik and Ivar get their axes back. And bowling balls? References abound, and the Profits bail!

The Vikings pursue down the hall towards gorilla. The Profits make a stand with the clubs, the Vikings storm up with ax and bowling ball, and Ford has to point out how crazy this is. Let’s all just drop the weapons and fight like men. All at the same time. Good, good, good. The four stand back up tall, and Ford has a question. What did the five fingers say to the face? SLAP! And the brawling continues! Uppercuts and forearms, but then Ford hits a wall jump Superman punch! Erik comes back with Ace Ten Mao! Dawkins DECKS Erik and they continue down the way. Ivar and Ford slowly recover, and Ivar grabs his bowling ball. Ivar remembers back to their great night of bowling and all the strikes the Vikings were serving. Ivar prepares for one last one, and hits Ford right down the middle! STRIKE! Ivar pats him on the back before heading after Erik and Dawkins.

But when Ivar finds Erik, he’s down and out. Dawkins SPEARS Ivar through glass! Both men are wrecked, and Ivar goes back to his happy place: all the times turkey legs appeared as if from nowhere. And it was more often than you’d think. “Anything you can do…” “We can do better!” Ford and Erik catch up to these two and see just what happened. They help their tag partners up, and all four men hobble out of the lobby. No serious injuries, thankfully. They argue about who is to blame over this escalating. Let’s take this outside! But, they already are outside. What is Ivar doing? The two teams vow to finish this and they dig deep. But wait, who is this rolling in on motorcycles? It’s a whole biker gang of sorts! Led by… AKIRA TOZAWA?! It’s a bunch of biker ninjas! “Anything you can do, we ninja can do better!” CHECK! Helmet toss.

The Vikings and Profits huddle up and realize they’re up against ninja bikers. You know what that means? “It’s time, fam.” They must do this together. A storm rolls in, and Ford calls upon the powers of his red solo cup! Dawkins has a golf club, Erik has an ax, and Ivar has a turkey leg. They have combined to become the VIKING PROFITS!! Time to live by four words: WE WANT THE SMOKE! Tozawa and his shinobi power up, and it’s a 8v4 brawl! Shield smash! Cup splash! Drumstick smack! Golf club… club! Oh no, Ivar has been disarmed! But he still punches the ninja. Ford uses some street style while Dawkins rocks ’em! The Vikings give one ninja the Ivar SLAM on top of a car! They leap frog and ROCK more ninja, to then dosido BOOT!

The ninjas have been defeated and the Viking Profits super fist bump freeze frame! Tozawa ask they wait and show mercy. But then he waves over… THE SHOGUN!! He draws his sword, but Ivar summons Turkey Mjolnir! Ivar takes a big bite but Tozawa is confident in his ace’s ninja sword. Erik wants this one but the Profits keep him back. The four retreat to the top of the production truck! And then across the row of trucks, which is a lot of running for Ivar. Maybe if he wasn’t so obsessed with turkey legs, he’d be faster. Erik says Ivar is tired from beating up all the ninjas. No, the Profits did that. What did the five fingers say to the face? BRAWL! So much for that alliance. Dawkins clubs ERik and says it’s SMOKE SEASON! SUPER BULLDOG into the dumpster!

Ford and Ivar hurry over. What happened to being Viking Profits? Ivar pushes Ford into the dumpster! AIR IVAR SUPER SWANTON! All four are down in the trash and blame each other for starting it. Ivar goes back to his happy place: all the times the ladies complimented him on being cute; and said Erik isn’t as much. Good times, good times. The referee finally finds them and says their match is next. And by the way, Ivar, you’re cute. Erik? Not so much. Ouch. “She wants Ivar~ and not Erik~!” Wait, is there something in here with them?! This is straight outta Star Wars, yo!! C3PO, shut down the trash compactors on the detention level!! Also, what does this mean for their title match tonight?

 

Edge VS Randy Orton!

The Rated R Superstar’s return was the Royal Rumble. His return to a 1v1 match was in a Last Man Standing at WrestleMania. The Viper wants to see if Edge can do it “in a straight-up wrestling match.” Edge knows Orton is among the best, but this life was handed to him. Philosophies, motivations and determination will all be put to the test. The WWE has already deemed this the GREATEST Wrestling Match EVER, but will that be the undeniable truth when it is all said and done?

The introductions are given old school, in the spirit of the late, great Howard Finkel. The referee has the two approach to explain the basic rules. There will be no hair pulling, eye gouging, choking or low blows. Shake hands and come out fighting. They do NOT shake hands, and the crowd is thunderous already. The bell rings, Orton and Edge circle, they tie up and go around. They end up in a corner, then come back out, then Orton throws Edge down. They stay tied up and Edge gets to his feet. Orton SLAMS Edge down on his face but Edge gets to a corner. Edge gets up and shakes it off. They circle again, tie up, and Orton headlocks. Edge powers out but Orton runs him over. Things speed up, Edge hurdles and arm-drags Orton, then again! Orton fakes Edge out of the third, and Edge has to keep his cool over being fooled. Edge and Orton reset and circle again.

They tie up, Edge headlocks, Orton pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Edge hits a takeover, Orton turns it to a cover, ONE and Edge holds on. Orton pulls hair again then moves around to get a headscissor. Orton pries Edge off the headlock and squeezes tight, but Edge moves around. Orton cranks on the neck but Edge endures. Edge works to get free, gets up and pops out. Orton avoids the headlock and Edge again has to contain his frustration. Edge backs off and Orton grins as they circle again. Orton and Edge tie up once again, and Edge headlocks. Orton powers Edge to ropes and the ref calls for the break. Orton powers out but Edge hurdles and ducks under and keeps moving. Orton trips Edge and Edge tumbles out of the ring. Edge is growing frustrated and Orton eggs him on. The ring count climbs but Edge takes his time focusing himself. Edge is up and in at 7 and Orton gives him space.

Orton and Edge approach, tie up, and go around. Orton puts Edge in a corner, the ref calls for the break, but Orton knees low! The crowd boos as Orton whips Edge corner to corner. Edge slides out, Orton pursues, and it’s cat and mouse. Orton goes around the corner into Edge’s BOOT! Edge tricked Orton this time and Orton is down. Edge brings Orton up and around into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Orton gets to a corner. Edge walks over into Orton’s kick, then Orton throws a European Uppercut. Edge falls but Orton takes a moment to check his own jaw. Orton drags Edge up by his hair and whips to ropes. Edge slides under, keeps moving and slides again. Edge whips Orton and arm-drags him again! Edge wants the arm for a keylock and he smothers Orton to the mat.

Orton endures as Edge traps the arm, and Orton tries to headscissor again. Edge shakes that off, keeps on the arm, and stands to wrench the shoulder. Orton scoops Edge but Edge cranks again to bring Orton down. Orton fights his way towards ropes but Edge brings him back. Edge cranks on the arm more but Orton gets around to waistlock. Edge pries at the hold, the crowd rallies up, and Edge breaks free to another arm-drag! Edge has the headlock again but Orton keeps his shoulders up. Orton fights his way up, throws body shots, but Edge cranks on the headlock. Orton gets to his feet, powers Edge to a corner again, and the ref calls for the break. Edge lets go but Orton stomps Edge’s foot! The Viper bends the rules and he whips Edge corner to corner. Edge goes up and heasdcissors Orton out!

Orton gets up but Edge climbs up top?! Edge aims for Orton but Orton gets up to ROCK him with a right. Orton throws more haymakers, then measures out where he and Edge are. Orton climbs up and brings Edge up, and the crowd anticipates what he’s up to. Edge does, too, and he resists the suicide superplex! Edge throws hands, headbutts Orton, but Orton comes back. Edge headbutts Orton again and Orton falls to the apron! Edge adjusts, leaps, FLYING CLOTHESLINE takes both men out! Orton is busted open!! But he just grins through it! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Orton gets to the apron but Edge is on him. Edge grabs Orton’s arm and wrenches to wring it into the apron! Orton clutches the arm and is still bleeding from somewhere on his forehead.

Edge stalks Orton and dares him to get up. Orton gets to a corner but Edge CLUBS him down! Edge keeps clubbing Orton, not letting him get away. Edge brings Orton up, whips him to ropes, and then KNEES him low! Edge whips again, KNEES low again, and brings Orton up for a Russian Leg Sweep! INTO A CROSSFACE! Orton endures as Edge cranks back as hard as he can! Orton reaches, crawls, and gets around to use a leg for the ropebreak! Edge lets go at 4 but the damage is done. Orton leaps but Edge avoids the RKO! Edge goes for the arm triangle but Orton hurries to get the ropebreak again. Edge lets go quick and throws forearms. And CHOPS! Edge whips Orton again but Orton reverses, to get the back2backbreaker! But he made it more a neckbreaker! Edge sputters and clutches his neck as he rolls out of the ring.

Orton takes his time resting in the ring while the ring count climbs. He then slithers out to follow Edge as the crowd duels. Edge gets up but Orton is on him with a SHOVE to the barriers! Edge’s neck is again in danger but ORton bumps Edge off the apron! And back into the barriers! Then more barriers! Then the announce desk! Orton refreshes the count as it passes 5, to go after Edge more. Orton SLAMS Edge into the steel steps! The crowd boos while the ring count climbs again. Orton SLAMS Edge into the steps again! Orton refreshes the count yet again, and looms over a dazed Edge. Orton drags Edge up and over to the announce desk to bump him off it again. And then BACK SUPLEX him onto it! Orton whispers to Edge, “I’m gonna effing kill you.” He drags Edge into the ring, covers, TWO!! Edge refuses to give in!

Orton keeps his cool and looms over Edge again. Orton stands on Edge’s hand to then stomp it! The Viper picks Edge apart as he stomps the knee then the ankle. And then the other hand! Orton drags Edge up to scrape his laces off Edge’s face! Orton pulls Edge up by his hair to then wrap on a chinlock. The crowd rallies up as Orton thrashes and grinds Edge down to the mat. Edge endures but he is turning red. Orton cranks, Edge claws at the arm, and Edge fights his way up. Edge throws elbows and body shots, and even stomps his foot in return! Edge throws forearms but Orton shoves him backwards into buckles! Edge clutches his neck again and Orton drags him up. Orton looks up at the ceiling as he suplexes Edge! Uno amigo! Eddie Guerrero’s move! Dos Amigos!

But Edge blocks tres, and gives Orton the suplex! Then Edge goes to do DOS AMIGOS! Edge brings Orton up and hits the THIRD! The Rated R Superstar does it for Latino Heat! Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Orton SLAPS Edge on the chest while they’re on the mat, but Edge SLAPS back! They CHOP each other more, and more, and more! They stand up, the CHOPS keep flying, but Orton gets an edge. Edge puts Orton in a corner to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP again! Orton flounders away, ducks a chop and dropkicks Edge down! Edge bails out but Orton pursues. The ref counts but Orton comes around the way. Orton grabs Edge’s arms through the corner gap, to YANK Edge into the crossbar! Edge goes down, again in a daze as he struggles to breathe.

Orton goes back into the ring as Edge flounders up onto the apron. Orton drags Edge up top as the crowd rallies. Orton gets Edge in position but Edge fights back. The two throw body shots and clubbing forearms but Orton gets the edge on Edge. Orton wants it, and hits another SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down and Orton crawls to a cover, TWO!?! Edge still lives and no one can believe it! The crowd rallies up for Edge, even as Orton looms over him at the ropes. Edge crawls up the ropes but Orton brings him up to uppercut! Orton brings Edge up again to whip to ropes. Edge ducks, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down again but the crowd rallies. A standing count begins but Orton sits up first.

Edge stirs and heads for a corner at 6. Orton and Edge stand at 8, but Orton runs into a back elbow! Edge slips out and swing kicks Orton down! Edge leans on the corner, but he climbs up top. Orton throws haymakers to stop Edge, then adds uppercuts. Orton brings Edge forward, and drags him out along the rope! Edge denies the draping DDT, to hit EDGE-UCUTION! Edge crawls to a cover, TWO!!! The crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” at this point, but it has to end somehow. “This is Awesome!” as Edge flounders to ropes. Orton gets to his feet, Edge runs in and knee lifts him down! Orton flounders back up but Edge runs in to KNEE him down! Edge runs again, basement sliding elbow! Cover, TWO! Orton survives and Edge is at a loss for what to do. Edge climbs up top again, leaps at Orton, and hits a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives and crawls towards a corner.

Edge and Orton rise, Edge runs in but Orton goes up and rolls him up! TWO, and Edge wants the arm! CROSSFACE!! Orton endures, Edge shifts to a deeper choke! Orton turns red but Orton rolls to a cover! TWO!! Edge goes after an arm, Orton goes around, rolls and wrenches, to an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Edge survives as Orton uses Kurt Angle’s move. The crowd rallies up as Orton and Edge get back up. Orton brings Edge up, whips him and jumps, into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Edge caught Orton off guard but still can’t put him away. The crowd duels as Edge and Orton stir and sit up. Orton and Edge go to opposite ends, Edge runs in, but Orton back drops him out of the ring! Edge hits the ground hard but manages to crawl towards the ring. Edge stares at the LED that reads “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever,” but Orton drags him in through the ropes! DRAPING DDT!!

Edge looks like he is out cold! Orton slithers around but keeps his eyes on Edge. Orton hears the voices in his head while Edge sits up. Edge stands up and Orton leaps, but no RKO! Edge gets the chicken wings but no Unprettier! Orton leap frogs, but into an EDGE O’MATIC!! Cover, TWO!?! That sequence has the crowd fired up again! Edge glares at Orton as he goes back to a corner. Orton slowly sits up as Edge builds up energy. The crowd builds with him, and Orton stands as Edge takes aim. Edge runs at Orton, but Orton hops the Spear! Edge fakes out the powerslam, to hit UNPRETTIER!! For Christian!! Cover, TWO!! Captain Charisma’s move could not do it! The crowd still believes “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise again.

Edge CLUBS Orton on the back, then whips him to ropes. Orton reverses, picks Edge up, and flapjack hotshots him on the ropes! Edge flops to the mat and gasps for air. Edge rises, Orton kicks low, and reels Edge in. Orton underhooks a la The Game, PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Orton cannot believe it, but neither can the crowd! Edge checks his face and is okay. The crowd again wants them to “Fight Forever!” and they just might. Orton brings Edge up, whips him again, but Edge reverse into a ROCK BOTTOM!?! Cover, TWO!!! The Great One would not like that his move didn’t help Edge win this. Edge grabs Orton’s legs, steps through, but Orton powers him away! Orton gets up and Edge follows, Edge ducks the clothesline to go for a backslide. Orton fights it off, but Edge mule kicks a leg! The cover, TWO!!

Orton is up, to UPPERCUT Edge down! Orton walks over as the crowd rallies back up. Orton drags Edge up by his hair again, and back through the ropes. Edge knows that and pops free to hotshot Orton back! Edge gets back up, slides in to sunset flip, TWO! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Cradle, TWO! RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Orton finally hit his move and it didn’t work!?! The crowd loses its mind as Orton deals with the shock of Edge surviving. Orton argues the count with the ref, but the ref defends it was two. Orton hobbles back over to Edge, looms over him, and calms himself. Edge stirs, but Orton backs up. Orton wants to bring out a deadly classic of his. A move that ended careers! Orton runs at Edge, but into the SPEAR!! Edge has a wild look in his eyes but he doesn’t cover!

Edge gets to another corner, builds the energy, and SPEARS again!! Cover, TWO!?!? Just what are these two men made of?! Perhaps they really will “Fight Forever!” Edge gets back up, watches Orton get to his feet, and stalks up behind him. Edge whips Orton corner to corner, Orton reverses, but Edge goes up and leaps, INTO AN RKO!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?! No one knows what to make of this! Orton glares down at Edge as Edge slowly rises. Orton brings Edge up but Edge clamps on the ANTI-VENOM ARM TRIANGLE! Orton KNEES low, but how low?! Was it a low blow? The ref doesn’t know, and the PUNT hits!! Cover, Orton wins!!!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

Greatest Wrestling Match Ever? That may still be up for debate. But this was surely the greatest match between Randy Orton and Edge, though with a controversial ending. Orton crawls to Edge and tells him, “Go home. Go home to Beth and your beautiful girls. And tell them that Uncle Randy said hi.” Orton takes his time leaving while a medical team heads to the ring. A stretcher is prepared and they help Edge up, but he refuses to be helped. Edge forces himself to stand and the crowd cheers, but it doesn’t look good. Has The Viper ended the Rated R Superstar’s career once and for all? Is there no next chapter for Adam “Edge” Copeland?


My Thoughts:

For a PPV not even used last year, Backlash came back with a vengeance! Firstly, I was a bit bummed that the WWE United States Championship got bumped to the Kickoff Show to add the Raw Tag Team Championships, but then that Raw Tag Team Championship match turned into one of the wildest cinematic matches in a year of great cinematic matches. So much of that insane brawl was great, and I hope this means Tozawa has a tag team partner to join the tag division now. If that is truly Brennan Williams, aka Dio “The Shogun” Maddin, as the super tall ninja, that’d be awesome. He and Tozawa sound like a great combo and I want them in the mix with Profits, Vikings and all the factions, like Seth Rollins’ disciples and Vega’s stable. Also, Apollo wins with a little help from Kevin, but I’m not sure I want to see them as a tag team going for titles. Kevin should’ve had a tag title reign with Sami Zayn and no one else.

The Women’s Triple Threat Tag was incredible, especially as a main card opener. I knew Bayley and Banks would retain, and I do like that they’re trying to get a new tag name with “Golden Role Models.” Bayley and Banks are finally fulfilling their goal of bringing these titles to NXT for a match, and while Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox are a new team, it would be insane if they found a way to beat Bayley and Banks. Hardy VS Sheamus was pretty good, definitely better than their WWE Intercontinental Championship tournament match, and I’m a bit surprised Sheamus won. But that makes them 1-1 so I think Extreme Rules is the tiebreaker. By the way, that new Extreme Rules logo is not only ugly, but way too late 90’s, early 2000’s extreme sports. And yet I now have to make a thumbnail with it…

Asuka VS Nia was pretty good, but I was really hoping Asuka was going to win flat out. A double count-out obviously extends the story, so at least the concerns of Charlotte swooping in are momentarily eased. Extreme Rules could still give us a Triple Threat, but an Extreme Rules match for the title could be a way for Asuka and Nia to settle things to prevent Champion’s Advantage. That way, when Asuka wins, she definitively wins. The last minute change to how the handicap match crowns a champion was actually very smart, and it was smart to have Miz cost himself and Morrison so that Strowman wins without damaging their power rankings too much. Maybe the hacker returns and their targets are Miz & Morrison. And Otis and Mandy were smart to put the cash-in in the back of their minds, as all Mr. MITB’s should do.

I did not think McIntyre VS Lashley would be before the Raw Tag segment, but it was such a good match I didn’t mind. I just felt Lana would show up and cost Lashley in some way. It preserves some of Lashley’s power ranking, and I hope we get a rematch for at least SummerSlam. Lashley also looks completely done with Lana, and it’s about time. I don’t know what Lana does other than focus on herself, as she implied last Raw, but at least Lashley can finally be Lashley again. If nothing else, whoever is “traded” to in return for AJ Styles can be thrown into the mix to bide some time. I feel like Baron Corbin is a good choice given there’s also story to be settled between him, Aleister Black and Rey Mysterio for MITB’s “thrown off the roof” spots.

And then while it was constantly being called “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever,” Orton VS Edge really did turn into an incredible match. We could’ve done without the piped in crowd audio from great matches past, but I did enjoy using old Howard Finkel audio for introductions. Referee Charles Robinson being dressed old school was a bit odd, like they were trying to tell us visually that this was already one of those classics from the 80’s. But the genuine cheers from the crowd of NXT and trainee wrestlers were still great to hear, because surely they were enjoying the match. One thing that’s a bit funny to me was Orton and Edge burying the finishers of past legends and icons, though the shout outs to them were all greatly appreciated. I actually liked the controversy to the ending of the maybe-maybe-not low blow and then the infamous return of Orton’s punt kick. The series is 1-1, and the damage done definitely gives reason for Edge to rest until say, Survivor Series, so that they can try again in some other match type befitting these two.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (8/18/22)

Big Strong Boy VS Scum of the Earth!

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The NXT UK Championship Tournament rolls on!

It’s a double shot of the NXT UK Championship Tournament, as Mark Andrews takes on Joe Coffey, and Tyler Bate faces Kenny Williams!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey; Coffey wins and advances.
  • Amale VS Nina Samuels; wins.
  • Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Eddie Dennis & Saxon Huxley; win.
  • Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Tyler Bate VS Kenny Williams; wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey!

South Wales Subculture and Gallus clash once again, but it’ll be the High Fiving, Stage Diving, Skateboarding Rockstar taking on the Iron King! Will #MANDREWS head for singles gold? Or is this Joe’s chance to finally strike gold?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally as the two shake hands. They tie up, Joe arm-drags Andrews but Andrews gets right up. They tie up again, Joe whips Andrews to ropes but Andrews holds ropes to stop. Andrews comes back to headlock, and he holds on as Joe tries to power out. Joe back suplexes but Andrews lands on his feet! Andrews headlocks again but Joe powers out to run him over! Fans cheer as Joe speeds things up. Andrews hurdles an arm-drags, but Joe blocks it! Joe brings Andrews up to whip but Andrews RANAS, only for Joe to block it! Joe brings Andrews up, Andrews pops free but leaps into Joe’s scoop SLAM!

Fans fire up for Joe as he stalks Andrews to a corner. Joe throws body shots, then whips Andrews. Andrews holds ropes to stop that, and he ELBOWS back hard! Andrews goes up, leaps, and RANAS! Fans fire up and Andrews keeps moving, but Joe pops Andrews up for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps cool and he drags Andrews up. Fans rally as Joe whips Andrews hard into the corner, then doe sit again! Joe scoops Andrews for a BACKBREAKER! Andrews writhes but Joe brings him up. Andrews throws body shots and forearms and CHOPS, but Joe hits a heavy body shot! Joe suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Joe paces around Andrews and fans rally up. Joe half nelsons and even clamps onto the other shoulder. Andrews endures while fans rally up again. Joe thrashes Andrews around but Andrews throws body shots! Andrews tries to arm-drag but Joe holds on! Joe snapmares Andrews, covers, TWO! Joe drops an elbow but Andrews avoids it! Andrews throws heavy body shots in return but Joe throws them all back! Joe then clamps back onto the half nelson! Joe digs his knuckles into Andrews’ shoulder, but the fans rally as he endures. Andrews fights up, Joe wants the full nelson, but Andrews clasps hands!

Joe spins Andrews to EuroUpper! And again! Joe EuroUppers but Andrews hooks the arms! Joe fights the backslide, but Andrews still brings him down! Joe powers back up! Joe swings Andrews around but Andrews rolls him up, TWO!! Joe gets up but Andrews DROPKICKS him! Andrews runs to dropkick the legs out! Andrews keeps moving but Joe HEADBUTTS! Andrews falls down and Joe yanks him up! Andrews dodges the lariat and pops up to SATELLITE DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Andrews and Joe stir, Andrews runs in and ROCKS Joe! Joes wings, misses, and Andrews ROCKS him again! Andrews runs to CLOBBER Joe!

Fans fire up with Andrews and he throws forearms and CHOPS on Joe! Joe throws a body shot, shoves Andrews to ropes, but Andrews slides under the lariat to PELE! Joe ends up tumbling out of the ring, and his feet hook the bottom rope! Joe dangles over the floor and Andrews goes out to WOE STOMP him down! Fans fire up as Joe sputters and writhes! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Andrews brings Joe up. Joe shoves Andrews away, gets in the ring, and Andrews GAMANGIRIS him! Andrews springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe survives but fans fire up behind Andrews!

Joe goes to a corner, Andrews runs in and DOUBLE- NO! Joe blocks the knees! Andrews CLUBS Joe but Joe throw shim away, BOOTS him, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Fans rally back up for Joe as he crawls to the cover, TWO! Joe snarls, he drags Andrews up and suplexes, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Andrews has Joe wobbling and he hurries to a corner! Andrews springboards again, but into an UPPERCUT! Joe runs corner to corner for the GLASGOW SENDOFF! Joe runs to give Andrews ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Cover, Joe wins!!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

And with that, the Iron King is in the semifinals! Will he finally make NXT UK his kingdom by taking the top title?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Joe Coffey backstage.

Joe is singing, “This is what it means to be Gallus~! We’ll be champions again as you know~!” Joe stops singing to say that IS what it means to be Gallus. Did you see that match? Just like that, Joe’s first time back since his long time off, and he is feeling MANIC. The UK Championship escaped him two times before, but at the end of this tournament, there will be one man standing! This will be Joe’s kingdom! Gallus Boys On Top!! Coffey is all fired up, but will he finally be a golden Iron King?

 

Amale VS Nina Samuels!

The French Hope has wanted her own road back to the top title, but there are many obstacles in her way. There’s Blair Davenport, Eliza Alexander and Isla Dawn for sure, but the Leading Lady isn’t exactly helping things by trying to boost her ratings using Amale. Will Amale make sure the Nina Samuels Show is taken off the air once and for all?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)

American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!

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AEW House of the Dragon

Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!

AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
  • Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
  • Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
  • Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
  • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk is here!

The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.

“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!

“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.

He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!

So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!

Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.

Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”

Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”

Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!

Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!

Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”

Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?

 

Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!

The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?

But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.

Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.

Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!

The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!

Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!

Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.

Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!

Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1

The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!

AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!

Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!

Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1

And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!

Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!

Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!

Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!

Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!

Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!

Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1

Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!

Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?

 

Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.

Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.

Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?

 

Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???

But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!

Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.

But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!

Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?

 

Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!

Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?

The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!

Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall

Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!

Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?

 

AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.

Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!

Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?

 

Death Triangle speaks.

Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?

 

Jungle Boy is here!

Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my  hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”

And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!

Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.

Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.

Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”

Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?

 

FTR & Wardlow speak.

Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”

Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!

 

Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!

The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?

The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.

Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.

King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!

King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!

King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?

 

AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.

Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.

 

But there’s even more on Rampage!

On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?

 

AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???

To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?

Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.

“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?

The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.

Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”

Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!

Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!

Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.

Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.

Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!

The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!

Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!

Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.

Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.

Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.

Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!

Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!

Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!

Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.

Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.

Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!

Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!

Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?

As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!


My Thoughts:

What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.

Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.

Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.

Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.

Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.

Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.

My Score: 8.8/10


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