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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/15/20)

The Empress battles the Irresistible Force AGAIN!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

The Raw After Backlash!

After retaining her title in controversial fashion, Asuka has a Raw Women’s Championship rematch with Nia Jax! Will tonight be the decisive battle?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Vikings Profits VS Akira Tozawa & Ninjas; The Viking Profits win.
  • Natalya & Liv Morgan VS The IIconics; The IIconics win.
  • Apollo Crews VS Shelton Benjamin; Crews wins.
  • WWE World Championship Tag Match: Drew McIntyre & R-Truth VS MVP & Bobby Lashley; McIntyre and Truth win, McIntyre retains the WWE World Championship.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Nia Jax; Asuka wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Unsanctioned Match: Randy Orton VS Christian; Orton wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with Randy Orton!

The Viper, the Apex Predator, and once again, the Legend Killer. Orton returns to Raw victorious over the Rated R Superstar, and Edge has a torn triceps that will require surgery. Edge will be out for six to eight months, but Orton looks just fine. Orton grabs a mic as the crowd boos, and says that last night at Backlash, he did what he said he would do: he humiliated, embarrassed and wrote the final chapter of Edge. But Orton also gave Edge closure. “I knew the minute I saw him in January at the Royal Rumble, when he made his miraculous return,” there was just no way Edge would be the competitor he was. Edge was stubborn and resisted. All Edge needed to do was trust Orton the same way Orton trusted Edge when Edge saved Orton from himself.

At WrestleMania, Orton was not the Last Man Standing, but he stands here today victorious after the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever! That makes Orton the greatest wrestler ever, and he doesn’t need a world title to prove it. But what Orton needs is to thank Edge. Orton thanks Edge for reigniting the fire in his gut, the fire that burns at the expense of legends. It helped Orton remember what it feels like to be the Legend Killer. Orton wishes Edge was here so he could thank him face to face. Edge isn’t here, not just because of that punt kick that ended the match, but also because Orton tor Edge’s triceps clean off the bone. Orton knew when it happened, but he knew he had to keep going. He had to make Edge suffer for his own good so that he would go home to be a husband and father.

Edge isn’t here because he’s in some godforsaken hospital on an operating table while the doctors work to reattach that muscle. It seems Edge has a new mountain to climb. Orton hopes Edge reaches that peak, because he might even be cleared in July. Of 2029! So maybe they’ll cross paths again in nine years. But instead of Edge, it’s CHRISTIAN that appears! Captain Charisma, the best friend to Edge, enters the ring with a mic to confront Orton. “Look at you standing here gloating.” What kind of man Orton is? The greatest ever? The legend killer? Christian just sees a cold, calculating son of a bitch! Orton thinks Edge’s career is over? He’s wrong! Christian has known Edge his entire life and Edge doesn’t quit. Orton doesn’t get a say in how this story ends. When that time comes, Edge gets closure on his terms, not Orton’s.

Orton can’t believe Christian came out blabbing and interrupting while Orton has important things to say> this isn’t about Christian, it’s about Orton and Edge. It has never been and never will be about Christian, who is just jealous of Edge! Orotn sees that look in Christian’s eye, and he knows what Christian wants. Orton knows Christian better than he does himself. Christian wants #OneMoreMatch. No he doesn’t! He’s here defending Edge! Oh c’mon! Edge and Christian are the same! They can’t accept that something they love was taken away from them before they were ready to say good-bye. Christian may not be medically cleared to compete, but ORton has a way around that. Tonight: Orton VS Christian, UNSANCTIONED! What does Christian say to that challenge?

The crowd cheers, but Orton says that his offer expires by the end of the night. If Christian doesn’t accept, it just proves what we all already know: That Christian is a COWARD. Orton leaves the ring and leaves Christian with something to think about. Will Captain Charisma risk it all to avenge his friend?

 

Backstage interview with Angel Garza & Zelina Vega.

El Latino y La Muneca look back at Backlash’s WWE United States Championship match. Apollo Crews dropped Andrade down, jumped all over him, but Garza tried to stop the count. Kevin Owens gave Garza a STUNNER, then Apollo finished Almas off with the powerbomb! Vega had to keep her men from arguing again, but what is Garza feeling having cost Almas? Vega argues back that there are NO arguments in the team. No one cost anyone anything. Garza says he was helping Almas, but when you care so deeply about someone or something, you must be willing to let it go. Almas will get over this, and Garza feels for Almas. We feel for Kevin Owens because Garza will again show Kevin he is inferior. Idea! When Garza is done with that, how about a private interview with Charly? Maybe.

Almas comes over and wishes Garza luck against Kevin. But if Garza fails, Almas hopes Garza gets over his disappointment. El Idolo throws those words back at Garza, will Garza be made to eat them?

 

Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS Kevin Owens!

We heard what Garza and Vega have to say, but the Prizefighter is going to let his actions speak for him! There’s no ambush this time, so will it finally be a fair fight between KO and El Latino?

The bell rings and Garza rushes Kevin! Kevin avoids the dropkick and fires off hands on Garza! Kevin knees and shoves Garza to a corner, but here comes Almas! Kevin backs off to watch Almas strut out and this confuses Vega. Almas applauds Garza but Kevin fires off on him again! Kevin bumps Garza off buckles and CHOPS! Garza fires off forearms and CHOPS but Kevin hits back. Kevin waistlocks, Garza resists the lift and standing switches. Kevin switches back, and rips Garza’s pants off for him! To throw them at him! Garza escapes the Stunner and bails out of the ring. The crowd boos and Kevin rushes over, but Garza hotshots!

Kevin blocks the bump to give the buckle bump! Almas avoids catching Garza and he drops to the floor! Vega has to keep her men from arguing, and says she is sick of this! She leaves them both behind!? How will Garza continue without his manager?

Raw returns and Garza grinds Kevin in a corner. Garza lets up at the ref’s count to dropkick the legs out. Garza sits Kevin down and goes corner to corner, but Kevin avoids the bronco buster! Kevin KICKS Garza in the back, then sits him up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Kevin goes corner to corner now for the CANNON- NO, Garza moves, Kevin stops himself, but Garza enziguris him away! Garza goes up top and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Garza pushes Kevin and brings him up to club with forearms. Garza grabs a leg to pull on the half bow ‘n’ arrow, then grabs for an arm. Kevin gets the ropebreak and Garza lets up. Garza kicks Kevin then brings him up but Kevin throws forearms! They brawl, Kevin gets the edge, and he HEADBUTTS Garza! Kevin runs but Almas swipes at his legs! Kevin swipes back but Garza kicks low! Garza wants the ref to pay attention, and he gets a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Almas is disappointed in Garza, but isn’t he to blame there? Kevin takes his leave and Vega returns in a huff. Vega sees Almas and Garza arguing again and shouts them down. “Enough of this!” Both of them better listen to her. They both want the same thing, so stop fighting against each other! Do they hear her? Almas and Garza stand down and follow Vega out. Will the tensions disappear for the greater good of the stable? Or will it only escalate as the Summer heats up?

 

Bobby Lashley and MVP talk backstage.

MVP guarantees they will move forward and have what was promised. But an interviewer comes by and asks about Backlash. Does she not realize this is a private conversation? Go back to journalism school! But Lashley says that this is a strategic discussion for tonight’s match against “The clown,” R-Truth and that… Drew McIntyre. But the world is abuzz about Lana’s involvement. MVP cuts that thought off by saying the headline here is this: After waiting 13 YEARS for a world title opportunity, circumstances beyond Lashley ‘s control ruined it. And so instead of the champagne celebration they were supposed to have, things didn’t work out. But they’re going to address that right now. So excuse them while they take their leave.

 

MVP and Lashley head to the ring!

While their match with McIntyre and Truth comes later tonight, Montel Vontavius Porter and the Rocky Mountain Machine are going to address the WWE Universe and the issues they’ve been facing. MVP gets right to it and says that last night at Backlash, after 13 YEARS, this once in a lifetime athlete who should be the NEW WWE World Champion had his night RUINED. McIntyre had the unmitigated GALL to capitalize on circumstances. Lana is always thirsting for attention, and how did she quench that thirst? She came out to the ring to catch Lashley’s eyes. It is exclusively Lana’s fault Lashley is not champion! If McIntyre has any integrity at all, he would’ve given Lashley a rematch on the spot! But McIntyre doesn’t, so he didn’t. Instead, McIntyre is hiding behind another man’s wife, who was explicitly told not to bring her behind to the ring!

But speaking of, here comes the Ravishing Russian! Lana tells Bobby she is going to be perfectly clear. It was Lashley’s “stupid idea” to keep her from ringside to begin with. Bobby knows she would never do anything to hurt him. And to be honest, she does everything for him. She put his career over hers, stopped being blonde for him, and most of all got divorced for him! So MVP needs to understand that all the positivity, joy, love, happiness, good health, prosperity and blessings came to Lashley because of her. It stopped because of MVP. MVP is the problem! NO, Lana is the problem, THOT! You think the whole world revolves around you, but have no right to bask in Lashley’s spotlight! Don’t ever talk to her like that again! MVP is a snake who slithered into the relationship and manipulated Lashley!

MVP says that before he showed up, Lashley hadn’t even been around the world title! Lana says MVP needs to lower his tone and be respectful. She is a woman, thank you very much. And MVP is the problem! Everytihng was perfect with them! They were on a hot streak! Oh?! They were on a hot streak? Since when was th elast time Lana laced up her boots? Well… When was the last time Lana won anything other than a bunch of likes on socila media? Lahley had his opportunity against “a lesser man,” but Lana couldn’t follow one simple request. Backlash was Lashley’s night but she made it about her. He is sick and tired of her posting their personal life on social media. Lana spouted on about their sex life, just to become famous.

Lana says Lashley is even more delusional than she thought if he thinks she used him. If she was going to sleep tot he time, Lana would’ve chosen way more famous. Actually, now that she thinks about it, she should’ve chosen McIntyre. Then Lashley wants a divorce! The crowd chants “Jerry! Jerry!” while Lana tries to process what Lashley just said. Not only is the honeymoon over, but the entire relationship is! Will kicking Lana to the curb finally get Lashley back up to the very top?

 

Backstage interview with #TheVikingProfits.

Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins, Erik & Ivar made it through the night but are at a stalemate. Do they have a plan to break their tie? Well they would’ve settled it last night but they ended up facing a common enemy: an army of ninjas! Whenever the WWE Universe is threatened, they assemble like the Avengers! But fam, Dawks is thinking big! Anime, action figures, merchandise! But wait, Akira Tozawa and his ninjas return! The Stamina Monster says they deserve a sequel! What sequel? Not with them! But y’know what, if he wants to throw down, they’re ready any time. Tozawa powers up and… he summons NINJAZILLA! Tozawa’s evil laughter only provokes Erik, but Dawkins tells him, “He ain’t worth it, bruh.” But what do we do now, fam? Ford has an idea. Will the Viking Profits be able to defeat Tozawa and his towering shinobi?

 

8 Man Tag: The Vikings Profits VS Akira Tozawa & Ninjas!

King Tez and Dawks party real quick with the crowd of NXT superstars and prospects, especially Bugenhagen. But then they go by commentary to get Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe involved. Then they join Erik & Ivar in the ring as they confront The Stamina Monster and his shinobi clan. Who will win in this rematch from last night’s wild parking lot brawl?

Eriks tarts against Ninja 1 at the bell. Ninja 1 shows off his moves, but gets a SHOTGUN KNEE! Tag to Dawkins and Ninja 2! Dawkins SPEARS Ninja 2 then has Erik scoop him for the human weapon senton! The crowd is fired up as Dawkins tags ford and Ninja 3 tags in. Ninja 3 runs into a dropkick! Ford tags in Ivar and Ivar helps Ford with the back suplex splash! Ivar tags Erik and the Vikings are ready for Ninjas 1 AND 2! Dawkins gives one the CASH OUT SPINE BUSTER while Erik URENAGES the other! Ford and Ivar climb, SIMULTANEOUS SPLASHES!! Cover, the Viking Profits win!!

Winners: The Viking Profits, by pinfall

Tozawa never tagged in, but he sicks NINJAZILLA on the heroes! The Viking Profits huddle up and plan this out. Ready? Break! “WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!” But instead, it’s the BIG SHOW?! The Giant heads to the ring to reinforce the Viking Profits! Ninja 1, 2 and 3 return, but all get swatted away in turn. Tozawa and Ninjazilla retreat while Show gives Ninja 2 a CHOKE SLAM! And Ninja 3 gets the KO PUNCH! The crowd is fired up while Tozawa and his own giant stand down. Will Big Show and the Viking Profits take the fight to the shinobi?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

What is his reaction to Dominik Mysterio’s tweet that he will be here tonight? Well, it is Rollins’ understanding that no one has seen Dominik yet. But Rollins knows Dominik is here against his father, Rey’s wishes. Rollins senses Dominik’s presence, and that pleases him. Rollins wants Dominik here, and needs Dominik here. Because Rollins will go to the ring to deliver a message to the Mysterio family. What will Rollins have to say? And will Dominik show himself to respond?

 

Christian talks on the phone.

He doesn’t have to be reminded of the risks, but he’s thought it through. Christian isn’t sure what he’s going to do, but he’ll talk later. Who was he on the phone with? What will Christian’s answer to Orton’s challenge for an UNSANCTIONED match?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Monday Night Messiah promised to send a message to the Mysterio family, but is aware that Dominik is in the arena. Rollins takes up a mic as the crowd boos. “Last week, I came out here, I sat right there where Byron Saxton is sitting. I kindly invited Rey Mysterio to come to Monday Night Raw this week, and yes Rey is not technically medically cleared, but I just wanted to have a conversation.” Rollins wants to clear the air in this situation. Here are the facts: Rey Mysterio is a hero! Rey Mysterio sacrificed himself for the greater good that is the future of Raw. But sadly, Rey Mysterio declined the invitation. He took the cowardly way out by staying away. But fortunately, his son has taken it upon himself to make his way to Raw on behalf of his family.

Rey speaks on the titantron! He wants Rollins to hear him out. He didn’t know Dominik was on his way until it wsa too late. Mysterio couldn’t stop his son, but he knows what Rollins is capable of. This is his one warning. What? What is Mysterio talking about? He has Rollins all wrong. Does Mysterio think Rollins want to harm Dominik? He wants to help Dominik. Mysterio sacrificed himself for the future, and Dominik is part of that! He’s already part of Rollins’ plan. So do your fatherly duties for once in your life and let Rollins help Dominik. Help Rollins help Dominik. Encourage Dominik to join the Monday Night Messiah and his disciples to fight for the greater good! Join Rollins? Are you crazy?! Dominik will NEVER join Rollins!

Well then Rollins has few options left. Murphy and Theory are looking for Dominik, will find him, and bring him here. If Dominik is not part of the solution, then he is part of the problem! And if he is part of the problem, he will be sacrificed. Mysterio warns Rollins that if they harm Dominik, Mysterio will END Rollins! Did you hear him!? Rollins did hear Mysterio, loud and clear. An eye for an eye, right? That’s what Dominik said. Fortunately for Dominik, Mysterio doesn’t make the decisions for him anymore. Dominik is an adult who makes his own decisions, and has two decisions to make: Join Rollins and stand on the right side of history; or he can make the same choice as his father, and become a sacrifice. But Dominik sneaks up behind Rollins and CLOBBERS him!! The crowd goes nuts as Dominik throws Rollins into steel steps!

Rollins writhes but his disciples appear! Murphy and Theory surround Dominik and trap him in the ring. Murphy runs in but is thrown back out! Dominik leaps over Theory and then goes around! He ducks Murphy, hops the barriers and runs through the crowd! Rollins and his followers are furious, and a semblance of payback has been dealt! Will the son avenge the father and destroy the Monday Night Messiah?

 

MVP and Lashley prepare for their match.

MVP vows Lashley will be WWE World Champion, but then R-Truth walks up, shaking his head. What does he want? Bruh, Truth just wants to give his con… Consoles? Wait, condominium. Condolences?! No, ew, no. But it’s alright, Bobby. Truth feels bad that he got sent to Claymore Country, and Truth doesn’t even know where that is. Lashley must be jet lagged. And now he’s getting a divorce? Oof, a raw deal. Get it? Raw deal on Raw. Making jokes? No, no jokes. Good, because no one is laughing. Can Truth back it up? Of course he can! He’s teaming with the WWE World Champion! Well that’s later. McIntyre ain’t around right now. Well then bye. Truth heads out, but it’s only a matter of time. Will the 24/7 Champion and World Champion be a successful duo against a very angry MVP and Lashley?

 

Raw returns to MVP and Lashley hunting Truth!

They find him hiding under a ring and he scurries out the other side. Truth warns them about the ninjas, but then McIntyre appears. Now Truth has back-up. MVP says that McIntyre isn’t a champion, he is a pretender. Lashley is THE contender. Well MVP says Truth is a clown? The clowns are MVP and Lashley. MVP is all talk and false promises. No! 13 YEARS and Lashley is finally realizing his full potential. If McIntyre had any integrity, he’d put his title up on the line! The same for Truth with the 24/7 title! Make the tag match a Championship Winners Take All! Oh, you want both the World and 24/7 Championships on the line? MVP didn’t stutter.

BINGO! Sign ’em up! Truth!? McIntyre isn’t sure about that, but then Lashley taunts the “Chosen One” for having second thoughts. On second thought, challenge accepted. Will Lashley and MVP cash in? Truth is impressed by McIntyre, because think about it! Truth could become the NEW Becky Two Belts! No, it’s not that kind of Winner Takes All, Truth…

 

Natalya & Liv Morgan VS The IIconics!

The Queen of Harts has been having a frustrated time while the LIVing Embodiment has been trying to find herself. Will they find themselves a winning combination? Or will Billie Kay & Peyton Royce rebound from a Backlash disappointment?

The teams sort out and Peyton starts against Liv. But then Natty tags in outta nowhere, only for Peyton to DECK her! Peyton whips Natty to the corner but Natty puts her on the apron. Natty decks Billie but Peyton scorpion kicks her down! Billie tags in as Peyton goes up top, DUMDUM STOMPS! Billie covers, TWO! Billie is upset already as she drags Natty into a camel clutch. Natty endures, the crowd rallies up, and she fights free with elbows. Billie knees back then suplexes Natty down! IICONIC! Billie strikes the pose, runs and drops the lebow! Cover, TWO! Billie mocks Liv and the two argue. Billie pie faces Liv but Natty rolls her up! TWO and Liv tags in! Liv rallies with fire on the IIconics! Running facebuster!

Liv whips, Billie reverses, but Liv elbows back, and goes up, up and away for the missile dropkick! Cover, but Peyton breaks it! Natty brings Peyton around but Peyton throws Natty out. The ref keeps Peyton back but Liv rolls Billie! The ref is late, TWO!! Liv would’ve had it, and Billie shoves her. Liv standing switches but Peyton tags in. Billie bucks Liv off, Liv runs into the FALL FROM GRACE! Cover, The IIconics win!

Winners: The IIconics, by pinfall

Natty’s frustrating losing streak continues! But the IIconics get on the mics to call out Sasha Banks and Bayley. “We know you’re here, and we hope that you are watching. Because that’s what happens when we fight one tag team, not two.” The #GoldenRoleModels brag about being all over the WWE with those tag team championships, so they should get out here to face them. The IIconics challenge them for a match here on Raw! Billie and Peyton wait for a response, but they don’t get one. Guess they’re too cowardly for a challenge tonight. But they know someone who knows someone who knows someone, etc etc, to make a match for next week! And when they beat Bayley and Banks again, it will be IIconic! But with NXT’s Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox getting a shot this Wednesday, will it even be The Boss and #BayleyDosStraps coming back to Raw to answer that challenge?

 

Big Show checks in on Christian backstage.

Good to see the thinking face again. Christian has a lot on his plate, but Show knows it’s no coincidence Orton wants an Unsanctioned match. We all know how brutal those matches can be. Orton isn’t doing it just because Christian isn’t cleared to compete otherwise. Orton is doing it so he can get away with anything. So is Show saying Christian shouldn’t accept? No, not at all. Show is the last person to be telling someone else what to do. He just wants Christian to be aware of the facts. The fact is, it’s been a minute since Christian’s last match. Show has known Orton a long time, and he can’t remember the LSAT time Orton was this sadistic.

But Christian has one of two ways to do this: Understand the situation and step back; or go into the ring, look Orton in the eyes and shut him up. Because if Show was in Christian’s shoes, he’d smash that snarky smug off Orton’s face. Christian thanks Show for the talk and knows what he must do. Is Captain Charisma getting back in the ring?!

 

Natty and Liv talk backstage.

Natty is trying to keep her cool, but she has no words. Liv made rookie mistakes! She has zero discipline, vision, and as afar as partnerships go, Natty gets why Ruby Riott let her go. Liv is in no mood to hear Natty blame her for that loss, and Natty says there is no respect, gratitude or appreciation for a woman who built this division! She did it all for a bunch if ingrates! All Natty has gotten out of it is humiliation. If that’s bad, Lana is supposed to be married to the WWE World Champion, but she got embarrassed in front of the entire world. Lana put everything into Bobby, and only got a divorce. Lana is sick and tired for being blamed for others’ shortcomings. Natty knows that feeling. Are these two going to unite over their bitter feelings?

 

Christian is on stage!

He paces back and forth and Charly Caruso comes out to ask him about his answer for the challenge. Orton accused Christian of being jealous and a coward. Christian is proud of his WWE career and has nothing to prove to anyone. But he also won’t be disrespected. If Orton wants to give Christian #OneMoreMatch, then he accepts! Captain Charisma is back in a match with no rules and restrictions! Will he win? Will he survive?

 

MVP finds Apollo Crews backstage.

“There he is! The United States Champion!” MVP loves what Apollo is doing and is very proud. Apollo appreciates that, and loves being a fighting champion. Yeah, speaking of that… MVP says there is a difference between being a fighting champion and a smart champion. MVP knows Apollo will take on anyone, any time, and that’s great. But it’s not about fighting all the time, but the right person at the right time for the right amount of money. Apollo survived Almas and is going to take on Shelton Benjamin, a formidable former champion., Being a fighting champion burns you out and turns you into a former champion, too. So you need someone to navigate you through those situations. As one of the longest reigning United States Champions ever, MVP can be that someone.

Oh is that so? Apollo sees it that if he’s not a fighting champion, he’s not a champion at all. He appreciates the offer, and says no thanks. Well then, what is he going to do with this title? Because the only way he keeps it is with MVP in his corner. Will MVP’s words become reality for Apollo? Or are these false promises like McIntyre said to Lashley?

 

Charlotte and Ric Flair are backstage.

The Nature Boy is having fun, and he tells The Queen as both father and biggest fan, he needs to know her plans. Like, what title she’s after? No, she’s already the most decorated woman ever. He wants to know, just between the two of them, who does she have problems with? Yes, a lot of people get under her skin, okay? But he knows her. She does what she wants. WOO~! She is his daughter. Does this mean Charlotte’s next target isn’t so much a title as it is a feud?

 

Apollo Crews VS Shelton Benjamin!

The rising star put El Idolo in his rear view mirror but he isn’t slowing down. Will he be able to show he’s on par with the Gold Standard? Or will MVP be proven right?

The bell rings, the two circle, and tie up. Shelton headlocks, Apollo powers out, but Shelton runs him over. Cover, ONE, and Apollo ducks to dropkick! Apollo runs corner to corner to hit the big splash! Then goes again, only for Benjamin to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX Apollo away! MVP watches backstage as Benjamin hits the step-up KNEE! Cover, TWO! Benjamin drags Apollo into a half nelson chinbar and leans on the hold. The crowd rallies up, Apollo endures and fights his way up. Apollo fights free but Benjamin throws forearms. The two brawl and go fast and furious. Apollo gets the edge but Benjamin knees low. Benjamin runs, but into a back elbow! Apollo catches the kick, avoids the dragon whip, and enziguris Benjamin back!

Apollo hits the standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps his focus on Benjamin and brings him around for the military press! But Benjamin slips out, rolls up, and uses the ropes! The ref catches that and stops the count! Benjamin is furious, but Apollo rolls him up! AND USES ROPES! Apollo wins!!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

Turnabout is fair play, as they say, but maybe he did listen to MVP’s words about fighting smarter, not harder. Will Apollo win by any means necessary to stay on top?

 

Akira Tozawa and his ninjas catch up to Truth.

And one ninja is a referee! Tozawa tells Truth that it’s time to have a rematch for Truth’s “baby,” the 24/7 Championship. Truth tells Tozawa if that’s the way he wants it, that’s the way he’ll get it. Truth has the crane kick! McIntyre also backs Truth up, so the ninjas reconsider. Truth thinks he scared them off but McIntyre wants him to be serious for a moment. Truth overstepped earlier by putting not just his title but McIntyre’s title, everything McIntyre has worked for in life, on the line. But what’s done is done, so McIntyre will say this slowly: Does Truth understand the gravity of the situation? They could lose everything tonight. Truth does understand. He knows what to do. Will the two champions be able to stand tall together?

 

Backstage interview with Asuka!

The championship match last night ended in a double count-out. Does she think Nia is too menacing? Asuka responds in Japanese first that Nia just wants more and more punishment, and it will be EZPZ. Nia started the fight, Asuka will finish it!

 

McIntyre finishes preparations.

Truth comes back and McIntyre asks what he wants. Truth says he fixed the tag match tonight. The only title on the line in their tag match will be the world title. It just makes sense. No…! McIntyre is not happy, because if Truth loses it for them, McIntyre still loses the title! Oh… Truth asks McIntyre to believe in him. Truth knows how painful it is to lose the title, because he has lost his 24/7, 48-7, 7/11, I-95 South European Television Championship A LOT. And it took a few days to get it back sometimes. But he won’t let that happen to McIntyre. Believe!

 

The Viking Profits talk backstage.

The still need to settle the Anything You Can Do series. But how? Chess? Uno? Erik wants a chariot race! What? Where would they even get a chariot? Big Show comes by and says they shouldn’t look at him. He can’t ride horses. Ford thanks Show on behalf of the Viking Profits in thwarting Tozawa and that extra large ninja. Erik says he could’ve taken him, but he still thanks Show. Show thanks them for the merchandise, and has enjoyed watching their rivalry. But he also knows how to settle things. Carpool karaoke! NO! NEVER AGAIN! Oh, okay… The Profits are the current Raw Tag Team Champions, and the Vikings are the previous. Next week, the women are having a tag title match, so so should the men! That’ll settle it once and for all! Well that’s a great idea. Because #WeWantTheSmoke! How about getting jazzy with it? We want~ the smoke! Gotta have that smoke! The five dance, and the raid is on next week! Who comes away with the gold and the series all at once?

 

WWE World Championship Tag Match: Drew McIntyre & R-Truth VS MVP & Bobby Lashley!

What was just a tag match became a dual championship match but is now just about THE WWE Championship! Will Truth help Claymore Country keep the title? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine right what went wrong at Backlash?

The introductions are made, the one belt to rule them all is raised, and this high stakes tag match begins!

The teams sort out and McIntyre has Truth let him start. Lashley and McIntyre circle in a rematch from Backlash, and they tie up! McIntyre powers Lashley to a corner but lets up at 4. Lashley gets in his face but McIntyre doesn’t move. Lashley shoves so McIntyre fires off! McIntyre CHOPS and punches and CHOPS again! He lets up to whip Lashley corner to corner, but Lashley comes back to clothesline! McIntyre stays up to hit a GLASGOW KISS and clothesline! Lashley flounders to a corner and uses the ropes as a defense. The ref counts, McIntyre backs off, but Lashley throat chops! Lashley clubs McIntyre but McIntyre shoves back. Lashley fires off as the crowd boos, and he fires off elbows. Lashley puts McIntyre into the ropes and buckles but the ref pulls him off. Lashley runs to RAM into McIntyre!

The crowd boos as MVP tags in. MVP and Lashley double whip but McIntyre kicks MVP away, and SPINE BUSTERS Lashley! McIntyre elbows MVP then clotheslines Lashley out of the ring! MVP runs in but into a neckbreaker! McIntyre aims from the corner, but Truth tags in!? McIntyre doesn’t like any of this but Truth says he’s got this. But MVP throws Truth OVERHEAD! Truth flops out of the ring, Lashley tags back in, and Lashley drags Truth up to throw him into barriers! Lashley stares McIntyre down from across the way while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and MVP drags Truth to the corner. Lashley tags in and KNEES Truth down! McIntyre stresses as Lashley drags Truth up and pushes him to an open corner. Lashley throws hands and elbows on Truth then stomps a mudhole into him. Lashley digs his boot in and the ref counts. Lashley lets up at 4 to run corner to corner, and RAM into Truth again! MVP tags in, he runs corner to corner and BOOTS Truth down! Cover, TWO! Truth still lives and McIntyre is relieved. McIntyre shouts at Truth to get up, but MVP lines up the shot. MVP runs, but Turth splits to dodge, then comes back to calf kick! The crowd fires up and rallies as Truth sits up. Truth figures out where he is and hot tags McIntyre! Lashley tags in but McIntyre rallies with clotheslines!

McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD suplexes Lashley! Lashley is up, McIntyre spins him around for double underhooks, but Lsahley spins out and elbows the Future Shock away. Lashley wrenches and brings McIntyre over to tag in MVP. But McIntyre throws Lashley overhead again! MVP freezes up top and McIntyre BLASTS him down! McIntyre throws MVP into the barriers, the apron, and then the ring. McIntyre climbs up as the crowd rallies, and he leaps to hit the ax handle! And the kip up! McIntyre fires up, glares at MVP and waits for him to rise. “Get yer ass up!” MVP does, but staggers into the FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, but Lashley breaks it! Truth rushes Lashley but Lashley kicks and throws him out hard!

Lashley aims at Truth on the outside, but Truth drop toeholds him into steel steps! MVP rolls McIntyre up, ONE! McIntyre dodges, CLAYMORE!! Cover, but McIntyre lets up? He tags in Truth to finish MVP off! Truth goes up top, McIntyre gives him the boost, SUPER SPLASH! Cover, Truth and McIntyre win!

Winners: R-Truth & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (McIntyre is still WWE World Champion)

McIntyre trusted in Truth and together, they vanquished Lashley and MVP! Will both their reigns continue on through the Summer?

 

Christian prepares for his match.

Ric Flair finds him, and apologizes for not being here sooner. Maybe Flair could’ve stopped this. Flair says Christian is NOT ready for this. He completely understands why Christian agreed to it, but Orton is on top of his game. Orton is mean, sadistic, and wants to prove a point to everyone. Christian is doing this to make his own point. Christian appreciates this talk, but he can’t think like this. Flair says Christian’s family will understand if he doesn’t do this. They’d rather see him not get hurt! Christian says he is not going to let Orton do what he wants, and he won’t regret what happens next. Christian heads out, but will he be able to walk his way back?

 

Sasha Banks and Bayley are here!

The Golden Role Models may not have cared enough about The IIconics calling them out, but they are here to celebrate their victory at Backlash. They grab mics to speak, “I don’t know if you guys know this,” but they successfully defended their titles! They’re in the mood to celebrate, but there’s a bit more than just the titles. Anyone know what today is? Bayley’s birthday! They’re gonna make this a birthday WEEK! They’re starting tonight, you’re welcome, and then Wednesday is their trip back to NXT. They are gonna WHOOP Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart! Then they’ll go all the way back to SmackDown to top it off. Sasha loves the sound of that. But she has a message for the IIconics: NEVER tell them when or where to defend these titles! Sasha is The Boss, this is #BayleyDosStraps, and they-

But wait! The IIconics return!”No one, and I mean no one, wants another reading of your resumes.” They want their answer! Yes or no? Do they not remember Backlash? DING DONG, The IIconics LOST! Or do they feel special for winning real quick tonight? It doesn’t matter how many they put against these two, the end result is the same: Sasha and Bayley win because they are THE team. Well they are the team the IIconics beat last year at WrestleMania. A loss that was so crushing, they each had separate melt downs. Aww, someone call a wambulance! Hello, 9-wah-wah? This is Sasha and Bayley. They couldn’t handle the pressure then, and they can’t handle it now. You wanna talk pressure? Sasha steps to Peyton and gets SLAPPED!

And Bayley flips out! It’s her freakin’ birthday! You can’t ruin it like that! This is Bayley’s day! But fine! They accept! Sasha is upset by that as much as she is by the slap, but Bayley says they’re not gonna let the IIconics get away with disrespect. But will they even make it through the week?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Nia Jax!

Backlash was meant to settle things between The Empress of Tomorrow and the Irresistible Force, who has been trying to belittle Asuka’s reign from day one. A double count-out put a hold on the battle, but it is about to begin again! Is Nia finally ready for Asuka? Or will Asuka finally silence the doubter and move past this issue?

Raw returns as Asuka makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this Backlash rematch begins!

Asuka rushes Nia and dropkicks her! Nia stays up to CLOBBER Asuka back! Nia drags Asuka up to clobber her again, and again! The crowd boos Nia as she brings Asuka up, only for Asuka to hit an armbar takedown! Nia flails, gets free and bails out to the apron. But Asuka runs and hip attacks, only to miss! Nia grabs Asuka, brings her through, and brings her up to a fireman’s carry! Asuka hols on for dear life, then slips to a sleeper! The ref counts but Asuka lets go at 4. Nia catches her breath and gets in, but sees Asuka coming so she stays in the ropes for defense. Asuka backs off and Nia takes her time returning. Asuka rushes Nia with furious kicks, but Nia DECKS her! Nia is upset with the ref but she kicks Asuka while she’s down.

Nia taunts Asuka as she looms over her. She grabs at a leg but Asuka drags her into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Nia scrambles around and gets under the ropes. Asuka lets go, Nia is frustrated, but Asuka runs and baseball slides. Nia avoids it again, and lifts Asuka up, for a POWERBOMB to the floor! The Empress is in danger as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Nia bends Asuka back in a torture rack! Asuka pulls hair and pops free, but Nia hurries after her. Asuka kicks from below and hits a CODE BREAKER! Asuka fires up and runs, SLIDING ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives but Asuka gets to a corner. Asuka climbs but Nia runs over to forearm her first! Nia climbs up to join Asuka and fireman’s carries her up! Asuka fights, shifts and sunsets but Nia holds on! Asuka mule kicks the legs, NIa is in the Tree of Woe, RUNNING STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Nia barely escapes but Asuka keeps her focus. Asuka watches Nia slowly rise, and gives her kicks! Kick after kick after kick, but Nia blocks the buzzsaw to headbutt back! Nia drags Asuka up to the fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!

Nia argues with the ref to do his job, but he did! So she shove shim down!? She apologizes but the ref says that was over the line. The ref heads for the timekeeper, surely read to disqualify Nia, but Asuka rolls Nia up! A bit of a fast count, Asuka wins!!

Winner: Asuka, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

One way or another, Nia cost herself in this second chance! Yes, the count at the end was a touch fast, but she was going to lose by disqualification. Will Nia learn her lesson now? Is Asuka finally past the Irresistible Force?

 

Backstage interview with Randy Orton.

The Viper’s challenge was accepted, but he asks a question first. “Do you think Christian is a legend?” Charly does. Well for what it’s worth, so does Orton. Now do you know what “Unsanctioned” mean? It means there are no rules, there are no regulations, and that in a few short minutes, the legend of Christian will be destroyed by the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment: R K O. Will the Legend Killer add another notch on his belt tonight?

 

Unsanctioned Match: Randy Orton VS Christian!

The challenge was made and then accepted, Captain Charisma gets #OneMoreMatch without a single rule or restriction holding The Viper back! Will Christian avenge Edge while defending his own honor? Or will Orton end Edge & Christian’s legends that reek of awesomeness?

The introductions are made, but then Ric Flair walks out to the ring? The Nature Boy tried talking sense into Christian, is he here to try again? “Hey, c’mon. No, no, no. I just talked ot Edge, this ain’t cool.” Christian doesn’t need to prove anything, so just let it go. Flair also tells Orton this, but Christian takes the mic to say, “I have to do this.” And with that, the bell rings, and Christian circles with Orton. But Flair LOW BLOWS Christian from behind?! How dare you, Nature Boy!! Orton takes his time, and PUNTS Christian in the head!! Christian is OUT, but Orton still has to pin him. Orton turns Christian over carefully, covers him slowly, and wins.

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

#OneMoreMatch was a complete farce! The dirtiest player in the game served Christian up to Orton, but Orton apologizes? “I understand why you came here, but you shouldn’t have come here. Matter of fact, this is your fault! I didn’t want to do this! I didn’t want this to happen! Why are you here?!” The Viper blames the victim, then lets medics tend to Christian, insisting they be careful with him. “I finished the last chapter of Edge’s redemption, I don’t want to finish the last chapter of yours, Christian. But I had to. This is YOUR fault!” He didn’t mean for this to happen, but this is his livelihood. He can’t let anyone interrupt or disrupt that. Between them and him, it’s gonna be them. What is wrong in the twisted mind of Randy Orton?


My Thoughts:

What a wild Raw to follow Backlash! This may have been the first Raw after Vince McMahon kicked Paul Heyman out, but it really felt like Bruce Prichard did his absolute best in keeping Heyman’s ideas and stories going. We got great development in the dysfunction of Vega’s stable and it gave Kevin Owens a good win. I am definitely expecting this to turn into Almas VS Garza, winner stays with Vega, and I expect that to be Almas. We got a lot of great stuff out of the Viking Profits and this new ninja stable Tozawa has created. Turns out, the super sized ninja is Jordan Omogbehin, the Nigerian NXT recruit that had yet to make a television debut. It’s pretty great that Omogbehin is getting a Braun Strowman style call-up straight into something, and I feel like with Big Show getting in, we get another passing of the giant torch to help solidify Omogbehin’s place in the roster. I can’t wait for Tozawa to hit a super senton off of Omogbehin’s shoulders, too.

There was great integration of stories all over the place, too. Natty loses to the IIconics but blames Liv for not knowing what she’s doing, and looks to be joining forces with Lana. Pretty sure that means the two of them are a Heel team, but who knows how long it lasts just on personalities clashing. The IIconics were very active tonight with that tag match win and getting at Bayley and Banks. Their tag title match set for next week surely means Bayley & Banks get through Nox & Blackheart this Wednesday and whatever might happen on Friday, and we’re likely in store for a great match next Monday. Asuka and Nia had a match about as good as Backlash, with only a slightly more definitive finish. I actually like that Nia almost got DQ’d only to get pinned, and this better mean Asuka’s headed for… Actually, not sure. Unless Vince changes his mind about Shayna Baszler at some point, it feels like Charlotte by default.

Seth Rollins had a good segment with Rey and Dominik Mysterio, and it definitely helped Dominik there. I thought he was going to get beat down and spur Mysterio on to try and make an early return, but that might not be the case. Dominik is probably going to make an in-ring debut very soon, and it might be that Rey is used to coerce Dominik into becoming a disciple. Then we got a lot of integration between MVP, Lashley and various others. For one, the Lashley Lana divorce sending Lana to join Natty, but also MVP trying to recruit Apollo. I like that Apollo rejected the offer, then gave Benjamin a taste of his own medicine in using the ropes. Apollo is riding the tweener line but that could be to his advantage. At the same time, it would be incredible for MVP to create a full stable with Lashley as his world title guy, Apollo as the midcard guy, and then bring back Ricochet and Cedric Alexander to be the tag title guys. MVP can even be a champion because there’s the 24/7 Championship, and then he’d have four bodyguards keeping him untouchable.

But fantasy booking aside, the story with Truth and McIntyre tonight was great, too. Egging them on into a double title match, but then dialing it back to just the world title, it was a roller coaster, but McIntyre and Truth ride it out. Given Orton’s promo at the start of the night, I feel like McIntyre and Orton should start to mix it up going towards Extreme Rules and SummerSlam. The Unsanctioned Match turned screw job was great, all that Heel heat on Flair and Orton. With Edge out with a shoot tricep injury, Christian taking his place would actually be a pretty great way to keep things going. Then maybe, just maybe, we get the return of Edge & Christian as a tag team to take on Orton together for WrestleMania 36.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

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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.

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CM Punk is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1

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

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

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

Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.

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

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

 

Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???

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

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!

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

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

Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall

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

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

 

AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.

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

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

 

Death Triangle speaks.

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

 

Jungle Boy is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FTR & Wardlow speak.

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

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

 

Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

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

 

AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.

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

 

But there’s even more on Rampage!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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