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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/29/20)

TWO contract signings in one night?!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw doubles down on contract signings!

Ahead of their Extreme Rules defenses, the WWE World and Raw Women’s Champions have to sign on the dotted line! Will there be two brawls in one night?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Viking Raiders VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Garza & Almas win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Return of the Truth: Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo VS Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy; Rollins & Murphy win.
  • Ruby Riott VS ???; Peyton Royce wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS The Big Show; Big Show win.
  • Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley; MVP wins.
  • Ricochet w/ Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
  • Champions VS Challengers Mixed Tag: Drew McIntyre & Asuka VS Dolph Ziggler & Sasha Banks w/ Bayley; Ziggler & Banks win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens to CHAOS in the ring!

Samoa Joe was presiding over the Raw Women’s Championship contract signing, but it seems Bayley and Sasha Banks got the jump on Asuka before cameras were rolling! Asuka fights back as Joe shouts for security, and referees rush in before Asuka tears into the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions more. Joe calms down and welcomes the fans to the show. Our humble host is guiding us through this “very unique experience.” We were going to have both title match contracts signed at the same time, but Bayley and Banks won’t stop! They go after Asuka again! The refs hurry to pull the three apart from each other and Joe shouts they have three weeks left. This is combustible to say the least, but here comes the Show-Off!

Dolph Ziggler acts surprised by what’s happening as he makes his way to the ring. He swaggers in and picks up a mic as Joe starts an intro. Ziggler say she’s got this, and welcomes the “man with the audacity to not give me what i was owed. The most ungrateful man in the world,” the WWE World Champion for now, “the Colossus himself! The ferocious, monstrous, abominable Drew McIntyre!” McIntyre does make his entrance now and storms up to the ring. Bayley and Sasha return and shout at Asuka but Asuka shouts back. The brawling is forgone this time as McIntyre joins everyone at the table. Joe has Ziggler start.

“Drew, we all know you’re WWE Champion because of me. But let’s dive a little deeper.” Where would McIntyre be without Ziggler? Scratching and clawing his way out of obscurity. Telling anyone who would listen, “I had the world in the palm of my hands and I blew it.” So sad, really. But while McIntyre was shuffling around finding himself, Ziggler was here for 15 years, carrying monsters just like McIntyre on his back. Ziggler knows what McIntyre is willing to go through and to sacrifice for the title. But in the back of McIntyre’s head, he isn’t so sure. At Extreme Rules, McIntyre will hit Ziggler, Ziggler will get back up. McIntyre will give it everything he’s got but Ziggler will do what he does best: survive. And then, the 19 year redemption story disappears, just like that. Ziggler created McIntyre, and he will destroy him.

McIntyre’s response? He stands as Ziggler signs his part of the contract. McIntyre takes it, signs his part, and hands it to Joe. Then he sits back down and says it’s official. Passionate words there, Dolph. There was a time when they were like brothers. Yes, McIntyre was fired and went through hell to become the man and the champion he is today. What he learned is that this is more a mental game than a physical one. And he has figured out why Ziggler needs the title. Not just the ego boost, but because he hasn’t been the center of attention. Ziggler always drops the ball. Always a bridesmaid, never the bride. But at Extreme Rules, McIntyre will hurt Ziggler. Slaughter him. Ziggler will lose because of McIntyre.

But the only person who thinks he has a chance is Ziggler, so as “brothers,” McIntyre will do Ziggler a favor. Ziggler gets to choose a stipulation! Oh really? McIntyre wants to leave this in Ziggler’s  hands? There’s no third chance for you, Drew. Asuka speaks up, shouting in Japanese about Ziggler shutting up and choosing already. And as for Sasha, there’s no way she’s getting Asuka’s belt! Bayley and Sasha tell Joe to tell Asuka to stop. Asuka doesn’t care about all that and she signs her part of the women’s title contract. Sasha says Asuka isn’t facing the person she faced before. Sasha is the Blueprint, the leader, and the conversation. At Extreme Rules, Sasha becomes #TwoBeltsBanks when she wins. Then the double double champions are not only taking over both locker room,s they are taking over the whole damn company! Sasha STAMPS her part of the contract, and Bayley says that will be the horror show!

Asuka BOOTS Sasha and the brawl is back on! Ziggler SUPERKICKS but McIntyre blocks and dumps him down! Ziggler avoids the Claymore and runs for the hills! McIntyre says that was close. Ziggler, Bayley and Banks retreat for now while the champions are more than ready. Will both the Empress of Tomorrow and Scottish Stud stand tall after Extreme Rules? What will Ziggler choose as a stipulation to change that?

 

Angel Garza flirts with referee Jessika Carr.

Knowing she’s the official for his match alongside Andrade Almas, he offers her a night off instead. She refuses and says she’ll see them out there. Charly Caruso comes over and asks what that’s about, but Vega mocks her. Vega just wants fair officiating. What’s Charly’s actually question? Well considering they attacked the Street Profits, does facing the Viking Raiders mean they are hoping to become #1 contenders? Yes, it does. But then Big Show comes in and asks “Smurfette” that he’s pulling rank. His segment is next instead of theirs, because he has beef to settle with Randy Orton. Vega and her stable are obviously upset with “the Jolly Big Blue Giant,” but will they dare do anything to this angry giant?

 

Raw returns to The Big Show in the ring!

“Randy Orton! Come on down!” The Giant eggs the Legend Killer on to try and kill this legend. But instead of The Viper, it’s Vega’s stable. Smurfette, sorry for interrupting the interview but this is important business. You try him and that’s a mistake. DO you understand? Well Orton says Show is a legend, but… Don’t laugh or his fist will be down your throat. “I’ve got boots older than you.” But there’s still just one of you. You two should stand on each other’s shoulders to talk trash to Show. Garza still laughs. It doesn’t matter if Show is a giant or a legend. He will learn what the Profits will soon realize. BLAH BLAH BLAH! Does he want to fight or what?!

Vega says they will do Orton a favor and show them what happens when you disrespect Andrade and Garza. Show’s days are numbered. But say hi to Edge and Christian for them, in the retirement home. But then Ric Flair appears! The Nature Boy struts out onto the stage. “Zelina, you know how much respect I have for you.” But Flair needs a word with his old friend, a legend. No one is going to run Show’s career, focus it on the future, except for “the guy that has three great letters,” the Legend Killer, the Greatest Wrestler Alive Today, and the man that will take Show out whenever he feels. Show wants to know where Orton is but Flair says Orton will show up when he feels like it. Flair is doing the light work.

Flair knows Show has been making cartoons and Netflix shows. That’s great, everyone wants that spot. Show had his run, he’ll be in the Hall of Fame. But if he plays around with Orton, Orton will become an even bigger legend killer, and Show will be outside looking in, again. As for Zelina, go have fun at Show’s expense. Show eggs Almas and Garza on, they toy with him, but here come the Viking Raiders! Erik and Ivar brawl with Garza and Almas on the ramp! Raw goes to break as things get wild again!

 

The Viking Raiders VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

Raw returns as Garza has Erik in a headlock. Garza taunts Ivar but Erik powers out and runs Garza over! Erik runs, Garza drops down, hurdles over, then spins Erik for a whip. Erik goes up and over, rolls and trips Garza for a dead lift waistlock slam! Vega is on commentary to speak to Show’s interruptions. She’s a business woman but she can give you the business. But in the ring, Erik puts Garza in the corner and tags in Ivar. Garza is fed to knee after knee! The crowd roars with the Raiders as Ivar covers, TWO! Ivar drags Garza up, snapmares and uses the Warbeard to scrub his face! The ref counts, Ivar lets up, and tags Erik in.

Ivar rams into Garza, then Erik RAMS into Garza. Erik lets up to tag in Ivar again, and then Erik rams into Garza again. Ivar RAMS Garza, covers, ONE! Ivar looms over Garza as Vega says the tag titles will look better on her team, not the Profits. Ivar throws Garza, drops an ax handle, covers, ONE! Ivar drags Garza up to an armlock, grinding a forearm into the shoulder. Garza fights his way up, but Ivar knees low and tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Garza, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Garza! Cover, TWO! Erik drags Garza up but Garza escapes the suplex. Tag to Almas but Erik hits him first. Erik grabs Garza, off come the pants! Almas sucker punches Erik, Garza SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Almas basement dropkicks Erik away from the Viking corner then soaks up the heat.

Almas stomps Erik while the crowd boos. Almas tags Garza, they mug Erik and Garza stomps a leg. Garza uses a toehold in a cover, ONE, so he KICKS Erik while he’s down. Garza drags Erik from the ropes, covers, TWO! The crowd rallies up and Garza brings Erik up. Almas wants in but Garza clubs away on Erik first. Erik ROCKS Garza with a right! Almas tags in, and intercepts Erik with a shotgun boot! Tag to Garza and now they’re arguing again. Almas tells Vega to do something about Garza, and then he bails?! Vega hurries to work this out again, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Garza is throwing hands on Erik in an open corner. The ref counts, Garza lets up and turns Erik sideways for a KNEE! Garza brings Erik up to club him towards the corner. Vega says she’s the best manager because she got this team to stay together. Almas tags in and throws hands on Erik. Erik fights back and rocks Garza with elbows and shoves Almas away. Almas runs into Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar! Ivar runs in but Garza tags, only to get run over! Almas scoops Garza for a sidewalk slam! Basement splash! Ivar fire sup and the crowd does, too. Almas runs in, Ivar cartwheels and clotheslines! Garza dodges once, but gets the seated senton! Vega is furious as Ivar drags Garza up and scoops him. Garza fights free, shoves but Ivar breaks the line! Handspring but into the dropkick!

Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Vega says her team is just fine as Garza and Ivar crawl. Hot tags to Erik and Almas! Erik blocks Almas, Garza gets caught, the double stack for the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM! Almas is fed to THOR’S- NO! Almas escapes and feeds Ivar to a dropkick from Garza! Erik shotgun knees Garza, Alms gives Ivar CIEN SHADOWS! Erik grabs Almas, Almas has ropes! The ref counts, Erik lets go and Almas throws Erik out. Garza POSTS Erik! Garza puts Erik in, boot feint to ELBOW! Garza tags in, WING CLIPPER!! Almas intercepts Ivar, Vega’s team wins!!

Winners: Angel Garza & Andrade Almas, by pinfall

Vega is happy her team won, but she isn’t seeing the dysfunction for what it is. Will winning the tag titles save this team from self-destructing?

 

Ruby Riott tries to make a call.

Chances are, she’s trying to reach out to Liv Morgan after last week’s loss to Natalya and Lana. But as Ruby redials, the IIconics bad mouth the “little weirdo.” Some people don’t change, do they? After all these years, Ruby has no friends. Is this deja vu or something? Liv isn’t picking up her phone? Like not picking up a win. So she’s a loser, just like Ruby. Ruby zoned out because she was trying to remember who blew their tag title opportunity last week. Who was it? Peyton Royce? Billie Kay? Or both? Well they have each other! Yeah, sure. How about this? ne of you go to the ring and meet Ruby for a match, and then the other can pick up the friend Ruby beats the crap out of. Who’s up for it? Sounds IIc- Don’t. IIIII- NO! Right, okay. IIconic! HAH! Billie and Peyton are annoyed now, but will they be really upset when Ruby backs up her words?

 

Vega tries to stop her team from arguing.

It’s not easy. So in comes Ric Flair. He really liked the team out there, and what Vega was doing. He would like to talk with them, and they go off to who knows where. What kind of deal can The Nature Boy and La Muneca cook up?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas VS R-Truth!

The Stamina Monster came away with this title not so much thanks to his shinobi students, but because Bobby Lashley bulldozed his way after Truth. Will Truth be able to get a fair fight in this rematch? Or will he be without his baby tonight?

The bell rings and Tozawa circles with Truth. They tie up, Tozawa rolls Truth, TWO! Tozawa backs down and Truth nods. They tie up again, Truth headlocks, but Tozawa powers out. Truth holds the ropes to break it down with his dance moves. Tozawa shows off some moves of his own as he powers up the chakra. But then Truth throws him out, and shows off more moves! Tozawa gets in, things speed up, and Tozawa holds ropes. Truth jammed his knee, but it’s a trick! HE rolls Tozawa, and WINS!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

THIRTY SEVEN TIME CHAMPION!! The 24/7, 48-7, 7-11, I-95 SOUTH, European Television Champion- GETS ROLLED UP BY NINJA #1!! TWO!! Ninja #2 runs in. Truth dodges, but has to worry about the third! They go around the timekeeper’s area and to the backstage area! Will Truth survive this chase through the Performance Center?

 

MVP and Bobby Lashley talk backstage.

The Rocky Mountain Machine wants his manager to understand, Apollo Crews disrespected MVP and thereby disrespected Lashley. There better not be another offer to Apollo. No, no, that offer is dead. As dead as Apollo staying United States Champion. Apollo disrespected and OG, MVP respects that. SO before taking everything from Apollo, they’re going to drop some gems so Apollo can learn from his mistakes. Will MVP and Lashley teach Apollo a lesson he won’t forget?

Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy are also backstage.

The Monday Night Messiah tells his disciple that this is Rollins’ most important message to date. He has to deliver it now, before we all lose that chance. Rollins heads to the ring, and we’ll hear that message after the break.

 

Raw returns to Seth Rollins heading to the ring.

With the Mysterio mask in hand, Rollins and his disciple appear before the booing crowd. Things have gotten very personal and very dicey as of late, and Rollins has a mic. The crowd chants “You Suck!” but he doesn’t let it bother him. “Last week, Rey Mysterio, along with his son Dominik, made a very heartwarming return to Monday Night Raw.” Rey stood right in this ring and said nothing was going to stop him from exacting revenge on Rollins. He believes that with all his heart. But so does Rollins. Because Rey has “a duty to uphold.” The problem is, to put it delicately, Rey hasn’t been seeing things clearly. Rey thinks his duty is to the family, to protect them. But Rey’s duty is to be a sacrifice for the sake of Raw! Rollins has given Rey every chance to do this on his own terms, walk away into the sunset, and he has defied Rollins at ever turn!

What Rollins must do now is so important. Rollins tells Rey through the camera, “I need to ask you to forgive me.” He is begging for Rey’s forgiveness. Not for what he has done in the past, but what he is forced to do in the future. We are BOUND by fate! As fate would have it, Rollins is the Monday Night Messiah! As fate would have it, Rey is meant to be the sacrifice for the greater good! And so YES, Rey will step foot in this ring again. And every single time he does, Rollins will be forced to take a piece of Rey. Little by little, he will tear Rey apart, until there is nothing left but a memory. But then Rey speaks on the titantron. Rollins wants Rey’s forgiveness? Rey asks for forgiveness, but not from Rollins. From Dominik.

Rey hopes his son will forgive him for what he’ll do to Rollins. Rey was angry when Dominik tried to fight his battle, but he understands and loves him for it. But now, Rey must do something to Rollins that is just as awful. So Rollins, remember. An eye for an eye. Believe Rey when he says what he does to Rollins isn’t by fate. It is by design. Dominik forgives his father, but will never forgive Rollins. Because what his father does will never be forgotten, and that will be ordained by fate. Bravo, bravo! Strong words! Clearly Rey has taught Dominik well. But there’s one lesson left: Be careful what you wish for. If they continue to stand in the way of the greater good, Rollins will be forced to end Dominik’s career before it even begins. But first, Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo appear! The allies of Mysterio are here to confront Rollins and Murphy! Will they pave the way for Rey’s revenge?

 

Raw returns with Rollins and Murphy still on the outside.

“Ah, yes!” Just the two he was hoping to see. But before he and Murphy put Aleister and Carrillo out of their miseries, he asks why. Why do they keep standing up for Mysterio? Why do they keep fighting his battles when he won’t fight for them? Why is Mysterio Carrillo’s hero? Why does he look up to him like a GOD when he’s a coward? NO! Mysterio is no coward. Rollins is a coward! Rollins is half the man Mysterio is. Aleister says he knows a thing or two about evil. He recognizes evil when he is looking at it. So know there will be no forgiveness, but only atonement for what he has done. Rollins says they think they know evil. They ain’t seen nothing yet! This ends NOW!

Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo VS Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy!

The bell rings and Aleister dodges Murphy’s knee to throw hands! Aleister kicks away then whips, to kitchen sink knee! Rollins gets away from Aleister, so Aleister Penalty KICKS Murphy down! Rollins runs in but gets a ROUNDHOUSE! Murphy tackles Aleister to the corner and rams his shoulder in! Aleister BOOTS back! Then hops up, only for Rollins to trip him up! SUPERKICK from Murphy and Aleister tumbles out of the ring. Rollins tags in and goes after Aleister with stomps and kicks at the barrier! The ref counts, Rollins puts Aleister in and brings him up for haymakers. Aleister staggers to a corner and Rollins throws forearms and body shots.

Rollins whips corner to corner hard and Aleister hits buckles to then hit the mat. Rollins slaps Aleister around then digs his knee into Aleister’s head! The ref counts, Rollins stops at 4, then tags in Murphy. Murphy mugs Aleister with Rollins, but the ref counts. Rollins goes to the corner and Murphy drops knees on Aleister’s back. The crowd rallies up as Aleister endures the half camel clutch. Aleister fights his way up but Murphy pulls hair. Aleister back elbows out hard! Both men fall, Carrillo tags in! Ultimo Ninja rallies on Murphy and bumps him off buckles. Carrillo stomps away on Murphy but Rollins rushes in. Carrillo runs him off but Murphy sucker punches Carrillo! Carrillo comes back, Murphy ducks one kick but not the enziguri!

Carrillo whips, Murphy reverses, but Carrillo springboard crossbodies! Cover, ONE! Rollins runs in but is thrown right out! Murphy puts Carrillo on the apron but Carrillo enziguris again! Carrillo climbs, missile dropkick! Murphy ends up on ropes, but Rollins saves him from a 619! Rollins gets up but gets a BOOT! Carrillo runs and triangle FLIES! BIG plancha and Carrillo wipes Rollins and Murphy both out! The crowd is thunderous as we go to break!

Raw returns and Murphy blocks a kick to trip Carrillo. Carrillo boots Murphy away, Rollins tags in and he brings Carrillo up. Back suplex but Carrillo escapes. Rollins blocks a kick but gets the dragon whip kick! Both men are down and the crowd fires up again. Carrillo reaches but Rollins keeps him from Aleister. Murphy tag sin, but so does Aleister! Aleister BOOTS Rollins, dodges Murphy then rallies with big forearms. Aleister sweeps the legs and hits the knee thrust! Kip up! Rollins runs in, Aleister counter strikes, then DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Aleister slashes the throat and lifts Murphy, but Murphy rolls him! TWO, but Carrillo tags in. Aleister boots then KNEES Murphy! Carrillo gives him a 619!! Cover, Rollins breaks it at the last second!

Aleister throws Rollins but Rollins throws him out. Rollins DIVES and sends Aleister into barriers! Carrillo wrecks Rollins, but Murphy KNEES outta nowhere!! Cover, Aleister breaks it! Aleister drags Murphy out but Murphy boots him away. Murphy goes up top, Carrillo intercepts and the two brawl. Murphy clubs Carrillo, sunset flips but Carrillo stays up. So Murphy tucks him in, SUPERKICK! Rollins tags in as Murphy brings Carrillo out, KNEE STRIKE DOOMSDAY! Cover, TWO!?! Carrillo survives “the greater good” and Rollins can’t believe it! But he’s also rather delighted as he gets to keep hurting Carrillo. Aleister goes after Murphy, Carrillo rolls Rollins! TOW, CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Rollins & Murphy win!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy, by pinfall

But the brawling continues! Aleister goes after Rollins but Murphy goes after Aleister! Rollins helps throw Aleister out, then Murphy brings Aleister up. They dump Aleister into the timekeeper’s area! Then they go after Carrillo. “You wanna stick up for Rey Mysterio?” Then bad things will happen! But Carrillo fights back! He boots Rollins, pushes Murphy into barriers, then fires off hands. But Murphy takes the steps and RAMS Carrillo down! Rollins has a sinister smile, and he grabs the stolen Mysterio mask. “You wanna be a hero?!” Rollins makes Carrillo wear the mask, “You look just like your idol!”

Murphy drags Carrillo to the base steps, and Rollins says this isn’t just for Carrillo’s own good, but the GREATER good! Carrillo fights the step gouging, and Aleister makes the save! Aleister goes after Murphy and BOOTS him away. But Rollins CURB STOMPS Carrillo to the steel steps! It wasn’t the eye gouging he wanted, but Rollins has crushed one of Mysterio’s allies. Will this day of reckoning be the end of the Lucha King or the Monday Night Messiah?

 

Asuka and McIntyre talk backstage.

The Raw Women’s Champion tries to get the world champion to understand how badly she wants after Sasha and Bayley, and he understands. But Sarah asks about the double contract signing turning into a mixed tag match. What do they hope to gain ahead of the PPV? Asuka rants in Japanese, but McIntyre says it in English that the honorary Empress of Claymore Country is going to have some fun ahead of the title match. And Ziggler claims to know McIntyre, thinks he’ll get an advantage. And as for why McIntyre is allowing Ziggler to decide a stipulation, it’s so that when McIntyre wins, Ziggler will have no one left to blame but himself. And as for Sasha, she is not ready for Asuka. Asuka says Ziggler is not ready for Drew! The champions are on the same page already, will they be able to gain a huge advantage this far removed from Extreme Rules?

 

Raw recaps SmackDown’s Tribute to The Undertaker!

Truly one of the best, a true constant of the WWE that also evolved and adapted to keep going. “You can’t do what he did and not love this.” He put it above all else, and we are all fortunate to have witnessed such a career. For a legendary 30 year run that will never be rivaled and never be forgotten, #ThankYouTaker!

 

Ruby Riott prepares for her match.

And Lana comes by. She saw how the IIconics treated her, and Lana couldn’t believe it. How rude! It must be hard not having any friends. Lana, whatever you’re selling, Ruby ain’t buying it. Shouldn’t Lana be off “ruining another promising career?” Just leave her alone. Ouch~. Lana is just trying to help. She was so depressed, couldn’t even get off her couch, eating popcorn and couldn’t even motivate herself to make a new Tiktok video, and someone reminded her who she is and what this Women’s Division is about.

Does Ruby know that “this woman” has more wins than any other woman in WWE history? Yes, more than Trish Stratus, Lita, Charlotte Flair or Becky Lynch. Incredible. We need a leader like her! This woman has even more wins than the current Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka! This woman is someone we can believe it. It’s Natalya. Ruby still shrugs off the sales pitch, but will she be able to focus on whichever IIconic opponent she’s up against?

 

Injury update on Charlotte Flair.

After the incredible battle against Asuka last week, followed by the brutal attack from Nia Jax, The Queen has a fractured collar bone and will be out for some time. When and where will Charlotte return for revenge on the Irresistible Force?

 

Ruby Riott VS ???

No friends but plenty of enemies, and we’re about to find out which one steps up to the plate. It is the Venus Flytrap, Peyton Royce! But will Billie Kay still be a factor being in Peyton’s corner?

The bell rings, Ruby and Peyton circle and Peyton talks some smack. Billie distracts Ruby and Peyton blindsides Ruby with a heel kick! Peyton clubs Ruby and kicks her to a corner while Billie cheers. Peyton wrenches the arm and yanks Ruby down to the mat. Peyton drops knees on the arm and then again. Cover, ONE, and the IIconics are annoyed already. Peyton kicks the bad arm at the ropes, then puts Ruby in a corner. Peyton wraps the arm on the ropes and digs a boot in! The ref counts, Peyton lets up but Ruby hits back. Peyton kicks Ruby down and digs her knee into the ropes! The ref reprimands but Billie mocks Ruby as Peyton wrings her out. Peyton hammerlocks and sits on Ruby to wrench the shoulder.

The crowd rallies as Ruby endures and fights her way up. Ruby reaches back, elbows Peyton over and over, but Peyton stays camped on, for a back suplex onto the bad arm! Cover, TWO! Billie is annoyed for Peyton but Peyton is pretty upset as it is. Peyton stalks Ruby to a corner, but Ruby dodges her attack! Ruby dodges, mule kicks and front kicks! Peyton swings but Ruby catches the arm to fire off forearms! STO! Cover, TWO! Ruby clutches the bad arm but Billie tells Peyton to walk it off. Ruby brings Peyton up with the good arm, wrenches, but Billie distracts again. Ruby runs her off but Peyton O’Conner rolls! TWO, GHOST PIN! TWO! Peyton gamanguris Ruby, then brings her up for an ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, Peyton wins!

Winner: Peyton Royce, by pinfall

Bilie celebrates with her bestie, and mocks Ruby’s pain at the same time. With enemies like these, can Ruby find a friend?

 

Backstage interview with Big Show.

After the confrontation earlier tonight, The Giant now has a handicap match on his hands. Because of the new association with Flair, is this a trap to set him up for Orton? Well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Flair has always been the Dirtiest Player in the Game. Show grew up in South Carolina, so Show saw Flair as a hero. A 13 year old boy at that time saw Flair as the man! He was the “jet plane flyin’, limousine ridin’,” man, the myth, the legend! But Show got in this business, and learned Flair really was the dirtiest player in the game.

And once again, Flair’s mentoring the Apex Predator, making Orton the most dangerous man the WWE’s ever seen. Orton has taken out legends, he has Show in his cross hairs, but Show welcomes that challenge. “Come try me, Randy Orton!” Step into the ring and find out why he is The Big Show. As for Almas and Garza, Show isn’t giving them the big happy Show, but the angry Giant! And Show is bringing that side to the ring, after the break!

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS The Big Show!

El Idolo y El Latino have big mouths but also some big issues. The World’s Largest Athlete looks to make them big examples to The Viper, but will this all turn into a big mistake with Orton lurking in the shadows?

The bell rings and the duo sorts itself out. Almas wants a timeout to decide but Garza bails out first. Almas follows and they argue about who is first. Vega says one of them has to, and Almas says they’ll go in together. Garza agrees, but Almas fakes him out! Show corners Garza but Garza uses the corner as defense. Show tears the shirt off and CHOPS Garza down! Garza sputters as he flounders to another side of the ring, and then Show headbutts him down! Almas finally gets to the corner and looks to make a move, but chooses not to when Show stares him down. Show CHOPS Garza again, then tosses him out. Garza regroups with Vega and Almas, and Almas coaches Garza up. Or jsut wants him to still take the hits…

Garza does get in as the crowd chants for Show. Garza tentatively gets in, then tags Almas in! Show waits for Almas to step up, and the two circle. Almas gets a waistlock but there’s no lifting the Giant. Show powers out and bumps Almas away! Show puts Almas in a corner and CHOPS him! Almas feels that same sting and even Vega needs to take deep breaths. Show brings Almas up and in to TOSS him! Vega says the team needs to work together but Show keeps Almas from Garza. Show scoops and slams Almas down, then looms over him as he writhes. Almas crawls but Show steps on him! Almas tries to fight back with forearms and kicks but Show headbutts him down, too! Vega panics as Show brings Almas up for another headbutt! Almas flounders into Garza and tags him in!

Garza sheepishly steps back into the ring and Show gives him plenty of space. Garza is still very wary, and then leaps, into a hand! Show CHOPS Garza again! Vega is about to fall over from that one. Show whips Garza corner to corner, but runs into a basement dropkick that takes out a leg! Garza kicks away on the leg, then SUPERKICKS Show down! Show sits up but Garza hammers and stomps away! Garza doesn’t let off, except to brag. Almas tags in and Garza is upset again. Vega just wants them both to focus on Show but Garza tries to keep Almas from adding on. They argue, push, and Almas says this is HIS moment. Garza lets him have the moment, because Show gets up. Vega tries to reason with Garza, but Show CHOKE SLAMS Almas down!! Cover, Show wins!

Winner: Big Show, by pinfall

The Giant stands tall, having taught two youngins to respect the veterans. He adds on with the KO PUNCH! Almas is down and the crowd is thunderous, but Show’s wrath is not satisfied. Will Show get his hands on Orton soon enough? Or will he not see the three most dangerous letters coming?

 

Ricochet and Cedric Alexander check in with Apollo Crews backstage.

They know he’s ready for MVP, but Truth comes along with the 24/7 title. Is he okay? He look shook. Truth finally got away from Tozawa and his ninjas. Or did he? Truth is wary of Alexander and Ricochet, but they’re not shinobi. Sorry, Cedric the Entertainer. He’s just paranoid. This title comes with problems. But hey, it’s his favorite real-life superhero! Richard O’Shea! Apollo tells them it’s alright, you just gotta go along with it. Truth knows what it’s like to be a fighting champion, after all. “Y’all have no idea.” Well Truth runs off to keep his baby with him, but will Apollo be able to keep on his own run going?

 

Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley!

The invitation to join Montel Vontavius Porter’s team has been rescinded, but that doesn’t matter to the man who is finally champion. All that matters to Apollo is that he keeps putting up a fight, keeps winning those fights, and keeps the WWE United States Championship around his waist. Will he win this fight when MVP has the Rocky Mountain Machine in his corner? Or is MVP comin’ for that gold?

Before the match, Lashley grabs a mic to say something to MVP. “Before you teach Apollo Crews a lesson in humility, why don’y you illuminate us all on the reasons why you intend to do this?” MVP has a mic to respond. “It’s very simple. When I go home to Miami, the 305,” his whole block comes up to him and says, “MVP, you an OG, man! You made it out the hood! How can I be like you?” MVP says those are lofty aspirations to be just like him. But he can inspire them to do what he has done. What does all this success matter if you don’t give back? Which is why it has been an honor and joy for MVP to help Lashley bring out that potential!

Now, sometimes someone takes a heartfelt gesture and ignorantly rejects it. This is what Apollo has done. MVP is just trying to do that for Apollo. MVP understands this is Apollo’s first title, he’s riding high, MVP has been there. “But when one of the longest reigning United States Champions of all time offers to mentor you, don’t say no.” MVP will NOT be disrespected. Except he will be interrupted! Apollo comes out and even Lashley has to laugh at that one. Apollo asks MVP what he’s talking about. Apollo never disrespected anyone, and certainly not MVP. MVP is a self-made man, but so is Apollo. Don’t sit and give us a speech about giving back. If MVP cared about anyone but himself, he would’ve listened to Apollo the first time. But he didn’t. He kept pushing and pushing. Apollo gets right up to MVP and says that the only person MVP cares about is himself.

Lashley gets heated but MVP keeps him back. MVP admires this fire. But Apollo will find that while he didn’t want MVP as a mentor, he really doesn’t want MVP as an enemy. “Ring that bell, ref.” Lashley steps out, the US Championship is put aside, and this battle of veteran and young star begins!

MVP and Apollo circle, tie up, and MVP headlocks. Apollo powers out but MVP runs him over. MVP dances on Apollo, speeds things up, and fakes Apollo out. Apollo ducks the kick, pops up and huricanranas MVP for a dropkick! Apollo fireman’s carries MVP but MVP grabs the ropes. The ref counts so Apollo dumps MVP down. Lashley drags MVP out to help him up, but Apollo FLIES! MVP gets clear so only Lashley takes the hit, and then MVP rams Apollo into steps! The fighting champion is in trouble as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and MVP has Apollo in a high keylock. Apollo endures as MVP leans on the hold. The crowd rallies, Apollo fights up and fights back, then runs, into a BOOT! MVP covers, TWO! He tries again, TWO! MVP drags Apollo around to trap the arms and add a dragon sleeper. MVP cranks Apollo’s head but the crowds rally up. Apollo fights but MVP clubs him down and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! MVP grows frustrated but brings Apollo up for forearms. Apollo CHOPS back, and the two brawl in the corner. MVP gets the edge with clubbing elbows. MVP whips Apollo corner to corner, runs in, but Apollo dodges! The boot gets hung up on the rope! MVP staggers but into Apollo’s haymakers! Apollo clubs away from all sides and the crowd fires up with him!

Apollo runs corner to corner to clothesline, then whips corner to corner to go again, BIG SPLASH! SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lashley looks worried for MVP as Apollo goes to a corner. Apollo climbs up but Lashley gets on the apron! MVP runs the ropes to trip Apollo up! The ref warns Lashley but MVP BOOTS Apollo! Then PERFECT PLEX! Cover, MVP wins!!

Winner: MVP, by pinfall

The longest reigning WWE United States Champion just pinned the newest one! MVP is comin’, but Apollo goes after him! Apollo takes his frustrations out but Lashley stops him with the All Mighty Full Nelson!! Lashley thrashes Apollo as referees try to stop him! Cedric Alexander and Ricochet rush out to save their friend! Lashley won’t let go, and he even shakes them off! But the enziguri and springboard dropkick finally topple Lashley! Apollo’s allies dare MVP and Lashley to do something! Will something happen after Raw goes to break?

 

Ricochet w/ Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

Raw returns and something is happening! The One and Only is brawling with the All Mighty in a match to defend Apollo’s honor! Ricochet rocks Lashley but Lashley shoves him away. Ricochet goes up and over and CHOPS back! Ricochet throws hands but Lashley pushes him again. Lashley catches Ricochet but Ricochet elbows back. Lashley sweeps the legs and MVP talks smack. Lashley brings Ricochet up and suplexes him. Ricochet sips out, goes up and around to enziguri, only to be caught! Lashley elbows Ricochet back then drags him up for a TOSS! The crowd boos but Lashley takes aim. Ricochet staggers up, and Lashley RAMS him into the corner!

Lashley looms over Ricochet and brings him up for that suplex. Lashley holds Ricochet up for 10 before slamming him down! Cover, TWO! Lashley grows annoyed with Ricochet, but he brings him up to throw him out. Lashley keeps the ref busy as MVP flapjacks Ricochet to the announce desk! Alexander protests but there’s nothing the ref can do about it now. The ref starts a ring count and it climbs to 5 before Ricochet sits up. Lashley goes out to fetch Ricochet, and throws him into barriers! The ring count starts again but Lashley puts Ricochet in the ring. Lashley stalks Ricochet, brings him up, but Ricochet throws body shots! Lashley shoves, scoops Ricochet, and pops him around for the DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!?!

Lashley is furious as Ricochet gets to a corner. Lashley brings Ricochet up to TOSS him again! Ricochet flops to the apron and MVP tells Lashley to finish him! Alexander checks on Ricochet but has to back off as Lashley storms over. Lashley brings Ricochet up to TOSS him across the way! MVP says, “Show him!” Lashley scoops Ricochet, and POSTS him!! Ricochet flies off and hits the floor, Lashley gets back in the ring, just to refresh the count! Lashley drags Ricochet up and into the ring, then takes aim again. Ricochet manages to stand, Lashley runs in, but Ricochet flops back down. Lashley decides the Spear isn’t needed, he stalks Ricochet, to put on the FULL- NO! Ricochet is fighting it off! It’s only a half, and then Ricochet escapes! Ricochet dumps Lashley out!

The crowd cheers as this former United States Champion gets up and leaps! But into Lashley’s arms! And then into another fireman’s carry, only for Ricochet to slip out! Lashley posts himself! Ricochet gets in the ring, Lashley follows at the count of 7. Ricochet runs, springboards, LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives but Ricochet fires himself up! Ricochet puts Lashley in a drop zone, goes up top, but MVP distracts now. Alexander trips MVP up! Ricochet leaps over Lashley, comes back, dropkick-flip and enziguri! Lashley wobbles into a SUPERKICK! Ricochet aims again, BUZZ- NO! The kick is blocked, Lashley reels Ricochet in, ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPINE BUSTER! Lashley is furious and demands Ricochet stand. Ricochet sits up, ALL MIGHTY FULL NELSON!! Ricochet taps, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

But Lashley won’t let go until he’s satisfied! Lashley has his own blood pouring from cuts on his face, but he wants more! He puts Alexander in the full nelson!! Lashley thrashes Alexander until he’s down, and stands tall with MVP in the ring. Will MVP take Apollo’s title for his own? Will Lashley destroy all in his path to get back to the world title?

 

Dolph Ziggler talks with Sasha and Bayley backstage.

The Show-Off says this is going to work. This is a great team here. He’s a big fan of theirs, by the way. Going into Extreme Rules, they’re going to get into McIntyre’s head. He’ll take over, be a player coach of sorts. That’s so funny, Ziggler. Because the last time they saw him, he was on their show, SmackDown. And if they remember correctly, some mystery hacker exposed Ziggler trying to sabotage Otis x Mandy. In that same time, Bayley and Sasha have been dominating the WWE Women’s Division. Good point. The point being, don’t screw this up for Sasha! Ziggler understands, and is confident they’ll all be champion soon enough. The golden mixed tag main is after the break!

 

Champions VS Challengers Mixed Tag: Drew McIntyre & Asuka VS Dolph Ziggler & Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!

The Scottish Stud of Claymore Country teams up with the Empress of Tomorrow to give everyone a preview of “the horror show” of Extreme Rules. But the Show-Off still has a major decision to make, and The Boss has a golden insurance policy in #BayleyDosStraps. Chaos opened the show, but will it end the night in this championship crossover?

The teams sort out, and Bayley joins commentary to show she can do better than the Raw table just like she does SmackDown’s. McIntyre and Ziggler start and they circle. They tie up, Ziggler goes after a leg but McIntyre throws him right off! The crowd is fired up as McIntyre grins at Ziggler, but Ziggler gets up to go again. They tie up, Ziggler tries the other leg, but McIntyre still throws him off! Ziggler lands on his feet this time and says he knows McIntyre better than he knows himself. But McIntyre CHOPS him down! Guess Ziggler didn’t know that was coming. McIntyre bumps Ziggler off buckles then CHOPS him again! Ziggler flops down but McIntyre is still on him. McIntyre puts Ziggler through ropes but Ziggler elbows back! FAMOUSER! Cover, ONE!!

Ziggler keeps focus as Bayley brags for Ziggler, but McIntyre powers Ziggler away again. McIntyre eggs Ziggler on, but Sasha tags in. Asuka comes in automatically and Bayley says this is the real main event now. Sasha and Asuka egg each other on and start shoving. Asuka swings but misses, Sasha shoves and ducks, and things speed up. Asuka runs and runs Sasha over! Bayley is upset by that but Asuka keeps moving. Sasha dodges the corner hip attack and has things cool off. Asuka swings on Sasha again, but Sasha spins her for the chinlock! Asuka spins out before a Backstabber, and wants the Asuka Lock! Sasha reaches out to Ziggler, but Ziggler gets in, only for McIntyre to scoop him! Ziggler slips out, only to get a GLASGOW KISS!

Sasha gets free of Asuka but Asuka mule kicks and BACK HANDS! The challengers bail out and the champions stand tall! Bayley asks if Sasha is okay, and to a lesser degree if Ziggler is. The challengers regroup while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and Ziggler has McIntyre in a sleeper hold! McIntyre throws Ziggler off hard, but Ziggler is back again! Bayley is enjoying this, but McIntyre throws Ziggler off again. McIntyre runs in and elbows through Ziggler’s boot! McIntyre drags Ziggler up to CHOP him down! And then he lifts Ziggler, for the INVERTED ALABAMA SL- Into a victory roll! TWO, and Ziggler kicks. McIntyre blocks, Ziggler ducks the punch, and jumps to hit the satellite DDT! Bayley is pumped for her partner’s partner! Ziggler crawls towards his corner, hot tag to Sasha! Asuka gets in and dropkick Sasha first! And then pop-up KNEES! Asuka runs corner to corner, hip attack! Mule kick! SNAP GERMAN!

Asuka keeps moving, Sliding Wizard! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is relieved but Asuka won’t let up. Asuka fires up, the crowd fires up with her, and Asuka runs again. Hip attack sends Sasha down from the apron! Bayley distracts Asuka with neener-neener, and Sasha trips Asuka up! “Who falls for this?” Sasha hits APRON METEORA! She puts Asuka in, covers, TWO!! Asuka lives and Sasha is furious! Bayley is still confident as Sasha rains down right hands on Asuka. Sasha cools off but Asuka kicks back. Sasha stomps Asuka down, drags her up, and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO! Sasha drags Asuka back up into a chinlock but the crowd rallies up. Asuka endures, fights up and fights out. Asuka whips Sasha, Sasha reverses but runs into boots. Sasha turns Asuka sideways, STOCK DROP KNEES! Cover, TWO!!

Bayley isn’t losing confidence as Sasha still has this. Sasha paces about before bringing Asuka up. Sasha has a sleeper, then chicken wings. Sasha brings Asuka down for a motorcycle stretch! Asuka endures, but she fights her way back up. Asuka hip bumps out then kicks, only for Sasha to block and KNEE! But Asuka CODE BREAKERS back! Both women are down and the crowd rallies hard. Asuka and Sasha crawl, hot tag to Ziggler! McIntyre gets in and runs Ziggler over! McIntyre whips, and THROWS Ziggler overhead! Ziggler flounders into ANOTHER! McIntyre goes to the corner, goes up top, and aims for the falling ax handles! And the kip up! The crowd is thunderous again as McIntyre glares at Ziggler. Ziggler stands, McIntyre reels him in, but no Future Shock. McIntyre shoves, Ziggler tilt-o-whirls, but no DDT! McIntyre powers out, Sasha tags in!

McIntyre throws Ziggler out but Sasha gets in McIntyre’s face. “I run this place, I’m the Legit Boss!” McIntyre can’t touch Sasha, so he JABS Ziggler off the apron! Asuka slides in as Sasha is furiously shouting at McIntyre. Asuka stalks right up to Sasha, to ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is relieved but denies she’s nervous. McIntyre scoops Ziggler, but Ziggler slips out to POST McIntyre! Asuka drags Sasha up into the chicken wing, but Sasha drops down to victory roll! TWO, Sasha ducks the kick, TWO! CROSSFACE! The Bank Statement is on deep and Bayley is confident. Asuka turns, pries free, and hits a flying armbar takedown, into the ASUKA LOCK! But Sasha slips out before it’s on, has a cover, Sasha and Ziggler win!!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall

The Blueprint pins the Raw Women’s Champion!! It’s a tag team victory, but can Sasha do it all again when it’s just 1v1? And as for Ziggler, he survives the Scottish Stud, what stipulation will he cook up to ruin McIntyre’s redemption story?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode of Raw. They hyped up both the world title and Raw Women’s title contract signings, but I didn’t realize they were going to have them both at once. It turned out great, in my opinion. They probably didn’t need the chaos right at the very start but it was definitely a great surprise to open with. The promos were really good, the extra brawling was good, and the mixed tag main event that resulted was great! Bayley was hilarious and on point as a Heel on commentary, and it makes sense for the Heels/challengers to win now. The Faces/champions need to feel the pressure a bit. In McIntyre’s case, he’s still certain to win, even with Ziggler still poised to choose something crazy for their title match. Asuka might actually be the one in danger because the plan for SummerSlam could still be a huge Women’s Championship match involving all three brands.

It was good to have a replay of the Taker tribute video, and I was surprised they didn’t go for longer. Big Show getting involved with Zelina and her stable, which in turn means they’re getting involved with the Randy Orton story, is quite intriguing. Garza and Almas win the tag match with the Viking Raiders but their dysfunction costs them against Show, so the stable still hasn’t really gotten their footing. Though it feels like the stable is already over, and someone is turning Face. While Vega left with Garza as Almas was left high and dry, I feel like Almas and Vega should stick together as the original combination, and Garza finds a way to be the #LethalLothario as a Face.

Ruby has good story development with The IIconics and Lana, but I sense this all turns towards Liv coming to Ruby’s rescue at some point. The IIconics, Lana & Natty, and then a somewhat reunited Riott Squad become a Triple Threat Tag to determine WWE Women’s Tag title contenders, but not necessarily for SummerSlam or even Survivor Series. Truth wins again, but a part of me was hoping they’d stretch things out until the Swamp Fight match Strowman and Wyatt are having. Truth showing up randomly in that swamp would be an odd but hilarious cameo for something that is clearly meant to become “the horror show” part of Extreme Rules this year.

Truth’s bit with Apollo, Ricochet and Alexander was great, and their segment with MVP and Lashley was really good. MVP and Lashley both get really good wins tonight, and while MVP looks poised to get the US title, I wonder if Lashley starts to feel cheated that he doesn’t have a title when MVP promised him one time and again. Seth Rollins has a good promo, Mysterio and Dominik have a good counter promo, and then the tag team match with Aleister and Carrillo was really good. Carrillo getting stomped out, perhaps the Six Man Tag I predicted actually does have Dominik join in for his first match. That’d be pretty great, as it ties back to Dominik wanting to wrestle alongside his father at some point.

My score: 8.4/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 10.6.2022

The GO HOME to Bound for Glory! What kind of last minute changes (if any) happen tonight?

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Well we’ve got the GO HOME for Bound For Glory! It is definitely a little odd for the biggest PPV in the company to be two weeks after Victory Road; but hey the matches look pretty damn good.

Kaz gets a tune up match before his title shot, but you have to think if Kenny King can get a win; he’d make the title match a Triple Threat. As well as a Maclin vs Moose showdown with Sami Callihan as referee.

So we get to see how they hype the PPV and how the rest of the PPV shakes out!

Ratings:

  • Kenny King vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via Chicken Wing – ***
  • Gisele Shaw vs Mia Yim: Yim wins via Eat Defeat – ** 1/2
  • Special Referee: Sami Callihan: Moose vs Steve Maclin: Maclin wins via Callihan’s Revenge – ***
  • Swingerellas w/Zicky Dice & Johnny Swinger vs Taya & JesSICKa w/Rosemary: JesSICKa wins via SICK-ishi Driver – N/A
  • Matt Taven w/Mike & Maria vs Alex Shelley w/Chris Sabin: Shelley wins via Shellshock – *** 1/4

 

Results:

Kenny King vs Frankie Kazarian

Collar and Elbow/Headlock tie ups start the match before the Rope Run Shoulder tackle spots. A lot of World of Sport style counter wrestling, different take overs, cradles and eventually Kaz takes advantage of an opening with a big Lariat combo.

Kenny baits Kaz into trying his Guillotine Leg Drop on the apron, but pulls his head back in and then Planchas on his head. Leg Lariats, Leg Drops, Rising Knee Strikes, all great offense from King before Kaz tries a few reversals to catch a breath. King charges and Kaz does an Overhead Belly to Belly toss into the corner.

Scoop Slam into the Springboard Guillotine from Kaz for 2. Kaz tries for the Chicken Wing, but rams Kaz face first into the turnbuckle. T-Bone Suplex Hold from King for 2. Royal Flush attempt from Kenny, Eddy Gordo kick into Tiger Driver…only 2! Royal Flush again, but Kaz grabs the ropes and falls back into a Chicken Wing. The Heavy Metal Rebel gets the submission win!

Gisele Shaw vs Mia Yim

Mickie James comes out on commentary to scout Yim a little going into their Bound For Glory match.

Gisele and Mia start off in mostly a stalemate, but Gisele still jaws over at Mickie. After a little counter play, Mia hooks in a Front Neck Choke, but Gisele powers up and slams Mia into the corner. Mia tries an Outside-In Enzuigiri, Gisele blocks it, Stun Guns and then wipes out Mia with a Tornillo.

Commercial break comes back with Gisele leaving her feet when throwing Mia into the corner and then mocking Mickie James. Mia tries to fight back, Final Cut from Gisele for 2. Gisele goes for a stomp, misses, Buzzsaw Kick, misses, and Mia lights her up with Knife Edge Chops. Spinning Rope Assisted Enzuigiri into a Green Killer puts an end to Mia’s offense. Rope run strikes leads to Gisele hitting a great Step Over Dragon Kick but Mia responds with a Headbutt as they’re both down for a second. John Woo Dropkick from Mia, Senton in the corner for 2, Mia tries to set up and Eat Defeat, but Gisele throws her into the ropes. Backbreaker/Flatliner combo gives Gisele a 2, Mia retreats to the corner a little, Gisele chases and then gets caught with an Eat Defeat.

Impact Flashback Moment: TNA PPV #28: 1.22.2003 Raven attacking Jeff Jarrett

Special Referee: Sami Callihan: Moose vs Steve Maclin

Moose comes out all taped up, hits ribs and his mid section. While Maclin looks fine and Sami has a black eye. I like the setup since Moose being banged up before the Gauntlet lends more reason to him not winning yet nit getting hurt by a loss.

Early on, the action in the ring is secondary to Sami Callihan hamming it up. He turns his back on corner strikes, stops counts and chants “WRESTLING” at the crowd. He’s really just letting things go, I think even Red Shoes would even think this is a little too rules light.

Sami’s very sarcastic and campy delivery of checking on wrestlers and starting occasional counts is great. He also congratulates people on big haymakers with the sarcastic “GOOD JOB”. The wrestling is a pretty good slugfest so far, but Sami takes away from the action with his antics; but that’s also the role he’s purposefully playing. Callihan plays into their desire to beat on each other, but the satire of the “Ref Machine” isn’t something I could tolerate often.

Standing 10 count, Sami stops at 4 and tells them to “GET YOUR ASS UP”. Which starts a chant, of course. Maclin hits the Crosshairs, and then Sami is hamming it up and takes his sweet time starting a count. Moose hits Go To Hell, but Sami got bounced and started talking to the crowd instead of counting. Light Out miss, KIA miss, round-a-bout, Lights Out, 1-2-FUCK YOU. Cactus Driver ’97 on Moose and Maclin. Sami puts Maclin on Moose and counts 3.

I am so happy this was a Joe Hendry vignette. 

Swingerellas w/Zicky Dice & Johnny Swinger vs Taya & JesSICKa w/Rosemary

JesSICKa has such great intro music. I’m glad they repackaged her into something somewhat entertaining since Havoc was not worth anything anymore.

JesSICKa throws the one in the corner, Taya hits her with the Seeing Shadows Knees in the corner, Rope Hung Sliding German Suplex and then Jess comes in and hits the SICK-ishi Driver.

It was a squash match, but trying to build JesSICKa is solid.

Matt Taven w/Mike & Maria vs Alex Shelley w/Chris Sabin

A little talking and then Taven lights up Shelley. They start some counter wrestling, Taven grabs Shelley, almost hits The Climax; but Shelley counters it into a Border City Stretch attempt, and Taven powders.

Coming back in, Shelley has control with a Headlock, followed by a soccer kick to the shoulder blades. Shelley tries to speed up, Taven keeps up well and drops Shelley with a Dropkick. Bennett trips Shelley and then Sabin trips Taven in a classic eye for an eye tweener style the Guns love.

After some outside the ring antics, Shelley comes back in, charges Taven in the corner and connects. Tries to follow up but a little over aggression and admonishment from the ref gives Taven a few opportunities. Commercial break and Taven hits a nice Backbreaker for a near fall, into a Bow and Arrow stretch, Side Russian Leg Sweep into Lion Sault from Taven – no one’s home!

Slow crawl to their feet, a quick back and forth, Soccer kicks, Border City attempt, but no. Shelley keeps wrist control locomotion chops, arm breaker into – Taven’s Leg Lariat. Lion Sault from Taven for 2. Drop Toe Hold into the turnbuckle, Tornado DDT from Shelley. Bennett gets involved, Sabin equals things out, Superkick into Shiranui and Maria  puts the foot on the ropes. Ref sees Maria, but still breaks his count anyway. A little back and forth, Kick of the King into Aurora Borealis, knees up, pinfall counters…only 2! Penalty Kick, Shellshock attempt, Bennet attacks as the referee is distracted. Just the Tip from Taven, Shellshock from Shelley and Shelley wins!

Jordynne doesn’t speak well and Scott did carry a lot of the early speaking parts of the contract signing. Masha stayed silent, so hearing the champ/babyface having to brag about their resume is a little corny. Masha only says one thing really, and that’s “Masha’s Gonna Kill You” and literally flips the table onto Jordynne. 

The cliché contract brawl expected and the fact that Masha hit the Russian Death Device through the table, makes you think Jordynne will retain. 

Overall Score: 6.5/10

Solid in ring work, the video packages were good and got the point across for the bigger matches. Alisha and Eddie kinda mirroring Gisele and Tom Brady is pretty hilarious as well. The finish to the show did hurt it a little. The crowd peaked at the Sami antics, everyone loves when the Guns are in action as tag or singles…and then a color by numbers contract signing is meh.

A few of the fun story beats with Killer Kelly and Tasha, Joe Hendry and Swinger drama is a great way of showing how to weave in lower card stories without a big name or title involved; and to keep it intriguing.

Do I think this would’ve helped someone on the fence decide to purchase Bound for Glory? No, I don’t. But at this point, Impact has a niche audience so at least the card looks promising.


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/5/22)

Happy Dynamite Anniversary!

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AEW Year 4

AEW Dynamite starts on Year 4!

AEW celebrates the Dynamite Anniversary in a big, BIG way! Perhaps biggest of all, Daniel Garcia teams with Bryan Danielson to take on Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • MJF VS Wheeler Yuta; MJF wins.
  • Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal; Darby wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
  • Six Woman Tag: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena w/ Saraya VS Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb & Penelope Ford w/ Britt Baker; Storm, Nightingale & Athena win.
  • Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose; Hangman wins.
  • Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara; Jericho & Guevara win.

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MJF VS Wheeler Yuta!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman is poised to go after the AEW World Championship whenever he wants, but he may have gone and upset the wrong one. The Blackpool Combat Club’s Decoder looks to prove MJF is not better than anyone, but will that be the case? Or will the Devil of AEW have another trick up his sleeve?

The bell rings and Yuta dares MJF to make a move. Fans rally behind Yuta and MJF is upset. MJF approaches, but then dodges Yuta to strut. MJF dusts himself off as fans duel, and then MJF and Yuta tie up. MJF pulls Yuta’s hair and pushes him backward into a corner. The ref counts, MJF lets off slowly, but Yuta avoids the sucker punch to ROCK MJF over and over! Yuta stomps away, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. MJF reverses, Yuta goes up and over and arm-drags MJF around! Yuta fakes MJF out on the third to do his own strut! Fans cheer, MJF rushes in but into a DROPKICK!

Yuta wrenches MJF around into an OLYMPIC SLAM! Fans fire up as Yuta climbs a corner! But MJF slow rolls away to the far corner. Yuta hops down, storms up but MJF uses ropes as a defense. Yuta pushes past the ref but MJF YANKS him into the buckles! MJF stomps away now, but lets off as the ref counts. MJF scowls while fans duel and MJF drags Yuta up. MJF whips corner to corner to WRING Yuta out into the buckles! MJF then soaks up the cheers and jeers. MJF mocks a fan in the crowd then goes back to Yuta. MJF CLAWS Yuta’s back, then KNEES Yuta in the back. MJF clamps on a chinlock but Yuta endures.

Fans rally and Yuta pries at the hold. Yuta fights up, throws body shots, then an elbow. Yuta waistlocks but MJF mule kicks a knee. Yuta JAWBREAKERS back! Yuta runs but MJF scoops for a BACKBREAKER to a gut wrench and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans duel while MJF argues the count. The ref defends that two is two as AEW goes picture in picture.

MJF CHOKES Yuta! The ref reprimands but MJF lets off. Yuta sit sup and gets to ropes. MJF CHOKES Yuta on the ropes! The ref counts, MJF lets off again, and Yuta sputters to a corner. MJF drags Yuta up, whips him corner to corner, and MJF back drops Yuta! MJF poses and fans duel, but then MJF tells them all “Up yours!” MJF whips Yuta to ropes, and he back drops Yuta again! MJF paces around, scowls at the fans, then he drags Yuta up in a corner. MJF whips corner to corner hard and Yuta bounces off the buckles. The ref checks but Yuta refuses to stop here. MJF whips Yuta hard into the other corner!

Yuta falls to the mat again while MJF tells DC off. MJF then storms over to Yuta and digs his boot in at the corner. The ref counts, MJF lets off at 4, and then he drags Yuta up. Yuta ROCKS MJF! And again! And again! Yuta fires off forearm after forearm, but then MJF throws Yuta down by his hair! The ref reprimands but MJF scowls again. MJF drags Yuta up again, bumps him off buckles, stares down the fans again, then he wrenches Yuta to whip corner to corner. Yuta reverses as Dynamite returns to single picture and MJF hits buckles hard! Both men are down, a standing count begins, and fans rally up.

MJF stands and he storms over, but Yuta cradles! TWO! MJF kicks low, whips Yuta to ropes, but Yuta kicks back! Yuta waistlocks, MJF flails and grabs the ropes. Yuta drags MJF from the ropes, and he avoids MJF stomping his feet! And again, and again! MJF elbows free, whips Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta holds on and drags MJF back up, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Yuta drags MJF up again, for the THIRD GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! #SuplexYuta drags MJF up again, for a FOURTH GERMAN! Fans fire up as Yuta kips up! Yuta roars and he hurries to a corner.

Yuta goes up top, but MJF rolls away again. Fans are torn but Yuta runs in this time, but into an elbow! MJF goes up and DOUBLE STOMPS Yuta’s arm! MJF grabs the bad arm, but Yuta switches around to waistlock! MJF fights the German, slips an arm in and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips, Yuta ducks ‘n’ dodges to whip, but MJF blocks. MJF whips, dodges, but Yuta jumps! MJF blocks the rana into a POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives the powerbomb backbreaker fusion and MJF is beside himself! Fans rally and William Regal criticizes MJF for sulking rather than pouncing.

MJF kicks Yuta and slaps him around. Fans duel as Yuta eggs MJF on. MJF slaps so Yuta SLAPS! And ROCSK! And CHOPS! And repeat! ROLLING- NO, MJF kicks first, but Yuta blocks it! But then MJF pokes Yuta in the eye! The ref reprimands but MJF runs, into Yuta’s ENZIGURI! MJF wobbles and sits back and fans fire up with Yuta. Yuta shakes out his bad arm, CLAWS MJF’s face, then stands him up to CHOP! Yuta whips, MJF sunset flips, TWO! Yuta sits on the cover, TWO! MJF sunsets again, TWO! Yuta sits, ONE! MJF sunsets, ONE! Yuta, ONE! MJF, ONE! Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat! Fans are loving this!

MJF has the sunset again, TWO! Yuta jackknifes, TWO as MJF bridges! MJF spins things around to hook the arms, but then swings Yuta out into a gut wrench! But Yuta fights it to turn that around! MJF fights it back again! But then Yuta victory rolls, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! Yuta has it back, TWO! MJF has it again, with crossed legs! TWO!! Yuta escapes, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! DC is thunderous for this one, and this is just the first match! They cheer for “A E DUB!” as a standing count begins. The count passes 5 of 10, then reaches 8! Yuta and MJF stir, sit up at 9, and they both stand at 9.5!

Yuta is in the corner, MJF runs in, but Yuta slips out! Yuta DECKS MJF, drags himself up top, but MJF gets up to trip him up! MJF sits Yuta up and hops up to join him, to then cravat! MJF drags Yuta onto his shoulder and then into the gut wrench! But Yuta kicks his heels together to fight that! Yuta slips back, and he CLAWS MJF’s face! Yuta then adjusts position, tightrope walks to SUPER STEINER! MJF flounders away and out of the ring, but Yuta DIVES! Direct hit and MJF moves the railing back! The fans are thunderous again as Yuta puts MJF in! Yuta hurries up top, but MJF starts rolling! And he flips Yuta off! YUTA STILL DIVING SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Fans are thunderous and Yuta can’t believe MJF survives! Yuta drags MJF up but he’s dead weight. “This is Awesome!” as Yuta gives MJF HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! MJF is a bobblehead, and then Yuta shifts him around into the SEAT- NO! MJF slips out to get SALT OF THE EARTH!! Yuta endures as MJF pushes that arm! Yuta shifts around, reaches out, but MJF drags Yuta away! OVER-THE-BACK FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Yuta taps, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by submission

Fans are torn, but one thing that’s rather surprising here: MJF did things fair and square! Yuta gets up and he turns MJF around! Yuta wants MJF to acknowledge the fans on this one. Yuta offers a handshake! MJF isn’t sure, but Yuta says MJF can be a man here and shake Yuta’s hand. MJF is conflicted, but he reaches out… Only for Lee Moriarty to attack from behind! The Firm’s #TAIGASTYLE strikes, but MJF is mad?! MJF tells Moriarty that he did NOT order that. This is Moriarty going against MJF’s orders! Stokely Hathaway comes out, eating a pear, and he holds out MJF’s Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF says he doesn’t want it like this, but Stokely tells him to just do it!

MJF takes the ring, puts it on, and Moriarty sits Yuta up. Fans boo but here comes Regal! Regal puts on the BRASS KNUCKLES! Stokely and Moriarty bail as fans chant for Regal. Regal gets in the ring with MJF, dares him to use the ring on him. Fans tell MJF that “YOU F’D UP!” MJF tells Regal he’s not gonna do this, and he storms off. Was this a moment of MJF having a change of heart? Is that even possible?

 

AEW looks at the THREE YEARS of history behind tonight’s main event.

Chris Jericho brought together a group known as The Inner Circle: himself, Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager, and Sammy Guevara. The young Spanish God has been Jericho’s protégé since the beginning of Dynamite. On the other side, Daniel Garcia came in with “2Point0,” Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker, while The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, came in alone to shake up the foundation of AEW. Bryan told Jon Moxley, “What if we took someone like Wheeler Yuta under our wing? What if we took someone like Daniel Garcia away from 2Point0?” That was the beginning of the Blackpool Combat Club.

As for Jericho, his Inner Circle soon fell apart, because Santana & Ortiz didn’t “appreciate” Jericho. But Hager and Guevara stayed by Jericho’s side in the Jericho Appreciation Society, which took in Garcia & 2Point0. Then cut to Anarchy in the Arena, the bloodiest faction warfare in AEW history, and perhaps in all of professional wrestling. Or perhaps, in sports entertainment. The JAS came out the winners as Jericho and Hager took Bryan out together. But Bryan didn’t stay away long, and he had a battle with Garcia. This started planting a seed in Garcia’s head, and Jericho questioned Garcia’s loyalties.

Bryan VS Garcia II went the American Dragon’s way and that infuriated Jericho. Garcia didn’t appreciate Jericho ruining the moment, but then Garcia had his own moment by taking Wheeler Yuta’s ROH Pure Championship. Jericho would do the same to Claudio Castagnoli and the ROH World Championship, but in a far less honorable way. Bryan made one more plea to Garcia that he could be BCC, but Jericho told him to shut up! Jericho has vowed to “desecrate” ROH and what it stands for. Will he do just that as he takes on the pro-wrestlers, Bryan Danielson & Daniel Garcia?

 

Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.

Tony Schiavone says that showdown of BCC VS JAS is in tonight’s main event. Matthew Menard shouts at the camera, “Daniel Garcia! After everything we have been through together, you wanna spit in our face and team with Bryan Danielson? No problem! But you take a gift, a gift that this man (Chris Jericho) gave you, that hat, and throw it on the ground?!” Hager sure likes the hat. Angelo Parker says they walked into AEW together. 2Point0 loves Garcia. He is family! But it seems Garcia has lost his way.

Jericho says Garcia is a petulant child who sticks his finger in the light socket even though he’s been told not to. But that’s okay. It is that rebellious nature that brought him to the JAS. But Garcia needs to remember that every trick he was taught, he was taught by them. They taught him how to be a great sports entertainer. Schiavone says, “You’re talking about systematic cheating, right?” To-may-to, to-mah-to, Schiavone. Lessons will be taught, lessons will be learned, and Jericho just hopes Garcia makes the right decision. Sammy shouts, “And if you don’t…! We’re gonna end you.”

Jericho says, “Speaking of ending, Bryan, tonight is gonna be a taste of what you’re gonna get in Toronto. I’m gonna desecrate the legacy of ROH. I’m gonna leave Toronto as the Ring of Jericho Champion, and still be the Ocho.” Jericho has issued his title match challenge to Bryan Danielson, but will he end up losing here tonight?

 

Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal!

The Relentless One dared this former ROH World Champion to do things truly 1v1 with no one in their corners, and surprisingly, the challenge was accepted! Will Darby prove he is worthy of gold in time for Full Gear? Or will it be a Lethal Injection that puts the rising star down?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Lethal and Darby tie up, Lethal gets around to a waistlock but Darby switches. Lethal switches back, Darby switches again, Lethal switches again, but then Darby slips away. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. Darby and Lethal tie up, Darby headlocks, but Lethal slips through and wrenches into a headlock of his own. Darby pries free, headlocks back and hits the takeover. Lethal headscissors, Darby moves around to get free and get the headlock back, but Lethal back suplexes. Darby lands on his feet, Lethal arm-drags him down, but Darby shifts around to get the headlock back!

Lethal fights up as fans rally, and Lethal wrenches free. Lethal wrenches, wrenches, hammerlocks, but Darby reaches back. Fans rally and duel, Darby hammerlocks, but Lethal spins. Darby spins with him to keep the hammerlock, and then again! Lethal runs to ropes to throw Darby out. Darby hurries back in as Lethal slides out, and Darby eggs Lethal on. Lethal rushes in but Darby sidesteps. Lethal hooks Darby to whip, but Darby goes up, steadies himself and springboards for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up as Darby sweeps and covers, ONE! The two stand off again and fans cheer. Darby smirks and he offers a handshake.

Lethal considers it, but he kicks low! Lethal whips Darby to a corner, runs in but Darby goes up and over. Darby comes back to monkey flip but Lethal handsprings through. Lethal comes back to monkey flips but Darby lands on his feet! Darby stops from running into the ref, only to turn around into a dropkick to the legs! Lethal looms over Darby, drags him around by the bad leg, and isolates the leg to stomp the knee! And then springboard STOMP it! Darby clutches his leg and crawls away but Lethal KICKS Darby’s leg into the corner. Lethal drags Darby up for a SHIN BREAKER! Darby hobbles back but Lethal stands him up.

Lethal whips corner to corner but Darby falls over halfway! Fans rally and duel as Lethal stalks Darby. Darby kicks out Lethal’s legs! Lethal falls right into the GUILLOTINE! Darby pulls on the head but Lethal fights up. Darby body scissors to add on but Lethal CLUBS away on the back leg! Lethal suplexes, but Darby slips around to a REVERSE DDT! Not quite a Scorpion Death Drop but still effective! Darby crawls to a cover, TWO! Fans rally as AEW goes picture in picture.

Darby and Lethal slowly rise, and Darby fires off forearms! Lethal wobbles, Darby runs the ropes, but Lethal CHOP BLOCKS Darby off the ropes! Darby crashes down and Lethal paces. Lethal grabs the leg, drops elbow after elbow on the knee, and then keeps dropping more elbows! Lethal lets off after TEN elbows, and fans fire up. Lethal looms over Darby, covers, TWO! Lethal looms over Darby again, drags him up, and suplexes, only for Darby to cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, and he CLOBBERS Darby! Lethal catches his breath, drags Darby by the bad leg and puts that leg on the ropes. The ref reprimands, so Lethal drags Darby from the ropes.

Lethal drops another elbow on the knee! Darby claws at Lethal but Lethal pulls back on a toehold! Darby endures while AEW goes to break.

Dynamite returns and the ref counts as Lethal digs his boot into Darby’s leg. Lethal lets off at 4, goes to the far corner, and he waits on Darby to get up. Fans rally, Darby drags himself up and Lethal runs in. Lethal blocks Darby’s boots, hooks the bad leg in the ropes, and STOMPS the leg down! Darby hobbles, Lethal reels him in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Darby writhes and clutches his leg again but fans still rally. Lethal puts Darby up top, CLUBS the bad leg again and again, then climbs up to join Darby. Fans duel, Darby throws body shots, and then he ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! Darby stands up, but Lethal grabs the bad leg.

Darby CLUBS away on Lethal, but Lethal SUPER DRAGON SCREWS! And then gets the legs, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Darby endures and fans “WOO~!” as Lethal puts on the pressure. Darby swipes at Lethal but can’t reach. Darby reaches for the ropes now, fans rally as he crawls and drags Lethal with him, but Lethal drags Darby away! Lethal puts on as much pressure as he can, but Darby turns things over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets off in frustration and Darby goes to a corner. Lethal runs in, but into an elbow! Darby hops up the corner to get a boost, but Lethal denies the Throwback!

Darby’s leg jams and he hobbles, Lethal runs to handspring! LETHAL- NO, Darby table tops the Injection! Lethal sits up, Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives and fans fire up again. But wait, there’s Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh! They honored the request until now, and now they’re storming down to ringside! Darby climbs a corner but sees Sonjay, and then Lethal trips Darby up! Sonjay cheers but Lethal tells him and Satnam to go to the back. Lethal says he has this 1v1, but then Darby runs in to RANA! Darby has the cover, TWO! Lethal sunsets but Darby rolls through to come back with a prawn hold! Lethal rolls through that, but Darby sunsets!

Lethal rolls through the sunset to push Darby to one, only for Darby to roll through and step through! LAST SUPPER! DARBY WINS!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

Sonjay & Satnam showed up, and maybe that cost Lethal! Lethal is frustrated, but Darby wants him to hold on. Darby is telling Lethal that he’s better than Sonjay & Satnam. Darby wants to shake hands on this, and fans chant “YES! YES!” Lethal is conflicted but Darby gives him a shove. Lethal shakes Darby’s hand! The only ones not happy about it are Sonjay & Satnam! But will they just have to accept that Lethal actually has some honor?

 

AEW looks closely at The Embassy.

Prince Nana says, “The day has come, my friends.” Originally under Tully Blanchard Enterprises, Prince Nana bought the managing rights to the Gates of Agony, Toa Liona & Kaun, and The Machine, Brian Cage. The Embassy is back, and the GOA will come after every single piece of gold in every single tag team division! And as for the TNT Championship… Brian Cage keeps hearing that this is somehow his comeback. It’s not a comeback, this is his arrival! And while Wardlow has had a hell of a year, that changes tonight, because he faces The Machine, the Swolverine!

And after tonight, Cage adds one more name to the list: The NEW AEW TNT Champion. “The answer to the question, ‘Who’s better than Brian Cage?’ is still, ‘Nobody.'” Nana tells everyone that you know the song: We in the money~! We in the money~! But will they be singing that song all the way to the bank?

AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The Clash of the Titans will have nothing on this! The Maestro of Mayhem has been conducting Powerbomb Symphonies week in and week out, but now he runs into a man very much his physical equal. Will the Machine not survive the war that’s coming? Or will this be the night the music died?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and in DC, THIS IS WAAAR~!

Fans rally up for “WARD~LOW!” as he stares down with Cage. Cage ROCKS Wardlow, powers him back and fires off in the corner! Cage RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then lets off to soak up the heat. Wardlow shakes out the cobwebs to then grab Cage and put him in the corner! Wardlow fires off body shots and RAMS his shoulder in again and again! Wardlow lets up, whips corner to corner, but Cage comes back to LARIAT! Wardlow stays up! Wardlow LARIATS, but Cage stays up! They stare down again and fans fire up as the haymakers start flying! Wardlow and Cage go back and forth, but Wardlow gets the edge.

Cage KNEES low, whips Wardlow to ropes, but Wardlow ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up from that insane agility, and Wardlow runs, only for Cage to duck and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Wardlow ends up on ropes, Cage dials it up!? 619- NO!! Wardlow blocks the call, for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans are fired up for Wardlow, but Nana is shouting at Cage to get up! Wardlow says it is time, and he drags Cage up. Wardlow reels Cage in, but Nana distracts Cage and the ref on the apron. The ref reprimands, but Cage Alabama Lifts Wardlow, for a SIT-OUT ALABAMA SLAM! Wardlow goes to a corner and Nana says to finish this!

AEW goes picture in picture and Cage goes to Wardlow. Cage digs his boot in, the ref counts and Cage lets off. Cage mocks the fans clapping for Wardlow, and he runs in side to side for a BOOT WASH! Cage then drags Wardlow up, scoops him, and carries him around to do bicep curls! And then FALL AWAY SLAM, without falling! Cage flexes while soaking up the heat. Cage drags Wardlow up but Wardlow throws body shots. Cage BOOTS Wardlow back down! Wardlow sees Nana talking smack and takes a swing, but Cage stomps Wardlow down. Cage digs his boot in, lets off at 4, and then drags Wardlow up again.

Cage scoops Wardlow to SLAM him, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Cage clamps onto Wardlow with a chinlock to keep him down. Wardlow endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Cage KNEES low again, then has Wardlow in a corner for a BIG haymaker! Cage whips but Wardlow reverses, but Cage goes up and over to roll Wardlow. Wardlow slips free but Cage basement BOOTS him down! Nana cheers that agility and Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Wardlow up but Wardlow throws body shots. Cage knees low again, ROCKS Wardlow with a right, then HEADBUTTS him into a corner.

Cage KICKS away on Wardlow in the corner, soaks up the heat, and then storms up on Wardlow. Wardlow throws hands as Dynamite returns to single picture, and he backs Cage down! Cage JUMP KNEES back! Wardlow staggers, Cage storms up in the corner to wrench and whip. Wardlow goes up and up and hits WHISPER IN THE WIND?!? No one can believe it but that’s what happened! Cage staggers up but into Wardlow’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Cage staggers up again, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Nana is freaking out as Wardlow waistlocks again. Cage throws elbows, but ends up in an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Fans fire up as Wardlow has Cage in a drop zone! Wardlow climbs up a corner, but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Wardlow goes to the apron, Cage climbs up and he brings Wardlow up! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow survives and Nana is pissed! The ref defends the count but Cage looms over Wardlow. “This is Awesome!” as Cage says this is it! Suplex and- NO, Wardlow slips out to shove Cage to ropes, POP-UP SPINEBSUTER on the return! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow is frustrated but Nana rallies for Cage. Wardlow brings Cage up, winds up, but Cage ducks to fireman’s carry! F5!! Cover, TWO!!

Nana can’t believe it! He thought it was over already! Cage roars at Wardlow, brings him up, and reels him in. Fans boo as Cage wants to steal the Symphony! But Wardlow slips out to HEADBUTT! Cage roars, spins, but into another HEADBUTT! Wardlow shakes it off, winds up and LARIATS! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Nana is even more panicked, Wardlow brings Cage up and in, for the POWERBOMB! But Wardlow is just getting going, fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” Wardlow conducts the DC choir and drags Cage back up! POWERBOMB THE SECOND! Wardlow is feeling it now, and he brings Cage up “ONE MORE TIME!”

Wardlow reels Cage back in, for POWERBOMB THE THIRD! And roll through to the FOURTH!! Cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Machine pushed the War Dog, but not far enough! Wait! The Gates of Agony attack! The Embassy will not let Wardlow enjoy his victory! But here comes SAMOA JOE! The ROH World TV Champion gets in the ring to HEADBUTT Kaun and RAM him into the buckles! Fans are thunderous as Joe fires off JABS and haymakers! Cage and Toa go after Joe, then Cage goes back for Wardlow. This is 3v2 in the Embassy’s favor, and even Nana gets a shot in! But here comes FTR!! The ROH World Tag Team Champions storm right up to the ring, and now The Embassy bails out! Things are even now, and that’s not good for them!

Nana wants Toa & Kaun to stand down but fans are thunderous for Cash & Dax. The Embassy retreat, but will the Gates of Agony look to take away those ROH belts from the three-belt champs?

 

Britt Baker speaks.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as the Face of the AEW Women’s Division but most importantly, as a Role Model, I feel morally obligated to answer the question that everybody’s been asking. And the answer is no, Saraya will NOT be wrestling in AEW. The doctors have NOT medically cleared her to compete. So let’s ship her off in some bubble wrap and send her on her way. But I guess that officially makes this my house now, right? Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.”

 

Six Woman Tag: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena w/ Saraya VS Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb & Penelope Ford w/ Britt Baker, Rebel & Kip Sabian!

A revolution has come to the AEW Women’s Division, and with the backing of the former WWE Diva’s Champion, the Interim AEW Women’s World Champion leads another battle against the Forces of Britt Baker! But will having Saraya’s support help Storm, Willow & Athena win the night? Or will someone score themselves a shortcut to a title match instead?

The trios sort out and Willow starts against Hayter in a rematch from last week’s Rampage. They circle, fans rally for both, but then Hayter tags out to Mrs. Superbad. Willow tags to Athena so Athena and Ford circle. Things speed up, Athena hurdles then drops but Ford leaps over. Ford comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor, but Athena handsprings through! Fans cheer as Athena and Ford reset. Ford runs in but into a sweep! Athena SHOTGUNS Ford down, then drags her up. Athena wrenches, whips, but Ford goes up the corner to BOOT back. Ford leaps but Athena catches her for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Athena drags Ford up with a facelock but Ford RAMS her into the corner. Ford RAMS again, lets off, and both Hayter and Deeb hold Athena in place for the handspring back elbow! Tag to Deeb and fans cheer the Professor of Pro-Wrestling. Deeb EuroUppers, takes Athena off her feet, then fires up. Deeb whips Athena to ropes, Athena ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Tag to Storm, and she SHOTGUNS Deeb down! Storm drags Deeb up and TOSSES her across the way! Storm wrenches, CLUBS away on Deeb, and fans are torn. Britt protests, Saraya tells her to shush, and Storm runs to BOOT Deeb down!

Storm drags Deeb up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to uppercut! Storm holds Deeb in place, Hayter protests but the ref is busy with her so Athena gets in to forearm smash! Willow gets in to back body block! Storm HIP ATTACKS! Storm then drags Deeb up to reel her in. Hayter distracts again but Storm DECKS her, then DECKS Ford for good measure. But Deep CHOP BLOCKS Storm! Deeb rains down fists and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.

The ref reprimands but Deeb lets off. Deeb glares at Athena and takes a swipe, then stands Storm up. Deeb EuroUppers, Storm staggers, and Deeb brings her around to bump off buckles. Deeb stomps a mudhole into Storm, then tags Ford. Ford pushes Storm back in to stomp a mudhole of her own! Tag to Hayter and she stomps away on Storm! The ref counts, Hayter lets off to drag Storm up into a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Hayter hurries to keep Storm from her team and bumps her off buckles! Storm is down, Hayter tags Ford, and Ford drags Storm up to put on ropes. Ford CHOKES Storm and thrashes around, but lets off as the ref counts 4.

Ford argues with the ref but this is a distraction so Britt can CHOKE Storm! Britt lets off before she’s caught, and then Ford YANKS Storm into the ropes! Storm falls over, Ford drags her up again and wrenches to a wristlock. Tag to Hayter, she goes up and drops AX HANDLES on the bad arm! Hayter drags Storm up, tags Ford back in, and Ford goes up to drop AX HANDLES! Ford brings Storm around, tags Deeb, they mug Storm and Deeb brings Storm around to snapmare. Deeb wraps Storm up in a straitjacket stretch as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally and Storm fights up to arm-drag free!

Storm stands to fire forearms on Deeb! Deeb goes low to get the takedown, and GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Storm clutches her leg while Deeb DECKS Willow! Athena avoids a shot, but Deeb hooks up Storm’s legs in a deathlock. Athena runs in, Deeb kicks her first, but Athena fights the suplex. Willow runs in but so does Hayter, and Hayter kicks Willow. STEREO SUPLEXES with the SNAP LOCK on the side! Fans cheer, they acknowledge that was good stuff. Deeb tags Ford, she drags Storm away, but Storm kicks her away! Ford tags Deeb ack in, and Deeb grabs Storm’s leg! Storm ENZIGURIS Deeb, hot tags to Hayter and Willow!

Fans fire up as Willow dodges and LARIATS Hayter! And ELBOWS! And BOOTS! Willow snarls, drags Hayter up to whip, and she hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, Deeb breaks it! Deeb stomps Willow, drags Hayter over and tags in. Deeb brings Willow up to throw uppercuts! Deeb CHOKES Willow on the ropes but the ref counts. Deeb lets off, Rebel talks trash and brings out a crutch! But Saraya snatches it! And then she swings on Rebel and Britt! Fans fire up, Deeb is distracted, and Willow cradles her! TWO! Deeb runs, Willow gets around to push and POUNCE! Fans fire up with Willow but Deeb tags Ford!

Ford runs in but into a scoop! Ford slips off to HEEL KICK! Willow goes down, but Athena reels Ford in for a Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER CODE BREAKER! Deeb SPEARS Athena! Storm SHOTGUNS Deeb! Hayter runs in, for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER to Storm! Willow rises to SUPERKICK Hayter! Ford returns, goes Matrix to doge and CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Willow survives! Ford drags Willow up, runs to handspring, but Willow SHOTGUNS her while upside-down! Willow hauls Ford up, gut wrenches and DOCTOR BOMBS!! Cover, WILLOW’S TEAM WINS!

Winner: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena, by pinfall

But Britt gets in to ruin the celebration because she gets in Saraya’s face. Britt keeps talking trash about if Saraya ain’t cleared, she doesn’t need to be here. But Saraya ROCKS Britt! Fans fire up as the brawl is on!! Hayter, Deeb, Ford and even Rebel get in, the brawl explodes! DC is loving this! Saraya TOSSES Britt out, and now she has Rebel all to herself! Rebel begs for mercy, but she gets a BOOT instead! Saraya shouts, “This is MY house!” Will Saraya prove to Britt that she can still go?

 

Backstage interview with Rush, Jose & Private Party.

Tony Schiavone notes that El Toro Blanco is taking on The Cowboy, Hangman Adam Page tonight, but it seems Jose The Assistant has “called the troops together.” And he did so because while Private Party showed up for work tonight, they haven’t been showing up in the ring. Jose has clips to prove it. Last week, Rush and Hangman brawling, but NO Private Party backing Rush up. Then the week before that, when Rush led The Butcher & The Blade in that blindside of Hangman, still no Private Party! Jose promises that Rush will blast Hangman again tonight. Rush tells Private Party to “do the right thing tonight!”

Jose lets Private Party know that they know Matt Hardy’s been talking with them. They better choose the right side in this. Jose and Rush leave, but will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy do what’s right? Or will they do what La Faccion Ingobernables wants?

 

The Acclaimed head to the ring!

Fans are fired up as there’s balloons and a podium. Max Caster has the mic, so “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed on the mic, what I’m saying is hot. Even in the senators are insider trading our stock. We will never be approved like a home loan. We did it on our own cuz we homegrown! Even Joe Biden is lovin’ it. He said, ‘Scissor me timbers,’ and didn’t even stutter it! Yo, we put ’em away. Hands up cuz it’s National Scissoring Day!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “WASHINGTON DEEEE CEEEEE! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Fans fire up and sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” as the champs go to the podium.

Bowens says he is glad they’re singing that, cuz Daddy loves to scissor! But Washington, D.C, welcome to the very first ever National Scissoring Day celebration! It is a very special night, unlike anything in our great sport’s history, and it is brought to you by The Acclaimed, the most popular team in ALL of professional wrestling! Caster adds, “That’s right!” The winningest team in AEW! That’s right! The best damn homegrown team in AEW history! THAT’S RIGHT! And today, it was made official thanks to every single fan. The “Scissor Me Daddy Ass” T-Shirt is the NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER IN 2022!!

Bowens says most importantly, The Acclaimed, your #ForeverChamps, have brought home gold! That means AEW no longer stands for All Elite Wrestling. No, it stands for ACCLAIMED EVERY WEDNESDAY! But now, this is cause for celebration, and the Acclaimed celebrate by scissoring. Bowens knows a thing or two about that. They used to Babe Ruth the Sultan of Swat, so you can call Anthony Bowens the Sultan of Scissors! And there may be a few of you tuning in for the very first time tonight because National Scissoring Day was trending all day long. Let’s break it down for you. Scissoring is a handshake, a sign of friendship, and a sign of true teamwork.

The Acclaimed understand that the people want to be represented by a real team. “Not two dudes who were thrown together like Keith Lee and Sneaky Swerve.” Fans boo to support that point. Bowens says “Sneaky Swerve” would like us to believe that he and Keith deserve to be AEW Tag Team Champions. Sneaky Swerve would like us to believe that he and Keith are the most popular tag team in the industry. But they’re WRONG! EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! “Swerve, this isn’t your house.” Billy Gunn takes over here and says, “This is Daddy Ass’s house! Now for everybody in the building, and the millions…” “AND MILLIONS!” “… of people at home, it’s National Scissoring Day!”

That said, Billy was sent down to City Hall today, because he’s a big deal, and he was asked to present The Acclaimed with this. Billy brings out a big package wrapped in gold. Could it be…? The Acclaimed unwrap the package and… it’s the SCISSORS TO THE CITY! Y’know, like you see when someone has to cut a big ribbon. Bowens is all fired up, but he’s running with scissors! Billy tells him don’t do that. Bowens apologizes, and Caster goes to the podium. “Folks, at this point in the service, we’d like everybody to turn to your right and your left to offer a sign of peace to your neighbor via scissoring. Peace be with you, Anthony.” The Acclaimed scissor finger and the fans join in!

“And as National Scissoring Day comes to a close, I wanna talk about greatness. Yeah, guys, I wanna talk about greatness. About 40 years ago, here in this city, Washington DC, greatness was achieved when Washington won the Super Bowl. Yeah. Super Bowl 17. A lot of people here probably don’t remember that. I wasn’t even born yet, but it means a lot to me, because my dad was on that championship team.” Fans cheer for that, and Billy even hugs Caster. Caster continues to say, “And his Super Bowl ring is his prized possession. He wears it proudly to this day. And he achieved greatness here all those years ago, just like The Acclaimed achieved greatness when we won the AEW Tag Team titles.

“But this city represents, also, the ugly side of America, the division in our country. But one thing we can agree on is that everyone loves The Acclaimed.” Fans cheer that! So put your scissors up right now! Cuz it’s their duty to bring everyone together. Today, there is no Left or Right, no blue or red. “The Acclaimed wears pink, and everyone looks good in pink, baby! We are the People’s Choice, we are the People’s Voice, and we’re gonna make history here tonight. We’re gonna do the first-ever bipartisan scissor to unite this country. Let’s do it!” Fans fire up as the trio puts up the fingers… “Whose House?” Swerve Strickland is here to rain on the parade!

Fans boo but Swerve has a mic to say, “This is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever seen. Oh, congratulations on your whole number one selling T-shirt on AEWShop.com. Congratulations, Billy. Now some more kids can go to school and get suspended again in this decade like they did two ago. These are your tag champ role models you want for your children? These guys, right? Y’know what? Those two tag team championships shouldn’t even be on your shoulders, they should both be on Billy’s, because if it wasn’t for you, Swerve In Our Glory would still be tag team champions.”

Fans boo but Swerve says that for him and Keith to get back to what they do, they gotta get back to business. That means taking Billy out. So next week, in Toronto, it’ll be “Daddy Ass” himself, Billy Gunn stepping into whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” And it’ll be one-on-one. And don’t even think about bringing those two fingers up in Swerve’s face. You do that, Swerve will make sure Billy never uses that hand again. Because we all know rock beats scissors every day. Swerve even has a rock in his hand! But wait, Mark Sterling is storming out here? Sterling says, “I don’t wanna say I told you so, but I told you so! Paper covers rock, pal!”

Sterling brings back his petitions and says he’s been calling out Swerve for being a jerk for months! No one was listening, but Sterling expects that from the “idiots” in the crowd and watching at home. But the Acclaimed should wanna hear him out. They need Sterling. Fans boo that. But Sterling says they need him to beat Swerve because they can’t do it themselves. We saw Grand Slam, there was some controversy. So let’s all join together so Sterling can represent them in the fight against Swerve, and seal the deal tonight! Let’s give the people what they want, and that is the three of them scissoring Sterling! What?

Sterling turns around into a CHOP! And then Billy scoops to SLAM Sterling! Caster and Billy open Sterling up for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS!! Swerve rolls his eyes and leaves but Billy says wait! Before Swerve leaves, Billy ACCEPTS! Next week, Toronto Dynamite, Swerve VS Billy! But okay, Swerve can leave now, because The Acclaimed has just one more thing to do. They… SCISSOR!! But will Swerve Strickland crush Daddy Ass when Dynamite goes north?

 

AEW looks at The Dark Order VS Death Triangle!

Alex Reynolds says that this Friday will be bittersweet. It’s the second anniversary of Mr. Brodie Lee’s last ever match, but also the night that the Dark Order beats Death Triangle to become NEW AEW World Trios Champions! But PAC responds by telling Dark Order that while their “recipe” is fine, Death Triangle’s “ingredients are just a little bit more premium.” Preston Vance says, “What better way to win the Trios Championships than on the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match.” Penta El Zero Miedo says Death Triangle is the best trio in the universe, because they have CERO MIEDO!

John Silver mocks Pac’s accent when he says The Dark Order is coming for the Trios Championships! Not bad. But will it really be the Dark Order’s time to shine when Death Triangle is on a Rampage?

 

Backstage interview with Madison Rayne & Skye Blue.

Schiavone introduces the coach of the AEW Women’s Division, and she says it has been great being here. In the few months she’s been here, she’s seen endless potential in the division, particularly in Skye. Skye is truly a rising star and she’s becoming quite the wrestler. But TayJay, Tay Melo & Anna Jay “A S,” walk over and say this is a joke. Madison, as Skye’s coach? What Skye really needs is a sports entertainment coach, to give Skye charisma, personality and flair. Skye says for once, TayJay might be right. She could work on her “charisma” while they can work on their wrestling. But uh, there’s two and two, and then Rampage this Friday. What do they say?

Tay says that’s perfect! Because as Jericho always says, sports entertainer always beat pro-wrestlers. TayJay head and Madison copies Matthew Menard by saying, “It’s gonna be enter-tening.”

 

Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose!

The Cowboy and El Toro Blanco were the last two in the Golden Ticket Battle Royal, and in the end, Hangman won the prize. But things are far from settled between these two, will Hangman also avenge John Silver? Or will he get the horns before ever making it to the title match?

The bell rings and fans are thunderous already for “COWBOY S*IT!” Rush rushes in, Hangman dodges and fires hands. Rush gives them back, they brawl and fans fire up! Rush ROCKS Hangman but Hangman comes back to CHOP! Rush CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, and now it’s a CHOP fight! Rush fires up and eggs Hangman on so Hangman CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hangman shakes out his hand, runs, but Rush blasts past, gets around and waistlocks. Hangman switches but Rush switches back to shove Hangman away. Hangman goes up and out to the apron but Rush rolls back to tranquilo!

Jose anchors Hangman’s foot! Rush then rushes in to DECK Hangman! Rush goes out after Hangman to drag him up and RAM him into railing! Rush brings Hangman around to SMACK off the chair in the corner, then he drags Hangman up again. Jose distracts the ref so Rush can use the camera cable to LASH Hangman! And then CHOKE him! The ref sees something’s up and reprimands, Rush lets off at 4. Rush soaks up the heat then drags Hangman up to RAM into more railing! Rush keeps on Hangman as AEW goes picture in picture.

Rush RAMS Hangman into steel steps! The ref reprimands, Rush puts Hangman in the ring and he soaks up more heat. Rush gets in as Hangman goes to a corner, and Rush looms over him. Rush drags Hangman up, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Rush whips corner to corner, runs in and KNEES Hangman, then snapmares him down for a basement dropkick! Hangman writhes but Rush tranquilos again. Rush soaks up more heat from DC, then stalks Hangman to another corner. Hangman CHOPS back, so Rush CHOPS. Hangman CHOPS, Rush CHOPS, the CHOP fight is back!

Rush ROCKS Hangman with a right, sits Hangman down in the corner and digs his boot in. The ref counts, Rush lets off and “apologizes,” but Jose CHOKES Hangman behind the ref’s back! Rush pretends he can’t hear the ref, and Jose lets off before he gets caught. Rush stomps Hangman more, then drags him up to slingshot suplex! Rush CHOKES Hangman but the ref counts. Rush lets off and “apologizes,” but then he tells the fans to shut up. Rush goes back to Hangman, kicks him around, but Hangman throws body shots! Rush KICKS Hangman down, then stomps him more! Rush pretends to take Hangman’s head off and kick it into the crowd.

Dynamite returns to single picture, and Hangman throws hands! Rush ROCKS Hangman, whips him to ropes, but Hangman reverses. Rush ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY, but into Hangman’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman fires up with the kip up! Fans fire up, but Rush kips up to ROCK Hangman! Rush soaks up the heat, and MJF is backstage with his poker chip. Rush KICKS Hangman, whips him corner to corner, but Rush runs in to be put on the apron. Hangman triangle jump LARIATS! Fans fire up as Hangman then aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Rush! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Rush up and into the ring.

Hangman catches his breath and fans rally up behind him. Hangman slides in, Rush runs in but Hangman dodges! Rush leaps, into a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Rush is still in this but fans rally behind Hangman. Rush goes to a corner, Hangman storms over and he gives scuffing kicks. Hangman eggs Rush, Rush gets up and Hangman CHOPS! Rush choke grips Hangman but Hangman throws forearms. Rush doesn’t budge and he eggs Hangman on, so the forearms come in! Rush ROCKS Hangman back! Hangman sits in the corner, Rush stomps away on him, then stands on his shoulders! The ref counts, but Hangman powers up!

Hangman lifts Rush as he stands on the shoulders! Hangman then gets Rush in position, POWERBOMB! Hangman goes right into the jackknife bridge, TWO!! Rush survives again but fans rally for Hangman. Hangman snarls and goes to the apron. He throws off the elbow pads, but Rush runs in! Hangman ROCKS Rush first, but Jose anchors Hangman again! Hangman kicks Jose away, slingshots, BUCK- HEADBUTT! JUMP KNEE! And then the tuck, for a STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Hangman survives and shocks Rush! But Rush tastes his own blood coming from a busted nose, and he revels in it!

Hangman goes to a corner, Rush takes aim and goes corner to corner! Rush runs in, but Hangman LARIATS! Hangman reloads, slingshots, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

The Cowboy puts the bull away and is heading to Cincinnati with momentum! But wait, Private Party heads out! Are they going to do “the right thing?” Wait! Here comes MOXLEY! The AEW World Champion isn’t gonna let Quen & Kassidy rough up his challenger. Moxley gets a mic and gets in the ring as Private Party backs away. Moxley and Hangman go forehead to forehead, and Moxley says, “I’ve been waiting for this for three years. Three years of AEW Dynamite. Three years of watching you, three years of studying you because I knew this was coming. Three years of us circling each other. Between the two of us, we’ve beaten just about everybody there is to beat here in AEW. Except each other.

“On October 18th, at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, my home arena, the arena I literally grew up in… For real, I used to smoke and drink under the bridge outside.” But on that Tuesday night, Moxley and Hangman will be one last man standing here in AEW. In 13 days, Cowboy, Moxley leaves his house, walks down the street, shows up at Heritage Bank Center, and will break Hangman’s face. Moxley will choke Hangman until he turns blue, because he is in the way of Moxley being the one true top guy in AEW, of being the world champion, and of being THE best in the world!

“And I’ve all the respect in the world for your abilities, I have all the respect in the world for your talents. I admire you as a person. But when that bell rings, with the world championship on the line, I ain’t got any gaddamn respect for anything.” Hangman takes the mic and says, “If you’ve been waiting for this so long, where the hell are you going right now?” Fans like the sound of that! Moxley gets back in the ring, fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Moxley says, “You’re a sweet kid. And like a lot of kids around here, you say a bunch of bulls*it and your mouth gets you in trouble. I’m gonna let you off the hook just once. But this is your final warning. You’ve got 13 days. You watch your damn mouth.”

Moxley leaves, having put it in simple terms. But MJF is smiling as he watches this backstage. Whether it’s Maniac or Cowboy, will The Devil come to collect from the winner?

 

Backstage interview with Willow Nightingale.

Schiavone says that was a big win tonight as Willow got the pin, her career is on the upswing. Willow thanks Schiavone for that, she is stoked! But she’s more than just “happy to be here,” she is on a roll! At Battle of the Belts, she wants to challenge for the AEW TBS Championship! Uh, what? The Baddies barge in and give Willow trash. Willow shoves Leila & Kiera back, but Jade says, “What? I already beat you like, twice.” Singles and tag! So it seems Willow just wants to be #39. Willow says Jade may have beaten her twice, but how about a third? Jade’s sure confident that she’ll go 39-0, but no one is undefeated forever! So what if Jade actually does go 38-1, and it’s Willow who is “The One!?”

Willow looks at the title then takes her leave. Will she be the one to leave with that title on Friday? Or will Willow’s roll hit a wall?

 

Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol!

Captain Charisma leads the way for his own personal kaiju, both of them having battered and bruised Jungle Boy after their betrayals. Will Luchasaurus continue to demolish all put in his path? Or will the Fire of the Sun burn down the towering tyrant lizard?

The bell rings, Fuego rushes in, but Luchasaurus catches him with a choke grip! For the CHOKE SLAM! But that’s not enough for Christian, and Luchasaurus drags Fuego up again. Straitjacket, torture rack, EXTINCTION!! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

Christian is all smiles, but he still wants Luchasaurus to take out the trash. Luchasaurus gut wrenches Fuego to a Crucifix, but HERE COMES JUNGLE BOY! He has a chair and he JAMS Luchasaurus with it! Fuego is spared but JB SMACKS Luchasaurus on the back! Luchasaurus falls out of the ring but is right back up! Christian keeps Luchasaurus from rushing back in at the angry Jack Perry! JB gets a mic to say, “Look at me, you traitor! You were my best friend in the entire world. You were my BEST FRIEND! And after everything that we have been through together, you chose him. And you broke my heart.”

JB takes a moment before he continues. “But now, I am going to break your fingers. I am going to break your nose. I am going to break your arm! I am going to break you piece by miserable piece until I break YOU! You pick the time and you pick the place, I’ll be ready.” Christian snatches the mic to say, “I told you not to come back this week, Jungle Boy. And it’ll be just as easy for us to step into this ring, drop you, and leave you in a pool of your own piss and blood. But y’know what? You got me thinking here. You said we pick the time and place? Well we’re in your nation’s capital of Washington, DC. And apparently I’m the only honest person in Washington, DC, because I can tell you right now, that match will not be happening in this cesspool in front of these losers!”

Fans boo but Christian says the time is next week on Dynamite! The place is Christian’s hometown of Toronto! Will Jungle Boy finally get his revenge in front of Christian’s hometown crowd?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Friday Fight Night!

On top of the AEW World Trios Championship match of Death Triangle VS Dark Order, the match of Skye Blue & Madison Rayne VS TayJay is official! Plus, the AEW Tag Team Championship contenders race heats up as Smart Mark’s stable of Tony Nese & Josh Woods will take on the Varsity Blonds. Then, after the tense confrontation earlier, Jon Moxley brings the Blackpool Combat Club’s Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli with him to take on Rush & Private Party!

Plus, Battle of the Belts just gets better! First, Jade VS Willow for the AEW TBS Championship is now official! Will Willow become the one in 38-1? And after their own tense confrontation, FTR will defend their ROH World Tag Team Championships against The Embassy’s Gates of Agony, Toa Liona & Kaun! And of course, win or lose from Rampage, Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! Will #JustTrent be facing a two-belt or one-belt Bastard to close out the night? Speaking of which…

AEW looks closer at PAC VS Trent!

The Bastard says, “Trent Beretta. You’re upset that I hurt your little buddy, are ya? Your ‘best friend.'” Trent says “Pac calls himself a Bastard. I guess it’s cuz he talks in a fake scary voice and he makes mean faces. And he needs to use a hammer to win matches and hurt our friend.” Pac says Cassidy blindsided him and yet Pac’s the bad guy. Trent says this Friday, he gets revenge. And he won’t need a hammer to hurt someone. But Pac says, “I’m a bastard, what did you expect? But at Battle of the Belts, I’ll have no problem hurting you, as well.” Trent says, “NEW All-Atlantic Champ. Hands in, boys.” Chuckie T is there to join in, but will Best Friends be celebrating a vengeful victory?

 

Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!

The ROH Pure Champion has been torn between the influence of his hero in The American Dragon and his mentor in The Wizard. He has also been torn between the definitions of a “professional wrestler” and a “sports entertainer,” and which one fits him best. But one thing is for sure, Garcia wants some respect from Jericho, not cheap gifts and cheap tactics! Will Garcia and his hero humble the ROH World Champion and the Spanish God? Or will the Jericho Appreciation Society just sports entertain their way to another cheap victory?

The teams sort out and Garcia starts with Jericho, student against mentor and ROH Pure Champion VS ROH World Champion! Fans chant, “F YOU SAMMY!” while Jericho wants to uphold the Code of Honor. Garcia hopes he’s honest, and shakes Jericho’s hand. Jericho doesn’t try any tricks, they circle, and tie up. Jericho arm-drags Garcia fast and then holds up his hands in victory. Sammy rallies Jericho but Jericho and Garcia tie up. Garcia denies the arm-drag and wags his finger. Jericho rushes in, Garcia gets around to trip Jericho up, floats all over him, and mounts! Fans cheer but Jericho is upset.

Garcia gator rolls Jericho around, floats around again and slaps away on Jericho’s head! Garcia kicks dirt at him, too! Jericho is upset more, and he CHOPS Garcia! Garcia CHOPS back! Jericho CHOPS, Garcia CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Jericho reverses, and Sammy trips Garcia up! Sammy pretends he didn’t but fans boo. Sammy tags in while Jericho seems hesitant, and Sammy rains down fists! Fans boo but Sammy stops to taunt Bryan. Sammy goes back to Garcia, he drags Garcia up and CLUBS Garcia. Sammy suplexes, Garcia slips out and shoves to dropkick the legs out!

Sammy crawls but Garcia tags Bryan! Bryan dodges Sammy to DROPKICK Jericho! Bryan fires off on Sammy with haymakers, then he EuroUppers Sammy hard in the corner! Bryan KICKS away in the corner, whips Sammy corner to corner, but Sammy reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over! Bryan keeps moving, he ducks Sammy to DIVE onto Jericho! Bryan sees Sammy coming and ROCKS him out of the tope! Bryan goes up top and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture!

Sammy staggers, into Bryan’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Bryan kips up and fans fire up. Bryan waits on Sammy to sit up, to give him a KICK! And a KICK! And a KICK! Sammy sits up but into more KICKS! Then the BUZZ- NO, Sammy ducks to roll Bryan up! TWO, into the omoplata! LEBELL LOCK!! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Bryan! The ref reprimands but too late, Jericho tags in. But Bryan drop toeholds Jericho to get the arms! CATTLE MUTILATION! Jericho endures but Bryan tips over to then chicken wing Jericho for a TIGER- NO, Jericho victory rolls through and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!!

Bryan endures now as Jericho sits deep! Garcia gets in but Jericho lets off. The two stare down, but Bryan rolls Jericho up! TWO, and Bryan CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers! Bryan fires off more uppercuts, whips Jericho to ropes but Jericho reverses and CLOBBERS Bryan! Jericho then DECKS Garcia with a sucker punch! Jericho seems conflicted after he did it, but he turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Sammy tags in, goes up top and leaps, but Bryan catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Sammy ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up and runs in, to DROPKICK! Sammy wobbles, into Bryan’s BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!

Dynamite returns to single picture, Excalibur assures us that is the final commercial break, and Bryan climbs up top! Jericho trips Bryan up, Sammy GAMANGIRIS! Sammy goes up top after Bryan, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans rally up, but Sammy rains down fists. Sammy snarls and fires up, and he sits Bryan up for a chinlock. Sammy then pushes Bryan down to stomp. Sammy tags Jericho, they double whip and double shoulder Bryan over! Sammy spins and poses with Jericho, Le Sex Gods are back at it. Jericho drags Bryan up, tags Sammy back in, and Jericho CHOPS!

Jericho and Sammy mug Bryan with haymakers and CHOPS, then Sammy whips. Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges as fans bring back “F YOU SAMMY!” DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down, fans rally up and both men crawl, hot tags to Garcia and Jericho! These two stare down and fans fire up more. But Sammy jumps in, only for Garcia to DECK him outta the sky! Garcia and Jericho stare down again, and the brawl is on! Fans are thunderous as Garcia gets the edge! Garcia stomps a mudhole, the ref counts but Garcia won’t let off so the ref backs him down! Garcia is fired up and so are the fans.

Jericho stands, Garcia choke grips but Jericho breaks that, only for Garcia to ROCK him with a right! And then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up as Garcia goes again, but Jericho trips him! But Garcia turns Walls into a DRAGON SLAYER!! Jericho endures Garcia’s take on the Sharpshooter, fans fire up, but Sammy gets in to SUPERKICK Garcia down! Then Sammy FLIES to take out Bryan! Sammy says he’s the best, but fans chant, “You Still Suck!” Jericho covers Garcia, TWO! Jericho drags Garcia up to CHOP him. Garcia grits his teeth, Jericho CHOPS again.

Jericho CHOPS but Garcia glares at him. Jericho CHOPS, Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, but Jericho avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT onto knees! Jericho hurries to tag Sammy and Sammy hurries up top. Sammy leaps, but into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Sammy flails, Garcia shifts to a CROSSFACE!! Bryan intercepts Jericho, to get a CROSSFACE!! Fans are thunderous for the double crossfaces, but Sammy and Jericho move around. So Bryan and Garcia shift position for STEREO HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan dumps Jericho out and he helps Garcia put Sammy in a corner.

Bryan hauls Sammy up top, then he and Garcia both climb up. They bring Sammy up for a DOUBLE SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But Sammy lands on his feet!! Sammy wags his finger, and SCREW HIGH KICKS Garcia! Sammy dodges Bryan to then STANDING SPANISH FLY! Sammy reels Garcia in, back suplex KICK! Cover, TWO!! Garcia is still in this and Sammy is furious! Fans say “You Still Suck!” as Sammy torture racks Garcia. GO TO- NO, Garcia blocks the knee to SLAP Sammy, and SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Jericho drags Garcia off! But Bryan FLYING KNEES Jericho down! Garcia pushes Sammy but Sammy fires off forearms!

Sammy roars, runs, but into a BOOT! Garcia runs, into a SUPERKICK! Garcia rebounds to LARIAT Sammy inside-out! Both men are down in the ring, Bryan EuroUppers Jericho outside! Bryan runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER on the timekeeper’s table! Jericho drags Bryan up to suplex Bryan through the table!! They’re down on the outside now while fans lose their minds! Garcia sits up, he gets Sammy’s arms and drags him up. Garcia turns but Sammy fights free to JUMP KNEE! Torture rack, GO TO HOSPITAL!! Garcia is down but Sammy isn’t done, he rains down fists! Sammy wants to hurt Garcia for leaving the JAS!

Sammy goes to the corner, goes up top, SHOOTING STAR onto knees!! Garcia has the legs, for the DRAGON SLAYER!! Sammy endures as Garcia sits deep, but Jericho CLOBBERS Garcia with the ROH title belt!! Fans boo but the ref missed it as she was checking on Sammy! Sammy crawls himself to cover Garcia, the JAS wins!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

Another cheap trick and the sports entertainers win! The rest of the JAS comes out to celebrate with them, and of course SamTay kiss. Jericho still seems torn having to do this to his protégé, but is this all the more reason for Garcia to leave the JAS and join the BCC? Can Bryan redeem himself and ROH by taking the world title away from Jericho? Or is the future of ROH nothing but the OCHO?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for AEW to celebrate the Dynamite Anniversary while also serving as a go-home to “Friday Fight Night.” However, with that, the elephant in the room needs to be addressed. After getting at it via Twitter, Sammy and Andrade couldn’t help but throw down backstage in person. Tony Khan sent Andrade home when Sammy’s been the instigator the whole time, but Sammy was scheduled for tonight’s main event so oF CoUrSe SaMmY sTaYs~! I agree with a fan sign I saw tonight: HIRE HR EXPERTS. This shouldn’t be happening to a company that is meant to be the positive alternative to what WWE was under Vince. Ironically, while scraps happened (Jericho oddly being a part of a few), it never went like this with Vince.

But some credit must be given to Tony Khan, him pivoting from the hyped up Mask VS Contract of Vance VS Andrade to a fun AEW World Trios Championship match was good thinking. The Dark Order sadly won’t win, despite it being the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match and by proxy, a night to remember his memory, but Vance was likely losing his mask anyway so a bit of a silver lining. Pac and Trent also have a good promo vignette for their 1v1 title match, but I think Pac is sweeping the night. And I think after Pac wins, Ethan Page needs to call him out since that was the story set up weeks ago when Ethan said he wanted that All-Atlantic title.

We got an awesome opener from MJF and Yuta, and of course MJF wins to have momentum for his inevitable cash-in. However, I am really intrigued by how The Firm took initiative and did the Heel stuff for him. MJF didn’t want it that way because perhaps deep down, he really does respect Yuta given their history from before AEW. Regal stepping up was also really cool, and I guess we’ll see how this goes. MJF watching Hangman VS Rush was also a nice touch. Hangman VS Rush was an awesome match, too, and LFI putting the screws to Private Party is really good stuff. Moxley defending Hangman to preserve their match is good stuff, and they had a great promo interaction. BCC is definitely winning against LFI by pinning Private Party and that’ll push #HardyParty VS LFI/AFO.

Great match from Darby VS Lethal, and I should’ve figured Sonjay & Satnam would still show up at some point. We got a similarly intriguing moment where Darby got Lethal to show some respect, and maybe Lethal is on his way to changing things. Great TNT Championship match, Wardlow and Cage are guys who both defy expectations for their musculature, but I had a feeling Wardlow would retain. Great brawl as The Embassy goes after Wardlow, only to bring out Samoa Joe and FTR. FTR VS GOA is going to be good stuff, but FTR will surely retain. And of course Luchasaurus wins his match, it wouldn’t have mattered who that was. JB showing up was a great surprise, and now we’re getting JB VS Luchasaurus in Toronto, that’ll be great stuff.

Great Six Woman Tag, and it really was great that Willow got the pin. Willow going after the TBS Championship was a bit of a surprise, but I suppose Face VS Heel dictates this match-up. I’m a little surprised this is happening when we got a tease of Jade VS Nyla last week, but I guess they just want to get Jade to 40 already. Jade will beat Willow, she’ll probably beat Nyla, and then who knows, maybe the 41st match is where Jade finally loses. As for Storm, I feel like they definitely need to push Hayter since fans love her, too.

At the same time, they are definitely teasing Saraya’s return to the ring and she’ll definitely have a match with Britt, either 1v1 or a tag match so it isn’t all on Saraya in case there’s ring rust. Skye & Rayne VS TayJay will be a decent match for Rampage but that promo was not the best. On one hand, TayJay may have a point that Skye is still green in presenting a personality. But Skye saying TayJay, each part having proven themselves in the ring these last three years, is bad. To me, Tay and Jay could each believably take down Rayne, because I still don’t see “it” in Rayne.

National Scissoring Day was hilarious stuff, and was proof that fans really do love The Acclaimed. But while I expected the Gunn Sons to interrupt because of how they’ve been talking crap, it was whose house? SWERVE’S HOUSE! Swerve VS Billy is going to be great, but I would think Swerve wins. Maybe Keith & Swerve have to beat Austin & Colten to get that rematch? Or do we get a Triple Threat again to clear out multiple teams at once? I did like that Sterling just expected The Acclaimed to side with him against their common enemy of Swerve, only for Sterling to take the hit.

I will say, for the backstage crap that went down between Sammy and Andrade, we still got a good group promo from the JAS, a great vignette to hype up the main event, and a great main event match. Unfortunately, Sammy’s nuclear heat detracted from the story that was going on, maybe they should’ve just called an audible and put Hager or one of the 2Point0 boys in there. And in the end, the JAS cheats again because duh, they’re Heels. But with Jericho VS Bryan III for the ROH World title is going to be great stuff next week. With Jericho getting the win here tonight, I would think Bryan wins next week, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I also totally expect Garcia to have a match with Jericho to decide his fate: join BCC as a pro-wrestler, or be stuck in JAS as a sports entertainer.

My Score: 8.8/10


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